Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lazy days of summer, or NOT?

Can you believe it has been 1 month since my last post?? Crazy, but, I am still here. With an extended trip to my mom's in California, a flu bug for my little man, computer issues, and just trying to entertain a kid without going outdoors, life has been busier. (The last one being the hardest part!) Seriously though, it is way too HOT for the great outdoors. I mean it has to be bad when we say it's too hot to go swimming! Meanwhile, while watching movie after movie, I have been diligently working on my Etsy shop :) I have also been working a little on learning some photography mostly for my Etsy pictures (Thanks to my father in law!)
Go check out my latest listings in my shop, lalabua baby. Hopefully I can post more ideas soon! Hang in there with me!

And, for some fun news, one of my zippered ruffle pouches made it into a treasury on Etsy! If it gets enough clicks it could land a spot on Etsy's home page! Please click here!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Placemat Purse

For those of you who may have missed my recent guest post on C.R.A.F.T. here is the tutorial I shared. Enjoy!
 Materials Needed:
2 Placemats
less than 1/2 yard of fabric
sewing machine

1. Cut your 2 placemats so they are both the same size (Mine were a little wonky). Cut the bottom corners so they are rounded..
2. Cut 2 pieces of fabric the same size as your placemats.
3. If you want ruffles or some other decoration on you bag, now is the time to add it to one of the placemats. Now, make and attach your handles. (Or just attach premade ones). My straps were just made from a long skinny piece of fabric folded over and sewn. I sewed them on to the top of the bag, close to the edge, just to keep them in place.

4. Take your 2 placemats and put the pretty sides and handles facing in. Sew these together. Do not sew the top edge where the handles are.

5. Turn right side out. Here is where it starts to look good!
6. Put your "bag" aside for now. Basically we will do the same thing now with your lining fabric. Put right sides together and sew along the sides. Do not sew the top edge and make sure to leave a hole at the bottom for turning later.
 7. Now is where pictures help. Put your placemat bag inside what you just sewed.The handles will be between the layers.

8. Sew the two "bags" together at the top edge. For me, it helps to pin.
9. Turn the bag right side out by pulling the placemats out of the bottom of the lining.
10. With the lining outside of the bag still, sew the open edge.(Here, it's at the top where the pink/red is. I added pockets to my bag.)
11. Tuck the lining into the bag. To give it a finished edge, pin the top edge and top stitch it all the way around the top edge.
12. I added some flower pins for some prettiness. ALL DONE! Isn't it fabulous?

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Friday, July 9, 2010

First guest post!

Hi everyone! Guess what? I am doing my first guest post tutorial today over at C.R.A.F.T. Go check it out here!

Monday, June 28, 2010

$6 Skirt

It's hot. I mean it is really hot. We have been busy around here staying cool and sitting, yes sitting, in the cool air conditioning. My crafting has been slowed these past few weeks due to potty training. That can be pretty exhausting all itself, but I think we have managed to get through it and are now diaper free! Woohoo! My son is 2 years and 3 months and he loves being a big boy!
I rewarded myself with some fabric. And I made a skirt even! All in the same weekend! I recently heard about elastic thread. I admit, I got kind of giddy. Using it made me equally giddy! I took 1 yard of fabric, cut it on the fold, added some accent fabric to the bottom, hemmed it on top and bottom, then shirred the heck out of it with my elastic thread. I did sew some thicker elastic on the very top inside, just so my little one won't pants me at church! It turned out fabulous. I am thinking no more skirt patterns for me. This was WAY easier and faster! I am thinking I will be making many summer skirts now.
**Update: I should probably add that my elastic thread was $1.59 for a 30 yard spool. It is in the notions section with elastic. Mine was made by Dritz.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wings that make me fly

My son wanted wings. Kind of along the lines of fairy wings. He's 2, can't blame the kid for wanting fairy wings. Mommy might think that's cute, daddy not so much. Here's what I whipped up. Let's call them Buzz wings! I took a cereal box, scissors, and fabric. I used a Buzz toy to get the shape of the wings.

I cut out the wings.

I cut 2 of each piece out of fabric, slightly larger though. I made "slipcovers for the cardboard pieces, then sewed them shut and sewed the pieces together. This could all be done with hot glue, but for me sewing was faster. I added elastic loops as arm holes.

My boy now can fly! At least he thinks so!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Orange office {revisited}

Remember the orange office? I haven't forgotten about the window treatments. I just needed some time to digest the color and let it sink in. I saw this fabric at Ikea and thought, "hmm. not too girly, not to manly, just the right colors." My mom was here visiting too, so I might have had a little push from her to FINISH this project! Glad it's done and it looks good (being an orange room and all!)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hooray for the Red White and Blue!

Today is the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend and I was sitting with nothing to do! So, I decided to make something festive. How about a wreath?! I was thinking of things I saw at Hobby Lobby and this idea came to me.

Materials I used:
  • Cricut (makes it much easier)
  • Paper 
  • Wreath form (I used one from Dollar Tree)
  • hot glue
  • muslin (or ribbon, or other fabric)

Here is what I did. I cut a whole bunch of 2" circles using my Cricut.

I peeled the circles off my cutting mat. (My 2 year old helped! In his super cape even!)

I cut a line half way into each circle.

I rolled up the circles to be like a cone.

Then I used hot glue to keep the shape on each.
I ended up with quite the pile.

I then wrapped my wreath in muslin that I had around. It hid the ugly green well!

Then I glued each on in a pattern so it could look like an American flag: stripes, then blue mixed with white.

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Entry Table Runner

My entry table is very special to me. It is a spindle table that my Norwegian great grandma had in her home. It could be from Norway, but I have no clue. I love it mostly because it was hers. I always decorate it for the season. Right now I wanted it to be spring/summer, so I got out some muslin fabric, ribbon, and the handmade bias tape I had left over from my quilt. I think it is super cute and brightens my dark table.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Crafty mama

My husband jokes and tells me I have "can't-sit-still-itis" and I always tell him it's not MY fault, it's my mama's fault! She's the one who taught me to stay busy busy. My mom also taught me all she knows about crafting. She won't admit it much these days, but she's a fab crafter. I think my recent crafting is rubbing off on her now too! HA! She told me she was working on some bags. Being that my mom lives in another state :( I asked her to send me a picture. Being the funny woman she is, she sent me the pictures like I would post on my blog. So, I am turning this post into my mom's bag post! She's taking over and doesn't even know it!

A guy came by my dad's business the other day with loads of these bags (and coupons too).

My mom thought she would fancy them up with this fabric:

She started with her own fabric flowers and buttons (Adorable!):

Then sewed them on the bag, added some cute stitching on the sides and added cute bows.

I think my mama did amazing! Great job mom!
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