Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Strictly Homemade #20

Hi Friends, welcome back to Strictly Homemade Tuesday to share all of your homemade creations and goodies.  I am so glad you are here to help inspire me and others.  I love this party because it is not so big that great ideas get lost in the crowd, and not so small you are sitting here all alone.  I hope you feel the same way!

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Now some great ideas and homemade crafts from last week.

Caralee from Once Upon a Childhood made these beautiful Twin Blessing Blankets from a Wedding Dress.  I love keepsakes like this!!

Caroline from Good Times never seem sew good made a great tutorial for an ironing board re-make.  Her tutorial is easy and I HAVE TO DO THIS TO MY IRONING BOARD!  

Thanks ladies for the great and inspiring ideas!! Please grab a feature button on the right side and display it proudly.

Onto this weeks party!! You know what to do!!  Also, be a sweetheart and stop by another blog or two and share some blogger love.  You know how you feel when someone leaves you a comment.  Do the same for others!!  Thanks!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I’ve got nothing creative to share…

There are times that I am just not inspired and can not think of a thing to create. Let me take that back…my mind is always thinking of ideas I just can’t find the energy or motivation to get it done.  Have you ever felt that way? Surely, I am not alone.

There could be couple reasons for this lack of energy and motivation…

It might be because I have an almost 7 month old who does not sleep through the night..(she use too, but that seems to be a thing of the past)


Or because I have a 3 year old who REFUSES to take a nap and talks NON-STOP ALL.DAY.LONG!! I can barely get a thought in my head let alone a creative idea!DSC_1133

Oh well!! It is a phase and I am embracing it AND preschooler starts school in a couple of weeks. Yippee!! (did I just really write that for the world to see???) Yes, I did and I am not ashamed of it either.  Love him with all my heart, but preschool will do us good!!

Hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Simple Upcycled Clothespin Bag Tutorial

Back in the day when I would spend my summers at my grandparents’ home I would help my grandmas hang sheets out on the clothes line.  She would say “there is nothing like sheets dried in the sunshine” Back then teenager me (the one who thought she knew everything at the ripe old age of 13) would think “HELLO, there is a drier right next to your washer. Why go through the trouble???”  Well, now that I pay my own electric bills, I see the necessity of hang drying your clothes.  Not to mention, clothes last longer too not going through the drier.  Goes to show Grandma is always right!!

When we would hang dry her clothes she had a nifty little container that she made to hold her clothes pins.  It was really a great design but if you are not an average seamstress the directions could be a little cumbersome. I could make a brand new clothespin bag but what is the fun in that?? I love the challenge of making something beautiful and functional out of stuff I already have. 

Today, I want to share with you a simple upcycled clothespin bag with 3 straight stitches…I promise anyone can make this!!! DSC_1024

Supplies: Old Cotton t-shirt, wire hanger

1. Cut your t-shirt like so… This is pretty much the bust of the shirt. (save your t-shirt scraps you never know when you can use them again)


2. Turn inside out and stitch around all 3 sides.


3. Turn the t-shirt right side out and put your hanger on top to gage where the bend should be


4. Bend your hanger like so.


6. Insert hanger in shirt and you have a clothespin bag.  BUT, if you want to embellish it (because I know you do) you continue…


7. Add some rosettes to the neck hole to cover up any stains (genitin violet is some nasty stuff) Now that looks better.


8. Then to make sure the purpose of this shirt was clear I took my Silhouette and some freezer paper and made a stencil.  When using freezer paper be sure to reverse your image so it cuts on the shiny side. (Remember shinny side up) and you will get a perfect stencil every time.


9. Iron on your freezer paper and paint the stencil. 


10. Add a ribbon if you so please and fill with clothespins. 


There you have it.  A cheap beautiful upcycled clothespins bag.  Save some electricity and hang your clothes!!

I am sharing this at these wonderful parties.  Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Strictly Homemade Tuesday #19 plus Features

Hi Friends! Welcome back to another week of Strictly Homemade Tuesday.  Where we show off all things homemade.  Crafts, home d├ęcor, gifts and recipes!

