April 30, 2011

Happiest Place On Earth Outfits

I am headed to the happiest place on earth in a few weeks! I am so excited I can hardly stand it! And because I am so excited, I just had to make some matching outfits for my daughter and my niece to wear! Here is how I made them: (Sorry the final picture is at the bottom)

First you will need some cute fabric to use as the ruffles at the bottom of the shirt. Make sure you wash your fabric first. :) Then cut them into strips. I cut mine 4 inches so they would be a little more than 3 inches.
I ironed my strips flat and then hemmed the bottom edge.
Next take a shirt and measure the bottom. You will need some fabric to use as a liner under the ruffles. Sew the ends together so that it is the same width as the bottom of the shirt.
Sew a straight line across the top edge of the ruffles and then pull on one of the strings to create the ruffles. Measure it out so that it will fit around the liner piece and then sew the ends together.
Sew a zigzag stitch on the ends of the ruffles as well as around the top of the ruffles.
Then cut out a shape you would like to put on the front of your shirt. Then hand sew the shape on with embroidery thread.
Mine needed a bow so I made on by making a square and leaving the center open a little so I could fit it right-side out. I also sewed a small tube to use around the center.
Then I hand sewed it together like this.
Then I sewed it on the shirt.
And now we have 2 darling little outfits for 2 darling little ladies to wear!

I also made 4 little bows to wear in their cute little piggy tails :)


Family Tree Phase 2

Well I finally finished my family tree project. My original plan was to paint the wall and hand paint a tree. Then I was going to hang all the pictures of our family from a tree branch, but because I live in an apartment this will have to do for now. :)
I know I have an empty picture frame and a couple pictures that need to be replaced with correct sizes, but that is on my to do list for this week!


Cinch Bag

I saw a pattern to make one of these awesome cinchy bags on make it and love it's website found here.
I made my bag a little bigger than the one she made. I also didn't add on enough cording so I am going to have to take it apart and redo the cording again, but here is what it looks like so far.


April 28, 2011

Littlest Girl's Bedroom Decor

I've been hard at work in my Littlest Girl's bedroom.  I have two more projects for this room, then it's on to my Biggest Girl's bedroom.  Once I'm done with my other two projects I'll post a tour video or something so you can see what it looks like. 
(That is IF I can keep it clean long enough to take a video.)

Anyway here's some of the stuff I've done.

This is the baby quilt I made when I was expecting her.
You can see it better in this post.

I tied it around the top with a ribbon and hung it on a command hook right above her crib.
It doens't match the rest of the room, but I don't care, It's Special. 

Next I hung my "BE" frame from this post,
The Needlework of a Horse that was made by her Great Great Omi in Germany
And her "Handprint Painting" from this post. 

I hung these on the other wall above the crib. 

Next I stuck some vinyl lettering on the wall. 

Screwed in the shelf I repainted in this post.
and topped it with some of her precious pink things. 

It's right above the play kitchen set.
(It looks better in person.)

Then I hung this "Walk Tall" plaque I made in this post
above her doorway. 

I made her a "Memory Board" in this post,
And hung it right above her dresser.

I repainted her dresser in this post 

And scattered butterflies on it in this post. 

I repainted her toy box in this post,
And put butterflies on it too!

I made her curtains a LONG time ago and never did post about them, I might be re-making them though so I'll post them when they're done.
(I hate the top of the curtains, I'm going to take that part off and put a cute solid print on the bottom, I think.)

Her quilt top has been finished, my Mother-In-Law asked to quilt it, so I'll show the finished project off when I get it back. I pieced this top in this post... and this post.

I can't wait to finish the next two projects, and finally have one room in my house complete.

It makes me so happy every time I walk in her room!
Clean or Messy.


April 26, 2011

New Summer Wreath

I decided it was time to take down the easter decorations this morning. As I was putting things away, I dug through my box of holiday decorations and realized I didn't have anything springy/summery to hang up. So I gathered some silk flowers I had lying around from previous projects as well as 3 bunches of flowers and a wreath I bought at Dollar Tree. I had my camera sitting right by me and totally forgot to take pictures of the process....sorry!

Start by using a hot glue gun and glueing a ribbion around the top. Then make a bow out of the same ribbon and glue that at the top. Then clip the ends of your flowers down as short as you can get them without them falling apart. Then glue the flowers onto the wreath. Make sure you spread the colors around so you don't have clumps of one color in spots.
Here is the back of my finished wreath
And here is the front
Here is my new colorful wreath on my door! I love it!
I had a bunch of extra flowers so I made this little arrangement to put on my kitchen table as well!


Phase 1 of Family Tree Project/New Pictures

I have a family tree project that I have wanted to do for a long time! My only problem is that it requires painting the wall and because I live in an apartment, painting is not really an option. Since we are not planning on moving in the near future, I decided I am going to make the most of apartment living and still do all the projects I have wanted to do! :) So here is phase 1 of Project Family Tree! I found all these picture frames left over from our wedding. I then found a picture of each member of my family and my husband's family. I printed them out at Costco and put them in the frames. I had just enough that I could have black frames for 1 family and white for the other. Anyways, that is phase 1, stay tuned for phase 2! :)
My next project was changing out all the pictures in our apartment. I was tired of having the same pictures for 3 years so I printed out a bunch of new pictures and put them in the frames. It was a great way to change things up for inexpensive!


A Little Bit of Fun in the Bathroom

I've finally given up on the idea of painting my house.  Momentarily it looks like we'll be having to pick up and move about this time next year so there's really no point in painting if I can't enjoy it for longer than a couple months.  So!  Instead I've decided to put up all those decorations I was waiting to put up until after the paint dried.  It's nothing That spectacular, but I had fun doing it.  (This is the kids/guest bathroom)

I put this above the sink

That cute little frog on the sing there, yeah, my 2 year old threw it on the floor the other day :(  Shattered.
It was the last frog from my frog bathroom I have determined my kids get nothing but rubber from this point on!

My neighbor gave me an awesome present for my birthday this year, a Sticker Maker!  I love it.
This sticker is my first attempt with my sticker maker.  It says

I promise it won't hurt you."

Then I hung this above the bathtub.

It's a little smaller than I'd like it, but it works. 
I also want to put bubbles around it, I just can't pick a bubble that I like. 

April 24, 2011

Coolest Jello Ever!!!

Sadly I cannot take credit for this awesome jello, but I still had to share because it looked and tasted so awesome! If you would like to make this awesome jello check out ourbestbites.com!


April 22, 2011

"Walk Tall" Plaques

One of my all time favorite Young Women songs is "Walk Tall, You're a Daughter of God."  It was actually written by one of my co-blogger Kristie's Young Women leaders, Jamie Glenn.  I LOVE this song.  That song is where I got the idea for this project.

I started with an unfinsihed wooden plaque.  I didn't feel like cutting my own, so I purchased these ones at Michaels.

I painted each board, Aqua Blue for my littlest girls room
Ivory for my "big" girls room.

I used my Silhouette Craft Cutter to cut vinyl letters in Pink and Green for the "Walk Tall"
I centered them on the board and pressed them down.

Then I used black vinyl for the rest of the words, centered and pressed.

I hung them over the doorways to each of my girls's rooms.

I love it.  I've wanted to do this project for a LONG time.  I'm happy with the end result.