October 31, 2013

Sewistry and a Refashion Roundup

Today we have a guest in the house.  There are a handful of people in blogland that I've never met, but I fully "recognize" them when their name shows up in the comment section.  They are the ones who spread joy and kindness with their words.  Palak is one of those.  I've seen her name pop up wherever I go in blogland and she always brings out the best in others.  

Well, she's written a great round up post for us today, but I also want to tell you about a new site she just launched called, Sewistry.  If you sew or want to learn you'll LOVE it.  It's not just about sewing, but also how to sew and save money doing it.  I think it's an awesome idea.


Welcome Palak!
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Hello there! I'm Palak, a long time fan of I Am Momma Hear Me Roar and a huge fan of Cheri's! I also blog at Make It Handmade and recently started a frugal sewing site called Sewistry. I'm often asked "Can you really save money by sewing?". We all know that some sewing projects can save you money. But we also have had those projects that end up costing more time and money than we expected. I started Sewistry to showcase those projects that add a little back into our budget!

Fall is the perfect time for refashion projects-- so many cute things to make for my favorite season! As a bonus, refashions are the ultimate frugal project. By using a article of clothing from the thrift store or your own closet, you can make a garment almost for free! Here are some fantastic fall refashion projects and tutorials from around the web.

14 Fun Fall Refashion Ideas from Make It Handmade




1. Laura from Craftstorming made 2 of these adorable sweat pants from a single mens sweat shirt.
2. Farrah from Mingo and Grace created a brand new pair of jeans from two pairs that were to short for her son for the Sewing Rabbit site. She also added in a crayon holster (doesn't every toddler need one?
3. Hats are an absolute must for fall babies. You can sew some much faster than you can knit them using Make It And Love It's Hat's from Old Sweaters Tutorial.
4. Another project to make from old sweaters are these Fingerless Gloves. These can be made by just handsewing if you don't own a sewing machine.
5. This is one of my favorite tutorials: Olga from Kid Approved made her son's favorite tee's last another season by adding long sleeves. It's such a simple idea, but it can really save you from having to buy all new tops for fall.
6. I honestly never considered using girl's clothes for a boy, but this post from Tasha at I Seamed Stressed changed my mind. I love how she 'neutralized' her daughter's baby outfits for her son.
7.  And of course, Cheri is a refashioning queen-- her famous Upcycled T-shirt dresses would be perfect for fall if you used a long sleeved shirt for the top portion.

14 Fun Fall Refashion Ideas from Make It Handmade

8. Farrah from Mingo and Grace also created these fun pajamas from a single swaddling blanket that her kids no longer needed.
9. These slouchy hats are made from a knit sweater by Vixen Made. They are an extremely easy sew with just one seam and pattern piece.
10.  If you are looking for an more involved project, the talented Delia from Delia Creates sewed an entire coat for her little one out of an old sweater. (...and she has a step by step tutorial for us!)
11.Olga sewed up this dress using a men's shirt she found at an outlet store-- so the dress only cost 3.50!
11. The fun Foldover Tote Tutorial shows you how to make a bag that converts from a messenger style bag into a huge tote! Best of all, the bag was made with a curtain that was found in the clearance bin at Ikea.
12. If you have a football fan in your life, you know those old fan t-shirts can't ever be thrown a way. Maiden Jane got smart, and turned those tees into a fun scarf to wear on game day.
13 Celina from Petit a Petit and Family took a cashmere sweater and made them into 4 pieces using every scrap. She also details how she upcycled a sweatshirt for her son in the same post.

If you'd like to see even more refashion projects, you can take a look at the refashion section at Sewistry. Thank you so much for having me over to share some Fall fun Cheri!
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Thanks, Palak!  And be sure to check out Sewistry for more fun sewing ideas.  Thanks for reading.

October 29, 2013

Random Bits and Previews....

So today's post is a random assortment of things going on around here.  We painted pumpkins a while back.  I saw some similar Star Wars pumpkins on Pinterest (with a dead end link) and showed them to the boys.  We had plans to make a bunch of them, but life is busy and we maxed out at two.

