Monday, October 17, 2011

Still here

So my blogs posting is not going exactly as I planned, although I have been sewing up a storm. I just haven't stopped to document my creations yet. Ella's nursery is painted and I love it, just a few more things to get and it will be ready for her when she arrives in 7 weeks. I can't believe how fast the time has flown by. Hopefully I will get the rest of my to do list finished in the next month and then start posting regularly, well that's the at least the goal. I thought I should pop on and at least let you know that at some point soon I will be blogging again but for now I need to finish my to do list before Ella gets here. Hope you are all doing well and I can't wait to share everything with you.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nursery phase one

Today I started painting the Dr. Seuss mural in the nursery and I have to say I was a little scared at first that it wouldn't come out the way I envisioned it. I am pleasantly surprised thus far, I have Horton traced and painted gray and thing 1 and thing 2 traced and painted. Here is how it looks so far hope you all like it as much as I do.

That is the end result after my hard day of work. Here are some photos of how it all started this morning.
The top photo is the outline of thing 1 and thing 2 and the bottom is Horton not quit all the way painted.

Thing 1 and thing 2 with just their awesome blue hair painted. Finally getting somewhere.

Horton all painted gray, yippie. Now he just needs facial features and and outline, that will come later.
Thing 1 and Thing 2 with the rest of their bodies painted in. I will added their faces and lettering on their stomach next. Can't wait to see the finished product. I still need to draw the lorax trees and the balloon from oh the places you'll go and paint those. Lots of work to be done but progress if being made. I will keep you all posted on the progress. I leave you with one more photo of the progress thus far.

Oh yeah and I still need to paint the rest of the grass on the bottom of the wall but that's easy work :). The other 3 walls of the nursery are going to be light and darker green stripes. Hope you have a great Wednesday and I will be sure to post phase two when it's complete.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I'm back

We'll it has really been too long since I've made a post, but what can I say I've been a busy lady. Lots of things have happened in the past few months, I have no projects to share on this post but, soon there will be lots of fun posts for you to enjoy and maybe even a few tutorials. So here is a few of the things that have been occupying my time recently.

1. I'm pregnant, whoop!! It's a girl, she is due Dec. 5th I can't wait to meet her.
2. Getting the nursery ready, we decided to go with a Dr. Seuss theme tomorrow I'm going to start painting the mural. I'm excited and a little nervous I really hope it turns out like I picture it.
3. Making diaper bags, blankets, toys, and clothes for my little girl.
4. Deciding on a name for her, I think we finally decided on Ella Sophie we are still trying out but so far its the winner.
5. Researching baby items, who knew there was so much stuff you could get for such a small person. I had no idea.

Here is our little bundle of joy for your viewing pleasure, be careful not to look to long she is super cute.

This is Ella's side profile at 19 weeks. She is so cute I can't wait to get to hold her. Oh and before I forgot one more update as of last Friday I am officially a stay at home mom to be, it's going to be an exciting new world for me and I can't wait. I hope everyone is having a great week and hopefully I will have some crafty updates soon.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's been a while...

Well thus far my new year, new me goals have not been doing well for my blog. The good news is I have lots to post about for the next month. I still have Christmas gifts to post about, teaching my mom to sew a bungalow bag, my first craft fair (well actually a flea market) but, well get to that one later this month, and I will also be opening up an Etsy store this month called sewn shenanigans. Hopefully I can get back into action with my sewing and scrapbook projects and start keeping my posts up to date. So for today's post I am going to finish up the Christmas gifts since it is April and all. So first up is a tie that I made for my husband Mike,

Surprisingly it was not as hard to make as I thought, it was a little bit harder to deal with silk vs. cotton but, all in all I think my first tie turned out okay. The important thing is that Mike seems to like it, since he wore it to work I'm not sure if that's because he felt obligated or because he actually like it but, I am counting it as a victory.

I am missing photos of the weekend travel bag that I made for my mother and grandmother for Christmas. It is an Amy Butler pattern, I made one for myself about a year ago

The fabric I used for my bag is also by Amy Butler it is part of her Nigella line. The fabrics I used for moms back was also by Amy Butler and is part of her August Fields line,

For my grandmothers was by Joel Dewberry Ginseng collection,

Both turned out beautifully and I debated keeping them for myself :), but I didn't.

The final Christmas gift I want to share are the place mats, napkins, and table runner that I made for my parents, well mainly my mother since I don't think my dad is really into table decor but, lets not get caught up in the tiny details.

They pattern for the place mats and napkins are from Amy Butler's In Stitches book, and the pattern for the table runner is by Anna Banana. The fabric is from the Moda fabric Fandango line. I'm not sure how well you can see this is the photos but everything is reversible including the runner which is not pictured, the back of the runner is the green fabric on the front side of the place mats. I hope you enjoyed seeing the rest of the Christmas gifts, finally and as always if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

new year, new me

This year I started my own version of Cathy Zielske's tales from the scale or move more, eat less as she now calls it. Thus far I think it is going pretty well, I have started regularly attending the spinning, dance jam, and yoga classes at the gilruth which is the gym that is on site at JSC. I have also tried to run once a week so my workout schedule is Monday - Dance Jam (hip hop, jazz, fun cardio class), Tuesday Spinning (cardio hell), Wednesday - Yoga JAM (which is yoga for young people, or not your mama's yoga), Thursday - there is a spinning class but I haven't built up the butt and inner thigh muscle strength to attend two classes a week yet. After my first two classes I thought I was never going to be able to walk right again, but it is gradually getting easier, I said easier don't mistake that for easy. Thursday is currently one of my off/rest days until I build up more butt strength, Friday -Sunday I run one day and try to do Jillian Micheal's 30 day shred one day.

All in all it makes for a busy workout week, but after doing it for over a month I find myself looking forward to my workouts, who would have thought definitely not this gal. Thought I would share the torture, oh wait the fun I have been having this past month and maybe inspire so of you all to make it your year to get fit too.

And now for the creative part of today's post I am going back to Christmas and going to share my first dress with you all. While it is not perfect I think for my first dress its not too bad at all. I used the Eclair pattern - from Colette patterns you can check out the link to see their dress, this is the dress that I wore for Christmas eve mass, I love the color combo.

I also made the cute flower that is on my cardiagan, I made one for myself, my mom and my grandma all to wear to mass on Christmas eve and here we are all looking wonderful

The fabric I used for the dress was a pink,red and black silk and the sash is a dark gray rough silk/stain fabric. The flowers are as spin off of the flowers mom and I made at spark in Janet Hopkins class. The main flower is from house of three Parisian anthology line and then I sprayed it with several layers of dark red, pink, and purple glimmer mist to get the desired color.

I have also decided to try and attempt to make one crafty sewing project every two weeks, and one card or scrapbook project a week starting in march so we'll how that goes, if it works out you can look forward to plenty more blog posts I'm sure you are all busting at the seems with excitement. Have a great rest of the weekend and I hope you are inspired to complete the goals you set for yourself this year.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Papertry Ink color challenge

Thinking of you

I chose the ripe avocado, ocean tide, vintage cream, dark chocolate color combo which is my favorite. Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday, if you would like to participate in the color challenge at PTI check here for the info

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Card time

I stopped doing my regular stampin up card class every month a while back, and it has finally happened.. my card stash is dwindling. So I finally busted out all of those stamp sets I've been hoarding, you know what I'm talking about all the stuff you buy each month to meet the $25 minimum that sits in a room somewhere collecting dust. Because since you makes cards once a month what is the point of breaking out your own stash and doing them. Well I have finally broke down and made some cards for my mother in law Pattie who is currently living in Nigeria, and I am also going to start making some for myself as soon as I get my purse finished.

These photos are of the cards that I made for Pattie,

Birthday cards

Fun cards

It's kind of hard to tell in the photo but that is a cute little bra stamp, it says thanks for all your support.

How cute is that little beetle, love it.

Thinking of you card, Mile's favorite

If you are like me and have a stash of stamps or craft supplies sitting around collecting dust, bust them out and use them. You never know they may just inspire you.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Month

It would seem that my plan of blogging at least once a week didn't work out too well thus far. In an effort to keep some currency to my blog I thought it was time to make another post, so away we go. Since I have not posted all of the Christmas goodies I made last year for family I'm going to start there. First up we have a quilt that I made for Mike's god son Lyle, which if I do say so myself is super cute but, I will let you all decide for yourselves.

The front of the quilt above is a little race track for his hot wheels, did you know that the hot wheels cars change color now when you get them wet, I love how toys are evolving.

This is the back, it is really soft felt and a fluffy fleece, it was too cute to pass up. For an added bonus I am going to throw in a photo of Lyle with his quilt. You all should feel quit special today, just going to warn you ahead of time he's a charmer.

Next up is my parents modeling the lovely pajama pants I made for them, I kind of wish I made a pair for myself after I saw how nice and soft and comfy they were, maybe next year.

My mom's pants are little reindeer and Christmas lights and my dads are the cars from the movie Cars in the snow. I thought they were cute and cheerful and I love how jolly the Santa is on my dad's shirt super cute. Overall I think they turned out okay, however I did realize how much I hate hemming pants what a pain in the rear. I am more of a whatever happens, happens kind of sewer but since I was making these for gifts I tried to be a little more precise, let me tell you I would much rather make an entire bag then hem a pair of pants. That's is all I have for this installment of craftiness, hopefully I will make more time to start having regular posts we'll see. Next post will be something new and exciting, which really just means I haven't decided yet so it will be a surprise for me too.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Almost 30

As you may or may not know tomorrow I am turning the big 30. So happy birthday to me early and I hope everyone is having a great start to their new year. I found the cutest gift card holders ever for Christmas this year made by my favorite hybrid scrapbooking and card company house of three , when you purchase the package from the website you can immediately download all 4 of the gift card holders. They are going to come zipped so you will have to unzip them and save them to a thumb drive, and take them to a kinkos, office max, or staples to have them printed. It may sound like a lot of steps reading it but it is actually quit simple. I had mine printed on metallic cardstock it really makes the colors pop. So here they are in all there glory

If you all want to make them you have almost a year left to buy the package, get them printed and assemble them. The assembly is by far the hardest part. I also made my own gift tags this year some are similar to Tim Holtz's, a few were made with the help of by design scrapbook boutique, and the others are Terra originals. I only took photos of the tags used on the gifts for Mike and I, I made about 20 more that are not photographed sorry.

and a close up of this one

alternate view, this tag has embossed snow flakes in acetate over top it looks awesome in person.

the finale

Hope you all had a great week and enjoy your weekend, I'm sure I will here's to the 30's.