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DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Sewing, Life

9 Favourite Tutorials of 2013 from The DIY Mommy

As the year 2013 comes to a close, I feel very thankful. I’m thankful that I can use this little blog as a creative outlet, and I’m excited that it has even become a small source of income to help support my little family!

I’m thankful that there are people that actually come visit this blog, comment on posts, Pin my ideas and projects, and interact with me. I LOVE it, and I’m so happy to have found such a wonderful way to meet new friends and share all of my crazy projects.Continue reading

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Parties & Holidays, Free Printables

9 Favourite Free Valentine Printables

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I wanted to share with all of you my very favourite free Valentine’s printables.

There are so many cute & lovely free Valentine’s Day card and treat designs on the web that I found it hard to choose only 9 that I liked the best!  The ones that I love are very creative, adorable, and I’m sure Little C will have a blast picking one out and putting it together with me for her little buddies.

9 Favourite Free Valentine Printables by The DIY Mommy

  1. Printable Kid’s Valentines by Elinee
  2. Free Valentine Lollipop Printable by Uncommon Designs
  3. Printable School Valentine by I Heart Naptime
  4. Love Bug Valentines by Dandee
  5. Sip Sip Hooray It’s Valentine’s Day Straw Tags by Plucky MoMo
  6. Glow Stick Valentines by Kommunicated
  7. Crayon Heart Valentines by Whipperberry
  8. Butterfly Valentine by Skip To My Lou
  9. Ladybug Valentine by Skip To My Lou

(And don’t forget about my Cupcake & Bird Valentine’s Day printables!)

Need some more Valentine’s Day inspiration for next week? Check out my Valentine board on Pinterest.

Which one is your favourite?

DIY Crafts, DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Sewing, Life

A Handmade Christmas: DIY Gifts for Women

Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? Whether you’re making a Christmas gift for your sister, your best friend, your mom or your aunt, the DIY ideas below are easy and unique! I think all of them are lovely, but I’m especially fond of the boot socks and the homemade tea bags.

A Handmade Christmas: DIY Gift Ideas for Women by The DIY Mommy

  1. Boot Socks by Oops! I Craft My Pants
  2. DIY Soaps by 100 Layer Cake
  3. 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy
  4. Soy Candles by Ruffled
  5. Braided T-Shirt Bracelets by Henry Happened
  6. Hot / Cold Bags by Bee in my Bonnet
  7. Cozy Toes Slippers by Sew News
  8. Pin Cushion Jars by Make It and Love It
  9. DIY Tea Bags by A Beautiful Mess

Do you have a friend, mom, sister, grandma or aunt in your life that you’re planning to make something for this Christmas? Please comment below!

Commit to A Handmade Christmas This Year with The DIY MommyThis post is part of The DIY Mommy’s “A Handmade Christmas” series. Would you like to commit to giving handmade gifts (made by you or someone else) for Christmas this year? Join me by entering here!

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Recipes, DIY Sewing

A Handmade Christmas: DIY Toddler Gifts

Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? I’ve found the absolute sweetest and most creative DIY ideas for toddler gifts! From easy homemade play dough to a super hero fort kit, these gifts would be exciting for any little one to receive.

A Handmade Christmas: DIY Toddler Gift Ideas by The DIY Mommy

  1. Baby Doll Accessories by Craftaholics Anonymous
  2. Homemade Playdough by Art Nest
  3. DIY Wipe-Down Aprons by Ruffles and Stuff
  4. Chalk cloth Table Topper by Noodlehead
  5. DIY Felt Board by The Busy Budgeting Mama
  6. Super Hero Fort Kit by Meg + Andy
  7. Old MacDonald Puppets by Just Another Day in Paradise
  8. Mini Colouring Tote by LBG Studio
  9. Magnetic Fishing Game by Blissfully Domestic

Do you have a toddler in your life that you’re planning to make something for this Christmas? Please comment below!

Commit to A Handmade Christmas This Year with The DIY MommyThis post is part of The DIY Mommy’s “A Handmade Christmas” series. Would you like to commit to giving handmade gifts (made by you or someone else) for Christmas this year? Join me by entering here!

DIY Crafts, DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Sewing

A Handmade Christmas: DIY Baby Gifts

Christmas is in 7 weeks; can you believe it? It’s week one of our “A Handmade Christmas” commitment, and I’ve put together some fun and simple ideas for DIY baby Christmas presents. All of these are practical (soft toys, blankets and clothing) and fairly straight forward to craft or sew.

