Little girl’s layer dress

20140808-220013-79213608.jpgFor my first “unsupervised” sewing project, I decided to tackle a little girl’s dress for my dear friend, Nancy’s, daughter, Charlotte. Doesn’t she make the SWEETEST model? 🙂 In this picture, I hadn’t quite figured out the buttons yet. I actually literally just finished those, so I’ll be sending the dress on over tonight! 

I used the tutorial in this post: http://crazylittleprojects.com/2012/10/girls-tiered-ruffle-dress.html

but edited the size to fit the measurements for Charlotte. 

Once I finished, I realized that I wanted a more finished project, so I used a zigzag stitch to finish the inner seams.  I also had to figure out how to make button holes and put on buttons. It was pretty complex, but I enjoyed learning some new skills and feeling like I craftily put together a project largely on my own! 

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The purpose of You Can, Tuesday! is to bring mid-week content that encourages, inspires, or teaches in some way, and to bring together a community of people who want to share their experiences through guest posts, linking up, and comments! Too often, I have heard, and used myself, the words "I could never do that" or "wow, that seems really hard!" I want to give love to our friend, Tuesday, as a day where we instead say, "I can!" or "I'd love to try!" and either share our stories of how we've done something or teach others how to do something!

Craftiness!

My mother in law has kindly lent me her sewing machine and I have been taking lessons. I have made two projects so far, a small tote bag and a pillow! I am also signed up for a three zipper bag and quilting 101 in July. Right now I know how to read a basic pattern and do basic stitches on the machine. If any of my friends see out there, I’d love recommendations for simple projects that I can take on to build confidence! 20140618-210139-75699871.jpg

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What a HOOT! Owl-themed baby shower crafts and ideas!

Since I’m baby-shower-blogging this week, I thought I’d do a post about the baby shower I organized and co-threw with a few of the mama’s friends and family members earlier this year.

For Kendra’s baby shower last April, we went with an owl theme. The gender of her baby was a surprise (she ended up being a beautiful baby girl, Gloria, born in June), so we went with greens, oranges and browns for the colors for the shower.

We hand cut owl shapes, wings, eyes, and noses, and then glued them together to make owls for an owl banner. We hung them on twine with painted yellow and green clothes pins, with the letters that spell “WELCOME” mixed in with the owls. Bright pom poms added to the decorations! Catrina drew and cut out the pieces for the owls, and Candace, Katie and I pasted them together! Candace also made the pom poms.

You can see the banner from this angle.

We had a few owls leftover, so we put one to use as a name card for the Mama-to-be!

Here is a decorative mural put together by Catrina and Candace.

The graphics in the middle were designed by my friend Nancy, using a free owl-graphic download that we found online. The inspiration for the centerpieces came from pinterest, and were lovingly assembled by several of Kendra’s friends. The base was made from pint sized mason jars, filled with jelly belly jelly beans. The graphics were printed on a home printer, cut out, mounted on colorful paper, then again mounted on solid paper. These paper lollipops are double sided. Ribbon at the base of the papers added a nice touch!

Here is a close up of the print outs for the centerpieces

This cute and whimsical cake was made by Nancy. Also, very delicious!

We ordered these cookies from Jo Mama (http://jomamassignaturesweets.com/). Not only were they super cute, they were also super delicous!

Our friend Catrina is an artist, and she put together this really creative guest book. It is made from paper, so guests could sign the leaves and the tree.

I think everyone had a good time and it turned out really nice! We were able to get owl-themed cups, plates, and napkins from party city, to tie the party together. lots of Kendra’s friends helped our by bringing delicious foods, and Kendra’s mom generously bankrolled the entire operation! It was a much larger shower than Laurel’s (the sugar and spice shower I posted about on Saturday), so the general atmosphere and approach was completely different! We were really proud with how it turned out!

