DIY Ticking Stripe Ball Garland

The last two years I used burlap and plaid ribbon around my tree and this year I wanted to change it up so I started brainstorming some new ideas. I remembered seeing some cute ball garland on Destiny’s tree a couple years ago and that was my inspiration. She used socks for hers – GENIUS but I was trying to keep my cost down as much as possible and hadn’t seen any cute and affordable socks to use.

Before I share how I made these, this was a super simple and quick DIY that only took a couple hours and that was with breaks to keep the baby happy so that was a huge win for me! This is my first DIY since becoming a mom and I didn’t realize how much I missed it!

Here are the few supplies:

  • Ticking Stripe Fabric – ordered HERE I just ordered 2 yards
  • Styrofoam balls – These are 3 inch balls that I had these leftover from my ornament wedding favors 5 years ago and never had used them so this was perfect!
  • Hot Glue – because y’all know I can’t sew!
  • Twine

You can make these using old ball ornaments you no longer use, those cheap balls from kids ball pits, foam balls or more! I always encourage to use what you have if possible!

 

Here is how to make it:

Step 1: Figure out how wide the fabric needs to be to fully cover the ball and leave a little room to overlap for glue.

Step 2: Once you have that width cut down the entire strip of fabric so you have one long piece at the same width. The ticking stripe pattern makes this easy if you cut along the stripes.

Step 3: Start hot glueing it together to make a round, cylinder shape. I just ran a small line (8 inches or so at a time) of hot glue and then overlapped the other side until the entire piece of fabric is glued together. You will want to make sure you don’t accidentally glue the top to the bottom so just make sure you keep that “tunnel” open. I like to use a paint stick for this to just insert and separate without burning myself.

Step 4: Once I had the entire strip of fabric glued I started sliding in my foam balls. I made my one strip of fabric into two small garlands but you can do it all as one large garland piece also. Each piece of garland had about 6-8 balls for mine. I didn’t care if they were exact since they would appear to pop in and out of the tree.

Step 5: Flip your garland over so the glued seam is on the bottom and starting on the end, begin tying off the garland with twine or your string/ribbon of choice. Then tie in between each ball until you tie them all off. Once I got about half way, I would cut my fabric and repeat this step for the second small piece of garland. I just kept making them until I ran out of my 2 yards of fabric.

That’s really it! Because I had the foam balls, twine and hot glue this project was super cheap and easy and I love the change of shape and pattern it adds to the tree! If i get sick of the ticking stripe and want to make similar with a different pattern, I can just cut off the fabric and reuse the foam balls another year!

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5 Simple Fall Placesetting Ideas

I love doing simple fall placesettings and thought I’d do a post to share all of my super simple placesettings for those of you who may need some last minute ideas for this Thanksgiving!

You may remember several of these from my Fall Home Tour, I added some little stems of cotton to my breadboards (from Home Goods) and love the texture and simplicity.

I layered these with thrifted green plates and ceramic pumpkins from Dollar Tree

I loved these wooden acorns from Kirklands fall section and thought they were super cute to incorporate in a table setting!

This was last years fall placesetting and I loved the mix of the breadboards and wheat, each one having a different tag!

And finally i just love using these little succulents place cards!

 

 

God Has Answered

I’ve been keeping a HUGE secret from you guys and it’s been SO SO HARD! It’s so hard to keep something so private when you’re dying to shout from the rooftops! I know so many of you have been invested in our infertility and adoption journey and you’re going to want to know all the details so I’m going do my best to fill you in on the last 4 months! You can skip to the bottom if you aren’t interested in the back story 🙂

I’ll start from the beginning. Most of you remember the week we lost our two babies. As you can imagine we were absolutely devastated and not exactly sure how to move forward. After taking some time to grieve and pray, we decided to continue on with the adoption process since we felt so strongly that the Lord had called us to adopt…remember my road sign?! You can read that story HERE if you missed it.

The end of May we were approached by our lawyer about a birth mom that was looking to place her baby up for adoption. We were especially nervous to enter into the risk of adopting again. The first time we skyped with her I instantly felt different about her than our first birth mom. She just had a warmth about her and I can’t explain it but I just felt bonded to her in some way, like if we had met in other circumstances we would have naturally become friends. We were officially matched in early June and the baby was due the end of July. After our first failed adoption and since the baby was due so soon we decided to keep this one a little under the radar and only telling close family and friends…which is why you haven’t heard any updates and the only way I was able to keep this private for so long!   

On July 13th we got the call that she was in labor and we rushed home and packed as quickly as possible to head on the LONGEST road trip to get to our baby. If you recall – we had done this once already. It was the longest 9 hours of my life knowing that our baby was born and I wasn’t there. There were tears and all kinds of fear and emotions during that drive…just praying and begging God that we wouldn’t have a repeat of last time.

FINALLY after the 9 hour drive (that seemed like 90) we got to meet our DAUGHTER!!!!! It was such a surreal moment full of so much excitement, relief, love, appreciation and still fear and worry. Our birth mother was absolutely amazing, she was so respectful of her being “our baby” and such a sweetheart. We spent several hours in her room together before moving into a room of our own. The truth is I had been so worried about all of the details surrounding our adoption and over the next few days spent not only with our daughter but with her first mom also, the Lord answered every single little prayer. We got to spend a lot of time with her first mom and I can’t even express the amount of love and respect I have for her and I will always cherish that time we had together getting to know each other.

So.. I know you’re all dying to get to the good stuff and the pictures…so I’ll skip forward to where we are today! I’m sure you’re also wondering why this has been kept a secret for 4 months! WELL…the legal process around adoptions is complicated and we had some hiccups and delays in the legal process. We thought we’d be able to announce her a couple weeks after she was born but now here we are and it’s finally all finalized and she is officially a HAMBY!

So if you’ve read all of that, I’m sure there is more I’ll share later about the past 4 months but I’m finally able to introduce you all to our daughter…Eliana or “Ellie” for short!

Ellie – 3 weeks 

We didn’t know the gender until she was born! For the past year-ish we had a boy name picked out but hadn’t talked/agreed upon a girl name. Two weeks before she was born we were searching for girl names so we were prepared no matter what gender and we ran across the name Eliana and added it to the “maybe list”.  After narrowing down some options my husband looked up the meaning and it means “God Has Answered”. I cried when he read that and we both knew if we had a daughter this was her name! I just can’t imagine a more perfect and suitable name for our baby girl. It has been years of praying and crying and more praying and trusting the Lord’s plan and promise for our family and she is definitely an answered prayer for so many just like her name says!

Photo by Magic Moment Photography – Ellie – around 1 month

We are all so excited and relieved to finally be able to share our story and the blessing she is with you all! It’s safe to say you’ll be seeing and hearing more about her! I’ve got so many things I want to share with you all and have been waiting for months!

Ellie’s excited – can’t you tell 😛 – 3 months here! 

We couldn’t have made it through this rollercoaster of a journey without all the love and support we received from all of you. I know we were covered in prayer by SO MANY people and so many of you helped make this happen financially which we couldn’t have done without the help! So thank you for being such a wonderful support system, we appreciate you all more than you will ever know!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of our sweet gal from the past 4 months!

Ellie – 3 weeks 

Ellie – 2 months 

Ellie – 3 months 

Ellie – 4 months 

 

 

 

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