A Handmade Christmas: 9 Favourite Christmas Gifts for Baby by The DIY Mommy

  1. Happy Cloud Baby Toy by ReFabulous
  2. No Sew Fleece Blanket by A Chelsea Morning
  3. “I Am Loved” Onesie by The DIY Mommy
  4. Baby Mittens by Speckled Owl Studio
  5. Bandana Bib by The Purl Bee
  6. Baby Owl Plushie by Homelife
  7. Ribbon Loop Blanket by The DIY Mommy
  8. Wooly Owl Hat by Slugs on the Refridgerator
  9. Baby Necktie by The DIY Mommy

Do you have a baby in your life that you’re planning to make something for this Christmas? Please comment below!

Commit to A Handmade Christmas This Year with The DIY MommyThis post is part of The DIY Mommy’s “A Handmade Christmas” series. Would you like to commit to giving handmade gifts (made by you or someone else) for Christmas this year? Join me by entering here!

DIY Crafts, DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Sewing

9 Favourite DIY Baby & Kid’s Costumes

by Christina Dennis

One of my favourite things to DIY are costumes and dress-up clothes for my daughter. They’re so fun to dream up and I even find them fun to sew. You can use so much imagination when sewing and crafting children’s costumes – bright colours, fun trims, shine, glitz, dimension… you can use them all and it’s OK! With Halloween on it’s way, I’m sharing with you nine of my recent absolute favourite baby and kid’s DIY costumes. These are simply too adorable not to share, and most of them are fairly easy to make. Are you ready to get your cutie-pie craft on?

9 Favourite DIY Baby & Kid's Costumes from The DIY Mommy

  1. Carl from “Up” by Auburn Soul Photography
  2. DIY Peacock Tutu by The Train to Crazy
  3. Superman Costume by Kara’s Creative Place
  4. Mary Poppins Costumes from Make It And Love It
  5. Princess Dress by The DIY Mommy
  6. No Sew Cupcake Costume by Lemon Tree Creations
  7. Bird Wing Costume by Llevo el invierno
  8.  Toddler and Baby Football Costume by The Macs
  9. Red Riding Hood Costumes by Make It and Love It

I’ve included one of my costume tutorials in this list (the Princess Dress), but you can also find tutorials for a Tinkerbell Costume, a Superhero Cape and a Strawberry Shortcake Costume here on The DIY Mommy.

What is the most adorable baby or kid’s DIY costume that you’ve ever seen?

DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes

9 Favourite Things to Bake With Pumpkin

9 Favourite Things to Bake with Pumpkin by The DIY Mommy

I’m admittedly overly proud of a little, perfectly round orange pumpkin we harvested from our greenhouse this week. I really shouldn’t be, since my gardening capabilities are next to nil and I have a strong aversion to weed-pulling. But, I really do love the little guy and I’m so excited to bake something pumpkin-y and carve it into fun things with my girls for fall!

I love baking (and apparently pumpkins), so I’d like to share with you my top nine favourite pumpkin recipes that I’m dying to try out this autumn. Don’t the look absolutely delicious?

  1. Pumpkin Caramel Pretzel Bars by Sugarcrafter – There’s something wonderfully addicting about sweet + salty and this recipe has just that!
  2. Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting by Two Peas and Their Pod – Um, need I say more?
  3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Blessed Life – This is a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with some pumpkin and spices thrown in.
  4. Starbucks Pumpkin Pound Cake by Something Swanky – A relatively low-fat coffee cake that looks delish!
  5. Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheetcake by Picky Palate – If there’s anything I like more than pumpkin, it’s vanilla. What do I love more than vanilla? Cinnamon rolls. This looks amazing.
  6. Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze by Pretty. Good. Food. – A brown sugary coffee cake with a crumb top – yum!
  7. Petite Pumpkin Spice Donuts by Blue-Eyed Bakers – Aren’t these cute and tasty looking? And they’re baked, not fried.
  8. Ooey Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Blondies {with Chocolate and Walnuts} by Lauren’s Latest – Pumpkin, chocolate, chips and nuts in a buttery bar with whipped cream on top… sorry, dieters!
  9. Cinnamon Mini Cheesecakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting by Gimme Some Oven – I’m most excited to try these lovelies. I love the idea of a pumpkin flavoured icing!

Which pumpkin recipe is making your mouth water?

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