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As always I am always so impressed with your talent and ideas. I so appreciate you all and want to thank you for taking the time to link up here. Whether it is your first time or your 10th time I really am so glad you are decided to stop by!

Well, summer is coming to a close and the school new school year is here.  In the spirit of the upcoming school year I thought I would feature some cute school ideas. 

A Hen and her Chicks made this adorable Teacher Gift.  It NEVER hurts to kiss up to the teacher from the beginning of the school year!!!  I am just saying!

Then one of my best blogger friends Jenni from Kissed by a Frog made these adorable one-of-a-kind Bag Tags,  My daughter would FLIP over this!!

Then to get everyone in the spirit of back to school Kym’s Kandy Kreation made these cute Back to School Place Mats.  ADORABLE!!

Thank you ladies for these wonderful back to school ideas.  You are all so talented!! Be sure to grab a Feature Button on the right hand side!!

Now onto the party!!!  You know what to do!! Smile

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Upcycled turtleneck to baby cap plus more

When I started this project I was not planning on making a baby cap!! It just happened. I was planning on showing you how to make a turtleneck into a fashionable shirt. However, when I got done with it I thought to myself "been there, done that, seen it a million times!"

I decided I was going to scrap showing this tutorial and move onto the next idea mulling in my head. Here is the shirt I made for myself. (Very comfortable I might add!)

Upcycled Shirt

Then as I felt uninspiring and discouraged thinking I can't come up with anything orginal for myself. Do you ever feel that way? Then low-and-behold in the 11th hour I was inspired…

Inspirations for Cap

I had my adorable, baldhead, 6 month old, daughter sitting beside me and the turtleneck portion of shirt (already removed) on my sewing table. I put the turtleneck on her head and thought “This would make a PERFECT cap for her.”

Don't you love it when the lightbulb goes off and you think "wow, I can't believe I thought of that!"

There you have it that is how I got my idea. It wasn’t what I planned on making and showing you all…it just happened. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow~ it is easier that way!

Now to the tutorial…

Baby Cap Collage Supplies Needed: Turtleneck collar, scissors, thread, and flower pin

How I made it.

  1. Here is a picture of the turtleneck I used planning on showing you how to make an upcycled shirt. But you get the idea. You need a turtleneck.

  2. Cut the turtleneck portion off the shirt. Cut above the seam. You do not need the manufactured seam.

  3. Find a baby cap that you love (mine is too small but I just used it for the shape) Lay turtleneck flat with the manufactured seam on the edge.

  4. Trace the shape and sew along the shape and trim.

  5. Then open up fold in half with the seams meeting in the middle. Then pin eyeball it so that the seams about the same length down.

  6. Make sure you open up your seam allowance when sewing your second stitch.

  7. Turn inside out…your cap is almost complete.

To add a flower I purchased a Peel and Stick Package Trim flower from Michaels for 59 cents. I added a safety pin to the back and stuck in on the cap for a little pizzazz!


Can you believe that this cap was once a turtleneck???

Baby Cap- Cailyn

If anything I hope this tutorial/guest post helps you two ways…

1. Do not be discouraged if not everything you make turns out!! It happens. Keep the scraps and move onto the next project!

2. How to make the most ordinary item into something unexpected and SO ADORABLE!!

I am linking to these great parties.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Strictly Homemade Tuesday #19

Hello Friends!! Welcome back!

I am so glad you are here!  Last week was a fantastic party go here to check out last weeks entries….

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Let me say you all are amazing and so super talented.  Thank so much for sharing your passion and love with all of us!!!

Here are just a few of my favorites…

From Taylormade a Yo Gaba Gaba Birthday Party.  Wow, she thought of everything for her son’s 2nd birthday party.  So CUTE!! Go check it out!

From Rebecca’s Soap Dish News she has put together a list of Homemade Cleaning Remedies and Household tips on a dime.  Great resource all in one great post.

Last Feature but not least. Adrienne from Fruitful Home Journal has a great post on The Art of Gift Giving…  She reminds us it is not only about the homemade gift inside but also the way it is wrapped. 

Thank you to everyone who linked last week.  I am always so inspired by your ideas and talent!!

Now onto this weeks party. You know what to do… 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

My House is ALWAYS Changing

It seems like at this stage in my life my house is in a constant state of change.  Yes, I like moving things around on a regular basis.  It makes my house feel new and fresh without costing me a dime.  However, that is not the change I am talking about today.  I am talking about all the new little people who have been brought into our home over the past three years that is making us constantly having to change things up- without adding anymore square feet.  If I think about how many times rooms have changed “labels” it really might make my head spin. 

Right now I am facing a major dilemma for me.  I do NOT have a sewing/craft area since baby #3 arrived.  I tried to put my sewing stuff in her room while she was sleeping in our room and that worked for a while, but now that she is in her room I can’t be in there at naptime or nighttime. Now, I have not been sewing all that frequently and I miss it!! Some might say use your dining room/ kitchen table.  Well, for me that is not really an option because we use those areas and I would not be able to keep my sewing stuff out.  See if I put it away I would not be as likely to get anything done because I would have to set it up, look for stuff..blah, blah, blah and next thing you know nap time is over and I have accomplished


I have thought about this a million times over and here is what I have come up with…move my sewing stuff into my bedroom.  Not exactly romantic or soothing but I have no where else to put it. The problem also is my bedroom is SMALL and has multi-purposes already.  Currently, it is our bedroom, the computer area, & office nook.  Not ideal…Plus, I have been using the computer desk as my sewing table too.  YUCK!


To try and remedy this situation my bedroom is under construction.  Unfortunately, it is not to beautify it which it desperately needs (why do we decorate/paint our bedrooms last?)  It is to make it functional so I can craft.  I have found I get CRANKY when I do not sew or craft in a while- and I am rather cranky these days.

So bare with me as I try to make my corner of the world more functional so I can produce more creative STUFF. I need to get my creative groove on and so I can be less cranky!! I just attribute it to crafting time is “ME TIME” and every mom needs “ME TIME!!”

Wish me luck!  I need it!!

Before Bedroom Picture

Any friendly suggestions are ALWAYS appreciated!!  Thanks!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Strictly Homemade Tuesday #18- Features & new Poll

Hi Friends!! Welcome back to Strictly Homemade Tuesday. I am so glad you are here.  

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I have something NEW I am adding to my blog.  It is a weekly poll asking you simple crafty questions.  I just loving hearing from other bloggers and sometimes I think it is easier for bloggers to click a simple button rather then leaving a comment.  I know this because it is easier for me!!!  So here is the first question..

What time of day do you work on your creative projects?

I would LOVE to know. We are all crazy busy and I would like to know when you find the time.

I will have a poll going on the right side and would love your input.  I will report the answers to the poll next week at Strictly Homemade Tuesday. It is simple just click the answer.  I think this will be fun!!

Also, If you have any questions you would like posted here on the poll let me know and I will say who it is from and a link back to your blog. 

Now onto Features…

You know I love a great upcycle project and this one I have not seen before and I love it.  Erica Louise from Recycled Sewing made this adorable Giraffe Rattle from a tablecloth.  SO CUTE!! Don’t you know babies will love the rattle and the silky tags.  So cute!

Then Michelle from Michelle Paige made these Homemade Sweet thank you notes for her friend that is battling cancer.  They are so thoughtful and so sweet (literally) What a heart of gold Michelle has!!

All of your projects were amazing but if you were featured here please grab a feature button and display it proudly!!

Onto the party…you know what to do!!!

Today I am over at Seamingly Smitten

Go on over to Seamingly Smitten today and check out my guest post. If you love cute babies in homemade clothes you will love it!!

So what is going on at Seamingly Smitten you ask?

From Aug. 1-12th Seamingly Smitten and This Crazy Blessed Life are sponsoring a party called Sew Chic Upcycling.  If you know me you know I love finding a new purpose for new old clothes.  When they asked if I could participate I was thrilled, but what I really thought was “Really?? Me?? There is no way have anything that could impress those ladies.”  Well, I took on the challenge and I sometimes I surprise myself. I think it turned out really well.  I hope you will hop over and take a look.


Plus, they are having a contest (3 winners) for the best upcycle project.  Link up your latest original upcycle project to win some great prizes.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Making the Most with HALF!

I am cheap frugal, I can’t help it.  It is in my blood.  I come from a long line frugal women.  At the top of the list is my grandmother, Mamma II.  She has the most inventive mind of anyone I know.  She can make a gourmet meal from leftovers, a centerpiece from scraps, sew a beautiful outfit, and make anything last twice as long to save money and cut the waste.

This my sweet Mamma II


She is the one who taught me to sew and be crafty.  She also taught me some home economics tips like dryer sheets can be cut in thirds and are just as effective. While I was washing my face one night with my Pond’s Face Wipes I thought of her and her frugal ways.  I thought I do not use the entire wipe to wash my face and by the time I get to the bottom 3 wipes they are dry and unusable unless I wet them.  Here is my solution to both issues (my grandma would be proud!)

My Pond’s wipes (on Sale at Walgreens this week buy one get 1 50% off) and a cleaned out baby wipe container.

Half It Tutorial

In each Pond’s package there is 30 wipes.  I cut each wipe in half (with a clean pair of scissors).  Now I have 60 wipes that will last me 2 months rather then just one!!!

Before and After

Then to make sure the face wipes are not confused with bootie wipes I used my Silhouette to make this cute container.

Face Wipes Container

Easy money saver that anyone can do!  Do you have any other suggestions of stuff you can cut in half to save money? I would love to hear from you.

I am sharing this at these great linky parties!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Strictly Homemade Tuesday #17

Welcomes to Strictly Homemade Tuesday.  I am so glad you are here.  What have you been creating homemade?  I would love to see it here. 

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At Strictly Homemade Tuesday you can show off all your homemade creations whether it is crafts, sewing projects, recipes or gifts.  I love to see it all.

Normally, I would have features at this point but I will be honest I have been SO BUSY this last week I have not time to visit all the links from last week.  Sorry.  I have been a little preoccupied getting my oldest ready for the 1st Grade.

Lawson at Timber Drive

Of course, I can’t help myself in getting my daughter's supplies ready with a little Silhouette Magic (love that machine)


Then my youngest daughter turned 6 months old. 

Cailyn 6  Months Old

Lots of milestones going on around here!!  Whew!

Enough about me…back to you and your fantastic homemade goodies! I promise next week I will have features! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Got boys? I have your sign!

Last week I shared this tutorial over at The V Spot and the comments were hilarious. Vivienne's great sense-of-humor and her fabulous readers made this guest post one of my all-time favorites! I am so glad everyone (especially moms of boys) liked this sign! Now I am sharing it here.

Here is the new sign hanging in my kids bathroom (but really should be in every bathroom in America!)

Sprinkle Sign

A little history. a sign hung in my hubby’s grandparents guest bathroom and it read…

“If you sprinkle when you tinkle, please be neat and wipe the seat.”

I will never forget reading it every time I went in there. When his grandparents died and we were asked what we wanted from the house I asked for the cross-stitched sign that had a cute kid sitting on the toilet. Well, I didn’t get it. Six years later and 2 boys in my house- I am making my own sign!

Here is the quick 1, 2, 3 pictures of how I constructed the sign. I downloaded the toilet picture from the Silhouette Website.

Sprinkle Collage

The real treasure are the words!!! Haha!!

Sprinkle Sign

Then hang near a toilet and pray for drier seats! My son (3) now "reads" this sign everytime he goes to the bathroom. His future bride can thank me one day for training him right!

Sprinkle 3

I hope you enjoyed!!

Reminder…I would love for you all to join me every Tuesday for Strictly Homemade Tuesday Linky Party for you share your latest homemade creations!

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I am also sharing project at these lovely parties!

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