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...and a Happy New Year!

Happy to have today off with the fam.  :)

There's a what behind me??




I did this crazy awesome shelf redo a couple weeks ago, but I've been too busy enjoying it to post about it!

Here she be!


Little Things for Little People.

Tis the season of Babies!  Baby girls, seemingly!  Yay!

Two friends recently had little itty bitties, and I made them some darling prezzies!
First, for Sweet Baby P, I made a Hooded Towel and Washcloth Set, using this tutorial from The Purl Bee:


I made the set before I decided to take up residence in CraftBlogVille, so unfortunately, no pictures.  But trust, they came out sooo soso cute, if I do say so.  It's a really great tutorial.

Then for Little Baby Q I made a couple of things.  I had no time to get to the store for more terry cloth (hear my wallet sighing in relief?), so I just whipped up a few things from what I had on hand.    


Two darling little headbands!

To make these I used Foldover Elastic [purchased from eBay seller Hobovian - She sells packs of 10 one-yard cuts in assorted colors on the cheap!  Found her store through another blogger, but I can't remember who!], my trusty glue gun, one crystal-y button, and flowers stolen off of Emmys high chair.  She rips them off all the time anyway, so I think she's actually glad to see them gone. ;)

Aren't they FUN?  Foldover Elastic is bomb.  I hope Baby Q likes them!

And since these took like 10 minutes to make, the craft itch was not sufficienly scratched.  So I also made this sweet onesie:

I just realized that I took these pics before I actually sewed the little buttons on.  Ha.
Pretty sweet though, no?  Felt buttons!

I need to make Emmy some of those headbands.  They are SO easy and SO fast, and the possibilities are ennnnndless.  

So happy, happy birth, Baby P and Baby Q!  Me and Emmylou can't wait to meet you!

ETA:  You can purchase the felt heart buttons here.  I also saw ONE package of them at JoAnn last weekend.  And, I also found some on eBay a few weeks ago, which I bought on the cheap and sent to my first commenter, Sue.  (They're on their way to you Sue!)



Greetings from Arizona!

Just popping in to say hi, and that we'll be back to crafting and sewing soon!

In the meantime, Emmy is enjoying meeting family...

Meeting and loving sheep...

Meeting and not loving horses...

Eating and actually enjoying mutton... [shudder]

And fitting right in on her Native Soil...

More to come!  

Love to all!

p.s. Like that hat Emmy's wearing?  My mom made it.  Shouldn't she make an Etsy store?!  I think so too.  :)


How Flippen Cool is This?!

I've entered to win a Giveaway at Simply Modern Mom to win this bad boy:
(Not the kid, I'm sure he's a good boy.  The thing he's on ;)


I die!  Emmy would love this for YEARS! 

The winner also gets this Art Easel Attachment Kit! 


Ahh!!  Need!! 

Wish me luck! 



Anyone want some more turkey?!
Here's what I made for Em to wear to Thanksgiving dinner!

Turkey shirt!

How flippin cute?!  

I was inspired by this lil cutie to try out this tutorial from The Cottage Home.  It was so super fun to make this.  It really put me in the Holiday spirit.  :)


I decided against stitching a little face onto him - I was so in love with the result at this stage that I didn't want to fuss it up.  

I also pinked the feather pieces instead of just straight cutting them... I think it looks more... feathery, no?


For the body I fused two layers of felt together.  I only had the cheap stuff on hand, so one layer was pretty see-through, and not so cute.  To fuse the felt, I used this magical stuff called Steam-A-Seam - amazing!  I've had it forever but never used it.  [Side note: when I start a new hobby or craft, I tend to gather everything I will ever need for that particular craft, before I can actually start making/doing stuff.  True story.]

