Friday, April 30, 2010

Dashiell's Favorite Books

Dashiell loves this series of books. He is getting much better at sitting for books and these are his favorite.  They are touch and feel but I also like the vocabulary they feature.  Words are used to describe how each thing feels like "fluffy",  or "scratchy".

I also found that a snack helps Dashiell to sit for reading time!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Waiting for Dashiell...


Last year at this time I was waiting for these tulips to bloom.  It seemed like they were buds for the longest time.  All my neighbors tulips bloomed beautifully but mine were still green.

I was beginning to get impatient...

I was waiting for something else too. 

He arrived a week late on May 3, 2009.  He was well worth the wait!

My tulips bloomed the day I went into labor!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Is there anything cuter...

Than a baby covered in cake?
Is there anything prettier than a little girl all dressed up?


Is there anything scarier than watching your baby fall head first on hard pavement?

I could probably think of a few things...but what a way to end a party...


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Martha Stewart Sewing Tip One

I am in love with this book:

The first thing I learned was using pinking shears to finish a seam.  The dress I recently made Annabelle the fabric frayed at the seam. 


In The Book the suggestion is giving to use pinking shears to keep the seam from fraying! Wish I new that before.  So, now I have pinking shears. 

Thanks Martha!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Another Fabulous Shirt with the Help of My Glue Gun!

I Love My Glue Gun!
I have not been able to figure out how to do ruffles on my sewing machine.  I think it may need a different foot!? Is that possible? Anyway, I've tried a couple of times and my thread just breaks off.  But I've seen such beautiful refashions done with ruffles and I really wanted to do it too!

Then I found a book called 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim, and Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special. (Note: I linked this to Amazon but get it at your library!) It has a great idea for making ruffles and when I saw it I thought that would never work.  Well it did!  


Want to know how I did that? I cut the sleeves off the shirt. I then cut a spiral out of the leftover fabric.  The spiral cut made a cute little ruffle.  I then HOT GLUED the ruffle to the shirt! And look how cute!

You probably want nice pictures of the spiral and probably a better picture of the shirt. Well I would too but we can't have everything you want! I keep telling that to my three year old and she doesn't listen either. 

The thing is the shirt is really dark and the pictures I took of the spiral didn't come out.  Also, have you noticed I take all my own pictures.  I don't trust my husband to take good ones of me and usually I have a ridiculous look on my face so I crop out my face! The other ones I took of the shirt looked pretty silly!

I'm going to do another shirt and do a really nice tutorial.  I promise!

Linking up this week here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Happy Birthday Giveaway!


Happy Birthday Heather @ My Frugal Family!

Heather is celebrating her birthday this week and I am helping.  I made two necklaces and she is hosting a birthday giveaway at her site.  Check out the details here.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Old Shirt + Glue Gun = New Fabulous Shirt!

Awhile back I posted about a shirt redo I did with my glue gun. It turned out pretty well. I glued these little flowers to it and not ten minutes after the shirt had banana or snot on it and needed to be washed. I threw it in the wash but figured the heat from the dryer would ruin my work so I hung it up to dry.

My husband usually does all our laundry (great guy, I know!) on his day off while I'm at work.  He threw my shirt in the dryer and much to my surprise it was fine. It has since been washed and dried many times (I wear it a lot!) and it still looks great!

This led me to raid my closet for all the shirts I haven't worn and to see what I could do with them in an afternoon with my hot glue gun! Here's the first.  More to come!

This was a long sleeve Old Navy shirt I haven't worn for awhile. 

I cut the sleeves and cut the neckline to make it more scooped and flattering instead of the boring librarian-y shirt (I know I'm a librarian but do I have to dress like one?)



Then I took the fabric from the sleeves and cut two strips.  I hot glued the strips to the waist below the bust and tied it in the middle.


I'm almost finished! I made a quick fabric flower and glued that to the neckline.  I'm not entirely happy with the placement of the flower but I do love the waist band.  I might do that again!



I'll be linking up this week here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

How to Make a Washer Ribbon Necklace

I've been working all day on a washer ribbon necklace for a program I'm having next week at the library. I used this great tutorial here at Blue Cricket Design. 

I made two of my own and I love how they turned out.  I can't wait to get more washers!




I wrote out the steps so it made a little more sense to me and found some hints along the way.  I thought I would share those for anyone else wanting to make them. These are for the washer necklace on the right with the green ribbon.  The pink ribbon is pretty easy.  I just wrapped the ribbon around the washer.  You can get really creative with these.  There are so many other ways to use washers!

