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A friend of mine had a sweet baby girl, Katri Laurel.
I wanted to try my hand at a baby girl dress, as I haven't had much practice at is so far! :)
I was far from perfect (I hope her mommy didn't mind!), but it turned out alright for just winging it based on a dress I have in my "someday stash"!
A button gathers up the top layer, to expose the matching purple fabric underneath. I actually upcycled a skirt that I bought from a garage sale, so I had perfect coordinating fabric for the layers, and may even have enough leftover to make another baby skirt!
The flower detail. Sorry. Not great pic quality!
I had my little man be my model! Poor boy! I made sure not to include his face, so he can't hate me too bad later on! :) Good thing I had him to try this dress on or the poor girl wouldn't have been able to get it on, or hardly! A few adjustments were needed. But oh so fun! Watch out world, the day I have a little girl of my own! ;)
A blank sheet of paper and a pencil.
Oh the possibilities!
Am I strange, or does anyone else feel the inspiration when buying a new notebook, or turning to a fresh sheet of paper, just waiting to be filled.
Unfortunately, the only thing I seem to write lately is the grocery list! :)
Ever since I was young, I've loved to write, draw, and doodle while taking notes in class! School supply shopping was almost as exciting as Christmas! Ok, I better stop or you'll start to think I'm REALLY odd!
Anyways... I have a brother who loves to draw.
He turned 11 last month and I wanted to give him some of that motivating freshness that I love. ;)
So when I ran across the idea of homemade sketchpads, I had to try it.
It was simple really.
All you need is some thin cardboard or think card-stock paper.
I used the pages from one of last years' calendars.
Covering those in fun patterned paper, I created the front and back covers.
I taped them together with clear mailing tape, leaving it lay open.
I then cut regular printer paper to size, and used a stapler to fasten them to the tape and into the cover pages.
Kids would love these for doodle books for car rides, church (if that sort of thing is allowed), or to create their own story books.
The rest of us could use them for grocery lists, handy purse/by the phone notebooks, and so on.
My brother, Damen, got a whole stack of them just waiting to be filled.
Happy 11th Birthday Damen!
(of course, I couldn't resist keeping a few for myself!)
I had to try them :)
Skyler turned two in April and I decided to do cake pops for his cake this year. They are SO yummy and quite easy once you get going.
After looking at a few recipes and tips on various sites, I got started. I learned quite a few things in the process:
-Dip the sticks in the melted chocolate/candy melts before sticking them into the cake ball. This helps keep them secure while dipping them later. My mom and I made some more cake pops for my brother's birthday a month later and this was a must!
-Don't add too much frosting to the cake, it will make them soft and hard to dip! Also learned this the 2nd time around!
-Don't add ANYTHING to the melts! I used almond bark and tried to add food coloring...does NOT work and ruins it completely! If you want color, get candy melts instead.
-Keep the cake balls in the fridge and only pull a few out at a time. Otherwise, they start to get too soft and fall apart.
-Test your base first and put all the holes in before you make the cake pops. I tried pushing mine in as I went and ended up bumping them into each other and making a mess. Plus, the foam I was using was very tough and I couldn't make holes very well using just the sticks from the cake pops.
-Keep your melted dipping 'stuff' (almond bark, chocolate, candy melts) in a warm water bath, and stir often to keep soft.
I wrapped the foam in wrapping paper and then created a road to put cars on when the cake pops were all in. Notice 'Cake Boss' in the background...for inspiration of course! :)
I ended up with plain white for the outside (because of the failed food coloring), so I dipped them in different sprinkles, or added M&Ms or Red Hots to the top. Nothing to professional, but it was a fun learning process and I would for sure do them again! They are very addicting to eat, so beware!
Happy Birthday Skyler! I thank God for the two great years we've had together, and look forward to many more! You light up my life with your smiles and giggles!
A few pictures of a blanket I made out of recycled clothes (yes...again!)
The back was a solid navy with a neat car embellishment added on for fun. I struggled a bit on the binding of this blanket since it was the first time I've tried it with knits.
The front side is layered with grey, white, and red knits. It's sewn on with very rough edges so it has an almost ruffly look (boy version of course!)
This blanket is huge so it is great for swaddling, car seats, for a playmat, and so on. I've loved it, imperfections and all! :)
I've also JUST started a new thing (probably a new addiction to say the least!). Check out www.pinterest.com. It will make keeping track of all the neat ideas you find and bookmarks SO much easier!!! SUCH a neat idea!
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I think this is one of my favorite hats for Rystin.
Unfortunately I must not have been thinking straight because I didn't get a picture of him wearing this one either and now he's grown out of it :(
I'm going to have to do better in the future!
I've had quite a few people asking about if I am going to sell hats on my site. I'm not going to promise anything at this point, but I DO plan to give it a try eventually. Right now I'm enjoying practicing on my boys and my patient friends who don't mind a few minor imperfections. I do not claim to be a professional sewer by any stretch, but I do like to have lots of practice at something before I sell it.
This is both a good and bad thing, because there are SO many things I would like to do. For example:
-sew more hats
-try new recipes
-come up with activities for my kids
-crochet another blanket
-sew clothes for myself
-and my boys
-get together with friends more
-sew things for my house
and on and on it goes! And when you have so many interests in such different areas (and two little boys!!), it's hard to stick to one specific thing or make time to really just learn it. And with my hats... I tend to change them up and do something a little different every time! One of these days I'll hit it hard and make a bunch to sell! So keep your eye out!
