DIY: Ribbon Weaving

ribbon weaving

School has started and the weather is getting crisp– now is a better time than ever to learn how to weave. After the kids are in bed and while Collin is traveling, my evening ritual includes watching Gossip Girl reruns and listening to summer rainstorms as of late. Throwing in a weaving loom and colorful yarn + ribbons would be the perfect addition.
Love this unique twist to the typical weaving techniques using ribbon + twine Ann Marie is sharing today. She walks you through step by step. So colorful and rad!!
PS Congrats to Ann Marie and husband in welcoming their new sweet bebe! xoxo


ribbon weaving

Weaving is one of those trends that has recently taken Pinterest by storm and for good reason. It’s an incredibly relaxing craft that can be done virtually anywhere with a variety of materials and techniques…the possibilities are endless! Normally I use yarn when I weave, but I decided to try something new and mix of Dear Lizzy grosgrain ribbon with baker’s twine to create a fun woven wall hanging. Here’s how I did it:

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1. To begin, I gathered all of my supplies, including a handful of my favorite ribbon + baker’s twine from the Daydreamer 24-Pack, sharp fabric scissors, and a Martha Stewart loom and needle. (If you don’t have that particular loom, you could always create your own! This is a great tutorial for building one out of a wooden frame and nails.

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2. Next, I created the base for my weaving (aka the “warp”) using baker’s twine. I began by tying a double knot to one the prongs and then threading back and forth between both sides of the loom until I was satisfied with the size of the warp. Once I reached the end, I tied another double knot to a different prong (on the same side of the loom as the first double knot) and trimmed off any excess string.

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3. Since the width of the grosgrain ribbon was a little too wide for the look I was going for, I cut a strand in half. Note: a little bit of fraying will occur when you cut the ribbon, but I think it only adds to the handmade charm of the weaving!

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4. Once I had a half-sized strand, I threaded it through the needle and tied a simple larks head knot ( on one end of the warp and began weaving back and forth.

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5. When I wanted to tie on a new color, I simply double knotted the two ribbon together (always on the backside of the weaving) and continued the process.

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6. Once I was happy with the size of my weaving, I tied off the final ribbon.

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7. Since I wanted to hang the woven wall hanging from a twig, I carefully slid the top part of the weaving down with my fingers, making sure I didn’t create too much tension on the warp. Then, I tucked the twig into the top strands until it was all the way through and I could pull the weaving off of the loom.


8. To secure the bottom strands of the weaving, I double knotted every two strands together until the entire structure was finished.


9. Next, I evened out the look of the dangling strands by cutting a straight horizontal line with my fabric scissors.
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amme_weaving_1410. Finally, I cut another strand of baker’s twine and tied a knot on each end of the twig so that I could hang the weaving to a wall or in my case, a doorknob.

11. Then came the fun part: finding a home for my new woven masterpiece! I decided to hang it from the doorknob in my office to add a colorful, welcoming touch to the room!

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Birthday in a bottle

birthday in a bottle
This Birthday in a bottle idea is darling for a birthday invitation, adding a gift inside or any treats to give to a friend. Here are some tips of how Wilna put the bottles together.

To make the tags: First I painted half of the tag with Chalkboard paint and used a white pen to write a little note. Next, I added gold embossing powder to the other half of the tag. Then layered with Dear Lizzy stickers and sequin ribbon. Also, added some of my diecut phrases.
To make gold milk bottles I poured gold acrylic craft paint in it spun the bottle to cover the inside. Tied the tag to the bottle with baker’s twin. I think these would make awesome gifts or invitations. I have a friend who has a birthday soon and the plan is to give her one of these bottles with flowers in it.

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Embellished Envies


School is back in session!
Their first day of school Collin put a note in each of the girl’s boxes with a clue to a surprise he’d planned for them on Saturday. After lunch they met up at the purple slide to share what their note said and figure out Dad’s surprise. This idea was brilliant because we knew Avery would find Quincey and see how she is doing. They ended up playing together at recess even. It’s heartbreaking to picture your kids at the first day of school all alone, trying to make new friends and figuring out the routine. Even though I think the whole experience of going back to school helps them grow, it was comforting to know they have each other.

These cute envelopes would be perfect for a lunch note-even add a little treat inside. They were made by the darling Amy from Inspiration Ave.
First, choose a few pieces of coordinating Dear Lizzy papers. Use an envelope cut file from Silhouette Studio and the  Cameo to cut your shapes. Last, embellish with tags and stitched hearts.