How to make a Washer Ribbon Necklace.


Step One: Take two strands of ribbon. Make them pretty long so you don’t run out!

Step Two: Tie a knot where you want to start weaving your washers.

Step Three: Hold your washer. Take your TOP strand of ribbon and weave it through your washer from front to back or DOWN the washer.

Step Four: Take the BOTTOM strand and weave it from back to front or UP its center. Pull the washer tight.

Step Five: Weave all the washers you desire onto the ribbon following this pattern pulling the washers tight so the lay on top of each other.

Step Six: Tie the ends.

HINT: Keep the necklace laying on a flat surface as you weave.

HINT: Say this over and over again: TOP DOWN BOTTOM UP. Following this pattern will make your necklace pretty!

HINT: Don’t forget to pull the washers tight!

Enjoy!

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And a new one this week:


Friday, April 16, 2010

Annabelle is 3!

My little girl turns three today! And my baby boy just stuck his hand in the toilet! Yuck! Happy Birthday Annabelle. Three years ago today I was doing this:

I can't believe she was ever that small.

Here she is now! My silly funny spirited smart little girl.

Not many posts this week because Dashiell has been sick all week. He is on the mend but I've been up all night taking care of him so my usually early morning spent blogging have been spent sleeping.   

I won't be posting until next week! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fish Freezer Paper Stencil Baby Shirt

This is so easy and fun! Go out and buy freezer paper now! Draw your design and trace it onto the freezer paper waxy side down.



Cut out the design using scissors or exacto knife. Now you have a stencil. Iron your stencil on to a clothing item. I chose a baby onesie for Dashiell.



Paimt using fabric paint. Follow the instructions for your fabric paint. When your paint is dry remove your stencil.   



This was my first attempt and I will definitely do more.  I have a whole stack of onesies to decorate for Dashiell but I keep thinking flowers and butterflies.  I need more boy themes! I think I will do a butterfly shirt for myself and I would love to get more creative with the painting.  I love to paint and this is a fun way to get my painting fix!

Linking up here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fabric Flowers: What to do with them?

Fabric flowers are so much fun to make and they are so easy! I recently saw a great tutorial for them here and here
Here are some suggestions for what to do with fabric flowers and the possibilites are endless!


Hair Accessories for me! I wear these all the time. 




Hair accessories for my little girl.  She looks so sweet in this!





Hot glue it to a shirt for a fun refashion! If you wondering: hot glue can be washed and dried.  I've washed and dried this shirt many times.






And my favorite way! Necklaces!

There are so many fun ways to use fabric flowers and I'm a little addicted to making them.  I recently went through some fabric scraps my Mom gave me and she apparently started cutting pieces for a quilt.  When I saw these:



I thought "I could make a ton of flowers with these!" I'd love to decorate a pair of plain flip flops with fabric flowers and I'm planning on a Mother's Day gift that would use some of these scraps.  I wonder if Mom would recognize any of this fabric?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Thanks for visiting! What's there to say about me? I am a mother of two young children, 3 and 1.  They are my number one priority.  You can read more about them here and here on two of my favorite posts. 

I am a librarian and I would love to be a children's book author.  If you visit my site (or follow!) I occasionally write about some of the books I come across in my job or reading to my kids.  I also write about children's crafts on my semi-weekly Saturday Stories and a Craft posts.  Here is a post about new children's books my daughter and I liked.

Lastly, my blog is a place for me to write about my adventures while learning to sew using my grandmother's vintage Kenmore sewing machine and chronicle all my crafts.  I'm thinking about opening an Etsy store.  Here are some things you might find there if I ever get around to doing it!

Thanks for stopping by!

I never win anything so if I do win I'd be happy with any of the prizes! Thanks!

Saturday Stories and A Craft: Birds

Read A Bird Book or Two or Three.

Birdsongs by Betsy Franco takes the reader on a journey from the quiet of morning to the silence of night and invites us to listen to the birds along the way.  The woodpecker makes 10 taps on his tree and so on until the hummingbird whispers 1 quiet sound.  Engaging read aloud while reinforcing counting skills. 



One of my favorite authors is Mo Willems.  I love the Elephant & Piggie series and this is one of my favorites.  Also a fun read aloud!



Make a Bird Puppet. 

Step One: Gather Your Supplies.  You'll need construction paper, popsicle sticks, scissors, tape and anything you wish to decorate your bird with. 

Step Two: Print out the Bird template I've provided. 

Step Three: Cut out the Bird template and trace onto construction paper.  Or you can run your template through a copy machine. 

Step Four: Cut a slit into the bird's body and insert the wings. 

Step Five: Decorate your bird with crayons, markers, feathers, stickers or anything else. 

Step Six: Tape your popsicle stick onto the bird.  Fly fly away!



Bird Template

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Follows: 100 Followers?

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What's In A Name: Singing Three Little Birds

Woke up this morning

I was in the shower this morning thinking about projects, crafts, blog posts, birthday parties, children's stories.  I get some of my best ideas at 3AM.  I hardly remember half of them but occasionally I wake up with 2 or 3 good ideas and half a dozen bad ones.  Sometimes I wake up forgetting my best ideas and then I walk around all day racking my subconscious for that lost idea.

Smiled at the rising sun

I woke up to a beautiful day.  My husband ran back inside and told me not to put coats on the kids.  He was giddy with the excitement of it.  Both of the little ones were happy when they woke up and I got the kids out the door smoothly.  I even remembered to bring in an extra change of clothes for both since the weather was so warm.

Three little birds sat by my door step

I heard the birds singing this morning.  I probably hear them every morning but it is only some mornings were I stop and notice it.  I stopped and notice my kids faces, their smiles, the way Dashiell claps when I turn the radio on in the car, how Annabelle runs outside with joy and fearlessness.  I tried to stop and notice it all.

Singing a sweet song, a melody pure and true

When Dashiell was a new baby I sang Three Little Birds to him while I got him dressed.  One night Annabelle asked me to "sing Three Little Birds." It became her song.  She quickly learned all the words like she has learned so many songs.

This is my message to you. Singing don't worry...about a thing...

She started singing it last fall.  My husband and I were pretty stressed then.  I faced losing my job and he did lose his job.  The hospital he worked for closed.  The library system I worked for faced closures.  My husband was waiting test results after a medical scare in the summer.  But when I heard her sweet voice singing I knew it would all be alright. 

cause every little thing...is gonna be alright!

It was.  My library stayed open, my husband got a new job and his results came back fine.

This morning I caught myself singing Three Little Birds.  I knew it was going to be a good day!  And guess what? I remember that good idea I had at 3AM!



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Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Dress

Is Easter really over already? Seems like it came and went so quickly! I was so excited to make this Easter dress.  It's only the second dress I made and my 3rd or 4th finished sewing project. It's really my first major project. Doesn't she look gorgeous in it! I found this shirred fabric at Joann's and thought it would make for a nice and easy dress project.  It didn't take too long to make and I am so pleased with the finished project.  I loved telling my family that I made this dress! I was so proud of the dress but even more proud of the lovely little girl wearing it!
Basically, this is what I did.  It really on required a seam up the back.  Which I had to redo because I didn't measure (need to add a measuring tape to the sewing list must-haves) and the first time I did it it was way too big.  I cut the bottom of the dress and used that for the straps.  I folded the fabric in thirds, pressed and sewed the straps on.  I did a straight stitch across diagonally, reversed for a couple of stitches and went across again.  There is a close up of the straps below.  I had a problem with the hem. The first hem I did was really messy.  I was rushing and I was pulling the fabric and it ended up looking really bad.  So I folded it up and sewed the trim onto the bottom. It really added a nice touch and hid all my bad stitching.  I learned a lot with the hem and know what I would do next time.  Thanks to everyone who made suggestions! I will definitely look into hem tape with ruffles or something along those lines!


Here is what I learned with this project:

1. I may do better without a pattern. I cut out pieces of a pattern and tried to follow the directions and I was completely lost.  I thought it would be easier.  I'm not giving up on that though and that is my next project!

2. That damn bobbin thread! I have the hardest time pulling it up.  I figured out that the top thread needs to be long (or longer that I had it) for it to pick up the bobbin thread.  I felt so stupid when I pulled more thread and it picked up the bobbin thread right away! It seemed like too easy a solution.

3. Invest in measuring tape and get Annabelle's measurements.  This would have saved me a lot of time!

4. Look for some hem tape or something to do the hem.  I think I would have been happier with the results if I finished the hem differently. 

Linking up here this week.
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