Sunday, February 28, 2010

Turning my shirt into her shirt

From this cute white dress shirt
to this long shirt to wear with leggings

unpick the collar and cut off the sleeves. Then take it in on the sides.

by either measuring the child or using a shirt that already fits lay it on the shirt you are working with so you can know how much to cut off the top, so its not too hue in the neck. oops I forgot to take a picture of the collar, you will need to measure the neckline and take the collar in (I took a section out in teh back) to fit.

Next using that same example shirt cut back where the sleeves should go. You can tell from this picture I didn't measure. DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO. I had to do some fixing to get them the same.

I didn't take any width out of the sleeves, I did make them shorter though. If you make the sleeves shorter make sure you cut the top in the same angle as the previous edge. These sleeves were fitting on me, so I gathered them on the top 1/2 of the sleeve and pinned it to fit the hole. This made it so easy, I am sorry I forgot to take a pic. If this doesn't make sense please e-mail me.
I folded a pleat in the cuff of the sleeve to make it fit her. It looks like it was suposed to be there all along.
I had to make new slits on the sides. This is how you make a slit.
1. Iron the seem open, on the upper part of the side seems. then when you get to the slit part (on the right) you keep ironing it as if it were sewn together. this will be weere you sew. Where I placed the pin you will back stich a time or two and go down the other side.
Please forgive me sometimes I have a hard time explaining things. Just give it a shot then it will make better sense. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
**Yep my bathroom floor has pink tile, I also have a pink toilet. HA......I know your jealous.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fancified tank top

I LOVE how this turned out and probably would have never tried it if it weren't for Disney at Ruffles and stuff. She has a tutorial here.

By the way, with all the shirts I've altered/embelished I was so worried to wash them, but I need to tell you that they look better and better after washing. So go ahead try it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Baby shower

Saturday was a Busy busy day. Here are the Elmo cupcakes we made for Rawlins 2nd Birthday. The eyes are a peanut M&M lucky I had white ones left over from Valentines. And the nose is an easter Egg Whopper, Luckily Easter candy is allready out. These might be harder to make later in the year?? I guess you could just get creative.

But before the B-day party we must have a cute little baby shower. I think it turned out purfect. It was a small get together of friends to congratulate a Sweet Friend on her 5th baby. She finally got her 2nd girl. I am excited for her but kinda jealous too.

This welcome wreath is an idea I got from Anne at floralshowers. No one could doubt they were at the right house.
And the Tissue Paper pom pom fom Martha Stuart. WoW... They were so much bigger than I thought. There was no need for any other decorations.

The only other decoration I needed was a center piece, since we all fit around my table and ate cinnamon rolls. I had a brilliant idea when walking through walmart ..the day after valentines day. I stocked up on m&m's then just took out the red ones. I thought lemon heads would be cute with it. I probably could have found cuter dishesd but I was in a hurry.

Wow, I just realized I am at 100 posts! hmmm AND My Birhday is one week from today, I think I will give something away!? It will be a surprise and all you have to do is be a follower. so go ahead

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cute cakes of Birthdays Past

I just found the file that contained all these birthday pics, I thought it would be nice to have them all togehter on here.

Cute clown, by Grandma (mt mom)
Polly Pocket, Must be by grandma (my mom)because my writing is no where near that nice.
I made this beach cake with a Polly Pocket
I think my Mom did this one too, McKinley says its her all tiem favorite!
Crayon Box, with Crayon candles, Have a Colorful Birthday. Again my moms writing she must have done that one too.
I did this one and remember it very well. Chase really wanted Nemo the year it came out. It was so much fun to make.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

t-shirt embelished.

This was another shirt I got on that amazing day at Old Navy. It was $1.24. It was awkwardly long. I mean REAL long. so I was able ot cut about 5 inches off and re-hem it and it was still LONG. I used the extra 5 inches to put a small piece to cover up the deep v neck and a skinny strip to make a ruffle to go on the left shoulder. Its the style I see all over J-crew and Anthropology sites.
I am working on 3 different tutorials that I hope to have up this week. from little boy stuff to girly stuff. .... Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Attention Crafty bloggers

One of my fellow craft bloggers is asking for out help. I have been following her for a while, but I had no idea she was an Irag war widow. She is approaching the 2 year anniversary and has decided to help other widows by making grief journals. If you can make one or more for her she would greatly appreciate it.

go here "I Make Stuff" to read more and get any other info on it.

Chicken Tortilla soup

I am hungry maybe I will post about food. This is another recipe I always get asked about. Bear with me, I don't think I've ever written it down. This makes a LARGE crockpot full.


