Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jammy Pants

I completely forgot to get a good picture of my rugrats in the jammy pants I made them! here they are Christmas Eve morning, impatiently waiting for me to take the picture so they can open Santa gifts.


I did not make B's jammies...those have been handed down since H was 1!, but H&D are wearing the pants I made...I should get a better photo of those :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Wonders of Photoshop

Merry Christmas to all with a quick view of the photo used in my family card this year!!

Photoshop can be so wonderful! I had the image on the left below and thought we looked good, but wasn't happy with the overall look of the photo...


Out came photoshop and after about 10 minutes of editing I was able to remove the "extra" signs and bring the focus back to us instead of the "snow route" sign!! Perfect, love it!


** I did use The Pioneer Woman's photoshop elements actions, I believe the one I used here was the Color Boost. I love this action set, so easy to use and such great results!


Merry Christmas!
~ Melissa

Friday, December 16, 2011

Repeat Customer


I'm not a big deal in the Etsy world, I haven't sold much out there, haven't listed much. In fact, my shop has been down for 6 months...since we sold our old house and I was too busy/stressed to have any listings, then I just haven't restarted...

But it's so fun when a prior customer contacts you requesting an item! I made her a hooded towel probably 2 years ago, and she wanted two more! It makes me feel so special :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Displaying Holiday Cards

Mod Podge is so fun :)

 And easy!

My 4 year old and I cut scrapbook paper to the size of the wooden clothes pin. Painted the top and laid the paper on it. Let dry a few minutes, then painted over the paper to seal it, and paint another coat on.


Then I hung a ribbon on my pantry door and attached the cards, awesome!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Stockings


Baby B is a year old...and I finally finished her stocking! Last year I was too exhausted to get started on it :)  This year I didn't have as many fabric selections due to moving to the new town, but I was happy with the fabrics I found for her at our adorable fabric store!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Turkey Cookies

Late is better than never right? These are the adorable cookies my sister-in-law made via pinterest


cute, right? Have no fear, a few ended up "scary" looking

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bubble Ballet Skirt



Bubble Ballet Skirt Tutorial

Supplies (for a 4T or smaller size):
 1/4 yard of knit
1/2 yard of chiffon
coordinating thread

A Bubble Ballet Skirt is so fun and easy to make!

General rule of thumb for width of the fabric would be 2-3 times the stomach circumference. My little girl is 19" around, and I just used the full 44". Cut the length to 18" long.

for a 19" waist, you could cut two pieces of fabric that are 19x18 to accomplish the same look!


fold the fabric in half the long way and again the short way, stitch up the side to form a circle


I used an overlock stich to prevent fraying.


Turn inside out.

I forgot a picture of the next 2 steps,

Take the raw edges of your skirt and line them up, serge or interlock stitch around the full circle to prevent the fabric from unraveling with wear.

1/2 inch from the top of the skirt sew a long stitch to use for gathering. If you are worried about your gathering stitch breaking when you gather it, then sew a second stitch 1/4 inch from the top and pull the bobbin thread on both stitches together when gathering.

Now for the band. Cut it 5" long, and the width will be Tummy circumference - 2", so my little girl was 17"


Fold in half the short way and stitch together using a knit stitch or a zig zag stitch.


fold in half the long way hiding the seam


Lining up the seams, pin together the knit waist band and the chiffon skirt together, evenly gathering the chiffon around as you go. Use a knit or zig zag stitch so that the thread will stretch with the waist band.


Now put the skirt on your little girl and let her dance circles around your living room!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Silky Cuddle Blanket

I love the minky and flannel together, so warm, soft, and cuddly. Perfect combination to snuggle with from newborn to toddler!


The Silky Cuddle Blanket

Supplies:
1 yard minky
1 yard flannel
1 package of silk binding

Finished size: (approximate) 38"x46"
  • Cut minky to 36"x44", square off the flannel, 1 yard should be approximately 36"x44"
  • Manually wrap the silk around the edges, this will give you the length needed. At each corner fold the edge up 2" so there is a total of a 4" loop at each corner. Add a seam allowance and cut so it matches the length you just measured.  
  • sew the ends of the silk together.
  •  Sandwich the satin between the flannel and minky, right sides together all raw edges matching up.
  •  to create the corner fold up the satin 2" at the corner, angle it and fold the other direction. You will have excess satin hanging out
  • Sort of ruffle the satin along the corner and pin the "sandwich" in place. Be careful that all folded edges of the corner are tucked neatly in and will NOT get caught in your sewing, however you do want to make sure that ALL of the raw edges get caught
  • Pin well!

  • Sew all along the edge leaving a 3-4" opening to flip the blanket right side out. Then stitch a narrow seam along the flannel/minky edge all the way around
  • All raw edges on the satin will be hidden, and you will only see the one seam where you sewed the edges together!

