Thursday, October 29, 2009


B.O.B. is all I’ve done for the last 2 days and it’s a good thing it turned out as well as it did. 102909_0104  102909_0101 102909_0102 102909_0103 102909_0099

The last picture is my littlest monster dressed as B.O.B.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Skirt from slacks (tutorial)

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These used to be one of my favorite pair of slacks on my hubby. When the seems around the waist and pockets started fraying I was sad until….. I saw a cute skirt in my head!!!!!

I have to add that my mom asked where I got the skirt. When I told her she had a look of astonishment as she looked the skirt up and down! I had already told her about making it just the day before but she didn’t realize that it was the one I was wearing. It was the best compliment I could have gotten!!!

I entered this at Kimba’s DIY day over at A soft place to LandKimba

I’ve tried to write down how I did it, if you have any questions feel free to ask!!!

  1. use your seem ripper to undo the outside side seems of each leg. (I did the outside of the legs because those seems were fraying a bit, and I wanted to use the inside seem as part of the skirt) Also undo the hem seam.
  2. Measure how long you need your skirt to be and add about 4 inches to that number (mine was 25 inches). I measured 25 inches from the old hem seem (the bottom of the pants will become the top of the skirt) and put tick marks all along the pants and then cut it off. Now you have 2 panels that each have a front piece and back piece already sewn together. The back of the pants were naturally a little bit larger which works out perfect for the back of the skirt to fit over your bum =). 08 22 09_246408 22 09_2465
  3. Next I sewed them all together to make the tube of the skirt. You can easily tell the back because it is slightly larger, at this point I marked the back middle seem just so I wouldn’t have to keep figuring it out. 08 22 09_2466
  4. Now I pulled it on and literally pinned the side seems to what I was wearing where the side seems should be. I then pulled the front middle seem out in front of me and measured how much excess there was, mine had 2 inches excess in the front and 3 inches in the back. I put in the darts and absolutely HATED the way it hung so I took them and out and simply took in the front and back seems starting with 1 1/2 inches and gradually meeting up with the existing seem. Then I did the same on the right side starting with 1 inch. ( I did the left side when I did the zipper) ( See how the seem is bigger at the top? I didn’t cut off the excess because the edges were already surged to prevent fraying.)09 17 09_3869(Here you can see that is is just a flat front with out any pleats in it.)09 17 09_3867
  5. Now I needed to make an opening for the zipper. I chose the left side of the skirt and unpicked about 6-7 inches for the zipper opening. Remember that that is still one of the original seems of the pants so we are not undoing any sewing that we have done so far. I simply followed the instructions on my zipper package, To this day Zippers still scare me, I don’t know why, they aren’t that scary once you get started. Just remember to take in any remaining inches that you need to (I forgot to do this and had to do my zipper twice)09 17 09_3870
  6. Once your zipper is in use the remaining pieces of the pants and make a facing. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of what my cut out piece looked like before I sewed it on, but you can see it in the picture above. Then simply sew the facing to your skirt, iron the seem and hand stitch the facing to the zipper. Do what ever top stitching you want or even simply stitch the facing to your seem allowance on the inside of you don’t want any top stitching at all ( I hope that made sense.)
    1. Remember to finish off the edges of your facing piece. I always hate doing stay stitching (I don’t have a surger) but always regret it when I don’t. I think the hem and facing are the only places I had to do it on this project because all the other seems were still done from the slacks.
  7. Next I hemmed it up and added top stitching to the front and back seem and to the hem and the top of the skirt.09 17 09_384309 17 09_3867

Okay now if anyone is still reading this please tell me which shoes you lie best. You know how men are…. ;-)09 17 09_3838

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Welcome Little One!!! 2S4Y

My sister had a new little baby boy on Wednesday! So of course I needed to make a cute baby card! She didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl until he arrived so I whipped this card up and can’t wait to see the little man on Saturday!!! Although I’ve been informed that he needs bilirubin lights and I might not get to hold him =(. I was so hoping to snuggle and hog him since his cousin that was supposed to arrive next week is no longer coming.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Title…. What’s in a Title?

