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September 30, 2010

Bucket Hat and boy disney garb


I'm sure everyone has seen that amazing bucket hat from Sew Much Ado  - looking at the tutorial it look relatively simple, so I thought I'd whip one up.  I thought it'd be cute for Disneyworld.  It is cute.  But for some reason I didn't recall that my toddler doesn't wear hats.  At all.  Ugh.  The picture above is where he stuck it on to show someone - he looks very proud of it - but then he whipped it off before I could get a non-blurry picture, let alone show off the other side.  I'm still bringing it on our trip - you never know....

Here it is from the right angle:
Cute, right?  The green fabric (decal and lining) is just a sheet from a garage sale, and  I don't even know what project I used the brown on but it was in my stash, so this project was a freebie.  And it went together really easily.  I did have a slight issue with the decal:
See that weird-looking bear thing on the right - that's my version of a Mickey head.  I thought I could just wing-it, with a couple of circle items for templates.  But obviously I couldn't.  So I googled Mickey Head, printed off an image, and traced it.  Then I just stitched it on to where I wanted it.  I also added the year with my embroidery machine. Voila, one cheap - err, free - Disney souvenior.

Here's a better model, although I think he has a small head:
My son is almost 2 and the hat is size 2t-3t and it was a little big.  I was say it's a solid 3t.  But it's all about the noggin size of the kid - pictured above is a 5-year-old, and it seems to fit him fine.  Once again, just follow the tutorial at Sew Much Ado.

I also made the boys some shirts - very plain - I didn't think my almost-8-year-old would appreciate anything all busied up with Disney.  So I just ironed Heat-N-Bond (fusible webbing stuff) to a square of fabric, used the same template as the hat, and cut out a decal, then peeled the back off and ironed it on to a shirt on the pocket.  I did not stitch these.  So, Disney T-shirt, check.  I think they were about $3-$4 each.  In park, what, $20 a shirt?


September 29, 2010

Disney - Girl Outfits

So Monday's Mickey Countdown post might have eluded to this, but all week I'll be posting the crafting that went along with our family vacation to Orlando.  Today's great - beware, cuteness overload:
You know how cheap - er, "frugal" - I am, so souvenir shirts aren't even an option.  But we need something Disney, right?  I made the girls SUPER cute Minnie Mouse outfits.  I didn't take many tutorial pictures, because it's pretty basic.   First I made the pants - I couldn't decide if it would be hot or cold, so I went mid-way with capris.  I just used whatever pattern I had bought on sale for $1 at Joann's and used the red dot fabric..  Then I slightly gathered the black dot fabric and attached ruffles to the ends of the pants.
Then I got to thinking how I hope the girls even know who Minnie Mouse is (we're cable deprived so if it's not on PBS...) so I googled Minnie Mouse Images - - guess which one they zeroed in on??
That's right, the risque Minnie adult outfit, 2nd one in on the top row.  Of course.  I had thought about doing a shirt with a big appliqued head on it, but they saw that picture and vetoed the applique.  They wanted a belt and shirt like that outfit.  I wasn't sewing a shirt (are you with me - pants are so easy to whip up, but a shirt - intimidating!) but I thought we could do a belt.
So I made a belt by attaching two ruffles of black dot onto the sides of a strip of red dot, then sewed the strip all the way around the shirt to make a casing.  To make it look more fitted, like a belt, I threaded elastic through the opening, just like you would when you make an elastic waistband in pants.
The elastic gave it a little gather and some body - I think it turned out cute.
Then they needed a bow, like Minnie.  I covered headbands in black dot then made a big bow (like here, but 2 loops instead of 4) out of red dot and glued it on top.  Hope it stays!
The whole Minnie Mouse Outfit is really cute!  I wish I could have gotten a picture with both girls wearing theirs but one is at school and it's blog crunch time so I couldn't wait.  Oh well - I'm sure we'll get plenty at Disneyworld.
So, maybe $6-8 on fabric and then 2 shirts at $3.50 each.  Great deal - way better than a Disney Gift Shop.  And cuter, if you ask me.  Oh, and I grabbed myself the same shirt and did a little decal - I didn't want to be left out:


