Friday, November 22, 2013

p.s. do you have a Silhouette? tons of giveaways going on!

I kind of feel out of the loop. My mom has a circuit, but you have to buy lots of cartridges that cost lots of money and I have lots of kids that take all my money... and I know people who cut vinyl (I keep them in business), but I had NO IDEA the coolness and amount of crap you can make out of one of these. 

and if you win, I want a discount on my vinyl!

New Machine Cover

I love this cute cover. I love the color and shape and simplicity of it. AND I actually have Renaissance ribbon that I got when I was 18 and spent the summer in France. Fast forward 20 years and it's time to use that ribbon sitting in a box. Crazy how time flies and now I've just given myself a new project to add to the stack.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hooter hider or nursing shawl - love it

(picture from Coterie)

I was browsing on Pinterest and although I'm done having babies, one of our most popular post has been our "hooter hider" or nursing cover tutorial - I saw this one and thought - wow! What a great idea. It's basically a flared skirt for your torso, but it's sleek and looks great - not only that it covers a lot. I know a lot of nursing moms aren't as self conscious as I was, but either way I think this looks like a great cover (and I wouldn't mind be a gorgeous red head either) and it's a great tutorial. Check it out.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Room Revamp

Hi I'm bedroom number 3 of 4 in the casa de Buchanan house. When the family first moved in I was pretty nasty. I had a royal blue shelf painted right onto the wall. Lets just say that left a few scars the day that shelf came down. I was turned into a boring/generic bedroom for child #2 (boy) and a few years later was repainted to this sunflower yellow color, I was actually a pretty cool room for a while. I served as guest/sewing room. I was sought after as a sewing sanctuary... until child#3 was born. Then oldest child moved in and made me feel lame about my wall color. She called in mustard and made puking faces a lot at me.

 Here is oldest child with the now "ugly mustard" colored walls. She had a lot of generic white furniture, no curtains, and a homeless sewing desk way too big for this small space.

Nothing but scars on my walls and fond memories of late night sewing excursions. I remember seeing mom smile when she finished a project, elated and exhausted. Those were good days.

 This is now HQ to the CGC (Crazy Girls Club) - they really embody their club name

Its sad that instead of a fun preteen room, I was a quasi storage room - the humongous desk, icarly karaoke machine/cd player only worked some of the time, the left over curtain (ahem. I mean shower curtain) the computer that ceased being modern years ago. 

Not a cool hang out place for this spazzy group of fun girls.

Look at that face - oldest child giggled as the ugly color was neutralized or maybe she just liked the name of the new color...

creme brûlée? vanilla ice cream? something with lots of sugar and cream... (she takes after her momma).

Mom got a brilliant idea to use old cupboard doors as cork board/wall art - yay mom. Get some bright color into the room with out having to repaint in a year or so when fads change and the "cool" colors change as well.

 I love how it turned out. So fancy. So simple. So cheap. (Thanks Tiffani for helping me hang them)

New fun polkadot curtains. 

Oldest child was so happy with how it turned out, but has not kept it this clean since this picture was taken.

This was a FB garage sale group (aka "Crazy Cosign") find, I think I paid $15. 1 can of apple green spray paint with peacock teal interior makes this one shnazzy night stand.

The top photo is of the illustrious CGC girls at the park. They are too cute! We covered a canvas with fabric and lined push pins along the top to hang necklaces on.

up close pic of the cutest girls in Mesa

We made this a couple years ago. Just covered a cupboard door again with spray glue and fabric. Spray painted letters that were pastel modge podged with paper (they needed an update). Made the cute flowers and with a whole lot of hot glue came up with something super cute.

I found the owl print on Crazy Cosign for $5, the mirror was Hobby Lobby tweeners section, and the tile was one Paige painted of us at a mother daughter activity.

I love the pops of color. The walls are minimal, the furniture is also muted, but the color jumps out at you. 

This was a Craigslist find. Not too shabby for $20 and some barely gray tinted paint. It's so much smaller and fits so much better in her teeny tiny room. 

