Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sew happy

I've been super busy the last few weeks, my sewing machine and I are best buds now.

A pair of chef's hats and aprons for my lovely friend Amanda:

And a duo of carolers made for an ornament swap:

I'm in the mood to make a whole mess of those carolers and string them together as a garland for the holidays...maybe this weekend I'll work on that

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm dreaming

Fabrics, patterns, more...I love to "window" shop online. Sometimes numerous windows. One of my favorite places is Above All Fabric. Melanie, the owner, sends out some sweet newsletters each month, and always has the best fabrics and deals.

Right now she's doing a giveaway - create a wishlist, blog about it, then post the blog link on her blog.

Here's some thing on my wishlist:
Carnival Bloom knit

Cocoa Ta Dot knit

Scandi Chirp knit

Raspberry knit

Pink Paisley cuddle minky

Lindy Leaf in Pink

Dogwood Bloom in Berry

A few patterns..


Mini Frida


I can already picture that Dogwood Bloom as a great little bag, the Scandi Chirp and Raspberry knits as a fun little dress set, and that pink paisley cuddle as one side of a cute baby blanket... Now I just need to show The Hubby my wishlist...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Yarn Wreath with Felt Roses

I stumbled across this blog Take Heart this weekend and fell in love with the yarn wreaths in this post.

My middle and I were in need of something fun to do while the rice krispie treats we made were cooling and hardening. So we whipped up a wreath too. We used a standard wreath form, green yarn, and red, gold, and white felt. My middle helped make the flowers, she's a very good rose maker.

We love how it turned out

Friday, October 22, 2010

Chef's Hat and Apron Set

Holiday season is upon us and one thing I love about being part of an online community is the ability to trade wares with other mom's. A very sweet mama on Cloth Diaper Nation contacted me about trading her crochet skills for my sewing skills. She made me a super cute crochet dinosaur and I made her this chef's hat and apron set.

For the hat, I used this tutorial by Skip to my Lou. I modified it a little, using snaps instead of velcro as the closure. It has two settings for size adjustment and should grow with her little one at least two years.

The apron is made with the same cute fabrics. It was a very easy piece to make, taking less than 30 minutes total.

Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Carnival Bloom Diaper Bag & Carseat Blanket

My sister begged asked very nicely for me to make her a diaper bag. Her requirements were that it be big enough to hold 2 little one's worth of stuff, and have interior pockets suitable for bottles and other baby necessities.

I stumbled across this tutorial on Sew Much Ado and figured I'd give it ago.

The outside of the bag is made with Michael Miller's "Carnival Bloom" in corduroy. I bought this fabric from Above All Fabric. Melanie, the shop's owner, is incredibly sweet, ships quickly, and sells quality fabrics at great prices.

The inner is just a plain pink cotton woven fabric. For the pockets I used the Carnival Bloom print as well, but cotton woven instead of corduroy. I made some bias tape out of the pink fabric to go along the tops of the pockets.

I also whipped up this carseat blanket for her baby girl using the woven print and some cuddly, silky, furry fabric.

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkin Seed Trees

When the hubby carved our pumpkin, I managed to remember to save the seeds before he tossed the string inners. Let me just say that is not the funnest thing in the world. It feels like brains, not that I know what brains feel like...

Anyway, we rinsed the seeds off in a colander in the sink then dried out them in the oven. I let them sit out to dry overnight as well.

I had read on a blog that an easy way to paint pumpkin seeds is to lay out long "donuts" of tape and stick the seeds to the tape. This way they won't roll around. However, I cannot find that blog anymore, so if it's yours, please let me know so I can give credit where it's due.

Here's the middle laying them out for us, and then painting them.

She painted 1/3 of them brown, and then split the remainder into four groups which she painted red, orange, yellow, and green.

I had drawn some simple basic trees on white cardstock and written their names and the year at the bottom. Using regular school glue, we drew squiggles on the tree and the girls stuck the brown seeds to the tree trunk and branches. Then we put little dots of glue all over the tree tops and the girls glued the other colored seeds as leaves.

We still have a big pile of seeds leftover that we plan to paint for a Thanksgiving craft. Maybe turkeys?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pumpkin decorating!

We went pumpkin picking at the beginning of the month and the girls each picked a pumpkin.

The hubby carved "our" pumpkin (I just let him have his way with it) and we had put some of those battery operated tea lights (not shown in the picture):

The girls wanted to "decorate" theirs rather than carve them. So we pulled out our giant box of felt and went to town. I wish I had remembered to pull my camera out while we were making these.

