Monday, November 29, 2010

On a Roll

I have managed to make two more scrapbook layouts today. I probably could have made more, but I am such a perfectionist it takes me forever to get through one. I will list the file names of the supplies used under each layout. Most come from either or, some I have no idea. I have so many files now it is hard to keep up. Anyhow, here they are.



Sunday, November 28, 2010

An Apple a Day

Another layout complete. I was hoping to complete one a week, but it seems that I am lacking a bit of motivation. It seems I can only scrapbook when I have the urge, otherwise I just waste time doing nothing but organizing my hard drive. Glad I had the urge tonight. 

All of the supplies used in this layout came from The kits are Autumn Alpha, Autumn Harvest, and Fall Felties. I used one of their demo layouts as the inspiration to this page. (Not sure who made the original.) This was the first time I have used their products and am very pleased. They were having a great sale. I managed to get all three kits for only $3. A great price for something I can use over and over again. The best thing about digital is I can take these products, tweak them just a bit (i.e, change the colors), and have a brand new look for a different layout. 

I also used Perfect Portrait 2 from It is the perfect action for helping re-touch pictures. Trust me when I say the original photos were ORANGE. My daughter looked like an Oompa Loompa! I don't have the best lighting in my house. 

I am pretty pleased with the look of this layout. I may tweak the position of the tree, but over all I think it is perfect. 

A Little Fabric Shopping

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We certainly did! Enjoyed having family in town, but happy to have a quiet house again! Here is a pic of my daughter wearing the ruffle jumper I made last week. It fit perfect and was so cute with the black leggings!

I did a little bit of fabric shopping yesterday. The sales at Joann's and Hancock Fabrics were great. I managed to get exactly what I was looking for.
These will become a winter coat for my daughter. How cute is that embroidery on the gray wool?!

Can you see a Christmas dress? I can't wait to get started!

Corduroy was so cheap this weekend. I am going to turn this into a pleated skirt for my little one. It will look so cute paired with colorful tights.

I found two of these place mats at Pier 1. I plan to turn them into pillows as seen on Crap I've Made. I love easy, cheap projects. 

I better get started if I want to get everything finished by Christmas! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A New Dress

I found some great patterns on Etsy. As a mostly beginner sewer, I am always trying to learn new skills. Yesterday I decided to step out of my comfort zone of Pillow Case Dresses and try something with more structure. I love this patten from heidiandfinn. It was super easy to follow and I received the PDF with in several hours of ordering. Before I go any further, here is the dress.

As you can see, I had some leftover purple corduroy from the purse. Still have some leftover. This really was an easy to follow pattern/tutorial. I managed to complete it in under 3 hours, except for the button. I really wanted a fabric covered button, so I had to make a run to Hobby Lobby for the supplies. I love how it turned out, even if there are a few mistakes. 

The only real issue I have is the sizing. It goes from 12 months to 2T. I wish there was an 18 month option. I ended up making the 12 month. It fits my daughter very well, but it is a bit short. I could easily adjust my pattern in the future. I think this will still look good with a pair of black leggings.

Looking forward to making another one of these soon!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Flower Stacks

I finished my "Flower Stacks" Quilt.

I'm pretty happy with the finished product. I tried the wavy line quilting, which is perfect for this quilt. I should have used my walking foot. The top kept slipping on me, even with all the basting I did. Lesson learned for next time. 

Now my daughter has her very own quilt. Well, she will on Christmas. She is getting a very special present from her godparents, that this will compliment beautifully. 

Hope everyone is having a good day! The weather here is quite gloomy, which is perfect for cuddling under a quilt and reading a good book! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Princess and the Pea

Happy Veteran's Day to all soldiers, both past and present, especially my wonderful husband! Thank you for your service!

I have completed the Princess and the Pea Doll Quilt. I love how simple and cute it is. It will be perfect as part of my daughter's Christmas present (her first doll, complete with cradle and bedding).

I really wanted to keep everything simple, so the embroidery really stood out. So I just framed the embroidery in two colors. Then I just did an easy, peasy wavy line quilted border. Simple, fast, GORGEOUS!

I made a crib sized quilt top (my first top) several months ago that includes this blue floral fabric. I plan to finish that quilt today and tomorrow, so that she will have a quilt her own size to coordinate with the doll quilt. I am going to quilt this with the wavy lines, cause it is simple and I think it will be perfect.

Have a Terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I've Done it Again

I re-did my blog...again! I know, I know. This blog is only a few months old, so why the re-model. Well,  I just couldn't stand the look of it before. The banner didn't seem to work and the colors just weren't doing it for me. Just a bit to Sherbet if you know what I mean. I'm sure I will find issues with this new design at some point, but it is definitely more me. I like the scrapbook feel to it. I hope you like it too!

About Time

I have had the pattern for the Butter Cup Bag, by Made By Rae, printed and on my desk for quite some time. Like MONTHS! I have never made a bag before, so this was a bit intimidating. Then I found the Couturier Mommy blog. She posted a how-to video on making this bag. Perfect! So, I finally dived in.

I was pretty excited when it turned out looking like the original. I used a purple corduroy, I had on hand, and a black and white fabric for lining. Now, I won't be using this bag. First, it is a bit small for me. I like my bags just a touch bigger. Second, it doesn't have the structure I like in bags. I like a stiffer bag. Maybe if there was some interfacing of something it would be better for me. But this is definitely a cute bag for young girls. I am thinking of gifting it to a little girl I know for Christmas. I may add some fun embellishments to the outside, like fabric rosettes in the black and white. All in all this was a great purse to learn on. I can't wait to try other patterns. 

I also finally made more lounge/pj pants for my daughter. The fabric has been hanging on the banister for months as well. Time to put it to use. She should be set for the rest of this season, and hopefully they will last into next year as well. 

Next up on my list: Completing her Doll Quilt! Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Artwork Re-do

This past weekend, my husband and I cleaned out the garage. We have been in our house for a year now, and there were still boxes needing to be unpacked. So unpack we did, and I found some things that I forgot I owned. It was like Christmas. But the best finds were all the artwork (if you want to call it that), that no longer fit with out decor. My creative juices started flowing and I immediately knew a project I wanted to complete ASAP.
I turned this:

Into this:

A new repurposed Calendar and To Do list for my desk. I love Dry Erase boards, but they are so BORING. This is definitely far from boring. It is really simple in it's design, but the colors really pop. I won't lie, the bright yellow had me a bit skeptical while I was painting. I thought it may be a bit too bright and too Yellow. Once I put it on the wall, I knew it was perfect. It was just the pop of color my blue walls needed. Sometimes the blue can seem a bit dark and dreary. (The walls were this color when we moved it. With the ceiling peak at over 16 feet, it isn't in our plan to change anytime soon.) 

To make this little beauty, I sanded down the frame (which wasn't wood), painted a couple coats of white and then a couple of coats of yellow. I used acrylic paint because that is what I have on hand. I would have preferred to use primer and then spray paint. 

I wrapped the picture in blue fabric, which gives a great texture. (Unfortunately you can't see this in the photos.) I drew the calendar and to-do list on poster board which I then taped on to the fabric. Love double sided tape. I recommend measuring your frame and then sketch it on graph paper before you start drawing your calendar. This way you know what measurements you want it to be. 

I then used scraps of fabric to make some rosettes and glued them to the frame. I feel it helps break up the yellow, just a little, and I love to add embellishments. 

I hope you like it as much as I do. Hope you are having a happy Monday!