Friday, December 27, 2013

LinkUp #58

Time for another Free for All Friday.

The rules:

  • No more then 5 links.
  • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
  • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
  • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
  • Links must be family friendly.
  • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
  • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
  • Beyond that anything goes.

The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

Now get to it and have fun.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Lovely This and Lovely That

Well I said I would “hopefully” post the rest of my Christmas projects on Sunday.  Sadly that lead to posting them 3 days from Sunday, on Christmas day of all days.  To be fair I actually finished making them all yesterday.  I just was a little too busy to post them what with preparing for Christmas eve services a such. 
T-shirt with Lace and Cris-cross Straps
First up, this lovely top made from a plain t-shirt.  It had been ages since I’ve done one of these and nothing completes a lovely holiday skirt like a lovely dressy top.  I did the usual things I do with t-shirts (remove sleeves, cut sides and necks, add elastic, etc.), but the neck line is slightly different.   I used two types of eyelet lace to embellish the neckline, and I added cris-crossing straps on the front.  I’ve done something similar in the past but with straps that tie around the neck.  By doing them this way I don’t have to worry about tying them just right.  Saves time getting dressed.
Red Layered skirt
Speaking of holiday skirts, I made a couple more this year.  That’s right, not just one, but…
Black Layered Skirt
…Two skirts.  They are both very similar in design and made out of almost the same fabric.  Same Edwardian style pattern, but one is red and one is black.  In fact it’s the same fabric I used for the wreath and some of the ornaments on my list.  One might think it is a bit obsessive to have two extremely similar skirts, luckily one of them isn’t  for me.  It is a gift for someone, but I won’t say which one so as to not ruin the surprise for them.  Of course what’s more fun than lovely matching skirts?
Hair Accessories!
Lovely matching hair accessories!  When I made the fabric yo-yos for the wreath and ornaments, I made a few extra to use for hair accessories.
Black and White Headband with Yo-Yos
To go with the black skirt I made this lovely headband.  It is trimmed with white lace, black bows, and silver and white buttons.
Red and White Hair Combs with Yo-Yos
For the red skirt I made these hair combs.  Similar to the headband except I used white bows and use dark red rose buds instead of buttons.
Here’s the updated list:
Eleven down and out.
Have a lovely holiday everyone!

Friday, December 20, 2013

LinkUp #57

Time for another Free for All Friday.

The rules:

  • No more then 5 links.
  • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
  • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
  • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
  • Links must be family friendly.
  • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
  • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
  • Beyond that anything goes.

The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

Now get to it and have fun.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pouches, Just Pouches

In addition to the usual gift ideas (like ornaments), I thought it would be good to give something useful.  Something that served a practical purpose while still being pretty.
Pretty Lacey Pouches
Something like these lovely, lacey pouches.  Perfect to organize a purse or to use instead of one.  They were quick to make too.  I just cut rounded rectangles from the lacey fabric and some satin and pinned them together right sides out.  Just fold to form a pocket and add bias tape to the edges.  Finish with a snap and it’s good to go.
Yo-Yo Zippered Pouch
In addition to the lacey ones, I whipped up these pouches too.  The top one is a simple zippered pouch but with the zipper in the center for easy use.  The two on the bottom are a little more interesting.  They are made of two fabric yo-yos with a zipper between them and buttons for decoration.  A bit tricky to do but worth it.  They will make excellent change purses.  I’m thinking of making a tutorial for them, I just need to figure out how to explain it without confusing or annoying anyone.
Here’s the updated list:
Seven down, just four more to go.  I should have them done by Sunday, hopefully.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Birdies, Roses, and Ribbons

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I had intended to post this Sunday, but time sort of got away from me.  There was a lot to do that day. 

Sunday was the day of the choir’s annual Christmas Cantata.  I had to be up about an hour earlier to prepare for it as well as all the other things I had to do for the holidays.

Full skirt made from cardinal and holly print fabric and trimmed with bias tape and lace.  Perfect for Christmas.
I wanted to have a special new skirt to wear for the cantata, so I whipped this one out of some fabric I found at Bookman’s for 50 cents.  Great deal. 

