Idea Overload

Ever feel like there are 726,819 things you want to do but you have no time to do them? I pretty much feel like that all the time honestly but it seems to be worse lately. I decided to turn some of the want-to’s into getting-done’s so I picked a few projects and started collecting materials for them. Let me just say – it’s taken me WEEKS to collect some of these materials! It’s insane!!! There’s still one that I have to purchase… I’m having to have it custom ordered. Custom ordered people! It’s craziness I tell you. Then there’s that whole minor issue of actually accomplishing the project once I have the necessary materials. Lord knows when that’ll happen. Every time I think I’m going to have time, something else comes up. I had planned to work on these a little bit each night but I’ve changed my schedule around a bit at work and now I’m not getting home until 7pm. By the time I cook dinner, pack my gym bag, pack my lunch and eat dinner, it’s 10pm. That’s my bedtime so that means I got nothing crafty done for the day. Plus, our weekends are a blur between the have-to’s (like laundry, grocery shopping, yard work) and social events so there’s just very little time to do anything creative. I WILL find time though (if for no other reason than that the materials are currently living on my kitchen table which will eventually drive me completely batty). So, wanna know what I’m working on???

I’m working on this Bugsy Tic Tac Toe but I’m tweaking the base a bit. This is going to live outside in our backyard. In truth, my husband is going to paint the ‘bugs’ for me. I can’t paint to save my life. 🙂

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This little baggie of sweet clothespins is yet another project (source unknown). This is the one for which I’m having to custom order an item… any guesses? Yeah it’s that clothespin stamp!

Love is Sweet

 

I saw this absolutely adorable idea on a blog called A Beautiful Mess. They have some of the most creative things I’ve ever seen and their photography is amazing. I’m crazy jealous. Anywho… since we have both cats and dogs in our house, we’re going to copy cat this adorable kitty spoon rest and then try our hands at creating an equally cute puppy one. Fingers crossed!

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Please pin from original source.

 

I have what I think is going to be a super cute idea involving this printable.

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Please pin from original source.

 

And last but definitely not least I’m working on this cute embroidery project.

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Please pin from original source.

 

With any luck – they’ll all be done by the end of the year. HA!

Then I can get started on the other 726,814 ideas I have.

Window Shopping Wednesday – Honey be Good

Holy moley my loves!  I ran across this shop the other day and OMG!!!  Talk about some cuuuuute fabrics!  Eek!  Plus, they’re good for you and the environment.  Check it out…

All of the cotton fabric in our shop is certified organic by either The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or the Organic Exchange. Look for the ‘Growth and Production’ tab on the fabric detail page for information on the certifying entity.

We also carry hemp blends. Hemp is naturally pest-resistant, uses less water than cotton and is generally considered a sustainable crop not needing certification. Our solid color hemp fabric is a hemp/lyocel blend. The hand screen-printed textiles are on a hemp/GOTS organic cotton base cloth.

This weeks featured shop:  Honey Be Good

This Modern Home Fat Quarter Bundle … oh… what can I say about it?  Uhh, I’m in love with the llamas?  So stinking adorable.  This would make a to die for quilt.

Modern Home Fat Quarter Bundle

I {heart} these Banksia Trees!  Can’t you just imagine a pillow made with this fabric?

Banksia Bloom - Banksia Trees

This print is called Chick Chick by Nancy Mims and if you look reeeaaaal close you’ll notice that the redish color is actually hens standing on top of eggs.  Cheeky!  For some reason I’d really like to put this fabric on something in our screened patio.

Chick Chick by Nancy Mims

This print is called Harmony Art Sateen – 10 Flowers and I can totally see this in a little girls room somewhere… perhaps as a line of fabric on the bottom of a solid white quilt?  So sweet.

Harmony Art Sateen - 10 Flowers

My MIL is going through a bit of a bird phase and I’m sure she’d love this Little Blue Birds print by Havana.  This would be really cute as a seat cover on a screened in patio chair.

Havana - Little Blue Birds

When I saw this fabric I thought “how mod!” which is funny considering it’s called MicroMod – Tick Tock White.  To add a bit of glitz, I would sew clear sequins onto the small white dots in the center.

MicroMod - Tick Tock White

I think this New Leaf – Festoon fabric would make an adorable skirt for the spring, especially if topped with a cardigan set.

New Leaf - Festoon

Have a little one in your life?  This Nursery Flannel – Ele-fête! might just be the perfect thing!

Nursery Flannel - Ele-fête!

