Crafting in the Rain: July 2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Tiered Skirt with Tulle

We'll be attending my little brother's wedding next month (yay!) so I made new skirts for my girls to wear.  After poking around online, I decided I wanted to use this tutorial as the basis for what I'd do. 

At Joann's I walked past the tulle and there was some in the same gray color as the fabric I'd picked.  I knew I had to use it in the skirt somehow, so here's what I did.

I bought 1 1/2 yards of gray fabric and was able to get both girls skirts out of it.


I didn't measure everything at the beginning, I just kind of checked  as I went along.  Here are the measurements of all the strips for both skirts.  You can see there was no equation for figuring things out, though each layer is approximately 1.5 times the length of the previous one.

Meagan's (size 5)
29x5 inches
42 x 5 inches  Tulle--42 x 6 inches
66 x 5 inches  
finished length 12 inches

Emily's (size 7)
37 x 6 inches
57 x 6 inches  Tulle 57 x 6 inches
85 x 6 inches
finished length 14 inches

I started with the top band so I could fit the fabric and elastic just right around each girl.  I made a casing for the elastic (I used 1/2 inch) and used the elastic as a guide to make sure the casing was wide enough.  Nothing is worse than trying to thread elastic through a casing that's a bit too small!

I like to pin the end of the elastic so I won't accidentally pull it all the way through.  
 After it's all in and the opening has been closed, I spread the elastic out evenly and tacked it down in a couple of places to keep it from shifting or twisting.

With the second band, I basted across the top and gathered enough so it would fit the bottom of the first band.  For the tulle layer, I wanted it a little bit longer than the actual fabric of that band so that strip was cut an inch wider. 

To attach your tulle, sew the ends together to make a loop, just like with each fabric layer (I read a tip that you can put a layer of tissue paper under the tulle to give it more stability while you're sewing--then you just pull it off later, but I didn't do that and it sewed just fine)  Baste stitch across the top and gather, just like I did for the regular fabric.   Pin the right sides of top band and middle band together with the tulle sandwiched between--this makes sure the tulle is on the outside of the skirt!

Baste, gather and attach your third band to the bottom of the second.  I had to keep checking that the tulle was pulled out of the way so it wouldn't get caught in the stitches.

I hemmed last so I could check the length on each girl while they had it on.  I ended up just doing about 1/4 inch folded twice to do the hem.


I also did a zigzag stitch on all the raw edges inside the skirt.

And here's the result.


You'll have to wait for another post to see the whole outfit together, but I'm super proud of how these turned out.  Thanks for looking!






and just for kicks, I'm entering these two online challenges





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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Panda Card

If you're a fan of cute little panda bears the you will love these svg's.


As you might guess, the Chinese symbol in the heart means Love (or at least that's what Google told me, so I hope so!)  


There are some other great takes on this on the DtsArt Blog. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Easter Egg Wobble Heads

Ok, so I know it's the middle of summer and not near Easter at all, but I can't be the only one who has a stash of empty plastic eggs in the garage (or attic, or closet...) so I have to share this project with you today.  It's so easy, and seriously kept my kids busy all morning.
We went to a music store the other day to pick up the next level of piano books for the girls and they had little egg-shaped shakers near the checkout and all three kids loved them.


As soon as we got home I grabbed my bag of eggs, glue gun and some dried beans (things like rice or popcorn would work too) and we made some quick little shakers.


Then I remembered this thing my mom did once when I was a kid, dumping metal washers and a bunch of Elmer's glue into the bottom of those black plastic eggs from nylons.  The weighted bottom makes them wobble, but always stand back up.  I had all the supplies to make a quicker version, since I didn't have to wait for the white glue to dry!


Squirt some hot glue into the bottom of your egg.  Stick some beans down in it and do another layer the same way.  Glue the top part of the egg to the bottom, and let the kids draw faces on them.  Major cool points earned by telling them they could use the permanent marker!


Can you guess who drew which faces?  Here they are labeled for ya.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

(Let's Try This Again)

Ok, if it wasn't up when you tried to see it before, now it is:  
Check out my post on My World Made By Hand.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Christmas Crop Entries

Just thought I'd share all the things I've made for different challenges in the crop on the Black Cat forum.

Border/Frame type project (mine is a card)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Some "Tweet" Cards

For two years now I've given both my and my husband's grandmas the same Christmas present.  Once a month I send a card with a note and recent picture of the kids.  They've told me they love it, and it keeps me taking pictures of the kids as well as giving me a reason to keep making cards!

Here are the ones I just made for July.  The bird is a DtsArt file and the font for "hello" is TypoUpright BT.  (My husband said the one on the right looks a little of what you might get if the red and blue Angry birds got together.)



