DIY Sleep In Pillow Case

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Let’s get real – sleep went out the window when we became moms, and we’re not convinced it ever comes back. Our children were not born good sleepers, they don’t know the meaning of sleeping in {no matter how late we keep them up}, and even when they are teenagers and we won’t be able to wake them up, we will be up late waiting for them to come in {and lose sleep over our worries about where they may be or what they may be doing}.

Just one day a year, it would be so lovely to sleep in. Not wake up at 7 a.m., then go back to bed for another hour. Like, really sleep in where we lose track of time. Remember those days?

Don’t get us wrong, we love motherhood, and feel incredibly grateful for every day on this earth we get to wake up to our beautiful children. It’s a gift, a priceless treasure. But, just one day of extra zzz’s would be so amazing.

Mother’s Day seems fitting for such an occasion. We made a pillowcase so everyone will know what we have in mind when we lay our pretty little heads down on Mother’s Day Eve.

When our DIY Sleep In pillowcase is on the bed, don’t even think about waking us up, ok?! Even if our family misses the memo, at least we can dream about sleeping in. We were inspired to create the pillowcase after this mirror at West Elm caught our eye. We love it, just like we love everything in West Elm stores.

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If you’re looking for a cheap, fun and last-minute gift this Mother’s Day, this is it. Anyone can do it with just a few supplies.

Materials:

Directions:

Pencil in your design, or trace a design. We styled our pillowcase just like the West Elm mirror.

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Trace your pencil marks with the Stained fabric marker, and then color in.

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Insert a pillow in the pillowcase. Set it on your bed and sleep in.

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Sweet dreams to all you amazing mother’s out there!

DIY Coffee Ring Coasters

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We understand why coasters are necessary, and we love them just like every other mom out there that doesn’t want a coffee ring stain on her table. But, sometimes the imperfection of a table {the dings, scratches, paint and coffee ring stains} give it character. They tell a story of the lives and memories that lived there.

It’s difficult to do, but perhaps it’s better to embrace the mess and save ourselves the exhaustion of always wanting it to look perfect?! Yes, embrace the imperfection!

Maybe, it’s better to beat the coffee ring stain to the table with DIY coffee ring stain coasters?! Think about it – it’s the easiest stain to remove because you just have to put them away in a drawer. Plus, they are imperfect right from the start so no need to worry about messing them up.

Our new coasters have inspired us to live according to our coasters. Every day we are going to rise & grind. We have always been and will always be a bold brew {after all, we are Sicilian}. We are not going to hide or cover-up the truth, so it’s a no filter zone here. And, finally, everywhere we go, people will know one of the j. sisters will have been there. Yes, we will leave our mark.

Tell us {email, hello@jsorelle.com or instagram, @jsorelle3} what your imperfect coffee stain coasters would say to inspire you throughout the day. And, of course, read below to learn how to make them.

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Materials:

Directions:

Paint your coasters the color of your choice. We went with a happy, bright yellow and chose to make a random color-block pattern.

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Design your coasters, the coffee stain and words in the Silhouette software. We chose to play off fun and strong coffee phrases such as: no filter. bold brew. leave your mark. rise & grind.

Follow the printing direction on the vinyl packaging. Once it’s cut, remove the excess vinyl around the phrase and coffee stain.

Place washi tape {or vinyl transfer paper if you have} over the design.

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Remove the tape in one piece, and the design of your coaster should stick to it.

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Place the washi tape and vinyl down on the coaster where you want it to be. Use a straight edge to remove any bubbles.

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Pull each piece of tape up, one by one, and the vinyl should stick to the coaster.

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Press felt pads on all four corners on the bottom of the tile.

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Repeat the steps for all four coasters.

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Drink, cheers and make all the coffee ring stains you want.

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DIY Summer Beach Towels

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Before a week of no blogging, nowhere to be but the pool or the beach and no DIY projects allowed {aka vacation}, Jessica had to get in one last DIY project. With towels invincible to Bleach {we still have no idea why the color didn’t bleach}, she couldn’t make them like Studio DIY.

Plan B was to spray lemon juice on the towels, and lay them in the sun. Nope, it too, was unsuccessful.

Plan C was dependable fabric paint, and it worked just fine!

These towels make for a great gift for teachers as school’s out for summer, birthday party favors with names, as well as hostess gifts for those who live on the beach.

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Here’s how we did it.

Materials:

  • Towels
  • White fabric paint {or white acrylic paint combined with gel medium}
  • Contact paper to make stencil or stencil {we used our Silhouette America Portrait to cut the letters on contact paper}
  • Stencil Paintbrush {round, flat tip}

Directions:

Design your words with Silhouette software, and use the electronic cutting machine to cut the contact paper. Make sure the words are mirrored, so they appear correctly on the towel, and not backwards.

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Prep your painting space. Make sure to place a cardboard under your towels for paint that may bleed through.

Remove the back of the contact paper. Lay the stencils or words on the towels. We really liked the contact paper because it stuck to the towels, just enough to work as a stencil, but not too much so it was easy to remove.

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Dab the paint onto the towels.

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After about one hour, remove the stencil. Let the towel dry for 24 hours.

Have some fun in the sun.

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Good Vibes

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We believe that what you put out into the world, you get back.

If you think and radiate happiness and good thoughts, it invites goodness and positivity into your life.

When a good friend, or a stranger in line at the grocery store exudes joy and good energy a magical thing that happens – he/she lifts our spirits. Good vibes just feel good. It feels good to give them, and it feels good to be the recipient of them. Plus, good energy is contagious, so we have the power to shift the vibrations of a room. It’s an invisible force, but it is felt, and can also be brought to life by smiles, laughter and acts of kindness.

We are going to make a conscious effort to practice good energy in our own lives, and set positive intentions. We are going to be responsible for the energy we bring into a room. In fact, Jessica’s daughter is literally going to step into the room with good vibes because we made her DIY good vibes shoes. And, she is going to rock them!

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Materials:

Instructions:

Step 1: Use a pencil to draft your words or design on your shoes.

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Step 2: Color, color, color. We kept it a classic black and white shoe, but make it as colorful as you want.

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Step 3: Go spread some goodness.

Rainy Day in a Box

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Kids, just like adults, have good days and bad. At our house, we call the bad days rainy days because they are the days when you have to open the umbrella, and wait for the storm to pass. Rainy days happen, we talk about it, and then we try to turn it into something positive.

While talking to my cousin, Mary, she told us about a tradition one of her friends started with her kids. We wish we thought of this because we loved it so much. We made our own version of Rainy Day in a Box. It’s a DIY box we made, and filled with trinkets and goodies to lift our kids spirits on days when they need an extra bit of love and distraction.

Our kids know it’s not an everyday treat, but on those rough days, they can reach their hands in the box for a special treat. We find that it has become a good opportunity to talk to our children about those tough days, and find simple ways to make them smile.

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Materials:

  • Wood box
  • Small gifts that will make your kids smile
  • Acrylic paint, Plaid Crafts

Directions:

Use a pencil to draw your design on the box. We traced 1/2 a bowl for the top arch, and then free-handed the rest. As you can see, it is somewhat wavy, and that’s the look we were going for. We used a PIEBOX. It’s sturdy, pretty enough to be on a shelf and large.

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Paint the design. We choose to paint a rainbow because rainbows represent the hope after a storm, and rainbows make us happy.

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Fill the box with goodies that will cheer up your son and daughter.

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