EVERYTHING!!!! But for the life of my I couldn’t think of anything good to write for a title. Alas I am no writer. I wish I was but that is not one of my talents and I am okay with it.

I finally finished my friend’s Birthday present. It’s very simple, just an altered note book and a cute paper box with a bottle of Prima’s inside it. I also gave her some scrapbook paper. She recently moved here from across the world where supplies were outrageous!!!! So she is still collecting all the “fun stuff". (Of course who isn’t still collecting it?)

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I found the notebook and Dollar Tree it came in a 2 pack. I made the box from a template found at Hemidemisemiquave. I created a lid for it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

2 Sketches 4 You

Yea I love it when I get time to play with the challenges out there in blogland! I also used some of my new Chatterbox that I won in a giveaway recently.

Have you ever had a card that was coming along just great….then somewhere in the middle you hated it….and then at the end you actually liked it again? This was just an interesting card in how it came together. I must say I’m glad it’s done and I’m glad I like it!09 02 09_2653 09 02 09_2652

Friday, August 28, 2009

I finished something!

So nice to finally have something I can share with you! I have a lot of projects that I am working on but they are all in the “ing” department and now one has moved to the “ed” department!

Here it is!

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I used this tutorial for using freezer paper as a stencil and went from there. I was in a rush and I used my heat embossing gun to dry the paint quickly and it worked awesome, I had this baby done in no time at all!!!!

Inside the bag is a little paper covered composition notebook and crayons. I had intended to include a little mini chalk board, chalk and eraser. Had them all done and then decided to have DH drill holes in it to add some ribbon…… should have left well enough alone! The drill split through the back, didn’t help that the bit wasn’t working well and so he pushed harder gurrrrrr. Oh well live and lean, but I had a lot of time in painting that thing today! My daughter was glad to inherit it even if it isn’t the cutest.

Here’s a peek at something I hope to finish Monday. Tomorrow we  are headed to a birthday party (that’s where the bag comes in) and then to the zoo with extended family. It will be a nice fun day and HOT!

Now that I see the one on the left on here it is pretty just the way it is, but I hope to make it even prettier with spray paint. This is a first for me but I’ve been watching all of you out there!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

I got sick after all.....

I had a post all written up but who knows where it went out there in cyber space? Well I got sick after all....Spent the Monday going to the Dr. for my little one to see about getting him to grow, he's 4 and only in the 50 percentile for a 2 1/2 year old! Then that night I got sick and didn't get better until Wed morning.
I did do a cut out of freezer paper to do an iron-on transfer for my sister, but since she finished it at home I don't have a picture of it =( Ihope to do a shirt for my daughter soon!
I started working on a hair bow (one I've never done!) today and will post pics tomorrow when I finish it up. I have quite a few projects that just need to be finished so hopefully I can do that, but I do need to do something fun with my little guy too, he comes first and he misses having the big kids home.
So hopefully you will see something fun from me soon!!!
Hope everyone out there in blog land is well, sounds like we weren't the only house hit with the sick bug!

Friday, August 21, 2009

So much to craft so many sick….

I have sick people for most of the beginning of the week YUCK!!! I am almost done sterilizing the house in the aftermath. And now the kids are back in school so i hope to spend many great hours crafty in the weeks to come.

I’m just glad i didn’t get what everyone else had, but I really wanted to have something fun to post. I guess good things come to those who wait so just be patient and I hope to have something up soon!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009


I got my goodies in the mail from Holly over at Charmed Life and I hope to play with them soon..... but today I have 1 sick child and 1 very MESSY house. Our Staycation was AWESOME but when you stay at home for a vacation and have 7 extra people over one night go wave running the next day and then leave to sleep at their house as soon as you get home from the lake you have 1 BIG mess. But it's okay cuz we had so much fun.
I hope to create something new soon, school starts on Thursday but I have plans of shopping with 1 kid instead of 3!!! Maybe after the shopping I'll get to PLAY in my craft room.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2 Sketches 4 You

laura's sketch Here’s my take on the sketch this week, it’s very simple but I really like how it turned out.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

I won I won!!!

I can't believe I won a giveaway!!! YEAH go check out all the goodies I'll be getting here!
This really made my night!!! because it's been one of "THOSE" nights!