September 27, 2010

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Time to Take-A-Look at what you've been up to - and sorry, but no show-off tomorrow - I am on vacation (don't worry, scheduled posts will be rolling) , so since I can't check out all the links, be sure you check out each others - I'm sure it will be great stuff!!:
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Countdown Bunting

Does it seem like buntings (those banner things) are all over?  So with them on the brain, when I wanted to make a countdown to our family vacation, I immediately thought, countdown bunting.
So, how to make a Countdown Bunting?? easy - cut some shapes that are relevant (can you guess where we're headed??) and then cut/punch/use stickers to mark each shape with a number.  Punch holes in them and string them up somewhere that is a hot-spot in your house.  I hung ours over our computer desk which is in the eat-in area of our kitchen - the go-to hub for us. Voila, that's it.  Rip one off each day and let the excitement build!!


September 25, 2010

Saturday Night Spotlight: Green Gracie Home



Today I get to feature Green Gracie Home.  Here is the backstory, straight from Beverly herself:

I was an interior design major that ended up selling real estate for 15 years.  My life changed when my oldest son was 3.  He was diagnosed with Autism.  My priorities shifted and that included not only reducing my crazy schedule (we had 3 boys under 4 yrs old at the time and hadn't added our daughter yet) but also following my dreams.  I opened up a home staging and organizing company with a friend (who has since had to move).  The more I did the more creative our services became and word of mouth helped spread our business.  One day I got a phone call to re-do a family room.  It was my now partner Susan.  Her job was huge and had some ups and downs.  But you can tell so much from a person by how they handle themselves when things don't go well.  We became friends.  Six months later I was ready to grow the company and bring someone in as a new partner.  Susan raised her hand (actually glass of wine) and said that she believed in my vision and lets go for it.  And that is how we became Green Gracie Home.

You've got to go check out her blog, Green Gracie Home, there are great tips on rearranging furniture to redo a room on a budget, revamping old furniture, small decorating ideas and crafts, etc.  You could spend a lot of time checking it all out, that's for sure!!  If you don't want to miss any of the posts over there, be sure to "follow" them.




Spudnuts

Huh? Spudnuts?? Think doughnuts, with potatos.  I was skeptical, but when we made these for playgroup they were yummy!  Didn't taste potato-ey at all, and I like to think they were "healthy" (right?!).

Recipe via a friend who hosted playgroup and prepped the dough - thanks Linzy!


Spudnuts
1 3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. mashed potatoes
1 T. dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 t. vanilla
6 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
2 t. salt

Scald milk/ stir in shortening, sugar and mashed potatoes. Cool to lukewarm. Sprinkle yeast over water; stir until dissolved. Add to cooled milk mixture. Stir in beaten eggs and vanilla. Sift flour and gradually add to mixture, mixing well after each addition.
Knead lightly, adding 1/2 c more flour. Place in greased bowl, let rise until double.
Roll 1/2” thick on floured board. Cut with floured center.
Place on waxed paper, cover, let raise about 30 minutes (while oil heats up).
Deep fry in crisco (375 degrees). When dough pops right up, that’s when you know your oil is ready. Makes about 8 doz.

Cutting:
Frying:
Dipping (I thought the dowel rod was genius!):
Whip some up for a fun Saturday treat - you won't be disappointed!

September 24, 2010

Sanitizer Revamp

Back when I was first starting out on this blogging adventure, I posted about a hand sanitizer revamp I did after I saw one on Little Birdie Secrets.  Well, I did it again (well, mostly my daughter did it) so I thought I'd do a re-shout-out.
So easy - just peel off the old boring stickers, use some GooBeGone to get the excess grub off, then cover in much cuter and more fabulous stickers.  We sent this one to school, so her class can sanitize in style.


September 23, 2010

Rolled Fabric Flowers

I have taught 2 different women's groups about how to make fabric flowers.  At both I taught Kanzashi Fabric Flowers (like HERE) and at one I also taught the Fabric Roses for home decor.  At both classes I happened to be wearing a magnetic flower broach -  a classic mirror shot:
Anyways, after my segment in the classes, both times several people came up to me wanting to know how to make the type of fabric flowers that I was wearing.  I just assumed that they were so simple to make, that everyone knew how and no tutorial on them was needed.  But maybe that's because I live in craft-blog-land, and normal people don't see fabric flower tutorials on a daily basis.  Anyways, here's for the normal people - how to make a rolled fabric flower - I even made a video:


So basically, you get a strip of fabric - I like to rip mine so there are frayed edges - tie a knot in one end, then just wrap the strip around the knot, giving a twist here and there as you go.  Wrap til it's as big as you want it, then glue the end down and then glue the whole flower onto a circle piece of fabric/felt. You can even make the middle one strip of fabric and then wrap a different strip around the outside.

