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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Ballerina Bag


 Spring is officially here at our house and yesterday felt like summer. We were outside all day soaking it up.  The kids managed to bake cookies,  sell all of them on the side of the rode along with bottled water, jump on trampoline with sprinkler underneath, go on a bike ride, play baseball, catch bugs and butterflies...I love summer! 

Oh...so the ballerina bag, yeah it's a bag with chubby baby ballerinas all over it and it looks like a sparkly tutu..no big deal. 


 My mother in law was downsizing her fabric stash and gave me a bunch of adorable prints like this one. Since it was a ballerina bag I thought one layer of ruffle would be easy and would look like a ballerina tutu.



 Aren't they precious? You can't tell in the picture but their little tutus are sparkly too.


 We are currently using the ballerina bag for piano books but it works great for church, dance or whatever suits your fancy.


I am in the process of making a farming quiet book for my boys..I started before we moved and am now just getting back to it but it is turning out sooo cute. More pics coming soon!

If you're interested in making a ballerina bag for yourself  (once again) I used Ashley's tutorial for her ruffled tote here.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014


 I painted my awesome table my husband made for me, he worked hard on this little table and I love it! So why do I call it a Swedish table? Well let me tell you...my Grandma's parents moved to the United States from Sweden in the early 1900's. A while back my Grandma was able to go back to Sweden to visit family.  While she was there with one of our relatives they said they had a table that her Dad made when he was young and had left behind. She was able to bring it back with her, what an awesome surprise and I know my Grandma treasured her table.  I have always admired it and so I had my husband make one for me.

 He had to cut each of these legs out and notch them in by hand.


While we were painting the table I decided this little shelf my husband made a while back could use a fresh coat...now what do  I put on it?


 The living room is coming together quite nicely.  I am going to attempt a collage on this bare wall above the couch..I don't know why it is intimidating me?! We'll see how it goes...

If you are interested in a Swedish table of your own click on read more

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My sister and I were browsing around Hobby Lobby (love that store) and I found this little yellow bird..she had to be mine. 


I have been wanting to recover the pillows on my couches for quite some time but haven't gotten around to it.  They have definitely seen better days and my living room could use a little pop of color on those brown couches.

I went with a green/blue color for the big pillows and yellow to match the bird for the smaller pillows.  I was going to make some yellow pillows but came across these already made, right color, great price and pattern and couldn't pass them up.


This pleated pillow does take some time but is very simple...just sewing straight line after straight line.  I am loving how it looks all put together, we'll see how it holds up with the abuse we give it.

 My husband just finished making this Swedish table for me, if I could ever decide what color to paint it I would post it..I'm thinking a nice light blue like the pillows or off white...

You can find the tutorial for the pleated pillow here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Old Fashioned Rag Dolls

 These old fashioned rag dolls have been on my to do list for quite some time.  I decided they would make the perfect homemade Christmas gift for my girls so I got to work sewing while they were in school and hiding them before they got home (rather tricky).


  I hand embroidered their little faces on, and was quite pleased with the result..I don't have much experience with embroidering.


 They each ended up a little different which is kinda fun.


 The little details were my favorite part...you gotta love these sweet little mary janes on their feet.


 I thought a Peter Pan collar would be fun for one of them.


  My girls knew I was making the dolls they just didn't get to see them until Christmas morning so they gave me some input during the process...like I want mine to have long hair and a purple dress.

They have absolutely loved these little dollies and it makes my heart melt...in the end all the time and effort was definitely worth it.  

Like I mentioned before my camera was lost for quite some during the move so no tutorial for this one but Ashley over at www.makeit-loveit.com has an excellent one with printable pattern pieces.  I just made a few adjustments to personalize them. (I made their bodies slightly bigger and their legs a little bit shorter)


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Missionary Gift Bags

 We have a couple in our Church leaving on a mission to Samoa and wanted to give them a little something for their journey.


 I saw a cute gift bag with the tie and tag and thought it would be fun to do one for each of them, I thought they turned out pretty darn cute.




  We filled them with all kinds of snacks...crackers, candy bars, gum, cookies, whoppers, basically chocolate..they're learning a new language..they need chocolate!


 I just used paper lunch sacks, you can buy a huge pack of them for cheap...couple bucks.


I made the little tags on www.picmonkey.com ...it's free!

I just free handed the collar and tie but there are plenty of free printable templates if that's easier.

(P.S. we lost our camera during the move...luckily we found it blogging is very difficult without it)


Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY Dorothy Costume

 Things have been a bit hectic around our house ya know two kids in school, dishes, laundry, Halloween costumes... oh and MOVING!!
I thought about buying costumes this year but I don't know how people do it with more than one kid, those things are pricey.  So with my house in shambles and boxes coming out my ears and garbage and junk everywhere...(I don't know how we accumulated so much STUFF)
 I am making costumes!!


 I used www.girlinspired.com tutorial and it went together quite quickly..I never would have thought to put a dress together this way but it worked!

 The skirt is very full and great for spinning...her favorite part(can you tell?)


 I only had a little bit of fabric stashed away in storage and i used every bit of it...seriously!  I think it was a yard and 1/2


 She was running all over the place finding new photo shoot backdrops for me...what a helpful girl she is.


  I added a little bit of eyelet lace around the bottom of the gingham for a little extra fluff


 This shirred waste is awesome it fits perfectly without being to tight or uncomfortable and it is surprisingly easy...I use it all the time. You can use her tutorial or I have a simple one here.


We splurged on these fabulous shoes at Wal Mart, who could resist!? Everything else was free cause I already had it in my craft hoarder stash woot!!

Stay tuned for more Wizard of Oz themed costumes...bet you can't guess who's next


Friday, October 4, 2013

Tutu Halloween Costume Roundup

We made a witch costume tutu for my little girl yesterday, it added the extra flare we looking for.  Tutu's are an easy cheap costume idea and the possibilities are endless...

here are some of my favorites


Mermaid costume 
Baby Mermaid...oh my heck I'm in love!


little red riding hood! How cute!!!! I've decided that every year my kids will get a little photo shoot done in their Halloween costume 
Little Red Riding Hood
Oh what an adorable child...and the costume's pretty cute too.

Toddler Peacock...how cute
This is one of my all time favorites...must try
 Peacock

scarecrow
Scare Crow



 
Belle


                                                   
                               

                                                    
                           

 


 Baby Witch



                                  

Mirida                  





Cowgirl




   Snow White Tutu Dress                        
Snow White
If you change up the colors and accessories you could make just about any princess.



Pumpkin




 Clown



                    Tinker Bell...look at all that fluff!











Audrey Hepburn






Butterfly



 

Bumble Bee






Super Heroes


Lady Bug Costume
Little Lady Bug



 Hopefully this helps you come up with some ideas, even if you need a last minute costume these are really easy to throw together, we did ours in about an hour.

                                      
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