Ok, Ladies, this was such a fun party. Two years ago a friend of mine, Michelle, planned a Favorite Things Party. Everyone was supposed to bring 10 handmade items. We all placed our creations in the center of the room. Then we enjoyed appetizers which she and her co-host provided.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Here is a great way to take one pattern and use it 3 ways. Use scrap fabric or old pieces of jean material. Use my PJ Pant Pattern to complete each of these looks and see detailed instructions. After I printed the pattern, it took me 15 minutes to cut and sew. I am always looking for ways to repurpose my old jeans!! Here's some pictures of how I did it. The possibilities are endless!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
When I am repurposing clothing into doll clothes, my main goal is to reuse as many of the original finished edges as possible. The more you can include the more professional the finished product, and the easier it is on you! For this project, I used an old swimsuit and transformed it into one that would fit an American Girl Doll! Download the free pattern HERE
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
My oldest, Natalie, officially lost her first tooth! I have been preparing for this moment for quite some time, as most of the kids her age have already lost multiple teeth. Natalie has been longing (somewhat apprehensively) to join the toothless club. Find my free pattern for this adorable Tooth Fairy pillow: HERE
Friday, August 16, 2013
My daughter, Natalie loves to sew with me, and she loves having clothes made for her American Girl Doll. I try to tell her not every little girl gets a new outfit each week, but it does not seem to sink in. So, almost every day she is asking to make something for Caroline and something for her to match. Last time I was at Goodwill I saw two matching skirts and jumped on it.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
My daughter, Natalie loves to sew. I am always hunting for easy projects that she can do. Sewing School 2 is an excellent book for beginner sewers. It comes with the patterns in a pouch in the back and very detailed easy to follow instructions complete with pictures.
Friday, July 12, 2013
I bought this fabric with seed packets on the front because when I saw it I immediately thought of a friend who loves to garden. Fast forward a year and a half and I was headed to visit her and still couldn't decide what to do with it. I wanted to do something different. So, I turned to Pinterest and found exactly what I was looking for: No Paper, Paper Towels!! With a day to complete the project, amidst packing, three kids and cleaning the house I carved out two hours.
Monday, June 24, 2013
When the American Girl Doll Catalog arrived, I asked my daughter to look through and circle some of the things that she liked. To my surprise, the item she wanted the most was a Swaddle Blanket for her Bitty Baby. I was relieved because I was fairly confident I could recreate that with little effort.
Friday, June 21, 2013
This is a really fun wreath to make because it turns out super cute, costs very little and is an easy (no fail) project for kids to help with! The largest portion of time spent making this wreath, was collecting all the twigs from the yard, which could easily be done by kids of any age. My daughter (age 6) helped me gather these sticks and broke them all down into the right size.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I've had a very busy week, and one amazing husband who made it all possible! Julia and I started out the week with a trip to the INCH homeschooling convention on Thursday (more about that later!!). We met up in Lansing with two other friends, for some quality time away to plan and reflect on the coming school year, find some great used curriculum deals, check out some new books and make new friends!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Beauty of Spring and Summer means that we are going to see other people's trash along the side of the road and in garage sales. Keep your eye out for something that will suit your needs and let me help you cast a little vision for your options. Below you will see examples of using paint. Do not be afraid of using color! I also have an example of covering your dresser with fabric and adding an embellishment to your dresser if you feel really artsy!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Who doesn't love Peeps?? Ok, so they're pretty gross to eat, but oh so cute to decorate with! Here is a tutorial for this adorable felt Easter basket. It's pretty quick and easy to make. Feel free to embellish it in any way you like! Get creative and cut out some other felt shapes - flowers, bunnies, have fun with it! What you'll need: an empty cereal box, felt in several colors, a hot glue gun, needle and embroidery floss, scissors, marker, and My Free Pattern Check out our Top Ten EASTER BASKET ideas.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
This cute little box could be filled with candy coins, Lucky Charms or other little teats for your kids on St. Patrick's Day!
Here are some tips: folding these can be tricky. Be sure to make your folds nice and clean. Use the edge of a butter knife or scissors to press them flat. Make all your folds on the dotted lines before starting to put it together. Use tape or glue to secure. If you find any edges not lining up properly or things seem to be fitting tight, try trimming of a tiny bit from the edges. Have fun!
Friday, March 1, 2013
Here is a cute idea for a spring arrangement, utilizing all the pretty pastel Easter candy that is out this time of year! Grab a large vase and a smaller, skinny vase of plastic cup as I have done. Insert the smaller vase inside the large one and fill the outer area with whatever candy you want! Fill the inner vase with water and flowers, then proudly display for all to see! If your kids are like mine, they will be quite upset that this candy is not eatable, so you may want to buy an extra pack of "Peeps" for them to enjoy :)