After a long day of school we sit in the window seat and she tells me all about it.


Back To School Feast

IMG_8015b This year we headed up to the glorious mountains for the back to school feast. It is a celebration for the ending of summer and beginning of another school year. My sister, Camille, and Collin helped put it together for our kids. Camille made the yummy caramel and white chocolate cinnamon apples as well as a delicious quinoa + mango salad. I pulled together some crowns and special details. Before hand, we chose a theme for the year and shared it with them. During the feast we also talk about their excitement and concerns. Making new friends and how to be a good student. My great grandma Charlotte happened to be here visiting from San Diego and I saw her watching with wide eyes as we carried the chairs and table to our perfect spot. Then I had to laugh and holler to her, “Grandma, I promise I’m not crazy.” Actually we kind of are. But it was memorable and that’s what we were striving for. A million giggles, many clinks of their bottles with a loud “Cheers!” through out the night and a couple hilarious quotes proved the night to be a success.
Matthew: “We should do this more often…”
Quincey: “This is the best day of my life!” haha Mostly because there was an unusual treat of cream soda involved. Not to mention, a tower of R A D donuts.

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

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Back To School Feast

Back To School Feast

Back To School Feast


Back To School Feast

Back To School Feast

Back To School Feast

Back To School Feast

Back to school feast

Back To School Feast

Back To School Feast

Our first Back To School Feast here

Here’s to another year, my sweet girls! I am so proud of you. How brave you face the up-coming months. How set your eyes are on the goal of being a friend to others and striving with all your might to grow and learn. Love you, Momma!



Popsicle Invitations

So thrilled to have some over-the-top darling projects from Wilna like these popsicle ice cream invites. Seriously, I could just eat them up.
Check out her shop full of hand-drawn cut files and even her famous coffee cup albums.

Since in the summertime we always enjoy popsicles… they were a great inspiration for invitations. I cut each popsicle out twice using my Silhouette + the cut files you can find in my shop. Next, I used hot glue to add the two pieces together with a stick in the middle.

The fun part was decorating them!! I used Dear Lizzy Papers, glue and actual cake sprinkles. Don’t forget gold glitter, of course.
For the painting section have you ever used Impasto Acrylic Paint? It is a medium that works with paints and most stains to build up the texture and thicken it. Loved the look that added to the popsicles. ice cream invites ice cream invites ice cream invites

ice cream invites

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Love how each one is unique, make the invitation process fun. Or you could do them all the same to streamline the process. And a popsicle theme would be easy and cute to add through out the party decor when it is time for the big day.



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Stay Gold

gold instagram album These gold mini albums are shiny and divine. I mean, come on, they are gold leather even. Inside they hold two different page protectors. A 4″x4″ style and then one that holds four 2″x2″ photos. I used my Zink Happy printer and app to print the 2″ photos straight from my Instagram account. Then I used my Selphy to print the 4″x6″ photos right from my phone. Then I cut down to 4″ squares. Added some of my Dear Lizzy cards that I cut down and it can’t get any easier than that to document our anni trip to Vegas and other summer memories. (Cue sobbing… because summer is almost over…!!!!) **The albums have been sold out most places but I spotted some at one of my fave shops: Blue Moon scrapbooking.  Used my Instax share printer for the photos above. See post here for more details. I’ll share more soon. xo, Lizzy favorite supplies sink happy printer gold instagram album canon selphy wireless printer dear lizzy project life

For Kids + For Mom

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Towards the end of summer the manic momma episodes begin. One second I am on the verge of tears thinking of not seeing these cute faces through out the day, then the next I am ready to kiss those cheeks off to school and have a few moments of peace and quiet. Next week our school starts. Crazy. I’m going to miss Avery reading Junie B Jones to me. Quincey pulling my arm the second I sit down to come jump on the trampoline with her. She wins, of course, so I show off my front flip and almost pee my pants. ; ) Lola’s ready to rule the house with the bigs gone. Then there’s Myles… our little buddy following everyone around.
I put together this collage with a few of my favorite things right now. Ya know, like books, sharpened pencils and backpacks. Tell me I’m not the only one who loves buying school supplies this time of year…?

Gold Bow Headband: Janie & Jack//Polka Dot Jeans: H&M//Enjoy Tee: Gap
Leopard Flats: J Crew Factory//Notebook: Shop Bando //Panda & Bunny Backpack

Darling Blue Skirt//What Would Audrey Do Book//Ooh la la
: Modcloth //Pencils




DIY: Geometric Banner

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Love this banner idea from Ann Marie using Dear Lizzy paper and twine:
One of the most consistent crafty trends over the past couple of years has been the banner. It’s gone from triangles to circles to tassels and everything in between! I’m always trying to think ofnew and exciting ways to push the trend even further, so I was psyched when I found this awesome 3D geometric ball cut file designed by Amy Robison in the Silhouette Studio store. Here’s how I took the simple shape and turned it into a festive banner for my office.
geometric banner
geometric banner
1. First, I gathered together all of my supplies, including the Daydreamer 6 x 6″ pad, a solid tape runner, red baker’s twine, my Cameo die-cutting machine + 12 x 12″ mat, and the 3D geometric ball cut file.
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geometric banner
2. Next, I chose my favorite patterned papers from the 6 x 6″ pad and laid four at a time out on my 12 x 12″ Cameo mat.
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3. Once I had the cut files arranged in the Silhouette Studio software, I let my Cameo go to work and cut out a bunch of the 3D geometric balls.
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4. After determining how long I wanted my banner to be, I cut a long strand of red baker’s twine.
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5. Using my fingers to carefully fold along all of the perforated lines, I began to create the geometric ball shape with the help of a solid tape runner.
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geometric banner
6. Before sealing up each of the geometric shapes, I used a needle to thread the baker’s twine from one side of the ball to the other.
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geometric banner
7. Once I had all of the 3D geometric balls strung along the baker’s twine, I hung it up over a floating shelf and called it good. I love the way it adds a playful touch whimsy to my office!
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You Are Adored

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No matter what is weighing on your mind or if things are tough right now, remember–you are adored!
Focus on the positive and don’t let unwarranted, negative situations you can’t control or change even occupy the space in your mind. There’s been some disappointing things happen recently and I am striving to not dwell and move on. This doesn’t go so well for me in the middle of the night but I am working on it… because sleep is worth its weight in gold to this tired momma. But it’s easier said than done. Don’t ya think? Especially when the situation includes people I care about. So I’m working on filling my mind with what’s important: Collin, my kids and the other blessings that appear simple… yet abundant. Then spread some love to others.

Just wanted to send you a note that you are adored! Thanks for reading my blog! xo, Lizzy

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Love this cutest little girl stamped image from my Dear Lizzy Daydreamer stamp set. We named her Rosie because Quincey’s middle name is Rose and for a while she wanted us to call her Rosie. Now her requested nickname of choice is Queen Bee. Yes, ma’am. haha
Photos and design Amy Yingling

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Instagram Photo Books

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Seeing that Instagram fills in the gaps of what I don’t scrapbook or Project Life… it’s huge for me to print the photos from my feed to tangible memories.
There’s a new way to easily print your entire Instagram feed. It’s super fast and seriously the price is reasonable too. For 6 bucks you can get a 60 page book.
Download the app CHATBOOKS onto your phone. Use the code LIZZY1 for your first book freeeee! If you order three books or more.
Another great thing about Chatbooks is that you can sign up for the autoship and once you have 60 more photos it will automatically ship you the next book. I love happy mail but spontaneous happy mail is even better!

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It was seriously Christmas morning when I opened my package and saw all these faces! Then I wouldn’t let anyone touch them which defeats the whole purpose.

Once you are inside the app you can:

-Change the title of the album and what it will print the same on the spine of each book. I didn’t realize I could change this so mine all say “My Instagrams” but it would be fun to include something funny, a family name or inside joke. Just touch the title “My Instagrams” to open that album then tap again to change the title.
-Choose which cover you want for each book. Or just go with the random one the app assigns. Of course I took the extra time and chose each one. Clearly, I was favoring this little kissed face cover when I was taking photos of the books.
-Delete photos you do not want in the book.
-Also it includes the caption from your photo. Which was an awesome addition to an already gold product.

Other features include: Chatbook Series A daily-life scrapbook for a private group. Where you can add contributors and everyone can submit photos to print into a book. How nice is this for a photo book gift for a loved one where everyone can easily submit their photos. Think Christmas presents people! I know my mom would love this!
Also, there’s a Custom Book option so you can upload up to 300 photos from your phone for an event or specific themed book. So easy!

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It prints a date stamp in the top left corner and the caption below.

Remember to use the code: LIZZY1 to get your first book free if you order three or more.
Now download the app, Chatbooks, and get your memories into your hands.

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