Sunday, April 29, 2012

Onesie Clothes line/Baby Shower

Hello all, I recently threw a baby shower for my sister! I created a clothes line full of onesies and a pair of shorts! 
I made a few different onesies..a plane, an anchor, a tie, and a bow ties with suspenders.  I found the tie onesie tutorial onlineTie Tutorial and used that for my pattern. I just looked up on google a few pictures of a plane, anchor and a bow tie. I used light weight interfacing and ironed it on and it was sewable as well. I did a zig zag stick on it to secure it in place for washing purposes.

I also did a few other fun favors for the party it was a she’s poping type themed shower so we made popcorn and tagged them with a “thanks for popping in”. Popcorn bags receipeWe also made marshmallow pops to go along with it! We made a sweets table as well! I also put together a diaper cake for decoration!

It is pretty simple to do: you gather the items you would like to add to the cake and start with a rubber band and begin rolling diapers and adding them to it and repeat for each layer. I used a empty paper towel roll to hold it all together. I also helped connect it with some receiving blankets as well! You just need a cardboard cake bottom for under it! I used some pins to hold the socks in and the teddy bear!  

Me Sew Crazy Projects

Good Afternoon, Jennifer here to report on two Me Sew Crazy tutorials I attempted recently. I follow Jessica's blog and love so much of what she creates! I finally took the plunge and tried out two of her tutorials.

For the first project, I made my Cupcake's Easter dress using the Spring Fever Dress tutorial. The tutorial was great, it provided a free pattern for sizes 2T - 5! For the most part, the tutorial was very clear. I did struggle with the back of the dress (which was one of my favorite parts of the dress!) but once I posted my question on the blog, Jess emailed me back with a more in depth explanation and I was able to work my way through it. Although the tutorial was clear and provided many pictures, I continued to struggle through the dress. I think I used my seam ripper more than I ever have on any other project. But, beside the back piece, all my mistakes were just not paying close enough attention while I was working - thank goodness for the seam ripper, right? If I made the dress again, I would probably make the skirt more of an A-line rather than straight, so it would look a little fuller. Other than that, I love how it turned out! Unfortunately, I was distracted and didn't take any pictures on Easter day of Cupcake wearing it. The next time she wears it, I will make sure to take some photos.

Close-up of the back of the dress

My second Me Sew Crazy project was The Bustle Backpack. I found this tutorial a while back and pinned it, knowing if I decided to make Cupcake a backpack, this had to be the one! With Cupcake being potty trained, I had less of a reason to lug a big diaper bag along, but I still needed something to carry a few items with us. I decided a backpack she could wear and I could carry would be perfect. I took Cupcake to JoAnn to pick out fabric. She originally chose a bright pink which I was fine with, then she pointed to several different colors and finally settled on a lime green.

This tutorial, just like the Spring Fever Dress was concise and clear. I was a little nervous that this was going to be a very time consuming project as I looked at all the little bustles all over the adorable backpacks Jess made. I went ahead and jumped in. Making the circles didn't take much time at all. It was a little monotonous sewing the circles on the backpack but it really didn't take too incredibly long. Once the circles were all attached, the rest of the backpack came together very easily. I got it done during two of Cupcake's naps and when I showed it to her she was very excited! She immediately wanted the bag and said she needed to put books in it. She filled it up with lots of books and carried it around all afternoon. It is a little big on Cupcake's shoulders, but I know that means she will grow into it. It has worked out really well when we are out and about and I love how it turned out!

Cupcake showing off her new "pack pack" as she calls it
Checking out her treasures
Thanks Jessica for two great tutorials. I can't wait to try more projects from her site!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Decor

Hello all, Sara here.

It's March, can you believe it?  I can't.  The start of March means less (well hopefully less) than two months until Baby Brother's debut.  It also means spring is right around the corner and St. Patrick's Day is coming up.

Until this year I didn't have any intentions of decorating for St. Patrick's Day.  The last couple of years we have gone down to the St. Patrick's Day parade with playgroup, but other than that I haven't gotten into the holiday. Well thanks again to Pinterest and all the fun things I saw on there, I just knew I would end up making a couple of things to decorate our front entryway.

Here are all the decorations, I came up with.  I kind of pulled things from all over the house to bring this all together, but I am really loving how it came out!

The St. Patrick's Day printable came from Funky Polkadot Giraffe (there are a lot of fun printables on this site!) and was the starting point for everything else.  I loved the thought of using rainbows along with the different shades of green.

