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Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece- an easy way to get your table holiday ready!

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is in a few shorts weeks and I can’t wait! I love decorating for the holidays and Thanksgiving is no exception. This year I decided to make the dessert table the star of the show, with a little help from Stop & Shop!

Thanksgiving Dessert Table

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

The holidays can be a hectic time, so I’m a big fan of one-stop shopping. Stop & Shop has a large selection of everything you need to throw a memorable Thanksgiving dinner. I managed to find everything from plants to holiday decor to the most delicious, freshly-baked desserts at my local store. Stop & Shop also has an array of food storage and cleaning supplies for when the festivities end.

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

This holiday, Stop & Shop is offering the ultimate deal for pie-lovers:

3 Pack of Pies for $11.99​ – The bakery department will be offering a 3-pack of pies for $11.99 this season!

Whether you’re a guest or a host for Thanksgiving, these pies are the perfect buy!

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

One of my favorite features that Stop & Shop offers is order online for in-store pick-up or delivery. As a mom with two little ones, this is the ultimate convenience! There’s no navigating the aisles with an infant and a 4-year-old. My order is neatly packed up when I arrive.Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Easy Decoupage Centerpiece

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make a show-stopping holiday centerpiece, I’ve got you covered! You can give any wood box or planter a festive makeover by decoupaging on tissue paper.

Supplies needed:

Wood box or planter

Tissue paper

Modge Podge and paintbrush

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Brush a thin coat of Modge Podge on to the wood. Press the tissue paper down, working your way around the bottom and the opposite side of the box. Let dry.

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Brush a coat of Modge Podge over the paper and let dry.

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

One easy way to make sure your floral centerpiece looks great is to vary the heights.

First I started with kale plants on the sides.

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Then I added two Celosia plants to the center to break up the height.

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Finally, I added some pom pom mums to pack a punch of color.

You can re-use this centerpiece for Christmas by replacing the plants with evergreens.

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece

Thank you to Stop & Shop for sponsoring this post- Thanksgiving Dessert Table and DIY Decoupage Centerpiece.

 

DIY/ Featured

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- a quick & easy project for holiday decor!

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!I received such a great response to my Large Pumpkin Knitting Pattern (thanks, guys!) that I decided to make a version out of fabric. These fabric pumpkins take less than 15 minutes to make. They require no pattern and there’s minimal sewing involved.

This is a great project for making use of fabric remnants!

Supplies needed:

Fabric

Fiber fill

Yarn or twine

Felt (for leaves)

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

These pumpkins can be made in any size.  You want the size of your rectangle to measure roughly width= 2 times the height.

Fold your fabric over and sew the side seam.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

To gather the ends of the pumpkin, you will need to use either a sewing machine or needle and thread. For heavier fabric (like the upholstery fabric I’m using), a large-eye needle and thread (on in the above picture, yarn) work best.

For thinner fabrics, like the orange silk pumpkin above, a baste stitch done a sewing machine is the easiest method.

Pull the thread to close the opening and knot.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

This is what the bottom of the pumpkin will look like.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

Stuff with the pumpkin with fiber fill. Be sure to leave a few inches at the top so you can add a stitch to close it.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

Run a stitch through the top of the pumpkin and pull to close.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

Make a knot to secure.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

Take a long length of yarn or twine and fold in half. Criss cross over the pumpkin to create the ridges.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

For the stem, I used a stick I found outside. Add a small amount of glue to the bottom of the stick and press on to the pumpkin. Use the ends of the yarn to hold in place.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

Looking for more fall-themed DIYs?

How to Make a Stencil Doormat Without a Cricut

How to Make Paper Pumpkins

No-Sew Ghost Costume

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

DIY/ sewing

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom- an easy sewing project that your little one will love!

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Whenever I’m holding River, he immediately zones in on my earring or necklace and tries to put it in his mouth. Rather than constantly pulling my jewelry away from him, I thought I’d make something that he can put in his mouth…and so this Teether Necklace was born! River loves this necklace! It’s the first thing he reaches for when I hold him. The wood ring is perfect for chewing and the wrapped fabric beads give him something to play with.

