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Over the next few weeks I am going to fill you all in on ways to update your garden in super crafty ways.  Next week will be about cool planters you can make at home, but that will have to wait until next week. Today, I wanted to share with you one of the garden crafts that I found, which just made me smile.  I love fabric and in general, I love making things with it – especially unordinary things. So, when I stumbled upon this Fabric Pot Cover craft, I thought to myself, “What? Covering a pot with fabric? I would have never though of that!” And, if I had not have thought of it, then maybe you would not have either. And, thus, here I am to spread the word. I found this at Factory Direct Crafts Blog and though I’m sure copying everything to share with you here would work, perhaps it might be best if you visited them for this and other garden crafts. Anyway, here is how I put together my garden pot cover. As you can see, it is quite simple to do and can be personalized.

Fabric Covered Plant Pots

What you need:

Terra cotta pots
Mod Podge Outdoors

And it’s almost like a decoupage which I L-O-V-E love

So once you’ve got your materials, put together your pot. If you would like or need more directions,head on over here to make one heck of a decorative pot!

  • Jill - July 13, 2011 - 8:59 am

    This is such a cute idea. I love it!ReplyCancel

It’s been awhile since I showed how wedding photos can go wrong and I felt it was time to make fun of some weddings for your enjoyment again. I usually write about the splendor of nuptials, but I thought because of the all the good things I talk about when I talk about weddings, it was time to find the bad (or just funny) things in weddings. So, instead of showcasing another wedding today, I bring you another installment of when wedding photos go wrong. Enjoy!

Blame the trends, the photographer, the moods people were in, but these photos are gems. They prove the bad photos are as good as the good ones. 

If you like this, check out our other editions (twothreefourfivesixseven and eight) as well as our awkward engagement photos and Worst Christmas Photos collections.

photos courtesy of the amazing site awkwardfamilyphotos.com

  • Jake - July 11, 2011 - 9:29 am

    These are pretty priceless Claire. There are so many things wrong with the 10th picture I was beside myself. And the one after that is even better.ReplyCancel

  • Cassondra - July 11, 2011 - 8:41 pm

    omg stop it! LOL. i had to look at one or the other and just laugh so hard! priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - July 12, 2011 - 10:50 am

    I like pic #4. I was afraid our pics would end up like that since the ceremony was on the beach.ReplyCancel

  • Val - July 14, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Haha- these are fantastic!ReplyCancel

Summer means a lot of things to a lot of people.  For me, it means lazy days without shoelaces or waistbands.  I love that I can throw on a sundress and a pair of sandals and not only look presentable, but stylish.  Yes light and airy dresses are the highlight of the season for me.  Not only because the are are easy, but also because they remind me of all of the memories that I have had in them.  Be it the white smock dress that I use as a cover up while romping around with my boys at the beach, or the flowery frock that I gravitate towards for summer barbecues.  Just the sight of them hanging in my closet brings a smile to my face.  So it should come as no surprise that I am always on the prowl for new flowing threads.  This week I decided to try my luck on Etsy.  And although a few of them are more than I would normally spend on summer dresses, they are all uniquely gorgeous.


This floor length ombre dress has so many adornments that you don’t even need accessories.  The colors just flow together so well, and for whatever reason it reminds me of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin.


My sister and sister-in-law like to point out my preferences when we go shopping by calling certain garbs a “Bonnie dress”.  This is most certainly a “Bonnie dress”.  It is light and flowy and it just exudes effortless style.


This brightly hued beauty is perfect for occasions where you want to feel slightly dressed up.  It looks ornate and refined, but it is really just a laid back sundress in disguise.


This dress has a boutique feel to it.  The ruffle collar and randomly placed butterflies add interest that you just don’t seem to find in department stores.


The seller calls this an English Tea Dress.  I whole-heartedly agree that this dress is perfect for tea time.  And you know how we IP girls love tea time!  I vote that we each get one and some fancy hats while we are at it so that we can match on our next tea date.  I can assure you, however, that this idea will be vetoed by the the other two IP girls.


If I am being totally honest, these colors don’t work particularly well for me.  But the ease of  this dress still makes it worth the purchase.  You’d just have to tone it down with some neutral shoes and accessories.


This is the quintessential summer dress with its strapless smock and tiny flower print.  It reminds me of something I used to wear when I was a little girl, yet it could also be dressed up to look more mature.


  • Phillisha D - July 8, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    Man those are some pretty dresses, but I tend not to wear dresses.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Greyling - October 9, 2014 - 1:18 am

    Love those dresses!!!Is the long cream colored dress available!!!Would like to buy if possible!!!ReplyCancel

I don’t know about you all, but my Summer is in full-swing. Though the first day of Summer was back in June, the Fourth of July is always the Summer kicker for me. Why, you might ask.  Well, because on that day you usually find yourself doing the best Summer activities like going to the beach, being outside watching parades go by, swimming, playing sports, barbecuing etc.  So, why wouldn’t it be the day that kicks your Summer off right? So, though you may have wanted to make some of these things earlier in the year so that you’d be prepared for these fun-in-the-sun activities, it is still not too late ……. procrastinator. Okay, I’m kidding.  I haven’t made any of these yet so I’m in your boat.  Oooooo! Boating!  That’s another great Summer activity.  The list just keeps going.  Anyway, here are a few crafties that just may help you in the next 2 months.  Have fun!

Pocket Beach Towel

Alright this one has a few perks.  Not only can you keep all your beach necessities nearby without having to rummage through your bag with sandy hands, but you know how your towel or blanket always seems to flip up at the corners, especially on a windy day?  Well these pockets, filled with stuff mind you, can also hold that darn thing in place!  Just awesome.  I’m doing this right now.

