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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

All spiffy for Spring!

I have been so excited for Spring this year.  I am not exactly sure why, but I am a little giddy about it!

I have been working on lots of new things to put into my etsy shop and today I will be listing a couple of new dresses.  My little one loves dresses and she is a great little model!

This little dress is made from a Modkidboutique pattern.  It was so fun to make!  I like how it turned out and my "model" loved the pocket in the front!

This cute little sundress can be worn in cooler weather with a tshirt under it!  It's made from 4 different fabrics and from a Portabellopixie pattern.  I love how the straps are held in place by a knot!  So cute and it does twirl!!

I am planning to do more of both dresses in some different fabrics.  I've also been sewing up some dresses for American girl dolls, so I will post some pictures soon!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Busy Busy Busy! and a giveaway!

So sorry for the lack of posts and visiting of my friends lately!  I have been so busy around here!
I promise to get by and visit some of you folks that I haven't met before very soon!  (and also my loyal pals!)I have been busy trying to get some things ready for a fundraiser dinner that is happening this weekend.  I will take some pictures and have some fun projects to show you!

But first...I want to let you in on a giveaway!

My niece recently started her own photography business.  She does some amazing work and I'd love it if you'd go check her out and show her some love!!

You can visit her at Terresa Shaw Photography.  If you are in her area, you could even have some photos done!  But check this out!  She's having a little giveaway!  She's crafty as well as talented with a camera!  You could win some handmade snack bags!
 The giveaway ends on Saturday so hurry over and tell her I sent ya!

I hope you win!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It's Spring on the block(s)

Check it out ya'll!

I won a little giveaway!  I just received these cute blocks in the mail!

I can't believe how shiny my table looks!!

I met a new crafty bloggy friend named Meg at A Little Knick Knack through a linky party.  (I think)
Anyway, she came to visit me and invited me over to enter her giveaway and lo and behold...I won!
Thank you Meg!

These blocks were made by Adorning Elements.  Go check her out, there are some really cute items and the prices are so reasonable!

My kids have been having a great time moving them around and trying to spell different words!  Cute and educational!  :)  I like that.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Crew Cuts inspired tshirts!

Coming from a family of ten kids, my mom taught me well about being frugal.  When I was young, I never really knew any different.  I just thought it was all the norm.  Now as an adult, I am very frugal.  It's hard for me to spend a lot of money on just about anything...especially if I can make it myself!

Remember these?
I went back to Hobby Lobby and got more of that stretchy ruffled ribbon on a roll for $1.50 and dressed up some more tshirts.  I am bound and determined to make some cute things my older daughter will wear.  She's going into the jeans and tshirt phase and all of my cute handmade clothes I've made her are collecting dust in her closet!  GASP!

So here are a couple of tees that I came up with after scouring the Crew Cuts website for some ideas.

All you need is a tshirt, your sewing machine, and this "stretchy ruffled ribbon".

Pin the ribbon onto the tshirt and sew it down!


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Friday, April 16, 2010

You know it's Spring when...

You know it's Spring time in Texas when the Bluebonnets are in bloom.   The Bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and they are so pretty!  They grow wild all around where I live.  Many people spread seeds in the fall so that they can have a beautiful blanket of blue in their yards come Spring time!  We keep forgetting to do our seeds and so our yard is just green.  That's ok too though!  (better than brown)

This time of year, when the Bluebonnets are in bloom, you will see people on the side of the road with their cameras and kids.  My husband always thinks this is ridiculous.  Plopping kids in the flowers on the roadside to take pictures of crying children seems crazy to him.  I must admit, we did it when I was a kid!!  Now, as a parent, I worry about crazy drivers, ant hills (we have fire ants that bite!) and even snakes.  Last year, my sister was renting a house that had a field of wildflowers in front, so we went there and took pictures.  I even brought a stool for the girls to sit on!  This year, like the past 3 or so, we went out to Chappell Hill, Texas where they hold the "official" Bluebonnet Festival.  There is lots of food and shopping and they have an area for the kids, pony rides, face painting, and a few activities.  We love to go, usually the weather is just lovely and we can enjoy a day outdoors together.  On the way home, we saw a big field of flowers that was off the highway, away from cars, so we stopped.  We took a few pictures, took in the sweet smell of the flowers, and then headed on down the road.  Satisfied. 

Happy Spring!  It's finally here!

Friday, April 9, 2010

My first quilt!

It's finished!
I made this quilt for a fundraiser at my daughter's preschool.  The last two years my mom has made lovely quilts to donate.  I helped out a little last year, but this year I wanted to try and do it on my own!  I found this great tutorial for how to make a quilt in 6 weeks at a blog called I Have to Say...
It took me less than two, but I needed to get it done so it could be on display!

The instructions are great.  So if you think you've been wanting to try a quilt...GO FOR IT!

Here is my finished product!

I made those two little angels in the back too!  :)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter Recap a little late

I can't believe it has taken me almost a whole week to post anything new.  It has been nuts around here!  I had to take a nap on Monday to try and get myself caught up!  My washing machine and dryer were still going though, I had about 8 loads piled up.  I have no idea how that happened!!

Even though the weekend was busy, we had a great time.  The girls and I barely got dressed on Friday and had some fun dying eggs and making cupcakes in between cleaning the house to shine like the Hope Diamond.

I got this idea from Family Fun.  They were really cute if I do say so myself!

Saturday, we went to my sister's house for some great fajitas and an egg hunt! 

When we got home the kids and my husband had a camp out in the yard to wait for the Easter bunny.  They never did see him!!

They did however see a possum!  (not in the tent thank goodness!)

The Easter bunny did show up though!  He came up large too!
Then we headed off to church to celebrate the Risen Lord!
Here are the outfits I made for the girls! 
After an egg hunt here at home, we had a great day with family.
(Yes, my little petunia wore her Hello Kitty boots to church with her outfit!)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I am obsessed with these flowers!

I learned how to make these little flowers from a tutorial from Sandi Henderson.  I have put
them on a headband and loved how they turned out.

For Christmas this past year, I got a tshirt as a gift from JCrew.  Well, it was from my sister in law, but she got it at JCrew.  ha ha.

As soon as I opened it I was in love and knew I had to try and make some more!!  I am on the verge of ending up with a closet full of these tshirts.

So here is JCrew's version.

Here is my version!

This is actually for my big girl to wear on Easter.  I found this little burnout tee at Old Navy.  I think it was on sale for around $7.  I bought a yard on chiffon at Hobby Lobby for about $3 and I had the tulle and button on hand already.   I am sure I did this for less than JCrew! 

I took a look at how mine was made.  The flowers are all handsewn to a piece of tulle and then the tulle is sewn to the shirt.  I went ahead and did it this way.  I made two, one for each of my girls and I took a tip I found in between.  I found a post on Tatertots and Jello, where Jen made throw pillows with yoyo's on them.  She gave a tip that you should attatch the yoyo's to one another before sewing them to the pillow.  I took this advice with the flowers and tried it on the second shirt.  I worked out much better! 

So now, I have all of these little lovely flowers that will soon be attatched to headbands for Sunday.

I did one with just the chiffon, one with tulle twisted in with it and one with a sparkly brad in the center.  One thing I've done that has made the flower making easier, is tying the fabric in a knot at the end and using that as your center starting point.

I will wait until Easter to show you the whole ensemble!  I'm excited how the outfits turned out. 

Have a Happy Easter!

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