Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I LOVE Seersucker!

Earlier this summer I purchased some Seersucker from Fabric.com (love that website) and by July 4th I had constructed an outfit for each of my kids. I can not tell you how much I LOVE Seersucker! It is cool and preppy all at the same time. Plus, it was so easy to work with. Check out my cool, preppy kids attire.

For my son I made him some shorts and added a cute whale applique on the pocket.

This dress is now one of my daughter's FAVORITE dresses. She wears it at least once a week. This is the same applique used on my son's shorts. I love coordinating clothes for my kids.


Here is the back!
Then this week my friend just had her third baby boy and I hooked him up with this preppy onsie! I wish I had something like this for my son when he was a baby!
Question: How long into the fall is it appropriate to wear Seersucker? Please do not tell me until Labor Day...because that rule just might be broken in this house!!
That reminds me I haven't told you all my latest baby news. We are having a BABY GIRL! We are so excited! I am doubly excited to make lots of girly things for her!! Yippee!! My mind is racing on all the things to make her!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Drab to Fab- Little Black Maternity Dress

I recently helped host a "Couple baby shower" for a friend (okay when I say recent that is relative because it was late July, but my months are flying by so that only seems like a couple of days ago. Moving on...

Everything was planned and I wanted to look the part. Although I was not really showing I didn't feel comfortable in anything I owned. I decided to reinvent a dress I had inherited from my MIL into this...

(please ignore the quality of the pictures my 46" photographer was doing the best she could do)

Here is how the dress started....can you say frumpy? It was only 2 sizes too big but the material was of excellent quality.

How I did it:
I cut from the bottom of the arm holes all the way across- front and back. Then I sewed down one side to downsize the side seams. At the top to make it a little bit more tailored I added a box pleat in the middle of the breasts. This way it was fitted around my chest and left room for baby to grow. (Easy way to make maternity clothes)

Again, sorry for the quality of this picture but you can see the box pleat very well in this picture. No baby bump yet- but I was really comfortable.


Then I turned over the top 1 1/4" Added black 1" elastic and sewed it up. Here is the back. Best part...I didn't have to hem it. Once I cut off the armholes and turned it over for the elastic it was the right length!



I love this dress and I have worn it several times since I have made it. It cost me $1.00 in black elastic. Reinventing clothes is the best!!

(If you are wondering-I normally do not have such a pointy chest, I was trying to get pictures without pulling out my strapless bra...this is what I get for being lazy!)

Last wee I highlighted some other fabulous bloggers who re-purpose clothes as well! Check them out.

Today I am participating in these Parties.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Gifts From the Heart Linking Party- August

Welcome to my August Gifts from the Heart Linking Party! So happy you are here. As a 16 week pregnant woman I can tell you that I starting to feel human again and that feels GREAT! I have started sewing again and nothing fuels my soul better then sewing!

Baby stuff has been heavily on my mind. I can think of 5 good reasons....My sister's baby, my BFs baby is coming to visit, my other BF is having a baby in September, my cousin is having a baby in October, and then I am having a baby in February. We are just a regular baby factory over here.

One recent gift I have made for my sweet and beautiful niece, McKenna, is a tag blanket. Seen and done a million times but makes a million babies very happy!! This time I made it extra special by adding Satin Ribbon Trim as a tag. EXTRA SILKY.

Here is the finished tag blanket.

Really simple to make...I use fleece material on the front and back so you do not have to so turn inside out. Your raw edge of fleece will not fray. Makes it even easier to make.
Material Needed:
2 pieces of Fleece Material 15X15
Assorted Satin/ Grosgrain Ribbon
Satin Trim (not necessary but feels extra soft)


To make the satin trim work I folded one half like so...


Then folded the other side to meet in the middle. Cutting off at the bottom of the fold. Placing it between the two fabrics with about 1.5" sticking out.


Place your ribbon in any position. The ribbon I cut at 5 inched folded over and secured with a pin.


Sew around all the edges and you are done.


Of course, one part of a gift is the recipient needs to RECEIVE the gift. Oops! I was planning on giving this to McKenna in early August but due to family sickness we were unable to go. Now I just need to get to the mail box. Sister: Now you know what to expect in the mail!! Love ya!
Now for you to show us some of your homemade gifts. I love homemade gifts and I am always looking for inspiration. This is a place where we can show off things you have made for others. It can range from gifts, to special meals, to stories of kindness from others. Inspire us!
This will be open for 7 days!!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Feature Friday- Re-Purposed Clothes- Gifts From The Heart

I personally LOVE reinventing clothes for my daughter, son and even me for next to nothing. I have noticed on blogland there is a trend amongst sewing bloggers to re-purpose manufactured clothes as well. All it takes is a little creativity and time!! The possibilities are endless.

This week I want to share with you some other bloggers who are going above and beyond re-purposing clothes for their loved ones. I can't think of a better gift from to heart! Plus, it is also a gift to your pocketbook- bonus!
Kalleen from At Second Street made this adorable dress from a skirt for her daughter. Brilliant. She has also reinvented lots of other items too. She is quoted as saying "I can't tell you how easy it is to re-purpose clothes. I don't think I'll ever make anything from scratch again. I especially love not having to hem." My thoughts EXACTLY!
Kristin from The Meldrim Family Post Who Needs to Buy Clothes Anymore made this adorable dress for her daughter from a girl's tee. Then embellished it with a flower. What a cutie of a model too!


Speaking of easy on the pocketbooks, my blogger friend Melissa from Those Northern Skies made a purse out of an old sweater. She also makes her daughters' clothes out of sheets, and purses out of jeans. Her re-purposing skills are endless!!
Here are some items I have made over the past few months.
- A dress turned into a skirt. that is over 50 years old from my grandmother.
- A dress from my mother's GW bag into a dress for my daughter
Actually I have done lots more I just haven't found the time to post about them...but you get the point.

Finally, my sister introduced me to website called A New Dress a Day. It is a woman who is making 365 outfits in 365 days for $365. She is pretty inventive on what she can make out of some hideous clothes.

I hope these creative women make you look at clothes a little differently...there can be a re-purpose for almost everything!! With a little time and patience you or a loved one can have a one-of-a-kind homemade outfit!!

REMINDER: tomorrow is my linking party Gifts From The Heart! Any homemade gifts you have made, food you have shared with friends and family, or stories of kindness from others, all belong here. I would love for you to join me! It will be open for 5 days.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Feature Friday- Back-to-School Gifts From The Heart

I have decided to do something new. Each Friday I am going to showcase other Homemade Gifts or Homemade Items on a particular subject. Therefore, you are getting lots of ideas rather then stuff I am coming up with. There are so many amazing creative people out there and their ideas need to be shared!


This first Feature Friday is on Back-to-School. Many of you are seasoned moms when it come to preparing for back to school but for me this is a first. Right now in our home we are preparing for my sweet daughter, Lawson, to go to Kindergarten and my 2 year old son, Wesley, is for pre-school. It is an exciting time in our home.



Here are some of the amazing ideas I have come across that are all Strictly-Homemade Gifts for people they love.

Tricia from Leafy Treetop Spot has made and shared a Morning Routine Chart for her sister. It is perfect for pre-schoolers and kindergartners who are getting adjusted to a new (early) morning routine.




While we are on the subject of organization Southern Girl Creations made a Mod Podge Clipboard and notebook. SO CUTE! This would be great for mom, kid, or teacher gift. Love it!




Then Kandra from My Life made...get this MADE her daughter her book bag this year. It is beautiful. I want one to haul all of my MOPS supplies this year. What an awesome gift to her daughter. I do hope she is prepared to make her friends bags too!




To go in your book bag Heather from Me Making Do made a Binder Pencil Pouch. This is one I am going to try. This is super cute and looks super easy too. What a great gift idea too! Heather has a whole series right now on back-to-school stuff.





Last, but not least. One thing I have been thinking long and hard about is giving the kids a few more responsibilities around the house. The new school year also means new responsibility. Am I right? AmyLenn from The Lennertz Six has come up with a Chore Chart that is brilliant. What a great way to start the school year off right!!




I hope you have enjoyed these excellent ideas to help kick off Back-to-School time. Not everything has to be store bought you can made them for the people you love and it will mean that much more!


Hope you enjoyed and go visit these talented women.

Grab a button if you been featured and be sure to join me on the 20th of each month to share your Homemade Gifts from the Heart!


Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Custom Kitchen Floor Mat

One of a kind!! Made custom for my kitchen!!!


Earlier this summer (when I had more energy) I decided to work on my kitchen. Don't be jealous on how BIG my kitchen is!! Haha!! New curtains and black paint made me happy enough. I can say it is cheerful!! The last piece was the rug. It was a little too ornate for me and too dirty.

After searching for a new kitchen rug on and off for 3 months I decided to make my own. Here is what you will need. A rug (Target), paint, textile medium paint, a stencil (thanks Heather), paint brush, a sponge and a template for the size dots you need (this is why you see a thread spool here)


The easiest way to make a circle sponge is to buy deflated sponges (Michael's has them) cut them out then drop them in water and they expand. Perfect circle every time!
My daughter took this picture of me working. I did use a ruler to help guide me with the dots, but pretty much eye balled it.


Ta-da! My new floor mat. I only made one but I now realize I need two. One for in front of the fridge.


And one in front of the kitchen sink.


$5.00 for a custom floor mat. Love the look and love the price tag. Since I used textile medium paint I do think it is washable! That is yet to be determined!

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