Saturday, March 17, 2012

How to have a Happy Birthday :)

It was my Birthday on Monday. Last year I finally decided after years for waiting for my husband to care about birthdays that if I wanted a great Birthday I had to make it that way by myself. We've only been married for 12 years. Don't get me wrong my husband is a great guy he is just not the kind that cares about birthdays or holidays.
For my birthday I made this Reese's cake, had fun shopping for new clothes, played Skip-Bo with my kids for Family Home Evening and did some crafting. I also made a new skirt for myself this week (Yes, that was fun for me because I love sewing). I have to tell you that it has been very freeing to not depend on others for my happiness in regards to birthdays and holidays. My husband did bring me flowers for my birthday and since I wasn't expecting anything it was a great surprise.

Here's my oh so yummy Reese's Cake. I got the recipe from this website:

I didn't use as much frosting and I only used half the amount of Peanut Butter.


I am forwarning you now that I make an insane amount of bookmarks. I enjoy making bookmarks because I love playing with stamps and bookmarks are very simple to put together. You don't have to come up with some fancy layout. I guess you could but that generally renders them less useful. If there is one thing I can't stand is a project that isn't useful:)  I laminate my bookmarks and add some ribbon. I love making my bookmarks because it is a great project to finish while watching tv and it keeps my hands busy. They are also a great little gift to give to friends and family.

These are some of the bookmarks I finished recently:

Playtime Cards

 Here are some cards I threw together

Crayon Cards

I was dreaming about making these cards for days before I made them. You know how it is when you have a great new idea you want to try. Anyways the reason I love these cards is because you make a pocket for the crayons and stamp the inside for them to color. I could have used crayola crayons but they were 78 cents a box. The dollar store had disney crayons and I happened to have quite a few disney stamps. Although I have to admit I did buy the Buzz Lightyear and Woody stamp for this project:) I couldn't resist. I didn't have a reason to buy them before.

I got the idea for this card from this magazine:

Ruffled Skirt For Me

I just finished this ruffled skirt for myself last night. First off I am going to say that am not at my ideal weight. I guess that what comes from enjoying sweets to much:)  With that being said, it is difficult finding a pattern that works for me. A couple of years ago I found a pattern that works for me and since then I have been using the basic line of it and adding my own twist to it. I saw this skirt tutorial :

I had to try it but I am not exactly a size 4 at the moment so I took the idea and made my own with my go to pattern. (Butterick B4803  the style E) Here are the results:

 Okay so this is what I look like when I sew, no makeup and my hair in a ponytail. Don't look to closely at my floor because as everyone knows who sews you can't very well have a clean house at the same time:) Especially when you have five children running rampant while you sew.

Here's the pattern: B4803
Here is another skirt that I made using that pattern for a base. (My photographer is my 11 year old son.)

Here is another one I added a ruffle to.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Twirly Skirt Tutorial

I have some favorite projects that I make over and over again. Twirly skirts are one of those projects. I love them because they are quick and easy and I have two young daughters to make them for. I actually have made a tutorial for my twirly skirts. This may be the only tutorial I share for awhile because of lack of time.
Here is the link for my tutorial:
Twirly Skirt Tutorial

Here are pictures of some of the twirly skirts I have made:

This one of my favorite Skirts. I also made the matching crown and superhero cape. I will post more on those projects later because those are some of my favorite projects.
 Valentine's Day Skirt

 I made a matching messenger bag to go with this skirt. I will post more on my messenger bags later.

I have also done variations of my twirly skirts (I haven't added those to my tutorial yet). Here are pictures of those:

Baptism Dress

In our Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)  our kids get baptized at age eight. My daughter was baptized today. I decided to sew her baptism dress. I thought it came out pretty good. I used a Disney Princess costume pattern for her dress. I know that seems unlikly but it was perfect for the dress. I didn't make it exactly the same as the pattern I added a couple of ruffles to the bottom, added some flower lace around the neckline and omited the peplum (I used the Ariel Dress pattern). The pattern # is : 5832 Simplicity. I just looked online at the simplicity websight and they are no longer selling that pattern but they have some other disney princess patterns that are very similar.

Here is a picture of the pattern:
Simplicity 5832 Sewing Pattern Use to Make Disney Princess Easy to Sew Costumes in Child Sizes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Here are pictures of the dress.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Craft Room Redo

I am not quite done with redoing my craft room yet but I have to share pictures because I think it is coming out great. I can't paint my craft room because we are renting our house or I would have blue walls.
The shelves and pegboards I bought at Michael's. I am going to have to add brackets to them because the books are a little heavy for the shelves.

I whipped up the curtains for my shelves on Friday and Saturday.

 Here is my brand new sewing machine. It is a Brother and has 60 different stitches. The ideas for all the things I can sew with all of those fun stitches are already poring in!

I covered some canvases with batting then fabric and added ribbon.

Would you like to know where some of my inspiration has come from? The first thing that really got me going on it was this book:
The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker
First off I have to say that I am no longer a scrapbooker. I am a papercrafter I enjoy making cards, bookmarks, cupcake toppers and whatever else strikes my fancy with paper and of course I am an avid sewer we can't forget that. Anyways the reason I loved the book and couldn't put it down (yes can you believe that? I usually don't sit down and read straight threw a non-fiction book) is because they help you figure out how you should store your stuff based on your needs and your crafting personality. They also explain the why's of how you should store your crafting supplies and much more.
Here is a link to Amazon and the book:

Here is my pinterest board for craft room ideas if you would like some inspiration: