Friday, June 24, 2011

A Little Vintage Fun

I just wanted to share this little dress I made for Elora.

I whipped it up this morning and I totally love it. It came out almost exactly as I envisioned it :)

I didn't use a pattern, just made my own, and I used a pretty floral vintage sheet that I found at a thrift store.

I totally love it.

And so does she :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop #3- Green

The Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop prompt this week was green. I immediately knew I wanted to find a pretty piece of clothing in a fabulous shade of green. I also knew Pinterest was a great place to look.

Lately I've been trying to figure out how to spruce up my look. So, I am trying to figure out what I like and what my style is. I tend to wear plain clothes so I am trying to venture out. This dress is beautiful and completely inspires me.


Obviously this dress is not something I would wear every day, but I just really love it. I can pull out what I like and try to incorporate it in to daily wear.

Love the color! I love to wear green and this is such a lovely shade. The neckline is fabulous, it's interesting, soft, and feminine. And the embellishment is BEAUTIFUL! Wouldn't it look great on a headband? I love it all.

So, I will try to learn from pretty things like this and try to make myself a little prettier every day (mostly for my husband, poor guy has had to look at my "mom frump" for far too long).

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Artsy Father's Day Cards- by Elora

While I was growing up, my dad always said he wanted me to make something for his gifts. I was always crafty growing up so I usually drew him a picture or made a card and he always loved it. Now that I am much older and not that great of an artist any more (as I got older my drawing and painting skills sort of petered out), my dad probably wouldn't appreciate a drawing of the mail man (one of his favorites when I was about 6) or a painting of a rainbow, so, I'm passing on this task to Elora. It is now her job to make the cards for holidays and special occasions.

Since Father's Day is in just a few days, we whipped up some cards today.

First, I used masking tape to put the cards on the fridge (currently the fridge acts as Elora's easel). The masking tape also made sure we'd have a nice clean, white frame around the paintings.

We used one of Elora's plates as a palette. The paint we used is Crayola Kid's Paint, it's non-toxic and super easy to clean up. And it comes right out of clothes without any extra effort. Love it (I wasn't paid by Crayola to say that...I wish I was though).

And then she went to work creating her masterpieces.

Once she finished up, we left them to dry on the fridge while we did a little damage control. I love how easily these paints wash up.

Once they were all dry, I took them off of the fridge and very carefully removed the masking tape. I think they turned out fun and I know that Elora's grandpas and her daddy will all love them.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Amazing Giveaway on Oh Happy Day

There is a crazy awesome giveaway going on right now at Oh Happy Day where you can...
Totally crazy, right? I'm thinking this would be perfect for Corey's and my 5th anniversary in October.

So, go check out the giveaway but don't enter because that will decrease my chances of winning! Haha, just kidding, go ahead and enter and let me know if you win so that I can rejoice with you :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop- Week #1

A friend of mine started an organization that helps women in Africa support themselves. It's called The Nakate Project. The women make beads from magazines and use them to make these beautiful necklaces.

I've been wanting to buy one of these necklaces so I've been looking at the website a lot, and when I saw the inspiration workshop prompt from Gussy Sews was "Handmade", I immediately thought of these beautiful creations.

I love the work of this organization and I can't wait to get my hands on one of these handmade beauties. The only jewelry I ever wear is my wedding ring, but I'd really like to step up my look this summer and I think one of these necklaces would be a perfect place to start. Not too fancy, totally fun, and it's for a great cause.

Now I just have to choose one....
I'm leaning toward this one:
Or maybe this one...

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Crafty Sewing Mamas Blog Challenge 12

Life has a way of getting crazy sometimes. I'm in one of those times right now but still managing to get some sewing done because it's my way of relaxing :)

For the Crafty Sewing Mamas sew along/blog challenge thing, I made both projects, which were slippers and a cushion. I decided to make Elora a fun floor cushion that she could tote around and she loved it more than I thought she would.

As soon as I finished it and brought it out to her, she grabbed it and started bouncing on it. Then she'd pick it up, drag it somewhere else, and begin bouncing. It was cute and I'm so glad she liked it. She (and a few friends who came to visit the other day) loved it so much, a seam burst and it's back in the sewing room for a little mending. I think it taught me a lesson about using home decor fabric from Joann's, next time leave a big seam allowance, fray block the raw edges, serge the raw edges, and double up the stitching all around. That stuff frays like crazy!

I used this tutorial from Living with Punks: Land of Nod inspired floor cushion
But I didn't have piping so I just top stitched the seams which seemed to create a similar effect. I also added a zipper because Elora is a pretty messy kid and I couldn't imagine never throwing this thing in the washer!

So, for project number two, I made myself some slippers. I used this slipper pattern and tutorial from Prudent Baby. It was super quick and easy and I used some pretty Amy Butler fabric that I got on sale a little while back. The slippers are lined with minky which feels pretty nice on my toes. They are perfect for the chilly days we've been having for so long, not too warm since it's not technically winter, but warm enough since even though it's JUNE it still feels like we're barely out of winter.

Turns out it's kind of difficult to photograph your own feet without your ankles looking like they are retaining many gallons of water.

Anyways, hopefully we get some good entries to our sewing/blog challenge this time around. Check out what everyone else is making here: