September 29, 2014

My Family Peg People

Are you a goodwill shopper?  I am very occasionally and more than not I return out of the store empty handed.

Well, I was looking for something very specific (for the second time) one Saturday and let my eight year old play in the toy section.

When I came over to retrieve him, my heart stopped (probably) as I saw this Gorgeous Castle from Melissa and Doug.  I flipped it over to see a $15 price tag and snatched it up as quick as a lick!  Not only was it the castle, but it included furniture pieces. I was thrilled!


Now, mind you it was dirty and dusty to pieces.  But nothing a little elbow grease couldn't solve.

As I came home beaming to my husband about my new purchase I quickly added, "You wouldn't mind if I spray painted the whole thing white and repainted it all....right?"
He somehow convinced him that this would not be the best use of my time and that it was cute enough, as is.  

So we settled on the idea of me just painting some peg people.  That seemed to make everyone happy.  (And as I was finishing painting the peg people during nap time an hour before she was to open the present, believe me I was happy with this decision.)

So, as you know I've made peg people before.  I casually asked my daughter which kind of dolls would be funner for a castle, for example-- Kings and Queens, or like Princesses, or like dolls of the family?

She let me know dolls of the family would be quite fun.

Thus:



So, I painted our cute family.  And as I've explained to the family a few times, it's everyone's likeness, meaning, no, those aren't actual outfits we own.


The three kid peg people came from JoAnns.  
The two adults and the baby peg people came from Michaels.

These little people and castle really lend themselves to some really fun playing.



This has been such a great toy that has been played with almost every day, even the boys really like playing with it.


Who wouldn't want to play with a little peg version of yourself?


September 24, 2014

Skirt + Shorts (+ Round - UP)



My girl had her birthday a couple days ago. So, of course in preparation I had to make her a couple things.

Up first in my mind I wanted to make her a play skirt with shorts attached.

I was looking around Jo-Anns when I spotted this darling soft, knit material.  I knew she couldn't resist those cute animals.  In fact, she found a scrap of it laying around and grabbed it and carried it around with her, even to soccer practice, afterwards declaring it her bookmark.  

Always a good sign she'll like the project.

Well, I spent some time finding some good ideas for skirts + shorts on the web.
  So I gathered a few up:

It's Always Autumn has a simple tutorial HERE.

how to make a gathered skirt with attached shorts sewing tutorial

Crafterhours shares her ideas Here.
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Crafterhours also shares this Free full pattern via Craftsy Here.

Monkey Bar Skirt

Ultimately I decided to go with this simple tutorial via The Long Thread


I followed her ideas for the skirt, though I made it smaller.  Her tutorial is for a size 6.  I was shooting for size 4. I also used my already printed out Sunny Day Shorts pattern from Oliver + S.  Since I wanted the shorts to be short I made them a size smaller and cut off some length before getting started.

Worked like a charm.  I probably completed this project start to finish in 1 hour or less.  Not bad for a 1/2 yard of fabric.


Shorts!


My daughter loves them!  The skirt/shorts are super comfy and just darling on her.


The perfect skirt for picking flowers in!






September 16, 2014

A New Sweet Simple Dress.

I have a new niece that was born a couple months ago.  She is very darling with lots of dark hair and chubby, chubby checks.


Well, kind of last minute I decided I wanted to make her a dress.  My husband was going down for a visit and to participate in her blessing.  When I had some free time one afternoon while the babies were napping I quickly sewed up the sweet simple dress size 6 - 12 months.


I also cut out and prepared some cute pockets to add to the dress ... I did them in blue and ultimately decided they looked a little too bold.  So they got tossed.


See what I said about being adorable...and those cheeks?  
The blue ruffles really make her eyes pop!



September 10, 2014

All Ready for the Wedding

A couple weeks ago I was contacted from someone local who had been shopping in the shop where I sell my bow ties and suspenders.  She had been searching the world around for orange gingham bow ties and had come up short.  

We chatted back and forth about ideas and where to locate the correct fabric (orange gingham, we learned, is not that easy to come by). 

 I ended up buying this orange gingham from Online Fabric Store-- which ended up being exactly what we needed.



She asked if I could also add a coordinating strip of fabric around his fedora she picked up from H & M. It had a navy blue strip, which was easily replace with this orange one.


They turned out so cute.  I hope these young boys rock it at the wedding!


These bow ties were made using my Gentleman's bow tie pattern.

September 8, 2014

Easily Changeable Burlap Wreath




I finally made a wreath for our front door.  My first one ever.  I spent a lot of time last year, especially during the holiday season, talking about going out and buying a wreath for the door.  Then when push came to shove, I'd show up at the store, with my coupon, and declare them too expensive or too not my style.  

Well, this year I finally mustered the courage and jumped on the wreath train.  That's a thing, right?

I started the activity with this freshly lit candle and it really set the mood to bring on the Fall season (something I usually never wish for-- I love Summer.)


Plus, I already had some burlap material on hand, so I was halfway there.

Here's how I did it.

STEP ONE: I bought this wire wreath for $3 and three fall colored, flower arrangement leafy things for $2 each. Then I rounded up my burlap material, hot glue gun, and scissors.


STEP TWO: Cut the burlap into three inch wide stripes.


STEP THREE:  Hot glue the burlap to itself around one wire.  Then weave the burlap over and under the wires to the top.  Then pull the burlap up and twist and puff as you go.


STEP FOUR:  I folded the burlap like so (left picture) into wide stripes so I could pull it in and out of the wire.  As I fed it through I tugged and pulled and twisted the burlap as I went. 
 Just play with it until it look good to you.  I went up and down, in and out of each section about four times, before moving to the next section.


Since I made my own burlap ribbon all the ends frayed, which I really like the look of.  If you buy burlap ribbon you won't get this effect.


All done!  Easy.  This is easily a 30 minute or less project.


STEP FIVE:  The last thing to do is add your decorations to the side.  I am planning on changing up my decorations to match the season, so I didn't permanently put anything in place.  I just poked the leafy things through and wired them to the back.  The flower came with a alligator clip, which was very handy!


Lovely, I love how simple this was and how charming it looks.


Thanks to my cute door holder so I could see it properly.  It will be resting between our front door and glass/screen door.


I'm already dreaming up my Christmas plans for this wreath.