My designsBYmcm Adventure

I apologize for being so absent the last few months. You may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram that I have been playing around with my Silhouette and vinyl a lot recently.

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Although life is pretty crazy around here I decided it was finally time to take the leap and open up my online shop. Right now it is just through my Facebook Page, designsBYmcm, but I am in the process of creating a shop on My Shopify to make ordering easier.

I really want my shop to be about creating the perfect gift for someone. While I have lots of items listed, I encourage people to message me if they have an idea of something they want so I can make it happen. I continue to add more items weekly and now that I have purchased a heat press I will be adding t-shirts, decorative pillow covers, can covers, and more.

Here are just a few of my favorite items currently listed in my shop.

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I will also continue to offer digital birthday chalkboards, birth prints, invitations, and home decor prints as I have in the past.

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I am SO excited about this adventure and grateful for all the sales I have had to date. It hasn’t been easy to manage being a SAHM and starting up a business but Rob has been amazing and when I set my mind on something I am pretty much a machine to achieve anything!

Black & Gold Bridal Shower

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I still can’t believe my little sister is getting married. Seems like their engagement is flying by. This past weekend her future MIL, our Mom, and I threw a bridal shower for her. It was a certainly a family affair with everything from the cupcakes to favors handmade by family.

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I loved putting her invitation together and it was so easy to get it printed through Shutterfly.com.

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We also had lawn posters made to help direct guests. Both are available in my shop, designsBYmcm.

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The centerpieces were certainly our biggest task, especially all the drinking ūüėČ J/K Luckily the shower was hosted at a family restaurant with a bar so they collected about 75% of them for us. We purchased flowers from Michaels when they were 40% off and a few cans of spray paint.

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The sets looked great on the tables. It took some time to find the right combinations for each so we labeled each set on the bottom so that we could easily clump them together when we arrived.

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One of Sarah’s future SIL’s purchased black napkins for us and rolled them into roses. They sat on top of a packet of games to keep the guests entertained which was held together by wine charms.

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She also made these adorable ones for the cupcake table!

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The prizes were put together by Sarah’s future MIL and they were definitely the hit. She took Mason jars and filled them with different themes such as “I don’t do mornings” full of coffee items and gift cards”, “Bottoms Up” filled with alcoholic minis”, “Fun In The Sun” filled with items for the beach, and “Beauty” filled with different beauty products.

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Favors

I had a lot of fun putting together the favors. We decided on something homemade and used a play on the words. This sugar scrub is amazing and smells wonderful. I apply it every other day in the shower and it has kept my skin silky smooth. It was also a big hit at the shower and we have received several compliments since then.

Vinyl Signs

Iv’e been on a Silhouette kick so I had to find a few ways to incorporate some vinyl! The ABC Soup Collection at Michale’s is on clearance so I picked up several signs in different sizes for projects.

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I made this for both decoration and as part of her gift. It was another ABC Soup item on clearance at Michael’s. I added one of my favorite wedding quotes in vinyl for them to hang in their home.

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I also used vinyl to decorate her chair and made a Mr for them to use on their chairs at the receptions.

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Rob and I had a blast building the cupcake platform. We seem to work really well together and the end product is never what we initially envisioned. Using items from around the house all¬†we ended up needing was a few 1×4 boards, some screws, and a blow torch.

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The base is 3×2¬†and Rob used 1×1 blocks¬†in each corner for added support.

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Once the base was done and the top tentatively laid out we started playing around with different things around the house until we found a combination we liked.¬†We’ve had the crate for what seems like forever and it has served many purposes so I didn’t mind adding it to this project. The cake stand is from Caity’s ONEderland birthday party last September.

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This was probably my favorite part. Rob got the idea of burning the wood instead of staining. The process was a lot quick and a lot easier with a wonderful final result. I see a lot of wood burning in my future.

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A family member made these wonderful cupcakes and cake. I love how she decorated them and it fit nicely with the theme.

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In addition to games we also passed around large popsicle sticks for everyone to write down some date night ideas for the bride and groom. This was a great activity for guests to do as they entered.

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This was also a hit with the guests and several mentioned that they used some of the items. A basket with pretty much anything you could think of, and more, that you might need.

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Overall it was a great shower and we had so much fun crafting together beforehand!

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: First Sewing Project

 

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One of the goals I set for myself in 2015 was to finally pull out that sewing machine and learning how to sew. When my parents surprised me last weekend I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to sit down for a lesson. My Mom has been sewing for about 40 years now and is pretty amazing. In case you are wondering how much work I actually did… I sewed every single stitch!

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I knew I wanted to make a pillowcase dress for Caity and matching tie for Parker. I couldn’t find a pattern at Jo Ann Fabrics, although I walked away with a ton of McCall patterns on sale for $2.99/each. My Mom was able to create a pattern based on her measurements. I purchased a yard of the turquoise and red fabric. We used Wonder Under to secure Parker’s tie to a t-shirt I picked up while we were there. ¬†Since I still have a lot to learn about sewing I don’t feel like I am able to offer a tutorial on this quite yet. However, tomorrow I am going to share how I made her Yo Yo feather bow! It’s was really easy and since I can buy the materials at a minimum of two inches I was able to save money by only getting what I needed.

I am really proud of myself and can’t wait until their photoshoot tomorrow!!!

Kids Craft: Salt Dough Ornaments

On our way to NJ for the holidays we stopped by PA to spend the weekend with close friends. We love visiting and always have a lot of fun playing with the kids and then enjoying some adult time after they go to bed. Since the kids couldn’t play outside for very long we decided to make Salt Dough Ornaments. I had never made them before but it was so much fun!

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These are easy, quick and really fun to make!

Mix 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup salt into a mixer on low. Drizzle  between 1/2 c Р1c water until the dough forms a ball. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness. Kids can use cookie cutters, Play Doh tools, hands, feet, or anything else to make fun shapes. Place them on a cookie sheet in the over on 300 degree for about 30 minutes.  Once they are cooled you can add paint, glitter, or other fun accents.

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Adults can also have fun making ornaments. I never did a hand print for Parker’s first Christmas (bad momma here) but decided doing one with both of their hands would be cute. It didn’t come out perfect but I LOVE it and can’t wait to hand it on the tree. I will use Sharpie to write the date on the front and probably their ages on the back.

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DIY Wedding Magazine Spring Issue & Giveaway

It’s here! The Spring Issue of DIY Weddings Magazine is now available!¬†

Stop on by DIY Weddings Magazine to download the Spring 2013 issue right to your electronic device or order your hard copy. I am so excited to have another one of my DIY projects featured. Having received so many compliments about our wedding planner, I decided it would be a perfect project. In this issue, I share our wedding planner binder and other tools I used to keep our wedding planning organized.

I am equally excited to announce that DIY Wedding Magazine and I teamed up this issue to host a giveaway for a complete custom binder. One lucky winner will receive a complete binder including printables, custom cover photo and five pages of personalized labels.

Don’t want to wait? You can purchase an electronic set of printables emailed directly to you or order your very own custom binder over in my Etsy Shop, designsBYmcm. Just for being amazing readers, enter DIYWEDDINGS at checkout to get 20% off your purchase.

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