Thursday, September 30, 2010

I'm sorry I've been absent!! You would not believe my week...

I have been absent, but for good reason...
  • My son has near-pneumonia and near-strep throat. He's miserable, crying, sore throat, fever, and even popsicles don't make him better. Here's to hoping the medicine kicks in quickly for my little bug-a-boo!
  • My basement flooded Monday with septic water (luckily, it was a 10x10 area that is a concrete floor).
  • Monday night, my basement flooded with clean water. No plumber available until today.
  • Basement flooded with actual poop water last night. Same 10x10 area. I hate old houses. I could not be more grossed out if you tried. Once the plumber comes and fixes it, you can bet your ass that I am investing in Clorox stock because my bleach purchasing is about to skyrocket.
  • Meanwhile, I can't do dishes, laundry, or take showers longer than two minutes because then the water backs up in the basement and it's gross.
  • The movie I've been waiting for Netflix to deliver for over two months (because of our list we set up) finally arrived and so at 10 p.m. last night, after some serious scrubbing downstairs, I decided to relax and watch Sex and the City. But...something's wrong with the DVD and it won’t play. Are you freaking kidding me?
  • Just spoke with my homeowners insurance, and we aren't covered for this situation in our basement. Now, it didn't ruin anything, but if they need to drill out the floor and replace a pipe, then we are just going to be broke beyond belief because it's going to cost a truckload of money. 
  • Today, we get to spend at least $200-300 on a plumber…unless we need to rip out our basement which will then be lots more. And did I mention we just spent over $1200 on hubby's car, just paid our property taxes, just paid our house insurance money, our car insurance, and still need to spend $500 to fix my car and $2000 to fix the electrical in the upstairs of our house? Yeah.
I want to curl up in bed. Call me when 2011 gets here.



Friday, September 24, 2010

Perfect Pink Pillows

If you remember my post from a couple months back, I made this quilt for one of my best friend's daughter. And I made this doll from the fabrics from the blanket and her clothing. Well, her birthday party is tomorrow, so I've made a couple more things to give her in addition to the blanket and doll.

Pillows! I used the material from the back of the quilt (it was two sided, but obviously only one side will show on the quilt itself!) and made one from each side of the leftover material. Then I added a pocket on each one from her bibs. The second bib had a couple stains that I covered up with - you guessed it - rosettes from the first-year clothing ;)  I also made a skirt that I will show you next week. I still have a couple finishing touches to add to it before I can take pictures.



Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!
Allie

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Don't forget to vote!

Hi all my bloggy friends! Don't forget to go over to the Friends You Love blog and cast your vote for the best, best friends story - and no, I'm not asking you to vote for mine! There are six great finalists on there and I think each story is a wonderful and heart-warming example of friendship - so hop on over and take a peek! You won't be disappointed!

Oh, and here's a cool giveaway on Blaze n Crochet's blog!

Allie

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I need your assistance, bloggy friends!

To all my amazing followers,

Recently I submitted my story to a contest on a blog about best friends. I wrote about my awesome friend Patty, and guess what? Our story was chosen as a finalist! I'm super excited.

So if you would, please take a moment to visit the hosting blog, Friends You Love, and read all of the great finalist stories. Tomorrow, please go back and vote for one (and no, I'm not asking you to vote for me! All the stories on there are great, so please vote for the story that touches you the most. I'm simply honored that we are considered finalists among the other great best friends out there!)

http://friendsyoulove.blogspot.com/2010/09/and-finalists-are.html

Thank you!

Allie


Heart & Lace Shirt - Old Navy Inspired

A month or so back, I bought a shirt at Old Navy. I saw it and loved it and sorry hubster, it had to be mine. Yes, I could have made it but I thought for $5 (because of a sale and coupon) I couldn't make it for less than that right then. So bought it I did.

Now, I wish I had a picture of the whole shirt, but it wasn't on Old Navy's website, so here is me wearing it (next to my handsome little man after his very first baseball game ever!)

P.S. Darn it - now I spent time perusing Old Navy's site for this shirt, and found 15 other things I want. Okay, let's be realistic - 100 other things I want!!


I found a bunch of Disney store t-shirts at the Dollar Tree last month too (girls sizes, size 2-4 and 5-6). I bought about 6 of them and have had them sitting here calling my name the past month!

Since I bought canvas material recently in the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby (which I made a purse with), I saw I had enough left over to do possibly another purse, and at least two of these shirts. I cut out two heart shapes, had an old lace shirt that I cut out two hearts of the same size from, then cut out the center of the canvas hearts so the lace would show.

I pinned them in place on the respective shirts, and sewed it down. Oh wait, first I put a couple of snips and holes in the canvas to make it fray and look tattered.




And for added cuteness, I added iron on letters with the names of the girlies they are for. In retrospect, I don't love the names on there, but I still really like how these turned out.

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Halloween Hairbows! And halloween bag winner!

It's been a Halloween hairbow extravaganza at my house tonight. With over 20 bows. All because my hubster wanted one stinkin' bow that was black and white with skull and crossbones for our daughter. That's right - just one. (The pic is not great, although she is still super adorable - she has a cold :(  so she really wasn't up for picture taking, but did pose for one for me, but wouldn't smile). My poor baby girl!

Well, I can't do just one. Because I buy stuff. Then I have more ideas. Then I expand on those ideas. Before you know it, my living room is covered in hot glue, glitter, alligator clips, scraps of fabric, a candle, and one very tired mama!

It was very fun though - I loved making these. And have plenty to use as gifts now ;) And let me tell you - the materials cost me less than $10 - it was some scrap material I had (that I made the flowers with, but it was from the scrap bin awhile back and cost $1 per yard), some foam stickers I bought at Hobby Lobby in the holiday section for 50% off, and ribbon I bought there which was 50% off ribbon by the roll. Oh, and felt scraps I had leftover as well. Very simple, and very cheap. Wait, I hate the word cheap. Thrifty. Very simple, very thrifty.