The chief organizers of this operation were myself, Kendra’s sister-in-law, Kali, and Kendra’s close friend, Narelle. We also had alot of help with the crafts and food from Catrina, Candace, Katie, and Nancy. My husband, Jonathan, helped with set up and food prep, and Kendra’s husband, Keith helped with tear down and clean up. It felt like it took an army to pull off this party, but luckily Kendra had an army of people who wanted to be involved! 🙂

Again, if you want any details about how anything was made or done, feel free to ask! 🙂

Sugar and Spice Baby Shower Crafts and Ideas!

Today, my dear friend Nancy and I co-hosted a baby shower for our friend Laurel. The theme was Sugar and Spice to celebrate Laurel’s baby girl, due in November. We put a lot of heart and crafts into this shower, so I wanted to share some of our decorations, food, and ideas!

A view of the room. We used tulle for the runner. It was 97 cents a yard at walmart, so it was a great price!

Each seat had a lovely place setting with a name tag, a rolled napkin tied with ribbon and a pen, a pink flower, and a games packet which you can’t really see in this shot

We made a lovely candy inspired centerpiece, and mocktails, which I call Cos’mama’politans. They were made with 7Up, orange juice, grenadine, and a maraschino cherry.

For decoration on the gift table, I used mod podge and the same paper from the banner to decoupage the baby’s initials.

We played a guess the spice game, and covered the spice jars that Nancy already owned with cloth. It’s the same cloth we used on the favors!

Here is a shot of the food table!

We served pumpkin cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting for dessert.

We made jar cookies for favors. The idea is that the tags have the instructions on them, and guests take the jars home, add the wet ingredients, and bake. They were super cute!

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Everyone enjoyed the shower!

It was super fun to plan, craft and execute the shower with one of my closest friends! Thanks, Nancy, for being awesome and crafty, and throwing this shower with me! 🙂 It was cool to be able to love on our friend from afar (she lives in Michigan now) and celebrate her pregnancy!

Here is a rundown of the food, games and crafts:

Food:
– Strawberries, hulled, and filled with a marscapone, balsamic vinegar, cream cheese, and powder sugar, blended together
– Sliced red and orange peppers
– Pumpkin dip and vanilla wafers
– Deviled eggs
– sausage meat balls
– fresh salsa and chips
– spinach dip and pita chips
– garlic bread
– Cos”mama”politans
– CANDY!

Games
– guess the spice
– guess the name that the initials represent
– draw and pass game (this game is a little confusing to explain. Basically, everyone has a stack of papers equal to the number of people in the room. Each person writes a word or phrase related to pregnancy or babies. Then you pass the stack. You look at the stack given to you, place the top paper that had a word or phrase on it on the bottom. Then you draw that word. Then everyone passes. You look at the picture given to you, place it on the bottom. Then you write your best guess of the drawing on the top sheet. Everyone passes. Then you draw the phrase. So on and so on until you get your stack back. Then, you share and its hilarious)
– Thank you card lottery. Have a stack of pre-return-addressed thank you cards. have each guest write their name and address on the front of the card. Then have a drawing for a prize. In this way, the new mama has a stack of already addressed thank you cards. It makes it alot easier on her!
– Advice. We had die cuts of baby related shapes, and had each guest write some advice for the new mama on the die cut. I am going to put the die cuts in a photo book and mail them to the mama. A great present/keepsake! I’ll post a few pictures when I finish it!

Decorations:
– It’s A Girl banner, made from tulle ribbon from Hobby Lobby, and hand cut letters, tied at the ends with ribbons
– Pom Poms
– Tulle Runner
– Candy centerpiece
– Modpodge Initials
– Name cards
– Napkin rolls with ribbon
– Flowers
– Candy accents in white and pink

Favors:
– we stole the favor idea from here: http://www.bakerella.com/mix-things-up/ and then Nancy created takes that fit our baby shower theme, and used beautiful color coordinating cloth to cover them. We used the recipe from that site, also, and Nancy tested them out and said they were delicious!

So I think that it is! Feel free to message if you want more details on anything we put together!

Freezer Paper Stencils : Easy as Pie!

Last night, we had a little ladies’ craft night, and I tried my hand at freezer paper stenciling. I made a bag for my husband and I to keep our helmets and gloves in so that when we want to go for an impromptu ride, we can just grab the bag instead of hunting down our bike gear.

Anyway, freezer paper stenciling. It’s really quite easy! Take freezer paper, cut out a stencil, iron the waxy side to your item. This helps prevent bleeding under the stencil or shifting. Then paint away! Peel up the freezer paper when it’s dry.

(I read a lot of tutorials before doing this, and they made it seem so hard, which is why it took me two years to get around to trying it. It’s really not hard at all!!!)

if you can free hand your stencil, great. I didn’t. I printed my image, and then traced it onto the freezer paper. I printed in black, and had no problem seeing well enough to trace my image without using a light board or anything fancy.

What I did struggle with was cutting out my image with an X-acto knife. I think if I ever do more stenciling, I would just pay for one of the self-healing cutting mats at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I just used cardboard. If you can find a large piece of foam or unribbed cardboard, that would probably work better. I was using ribbed cardboard and got a little frustrated. But it was doable, as you can see!

As for paints, I used sort of puffy fabric paint, and just painted it on with sponge brushes.

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I got the Velo idea from the web. It turned out pretty cute!

Valentines crafts + Shout out to Alysha

First, GIANT thanks to Alysha for my awesome VDay package! It rocked! I will do a seperate post with pictures of the amazingness this weekend, since it takes a really long time to find and load that many pictures and I have homework to do still :/   but…..I LOVED ITTT! :-D:-D:-D  I won’t spoil the awesomeness by telling you what was in it.. so you’ll just have to wait! 🙂

If you haven’t already gathered, Alysha and I have this tradition of sending each other Valentine’s Day packages. For some reason, this year, I felt really crafty! I sent her four crafts. I found all of the crafts online, and I am happy to re-find the links if anyone wants them.

Craft Number 1: Heart crayons! Basically, I melted down crayons by chopping them into little pieces and baking them in the bottom of a heart-shaped donut pan.   image

Craft Number 2: I Love You tea bags. I replaced all of the tags on the teabags with my own, and they spell out “I love you”.

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Craft Number Three: a felt fortune cookie! I got this one from Martha Stewart. It turned out pretty cute!

 

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Craft Number 4: A heart shaped book mark. Basically, I cut out cardstock in a heart shape, and then used craft glue to glue the top of the hearts together and left the bottom unglued.

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Salt dough ornaments

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Another shout out to one of my favorite craft blogs, thecheesethief.blogspot.com . In November, she posted a tutorial for a fun, cheap, and relatively easy craft: http://www.thecheesethief.com/2011_11_01_archive.html

Salt dough ornaments! So my friends Nancy and Kendra decided to try this out with me. These are just three of the ones I did. Some of my best ones were given away for Christmas, and I didn’t think to take a picture of them at the time.  Maybe if Alysha sees this, I can convince her to take a picture of hers and send it to me!

Anyway, I like how they turned out, and I had a fun afternoon in December crafting with my friends!  I would have posted pictures sooner, but I didn’t want the recipients of my little handmade gifts seeing them and knowing what they looked like ahead of time.

 

Ps… consider this my post for 1/4. I don’t know why the date stamp on wordpress keeps messing this up, but I swear its 11:15 pm on Jan 4th my time. 🙂

pps… if you’re just joining my blog, there is a very logical reason for the word pancakes being stamped on a bunny face… that is.. i have a bunny named Pancakes.

ppps… that first one says “peace on earth.”  It got a little scrunched.

Water Marble Nails

Fancy pants nails are the new thing lately. I did some candy corn nails for halloween.  So I was trying to decide what kind to do for the Christmas season, when I came across this post:

http://thecheesethief.blogspot.com/2011/11/candy-cane-marbled-monogram-ornaments.html

 

Water-marbled candy cane nails!  So I decided I had to try it.

Unfortunately, my white, even though its the same brand of white she is using, did not come out. So I still wanted to try water-marbled nails, so I tried a yellow, and this is how it turned out:

 

Mine did not turn out anywhere near as good as hers did, but I think they are really fun and turned out nicely for a first attempt at this water-marble technique!

I really want to make ornaments using this technique, so I may have to add that to my list of crafts!