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January 31, 2012

Neck and Neck...

(um, apparently I have a lot to post about today - - if you're here for the regular Take-A-Look Tuesday, it's still here, just down a couple of posts....)

WOWZA, this Follower Blog War is a nail-bitter!!  Today is the last day, and while I was off buying supplies for projects this afternoon, Kimbo posted another plea - - at that time I was within 1..



but with her rally of the troops, she's now at 4340...and I'm at 4337.....

and so here I am, back to beg again for anyone left out there who hasn't yet, to just click that "Join this site" button over on the right sidebar - you know you want to....

it's a been One Week since the initial throw-down.....she begs with a music video, so can I....enjoy:
(um, false alarm, I can't embed the official video, so this will have to do)



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BULBS - Dig. Drop. Done.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

(it's still Take-A-Look Tuesday - just scroll down a post for that...)
So when we lived in Wichita, we bought our house in the middle of winter.  So you can imagine my surprise when in the Spring, even before the grass turned back green, thousands of bulbs started coming up.  It was amazing!!  There were in a bunch in back too - this is the front view:

I loved taking the kids pictures in front of them (don't they look so young!)

Ever since that first spring in that house, I've LOVED bulbs.  I loved that the homeowners before us loved bulbs and that they took the time to plant them for us to enjoy years later.  I'm super bad at plants, so ones that just come up on their own are awesome!  Trevor would cut them right out of the yard and we would have many vases filled with fresh flowers on our table.  Loved it.
So have you heard of the site Dig Drop Done? ( visit www.digdropdone.com to learn more)  - - it's so fun and makes me know that I can plant bulbs - easy peasy!  They've got 3 ladies leading you through the site - I relate to Marcy, the supermom, because she's a beginner at bulbs and is go go go, but they represent all of us - here's a screen shot:

There is a bunch of super helpful info for beginners - they make it sound so doable.  I really think they've convinced me to plant some bulbs this spring - - just a quick screen shot of one of many helpful pages:

So now that I mention all that, have you heard of Curbside Chaos??  It's a super fun contest from Dig Drop Done - info: Does your curb need some care? Then enter our Curbside Chaos contest! We’ll be picking a yard in desperate need of attention to receive some one-on-one time with Taniya Nayak! She’ll come to your yard and help you spend $5000 on a yard makeover! 
Also, For every share on Twitter, "Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done." will donate $1.00 to Rebuilding Together - that's worth it righ there!
AND, on that contest site, on the bottom left, you can find your climate zone and determine which bulbs are best for you and how to plant them - that's the kind of help I need.  Here's what I ended up with:

So have I convinced you yet that Bulbs are the way to go?? I've convinced myself!!  Enjoy browsing around, and maybe you'll be the one to win the $5,000 yard makeover......wouldn't that be great?!?
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January 30, 2012

Take-A-Look Tuesday

So, if you're paying attention to the Follower Blog War with AGAAGG, I TIED her - a few days ago.  But then Miss Kimbo pulled out the big guns and her belated giveaway (I'm sure she was saving it for just such an occasion as this) and has surged ahead...and now today's the last day....and so I ask you, "are you a follower??" if not, NOW's the time!!

Can't wait to see what everyone's been up to -  - and who will be the most viewed link - maybe you?
- - just a run down- -
  • Link to a Specific Post, not your whole blog - no more than a couple of posts please
  • Try to visit a few other people on the list - it's fun to support and encourage fellow craftiness - and everyone LOVES comments
If you're new to link-ups and have questions let me know and I'll do my best to help












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Lifestyle Crafts - more die cuts

Lifestyle Crafts is super busy - they're headed to CHA and have a bunch of new die cuts to show off.  I got to try a few out - - want to see some of the fun things we've been whipping out over here?? (you'll just have to ignore the super bad lighting in all the pics)

First up this pinwheel flower -  -
This was unbelievably easy with the die cut - - you run it through and it cuts 2 that look like this:
 Then you just pull all the flap parts to the middle, stack one pinwheel on top of another, and stick a brad through it.  My helper loved it!
 Next up, this tiny little envelope.  What is it about tiny things that everyone loves??  It's just so itty bitty and cute.  It cuts out with perforated lines that you fold in - - -
 And then just add a little glue and voila, done!  Once again, love from my helper:
 These mini milk cartons might be my favorite - - I can think of about a million things to do with them - party favors, neighbor gifts, etc.  These ones I'm using for teacher valentine gifts (I plan to fill them with the easy homemade microwave truffles).  The die comes with the decal tags also, for sprucing up the front:
 And again, the helper shows up - - is there anything she doesn't love??  But it's fine, because I just crank through an extra sheet of paper, and she has one of her very own - love how the dies make it that easy.
 Oh, and I haven't played around with this one too much, but I see a shamrock garland in my future....
Remember, Lifestyle Crafts Dies can work in a variety of hand-crank die cut machines.  I have the Epic 6.  And also remember, you can get 20% off with the code "SUGARBEE" - - enjoy the discount!



