April 30, 2010

Feature Friday - cute and easy patching, You Roared, and a Winner!

Once again I was on a blogging safari the other night when I came upon this fabulous tutorial on how to patch a hole in jeans.  You may think, "Duh Cheri!  How to patch a hole?"  However, this is a patch job that looks really cool....cool enough that I almost want to go ripping holes in my little guys' jeans.  This is the final look of what Katie from pujparent does:

Doesn't that beat an ugly patch?  My husband bought some pants that had a hole in them to start.  However, he gets really annoyed if the hole starts to spread.  I'm embarrassed to admit how long these jeans have been sitting in my craft room, waiting to be fixed.  I guess I was just waiting for this tutorial.  Here's my fix:

All better!  I'm still working on getting the fringe to lay better like hers did.

Thanks for the great idea, Katie.  Get her full tutorial HERE.  I would recommend a couple of things if you try this.  Use the lightest denim you can to patch it with or it's hard to get the heat 'n bond to fully bond those two layers together.  I think you could also use funky colored thread (or floss) on a little boy's pants and it would be SO cute.  (I didn't want to go too crazy on these, since they are my husband's.)  This may be a no-brainer, but stitch the lines by going forward and then back stitching, so you don't have to try and maneuver the pants back and forth.  That would be a nightmare!

Now, it's time to see what YOU have been up to!  Here are a few projects you've sent that I loved:

Rachel from Holy Craft made the Born to Ride Tee.  Isn't he SO cute?

BELOW:  Danielle from Sunshine and Spilled Milk made the Quiksilver-inspired Tee.  I love her color combos.  I completely adore this Wave shirt from 2nd Chance Creations in our Flickr group.  It is so cute!!!  The baseball tee and the bleached elephant are also from the Flickr group.  Such great ideas!

Meegin has several awesome shirts she's posted in our Flickr group.  The blue funky robot and the guitar shirt are hers.  Here's another fun robot shirt on a cute little guy and Maddie and Ben's mom made a great shirt for herself.

A couple of notes for the flickr group.  I LOVE seeing your stuff.  Thank you SO much for posting it, but please write your name and blog's name in the comment of your own photo, so I can give you credit for a job well done.  I hate not saying who made some of these great shirts!  Also, make sure your photos are open to the public so I can paste them here.  If you have problems with flickr, you can send me an e-mail with a link to your blog where you posted your work.  That works, too!  Thank you again!

AND....last but not least, we have a winner for the Anthro-inspired necklace.

#47 Amy who said: Sooo cute! Also, I absolutely love this blog. It is what I talk about with most people. And, of course, I'm a follower! :) Thanks for all you do!

No, she didn't win because of what she said :)  I did the random number generator, but didn't know how to paste in the screen shot of it.  Anyhow, congrats Amy!  Shoot me off an e-mail with your address and I'll send it off!

April 29, 2010

Upcoming Product Review

It's always fun when a good thing comes along during a rough day.  Today CSN Stores contacted me to do a product review.  CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from bedding to bar furniture, toys to trash cans, and pretty much anything you can think of.  I'll tell you even more when I review the product.  Wa-hoo!

It makes up a bit for the fact that I'm at home potty-training today.  I've lost count on how many sets of pants and underwear we've been through today.  Let me know if you have any killer tips on the subject!  Hope you're having a great day!

Pillows for You and Me

I bought some long thin pillow inserts to make pillows for these two chairs a month ago and I've been trying to decide what kind of pillow to make.  I wanted to brighten up this side of the room with the turquoisey-blue and I had a little bit of fabric left from the "pull it all together pillow."  So, I decided to make these pillows just for me and you.

Here's what I did.

1) Measure the pillow inserts.  I don't like stuffing pillows with batting because they always look lumpy and cheap.  I coughed up the money to buy these so my pillows would look nice.  They're from Hobby Lobby.

