Saturday, May 23, 2015

Water Bottle Carrier Teacher Gift

I was trying to figure out what I should give the teachers this year for the end of year gift. Last year I came up with something I thought was pretty cool with the rocks. While I was working on some of my water bottle carriers...light bulb! How 'bout a specially designed carrier for the teachers? I came up with an apple themed carrier. The pattern I used for my carrier is from Lee Mathewson and I just added on some leaves to the top of it.

These water bottle carriers are really simple to make and can be easily customized to fit different sized water bottles. Living in a dry climate here in Colorado, you have to have water with you. My daughter and I use ours all the time while we're out and about walking, hiking or even shopping.

You can see more water bottle carriers in my Etsy shop!





Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
Project Gallery

I will be sharing with these great blogs!



Follow me here:

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Outdoor Citronella Candle

Quick 10 minute summer project for those of you without yards like me, or those of you who have glass bottles with no purpose.

DIY citronella candle, Over The Apple Tree


This St. Germain bottle is from a craft liqueur made from Elderflower blooms in France. Of course the bottle is gorgeous, it's French!

DIY citronella candle, Over The Apple Tree

I just couldn't throw it out and since there are more mosquitoes/sq. inch in Charleston, I needed an alternative to the citronella torches that repel bugs.

DIY citronella candle, Over The Apple Tree
I purchased some wicks and citronella oil by Tiki at Walmart for less than $10 total.

Using a funnel I poured the Tiki Torch Fuel into the bottle.

To hold the wick in place I unfolded a paperclip and threaded it through the wick about an inch from the top.

Place the wick in the bottle with the fuel oil and fold the edges of the paper clip down around the mouth of the bottle.

When you light this for the first time it will crackle and burn off smoke but the smoke is what keeps the bugs away!

Please use caution with this, treat it exactly like you would a Tiki Torch, it's flammable and if knocked over could start a fire. If you want a more secure candle, I suggest drilling a hole through the lid and threading the wick through it.

I recommend it be used as a centerpiece on an outdoor table or on a quiet porch or out of reach of small children!


DIY citronella candle, Over The Apple Tree

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
Project Gallery

I will be sharing with these great blogs!

Follow me here:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Embellished Onesies

I have a new baby niece! While going through my daughter's baby clothes, I found four plain white Onesies. Since summer is on the way and she lives in the south, these definitely would be worn alone instead of used for layering. I immediately went in search of ways to style them up!

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

The first, and probably my favorite, is this heart doily design. I first dyed fabric with Rit dye. The free doily pattern comes from Red Heart. I crocheted it with a 1.65 hook. After pressing with an iron, I pinned onto the Onesie and used my sewing machine with a zigzag stitch to secure.

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

You can't decorate Onesies without doing at least one with necklaces! There are a billion tutorials online. I chose to mark the cloth with chalk first to make sure it would be even. Next I used my trusty dimensional fabric paint(puffy paint) to make the "beads". I crocheted a small flower with cotton yarn, added a button and hand sewed on.

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

For this one, I channeled Sex In The City's Carrie Bradshaw and made a gold name necklace! Again I dyed fabric with Rit dye. I drew the name on a piece of paper using dark ink and I put the paper inside the shirt. To make sure I could see the design through the fabric, I made a makeshift light box with a small glass end table and a desk lamp flipped upside down. Very carefully I used glitter dimensional fabric paint to trace the name design.

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

One more Onesie to go and you know how much I love Matryoshka dolls! I found a free printable from Design Is Yay and printed onto t-shirt transfer paper. After ironing on, I used dimensional fabric paint to add a design around the transfer.

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

Embellished Onesies >> Over The Apple Tree

I've had so much fun with this project! It's probably a good thing I only found 4 Onesies because I think I could have kept going!

Can you tell I love puffy paint? A few tips to remember are when using...1.)take your time! 2.)make sure there are no air bubbles 3.)allow to dry completely before you think about touching it!



Like DIY baby gifts?



Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
Project Gallery

I will be sharing with these great blogs!





Follow me here:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Decorative Storage Boxes With Contact Paper

I have this book shelf that is a magnet for junk. I needed a way to still be able to store stuff here but not have it look like a mess. My solution...I hid the mess with decorative boxes! 

Decorative storage box with contact paper, Over The Apple Tree

This project couldn't get easier, you just need some contact paper and sturdy boxes. So I found this pretty contact paper at the Dollar Store. I would not advise you to follow my example! This is one of those items you should pass on in the Dollar Store. It was not very sticky and I ended up having to reinforce it with tape. I have a feeling I'll end up recovering these sometime in the future with better quality paper. We'll see, but for now it's ok. I love how the boxes turned out and my clutter problem has been solved!

Decorative storage box with contact paper, Over The Apple Tree

Decorative storage box with contact paper, Over The Apple Tree

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
Project Gallery

I will be sharing with these great blogs!

Follow me here:



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crochet Jar

I love to find ways to recycle trash into something useful. I have been waiting patiently for someone to finish off this jar of pickles so I could crochet it!
I used this pattern

Crochet Jar, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Jar, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Jar, Over The Apple Tree

These jars could be used for holding flowers, pencils or candles. They would even make cute center pieces for a vintage wedding.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
Project Gallery

I will be sharing with these great blogs!




Follow me here:


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...