January 12, 2010

Two Tips Tuesday

Tip #1: Blankets to Bolster Pillow

Is it just me or do you end up with at least 20 blankets when you have a baby? This is what happened to us from the time we were foster parents until Ella. And they are all wonderful...each and every one. But if I could use all of them at once I think I would suffocate my child in the Florida heat (though not this past frigid week..bbbbrrrrrr).

Or I could lay her on top of them with a teeny, weeny pea underneath to see if she is a princess. Since she
will not likely eat it. And she is a princess.

Soooooo...to get to my point. My posting way as usual. I figured out a way to utilize these blankets in my decor instead of just up-keeping them in a neat little pile on a shelf in her room.

This is one of her blankets that I just love. It is a stroller blanket from the Pottery Barn Kids "Penelope" line. Seriously, when going into Ella's room, it kind of looks like PBK EXPLODED in there but I love every inch of it. And of course I do. It's all birds. YIPPEE! I used another blanket, folded it in thirds and then rolled it up sleeping bag style.

I took the rolled up blanket, placed it on the back side of the birdie blanket, and rolled it up again, tying both ends with ribbon. It ended up so sweet because of the pink underside showing on the ends as well as the finished trim.

This is actually the Penelope toddler quilt which Ella does not use yet. She likes lighter, smaller blankets when there is a chill. This time, I flipped it over to the polka dot side, put the rolled blanket on it and folded it in thirds ON TOP of the other rolled blanket. I continued to roll it up sleeping bag style so that ends were folded in instead of out. I folded the other end in towards the middle because I did not want it to be too thick. I wrapped ribbon around the center to hold it together an put a second, thinner ribbon around it.

Here it is on the glider rocker. Kinda fun, right? There are so many creative things you can do and sadly, I did not have enough cute, matching ribbon to try come up with different ones. What would you do?

Tip #2: Fabric Wrapped Glass Candle Holders (Re-use!)

What a simple project! First, I just threw...well, I placed them gently... these tiny little glass candles in the freezer so I could pop out the little bit of wax left in the bottom. After cleaning and drying them, I found some jelly roll, coordinating fabric to wrap around the glass using fabric adhesive. Popped in some tea lights and that was it. I have used tea lights in the pic which I find so tacky of me but oh well. I kept in line with my re-use vibe, right? A fun reuse and so pretty! You could use them as tiny bud vases too. Yesterday, The Long Thread posted something similar to this but did a "sleeve" for the glass jar. That way, you can probably wash it easier and change it out. I just did not feel like sewing these and figured I would just use tea lights. And I promise I am not a copy cat! I had this post scheduled since last week! Here is the link to check out her pretty ribbon sleeve.

16 comments:

  1. You absolutely crack me up! I so enjoy your daily (ok or not so daily)epilogues. You make me smile and I always look forward to Two Tips Tuesdays! Keep goin' girl and see you soon in Bible study!

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  2. BTW,you crack me up because I just love the way you write. It is how I think! I visited the other day and you hadn't written in a while and now I find tons I missed. Keep it up!

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  3. Great tips! I love the ideas for the blankets!

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  4. I have only been following for a I guess a couple of weeks now but I really do enjoy reading your posts. I personally love the relaxed, conversation style of writing!! I have not yet tried anything from "two tips tuesday" but I know I will in the future. Very neat ideas! Thanks!

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  5. I adore the one with the birds too cute.How nice for a little babies bed.

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  6. I love the bolster pillows--what a great idea! I always love the way they look in the catalog, but am not willing to pay for them. You are so smart!

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  7. I am so in love with these ideas. Now, can you bring a few of those candles on Friday? Thanks!

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  8. I am really starting to look forward to two tip tuesday! Love it!
    I make soy candles, and I've wrapped the votive jars with pretty papers before, and I love the idea of using fabric. I'm gonna steal it, just a little. ;)

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  9. These are great ideas, thanks for sharing! Once in a magazine I saw a bath sized towel rolled up sleeping bag style and made into a pillow with pretty ribbon tied at each end, which I've not yet tried. I have tons of baby blankets, too, and I just don't have the heart to part with them. Same with some cute clothes and pajama sleepers. I am seriously considering making a quilt out of all my favorites that my kids have outgrown. Then I can cuddle up with both of my kids' sweet blankies and other cuddly things all at once.

    I also love your candle jar idea. I might just try that on used (glass) pasta jars. Every time I put them in the recycle bin I think there must be something else I can use them for. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  10. I LOVE your Two-tips Tuesdays! They are always such good ideas!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  11. Oh, I really want thank you to all of you because your comments always make me smile.

    Just a note for those of you who want to try the candle thing...especially to Home's Where My Heart Is...using a tapered jar(pasta jar)could get tricky so maybe just put the fabric around the rounded part of the jar and not all the way up to the neck. I would love to see it when you do it. Mindy, have you posted your candles? That is so great that you make your own. My brother does too...isn't that funny?

    All of you bless me so much with your sweet words!

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  12. I came across your blog this morning from my sister. Stopped by and absolutely love your two-tips Tuesday. In fact, I went back a few posts to see what you posted. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  13. I adore these lovely creative ideas of your...yes I think even I could tackle these. A million thanks and thank you for all your lovely comments you leave on my blog!

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  14. You know I actually thought to myself last night, oh tomorrow is two tips tuesday. Isn't that funny? You've made an impression on me! I would be so frantic on monday trying to come up with great tips, I don't know how you do it.

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  15. What great ideas!! I especially love the blankets. You are so stinking smart. No, seriously, you are!

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  16. sooo i'm pretty much in love with your blog. check out my rave review here: http://www.missimagination.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13077#post13077

    now i just needs kids so i can steal their blankies to transform hehe. thanks again for a stellar project!

    - Elizabeth (missimagination.com)

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