Monday, December 10, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Most of our items were purchased at Hobby Lobby (♥ that store)!
Next, you need to figure out how you want to hang it. Some letters are easier than others :) Having a last name with a "J" was a little tricky but I think it turned out nice. Some letters you can simply wrap the burlap around the top.
I folded a piece of burlap and hot glued the ends on the back of my letter. Then I took a piece of muslin and put it through the loop on top.
Then came the fun part, embellishing!
I made a simple bow (just tied a knot) with a wide stripe of burlap and then hot glued it to the burlap attached to my letter.
I sanded the edges to get a distressed look and then added a few more rosettes to the bottom of the J also.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
My oldest daughter wanted to have another big birthday party this year. Ella loves to dance and most of her friends are in her dance class as well.
I love to craft and sew, so I tend to go a little overboard when I throw a party. I make my own decorations, food, cakes which make the party within a reasonable budget. Here is what I made.
For decorations I used pink and pink/white damask tablecloths, I made pink tulle pom-poms and strung them with yarn, a few balloons from the dollar store, dress form necklace holders with hand stamped necklaces (party favor), ballet shoe wall hanging, dress form with a pink tutu, vanity with mirror with a pink tray with lace crowns (party favor), and a cake stand I made from an old chandelier. Here is the tutorial that I followed http://www.iheartnaptime.net/diy-cake-stand/
For the food I made 5 small cakes with pink rosette frosting, pink cake pops, marshmallow wands, and pirouette cookie sticks. It was also a tea party so we had antique teacups and plates, served with pink lemonade. The girls loved it!
Crafts. We had had pink party bags and each girl got to decorate their bag. There was a lot of markers, crayons, stamps, stickers, glue, and glitter! Then we made beaded bracelets with a ballerina tutu charm.
For party favors I made lace crowns and hand stamped initial necklaces with a pink gem.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
I recently got an international order from Australia! I'm always excited when I get international orders. The order was for 11 of My Ballerina Tutu Bun Wraps. It was for a birthday party and the buyer loved them! I took a few photos of the completed order. So much pale pink fluffy tutu-ness!
It was pretty neat that is was an order to Melbourne, Australia. My college roommate and one of my bffs, Bridgette, and I went to Melbourne on Spring Break while we were in college one year. We had a fabulous and unforgettable time! It's neat to think that something I made has made itself back to Australia. : )
Monday, May 14, 2012
I really love how this tunic/dress came all together but I think next time I will allow myself more time. : ) My good friend Bridgette from Fancybelle and I had a great time with our sew-a-long.
The first day I put the darts and zipper in on the back pieces and did the lining at the same time. The front pieces went together smoothly but I did have to redo the neckline a couple of times. I’m not used to such a large seam allowance (1/2 inch). That made it more challenging for me especially around the neckline and sleeves. I was very happy that everything fit together nicely. I was a little worried about the puff cap sleeves but they went together pretty smoothly.
I really wanted to wear this for Mother’s Day, and it was long enough on me to wear it as a dress! I did take a slip that I had purchased on clearance for $1 and attached some ruffle fabric that matched the colors in my tunic. It took me a total of about 10 minutes and added a little pop of color and some just a little length for when I sat down. With my one year old crawling all over my lap, it gave me more coverage! : )
I have a few pictures but didn’t take as many as I wanted. Most of last week I spent the time from 7pm to 10pm working on this tunic. I plan on making a much shorter version of this so I can wear it this summer. I will have to adjust the bodice a little bit so I won’t have to wear a cami under it. Since it’s fully lined, it would be incredibly hot to wear in the summer with three layers! : )
I would really recommend to other Sewing Lovers to check out Amy Butler patterns. She does a great job and the finished products is soooo cute and look like I bought it in a department store. Here is a break down of the cost to make this tunic – $27 Amy Butler fabric, $13 Amy Butler Lotus Tunic pattern, $3 invisible zipper, $8 muslin (for lining) = $51 Sewing is not a cheap hobby, but I love creating, maybe designing someday!
And I also did have to make a matching hair accessory for my tunic! Hope you enjoy!