Moved!

After being more than annoyed at blogger for a while, here I am on wordpress. There’s a bit of a learning curve, so it may take me a bit to get everything looking the way I want it to.

Anyways, the other day I saw some fabric flower headbands on etsy (speaking of which, go check out my shop and place an order – my headbands make great stocking stuffers!), I decided I must make one of my own. Β It’s such a great use for all those scraps I have lying around and who doesn’t like adding a little spunk to a plain t and jeans outfit (aka – the momiform)?

I used the same idea behind my flower-tshirt embellishment, but folded the strips in half length wise, to keep the edges clean. Then I had then ends meet, forming a circle. Not too hard, but a little time consuming. I also made it so I could remove it from the headband. I’m not sure if my felt will hold up after multiple removals, so I’ll have to perfect the idea before trying to say that I came up with a great idea to have interchangeable headbands πŸ™‚ Cause I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like having a gazillion plastic headbands laying around – they are sooo hard to store.

I think it turned out pretty cute. Cute enough to add to my etsy store? We’ll just have to see…

Mother’s Day Brooch

Have you seen NotMartha‘s felt dahlia corsages yet? If you haven’t, get your browser over there! ‘Cause this is a must do craft.

Now I know they may seem a little overwhelming, with all the cutting and gluing, but let me tell you, it was totally therapeutic for me and calming. I know, I just said a craft was calming. But it was.

I made mine out of the left over felt from my daughter’s Blue’s Clues Halloween costume, so they are a little on the garish side (has anyone seen dahlia’s in bright blue??), but I’m all about using the on hand stuff. Mainly ’cause I live in the boonies πŸ˜‰

I also made mine into a hair clip & my mom’s is the brooch. I’m just not cool enough to rock the brooch right now….

Aren’t they just lovely?? Sigh.

Anyways, I made three modifications when I made mine:

1) I made a template for the petals, because I totally fail at cutting things free hand. And I am just OCD enough to want them to match.

2) Megan used FabricTac adhesive and clothespins/heavy pan to glue & hold her petals. Seeing as how I’m super impatient & didn’t have any FabricTac on hand,  I used my aleene’s glue gun (thanks Mom for talking me into it – soooo worth the extra money!) with the smallest nozzle and only put a small dab of glue on each petal.  I got really good results, where as my first try using tacky glue and holding the petals closed with closepins was a disaster. I ended up as a mess of felt with globs of wood stuck to them. Yuck.

3) I cut the 3.25″ circle down to 3″ and then clipped the edges to make the back less bulky when I glued it on to the cardboard. For some reason just folding it over with my felt ended up being really really thick.

the one on the left is the 3.25″ circle and the one on the right is the 3″ one. Crazy how thick the left one is!

Oh and I also omitted the contrasting back and secret pocket, mainly because I didn’t have any other felt.

I am so excited to wear mine tomorrow – I might even make one for my daughter, just toddler size.

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 πŸ™‚ Not sure what I’ll put in the center, but I love the way it looks.

Felt Rose Hair Clips

I stumbled upon this amazing site called the purl bee the other day and their adorable felt hair clip tutorial.  Such a quick and easy tutorial! It seriously took me about 20 minutes to make.

I’m not sure I love their pattern, but I need to go get some more felt before I can really start tweaking the pattern to suit my needs.  As you can see, all I had was the bright pink felt left over from last year’s Halloween costume. I’ll post my take on it soon…hopefully. My car has to get fixed before I can take any trips to the fabric store…..