Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding

Features of a different sort today....

So some people are laughing at me.  But I really want a hat.  Really want a hat.  We're pretty boring -- I'd probably end up wearing it to the grocery store. 

But I would.  I would wear it down the cereal aisle with pride.  While matching up my coupons.

Because that is royal.

Royal Wedding Arrivals
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
I got the photo here
Now I admit that some hats might seem more extreme.  But I will say -- I like the blue color.  And I like her coat. 
Princess Osborne
Picture from here
I'm kind of a freak for feathers right now.  I think that this one would do well down the Kroger aisles.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Picture from here
Love it.  Love it. 

Lady Frederick of Windsor
Picture from here
This one is slightly more "cruise ship" than Royal Wedding in my opinion. But Lady Frederick pulled it off nicely.  She makes it look classy.

Princess Marie-Chantal's hat
Photo from here
I think this hat is great.  The color is gorgeous. I love the flowers.  It looks very British.

Kate is a hat lover too.
I got the photo here
Andy said it looked like one of those old satellite dishes, but I like it :)

I got the photo here
One of my favorites.  So pretty.  So classic. 

I got the photo here
Really?  I'd smile too.  Told you - I'm a sucker for feathers.

So million dollar question.  If I was in line at the grocery store and you saw me wearing one of these hats would you laugh? 

I loved the wedding.  I loved the dress.  I actually just love Kate's (or are we supposed to call her Catherine now?) style.  I hope she brings back the classic styles.  The clean lines.  So classy.  I need a long coat, pearls and a hat. 

Tomorrow is the Blogger of the Month Link Party at Today's Top 20.  Come link up your best project that you made in April.  Prize will be donated by the fabulous ladies of My Vinyl Designer !!  Right now they are offering 25% off every order until the end of April!  HOW AWESOME!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Blog Updates

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter weekend!  We sure did!  Just a few quick things!
{I wanted a picture next to the flowers - he was mad because the grass was wet.}

First - Have you heard of BlogFrog?  It's an awesome site that allows everyone to connect in communities.  Think facebook ... but in groups.  I started a group called Do It Yourself.  I'd love for you to join!  There is an open forum - start discussions, meet other people, share ideas!  I'd love to start monthly "creative meetings" (a.k.a. live chats) once we get enough members! {Click here or over on the right to join - and of course, it's free!}

Second - Blogger of the month party is coming up over at Today's Top 20My Vinyl Designer is donating yet another awesome prize!  You should really go check them out because - well - they rock.
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Third - I'm really trying to evaluate myself as a blogger.  And make sure that as my blog(s) grow that I am keeping them going in the direction that I'd like.  I started blogging so that I could inspire, be inspired and make friends who understood my excitement over things like burlap, printable fabric (ok, just fabric in general) and decorating for such holidays like Talk Like A Pirate Day (oh yes, it's a biggie in our house). 
With that said -- please join me on Twitter, email me, join the Do It Yourself Community, if you live in the Indianapolis area let's do lunch.  We don't need a blog conference to all get together! :) {Although -- I can't wait to go to one!}

Pillowcase to Tote Bag

(This was originally posted on A Vision To Remember! But I had to show you guys!) 

I'm always finding cool pillowcases at the thrift shop and Goodwill.  And for 50 cents why not pick them up!? 

My son loves Mario.  So when I found this pillowcase it was a no brainer. 

If your son is like mine, then he's on the go -- a lot!  Grandma & Grandpas, friends house, other Grandma & Grandpas, in the car ... go go go! 
Time for a tote bag! 
And pillowcases make it SO quick (about 15 minutes) and EASY!!!

First make your straps.  I cut mine about 24 inches long and 4 inches wide.  You will need 2!

To make the straps fold over one edge to the half way mark and pin. 
Repeat on the other side.  Then fold in half and sew together. 

Figure out which side you want facing and which to be lining.  I chose to have Mario on the inside due to where the fold is.  Plus, we like green so Luigi wins. :)

I cut about 3 1/2 inches off the bottom since this was going to be a child size bag.  Then you cut a small square in each corner. 

{Can you believe it?  That's ALL the cutting!}

Pin the side and bottom.  Leave the top and the square cut outs unpinned.
To place straps, fold the bottom and the sides in.

Pin your straps on giving about an inch to sew securely.  Then flip and pin on the other strap so they are nice and even.
Sew around your pinned edges.  You will want to use a zig zag stitch to make it super secure.

Now you just have the corners.  Pull the inside corners to make a flat base - match up your zig zag stitch that you have done.  Stitch with a zig zag.

Flip right side out.  And your done! {We take Yoshi everywhere!}

Nothing like getting your picture taken first thing in the morning!! {P.S.  You like his Pj's?  Daddy let him pick out jammies last night -- out of my Goodwill pile!! Did he not notice how small that shirt was?! }

Just focus on the bag! :)  Someone is getting a haircut! TODAY!

