Archive for February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

the averie cap pattern {a hat for babies and little girls}

It's finally done! The Averie Cap. I spent way too many hours recreating this pattern after I lost my pattern notebook (sniff, sniff), but it was worth it. I ended up adding a Newborn size, which I didn't have before. And doesn't that sweet little girl look adorable in it? I just want to kiss those cheeks!

This is the baby/little girls version of my Chloe Cap pattern, including instructions for sweet little ear flaps and the cute flower, too.

I've got a new *free* baby hat pattern coming later this week, so watch out for that. Until then, check out The Averie Cap in my Etsy shop!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

csn stores giveaway

As you well know by now, we love working with CSN stores. They offer such great products and great service. We have partnered several times with them in the past and today they are generous enough to offer yet another giveaway for our readers!

CSN Stores was nice enough to offer me a chance to receive a product from them and I chose this end table for my family room. I am still waiting for my husband to put it together for me, but I cannot wait to set it up and get a colorful lamp and other things to put on it!

But they didn't just offer me a chance to receive a product, they want to offer you something too! Today, CSN Stores is giving one of our readers the chance to win a $50 credit to one of their stores! Awesome! All you have to do to enter is visit the site and then come back and tell us what you would spend the $50 on. You have until Wednesday, March 2nd at 11:59 pm PT to enter. Good luck!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

life is so delicious {giveaway winner and sale!}

Thanks to everyone who entered our Life Is So Delicious giveaway! And we're thrilled you loved their onesie cupcakes tutorial, too. Wasn't it sweet? Okay, without further ado, the winner is. . .

beetree who said:
I love the sweet rolls! And as a bonus, it even comes with the wonderful notecards as well! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Congrats, beetree! Send us an e-mail so we can get you your prize!

If you didn't win, here's something to make you smile. Life Is So Delicious on Etsy is having a SALE on their fabulous Love Notes notecards (with your name or sentiment) for three days only! Get a collection of Love Notes: Personalized note cards for $12 (reg.$18) through 2/25/11. Yea!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

easy argyle baby quilt {tutorial}


I don't know what got into me, but last week I actually started and FINISHED two baby quilts! I know--I feel pretty accomplished. It could be that they were both super easy. But still! How awesome is that? Here's the first one, an argyle pattern on corduroy.

And the other was a simple strip quilt, made out of the leftovers from this quilt. It took me only a few minutes to sew the strips together, and less than an hour to quilt it in straight lines, which was done by sewing a line about 1/2" on either side of each seam. Easy! The binding was what took the longest!

So back to the argyle quilt. You're going to die when you hear how easy it was. I stole the idea from a friend who made one for my sister-in-law. I've known Laurie over 20 years (okay, that makes me feel old!), and I wouldn't exactly call her a craftster. But when she does decide to make something, watch out! She is freakin' amazing! Her quilt had 6 diamonds, but I was feeling lazy, so you get the three diamond version. Thanks for the inspiration, Larry! :)

Easy Argyle Baby Quilt Tutorial


*42" x 42" piece of fabric for top (Laurie and I used a light-weight corduroy)
*1/3 yard fabric for binding
*1/2 yard fabric for one diamond and border strips (I had leftover fabric)
*1/3 yard (or less) for two diamonds
*42" x 42" piece of quilt batting (I use Warm & Natural)
*44" x 44" fabric for backing (I used minky with a cute star pattern)
*1.5 yards iron-on adhesive (I like Heat n' Bond Sewable weight)
*Approx. 4.5 yards ric rac in coordinating colors (I used about 3 yards blue and 1.5 yard brown)
*Sewing machine and matching thread (I recommend a walking foot for the quilting if you have one)
*Cutting mat and rotary cutter

What makes this quilt so easy is that you use all raw edges. I call it quick and dirty quilting. Let's get started.

1. Wash all your fabrics. As I rule, I NEVER wash my fabrics before quilting because I like the crinkly effect that happens when the fabric shrinks the first time you wash the quilt. But since I was working with corduroy (a first for me), and I wasn't really going for a crinkly look, I decided I better wash it. I'm glad I did.

2. Cut your quilt top to 41" x 41" (mine shrunk to about that size, so I just trimmed the edges).

3. Time to cut your diamonds. I wanted mine to be 22" tall and 12" wide, but you can use this method to make any size diamonds.

Cut a piece of fabric 22" x 12".

Fold in half lengthwise.

Then fold it in half the other way.

Lay a quilting ruler on top, with the side going from one corner to the other along the raw edge.

Cut along this edge.

Unfold it and you have a perfect diamond in the exact height and width you need! Repeat for other two diamonds.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

fabric flower wreath {tutorial}

My husband miraculously had most the day off today (he never really gets a full day off, so we take what we can get!), so we're out having fun with the kids while Jessica is running around Disneyland with hers! In the birdies' absence, we have an absolutely darling fabric flower wreath tutorial from our friend Shelley, who coincidentally has an Etsy shop, See Shells Photography, that we think you should check out! She is amazing. Enjoy!

Beautiful Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

I've been thinking about this fabric wreath for a while. I just needed some extra inspiration from my friend Mandy over at LittleBirdieSecrets. While at her house, I got to meet Cami. She is amazing. Check her blog out.

