A tutorial to make these simple shamrocks using just paper strips - perfect craft for St. Patrick's Day.
A cute and simple way to display mini pictures - come find out how to make one for yourself!
Simple and quick shamrock idea - draw on mugs with markers to create the fun design. Learn the tips and tricks...
October 31, 2011
When I saw this Spiderweb Headband over on At Second Street, I knew I needed to whip it up to go with my spider shirt from last year. Now I'm all decked out for the Fall Parties at the kids' school this afternoon - - my pictures are courtesy of my 4 year old.
Here's the inspiration picture from Kalleen - - hers isn't blurry - - so cute, right?!?!
Seriously, this took like 10 minutes to make - - you still have time to whip one up for yourself!!
So, you know you're awesome, right?!?! I need some awesome up in here - yep, I need you :) More on that on down....
But first, FYI, I have about 3 spots left in Sugar Bee Shops if you're interested....
Second, these people are super awesome, so check them out -- they like to comment, and I like to read comments, so it's a win-win:
Third, who wants a free ad spot on my sidebar for November? - - I'm giving one away this week - wahoo! To enter, just visit any one of my sponsors, they're all awesome, then come back here and leave a comment saying who you checked out, what you loved, whatever. One way to enter, winner drawn at the end of the week.
Fourth - where you come in - yep, calling all guest posters! Several of you have inquired about guest posting, and I normally don't have guest posters, except for a couple of times a year. And it's been awhile, so let's do it!
--I want everyone to have the chance - - if you've never guest posted before, go for it! I can walk you through it, so no excuses. If you've guest posted before, you know how fun it is to pop on someone else's blog - and possibly get their readers to pop on over to your blog.
--I am awful about doing holiday-related posts, so that's what I'm looking for - either winter, fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc - I know you have great ideas!!
--It needs to be a tutorial - that means, showing how to make/do/sew/cook something. The full tutorial will be posted here (not just part). It'd be great if it's a new tutorial that you haven't posted yet. But if you have something fabulous you've already posted and you'd like to share the whole tutorial, that would be alright.
--I would need your post by Nov 9th (or earlier). The Guest Post Extravaganza will run Nov 10-Nov 19, excluding Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings, and the 17th. If 100 people are interested (highly unlikely), then I'll just run 10 posts on the 10 days - that way everyone gets the opportunity (if only 10 people are interested, then it'll only be post a day). I will assign your date to you after I have everyone signed up.
--I will need you signed up to participate by this Thursday, Nov 3rd. Just go to THIS DOCUMENT and leave me your name and email address so I know you're interested.
--I will send out more info on Nov 4th as to how I want the post formatted, etc.
October 29, 2011
Living near Kansas City, St. Louis is the perfect destination for a mini-vacation. The kids had a day off school last week so we headed out for a couple days of fun.
First up, we met my mom their and she watched the kids while Trevor and I were able to attend the temple (yep, I'm LDS - but you knew that, right?).
Kate and her family drove up that evening to join us for the fun - - we watched their kids that night while they went to the temple. Nothing quite like a hotel pool - makes is a real vacation!
Gateway Arch, including the museum and riding to the top to look out over the city.
I wanted something a little different, so when I saw these on Pinterest, I knew that's what I wanted to make:
They're from Erin's Food Files. But of course that's the day that pinterest was glitchy and I couldn't get oto the link - ah!! I needed it! I googled and found the recipe on Whole Foods, but I really wish I could have accessed the post by Erin because in hindsight, she gave some great tips, like freezing the balls before dipping...the pic from whole foods:
Now, you might notice that mine are horribly ugly compared to those last couple of pictures. Because they are - the centers are gooey so it makes it hard to dip, etc. But let me tell you - don't judge a truffle by it's looks, because mine tasted amazing (I'm sure the pretty ones did too). Oh so yummy!!
October 28, 2011
Kimbo sent the squares back she sent a letter saying everyone could showcase their quilts by Nov 1st. The nerve of her, expecting me to actually follow through to the end with a craft project.....
But look - I actually finished it! I thought it would be perfect for taking to all those outdoor things - mainly, my son's flag football games, so the other kids could have a place to sit and be entertained all at once. We're well into the season, so I almost didn't make it, but I can still tote it along to the final 2 games.
So a quick rundown - - if you are a real quilter, you might want to avert your eyes......
First off, I participated in 2 different swaps. I cut a bunch of the same fabric into squares, then mailed them off and the swap host puts everyones fabric into a big pile then divys it out, so I got back a bunch of different fabric squares. Perfect - except for that the 2 swaps I signed up for were different sized squares - whoops.
So what I did was laid out the squares into larger square pods. Each larger square had 2 big squares and 6 small squares inside of it. I sewed those 8 squares together into their pod. Some I Spy quilts have plain fabric between each square, but I liked the look of them all touching, jumbled together (make it tougher on those kiddos!) I placed everything out, but of course lost track while I was moving piles from one place to another, so the quilt looks nothing like this pre-layout:
Since I wanted an outdoor blanket, I knew I was backing it with denium. For durability, and because I have a huge pile of discarded overalls from my uncle (he knew I couldn't say no to trash clothing). Since I wanted to back it with denium, I didn't think I could quilt it very well - sounded too thick to swirl around, etc. So I just took my pod things, put a piece of batting under them, and quilted them individually. There's a name for this type of quilting, without the back on - I don't know what it is.
In this picture you can see I sewed in a couple of ties when I put the binding on:
That way when I'm traipsing onto the football field with 3 kids in tow and dragging various chairs, jackets, etc, it'll be easily transportable - I can hand it to a kid to carry and if they drop it, it won't come unfolded or anything. All tied up:
And of course, the fun of playing with it - - it's been a huge hit so far. The younger kids can point out things and name what they see, etc. The older kids can read the cards and hunt around.
I love my I Spy Quilt - - you should make one! Underneath it all, it's just sewing straight lines - you can do it!
Along those lines, I have extra squares I'll sell for $20, including shipping, if anyone wants them - just email me, mandybeez at gmail. They are the ones I didn't use because they weren't my taste, they were duplicates (whether exactly or in theme, like there were several owl fabrics), or I just ran out of room - I didn't want a huge quilt.
My quilt: 40 large squares (6 inches) and 120 small squares (4 inches)
The leftovers for sale: 59 large squares and 82 small squares (if I counted right!)
October 27, 2011
UPDATE - - finally got a better picture!
I started with the tutorial over at Dragonfly Designs, but added straps instead of making the kids come through the costumes - I had that going on at first, but they were super tight - here's the two I did without straps before I changed it up:
I bought a new belt so I needed something to wear with it - I ended up with this:
Basically you just hack the arms off a big tshirt, then cut it straight up the front - - writing this blog post probably took 10 times longer than the actual project - it was super quick!
I used some of the scraps from the arms to make a rolled fabric flower broach thing.
So I'm not sold on the bright burnt yellow, but I already had a navy cardigan thing (although long-sleeved) and I didn't know if you could wear black or gray with a brown belt, so I went bold with the yellow.
October 26, 2011
Well hello there lovelies!!!
|That's me at my wedding in July 2011!!|