Saturday, June 25, 2011

Paper Bows {tutorial}

I recently posted this photo on Facebook:

...and got quite a few compliments on my home made bows, as well as a request for a tutorial. The bows are super, super easy to make. So, here is the tutorial! 

BONUS: Can you guess what products are advertised on the paper made into the two bows on the left-ish side of the box?

Here's what you need:

Paper cutter (not necessary, but extreeeemely nice to have)


Find a pretty picture, or one with fun colors. 

Rip the page out, and cut the page into 9 equal strips. I recommend using a 1" width or less. These were cut to 3/4". 

 Then, leave three of the strips the full length of the magazine page.
Cut the next three strips off by an inch.
Cut the next two strops off by two inches.
And cut the last one down to 3 inches.

Then I like to fold the strips in half, so I have a midpoint and know where to fold the paper.

 And then I fold the ends, about to the halfway point.

Fold both ends of each piece and tape them securely. Loop the last one in a circle. 

Then tape them together, separating the longest three to create a 6 point star.

Continue taping each piece in, taping the next smallest strips in a staggered pattern.

...I cheated and added two more strips because it wasn't full enough. 

Tape the circle into the middle. 

And as my sister Erin would say... "VOILA."
(she really did say it; she's sitting next to me)

You can make different size bows; on this one, I made bigger loops to make a bigger, more full bow.

More clues for the bonus question... does this picture help at all? :]


If you can't figure them out...'ll just have to wait.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

{ embrace the camera : 6.23 }

Jake's brother got married a couple weekends ago. I know I just recently shared some wedding pictures, but for the sake of ETC, here are some of just me, my husband and our 4 1/2 month old son, Ryan.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

4 Month Pictures

Here are Ryan's 4 month pictures. :]

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

{ four months old }

Ryan is...


He weighs 12lbs, 8oz and is 26 1/4" long.

Things he likes...

-his crinkle book
-sucking/gnawing on his fingers/thumb
-"Charlie," his monkey blanket
-tummy time
-bath time
-sitting in his high chair
-smiling and giggling

He can...
-roll over, most frequently from tummy to back (since 3 months), but more recently back to tummy, also
-sit up with some support
-stand up (when he wants to) with some support
...and today, during tummy time, he started sticking his butt up in the air, getting up on his knees and pushing forward with his feet. He turned himself around 180 degrees!

I'll hopefully be able to take his 4 month pictures this week, and I'll post them when I can! 

[his new favorite face]