Friday, July 29, 2011

DIY Friday: Diaper Wreath


Sorry I left you guys hanging last week with DIY Friday! Sawyer had me so busy I couldn't get it done in time.

Let me first apologize to Michelle because I hate you're going to see your diaper wreath before the actual shower, but I figured you wouldn't mind that much.

As you all know, we are throwing a baby shower for Josh's cousin Michelle and her hubby Eric which will be Pirate/tailgate themed. So of course, all our decor needs to be purple & gold or Pirate oriented. Wellllll, I have been searching the internet for a pirate-themed diaper wreath and I couldn't find one I really liked or one that was less than $30. Therefore, I decided to make one.

Voila!


Stuff you'll need:
Wreath form 
Hot glue gun
Ribbon
Baby things
Diapers (duh)
Coordinating decorations (like little wooden figures and such)

What you do:
1. Unroll your diaper. Not ALL the day, just halfway so that the little wings are still tucked inside. Put your wreath form between the front and back of the diaper (kind of in the crotch).

2. Pull the ends together so the diaper is wrapped around your wreath form then put a rubberband around around it, next to the wreath form so there are pieces of the diaper sticking out at the ends (sorry that's a horrible explanation - just see the picture)


3. Continue wrapping the diapers around the form, overlapping a little on the sides to hide the form



4. Wrap ribbon around the rubberbands and tie cute bows.

5. Wrap some thicker ribbon around the wreath, outside to inside. And secure with hot glue so it will stick.

6. Glue fun things like baby items (i.e. socks and shoes or toys) or decorative items (like a pirate ship or flag) around the diaper wreath. Try to just glue these things onto the thicker ribbon you just wrapped, that way the diapers will still be able to be used (instead of having to throw them away because they've been ripped all to pieces trying to get the items un-stuck). I also hung a wooden letter from the top part of my wreath so it would dangle in the middle hole (...that's what she said)

7. Put big bow on top. "But Lauren, I don't know how to make a big bow and I don't want to buy one" you may say. No worries, because this is a *surprise* two-part DIY!! (Try to contain your excitement).

How to make a bow:
  1. Cut piece of ribbon about four feet long - depending on how big you want it (....that's what she said)
  2. Go to the middle of the bow and twist it, this will be your center of your bow so make it a good sized little square.

  3. Make loops with the tail of your ribbon, alternating sides and twisting each time you make a new loop then securing with your fingers.
  4. When done making loops, secure bow with ribbon or wire by threading through the middle loop and around the twists you made.
8. Secure bow to wreath!

And you're done!

Not pictured? Me burning my fingerprints off with the stupid hot glue gun.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thrifty Thursday

Yesterday, I spent some money. And I am feeling a little guilty about it.... okay I am feeling more guilty about hiding them from Joshua but what can you do?

Pink boutique in Greenville was having a HUGE Lilly sale and I just cannot deny myself the right to shop.

Sidenote: That is a "Her" magazine under my purchase (where I was an intern for a year during college), I had to pick one up because I had an article in it this month about "maternity style". You can check it out here, my part is at the bottom.

I got a lovely Katia wrap sweater in "Limeade Cherry Begonias" for only $28! (originally 88).
I also got a new planner - not on sale, but I needed one for this coming year! - in the "Nice to See You" print

But alas, not everything I bought yesterday was guilt-inducing! I got sweet baby boy an exersaucer (basically a little activity station that can either be immobile or free to roll around the floor when they start walking) at the second hand kids store for $30! Then I got another one (for his sitter, Mrs. Vicki) for $25! Those jokers usually retail for $60-$80.

I also just got two bottles of Osis Mattfying Powder off Ebay for only $10! Usually they run about $12 a piece! I started using this powder in my hair to allow me a few days between washes, but it also makes it look so much thicker and my poof a LOT fuller. Queen of Hair, Pink Lou Lou also uses it, so obviously it's marvelous.
Now I feel less guilty since I didn't spend as much as I could have. If only Josh could see this logic....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

I'm linking up with Jamie for WILW!




I am loving that Lilly Pulitzer has made a Blackberry pouch! I know everybody seems to have an iPhone now-a-days but I love my crackberry, so I was so happy to see Lilly has made an accessory for me too!
I am lovin' Kashi Go Lean Original cereal. I was using granola for my yogurt but OMG have you ever looked at the fat grams in that stuff!?! Crazytown. So, I started using this Kashi Go Lean Original cereal instead, delish!
Speaking of yogurt... I am loving Yoplait's Red Velvet Cake and Boston Cream Pie flavors! So yummy.
I am loving that Sawyer has really started to notice Sookie. When she walks by or even if she is standing near he reaches out for her to rub her back (or poke her in the eye) and she just calmly takes it all in. 


I'm loving this "Flight of the Concords" necklace from Francesca's Collections

I am loving this "Assymetrical Bow Sleeve" dress from GoJane how can you go wrong with a $16.80 dress that is not only one shouldered but also flowy?

And of course I am lovin' these guys..

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blog Sale: Lilly Pulitzer

Alright ladies (and umm gentlemen maybe?) - below are some lovely Lilly Pulitzer items I am trying to get out of my closet. Email me at leh0927@alumni.ecu.edu if you're interested! Remember, my blog sale featuring designer jeans is also still going on!
Shipping & handling = $3 

Lilly Pulitzer "Dayle" Printed Silk Top sz. L
SOLD


Lilly Pulitzer "Avery" Classic White Silk Skirt sz. L
SOLD

Lilly Pulitzer linen maxi dress in Loco patch sz. 6
$45
(sorry for the picture quality)

Lilly Pulitzer "Anna" dress in Kings Court patch sz. 8
SOLD


Lilly Pulitzer "Willa" dress in Fillies for Lilly (I think) sz. 10
SOLD

Lilly Pulitzer "Brett" dress in Elefrance sz. 10
SOLD

Lilly Pulitzer halter top sz. 10
SOLD

Lilly Pulitzer Jubilee dress sz. 12
$35

Thursday, July 21, 2011

email correction

YIKES! If you emailed me earlier I probably didn't get it since I had a typo in my address! My correct email address is leh0927@alumni.ecu.edu

Come b(u)y!

BLOG SALE!

FINALLY after a long morning at the orthopedics office where I was informed I have arthritis in my knee (like an 'effin old person) here are the denim items I am selling today. Email me (leh0927@alumni.ecu.edu) AND please post a comment that you've done so too if you have any questions and if you want to buy an item. I am flexible with the prices!
Happy shopping!

7 For All Mankind distressed bootcut jeans "Original" fit sz. 32 with 36" inseam (fits like a 10-12) WITH TAGS!
$65

Rock and Republic "Cassandra"bootcut jeans with purple "R" pockets sz. 31 (fits like a 10)
$85

Hudson flare-leg jeans sz. 31 in very dark wash 
$65

Citizen of Humanity "Kelly" low waist bootcut in light wash sz. 30
Okay, story behind these. I got these offline from Nordstrom and they were a final sale, didn't notice that they  were supposed to ankle-length for PETITES. So of course they come up to my shin bones, therefore I always wear them cuffed. Still precious though.
$30

Seven for All Mankind  stretch bootcut jeans in green wash sz. 31
These are very unique and have a cool color, I even wore them in my engagement pictures
$40

Rock and Republic "Paige" distressed mini skirt sz. 30 (very short, like 13 inches)
$30



Seven for All Mankind Jolly Roger print mini skirt sz. 31
$30