Friday, August 31, 2012

Team Spirit Bandana Dress

College Football is officially underway and with today being Team Colors today I thought it was the perfect time to make this adorable little bandana dress.  If you have seen my Hanky Hem Bandana Top then you are off to a great start, because this simple little dress starts off the same way!

What you will need for this project
  •  2 bandanas (in team colors) - Go Tigers!
  • T-shirt
  • Grosgrain ribbon - optional

The first thing you will do is cut your bandanas in half on the diagonal so you have 4 triangles as in the picture above.
Then you need to cut off about 3-5 inches from each end corner depending on the size of your child.  I did 3 inches for my 15-month-old and it still allowed for lots of ruffle.
Now with right sides facing you will sew the short ends of like bandanas.  Ex. I did my two purple ones together, and my two Clemson print ones together.  Then finish that seam. 

For the next steps I forgot to take a picture so please do not be concerned when you see the bandanas are the wrong color.  I just used these from my bandana top tutorial to substitute.  If you need any clarification on this step you can go here.

Open your bandanas up and place one of them inside the other.  Line them up so that they look like the picture above and pin.

Now you will adjust your stitch length to the longest setting and put two rows of basting stitches around the top edge.  DO NOT BACKSTITCH.  There is only one in this photo, but you need two rows.  You will take the long string from the bottom side your work and knot one side so that it sets that work.  Take the long strand on the other end of your work on the bottom and pull, so that it ruffles.  If you have never done this type of gather before you can go here for more information. 

You are going to put your t-shirt inside of your skirt bottom you have been working on. The right side of your bandanas should face the right side of your shirt.  You will adjust the ruffles so that it fits the size of your shirt.  Make sure you align the side seams so that your bandana hem hangs in the right position.  Depending on the length of your t-shirt and how tall your child is you have have to add it up higher on the shirt and cut off some of the length of the shirt.  My shirt was a little long so I cut it off first.  Then when you have everything adjusted accordingly you will stitch your skirt onto your shirt.  Make sure you readjust your stitch length for this step to a shorter stitch length.  Then you need to finish that seam and trim the edges.

Now flip your skirt down and if you wish you can add a ribbon like I did just for some added detail.  Put it on your little girl and CHEER CHEER CHEER!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Four Eyes

Well, today I am dealing with some ghosts from my past.  Feel priveleged you get to share in this adventure, because it will probably not happen again.  I got out the photo albums yesterday trying to find some pictures of me in glasses throughout the years.  Obviously styles have changed drastically as well as my taste in eyeglasses!  And geez is that a crimped mullet I was sporting when I was 10?!?  Thanks, Mom!

Yep.  I have almost always had glasses.  I got my first pair of prescription glasses when I was in the 3rd grade and I picked out these atrocious glasses that people always thought I was wearing upside down.  I liked them because there was a little picture of a smurf on the side of the frames.  They were pink and blue.  With that said, my own son will probably be in glasses within the next two years the eye doctor said, and I hope I can let go of my own control issues and let him make his own mistakes chose his own style.  It is all a part of growing up and growing into yourself isn't it? 
I posted a few months back about how I had gotten new designer glasses.  If you wear glasses you know how expensive they can be.  We have since lost our vision insurance, and with 3 members of my family wearing glasses in the near future it will be increasingly important that we find more affordable options in vision correction.
This is one reason I was excited when I was contacted by with a special offer for my readers.  They are offering you 15% off your entire order amount plus free shipping on orders over $50 with code FS15.  Or you can take 10% off your prescription glasses order using code Blog10.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gone Fishing Party

It seems like this weekend has flown by in a flash.  We packed up on Friday and headed up to the lake where we rented a house for the weekend.  My boys have fallen in love with fishing this summer so I thought it would be neat rather than paying some place an hourly rate and per person fee for hosting the party that I would just rent a lake house and have a little family party where the kids could fish until they dropped.  Mission success.  They are completely worn out now.  Haha.

