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Before & After : Garden Gnome Makeover

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I just adore my garden gnome! I snagged him up at our local At Home store a few summers ago. Isn’t he just the cutest with his hands behind his back? I had to name him David. If you’ve ever watched David the Gnome as a kid on the Nickelodeon channel, you get me… haha. Since the front of our house faces east, this poor little guy tends to get sun bleached quite often. Perfect time for a makeover!

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You Are My Sunshine Birthday

Becoming a mom has made me realize how much I love to party plan. I never really had the opportunity before having my daughter, but it’s seriously a blast crafting all of the party details and decorations. I was so stoked to plan Olivia’s 1st birthday! I’m sure I spent countless hours of browsing the internet for party themes, but one in particular kept sticking out to me. When I was itty bitty, my mother sang “You Are My Sunshine” to me each night before bed, as I’m sure most moms did. Since Olivia has come into this world, I’ve carried on the tradition of singing it to her every night. While she now sings along with me in her sweet toddler voice, I belted out the lyrics as loud as I could at her age, haha… my poor mom. This song has always held a special place in my heart and I just knew it would be the perfect theme!

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Fabric Bunting Sewing Tutorial

Buntings are such fun and cheerful decorations for parties, holidays, nurseries, or however you wish to display them. I made this fabric banner for my daughter’s 1st birthday party. This project is simple and super inexpensive to make! Her theme was “You are my Sunshine”, so I chose some bright and sunny patterns for my pennants.  I purchased the bias tape at Walmart for under $2. Other than that, you may have to buy the assorted fabrics, or you might already have some scraps laying around. You don’t need a lot of it for this tutorial. Sizes will vary, depending on how big you want your flags (see my little template below). With basic sewing skills, you too can make one of these adorable buntings for any special occasion! Here’s how I did it: