Chillin' wiht my Peeps

FREE file to make a super cute spring shirt

Mini Photo Frame Banner

A cute and simple way to display mini pictures - come find out how to make one for yourself!

Pony Bead Lizards

Learn step-by-step how to make pony bead lizards

Glitter Felt Hairbows

Add a little sparkle to any little girls wardrobe with these DIY hairbows!

Perfect Crisp Lines

Find out the trick to getting perfectly crisp lines on name signs

April 27, 2009

Mom Business Cards

I just made some business cards - SUPER easy. Just follow THIS LINK to Cottage Printables and a PDF file will open. Then you just Click on the words and put your words in their place - you change one card and all the rest will automatically update. Print onto cardstock and cut-out. I used to shy away from printing in color, for fear of wasting color ink. But then I was so conservative that the color ink got too old and dried up! So now I don't feel bad using it - use it or lose it. I made my cards with my name, phone, email address, and blog url - - now if I meet other moms they can know that I'm super cool when I hand them this card instead of scrawling my phone number onto a scrap piece of paper. You can be cool too - it took less than 5 minutes.

April 24, 2009

Fabric Bulletin Boards, take 2

I finally made a boy version of the Fabric Bulletion Board (check the link for more info on how-to). It was hard to find Star Wars fabric (the stores were all out) so I cut up a top sheet of a sheet set that we don't use too often - I still have the bottom sheet, and can always pair it with a blue topsheet if needed. I used twine instead of ribbon to make it less girly.

Entering the Iron Crafter Competition for using sheets:

April 21, 2009

Summer Outfits

McCall's M5836 I love matchy matchy, and making summer outfits, so this is the best for both. I used McCall's Pattern M5836 and thought it went together quick and easy (a few days of hit-and-miss sewing during naps, etc). Wait for patterns to go on sale at JoAnn's, then it'll only be a dollar or two. I liked this pattern because there were no buttons or zippers - truly an easy pattern. I made both girls a size 3, but should have made a size 2 for the littler one. I also ended up having to take the straps in a little. So when a sale comes around, grab a pattern (look for anything that says "EASY") and some material (it's fun to let the kids pick their own) and attempt sewing. You can do it!

April 16, 2009

Bags

Making a bag is a fun summer project. You can make one just to your liking- the perfect fabric, lining, pockets, and embellishments. You can make one using a pattern, or just make one without. Below is a picture of the first bag I ever made. Since it was my first one I used a pattern (McCall's P301, view A). I wanted a nicer bag for church that would hold a 3-ring binder (I made it a little bigger than the pattern called for). I made this 3-4 years ago, right before the big bag-making rage began, and it's still holding up.
After making that bag, I understood how bags get put together and didn't need to refer to patterns. I made several smaller bags, but can't locate them for pictures. It's fun to whip up a little bag. A couple of summers ago I wanted a big bag for vacation and made the bag below using a pattern recommended to me (I can't find it right now but could probably look it up if you're interested.) I loved the bigness of this bag and the fun summer material. It also has a ton of pockets for sunscreen, waterbottles, etc.
So I've been itching to make a bag again. But as I was crusin' through target I noticed the bag pictured below that was about the style I wanted to make. It wasn't quite what I was thinking of, and I wasn't in love with the fabric, but it wasn't bad. And it was only $10. I got to thinking how I'd probably spend more than that on material to make my own bag, plus the time/effort in sewing. So I just bought the target one - I did add my initial and some brown top-stitching to match it. So I went with a copout, but encourage anyone out there who hasn't attempted one yet to make yourself a bag. And then use it with pride!

April 12, 2009

Tie-Dye

Growing up I remember using Rit Dye and dipping shirts into buckets. Tie-dying has gotten so much easier. Even a novice can do it. There is a kit that includes bottles to squirt each color and directions on how to create different designs. I let each child pick their design and where to put the colors. It made for a great family craft. Go try it!

April 7, 2009

Cookie Pizza

It's spring break, so I want to do at least one fun thing a day so that everyone is excited to be home spending time together (when I announced it was room cleaning day, Reed declared he wished he had school today). So what's more fun (and YUMMY!) than a giant cookie cut like a pizza. The kids got to add ingredients to the mixer, spread out and pat down the dough, and put on icing dots/globs.