DIY Pocket Handwarmers

DIY Handwarmers | The Urban Pig

Yeah, yeah, another month has passed by since my last post. But you know what? I have really been getting focused for the new year trying to accomplish some projects which have been laying around for far too long. I have talked about them before — my genealogy research/book and my cookbook! Connor has been helping me a lot too, and we are making some serious progress! It has felt really great and I feel like so far the New Year has been treating me well. Along with these big projects of mine, I have a whole box full of small crafts I have wanted to get around to as well. One of them was finishing my re-usable handwarmers. I bought the fabric for them quite a long time ago, and I wanted to finish them before winter was over! I found this idea on Pinterest and just thought it was really handy, and not as wasteful as the disposable ones. I already made my own rice bag for muscles aches and cramps, and these handwarmers are basically the same concept, but small enough to fit in your pockets to keep your hands warm on those bitter-cold days. It took me less than an hour to do!

I started by cutting down my fabric into rectangles. I folded them in half (one less side to sew), and I made sure to do this so when I sewed it, it would be inside out. (It looks nicer and leaves a cleaner seam when you pull the fabric out the right way). I then stitched the remaining three sides, leaving a small gap so I could fill them with the rice.

DIY Handwarmers | The Urban Pig

DIY Handwarmers | The Urban Pig

DIY Handwarmers | The Urban Pig

DIY Handwarmers | The Urban Pig

^^ I then had to pull the fabric through the small hole so it would no longer be inside out. It then looked like this (notice the little wing on the top right? it is the hole to put the rice through):

DIY Handwarmers | The Urban Pig

DIY Handwarmers | The Urban Pig

^^ All full of rice and now ready to stitch up the hole!DIY Handwarmers | The Urban Pig

^^ And finally, complete! I made two sets, a pair for Connor and a pair for me!

To use, just throw in the microwave for a minute or two. I have found with my rice bag that if I do it for a shorter amount of time, it feels hot at first but quickly releases the heat. If I warm it for a bit longer, it holds the heat for much, much longer (although it is way too hot in the beginning!). Test out times to see what works best for you. Enjoy, and stay warm out there!

DIY Advent Calendar

DIY Advent Calendar | The Urban Pig

Today, I wanted to share the Advent Calendar I have been working on the last few weeks, as it is finally complete! I went back and forth about many different ideas, but felt super inspired by the tags, fabric, and textures in this little project by Jones Design Company and all of a sudden I was ready to go for it.

I went to the craft store at a perfect time, too. All of their holiday fabrics were on sale (not that I needed much, anyway), and I got the holiday fabric and burlap for a total of $5.00. Woohoo! I had the doilies from some of the projects we used at our wedding, and they were ready to be re-purposed into snowflakes! (Another doily project here from our wedding). The large tags were just a couple dollars, and the wooden dowel was $1.00. So, not only was this project a fun and useful Christmas decoration, it was SUPER inexpensive!

DIY Advent Calendar | The Urban Pig

DIY Advent Calendar | The Urban Pig

I cut the holiday fabric into little squares and sewed them onto the paper tags. I am still learning to sew, and this was a great project for practicing straight lines, which from the close-ups photos you can tell I still have a lot to work on! Then we stamped the tags with numbers for each day, 1-24. For the burlap, I just folded the edges over to get clean looking sides and used a hot glue gun to secure it. I also used hot glue to attach the doilies. Finally, I cut down a wooden dowel, slipped it through the top of the fabric, and used some hemp twine to hang the whole thing. The tags were fastened using little pins through the burlap. I debated using an actual bulletin board behind, but I chose to go without so the whole thing can be disassembled and rolled up for easy storage!

Last year, a friend and I came up with advent activities, so I printed those out, selected the ones we would do this year, folded up the papers, and put each activity in a fabric pocket. I realized we definitely need more adult-friendly ones, as most of the activities we came up with were more aimed toward kids. Any activity ideas you can share would be much appreciated!

Day 1 of our advent activity this year will be setting up the Christmas tree, and I am just so excited to get started!

DIY Advent Calendar | The Urban Pig

DIY Christmas Ornaments (And Other Classy Decor Ideas)

DIY Christmas Ornaments | The Urban Pig

It took me a while before I finally realized this is the second Christmas Connor and I have had together in a place of our own (last year at our apartment while I was in school), but it will be the first Christmas where we actually have a tree and some decent decorations! I am not a big fan of all the crazy, and often times cheesy, decor for the holidays. I wanted ours to be special and unique, which is why I decided to make our own ornaments for the tree. We were at the craft store when I found some fabric ribbon that had a sort of vintage stamped appearance. I fell in love with them and luckily they were on sale because we bought like 20 spools. It was more than enough to cover all of our ornaments and fill the tree. Today, I am sharing some of the pictures from the long, tedious process of gluing fabric to ornaments, but all the while being patient to get a unique, “rustic-glam” Christmas tree.

DIY Christmas Ornaments | The Urban Pig

DIY Christmas Ornaments | The Urban Pig

DIY Christmas Ornaments | The Urban Pig

DIY Christmas Ornaments | The Urban Pig

For those of you wanting to do this project, consider waiting for a sale or after-Christmas clearance on ornaments. You can even buy the ugliest ones in the store, because you are just going to cover them up anyway. We got clear glass ones because they were on sale, and we wanted to keep a few unwrapped so we could still get some sparkle on our tree. They didn’t come with ornament hooks, so we made our own out of hemp/twine, which seemed to work better than hooks, anyway.

A few tips: Find a ribbon that is very flexible (don’t use ribbon with wire inside — we tried and it made it bulky). We used a hot glue gun and made sure to get all the edges glued down. Glue your ribbon starting from the cap of the ornament, wrapped around, and ending at the other side of the cap. Make a cross on the bottom, then work your way through the in-between areas. We used 6 pieces for each ornament, the length will vary depending on your ornament size. We thought the standard size was perfect, but make sure to get a smooth ornament (not textured or oddly shaped).

DIY Christmas Ornaments | The Urban Pig

DIY Christmas Ornaments | The Urban Pig

Hang with care, and enjoy! Want to see more of my favorite  holiday decoration projects? Check out this pinecone garland, burlap and lace tree skirt, stick monogram, and simple hanging wreaths. You better believe that I have done, or plan on doing, most of these!

Pretty Pastels for Spring

pretty pastels via the urban pig

[confetti boutonniere via etsy]

It’s finally March and Spring Break is right around the corner! Although the weather here is still unpredictable, there is nothing wrong with a little Spring fever and inspiration. Pastels are typical as a color trend for this time of year, but I am seeing a new addition that could possibly be inspired by the whole ombre thing. Pretty pastels are being combined with something a little less muted and with a little more punch. Honestly, I have never been someone who enjoys pastels, but it’s beginning to grow on me with this new trend! I can see myself using it in small doses around the home and in my closet.

pretty pastels via the urban pig

[via pinterest – source unknown]

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Headboard Inspiration & DIY’s

headboard inspiration and diy

[via La Dolce Vita]

I have a little round up of some inspiration and some of the images even have DIY’s at the link if you are interested in building yourself a new headboard!

Living in an apartment, it can be really difficult to do large projects, and unfortunatly for me, there are several of these that I have on my to-do list, just waiting for the time and space to work on them. One of the major projects that I have been considering for quite some time now is to fix up the bed frame that I have had for at least five years. It was actually for a waterbed, but when Connor and I moved in together, we replaced the waterbed with his mattress, which is so much more comfortable. We kept the bedframe for two reasons: 1. He didn’t have a bed frame, 2. It has really awesome storage underneath, three drawers on each side.

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