It has cardinals and holly all over it.  I trimmed it with matching red bias tape and cream colored eyelet lace.

Easy pin made from wire stem roses and a safety pin.
As an added touch, I decided to whip up a lovely pin to match.  This one was super quick and easy to make. 

I just got four wire stem rose buds and wrapped the stems around a large safety pin.  Yes, that is a safety pin they are attached to, the leaves hide this fact.  To finish I just had to glue some faux pearls to the center of each bud. 

It was just the right thing to complete my outfit.  I’m thinking of making more in other colors.

Hair bows for Christmas made from fun ribbon and elastic hair ties.
The skirt fabric wasn’t the only good thing I found at Bookman’s.  I also found some cute holiday print ribbon.  It has the word “JOY'” printed on it.  I got 2 spools for 50 cents each.  I should mention that I used trade credit for the ribbon and fabric so they were essentially free for me. 

Anyway,  I bought the ribbon mostly to wrap presents in, but I thought it would be fun to use it to make a few small gifts too.  So I whipped up a few hair bows.  Perfect to delight a few little girls I know. 

I also whipped up a cute wristband for a certain little fellow I know.  I’m sure they will love them.

Here’s the updated list:

    Five down, Six more to go.  The next two will be up tomorrow.

     

    Recommended Supplies

    Friday, December 13, 2013

    LinkUp #56

    Time for another Free for All Friday.

    The rules:

    • No more then 5 links.
    • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
    • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
    • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
    • Links must be family friendly.
    • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
    • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
    • Beyond that anything goes.

    The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

    Now get to it and have fun.

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Yo-Yos and Buttons

    Last year for Christmas I made a bunch of ornaments out of fleece including a bunch of yo-yo ornaments (see Fleecy Ornaments).  Well, people seemed to liked them so much that I decided to make some more this year only with cotton fabric instead of fleece.
    Fabric yo-yo ornaments with buttons
    Behold!  Twenty nearly perfect ornaments.  Most of them were made from some green or pink and green paisley fabric.  A few were made from scraps of a delightful black Edwardian print fabric.  It’s the same pattern as the fabric used for my wreath but in black instead of red.  You will be seeing more of the this fabric very soon.Winking smile
    Just some fancy buttons and ribbon to make them tree-ready.  Can’t wait to give them out.
    Here’s the updated list:
    • Pouches
    • Zip, zip, zip
    • Red skirt
    • Black skirt
    • Bird skirt
    • Hair accessories
    • Ribbon fun
    • Top
    • Wreath
    • Ornaments galore
    • Bun-bun
    Three down, eight more to go.  Some of you may have noticed something a little different with this list.  I am linking the completed items on the list to their posts to make it easier for everyone to look back or check projects they missed.  Just trying to be helpful. Smile

      Wednesday, December 11, 2013

      Here’s Bun-Bun

      I  know a certain little boy who has been good all year and seems to like bunnies.  What would make a better gift than a cute little bunny?
      Bowtie Bunny
      How about a bunny like this one?  It came out a little differently than I had planned, but it’s still cute and that is all that matters.  He is made from some remnants I found at a small thrift store.  He is stuffed with actual cotton, has large button eyes, and of course he has a little bowtie for reasons I can’t share right now.
      Cotton Tail
      Also he just has to have this little cotton ball tail.  What else could be more perfect?
      Here’s the updated list:
      • Pouches
      • Zip, zip, zip
      • Red skirt
      • Black skirt
      • Bird skirt
      • Hair accessories
      • Ribbon fun
      • Top
      • Wreath
      • Ornaments galore
      • Bun-bun
      Two down, nine more to go.  The next will probably be up tomorrow or possibly Friday with some good news!

      Wordless Wednesday: A Good Use for Cute Ribbon

       

      Ribbon shoes before

      Before.

      Ribbon Shoes

      After.

