Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fun with Tie Dye

Camille turned six this month, and she had a couple of friends over to celebrate. It was very laid back and casual. The girls mostly played but we also made tie dye pillow cases. It was our first experience with tie dye and I was surprised at how easy it was. It probably helped that it was a beautiful day and we were able to do the project outside.

We used this kit here but bought it at Joann's. They always have 40 or 50% off coupons so it's very inexpensive.

We let the dye set in overnight so the colors would absorb as much as possible, then just stuck the pillow cases in the washer & dryer the next morning.

The kids were so excited about their new pillow cases! And I even made one for myself!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Free Amy Butler Patterns

This is for all you sewers and crafters out there. Click here to download tons of free patterns from Amy Butler.

I especially love the hourglass pillow and duvet cover. And how about this love and peace wall art???? This would be so cute in a girl's room using her name.
Hope this gets your creative wheel turning!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Bags

I just posted two new bags in my Etsy shop.
I love this blue bird fabric ~ the design, the layout, the colors. I guess I'm a blue and brown nature kind of girl!

And the bag below used up the last of my Lacework fabric from Amy Butler. I had made a baby blanket and burp cloths for a friend and had just enough left to make this bag. It's one-of-a-kind so grab it now if you want it!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


It's very hard to say goodbye to your favorite jammies.

The ones that you've snuggled and cuddled in.

The ones that have kept you warm and comfy for the past two years and fit just right.

Not to mention that they're fun and funky with bright polka dots.

So, what do you do when they don't fit "just right" anymore??? Camille couldn't handle getting rid of them so I suggested we repurpose them.

I was able to cut out some pieces that were still in good shape along with the elastic waistband that had the cutest teal ribbon tie. I combined them with some of my fabric scraps and ta-da!!

Camille now has a new travel pillow! What's best is that it holds a part of her past, a piece of comfort for her, and it was made with love from her Mom.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Time To Celebrate!

Hope you had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July! I don't know about you, but we were very much reminded of how blessed we are to have our freedom because of the brave ~ something we take for granted way too much. When it comes down to it, that's what this special holiday is all about. The message just sometimes gets lost amidst all the barbeques, fests, drinking, and socializing.

Our kids asked a lot of questions this year, but Jonas was way more interested in how fireworks are made more than anything else. Hoping next year he'll be pondering the signifigance of the holiday more, but what can you expect from an inquisitive four year-old that's got a mechanic's mind like his Dad's. :)

My sister and I got to spend a great morning together rummaging through a local flea market. I found some great vintage tableclothes that I couldn't pass up. Once I figure out how I'm going to repurpose them, I'll post pictures of my projects.

Then we made our Fourth of July cake. It definitely was a team effort: I made it, Doug baked it, and the kids decorated it. Gotta love it! The finishing touch was the sparkler candles!

We finished our night with a great display of fireworks. They really were beautiful. But what seemed most beautiful to me was all the people, all so very different and all in varying stages of life, brought together in community to celebrate.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

New Fabric

I just got a new fabric and am very excited about it. I love it! It's called "origami" and features a gorgeous floral patchwork . It has a bold tropical feel to it on a lime background. Fun and fresh for Summer!