Thursday, February 9, 2012

For posterity

Lincoln made this great video of Clark. I am sure that most of you won't care, but for those of you who do care, enjoy.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Me and My Boys

I really wish I had photoshop so I could take our heads and rearrange them to make the best picture. These were actually taken on Christmas. I feel like Clark has changed so much since they were taken. Not to mention, my hair has changed since then. I just had to post these since they are our most recent family photos. I really love having these two in my life.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy New Years's!

Yes, it is January and I am writing about New Year's. I just have been so crazy that I am totally not caught up and I wanted to try and fill in the gaps. This post is picture heavy, so hang in there. My cousin, Stephanie, got married on New Year's Eve and it was awesome. She and my aunt threw the party of the year. Her colors were "sparkle" and everyone was dress in sparkles and sequence. Isn't that the best idea ever? Lincoln and I had a ball dancing the night away. Dancing and eating and laughing with family and loved ones is the best want to end the year and start the next one off right!

Most of the family before the reception.
My aunt and uncle with four of their five girls.
Katelynn showing her love for 2012
My brother and his girlfriend, Jessie.

Don't mind the sweat, this was after lots of dancing.
There was a cookie and milk bar at midnight.
Meryn and Brittany
My sister and her husband, Nikki and Cameron.
My mom and Margo
Meryn and Dylann
P.S. I made my skirt for the occasion. I just couldn't find a party skirt that wasn't super short or old lady looking.
Me and my mom

Clark is getting so big

Seriously, who is this kid? He is so big. I can't believe it. One of his favorite things to do is empty out all the drawers and buckets the he can. He just goes for it with reckless abandonment. Clark will empty all his clothes out of their drawer, all the kitchen drawers he can reach, and all of my makeup and hair stuff in the bathroom. He can empty his toy bin (old ottoman) in seconds flat. He then climbs into it and plays hide and seek with Lincoln and me. He is such a joy!

P.S. Do you see that nasty rash around his mouth? How do I get rid of it? I have used so many ointments and lotions, but they don't seem to work. It is from his love affair with the binkie. The poor kid just has sensitive skin like his mom. If there is any secret weapon that has worked for you, let me know.

So You Think You Can Sew

Well, I obviously didn't make it to the final round in the sewing competition, or else I would be posting a project right now. I had so much fun and I learned so much. It is sort of ironic that I didn't make it to this round since this is the only round that I have more than one day to do my project. I have been so busy the month of January, adding these projects in the mix has been crazy. My busy schedule has only made my blogging suffer. I never really wanted my blogging to cause me any guilt, and it shows with how relaxed I am with posting. I mostly wanted to thank all of you for your wonderful support and encouragement. I am new to the sewing scene and I really felt the love with my little projects. I have loved sewing and I plan to continue doing it. I promise to share some of my stuff, if you promise not to get mad when me blogging lacks in posts.

Anyways, thank you all for your support. I couldn't of made it as far as I did without you, literally, I could not of made it without the votes. There is one more round of competition, so still vote for your favorite.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Urban Cowgirl

This is the "sew something you can wear" portion of my SYTYCS challenge. Let me tell you, this was a challenge. I thought I would be all cool and show how even adults can wear ruffles. Well, I am not so sure anymore. I basically sewed this skirt with my seem ripper in my lap!! I know that basically goes against the idea of entering a challenge with a title asking me if I can sew, but whatever. I had a great time and I am SHOCKED that I even made it this far. I named this skirt after the fabric line from Moda that I used for the top and bottom ruffles. They are from the "Urban Cowgirl" line. Don't you just love this fabric? I do. If you also love the skirt, be a doll and vote for me here. Thanks for all your support it has been so much fun!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

TOP 6!!!

I can't believe it! I made it into the top six of my sewing competition. I seriously thought I would be out by now. THANK you all for voting and supporting me. I better get to my machine and start on the next project. Stay tuned, and THANK YOU SO MUCH for your votes!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

So You Think You Can Sew; Week 2- Refurbish

I was so excited to hear about the challenge for this week. I love cutting things up and trying to put them all back together.

I had this HUGE sweater my mom gave me that she used to wear back in the day. It was so soft and comfortable, but it looked awful. Lincoln was not a fan, and I just couldn't figure out what to do with it. I just put it in my "To-Do" bin and forgot about it. Once I heard about this challenge, I knew it was time to take the sweater out.

Due to some stains I knew I would have to dye it. It was my first time ever trying to dye fabric other than the few times I tie-dyed shirts. It took forever and it didn't really turn out the way I had planned, but it was a learning experience for sure.
I knew that after washing and drying it, the agitation would shrink it, so I planned on making something for Clark. However, after seeing the lavender color and how soft and fluffy the sweater became, I knew it would have to be for a girl. Luckily I have so many nieces in town it wasn't hard to get one to model for me.
Katelyn was more than happy to show her skill in modeling and style. She suggested we pair the outfit with her new boots and pink leggings.
With the extra fabric, I made a hat for her as well. There is only a few scraps left and I plan on making some fun rosettes for myself.
I was really happy to see how easy it was to sew with this fabric. After it was felted so much in the wash, it didn't fray or need ironing.

I am almost finished with the tutorial for how I made this little dress.