This necklace is a fast and easy sewing project that any beginner can do. It has a cotton body with velvet ties. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear.

(Note- this Teether Necklace is intended for an adult to wear. Due to the long strings, an infant should never be left alone with this necklace)

Materials needed:

Woven cotton fabric

Velvet ribbon

Wood teethers

Wood beads

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Cut a section of fabric that measures 34 inches long and 3 inches wide.

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Fold the fabric over- right sides together– and stitch the side, creating a tube.

Turn right side out. Turning tubes right side out can be a pain, but this tool makes it so easy!

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and stick it through the ring.

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Insert the ends of the fabric through the loop and pull to tighten.

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Insert a wood bead into the fabric tube and make a knot to secure.

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Add a few more beads, making a knot before and after.

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Tuck the ends of the fabric inside about a 1/2 inch. Cut the ribbon it measures 16 inches. Insert the ribbon and tuck it down 1/2-1 inch.
How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Fold the fabric over and stitch down, securing the ribbon inside. Repeat on the other side.

Finally, put the necklace on, pick up your baby and watch him/her immediately go for it!

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

Looking for more Sewing Projects for Babies?

How to Sew Baby Pants without a Pattern

How to Sew a Knotted Baby Hat

How to Sew a Contoured Burp Cloth

How to Sew a Baby Romper- No Pattern Necessary!

How to Sew a Teether Necklace for Mom

 

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How to Make a Stenciled Doormat- Without a Cricut

How to Make a Stenciled Doormat- personalize your front porch with this easy DIY project!
How to Make a Stenciled Doormat without a Cricut Machine

Please tell me I’m not the only one who has the porch already fully decorated for fall! As a finishing touch, I wanted a simple stenciled doormat. I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so (naturally) I decided to go the DIY route. After a quick search online, I found that most of the stenciled doormat tutorials required a Cricut machine (which is expensive and I don’t own). I wanted to see if a simple paper stencil would work- spoiler- it worked great!

The key to a successful stencil for your doormat is to choose a font that’s thick. A thick font is easier to cut out and easier to paint. Dafont has tons of free fonts. The one I used is called Sweet Hipster (I know, I know…the name). For the “hello” I used a size of 350 and for “pumpkin” the size was 450. “Pumpkin” had to be printed out on 2 separate pages. I used Photoshop for the print-out but any photo editing software will do.

Supplies needed:

Coir Doormat

Masking tape or painter’s tape

Precision cutting tool

Acrylic paint & paintbrush

Clear spray paint

How to Make a Stenciled Doormat without a Cricut Machine

How to Make a Stenciled Doormat without a Cricut Machine

Print out the words and situate them on the doormat so you can make sure they fit and they’re to your liking.

How to Make a Stenciled Doormat without a Cricut Machine

Using a precision cutter or Xacto knife, cut out the letters. The loops for some letters (like”e” and “o”) will be cut out, but you can correct this when you paint.

How to Make a Stenciled Doormat without a Cricut Machine

Once all the letters are cut out, tape the paper to the doormat.

How to Make a Stenciled Doormat without a Cricut Machine

Paint the letters using the cut out as a guide. Since the doormat is textured, it will require several coats of paint for the letters to show up. I didn’t let the paint dry between coats.

Remove the paper and touch up the letters.

How to Make a Stenciled Doormat without a Cricut Machine

Once the paint is fully dry ( I waited 24 hours since there were so many coats) spray with clear spray paint.

Let the spray paint dry.

Finally, lay down the new mat & enjoy your handiwork!

How to Make a Stenciled Doormat without a Cricut Machine

Looking for more Autumn DIY projects?

How to Make a Pumpkin Centerpiece

Jack-O-Lantern Costume DIY

No-Sew Ghost Costume

How to Make a Stenciled Doormat without a Cricut Machine

DIY/ sewing

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover- a fast & easy project!
How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

After having a baby, parents quickly become experts on diapers. We learn the hard way which diapers leak, which diapers sag and which diapers offer the best bang for your buck. When we find a good diaper brand, we stick with it! For me, Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers is that brand. I received product and compensation from Sam’s Club as part of a sponsored program. All opinions are my own.

Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers

Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers

My biggest “must have” with diapers is dryness. Any diaper that leaks won’t cut it in this house. I’m sure any parent who has been woken up at 3 am with a wet, crying baby will agree! Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers are created with a new and improved 3-D top sheet. The ULTRASOFT® MAX LINER helps keep little ones dry day and night. My little guy is always dry in the morning (after 12 hours of sleep!) with these diapers.

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Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers

Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers

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Since I have 2 little ones at home, I find it easier to order online rather than brave the stores and face potential meltdowns. Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers (sold exclusively at Sam’s Club) ship for free (all sizes!) to Plus members with no minimum purchase! They’re also available for club pickup. Just order online, set a time to pick up your order, and it will be ready and waiting for you when you get to the club. There’s nothing better than getting someone else to do the shopping for you!

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Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers

Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

Looking for the perfect accessory to use with your new diapers? This contoured changing pad cover is affordable, easy-to-sew and it can be customized to match your nursery decor!

(This cover will fit a standard 16x 32 x 4 inch changing pad)

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover- Materials needed:

1/2 elastic- 36 inches.

48×32 section of fabric. (I recommend minky and/or woven cotton. I sewed an 18 x 32 inch section of lemon-print cotton onto white minky fabric.)

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

Fold the fabric over lengthwise. Then, fold the fabric over in half.

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

Measure an 8×8 inch square on the corner where there are no folds. Cut the square out.

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

This is what the fabric will look like once the 8×8 squares are cut from the sides.

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

On the wrong side of the fabric- take the edges of each square, match them up and sew the seam closed.

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

Using an iron, press the edges of the fabric down 1/2 inch.How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

Fold the edges of the fabric over 5/8 of an inch and press down. Topstitch down, leaving an opening to insert the elastic.

Cut the elastic to 36 inches. Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and feed it through the casing. Sew ends of the elastic together and sew the casing opening closed.

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

That’s it- the changing pad cover is complete!

Changing diapers may not be the most fun part of being a parent, but with Member’s Mark Premium Baby Diapers and your stylish, new changing pad cover it just got a little more enjoyable!

How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover

I hope you liked How to Sew a Contoured Changing Pad Cover!

Looking for more easy sewing projects?

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Raised Vegetable Garden with Pea Gravel DIY

Raised Vegetable Garden with Pea Gravel DIY

Raised Vegetable Garden with Pea Gravel DIY

Last year I made this DIY Pea Gravel Patio on the side of my main patio. It was a great way to increase the square footage of my patio without paying the exorbitant costs associated with traditional hardscaping. This year I wanted to add a second area to be used as a vegetable garden.

Building the frames for the surround and the raised garden boxes was easy enough, the tough part is hauling all the pea gravel!

The first thing you need to do is measure out the size of the patio. I did 12′ x 18′. I had a local excavating company deliver the pea gravel. It actually turned out to be cheaper than if I had ordered it a major home improvement store! I also had the wood delivered from a local lumber yard, which was much easier than trying to fit 12′ boards in my car.

Supplies needed:

2 x 6s (pressure treated)

Mending plates (if joining together 2 pieces of wood in the center)

Corner braces

Screws and drill

Cedar deck boards for the raised garden boxes

Landscape fabric

Level

Staple gun

Pea gravel

Raised Vegetable Garden with Pea Gravel DIY

I outlined all the steps for building the DIY Pea Gravel patio in my previous post. This is nearly identical except the raised garden boxes are added before shoveling in the pea gravel. I cut the landscape fabric away from the inside of the garden boxes.

Raised Vegetable Garden with Pea Gravel DIY

Looking for more DIY Home Projects?

Privacy Screen Planter DIY

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Raised Vegetable Garden with Pea Gravel DIY

I’m really pleased with the way this weekend project turned out! I planted some collard green, swiss chard, kale and arugula for the fall as well as some annual (cilantro, parsley) and perennial herbs (sage, thyme).

There’s still so much work that needs to be done in the backyard. At least now I’ll be fueled with some healthy food!

Raised Vegetable Garden with Pea Gravel DIY

Raised Vegetable Garden with Pea Gravel DIY

Raised Vegetable Garden with Pea Gravel DIY