Archive | January, 2010

Reader Spotlights III and a Winner

31 Jan
 Jen @ A Sewing Fool Named Jen— Turned out so well. She even added her and her husband’s names to the art!
 
Kelly @ Domestically Yours —  Beautiful curtains! Her kitchen looks so warm and welcoming!
Melanie @ A Little Bit Of Melanie — Love the pink and red. So pretty!
Kelli @ I Thought I Sew — Love the shape, she added tulle and a flower. So fun!

Mimi @ Living in France — Adorable! I love her flower with the scallops. And I love the different colors she used.

Alecia @ Alecia’s Decor and More — Adorable wreath. I love the color combination she used! And the little flowers all around.
Jamie @ Sunshine & Sabbath —  How creative is this? Love the heart in the midddle and all of the hearts around the wreath.
Tia @ Two Junk Chix – had a craft night and made coffee filter pom poms and wreaths. Love that idea. They turned out so well!
 
Bonnie @ Celebrate The Journey –– I love the frames she used for this project. Awesome!
Crissie @ Riches of my Soul – Made this with these cute little frames she already had. I love it!
Becky @ Projects Pinching Pennies — Beautiful. I love how she made the O’s square. Very cute!
Nichole @ Nakins Goes Bloggin — I love the paper she used. Pretty!
Holly G. – Used  magnetic sheeting to create this awesome display area in her son’s room. Great job!

Kristi @ Gift of Today — made this fun variation using conversation hearts. So happy and bright for Valentine’s Day!
Amanda @ Colors Not Yet Invented — Love the colors she used. She did a great job!
I’m so flattered and amazed that you would want to recreate my projects. It is so fun to see them and see what you do to make them your own!
Random Generator picked and the winner of the Belle Boutique Giveaway is:

Kelly @ Kelley’s Family Jewels!

Blogger Kelley said…
I love her plaque that says ” and they lived happily ever after”

Entry #1

January 25, 2010 1:31 PM
Thank you Kayla for a wonderful giveaway!! And remember, 20% of all sales go to Haiti!!!
Thanks so much for coming by!
Have a great Sunday!
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Reader Spotlights III and a Winner

31 Jan
 Jen @ A Sewing Fool Named Jen— Turned out so well. She even added her and her husband’s names to the art!
 
Kelly @ Domestically Yours —  Beautiful curtains! Her kitchen looks so warm and welcoming!
Melanie @ A Little Bit Of Melanie — Love the pink and red. So pretty!
Kelli @ I Thought I Sew — Love the shape, she added tulle and a flower. So fun!

Mimi @ Living in France — Adorable! I love her flower with the scallops. And I love the different colors she used.

Alecia @ Alecia’s Decor and More — Adorable wreath. I love the color combination she used! And the little flowers all around.
Jamie @ Sunshine & Sabbath —  How creative is this? Love the heart in the midddle and all of the hearts around the wreath.
Tia @ Two Junk Chix – had a craft night and made coffee filter pom poms and wreaths. Love that idea. They turned out so well!
 
Bonnie @ Celebrate The Journey –– I love the frames she used for this project. Awesome!
Crissie @ Riches of my Soul – Made this with these cute little frames she already had. I love it!
Becky @ Projects Pinching Pennies — Beautiful. I love how she made the O’s square. Very cute!
Nichole @ Nakins Goes Bloggin — I love the paper she used. Pretty!
Holly G. – Used  magnetic sheeting to create this awesome display area in her son’s room. Great job!

Kristi @ Gift of Today — made this fun variation using conversation hearts. So happy and bright for Valentine’s Day!
Amanda @ Colors Not Yet Invented — Love the colors she used. She did a great job!
I’m so flattered and amazed that you would want to recreate my projects. It is so fun to see them and see what you do to make them your own!
Random Generator picked and the winner of the Belle Boutique Giveaway is:

Kelly @ Kelley’s Family Jewels!

Blogger Kelley said…
I love her plaque that says ” and they lived happily ever after”

Entry #1

January 25, 2010 1:31 PM
Thank you Kayla for a wonderful giveaway!! And remember, 20% of all sales go to Haiti!!!
Thanks so much for coming by!
Have a great Sunday!

Friday Favorites ♥♥♥

30 Jan
Bridgit @ Bake @ 350 –– Love this blog! Check out these cookies she made in honor of her cousin Meg who is getting married. Meg’s future husband is a scrabble champ – so she made scrabble cookies. Love these!
 Connie @ The Young and Relentless — She made this great chore chart. I love the things she came up with for her kids to earn. Go check it out!
Love, Smart Mama — 250 ways to say I Love You! Awesomness!
Adventures in Dressmaking — She made this zig zag rug. Really! I have been looking for a black and white rug for so long.
Becca @ Blue Cricket Design — want to make super cute Valentine’s cards. She shows you how. So fabulous!
Creative Jewish Mom — has all sorts of great tips. Every Sunday she connects crafters and foodies from around the world to share recipes and ideas together.
The Girl Creative — Dollar Store Craft. I love how she personalized it!
The Cottage Home — Adult turtleneck to child’s cardigan. You need to go over and see the ruffle in the back!
Wendy @ The Shabby Nest — papered her mudroom walls with wrapping paper. It is so cute!
Fluff, Frills & Trucks — What a cute banner. I love that she used felt. Darling!
Traci @ The Woman Who Couldn’t Sit Still ––  made felt play table covers for her nieces for Christmas. This one is a bakery and has felt food held on with velcro that comes off to play with. So fun!
 Meg @ Brassy Apple — has great tutorials on how to make the cutest things to make your birthday child feel special: a special pillow case, birthday chair cover and birthday banner!
Molly @ Stilettos and Diapers — Made this cute top out of a $4 H & M dress. She is so stylish and has cute Fashion Fridays where she shows off her fashion finds!



