Thursday, June 30, 2011

upcoming birthday

  In our family we have a summer birthday coming up! 

Our middle child will be turning 7!  It's hard to believe!

I am in busy birthday celebration planning mode.  I like this part!  Not saying that I don't enjoy the party, but planning what the invitations and decorations will look like is always the fun part for me!

I started with these cupcake wrappers I found at Jo Ann's as my jumping off point.  I could have bought everything in this line there but I limited myself to these 2 things.  I loved the colors and it seemed so summer-like. 

A couple of weeks ago I downloaded the free 30 day trial of Adobe Illustrator.  It's awesome!  It took me awhile to learn the program, but I feel comfortable now in what I want to do.  After the 30 days I don't know what will happen....I'm not able to pay for it so I want to make the most of it right now.  Anyway, I made these invitations for our party.

The banner I created in the invitation, I plan on making actual banners to hang within the house.  There are a few pictures below.

I also made my own envelopes to coordinate with the invitations along with the stickers.  I do have a similar template available in my Etsy shop for sale.  It is an A2 size.  If anyone is interested I can modify it to whatever size you want.

I'm also in the process of making a new "birthday" wreath for the front door.  I found this hot pink linen on sale at 75% off at Jo Ann's.  Then I plan to hang a mini banner on the wreath with a grouping of flowers and a birthday sign. 

(Puzzle pieces not included in birthday wreath.  Our kitchen counter is the place to be and everyone has to share it.  I actually like them in the picture!  They coordinate with my banner.)

Then I made 2 sets of bigger banners.  I really haven't planned on how I will hang them yet.  We are having a swimming-water sliding party in our back yard and I don't know if I will have some decorations out there as well. 

I will have to say the banners were quite involved!  They took sometime.  I used a heat bond interfacing that I have never used before so there was a learning curve to it with me.

I had seem on someone's blog they made a similar banner from their Silhouette machine.  Ohh to have one of those!  My birthday is in September.....just maybe I will ask for it and Illustrator. 

Well better get back.  It's nap time and I want to sew a little while everyone is sleeping.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bye for now!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

fancy fabirc envelope

OK.  I'm going to sew again. 

I wanted to try to make a fabric envelope as seen on my favorite blog, Jones Design Co, found here

To my surprise it was super easy and the end result looks super cute.

I have several family birthdays in August and I plan to use these to hold gift certificates.

I changed the size of the envelope that Jones Design Co used a little bit.  I made my a bit bigger and I knew I wouldn't feel comfortable sewing the flap detail that she did.  So I made it a half circle flap instead.

You will notice in these pictures that sew lines are NOT straight what-so-ever!  At first I minded but once it's all put together and the rawness of the flower it doesn't bother me.

I played around with using different flowers for each one.  I'm not real sure which one is my favorite.  I like the peach colored one, but the fabric I used sheds instantly the minute you touch it.  You can see it in the picture the amount of strands each piece of fabric has.

Probably my absolute favorite is the one with 3 flowers.  If a person were to ever use this, those flowers seem to be the most durable. 

Also I changed how it closes....I used a snap instead of an elastic band and button.  If I were to do this again I might consider sewing on the snap first before sewing it all together.  It was difficult to sew the bottom snap on to say the least!

It's funny because while I was photographing these envelopes, my girls decided who should get which one.  Apparently the recipients have distinct styles that made it unanimous and easy to decide.

Thanks for stopping.

Bye for now!

Linking to these parties:



Monday, June 20, 2011

etsy shop


I just listed a few items in my Etsy shop! 

It took some researching and preparing, but I now have several items listed.

I am currently selling printable PDF files of cards and note cards that can be printed off at home or at a local print shop.  Print as many as you like!

I see myself as a crafty person but I have taken my crafty-self into a new direction.  Instead of painting wall letters for a child's room or making little girl hair bows I have turned to my computer.  This new outlet has no physical inventory as in the past, plus I am able to work on it at various parts of the day which I love! 

Here are just a few items that I am currently selling....


Below is what the printable file would look like when sent to you.

 I am also currently selling a template to make the envelopes shown below.  You can print them out or trace them onto decorative/patterned paper.  The template makes an A2 sized envelope.

Click on the Etsy button on the left side bar and that will take you to my Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping.

Bye for now!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

father's day

 Father's day is coming this Sunday.

Here's a nice picture of him looking all spiffy opposed to him covered in drywall or saw dust.

