Sunday, December 20, 2009

poor procrastinator

Boo hoo....woe is me...this is my sob story

I waited until 2 weeks before Christmas to make all of the many handmade Christmas gifts on my list.

My home fell apart {not literally but I have resigned to not answering the door for fear of my visiting teachers surprising me with a visit}

I gave myself a deadline. No more sewing after Friday, December 18th! {Robert has since said that next time I give myself a deadline it must come with a time as well}

So I stayed up all Friday night...because in my mind Saturday didn't start until I went to sleep. I had dreams of making adorable backpacks for my fun twin girls. It was the last thing on my list and I was determined not to sleep until I had both backpacks ready to wrap.

I finished the first of the two packpacks at 4am on Saturday morning. It turned out horrible. I was crushed. I decided to throw it away. Robert convinced me to keep it but I was bummed out. I think it may have been the major lack of sleep more than anything because not I don't think this backpack turned out HORRIBLE. It isn't good...but that is what I get for procrastinating.

It had such potential too...

I loved the fabric...Andalucia by Patty Young
Backpack 1 cropped
Mistake #1: I used interfacing for everything...but I ran out for the zipper straps. I thought it would be fine. It was not. I think this would have been easier if I skipped the interfacing and used medium to heavy weight fabric instead of quilters cotton.

backpack2 cropped
Back view...not horrible
Botched backpack back is where it got ugly. I don't know if the measurements were off or if I did something wrong. But the loop {the zipper + sides + bottom} seamed too big when sewed onto the front and back. I'm pretty sure I did something wrong because I think I didn't sew them together in the right order. I was so tired and not thinking straight.
Botched Backpack

Ahh well...I was resigned never to sew again. But after a good nights sleep and a 3 hour nap today i think that I am ready to try this out again {maybe in January}

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

a peak into santa's workshop

Just call me Santa.

Actually call me an elf. They are the ones that do all the slave labor right?

Since I am the slowest sewer in the world...I've been working long and hard on Christmas presents for my girls. I still have many more to go but I'm on a deadline and it is coming up very soon! Here is what I've done so far...

{glasses case for my grandma}
glasses pictured are not included *tutorial here*

{hair styling apron for brielle}

{vintage nightgown for brielle and her baby}
i did not make the backpack

{baking set for kylie}


just have to finish a can of *sprinkles*

{coordinating set for peyton}
i still have to finish the *cookie sheet and cinnamon rolls and frosting*

{christmas twirly skirt for brielle}
*tutorial here*

left on my list...
*twirly skirts for kylie and peyton*
*skirt for my sister breanna*
*backpacks for kylie and peyton*
*felt nativity*

Just a Wannabe

I am a self proclaimed copy cat. And when I saw Bakerella make these adorable reindeers...I just had to copy. Robert's work party is today and he is taking all of my little reindeer friends to share.

Aren't they cute? I had so much fun making them...too bad I stayed up all night! At least I had Julie & Julia to keep me company...cute movie!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Cheer

Not that I don't have a million Christmas presents to finish sewing...but I thought I would take a break to make this fun wreath. I raided our thrift store and bought all their glass ornaments! I used this tutorial for guidance. Super easy and fun.


I love how it adds a little CHEER to our otherwise bare wall


Sunday, November 22, 2009


Ugly Keyboard Support
$17.50 plus shipping

Ugly Mouse Support
9.99 plus shipping

Fun (and basically free) Keyboard and Mouse Support

Plus being able to show my hubs just how much I love him!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Just a Taste!

Well I've always loved to bake...and now I've found a Zero calorie way to get my cupcake fix! My friend Stacy has got me hooked on making these fun felt goodies! I still need some work but I am having a blast with them!

I am loving the felt food. It is inspiring me....hopefully more to come!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lil' Dress

I'm finally back to sewing! I made this dress for my girl's to wear at my sister-in-law's wedding. I think it turned out so fun. I stuffed the dress with toole so it is really poofy at the bottom. I have to finish up the second dress now...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tutu for youyou!

I bought tulle to make a tutu for Brielle for her FIRST birthday. 3 years later I've finally made one! The ballerina outfit is the new outfit of choice. So fun. I may post a tutorial later...just for fun. It's not like they are hard to make at all. But it will make it easier for the crafty challenged.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

My Ghetto FABULOUS Cake!

I made a cake for my sister Kaitlyn's birthday. She is a funny girl and hates her birthday...and she doesn't like cake either. So I made her a rice crispy treat cake. The base is chocolate cake and the purse is rice crispy treat and chocolate marshmallow frosting.
Don't you love how excited she is! She wouldn't even let us sing happy birthday...stinker. But I had fun making the cake...even though I think it turned out a little ghetto.
The reason I think it is ghetto is because 1. I used buttercream frosting instead of fondant so it looks kind of sloppy and 2. The chocolate frosting was in the handle and it totally melted on the way to my cousin's house! Everyone loved it though and didn't care. I'm just ultra critical. It sure was yummy though...especially the rice crispy treat. I think I like it better than cake!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First of Many!

I just finished my first bag! I really like how it turned out. It was an easy project and used very little fabric. The Buttercup Bag was designed by Made by Rae and the tutorial is HERE.
I love these bright colors. The outside fabric is Wildwood by Erin McMorris and the liner fabric is Blooming Bubbles by Alexander Henry

Lightbulb Moment

Ever have one of those duh! moments?

We made banana cupcakes todays. I love making the mini cupcakes...they are just perfect for my little ones. The cupcake papers must be too big for my cupcake pan because they don't fit in just right.

Every time I would scoop some batter into the paper, the whole thing would turn on it's side. Not pretty...and very messy!
So I scooped my batter into a ziplock bag, snipped the end and voila! I was able to hold the paper still with one hand while piping the perfect amount of batter into the paper!
Ahhh...that's better!
See the difference? I need to get better papers because even the good ones are a tad bit lopsided. But they taste delish!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Last of the Father's Day Posts

This is a little late but I couldn't find my camera for a while. Here is the Father's Day card I made for Robert's dad. I got the idea from Martha Stewart's site but ended up using THIS tutorial for the shirt. I sewed on the buttons.

As for the Father's Day gift...I actually am not a fan of how it turned out. It was supposed to be a case for an mp3 player. I used the tutorial from Sew Mama Sew.

I think the reason I didn't love it 1. The fabric. I picked it out at Joannes (first mistake) and with all my kids so I was in a major rush. 2. It was way to big for an mp3 player. I found some better tutorials later...but ran out of time because I had to mail.

It all worked out though. He ended up using it for a camera case because they just bought a new camera and it was the right size. I guess they can't all be winners...but each project is a growing and learning experience!


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