      Tuesday, December 10, 2013

      Red and Green

      At work we’re having a little wreath decorating contest.  Sounds fun right?  Hence why it’s my first project for the holiday season.  Plain wreaths were provided free for anyone willing to decorate them, that of course includes me.  And everyone gets to vote on them and there are cash prizes for the best wreaths.Red and Rose Wreath
      Here’s my entry, think I have a shot?  It includes fabric yo-yos made from and Edwardian print fabric and trimmed with buttons and eyelet lace, dark red velvety bows trimmed with rose buds of the same color, and one big bow with a button in the center.  I’m not sure the big bow came out quite how I wanted, but besides that I think it came out perfectly.
      Here’s the updated list:
      • Pouches
      • Zip, zip, zip
      • Red skirt
      • Black skirt
      • Bird skirt
      • Hair accessories
      • Ribbon fun
      • Top
      • Wreath
      • Ornaments galore
      • Bun-bun
      One down,  ten more to go.  The next project will be up tomorrow, so look forward to it.

      Friday, December 6, 2013

      LinkUp #55

      Time for another Free for All Friday.

      The rules:

      • No more then 5 links.
      • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
      • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
      • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
      • Links must be family friendly.
      • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
      • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
      • Beyond that anything goes.

      The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

      Now get to it and have fun.

      Thursday, December 5, 2013

      Bring It On Santa

      christmas santa vintage image graphicsfairy bA few facts.  First, this blog has been very silent when it comes to crafty stuff, mostly due to lack of inspiration (and being lazy with the camera).  Second, a major holiday is looming that offers much inspiration to craft.  And third, nothing motivates more than a to-do list, not to mention that it helps organize all this “inspiration”.  Hence I’m bringing back the sort of old tradition of my yearly Christmas craft list.  And here it is in all it’s glory.
      Christmas List #4
      • Pouches
      • Zip, zip, zip
      • Red skirt
      • Black skirt
      • Bird skirt
      • Hair accessories
      • Ribbon fun
      • Top
      • Wreath
      • Ornaments galore
      • Bun-bun
      A decent amount to complete by Christmas.  And for that extra boost of motivation, I plan to have most of them completed by the 15th.  Yep, 10 days.  Better get cracking.

      Friday, November 29, 2013

      LinkUp #54

      Time for another Free for All Friday.

      The rules:

      • No more then 5 links.
      • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
      • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
      • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
      • Links must be family friendly.
      • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
      • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
      • Beyond that anything goes.

      The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

      Now get to it and have fun.

      Friday, November 22, 2013

      LinkUp #53

      Time for another Free for All Friday.

      The rules:

      • No more then 5 links.
      • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
      • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
      • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
      • Links must be family friendly.
      • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
      • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
      • Beyond that anything goes.

      The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

      Now get to it and have fun.

      Friday, November 15, 2013

      LinkUp #52

      Time for another Free for All Friday.

      The rules:

      • No more then 5 links.
      • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
      • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
      • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
      • Links must be family friendly.
      • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
      • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
      • Beyond that anything goes.

      The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

      Now get to it and have fun.

      Wednesday, November 13, 2013

      Wordless Wednesday: Big Charlie Black

       

      Big Charlie Black side view

      Big Charlie Black front view

      ig Charlie Black

      Friday, November 8, 2013

      LinkUp #51

      Time for another Free for All Friday.

      The rules:

      • No more then 5 links.
      • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
      • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
      • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
      • Links must be family friendly.
      • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
      • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
      • Beyond that anything goes.

      The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

      Now get to it and have fun.

      Wednesday, November 6, 2013

      Wordless Wednesday: “Hello Mr. Butterfly”

      As seen in the Mesa Urban Garden.

      Hello Mr. Butterfly

      Hello Mr. Butterfly

      Friday, November 1, 2013

      LinkUp #50

      Time for another Free for All Friday.

      The rules:

      • No more then 5 links.
      • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
      • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
      • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
      • Links must be family friendly.
      • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
      • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
      • Beyond that anything goes.

      The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

      Now get to it and have fun.