I have really enjoyed these challenges and I am SOOO grateful for all of your votes to help me move on. I would love your votes and support again this week. Please visit Ashley's blog to show me some love.

So, You Think You Can Sew- Week 2; Refurbish TUTORIAL

This is how I made this...

Into these...

Seriously, isn't she a cutie pie.

I decided to dye it since the sweater was old and had a few stains. The fabric is Angora and Rayon which makes coloring it very tricky. I had to dye it twice and both times it didn't turn out anything like the color I had planned. I used the dye Idye from Joanne's. The first color I used was a deep blue but it turned more of a soft grey. The second color I used was actually a navy, but that only turned the sweater a soft lavender. I left it in the dye for over six hours the second time, but it still didn't work. Obviously, this was a major lesson on how to dye fabrics. Dying cotton is WAY easier.
After all of the washes (I never dried it in the dryer) all the agitation made the sweater felt and it shrunk. I was hoping it would, and I was happy with how much it did.
Once it was dry, I cut some pattern pieces out to make a ruff estimate on what I needed to cut out of the sweater. NOTE- I didn't end up making any mittens :( due to the lack of fabric left over.
I had to use the sleeves as a panel for the sides of the skirt so it would swing more. I didn't want it to be too tight. So, the mittens had to be sacrificed. I also sewed the buttons down in the front of the skirt so there was no gap or way it could open.
However, I didn't sew the button closed on the top in order for it to be slipped on and off easier. After I cut out the top, I realized I wanted a little sleeve. I used extra fabric from the sleeve and sewed it along the edge. I didn't have to hem the edge since the fabric was so felted. I liked the raw edge and decided to keep it.
I then cut the sleeves at a angle to allow some space for the armpits.
With the panels in the skirt, I had to gather the skirt at the waist.
Once gathered and even, I turned the top inside out and placed the skirt inside it so it was right sides together. Make sure the buttons were lined up before I started sewing. I folded the bottom up and just made a simple hem.
I measured the hat size around Clark to see what a baby's head should be like. I then sewed up the side to make a sort of tube. I used the finished edge of the sweater so I wouldn't have to worry about the bottom. I then folded the hat in fourths and sewed each side to the middle.
Next, I took each of the little corners and sewed a angle 1.5 inches from the top to the middle. I don't think that makes sense, but I had cut the corners off before I took this picture, so... sorry.
I turned it back right side in and sewed some extra buttons from the dress to the front. However, you see that we put a flower on it instead. It really pulled out the leggings that my niece wanted to wear. She is such a fashionista that I just went with it.

This was my first time trying to do a sewing project while I did a tutorial when I don't have a full plan on how I want to do it. I was just fly by the seat of my pants as I was working on this. I think that can make the best projects. Just use all of your sewing knowledge and go for it. What do you have to lose?

Thank you all so much for you amazing support. Don't forget to vote for this project over at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night.

Friday, January 6, 2012

My new obsession

I would like to first give a BIG HUGE thank you for all of your votes. I made it to the third round and I am so excited. Let's just say I have a really fun idea for the next project and I am hoping it has lots of WOW factor.

On another note, I have been wanting to post my latest favorite song. I found it a few months ago on a friends blog and I have been in love with it ever since. The video is also really amazing and I find myself thinking about it and singing the song in my head all day. It's Gotye, "Somebody that I used to know" featuring Kembra (she has some other really great songs.)

Here's the kicker, just this morning, Lincoln and I came across this great video of a group doing a cover of the song. I don't think I have ever seen a cover done like this before. I totally love it.

Didn't you just get goosebumps? Thanks again for voting for me and stay tuned for my next project.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Crib Caddy


Hey, Ladies! Have you ever found yourself in your baby's bedroom in the dark on your hands and knees desperately searching for your baby's pacifier? Have you ever looked at your child's snotty nose and thought, "Where's a wipe when you need one?" Or have you ever wished you could you put your baby thermometer in a more convenient location?

If the answer to any of these questions was "YES!" then I have just the thing for you: "The Crib Caddy™."

This simple yet elegant crib accessory is the perfect place to put all your crib crisis corrective contraptions.

"The Crib Caddy: Addressing Your Baby's Needs . . . with Style."

*Baby not included.
**Patent pending.

Here it is, the big surprise, I am in the top 12 for the sewing competition I entered. I was waiting to tell everyone for fear that they would realize that I was actually in the bottom twelve and they told me the top twelve by mistake. I was very shocked, flattered, and extremely out of my league. It couldn't have come at a worse time. December is a crazy time for us at the salon, and I had two weddings I was doing hair for. Not to mention, I also had Christmas and New Year's to deal with. Needless to say, I was a little frazzled. I really was excited for the competition, but I didn't get started until Sunday night. I was mentally done with my project, just not physically done. I knew what I wanted to do, I just needed to get my act together and finish it. So, without further ado, here is my first project for So, You Think You Can Sew.

I used the Arcadia fabric from Moda. I had a old Honey Bun and Charm Pack laying around for years just waiting to be used. The buttons are old brass and silver buttons my mom gave me.

How to Vote-
If you would like to vote for me, go to Mommy by Day Crafter by Night and follow the rules. THANKS!!