Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Candy Corn Hair Pretty Tutorial

Being in a festive mood, I decided to make my daughter and soon to be niece some festive hair pretties. These were super easy and fun to make!
*White, Orange, and Yellow fabric cut/torn into strips
*Felt or fleece for the body
*Sewing Machine
*Needle and Thread

Step 1: Cut 2 fleece or felt into a rounded triangle, one for the body and the other to hold your hair clip. I did two sizes. One for my 4 year old and on for a baby (That should be out any minute.. like, she's in the hospital on the OR table.)

Step 2: Cut/tear your fabric into strips of the same width. They don't have to be the same length, just need to be long enough to get ruffled and fit on your triangle. I made mine freakishly long, because it's easier to cut things off than to not have enough.
Step 3: Take your needle and thread and do a gathering stitch down the center of your strips. Do it to all three strips.

Step 4: Place them onto your triangle, overlapping the fabrics. You will pin these down and stitch on the top of the orange strip and then the yellow. This holds your fabric down so there aren't any holes.
This is before I pinned them and stitched them onto the triangle.
Step 5: After you have stitched your fabric strips down, flip your triangle over and stitch around your triangle, getting as close to the edge as you can get.
Step 6: Trim your extra fabric all the way around the edges. Then glue the second triangle you cut out onto the back, adding your alligator clip.

Add a little bow on the top and clip it onto your hair! I mean your kids' hair.I also made this little candy corn dress for baby Emma to go with the hair pretty. She has to be festive looking for her first Halloween!

Have Fun!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Makes Me Giggle Monday

Ok, so the talking dog video was a big hit in this house and in many others (thanks for all the emails). This is one that my kids fell over laughing on. They will walk around the house saying, "Night time! Day time!" and "Alan, Alan, Alan!" Cracks me up. Enjoy!

Preparing for Baby

Not mine! No no! That ship has sailed. But my sister-in-law, my husband's only sister, is having baby #2 tomorrow. Oh how I love babies. I cannot wait to sniff her little head. I've been working on this project for a few months now. I know, shouldn't have taken that long, but that's what happens when you have so many projects and alterations to do.

Apparently I'm the car seat lady. Which I'm ok with. Especially when I have such great fabrics to work with and a new machine to use! This one is from a vintage sheet set that my sister-in-law has had for a few years, but never knew what to do with it. Must have been divine intervention that she didn't use it in all that time because she was destined to have a little girl!
The brown is the fabric that I bought to recover those wing back chairs I got last summer. I never even got a chance to do that project because when we moved our garage around the chairs had become home to more spiders than I could even count, so we took them to the dump. I don't do bugs.
I just love how this turned out and to be honest I was a little emotional when I finished it. This is the car seat that brought home both of my babies and now it gets to bring home one last bundle of joy. I will post pictures when I can of baby Emma!

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Frequent Flyer

We've had yet another trip to the Emergency Room this week. And once again, it was our son. The abbreviated version of what happened was that he flung himself off of my back and cracked his head open on the tile floor in the bathroom. After 3 hours of trying to get him calm, monitoring him, the doctors decided to sedate him so they could sew him up, which involved getting him hooked up to all the monitors and oxygen, and it still took 5 people to hold him down. So, in less than 3 years of life, our son has had to go to the ER 3 times already. My husband and I think that the ER should implement a Punch Card system, "Come in two times, Get the next one on us!" Just like a coffee stand!

Here is the bruiser boy. He had to have 2 stitches inside (because you could see the meat, gross, sorry) and 5 on the outside.
With a face like that, do you honestly think that I have a chance of never going to the Emergency Room again with him?
The funny thing about this situation is that I was reminded of the show Home Improvement. Do you remember that show? Well, as a kid I watched it all the time and one scene stayed in my brain for some strange reason. It was when Tim took one of his son's to the ER and the nurse got out Tim's file and it was so big it took up the whole table. Now I know why that scene stayed in my head... I would have a Tim.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What's Been Happening Here

Well....yeah, I've been on a little break, dealing with life in general. I assure you that I have not been idle all that time. Here are a few of the things I've made since last we talked:

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirts for my nephew. I made him a mustache shirt for Christmas and he has worn the crap out of it. Not because he likes the design, but because he thinks the mustache is a French Fry. So he got yet another "Chip" shirt.

Another thing that has happened is a little bit of a side business. It's kind of funny, I went in to drop off a few bridesmaids dresses at the shop that I do alterations for and there was a bride in picking up her dress. This bride asked my friend if she sells custom garter belts, which she doesn't, so my friend looked at me and said, "You want to make a custom garter?" It was pretty funny. This was the first one I did. I used the stretchy lace (so not to have the sausage-link-leg-look), some vintage blue ribbon, some fabric borrowed from a dress I did and some other vintage bits that I had lying around. What's not shown on here is the little pendant that I made with the Boston Red Sox logo in it, filled with Dimensional Magic (have you tried that stuff? It's AMAZING!) So this bride got her "Something old, something new, something borrowed and something Blue" all in her garter. She loved it and it was fun to make for her.
If you are interested in a custom garter belt, just shoot me an email! I would be happy to share more info with you.

Upcoming projects: a Rapunzel Costume, an Optimus Prime Costume (made from boxes and other things we can find), maybe a Princess Bride Costume, and a crap load of other alterations and maybe a veil tutorial (because I'm pro at them now! Only took a few tries, several yards of tule and lots of Diet Dr. Pepper.)

P.S. I got my NEW MACHINE!!!!! I will do a whole post on it later but let me tell you, it's amazing!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fall Is Here!

Yes, I'm still here. Just been a little busy, have been having issues with my eyes (which makes blogging, reading, sewing and anything else a little difficult to do), trying to get caught up on all my family projects that have been put to the side with all the alterations and of course cooking, cleaning and being a mom and wife. Put all that together and sorry ladies, but blogging is not that high up on my list of priorities, it used too, but then I got burnt out and broke. Lol

Any-hoo! Here is a fun video for all your scarf lovers! My mother-in-law sent it to me and I am so jazzed because I LOVE scarves in the fall and winter! Enjoy!


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