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kitchen Reveal...Finally!

So our kitchen has been in working order for some time now, but we hemmed and hawed over the backsplash, and were slow to order blinds for the window.  But now the backsplash is up, the blinds are installed, and I'm ready to show you all the pictures.

As a refresher, here are the before shots.

Low ceiling, old cabinets, wood grain laminate counters

Mismatched appliances, microwave taking up valuable counterspace, treasure chest looking range hood

Broken blinds, window at counter level (and slopes a little) so water run into it--plus doesn't open well, duct tape in the bottom corner trying to keep the steel wool stuffed in there to keep mice out (didn't work)

Old sliding glass door, won't open well because of dirt or swelling in the heat, lots of junk stuffed under the counter

Badly stained carpet, and all those cords!

Old heater (fan stopped blowing and dangerously heated the wall), old door to garage and casing (chewed by previous renters' dogs)
And now everything is so much better!
Custom cabinets (painted white with brown glaze), granite counter (tropical brown), regular ceiling and recessed lights

Stainless steel appliances, over the range microwave
New sink and faucet, window plus granite windowsill, pendant light over sink,  blinds, and look--no mouse hole!  (the floor is all patched up underneath too)

Backsplash--nice neutral tile, but I really love the accent tiles we picked out

New sliding door, extra cabinet for storage, and look--6 new junk drawers! :)  Still need some curtains

Tile floor extended into family room, cords tamed slightly (I still have plans to cover them up more)

So, what do you think?  What's your favorite change?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Musings


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I love Harry Potter.
I consider myself a real fan of the books and the movies.
But I have a confession...

I'm not a *super*fan.
I've never gone to a midnight viewing or book release.  I don't know each character's patronus or the ingredients of Polyjuice Potion. 

So why is it then that I've gotten all caught up in the "finality" of it all?  I'm almost dreading going to see this last movie in the theater-- because it's the last one.

It must be because I see the whole Harry Potter series so intertwined with the history I have with my husband.  

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Our very first date was opening night of the first Harry Potter movie in November 2001.  We were in college.  I hadn't read any of the books yet.  But then I did.  By the end of that school year I had read the first two books (and with the crazy classes I was taking, any recreational reading was a huge deal!)  

In May of that year we got engaged but spent most of the summer apart.  He had graduated and already had a job in California, and I split the summer between Utah and Idaho.  I read books 3 and 4, partly feeling like it was something we still had in common, even being so far apart.  We were married in August and saw the 2nd movie that November, nearly like a re-enactment of our first date the year before.

We continued to read the books and see the movies when they were released: one just a few weeks before our second child was born, one while we were on vacation celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary... 

In the next week or so we'll get a sitter for all the kids and go see the final movie.  I'm pretty sure I'll cry (I know I did reading the book)  It's definitely the end of an era.

Certainly not the end of my husband and me though!  I'll be forever grateful to Harry for bringing us together.  And to my husband for keeping us together.

Plus it's not really goodbye.  I have kids who love to read you know.  Emily, I'd like to introduce you to my friend Harry. 


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blog Swap with Amy of Naptime Crafters

While Amy is guest posting here, I'm posting over at her place--find out what I did with an old sweater from my closet.  Then check out the rest of her great blog!


Hi I'm Amy from Nap Time Crafters!
I LOVE every kind of craft, but if I had to pick a fav it would definitely be sewing for my little girl. I also love decorating my apartment with very budget friendly projects. Nap Time Crafters is home to 90 free Tutorials {and growing!}, the American Crafter Competition, Friday Favs Party, & a Giveaway every Saturday! And today I have a quick summer outfit to share with you...













The Tie Sun Suit is ready to be your go-to summer outfit! Lightweight, adjustable, and super quick to sew!

Oh and did I mention adorable???
Of course I'm a bit biased, but you really can't beat chubby baby thighs in a sun suit:) I'm thinking I need to make a couple more of these- so perfect for a hot day!
  let's get started!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Guest Post at House of Hepworths

Today I get a little spot over at a fabulous blog!
HouseofHepworths


Go check it out, along with the other blogs that are making appearances while Allison is on vacation.  Thanks!

DtsArt Design Team Hexagon Box

Time to show off another DtsArt file again.  This week it's a fantastic hexagon box!

There's a small box--using (2) 8.5x11 papers (one for the lid and one for the box)  And there's a larger box that you can resize to a few sizes as the top, sides and bottom all cut separately. 

Here are my examples for the week. 



(the peppermint swirl is a Dts svg too!)


Check out DtsArt Blog for more design team creations, and here for Dardi's store.