Friday, July 8, 2011
I decided to make decals with my Silhouette. Nothing ground breaking but it's cute! I'm going to use the same design to make a plaque to hang up by the door.. maybe it won't take me quite as long to get that accomplished!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Back when I was pregnant and we were filling out our registry at BabiesRUs... I was really disappointed with the selection and cost of the cart covers. They were either super girly or super lame. It didn't take long for me to snuff my nose at them and declare that I could make one cuter. Fast forward to few weeks ago when Jack graduated to his big boy car seat and all the sudden we couldn't just tote him around in his carrier anymore. Crap. One raised-eyebrow-smart-alecky-humorous-look from Josh and I went to Joanns on a mission. Sponge Bob is big in our house - Josh and the girls LOVE him, and I think hearing him all the time while he was still in my tummy, Jack has loved Sponge Bob from the day his eyes could focus on the TV screen. So when I saw this fabric, I grabbed it.
Then it sat on my sewing desk for a month. Enter more raised-eyebrow-smart-alecky-humorous-looks from Josh. Ok so the problem was... I got a McCalls pattern but it was way more complex than I needed - pockets.. ruffles (ruffles for Jack? ahno) and I'm horrible and winging it so I kept putting it off. Then Josh reminded me that I spent a grand total of $8 on fabric and if it doesn't work, then there really isn't much lost. So I went for it.
Whatya know, it turned out! Here is what I did:
I cut a 45in square out of both pieces of fabric (sponge bob, and coordinating fleece for some added softness), rounding the corners. I measured 16 inches in (based on internet searches for cart measurements) and cut two 5 inches squares for leg holes. I put right sides together (like a pillow case) and stitched all the way around, leaving a few inches to be able to flip it right side out.
This next step you can do as I did but I don't recommend: While right sides are still together, stitch leg holes together using a thick zig zag - realize that you hadn't turned it right side out yet, try and rip the stitches out but since you did a thick zig zag it's not going anywhere, and have to cut your 5 inch holes to 5.5 inches.
Once I flipped it right side out, I stitched the leg holes (again)... since I wasn't sure if this was even going to work, I left the edges raw. I did choose the zig zag stitch because I thought it might reinforce it a little better than a regular stitch. If I were making this for someone else, I'd go the extra step to hem it.
Next I went back to the hem around the edge, going in about an inch and creating another hem all the way around. I did this so the elastic would stay in place. Once it was stitched, I fed the elastic through, sewed the ends together, and stitched up the hole I left at the beginning and it was done!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I've been on the "little birdie" popular band wagon for a while now.. so after seeing a few similar ideas on line, I decided to try painting a tree branch on canvas and adding a few touches.
Here's how it turned out:
I knew I wanted to add birdies, and the image seemed a little flat. So I decided to cut the birds out using my silhouette. I love how they turned out! I didn't take a close up shot, but I purposely printed on plain white card stock and then painted them to add a little texture. in person you really see it.
I'm so pleased at how they turned out!! As usual I was anxious to get the girls' approval and ego-boosting ooohs and ahhs... however, since just Kenzie was here last week, her response was a little lackluster (she's still got that little kid brutal honesty), so I'm happily awaiting Kali's return on Friday to see what she thinks. ;)
On the birdie route, here was something else I picked up at Michaels. They were half off! So cute! I decided to add the mason jar and flowers for good measure. I love the little touch of spring it brings to our room.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Last week was Spring Break for the girls, and we were supposed to pick them up Wednesday around lunch time and have them thru Sunday. We had big plans.. one is still top secret because it is post poned, and the other was a surprise overnight trip to Disneyland. Josh and I have been waiting forever to do this and were so excited we could barely see straight.
Then Monday afternoon we got a horrible phone call. Kali took a nasty spill on her bike and broke her leg. Not just a horrible afternoon at the doctor and get a cast kind of break either... she was in the hospital until Wednesday night. Talk about a flurry of emotions. I am happy to report that she is doing great today, and did not need surgery. She broke her leg in 2 places and will need a full leg cast, that she'll hopefully get today assuming the swelling has gone down enough.
Poor Mackenzie has just been beside herself. She and Kali are so close, she really leans on Kali for just about everything - down to what shirt to wear and what snack to have. So we were a bit surprised when Kenzie said she still wanted to spend the week with us, without Kali. She was a trooper and we managed to have some fun on our own. :)
Kenzie asked if we could make Kali something.... so here you go, those who made it thru my long winded intro: our craft project for Kali.