I like this type of fabric flower for headbands and broaches because they're flatter than the gathered fabric flowers.  Anyways, super easy, just try it - and don't aim for perfection - each is unique and cute!
(LOVE those 6 for $1 cheap-o headbands at the Dollar Store - great for wrapping in fabric, plus they're the ones my girls wear because they're not too tight and don't have those pokey teeth things.)

You can also use these type of flowers to make super-cute necklaces:

You can find that full tutorial here:  Rolled Fabric Flower Necklace


September 22, 2010

Hair Jewels

Alright everyone, I made it on SoYouThinkYou'reCrafty - but barely!
I was the one with the Hair Jewels.  I knew my audition didn't have "wow" factor.  But part of the rules are to be unique, so I had it in my mind that you had to come up with something that had never been seen as crafted before.  I didn't realize that I could take an idea and just make-it-my-own.  So now I know!  I will try to represent a little better for the next round....
But for now, if you were wanting to know how I made these:


Instead of paying high dollar amounts for just a few hair accessories, why not craft your own Hair Jewels - super easy, super crafty, super thrifty - perfect!!
The grips make them easy to cling into hair, and the up side gives great bling factor:
Hair Jewels can be used in a variety of styles.  Up and down, young and old.  Take a Homecoming Hairdo to the next level or add a bit of funky to the flowergirl.  They make a quick pony tail and bobby-pinned curls look great!
So - wondering on the how-to??  Anyone can do this - grab a package of jewel stickers (I found mine in the scrapbook section at ole Walmart) and some velcro.

Cut the "hook" side of the velcro (the prickly one) into little circles.
Then just take the jewel sticker and stick a velcro piece to the back of it - that's it!  To put them in hair just wiggle them in a little and they'll stay.  To get them out just slide and pull it all the way down the hair strands.  Questions on how to make hair jewels???

Showing Off

Features for Today:

I have quilting-on-the-brain - I've never made a quilt but I'm about to embark on that venture (I'm already gathering fabrics).  So I love to see that other non-quilters, like Oh Mandie, can do it!  - love her colors!  Maybe my new bedroom scheme...
How about this amazing picnic table at Going on at the Glenn's - wow!!  Did you guys follow plans? Can you point us to them?  I want to make this!
Check out these Embroidered Hands at The Mother Lode - inspired me to get to teaching my girls how to embroider!
And I want to bust out some polymer clay so I can make cute little ornaments like this from Whimsical Creations:
Love this patchwork skirt from Living with Punks!! Great job!

And now, who was the most visited link?!?!  Guesses anyone??  It's not a shock, that's for sure...
Once again, Sarah from Welcome to the gOOd life has whipped up something unreal - I am always WOWed by her sewing abilities and eye to see something in what I think is nothing.  This time she took a skirt that I would have discarded and turned it into an amazing dress:


Thanks for linking everyone!!  If you were featured feel free to grab the button: - THIS IS THE NEW CODE!!  If you have EVER been featured before, my old button turned into a blaring ad for photobucket so you'll need to re-grab - I know it's a hassle, so my apologies!





Also, did you notice? I made it to SYTYC - SoYouThinkYou'reCrafty - more on that later today...

September 20, 2010

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Time to Take-A-Look at what you've been up to:
- - just a run down- -

  • Link to a Specific Post, not your whole blog (to do this, click on the title of the post you want to link and it will open on it's own page, then copy that url)

    Please don't link up a post that you've already linked here before - since we've been getting so many linkups (great!!) let's keep it to a maximum of 2 links per person - thanks


    Grab my button below - you can post it on your post, on your sidebar, on a page of a list of link-ups, wherever as long as it's somewhere.

    Try to visit a few other people on the list - it's fun to support and encourage fellow craftiness - and everyone LOVES comments
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