Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hawaiian Swimsuit Cover-Up

This is a cute little Hawaiian pattern swimsuit cover up that I made for myself (in one afternoon with interruptions from the kiddos!!). 

It is really comfy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Braided Bracelets

Braided/Weaved Bracelets have been in magazines and in stores! I love the look of them so colorful and summery! 

I have been wanting one so I gave them a try!  Now, I am addicted to making them!  With the suede and other string they are soooo easy and fast! 

The pink bracelet on the top was made by tying square knots. The nave blue and pink multi-color were braided with multi strands.  And the green was sewn/weaved! 

  My Walmart has a variety of suede/leather strands for a $1.00!!! So fun and inexpensive!  Give one a try!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Gift Bouquet

Who doesn't love getting a bouquet?  I know I always welcome a bouquet of any kind (flowers, gifts, cookies, gift cards...I could go on...!). 
This little bouquet was made for my daughter's friend.  My Mom gave my daughter a similar one which was a cute little "gift card bouquet".  I just loved the idea...soooo...of course I HAD to whip one up! 

The envelopes, that my daughter decorated, have jewelry in them.  The zebra print flowers were made from streamers and the center of the flowers (yellow and white) are bath soaps.  There are little rosette clips at the top.  We also purchased wood decorations as filler too!

Please excuse the blurry picture...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Patriotic Wreath Tutorial

I am starting to get that patriotic decorating feeling! And I'm loving pinwheels!  Saw this wreath idea over here at Tales of a Trophy Wife.  Once I saw it I knew I had to make one for my front door!!

Here is a close-up look at the pinwheels which I made from fabric.  They are soooo easy to make! 

Here's how to make it:

You will need:  

Wreath form of your choice
Coordinating Fabric of your choice 
Glue (I used glue gun)
"Stiffy" Fabric Stiffener

To cover the wreath - cut the fabric in 2" width and wrap it around your wreath form, gluing as you go. 

To make the pinwheels - cut your fabric into squares (I made mine 4X4 and 3X3).  Once you have these cut out, apply Stiffy Fabric Stiffener as directed.  Let the fabric dry, then use an iron to press flat.    Then put the squares back to back and stitched around the edges and an "X" in the middle.  If your fabric is the same color on both sides (like the red) you can skip placing them back to back. Then cut in about 2" from each corner.  Next, fold in to the center the tip of every other cut corner of the pinwheel.  (Do you know what I mean?) Stitch or glue in place. You can then add additional decorations if desired! 

I added the little pennant banner.  Just biased folded the fabric, cut triangles and stitched them.

You are going to see more pinwheels around I said "I'm loving them!!!" (sing-song voice)

What do you think?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Party Girl PJ's

Since we had a slumber party a Party Girl needs some cute pj's to wear!  You already saw the t-shirts that were made during the party.  If not, click here.  Well, I also made the Party Girl some sleep shorts. 

Super cute!! Yes?

Party - Candy Bouquet

 This was an idea I had at the last minute before the party.  A Candy Bouquet!!!  The kiddos were able to eat the candy as the evening went on. 

This picture is just a smidgen closer.  

All I did was use wooden skewer sticks and adhered the candy to them.  Mike and Ike's and tissue paper were used as filler.  Then all the candy flowers/skewers were added!  Took no time at all, and Party Girl even helped with it!

See the zebra plate peeking out from behind the bouquet...made that too!  More pictures to come...

Party ~ Crafts

Well, well, well, what a busy week we have had around here!  I have exciting things to share!

My daughter had her party and we did a couple of crafts...girls like crafts, RIGHT...?  Well, these lil' ladies did!  The first craft we did was t-shirt drawing.  We got craft markers (not paint so we didn't have to wait for them to dry) and everyone got a shirt.  I made some changes to the shirts...see...

Just cut off the sleeves and ties some ribbon at the shoulders.  They turned out really cute!  

On my daughter's shirt I sewed on a "10" since she's turning 10.  I think it turned out cute!  She likes it too!

Another little thing we usually do during birthday parties is have all the people attending sign a picture frame (or matting for a picture).  This is just a $1.00 wooden picture frame from Michael's.  I spray painted it pink and added the ribbon.

We take a picture of the group and it's a cute memento of the party. (I haven't had the pictures developed yet.)