I found this cute cubby to hold all her trinkets. My girls is a collector. 

Another great find was simple shelves from Ikea to house her snow globe collection.

the memory board was another canvas/cloth covered project and the frame just has fabric in it and she can write her notes on the glass.

I just love how it turned out and what's more important so does my Paigey girl.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Getting back into the sewing groove

Well, hello blogging world! It has been a looooooong time since I have written anything on this blog!! I blame the move to Arkansas but that's displacing the blame where it truly belongs and that is with me and my laziness. But I did actually finish a project and had some thoughts about and I was really grateful that I could come to our sewing blog and write about it. Because no one on Facebook wants to hear about it and poor Ty does a great job humoring me and being understanding but he doesn't need to hear all this. Its been hard to get into sewing since we moved here because the closest fabric store is Joanns and that is 30 minutes away. Whatever budget I have set aside for sewing was used just for the gas to get to the store and it just wasn't convenient. Oh how I miss the days of driving 3 minutes to get to Joanns. But last month the sewing gods smiled upon our little corner of Northwest Arkansas and opened a Hancock Fabric 10 minutes from our house! Oh glorious day!!! When I walked in, I felt rejuvenated. I felt inspired. I felt like I was being reunited with an old friend that I didn't really realize I had missed that badly. So I bought a pattern and some fabric and couldn't wait to dig in and get sewing again. A little fact about me, I hate patterns like McCalls, Butterwick, etc. They NEVER turn out like the picture and I never had one actually fit the way it is supposed to. I made a little night gown for Elsie, a basic peasant top pattern, and you could have stuck two of her through the neck hole and the sleeves or longer than the dress and the dress was supposed to go to her ankles and it barely made it to her knees. I'm not exaggerating. It was a mess. I made a dress for myself one time and I ended up ditching it after I realized I made a mumu. The picture on the pattern was not a mumu. But the funny thing is that I have soooooo many of them! I love to flip through the pattern books and just dream of the possibilities and when they are go on sale it is really hard to resist the urge. The pictures are so deceiving that way. I get fooled every time! But this time I decided I would try Burda and see if maybe they had a clue about making patterns and writing instructions. So I used Burda 9503 I kind of mixed the two together to get the final project. I wanted to do the top but Elsie wanted a dress so I used the length of the dress but the ruffle and sleeves of the top. The mixing was the easy part. The ruffle was doable. The sleeves were murder! This pattern is not for beginners. They say its easy but I was able to fluff my way through because I know some basics of sewing. I would read the directions and after trying to decipher the wording and the pics I realized they were telling to me to finish an edge with bias tape but they did it in the most difficult way. That is just one example. But overall, I'm please with how it turned out. It is a little on the big side but Elsie is such a string bean that I wasn't expecting it to fit perfectly. At least the sleeves are proportioned to the rest of the dress. I let her pick out the buttons for the sleeves and she really had fun with that and I was relieved when she choose two little purple flower buttons. She loved the dress and told everyone at preschool that her mommy made it for her. That made my day!!! I'm not sure I will make it again, just because the sleeves made me want to give up sewing all together (I really messed them up but I'm hoping no one will notice that one is actually on backwards...oops) but it was a nice challenge and I'm glad that I can turn to Burda for patterns for the girls.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Car Mat

I meant to post this so long ago...but such is life.  For Christmas we trade names and that is who we get gifts for.  I got my sister who has kids my kids' ages.  I've always wanted to learn to make one and figured this was a good time to learn and experiment so I can make myself one.  It turned out to be a little more work during my CrAzY Christmas season, but it got done (I think Christmas Eve I finally finished).

