Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bless Our Home

I have had this empty bolt from fabric for months now - I just couldn't throw it away. It looked like it was just waiting for me to make something out of it. Finally, I thought of something to do with it. Might not be the prettiest thing in the world, but I like how it turned out and it is now hanging in our hallway.

These are the items used:
1 empty fabric bolt
Elmers Glue
fabric remnants
hotglue gun/glue sticks

So - this is what I did:

I wrote out Bless Our Home with Elmers Glue and let it dry. Once dry - I spray painted over it with white paint. I put several coats on, each time spraying very lightly so the cardboard didn't get soggy. I hotglued fabric to each end. I also hotglued the 3 clear "jewels". I tacked on a piece of  ribbon with our last name initial and it was ready to hang.

Simple Apron = Good Memories

I found this adorable printed pattern for an apron at Walmart in the clearance bin for $1.80. It was simple to put together and reminded me of my first sewing project in Home Economics in the 9th grade. Now that is a good memory! I loved my Home Ec teacher, Mrs. Caldwell. She was such a wonderful teacher.
Here are the pieces cut out - a total of 5. The instructions were printed on the panel.
Here is the finished project. It took me about 2 hours from start to finish.
It is a cute country print with hens on the flounce and the body has a chicken wire print.  I can't remember the last time I wore an apron - probably the one I made in 9th grade! ha!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My top 10 Pinterest "Pins" for March

I have stated many many times how much I am loving Pinterest .  I would like to post my top 10 pins each month - so lets start with March.

1. I buy fabric remnants all the time and always looking for things I can make - this is a great pin for this. Click this Pin

2. I LOVE these ruffled skirts and will be making some soon. Click this Pin

3. Yep, this one is mine - and I am planning to make many more. Click this Pin

4. Another one of mine and I have made several. This one is on my front door now. Click this Pin

5. This is adorable - I want the whole look. Click this Pin

6. I want these boots! Click this Pin

7. I liked this so much I made one for myself and then made 6 more for family. I think every one liked them. I changed the couples because I didn't like some that were used in this one.  Click this Pin

8. I love this idea and plan to put it in use. Click this Pin

9. I am ALL for skinny!!! Click this Pin

10. I am still trying to figure out where I can put this! I Want it! I NEED it!! I LOVE it!!! Click this Pin

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ready for kindergarten - Dress from Tee Shirt

This is my adorable Lily Rose (the one and only LilyPie) wearing one of the dresses that I made for her and the matching barette. She had her kindergarten registration and this was her outfit of choice. It has little school buses, abc's, numbers, little kids ready for school on the print. She is so excited about going to big school with her 2 older sisters.

♥I love my little LilyPie!♥

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Somebunny Thinks I'm Special!

I always put together Easter baskets for the grandangels I get to see at Easter time, but this year I decided to make these cute wall hangings. I think they turned out great! I made 6 and each one is a different color.

Items needed:
fabric (I used a seasonal Easter print)
glue stick
felt 3D flower embellishments
11 x 14 frames
fuzzy yarn
hot glue gun/sticks

I typed the cute saying using 72 font on cardstock. I cut out one bunny from the fabric for each one. I covered the frame back with the fabric and then glued the cardstock in the center. I used the glue for the ribbon but the flowers were self adhesive. After framing I used hotglue to glue the fuzzy yarn to the outside of the frame.

I will be taking them to the 4 I will be seeing this next week and mailing the other 2 soon.

Friday, March 9, 2012

My First Applique'-Zebra Print

I made another cute top like the one I did for Lily but this one is for my middle grandangel, Brooklyn. (she is 10) This was my first attempt at doing an applique' and I LOVE IT! I made the top exactly like the Dora top I made a few weeks ago - so simple. Again, this was a tee shirt piece left over from tee shirt dresses I made last year. I am so glad I kept them all! This Zebra print fabric was  $1.60 found in the clearance bin at Walmart. Last weekend I picked up about 10 of these rolls of leftovers - any where from 1/4 yard to 1 yard - I paid 80 cents to $1.60 for each piece. I am going back this weekend and loading up if they still have the bin.
I am actually trying to decide if I want to make this into a dress by adding a couple more layer, depending what other fabric I find.

This is the one I made for Lily from a scrap of Dora print fabric. I think I may add an applique on it as well before I give it to her.

So here is how I made it - I used the whole width of the scrap of fabric and hemmed the scrap. I then set my machine on the loosest setting so when I sewed along the top it gathered the fabric. I then pinned the gathered piece to the tee shirt - right sides together - making it fit and then sew! (remember to set your machine back to its original setting!) I seamed the ends together right in the middle of the back. You could do this part before you ever start pinning if you prefer.
Appique' - I used Steam A Seam 2 Fusible Web and the directions are on the packaging. You can buy this at Hobby Lobby and it is really simple to use.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sock Monkey -

Check out my cute little sock monkey with her sweet little tutu. My daughter makes these to sell.  She generally makes them from striped socks so they are more colorful but I wanted solid black with the white tutu since I planned to put her in my office which is black and white themed. 

You can check out some of her other Monkey Business right here . She plans to add a tutorial soon.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dolly clothes from my clothes

I bought this cute Berenguer doll a couple of years ago when I "thought" I was going to learn to make Reborn Dolls - but I never got around to it - so I decided I would give it to Lily this summer to play with when she comes for a summer visit. I needed to make her some clothes since she was naked - so I decided to make her some from a sweater I no longer wear. I made her some leg warmers and a little dress. I had some pink fleece so I made her a diaper, too. Everything was made from the sleeves of the sweater.
We have these really nice sturdy cardboard "cases" that school supplies come in at work and I brought 2 home several months ago and decorated them for myself just to put odds and ends in - I am going to see if I can find another one and decorate it for her to make a doll suitcase and then make a blankie, more clothes and diapers and have a nice little baby doll set for her to play with. 
Here is one of my cases that I decorated.

Hook Em' Horns

I added this Texas Longhorn Scarf to Etsy today. It looks better tied with a couple of knots, but this way I could show the length and width a little better. It would look really good with a black sweater, I think. (haha - check out Miles in the background)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Famous Couples!

I am just finding so many neat projects and ideas on Pinterest. No wonder it is so addicting. I love making personal things, especially for holidays. I put this together for Valentine's Day for my hubby. (I am sure I like it way more than he does but he made the appropriate oohs & ahhs over it). I was asked to do some for friends as anniversary gifts and I plan on doing one for my son and daughter in law since they both celebrate birthdays this month. I love the frame and believe it or not, I bought it for $6 at one of the local grocery stores!