Wednesday, March 31, 2010

First T-Shirt

Good Morning My Peeps! I'm so excited! I made London a T-shirt! I've never embroidered before in my life, but thanks to Cathy Filian and her book "101 Snappy Fashions", I made this:

When I first received this book, there were so many projects I wanted to do right away, so I decided to make this one! I love how the chain stitch looks like a necklace. I cut out a flower from a piece of fabric, used WonderUnder and ironed it on, then stitched in a couple of places with some embroidery floss. So easy!

With the same fabric flowers and the same technique, I added them onto the pockets of her jeans. Take a look:

Her jeans aren't quite finished yet. I want to add ruffles on the bottom with two coordinating fabrics, one being the same fabric as the flowers. Then I'll applique some more flowers on the front of her jeans. I will post the jeans when I get done!

Have a great day Friends!

Friday, March 26, 2010

My Cake Pin Cushion & Mini Cake Plate Tutorial

It's Friday! I don't know about you, but this week flew by so fast! I've made a couple more projects and for today, I wanted to show you my Double Layer Cake Pin Cushion with the video tutorial from The DIY Dish. Check it out!

I call this Satin Velvet!

I created the flower topper with left over felt.

I bought a bag full of different trim from Hobby Lobby for $1.99 and it came with
the perfect pearl trim for some "icing".


On the video, Kris & Kim used candlesticks to display them on. Unfortunately, I didn't have one just laying around, so I had to get crafty and make this:

It's so simple to make! All you need is:
*small saucer plate
*wine glass
*strong glue (I used E6000)
*spray paint (optional)
*acrylic sealer (optional)

Directions:

1.) Wash the plate and glass. Then let it dry completely.

2.) I bought a little saucer plate at Goodwill for $0.99 and it had an image that didn't quite tickle my fancy. Luckily, I had Krylon Ivory on hand which matched the plate, so I only needed to spray the top. If you go this route, be sure to use several thin coats, rather than one heavy coat. This contains any unwanted "drips".

3.) After your plate dries, spray it with the sealer.

4.) After the sealer dries, glue the bottom of the wine glass to the bottom of the plate. It's easiest to lay the plate down, then attach the wine glass. That way you can see where to center it.

5.) When dry, turn upside down and use to hold your pin cushion!

NOTE:
Do NOT put any edible items on the plate. This is not recommended as a food dish.

Seriously, I need to complete a project before I post them. I really want to decorate my cake plate. Add some ribbon and gems around the glass and some more gems around the rim of the plate. *Sigh* One day I'll contain my excitement and actually finish the project before I post!

Before I say goodbye, I wanted to let you know I have a surprise next week, so stay tuned for that! Have a great weekend My Peeps!


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Too Too Cute Tutu

Hello My Peeps! I wanted to share with you a tutu I made for London. The tutorial I used was so easy. It only entails about an inch of sewing and the rest...well...go take a look at the tutorial and you'll see how easy it is!

I tried to get London to model for me, but unfortunately, I don't think she really likes it. Hopefully, if I try one more time, she just might. But for now, she'd rather be doing this:



Have a great afternoon everybody!

I'm linking this to:

Craft Schooling Sunday @ Creative Jewish Mom

In The News: I Got Another Award! YAY!

Good Morning My Peeps! Isn't it a glorious day? I am so thrilled because on Monday, I received an Award from Emily at too Blessed to Stress! She is too sweet! And if you remember, she was my Special Guest Star about a week ago. How fun this is! Now I get to pass this award on to 7 others who I think deserve this award!

This is by no means in any kind of order:

She is an amazing woman who's creations range from
home decor to children's activities to cooking to whatever
else you can think of! Like I said, amazing!

Jennifer Perkins puts my "kitschiness" to shame! I love her
crafts because they are different from the everyday norm!

These are some true crafting sisters! Really, they should be
royalty! Thrifty and Redo queens! They find great deals
and turn them into the most adorable stuff! Love it!

These two sisters create the cutest stuff! They make things from baby
to party to holidays to you-name-it-they've-made-it! Great stuff!

JenGlamGirl is one sweet gal! Her creations are so neat! She makes a lot of stuff
to really make her house a home for her family! Her home is just as inviting as she is!
She is one of the best bloggers out there!

What a talented woman! Her love of scrapbooking and Star Wars may seem to be
quite of a difference, but she can make the two go together like peas and carrots!

Here is a talented mother who makes so much for her adorable little girl!
I only wish I could make half the stuff she makes for my little one! Maybe
someday I can be that cool mom!

Thank you Emily for the astounding award! I'm so thrilled and I'm still "happy dancing" over here!

To the ones mentioned above, thank you so much for the inspiration you have given to me and to so many others!

