Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Buckets

I went all out this year and decorated Easter buckets. And by all out I mean I sent my husband out to buy $2 buckets at Target and I rummaged my felt and tutu making supplies. These were really fun and quick and best of all easy! You want to whip one up super fast too? It's not too late!
Happy Easter Everyone!


okay...So these links are the place I was looking at when I got the ideas:
(Ceri came up with the superhero idea I just put it to action)

Check out the amazing Super Hero painting her mom did for her

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Day Shirts with Tutorial

Happy Earth Day everyone!  To celebrate I made my daughter and I matching shirts for school.  She is pretty excited about it.  And I'm not going to lie...I am too.  They turned out adorable.  I made a tutorial to go with it.  There are a ton of freezer paper and applique tutorials out there so who knows how good this one is in comparison...But this is one stop shopping...a two for one special...that's my kind of tutorial.  : )  Enjoy!

1. Get out all your stuff:
Wonder Under
Fabric Paint
Sponge Brush
Print out of design 
(I google imaged the design **disclaimer** There were no "copyrights" that I could find on the image so I figure it's fair game)

All the following is not pictured - whoops
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Sewing Machine (you could hand stitch this if you wanted)
Coordinating Thread

2. Turn design over and trace picture with a sharpie (or other dark marker) on the back side of paper (so you're getting a backwards image...If you've got some mad skills on the computer - print out the backwards image (I do not have mad skills...I trace).
3. Now trace that backwards image on the smooth side of your "Wonder Under".
4. Trace and cut out your freezer paper stencil.
5. Iron your "Wonder Under" onto the felt.  Make sure that your heat setting is not too hot and that you stay on the Wonder Under. The iron will melt the felt (I use the cheep-o felt sheets not the awesome wool kind).  OR you can do what the package says and use a thin towel on top  of the felt and Wonder Under (but where's the fun in that?).
6. Iron down your Freezer Paper stencil onto your T-shirts. Place a piece of Freezer Paper on the inside of the shirt (plastic side up) so there is no paint bleeding. Make sure to iron it well so the paint doesn't go outside the lines!
7.  Now apply your paint.  You will notice on the big heart that there is a little bit of bunching going on.  Don't worry about it...It usually works out just fine in the end.  If worst comes to worst it will look a little "vintage". perfect.  Thinner t-shirts like that one are just hard to manage because they are so  stretchy.

8. Now wait 24 hours....if you can...I made it 20 hours then I couldn't stand it any more and I heat set it.
9. "Heat set" your painted area - heat iron according to fabric and iron for 30 seconds on each side. 
**I use a paper towel (or very thing fabric) as a barrier between the iron and the paint**

10. Now turn inside out and wash and dry your shirt according to directions.
11. While your shirt is washing and drying cut out felt pieces.


11. Once your shirt is nice and washed and dried, take off the backing of the felt continents, line it up where you want them to go and iron into place.  Use that paper towel again because the cheep felt will melt and all your hard work will be wasted...or maybe it will turn out looking "vintage"...  but odds are you'll ruin your iron...don't you think?
 12.  Last but not least: Stitch around the border of the continents to secure them in place...and to give it a final touch!
 13.  That's it! You're done! Now go and show the world that you love the Earth!

p.s. I just couldn't stop at the shirts.  I had to top of my daughter's outfit with a cute skirt.  It's the "Simple Skirt" from Made.  And it really is simple.  I whipped one out in 20 minutes last night.  awesome.


Sunday, April 17, 2011


Around Valentines day My mom (who is also my boss) had me make a bunch of aprons for some gals at work.  They turned out pretty cute! I made the pattern from a pre-existing apron and altered it a bit to make it super cute with the ruffled bottom.  I love me a cute apron!

This is 5 out of the 7 I made...the other 2 gals weren't there for the picture.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

carseat uplift

Third baby + first girl = greatest excuse to redo a very loved carseat!  
This was my first carseat I did (Ceri has done a bunch) and I went into it thinking, "no big deal...I'm good with a seam ripper and a sewing machine...I can piece problem." What I didn't expect was that THIS carseat was European...oy vey.  Needless to say it was no Graco.  Lots of HUGE carseat puzzle.  In the end it all came together and looked great but I wont lie...I was worried for a bit.

Things I learned:
1.  Never underestimate how much time a "first pancake" project will take.
2. When doing something like this take LOTS AND LOTS of pictures so piecing it back together wont be so difficult
3. The later the hour the more seam ripping will be done...better to say goodnight before silly mistakes start to be made.
4. Always live close by to Ceri so she can bail me out of any sewing crisis...she did the canopy...again..time...I ran out. 
5. Just say no to European projects...period.
6. Check the "die lot" when buying bias tape all "just peachy"'s are not created equal
6. learn how to take better pictures...I'm in awe by so many crafters out there who know how to work a camera.  

The end result turned out awesome and my co-worker loved it! I'm in love with the gray, red, and peach combo.

And for an extra touch...a little cover totally tops it! To make your own go here.

An adorable carseat for an adorable little girl!