Sep 30, 2011

Book Shelf Makeover

Isn't this owl book shelf cute??
It wasn't quite as cute when I first got it. Here it is in all its old, wooden been-around-for-awhile glory. Lucky for me, it came to me free. And when I saw it, I thought, Ah, potential!
I had my go-to color ready (it has, indeed, been my favorite color for projects lately). I put three coats of Neptune Blue on the book shelf, let it dry, and then sprayed some High Gloss Varnish on it to finish it off. And boy, was that a good idea. At first, I couldn't find my varnish and I didn't like the rough feeling of the painted wood.
 I finally found the Varnish (glad I was patient) and now the book shelf is nice and smooooth and glossy.
I added an oval of chalkboard fabric (just used some craft glue) and stuck it on.
Now it's ready to go! Pretty good for a free find, right?
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Sep 29, 2011

Two Yellow Rosettes

I've been playing around with rosettes some more, having some fun putting them to use in different ways. I made two yellow rosettes the other night while hanging out with my husband and started to see what I could do with them today.

A double-rosette necklace?
 A hair clip?
 A single rosette on a chain?
I have one more idea for these babies, but it involves a little more work, so I'll have to come back and post again when I get it done! What other ideas do YOU have for rosettes? I would love to know!

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Sep 24, 2011

Reversible Bucket Hat (Oliver + S pattern)

It may be the very end of summer, but I finally got a bucket hat done. And it's reversible too, which is soooo cool.

The pattern in from Oliver + S Little Things to Sew (just like the Explorer Vests I recently finished). This was my first time doing a bucket hat and, unfortunately, it wasn't as easy as it looked. It's not perfect, but hey, my son doesn't care. In fact, he loves it! His preference is the "animal side." Maybe I'll do better with my second hat. My son has already informed me that, yes, his little sister needs one too. (He's such a good big brother.)

Here's the hat on my 4-year-old son. It's a tad snug. And I used the largest size on the pattern.

 The hat seems to fit better on my daughter. She's 22 months and though it's a little big, I think it looks more comfortable on her. Too bad my son doesn't want to give it up!
Oh, darn! You caught me red-handed picking the grass again!
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Sep 21, 2011

Featured and an Award

Boy, was I surprised to see my Pinwheel Hair Clips featured on 

Also, I just received a Butterfly Award from Vanina this week. Yippee! Thanks, Vanina!

Sep 20, 2011

Explorer Vest for Her (Oliver + S pattern)

After finishing my first Explorer Vest for my son, he told me his little sister needed one too. (Aw!) So I got right on it. 
(I had to. He kept checking in. 
"Are you going to sew her vest while I sleep?" Uh, ok.)
Once again, this pattern is from the book Oliver + S Little 
Things to Sew. For my daughter's vest, I added a pink inside pocket (my son got a red one). This wasn't in the pattern, but I thought, what could be better than a secret pocket in which to tuck treasures close to your heart?
I love the back pocket!
On the go, sorry can't stop for a picture!
Here they are, wearing their matching vests. Yes, I do dig the matchy-matchy thing. ;)

Both my son's and daughter's vest got fishy buttons in the middle. But for my daughter's vest, I added matching pink flower buttons on the top and bottom. Just to make the vest a little more feminine.
I love how it turned out! And I love seeing them wear their vests together and being all excited to do that. So cute. Makes it all worth while.
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Sep 14, 2011

Pinwheel Hair Clips

What little girl doesn't need more hair clips??
When I found the tutorial for these adorable pinwheel hair clips, I was all over it.
 The Mother Huddle does a great job of explaining all the steps and it was sooo easy to do.
In a nutshell, you cut out fabric squares and stick them on some Steam-a-Seam (double fusible web). First one side, let it cool, then the other. Trim the squares again (my little ones were about 2x2 and the big one was about 4x4). Then make four cuts in each one, twist, and tie down with a button or bead. Glue on some clippies and you're all done!

Want to know where I get some of my supplies? I found a great online supply store called the Hair Bow Center. After looking around, they seemed to have the best prices for clips and ribbons. They also sell some ribbon-lined clips for .43/ea (and the price goes down after buying only 5!). I bought some of those too and that's what I attached to the pinwheels. (I didn't have any patience once the pinwheels were made. I just had to be done!) I've ordered from the Hair Bow Center twice and both times, my supplies were shipped really fast with confirmation and shipping emails sent almost immediately. Just so ya know! :)

 If you make these hairclips, please be sure to link up your pics in my FLICKR Group! Thanks!

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Rosette Wipe Board ~ Mama's Game Day Board

Earlier this month, my husband took my son to the Home Depot Kids' Workshop and, together, they made this.

 Well, actually, not quite this. They came home with what Home Depot called the ESPN College Game Day Board and it looked more like this. Minus the lovely orange and green colors.
Rather, it came home in its unfinished-wood glory. I admired the handiwork, marveled at the guys' work, and stashed it away for myself. In my mind, I had plans for this little "game day board." It was going to become Mama's Game Day Board.

I enlisted my son a few days later to help with the paint job. And then I attached these rosettes which I made not too long ago. You might remember them from this necklace, which I decided was not going to stay a necklace. Once again, I used my hot glue gun with my rosettes and attached them to the board. Now I can plan MY day with it. (Ok, so maybe this list is mostly wishful thinking!)

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Sep 8, 2011

Girl on a Tree Swing ~ Second Finish!

Yay! My second one is done and already up on the wall!
She is totally yukking it up there on that swing. 
What was so funny??
This one is bigger than the first one I did, but the white space is smaller (I think I like the thicker border and white space on the first one better...hmmm). For this one, I tried to follow the color scheme of the original with the fabric I had on hand. You can find Aneela Hoey's super easy tutorial on her blog, Comfort Stitching. I had a really fun time doing this mini-quilt!
I tried to imitate Aneela's quilting style with the border -- see those little circles? Fun! I really like how it turned out. I would love to do a project like this one again with an image that might be appropriate for my son's room (stars and planets, I'm thinking, since he LOVES outer space). Anyone have tutorials in mind??
 I also put some little pockets on the back when I stitched up the binding so that I could hang this baby on the wall. I followed the mini-tut at A Girl in Paradise (though I just used some extra charm squares and didn't bother ironing them.). Super easy.

And then I went outside and found a stick to use and put it inside. The stick is a little bumpy on one corner, so I may have to go back out and find a smaller, straighter stick (the exercising aspect of quilting, I suppose.). Oh, and I added a little rubber band and then hung it up. For my smaller, first girl-on-a-swing mini quilt, I used a chop stick and that worked perfectly!

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