1 can chicken broth
1 can refried beans
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup salsa
cooked chopped chicken breast
salt and pepper to taste. If my husband is home I will add some extra salsa or half an onion so he knows I was thinking of him.

We always eat this with tortilla strips and sometimes cheese and sour cream.

So cute!!

Ansley's mommy wanted a little sewing lesson. Sew we got to work. I showed her two different ways to make skirts.

The easiest one was an apple and pear fabric and we cut the fabric in a rectangle of about 12" inches by 24".
This will fit a 9 month old cutie! We added ribbon to the bottom and made a casing at the top for the elastic. Which was measured to fit. I know there are many tutorials out there for skirts, if you need help finding a god one let me know.

Then we appliques a couple of flowers to the top to make a whole matching outfit. I had a pair of pink tights too small for Mckinley. snip snip then we had some sweet leg warmers for baby girl to wear while its still cold. When she showed up to church she was sporting a cute pink jacket over it. IT WAS ...A D O R A B L E....

Monday, February 15, 2010

We have a winner!!

I wasn't sure how the video would turn out so I just posted a picture instead. The video just proves its legit. I decided I would have 2 winners this time. Just for the heck of it. So something to look forward to for next time. You never know what I might do. Thanks for your patience I will be posting the next giveaway in a week or so, I think it will be AWESOME!!! If you would like to give something away on my blog for a little bit of advertising let me know.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


It'S HeRe, It's FinAlLy HeRe.

Its....HERE (click there)

I finished setting up my Etsy Shop, I hope you will check it out. So far what I have posted is the things I have from last yeas craft show some friends and I held at my house. They've been sitting around the house. Well now I need to find a way to pay for the new water heater. ....boring.... but being out of debt won't be boring. Please check it out and tell me what you think. I am working on some AWESOME and unique things to put up soon. I hope you will check back often.

If you are not allready a follower please do so now, I like to know who my peeps are. Following is cool, everybody's doing it you know. (J/K) If you are on the dashboard screen in blogger you can easily (at the bottom of the dashboard) scroll through everybodys new posts that you are following. Its my new obsession. You can also follow in many other formats, this is the easiest for me.

Don't forget the apron drawing, MONDAY NIGHT!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My favorite Bread Recipe

You won't see me post very many recipes. Only the most requested ones. I am not known to be a great cook, because I don't like to cook. But I love warm homemade bread and this is my neverfail recipe. I like it because it uses honey instead of sugar, I think that makes a difference. If your bread tastes a little funny, you may have forgotten the salt. In my book I may as well toss it out, or use it for french toast. Also the Wheat gluten is not mandatory, but it keeps it from completely crumbling, so if you want to make sandwiches it is a must. You can use whichever flour you like but this is my favorite combination to make it just light enough and still have plenty of whole wheat nutrients.

Half Wheat Bread
5 1/2 cups luke warm water
3 T yeast
let sit for 5 minutes or so until the yeast is mostly dissolved. Then add the rest.
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
4 t. salt
5 cups whole wheat flour
7 cups white flour.
3 heaping Tablespoons of vital wheat gluten. (mix this in with the flour, then the dough)

Knead on a floured suface, then let rise in bowl, 30 or 45 minutes (longer is okay too) punch it down to get all the air out, knead on a floured surface. **for kneading tips see below. put it in pans and raise again. When it is a little higher than the pan (depending on loaf size, about double in size) pop her in the oven at 350 for about 22-25 minutes. It should be about the color in my picture. Glass or stone pans take about 2 minutes longer than the aluminum ones. - sometimes I like to butter the tops when it comes out. Let is cool completely before putting it in a bag, or freezing it.

this will make 4 loaves, sometimes I just make 3 HUGE loaves instead.
This might seem like a lot of bread. Here is a tip. As soon as it cools put it tightly wrapped in the freezer, In a week, when you thaw it, it will be like you just baked it that day.

Also sometimes I will use one fourth of the dough to make pizza for dinner, or cinnimon rolls. or whatever. So I never ever need to reduce the recipe, I always have need for dough. :)
*** Cinnimon Rolls bake almost as long as bread. I can't remember exactly. For the Pizza, THis is how "I" do it. Cut slits in it so it won't bubble up. Then bake it at 425 for 5 to 7 minutes. THen pull it out and put the toppings on it. Put it back in for about 15 minutes. (My crust is kind of thick so it takes longer) I don't know about a thin crust, but I think I would raise the heat and bake less time. ??