Monday, March 22, 2010

In The News: I've Been Featured

I am so thrilled! I was featured at Trendy Treehouse! And Tara even gave me an award! My first award ever! How fun is that!

I really want to redesign my blog. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the cherries, polka dots, and glitter, but I'm limited. I want to create feature buttons, awards, and other stuff and since I don't have the graphics for this, I'm going to have to design my own. But it will take awhile, so if any of you have any tips for me, please let me know. I'll need all the help I can get!

I can't believe the response I got about my clutch purse! I just may have to make another one and do a giveaway. What do you think? Would you be interested?

That's about all I have for today. I haven't been very productive this past weekend so I need to get it in gear and make something! Have a great day My Peeps!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I Finally Found My Niche

Hello My Peeps! Remember when I won the giveaway from Cathy Filian? Well I finally finished her book "101 Snappy Fashions"!


When I first received the book, I only had time to flip through it. As I was scanning it, I saw about 20 projects I wanted to try. Then, I finally got a chance to sit down and read the entire thing. Now I want to do them all! Each chapter has a theme such as Dying, Painting, Applique, among other techniques and an extra chapter on how to throw a "Snappy Baby Shower". At the beginning of each chapter, she has breif explanations on what works, what tools are best, and other kinds of tips for the process of that chapter, including Q&A. The projects themselves are so easy and simple, that it just doesn't seem possible that they'd be so adorable, but Cathy had outdone herself with these super simple techniques to make the most stylish of onesies for babies. But what I like best of the entire book, is that you can apply all of these tips to more than just the onesies!

So, with saying that, I found my niche! To be honest, I should say I refound my niche. You see, before I had my kids, I was way into fashion. I had originally found it when I was introduced to the wonderful movie "Designing Woman" with Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall.

Lauren Bacall plays this fashion designer who changed her attire at least three times a day. She had an outfit for every occasion. I wanted to be just like her! And so, I studied every kind of current fashion I could just so I could look good. I religiously bought In Style magazines every month. I read different magazines, periodicals, books. I remember reading in a book on beauty that "a person should always look as if they were about to get their picture taken". I just don't remember who said it. I lived by that philosophy. Until I had my son. Then I had to make some major budget cuts. Back then, I didn't realize that a person could still look so good on a limited budget. Don't get me wrong, I have decent clothes, wear makeup, and fix my hair. But, I never thought of refashioning my clothes to make me still look stylish!

After having Taevyn, cute little boys clothing was so limited. We couldn't afford the more expensive cuter clothes, which I didn't want to anyway. Kids grow so fast and get dirty so easily, that to me the money was just not worth it. I wanted to design boys clothes then. Now I wish I had. But, since I had my daughter, London, and we're down to one income, it's almost a necessity to make her clothes. And I'm so excited to start this new venture! Maybe one day, I too, will open an Etsy shop! But for now, I'll settle on experimenting with my kids on making or repurposing thier own clothes. Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The New Twins On The Block

You may or may not have heard of these wonderful twins, but they are fantabulous! Kris & Kim have a brand new webishow called The DIY Dish and you can check out their first episode right here. On this webisode, "Stick With Us", Kris and Kim shows you how to make some wonderful pin cushions. But these aren't your regular tomato cushions, they are yummy cake pin cushions! And if you know me, well, cake is my favorite! You can bet I will be making these as gifts for some friends! Check them out!

When you're done, be sure to stop on over to thier site so you can enter to win a sewing machine or embroidery machine from Janome!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Special Guest Star: too Blessed to Stress

Hello My Peeps! Today I have a special guest I'd really like you to meet! She is a wonderful person and I'm so glad she came on over to chat with you! She is very crafty, has great recipes, and really knows how to make a home feel, well, blessed! After you meet her, be sure to visit her blog and I highly recommend her "Death By Chocolate"! Please welcome Mrs. Emily!



Hello Everyone! I'm Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress" and today I am so honored to be guest posting for the super cute and talented Kitschalicious. Over the last month, we've been getting to know each other in bloggyland and I must say that I am truly blessed to "know" her through emails and comment chats.


So when she said that I could guest post while she was away, I first did a happy dance. Then I panicked over what to write - I mean this is a guest post, after all! I do not want to be the one responsible for scaring all her followers away! After I recovered from the panic attack and possible overdose of sweet tea, I decided to honor what I love the most about this blog and keep the ideas simple, inexpensive, and above all family centered.


