11.20.2014

Classic Snowy Tree Skirt & TRIM THE TREE BLOG HOP!

I know this is hard to believe, but I started this craft in September. I threw away my tree skirt last year (since I have always hated it) in hopes that I would pressure myself into making a new one for this year. I did a lot of brainstorming (and Pinterest searching) to find a look I liked.

The more I looked at different styles, the more I liked the classic look. I love the idea of having something a long time and not wanting to change it just because I made it to fit a certain fad. For example, I used to LOVE chevron. Now its not my favorite. I don't like it anymore. (Moral of the story...I'm sure darn glad I didn't make a chevron tree skirt!)

Here is what mine looks like:


Here is what you'll need to make your own: 
-2-3 yards of white flannel (depending on how large you want your skirt.) The larger your tree the larger your skirt needs to be. 
-Pre-made white ruffle trim
-Pre-made pom-pom trim
-White embroidery floss
- 100 + white bead-able pearls or crystals (I used pearls)
- Coordinating white thread and sewing machine

Start by washing and ironing your fabric. You need it really smooth before you cut. Now cut your skirt like you would a circle skirt. Fold your fabric in half (to make a square) and then in half the other way. Cut it as shown below. Its not rocket science. Just do your best.

Like so:


Next be sure a cut an opening for your skirt so it can wrap around the tree. Mine looks crooked here but that's because I didn't lay it out very good. :) Then just tuck the sides under twice so you have a nice hem there. Don't worry about hemming the outside since you will put trim on it anyway.


Next you need to add the ruffle trim. I actually bought mine at Walmart of all places. I couldn't find a ruffle I liked that wasn't $8 a yard. But in the sewing section of Walmart I found my fate and destiny. Get at least 4 yards. (Yes...4) but just to be safe, bring your skirt with you. After you sew on your ruffle trim, sew the pom pom trim on top of that.


Next I just started threading my pearls with my embroidery floss and polka dotted it. (And yes I tied each one by hand.) I started out by measuring every dot and then I realized I am much too lazy of a person for that so I just eye-balled it. Turns out my eye ball isn't very straight but I think it turned out pretty good. :) Sewing those pearls on was going to be the end of me. I think my husband was probably going crazy having an unfinished tree skirt on his dresser for three months before Christmas. But, alas, all is well.


Thanks for stopping by! In the words of the good elf: Santa is coming! I know him!

Be sure to "hop" around to all these blogs that are "trimming the tree" with these amazing ideas!


Trim the Tree this Christmas with more than 35 ideas to inspire from your favorite bloggers! #trimthetree


Have you started decorating for the Holidays?  Over 35 of your favorite bloggers have come together to share their fun and festive ideas.  From Ornaments to Tree Skirts,  you are sure to be inspired by all of these amazing homemade ideas to Trim the Tree!

Trim The Tree 1 1. Advent Calendar Pocket  2. Polymer Clay Poinsettia 3. Yarn Wrapped Ornament  4.  Vintage Green Paper Ornament 5. Trim the Tree Garland 6. Ribbon Stuffed Ornaments 7.  Wooden Star Ornament 8. Melted Snowman Ornament 9. Felt Christmas Tree 10.  Santa Star Ornament   Trim the Tree 2 1. Vintage Map Ornament 2. Yarn Joy Ornament 3.  Embossed Wood Bird Ornament 4. Snow Man Wood Slice Ornament 5. Christmas Garland 6. Tree Skirt for under $20 7.  Star Painted Ornament 8. Neon Christmas Tree Topper 9. Wooden Spool Christmas Tree   Trim The Tree 3 1. Gingerbread Cookie Ornament 2.  Wood Etched Cork Garland 3. Bow Christmas Tree Garland 4. Travel Map Ornaments 5. Homemade Glitter Ornaments 6. Felt Candy Ornaments 7. Make Love Ornament 8. How to Decorate your Tree like a Pro 9.  Joy Ornament 10. Glitter Pinecone Ornament   Trim The Tree 4 1. Scented Gingerbread Ornament 2. Diy Tree Skirt 3. Pinecone Decorative Tree 4.  Wood Slice Ornament 5. Wood Slice Child Silhouette Ornament 6. Tips for Decorating the Christmas Tree 7. Mason Jar Lid Ornament 8. Gold Basket Weave Ornament 9. Rustic Christmas Tree Garland 10. Starfish Christmas Ornaments

-Ali

11.19.2014

What Can YOU do with Shopular?

Have you heard me ranting about Shopular yet? Thats because I love it. 

Let me start by telling you a little story...



11.18.2014

Footprint Turkey Plates {Casual Claire}

I am so excited to have my blogging friend Claire today from Casual Claire to show us this super cute craft you can do with your kiddos! -Ali

Hi! My name is Claire and I'm visiting over from Casual Claire. I'm excited to be here on Dream Crafter - I adore Ali and all the amazing crafts she shares on this space of hers. Today I'm going to do a tutorial for a little Thanksgiving craft to do with the kids. In fact, my 7 month old was even able to help me out with this one, it's that easy. We are making footprint turkey plates! 

11.17.2014

North Pole Stocking Holder and $25 Giveaway {Wood Connection}

Happy Monday! Today is a good day for a giveaway. How about $25 gift certificate to The Wood Connection? eh? eh?

Head on over to their blog today to see the full tutorial on how I made this North Pole stocking holder!


To enter todays giveaway, head on over to my instagram for the rules! Or just search me: @dreamcrafter101 if you aren't already a follower.

The giveaway will end this friday! So be sure to enter quickly! These gift cards to The Wood Connection go like hot cakes!

-Ali

11.15.2014

House Update 5 (The Last and Final Chapter of Construction)

Whew. I am pooped. I just realized how much has gotten done at our new home that I haven't shared with you yet! But I was a little distracted...

In the last 24 hours I have cleaned up: 7-8 pairs of poopy underwear, 3 barf sessions that were tracked through the whole house, 2 sets of bed sheets, and given 6 baths. My little guy got sick this week and when I say sick I mean sick. All I did was scrub poop out of carpets. Aaaaaand tomorrow is his fourth birthday. Poor little man. We had a little party for him (more details later) with just our little family and canceled his big party. He was pretty bummed but still had a good time. 

I digress..

Now that I have officially grossed you out with all the real life stuff, here is our home as it looks now!