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Wedding Shower Fun!

October 5, 2014

My little bro is getting married and one of my sisters (there are a lot of us, I won’t even try to list them all here) volunteered to host a shower for them. We all took jobs and I ended up making the favors and a couple decorations for the party. I scoured Pinterest for some fun ideas and came up with some good ones!

First, the wedding banner.

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How cute did this end up? It’s pretty much exactly how I pictured it. I used my Silhoutte SD (like a Cameo but the older version) to cute the numbers and hearts out of cheap contact paper to use as stencils. I also cut the contact paper to the size of my paper (4×4) so that I could line the numbers up perfectly in the center of each flag. Then I painted with some acrylic craft paint. The paper is actually paper backed burlap that I got from JoAnn’s. It’s nice because you get the burlap look without all the mess and fraying that you get when you use regular burlap. The paper tried to curl a little when I painted it but it was pretty easy to flatten out once it was all dry.

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Here’s my progress pic. You can see that I used a little foam brush to paint the numbers. I was really happy to find out I could reuse the stencils that needed to be painted more than once. I just had to be careful to make sure there was no paint on the bottom. You can also see the little corner details I put on the first and last flag. I ended up distressing around the edge of each flag just to give it a little dimension. You might be able to see it in the first picture.

Next were the favors. I wanted to do wine glasses with glitter stems but that was deemed too time intensive by my sisters. So I went with these mints.

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I got the idea from Pinterest. And I already had a package of wedding themed scrapbook paper so the only thing I had to buy was the twin and the mints. My early attempts to be fancy and round the corners of  the tags were a failure. My corner chomper broke mid use and it was just frustrating. Once I decided to go with plain squares the assembly went really quickly.

Not all my decorations were a success. I’ve seen a million things online that say it’s easy to make giant pompoms out of tissue paper. Mine ended up looking kind of like a spiky disco ball. It hung in front of my balcony door for a couple days, making me angry, until I finally sacrificed it to my son to be used as a punching bag.

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The mini poofs I made out of coffee filters turned out lots better, but we didn’t end up using them. (excuse the messy background. This is the only picture I have and it was just meant to be seen by my sister!)

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And even though we got a group gift I wanted the bride and groom to have a little something extra to open. So the morning of the shower I embroidered some pillowcases with “his” and “hers”. Black and white, nice and classy. Which if you know my brother, describes him to a tee. 😉

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In addition to the things I made we also had yards and yards of tulle going through the fence, down the banister, on the backs of chairs… everywhere. It looked so pretty! The shower was lots of fun and I can’t wait for the wedding!

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Catching up on lots of stuff

September 30, 2014

I’ve been busy and haven’t posted a lot of my finished projects here. So today I’m going to do a quick rundown of what I’ve been working on and I might come back and do more detailed posts at a later date.

This is Lucy’s first day of school shirt. The pattern was a free one, which I can’t remember the name of at the moment. Got lots of compliments on this one!

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A bib I made for my sister to give to a friend. This is a bandana style drool bib. They look so cute on little guys. And I love this monster fabric. I need to think of more stuff to make out of it.

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I’ve been wanting the pattern for this next project for a long time, but it wasn’t being sold anymore. Imagine my surprise when I woke up one morning to find out that due to popular demand the designer was going to offer it for one day only. I jumped on it! The original pouch is designed as a camera case. I wanted mine to be a little bigger so it could be used as a purse. I added about an inch to the width but otherwise left everything else the same. I love this little clutch! This one will definitely deserve a post of its own, to show off some of the features.

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And last but not least, Matt’s first day of school shirt. Love this one! He chose the fabrics himself.

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Alright, that’s my quick update. Hope you enjoyed!

Fancy Pants!

August 18, 2014

We’ve been having so much fun this summer that it’s been a while since I updated here. Since I last posted we’ve gone to Napa, spent a day in Chicago, gone to a few block parties and bbq’s and spent countless hours at the parks and pools. Good times! Hard to believe it, but school starts for Lucy later this week, so our summer fun is coming to an end. *sad* We’ve also been having some pretty cool weather so yesterday I got inspired to do a little sewing to beef up Lucy’s winter wardrobe. I thought these pants would take a couple hours, but I underestimated. All told I think they took about 5 hours to make. 2 hours of that was just tracing patterns, adding seam allowance, and cutting fabric. Reminds me why I like pdf patterns so much! Those you can just print, tape and cut, no tracing at all.