I have an embroidery machine, so I love to personalize the gift. You could also hand applique or hand embroider and design on


My 3, almost 4 year old fights my 8 month old for the blanket we have like this! Perfect for all little ages :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake


My dolly wanted to be Strawberry Shortcake for Halloween. We bought the ridiculously priced costume...no wig and tights WAY too small (even though the rest was too big)...so the costume was quickly returned! In place I made her a costume, what a simple costume to make :)

She was ecstatic that by me making it, she could now get the wig! The happy little girl even had pink shoes in her closet :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween

I'm not good at carving pumpkins. My husband seems to be gone when I feel I want to do pumpkins, so I messily paint them :)  here are my Dolly's painted pumpkins

**It's hard to see from the spray varnish to protect the pumpkin, but there is a face on the left pumpkin, painted by Dolly

I hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween - I know we did! It is so wonderful for the kids to be by their grandparents to enjoy these fun times :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Onesie Stickers

I finally used up all the stickers! Although now I'm sad that she isn't a baby anymore...


These stickers were such a great and fun baby gift to receive :)

Love my grandma's quilt as the background, she made all the grandkids a quilt when we were babies, and now the tradition has continued for her 7 great-grandkids!

Can you tell which month isn't like the other? Yup, that would be the timeframe that we moved and I packed my grandma's quilt before taking the picture! ha! So instead I had to substitute my chenille baby quilt for one!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

TracFone

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Onesie Dress Tutorial

A while back I made a sweet little onesie dress for Baby B...so far back that the dress is already packed away as an outgrown item!


Such a fun easy dress to make!


My fabric was 1.5X the width of the onesie waist and 9" long. I was using scraps, so this was all I had. If I were making it for real, make sure the fabric is at least 2X the width of the onesie, mine was a little "tight" around her legs!


1. I don't have a serger, so I used an overlock to seal the edge. I missed taking a picture, but then took a 4" piece of trim, folded it in half, and overlocked stitched the ends together. I then sewed the trim to the bottom of the skirt.
2. I placed the skirt 3" from the leg hole
3. Taking the non sewn side of you fabric panel, run gathering stitch and gather. Pin to the onesie and stitch in place.Place skirt so that wrong side of skirt fabric matches to the right side of the onesie, placed on there looking exactly as you want it to look in the end.
4. Fold the skirt up, we are doing a french seam to cover the raw edges. Stitch just so the raw edges are completely caught in the seam and will not be sticking out.
5. Fold the skirt back down and a perfect clean skirt!

I have seen other methods that would fold the onesie in half with the skirt fabric sandwiched inbetween, also giving a clean skirt without raw edeges, however that decreases the length of the onesie. I have long torso babies, so I prefer this method as it shorted the skirt fabric and not the onesie!


  Not a fan of pictures on this day!


Perfect ot play in my messy living room!

Friday, October 7, 2011

The week of 10-7-11

How did the first week in October fly by already? At what age does time "slow down"?? I want to enjoy my kids before they don't like me anymore, ha!

1. a failed attempt at Cake Pops- up to this point they were PERFECT!!  Homemade Red Velvet mixed with cream cheese frosting...the dipping didn't go so smoothly, but they sure taste fantastic :)
2. The girls playing nicely on the Bouncing Zebra thing
3. My little climber, the first 2 didnt' climb as much as B does!
4. B trying to help...or maybe that's just an excuse to climb in the dishwasher to help unload clean dishes!

Phone Camera Roll:

 A crabby girl refused to nap, playing in my room for an hour and a half, then I found this, ah, peace :)

 Girls Weekend with Fantastic High school friends! So glad we can do this once a year so many years later!

 D was in a parade, she was ducked down pretty low behind the white picket fense though!

 After being gone for two weeks for work, Daddy got some bonding time with H & B, at the park he loved how happy B was and had to share a picture with me!

Poor H had to have 2 teeth pulled. They were baby teeth, but his mouth is too crowded...anyone besides me hear the sound of the orthodontist laughing 10 years from now as he takes my money for overpriced braces?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Quilted Card

Another great scrap buster!

I cut an 8.5x11 piece of card stock in half to make two cards. In 30 seconds you can "quilt" scraps on, and ready to give!


Quick, Easy, Cheap, does it get better? Oh, yeah, they are cute and original too :)

2nd Day Hair

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I also continue to hear that it is good for your hair to NOT wash it every day, that is my rationale for being "lazy" :)

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Rainbow Cupcakes

Prior to our Rainbow Birthday Party, we did a "friend" party for just my dolly, and I tested out Rainbow Cupcakes!


These didn't turn out perfect, but the girls loved them, and they were easy.


I only did 4 colors for this one, and used the standard liquid food coloring. If you compare to my rainbow cake, you will see how these definitely were not as brightly colored!


my colors were Red, Orange, Green, Blue...although the orange kind of blended with the red!

Another box mix, separate into 4 equal bowls and color.
Use a spoon to layer into cupcake pans. I tried bags, and found that harder than spooning.
I wasn't perfect with the layers, and they came out with a fun swirl effect.


Happy belated 4th Birthday, Dolly!