Dad and the boys checked out the dock Friday night and tested out the fishing and on Saturday afternoon family came up for hot dogs and cake, and of course the fishing fun.  I didn't get nearly the most elegant photos I had envisioned, but it was a whirlwind of a weekend.  I did a cute little banner that went right along with our fishing theme and I strung it on fishing line with Christmas ornament hooks.  This was my favorite banner I have made to date!

I made these Pinterest inspired cupcakes only I substituted coffee stirrers and Swedish fish.  You will find my pinspiration here.

I also put blue food coloring in the Sprite and made what we call the Chocolate Pudding Field of Worms and labeled it as bait.  I unfortunately did not get a picture of them :(    Here is how you make the bait buckets, though.

Chocolate Pudding Field of Worms

  • Roughly 30 Oreos, crushed
  • gummy worms
  • 2 (5 oz) Cook-N-Serve Jell-O chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups of milk
Basically I used 3 small plastic sand pails that were on clearance from the summer.  Fill the bottom of each of your buckets with some of the Oreos.  Then prepare your pudding according to package directions.  When the pudding is done pour it on top of the Oreos.  Next, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerated for a couple of hours.  Remove from the refrigerator and put the rest of the Oreos on top.  Then you will take gummy worms and arrange them on the top to look like they are crawling around in the dirt.  Easy peasy.

The party was a hit and the boys both agreed it was one of the best birthdays ever!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Boys' Birthday Invites - Sneak Peak

My boys have birthdays that are one month apart.  Sometimes we decide to combine their parties into one shindig and meet in the middle.  This year is one of those years.  School starts back this week (on my oldest son's birthday as a matter of fact,) and my boys have been hugely fascinated with going fishing this summer, so in order to change it up this year we are renting a lake house somewhat locally and having family up for a little birthday dinner.  The boys have been allowed 2 friends a piece to come fishing with them for the day.

Today I sat down with my Silhouette to finally get the invites finished since the party is next week.  I am seriously not into waiting to the last minute like this, but there were a few issues getting the reservations nailed down, so everyone was given a tentative date for the party and now that it is confirmed the invites will be delivered (some by hand.) 

This is a little sneak peak at what you might expect from their party.  I'll post pics sometime next week of some of the other details. 

I hate wasting paper, especially cardstock, so I mixed up the invites and used the cut outs, and the negatives of the design for the cards.

The back of the envelopes.  Every invite has a different fish (and what is fun is they are all fish that my kids can identify as fish they have caught or have seen someone catch.)

Sunday Social - Kickin' it Old School

I will preface this by saying I do not have any of my better middle/high school pics available to me at the moment, or you would not be getting eyes closed blurry shots haha... but it is what it is.  Enjoy at my expense I suppose :)

Sunday Social

1. What were you like in Middle/High School?
I was a shy kid in Middle School especially. I think middle school is always the awkward years where you are still finding your place and I was no different. I had the same group of friends all through school and even to this day, so I'm nothing if not loyal. :) I was a "band geek" although I never really saw us as a typical group of "band geeks" like they portray on television. (We get a bad rap. haha) I was an honors student, and member of the academic team, and me and my husband were runners up for prom king and queen, so how is that for diverse.

2. What were your favorite past times?
Well, I am a musician at heart. I always loved performing, even to this day really. I liked hanging out with my friends of course. I also really liked being with my church youth group. We had so much fun and it was nice to feel like you had support when things weren't going quite like you hoped.

Picture from a youth group trip to the zoo.  Yep, looked like a goob with big hair.  I'm the one with my eyes closed.  Unfortunately my hair was bigger than this sometimes.  :-/

3. What songs were you obsessed with? Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. The right stuff. Umm, Middle School days it was definitely New Kids On The Block.... Any of it. I didn't get to go to the concert in sixth grade, so I went with a bunch of my girlfriends to their reunion concert a couple of years ago. We had a blast dressing 80s and screaming like a bunch of swooning teenagers. We laughed so hard.  I think I had a t-shirt with this picture on it.

