Sunday, August 29, 2010

My Little Cheerleader

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It was my son's first baseball game this weekend - I was so proud of him! He did so well. Although when I asked him what his favorite part about the game was, he answered his blue Gatorade. Haha, all through the game, if he wasn't in the field or batting, he was holding and drinking that Gatorade. Ah well, he may not be destined for the White Sox, but he's so cute and smart that I think he'll do just fine ;)

(If you want to see her headband from this outfit, click here).

Because I think my husband would roll his eyes and ban me from games if I had a shirt to cheer for my son, I figured my daughter could pull one off and it would be seen as cute and not wierd/silly/crazy. Using an upcycled shirt (it was a long sleeve shirt she had that I cut part of the arms off and resewed the cuffs on to make it a 3/4 sleeve shirt), a few iron on letters, a heat and bonded number 2, a few rosettes, and some leaves, here is the result:



The little cheerleader!

The blue Gatorade and quite possibly, the cutest batter ever.


Me and my big boy. I can't believe he's so big!


Have a wonderful, wonderful week!

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Allie

My Musical Rag Quilt

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After seeing all of the awesome quilts out there in blogland, I decided to make another. My awesome niece Kate had a piano recital this weekend (her brother, Sam, who is also awesome, also had one - but I am not very apt at homemaking gifts for 16 year old boys, lol), and so I wanted to make her a little gift. She's a really great piano player - she really wows me with how good she is for 12 years old.

Anyway, I had some musical fabric, so I wanted to make her a rag quilt with it. It was black and white, so I used some other black and white fabrics I had to make squares, along with some pink to add just a pop of color. (Note: Kate does not like pink, but I didn't have green, and I was trying to use all materials that I had!) I just hoped that she would like it!

Well, here it is all done. I had a lot of fun making it, and hopefully she will have fun using it. ;)



Complete with a musical note ;) 


The back has a strip of very fuzzy pink.


Thanks for visiting, and have a GREAT week!

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Allie






Friday, August 27, 2010

Denim and Chiffon Accessories

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I love working with denim and chiffon. And since I have lots of it, it's a denim and chiffon month in craftsville, lol! This time though, I thought I'd make an interchangeable necklace, so that I can use other bib necklaces on the same chain. It started out when I found this necklace on sale at Target for $2.48 - I love a good deal! I also loved the cameo-type decoration, and wanted to make it into a headband. I love, love, love cameos - and how perfect will that look as a hair accessory? That's another project for tomorrow maybe, though.

Here is the new necklace. I am really happy with how it turned out.


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Keeping it Simple
The Girl Creative
Crystal's Craft Spot
Craft-o-maniac
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Sew Much Ado
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Creations By Kara
Someday Crafts
Brown Paper Packages
Tea Rose Home
Dragonfly Designs
Blue Cricket
Seven Thirty-three
My Backyard eden
Night Owl Crafting
Tools are for Women Too
The Train To Crazy
Paisley Passions






Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Burlap Bag. Is It Even Cute? Ugh.

This was a fail. Not just a fail, but an epic, heartbreaking fail. Because I was sooooooooo looking forward to having a cute new purse for tomorrow. Looks like I'll be trying to redo this purse over the weekend. I managed to salvage it into a tote bag, but honestly...blah.

I saw this bag yesterday from La Maison Reid. It was gorgeous! I totally wanted to make one just like it. So I stopped by Hobby Lobby, snuck my bag with the goods past my husband ("Oh don't worry honey, it's just a bag I brought to work with me to show some fabric to my friends." bwahahahaha!) and got to work.

I cut the burlap. Which wasn't easy. It's sort of like trying to pick up an ice cube with a fork - messy! Here's where my first mistake was:

I didn't look at her tutorial. I thought, in typical Allie fashion, I can just wing it. Um, no Allie, you can't.

So anyway, cut the pieces, sewed them together (except I gave mine a bottom, instead of just a flat purse), and then sewed the lining. The first attempt to attach the lining was beyond an epic fail (and you realize at this point I don't have pictures. I'm all about sharing my successes AND failures, but not tonight. I'm too crabby, lol!)

Finally got the stupid thing together, sewed in the lining and the straps, and glued on the roses. And it looks...okay. That's all I can muster. I am totally in love with the fabric I used for the lining. it was in the scrap bin. I must go back and purchase a few yards of it tomorrow.



So La Maison Reid, I'm sorry that I butchered your perfectly wonderful tutorial. Please rest assured that this weekend, I will be following it to a T ... and will hopefully have something better than this time-consuming tote bag disaster!

Have a great weekend!

Allie


I love flowers ;)

In a quest to add to the never ending pile of hairbows I am creating to give away as holiday gifts, I created some more tonight. I love the singed edge ones. It's part of my little:

 

Take a peek if you have a chance. I'd like this idea to spread across the country (or world). How awesome would that be?!

So here's what I made:


So anyway, they've become part of the pile of goodies that will be going to the little girls at the shelter, and the mommies. (the boys get toys. I'm not good at sewing for boys!)



Well, have a wonderful evening, blogging folks! Thanks for reading ;)
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Allie










Smocking - My very first attempt

I really, really wanted to learn how to use this elastic thread. And make an entire smocked top. But I know I have to start slow. Soooo...I smocked 5 rows on this pink, flannel-y fabric, and then added another fabric on with regular thread to make it a nighshirt.

However, I mismeasured for where the straps need to go. So I have to fix that so it fits. But I like the smocking! It worked out pretty well, and I can't wait to use it again. This was my test project - now I can do a real one.






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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Elastic Thread: Tshirt into a nightgown

Ahhh!

Yes, that's how I feel about this project. It was my very first attempt at using elastic thread. Which, in my first attempt last week, I decided to just try and figure it out myself instead of reading how. FAIL! Yeah. It was a mess. I had no idea how to make it work. So I caved, checked out the internet, and figured it out.

But I didn't feel like attempting it again yet, so the thrifted t-shirt (size adult small) and thread sat on my table, staring me down daily and daring me to try it again. Today I caved.

I gathered up my supplies, and decided to test the method out on a sleeve. The shirt was a thrifted shirt from Goodwill. It says "I'm a Pepper" and I bought it because I drink Dr. Pepper. Alot of it. And I thought it would be cute for her to wear it. My little one is almost 2, and she loves nightgowns instead of shorts and a shirt.

I used the elastic thread method on one sleeve. It worked. I did the other sleeve. It worked again. I put a loop of it all the way around like an empire waist, to make it fit her better. Then I turned the color in and used the thread around there too, so the neck wasn't so wide. It worked!

I LOVE how this turned out. Not to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT!! :) Lol. I am so excited to find a bunch of t-shirts that I like and use them for this purpose!

   

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Chiffon and Ribbon Headband

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I stopped at good ol' Hobby Lobby today to see if there were any new clearance fabric (I swear I have a problem. I can't buy anything that is not marked down in some way.)

There are 2 Hobby Lobby's I go to - one near work, and one near home. The one near work has more/better fabric selection, which means more clearance fabric. However, the one near home always bundles the end of the rolls of special trim and lace in a zip lock bag and sells it for $3.00. So today, I picked up a couple clearance bin fabric odds and ends, and a bag of trim that had some really cute laces and trims in it. You'll see me using these items in future posts over the next couple weeks. Except for this long strand of sequins. I have no clue what to do with sequins!

So back to the craft of the day - I took a long piece of white ribbon I had, just made folds with it, and then glued it down to a headband. Then, I made a flower with chiffon. Okay - that flower was ALOT harder than it always looks like it should be. I saw one in the store and thought, I could do that! I can. It just takes forever! So anyway, after feeding this insanely long length of chiffon through the sewing machine and around and around a circle of felt (whew) I had the flower. Then, I glued it onto the headband for a sort of flapper/40's look. I loved how it looked on my daughter!



Have a great week!
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Monday, August 23, 2010

My beautiful Apron - Thanks Flamingo Toes!

Last week I talked about how I won an apron from Flamingo Toes for being a follower - well, it came today! What a nice surprise after a blah visit to the dentist, to learn I have another cavity. :( But the day is much better now that I have something pretty to open!
And seriously - it is even cuter than I imagined!

First I loved the cute tape on the box -


And of course, it was wrapped in tissue paper with a cute bow!



A sweet note from Beverly:




And finally - APRON! Oh my gosh - so adorable. It even has black tulle underneath - it's like a cute vintage apron and a tutu all rolled into one - it appeals to every girly sense I have!! Now I can get down to


and of course, little one had to try it on too, because she loves pretties ~


But soon she discovered daddy's shoes, and now she's all about those. Sigh. (P.S. Don't you love the big chip on my doorframe, from the boys trying to shove a couch that didn't fit through? Yeah. And it's been six months and it still looks like that. Double sigh.)


Thanks again Beverly - you rock!

Funday Monday and a Winner!

Well, I have no crafts to share - sorry! But, I thought finding out the winner of the denim necklace would be enough of a happy thing for you to all forgive me ;) Without further ado, the winner is...

#19, Crystal, of Crystal's Craft Spot, who said...
"I love all of your denim rossettes. That necklace is beautiful. I love that you can wear it with everything."

Thank you to everyone who commented - I feel so loved! Be sure to check out her blog too - she's got some awesome stuff on there!

And since I didn't craft or sew this weekend, I'll show you what I did do (once my little one's fever finally subsided - thank goodness!)

Had a girl's night with my girls and some wine:


Went to the zoo:


and finally, hit up the beach!











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