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blog design: Esther Pisano

Esther got in touch with me a few months ago via my Etsy shop, and when she said she wanted a design like my Hello Mint blogger template but more customized, i knew i was in for a fun time. love this color palette so much! 

one of my favorite parts of this project was creating the personalized category icons (fitness, lifestyle, baby, recipes, travel). to see more of the details up close, head over to her site here: www.estherpisanofitness.com

diy: little girl hair bows

at the beginning of the spring/summer, my baby girl was outgrowing all of her headbands that i had made for her...before she was even born (que tears...has it really been a year and a half already?!). so instead of going out and buying her some new hair pieces, i of course pulled out my box of scrap fabric and made up some new bows. 

her hair is now long enough to wear two cute little pigtails, so i made 2 bows each of like, every color fabric i own...that's a lot of bows! want to learn how to make one? read on friend...

S U P P L I E S:
» clips (i bought mine in a 12 pack from Sally's, but HERE is a way better deal on Amazon-with Prime shipping. wish i would have done that and saved some $$!)
» fabric colors of choice
» fabric scissors 
» hot glue + glue gun

T O  B E G I N :
» cut your fabric into approximately a 3 1/4"x4" size. this might differ slightly, depending upon how big or small you actually want your bow to be.
» fold in half, right sides (the pattern side you want shown at the end) together, and sew, leaving a small gap (but big enough for your to turn your fabric right-side-out!) at the bottom/where the two open sides meet
» turn fabric right side out

S T E P  1 :
» place a single dot of hot glue in the middle of your square piece of fabric

S T E P  2 :
» hold the back/opposite side of the fabric until the glue dries (like a few seconds), set aside

S T E P  3 :
» cut out a strip of fabric, about 1.5"x4" (doesn't have to be exact, but wide enough to cover the middle of your bow, and long enough to wrap around the middle of your bow)
» fold it in half and sew down the side (in this example, you'll see that i actually turned it right-side out, but that ended up taking waaaay too much time for me. so with the others i simply put the right side of the fabric out ,and sewed along the side, then placed the seam along the back so that it wouldn't be shown)

S T E P  4 :
» a little down from the top of the strip of fabric, place a small amount of hot glue, and close the clip around it, let dry

S T E P  5 :
» place another dab of hot glue on top of that, and place your bow on (this is where you can kind of make it start to take shape)

S T E P  6 :
» this is what it will look like from a top view. now you are going to cut off that top (or extra) piece of fabric)

S T E P  7 :
» cut off the top excess bit of fabric

S T E P  8 :
» this is what it will look like now. you shouldn't be able to see the top of the strip of fabric

S T E P  9 :
» being careful to hold the clip OPEN, place a dab of hot glue on the back of the bow/actually the back of the strip of fabric, and wrap the strip of fabric up and around the bow, let dry. remember to NOT close the clip until AFTER you wrap the strip of fabric around, because if you close it, you'll end up gluing your clip shut! (yes, i did this on accident a time or two! haha...it's annoying)

S T E P  10 :
» cut off the excess fabric hanging down

S T E P  11 :
» bow finished!
» place in hair and "ooo" and "awe!"...and then take a pic or two :)

here's a behind the scenes pic from when i actually shot these bows! haha yes, in my son's room (it has the best light!), on the floor, with a piece of foam board. super legit.

and here's my little Miss T showing a few of them off!

Blog Design: Somewhair Over the Rainbow

something you may not know about me? i'm the oldest of 6 kids in my fam. me, two brothers, and three little sisters. we're all about 2 years apart or so, and i LOVE that. what i love even more? the fact that all of my sisters are old enough to hang with and share secrets with and talk in a more "adult" way with now.......bahaha! okay wait. that maybe sounded way weird.

what i mean is that growing up i was almost 7 years apart from the next girl in the fam. so i never felt like i truly got that "special" sister bond/stay up all night talking about boys/share and steal clothes/drama connection. i left for college when they were all still little (and for a really long time they were like, perma in my mind like that...it was so weird to see them more grown up every time i would go home for holidays!) BUT now i have two sisters that are in college and live about a half hour from me!! cue the girls nights :)

my second youngest sissy, Alair, started cosmetology school at Taylor Andrews this summer. i can't even remember how it got brought up (i probably convinced her, actually...haha), but we came to the conclusion that she needed a blog for all the rest of us to follow her along in this new life adventure. yeah, of course i was so on it.

i was excited and nervous to see all the bright colors on her Pinterest board for this. i know she really wanted it to be fun, but not crazy. also, because she had the word "rainbow" in her title, we really didn't want it to feel horribly flower childy-ish...you know?! here is the final mood board we ended up with:

it was so fun to work with Alair on this project! it evolved from "just a blog" to a tool she can use after she graduates from Taylor Andrews, starts to make her mark on the world, and gathers and connects with clients. i even learned new coding, and that always makes me feel accomplished (ugh sounds so nerdy...but it's so true!).

her blog was built on the Blogger platform (.blogspot.com). one thing that i really wanted her to have - and that i think looks nice in general - was a landing page. typically you see these more on the Worpress.org sites. i think they add a nice touch of professionalism and can be really useful for readers to get to know what you're all about. here's how Alair's turned out:

okay so enough talking, if you want to go check it out yourself (you do!) then go here:

» if you want to see some of my recent work click here

» and did you know i'm having a sale on premade Blogger templates in my shop? you didn't?! then go check those out here! once they're gone they're gone!