Recently a dear friend of mine asked me to come over to her home and help organize, decorate a bit, and teach her how to make a house feel more like a home. {can I just say what a complement that was - to have someone trust me with her home and want to work with little ole' me is just so cool!} She has two darling little boys who are.... well, boys! They are rambunctious, loud and sometimes messy. And that is great! That's what a home is for - playing, spending time with family, and making a mess or two. But there comes a point where the clutter and chaos reigns and the touches of beauty and romance are hidden by everyday life.




So she and I are working on introducing some simple storage solutions {that's a lot of "s" in one sentence, just saying.} to keep the clutter at bay and then focusing on inexpensive ways to beautify her home. Here are some ideas we'll be using for her main living space. They almost seem too simple. But I guarantee that they can make any space feel warmer and more inviting.





Use a dimmer switch. Any room can benefit from the use of a dimmer switch. They are not terribly expensive, but give you a whole lot of bang for your buck. Not only do dimmer switches make a space feel more romantic and cozy, they hide unsightly dust when last minute company shows up. {I would show you the lamps on the dimmer switch in my home, but almost half the lights are burnt out. for real.}





Frame it. Are your walls looking a bit bare? Find your favorite photos, get some inexpensive frames from the dollar store and use a plate rack to display them. It looks fancy, adds a personal touch to your home and keeps them away from curious little hands.





Don't even bother taking off the flappy thing on the back of the frame, that way you can switch them out whenever you feel like it.





Dollar store or thrift store candles and candle holders. Such an easy way to make a room more inviting. And chances are that each of us has a a few candles tucked away for when company comes. Time to pull them out and use them for our most special guests - our hubby and kiddos!





And if you have active kiddos who just may not play safely around an open flame, try popping one of these little flicker flames inside a pillar candle that has burnt way down leaving a crater inside. The flicker effect will be visible and no one will ever know that you have a fake tealite in there.





Chalkboards. What a great way to leave little messages around the house for those you love the most. Purchase a plain framed chalkboard and then mod podge decorative paper around the edges to make it match your decor. Craft stores carry these for $1 apiece and I have even found them in the thrift stores. Change the message out for the seasons, or leave a special love note for your kiddos and hubby.





Fresh flowers. A single little daffofil from the front yard in a thrifted crystal bud vase. So pretty. So cheery. And if it should get knocked over and broken - no worries! It was thrifted.





After turning the lights down low, adding a personal touch, and bringing in a bit of the outdoors you're all set for an elegant evening with friends or an evening wrestling match with the kids. Either way, your home will feel cozier, more inviting, and above all approachable.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Baby Shorts To Clutch Purse

Good Tuesday Morning My Peeps! I'm trusting you are having a wonderful day so far! I know I am! It's good to be back and I'm back with a vengence. Okay, not really a vengence, but I do have a great tutorial for you today. This is my first tutorial ever, so please bear with me. As far as the pictures go, they really are not the best. I have poor lighting in my dining room and no window for natural light. I know, bummer, right?

Anyway, I did this project last night and I absolutely love it! I took an old pair of London's shorts and turned it into a clutch purse. It was so easy to make, but I must warn you that the reason it was easy is because I have no idea how to make a liner. But I figured, what the hey, nobody will see the inside anyway, right? Here's how to make one for yourself (or a friend, relative, okay, you get the gist!).

MATERIALS:
*Old pair of shorts (I used size 12 mos, but you can use any size)
*Scissors
*Straight Pins
*Sewing Machine
*Thread
*Velcro
*Optional: Fabric Glue (In case you don't have the sticky back velcro like me)

DIRECTIONS:

Cut a straight line between the bottom of the shorts to make a full opening, kind of like a skirt.

Turn the shorts inside out.

Pin the legs together.
(As for the stain, I have no idea what London does sometimes, so just ignore. Heh.)

Sew a straight line all the way across. I did a couple of backstitches on both ends to keep it from coming undone.


Cut about 1/4" to 1/2" outside of the seam you just sewed.


Turn right side out.

Take your velcro...

...and adhere it to the inside of your purse.

The finished product should look like this:

And here is the inside view.
I'm not quite complete with this. I want to had some small handles and I definitely have to add some embellishments. Maybe some flowers and an applique of some sort. I just haven't decided yet.

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, be sure to ask. I tried to explain as easy as possible. Let me know if you tried making one yourself. I'd love to see! Have a great day my friends!

I am linking this to:

Extreme Personal Measures giveaways Life in the Pitts The Trendy Treehouse


Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Thrifty Thursday @ Tales From Bloggeritaville

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I Missed My Blog!

Hello My Peeps! I just wanted to let you know that I'm back! We got back into town around 8:00 last night and boy am I tired! I ended up staying a couple of days extra, but those stories are for another time. I just wanted to drop by and say "hello" and that I have some great surprises planned for next week (including a special guest). Also, since I got back so late, I'll probably rest today, get my craft on tomorrow and Monday, and start posting again Tuesday! YAY!