I let the boys paint the whole pumpkin, then I traced the outline of a face and let them paint that in and then I went back and outlined the facial lines.  That way they got to do a lot of it, but they were happy with the way it looked in the end.


And here's a sneak peak at our Halloween costumes.  They're mostly store-bought this year.  The boys were adamant about Elsa being Leia and I was all for it.  I can't help but laugh when I see her in her "wig."


And last but not least, here's a tiny sneak peak at a new coffee table in the works.  My dad and I built it (which really means he did).  


I should have a couple posts coming up in the next few days.  I can't wait to finish the table and to get pictures of all 3 kids in costume.  

Thanks for stopping by.

October 27, 2013

Sunshine Sunday - kid photos, football, crazy hair, and memories

While my posting hasn't been as regular lately, I try my best not to skip Sunday posts ever.  Why?  It's partly selfish.  I love to have a little journal of our week.  But, writing these posts makes me really happy.  It gives me a chance to look at the week and see the good.  It's kind of therapeutic and it makes me realize how sweet life really is.

I kind of like it when my kids get a hold of my phone and try their hand at taking pictures.  I love how Baden captured his own crazy eyebrow.  


Baden got to play football with G-ma in the park the other day.  We had a stretch of warm days here (which constitute the need for him to remove his shirt).  He's not a real fan of clothes.  He was so excited to try his hand at football.


While this little lady isn't really sleeping any better, she still has me completely wrapped around her baby finger.  She is such a sweet, happy girl.  I instagrammed this picture the other day with the caption, "You want a piece of me?"  This is what she looks like after I nurse her because she gets sweaty and plays with her hair.  (It reminds me of that part in Tommy Boy when he says, "I can't believe he called me a psycho!"  Anyone remember that?)


And last but not least, I finally put together a yearly family memory book for 2012.  I did a page about how we started mommy school and as I pulled out some pictures for the book it made me so incredibly happy.  I love those memories we've made.  The boys will often ask if we can still do mommy school during the school year.  They love it and so do I.


And on to a new week!  Thanks for reading.

October 26, 2013

Soapbox Saturday - Minted

As we head into November one of the items on my to-do list is to take some kind of a family picture and order our Christmas cards.  This year I am really excited to order them.  I have my eye on a few different ones at Minted.  I was contacted by them and given the chance to review some Christmas cards.  Well, I fell in LOVE with their site and designs.  They are drool-worthy.

Here are my favorites.  They have these foil pressed cards that are so pretty.



They also have cards that ARE ornaments.  Isn't that a cool idea?  I kind of wish everyone I knew would send me one of those.  How cool would it be to have a tree full of pictures of your family and friends?  Love it.  They even come with the linen ribbon on them.




But my very favorite are these minibook cards.  They are a little pricier, but if you're like me and you don't send out hundreds of cards then it's a little more do-able.  I'm torn between these three designs.




So if you're planning on ordering holiday cards, I highly recommend checking out the gorgeous designs at Minted.

Thanks for stopping by.

Disclosure: I was given the chance to receive our Christmas cards for free from Minted, but no other compensation.  I really just love their stuff.

October 25, 2013

What to do with an unwanted logo on a bag....

I had one more post from the summer I did on the I Love to Create blog.  It's an easy fix for an unwanted logo on a bag.  Who doesn't like a free bag?  No one.  Who likes random logos?  Not me.  You don't need to sew for this one either.  You'll find the post HERE.


Thanks for stopping by.

October 23, 2013

Teeny Tiny Baby Leggings

So I am actually alive.  I just feel like a zombie.  I'm still feeding this little girl twice a night and I'm a bit worn out.  However, I did get a chance to sew her some teeny tiny leggings yesterday.  


I used the Fancy Pants Legging pattern to make them.  It's an awesome pattern and it's an easy project.  I can't wait to make more with some mismatched knits.  I freezer paper stenciled a heart on the bum.


And here's the little lady in them.  They are pretty snug, but the fabric is really stretchy, so they are comfy.  I think we'll definitely use the next size up next time.  (Shirt found HERE and bow found HERE.)


But it's the bum that I love the most.  I guess I was inspired by my own outfit that day.  :)


Thanks for dropping in.

October 16, 2013

How to Create Giant Art for a Giant Wall

When updating the family room I really wanted to create some HUGE art to go above our huge shelf found HERE.  Do you know what makes the best inexpensive canvas?  A hollow core door.  They are around $30 (and you might recall that my mom used one HERE in Rex's room).

So, here's the sign I ended up making, which was heavily inspired by THIS ONE I pinned a long time ago.  



I used colors to match our room and I used a quote I love (thanks Tiffany).



I layered the shelf with some photos - old and new.



And it adds a lot of color to the room.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  To attach it, my dad used long screws and screwed it right into the studs in two places.  That means you can see two screws from the front, but they aren't really noticeable and I could paint over them if necessary.  

October 15, 2013

Address labels, stickers, and a promo

First off, sorry I've been a little MIA.  Things sure get busy around here with 3 little ones.  I promised I'd show you that new sign I painted and then we had a bunch of rainy dreary days where it was too dark to even get a good photo of it.  So, I'll have that up tomorrow and I have a Silhouette promo today.  

This promo is an AWESOME one.  If you're hoping Santa will bring you a Silhouette, I would highly suggest sending him a link to this deal today (wink, wink).  Here are the details and then I'll show you what each product in the bundle is.


Either bundle (Portrait or Cameo) comes with all of this and saves you well over $100.  It's like an awesome sample pack of all the most fun things you'd want to try with your Silhouette. 

·         1 cardstock essentials pack (new product)
·         1 pack printable adhesive kraft paper (new product)
·         1 pack printable clear sticker paper
·         1 pack temporary tattoo paper
·         1 pack printable cotton canvas (new product)
·         1 pack chipboard
·         1 pack printable silver foil
·         1 pack printable magnet paper
·         1 pack double-sided adhesive


 To get the deal just go HERE and use the code "ROAR."

Let me break it down.

The cardstock essentials pack is 12x12 adhesive backed cardstock.  This stuff is great for scrapbooking or I used it once for a large bulletin board I had to decorate for church.  Just stick the letters or shapes right on.  It's great.

The new adhesive kraft paper is similar, but not quite as thick.  I just used some to make address labels yesterday.  I love the brown, natural look.  I can think of a billion uses for this stuff.  (Don't mind the blurred address.  I'm just not taking visitors right now :)


The printable clear sticker paper is pretty fun too.  I made a bunch of stickers for one of the boys' teachers.  I thought it would be a fun little thins to send her way.


We had a lot of fun with the tattoo paper HERE.

October 12, 2013

Sunshine Sunday - 4 months, health, and autumn

Elsa turned four months last week.  I can't believe how fast it's going.  Part of me is so excited for her to grow and learn new things and part of me wants her to stay little forever.  Here she is in the basket again.  Yes, it's pretty tight.


We are still struggling with the nights, but this little girl just melts me.

Rex got sick again this past week.  Poor guy.  He threw up 13 times in 2 days.  I know.  Too much information.  Sorry.  He's better now.


Grandma and legos helped to speed up the recovery process a bit.  :)


Autumn is gorgeous around here right now.  I'm in awe when I look at the huge mountains covered in orange, red, and yellow.  Then I take a picture and it doesn't look half as amazing in the photo.  We were lucky to get up in the mountains and see it last weekend.  I wish autumn could last as long as winter does.


I'm hoping for a week with no sickness and a little more sleep around here.  I have some fun posts for this week.  Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading.

October 10, 2013

Family Room Makeover - part 2

Yesterday I showed you a little taste of some of the changes in our family room.  I wanted there to be some fun, colorful elements in the room.  Over the summer I made these two pillows.  The tutorials are found on the I Love to Create page.  Just click the picture to go to the tutorial.