Without further ado, the winner of the Halloween bag is....comment #10, McKell! Everyone else, you have GOT to check out her site, Flapper Fashions - I'm in love with it! Heehee, last week I gave my husband the links to two of her etsy items that I want (this awesome headband and these gloves) and told him he had exactly two weeks to purchase them as my birthday gift ;)  Although, I may have to change my mind now because I love the brown beanie, too! She has such creative and beautiful stuff! And right up my alley - headbands and pretty accessories ;)  And McKell - you have a choice - you can either take the bag that was in the post or you can choose to have a pumpkin one that I'm making. So it's up to you! (P.S. I would normally put the random.org generator picture proof up here, but I can't save the screen shot for some reason, it's 12:11 a.m., and I need sleep!)

So McKell, let me know, and everyone, have a GREAT week!



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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm back! I'm back! With a Purse ;)

I apologize for the unannounced hiatus, but I went on a (much-needed) vacay with the hubster, and then we focused on doing some home improvements, so I haven't been up to much craft-wise lately.

But I am back, and did manage to get a few things done this week. I found (on sale, of course) some fabric at the local hobby lobby and so I picked it up. I found CANVAS in the clearance bin - yay! I decided to make a purse.

I have no pattern. Basically, I:

  • Folded the canvas in half.
  • Cut two big rectangles
  • Picked another soft pink fabric
  • Cut two rectangles the same size as the canvas ones, except made them an inch taller
  • Cut two smaller rectangles (for a pocket)
  • Cut a length 1 1/2 of the length of the big rectangles, and 4 inches high
  • Cut two pieces about 28 inches long, 4 inches wide for the straps

  • Sewed three sides of the canvas together.
  • Sewed the pocket onto the pink fleece-y material
  • Sewed  the pink rectangles together on three sides, leaving an inch at the top unsewn on both ends
  • Placed the pink into the black, folded the extra inch over the black and sewed it in place to make the outer purse and liner.
  • Folded the strap lengths in half (inside out), sewed down the side, turned right side out. I pinned them in place on the purse.
  • Ironed the 1 1/2 length in half, then opened it; folded one side in and the other side, and ironed in place. I then pinned it to the purse along the outside, aligning with the top. Sewed in place with one stitch a quarter inch from the top, and another row of stitches a quarter inch from the bottom.

I used the hairbows from this post as decorations from the purse, because then I can change the color and style of flower to fit with my mood/outfit/occasion! I did this with a hat in the past, as well.



I've been really happy with this purse - been using it a week, and I just love that it can match anything I want!

Have a great week!
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Allie

More hair accessories

I found some great ruffled ribbon in the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby, and so I utilized it to make some cute new hairbows. I tried making other hairbows with ribbon. Some were good, some plain stunk. Oh well. It was fun to occupy my time while I watched some television (because I was doing something productive and didn't feel like such a lazy butt!)


Have a great week!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Cute leggins from a shirt

While out garage-sale-ing, I picked up a few shirts that were 5T - and my daughter is only in 24 months ;) I made sure they were stretchy shirts, too.

What to do with them? Make cute leggings!

Hello "shirt about to be cut into leggings" ;)


I loved how this shirt had the double layer look. Perfect for making it look ruffley. I just laid a pair of her shorts up on the shirt and cut out leaving a quarter inch seam allowance all around. I also left at the top three inches to fold down as a waist band. Sew up the sides and the crotch area; fold down the waistband twice and sew, leaving an inch opening to pull elastic through. Cut off the shirts arms, and in this case below, I just sewed them under the ruffle. Ta-da! Cute ruffly leggings!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Making Kid's Pants last a little longer...

If you have a little girl like mine who is a skinny minnie, then you may understand my dilemma:

18 month pants are too short but fit perfect in the waist, and 24 months/2T are the perfect length but don't fit in the waist. 99% of the time, they don't fit in the waist even with those little adjustable bands. So I've devised a solution.

This summer, I bought jeans and other pants at garage sales and on the clearance rack at the local resale shop. That's right - 50 cents or less per pair. Why did I buy them and not just use the ones she had? Well...I was hasty in giving them away. I figured, once it got to 95 degrees, that she wasn't going to fit in them in the fall, and so I gave most of the pants away. :( Sad me. But, it gave me a reason to shop, right??

Going through my stash of fabric, I pulled out some cute ones, and here is what I did:






Yay!

Of course, I made sure to do a bunch of pairs :) It literally takes about 10-15 minutes per pair. Try it if you have a tiny little one (who coincidentally eats enough for 3 people. The girl can out-eat me!)  I even sewed a little raw-edged heart onto the brown pair to match the material.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Halloween Bags and a Giveaway!

Today I worked on the kid's Halloween bags. Little man wanted a Batman bag (of course. Because really, would he want anything other than Superguy stuff for birthday/Halloween/Christmas/every other holiday??) But he wanted to help, so he and hubs cut out the Batman symbol from felt while I worked on the scrappy witch for my little girl's bag.

Scraps cut out for the scrappy witch:


Little man modeled for me. He doesn't feel he gets enough bloggy love, because I mostly make girly stuff. So here is the wonderful little man, showcasing the Halloween bags.



Here's the boy bag:



And the girl bag:


and the GIVEAWAY!

A Halloween Scrappy Witch candy bag!

To enter:

a) Become a follower and leave me a comment that you became a follower or already were (and leave me an email to contact you at!)
b) Leave a comment about your favorite part of Halloween for another entry.

I will pick a winner on Wednesday, September 8!

Here is the giveaway bag:


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