This is Brianna's "witch":

She drew the face and filled in the nose and eyebrows with paint. For the hat, we did a donut shape out of black felt, then glued a felt cone on top of it over the stem of the pumpkin. The ears are green felt with black centers, and of course her witch would not be complete without the green "rosy" cheeks!

Caylee wanted a less scary pumpkin, so she made a butterfly:

Cay painted the "body" and face. I helped her cut out and glue on the shapes for the wings. For the finishing touch, we cut skinny strips of red felt and rolled and glued them periodically for the antennae.

Later that week Lilly decorated hers. She is a bit too young to play with scissors and hot glue, so she painted hers. She's really good at making faces:

The back of the pumpkin has blue hair too :)

She had a bit much fun with the paint, she tried to paint her eyes!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mini Chalk Mats

These are sooo easy and make great party favors.

I cut the chalkboard fabric & flannel in 6" squares. Using a craft glue stick, I lightly adhered the flannel to the chalkboard fabric. I knew that pins would leave marks and this was the easiest method to keeping things from shifting. Then I just did a straight stitch all around, with a loop of 3/8" elastic cut into 1.5" strips on one edge (this will hold the chalk). To finish off the edges, I used pinking shears.

It took less than 2 hours to complete 10 mini chalk mats from start to finish.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Beautiful!

Today, this sweet bitty baby

Turned into this fun loving toddler

And has grown into this gorgeous little lady

My how the years have flown. Happy Birthday, Princess!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fairy Garden Princess Wands

My daughter's 6th birthday is rapidly approaching. You should read that as "HER BIRTHDAY IS TOMORROW, PARTY IS SATURDAY! FULL PANIC MODE!!" I'm trying to finish up all the little details in hopes it'll all come together for us Saturday afternoon.

She wanted a Princess Tea Party and a requisite is magic wands. Not just any store bought wands, but special wands. Fairy wands.

I did a bit of searching to find the perfect item, however I stumbled upon this tutorial and thought "Ah ha!" You know you love those "Ah ha!" moments too.

So. I grabbed 10 dowels. These are 3/8" round by 12" long. I painted them with two coats of pink paint and let them dry. While they were drying I made the pom poms. These were a pain in the backside! Literally. I had to sit on the floor near the outlet to use the glue gun since we recently moved and the only available outlet is not near a work surface.

Anyway! The next step was to add ribbons. I used 1/4" satin ribbons. I did a thin line of glue around the diameter at the top of the dowel then wrapped the ribbon around that to keep it on. I did a double knot and dabbed glue on it again. Then I secured the pom poms to the top with more hot glue and VOILA! They're done!

I just hope she loves them as much as I do. Stay tuned for more birthday prep!

Monday, August 9, 2010

My 100th Post!!

Can you believe it? I know I don't post often but I'm already to 100 posts!! I feel like dancing or something. Well, maybe no dancing. I broke my toe and it hurts to even step lightly, dancing is probably not a good idea.

We've been enjoying our summer here. Lots of time spent outdoors, in the back yard and at the beach. And I've been busy working on bows for my new shop at Cloth Underground. The shop is all done in CSS and as someone who mostly knows HTML, it was a bit of an adjustment.

I have been doing some sewing, I made these cute pencil rolls for a lady on Cloth Diaper Nation. Well, for her daughters, for school. I need to make some more for my own girls.

Would you like a tutorial for them? They were pretty easy to make.

I also made this chef's hat for another mama on CDN. It's adjustable with two different snap size settings so it can grow with her little one's head.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Crafty People!

I don't post enough. I'm just really busy. But I do browse just about everyone's blogs. I love seeing what the crafty world has to offer. So I thought I would link you to some of my recent favorites.

25 Minute Upcycled Shorts & Caris (or Pants) Tutorial

My kids LOVE leggings and anything that even remotely resembles them. We have lots and lots but they're getting worn out. I think I'll be making a trip to Salvation Army this week for some shirts to convert.

(photo from Helping Little Hands)

Ballerina Slippers Pattern & Tutorial

I am in love with these. They would make great gifts for my sisters and sisters in law this Christmas. And I wouldn't mind a few pairs myself. ;)

(photo from The Creative Maven)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom File Folder Game

How stinkin' awesome is this?! The middle is obsessed with the book, her class read it several times in the last year and I know it's a favorite. This game is right up her alley, and so perfect for all the girls to play. Of course, I'd have to make three sets...that's just how my ladies roll.

