Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Trash to Treasure

Awhile back, I won a giveaway. I won't say from who, but I was REALLY excited about it. It was for a personalized leotard. I put in the order right away and it was like Christmas morning when I got the package in the mail. I opened it, squealed a little over how cute it was, then I looked a little closer:

You see it right? I mean, how could you not? How on earth did the person who made it not notice her mistake!? "Well, it was free," I told myself. I hated to complain and send it back. So, I figured I would just fix it myself!

Here's what I came up with!

Kiki's having a Ladybug theme for her birthday party, so I think I'll make a skirt for it and it will be a great birthday outfit! I really like how it turned out!

I'll be linking up here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's...

Super Sewist!

Okay, not quite. But I am pretty happy with myself.

A few weeks ago some friends asked me to make a Superman blanket for their son. Not only do I love making things for people I know, but I thought it would be a pretty cool challenge. I haven't worked with minky much, AND they asked for a logo with his name on it:

It turned out well! And it really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I designed the logo with my Silhouette, but then I just traced it onto paper since it was too big to cut. The front is red and blue minky. The logo is all cotton. I bound it with red satin. And the backing is a really fun cotton Superman comic print:

I hope they like it!

I'll be linking up here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beach Time

So far,

Finn LOVES the beach:

Kiki......not so much:

(In her defense, I did wake her up from a nap to go sit in some algae water)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Reading

Not only do I love to read, but I'm finding it's incredibly good for my mental state. A couple of chapters before bed clears out my mind and prepares me for sleep. And sleep makes me happy :)

The problem is picking books. I almost always have the kids with me when we go to the library, which makes it really difficult to blindly pick out books to read. I love it when people give me suggestions, because then I can just go online, reserve it, and pick it up quickly at the library. I'm not really in the market for a Kindle or a Nook since this FREE system is working so well for me.

So, if you're looking for some good summer reads, here's my picks:

Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Chet and Bernie Mysteries)

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn. This was a suggestion by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly last month. It's a mystery told from the Private Investigator's dog's point of view. I really liked it and I'm on to the next in the series.

Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovitch. I haven't read this yet, but I've got it on reserve at the library. I just love the Stephanie Plum series. Light reading at it's best. If you haven't heard of it before, start with One for the Money.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Anytime I hear that Hollywood is making a book into a movie, I run out and get a copy to read before it's made. If you like to read, no doubt you've heard of this. GO GET IT. It rocks.

The Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. None of my teachers ever made me read this in high school. I ran out of reserves, so I picked this up at the library instead. Honestly, there isn't much of a story, so I can't really give a synopsis, but it's just a quick, engrossing read about teenage angst.

One Day (Vintage Contemporaries Original)

One Day by David Nicholls. Another soon-to-be-movie. After reading this book, I emailed the author with my thoughts on the ending. He actually replied! Go get it.

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff. Haven't read this yet, but it's getting great reviews. I'll have to put it on my reserve list. I think it's about some people who get lost in the Himalayas in World War II.


Matched by Ally Condie. This is a Young Adult read that is really much more mature than you would think. I thought the characters where a little thin, but the story really made me think about freedom in our society. I can't wait for the next one!

Alright, I'll stop here. Let me know if you've got any good suggestions. I'm always looking for a good read.

Plus, I'm going to be out for a week or two. I'm headed to the beach!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pillow Mania!

Remember how I said I wanted to make Kiki a sham to go with her new quilt? Well, I actually did!

I've been on quite the pillow spree, in fact. Besides all the placemat pillows I've been turning out (did you know that Dillards sometimes has their nice placemats marked down to just a couple of dollars?), I've made some nice pieced ones too.

Here's a couple I made for my fireplace in my living room (to soften the inevitible falls):

I made some plain linen ones too from some linen napkins I got for my wedding and have NEVER used:

And today I whipped up a couple of cute ones for my mom! She's been redoing her bedroom in blue and yellow:

Finally, I made this one nearly 2 months ago, inspired by a post at Tatertots and Jello. This is one of those easy peasy placemat (from Target) pillows :) It's sitting on my front porch:

I'll be linking up here!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Let Freedom (and Cupcakes) Ring!

Hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Feature Fridaze

Let me start by saying...this is way overdue. I got a little wrapped up in vacations, school ending and all sorts of other things, and took a little break from blogging so much and from keeping up with Feature Fridaze. However, I'd really like to start it up again, so...

Here Goes!

These first three features are from last March. When I started writing this post. Oops.

Better late than never, right?

First is a Baby Announcement Wall Quilt by Jo at Boogaloo. Can you imagine a better keepsake?

And for Spring, there is this $5 Kite Wreath by Carlee at Ladybird Ln. So fresh and cute!

I've been thinking a lot about party planning lately (both of my kids' birthdays are in August). This Ballerina Party from The Joys of Home Educating is too too sweet!

I really adore this Sewing Roll by Sew, Ray, Me. First of all, it's such a great idea! I'd love to take my sewing stuff with me on vacay. Second, she made it look so cute! The colors, the ribbon, everything is perfect.


Check out these Knock-Off T-Shirts with Templates by Lina at Fancy Frugal Life. They remind me of when I lived in Maryland as a little girl. Crabs, sailing, swimming the Chesapeak Bay...and perfect for the Fourth of July!


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