Elastic Band Skirt {Toddler Size} Revised!

I finally got a hold of some wide elastic to put on my daughter’s “princess” skirt. The smaller width just looked like underwear to me. So, I decided to revise the tutorial to reflect the use of a wider band. And I made it all one page, so clickety click to make it big.

And of course, I had to take pictures of the skirt, being modeled by my adorable girl. She sure loves anything princess these days and this full twirly skirt seems to fit the bill.

Oh and Rachel, I know there are tons of typos. I’ll fix them later. Maybe. 🙂

Be Still My Beating Heart

Mere, you are amazing. Thanks for alerting me to Harts Fabrics (which is almost as close as JoAnns and far prettier a drive) and their online store.

I have got to have this fabric. Got to got to got to.

I am such a sucker for all things Art Nouveau and apparently all things Art Gallery Fabrics. Oh hannah, I think I want bolts of every one of their designs…

Boonies

We live in a small town. I love it. People are (for the most part) really nice. We have a good community, one that sets off fireworks for the start of Little League.

The only draw back?

We have one fabric store in town. It’s a specialty quilt shop, with great fabric and prices that make your eyes pop out.

So I haul myself to the JoAnn’s 30 mins away when I need new fabric.

We used to live in a town littered with amazing fabric shops and a JoAnns to die for. The sewing spirit is alive and well in Utah.

Not so much at my current JoAnns.

Seriously, I haven’t been tempted by more than one or two bolts in the 8 months I’ve lived in the area.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

But good for the pocket book.

My mother-in-law reminded me of an awesome fabric store about 1.5 hours away, where I bought crepe back satin for my bride’s maids dresses for $3/yd. They have bolts and bolts of fabric that they just cut and tear off. It’s like seamstress heaven.

The drive isn’t so appealing to me, but the next time I have some play money, that’s where I’m headed.

Because life just ain’t as bright with out piles of adorable fabric waiting to be made into adorable things.

Getting Ready for Easter

Growing up, my Mom always got my sister and I new dresses for Easter. I’m pretty sure her mom did it, too. I’ve been driven to have the same happen for my daughter.
Last year, I spent too much money on a beautiful dress from Macys for her. he wore it a lot to make up for it!
This year, I spent $3 on her dress. Amazing, huh? I got the fabric and lace from my Mom’s stash (I think I had something made out of this eyelet). All I needed to buy was thread and a zipper. I also used the same pattern that I used for her Christmas dress, but left off the time consuming pleated sleeves. 
My girl sure loves her princess dress and won’t take it off. I love how she totally posed for me – usually she sees the camera and yells, “No say cheese, Mommy!”

This week LollyChops is doing Wallflowers Week and is show casing all kinds of flower crafts. She highlighted the fabric flower tutorial done by MollyChicken yesterday, which I was so excited to see. I’ve been trying to think of what to make for my daughter’s hair accessory to coordinate with her dress (last year I made a giant korker bow) and this was perfect! I didn’t like all the raw edges (she is, after all, wearing this ensemble to Church), so I zig zagged them. It didn’t make a huge difference, but I tried 🙂 Not sure what I’ll put in the center, but I love the way it looks.

Origami Hibiscus Flower Shirt Embelishment

A few weeks ago, I mentioned this sweater from Old Navy that I had fallen in love with. The price tag was a bit much for a thin cardi (I’m totally cheap, fyi), so I decided to take the idea and make it my own.


My mom let me go through all of her fabric origami books, looking for the square flower that they had used. Turns out, it’s called a Hibiscus flower. I love, love, love the shape.  Turns out, that while a bit time consuming, they are pretty simple to make. Right up my alley! 
As soon as I find the book (which may just be out of print), I’ll post a link to it. Sorry kiddos, no tutorials on copyrighted patterns 🙂
Anyways, I bought a cheap deep v-neck short sleeved shirt from the afore mentioned store and hauled out my fabric scraps (the nearest fabric store, aside from a quilting store, is a 1/2 hr away, so no new fabric for this project). After fiddling with a few fabrics in varying weights and colors, I decided to use a light weight light blue shirt fabric. 
Regular weight cotton or linen was too bulky for the size flowers I wanted (about 1″x1″) and looked a little too quilt-y. Eyelet and other open weaved fabrics started to look messy the more folded up they got. So, lightweight (very very thin cotton, lining fabric, light shirtweights, silk, etc) fabric was the only way to keep the form with out the bulk. And keep the flowers from looking like a wearable quilt. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
I used three strands of embrodiery floss and used running stitches to tack down the flowers. It created a great x in the middle of the flower, just like the ON sweater. I think this step was the most time consuming, but I love hand stitching, so it didn’t bother me.
After 5 days of working on and off (probably two hours total, not including the trial and error up to getting the right look), I finished the embelishments, attached them with more embroidery floss and wore it today.
No compliments and the hubby thought it was too much, but I love it!

I really need a tripod – this was the only way I could get a shot of me wearing the shirt! Don’t mind the mess of my crap room…

How to outsmart your piece of stupid computer

Just follow these steps:

  1. make sure your computer is at least 4 years old
  2. and only has 4 gigs of memory
  3. install Photoshop, Illustrator, and a few years later, Lightroom (amongst other programs)
  4. open Illustrator, Google Chrome and iTunes
  5. start working on a client’s design in Illustrator
  6. turn up the tunes
  7. spice things up with a sick two year old
  8. plant her in front of the tv
  9. work for a few hours on the design
  10. click “save”
  11. watch Illustrator crash and burn, taking all your precious work with it
  12. scream and yell, scaring the sick two year old
  13. console two year old
  14. take a few hours break, eat lots of chocolate
  15. open up just Illustrator and only Illustrator
  16. start working on said design, again
  17. try to remember exactly it was you did in the morning
  18. save your work every other minute until finished

Congrats! You’ve outsmarted your computer and managed to keep your work at the same time!

Oh, man, I need to craft. I’m talking/posting to myself again.