So, here they are, Miss Lucy’s new fancy pants!

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These are the Dortje pants from Sewing Clothes Kids Love. This is only the second pattern I’ve used from this book, but it’s got some really fun and funky patterns. I’ll definitely be making more. The only drawback is that the pattern pieces don’t include seam allowance so you’ve got to add that yourself. And for some reason that takes me a really long time. These pants have some really nice details and I learned some new techniques while making them.

Now it’s time for some close ups! First, the faux fly. My first time doing that, it was really easy and I think it looks nice. Next time I’ll just take a little more care to get all my lines smooth and neat. There’s a little bit of puckering at the bottom, but it doesn’t show when they’re on so I’m just leaving it.

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I managed to match up the color blocking on the legs almost perfectly. This was one of those areas where adding the seam allowance was tricky because of all the curves. It would have been really easy to get off by a fraction of an inch and then the color blocking wouldn’t have matched. I’m glad I took my time!

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And now for some ugly. I was lazy and didn’t switch thread colors on the back pocket and it looks pretty yucky. Trying to decide if I should tear it out or not. Or at least go over the bar tacks at the tops of the pockets since those look like garbage. Not really sure why I had trouble with those since they should be easy.

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And for the best part… they fit! And she loves them!

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Next time I’ll do the pattern without adding seam allowance since these are a little bit looser than they need to be. And I’ll add some extra, extra length (these already had a full inch added and they aren’t even hemmed yet in the picture above).

I definitely see more of these in our future. What do you think? Would your kids rock this funky style?

Happy 4th of July!

July 3, 2014

I love the 4th of July. So many people have birthdays right around this time, myself included. The sun is usually shining. The weather is warm. Our town has a carnival and a parade. It’s like a week long party around here. I usually make Lucy a new outfit for the 4th, and Matt wears whatever random white or red shirt I can find. This year I decided to be a little better prepared, and I managed to make them matching shirts. I’m still learning all the tricks of the trade when it comes to embroidering little kid shirt. They’re a bit difficult because you have to flip the bottom of the shirt up and over the hoop on the embroidery machine or else you’ll end up embroidering through the back and front and basically sewing the shirt shut. Matt’s shirt went well, but Lucy’s ended up having to be cut off the machine because it got so tangled up. A quick trip to Old Navy for a new shirt, a little research that said I could cut open one of the side seams then sew it up later, and I was back in business.

Here’s the finished product. I even managed to get both kids to smile and look at the camera at the same time! How cute are they?

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The shirts say All American Girl and All American Boy. Hoping to get some better shots showing the whole shirts tomorrow.

And, now for a little introduction of my newest obsession: Jamberry nails. I’ve got a bunch of friends that sell these and I bought a couple sheets to try them out. I’m not usually one to fuss around with my nails. Honestly, my nails are funny shaped and it’s just never really seemed worth my time to glorify them when they look so weird. But, I tried these things out and I actually really love them! I got some 4th of July Jams a few weeks ago and decided to do my fingers and toes for the parade tomorrow.

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From past experience these will stay on my fingers for 2 weeks, at which point I take them off because my nails have started growing out enough that there’s a big strip of plain nail showing. My toes I’ve kept on for 3 weeks before switching out. I think they would have lasted longer but I wanted to change them to a new design. They didn’t last as long on Lucy. Her finger lasted about a week. Her toes are still mostly good. She picked one off, but the rest are nice and secure after about a week. We’ll see how long she keeps them on. I didn’t take as much care with putting hers on because she was getting impatient to get up and play.

So that’s my fun 4th of July stuff! I still don’t know what I’m going to wear for the parade, but at least my nails will be looking good! Do you have any fun traditions for this holiday?

Vinyl fun!

June 30, 2014

I’ve been on a vinyl all the things kick recently. I made these 2 wine sippy cups to test out and see if anyone would want to buy them at my farmer’s market. Alas, nobody did. So I guess I’ll have to put them on etsy and see if I get any takers there. I think they’re cute at least. The first says “save water drink wine” the second says “mom’s sippy cup”.