Here’s how to do it:  Take whatever towel, sheet or a lightweight blanket you want to use and then grab two 14-inch squares of linen or cotton for the corners. Cut each square into two triangles. Fold all edges over 1/2 inch, and press. Fold long edge of each triangle over another 1/2 inch, and sew across to hem. Pin the triangles to the corners of the blanket. Sew the short sides of the triangles to the blanket’s corners, and start packing.

The Summer Tote

Now this guy is going to be perfect for “toting” around all of your summer essentials. And not just to the beach.  I’m thinking the pool, the park, on that boat I mentioned or anywhere things might get a little wet or messy. Plus, if you end up needing something to lay-out on, walla! You’ve got it “in the bag”.

Here’s how she does it:

Start with 1 hand towel and 1 bath towel in the same color (length of hand towel should equal width of bath towel).

For handles, sew a 3-inch section from each end of a 21-inch length of webbing to center of 1 long side of hand towel. Repeat on 1 short side of bath towel. Place hand towel on bath towel, so handles are aligned and facing. Stitch towels together along 1 long edge of hand towel, leaving sides with handles open.

To form sides of bag, stitch along short sides of hand towel, 4 inches in from edges (or along decorative stripes), creating a pocket. Flip inside out, and tuck length of bath towel into pocket. At the beach, turn inside out, and unroll the towel to use as a mat. If you prefer, stuff the pocket with a soft item to make a pillow. Thank Martha for this one.

Okay…. so this is turning into a “What You Can Do with Terricloth” post.  Sorry….. it’s just so easy!

Beachy Pillow Case

Aaahhhggg! You are enjoying that sun, watching the waves and the people but you’ve got a book you just can’t seem to finish. Really it’s because you can’t seem to get your head in the right position to read it.  Need a pillow? Why, yes. Thank you.

Here’s how to do it: So, you’re going to need a 15-inch square case. Cut a 32 1/2-by-16-inch rectangle from a towel, using a finished edge for one of the short sides. Finish other short side with a 1/2-inch hem. Place fabric wrong side down, with hemmed edge on right. Fold over left edge 7 1/2 inches toward center. Fold over right edge 9 1/2 inches toward center (it should overlap left edge by 2 inches). Pin, and stitch along open sides. Turn the cover right side out and insert the pillow!

Tiparoo: Don’t like the idea of lugging around a pillow with you to the beach or poolside? Why not try an inflatable pillow? Whaaaaat? Yup, they are easy to transport since un-inflated they fit nicely in that Summer Tote we just made and being small they won’t take much to blow up.


Sarong Cover-Up

Now let’s not forget about you.  At the beach sometimes you want to be covered up.  I know I do….. but perhaps you dont have a sarong.  Or you don’t want to buy one.  Well you can make one yourself! Isn’t that why you are here?  I have to give credit to Altered Cloth for this one and have you head on over there for the instructions and a video. Have fun with this baby!

Scrap Your Beach Day

And then when you come home, you can remember the special day with a scrapbook page like this!


One way to tell that it’s summer is the food that is in season, particularly fruit. One great thing about living in southern California is the number of orchards, groves, farms, vineyards and so much more that are close. What’s cool about this is that you can buy food directly from the planters or even pick the food yourself to have some fun and ensure you get exactly what you want. And, it doesn’t hurt that most places don’t mind if you eat some food along they way 🙂 My sister Bonnie is fortunate enough to live very close to many of these places and loves to take her kids out to them year-round. This usually means apple-picking in the fall, pumpkin farms in late fall and cherry picking in the summer. One day when I was at her house last week, we decided to take the kids cherry-picking and I thought it was so fun that I should share it!

It was a beautiful day in the orchard and the trees seemed to stretch beyond sight. There were rows as far as the eye could see and each row was very, very long. We knew we wouldn’t even make it down one completely.

Asa wasn’t worried about how long the rows were, though. He was determined to get the best cherries and was just waiting for his mom to let him start picking.

And they were off! Off to find the best cherries, especially Rainier cherries, which Asa called reindeer cherries, but Aiden wasn’t about to let his little brother get better cherries than him.

A few couldn’t keep up with boys running through the orchards, but slow and steady wins the race.

The cherries were ripe for the picking as we came at the peak of the season. There were deep, dark red cherries as well as white-ish Rainiers to score.

Avery liked the cherries! He liked them so much that he ate more than he put in the basket. He also loved weaving in and out of the rows of cherry trees trying to play hide-and-go-seek and eating along the way.

Asa got some good cherries! He picked plenty of light, dark and the hues of red in between. He did a good job…..and also probably ate as much if not more than he picked.

Aiden got a few more than his little brother and wanted to pose with his bucket (fake smile and all). He got plenty cherries of different colors and tastes and sampled them all along the way, too.

So, Asa tried to keep ahead of Aiden in order to pick more. But in the end, they were pretty even (or big brother had slightly more).

Avery just had fun while the boys were scurrying acting like the pokey little puppy just checking everything out. So, who was the real winner that day? Just kidding! All of the boys had a blast.

I just had to add this photo. It was too perfect to not be in here 🙂

That was our lovely day picking cherries! We also got 2 jars of honey, one made from cherry trees and the other from wildflowers. Needless to say, they were both delicious, so much so that Asa kept trying to eat it by the spoonful by itself. Then I mixed some with Greek yogurt for him and he is now hooked 🙂 The boys now can’t wait for apple season to come!

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  • Angie B. - July 8, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    Oh wonderful. I think it’s a great activity for kids. My dad has a sour cherry tree in his yard. I just got a whole bucket of sour cherries. We like to take the kids to local farms for strawberry picking too.ReplyCancel

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