Sunday, July 31, 2011

Don't you hate it when

you KNOW you have the crafty supply (let's say black paint) and you need it to finish an awesome project and you can't find it anywhere?

Does that ever happen to you?  Not me.  I am SO organized.   My cans of paint are ALL in a nice, organized location in my basement.  I never go walking all around the house looking for paint and and digging through clutter.

I have an awesome project to show you tomorrow.... if I find the paint that is.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday Night Features on Saturday Morning

I woke up this morning an realized I did do the Friday Night Features last night.  So enjoys this special Saturday morning addition of FNF.

When I saw this master bedroom from Conspicuous Style I was all like "Shut the front door!  Shut the back door.  Shut the side door, shut the bedroom door."  This room is awesome.

I am lovin' this paper wreath from Wolfe Pack.

There is a great tutorial for this adorable Horchow pillow knockoff at The Gunny Sack.

Mmmmm cake batter and cream cheese frosting.  Sound like heaven to me.  You can get the recipe at Jasey's Crazy Daisy.

Speaking of cupcakes I love this garland from Under the Table and Dreaming.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pioneer skirts and bonnets

If you are lds or live in Utah chances are that at some point you are going to need a pioneer skirt and/or bonnet.
This skirt is easy and really fast to sew together....and super comfy!  I kinda want to wear mine like everyday.  I think the real key to making these skirts look pioneer-y is the fabric.  You could probably follow this same tutorial with a more modern looking cotton or knit and it would look like a stylish maxi type skirt.  I actually have plans to make myself a tea length version in some Kate Spain Fandango very soon.  But I am trying to figure out how to make it reversible with some White eyelet in a way that won't just make me look REALLY wide.
Oh my goodness I know this is totally off topic, but have you seen the new Joel Dewberry Heirloom?  It is so pretty it makes me want to cry.

There are about 5 of those that I just want to buy bolts of.  Alright back to the matter at hand.... pioneer skirts.

(dude, I have such an ugly couch in my front room....why did I take this picture there?)

OK so here is how you do it.   The amount of fabric will obviously depend on the size you are making.  For an adult I would suggest getting 2.5 to 4 yards.

So now you are going to have to do just a little bit of math.  But not too much so don't worry.  Cut your fabric onto 3 strips.  It is ok if they are not continuous pieces and it is ok if the strips end up a little long than the measurements.  I think these lengths are perfect for someone 5'8" to 5'5".  You will just need to hem it accordingly.  If you are shorter that 5'5" I would suggest making the top layer an inch or two shorter, but probably not shorter than 6 inches.

So here are your 3 strips

Putting it together is really easy. Fold your tiers in half, right sides together, and sew the ends so you now have three circles.  Start at the bottom.  Gather the top of the bottom tier so that is lines up with the middle tier.  Line the gathered top of your bottom tier up with the bottom of the middle tier and sew them together, right sides together.  Then take the top tier and fold it over twice at the top to create a casting for the elastic.  (Umm did I mention that this is not the most the most authentic skirt ever?  I am pretty sure pioneers didn't have elastic)  Leave an opening to put the elastic in later.  The same way you did it before, gather the top of the middle tier and sew it to the top tier.    I guess I should have told you to top at the bottom of each tier sewing down the seam, but I made 4 of these skirt over a few days and I didn't take the time to do any top stitching.  It would have looked better, but since I was serging them I decided I didn't need to.

Alright, so you have all three of your tiers sewn together and there is a casting at the waist.  Cut a piece of elastic to whatever length you need for your waist and feed it through the casting.  I like to use a saft pin to feed the elastic through.  That is normal right?  Oh and maybe I should have already mentioned I made this if you are a super good sewer (sew-er not sewer) you may be shaking you head at me right now, and if you haven't done much sewing hopefully I am making since right now.  Anyway, sew the ends of your elastic together, try it on.  if it is good sew your casting closed and hem the bottom to the length needed.

As a family we were in the Days of 47 Children's Parade.  That was why I made 4 of these babies.

I made this one for my Emma girl.

I also made a skirt and bonnet for my neighbor (shown here on the left).

Now on to the bonnet.

To make a bonnet you will need a couple of pieces of fabric that look like these.  For a normal adult size I would say a 20X20 inch square would work well.  If you have a bigger head you may want to go up an inch or down an inch for a small head.  For a kid I think you would want a 17 or 18 inch square.  (you got the idea right?)
So you will need a square (20X20)
2 fabric rectangles (5X20)  I hadn't finish trimming them yet in the picture.
a interfaceing type rectangle the same size as the last two.  I was out of interfacing but I have some extra canvas drop cloth laying around so I used that. "make it work"
and 2 long rectangles (3X30ish)

Take your big square and fold it in half  and then iron that so you have a middle mark.  Then at what you would consider the top put a plate.

Then use your rotary cutter to make it round.  If you don't have a rotary cutter go buy one.... it will change your life.  Kidding.  Just draw the line and cut it out.  Although a rotary cutter would change your life.

Moving right along.  Open it back up and at the bottom cut little slits about 1/4 the way up about 1/4 an inch deep.  Then fold those in (I would suggest ironing them down.) and the sew them down.  I really hope I am not typing jiberish at this point.  

Now fold that part you just sewed down over onto the upper part of your square so there is about a half inch and then sew a little line.  This makes a casting for your elastic in the back of you bonnet (I think it must be getting late. I just started sing the words to Make a Little Bird House in You Soul by They Might Be Giants, in my head you know the part where it goes,  "Hey not to put to fine a point on it, say I am the only bee in your bonnet, make a little bird house it your soul."  Ummm are we still friends after that crazy outburst?)

Thread your elastic into your casting.  As the end of the elastic reaches the opening of the casting sew it down.  Then pull it to the other side and sew that down.  and now you have this.

Now make your bonnet brim.

Take you 5x20 (or whatever) rectangles and stack them up.  Right sides together on the fabric and the "interfacing" on the bottom, unless you like the idea of having canvas showing on the underneath side of your brim.  Then put them right sides together with canvas in the middle.  Like a canvas sandwich.

Take that nice little stack and fold it in half (so you have a 5x10 inch rectangle) and iron that so you have a center mark.  Then cut is rounded with a plate much like you did on your square.

Unfold and sew the piece together.  (Man this is really seaming like a pain in the butt at this point.  I swear it was really quick and easy to do.  But seriously is any one even still reading at this point or did you all fall asleep.  Maybe I should just stop.)

Well since someone might actually need to make on of these I will keep going.  Turn your brim right side out and iron it nice and flat.  Then I top stitched a few line into it to make it stronger and prettier.

For this bonnet I only did 2 lines, but for my bonnet I think I did like 4 rows of top stitching.

Now take you 3x30 rectangles and fold them to be 1.5x30 and iron that down.  Then fold the edges up to the middle fold and iron that.  You now have a 1X30 inch piece for the ties.  Sew those on where the casting with the elastic is.

Gather the rounded top of what was your square and gather it so that the center lines that you ironed on to your square and the center line on your brim line up and the rounded part of your brim ends right at your ties.

Once that is sewn on you are done.  I hope I didn't loose to many of you along the way.  Please feel free to ask questions.  Since I kind just made this up too.

I think the coolest craft project of the parade was these water bottle holders.  I didn't make them, but I wish I had.

I did, however, make this "covered wagon."

And I just have to share my little urban pioneer cowboy with ya'll.

BTW it is late and I am sleepy so I am going to just let this post and possibly remember to proof read it tomorrow when sanity and function have returned to my brain.  So if there are any major typos where is looks like I really just have no grasp of the English language....well if you have been reading my blog for a while you already knew that and if you haven't I bet you weren't actually reading most of that anyway... I will try to fix it soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ramble Ramble Ramble