Happy Father's day to you, Eric!  You are a kind, caring and loving Dad who enjoys ruffhousing with the kiddos.  We love you!

I wanted to create a card from all of us that each one could add their special note in their own handwriting.

I started with these things....

I made a card saying, "We love you, Daddy".

I wanted to add a fabric heart to the center.  So I free-hand cut one from one of my goodwill shirts.  Next, I stitched an outline with my sewing machine to add some extra detail. 

I'm feeling all confident on my sewing techniques now that I can ruffle!

My stitching is a little wonky on one side, but I don't think he will mind.  

I also made an envelope to coordinate and a sticker tittled "Made with love".

Thank you, Eric, for everything you do for us!

Also thank you Dad for being a wonderful father and an awesome grandpa, who loves to play hide-n-seek!

Thanks for stopping.

Bye for now!

P.S.  I am in the process of starting to list printable note cards and single page cards in my Etsy store.  Plus I have also created a template to make your own envelope as shown above.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

my summer wreath

 I needed to change out my wreath for my front door.  I loved the look of all the fabric flowers but I wanted something more summer-like.

So I headed to the goodwill.  To my surprise it was $1.00 shirt day!  Yeah!  I stocked up on vibrate summer colors that I could cut and sew together.  I could just feel the curiosity the lady who helped check me out on what I was planning on doing with these shirts.  I definitely was not going to be wearing these!

I also wanted to do something different than a yarn wreath.  I followed the tutorial from Jones Design Company found here.  I am so not a sewer!!!!  And with this tutorial you have to sew. 

I had bought a sewing machine shortly after I graduated from college.  My dreams of becoming a designer who could offer made-to-order sewn pillows and curtains for customers was short lived, or should I say never lived!  OH-well....I now have a machine that has come in handy. 

My machine did not come with a ruffling foot....(I don't even know if that's the correct name) nor did I know how to adjust the stitches to make it ruffle.  I did know how to pull the thread and gather the fabric.  And I did start to do that, but that was pain-staking to say the least.  Plus my thread kept breaking and all that I gathered before came undone. 

I had come across this awesome sewing blog that she had made a summer scarf found here.  She used elastic thread in the bobbin.  She also said that in some machines it doesn't work.  OH-gosh.....I had my fingers double crossed that it would work in my mine. 

I had some elastic thread left over from my little-girl-hair-making-days (another dream that really never took off and I have incredible amount of bows left over to show for it).  I wound it up on the bobbin, it was tricky, and put it down in the machine.  And it worked! 

I didn't have linen on hand to use as in the tutorial.  I used that Osnaburg fabric (don't know if that's the correct name or not) found cheaply at Walmart.  It ruffled great!  It was light weight and was perfect for my summer wreath.

I liked the ruffles going down the wreath versus the one coming up.  So I wanted to hide them and decided to put my flowers on that side.

I made a ton of flowers and I dont' know if it seems to much.  I really like the different colors it adds to my front door. 

I have flowers in planters on my front porch and this wreath mimics those colors.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bye for now!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

fun weekend

We had a garage sale on Saturday that was a huge success!  Along with the sale we had a lemonade stand that was so cute that I just had to share.

I wanted the stand to be more than just a table with a table cloth on it.  I shared my vision with my handy husband and "PLEADED" with him to make it.  He came through!

The base was made from our neighbors palette of their deck expansion.  And he used scrap wood for the posts and sign.  I painted the word "Lemonade" on it and it was done.  I added a red and white checkered banner to it and a gingham table cloth.

We got so many compliments on it.  Someone even suggested to us that we rent it out.  How funny!

Thanks to all of our customers!  Especially to those who said to keep the change!

The same neighbors gave us a pair of roller blades that didn't sell and they were just going to give away.  They were a little small, but they both enjoyed using them.  So with some of our garage sale earnings we bought 2 pairs of roller blades.  I think they expected to roller blade perfectly.  So they were a little discouraged at first.  But now they have mastered the drive way into the street and feel a little more confident.  In the end the girls had a blast!

After little brother was done riding his bicycle, he came out with his new super soaker!  It was quite a sight to see him soak his sisters that can't get away fast while on their roller blades.

We had a fun weekend!  I hope everyone had a nice one as well.

I have a bunch of things that I have been on to show you.  I will share them shortly.

Thanks for stopping!

Bye for now.