Sunday, July 18, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
The dress I made is for a 12 month old. Of course, you can always use a pillowcase, since it's where the name came from, but I used fabric.
1. Cut fabric to approx 16" in length and 30" wide.
2. With right sides facing together, sew side seam and then iron open.
5. To finish the top, I pressed under 1/4" and then folded under 1" and sew.
6. Cut ribbon into pieces about 1 yard each and feed it thru the pockets you just made. You may need to cut them a little shorter, but wait until you try it on the little one first. Use a little fray-check on the edges of the ribbon.
7. You could just fold the bottom under 2 or 3 inches and sew, but I decided to add a contrasting border. I cut a 6" piece of fabric 32". I folded it in half to create a 3" border on the dress. Press each raw edge under 1/4" and sew into place. You can also add ric rac at the border - I'm still considering it.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
However, let me say ladies - he treats me great and is constantly doing sweet things all year round, so don't picture a neanderthal grunting at me that he wants to stay in. Ok, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, we decided to celebrate Vday with dinner and a movie. The hubs let me pick something out of one of our many cookbooks, and he was the master chef. What a great treat. While I love cooking, it's nice to be pampered and waited on too sometimes. We also saw Dear John. Has anyone seen it yet? While it's definitely no Notebook, I'd say it's worth seeing. Different than I imagined.
On to the gifting...
I wanted to keep within a small budget and I managed to do it. Total cost of the gift? $1.50. Sweet! This this amount and some creativity I created what I dubbed The Memory Box.
I went thrifting to find an antique wooden recipe box. While I didn't find a wooden one, I did find a metal one with rust that had seen better days. That was ok, because I planned a little makeover for it.
First, I painted the rusty metal box a crisp white to have a base color. I then found cute scapbook paper at Michael's and used a coupon to save a whopping $.50. Am I the only one that will.not.buy without a coupon?
With a little Modge Podge and patience, I covered the box in the paper. To tell you the truth, I'm not a Modge Podge expert. I usually use either too much or too little...I mean, how can you mess up watered down elmers glue? I'll work thru my issues on another day.
I know you are wondering what I put in the memory box. Using this website, I created card catalog cards of special dates and memories we've shared. Of course, I did the obvious choices like our first date and the day we got engaged, but my favorite are the kookie entries that mean something only to us.
I simply saved and printed each card and put them into the box, then tied it with a pretty bow and paired it all with a homemade card.
My favorite part is the excitement that I'll feel at the end of a wonderful day with the knowledge that we'll get to write an entry together. I think it'll also be fun to read thru with our future kiddos recreating the days of our courting and earliest memories.
Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Reinvented
DIY Day @ ASPTL
Get Your Craft On @ Today's Creative Blog
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
- All groundhogs have 22 teeth
- Groundhogs hibernate one to a burrow, with at least two doorways.
- Males emerge earlier than females each spring (I guess the females like to sleep in...i know i do!
- Groundhogs can lose 50% fo their body weight in hibernation. (Hello, hibernation. Have we met??)
- They can swim and climp trees and have a top speed of 15km per hour (yeah, I'm too lazy to do the conversion, but I assume that's fast!)
- Groundhog Day was once celebrated by the ancient Celts. It's halfway between the winter solstice and sring equinox.
- Farrah Fawcett, Tom Smothers, James Joyce, Graham Nash, and Christie Brinkley were all born on Groundhog Day.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Here's what I hope to accomplish in February:
- Run in the morning 6 days a week
- Afternoon workouts 4-5 days a week
- Finish planting garden
- Find curtains for the dining room
- Finish cornhole board set and make bags
- Sew something for the house and something to wear
- Paint something
- Redo bookcases (free craigslist score) and decide where they're going
- Blog 4 times per week
- Find (or redo) a lamp for the bedroom
- Spend one night a week as quailty time with the hubs
- Turn 30 gracefully...
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I loved the shape and detail of my new goodie, but the gold leaf, not so much. So I got out my trusty friend, white spray paint. I LOVE the results. Once painted white, the details of the frame really popped. This quickly became my favorite frame.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Last year I left this up the the hubs. We have some friends out in the country that have about 1,000 acres and raise cows. Hubs and my brother went out on a poo scavenger hunt. Walking around the property with shovels in hand, they piled the piles (hehe) into the bed of a truck. Needless to say, that took all day.
This year, we thought about purchasing it from a lady who bags it. That didn't sound like the best plan for us because 1) we need a LOT and it would probably get expensive 2) We'd have to manually spread each bag 3) it was a little drive from us.
So I decided to consult the best friend a girl can have...craig. You know, I checked his list. Yeah, craigslist. In the farm + garden section, I checked for manure. No dice. So I did what I didn't think would work, I put up a wanted ad for free manure. Amazingly, we received 6 emails with people offering their manure. We settled on a couple that lives only a few miles from us. On Sunday, we put our shovel in the back of the truck thinking we'd be shoveling for hours (but again, it's free!) only to be ecstatic when we pulled up to the house to find the husband in a tractor. Score!
They were the nicest couple who gave us a heaping truck bed full of fresh manure and compost, no shoveling required. Once we got home, the spreading went quickly. Somehow, I managed to foget to take a picture of the weighted down truck - what was I thinking? (This is not our truck our our steaming manure, but you get the point)
Next weekend, we'll till it into the soil and be one step closer to the fresh veges and herbs we love. We probably could have gotten another truck bed full, but this will do wonders for the nutrients in our soil.
So I ask, has anyone else posted a wanted ad on craiglist? Was is successful or not? We learned a lesson that I'm sure we'll use in the future.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This room has made me reconsider so many things I didn't think I liked....
- cool colors - I've been a warm color girl, beiges, creams, browns. But I love this space
- yellow (and black - without looking like a bumblebee)
- open shelving for an office. Somehow it looks organized and not cluttered
If you haven't checked out Michelle over at Three Men and a Lady, you have to go RIGHT NOW!
While you are there, check out her amazing master bedroom transformation too. Swoon!
Monday, January 11, 2010
The weather. (Sorry mom & dad)
I H.A.T.E. being cold.
So imagine my disappointment at having below freezing temperatures for weeks now. We Floridians just don't know how to act when it gets this cold. Will our pool pipes freeze? What temperature do you set the heat at? How many layers can I fit under my coat without looking like the kid from A Christmas Story?
This leads me to my disaster of the weekend. I've officially learned a lesson. I'll admit I had cabin fever this weekend. I can't stand being stuck in the house because it's miserable outside. On Saturday, I decided to work on a few projects in the garage that are half done. One is a goodwill small glass bowl I was painting to use as a holder for my rings when I'm not wearing them. I've been looking at goodwill and the local thrift store for something like this (oh Eddie, you know I love you, why do you have to charge so much for these??):
but haven't been able to find just the right one, so I decided to make a cheap (read inexpensive)imitation one. The project was almost done, I thought I'd give it one more coat of white paint before putting a protective spray on it. I attempted this Saturday and ended up with this:
As I'm wondering what the heck happened, I vaguely remember a blog post I read recently where the poster said she brushed the paint because she couldn't spray due to the temperature. I think it's time to read the back of the spray paint can.
Oh crap. Who knew you weren't supposed to use spray paint in temps under 65 degrees? Apparently those who live in every state except for Florida. Lesson learned.
At least now I have another reason to love Florida - Less interuptions from crafting due to weather conditions!
So has anyone else had a weather related craft-astrophy lately? Do share so I can feel better. Thanks.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Here's what I have planned for the next few weeks on here:
- Share all the projects I've recently finished (each one thinking - if only I had a blog to share this on!)
- Reveal a few of our favorite meals - and their recipes, of course. I think you'll like these...I mean, we don't have to diet every January because I make tasteless food!
- Begin a house tour, prob with a list of what I'd like to do to improve.
- Most of all, figure out how you all find all your time to do all this blogging, renovating, painting, crafting, sewing...
For right now, I'm off to cheer on Alabama in the National Championship game. Sorry, Texas, gotta stick with the SEC!