Thursday, December 19, 2013

Our burlap Christmas stockings ... a quickie tutorial to make your own!

burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio

After almost 20 years, I finally decided to make Christmas stockings for my whole family. Not that my children did not have stockings for the past 19 years. I designed and quilted three large "sacks" that featured appliqued images of Santa the first year my oldest daughter was born. I made one for my daughter, one for my husband and one for me.  By the time my next child was born, almost 6 years later, my husband and I decided to stop buying presents for each other and my handmade stocking/sack became my youngest daughter's stocking. I never displayed our stocking as part of our Christmas decor ... they only came out the night before Christmas along with the special plate and mug that we used for Santa's treats.

A couple of weeks ago, after seeing so many magazines and blogs with stockings hung on fireplaces, I could not resist the urge to have stocking that I could use just for Christmas decorating. So I bought four plain burlap stocking from Creative Bag. I already had the lace ribbon and wood letters. I picked up the four beaded snowflakes from Creative Bag ... I think they were the last four and I was so happy they had four left because I had my eye on them for a while but just didn't know what I would do with them. 

Here's what I did:
burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio

1. Gather your supplies - burlap stocking, lace ribbon, ornaments, wood or metal letters, baker's twine, thread in colour to match the stocking and a needle. 
2. I sewed two rows of lace ribbon to the cuff on my stocking. You add as much or little lace as you want ... there is no right or wrong way to do it. 
3. Embellish each stock to personalize. I used wood letters stained brown for each of our family members. First I sewed the beaded snowflake ornament to the stocking. Note that I sewed the ornament with the hanging element facing downward so I could attach the wooden letter to it with the baker's twine.

burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's another close up of one of the stockings. Santa will not be filling these stockings. Ever. They are just for me.

burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio
This is the project that inspired me to make my family Christmas stockings. I originally purchased one burlap stocking to use for a baby gift. One of our friends' daughter was expecting her first child early December and I thought that it would be cute to package the baby's gift in a stocking. Since we didn't know if it was a girl or a boy when I was giving the gift, I left the burlap stocking plain and just added a gift tag and spoon ornament that I made for the baby's first Christmas. 

The spoon was a vintage silver baby spoon. I hammered it flat and engraved the numbers "2013" using metal stamps and a hammer. The bird charm is a metal scrapbooking piece that I have had for a few years and I tied a vintage green velvet ribbon to the handle. My wonderful hubby help me by drilling the hole so I could add a jump ring and piece of twine for hanging. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

chalkboard bunting - {free} twenty thirteen and fourteen download | Lorrie Everitt

In my last blog post I showed you how to create your own chalkboard bunting using canvas banners, chalkboard paint and chalk markers. Today I'm going to give you the {free} download for the "twenty thirteen" graphics I used on my holiday bunting. 

I added my twenty thirteen chalkboard bunting to one of my fireplace mantle displays by tying it onto an antique frame. I used lots of white satin ribbon and wrapped it around the frame for a very casual look. 

chalkboard bunting - {free} twenty thirteen and fourteen download | Lorrie Everitt

I really dislike the fireplace mantle in our living room. It's on my list to change ... someday. I painted three antique frames in decorator's white to match our fireplace and leaned them against the wall for my display. I think that the style of the frames compliment the (ugly little) wood molding on the fireplace.

chalkboard bunting - {free} twenty thirteen and fourteen download | Lorrie Everitt

My mantle was pretty simple to pull together ... three white vintage frames (only one was decorated with bunting and a special ornament), pre-lit garland, burlap ribbon and a large letter "E".

As I was creating the download for the "twenty thirteen" graphics I was thinking that this bunting would be great for a New Years Eve party ... so I add "fourteen"! You can see my tutorial for making the chalkboard bunting on this post.

If you make a "twenty fourteen" bunting to use for a New Year Eve's party please let me know! I'd love to see pictures!

Friday, November 22, 2013

chalkboard bunting tutorial and free "Mr. & Mrs." download

chalkboard bunting tutorial by Lorrie Everitt |

Chalkboard + Love = Wedding {bunting}

Planning a wedding and looking for some diy ideas to personalize your special day? Here's a fun little project that you can make in an afternoon. Turn plain canvas bunting into a chalkboard bunting using Martha Stewart's chalkboard paint. Here's how I created mine ... 
chalkboard bunting tutorial by Lorrie Everitt |

Gather your supplies: 3 canvas or linen banners, Martha Stewart’sblack multi-surface chalkboard acrylic craft paint, foam brush, chalk, chalkboard marker, white tracing paper, ribbon or twine, paint brush optional.