And here is a very blurry picture of me looking like a goob in my Joey Joe t-shirt.  I must have been in about the 6th grade here.  Very hard years on the ego.  haha 

4. What fashion statement do you look back on and cringe?  Big hairsprayed hair for sure, hammer pants, banana clips, 2 pairs of socks all the time... I really can't hang with some of the neon colors anymore either.
5. What were your favorite TV shows/ Movies?
Teen Witch, Dirty Dancing, Can't Buy Me Love, Adventures in Babysitting, and eventually The Cutting Edge

I also eventually became somewhat of a Treky.  I had a crush on the young Wil Wheaton.

Growing Pains... Kirk Cameron

Yeah.... Ok, so I fit the term geek looking at all my answers here haha, and I still would if I were growing up now, only now my answers would read Harry Potter and The Hunger Games with a side of The Avengers, Smallville, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.   Haha.  But I know what I like and that is ok with me.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Awesome Deal Alert

I don't know if you got a chance to see this awesome project by The Meaningful Mama a few months back, but she made interchangable blocks of her kids in different outfits.  I just love it.  How cute are they??

Today you can get the blocks on sale at Pick Your Plum, so now is your chance to make the awesomeness for even cheaper.  These deals go fast, so hurry and get yours!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Social

I haven't done any of these kinds of posts before, but I figured what the heck. You might want to know a little more about me... you might not, and that is okay. Might be fun to give this a shot, though.

Sunday Social

1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Quite frankly I'm not sure there is just one food that I could eat for the rest of my life, but I'm sure if I did it would be junk... I have a terrible sweet tooth and other than that I like biscuits, and pizza (read as:  Still junk)!  I have to watch my middle son, because he got this from me!
2. What's your guilty pleasure/comfort food?
I do love chocolate... I guess I will go with brownies.  I don't even care if they are the Little Debbie prepackaged variety.  You know the ones I'm talking about.
3. What's the weirdest/craziest thing you've ever eaten?
I don't have a very adventurous pallate.  It would probably be some weird food concoction me and my sister and cousins dared each other to mix up in the kitchen as kids. 
4. What foods do you avoid at all costs?
I don't really care for seafood.  About the only thing I will eat is shrimp.  I also really hate sour cream!  Oh, and cabbage... think stuffed cabbage.  GAG.

5. What meal reminds you of your childhood?
Anything I ate at my Grandma's while my parents were working.  Saltine crackers with mayonnaise or peanut butter.  (I know the mayo sounds gross haha)  My grandma's grilled cheese sandwiches.  Biscuits with butter and honey.  Oddly enough chicken livers and poke salad.... (yeah, I don't eat that now either.)  Nutter bars and an ice tea on her front porch.  Man, I miss her!
6. Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.
Crescent Chicken
(serves 6-8 rolls)
1 (8 or 6 jumbo count) package refrigerator crescent rolls
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
8 oz. shredded medium sharp cheddar cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can of milk (using soup can)
Preheat oven to 350
Prepare soup using milk and set aside. Separate crescent rolls. Spoon chicken and cheese onto each crescent; roll and seal to enclose filling. Place in a 9×13 baking dish. Pour soup over rolls. Sprinkle with left over cheese.  Bake at 350 uncovered for 30 mins.
Sorry I don't have any pics, but this is kind of a last minute decision to post.  Good chance this will be on our menu for tomorrow and if so I'll link it up on my recipe page in a separate post.  :)  I got this recipe from my sister when I was trying to make a recipe book for a newly wed gift for my sister-in-law.  She did not part with this easily and still gives me the evil eye when I talk about cooking it.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

School Bus Mailbox Cover

After the stomach bug from Hades and daily thunderstorms that have prevented good photos or internet at times I finally have another project for you.  School starts back here in 10 short days!  This summer has flown by and I am sad to see it go.  I hate to see the kids go back.  No matter how much kicking and screaming and resisting the end of the summer, though, it is still going to come, so I decided that I would add a little back to school jazz to my house.  There really is nothing else coming up until Halloween, and this cute little school bus idea just came to mind.  It is a super easy project that really requires little to no sewing.  So without further ado, I present the school bus mailbox cover.  :)

Measure your mailbox to get the right amount of fabric of course.