Here's the materials list:
oh, BTW, everything I used was recycled from something else. I didn't buy anything.
So the cost was FREE!

*One Queen size bed sheet you're willing to tear up
*One empty diaper box or other large cardboard box
*Glue Gun
*Sewing machine
*Needle and Thread
(I know the last one can be a precious commodity)

To start with, Mandy taught me how to do one of these flowers. She's got some great ideas. Then my friend Cami taught me how to do this one. So cute. It reminded me how much I love my glue gun.

Next I made up a few of my own. Here's one:
Tear a few about 2 1/2 inch to 3 inch strips from your sheet. I love the frayed edges.

Next fold it in half and thread your needle with about 2 ft of thread.

On the folded side, knot the thread and do a forward stitch and a backward stitch in the end to start theruffle. The longer your strip, the fuller the flower. Also the wider the strip, the larger the flower. Keep that in mind.

Keep doing a running gathering stitch until you get to the end of the strip. Pull the threads tight to get a tight gather. Get our glue gun out and start rolling the ruffle together, gluing as you go.

The bottom will look like this when you are done.

And this is the finished flower. I made about 5-6 of these.

Next cut a circle from your fabric about a cereal bowl size. This will be the base of the next flower.

Use another strip about the same size as the one for the ruffle flower.Tie a knot in the end and glue to the center of the circle.

Twist the strip of fabric counter clock wise as you coil it also counter clock wise and glue it down on the fabric circle.

To finish it off, tuck the last piece of the strip behind the flower and glue down. I made 5-6 of these in different sizes.

Two down, Two to go.

Next, I made a few more of the rosettes I learned from Cami here.

Make5-6 of these too.

Next was my own creation too. Tear a strip of fabric about 2 inches wide. On your sewing machine, create your own ruffle by folding the fabric forwards and backwards randomly as you sew. Finish all the way to the end of the strip.

Cut another circle of fabric about 3-4 inchies wide. Start gluing the ruffle down to the circle in a spiral pattern. (I tried sewing it and it was too awkward)

When you get to the last 3 inches of ruffle, to form the center, roll and glue the ruffle back towards the center of the flower. Then put a blob of glue in the center and place the roll of ruffle in the center and press. It will look like this. I made 5-6 of these too.

Next get your box out.

Open it flat and measure two circles. I used my quilting yard stick to create the circle. Find the center point and make marks at 1inch and whatever the length you want keeping the center point the same. Twist the yard stick in a circle and keep making marks all the way around.

Do the same for the center circle. Cut one out, then trace it and cut the other one out.

Use packing tape to secure the two circles together. Make sure you rotate the cardboard so the creases are not lined up between the pieces. This will keep it flat.

Cut two fabric circles just about 1/2 to 3/4 inches from the edge of the cardboard circle. Sandwich them together and stitch the center circle. Poke 2 holes in the top of the cardboard and fabric to allow for hanging.

Then put the Cardboard circles inside and stitch the outside edge. Then thread a piece of ribbon or string through the holes to be able to hang the wreath.

Next place the flowers around the circle. I placed them, then glued down each one.

I love how it tu
rned out!

So do we! Thanks for sharing, Shelley!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

pillow love {from jilly bean things}

I am in love. With some pillows. I saw these pillows at Jilly Bean Things and had to have them!

So of course I bought three of them. Two of the side ruffles pillows and one of the rose pillows.This mustard color has been one of my favorites for a while now, so I was thrilled to find such adorable pillows in this color! I am not sure yet whether I will put them in my bedroom on my bed or some chairs or if I will work them into my family room re-do. They would fit perfectly with the color scheme in either room. I just had to show you because Jilly Bean Things is a great Etsy shop! There are so many other wonderful things there. Tons of pillows in all sorts of colors, adorable clutches, and the most amazing felt rosette arrangements. Go visit the shop!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

baby onesie cupcake tutorial {and a sweet giveaway}


Our sweet friend Melynie has a new Etsy shop and we're so excited about it! This talented girl has shared tutorials here in the past, like her perfect picture collage hanging tips, spooky Halloween banner, and her gorgeous fall mantel ideas. But this tutorial takes the cake. So read on, then stick around so we can share all the sweet creations from her shop, Life Is So Delicious, including a great giveaway and a coupon for the shop!

Baby Sweet Shoppe: Onesie Cupcake Tutorial

Need a cute baby shower idea? Here's a fun way to package those baby essentials--make some cupcakes! For this project you'll need:
  • 4 receiving blankets
  • 4 onesies
  • 4 medium rubber bands
  • 4 medium rubber bands
  • 4 coffee filters
  • thin coordinating ribbon
  • scissors
  • a bakery cupcake box (I found mine at Packaging Specialties)

    First, fold the receiving blankets down until you have a 3" strip.

    Now for the cupcake icing. Lay a onesie over your fist, and poke it down.

    Then pinch the top and gather it together.

    Lay the icing at the end of the receving blanket and roll it up.

    Roll it all the way up, moving down as you go so that the top is peaked.

    Wrap it with a rubber band to secure it.

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    make your own gak (over at Creativity for Kids)

    My other post is up over at Creativity for Kids. Make sure you go take a peak to find out how to make your own gak at home! The kids will love it!

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