Top:  Target, Harkins and Home Depot; a car wash (that you drive the car through),QT with a shoelace gas pump, In-N-Out (with a drive through), Frys and a Jiffy Lube
Bottom:  Fire station, two houses (one has a "garage" aka pocket you can pull a car into); airport
Top:  Police station; house and school
Bottom:  Church, Temple and park; three houses (with again one with a garage pocket)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Myla's Easter Dress

Wow, to say we've been in a blogging slump is an understatement! :) Well, here we go again. This is Myla's Easter dress I made this year. It felt so good to get my sewing machine out. It was like seeing a long lost friend. I love, love, love this fabric. I've been holding onto it for a while. It's Joel Dewberry Heirloom. I just love the orange and minty-aqua colors. The pattern is from Violette Field Threads, the Emmaline. It was a really good pattern, easy to follow. Happy Easter!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

'tis the season

Here's hoping you've started on your Christmas sewing projects! The count down starts tomorrow right - and it flies by. I can't wait to share the projects we've been busy with. Sew much fun this time of year!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Greetings!

I'm a little obsessed with right now. This is just cool stuff. The more you play with it the cooler it gets. I think it's like having photoshop with out the cost of the program and using up all the memory of your computer. Either way it's pretty cool. I made all these today...

Day of the Dead - um. cute!

There's an Urban Legend surrounding a weeping widow headstone in Spanish Fork, UT cemetery - that inspired my vision for Abbey's pic

look at my little demon... sad but true 

Even Jason said it was cool. That's huge - he usually considers me pretty dorky (it doesn't bother me - if the shoe fits...)

cupcake anyone?

I morphed my nose & enlarged my mouth - aaarrggg!!! 

watch out she is looking a little thirsty

Aren't these fun? Makes me wish Halloween came more then once a year.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Decor

Ohhhh.... How I love this cursed holiday! I don't know if it's the macabre-ness of it or that inner goth? Or maybe I just love that I can dress up and people don't have to worry about me. Some kids just never grow up.

Two costumes I've worn this year. The bride ghoul was a last minute getup. I don't know if my original intention (the Queen of Hearts) will happen this year or not)

Every year I love to do more DIY Halloween projects. It's just so much fun for me to use my macabre mind and come up with additions to my Halloween decor collection. This year I added pictures. Lots and lots of pictures

Normally on this entry way shelf are my kids school pictures - this year I replaced them all with ghoul & spirits. All pics were found by searching Google images and typing things like  "ghoulish portraits" "ghost" "spirits" "vintage Haunted Mansion" etc. 

I'm not interested in gore - just ghostly things. Plus it has to be kid friendly - I have way too many kids coming & going and love every hour I get to sleep at night uninterrupted to worry about inducing nightmares. 

I found these Halloween printables on pinterest. It's just a treasure trove of ideas (some good & bad)

The frames were old and in boxes and a few from the thrift store. I painted most white and a few black and left 1 gold (I can easily slip in new pictures for Christmas). I think the "wolf boy" is my favorite this year. He's actually a changing portrait you can buy here, put I printed him in b/w on vintage looking paper.

This used to be a canvas that said "simplify", I don't know what that word means and the picture was discolored so It became the home for my t-shirt art.

I bought this t-shirt from Wally last year on clearance. I only wore it a couple times and my husband said it made me look goth - so I cut it up and with some plastic netting that some marbles come in - made this fun project.

What's more beautiful then dead lovers? 

This is a shot of my kitchen knick knack corner. There are a few printables here too. 

I have empty clear apothecary & mason jars on these shelves year round. This year I went to the dollar store and bought spiders, scorpions, rats, eyeballs to fill the jars with.

more spiders - yummy!

This bookshelf is new this year. Last year it was in a bedroom, we pulled it out, it got a makeover and dolled it up for the season.

I love this man with a skeletal aura - you can print him here.

Next to him sits a glitter skull (you can't see very well) but adds to his charm.

This is his sweetheart, the Masked Lady - nobody knows her story. She is just so mysterious! You can print her here.

What's a little Halloween without an owl (Bunko win from Marshalls), and witch doll (kind of cut her out of it)

I love the innuendoe to my true nature, you can print here.

I posted on this earlier this month, but I love my kiddos pics going down the hall. 

Lastly I let the kids pick out signs to hang on their bedroom doors. We got them either from the dollar store or Target $1 spot. That;s it until next year - Happy Haunting!

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