2) I cut my fabric to the exact same measurements of the pillow.  (Yes, you'll lose some length with your seams, but you want it to fit nice and snug.)  The top blue fabric I made an extra two inches wider, so I'd have the space to add that opening.

3) Cut the blue piece into two pieces.  I cut mine off-centered.  Hem one side.  I created a little edging for the other side by ironing some of the muslin and making a casing.  I used the same casing to make a little loop for the button. 

4) Place the right sides against each other and sew your pillow up.  I pinned the opening so it wouldn't shift.  The nice thing about this style of pillow is that you don't have to leave a spot open to invert it.  You have the whole opening to work with. 

5) I did some freezer paper stenciling to paint on the words "me" and "you."  I wanted it to look a little faded, so I wiped most of the paint off the brush and then used it to paint on the words.  It kind of looks like the writing you'd see on a burlap sack.

6) Get your buttons ready.  They have these cool buttons at JoAnn's that look kind of rustic, but they are around $5 a piece.  No thank you!  I bought these large ones at Wal-mart for $1 each instead.  I painted them blue, then red, and sanded them a bit to rough them up.  This way they help bring in some of the red, too.  Yeah!  (I love red.)

7) Sew on your buttons, invert your pillow, insert the pillow part, and call your sister to tell her about these cool new pillows you just made.

I'll have a spot ready for "you" the next time you drop in.

We'll sit down and have a little chat and I'll be right here.

Thanks so much for coming by.  Hope you found something fun to try out.  Have a great day.  Tomorrow is a nice easy Feature Friday and I'll be posting some of the amazing things you've made AND I'll announce the winner of the Anthro-inspired necklace.  Woo-hoo!  See you then!

SIDE NOTES:  I'm going to try to answer these before you can ask.  The chairs are from Target.  The little side table is from Wal-mart.  The rug is from Target as well and they still carry it.  The plant is slowing dying....whoops.  I'm trying to help it make a comeback :)

April 28, 2010

He's Like Buttah!

Today's post is a simple freezer paper stenciled t-shirt for a smooth little man.  I made my nephew the Quiksilver-inspired tee, but I also wanted to make one for his big brother Camden.  I thought and thought of different designs that would fit him until it finally hit me.  "Smooth," because that's exactly what this kid is.

Here he is:

BACKGROUND INFO: Camden is officially the smoothest 4-year-old I have ever encountered.  For example, my sister and I are in the airport with our 2 boys each.  They are all riding in strollers.  A friendly flight attendant walks by and says, "Looks like a fun ride."  Cam gets a big 'ol grin on his face and says, "I wish you were coming!"  The kid even declares his love for all his teachers at church.  He kisses the hand of the music director and tells her he loves her.  AND.....what is the outcome of it all?  They LOVE him.  People stop my sister all the time just to tell her what a special boy he is.  Yes, he is special, but he's also very, very smooth.

Anyhow, back to the shirt.  Still a little trigger shy with the freezer paper stenciling?  Click HERE to watch the video tutorial.

If you'd like to make a "smooth" tee, just save the following picture to your computer and print it off whatever size you want it.  (I just insert it as a picture to Microsoft Word and play with the size until I'm happy.)

I did some simple floss stitching on the sleeves.  I wish I had a picture of him in the shirt, but he's been a little sick.  Can't wait to see it on the little guy.

That's all for today.  If you need a laugh today, I got a real kick out of THIS POST.  See you tomorrow!  Thanks!

April 27, 2010

Baby Rocker

Okay, now you all know I favor boy stuff.  However, today I made this little number for one of my nieces.  I call it the rock 'n roll baby dress.  Here are the details....

I had this t-shirt that I really liked, but the neckline was stretched out in a weird way.  I decided to refashion it to a little baby dress, much like the trendy ones you see in the juniors section lately.  Here's the how-to.

1) Cut out the skirt.  I wanted it to be an a-line.  I took the measurement of her waist for the top width and then just angled the skirt out a little.

2) Cut the remaining fabric into strips.  You want the strips to be curved.  The tighter the curve, the more wavy the ruffles will be.  You'll see.