Note: my template download was created to fit a large triangle canvas bunting shape - you may need to adjust the size of the template to fit your canvas bunting.

Step 1. Paint both sides of each canvas banner with two or three coats of black chalkboard paint. Allow to dry completely at least 1 hour between coats.

Step 2. Allow paint to cure completely at least 24 hours. Condition chalkboard canvas by lightly rubbing chalk over the surface and wipe with a soft, dry cloth to remove chalk.

Step 3. Download file for type and print out on regular paper. Cut out triangular shapes and place the type templates over each banner. Place tracing paper between the template and canvas banner. Trace the lettering with a pencil.

Step 4. Use a chalk marker to retrace the lettering on each banner. Chalk markers are available in a variety of different sizes. I wanted my chalk lettering to look like calligraphy so I used used a paint brush to apply the liquid chalk. Simply create a “puddle” of chalk liquid by pressing down on the chalkmarker on a smooth surface. You can see my tutorial to do this here.

Step 5. Tie ribbon or twine of your choice to each triangle to create the bunting.

The reason that I like to use chalk markers is that it can be removed with water if you make a mistake while you are working. Once the ink is dry it will not rub off when you touch it.

Download the template here.

Looking for more diy bunting ideas for your wedding? Check out this post from Weddingbells! It features four more of my diy bunting projects.

Maybe you are not planning a wedding  but love the idea of chalkboard bunting? Here's another idea for the chalkboard bunting!
chalkboard bunting tutorial by Lorrie Everitt |
I designed this bunting to use in a photograph with my daughters for our holiday cards. It is going to be hanging on the fireplace mantle in our family room very soon! 
I will share the template for the words "twenty thirteen" in my next post if you are interested. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Yummy candy kabobs you can create yourself for party treats or favors

create candy kabobs with or for the kids | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Looking for a fun little treat to make with or for your kids? How about some candy kabobs? 

I created these using striped paper straws, bamboo skewers and candies that I picked up at the Dollar Store and The Bulk Barn. They are super easy to make so little (and big) helpers will want to get in on the action. Of course your helpers will want to eat up any left over candies so clean up will be a breeze!

Here's how I made mine:
tutorial: create easy candy kabobs with or for the kids | Lorrie Everitt Studio
Gather your supplies: bamboo skewers with ball end, paper straws, assorted soft candies.

Step one -  Cut the paper straws to the length you want to cover the bamboo skewer keeping in mine that you can only add candy to the exposed bamboo skewer. If you don't want to add a lot of candies like mine ... cut your straws into 3" pieces.

Step two - I folded two pieces of ribbon candy as shown above. I added them one piece at a time by inserting the skewer into the middle of the folded candy.

Step three - I finished by adding two candies at the top to completely cover the bamboo skewer.

Make as many of these as you please and present them in a glass container so that everyone can see the striped straws. 

If you are thinking about using these as party favors for guests to take home ... you can find some packaging ideas and my free download for candy bag headers on the Creative Bag Blog in this post and this post.

free download and packaging ideas for candy kabobs | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do? Interested in winning a prize package of diy products to create a bunch of canvas gift bags for Christmas that I have personally put together? 
Then check out this post for all of the details! I'm hosting a "Pin It To Win" contest over at Creative Bag this week.
Pin it to Win contest at Creative Bag

You have until end of the day on October 27th, 2013 to enter.

Good luck and I hope that you have a creative weekend!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Chalkboard inspired party supplies from Just Pretty Parties

diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |
This is the front of my new business card for Just Pretty Parties.

I love making tissue paper tassel garlands and the colours on this one are so happy. I would love to design a whole party around this colour story ... now I just need to come up with (another) reason to entertain! If you love diy parties you have to check out some of the new listing recently added to my Just Pretty Parties Etsy shop.

diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |

 I found that the shipping prices on Etsy can be difficult to manage for multiple items so I decided to create a bunch of "supplies in a box" listings with some of my favourite items. Of course they all seem to have chalkboard related products included in them because, frankly, I think that chalkboard labels and signs are a party must have.

I know that when you first look at the prices of the listings some of them look a little expensive ...  they vary from $46 to $102 ... BUT if you check out the individual prices for EACH item in the kit (you can see most of them at you will see that the prices are really amazing and you are getting a lot of great products!! For example, the package of 36 chalk labels are $3.99, the 25 paper straws are $3.99 and Ranger ink pad is only $5.99 just to name a few. And because I packaged these in boxes and kept the contents under a certain weight, you save a bundle on shipping this way too. 