I've definitely been a bit obsessive with this repurposing old clothes though! I've been going through closets, buying things from garage sales, and even looking at clothes I buy thinking 'how can I use this once it has a hole or stain?!' :) It's so fun and much cheaper than buying lots of different fabric, plus you can make such unique things with all the different colors and fabrics. So keep coming back to check out the things I've come up with (I have two more things to post soon)!
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Another hat for my little boy
This is more of a night-cap style hat, which my hubby thought was a bit silly :) But I thought it looked so cute on Rystin! :)
All these super cute professional pics are credited to my
dear photography friend: Phyllis R.
She needs a blog so I can link you up and show you her
other great work...don't you think!?
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Here's another hat I made for Rystin.
This one is from one of my old sweatshirts so it is thicker and warmer. Unfortunately, I am good at making hats a bit small, so he wasn't able to wear it real long and I didn't get any pictures of him in it :( Anyone need a newborn size hat with an "R" initial!? ;)
I'm going to have to do better at getting pics of my boys in the hats I make them so I can post them for you!
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Since a bit before Rystin was born, I have developed another addiction...
I've made quite a few for Rystin, as well as one for Skyler.
I use old clothes and recycle them into these fun hats!
I'll do posts for each hat, so look for more coming in the future.
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Before Rystin was born I started this project...AND finished it!
(round of applause for self)
I had learned the basics of crochet about a year before, but hadn't done too much with it. I decided to do a blanket in the colors I wanted to do the boys' bedroom in (tho at that time I didn't know I was having boy)
The blanket took a VERY long time!
I discovered I really enjoy crocheting though, and would probably do it again if I had something to do it for specifically.
This one is about 48" square.
The bedroom that Skyler has been using since I did the Penguin Nursery when he was in the smaller room. I moved him to a bigger room and put my office in his old one, but still used all the penguin decor in his room once I moved him. I did that room without buying anything, and would like to re-do the room him and Rystin share now. Rystin still sleeps in our room but his clothes and crib are in the same room as Skyler's.
This is what the room looks like now. Skyler's bed already has a comforter that matches (even tho it's for a full size bed) so I won't have to worry about that. The crib set that he used (still does at nap time) is yellow, though, and is quite beat up. I'd like to attempt making an orange one for Rystin...or at least a dust ruffle.
The top part of the walls is already the right blue so the biggest change for the room would be to paint over the girly purple that's in there and make it a manly grey. Then I have something in mind in orange to divide the colors. I did the blanket to go in the crib and match the rest of the room.
I love orange lately, and combined with blue and grey it's so boyish and fun!
So this will probably be slow to come together, and will be more of a project to finish later, but the next step in my mind is to paint. I'll keep you posted on the progress!
Also remember that today is the LAST day to sign up for the GIVEAWAY!!
Go make sure you have your entry(s) completed! There are so many ways you can sign up for multiple entries so go check it out!
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I don't know if you're like me, but I think matchy-matchy is fun! Especially when it comes to baby accessories such as blankets, bags, burp cloths, and such! Check out the Limited Specialty page and you'll see what I mean!
So I had a lot of fun making a set for myself after my little man was born!! No, it's not real boyish...but he doesn't have to wear it either! I decided to do more neutral colors, but with a femine touch for me. I have the diaper bag, a Sort-n-Stash Pocket set, a burp cloth, and a nursing cover all coordinating. Ok... you might think it's too much...but I think it's fun! :)
It felt like I had searched forever for 'the perfect bag' to use for a diaper bag (ok, maybe it was...8 months. Or something.) But I guess I must be picky because I just couldn't find one out there that quite fit what I was looking for. My requirements:
-Lots of pockets!
-Big enough for stuff for two kiddos
-Not too cheesy (I don't like the 'diaper bag' style like the ones you can get from the hospital)
-and most importantly... CHEAP!!
yup. i'm picky.
So the story goes...
One day I was browsing online and different bags (most of them QUITE expensive I might add) and feeling rather discouraged. OK, maybe I'm making a bigger deal of this than it should be...or than it really was. Anyways, I decided bag it (no pun intended!), I can just do it myself, the way I want it! And so... I did.
I took a few ideas from purses and diaper bags I'd seen that I like and mashed them all together.
Then I sketched out a pattern and grabbed some fabric from my stash.
(Yes... I had everything I needed on hand already! Did I mention I was going the cheap route!?)
The bag is reversible, so the pockets work both ways. Right now I like the yellow side the best. The big flower accent was a lot of fun to design... I may use the idea in some future products. I also like ruffles...so I did a few ruffles and such on the other side over the 3 pockets. Next to the flower is another pocket with stitching designs and beaded embellishments. The beads are already coming off tho :(
I got the idea for the handle from here. I thought the braided handle thing was a cool idea. The bunchy fabric that connects it to the bag itself reminds me of those scrunchies my mom used to wrap around my ponytail about 9 times back in the '90's! :)
The other side is a damask print of black and white. I did lots of pockets on this side since I thought that it would be on the inside most of the time. The yellow pockets are supposed to help tie the yellow from the handles in. Not sure it worked quite that way though. ;)
And the other side...
I had been quite overwhelmed with the idea of making my own diaper bag (hence, the frantic search for 'forever') I discovered it really wasn't that hard. I have done bags before, but nothing quite this complicated, and for sure not without some kind of pattern to follow! So now that I know how much easier it was than I had thought, maybe I'll try it again someday. Or try other things using the 'mashing' technique and putting my own touch on other ideas. I'm sure you could do it too, if you know anything at all about sewing! :)
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