Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I finally got around to this super cute sundress Maren posted back in February. Casey and I tag-teamed it for Maddie's birthday. It's pretty quick and easy to follow. It's from the site Habitual Creature of Habit. The free pattern is found here.
It turned out a little on the short side, so I shortened it even more and made it into a top. It's a bit loose on Maddie, and the ties are too long. As you can tell by the pictures, she is not happy about loose fitting clothing or the ties touching her face. Maybe when she's a bit older she'll like it more.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Our good friend Meg over at Brassy Apple came up with this fun idea. She call it "Crafty Summer Series" - the idea is to not go stale or get bored over the summer. You know you will spend half the summer in the car trying to keep your kids entertained... why not keep yourself entertained or better yet, get your kids involved & have "family craft time" I love this idea. It's better then sitting around all summer in my jammies watching tivo.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
These pics are from the Annie swap that I was apart of through Aunt Pitty Pats blog. Check out my first attempt at doll creating.
Before - homely little Annie in her unpretentious little way....
This is my swap partner, Jennifer. I wanted to create something fun and as glam as my swap partner...
It was crazy resewing the seams so they wouldn't pop. I eventually broke out the serger. It was worth the unstuffing, resewing, and restuffing. Don't look to closely, her legs are not proportionate. After completing the body I "painted" her body with pero (not a coffee drinker) - it was a lot like water colors. You don't want your doll soaking, just a nice top coat. If you don't do the coffee thing, just stop by your gas station & buy a small cup for under a buck. You will have more then enough and you won't be stuck with tons of left over stuff. (My friend De has a bazillion different styles & patterns. Here she does a great tutorial... after looking here you will realize you can do this too.)
Glam Annie had to have furs & pearls.
and hair that said "glam girl here -don't mess"
Her coat is made from felt with a pattern on it. I trimmed the jacket with feathers (just wanted a fur trim look to it) - that is the only part I did without my machine.
Glam Annie has the classic striped legs, but is wearing stylish Mary Jane's instead of comfortable orthopedic looking drab shoes.
Ta-Da! These are the after shots. Here she is in all her stylish glory. Isn't she literally a doll. It was a lot easier then I thought to make her. She did turn out pretty cute. I posted earlier about making some Annie's for Christmas & I think I might be hooked. James kept begging for me to make him one. His birthday is next month. I will have to get on it.
The best part of making Glam Annie was making it a fun project with my glam girl, Paigey. I have the pattern if any one is interested, just email me. Aunt Pitty Pat said she found it on the net. I've looked around and found a few other free doll patterns that look fun.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
This is what we made in preschool this year for Mother's Day, (I got the idea here) but I think it would make a great birthday gift for grandma, grandpa, favorite cousin, dad, teacher appreciation day, church activity, or doll up your kids bedroom, etc. It's quick, easy, and most of all cheap.
I let my preschoolers go though my fabric stash & choose their favorite. Other then dissuading one boy away from Christmas fabric, they all chose pretty well. I traced their hand using a pen on the wrong side of the fabric & cut it out.
I printed their name & the year on a piece of card stock somewhere near the center and used the Plexiglas or glass (that came with the frame) and a pencil to create the template.
Next I used spray starch to make the hand lay nice and flat.
Then I used spray glue to mount it to my card stock. I sprayed the wrong side of the fabric on a separate piece of scrap paper, first. Then picked it up & centered it where I wanted it on the card stock just above the name & year.
This is how it looks mounted to the card stock. You can see my penciled lines where I will cut out.
I reassembled the frame and placed the hand inside. I got this particular frame at Ikea, they are sold in a set of 2 for $2.99. Then I torn strips of fabric and stapled them to the back of the frame to use as a hanger.
They turned out so cute. One of the moms called to find out how to make one for her other kids. You could also use cute scrapbook paper & ribbon.