Friday, July 31, 2009

TGIF!

Yesterday I decided to give felt play food a go even though I am still without a sewing machine. I though "Hey, it can't be that hard! By golly, I've sewn a zipper!" Except it was hard haha as my stitches were too loose and the sad little piece of bread I was making was fairly worthless in the end. It was a little pathetic and a lot disappointing as play food is on my list for Christmas gifts for the girls. So I've put my felt and stuffing aside and hopefully in 18 days will have a nice machine of my own to sew sew sew!

Oh and before I go, some clippies I made for a trade.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Made to Match Bows

A mama on diaper swappers asked me to make her some bows to match her daughters Gymboree outfits. I came up with these (to match Wild One - 2 pairs, Daisy Days - 1 bow, Happy Rainbow - 1 bow, and Flitter Flutter - 1 bow, plus a solid white bow)





And now I have to make her a bow holder :D I can't wait to ship these out!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sometimes you just have to do it

Yesterday, my oldest was scouring through my notions bucket, asking me what this was for, what that did, and on and on. Until she came across this navy blue zipper. She absolutely needed me to make something that zipped for her. Of course I'm without a sewing machine at the moment (hint hint: Mom hehe) so I told her I'd have to sew it by hand and that I'd never sewn a zipper before so I wasn't sure how it would come out. Now, children have all the confidence in the world in their parents and she was just positive I could do it. So I did. And my stitching is wonky but the pouch is functional. I love Sandi Henderson fabric and just happened to have this corduroy from her Ginger Blossom line lying around and voila! A zippered pouch is born.





Here you can see my funny handstitching


And my darling modeling it


While we were at it, my three year old decided she'd like something of her own, so we made a pair of mini korkers to match the outfit she was wearing.


Thank you for looking!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Another tutu bow holder, and a "lei-out"

Here is yet another bow holder! I'm really having fun making these although laying out the tulle drives me nuts. It takes forever to get it just right, even not too messy, poofy etc. This was done for a diaper swappers mama, she is saving it to give her daughter for her birthday. I hope she loves it :)




And I did a second "Lei-out" at Scrapable.net, for the July Island Manuscript challenge. We were given a certain handwriting font to use, and were supposed to only use that font for the whole page. My sister had asked me to make a page for her of her family. They're a military family, my Brother in law is in the airforce, so I thought this great kit "Star Spangled" by geniaBeana would work perfectly.

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Font - Hannah's Happy Handwriting

Hope you enjoyed looking! I'm going to be working on some sewing projects in the near future and will post pics as soon as I have projects completed!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Could it be...a...digiscrap page?

Yes!! I finally felt up for some scrapping and thought I might sign up at Scrapable.net and get started on some challenges. Challenges are probably going to be a big help for me right now as I might want to scrap, but I'm a bit lost! haha! So I decided to do the Fun in the Sun July challenge and came up with this LO:
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Credits:
"Playtime" by geniaBeana (this is her original, pre-re-working, kit)
Fonts:
Unnamed Melody, Rage, Waterfalls

I'm pretty happy with it considering it's been months since I did a real scrapbook page, but hopefully I'll get back up to par.

And for some other creativity, another bow holder, and some bows.









Hopefully I'll have some more pretty LO's for you to look at and will definitely have more bows in the near future!!

Take care!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Glorious Saturdays

I am in love with Saturdays. For the most part, they are peaceful. We have family time, we have playtime, the adults might even get alone time. Today, well today was a fairly decent Saturday. We spent the morning in bed. *sigh* It felt good to sleep in after being up at 6 most days this week. Rolling out of bed at 10 was pretty darn amazing. My mother-in-law and hubby's youngest sister stopped by for a bit of barbecue lunch. Nothing says summertime weekend like lunch on the grill. Mmm. Of course the girls were thrilled to see their Nana and Auntie.

After they left, Ian went on upstairs to take a nap, the baby went down for a nap of her own, and the big girls and I played in the playroom and my craft space for quite a while. It was just one of those wonderful days. Everyone was relaxed and having fun. Nothing was cuter than after dinner when the five of us spent a couple hours in the cool basement playing. Watching Ian and Brianna play legos was probably my favorite part of the evening. I managed to make some more bows and the little girls played "house" while intermittantly harassing Daddy and Brianna.

