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Monday, January 31, 2011

One Funky Girl

As promised earlier, here's a picture of Miss E Lo in her ruffle pants.  Aren't they fun with her funky peasant top?

It was the perfect outfit for the baby shower!  The top is a pattern by Whimsy Couture.  I love it because it can be altered so many different ways.  Short sleeve, long sleeve, ruffled bottom, dress,, love it!  Peasant tops would be a great pattern for beginners too!

Happy sewing!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Life Changing Crafty Accessory

I love ruffles, but have never been a fan of the baste, gather, even out the ruffles, gather some more technique.  If you are sew, then you know how tedious this can be.  If you aren't, trust me, TEDIOUS!

Thankfully when I purchased my new sewing machine the sales ladies knew just what I needed. 

Any guesses?

A ruffle foot! 

Here's a shot of it in action. 

It ruffles your fabric for you by making tucks as it stiches, elimating all the tedium of basting and gathering.

With it, you can whip up a sweet little pair of boutique pants in no time.  I even made these in knit, so no need to finish the seams.  From cut to finish, they took less than 30 minutes with the help of my new little friend.

Now for a funky shirt to go with them.  I'm thinking these pants paired with a peasant top would be the perfect party outfit for Miss E Lo.

Happy Ruffling!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thrifty Inspiration

I love when folks are able to take something old or outdated and making something fabulous.  Check out these super inspiring crafties at Sew Dang Cute!

I have an old sweatshirt of Hillbilly's just begging to be turned into a coat like this!

Happy Upcycling!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Every girly girl needs a bit of fluff!  Tutu fluff that is!  I was inspired by this darling headband that Ev received from Auntie S.  It was so girly and fun, and just begged for a tutu to match.

Want to make one for your little princess?  Check out Feels Like Home!  No sewing machine necessary!  This is perfect project to complete while catching up on your DVR's.

Crafty Hint:  Use varying types and colors of tulle for more interest. 

Happy Tutuing!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sundays at the Farm

A new addition was recently added to the family farm. 

Isn't she cute?  We decided to let The Bug give her a name.  His choice, Fire Fan.  (Hmmmm, perhaps we should have chosen ourselves).

So, everyone, meet Fire Fan, the grandfolks sweet little Angus heifer.  She was super hungry while we were out there, and didn't feel like interrupting dinner time just to pose for my picture.

And here's a nice shot of her Mama, B-1.

Please add black cattle to my list of loves!

Happy Sunday,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


We're Dino crazy at our house this week!  Several friends have asked me if I have any ideas of patterns to make for boys.  Here's a great one for boys or girls!

The pattern is by Bit of Whimsy Dolls.  She has so many wonderful patterns, and sells her handmade dolls too.  Be sure to check them out!

Happy Crafty,

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Witching Hour

Any parent who has ever stayed at home with their children can tell you that the short people tend to get a little nutty between 3:30 and 5:00pm.  Around here, we affectionately refer to this as the "witching hour".  So today, what was I to do when the short ones were restless?  Dig through the pantry and find a crafty activity of course!

Salt Dough
2c. Flour
1c. Salt (I used Kosher because we were out of table salt)
1c. Water

Blend dry ingredients together.  Add water until dough consistency is formed.  Take care not to add too much water, or you'll have little sticky dough covered hands to deal with.

From this point, you can add food coloring.  We chose to leave ours white.  Honestly, I was a little afraid of what The Bug might do if he got a hold of food coloring today.  I was picturing blue carpet here.

Instead, we baked our little creations at 200 degrees for about 2 hours, until they were hard.  The next day, the kids were able to paint their masterpieces.  So, it was a double whammy, 2 day's worth of crafty!

These would make great little paperweights or ornaments for the grandfolks.

The best part is, it's completely non-toxic, so when The Bug tried to eat the dough, I didn't need to worry.  One taste of the salty stuff was enough for him.

Happy crafty,

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Bit Cuter

Once there was a plain peasant top that needed a bit of fun.

And what could be more fun than a sweet little owl?

Happy Crafty,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I love snow.

I love the way it looks. 

I love that it is so much easier to watch fox and squirrels in our woods when the white stuff is on the ground.

I love to slip and slide in my car.

I love throwing snowballs at this guy.

I love that this guy will catch snowballs in his mouth.

And I love that this is my view from inside as I sip warm coffee.

Now, time to get to shoveling!  Happy snow day!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pay It Forward

Has someone done something kind for you lately?  Maybe a neighbor brought you a holiday treat, someone held the door while your dizzy toddler was walking through, a stranger let you move in ahead of them in line? 

Have you payed that favor forward?

Over the past month I have been blessed with the kindness of so many acquaintances and strangers.  So much so, that one of my resolutions is to consciously Pay It Forward.
I recently stumbled across I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.  What a wonderful challenge she has issued this week with her "Wake Up Wednesday" post.  Do something kind for a stranger or someone you don't know well.

So simple.

Make something, gift it, and make someone else's day a bit brighter!

Here is a little glimpse of what I'll be gifting.

Isn't she sweet?
Happy Crafting & Giving,

Psst:  Check out DIY Dish for a free owl pincushion tutorial.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Bit of Frill

My cousin was visiting recently and wanted to know if I would help her make an apron.  She'd tried on this one, and was inpired.  She went on a fabric buying trip with her two favorite personal shoppers, my beautiful Aunties.  Their choices were so fun and funky!  We got straight to work in my mother's sweat shop.

Don't we look like we should be on Martha?

The apron was a great beginner project, with lots of straight lines and a few fun techniques like...

gathering and placing the ruffles...

and adding rick rack trim.

Here are my cousin and her fabulous personal shopper modeling their finished projects.  Don't they look darling?  Just like they are ready to whip up an unbelievable indian feast (which my family actually did the day this picture was taken).

I'm thinking that I might get a head start on this year's Christmas gifts, and tackle this as my first tutorial!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"Sin"namon Rolls

The Bug and I love to bake, and what could be more fun for a 3 year old than pouring butter and cinnamon suger onto dough?  We decided to whip up a batch of these Maple Cinnamon Rolls to share with our neighbors this holiday.  They are the gooey, sweet, buttery kind.  One of life's simple pleasures!

As an added bonus, the whole house smells insanely good. 

Make these. 

Share these. 

Your friends and neighbors will love you!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Flowers for All

I love buttons.  I mean, I LOVE BUTTONS!  When my grandmother Lois passed away, I inherited a delightful collection of vintage buttons.  For years, I've been pulling them out, staring at them, and putting them away.  I just couldn't part with them.  Then, one day, the light bulb when off! 


These would be the perfect gift for the Aunties!  Each auntie recieved a beautiful fabric flower, with one of Grandma's vintage buttons in the center.  It seemed so fitting, as Grandma and Grandpa owned a flower shop for years.  Love it!

Check out Little Birdie's site for a bouquet of fabric flower tutorials!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Perfect Twirl

What little girl doesn't love a twirly dress?  Well, this little one might not have fully appreciated the twirl effect, but she did recieve lots of smiles while sporting this Christmas!  She even took her first steps while wearing it!

This is an original pattern by Posh Petunia!   Now I'm dreaming of a sweet Easter dress in pale blues to match E Lo's eyes.

Happy New Year all!