3) Sew the skirt.  You already have your bottom hem from the former shirt.  I sewed the edges first and then I sewed on the elastic waistband, which was the same length as the top of the skirt.  (I used 1/2 inch elastic, but if you make the skirt in a larger size, I'd use a wider elastic.)  The knit fabric can be a little tricky because it continues to stretch as you sew, but you can bunch it up a little as you go to make sure they match up in the end.

4) Sew on your strips.  Take the inner part of your curved pieces and sew it down the skirt in a straight line.  Because it's longer on the outer edge, it will wave back and forth, as seen below.  After they are sewn on you can trim the strips at the top and bottom so they are rounded.  I used white thread because I liked the way the lines peeked out from the waves of fabric.

Since the back of the shirt had no pattern, I made the back of the skirt just plain as well.  Just solid blue.

So, when you're done you get the cuteness of ruffles without having to gather all of the fabric.  I didn't sew the skirt to the tank top because I thought she might be able to wear the skirt a bit lower as she grows.  That way she'll have two different looks and sizes with only one dress.  See?

So, rock on little Brecken.  Now she just needs some little bloomers and some teeny Converse sneakers.  Wouldn't that be adorable?

Thanks for dropping in.  I'll be feautring some of your stuff this week, so if you haven't e-mailed me your links or uploaded to the flickr group, please do!  It's so fun to see what you're all up to.

April 26, 2010

Anthro-inspired Necklace and GIVEAWAY!!!

A few months ago I was browsing through Anthropologie and I saw a really cute necklace.  The price was a bit high, needless to say, but I figured I could recreate something similiar.  I wish I could show you a picture of the original, but it's already off their site.  Anyhow, here's mine.  The concept is the same.  I started with the bare three-strand chain.

Pardon the abbreviated tutorial here, but it's a very "free" concept.  In fact, I'm just going to tell you how to assemble it and you can strap on any ribbon, button, or flower you like.  (There are 5,456,231 tutorials on different types of fabric flowers you can refer to in the craft blog world.  I just counted them all :)

The basic idea is the you want to make a felt and hot glue sandwich.  Glue your flower or button to a swatch of felt and then glue that felt to another piece of felt, with the necklace sandwiched in between.  Got it?  That's it!  It's a fun way to use up your favorite little scraps of fabric you've been holding onto.

Need a cheap necklace to start with?  I highly recommend Forever 21.  They have a billion choices and their jewelry is really inexpensive. 

Here's my sister modeling it for me.

Isn't she beautiful?

Not up to making your own?  Leave a comment and you might just win this one!  I'll pick a random winner on Friday.  You can enter twice if you're a follower or subscriber (whether it's here or on google reader).

OH!  AND today is the last day for free shipping on LOOPDEELOU!  We also added our heard headbands to the store.

Thanks for dropping in!  Have a fantastic day!

April 25, 2010

Sunshine Sunday - just us

Well, as I mentioned, the hubbie and I got a couple days of alone time this weekend.  We were in California for a company trip.  So, today I am thankful for having some "just us" time.  I adore the time we spend as a family, but it's really great to get some time to ourselves.  And guess what?  I still really like him :)

Here's a very real shot of him.  This is the sweet look I get when I pull out the camera.  Can you tell how much he loves it?

They have some really cool trees that we don't have in Utah.  I had to have a picture of this one with it's huge redish-orange flowers.  Beautiful!

Okay, enough of the vacation pictures.  Those of you who are married, how do you make sure you get some alone time?  We're not the best at it.  Do you have a weekly date night?  Does it really happen?  What works for you?

April 24, 2010

Soapbox Saturday - "Can I Pull This Off?"

How many times have you found yourself in a dressing room or in front of your mirror, trying on something you love, but asking yourself, "Can I pull this off?"

Then comes the list....I probably could if I were taller or if my hair was longer or if I was younger or if I weighed less or if I was drop dead gorgeous.

