Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cute Spring Wreath

I saw a similar wreath somewhere and decided to attempt a cute wreath for my Mother-in-Law.  Everyone loved how it turned out.

*  I started with just a grapevine wreath.   Cost   approx $3.99  but you can almost always get them at the thrift stores.
*  Then I hot glued moss all over it.  The green kind, not the brown stuff.  Cost approx. $4.99
*  Added some cute yellow flowers that came all in one bunch.  Cost. approx. $2.99
*   I found these adorable little butterflies at JoAnn's in the floral dept.   I can't find the receipt, they were pricey, so use a coupon.  If you are thrifty or have some of these things on hand you could make this pretty little wreath for pretty darn cheap.

Monday, April 25, 2011

cute and custom PURSE

I really learned a lot of helpful things on this purse, so I think I will make a tutorial for this. Anyone can make a bag, but with a few tips it can really be a VERY nice purse.

Stay tuned for some Really great TIPS!!!! If my machine is fixed that is.....(cross your fingers)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stashbusting Hoodie Tutorial

Well You might be able to tell by the picture below but I kind of have a problem with getting rid of things. I LOVE PRETTY FABRICS. Its an illness I've inherited from my mother, who got it from her mother, and well.... I love it. It took me years to figure out what, if any, qualities could I have possible inherited from my mom. She is good at everything, and I finally put my finger on it. Neither one of us can get rid of stuff. I really don't think its a bad thing. Well... not if you can use that stuff for good. So this past month I have vowed to make things out of my "STASH". Today over at T-Shirt Diaries    Robin was sweet enough to feature me.  Today I want to show you one thing I made out of a few things I found in this pile of junk.
This sweatshirt was by far my favorite thing that came out of this stash.   However the cutest thing I ever made is the little squirt wearing it. 
Its overwhelming when you have such a large stash to pick from, so start by sorting you stuff.  I have different shelves for each category (after this shirt I had to take a couple days off of sewing to reorganize the storage room, it was getting crazy in there, so you can't tell I have it organized in this photo)
Sweatshirt fabrics, Knits, Flannels, cottons, fleece, Clothes to recycle (I only save the clothes that are in either really good condition, or prints and colors that I love), Fancy stuff, Small Scraps, and Misc.  The little drawers you see, are filled with, Thread, Elastic, Lace, Ric Rac, and Bindings.  A lot of these things I find at thrift stores or on clearance, I stock up when I see something I will need  I will need in the future.  I recently took several bags full to goodwill, DO NOT... I repeat... Especially if you are married, and want to keep your hubby happy, DO NOT KEEP EVERYTHING.   I know its hard for me too.
So here is the up cycled Hoodie.  I used three different shirts for this project plus a small scrap of flannel to line the hood.  The shirt on the far right had a faded picture on it, that is what I used for the front, the polo on the left was used for the sleeves and I used the buttons for the front of the sweatshirt too.
So back up - lets talk about a pattern, I used a regular shirt pattern that I got from taking apart one of his messy stained t-shirts.  I like to trace them on the comics, or if I want to keep it forever, a plastic disposable party table cloth, they are PERFECT, and don't rip. I used this other sweatshirt to get the hood shape.
First cut out the front and back, and sleeves, then cut the button piece off of the polo, sew it onto the little sweatshirt, fold it over the top and sew it across the top too.  Then open it up and clip the shirt behind it, making plenty of room for big toddler heads.
Measure the neck opening with a measuring tape, then make sure your hood is the same size

Once you cut out the hood, lay it over the fabric you want for lining, and cut that out, I left a big green border on the inside but you don't have to.
Then sew that around the neck.    **I sewed the side seams last so there wouldn't be a lot of bulk in the way while I did this next part.

For the pockets, I looked at another sweatshirt and drew this onto newspaper first, Cut it out and laid it on the sweatshirt to see if I liked the size and shape.    The fabric I was using was so stretchy that i made a flannel lining for the pockets, that part is optional.

I just love it,  and it makes him so happy that he saw me making it for him.  Now the other boys want their own..... hmmmm.

If you have any questions or I missed something please ask!!!
If you use this tutorial, or any of my tutorials, please let me know, I would LOVE to see your work.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pretty Party dishes for $2

A trip to the Thrift store always lands me in a few new projects, today I thought I would look for soem glass.  The one on the top left is actually upside down, but that is how it neede to be to become a stan for the bowl in front of it.
This is the glue I use for things like this and also for making rings, it is amazing.  You do need to prop the glass because it wants to slide around until is starts to dry, (20 minutes tops)
I am going to use them for a mother daughter party next month. Does anyone know any healthy options rather than having a candy table?  I have been gathering lots of cute dishes for it.
I love the sunset out here where we live, and me new camera does a good job of capturing it.  Is is horrible to say I can't wait until forest fire season, okay it is.  But the sunsets will be fascinating.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Entry Decor, and a Camera Strap

I feel bad that it has been a week and a half since I posted. I have been so busy sewing and taking pictures with my new camera that I haven't stopped to blog. I got a NEW CAMERA 2 weeks ago. I have been dreaming of this everyday for at least 3 years. My hubby is the best, he bought me this when he received a check from work that he had done a while back.  NIKON D3100. 
**First things First, I always swore I would make a super cute camera strap when I got a camera, so the next day I made this. I actually just covered the one I got with the camera.
Next, I took pictures of the new entry table that I recently finished, but I had been working on since Decemberish, the garage has been too cold to paint in until recently.
can you believe this was a T.V.?
I rescued it from my friends mom, it was on its way to the dump
Front View, do you like the turquoise candlesticks, they have gotten mixed reviews, I have redecorated the table about 10 times. 
Here are the only demolition pictures I got, on one sunny
day in December.

The minute I first saw Beckie on Infarrantly Creative do this project I started watching for a free TV cabinet.  YAY,  FREE, paint...$9.00.  and well then the excuse for new decorations to go on top of course.  haha.
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