And since I'm supposed to be crafty, here are some more new bows! These were made for another diaperswappers mama, color combos specifically requested by her. I think they came out great. I love making these. And I'm working on a fun new bow that I'll be showing off in the near future.








Saturday is almost over and I really should sleep but I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and many happy Saturdays to you as well!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My Christmas To-Do List

Yes! It's July, I know, but in order to be efficient, and eliminate SOME procrastination, I've decided to start my holiday crafting now and what better way to keep myself accountable than to put my list out on the internet!

Our plan this year is to save money by making gifts for the girls rather than spend tons of money on plastic and junk that will sit on a shelf and be untouched all year long.

So far my list includes:
~ Play food - felt and these I got that pattern for 85 cents Saturday at Jo-Ann's 4th of July sale. All McCall's were $1, but I get 15% off...so a great deal there. I am not going to make them into pin cushions like the directions call for, instead we'll stuff them tight until they're solid.

~ Creature dolls - another 85 cent pattern. I plan to make one for each of the girls, green for Cay, purple for Brie, pink for Lilly.

~Doll cloth diapers - if I can't make these I *hope* to trade for some from other work at home moms, especially for Lilly, since she's my cloth bottomed girl <3

~Damsel crowns - those tall pointy hats with the sheer that trails off of it - I want to make one for each of the girls. I have a costume pattern from Bananafana that has the pattern for the hat in there too.

~Personalized towels - I'm planning to find big comfy towels and then applique their first initial on the end. Maybe make matching washcloths out of whatever fabric I use to do the applique and some cotton velour.

~Pillowcase and maybe matching throw blanket

~More hairbows haha not like they don't have enough already though!

~For Lilly I want to make her a felt book of colors, for Brianna a felt book of easy reader words, and for Caylee a letters felt book.

~Lastly, so far, I'd love to make each girl a double set of felt letters, similar to these.It would need to be at least double, in order for them to each spell their own names with them (Lillian has 3 L's, 2 I's for example).

That's all I've come up with so far. I'd love to hear what you're making for your little ones! Feel free to leave a comment and share!

Trying new things!

I made this and just had to share! It's a tutu-style bow holder and I'm in love with it! I made it for a mama on DS and now I have to make three more - one for each of my girls. Caylee wants a green one, Brianna a purple, and I'll probably make Lilly a pink and one to go with their room colors. Ian hand cut the backpiece and I handpainted it. I'd love to hear what you think. I'm thinking of selling these for $30, shipping included.



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lost and found....and a happy day

Ah it's been a crazy month for me. We moved at the beginning of the month and it's been a long 23 days getting things unpacked, sorted, arranged, decluttered already. I still have boxes that need to be unpacked, but it's mostly kids toys and honestly, the girls haven't noticed they're short on toys *giggle*.

Along with the move came a lack of motivation. I just haven't been in the mood to be creative. I got some pretty ooga booga fabric in pink/lime and pink/orange/red that I've been dying to do something with, but can't decide what (plus I need a new sewing machine as mine is nonfunctional). Maybe cute knit dresses for the girls? Or shirts? NO. IDEA.

And on top of that squishy loveliness staring me in the face everytime I open my craft cabinet, I've been needing to finish some bows for a great mama on diaper swappers and it just wasn't happening. I couldn't get creatively motivated. She had given me free reign on the colors and that is SO much harder than trying to go along with specific color combos. Finally, though, I was able to complete them. I believe I posted the first half of the order a few posts back. Here is the remaining 11 bows (3 pairs, 5 singles).




What do you think? I'm sort of in love with them all, especially the bright rainbowy colored ones. I need to make more for my own girls. I've been slacking.

Speaking of my own girls - Caylee (my three year old) had a dance recital this past weekend. Isn't she just adorable?




And the biggest, happiest thing about today - July 1st - is it's my wedding anniversary!! <3 I'm sooo happy. My husband is the greatest guy ever, you know? I'm so happy to be spending my life with him.

Anyway, thanks for looking and I hope to hear from you!!