He really does love the bag.  And I'm happy that it is the perfect size for him to carry his own stuff!  {And I just can't get over this pj/hair}

Friday, April 22, 2011

Flower Rag Quilt Blanket

I am so excited to be here today! I am the author of A Vision to Remember. I also have my own etsy shop, where I sell many of my creations. I am a stay at home mom of 2 awesome girls and one dog. They are my inspiration for sure. Everything that I have made has been for them in some way.

Here are a couple of things that I have made over at my blog:

I love making rag quilts. I sell many in my etsy shop, but this pattern is available for download on my blog here.

This was a fun pleated headband that I made for myself (one of the few times that I craft for myself, if you know what I mean :)

I also made this fun Ribbon skirt for my daughter (Part 1, Part 2)

I also have many other tutorials on my blog. Make sure to stop by and check them out.

I also have my own Etsy shop. There I sell rag quilts, car seat tents, and lots of patterns. Some of the patterns I sell are rag quilts, belly band, and fabric flowers.

Thanks again for swapping blogs with me and make sure to stop by tomorrow and link up to Check ME Out Saturday Link Party Have a great day!

It's Virtual Payday - Let's go shopping!

{I'm guest posting over at A Vision to Remember.  Go check out my pillowcase to tote bag tutorial!)

It's Friday!  So my virtual payday is here!  Time to go virtual shopping at Etsy! :) $100.  Here's what I would get...
Teacher Appreciation Cupcake Toppers
I think I'm going to have to order some of these fondant Teacher appreciation cupcake toppers.  Then it will look like I'm an awesome cupcake maker. :) Village Cupcakes has lots of cute toppers! $12.95

vintage gold yellow jar container - with lid - textured
I love yellow.  This would go perfect in my craft room!  I'm always needing jars to hold scraps - velcro - elastic - buttons - STUFF! :) This one is from Moxie Thrift.  $11

4 Feet Lufkin Ruler Ribbon Measuring Tape
Isn't this measuring tape from 58 & Grace cool?  Only $3.55!  And guess they're right next to me! Small world! 

Beeswax Bird Candle Garden Decor Original Mold
Again - craft room!  How adorable is this beeswax bird candle!? $9.50 from Rose Kraft

Cupcake Votives -- Set of Four Soy Votives
How fun are these cupcake candles from Mireio?  $12 for set of 4 votives.

Green Hawaii Girl Ribbon/sewing tape 1/2 inch width
I think this is super cool - Hawaiian girl ribbon!  I have NO clue what I would ever use this for - Josh doesn't seem like the type to want some girls on his stuff!  From Aramaa $2.20/yard

ZD002 - 3 Meters Little Red Riding Hood Ribbon ( Sky blue )
Warning:  I went on a ribbon kick... :) Love the little red riding hood!  $6.50 for 3 meters (3.28 yards) from Himenana's Fabric Garden.
ZD001 - 3 Meters Black Russian Doll Woven Farbenmix Ribbon
Also from Himenana's Fabric Garden is this ribbon!  Love the dolls! Also $6.50 for 3 meters (3.28 yards)

Pink Gnome Fairytale Fabric
I love vintage fabrics!  This is a Dutch cotton gnome fairytale print.  I think this would look so cute as a little girl's skirt! From She's Living Lavida Loca $6.75

SALE 15 to 40 percent off 5 half yard bundle of Moda Just Wing It by Momo 1/2 Yard cuts
The Knotted Bobbin has this great 1/2 yard cut pack of Moda Just Wing It for $17. 

SALE 15 to 40 percent off Hullabaloo By Urban Chiks for Moda fabrics yard bty yardage animals zoo Zoology Bright 32403 17
And I'd have to take home this fabric too.  Hullabaloo from Urban Chicks for Moda.  $8.07 at The Knotted Bobbin.

Wow!  I did pretty good on my virtual shopping trip here!  $106.17.  I manage to come in a little over budget each week. :) Story of my life! lol

What shops would you spend an extra $100!?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday - Butt Cake Edition

I made this butt cake (Josh refuses to call it a bundt cake.  7 year old humor.  Gotta love it.)  It had lots of frosting.  We ate some on Friday (obviously) and woke up Saturday to this.

Me: Joooosh, what happened to the cake?
Josh: Sorry mommy.  I couldn't help it.  The frosting is just so good. 

He licked the cake.  Licked it people.  It's a darn good thing my thighs don't need another piece.....

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hunting For Spring

For those of you who don't know...I live in Indiana.  And it's been cold.  And then it got warm.  For a day.  And then cold.  And now it's finally starting to get warm again.  I'm SOOO ready for spring!  Are you?

It's supposed to rain for like the next week so I figured I should probably get out while I could.  I'm so glad I did - signs of spring!  WOO HOO!

Trees starting to grow their leaves back...
Even the weeds are pretty.

Aren't all the flowers in the trees pretty?

Except these trees!  Yowza!  Josh thinks these trees are just the coolest.  Must be a boy thing.
And I got home just in comes the rain! 
So ready for warm & sunny weather to be here!