Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Etsy Shop Feature: Creative Apples

Reading over April's profile, the artist behind the etsy shop, Creative Apples, I noticed that one of her favorite materials to work with is cupcakes. 

Right then I knew I was going to like her!

Plus I have a soft spot in my heart for photographers being a daughter of a photographer.  My dad would take me to art museums and festivals and we would look at the photos together.  I think he would have really enjoyed April's work!

April's photography is original, inspiring and delicious! Yes, delicious! She is also a painter and creates lovely greeting cards from her photography.

I was strangely drawn to the Garden Gnome greeting card. Such a cute little guy!

You'll also find beautiful flower greeting cards.

As well as cupcakes!
Wouldn't these be perfect for birthday party invitations or thank yous!? They look just delicious! She has so many of these to chose from too!

April is very creative and talented and I am delighted to have found her shop.  I hope you'll stop by her blog too
Thanks! Have a great day!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Baby Shower Gift Tutorial

Baby Shower Gift Tutorial


My sister-in-law is having a baby in September! I am so excited for her and excited to be an Aunt. I love being an Aunt.  I already have two nieces and a nephew and I just adore them. 

I wanted to make her something special for the baby.  I had planned a post about the awful baby blanket I made.  I used a simple tutorial I found somewhere and sewed two pieces of flannel together.  I hated the way it turned out.  It's charming in a home-made sort of way but not perfect.  I didn't take any pictures of it so there will be no "look at this awful thing I made" post. 

I being a little hard on myself really. 

I did make a couple of baby onesies (what to do you call them? Onesies? bodysuits? snapsuits?) that I love. 

This was so easy and fun.  Here's what you'll need:

onesie, t-shirt, etc.
fabric paint
paper towel tube or toilet paper tube

Cut a circle from your tube.
Form your circle into a heart or other shape. (You can leave it a circle too!)
Dip your tube shape into fabric paint and print onto your onesie. I always forget to do this but before you begin printing or painting on a onesie or t-shirt put a piece of paper or cardboard inside.  Otherwise your paint will seep through and your onesie will stick together!


I printed several hearts on mine.


I love the way they turned out!

Here's another idea using tubes!

Feel like a lot of work? These designs are available in my etsy shop Belle Rose Designs!

I'll be linking up here this week! Check out these great parties!
SYS Thurs

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday Blog Shoppers- June 26th!


I am so excited to participate in Saturday Blog Shoppers!

Today I am offering all necklaces on sale for $10!

Just mention Saturday Blog Shoppers at checkout and I'll refund you through paypal or convo me and I'll adjust the price!

Here are my newest listings at Belle Rose Designs:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Featured Flower Friday #4: Kid's Crafts

One of the great things about my job is the arts and crafts. One little girl came into the library recently and said, "You're the lady who makes crafts with kids!" Yep, that's me!

I love coffee filter crafts and this is a great tutorial from Lovely Paper Blog.

I love these flower crayons from No time to be bored.

She also made these bubble wands. Two great ideas!


This is another great idea for kids and a fabulous tutorial from She wears flowers!



Great job ladies! Grab a button!
Have a flower project?
I'd love to see it! Send me an email singingthreelittlebirds@gmail.com


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Etsy Shop Highlight!

I am having a lot of fun stocking my shop! My creative juices are flowing and I can't seem to stop thinking of new designs! Here's my latest! Pink Ribbon Cord and Washer Necklace!


I weaved a thin silver cord through washers and then weaved the dark pink ribbon through.  I added a ribbon for a feminine touch!



And guess what else?

Matching earrings!



Check them out at Belle Rose Designs.



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Etsy Seller Feature: Karilan Designs

I've always been fascinated with dreams and dream catchers.  I haven't had many dreams to catch lately since I've been sleep-deprived for almost 14 months but that's another story.

Looking at the etsy shop, Karilan Designs, is like stepping into a dream itself. Each item is elegant and pristine.  She sells necklaces, earrings and hair accesories all inspired by the dream catcher legend. 

Here are a few favorites. This necklace is delicate and inspiring.

