Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Card Crazy

After Allison from Little Lovelies' card month, it got me wanting to make some cards. It was perfect timing because this was the birthday month for family.I used her tutorial on how to use stamps on patterned paper to make these donuts, which I LOVE.
I also made some tags with them.
I love clipping tags on bags with some small clothes pins I found at Walmart.I also made some banner cards and get well cards using her tutorials. So much fun!!
I have a lot more, but I gave them away already. Maybe if I make some more, I'll share them!

Monday, September 19, 2011

"What the..."

(The post title is a subtitle to this picture...had to share some Chloe cuteness!)

Happy Monday everyone!!

I really wish I had a crafty post for you today! I have a million projects, but they need their finishing touches. And I need my husband for most of them, but while the weather is still warm, he's hard to get "project help" from. He'd rather use up these last bits of warm weather for doing more entertaining things. So that's what we've been doing. Plus we've had about a million peaches, so we've also been doing a lot of canning. We have enough peach jam to last us the rest of our lives, some peach-raspberry freezer jam, and some yummy bottled peaches. I love being able to bottle up summer in a jar.

Another little hiccup in my project life would be still trying to get used to three kids. I feel like I can't keep up with anything! How do you people with 4+ kids do it?! I can hardly catch my breath after cleaning before I have to do it all over again!!

I promise I'll be back soon with a project!! Don't lose faith in me!!
Until next time...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Guest Post: Scrappy Flower Headband

Today I'm guest posting over at My Own Road! So I thought I'd post it here as well! Here it is:



I LOVE sewing things for my little girl, especially when it's a hair accessory.
Yep, I'm an accessory-aholic.
So I'm going to share with you one of my favorite accessory, a scrappy flower headband. Not only are they adorable, but they also help you used up scraps, AND they're super easy to whip together. Plus, I can use these for my little one, or for myself. BONUS!






All you need is some scraps of 3 different fabrics. One needing to be at least 29 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. Also, a sewing machine would definitely be helpful, and scissors.





Start by folding your long piece of fabric in half, width wise. Cut from the fold to the ends, tapering down as you go. The fat end should be around 2 1/2 inches wide.
Next, either serge the edges, or if you don't have a serger, leave the edges raw and sew a straight line 1/4 inch around the edges. Over time, the edges will fray a bit, giving the headband a different, but equally as cute look.Next, cut a couple strips of your fabric for the flower about 1 inch wide. How long you will need them will depend on how big you want your flower, and how "tight" the flower will be pleated. So the length is up to you. But more is always better to start out with. Also, cut a couple leaf shapes of your third fabric.
Lay one "leaf" off to one side of the headband. Sew around the edges about 1/4 inch in.
Lay the next "leaf" down where you want and sew.
Now, take one strip of fabric and pleat it a couple times so it fans out (pleates being tighter on the bottom, more loose on the top). Press with the iron.






Add a few more pleates. Press again.






Repeat until the strip is completely pleated.






Start laying out your flower, making a large circle.





Once you make a full circle, sew it down.







Circle the rest around and pin in place.






Sew it down. You can do a cirlce, but I like to do a triangle. I'm not sure why.
Now, you can either finish it off with a button in the center, which I do often, or you can do a fabric center, which I will now show you.
Take a short strip of the fabric and pleat it to make a "mini pleated flower".
Place that in the center and sew down.












And you're done! It only takes a few minutes, and you can whip out a whole bunch of them in one sitting!





You can also do different variations, like instead of one big flower, you make smaller versions of the pleated flower, and group them in threes. You can see a bunch of my variations on my post HERE. These will fit a child or an adult.





I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! If you make any, feel free to add them to my flickr group HERE! I'd love to see them!!





Thank you Jen for letting me visit your corner of the blogging world today!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Winner!!

Thank you for all your sweet comments on the birthday party!!


The winner of the flag garland via Random.org is



Kim@todayismysome-day



congrats Kim!! I'll be emailing you shortly!!



Well, I have some projects near completion that I'm excited to share with you!!



Have a great weekend everyone!!