Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Toddler Blanket: A Sewing Tutorial

Toddler Blanket: A Sewing Tutorial
I'm not sure but this might be my first sewing tutorial!  It makes sense since I haven't been sewing for that long.
Anyway, my baby is official a toddler.  He moved out of the nursery at daycare and into the toddler room.  So, he needed a blanket to make the transition with him.

I decided to make him one.  I had attempted a blanket for my sister-in-laws baby shower and hated how it turned out.  I almost didn't give it to her and I think once the baby comes I will make another one (any day now!).

 A friend of mine had posted pictures of a rag quilt on Facebook and I really liked it but didn't want to do all that work.

I also wanted to make Dashiell his very own blanket that isn't too small.  Doesn't it seem that baby blankets don't last very long?  We also have few boy blankets in the house.  Annabelle has thing for blankets and they all seem to be on her bed. Of course, she wants me to make her a new blanket now too.

Okay, I'll get on with it already!

What you'll need:
2 yards of coordinating flannel fabric (one yard of each) 
sewing machine
washing machine and dryer

That's it! Two yards of fabric will make a fairly nice size blanket for a toddler.

To start put your two pieces of fabric together with wrong sides facing. Line up your fabric and cut so all four sides are even and touching.  Pin all the way around.

Then sew a straight stitch about a half inch all the way around on each of the four sides.

That's it! You are done sewing!

This is the fun and time-consuming part.  Snip all the way around the blanket so you have strips that are about an eighth of an inch.

Now, throw your blanket into the washer and dryer.  This will make the fringe start to fray. 

I love the way it looks! Dashiell does too! A peeked in on him the other day at night time and saw him cuddled under his blanket.  He was peaceful and happy!

Check out my linky parties tab to see what others are creating!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Facebook Fan Page

I just created a Facebook Fan page for Belle Rose Designs! I'd love for you to "like" me or "fan" me or whatever it's called.  Seems like they are always changing it! I have a lot of giveaways coming up in September and new items will be listed and if you are as addicted Facebook as I am you can get all the latest from their. 
Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Featured Flower Friday #10

Hello! I hope you are having a fantastic Friday! It is a beautiful day here! The sky is so blue today! Lovely! Just wish it would last.  Before too long there will be snow on the ground. Boo!

I've had a great day! I spent some time at preschool today making FLOWERS out of play-doh.  I had so much fun with my daughter and her friends at school! I'm glad I got a chance to hang out with her there.

I spent the rest of the morning "punk rock scrapbooking" with a group of librarians! It was great! It was like no rules scrapbooking.  Such fun!

Anyway, on to our Featured Flower!

I found this tutorial for no-sew Fabric Flowers at Little Lizard King.  It's a great one and I can't wait to make them myself.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Shop Items

I've been busy making some new items for my shop.

I've been playing with fabric.  I love this white satin fabric.

And seashells. I brought a ton back from the beach and love this necklace. I love wearing a little bit of the beach around my neck! 

Ribbons! I have several ribbon and washer necklaces with bold and beautiful colors in my shop.  Such a unique statement!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Featured Flower Friday #9

I love this from Creation Corner! Have a great Friday everyone! Make sure you check these out!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Taking Pictures for My Etsy shop

Ugh. I had a photo shoot the other day and I discovered something horrifying!

Appparently I let the hair on my chin get a little out of hand.  I have never been so horrified!

I didn't think it was that bad until I saw the little hairs magnified on my computer screen. 

Needless to say I cropped most of "me" out of the photo and started plucking right away! 

I love this piece. It looks great on.  I really wanted to showcase it being worn but I need to figure out a better way to show my work in "action".  All I see is freckles and little hairs and fat. I can't imagine any potential customers saying, "It looks good on her..."

If you look at my shop you'll see most of my photos are not of me wearing the pieces. 

The moritification is just too much for me!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Featured Flower Friday #8

I almost forgot to post today!  I'm thinking of doing this as a linky party soon.  There are so many flower projects out there that its hard to keep track.  What do you think?

Did you see this fabulous t-shirt refashion at Momma Go Round? It is wonderful and I love the tutorial. Great way to make flowers and to make a plain shirt awesome!

Happy Friday! Have a great day!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Savoring the Last Days of Summer...

How to savor the last days:

Blow bubbles with bare feet in the grass...


Run through a sprinkler holding a tiny hand...


Go to bed exhausted and sore because of too much fun!

Hope you are enjoying these last days!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Crafting with Mama!

I know I haven't been posting a lot but I have been crafting! I've been making a lot of stuff for my shop.  I haven't actually listed anything or posted anything.  I've just been focusing on the creating for now and when that dries up I'll get to the business side of things.  I don't want to rush it! I really want to take great pictures and write decent descriptions.

Anyway, Annabelle isn't napping everyday but she is resting.  Naptime used to be a nightmare.  She has always fought it.  She's tired some days and just will protest sleeping.  Other days she just isn't tired.

Yesterday, she said she wasn't tired but I had her lay down and rest for about an hour.  I needed to shower and get some stuff done. She did fine. No protesting. 

I was downstairs making some necklaces when she came down after rest time. She wanted to "help". We just recently bought her scissors and they keep her so busy.  I let her help me cut the ribbons and gave her the scraps to glue.  We sat next to each other and crafted for about an hour waiting for her brother to wake up from his nap. 

I loved it! We were sitting on our couch and she said, "looks like you've been busy down her just like I'm being busy." She is so funny! She kept moving closer and closer to me until she was right up next to me.  I think she liked it too!

I moved her to the table when she got out the glue. 


I hope we get to do it again sometime! 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Seashell Necklace

seashelle necklace

Look what I'm wearing today!

I made this lovely little necklace to remind me of the beach!

Seashell Necklace

I used my jewelry supplies and my ribbon stash! I wrapped the wire around the seashell and made a loop at the top using my pliers.  I then attached the ribbon to the loop and secured it. 

I love the purple in the seashell! I just new it would make a great necklace when I got it home. 

Check out the link parties in the tabs at the top of my page! Have a great day!

Oh, and check out this new linky party I found this week. 

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fabric Flowers @ Fireflies & Jellybeans

Fireflies & Jellybeans has a linky party up for fabric flowers today! Go check it out here!

I had to share since its Featured Flower Friday!

Have a great day!

Featured Flower Friday #8

It's been a long week and I need a little flower power! So here are our features for today! Have a great day everyone!

Maya Road shares a fanastic tutorial for pleated flowers!

These velvet ribbon flowers are awesome! I love the buttons too! They are from a new blog I've discovered called cheeky magpie! Check out the tutorial here!

Feel free to grab a Featured Flower button from my sidebar! Thanks so much for letting me share these projects with my readers!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hoo Are You?


1. What is your natural hair color?
My natural hair color is brown.  Just plain brown.  I have a ton of gray hair.  I sometimes forget I'm a red-head and when people comment on it it takes me a second to remind myself.  I sometimes still picture myself as that awkward teenager with lanky limbs and thick brown hair. When I was pregnant with my daughter people asked me if I thought she would be a red head!

2. Which do you prefer, sunrises or sunsets?
I prefer sunrises.  I love how quiet the world is that early in the day and everything is still waking up. 

3. What is the first thing you notice about people?
Probably their jewelry if they are a woman and their facial hair if they are a man.  I have a hard time making eye contact with people. 

4. Do you prefer talking or texting on your cell phone?
Texting.  I have always hated talking on the phone.  My husband and I mainly communicate by texting these days.
5. What size of shoes do you wear?
8 and a half.
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