Wednesday, April 4, 2012

An angel with a hat

This gorgeous hat is available from Havalah, whom we have dubbed "Crochet Boss". She's just *that* good. The cute factor is certainly thrown over the top when you look at the teensie-weensie angel wearing it though. :) (And no, this is not my little one, she's still 'on the inside').

Many thanks to Melissa from Snap In Time Photography in Rochester, NY.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Carseat Recover

After having three babies ride around in a faded gray and black carseat, I thought it was high time I got a pretty carseat. Taking some clues from this tutorial, and adding a little of my own interpretation, this is what I came up with. I'm dying to put a teensy-weensy girl into this carseat!

My favorite part of the entire project is the candy-stripe visor. It's just something different than expected, right? 

The fabrics used are:
Tea Cakes Ribbons & Roses Vanilla, designed by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit.
Tea Cakes Sugary Stripe Raspberry from the same collection
and Tea Cakes Petit Fours Spring Green from the same collection (this one is no longer available on

I did not want to add in a boring newborn head support cushion that covered up all my work, so I created a pattern for an insert myself and made one from the leftover floral fabric!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Easter, Spring, and Birthday Month Wreath

It seems only fitting that I have three little, spring-born girls. (Well, 2-going-on-3)

The colors, the cuteness .... it lends itself to little girl life. 

So this is our Easter, Spring, and Birthday Month Wreath. 

Pink yarn-wrapped wreath and rolled flowers in hot pink polkadot, yellow polkadot, and aqua polkadot.

The other thing I love is that our door is also aqua - though this photo doesn't do the color justice. The aqua flowers and the color palate match so well!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Rag Puff Quilt

The ragging process isn't complete yet, but my scissors were a bit dull so I was ready to take the scissors to my eyes with all the snips that needed done. ;) I used HoneyBear Lane's pattern here. I won it in a giveaway! I highly recommend it! Super easy to understand. The hardest part is just holding down the quilt while you're sewing some of the last pieces. It only took me a few days to complete.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Matching Easter Dresses [Custom Order]

 This dress was designed from a vintage pattern (Simplicity, copyright 1974).

These bloomers are a new pattern but I added the ribbons on the legs.

Since the sisters these were made for are 6 and 2, their dress designs were best to be different, while utilizing the same fabric. Big Sister chose the dress design she wanted. It was originally meant to look like the Kit Kittredge (American Girl) journalist dress.

And for good measure: A dress for Big Sister's American Girl doll to match.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Baby's Dresser

With a new baby arriving some time in the next 2-7 weeks, I've [Susie] been feeling the crunch to get everything set for baby. We were going to move around some dressers to accommodate the new little person's clothing, but after a bit of a forgetfulness snafu, I decided I should find a way to use the hideous, old one I was getting ready to throw out. 

It had a peeling finish, broken doors, and to be completely honest, it was the bottom half of a china cabinet. It was never intended for use as a dresser. (Please pardon the ugly photo and hideous mess, this was from a "My House is Trashed" blog post). You can see that the door never liked to stay shut, the hinge was broken at the bottom, the messed up finish is obvious.

I took to the doors with a flathead screwdriver and pried them right off the front. A few minutes of work took the broken hinges off too. Then I took to it with 60 grit sandpaper and (go with the grain!) took off all the finish. Because it was such an old finish, it came off almost completely in 30 minutes of sanding.

Then I went over it with a 100 grit sandpaper. If I had it to do over again, I would have bought a pack of higher grit sandpaper for a final finish, but just using 60 and 100 worked fine.

Then I sprayed it two two layers of primer spray paint. I did this over the course of a few days - sandpaper 1 day, 1 layer of primer in the day, 1 at night, etc. 

Then I painted it over with two coats of Glidden Caribbean Sea. Now, I'm not convinced it was actually Caribbean Sea. I got the quart of paint in a Glidden giveaway last year and when I opened it I thought, "Odd, that looks too blue..." But since it was free, I went ahead with the project. I think it's actually Glidden Cool Cobalt and I still love it. 

Then I took a piece of 100 grit paper to the finish and rubbed off some of the paint. I went with the grain on the flat panels and then gave special attention to the corners to take off more paint. 

The final touch was fabric covered baskets to go inside the shelving. A tutorial is coming soon! Easiest $10 project!

The secret weapon: Dollar Tree plastic bins can be hidden.

I love the overall look! Can't wait to get it upstairs!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gnomeo & Juliet Costume from Halloween 2011

A friend of mine commissioned this gorgeous set of matching Halloween costumes. 

Gnomeo & Juliet was a big hit at her house and with a 6 year old boy and a 3 year old girl, she had just the right set up. But they costumes were not available for purchase in stores, so she asked me to try my hand at it. 

Juliet's dress was one piece. The wearer's previous Halloween costume had too many bits and pieces, making it a pain for Mom every time she wanted in and out. So I tried my very best to make it all connected. It has a zipper back, a small velcro closure for the vest and a sash tie for the apron. But all those pieces were connected. Nothing gets lost ;). Gnomeo's costume included a vest with an attached belt, pants, and boot covers.

Photo Credit for the photo above to Savor Photography of Naples, FL
They had a lovely time in them and I really loved coming up with something no one else had made! Custom order costumes are one of my favorite things to make.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pinterest Love: Yarn

There are few things that make me happier than beautiful shades and textures of yarn. This for example.... is a dream of mine! Every color you could imagine at your fingertips :)

I absolutely love crocheting! making something intricate and beautiful out of a long string is amazing to me. I am aware though, that tons of people just don't enjoy knitting or crocheting. That being said, I went searching for some fun crafty ways to use up those yarn scraps you have lying around! This one is super easy... and pretty cheap to put together :) I have one hanging on my front door right now!

This one is great for all those tiny scraps you end up with! Absolutely adorable!

Mothers everywhere are screaming at me posting this one, but I thought it could be a fun project to do with my nieces. You can do it with balloons as well.

Not interested in as much mess? I can't wait to try this one!

And as we approach Easter - This one is just too cute to leave out!

send us pictures of your yarn projects if you do any!!