Friday, April 30, 2010

Mother's Necklace

I was out at the store today, so I picked up some Crystals dyed purple to look like Amethyst. I made a new necklace. I think this is way better. It actually looks almost professional instead of bad homemade. I'm a little sloppy when it comes to bending wire, see the bead pins, but these are only about my 4th and 5th attempt. My husband said he liked the double ring look.

Dolly Dolly

I made my daughter some peg dolls, because I knew she would love them, and she does, the minute I saw them on this blog. My favorite is the redhead on the far right, she has the best hair, and dress. I was surprised at how much the permanent markers bled in the wood grain. They were fun and easy to make. Just took permanent markers and material scraps and hot glue. Since we are on the topic, I love these peg dolls, so fun. I can tell I could have more fun if I painted instead of sharpieing.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mother's Ring

I would love to have two rings, to make up a mother's ring for my right handed ring finger, one with an Amethyst, and one with a Blue Topaz. That is not in the budget for mother's day anytime soon so instead, I made this. I need better stones, these are just cheap glass, but it was good for a first attempt. Leather would probably also be better than this cheap stuff. I think I will also do Turquoise next time for December. I love it. It makes me feel so connected to my children. As if their constant crying doesn't?!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I learned how to make flowers

I learned how to make flowers. So yes, now my wall looks a little frumpy and a little old lady like, but I love them all the same.
Of course I didn't follow the tutorial exactly. Instead of cutting circles, I did half circles, because then I didn't have to iron or rotary cut, plus I was using small scraps in some cases. My flowers also only have one layer not two.
They are a great diversion while watching TV. They were very fun to make, especially the buttons in the center.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I found this cute tutorial, that I barely followed at all, but still after seeing it, I knew I needed to put my scraps to good use. (I know mine totally don't look professional like the tutorial. But Teresa tells me I don't want my sewing to look professional, how will people know I know how to sew?) I had a wrist band thing keychain already that I used all the time but it was so ugly, just a skinny black piece of nylon. I don't know where it came from. This is much more me.
Then I needed one for our pool keys. Once again I had a long black ugly nylon one. I love black and brown together, so I figured it would be a perfect use. I know its not manly looking, but at least its not floral for when my husband goes to the pool.
Seriously I love black and brown, I love the same polka dots (but different color) with the brown square. Oh speaking of the tutorial, it calls for ribbon, I only had white ribbon in that width, so I had to improvise, I like calico there better anyway, plus I'm trying to not spend money. On my first key chain on the top, I use skinny ribbon, and trying to make it purposelessly look messy. I think it looks accidentally messy but oh well.
Then my mom was in town this weekend, and once she saw my key chains of course she wanted one. She likes blue and yellow, I know this is mostly green but still. She did pick the material.

I forgot to mention I think the tutorial calls for wonder under, I don't know she called it something else. I only had light interfacing, which is what I used, because I was trying not to spend money. I don't usually understand directions (blame it on my dyslexia), this being a case in point. So I was left to my own devises after looking at her pictures.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Me the sew"er"

I really enjoy sewing. I'm terrible at cutting straight, and find it difficult to use an iron with two small children. Unfortunately using a sewing machine is only about 40% of a well made project. It takes just as much time to cut as to sew. Not to mention ironing. I'm finally learning how to master my rotary cutter, for straight lines, but oh it takes work. Can someone cut for me? What about the iron, irons are so hot and heavy, and ironing boards are so rickety. I live in dire of fear of burning my children, no one is allowed by the ironing board, and I never store the iron on the board. I enjoy sewing, I especially love coming up with projects in my head, so I enjoy 50% of the project but the 10% of ironing, and the 40% of cutting I could do with out.

This pretty much sums of my life, my young toddler (she's really not a baby anymore), me, my four year old poky the puppy wandering somewhere near but not too close, and my husband, not around. (He was the one that took the picture, and its not a bad thing he wants to provide for the family by working full time, and better the family by another degree, I appreciate it all, but he is still not around.)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Spring Pillows

I felt over run by neutrals, I have a beighish/whitesh couch, and cream reclinder, and white walls. I needed so serious color even if it is too bright. I love my new pillows, they are so springy and bright, and green I love bright green. It will match great with my fake container of green grass, and all my other green knickknacks.

This pillow is kind of cool, I found felt buttons.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bow Holder

I made my daughter a bow/clippie holder. I love it, I'm quite proud, it was fun to do. The buttons are glued on to give the ribbons stability, I used a rather large frame, so I needed some stability to hold the ribbon on.

Wahoo look at all those clips for such a bald baby. Just kidding she now has hair. Almost.
Her side of the room. Girls are fun huh?
Her patron saint of love. Just kidding, we don't believe in patron saints, its just a yard ornament I thought was cute at Joanns, it was the right colors for her side of the room, and blonde. My son informed me it was an angel not a fairy, because she has a round thing around her head-- halo. Silly me I was calling it a fairy.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

You'll Never Guess!

More Baby Blankets!
One for my nephew.
One for a baby shower. I love this print.
Plus I think my point and shoot does a great job at macro
I got way fancy, green thread for the front and pink for the back.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

No Hard Boiled Eggs

I don't like hard boiled eggs so since my four year old is none the wiser, I cut that tradition. We decorated cookie eggs instead. My beautiful arrary of easter colored frosting bowls.
Daddy claimed he was a pro.
The chick and the egg were my favorite, that I made.
I pretty much monopolized the whole project.
I left a few for my son to do. He is a natural.

His finished works of art. That he specifically said must wait for easter, at grandmas.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Basket Cupcakes

I thought it might be fun to make Easter basket cupcakes. I hate coconut, so don't ever expect to see coconut as a decorating tool in my baking. My son helped me, place the jelly beans/ mini Easter eggs.
We had a lot of mishaps and the whole two dozen did not turn out. But here is what turned out to be our easter basket army.
Turns out the next morning, that only two worked, the licorice broke though out the night.