We Lived Happily Ever After: November 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Free Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas Printable

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving... and now that that holiday is officially over, I can start posting Christmas stuff! :)

I am right in the middle of moving from Florida all the way back to New England, so life has been super crazy. Today I wanted to share a fun Christmas Printable with you all!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cheap Last Minute Christmas "Vintage Book Page" Ornaments | Part 1

Confession: I am super cheap. Not "cheap" as in "ugly" and cluttered. I like things to look pretty. 

Cheap as in I hate spending money on something that I can easily make myself.

Friday, November 22, 2013

9 Festive and Free Fonts for the Holidays

I am a total font hoarder- I have sooo many of them! Truth is, I think that they make life happy. And there are tons of fun and great looking fonts out there (...there are also a bunch of ones that I look at and go, "Why on earth did they even take the time to make this font?" Haha!)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Free Fall Printable in 2 Colors and in 2 Sizes

These lovely printables are inspired by what I think fall is all about- being thankful and being able to see look for the beauty in your life and recognize it- especially when things aren't necessarily going your way. It's especially meaningful for me and my family right now. We are enduring through a lot of the hardships Military Life brings (not living with my husband, and not knowing what is going to happen next, etc) But I'm keeping my chin up and am choosing to view life as beautiful.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Changing the Color of Overlay Graphics in Picmonkey

So many of you have left comments or sent me emails asking if you can change the colors of the free graphics I share with you all. The answer is YES, you can!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sketch Me Pretty: 6 Free Embellishments for your Digital Art

So today's free graphic Friday is happening on Saturday. I ended up having a last minute post yesterday that I needed to publish, so Friday's post got pushed to today. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

DIY Nessie | Pattern and Tutorial

I have been keeping this project a secret for far too long, and now that it is up on Buzz Feed I can finally share the reveal with you all! You may remember when I asked you all to vote on whether I should make a Narwhal Whale or a Loch Ness monster. Guess which one won by popular vote? ;)

The sewing process for Nessie was interesting...  I guess it's natural for a two year old's gut reaction to be to jump on the super cool stuffed animal mommy is sewing, and then proceed to use it as a rocking horse... I had to work in a room all by myself to make any progress on this stuffed animal!

To make your own Nessie, you will need: 
A bag of stuffing, 1.5 yards of Felt for the Body (you can make it with just 1 yard, but it never hurts to get a little more than you need), a small sheet of Pink Felt for the patches (you know the small sheets they sell for like 30 cents), a small sheet of Black felt for the eyes & the mouth, and threads to match. 

Please, don't redistribute or sell this pattern and/or items made from this pattern and tutorial. I reserve all rights to my patterns.

Print and cut all the pages out and then attach all of the pieces together, as shown above. 

Using 1.5 yards of felt, cut out 8 flippers (they are stacked in pairs of two in the photo above), 1 belly piece, and 2 body pieces.

Stitch all of the 8 flippers together in pairs of two. Make sure to leave a small opening on the curved edge of the flipper so you can turn it inside out and stuff it. 

Felt is super easy to hand stitch with, so if you don't have a sewing machine, that's totally ok. 

Turn them inside out. Pull it through the opening you left open.

This is what it should look like after you've turned it inside out. All the hem work is on the inside now.

Place both of your body pieces on top of each other, and lift up the bottom part, as shown above.

Now lay the belly piece evenly on top of both half's of the body piece.

Sew the belly piece onto the body pieces.

Once your're done, it should look like the above photo.

Continue sewing the rest of the body up, and leave an opening at the neck for turning inside out and stuffing.

Now turn the body inside out by pulling it through the hole.

 The above photo shows how the body looks turned inside out.

 A great cheap alternative to buying an expensive bag of poly fill is buying a cheap pillow (the ones they sell for $3) and using the fluff in the pillow. Fill the neck and tail first. You want to make sure to REALLY stuff the neck super good so that it will stand up straight and be supported.

If you want extra support in the back just in case you have a feeling that Nessie is going to be used as a rocking horse (and yes, that was my daughter's first reaction was) you can use the 200+ plastic grocery bags you have been hording as extra support for the back. Now you finally have a use for them!

Once you are done stuffing it, sew up the opening. 

Fill your flippers with stuffing, and then position them on Nessie's body. Position the two flippers on each side of the body facing away from each other, pointing out. Pin them in place and hand stitch them on.

Now for the smile and the eyes. Cut out two rectangles for the eyes, and one long strip of fabric for the smile.

 Roll the rectangles into ball shapes and sew the ball in place until it is a complete sphere. Next, position them symmetrically on the face and pin in place.

Sew the eyes onto the face.

Pin the strip of felt you cut for the smile on. Then determine how wide a grin you want Nessie top have on her face. Cut the corners so that the edges are tilted.

Now Nessie has a cute grin! 

This part is optional. Cut out patches and sew them on Nessie.

All done! Now for the reveal!

She LOVES her stuffed "duck" as she calls it. She drags it everywhere she goes, pets it's neck tenderly, and rides it ferociously. I am honestly not sure how long this monster will withstand the hard playing from my little monster!

After dancing for joy at the sight of her new toy, she ran out of the room and came back dragging her horsey so they could meet. 

This Loch Ness Monster Stuffed Animal Toy is a serious contender for my favorite sewing pattern!

I have lots of Scottish blood in my veins... But my husband's family is originally from England. He doesn't really care about heritage other than being American... but he does like to rub it in that his people (the English) conquered my people (the Scotts) 

With all that said, I have always had a thing for the Loch Ness Monster and I just HAD to make one for my little girl! I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. And it was so easy to sew. I mean, I did it all by hand... not that I'm bragging... because in reality my sewing machine is broken, lol!

So, what are you waiting for? This is one monster you won't mind seeing everyday! ;)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Make Paint Chip Art Using Picmonkey

I recently shared how to make a paint chip style banner using photoshop. However, most people don't have photoshop. Guess what? That's totally okay. You don't need  super fancy software to achieve this paint chip style design. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

All Things Bright and Beautiful Fall Printable

I am so excited to present my very first printable with you all! I LOVE chalkboards and I am really looking forward to making my own once me finally get settled in our new home (which won't be for a few months)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Use Picmonkey to make your own transparent, pasteable watermark

I just love Picmonkey. I mean, it's not Photoshop, but you can still get creative with it and do very similar things... and the best part is it's free (minus the optional pro package)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sketch Me Pretty: 12 Stunning Free Rustic Graphics

So yesterday I asked you all if you wanted a font post or a graphics post for today, it was split down the middle, so I just went with the one I couldn't wait to share with you all! ;)