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Next I made some jewelry dishes. I’ve been using a soap dish to hold my rings and little odds and ends when I’m not wearing them. But this is so much cuter. Also going to put these up on etsy and see if I get anyone interested in them. 20140626_140011-1

 

That’s it for now! Have a great day!

Concrete and dresses and cups, oh my!

June 21, 2014

I’m really bad at titling my blog posts, so forgive me. But that’s what I’m going to show off today, so there you go.

I made a little stuffed mannequin this winter, planning to use it for my craft fair displays. But I couldn’t figure out how to stand it up. Online people make these very pretty wooden bases, or get creative and repurpose old lamps. But I was worried those wouldn’t be sturdy enough to stand up to a day out in the wind. A quick trip to the local hardware store and the very nice man there confirmed my thoughts. He helped me figure out an alternative, that I think ended up looking pretty cute, was fast to make, and even better, was cheap. I got a plastic bucket from the dollar store, some quick setting concrete, and a dowel rod. Poured in some water, made sure my dowel was sitting in fairly straight, and tada! Mannequin stand! The whole thing cost just about $10. Most of that was for the concrete and I have enough left over to do several more stands. Here it is showing off one of my hummingbird dresses at last week’s farmer’s market.

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And here’s a quick look at another hummingbird dress. I love this fabric combo! I’ve used these little owls to make everything from snack bags to makeup pouches and purses, to dresses.

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And now for the cup. One of my friend’s son’s just graduated college and is going to Mizzou. She saw the Parkview cups I made as end of the year teacher gifts and asked if I could trace the Mizzou logo to put on a cup for her son. No problem thanks to my Silhouette software! The logo turned out perfectly.

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I’m considering buying more of these cups so I can start offering them at the farmer’s market. But I’m not sure what designs or logos or what have you people would want. I’d need something that is attractive to a wide crowd of people. Any suggestions for cute or funny saying and designs?

Teacher gifts part 2

June 5, 2014

Ok, so those teacher gifts took a little bit longer than I expected. And I ran into some unexpected problems too. Like when I went to embroider the second Target bag, the one intended for Lucy’s teacher, I not only broke the bag, I also broke the second bag, and the needle in my embroidery machine, and after I replaced the broken needle the replacement fell out mid-stitching. What a mess. So I ended up improvising, taking the design I loved, and putting it on plain fabric to be framed. I think it turned out ok, even if there as a lot of cursing involved in the entire process.

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Sorry it's sideways. Not sure how to fix it right now. Deal.

So then I wanted to make a cup for the lady that works the front office. She is so busy, especially since for security she has to buzz every single visitor in, from both the outside and coming from the school into the office. Plus she answers the phones and deals with parents and is just all around busy. But she’s always nice and doesn’t complain when we stop in to use the bathroom while playing at the park.  So I made a cup for her, then liked it so much that I made one for Lucy’s teacher and the assistant. To get the W from the logo I took a picture of one of Lucy’s shirts then traced it in my Silhouette software. They turned out really nice!

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School logo on one side, names on the other

You can see the embroidered towels and bag in this picture too. The worm picture is in the brown paper bag, wrapped up all cute. Oh look! Here’s a better picture of the worm, along with the other things I gave the teacher.

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I also made some cute little post-it note holding frames for some of the specials teachers. Only one of them actually made it to school though, because I accidentally broke the other. Sorry Mrs. Rubenstein! I’ll get you an extra nice gift next year. Here’s a picture of the one that broke, it was for the music teacher and I thought it was really cute. It’s made with an acrylic picture frame from Walmart that I bought for $1. I found the “Taking Notes” image on the internet and traced it in my Silhouette software. And then some cute scrapbook paper in the frame. Such a nice idea, but the frame is just a little too cheap to stand up to being dropped off my kitchen counter. Live and learn.

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I also dropped off some boxes of Girl Scout cookies at the school to thank them for letting us use the building for our meetings all year. It’s so nice to be able to just meet the girls at their classrooms and get our meeting started without having to wait for stragglers.

We’re now officially on summer vacation. I don’t have the kids signed up for anything at all this summer, and I’m a little nervous about that. I’m hoping for good weather so we can just hang out at the pool every day. That sounds like a pretty good plan, right?