I was trying to hurry and shower after our swim with the family because DH's sister and family would be arriving to spend the night. So I started filling the sink to soak my swimsuit (can you see where this is leading?) well....I got in the shower enjoyed the warm water since the pool was cool tonight and when I got out I heard water running...glanced at the sink...which was still ON!!!! and water was spilling down the front the counter was cover in water and oozing down into the bathtub next to it. We have a really big counter and the whole thing was covered in water!!!

Then as I was cleaning it up I bumped a frame and as I was catching it it bumped a statue and crashed into the tub! SERIOUSLY I thought? So I got that all cleaned up and then as I was simply closing the bathroom drawer the clock fell off the wall and broke, even the hands and the gears just came off. Needless to say I left the bathroom and don't ever plan on returning to it!!!! I'm sooo excited to have something to look forward to!!!

Raspberry Suite Challenge #14

rasp I never seem to get time to do these before they are over and this time I did it the same day it was posted, WAHOOOOOOO!!!!!

This was hard for me, I usually don’t like to mix pinks with reds or purple with reds but this is just a beautiful combination. And I even scrapped something without kids!!!! I NEVER do that. I’ve also never done a page with so much white space, I have to keep reminding myself that it is DONE and to stop messing with it.08 10 09_2280

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The little mirrors at the bottom were actually blue but I just used a makeup sponge and some purple ink and they turned purple so perfectly you wouldn’t know they didn’t come that way.08 10 09_2281

I hope I find time to do more of these in the future.

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This card sketch was a little outside the box and I LOVED it!!! I turned the sketch on it’s side.

I’m still not in love with my handwriting but I don’t hate it as much as I used to, I guess I just need more practice!!!08 10 09_2277

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gift for Baby

Don’t babies just smell the best?!!! My friend just had her baby and I had to make something for her, she has 3 boys and just got a little girl so I knew she wouldn’t have many girly decorations. I wanted to do vinyl but I changed plans and am soooo pleased with how it turned out! I went to the D.I. yesterday and they had the perfect piece of wood that I used to turn into a wall decorations for her. here it is.  08 06 09_2268 08 06 09_2269 08 06 09_2270

And of course she needed hair bows!!! So I snatched some that I already had made and the supplies for more as we left the house. It was a quick morning so these are not the best photos, the kids were literally waiting in the car to go to Grandma’s house as I took these pictures.08 06 09_2271  08 06 09_2274

I also found 3 different shelves to repurpose while I was at the D.I. but those will have to wait until next week as we are having guests this weekend. I hope to have them done soon so stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cute dress from Dad’s shirt

Please don’t judge me by these photos they are AWFUL!!! But when it’s all your model will give you that’s what you do, at least she smiled. These were taken awhile ago and I never posted them because of the horrible photos but oh well here goes.DSC_0256 DSC_0255

This was my first sewing project in YEARS and it was so much fun! I saw this on someone’s blog and had to try it! Take an old dress shirt and turn it into a cute sun dress. How genius is that? There is one in Tim’s closet that I am eyeing for another dress someday, let’s hope our little sprout isn’t too big to make it into a dress by the time he’s willing to give it up!

My next project is turning a pair of hubby’s slacks into a something……. We’ll see how that turns out. i hope to work on it today, but honestly it’s not looking good :(

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Oh Beautiful Wall

I am sooo happy with my new SCAL software (for use with a cricut) upgrade!!! I most likely could have made this with the old version but it was much EASIER with the new one, so if you haven’t checked it out you should!!!07 30 09_216107 30 09_2163   

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! I figured if I don’t get a new house yet I can at least have a new wall in the bedroom!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

A little crafting

I finally got to craft a little awhile back, it’s just taken me forever to post the pictures!!! I got the idea from Kristina Werner, if you have never seen one of her videos you are truly missing out!!! I love them! She does a video every Friday and Monday.

One thing I did different from her was I cut out 4 pieces of pattern paper to the same size and then I cut the angles all at once, therefore making 4 cards just alternating the papers. If you want really good instructions on how to make this card watch Kristina’s video here, it’s really easy to make and very fun. I love how when I cut them all at once it made 4 cards and took hardly anymore extra time!

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