Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Homemade Easter Skirts

Hi all, happy Wednesday.  I hope you are having a great week.  We are having a pretty good spring break here.  Especially since my oldest said "This is the best spring break ever"  and that was before we went to the dollar store to get kites.  So glad to hear that we don't have to do much to be happy!!!  Anyhow, in continuing with the Easter theme this week, I have some homemade Easter outfits.  Well, half home-made!!

I made these starboard skits all by myself!!!  It is the first thing I have made that can actually be worn.  I was so excited when the came out so good.  This skirt was made by following this Simple Simon and Company tutorial, no pattern needed.  Here are some close ups of the skirts.

So these were definitely the least expensive Easter outfits we have ever had.  The fabric was $8.00 per yard and I only needed half a yard for each skirt.  The shirts are actually boys dress shirts from Target that were on sale BOGO, so only $15 for the shirts.  The shoes we already had.  So the total for two Easter outfits was a whopping $23.00.  Not to bad!!!  

Well I hope you enjoyed today's post.  I know the kids didn't, because it was freezing this morning taking those photos.  But now we have Easter pics to send to the family!!!  Have a great evening.  

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Home Decor

Hi all, hope you are having a fantastic start to the week.  I have been spending some time with my sewing machine lately, and can't wait to share some of those projects.  Also this weekend was so great weather wise that we spent the entire weekend outside.  That was really fun.  Oh and we have another big girl in the house.  My four year old got off her training wheels with one push this weekend.  So proud of her but a little sad to see my baby growing up.  

Anyhow, I did make some Easter decor crafts last week.  I meant to make an entire mantel display, but didn't get a hold of any burlap this week.  So I only made two framed pieces.  I think that they came out really cute though.  

Both pieces were made with my Silhouette Cameo.  The bunny at the top was cut from some fat quarter chevron fabric and then appliquéd onto some white fabric.  I used some white yarn for the tail.  The subway are was made using the print and cut feature.  I then created some stitching wholes on the paper and used embroidery floss to create the outline.  

That's all I have for now, I hope to be back later this week with some Easter sewing that I was able to do.  Have a great week.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Decorated Birthday Frame

Hi all Happy Wednesday.  Hope the week is treating you well.  I have gotten back to being a little crafty the last couple nights.  Guess the spring weather has kind of inspired me.  So around these parts it is Spring Fling time and with that comes Silent Auctions.  My daughters school is having one as well as one of my girlfriends' kids.  Although I am a little jealous of hers because it is for the adults only!!!  Anyways, I wanted to contribute to the silent auctions in some way and came up with the idea of donating my crafting services.  I am going to make 10 personalized birthday invites in any theme and some matching paraphernalia to go with it.  A little work on my part but it benefits the kids at school.  I had to come up with a way to showcase my items and decided to make a keepsake birthday frame that the recipient could use to hold a photo after the party is over.  

I found this cute frame complete with chevron mat at Michael's on clearance for $6.00.  I them added the birthday banner, title, and balloons to the frame.  I also made the description with the print and cut feature of my Silhouette.  Sorry about the weird camera angle, it is hard taking pictures of things with a reflective glass surface.  Anyhow, that's all I have for you today, hope you get a chance to craft some stuff of your own today.  

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Quick Sewing Journal

Hi all, hope you are having a great Monday.  We are doing great because we finally have some nice weather.  The weekend was miserable with the rain and snow.  As I am typing this I am sitting outside watching the kids ride bikes.  
Today I have a really quick project to share with you.  Recently I have started sewing, and I need a way to keep track of my projects and the math associated with them.  So I made this really quick journal.  
It was super quick.  I used a stencil with some white paint and Heidi Swapp color shine to tint the paint.  The scissors and thread spool were cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  Click the links to find them in the online store.  The I heart sewing saying can also be found in the store.  I then just adhered everything to the cover of the notebook.  Easy Peesy!!!!  That's all I have for you today hope you have a great evening.  
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Just a litte Leprechaun Gift

Happy hump day everyone.  Hope your week is going great.  It seems that here we are on our way to a warm up, yeah.  So today all I have for you is a quick little Leprechaun gift.  Monday I showed you that tray of cupcakes that I had made for the kids, and adults.  Well I can't keep that many cupcakes around or else they will end up on my backside if you know what I mean.  Therefore I must gift them, and I tried to make it cute.