Now, the fabric for the feathers?  I did not have that on hand.  I didn't have any fallish quilty (I'm making up words) type colors or patterns, so I had to go into the local quilt shop.  I had never been there - I usually just go to Jo-Ann's; more apparel fabric and more people of my own ilk - garment sewers (if that's what you could call me ;).  The people in the quilting shop looked at me like a wounded lamb in a wolves den.  Eeesh.  So I grabbed a little stack-o-eighth-yard-cuts, and I ran out of there.  Like, literally.  :)  
Nothing against you quilters out there.  Yall just scare me to bits.

Inside out.

I used a lightweight fusible interfacing on the inside to make sure the stitches wouldn't pop and to make sure it was stable.  Looks damn good, eh?? 

I know, it's barley visible, but it's the only shot I got!

Loved this project!  I did it in just one evening after Loubs went to sleep.  I see many more of these in her future!  Maybe birds?  An elephant?  Fun!


Fancy Schmancy!


Whipped up these pretty ladies after being insanely inspired by Aunt Peaches version.  Hers are SO gorgeous!  I think I'll make more and jazz them up with greenery and berries and whatnot for Christmas.  I didn't get any action shots of them on the Thanksgiving table, but trust, they were so pretty!!

The best part about these?  SO cheap to make!  I got the round glasses at the Dollar Tree for... a dollar, and had the gold leaf on hand.  I think it was less than $10 for the leaf and the sealant when I bought them.  Sweet!  I'm totally going make silver ones too. 

Lit by TV glow :)  So romantic...

Love to all!


How was everyones Thanksgiving?!  

Ours was THIS fun:

Emmy had her first Thanksgiving meal!  SO cute!  No pictures of her eating, of course...  Too busy oohing and ahhing over her cuteness.
It was a wonderful day with family and food and merriment.  I can't wait 'til Christmas!  Maybe I'll actually get pictures of Emmy at the actual event :)

But, did you notice?

Teeth!  Two of 'em!  

Love to all!
More later...


We're Friends!

Me and the Singer, that is!

Ahh, how GOOD it feels to be sewing again!  After all the hemming (pun intended) and hawing, I LOVE this machine.  We have officially made nice.  For proof, see Prudent Baby Baby Pants, V2.0, below:
[disclaimer: my photography at the moment, is sh*tty, at best]

Scrumptious Limited stretch-corduroy pants that used to be mine.

Little tag!  Ah!

This pic is a note-to-self to save up for a new flippen camera!

For these pants I used an older pair of Limited cords I got pre-baby.  Funny thing is - they fit like Mom Jeans then, and fit better after I had the Loubeedoo.  Nonetheless, they still fit funny, and I wasn't ever going to wear them.  Perfect candidate for Lou Pants!

Love them!  And they fit her!  And she wore them all day today!


Dragons and Hearts and Freezer Paper, Oh My!

So me and my mother Emmylou may or may not have opened one of her Christmas presents a touch early.
But she's thisclose to walking!  She needed it! ;)

How stinkin' cute?!  She loves it and I also love it.  It's soo close to the ground and it morphs to adjust to her standing/walking needs.  And of course, she adores the music.  Atta girl.  :)

And upon closer inspection, perhaps you'll notice her sillycute shirt?

Made it!  

Well, not the shirt itself... I bought that, gimme a break.  But the heart garnish there?  All me!  I used a combination of fantastic posts and tutes on the subject of Freezer Paper Stenciling, like this one, this one, this one and this one.  Those Gals are clearly more skilled in the way of the stencil than I - this was sort of just a trial run.  A trial run that turned out faaaar less heinous than WonkCandles.

So cute, yes?!  It was really easy too, almost makes you regret every buying anything screen-printed!  But then you remember you can't draw worth boo, and the regret goes away.

I'm going to have to track down some Copyright-free images to try something more intricate.  Also, I love love love this silhouette idea for maybe a pillow or a tank for me!  Presh!

Action shots:


Premature removal of one of the stencils...

So much fun.  I'll definitely be adding this technique to my arsenal o' cute.



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