July 30, 2015

Lulu Dress and Top Pattern + Giveaway

If you're here for the giveaway, you can scroll down to the bottom for the details on how to enter.

I like sewing with PDF patterns, especially when they're well written, and one of my favorites is the Lulu Dress and Top from Craftiness is Not Optional. I've sewn up several recently.

This one is my favorite. I cut the pocket out so that the little bird would be right in the middle of it. It's such a cute little tiny pocket for my cute not so tiny baby.

July 28, 2015

Ice Queen and Company Peg Dolls

I really like making these wooden peg dolls. Something about painting the little details is kind of soothing and relaxing. {You can also check out my family peg dolls, mermaid peg dolls and princess peg dolls}.

These ones I made for my middle daughter, who loves little toys and also all things related to a certain Ice Queen that was hugely popular a little while ago.

I used some regular acrylic paints, as well as some Martha Stewart pearlized and metallic paints.

And this one is my favorite. Check out her braid and the detail on her bodice. My oldest daughter saw them and asked me if she could borrow my paints. I asked why, and she said, "So I can paint smiley faces on them." Yeah, I vetoed that one.

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July 24, 2015

Diamond Teething Ring

Have you seen the new Diamond Teething Ring pattern from The Crafty Cupboard? I saw it on instagram, and as soon as I did, I knew I wanted to buy it. I've been wanting to make a teething ring with some wooden rings, and this is such a cute take on it.

I purchased some organic wooden rings on etsy. I wanted to seal them, but I didn't want to use anything that would go rancid over time, like olive oil. I also wanted to be sure that it would be safe for my baby, because obviously this is going to spend a lot of time in her mouth. I came up with the idea to use the Lansinoh lanolin that they make for breastfeeding. They say you don't have to wash it off before nursing, and I've used it for all my babies, and so far, so good. So I just rubbed some of that into the wood. The darker ring is the sealed one.

I used some Michael Miller Glitz fabric. Because glitz+diamond=perfect. This is a great project for using up scraps. I used scraps left over from this tunic and this dress.

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July 17, 2015

How to Add Lace Trim to Shorts

This is a quick project that makes a plain pair of shorts a little prettier. I found these on clearance last year for $1, so naturally I grabbed a pair in every color. These navy ones were a little boring, but I had some border lace that I used to dress them up in a hurry.

July 15, 2015

How to Be a Good Mom, or I Made Sugar Cookies

Have you seen the quote that goes something like "Good Moms have sticky floors, messy rooms, and happy children"? That's the quote that kept running through my mind as I made these sugar cookies. By the time I was done, my kitchen floor was super sticky from all the powdered sugar, my counters and cabinets looked like they had just been through and explosion in a frosting factory, and when they woke up the next day, my children were really happy to see a lot of frosted sugar cookies.

I've been wanting to try my hand at flooding cookies with royal icing for awhile, and so this is my first attempt. If you want to try the same thing, try watching you tube videos on flooding with royal icing. I also watched one about wet on wet technique.

I got some of my supplies at Hobby Lobby (like the icing tips and the bags-use a coupon!), and the couplers at Wal-Mart. I didn't get the bag ties, but that might be a good idea. The frosting has to be pretty runny for this to work, and a lot of it ran right out the back of the frosting bag. I've seen bottles instead of bags, and I'm thinking that is a genius idea for these. 

And these are the ones where I ran out of steam. They still taste the same though!

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July 13, 2015

Free Sewing Patterns to Try

Here are a couple of free sewing patterns I've tried and liked for my girls. They only come in one size, but if you don't have a girl that would fit into them now, you can pin this for later.

One's a romper and one's a top, but they're both named after their flutter sleeves.

This one is the flutter top found here.

It has a cute flutter sleeve. I've never seen one like it before and it was lots of fun to make. I didn't have enough of the heart fabric, so I added a band at the bottom with the same fabric as the neckband.

This romper is found here.  My little girl had been asking for a new romper (since the one she wore last year and the year before and tried to wear this year was just too small). This was perfect.

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June 30, 2015

Sewing for the 4th of July

I've been sewing for the 4th of July (I posted a tutorial for this strappy sundress the other day). I also made some things for my two other girls to wear. My son just got a plaid button up shirt that I bought because I ran out of steam. And it was on sale. Anyway, back to the sewing.

This is the Adelaide Vintage Romper from Peek-a-Boo pattern shop, and can I just say I really love how it turned out?

I was just going to use the red piping, but I had some white left over from another project, and I decided to add that in too.

The back is shirred, which will make it easy to get on and off (I hope anyway-I skipped the snaps!).

I also made Raelynn's triple ruffle bow shorts. I went with a larger size for the length, and they are super full. I think they look almost like a skirt, which is fine. I changed a few things about the pattern because I don't have a serger, but I think they turned out pretty cute anyway.

And that's my sewing for the 4th of July.

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