October 17, 2015

Paper Crowns | Tatertots + Jello Guest Post

Awhile back I was asked to guest post at Tatertots + Jello, for her Summer of Paper series. I realized I never posted my project on my own blog! Read on for the full tutorial.

When I saw this collection, I knew the chalkboard paper would be so fun to use with metallic pens and markers. The matte black surface is a perfect blank slate for creativity. I decided paper crowns would be a perfect way to use that blank slate.


  • Pebbles Home+Made 12x12 Paper Pad
  • Pebbles Home+Made adhesive backed flowers
  • Pebbles Home+Made jewel stickers
  • Metallic Markers
  • Gold glitter tape 
  • scissors or electronic die cutter (I used a Silhouette SD)
To make your own dazzling paper crowns...

     First, gather all your supplies. Bright colors, metallic and glitter show up beautifully on the dark backgrounds. We used markers, jewels, tape and flowers. You could also use confetti, stickers and any other bits you can find.

     Second, cut out your crown. I used a shape from the Silhouette store, but you could easily draw one and cut it out by hand. 

     Third, decorate! 

     Finally, enjoy being the envy of all your friends. Seriously, we had such a fun time making these. The best part about crafts like these is there are no rules! Anything goes. This is a perfect play date activity, because the kids can't wait to wear the crowns while playing pretend. As you can see, a princess dress was required to show off her beautiful creation. 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I love being able to use paper crafting supplies for projects outside the normal scrapbooking realm. It's ideas like these that make me happy I have a stash of craft supplies to use. If you don't have little ones to do this craft with, you could also do this for a wedding shower, birthday party or even a girl's night in!


September 28, 2015

Where's Frosty? | Quilt #3

In Utah, just a few minutes from my parents's house, is my favorite fabric store, Pine Needles. If you are ever there, stop by! You won't regret it. Their decor is sample projects, everything from pillows and wall hangings to quilts and pincushions. 

On one trip there, I saw this quilt and just couldn't resist it. My mom kind of collects snowmen, so I have a special place in my heart for them. Plus, anyone who knows me, knows I heart winter and snow. The pattern is available for purchase in their online store.

The circles and snowman pieces I adhered using Heat-n-Bond. Then I used my zig-zag stitch to machine applique each piece on. I went around each piece twice for a tight look. I originally did each piece in white. On the colored pieces it looked terrible. So I spent a couple hours one night with my seam ripper and took it all apart. I re-did it using colored thread and it looks 10x better.

I backed the quilt in some soft, snowflake flannel and used an aqua and red diagonal stripe for the binding. All the fabrics for this quilt were from Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

The original quilt had all sort of beautiful machine quilting on it, however, after re-appliqueing all those pieces, I just wasn't up for that task. I decided just to tie this quilt. I used the same method as my Briar Rose quilt.

Even though it's still in the 90's here, I am looking forward to snuggling up with this quilt during the holidays with hot cocoa and a roaring fireplace. Last year we were blessed with snow, so I can only hope for a repeat this holiday season!

This project is part of my creative goals for the year. You can read more about those here. You can also follow my sewing Pinterest board, where I keep my dream projects and patterns.

September 1, 2015

Goodbye, Summer | A Love Letter

Being September 1st, it's time to say good-bye to summer. It went both slowly and at the speed of light. Our days were full and yet lazy at the same time.

This summer, I might have hit my record number of bug bites and trips to the pool. We made new friends, and drank our body weight and then some in Slurpees. But it was awesome. Zoe learned to really swim, we celebrated 2 birthdays and an anniversary, and we got to have a family vacation!

Today as we say good-bye to summer and all the fun that comes with it, we give a BIG, warm welcome, to my favorite time of year - Autumn! While it is still over 90°, we are expecting a respite of slightly cooler weather soon.

::cue pumpkin everything::

Holly & Co.

August 29, 2015

Briar Rose Quilt | Quilt #2

Briar Rose Heather Ross

Today I've got another quilt to share!

This one has been years in the making. I got my first pieces of this fabric 2 years ago for Christmas. I held onto it for a long time because I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it. (This problem happens more often than you would think, and leads to a storage issue after awhile)

Last fall, Zoe inherited our old queen size bed, but her current quilt was made for a twin bed. A new bed means a new quilt. I started cutting the pieces in January and finished it in July.

First pieces cut back in January

The pattern I used was from Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. I've said this before and I will say it again, if you are new to quilting and want a beginner friendly pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew patterns are the best place to start. From personal experience, I have found her patterns to be pre-cut friendly (saving lots of time) and extremely well written. I have no affiliation with Cluck Cluck Sew, I just really, really love her patterns. She has free patterns available on her blog or you can purchase patterns in her shop.

I used her free pattern, Summer Slice, but I added a row to make it bigger. It is an almost queen size quilt. It fits over the mattress nicely but it doesn't hang down very far.

Briar Rose Heather Ross

You might notice there is no quilting on this quilt. Because of it's size, I wasn't able to quilt it on my small sewing machine. I was left with two options, 1. pay to have someone quilt it with a long arm quilting machine or 2. use the old school method of tying a quilt. I chose option two because of the cost and also, the quilt is really busy. I thought the method of tying would keep it from looking more busy.

It took a few hours to tie it. I laid it out on my kitchen table and starting from the inside and worked my way out. I used this Pinterest tutorial for instructions.

For the back, I actually used a flat sheet. I bought this cute lavender polka dot sheet set, and used the flat sheet for the backing. I used this gold polka dot fabric for the binding. I was worried about polka dot on polka dot but I think it looks okay. 

This fabric is a few years old so it isn't widely available anymore. However, the designer, Heather Ross, just came out with a brand new line, that I couldn't resist scooping up. The new line is called Tiger Lily and is a beautiful blend of bold colors and low volume prints. I bought my bundle here.

Isn't it adorable? 

This project is part of my creative goals for the year. You can read more about those here. You can also follow my sewing Pinterest board, where I keep my dream projects and patterns.