I found this cute cupcake box in the Silhouette store here.  I changed it up a bit by adding the shamrock to the band.  These were easy to assemble and make a really cute gift.  

That's all I have today, hope you have a great day.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day - T-shirts and Bloopers

Good evening everyone.  Hope you have had a fantastically green St. Patrick's Day.  We had a pretty good day here except for the snow!!!!  Really sick of the snow!!!  Anyway, we made it a fun day, except for the cleaning.  Because the girls were supposed to go to school today, I made them some shirts that would keep them from getting pinched.  My youngest was especially scared of being pinched this year, so I went with that and made her a "Pinch Proof" t-shirt.  

I used my Silhouette to cut out this shamrock from some fabric that I had purchased last year.  I then appliquéd it onto the t-shirt and used the embroidery feature on my sewing machine to add the Pinch Proof text.  

For this t-shirt I used the same technique as above with the shamrock.  I then made a stencil with some freezer paper and my Silhouette for the words.  I coated the stencil with some Fabri-Tac and then sprinkled some green fabric glitter.  Super simple, but we will see if the glitter lasts through the wash.  I was trying to avoid using the E6000 glue because it stinks so bad.

I also made some simple hair bows with some some leftover green ribbon and some strips of the shamrock fabric.  

Here are my cuties.  I am not sure why Corianne always looks like she is about to cry in these photos, I really don't make her take the photos!!!

See now she looks happy.  Rainbow cupcakes will make anyone happy and smiley right.  So that's all I have for today, hope you have a great week and it is warm where you are.  I am going to leave you with a blooper photo of what happens when you leave your embroidery machine unattended.  

Her t-shirt went from long sleeve to 3/4 sleeve because of this!!!!  

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Did you know Girl Scout Cookies are Here!!!

Hi all, how's the week going?  My week has gotten drastically better since I don't feel sick anymore.  I even went to the gym this morning.  Yeah!!!  So are you sick of Girl Scout Cookies yet?  I hope not because we have a booth sale coming up this weekend.  It is one of the last weekends of the season, I am just hoping not to many people in our area gave up sweets for lent!.  

So with that I had to make some cute and practical stuff for our booth.  The first being a table cloth.  We are a Daisy troop so we don't have any supplies for the troop as of yet.  I decided that I would make a table cloth that we can use in the coming years and can be re-used once my younger daughter joins the Scouts.  

Please ignore my horrible ironing skills.  I suck at it and hate it all at the same time.  So to make this table cloth I went to Jo-ann's and bought 2 yards of blue cotton canvas for $5.00.  I then spent $10 on some flocked heat transfer vinyl from Silhouette.  I actually bought it on Amazon, so it was shipped for free.  The next thing I did was go to the Girl Scout's website and download their logo.  I then opened the logo in the designer edition of Silhouette studio and used the trace function to make a cut file of the logo.  I will make a tutorial of this soon, I always forget when I am in the middle of a project.  Anyhow, I then cut the logo, and the text and ironed then onto the blue table cloth that I had hemmed.  One thing I did learn:  The instructions on the vinyl say to place a towel between the vinyl and the iron.  I tried this and it did not work, or I wasn't patient enough, so I just put the iron directly on the vinyl.  It came out fine, and the plastic transfer material didn't melt.  

So the next few things I did for the booth are straight from Pinterest, and not too much creativity on my part.  I am not very creative when I am sick!!!.  Here is my Pinterest page with the Girl Scout stuff, so you can find the sources.  

I made some lanyards for the girls, so they could easily calculate how much the customers owe.

I made this cute table topper with some scrapbook paper, vinyl and a dollar store tin.  

Here is what the booth should look like during our sale.

Last but not least, I made some door hangers to let the people we sold door-to-door know that their cookies had arrived.  This helped a ton with the delivery, because we didn't have to stop by people's houses over and over.  They just called and let us know when they would be home.  Also my daughter made thank-you cards to pass out with her orders.  Hopefully this will get us some return customers.

So that is all I have for today.  Hope you have a great week, and wish us luck selling cookies!!!

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