She offers these earrings in several colors. I love each one.  They are trendy but unique.

I also fell in love with her journals. This owl one especially is so charming.

Thanks for letting me feature your amazing shop!

Check out the kind things she said about Belle Rose Designs here.

If you want to do a etsy shop blog feature swap send me an email at singingthreelittlebirds@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Getting Ready for the Beach

I've been busy this week sewing for others and making gifts and new items for my shop so I haven't had time to make anything new for myself for the $30 Budget Challenge.  I'll get back to it.  I still have a lot of ideas for projects.  I will also share the gifts I made next week!

This is what's been on my mind: The beach! We will be leaving for the beach in a few weeks and Annabelle is getting so excited! So am I! I can't wait to show the beach to Dashiell and see if Annabelle still loves it! The last time we went she was 16 months and I don't think remembers it.  She would RUN into the ocean!

Annabelle and I did an art project yesterday that turned into a countdown to the beach!

We stared with some seashells and paint.



Here she is getting messy!
One of our finished projects!

Then I had the idea about the countdown.  I made circles and she helped me use the seashells to print around the circles.


Then I cut them out and attached them to a ribbon with tape.

It looks great hanging on our mantle which I decorated with seashells and some of my Dad's beach photographs.  I love it! Totally getting me in the mood for the beach.




Each day we'll pull off another number until we've reached the day we leave! I think it will help Annabelle realized she's not going to the beach every day she wakes up!

Have a great day!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorials

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial
This was a project I made during Flower Week.  Annabelle was really sick and I was trying to cheer her up. 

All you need is tissue paper and chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners)

Fold your tissue paper so it's a small square

Cut a circle in the square so you have a bunch of circles.
Stick the tissue paper circles through the stem.


Fold some to give the flower texture.

Scrunch your flower to make it more flowery.

Make someone's day!

Stay tuned for this week's Featured Flower Friday for more kid's flower crafts!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Welcome Friday Followers!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Are you thinking of following?
Here's what you need to know!
  • I am a children's librarian and mom of two little ones. They keep me very very busy! You can expect the occasional book review and mommy blog post!
  • Mostly I write about crafting...
  • I learned to sew recently and have been sewing like crazy! I've started a series of posts called $30 Wardrobe Budget.  It's been such fun! 
  • Wednesdays (starting next week) I will be swapping blog features with other Etsy shop owners and bloggers.
  • Thursdays is my day to highlight an item from my own shop, Belle Rose Designs.
  • Fridays are Featured Flower Friday here at Singing Three Little Birds.  Scroll down to see this weeks amazing flower craft projects!
That's it! Thanks so much for following!

Blog Swap with C.R.A.F.T.

Hi everyone! I'm Jamie @ 
[C.R.A.F.T. stands for: creating really awesome free things ]

I am so excited to switch places today with Julianna!
I am lovin' her fabric necklaces!

So, here is a little about me:
1: I have made 3 quilt tops (and feel really proud of myself!)
2: I don't really like rulers.
3: I love crafts out of recycled materials and everyday objects.
4: Traveling and fried okra make me happy.
5: When I wear socks, I always wear 2 different colors (this is because I am lazy and never put my socks together, I just throw them all in one big drawer :)


C.R.A.F.T. hosts a little party every Monday called:

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I would love for all of you wonderful Singing 3 Little Birds to help make Monday's Marvelous  and link up your brilliant, crafty ideas:)


Since Father's Day is just around the corner...I am going to share a sweet and simple Google inspired Father's Day card!


C.R.A.F.T. # 51: Father's Day Card
[I actually made 2- my and the bf's dad!] 

 I used 2 note cards, skinny markers, card stock, and a black pen...this one was pretty easy!
I actually googled "World's best dad" and tried my best to copy the page exactly!:)
[my dads name came up in the first 3 spots of the google search for world's best dad!]
If google says so...it MUST be true :) 
The hard part is going to be tracking down all the siblings to sign it!

HERE are 51 more C.R.A.F.T.'s to check out :)
Thank you Julianna for switching places with me for the day!!








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