Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Handmade Roundup

One of my 2011 goals was to keep better track of my handmade projects. After learning how to create a collage in Picasa just this week, I thought it would be a fun way to see all of my projects. A few highlights...

-I made several bags as gifts including the 30 minute messenger bag and the One Hour Fat Quarter tote.
-I learned how to put in zippers and made one dress with a zipper and several zip pouches.
-I made (and sold) many different mug rugs.
-I sewed and gave 3 different baby blankets as gifts.
-I made 2 new wreaths.
-I framed some fabric in hoops and got them on the wall.
-I made 3 dresses and several skirts for my daughter.

This was a fun way to see a lot of this year's projects!! I also liked looking through all of my pictures and seeing all of the other things we did...I may make a collage of all the things we did as a family this year as well as one of all of our school activities from this year. What were your favorite projects from 2011?
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter Bundle

I saw this fun contest over at Quokka Quilts. Choose 12 prints and 3 solids from The Fat Quarter Shop, put them together in a collage, and get a chance to win a half yard of each fabric! This was so fun! I love color and would be thrilled to win this fabric!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What I Wore This Week

I only took one photo this week, but had some fun outfits! I went through a bunch of fashion photos from magazines I had torn out and got some fresh inspiration this week from the magazines and Pinterest. I also got some great things at Goodwill!! I bought a turquoise Cato sweater with the prettiest bell sleeves ($2), a new with tags Christopher and Banks red cowl neck sweater ($2), and a pair of Worthington trouser jeans ($1.29).

On Saturday, I wore my new turquoise Cato sweater from Goodwill with denim leggings, and scarf, and some short faux Ugg style boots.

On Sunday, I styled my dress as a skirt - I wore a gray knit dress with a slim red v-neck sweater belted over it with black tights and tall boots.

On Monday, I went for layers with some new color combos - a light pink oxford, oatmeal colored v-neck sweater, cranberry colored cords, a tan vest with a fur collar, leopard print flats, and a pretty layered gold necklace. (Leopard print is so fun, isn't it?)

Today's outfit is pretty simple: Striped long-sleeve t-shirt from Target, black Limited pants from Goodwill, Mossimo shoes from Target ($7.50), a scarf from Meijer ($3), and a bracelet I made from this tutorial.

I did get some riding boots from Kohl's this week, but I don't love them, so am returning them. Is anyone seeing great riding boots marked down? I am looking to spend around $25. I also would love to hear what you are wearing for Christmas! I have been hunting for some kelly green tops to wear for Christmas and ordered a couple of things on super clearance from Kohl's - I am hoping they come in time!

Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by!

I'm linking up to the Pleated Poppy!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Winner, Winner!

One of our Christmas gifts - idea found here.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for our giveaway! I loved reading about all of your handmade gift ideas and have a few new projects bookmarked to make after Christmas!

Using, the winner is comment #33!

The winner is:
Blogger Beth said...

I made a purse for my mom!

I'll be sending Beth an email so she can pick her prize. Good luck to all of you who are finishing Christmas gifts and Merry Christmas!!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What I Wore

Looking for the giveaway? Check it out here!

Well, I am really late to the party, but since it is still Wednesday, I'll link up. Only got a photo or two this week, but paired up some leggings and boots with a tunic top this week, so I thought I'd share.

Jacket: Goodwill; Tunic: Sears; Leggings: Meijer; Boots: Sears; Headband: Target

Today's outfit - Sweater: Goodwill (love it! - the sweater and layers are all one piece); Skirt: Goodwill (Liz Claiborne - $1.29); Shoes: Target; Jewelry: Avon

I'm linking up!
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Giveaway Day!!

I am so excited for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! This is one of my favorite times of the year! There are so many amazing giveaways to visit.

This year, we are giving away a $10 credit to our shop. You can choose any item valued at $10 or less and we will ship it out to you free! This includes fabric and patterns, of course, but if you'd like something handmade instead, that would be fine, too. It's your choice. :)

To enter, just leave me a comment (and a link, if applicable) about something handmade you are making or have made as a gift. This includes recipes for yummy sweets!

The giveaway will remain open until Friday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST and is open to U.S. shipping addresses only. We will announce a winner no later than Sunday, December 18 and will get it shipped out as soon as we receive shipping info from you. Please make sure we have some way of contacting you.

Thanks so much for stopping by - good luck and Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Crafting: Wreaths and Gifts

There are so many wonderful crafts to do and there are lots of extra ideas around at Christmastime! I love to craft with my daughter as well as make handmade gifts. I decided to pick one craft each week to do with her and one extra craft to make myself each week before Christmas.

This week, our chosen crafts were yarn wreaths and crayon shapes. Neither of these crafts are particularly difficult, but I will say they both take some extra time. I did manage to make a wreath, but as you can see in the photo above, it is not a yarn wreath. Over the last week and a half, I only managed to wrap about 1/5 of my wreath form with yarn. So, last night, I took the yarn off and looked through my supplies to see what I could do instead.

I wrapped the wreath above with 2 kinds of ribbon, then made rolled fabric rosettes to decorate it. Overall, I am pretty happy with the end result and I am thrilled to have a wreath on my front door again. I just did not have the patience to wrap the wreath with yarn!

We did make the crayons and they turned out well, but we only made 4 of them - and my daughter used 3 of them and gave one away. :) I hope we can still make more to give to the kids at church.

I also made my daughter a chef's hat using the tutorial here at Sewing in No Man's Land. Really easy and adorable - took an hour from start to finish. This one will probably go in her stocking or with the cash register and food set she is getting for Christmas.

I have 2 more crafts lined up for this week - and we already got a head start on this one. What kinds of Christmas crafts are you making this week? I am always looking for new ideas!

I'm linking up!

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