Sunday, April 29, 2012

Two Pink Books & Inspiration

I can't believe it's already the end of April! I feel like this year is flying by. There are so many fun things I want to post & share that today, I'm bundling a two in one:) For starters, I had to share two great books for kids. The first is The Girls' Book of Glamour, A Guide to Being a Goddess. We were at TjMaxx when my daughter stumbled across a pink book & could not put it down. Through the kids department, women's, & shoes, my little one held onto it while reading pages here & there. Who doesn't love watching their kids read? So of course, I checked it out & had to buy it once I read a couple pages myself. A bit humorous, & detailed with all things girly, I could see why she fell in love with it & wanted to continue reading. Let me say, this book kept her up all night & when we awoke in the daughter had a menu of all 'healthy' meals I was to prepare:) It comes complete with craft projects that we're going to try & post to the blog to great things girls can do to keep their clothes smelling wonderful & hair looking marvelous.  The funnies range from 'how to cry at a wedding' to 'how to descend a staircase gracefully'. Before I knew it, she had read more than half! Yahoo for reading!!!

Love this!

The next book was an amazing art book she got from her school library. It shows your little one how to draw nature's various items. I love the mushroom & think it would make a great embroidery pattern.....(Maybe I should get started on that.) Take a look at some of the great pages.

Anyway... I said something about a two in one post... Well, I want to share a few beautiful pictures that include a fairy home we found, a hill of flowers, & nature waking up from a deep sleep.

We'll have to come back to the fairy home to check for any changes..... ;)

And.....look how big our Charlie is getting:)

To happy reading & inspiration!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Nest

It is amazing. The things we find in nature that inspire us to do something. I can thank my little explorer for showing me this beautiful birds nest. As my husband lifted her to look inside, an eager, "I see blue Easter eggs!" means there's little birdie's on the way. I was extremely happy to see four beautiful eggs nestled inside. I've seen alot of nests, but I have to say, this one was the most beautiful. The robin made her little home right inside one of our porch posts where my hubby hung an over sized ladder. (I guess he won't be using that this summer:)) It's protected from rain and wind. And... I can't wait for the babies. Anyways, of course I pictured making a nesting bag as my mommy brainstorming skills went into overdrive. A brown bag, a blue interior and a strong sturdy strap. Take a look!

 I tried the same style pattern as the blue bag in a previous post. This one is just larger with no point in the center & no pleats. It sits higher at the sides for the strap. I adore the crossover style so I thought I'd give it a try.

The strap was cotton fabric folded over three times & stitched four for sturdiness.

I love the way it came out. This will definitely be my grab & go bag!

To happy sewing & birds till next time!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Sunny Day

"Sisters are blossoms in the garden of life."

This was a much needed post for sharing. I have two little delights that must be seen! They are my beautiful nieces:) I've created a couple more aprons for girls size 9-10 and I knew where to get my models! I share with you, beautiful pictures that cannot all be used for the Etsy shop. (They only allow five photos.) And....I gotta send a big thanks to my sister for finding time in her busy schedule to drive out to our house because......."it's a sunny day." So take a look at my new beauties! 

It's going to be tough just picking five photos!
Hope you love these pics as much as we do:)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ruffles, Squares, & Lace

Everyone is getting their wardrobes ready for the summer weather. And while some of us don't mind to splurge, others are looking for ways to save money. This is where I step in:) As a mom of girls, we know that things can get pretty pricey as they develop their own style.  So I took it upon myself to grab those old tanks and add some style. We've seen this look for sometime and it really is adorable. All you need is an old top and some fabric remnants!

I took a basic 'hanes' tank and a old mini scarf that's been laying around.

I stitched one side, running a straight line while keeping the stitch length at the longest setting
so that I could pull one of my two threads to create the ruffles.  If you keep
your stitch length the usual 2.5, you'll have a harder time pulling to create the frills.

I pinned the ruffle upwards so that you would only see a clean finish when being worn.

After I saw how cute this came out, I had to grab one of my tanks and play around.

Here, I had an uneven scrap strip of really bright and beautiful fabric.
I cut it into a whole bunch of uneven squares. After being washed, this will give that frayed look.

I stitched the squares together the same as the ruffles.
My sewing machine was programmed on the
longest stitch, (5.0), and I left a little room between each square so that when I 'pulled' for
the ruffles, they aligned better.

Take a look at how cute your new top will look!

Lace works great too!
Because it is more intricate, I made pleats instead.

Double up the layers for a really cute top!

Hope you enjoyed this easy way to get more out of your clothes!
Now you can save money & look stylish:)
Happy Trails:)

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Honeycomb Dress

I have had a finished apron, ready for listing for sometime. It has been sitting on my craft table, waiting to be photographed. And every sunny day that has gone by, I've had a million other things I've been destined to do. Except for today.  It was gorgeous, warm & sunny.....& guess what? I had nothing else to do! Hip, hip, hooray! So off I went, with my two little helpers. One, a designated assistant & camera holder,  & two, the model & oooohhh what a model she was. I had her sport the Amy Butler honeycomb fabric dress I made for her last year, 'because it matches so perfectly mom.' (I did not use a pattern for this dress.) So, yeah, I'm pretty proud of how beautiful it turned out:) And of course I had to share it with you!

The skirt is made up of two large pieces of fabric that were folded to have pleats.
The upper portion consisted of your typical dress top, just without the sleeves.
Instead, I did fabric ties, so much easier and versatile. A side zipper was used along with
bias tape for a clean finish.

And after spending the afternoon with my gals, I came back to find the UPS Santa left me a present:) How lucky was I? Check out the great bundle of new fabrics. I can't wait to start some new projects & see what I'll come up with!

I love this retro style safety pin fabric!

Happy Sewing!