Friday, November 12, 2010

1st Birthday Party!

My little Stinkerbell is turning 1 in less than a month! I can't believe how fast it's gone by. I've been pretty sad about her impending 1st birthday since she turned 6 months, but I'm finally coming around. She'll be walking soon, so we can go outside more without worrying as much about the things she'll put in her mouth or the mud puddles she'll crawl through. She'll have all her 1st year molars and canines soon, which hopefully means less cranky baby and more sleep! Maybe she'll even lose her obsession with the toilet soon lol. But best of all, I get to plan a super cute 1st birthday party :D

I only had to make 7 invitations, so I decided on handmade ones! Since Sam loves kitties, I figured a kitty themed party was perfect for her. I had a teeny tiny cardstock kitty in my stash, so I hand drew a bigger version for her cards and crown! I should have glued the polka dot paper on a piece of cardstock before tracing and cutting the kitties so you couldn't see the ribbon through the paper, but oh well. I still think they're adorable! I also splurged on a giant hole punch for the circle behind the number 1. I'm planning on making cupcake toppers for the party with it, too.

There's lots of birthday crown tutorials out there, but this one is by far my favorite! I used it to make a mermaid crown for Elise, and now Sam's birthday crown :D I LOVE how it turned out. It's just a little different shade of hot pink than her shirt, but it's not real noticeable.

The birthday shirt! It turned out way better than I imagined, I'm so happy. I had a lot of different ideas for the applique, but I'm glad I went with a cupcake. Cute and easy!

The best part? My little birthday girl loves her crown! Now I just have to get started on the few other things for the party. I have to make a tutu (or maybe just a matching skirt, haven't made up my mind yet), a matching reconstructed t-shirt dress for big Sis, the cupcake toppers, a matching bib, and possibly a birthday banner. I wasn't planning on going overboard, but I think I may have already passed that point lol!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween fun!

Happy Halloween! It's been awhile, so I wanted to post some fun Halloween creations I've been working on. The skirt above was actually made for Elise last Halloween, but it was way too small. It turned out to be the perfect size for Sam though! I used a couple of twirl skirt patterns from around the web that I'd love to credit, but it's been so long I can't remember them!
Here's the top part of my costume. Picture it with a black shirt and pants :) I hope it's obviously Lady Gaga (from the Bad Romance video). It was the only costume I could think of that didn't need a lot of sewing, and let me be family friendly lol

The best part about Tinkerbell is her shoes! I made these out of fleece and added a little pom pom, using this pattern. I think they cost me $1.25 for the fabric and poms!

Last but not least, a cape to keep Snow White warm! Made with a royal blue velvet and blue floral materials that my Mother in Law found for me at a yard sale a year ago, plus one jeweled button that I purchased for $1.75. I used this easy to follow hooded cloak tutorial :) I think a red material would have been better, and I wish I could have found a red or clear jeweled button...but the object was keeping it cheap! I think it turned out nice, and it'll make a great addition to her dress up collection.

I hope everyone has an awesome Halloween!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The joys of potty training

I haven't posted in awhile because I've been busy potty training. Oh what fun it's been! We're on day 3 with no successful pees, and I'm getting a bit discouraged. But I did make 6 pairs of cloth trainers that I LOVE. Flannel inside, pul outside, a pocket for stuffing. I can put a prefold in them for moderate absorbency, or a microfiber towel for super absorbency! At home we don't stuff them with anything, so she gets soaked as if she was wearing underwear...but we don't have to deal with puddles everywhere, yay! Hopefully I have time soon to post pics, because I really like how they turned out. The only thing I would change is not using velcro for the sides (I have 3 with and 3 without), and maybe adding another half inch or so to the legs. If I make some more I'll adjust the pattern.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ruffle butt leggings!

Inspired by Ruffle Butt brand's new line of super cute leggings, I decided to make my own out of an old pair of leggings + some white tulle I had laying around.


LOOK HOW CUTE THAT IS! They're really easy to make too. I had white tulle off a bolt, so I cut 6 strips about 1.5"wide by however wide the fabric was (I'm pretty sure it was 40", like most fabrics). Then I cut those strips in half so I had 12 strips about 1.5" wide by 20". I layered 4 of the strips together and gathered them like a regular ruffle. Then I pinned them on an old pair of leggings (about 1" from the bottom of the elastic waist, and about 1" apart) and sewed them down with a zig zag stitch. I think they probably took me a total of 30 minutes to make, minus eating dinner and changing the baby. I'd really like to make a couple different colors, maybe some for gifts...because more babies NEED ruffle butts!

My first loopy bow!

I made this ^
To match this ^ super adorable Gymboree dress I got on sale :D

My first loopy bow! I think it turned out alright compared to my failure of a pinwheel bow made the same day. But I won't be posting pics of that XP

Monday, September 13, 2010

Super hero cape!

I finished my first project for this blog, a cape for my little super hero :) She had to try it out right away by playing in the rain lol

I only had to buy the yellow fabric, the rest of the supplies I had laying around the house. $2.50 is a pretty good bargain for hours of imagination!

If you try to make one, I have one tip: When using the zig zag stitch to attach the circle applique to the back, make sure to do it through BOTH layers of fabric or else it bunches up like mine did. Now I know for next time!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hi! I'm new here.

I've been trying to get this blog set up for weeks and haven't been able to get much accomplished! I forgot how hard it is to chase after a very active, crawling, puts EVERYTHING in her mouth, 9 month old...while also keeping a 3 year old busy and happy :P I have a lot of projects I want to do and hardly any time to do them *sigh*. I think my next big project is going to be a t-shirt to toddler dress for the 3 year old. I'd also like to hit up the thrift store this week to get some reconstruction material for myself and maybe the girls. Then I need to start on the Halloween costumes (fairy princess or Ewok for the 3 year old lol, Rainbow Brite for the baby!). That's just the beginning of my list! Hopefully I can create a tutorial or two along the way. I LOVE googling tutorials, so it would be nice to give back :)
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