Thanks so much for coming over!
 
I ♥ you guys!

XOXO

Friday Favorites ♥♥♥

30 Jan
Bridgit @ Bake @ 350 –– Love this blog! Check out these cookies she made in honor of her cousin Meg who is getting married. Meg’s future husband is a scrabble champ – so she made scrabble cookies. Love these!
 Connie @ The Young and Relentless — She made this great chore chart. I love the things she came up with for her kids to earn. Go check it out!
Love, Smart Mama — 250 ways to say I Love You! Awesomness!
Adventures in Dressmaking — She made this zig zag rug. Really! I have been looking for a black and white rug for so long.
Becca @ Blue Cricket Design — want to make super cute Valentine’s cards. She shows you how. So fabulous!
Creative Jewish Mom — has all sorts of great tips. Every Sunday she connects crafters and foodies from around the world to share recipes and ideas together.
The Girl Creative — Dollar Store Craft. I love how she personalized it!
The Cottage Home — Adult turtleneck to child’s cardigan. You need to go over and see the ruffle in the back!
Wendy @ The Shabby Nest — papered her mudroom walls with wrapping paper. It is so cute!
Fluff, Frills & Trucks — What a cute banner. I love that she used felt. Darling!
Traci @ The Woman Who Couldn’t Sit Still ––  made felt play table covers for her nieces for Christmas. This one is a bakery and has felt food held on with velcro that comes off to play with. So fun!
 Meg @ Brassy Apple — has great tutorials on how to make the cutest things to make your birthday child feel special: a special pillow case, birthday chair cover and birthday banner!
Molly @ Stilettos and Diapers — Made this cute top out of a $4 H & M dress. She is so stylish and has cute Fashion Fridays where she shows off her fashion finds!



Thanks so much for coming over!
 
I ♥ you guys!

XOXO

Valentine’s Mantle

29 Jan
I am joining Beth’s Mantle Party. What a great idea!
Stop over and join the fun — or just come by and get some great mantle decorating ideas!

Have a Fantastic Friday!
XOXO
 

Valentine’s Mantle

29 Jan
I am joining Beth’s Mantle Party. What a great idea!
Stop over and join the fun — or just come by and get some great mantle decorating ideas!

Have a Fantastic Friday!
XOXO
 

Sweatshirt Refashion: Project #2

28 Jan
This is a project that has been on my list for a few months. In September Nordstrom sent out their Fall Preview Catalog and I saw this jacket. Kind of whimsical and different. Perfect for a clothing refashion. I finally got around to making it this week.
This is what I did:
I took this boxy sweatshirt.
Cut a line down the center. I took out a center section of the front to make it a little less boxy. Then I hemmed the center section and sewed them.
Then I made the leaves. I used an old skirt for the material. I cut one leaf and then used that as a template for the other petals. Then I sewed the petals on the sweatshirt. I left about 1/2 inch all around. I wrapped part of the flower around the back of the sweatshirt.
I took some thin, black satin ribbon and covered up the stitching with the ribbon. To make the ribbon stay smooth, I sewed both sides of the ribbon. I went around the petal sewing the ribbon on one side and then turned around and sewed the ribbon on the other side. Going around the curved part of the petal is a little tricky, but I went slow.
Then I took another skirt with some little raised dots and made a circle for the center of the flower. I folded the edges under and pinned the material. Then I went around the edges of the circle, leaving about 1/4 inch on the edges. I used a decorative stitch just for fun.
Once the flower was done, I measured the length of the sweatshirt and marked where the buttons would go. Let me just say — I am not a pro at putting buttons on! It took quite a while, but I got the buttonholes and buttons done. An easier way to do this would be do sew snaps on or hooks. Just keeping it real!
Then I make the stem. I used another old skirt. I love the material — kind of shiny. This is actually my favorite part of the sweater. I love the contrast of the shininess of the material here against the black cotton of the sweatshirt. I started the stem on one side of the sweater and had it go across the other side. So there were actually two stems. The shorter one, I measured from underneath one of the petals to the edge of the side of the jacket and added about 1 inch, so it could wrap inside the edge of the jacket. Then I took a section of material and wrapped it around a few times so it was cylindrical. Then I sewed both ends of the roll down at the lengths to hold it shut. I then used embroidery floss and hand-sewed the stem on . I wrapped it around the inside of the jacket and hand-sewed it down. I did the same thing on the other side of the jacket. I wrapped the stem across the shoulder and up to the back of the neck on the back and finished it off at the seam. I used my machine to secure the end of the stem at the back, using a sturdy finishing stitch.
Finally I cut out two leaves to go with the stem on the other side of the jacket. I used embroidery floss to attach those to the jacket. And I was done.
Kind of a fun little jacket to wear . And the flower makes me think of Spring!
Now time to clean my house – it is a wreck and spend some quality time with a 5-year-old. What are you doing today?

Have a Happy Thursday!
XOXO