So here's the question I want to pose today.  Why do we let those little things get in the way of expressing who we are and wearing what we love?  I totally do.  I'm trying to break free from it.  It's taken me 30 years to get to the point of caring less about what people think.

My sister and I were talking about this recently.  She has been trying to do the same thing.  She has been dressing a bit bolder and it's making her feel great.  I think she has a new confidence that is visible.  She gets stopped by strangers and complimented.  The other day someone asked if they could take a picture of her sassy short hair with their phone, so they could get the same look.  (Funny, huh?)

I'm not saying I want to be wearing rhinestone-embellished skinny jeans when I'm eighty, but I want to wear what I like without wondering if Stacey and Clinton would approve.  Do you know what I mean? 

So, here's to wearing flapper headbands.  Here's to wearing less matchy-matchy stuff.  Here's to art.  Here's to being me.

Do you ever feel like this?

April 23, 2010

Feature Friday - Painted Shoes

I was browsing blogs the other day when I saw this tutorial from Alisa Burke.  First of all, she and her blog are absolutely beautiful.  Alisa makes amazing things and just oozes creativity.  You'll find really unique projects from her.  Aren't these so cute?
[photo from alisaburke.blogspot.com]
So, I went out and even bought the same pair of shoes to try my hand at this.  Here's how mine turned out.

I picked a few colors I liked.

I painted the general colors on.

I added dots.

Then I filled in extra details with a thin sharpie.  I wanted some sassy shoes to take with me on my trip this weekend.  Yup!  The hubbie and I are in California without our kids for a couple of days!  Oh baby!  This is how my shoes look up on the railing of our balcony!  Woo-hoo!

If you want to make your own, click HERE for Alisa's fabulous tutorial and to visit her beautiful blog.

April 22, 2010

Winner-Winner Chicken Dinner!

Don't worry!  I didn't forget.  I said we'd pick our random winners today and here they are:

K who said: What cute headbands!

Beth who said: Oh my goodness! Everyday girl almost made me want to cry it was so cute!

Landon and Kylie who said: Pick me! Those headbands are amazing!

If you won, drop me an email with your address and which one you want.  (If you want a hard headband, you can wait till they're poestd Monday to pick from them!)
AND if you didn't win, you can still take us up on the free shipping offer until Monday!  Thanks for all your great responses and feedback about LOOPDEELOU!!!

J Crew Knock-off Tee

I saw this cute little shirt the other day on JCrew.  I thought I'd give it a shot.  It turned out a bit different, but here's my attempt.

1) I bought 2 t-shirts for $4 each.  One to wear and one for the extra matching fabric.  I think these embellished t-shirts usually look best tone on tone.

2) I cut off the hemmed sleeves and the collar, to give it more of a raw look.

3) I cut some strips out of the extra shirt.

4) I sewed them on the shirt like this.  See how they flop over and you don't see the seam?  Yeah, baby.

See how I moved up the shirt doing the same?  I just went from the bottom strip and worked my way up the shirt.

Now it's time to add the bow.

5) I sewed on the two hangy-down parts of the bow.  (Yes, that's the official name for that part of the bow.  Surprised you didn't know that.)  I also pre-sewed the bow part and sewed the top of the strip that holds it all together.  Then I sewed the bow down and hand sewed the bottom of that strip that holds it down, so you couldn't see it.

Ta-dah!  Sorry this picture isn't super clear.  I had some self-photo issues today.  It was stormy, so it was too dim for a good natural photo. Hence, this one is a bit blurry.

It was raining outside, so I couldn't get the lens to focus on me while using the timer - just the rain.  (However, I thought this photo was kind of cool anyhow.)

AND I couldn't get far enough away from myself to get a good self-photo.  I need those go-go-gadget arms!  Man!

I guess it's time to start giving Rex some photography lessons. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I have a really fun Feature Friday tomorrow. 

PS - Brittany, I need your e-mail address to answer your question about the rip.  It's not linked to your profile and I want to give you some suggestions!


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