Here's a few more of the kits I have listed: 
 diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |
This green and white kit comes in other colour options as well. I just loved the mini take out boxes and built the whole party idea around them. 

diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |
This kit is great for anytime of year and for anyone who likes classic black, white and kraft packaging supplies. A few of the items in this kit have just recently been discontinued by our suppliers so I will only be able to create this exact listing once ... but I know that there will always be more new kraft, black and white products arriving!

diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |
This last kit contains so many of my favourite supplies - crochet lace ribbon in two widths, vintage shaped chalkboard labels and chalkboard signs on stands, new linen drawstring bags and an oh so cute mason jar stamp. The little "thank you - hugs and kisses" note cards are ones that I designed for Creative Bag a while ago and are printed on a nice thick kraft stock .. they still make me smile every time I look at them.

There are a few more kits with different colours and themes that you can check out in the shop.
I only priced out shipping rates to Canada for these items but they can easily be shipped to the USA as well!

************************ UPDATED POST**************************

Since writing this post I have CLOSED my Just Pretty Parties Etsy Shop!

Thanks to everyone who purchased items from my shop either through Etsy or contacting me and picking up at the Toronto Creative Bag store.  Although I had a great response to products listed in my Etsy shop, the shop was taking up more time than I was able to dedicate to it. Most of the products that I listed are still available at Creative Bag. Contact me for more details if you can't find something online or in the stores. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Chalkboard love ... get organized using chalkboard signs and labels!

Do you have a passion for all things chalkboard right now? I do! I have made a number of projects for Creative Bag over the past few months with all of their amazing new chalkboard products. During our last few days at the cottage this summer we were blessed with a few rain days (yeah rain days ... an excuse to stay inside and spend time crafting) and I ended up reorganizing my cottage craft supplies using a bunch of my recent chalkboard purchases.
chalkboard inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio |
I picked up the metal buckets in my craft cabinets a number of years ago from the dollar store. I was using tags with strings on the bucket handles to organize the items stored in the buckets but the tags would flip around every time I opened the cabinet doors and I was just tired of dealing with them any more. These mini chalkboard signs with clip backs from Creative Bag are perfect for helping me to organize my supplies. I used a fine chalk marker to write on each sign. I like chalk markers for projects like this because the words will not rub off easily every time I touch the sign. You can use water to wipe the marker and re write so it is possible to change your mind ... for a while. Once the marker has dried and set it does not wipe clean with water ... but you can always add a fresh coat of chalkboard paint yourself and start again!
chalkboard inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio |

I also used these adorable chalkboard labels from Creative Bag to organize some of my other supplies in vintage glass bottles. I love how my mini letter stamps are now organized and ready to be used. I picked up a bunch of these mini stamps in different fonts a long time ago and was struggling to find a way to store them. The stamps were packaged in individual boxes by font and I knew that they would always be out of sight, out of mind and never used unless I could find a way to store them so that it would be easy to see at a glance. I used the stamps and a chalk marker to "stamp" directly onto the chalk labels. I can tell what font is in each container by simply looking at the label. 

If you would like to see how I used the chalk markers with my stamps you can see my full tutorial here on the Creative Bag blog.

Looking for some awesome chalk fonts to use for digital scrapbooking or crafting projects? Here's ten of my favorites and all are free to download!

10 chalkboard fonts from Lorrie Everitt Studio |

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The kids are back to school. I hope that you can find some time this week to have a little "me time" and get creative with your own chalkboard projects!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

diy crochet lace denim shorts

Are you ready for summer? I'm not. But after seeing all of the new crochet lace ribbons at Creative Bag this week I'm actually looking forward to wearing shorts again ... shorts with lace details that is.

We added lace to a number of my daughter's shorts last year. It was super easy to do and  a great way to spend a few raining days at the cottage. We added lace in different widths to different areas of the shorts - pockets, hem, waist band. You can see in the photos above that we added a small band of lace to the front pockets and a larger band of lace to the hem. There is no right or wrong way to do this and if you need inspiration for where to place the lace just check out your favourite denim retailers for ideas.

I just bought some of the ivory crochet lace this week at Creative Bag. After I finish updating a pair of my denim shorts I am going to figure out how to make a clip using the lace for my youngest daughter's hair. She bought a beautiful lace dress from Anthropologie to wear to her grade 8 grad and I have noticed that she has been pinning hair styles with lace bow hair clips. If I come up with something worth sharing I'll show you what we end up doing at the end of the month.