Friday, April 27, 2012

Fun Things Friday

Hello everyone!  I hope your Friday is shaping up to be a great day!  Mine is.  My kids are all at school which was amazing because Abby came home from school yesterday with a fever and a tummy ache.  But then with a little rest and some soup she was feeling much better and was running around and playing by the time her siblings came home from school.  I'm so glad sickness didn't stay at our house very long.  (Knock on wood.) 


So anyway, I found some fun stuff this week.
Check out this adorable skirt!  It's called "Girl's layered ruffled skirt".  Go here to find out how to make it.
In fact, I put a link on the side on my blog to get there any time.  It's called Craft Gossip.  There lots of great stuff there. 
I found this at I am Momma Hear Me Roar.  What a fun way to welcome Spring.
These are so amazing and what makes them even more amazing is that Ashley from Make it and Love it makes them from an old purse.  Check it out!
With summer just around the corner.  These ideas looked like tons of fun. 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this Fun Things Friday post.  Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Super-Easy Summer Outfit

Well, I've been busy with all sorts of crafts and such, so brace yourselves for all sorts of post in the near future.  


About 3 months ago my mom sent some clothes and stuff that we left at her house last time we visited and there was one bag that did not look familiar.  It was a bunch of fabric from some nightgowns that my sister, Hannah made for her little girls.  It was cute, so with her permission to have it, I made a cute little summer outfit for Abby.  It was super easy and I'm working on one for Elsa right now.  I got finished with it fairly quickly and when Abby came home from school, she was thrilled.  She ran back to her room to try it on and did not take it off for the rest of the day, then she wore it to school the next day.  
 Notice something missing in her mouth?  Yes, my baby is already losing teeth.
  Wanna know how I did it?  Here goes!
 First of all the shirt was already done for me, thanks Hannah.  But to do the shirt, just get one of your girls shirts/dress and use that as a pattern. 
 I cut four strips of fabric about 1 1/2 in.
then sewed them on the shirt to make the casings for the ties. 
Then, I cut eight strips longer than the length of the casing, as long as it takes to tie a bow, for the ties.
Then fold and sew them.

Then, I pinned two together and threaded them (2 each) through the casings, sewed the top of the casings closed catching the top of the ties in the seam,  and tied the other ends in a bow.
 And there you go.  A cute shirt for summer.  I also made simple leggings out of the shirt sleeves.
That tutorial coming soon!
Have a wonderful day! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Velcro-Ribbon Watchband

 Ever think that having a water-resistant watch is kind of pointless to have when the watchband is leather?  That's what I had for a long time, actually.  I liked the look of it, but would forget about it when I got into water and also over time the band wore out and kind of stunk from getting wet/sweaty.
So one day I was going through some ribbon and sewing stuff and found some velcro and had the brilliant idea to try to make a velcro watchband.  I had one before when I was in college (store bought) and really liked that one and thought I could make my own, several even, to match different outfits.   There are a lot of advantages to having one of these that I discover every day.
         1.  It's so easy to get on and off.      
         2.  Now, I don't have to worry about taking it off when I swim.
         3.  It's a lot softer than a leather one and the buckle doesn't scratch myself (or my kids or if I had a baby).  When I had babies, I wouldn't wear my watch because I was scared I would scratch them.  This would've been great to have.

So anyway, are you ready to see what I did.  It's very simple and takes only a few minutes, so on with the tutorial......

All you need is;
 3/4 in. wide velcro
3/4 in. wide of your favorite ribbon
Sewing machine
and of course, a watch face :)

 Step 1:  Cut two pieces of the ribbon about 8 in. or measure your wrist for exact measurements.  (I have always been considered "med.-big boned" so my wrists are pretty big.)  Then, cut you velcro the same size.
Step 2 :  Sew your pieces of ribbon to each (male and female) piece of velcro. 
Step 3:  Then, put the velcro pieces together so that they will grab hold of each other when they're on your wrist.  (Make sense?)  So I measured about 3 in. down the female velcro and stuck the male velcro to it.
Step 4:  Then, slide the band through your watch.  It might be a little thick to slide through, so carefully take the pin out.  It springs out so make sure it's covered with your hand or something so it doesn't go flying.
Put the band on it and replace the pin.
 Now you have a great looking watchband!  So now go get some velcro and cool ribbon and make some for yourself.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Fun Things Friday

Hello!  I hope your Friday is turning out to be a great day!  It is for me.  I jogged on the treadmill this morning when I really didn't want to and now I feel great!  Then, after taking my kids to school, I mopped my floors and put a load in the washer and did the breakfast dishes.  Then I wrote a post for my other blog.  "Citizen Mom", I just started this blog as a place where I can go to talk about and share what I've learned about the meaning and history of the Constitution.  I think it's important for me to know it, so I can make educated decisions for my future and my children's also.  Anyway, so if you would like to join me then head on over to "Citizen Mom".

Ahh! It feels so good to be so productive!

So now for some Fun Things to do with/for your kids.....
I saw this on pinterest and thought this was genius!  
My kids love to draw and they would LOVE this, I'm totally doing it!
How's this for a healthy snack?
Jamba Juice smoothies made in your own kitchen.  Yum!
Ever see something and think, "Why didn't I think of that?"
Well, that's exactly what I thought when I saw these.  

Well, I hope you enjoyed my Fun Things Friday today!  Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Little sisters "NEW" shoes

As you probably noticed there is some changes that I'm trying to make to my blog.  I'm trying to get a Menu all set up on top of the blog to make it easier to browse my blog and help it to look more organized.  So please pardon me for not having it all ready yet, hopefully it will be all ready very soon.  
In the meantime, Let's talk shoes shall we.....

So, Elsa got these shoes a year ago for her baptism (I can't believe it's been a year already) and now they are too small for her.  So she passed them on down to Abby.  Well, the only problem with that is Abby loves them, but they are still too big for her little feet.  She was sad because she really wants to wear them.  I thought, "Hmmm, maybe you don't have to wait to wear them."   So this is how I solved this problem......
Since Abby loves to dance like a ballerina, I thought these would be perfect.

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Ok, here is how I made these cute little shoes fit my little girl sooner and last a little longer.
 First thing I did was take some white shoe polish and clean up them up a little.
Then, while the polish dries, cut some ribbon.  (1/4 in. ribbon works the best) Cut it about 1 1/2 - 2" in. in length.  Then use super glue, E-6000 or any strong glue (not hot glue, it will pull off too easy as she walks).
Then glue one end of the ribbon down to the inside back of the shoe, then put glue on top of that and fold the ribbon down on top of that making a loop.  Making sure it's big enough for ribbon to fit through. 

Then, cut a piece of 3/4 to 1 in. (or desired size) ribbon according to your girls ankle size.  Just wrap around her ankle a couple of times (like a ballerina) and tie a bow to see how long to make the ribbon.  Thread it through the loop and you have an instant ballerina. 

You can have lots of different colors to match every outfit.  Fun, fun! 
A warning though:  She might love them so much that she will prance around where ever she goes.