It is late at night (after 11), my house is quite with the exception of the washer and dryer in the distance and the dishwasher in the much less distance.   Don't you love the sound of work being done for you??  For all my whining about having to do so much laundry and dishes, machines really do most the work.  They really are wonderful  machines.  (That and the vacuum.  I love the vacuum.  All I have to do is flip a switch add all those pieces of popcorn, cracker crumbs, and cheerios disappear into a magical unseen world leaving my carpet all fluffy ready for another day of destruction.)
Tonight as I was enjoying the soft sound of the dish washer and making play dough cookie dough for our camping trip tomorrow, I was thinking a lot about my home.  It started with me thinking about the boy's shark room.  I painted it at Alan boy's request before he came home from the hospital after his accident.   But lately the boys and I have been thinking about turning away from the shark theme and going more vintage super heroes.  When I mentioned this to my husband he said "Don't even think about it.  You just did that room."  and I am thinking "yeah like almost 2 years ago."  Plus what good is it to have your own house if you can just change the paint whenever you want.  It's just paint.  My poor husband.  It takes him a little bit of time to adjust to changes in his environment and I think that just about the time he gets used to something I have done, that's about the time I decide I need to change it. (like the family room that I am in the middle of redoing and my want to redo Emma's room)  I think he is just glad I am not trying to make us move again.  We have been married for 8 years and in those 8 years we have moved 9 times.  I blame that on to main reasons.  First of all during the first 6 years of our marriage my husband was in school so we always lived in the nicest cheapest-crappiest place we could get.  But then every time a new baby came along we needed to find a bigger nicest cheapest crappiest place to live (just to give you an idea the place we lived in before moving into our house was 1000 sq ft and I was pregnant with baby #4).  The other reason we moved so much is that I think I had wander lust.  You know, like I always wanted to try being somewhere new.  Since I couldn't paint our crappy apartments and do whatever I wanted to them I felt this need to move on to something new.  But with this house I have SO MANY projects that need to be done I may never want to leave.
Thinking about all that reminded me of back when I didn't have a dish washer and I have to carry the laundry and baby Emma up and down 3 flights of stairs and across the parking lot to do the laundry.   Which really makes me grateful for the sound of work being done for me.

You may have heard me mention the words play dough cookies in there.  And you may be thinking, "Hey I want to make play dough cookies."  So here is the recipe.  This cookies are great.  They are a favorite of my children and usually I make up the dough and let my kids create their own cookies (it is a great time to have a lesson with your kids about mixing colors and how the thickness of the dough will be affected by heat.  ie if you make you cookie too thin you may not like how it comes out.).  Although for tonight I am just making them up for the kids so each one will have some yummy cookies to munch on out in the woods.  After all isn't that the best part of camping for a kid... eating junk and you mom not caring how dirty you get?

This time I made the dough into 4 colors.  One for each kid.  Do your kids have colors?  You know like if you were to pull out 4 otter pops and there is only one green one there is this understanding among the kids that if Alan wants to green one he gets it.  Green is his color.  Or if you are at the store picking out shirts for the boys and they come in a variety of colors, then you know to grab the yellow one for Logan.  I am not sure when they kids all got their colors.  It is totally something they did themselves.  Kids are silly.  I'm just saying.  Well as the title warned you about I am done rambling.  SO here is that recipe and thanks for listening.  I am glad we could have this little chat.

Play Dough Cookies

3/4 cup soft butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
food coloring

Cream together butter, sour cream, and sugar.  Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract.  in a separate bowl mix together flour and backing powder, then slowly mix it into the creamed mixture.  Well it is still soft, separate the dough for how many colors you are doing and add in the food coloring.  Wrap it up and put it in the fridge for at least a half hour.

Preheat oven to 350.  You can roll out the dough and use cookie cutters, or just shape it by hand.  I like to make lollipop cookies with this dough.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Huge Favor....Pretty Please.

Did anyone else got the email from Children's PLACE saying up to 50% off today only?  I got 2.  The codes I got are
C4EGNQTF7 good for 15% off 
and D4EFKHXN7C good for 20%

(feel free to use those.  It looks like the can be used more than once, but only today.)

But I would really REALLY REALLY like to find the 40% or 50% off code.

So if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one of those do you think maybe you could share it with me.  50% off back-to-school clothes would be AWESOME.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Night Features

Today I realized that there is only one month until school starts for my kids.  WHAT?  Where did the summer go???  All summer I keep thinking "next week things will slow down and I will enjoy the lazy days of summer."  So far I have yet to see that happen.