I made the topiary on a whim.  I had seen a shirt made with a rainbow using scrap fabric and loved it.  I searched my stash and luckily had all the colors of the rainbow.  I used Heat n' Bond to put it together and simply hot glued the dowel rod to the back of the rainbow.  I used some gold coins from my son's treasure chest and some left over yarn from the wreath to complete my pot of gold topiary.

The wreath is based again on one I had seen on Pinterest (I am on that website a little too much apparently!).  I made a smaller version of the rainbow and attached it to the wreath with a hair clip.  (I have plans to change the wreath around after St. Patrick's Day, so stay tuned.)  The shamrocks are made of felt using this tutorial from Sugar Bee Crafts.  Again I used hair clips so they can easily be removed or moved around.

I loved the splashes of color with all the green. Now our house is ready for St. Patrick's Day!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Broccoli Potato Soup

Hi All, Beth here, I haven't posted in a while, but I made some delicious soup tonight that I though I would share. We were out of town this weekend and I didn't feel like going to the grocery store today, so I started looking to see what I could come up with using what I already had in the house and decided on soup.

I just kind of made it up as I went along which is pretty common practice for me and I thought it turned out well enough that I would share. Pinkerton and my hubby loved it as well and it was only about 6 WW points plus for a cup for anyone who is interested.

2 cans (28oz) of chicken broth
1 cup chopped potatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli
3/4 cup of milk
2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. flour
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper

Chop potatoes into bite size pieces, put in a pot with the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Let these cook about 10 minutes or until they start to get tender. While the potatoes are cooking, chop the broccoli into small pieces and make sure you keep all the little scraps that fall off while you are cutting. Put the broccoli in with the potatoes and cook another 10 minutes.

In a small sauce pan make a roux with the butter and flour and then slowly whisk in the milk and cook over low heat until thick whisking often. Mix the thickened milk mixture into the pot with the chicken broth, potatoes and broccoli and bring it all to a simmer. Then add the cheese and stir. Let simmer for another 10 minutes or until thick. Salt and pepper to taste. I served it with corn bread.

Like I said, Pinkerton gobbled it up! Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Too Short Shirt to Dress

Good Afternoon, it is Jennifer. I am here to share a recent transformation I did for little Cupcake.

I ran across a tutorial on Make It and Love It, a blog I follow and love, on how to repurpose a shirt into a dress and decided I really needed to try it out! The dress she made was just way too cute and I couldn't resist. I found a shirt in Cupcake's closet that fit, but was just a little too short. I wish I would have taken a before picture, but I totally forgot. I had some fabric my Mom picked up for me (thanks Mom!) at Tuesday Morning, of all places, that I hadn't found a use for yet. I took a look, and thought it would match perfectly with her too-short shirt.

Looking super cool in her shades and new dress

Ashley's tutorial was great! It was easy to follow and provided lots of pictures that helped guide me through the process. She even taught me what a french seam was and how easy it was to do! I did struggle a little with getting the pleats right - I am not experienced when it comes to pleats. Because I struggled with the pleats, I changed how I attached the skirt to the shirt. Ashley's tutorial directs you to sew the skirt wrong side to the right side of the shirt, allowing the top of the pretty pleats you made show. It looks super cute on Ashley's version, but I realized mine would not look that cute. My pleats were not as pretty. So, I attached the skirt right sides together instead. I also decided to have the sash tie on the side, rather than the back, just for fun.

Perfect twirling skirt!

And that was it. A too-short shirt, transformed into a super cute dress! The first time I put it on my little darling, she said, "I look pretty in mine dress." Yes darling you do look very pretty :-)
Showing of the back
She insisted on wearing her necklace with the new dress

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fancy Football Shirts

Andrea here! We are big Colts fans in this house and that extends to our two girls as well. They both jump and yell and scream just like Mommy and Daddy when the Colts are playing. We went downtown for the SuperBowl festivities a few weeks ago and that was when I realized that my kids had outgrown their current Colts shirts. Time remedy that! Unfortunately, the only options that were left at the stores were boy shirts. Both girls scoffed at the idea of wearing a "boy" shirt (too bad they were with me or they would have never known), so I bought one size up for next year and offered to make them more "girly." I asked my 5 year old what that meant to her and of course it meant pink and sparkles. I was at Michaels picking up a few other things anyway and found some supplies that I thought would work well. Pink and sparkles it is! Here are the shirts before, washed and ready to go with wax paper inside so the shirt wouldn't stick together from the paint:

Our supplies, pink puffy paint and spray-on glitter:

My 2 year old's shirt, before:

I began by using the puffy paint to make an outline:

Originally this was all I was going to do but my 5 year old suggested coloring in the entire horseshoe and adding sparkles all over the shirt and once big sis said it, little sis wanted it:

The spray-on sparkles were pretty neat:

First shirt, complete:

The shirt for my 5 year old, before:

Once again, filling in the white areas with pink at her suggestion:

For this, I put paper around on 4 sides to make a straight box around the logo:

And again around this logo (I also put some on my fingers and smeared it on the partial black horseshoe on above):

Second shirt, complete:

Two "boy" Colts shirts, transformed:

My kids love them and they'll be all ready for next season!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

a heart in a cake

So with baby Gia turning one, I began thinking about what special touches I wanted to do for her celebration. It was modest celebration, but wanted it to have a few fun memorable things.

The theme, 'hearts', sprung out of my frugal side. I knew that her birthday just 3 days after valentine's day, I'd be in no shortage of all things 'heart' and likely deeply discounted to move off the store shelves.

So when I saw this cake while perusing pinterest one evening, I couldn't stop wondering if I had an inner 'cake boss' that I could channel to pull this one off. THANK GOODNESS for step by step, awesome tutorials via the world wide web for allowing me to explore my skills!

My husband was telling me how delicious it was and I had to confess two words. Duncan. Hines.
So my inner domestic diva was only able to half execute this time since I wasn't willing to spend the time making the cakes & icing from scratch this go around. Next time however, I just may!

Another favorite addition to our celebration was this collage of her first year, fittingly, in the shape of a large number 1.

It was this, that made this momma sentimental, realizing that I have a beautiful young lady that will toddle today and soar tomorrow. #savorthemoments


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Big Boy Room...The Curtains!

My favorite part of the new big boy room is the curtains.  I really wanted to incorporate the road / car theme into the curtains, but wasn't sure how I was going to do that at first.  Then I thought about trying to make a road go across the curtains that then flowed into the vinyl stickers I had found.  At first I thought about making the curtains, but luckily found some at Target that worked out perfectly (saving me lots of time too).

Here is how I added the embellishments to the store bought curtains.

First gather your supplies:
Curtains (either home made or store bought), fabric for the road, and your normal sewing supplies.  (In this picture I show white fabric paint, but then after some experimenting I ended up using something different which I will talk about later.)

First I measured the width of the road on the vinyl stickers that I had bought.  I cut out strips of fabric a half inch bigger than that measurement.  I folded down both side of the fabric 1/4" and pressed to make a clean edge.

Then I realized that one strip of fabric wasn't going to fit the entire length of the curtain so I had to sew two strips together.  With right sides together sewing with a 1/4" seam allownce.

Press the seam open for a clean look.

Then press the top and bottom edges down again.

Here is what it looks like from the front, not too noticeable!

Lay the "road" out where you want it along the curtain.  My curtains had a hemline that worked perfectly to use as my guide.

I left about 1/2" overhang along one of the edges.

Then pinned the road down, leaving the excess only on one side.

I trimmed the excess off, and left a 1/2" to fold over the edge.

Top stitch the road to the curtain using a 1/8" seam.

With the two end edges, I folded them over 1/4", pressed, then folded that over the edge of the curtain to secure the raw edges.

Sew this down to finish off the edge.

The road is almost done!!  Here are the two curtains, they just need a little detail work.

To mimic the vinyl, I measured the white dashes and the space between them so that I knew how big to make them.

At first I thought I would use white puffy fabric paint, but I didn't like how it came out.  My mom suggested I use white iron on patches, since they already had the adhesive on them.  They ended up working out perfectly.

I cut the patches to the desired width.

Then cut them to the desired length.  I cut up a lot of these just to make sure I had enough.

I used a fabric marker to draw a line along where I wanted to iron on the patches.

Start the first patch along the line and about 1/2" from the edge.

From the first one I used the measurement I took at the beginning and started ironing on the next patch.

Repeat this step, until you have finished the entire length of the curtain.

The road is complete!  Now just add some cars and you are done.
I made the car out of felt using different Cricut templates I had cut out.  I used Wonder Under on the felt so that all I had to do was iron them onto the curtain.  The cars took a little bit of time, but I really liked how they turned out.

Hang up your new curtain and admire your work!

A quick note about the road on the wall: it's actually fabric!!!  I saw this tutorial on Positively Splendid (a blog that I love!) and knew I wanted to try this technique out.  It worked out perfectly and I am thinking of adding more....someday.