Linking to Christina's Adventures
Cost Break Down:
Wooden plaque from Joann's $3.99 (with 50% off coupon)
Pink paint $.59
Vinyl lettering - used Silhouette, already had vinyl
Wire to hang - already had on hand
Picture - $.20 to print
Total cost: $4.78
Thursday, March 31, 2011
When I was 3 months old, we lost our mom. Being so young, I obviously don't have any memories of her. I feel I have gone through different phases of accepting it and acknowledging it. I think it's pretty understandable that as I started my journey of becoming a mom, a lot of new feelings surfaced. I finally understand what I lost in loosing her. There is a bond that Jack and I have that is stronger than anything I can explain. I think not having that has made me realize how badly I want to have that with him - poor guy, LOL ya, I'm so gonna be that mom in his life!
Anyway, she was buried at a local cemetery that I regrettably don't visit as often as I should. Last night we decided to make an impromptu trip over there so Jack could finally 'meet' her in that respect.
I admittedly felt a little odd taking pictures. I had an image of Jack 15 years down the road telling us how creepy we were for taking pictures but there was just something so peaceful about Jack in that moment that made what is usually a hard visit for me to make, quite serene. I left with a happy heart!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Now, don't mind the rest of my kitchen/living room in the picture. We have officially outgrown this home and can't wait to move to a bigger place but it's just not going to happen for a little while yet. So these curtains are my first attempt post-accepting-we-are-here-for-at-least-another-year-so-I-better-make-it-cute-and-as-liveable-as-possible. So look at the pictures as an opportunity to see all the cute things I can do to make the space awesome while we are in it!
I haven't been home when lighting is optimal so my apologies for the harsh lighting...
All I need to do now is finish those two things, get a farm house table with a bench, paint the cabinets white (woohoo, Dad aka landlord gave the green light.. I'm scared to do it though!) paint an accent wall and hang a shelf... I can do it!!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Anytime I clean out the girls' backpacks there are always a ton of broken crayons and pencils at the bottom. I was tired of throwing them away so I decided to make these little pouches. I found the cute fabric on sale at Joanns.
I just ordered smooth heat transfer paper for my Silhouette so this was a thought out opportunity to try it!
If I could give one tip to any new users... after you apply the heat, let it sit a minute and cool before taking off the transfer paper. I couldn't figure out why it wasn't sticking - I was being too impatient!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
For Kali's I printed out the letters, broke out the exacto knife and what felt like years later was ready to use it as a stencil.
This is where I will now gush and tell you that I USED MY NEW SILHOUETTE (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) to make Kenzie's. I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to have it and will refrain because it will take over this posting. Just know, I'm in love.
Kenzie has an extreme love of horses, so I found the image online, imported that bad boy in.. and cut it out, using the negative space on the paper as a stencil. I can't wait for them to see tonight when they get home, they'll love em!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Here he is... ahem.. feel free to ignore anything you see in the background there... in my defense the garage is sooo not my territory!
I kinda wished I could cut the designs out of the corners because I wasn't crazy about them, but I wasn't brave enough to try, so I left them as is.
See that handle? Would have been nice to remove it, but it was sealed with two nails that were not moving for anyone... you'll notice my paint marks later... OH WELL!
30 minutes of sanding and about 600 coats of paint later.....
Like the paint on the handle? sigh.
I debated about scuffing it up to 'antique' it but with nothing else in my room like that, I was afraid it would just look beat up. I figured I could always do it later, so I left it alone.
Yay for Craigslist Deals!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tada! Yes, they have 1.5 million stuffed animals.
It's really nothing major but the gasps and awwws, and the girls wanting to go to bed at 6:45 to be in their room pleased me enough.
While I was sitting in their room completely taken apart I wished I thought it thru a bit more before I started because I would have painted. The purple is cute, but nothing matches! The girls want to make new duvet covers, and add curtains and such and there is no way to match both their personalities, and that paint color.
I am looking forward to all the little things we'll be doing now... like I said, new beds, Josh is going to build something (Just dicovered ana-white.com... where have you been my whole life?!) and all the little accessories. I'll post pics as we actually get stuff done over the next few weeks.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
In my many adventures getting lost in blog land I've seen the classic silhouette pictures (that admittedly sometimes look creepy) come back around again. The girls are growing so fast, I'm always interested in ways to preserve their cute tiny little girlness while we can! So I thought this would be a fun rainy day project to try this weekend. (ended up being the only area in SoCal to have clear sunny skies this weekend!)
This was so super easy. I took pictures of the girl's profiles, and printed them out on cardstock. I carefully cut them out with an exacto knife, and painted the paper black. I found some cute scrapbook paper at Michael's to use as a background, and framed the whole thing. I had the oval frames already.
Whatdya' think?? The girls loved it!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
A few weeks (ok like several) ago Katie (sister) challenged me with a craft project. She needed a necklace holder. I immediately had a few ideas.I ended up going with a necklace/earring combo. I started with a 12 inch square frame I had for a project that never happened, and painted that brown.
Yep. That’s a pic in my bathroom. Sigh. Katie swears she loves it! Kali already asked if we could make ehr one, too. :)