Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lighted Halloween Ghost Garland using RIT Dye

Halloween Ghost Garland on

According to my 3 year old son our Halloween mantel is "spoooooooky"!  But when I was sharing a sneak peek of my project via Facebook and Instagram I was saying "Who says Halloween can't be COLORFUL & spooky!"

When it comes to "crafts" it's a fine line of which things I can do and which end up being total failures.  When I opened a big fun box of colorful RIT dye I was really nervous it was going to be a big epic failure.  I just figured it was going to be one of those crafts you get better at the more you do it, I was nervous.
However, let me be the first to say -  It's AMAZING! Seriously. So easy to use! I was almost tempted to keep going that day and just start dying anything white in my house. I reserved my temptations though.

Do you love the splash of color my little Ghost Garland adds to our Halloween mantel? Let me share how easy RIT dye is to use and how I made my fun little decoration.

RIT Dye - Colors of choice (endless options)
String of indoor bulb lights
White fabric (almost any cotton blend will work, I specifically used white voile fabric)
Black Buttons
Craft Adhesive Glue Dots

Halloween Garland with Rit Dye Materials
First I cut 10 - 12"x12" double layered pieces from my fabric. 

PBJstories Halloween Garland
Next was time to dye!  I just read the instructions on the bottle and a few tips from the RIT Dye website.  It really was as simple as - boil 4 cups of water, add 1 tablespoon of salt, add about half bottle of dye. Once it was boiling I added my fabric and brought the temp down to about medium temperature and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Honestly this is where I thought I was going to have to be extra particular about measurements and timing.  By the second color I didn't even measure anything just threw it all it, waited and got beautiful results.

How to use RIT dye
After the 15 minutes was up, I ran the fabric under warm water first (this helps rinse the excess dye out the fastest) and then rinsed with cool water until the water ran clear.

Using RIT dye with fabric
After I dyed all my fabric I was really nervous about the next step.  You're supposed to run it through a wash cycle and then the dryer.  Well because I had 5 different colors I was nervous they'd all bleed together in the washer, so I ran it through a dry cycle first to be extra sure the color was set.  Worked perfectly.
Next, time for the ghosts. I took two pieces of fabric and overlapped them and then folded in 4ths to make a create a fold in the center.   I snipped off the tip to make a hole through both layers, this is where I fed the bulb through and then reconnected back to the string of lights. (Pictures might make more sense than me).

Steps for Ghost Garland
The last step I used clear small rubber bands to wrap around the base of the bulbs to make the head of the ghost.
Didn't the colors turn out BEAUTIFULLY! I think so. I kind of want a scarf in each of these colors!

PBJstories Halloween Garland Colors
Now, the super easy way to attach the eyes. I just used small black buttons and attached using clear adhesive dots. 

Adding the Ghost Eyes
Cute right?! I think I shall name him Alfred.  Alfred looks like he's wearing a top hat too.

PBJstories Halloween Garland Ghost
I mixed in a few more simple Halloween decorations to jazz up our colorful Halloween mantel.

PBJstories Halloween Garland RIT Dye 3
PBJstories Halloween Garland RIT Dye 4
PBJstories Halloween Garland with RIT Dye

PBJstories Halloween Ghost Garland

Honestly, RIT dye has to be one of the easiest craft supplies I've ever used. I'm at LEAST gonna tackle a few more projects like scarfs and mittens for the winter.
And at least a dozen baby onesies! :)

 Be sure to let me know if you do any fun amazing projects soon using RIT dye! You can also check out these awesome other projects being done by fellow bloggers using RIT dye.

I wrote this post as a part of a paid campaign with RIT Dye and Blueprint Social.  The opinions in this post are my own, and as always I only share products and companies I truly {heart} with my readers!!!


Friday, September 14, 2012

The BIG Reveal!! Girl or Boy?! Our Baby Gender Reveal Photo Shoot

Week 19:GenderUltrasound
We had our week 19 ultrasound this past Wednesday morning where we found out we have a healthy baby who has 10 toes, and 10 fingers and looked to be growing right on schedule.  -- Happy Happy News!
The next exciting news – the gender!  Well we had to be patient as the technician tucked away our little baby’s gender as a secret into an envelope. 
We planned to have the gender be a surprise to us for the big announcement and we scheduled a photo shoot with Shine with Jennifer Leigh (a local amazing photographer).  We wanted the photo shoot to capture us finding out the big news – but also have the pictures be the big reveal to all our family and friends!
So we are FINALLY VERY VERY EAGER to announce the big news!!!! Have fun taking a look at all our pictures from our baby gender reveal!  We had a blast doing this photo shoot and was well worth the mess Winking smile

First Baby Reveal Pic

Second Baby Reveal

Girl Reveal

Before and After PB&J Family


I win!

Attack of the Husband!


Jackson Wins!

Family Attacks

Playing with Color - PB&J Gender Reveal

Jackson kissing baby sister
My Kids
As I was searching for a fun way to announce our big news and find out the surprise for ourselves a friend at work suggested using the colored powder she’d seen from the Color Me Rad races, and a few other engagement sessions.  I instantly LOVED the idea!  I hadn’t ever seen it done as a gender reveal and loved how fun it would be for our whole family.

