Saturday, May 30, 2009

Simple Bandana Dress Tutorial by Joy's Hope

Stumbled upon a very cute and very inspiring blog tonight. The blog is called Joy's Hope. Check out Julie's post on how to make this ADORABLE Bandana Dress. So stinkin' cute! Love it.





Quilt Along



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Original Art by Elsiecake




This little piece of original art arrived in the mail today and put a smile on my face. I love it when I get something that I've purchased in the mail. My initial reaction at pulling something like this from the box with the rest of the mail is always "what is this? oh yeah!!! it's here!" It's pretty tiny, but pretty adorable too. I'm not sure yet just how I'm going to display "Lili", but for now she's on my desk nestled in front of my CD calendar.

Amy's Baby Shower Pics

Didn't Amber do a lovely job! If I get a picture of the moses basket that she salvaged I'll add it later. Seriously. Adorable. Stuff.




Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chameleon

My dad just forwarded this video to me. How cool is he? Oh, he's very cool! Love this. Thanks, Papa "B."!

New Moon


Can't wait for this movie! I think I'll reread the entire series this summer.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Handmade Baby Boy Gift

This is the follow up post to A Handmade Baby Girl Gift. I promised to post a picture of this after my friend, Amy's, shower.

Amy's sister, Amber, hosted the shower and did an AMAZING job! I wish that I had taken my camera because the details that she put into it were just beautiful. Let me try to describe it. The colors were turquoise, kiwi, and black. She created the cutest banner with zebra print blocks that read "BABY BOY" in turquoise/kiwi alternating letters. She made the cake and it was as delicious as it was beautiful. She did fondant polka dots and some gorgeous piping. For favors she did chocolate covered cake balls that were presented in a gorgeous moses basket that she salvaged and spray painted black. She decorated the top of the basket with a pretty crystal garland and I believe there was turquoise fabric for the liner. They were deliciously rich and yummy! I'm going to ask Amy if she can forward some pictures for me to post because I know you're dying to see it now. Aren't you!

Goldfrapp- Caravan Girl


I just watched this on Tara Whitney's blog and loved it.
Leave a comment if you do too.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I Was Featured On TIP JUNKIE!


Happy Mother's Day to me! One of my tutorials was featured on Tip Junkie today for DIY Home Decor Ideas. Seriously! Check it out here. I am so flattered that Laurie liked it enough to feature it.

These name boards were the rage about 6 years ago and my friend, Ginger, made one for Caitlin as a birthday gift and I was hooked. Ginger also got me into sewing. She's one of the most creative people that I've ever met. Well, aside from my grandmother, Mama, and my Aunt Jane!


Le Love

I just found this on the Le Love blog via Kirtsy. I think that's Billie Holiday singing in the background. Love the colors, sounds, and the guy's hair in this video!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Berry Ice Cream Bombe

How yummy does this look! It looks delish to me. I just put in a request to hubby for one of these to be made this weekend. Check out the recipe here at makinglifebetter.com. Yummy!

The Best Day

Love, love, love this. This is Taylor Swift's new music video about her mom made completely with home videos. Brings tears to my eyes.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Handmade Baby Girl Gift



Several of my friends have had babies recently, and I haven't sewn anything "baby" in a long while, so this was the perfect opportunity for me to do so. I delivered dinner and this gift to one of those friends this week, and I'm going to try and walk you through how I made them.





For the onesies above, I used Pellow Wonder Under, a fusible interfacing, that I had purchased at JoAnn's over a year ago to create my design. A yard of the interfacing will make several appliques like these. It's sold by the yard and has paper on one side.

I cut out a square/rectangle of the interfacing and a piece of the fabric about the same size--you can eye it, and ironed it to the wrong side of the fabric with a dry iron. The fabric used for the crown and initial were in a quilter's bundle that I also purchased at JoAnn's, but any cute light-weight cotton fabric will work. After ironing, you'd have the right side of your fabric with what looks like a piece of paper adhered to the back side.

Once it was cool to the touch, I drew the crown onto the paper side with a pencil and then cut the design out. You then carefully peel away the paper and have a texture to the back side of the fabric. This is the glue that will stick it to your fabric. You place the design right side up on the onesie and then iron it on using the same dry high heat setting.

The last step is to straight stitch around the entire design about 1/8"-1/4" away from the edge of the design. No pins are needed to hold the design in place, so it goes fairly quickly.

To make the letter "H" I printed out a backwards letter H in one of my favorite fonts: MA Sexy, and then traced around it onto the paper side of the interfacing before ironing it to my fabric. If you can't flip the letter on your computer, or don't know how that's okay. You'd print it out and then flip it by taping/holding it up to a window with your interfacing over it to trace it.


Isn't the back of this one cute? For this little gathered half skirt I grabbed some tulle that I had left over from another project. I cut a strip of about 6" high and folded it in half. I then set my machine to the longest stitch length, I think 5.0 and did a running stitch about a half inch from the joined edges all the way across--do not do a back stitch, but sew straight off of the material. I then did another running stitch about quarter inch from the top. It helps if you do the top stitch thread and your bobbin thread a different color, but isn't absolutely necessary. To gather the material you grab the top threads on one end and then pull while pushing the fabric together to bunch it up. I should have used a much lighter thread for this one, but I still think it's pretty cute for a tiny baby tushy! I also could have tried to remove the gathering stitches after attaching the skirt to the onesie, but chose not to as this won't be a piece that's worn for a long time. Those babies tend to grow out of everything!


For the burpies, I again used some fabric that I already had. I'm pretty sure that I got these prints in the discount bin at JoAnn's, or maybe I just liked them so much that I had to purchase a yard of it. I got the idea for these from another friend who has an infant. She received some really adorable designer burpies and I grabbed one from her and studied it to see if I could duplicate it! I made a little fabric sandwich if you will on the bottom portion of the burp cloth and sewed completely around it to adhere it to the burpie. This way the cute print is on both sides of the burpie. My friend's designer one had a cute little tag sticking out of the side with the company name on it. I folded some ribbon scraps in half and tucked them in the side before sewing around on mine.

Stay tuned. I'm going to a baby shower of another friend next weekend and she's having a boy. My inspiration for her onesie was this. Too stinkin' cute!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Blogged About


Erin of Digital Photography for Moms blogged about me earlier this week. I was so surprised and thrilled! It pretty much made my day. Click here to see her post.