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Bathroom Hook Organization

Alright everyone - it's about to get crazy!  I am part of SoYouThinkYou'reCrafty All-Stars.  This time, there's a twist - it's not anonymous!  So you know which one is mine - and you know I'd love your vote - - head over there to do that. 
 This is my entry, the extended version just for you, the beloved readers...

Bathroom Hook Organization
 Our hall bathroom - aka the kids bathroom, aka the elephant bathroom (see "lovely" wallpaper) - used to be a nightmare.


The towel rack was coming out of the wall and towels were piled on the floor - even if the towel rack were functioning, kids can't use those!  Looping a towel over and through just isn't one of their skill sets.  There is one drawer in that bathroom and when all four kids are brushing their teeth, fighting each other for drawer access - yikes!  So I saw a simple cup idea on pinterest (linked to THIS Etsy Shop) and expanded that idea to work in our situation.
First up, I splurged the $4 and got each kid their own toothpaste.  Now they each have their own supplies in their own spot - no more drawer fights.  Each cup is numbered for cuteness with vinyl numbers I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.
To attach the cups to the board, I used pipe strap (that metal strip with holes in it).  I should have taken pictures for you, but basically you wrap it around to the right size and cut it (I just used regular scissors).  Be sure in the back it overlaps on one hole.  Without the glass jar in, put a screw through the overlapping holes into the board.  Then place the jar in - mine had a lip so the strap won't slip past it.

Probably one of the most important aspects of this mini-bathroom organizational makeover is the loops sewn on to the towels.  Makes it SUPER EASY to hang them up.  To do this I just folded a towel in half to find the middle, then sewed a piece of scrap binding stuff, sewing at each end of it so a hook can fit into it.  I was sure to give each kid a different color of towel so they know which is theirs.
To attach it to the wall, I just screwed straight through the boards, being sure to hit studs so it wouldn't be pulled down.  I filled the screw holes on the front with wood putty and touch-up paint so you can't see them.


 I am happy to say that this Bathroom Hook Organization has worked wonders!!  Why didn't I do this years ago??  So simple, but so effective.  So here's to hoping I can get your vote for an easy way to organize the towel disaster and drawer fighting that comes with a kid bathroom.



January 28, 2012

DIY Chevron Pencil Skirt


You read that right - DIY Chevron Pencil Skirt - and I mean "DIY Chevron" in that you have to make your own zig zag fabric.  Yup.  It was fun.  You should do it.  But remind me not to make it again for a while - it takes a bit of time...

So for a Valentine's Post, I wanted to do something that would work for Valentine's, but also work for everyday, hence the idea for this skirt was born....but chevron, or zig zag, fabric is a little hard to come by.  I thought it'd fun to attempt to make some.  I'm sure there are lots of tutorials on this and I probably should have looked one up...but oh well.

First you need striped fabric.  I got this from PoppySeedFabrics and it's actually Dr. Seuss Christmas fabric, but I loved how it had wonky lines (although that made it a little harder to match up in the long run).  I had 2 yards, but I'm pretty small, so you might need more than that.
Then you fold your fabric because you need to cut a diagonal line (it's called cutting on the bias).
Then to make it easier to cut I folded it back on itself and cut the fold into strips.  Mine were 3 inches wide.
Then you need to cut strips from the other side - that way some of your strips have lines slanting up and some have lines slanting down.  Then alternate the strips - laid out on the floor it looks like this:
Then comes the sewing - it's not hard, just a little tedious.  Sew all the strips together.  Make sure your lines match up, like so.  Then get a helper to hold up the newly reconstructed piece of fabric:

At this point I wrapped it around myself - very un-technical way to measure.  It's a little big - time to add pleats to the waist.
Since there are lots of seams, this isn't hard.  Just pick a few (I made 4 pleats) and sew a bigger seam allowance at the top and then taper down.  You can see it in the picture.  I actually ended up making it a lot longer in length after I took the picture, to smooth it into the seam better.

Next I thought it needed stability at the top, so I cut a strip of fabric that would reach across the entire top.  I ironed on fusible interfacing to make it a little stiffer.  Then I sewed it to the top of the skirt, right sides together:
Then flip it open and press the seam really well:
Then flip it to the inside of the skirt and press that seam again - see how that makes the band on the inside:
Next up, don't be scared, add in a zipper on the side.  If you can sew a straight line, you can sew in a zipper.  Just lay it on top of one of the sides, with the zipper upside down, and sew it down (see the seam in the picture).
See, then when you flip the zipper right-side up, it turns the edge in and looks pretty.  Sew down the other side of the zipper in the same way.  Then sew that seam the rest of the way down, right sides together.  Then turn it right-side out and voila, done!
Mine needed a hook and eye at the top of the zipper.  The zipper in action ( I didn't plan well and the two sizes of the big piece of chevron were both slanting down - so they don't "zig" at the zipper seam - oh well)

I've been trying to mix up the poses a little lately.  Kate said to "do something fun" but it looks a little awkward, so enjoy that along with another "stare off to the ground" look - I should probably stick to the regular poses....

Now I'm all ready to be decked out for Valentine's (and any) day - -


also, here are some other ways I have worn the red chevron skirt:



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