This week we had our big family reunion.  It was so much fun.  I think there were somewhere around 50 of us there in all.  It was really great, so I am going to share a bit of a run down with you so that maybe if you are planning something fun with a large group this will give you a few ideas.

Monday morning there was a tour of the capital building and then we all met up at one of my husbands Aunt and Uncle's house for a BBQ.  At the BBQ there was face painting stuff out.  (Which I am kicking myself because I forgot to take pictures of the kids with their faces painted.  Logan was Captain America so you know it was pretty awesome.)  We also tie dyed tee shirts and all the little kids got to pick inexpensive little treasure from a box.  Among those there were the strobe light necklaces (think rave) that is kids had a blast with running around the yard after it got dark.  We also watched a movie on screen in the back yard after it got dark and of course there where tons of treats.

Tuesday we reserved a pavilion at Lagoon and the whole family had fun riding rides and hanging out.

Wednesday we met up at the Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake.  I was really impressed with it and the kids had a ball  We weren't on a guided tour or anything, but it was still fun for the kids to be there with all their cousins. and there is a $3 off admission coupon here if you want to check it out.  After that we went to another aunt and uncle's house for a hot dog roast.  We also roasted marshmallows, the kids played in a kiddie pool with squirt guns and stuff, then we had our annual everybody's birthday party  and we ended the night with fireworks.

Good good times.  Thanks to Jean for planing all of it and everyone who helped her.

Okay so on the the features.  There are a lot of them this week.   So much awesomeness, I had a hard time narrowing it down.

I am in love with this baby shower cake from Domestic Charm

Umm.... I WANT!  You were thinking the same thing right?  There is a great tutorial at Blue. Lace. House.  Too bad the tutorial doesn't tell you where to get that awesome aqua sewing machine.

 Tonya at Love of Family and Home did such a good job on this typography.  I like it better than the original that inspired her.

This monster tooth pillow from The Crunchy Mamacita is so much cooler that a tooth fairy pillow.  I also like her's better than the one that inspired her.

Awesome pillow from Brown Paper Packages.

Seriously Seriously CUTE lemonade stand from Lil Luna.

I have been wanting to get back into crocheting, and this blanket from Maybe Matilda is a really good example as to why.  So fun right?  I just want to wrap a baby up in it.  

C-U-T-E mantel from La Famille.

Simple and beautiful wall vases from Craftberry Bush.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Paper Wreath Giveaway winner

Are you all ready to find out who the winner of my awesome paper wreath giveaway is?

Well drum roll please while I open my random number selector  app..... are you drumming?

And the magic number is...35

making the winner Jessica from Housewifing on a Budget.  She said "i need this wreath!! oh. my. goodness. i love it so much and i have been needing to switch my front door wreath... yes my spring one is still up. i am gonna have to pray this wreath to my house.. : )"

I guess that proves that prayer works.  :)

So Jessica let me know which one you want.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cute as a Button Ruffle Cake

I think the title kinda says it all.  :)

I love how this cake turned out, but I kinda have to laugh a little because it is kinda the cake that current trends exploded on... ruffles, buttons, topsy turvy, and pendants all on one cake.

Oh well... there is nothing wrong with being trendy.

Happy Wednesday.

ps Don't forget to enter the awesome paper wreath giveaway if you haven't already.  It is open until midnight tonight!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Night Features

Oh MAN... I am already pretty sure I am not going to sleep tonight, but I just had to share a few little bits of awesomeness.

I LOVE this birthday crown from Kiki Creates.  And you can change it out to be a helping queen or school star crown too.  Too cool.  

Look at the cute little wheels on the bottom of this BEAUTIFUL dresser from studio 1404.

Such a pretty foyer from Stories A to Z.

Wonderful Besty Ross inspired chairs from That's My Letter.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.   I know mine is going to be tons of fun and crazy jam packed.  We are in yet another parade, I have a cake tasting, my hubby and I are actually going on a date, I am subbing in nursery at church (there is a lot of mental preparasion that goes into being in a room with 8-10 18 months olds), we have a neighborhood walk and talk, and our big family reunion starts Monday.   Fun, fun, fun. 
 Don't forget to go enter my Awesome Paper Wreath Giveaway.