Thursday, November 20, 2014

DIY Clothing Labels

After sewing many many many quilts and pieces of clothing, I decided it was time to add some labels to my pieces! It looks professional, and it helps the kids know which side of their clothes are the back, in case both sides are similar. 

I've seen people print on fabric, or order fancy labels, or use fabric pens, but I wanted to use things that I had on hand that would stay nice for a while. So I used printable iron-on paper.

I followed my transfer paper's directions for printing. First I reversed my image. I used "Grits & Giggles" and my web address for custom orders tags. You have to print the text backwards so it will transfer correctly!

Cut out your individual labels to the size you want, and cut ribbon at least 1" longer on each side than your label. This is so you can turn your ribbon under for sewing.

I followed my paper's directions for ironing. Nothing fancy, just press and hold!

Once sewn into a garment, it made it look so much more professional! Although this dress has a definite front and back, it's still nice to see a tag in the back saying who made it.... ME!

I'm glad I finally took the time to make these. It only took minutes, but it adds just the right touch to my finished garments and projects. I'm excited to sew these into everything I make now!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The NON-emergency Car Kit

Lots of us have emergency kits, or at least first aid kits in our car, diaper bag, or purse. If nothing else we have a cell phone for emergencies.

But what about those little things that AREN'T emergencies, but are annoying when they happen? Soon after having baby boy, my baby brain made me forget lots of things. There were certain items I always found myself reaching for, but didn't have.

So....the non-emergency car kit was born. And it has been USED!!

My kit only has six items, but these items have proved to be necessities multiple times. Your kit can contain whatever you like, but here is what we reach for the most at our house.

My 6 Items:

Hand Sanitizer
Pain Reliever
Dental Floss
Tide Stain Pen
(zippered bag)

These are the items (especially the sunscreen!!) that we often leave at home, or don't need until we NEED it. I keep this kit in my console at all times, and restock when necessary.

What would you put in your non-emergency car kit?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Elf is Coming

Did you miss our Christmas in July post about the Elf on a Shelf?? Our friend Micah will be coming to visit our home soon, and if YOU have a friend coming to visit too, then you need to get your ideas together!

Click HERE to see the original post with ALL 23 ideas for your Elf. Ideas from December 1st to Christmas Eve, all toddler friendly and approved!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Porch Inspiration

Fall is when our front porches start seeing more love. We may be sitting on them in the spring and summer, but it isn't until fall that we really start to care what they LOOK like. Once the mums, pumpkins, and hey bales come out, you know it's time for fall.

Here are some beautiful, but simple ideas to dress up your front porch for the cooler months of the year.

This ladder makes a unique shelf at Craft-o-maniac

I love the oversized reclaimed wood sign at Fox Hollow Cottage

Pumpkins and vintage items at Organized Clutter

I love everything about this porch at Our Vintage Home Love.

Use flowers and veggies to create a beautiful display like the one at Unskinny Boppy
The cooler weather gets me excited for fall decorating. Whether you start in September, or wait until November, it's always a good time for fall!!

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