(photo from Oopsey Daisy)

Distressed Mail Holder

I love this idea. The hubby has tons of pallets at his work that just get tossed. I wonder if he'll toss one in the back of the car when he comes home. Not that I'd actually put mail in it, but it'd be neat to make one for magazines, maybe add a couple hooks at the bottom for keys? THAT would be something I could use for sure!

(photo from The Scrap Shoppe)

I hope you found some crafty inspiration! I know I did :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

These Small Wonders

My three little loves...

Happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The dust has settled

Notice anything different? I sure hope so! I've been working hard on a new blog design and am finally thrilled with how it turned out.

The wonderful Tracie Stroud of Tracie Stroud Designs allowed me to use her digiscrap kits to create a new header and background for Creativelymom. I wanted something fun and fresh. I loved my old layout but it felt much more "cozy" - more suitable for fall or winter.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hippo Apron!

I made this for a friend of mine's little one. I love this hippo fabric - barnslig from Ikea ;). I used a McCall's pattern for the main body of the apron, then I modified the ties (they're slightly longer and just rectangular rather than angled), pockets (square, double sided, and flipped down to accent), and neck strap (adjustable with snaps!). I wanted it to grow with her kids, it'll fit at least an 18 month old all the way to 6 or 7 years old!

I also whipped up a little "kitchen towel" to match with an aqua terry type fabric and the hippo accent.

Now I need to make 3 more for my girls.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Graduation Day

My oldest graduated kindergarten today. I only got choked up once, after all was said and done and we were leaving the school. She was so proud of herself, so excited to be a first grader now. She's the youngest in her class and the idea of being older than someone else in her school is pretty thrilling for a 5.5 year old.

Congratulations, pretty girl! I'm proud of you!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More purple paint

When we bought the paint for the toddler bed, my hubby told the paint mixer person we wanted a half gallon. The paint guy said they only sold it in quarts and full gallons. Silly hubby was going to go ahead and buy a full gallon, thankfully the paint guy asked again what size bed we were painting and suggested the quart instead.

It's a good thing! We had nearly 3/4 of the quart left after painting the bed. And I decided to put another small portion of it to use.

My parents bought this table for the girls this past Christmas, since their old table only had two chairs and well, that doesn't work for three kids.

See table here in the center of this picture:

We had an accident a few months ago where the littlest got ahold of some day-glo orange nailpolish. Not only was she covered in it, but she got it on the table and chairs. I don't have a picture of that but you can see it through the first coat of imperial plum paint here:

Another three coats later (yes THREE more, it took a lot to cover that orange!!) and here we are! I'm pretty pleased with it.

And we still have nearly the 3/4 of a quart of paint left. What would you do next?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fabulous Freecycle

If you're not a member of freecycle, you're really missing out. Not only is it a great way to pass on unwanted items from your home and keep them out of landfills, but you can always get some great stuff - FREE! I try to post "Offers" of items we're no longer using at least twice a month. And every once in a while I'll post a "Wanted". This month, we were in search of a toddler bed for the littlest one. My ad was simple "Wanted - Toddler bed - *my town*" and the description - "Looking for a toddler bed for our daughter, wooden or girly, she loves Dora, princesses, etc. Can travel to pickup!" We certainly would have purchased a bed, but we didn't want to spend a fortune and even the used toddler beds on Craigslist these days are really high priced.

Thankfully, a sweet woman named Carrie answered our ad and we coordinated a pickup time with her. The husband went out this past Thursday and came home with this gem!

Look at the lines, the structure! The beadboard headboard! *swoon*

I just knew this bed was going to be fantastic, it just needed some sprucing up. My initial plan was to paint it white, but after talking with the hubby, we decided to let our two year old pick a color herself. Her choice was Imperial Plum from Olympic (available at Lowe's).

We went with a flat finish by advice from the paint mixer man, since the yellow was a flat finish, he said it'd cover it easily, and we wouldn't need a primer. Last night we washed it down with hot soapy water, let it dry, then put on the first two coats. The yellow was still poking through and we were tired so we left if for the night and went to bed.

Then this morning I touched it up,

and the hubby put the spring part back on. All set up in their bedroom... Voila!

Doesn't it look great? Perfect for this little girl!

Now I just need to make a coordinating bedding set...or should we just buy one? More decisions!

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