Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The other day I came across these sweet little dolls on a website called Bowls -n- Annies (her husband makes the bowls & De makes the Annies, I love the combination of the two on one site). Instantly I was whisked away to that childhood memory. I thought "I have to buy a couple of these for my girls" but these dolls are not sold ready-made instead De sells patterns & epatterns. I thought, "that must be great for a super crafty lady with some serious doll making skills" ... until I saw her tutorial on doll making and realized, "I can totally do this!" - so guess what my kids are getting for Christmas? (even James - who will probably love his little guy the most)
These two are probably my favorite (Laura Annie & Mary Annie)because I am a Little House on the Prairie Girl. I was about the same age as "Half-pint" when I really got into the show, I had brown hair and even bucked teeth just like Laura Ingells (Melissa Gilbert) ... Love them! Thanks De for bringing out my inner half-pint. I think I'm going to get one for Christmas as well...
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
We don't have room for our nightstands in our room anymore and I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out a solution to our spacially challenged master bedroom. Than I found this tutorial and thought, "Self, you can do this. This is totally within you sewing ability." So off to Joanns I went in search for fabric that would perfect in our room. In the home decor section I found it and while watching 90210 and The Biggest Loser, I finished a pair of bed pockets.
I am in love with how they turned out and with the fabric. I can fit my book light (right now it is a huge mag lite but I will downsize when I can get to the bookstore) and Gone With The Wind (a 1000 page book). Ty is excited because he can put his gun in his. Have I mentioned lately that I married a closet red neck? Yuma brought it out in him and he can't suppress it like he used to. He wants me to get him this but a girl has to put her foot down at some point.
They really are super easy to make if you are looking for a simple yet fun solution to making a home for you books but can't squeeze in a night stand.
Here's another pic to get a closer look at it:
The brown butterfly set for Baby Brooke.
This particular applique almost made me pull out my hair this morning. I didn't realize how tough it'd be to stitch around the elephant and his ear. But I kinda like him. He's a sweet little elephant. :)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Christie emailed this pattern to all of us last month (I think) and I finally got around to trying it out. I wasn't sold on the velcro and elastic components at first, but now I'm a believer. Ty wouldn't model for me, so these are the best pics I could get.
I loved it so much that I've already cut out a second one from the same fabric. I'm giving this one away, but I think I'll make Brooke one and stash it away for a few years. Thanks for the link Christie!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Could she get any cuter? Luckily, I watched Baby Abbey this morning while Maren had Cade so I was able to take some pics.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Last night I was helping Abbey cut out an apron pattern and we are both in love with the fabric. When we were done Abbey asked, "Do you keep your scraps?" and I responded "No way. Then you feel like your married to them and can never rid yourself of them."
Today I was wasting time and I came across Jennie's blog and saw what a super cute headband she made and it dawned on me what I can do with those scraps of fabric that I love... make adorable reversible headbands (especially a good idea right now since Paige is growing out her bangs).
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Aren't these buttons cute enough to eat? Well, go ahead! Because who could pass up the cutest chocolate mold I've seen in a long time. I found these lovelies at Sweet Jessie's blog.
You can find a complete tutorial with tons of great pictures & how to print your own packaging labels at the Bake it Pretty blog.
Who doesn't love chocolate? What a fabulous idea!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I have been meaning to make over this bookcase for weeks now and this weekend I finally got the desire/energy for it. This bookcase has LIVED a long & fabulous life since we've owned it. I think it was originally a beautiful oak tree somewhere that was content to be reincarnated and live forever as furniture. Well, in the 1980's my mother-in-law bought it and put it in Jason's room. He brought it with him (his dowry) into our marriage and I was fine with the 1980's bland syrupy color for years...
until little Paige came along. Then in 2003, it got a coat of white paint and a shabby chic kind of feel. It morphed into this little beauty. It stayed white but lost the chic over the years, and was just shabby - but still well used in my preschool room. It had turned grayish with time (not from fading paint, but dirty little hands, despite my scrubbing efforts) and I decided it was time for another change. In 2009 (just a few days ago) I painted it a soft rust color and decided I needed to somehow add fabric and give it a durable makeover to withstand even the germiest little hands, but look really cool in the process.
So I had a few fabrics in mind and ran them past my 6 year old. She said no to big brown polka dots. She said no to little brown polka dots (do we see a theme here?). In the end she was right & came up with a great combo.
First I measured the shelves to know how long to cut my fabric.
Next I repurposed (fancy word for cut up) an old towel for padding. I considered a royal blue fleece blanket, but it would have shown through the pink fabric and ruined the overall effect.
I'm anal and serged the edges. I could see myself trying to staple gun 3 layers of stuff and loosing it, big time. This step is totally optional (unless your in love with your serger like I am - then serge away)
Next I cut the vinyl just a titch bigger than my fabric pieces. Vinyl is way cheap - just a couple dollars a yard at Joann's & it can be wiped clean and can take some serious wear & tear (that is the reason I didn't choose the easier route - modge podge (my other favorite love!) It's great for the front of dressers or cupboards, but no where that will get any kind of rubbing action.
I stapled gunned all the layers.
I made sure the pieces were long enough to wrap around so the staple wouldn't be sticking out & catch on me or some toy/book.