Thursday, February 2, 2017

Make Your Own Teepee


Make your own teepee


Let me just begin by stating that I made this teepee twice. 

The first time I made it was with a queen size bed sheet. It was ok, but I would have had to cut around the bottom to make it look more finished. It served its purpose and my grandbaby loved playing in it. Until I remembered that I had a huge piece of canvas I had bought off one of those facebook garage sales! :)

I have no idea how many yards of canvas this was but I was determined to make the teepee using mostly things I had on hand. I had the canvas, I had hot glue and glue gun, and a borrowed electric stapler. 

First I bought five 8 foot 1x2s white pine pieces cut down to 6 feet tall each. Then I had my son drill a hole about 3 inches down from the top big enough so that the rope would fit through. The rope is actually white nylon cord because I didn't want a messy rope. You take the rope and put it through all the holes and tie it up but not real tight. Just enough for you to shape the frame on the floor. Then I just measured each triangle shape from stick to stick, and cut the canvas. Some of it wasn't as tall as the frame, so I had to just cut and paste it. Remember, I had NEVER made one of these before. 


 
You can see above how I pieced it together. I used high temp glue to glue it to the wood frame. 
My reasoning was that if I didn't like it, it wouldn't be too hard to take it apart and start over. I continued until I had covered the entire frame then worked on the front entrance. 
You can see here how I kind of cut the entrance when I was first working with the sheet. 
I then decided I wanted to cut out a little window and add a window shade. I bought a yard of fabric that was on sale and decided to make the shade out of it. I also thought I'd put a piece of the fabric across the front just to dress it up a bit. 
I hot glued it as well. I then took the electric stapler and stapled the canvas to the frame being careful to leave a bit so I could fold over and cover the staples. Some of it I didn't do very well and you could still see the staples. I then got some burlap ribbon I had and decided to cover where the staples were on the frame. It looks nice! 


The window was a little tricky. I measured the fabric that was going to cover it and then cut the window out slightly smaller. There were frayed edges on the window, so I took some of my fabric and make some trim, again using hot glue. The window shade is made from a piece of canvas glued to the fabric to make it sturdier and easier to roll up and down. I had two wooden dowels I had bought at Hobby Lobby some time ago and I cut them down to fit. I simply hot glued a piece folded over to make a sleeve so the dowels could slide into. 
I also made some tie backs for the front from the same fabric and you guessed it...hot glue! 
I have to say it has held up very well! My 3 year old sweetie and I play together in her teepee every weekend and eventually it will go in her home so she can read in her bedroom. 

If you've ever wanted to make one I say go for it. Whether you use canvas or a sheet, heck even some curtains that you cut up, I bet your kid will love it. And best of all it was made by YOU.


Until next time.

xoxo 
Patty


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Over 40 and Fashionable!





You know what they say....40 is the new 30! Am I right? Well grandmas are the new hot mamas!! 

I have started posting my daily outfits, or #ootd on Instagram. I am a firm believer that we can look great without spending a lot of $$$.  Join me on Instagram 
with my handle simple.beautiful.life
or click on this link

Follow me there and 
don't miss out on some upcoming giveaways to my favorite stores like: Target, Kohls and JCPenney :)

My outfits are age appropriate and are great to wear to work. I feature outfits that you can build on with just a few basic pieces and then add accessories to change it up!
Here are some examples:







Get all the details of where to buy these items on my IG feed.


I'm even trying out a new skin care regimen using Olay Pro products. These are products I buy myself. So the results are real results. I'm on day 20 of using them and I can already see a difference in the tone of my skin. 
Here's a pic I took when I was just beginning my regimen:

I hope you join me there. I'll share some of my outfits here as well for those of you who don't get on Insta.


Until next time.
xoxo 
Patty

Better Late Than Ever-2016 Recap

So many things to catch up on and so many stories to tell. I'll begin in October. You know I love to spend time with my sweet grandbaby and having her over every weekend, well it's just the sunshine I need every week :) 

I loved spending time with her and my son carving jack o lanterns and roasting pumpkin seeds. I loved decorating our little front porch entrance to our apartment. You can see my witch sign here that I've been making for others for years and I finally made one for myself. 




We even made a couple of deco mesh wreaths. One of Jack Skellington which we hung on our balcony!

I love it.

We then celebrated Thanksgiving at our favorite place-Tanglewood Resort at Lake Texoma. No cooking for me! 
We had a wonderful Christmas in our little place, with our little family. That's the best type of celebration for us at this place in our life. I even had the energy to make these sweet, hot chocolate shaped cake pops, complete with "marshmallow toppings". This was a chore, let me tell you. Over 4 hours of time, but oh so worth it!





This one is of the cake pops in progress 
Not perfect but my co-workers loved them!
{credit for cake pop idea and recipe goes to Bakerella.com}

So that's a wrap for now. I have SO much to share with you guys. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

xoxo 
Patty




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