Have a great weekend Everyone!

Friday, March 5, 2010

So Excited For The Weekend

Hello My Peeps. I'm hoping you had a good week and I'm sure you are ready for the weekend! I know I am! I'm so excited to see my mama, my sister, meeting my bro-in-law, and seeing my niece again!

I got my package from Cathy Filian yesterday! YAY! She is an amazing woman, I have to say! She gave so much and is still giving away tons. I'm so excited to read her book! I'm so excited to learn a new technique too! Applique, here I come!

Unfortunately, I have to keep this post short since I am leaving tomorrow! Be sure to look out for a guest here at Kitschalicious next week. Also, I have some exciting plans for my blog upon my return, so be looking out for some fun stuff!

Well, that's about it friends! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

My Life, My Love

I love to scrapbook. I haven't done it in awhile and I really want to start it up again. I used to scrapbook when I was in High School about 15 years ago (WOW! Am I really that old?) when all that was available was paper (construction usually), stickers, and different colored pens. But it all got lost in a move. I started up again when Taevyn was born. Although we didn't have much room in our little apartment, I used to use a couple of TV trays. One to hold my supplies and one to actually work on. We moved to Texas and I did a page here and a page there. Now that I have London and I'm a SAHM, I really want to go gung ho! I want to make a goal to do a page at least once a week.

One of my favorite pages I've ever done is this one:


(Please don't mind the quality of the picture.)

Jeff, his parents, Taevyn and I went to Angel Fire, NM when Taevyn was just 9 mos old. I really wanted to do a page for Jeff, so when his mom sent me these pictures I knew that I had to do this page. I love the masculinity of it. The colors seem so macho and the patterned paper is anything but girly.

Journaling Says:
BRAVE
This was a moment to be proud of. Jeff, who gets a little anxious when it comes to heights, managed to take a peek from a bridge over the Rio Grande River. This is from our New Mexico vacation in May 2004. I just had to document this victorious moment. He faced his fear of heights and conquered! I'm so proud of him for taking that big step! That's what I call "Brave"!! Now, maybe, he will take me on that hot air balloon ride.

Metal Embellishment Says:
We do not remember days, we remember moments

And I'm still waiting for that hot air balloon ride! Have a great day everybody!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Giveaways You Should Enter...

...just because they are so fun! Besides, everthing's better when it's free! I will be adding to this list as time goes on! You should check them out when you have a moment! Who knows? You may be the next winner!

Ain't She Crazy is having her first giveaway! She is giving away a $20.00 gift certificate to The Craft Moms. They have the cutest Kufi Caps and Pettiskirts! They also have headbands, hairclips, binkie clips, and other stuff (all handmade). And if you don't win but still want something, they're prices are EXTREMELY reasonable!

Don't forget Cathie Filian's giveaway! She is giving away numerous items that goes along with her book "101 Snappy Fashions"! She is currently on Week 4!


Too Blessed To Stress is having a giveaway! This one is a little unique though! It will run for seven days and each day she is revealing a new prize. Right now she is on Day 3, however, you can still enter from the beginning starting with Day 1! She will announce the winner on March 8th, so go on over and enter for your chance to win!

Brown Paper Packages is hosting a giveaway for CSN Stores! They are giving away a pair of shoes, valued at $50 or less! I can always use a new pair of shoes, couldn't you?

Skip To My Lou is hosting a giveaway for a new webisode called DIY Dish! Check it out to win $75 worth of goodies! Be sure to leave a comment by Monday for your chance to win!

Nifty Thrifty - Painting

Before I get to my neat find, I just wanted to let you know I'm still in need of a couple of guests. I have one so far, I just need two more, so, if you're interested, please let me know! Thanks!

I love frames! You can do so much with them when it comes to decorating. I've seen people use them for thier intended purpose, paint them, embellish them, hang them with no glass or backing. It's amazing to me how versatile a frame can be!

Again, I was at the local Goodwill and I came across this painting.

Although I like the painting, as you can see, it's a bit damaged, but look at the frame. It's so ornate. I want to take the picture out and paint the frame (don't ask what color though, cause I'm still undecided) and hang it on the wall, horizontally, with no backing. But of course I can't leave it at that. I've seen those boards made with a family's last name, then Est. ####. How neat would it be to put vinyl on the wall with our last name and the "Est. 2004" directly on the wall in the frame? I'm hoping this makes sense to you. I have it all pictured in my head, but a lot good that would do unless I had a picture. When I get this done, I will take a picture so you can see what I mean.

Well, My Friends, have a wonderful Wednesday and I'll see you tomorrow!