I was kinda always hoping for a girl, and had a feeling it was… my husband thought from day one it was a boy.. and Jackson has said it was a baby sister the entire time except this past week, he started guessing baby brother.  Turns out a mother’s intuition is right Winking smile

The weather was perfect, the news was perfect, and it was the perfect way to find out!

Now it’s time to plan that nursery and do some shopping!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Coral Themed Baby Girl Nursery Mood Board

Last week I shared our Baby Boy Nursery board and today I’m sharing our Baby Girl Nursery Board. 

You can see my Pinterest board for “My Pretend Girl Nursery” here where you can find all these items, plus lots others!

PBJstories Girl Nursery Mood Board

I am WAY more excited about the idea of decorating a girl nursery. Probably because I’ve been decorating my son’s room for the last four years, a girl’s room would be a fun change of pace.

I knew right away I didn’t want to do traditional pinks or baby pinks.  I am leaning way more towards corals and peach colors, mixed with creams and some rustic appeal.  I REALLY want to get a rocker like the one in the picture, I think it’s seriously to die for!  And I really want another accent piece of furniture like that armoire.  I’ve been searching Craigslist for the last month and haven’t been able to find one yet. I’ll keep searching though!

I think I want to add a little more rustic appeal to her room too, like am old barn door as an accent piece too.

What do you think? Do you like the idea of corals and peach colors instead of the traditional baby pinks?

I cannot WAIT to find out to start decorating Smile

Friday, September 7, 2012

Baby PB&J update: 18 Weeks

It's a little late into the pregnancy to just be starting the bump pics, but my "bump" has been pretty small so there wasn't much to watch change.
Finally at 18 weeks I feel like I have a little something to "show off".
I won't do these every week since well, I know a lot of you come here for DIY projects (then again what's more DIY then raising a baby hah!).

But here's the first baby bump pic kick off with a little questionnaire update:

Sorry for the dark picture... was storming out :(

This week, Baby is the size of a: Red Pepper
How far along? 18 weeks
Due date: February 4th, 2013
Total weight gain/loss: 12 pounds gained EEEKS I'm gaining weight a little too fast!
Maternity clothes? I've bought 2 pairs of maternity jeans that just came in the other day... my normal jeans don't fit anymore so forced to wear these beauties.  Still normal shirts mostly, however almost all my Tshirts are too small already :(
Sleep:  Whole pregnancy I've been going to bed really early, typically try to be in bed by 930pm.  I sleep pretty hard, with lots of vivid weird dreams... and usually 2-3 potty breaks every night.
Best moment this week: Finally being open to eat a little more normal food, had grilled veggies and potatoes last night for dinner.  It's been a rough pregnancy with nausea.
Movement: Nope... still waiting.
Food cravings: I've really been loving Root Beer Floats this pregnancy, yummm
Symptoms: Just the daily nausea, I've been on Zofran since Week 6, and still needing to take the two pills on schedule every 8 hours a day.
Gender: I really think it's a girl.... Billy still thinks it's a boy.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Inny still
Feeling toward Pregnancy: Debby downer.  I'm tired of feeling so out of my element, feeling sick and now with weight gain I have really been feeling down.
What I miss:Wine and enjoying my coffee.  I've had an intolerance to coffee the whole time so far, but just recently started "forcing" myself to drink iced coffee instead of the red bull.  I can't function without caffeine so I've had my allotted 200 to 300 mgs just about every day.
What I am looking forward to: Finding out the gender next week!
Milestones: Eating a little more "normal" food.

Next Wednesday we have our 19 week ultrasound and we'll find out the gender... we're doing some kind of gender reveal that night with a photographer.  Still haven't completely decided what we're going to do for it reveal... but still brainstorming.
Any ideas?!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Baby Boy Nursery Mood Board

This pregnancy feels like it’s making time tick by ever so slowly.  But, we finally get to find out the gender of the baby (hopefully) next week!  I’m 18 weeks this week, so it’s a tad early (typically they want you to be between 20-23 weeks for baby to be big enough).  So hopefully baby cooperates and lets us see if it’s a boy or a girl!

I’ve had nursery ideas on my mind since pretty much day one of pregnancy.  I am so excited to decorate a nursery, and already have at least the color schemes picked out for both a boy and a girl. I have had two Pinterest boards to collect my ideas, my Pretend Girl Nursery board, and my Pretend Boy Nursery board.

My wonderful friend Cindy from Cinsarah put together some mood boards based off my favorite pieces from my collections and I wanted to share the Baby Boy Nursery mood board today!

The color scheme will be Navy and Orange.  I really want it to be a lively fun room for a boy’s nursery.  Brighter colors, patterns that work well together, layers and textures. 
PBJstories Boy Nursery Mood Board
I also want a fun piece of furniture like that orange dresser.  Something unique that stands out.  The artwork will have lively colors, but a rustic aesthetic to it too.
Most of our home is neutral color schemes – a mix of greys and taupes with simple patterns.  I really want the nursery to be somewhere I can play with patterns and layering different types of textures on top of one another.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Navy and Orange color scheme? What’s your favorite piece from the mood board?

In a few days I’ll show the Baby Girl Nursery mood board too!

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