Monday, April 25, 2011

I am back...

So I took quite a long break from blogging, but today I am returning with a couple of projects I have completed over the last couple of weeks.

The first is an adorable t-shirt that I whipped up for the little guy. I used a pocket t-shirt (removed the pocket) and then appliqued the chick on with heat n' bond. The words are fabric "puff paint". I am very happy with how this turned out!
 Next is the bow tie I made our little man for Easter Sunday. I used the tutorial found HERE. It was super quick and easy. And he actually wore it all morning without a complaint!

 Isn't he so handsome!
 And last, I whipped up this skirt for myself for Easter Sunday after having no success finding one to buy. Very happy with my decision. (sorry for the awkward photo of yours truly, I am probably the least photogenic person I know!)

I used the tutorial found HERE with a few minor adjustments.
Here is the back of my skirt. Kelli does not really show what the back of hers looks like. So this is what I came up with.
 I folded over the top edge of my skirt piece a half inch before gathering it.
Before running a gathering stitch on my machine I sewed in a casing for a piece of elastic. (see photo) I then followed the directions for sewing on the waistband and tie belt. I made the casing of my elastic as long as the gap between the two sides of the waistband.

Friday, February 4, 2011


I am not necessarily a "green" person, but when it comes to recycling fabric (or re-purposing) I am all about it! Last week I found these pillowcases at Goodwill. I finally got around to using one of them today for an awesome Pillowcase Dress. I followed the tutorial here for the dress. It was the easiest, most straightforward tute for this project that I found. I also used this tutorial for making my own bias tape for around the armholes. So here is the final product that I am very proud of:



Monday, January 31, 2011

I think I am addicted...

So Friday Caleb and I went to Goodwill in search of some good vintage finds. This was my first trip for this purpose, and let me promise you it won't be the last. In fact it might have to be a weekly activity.
My best finds were a couple of vintage pillowcases and some sheets:

I don't really have any huge plans yet, other than a pillowcase dress or two. I was just really pumped to get all of that fabric for so little $!
Here are some of my other finds:
Six 6 ounce juice glasses
Vintage Pyrex casserole dish

Baby cabbage patch doll. No clothes, but otherwise in perfect condition...I think I see a new project. Can you say doll clothes?
Tupperware jello mold with removable shape caps.
So we'll see how long I can stay away, but I think we will be making another visit soon.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I Heart Faces

Have you heard of I Heart Faces?

Well I came across this great contest this week and thought I would enter. It is called "Innocent Wonder". I have the greatest picture for this:
This is one of the very first times we ventured out in the snow this winter. He loved it, and it was so fun watching him be so curious about all the white stuff. As you can tell, he loved it!

You can't vote or anything, and there are like 600+ entries so we'll see what happens. I am not really getting my hopes up, but it is just fun entering!

The big TWO

So this weekend was a big one. We celebrated with some family and friends our little man's second birthday. I can't believe he's two already! The last two years have flown by (most days) and have been the best two years so far. Here are some photos from the event:
The cupcakes are from this book
Lions: Orange buttercream, twizzlers pull n' peel for mane, pink heart runts for nose, blue mini m&ms for eyes, orange froot loops for ears

Monkeys: Chocolate frosting, buttercream for face, mini m&ms for eyes, purple froot loops for ears, mini m&ms for nostrils, and twizzlers pull n' peel for mouth

Elephants: Blue buttercream, candimelts for ears and trunk, banana runts for tusks, and mini m&ms for eyes. (suggestion, order the candimelts in a darker blue, my Michaels didn't carry any other blue color)

Birthday bunting. Fabric: Joanns

Birthday boy with his Daddy. In his favorite dinosaur jammies of course.

Mom, I can't touch them or eat them!?

Loving the John Deere tractors and crop duster from Grandpa and Grandma R.!

Aren't his eyes amazing! I could just look at them all day.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Back on the wagon

So I have fallen off the wagon of blogging. I was at a loss for what to share, and what people would want to read.

I have decided to get back on the wagon. With that decision comes a commitment on my part to share new ideas. I am sick of seeing all of the same projects on all of the different crafting blogs. I can't say that every single post will be an original project, but it is my hope that I can put some new ideas out there in the blogging universe.

I have taken on a couple of new challenges for this year.
First: A commitment to myself to keep my home clean. It is our HOME and I want it to feel that way. Along with keeping up with housework, I will also be more organized. To help me with this I have started using THIS. I have printed out the year. After the first week I have seen huge improvements in my daily habits and realizing how manageable it is to keep it up with only an hour or so a day.

Second: Improving my photography skills. This will start with an online class that I am taking online through the community college. It is called Photographing People with Your Digital Camera. That is truly my passion. I love taking pictures of people, especially youngins'. So I am excited to start getting some practice and looking for models.

Third: Really this is a challenge for the whole family. The next three months will be the longest of my life. The hubs is taking two classes for his MBA this Spring. So that means Mondays and Thursdays I am on my own with the babe from 7:30am until 9:30pm. Looongest daaays evvvver. It takes all of the patience I have to survive those days. We will survive, as long as I remember that the more he takes now the quicker he will be done.

So that is what I will be blogging about.  I hope you will follow me on this journey of new challenges.
God always provides what we need, let me never forget.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A few of my favorite things...

I just thought I would share a few of my favorite (random) things today...

I threw this little hair baby together this afternoon. Loving it!

And I am seriously loving these (not just lately, but always and forever)

No, this is not my photo. But I did make this last night for supper. It was by far one of the most difficult things I have ever made, but totally worth it! Here is the recipe, give it a try and let me know what you think. (side note, I substituted Apple Cider for the chardonnay since I don't drink it and it worked great!)

Bought this Monday night for the little man, and can't wait to put it on him for some photos Sunday! 
 And last, but certainly far from the least, my favorite photo of the week:
aren't those the most beautiful eyes??!