      Thursday, October 31, 2013

      Story Time: Who’s Afraid of the Dark?

      pumpkin girl vintage image graphicsfairy006bIt was a dark and stormy night.  A cliché I know, but true.  No one in the apartment but me and the baby, my 5 month old niece.  She was supposed to be asleep in the room at the back of our home.  Nope, she was crying instead, wailing more like it.  It was different however, which is why I walked down the hall a little faster than normal.  People who have spent some time around a baby tend to know what’s wrong by the way they cry.  I’ve spent enough time with her to know that wasn’t a cry because she just wanted her teddy.  It was a cry of absolute terror.

      I got to her and tried to calm her down, but she continued to cry.  This was confusing, there wasn’t anything in the room, at least not that I could see.  That’s when I noticed the room itself appeared to be shaking.  Why I didn’t immediately notice this I’m not sure, but it did appear to tremble.  Then I realized it wasn’t the room.  It was the lights flickering, quite violently in fact.  I decided to quickly move the baby to the living room, not that there was any real danger to her, right?

      From the living room I could see the light from the back room continue to flicker and then start to fade.  It faded into complete darkness.  This flickering and fading traveled pass the bathroom and down the hall, spreading to all the lamps in each room of the formally well-lit apartment.  The darkness was spreading quickly, and coming toward us.  As the darkness drew closer, her screams grew louder.

      It came closer and closer…

      …she got louder and louder…

      …Closer and Closer…

      …Louder and Louder…

      …Closer…

      …Louder…

      …Closer…

      …Louder…

      …and then…

       

       

       

      …Silence.

      Happy Halloween!

      Wednesday, October 30, 2013

      Over the Rainbow

      All right!  Finally posting something other than a LinkUp.  I have actually made several things over the past few weeks that I just haven’t gotten around to posting.  Sadly none have anything to do with my pink pants. Sad smile

      Anyway, Halloween is tomorrow as we all know, so I thought I should show off what I did for a costume. 

      Dorathy before

      I found this Dorothy costume at a yard sale for $2.  It had several problems.  Too big, too open in back, crooked buttons, frumpy skirt and sleeves, stains, crooked ric-rac, etc., and did I mention that it was too big?  Time to work a little Halloween magic.  So here’s the before…

      Dorathy after

      …And after.  The skirt was an easy fix.  I just had to shorten it by about 4 inches and move the button in the back to cinch the waist.  The top was a different story.  I literarily had to take it apart, chop off a few inches everywhere, and sew it back together.  I also added a zipper to the back so my entire back wasn’t exposed.  Now it fits me almost perfectly.  All done?  Nope.  It takes more than a blue dress to make a Dorothy costume, so time for the accessories.

      Basket with dog

      I found this basket at another yard sale for only 25 cents.  Best deal.  I used some scraps from the costume to make bows.  I just cut strips using my pinking shears and tied them to the sides of the basket.  Easy and cute.  The little doggie was a birthday present from some reaally good friends of mine.  Yep, my birthday was yesterday.  Smile

      diy ruby slippers

      Moving on,  what’s a Dorothy costume without ruby slippers?  For these I started out trying to make shoe covers.  I’d seen some in stores, but didn’t like the price or the quality.  Anyway, I cut up an old Christmas stocking and used my shoes as a guide to make a pattern.  It was easy enough, but I was having trouble getting a good fit until I realized it would be easier to just sew the fabric right to the shoes.  Luckily I had an old pair of ballet flats that would have otherwise been tossed.  Several minutes of sewing (and one broken needle) later, I had my slippers.  Now I have one complete Dorothy costume that cost less than $5 to make.  Yay!

      Friday, October 25, 2013

      LinkUp #49

      Time for another Free for All Friday.

      The rules:

      • No more then 5 links.
      • You must link to individual posts on your blog instead of the just your blog.
      • Same with shops (zibbet, etsy, etc.), link to a specific item in your shop.
      • Twitter and Facebook links are welcome.
      • Links must be family friendly.
      • Don’t forget to grab one of my buttons (they’re on the left).
      • Following me is not required, but it is helpful (for me).
      • Beyond that anything goes.

      The best links are pinned to the Best of Free for All Fridays Pinterest Board.

      Now get to it and have fun.