  •  Yellow and black fabric (I used cheap broad cloth), and scraps of red and white.
  •  Heat n Bond iron-on vinyl
  •  Regular fabric Heat n Bond or Wonder Under.
  •  sticky back Velcro
I did not take pictures of all the steps because it is really so simple.  You just need to have the measurements of your mailbox at hand.  Make a template for the square windows, stop sign, and for the round circles that will be your wheels.  Using a template will insure they are all equal size. 

You are going to start by cutting from the yellow fabric a piece that is long enough and wide enough to cover your mailbox.  Then you will just cut out all the pieces and using the regular Heat n Bond iron them onto your yellow fabric.  Remember you want to make the bus show up on both sides of the mailbox so you will have to add the cut outs to both ends of your fabric.  I did not sew the pieces down because it will be sandwiched between vinyl and not washed so unraveling should not be a big problem.  Save the wheels for later.

Then you will take the vinyl and following the directions on the package you will apply it to the front and back side of your fabric.  Then you will cut out two strips that will serve as your straps to Velcro the cover onto your mailbox.  I used the yellow fabric for this.  Then I laminated it with the vinyl as well.  I sewed one end of each of the straps onto one side of the cover (right side to right side).  Then I sewed on the wheels on that side.  Only sew the top part of the tire down, because you do not want it to wrap underneath the mailbox with your strap.  You will then sew the other tires to the other end of your strap.  Then you will put it on your mailbox and apply your sticky back Velcro.  NOTE:  You will need to at some point cut out a place for the flag on your mailbox.  I did this after everything was applied. 

This is where my Velcro straps attached.

I love how from a distance it just looks like a bus cut out, and you can't even tell there is black fabric there.  Best of all you can just wipe the surface clean, too.

Linked up over at the CSI Project for their Back-to-School Project Contest

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Wild & Wonderful Origami Book Review

My 6-year-old son has had a mild obsession with origami since we checked some books out from the library a while back.  The library books were a huge fail as they were very confusing directions for us.  Having never attempted origami I needed some pictures that showed more step-by-step instead of just a bunch of arrows and words.  When little man saw this book in the store he begged me to buy it so we could give it another shot.  Having a 40% off coupon I gave in.

First off, this book comes with 50 pages of origami paper that is already colored and with faces, etc. for the animals to be made in this book which made this more fun for them, so I give the book an A+ on that front!

The pictures in the book are MUCH more helpful than the ones I experienced from the library books.  They have a difficulty level grade at the top of each project page, too, which helped.  We started with the lowest level possible.

Even though the instructions were much easier to follow my little man was still too overwhelmed to try them on his own, so he had me make some for him.  I think tomorrow I will have him try with me.  He was so excited about the little animals that we made today that he carried them to his grandma's to show them off.

I think this book did a lot of things right in making origami more attainable to the inexperienced, and to children.  Depending on the age of your child, though, this may not be a craft you can just sit your child down with for independent play.  It would make a good family bonding experience, though.  Little man has already made requests for what he wants us to make tomorrow.  I think we will get our money's worth out of this book.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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Pillowcase Romper Tutorial

Hello everyone! I found this cute green polka dot material at the thrift store a while back and it just really wanted to be made into something and what could be easier than a pillowcase dress?? Well, pillowcase dresses I've done before, and I just wanted something new, something a little different. So, I morphed it into the pillowcase romper!

I will preface this by saying I learned a lot in the process of making this romper. I had several firsts as I created this, but none were truly as terrifying as I had built them up to be. One of those being the snaps... I had never used my snap pliers despite having them for probably over a year. Piece of cake. If I can do it, you can do it. :)  I have made a few adjustments to this tutorial since making this romper Little J is wearing and I will point these things out as we go.

  • 3/4 to 1 yard of fabric
  • 1/2 in. elastic
  • 1/4 in. elastic
  • 1/2 in. double fold bias tape
  • snaps
There are a few measurements you will need to get of your child.
  1. All the way around your child's chest.
  2. From right between your child's shoulders to ankles.
  3. Between your child's shoulders to the inseam (crotch.)
  4. Armpit to armpit across the front.
  5. Around your child's lower leg (lower calf/shin area.)
Take the number you got for #1 and double that to get the width of your fabric you need to cut.  Take the number you got for #2 and add 2 inches for the length.  My fabric piece is 24 x 38.

Now fold that piece in half lengthwise right side to right side.  Sew down the side with a 1/2 in. seam allowance.

Finish that seam and then iron.  Turn right side out.  Now to make the arm holes, measure 3-4 in. across and 3-4 in. down and mark with a fabric marker or chalk.  (For an 18 month size do 3" x 3".  My arm holes turned out a little too big.)

Now you are going to cut out the shape of a J on both of those corners using the marks you just made.

Turn inside out again and fold the top front piece down 1/4 in. and iron.  Then fold down another 1 in. and iron.  Repeat for the top back piece also.  This will be your elastic casing.

Now sew across the bottom edge of your casing stitching closely to the fold.

Now lay your romper out flat and fold in half.  Take the number you got for #3 and add 1.5 in. to that.  Using that number measure down from the top of the elastic casing.  Mark at the side edge of your romper.

Cut out a piece shaped like my cut in the picture below.

When you open it back up it will look like this.

Now you need to get out some of your extra left over fabric.  Take the piece you just cut from your romper and lay it on top of the extra fabric.  Trace the scrap.  Then you need to make another line 1.5 inches around that.

Cut this shape out.  You will do it twice.  It will look like this.

Turn your romper right side out again.  Lay the U-shaped piece on top of it right sides facing and pin like in the picture below.  You will do this for the front and back side of the romper.

Now you will sew with a 1/4 in. seam allowance around the inside of the legs of your romper one side at a time.

Fold in the outer edge of your U-shaped fabric piece and iron.  It will wrinkle slightly in the curve and that is fine.

 Now take that whole piece and fold it under your romper and iron down.

 Now stitch down along the outer edge of the U-shaped piece. 

Fold up the bottom of each leg 1/4 in. and press, then another 1/4 in. and press.  Hem.

This is what you should have so far.

Now take measurement from #4 above and cut 2 pieces of your 1/2 in. elastic.  Using a safety pin you will feed one piece of elastic into the front of your romper and pin in place, and then repeat for the back side with your other piece of elastic.

Next you want to mark where you will place your snaps.  I spaced mine about 2.5 in. apart around the leg openings.  You want to make it so that the back piece of fabric comes over the front piece to snap.  Look at one of your child's onesies to see what I mean.  Make sure that you have the snaps facing the proper directions before you squeeze them on because they are darn near impossible to get off if you put them on wrong.

Using the measurement from #5 above cut two pieces of 1/4 in. elastic.  Take one of them and place right above the hem on one leg of your romper.  Sew it down 2-3 stitches and backstitch.  Now pull taut and stitch all the way across the leg opening.  Repeat for the opposite leg.

It will create this gathered effect like in the picture below.

Hang in there we are almost finished now I promise!  Take out your bias tape and cut it in half creating two strips for your side ties.  Fold one strip in half to find the center of the tape.  Open up the tape and fold over the side seam in our arm hole so that your ties will be centered.  Repeat for the opposite arm hole using your other strip of bias tape.

Starting at the very end of one of your bias tape strips sew across the short end.  Turn and sew all the way down the side stitching around the arm hole and across the opposite end of the strip.  Repeat for the opposite side.

Ta-Da!  Now put it on your child and take lots of pictures!!

This romper would also look super cute layered with a t-shirt for the fall!  Hope you love it!