**kneading tips, when I was teaching a friend how to make bread it occurred to me that the texture of the dough is something you have to get used too. If it is really tough you have too much flour. You want it to be sticky, but just a little thicker than playdough. You will keep adding flour to the surface and your hands until your hands can knead the dough and not be TOTALLY covered in sticky dough, that is annoying but you will still get some stuck between your fingers just learn to love it, becuase that means the bread will be yummy. If you have a kitchenaid you don't knead to worry to much about that but you still need to get your hands in and make sure it feels right as you add flour. One friend told me she didn't want to put her hands in it and knead it but her bread wasn't fluffy enough. I told her unless you have a kitchenaid, you HAVE to knead it and let it rise two times. Or it won't be very light. DON'T GIVE UP--I must have made bread a dozen times and got frustrated, but I finally got it right and now it seems like a piece of cake. I mix it up, get in the shower etc... then I knead it and put it in pans to raise, put my make-up on etc... put it in to bake, and start cleaning my kitchen etc... you get so it fits in your day, some people think they have to sit and watch it, (well I used to anyway) don't let it overwhelm you. let me know if you get frustrated and I will talk you down.

I hope this answers all your questions.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentines Day!!!

Don't forget to keep scrolling down or click on the right for February's Giveaway.
Above is My daughters Robot, she designed ( I helped very little in designing, but a little more in the hands on area) for her class Valentine exchange, They have some kind of a contest. I think he is a keeper, I helped her to wrap the tinfoil around the lid so it can be removed and he or she? won't get destroyed taking out the Valentines.
I made these felt heart beanbags and game for our Pre-school Valentine party. we will use a lot of different numbers and they will identify them and hopefully even add some of the smaller numbers. I think they will, they are smart little cookies.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

More Refashioning Fun

These are my 3 favorites so far. They all started out as plain shirts I got on clearance at Old Navy. They averaged about $2.oo a piece. The above green one I bought 2 of and cut the 2nd one up to decorat with. There are lots of tutorials. I used this one.
I bought 2 of the shirt below and cut the second one up to do both of the gray shirts, I didn't really have a tutorial for them I just got ideas from everywhere else. I hand sewed the one above, it took a really long time but it was worth it.

I learned a few things on this one. Here is some tips to help you out. FIRST, try on the shirt to mark the EXACT middle. SECOND, iron the strips into the folds, then pin (or even better baste) them to the shirt before sewing, i just used lots of pins but one of them might still be slightly crooked. Its hard to tell though. If you make some let me know!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Applique and Stencil Tuorial

Scroll Down for FeBrUaRy'S GiVeAwAy

The orange fabric came from a shirt he out grew and stained. I used a bowl to trace a circle and draw a basketball on the Heat'N
Bond. Then ironed it to the back of the orange shirt, cut it out on each line.
The next step is to peel the other layer off and iron it to the blue shirt. The all you have left to do is to stitch around the edges. You can even do this part by hand if you want too.

Here the shirt is stitched. I think it still needed something. So I printed the word out on a cute font. then traced it on to freezer paper. Freezer paper has a plasticky side. This side will be down, then iron it to the shirt. When your all done it will peel off like scotch tape. It is so awesome.

So cute, can you tell it was a $1.50. We will have no more plain tee's at our house.

A New outfit

McKinley has loved this shirt since we got it at Universal Studios. We also call it the day I met Kris Allen. :)

I really wanted her to get to wear it to school, since she was so into it. I cut the neck open and made a casing to thread elastic through and did the same thing with the sleeves cutting them off first as well.

Then I took another one of Jeffs Ex-work shirts and made a little ruffle at the bottom, it is her new favorite outfit. and cost me $5.00 for the t-shirt.

FeBrUaRy GiVeAwAy !!!

Okay, I decided on the Apron. This months giveaway will be something similar to this. It will be completely different fabric, since I no longer have this one.


You need to leave me a comment of course, please include your email address.

If you blog about the giveaway leave another comment and I will put your name in 3 more times.

If you get a friend to enter make sure they mention your name and I will put your name AND theirs in 3 more times. The drawing will be held Feb. 15th.

address book

McKinley needed a last minute birthday gift, her and I love to do crafts together so I came up with an idea.
We have a lot of these plain notebooks that I made for a Family Reunion a long time ago. So we decorated the front and used a paper punch to make tabs for every letter of the alphabet. Now they have a place to keep all their friends phone numbers. Which they love since they all 10 and becoming very independant and So very social. McKinley keeps hers in her backpack so she can fill it up.

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