This one is made of fingerprints and fabric markers.


This one doesn't use a freezer paper stencil or a cutting machine.  Anyone can do it.



And the pillows help to add a little more color to our dull green couches.


Tomorrow I'll show you the giant sign I painted.  See you then!

Thanks for reading my blog.

October 09, 2013

The Family Room Makeover - part 1

This summer I started redecorating the family room.  It's a room we spend a lot of time in and I really wanted to update the tan walls, to a pale gray scheme.  It's almost done, but I'm still adding some final touches.

It all began when I found this fabric at a local store.  I loved it and it made our green couches work (which I don't love, but we aren't buying new ones in the near future).  I liked the pale gray background and the chance to bring in some fun colors - mustard and a light purple.


My mom was super kind to sew all the curtain panels for me this summer.  


We added a waffle textured fabric to the bottom and some white stripes to the top and bottom for interest.


We painted the room a lighter version of the fabric's background.  Grays are hard to choose, but I got a couple sample cards and looked at them with the fabric under different lighting to ensure they really matched. Then I went even lighter because I wanted the room to feel really open.


Tomorrow I'll show you some pillows I made to add some fun to the room.  At the end of the week I'll show you my favorite part of the room - a huge piece I painted.

Thanks for dropping in.

October 07, 2013

A Teeny Tiny Cardigan and the Sew Fab Sale

I finally got to squeeze in a little sewing the other day.  I just purchased the "sew fab" pattern bundle (which you can read about and buy below) and now I have a ton of patterns I can't wait to try out.  Here's the Greenpoint Cardigan I tried out in the tiniest size for Elsa, though it won't fit her for a few more months yet.


I used an old shirt of mine and some extra scrap fabric I had around for the binding.


So here's the deal I was talking about.  Today is already the last full day of the sale, so if you need some patterns for sewing, this is it.  It's a fabulous deal.  (FYI: The link below is an #affiliate link, but frankly I love the patterns enough that I bought them myself.)

October 06, 2013

Sunshine Sunday - to do lists, vader, and cousins

This week flew by.  I got some things crossed off the to do list.  Baden was messing with my list so I asked him if he wanted to make his own.  He asked me how to spell the words and he made his own list.  I think he liked crossing his items off as much as I did.  I love that kid.


I picked up Rex from school the other day like this.  I couldn't help myself.  His Vader mask had just arrived in the mail and I hadn't showered or put on makeup that day, so it seemed sensible :)  I think I'm going to thoroughly enjoy embarrassing my children for years to come.


On a fun note, we got to hit a corn maze and fest Friday.  (Check yesterday's post if you're a local and you want to win tickets.)  My sister joined me with two of her kids.  Cousins and sisters are just awesome.


And being a mom is really awesome too.  I'm so thankful for these three little ones.


I've been trying to fit in a little sewing, because I have a billion things I want to make right now.  More on that tomorrow.  And I'm still trying to stay sane with the lack of sleep.  I've tried a few different things, but this little girl wants to eat every three hours even through the night.  Ugh.  Other than the lack of sleep, life rocks.

Thanks for reading.

October 05, 2013

Soapbox Saturday - Cornbelly's

This post is meant for Utah locals, as it is about Cornbelly's - a local attraction.

A couple of weeks ago I was offered free tickets to Cornbelly's, the corn maze and pumpkin fest held at Thanksgiving Point.  I had never gone before and I thought it would be fun to take the boys out for some fun.  My sister and two of my nieces joined us and we went off to see what it was all about.


I knew there was a corn maze and I knew there were several other attractions, but I was amazed at how much there actually was to do there.  The place is covered with fun photo ops, loads of playground-type equipment, and lot of farm-type fun as well.


What I liked the most about it was that it was simple, old-school fun.  There weren't rides with flashing lights, but rather potato sack slides.  I love that.


My boys loved it too.  The duck racing was Baden's favorite.


The corn maze itself is pretty cool.  The theme this year is based on the local college rivalry.  The kids all chose their sides :)

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