This Raaga – Roost print is just lovely.  I love the colors and you know I love me some peacocks.

Raaga - Roost

Does this make anyone else want to hoard fabric or is it just me?

Happy shopping!

Window Shopping Wednesday – Pink Chalk Fabric

One of my goals for 2013 was to spend more time crafting.  So far, that’s been a success.  I spent one weekend in January crafting and my February crafting day is coming up soon.  I haven’t actually gotten much accomplished… it’s more like sorting through all of my projects that are in some stage of started and figuring out where to go from there.  I’ve made a few things though.  I promise I’ll show you pictures and what not soon.

I have a bootie-load of fabric in my fabric stash so I’m not actually in the market for more.  I’ve succeeded in not purchasing any for several months now but that’s mostly due to avoiding places like Joann’s like the plague.  Haha.

I did run across this cute little shop called Pink Chalk Fabrics online the other day though (completely by accident, I swear) and I thought we could at least virtually shop for some fun fabric.

This weeks featured shop:  Pink Chalk Fabric

Kokka Nancy Wolff Space Explorers Purple

Space aliens.  On fabric.  I don’t really need to say more about this do I?

 

Alexander Henry Mecca For Moderns Mercer Park Grey

I {heart} this fabric.  So modern.  Lovely colors.  Come home with me!

 

Keiki Mind Your P's and Q's Forest Critters Cream

Forest Critters.  Eek!  So cute!

Cloud9 Fabrics Happy Drawing Too Dachshund

Dashshund fabric.  Come on now!  AND in sweaters.  Cuteness overload.

 

Etsuko Furuya Echino Fall Collection 2012 Acacia Natural

I’m going through a bit of an elephant phase right now.  Can you guess why I love this fabric?  😉

 

Kokka Dutch Door Press Matryoshka Dolls

I think this fabric is just precious.  I have no idea what I’d make using it but I love it.

 

Laurie Wisbrun Olive The Ostrich Olive Pink

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – this fabric would be so cute used in your Valentine’s decoration for next year.  Perhaps made into a dish towel?

 

Patty Sloniger Les Amis Socks the Fox Aqua

Oh holy mother… I think I just cheated on my husband.  I want, I need, I ADORE this fabric.  *DROOL*

 

Patty Sloniger Les Amis Turtle Parade Teal

Speaking of my husband… ya’ll know we have a thing for turtles in our house… (see here and here)

 

Patty Young Textured Basics Hexies Multi

I love these hexies!  It’s like paper piecing without all the work!

 

Tula Pink Salt Water Sea Stripes Aqua

The movement in this is just exquisite.

 

Oh my.  Now I want to go fabric shopping.

Sigh.

An Awesome Idea

So I ran across this fabulous idea on Pinterest the other day and I just had to share with you guys.  

I’m not a teacher, in fact, I’m not really what you’d call a “kid person.”  I do, however, have the upmost respect for teachers.  While this idea doesn’t necessarily relate only to teachers it would make an amazing classroom activity for all ages.  

Here’s the photo I saw on Pinterest:

amazing teacher idea from artmommie (dot) blogspot (dot) com

Here’s the source of this genius.  

I also think that this could be made into an amazing piece of art by an adult with drawing ability (ahem, not me).  

What do you think of this idea?

2013

resolutions

2013 is upon us and I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what I want next year to bring.  I’m not usually one who makes new years resolutions because let’s face it, about 99% of us give up on those by March, if not before then.  Instead, I try to realign my life in such a way that allows me to accomplish the things that I want.  What does this mean?  It means setting parameters or making a schedule way in advance.  In this case, there are two things that I’m focusing on for 2013:  my budget and my ‘me’ time.  I’d love to say that it’s my goal to get in shape, but that’s not the case.  I mean, that is a goal of mine, but it’s not my primary focus for the moment.  I’ll get into more detail about that later in another post. 

BUDGET

My husband and I have had a budget for several years now and we know where every penny is going to go.  We plan in advance for things like vet bills, vehicle maintenance, vacation and just about every other thing we could think of.  In fact, we have a specific amount of money set aside for all of these categories:

Gas for my car
Gas for husband’s car
Spending money for me (aka ‘allowance’)
Spending money for the husband (aka ‘allowance’)
AAA
Vehicle maintenance
Car insurance
Cell phone
Maid / cleaning lady
Emergency fund
EZ tag (for the toll road)
Groceries
Life insurance
Medical care (regular check-ups / emergency trips / prescriptions / contacts / etc)
Health insurance (I’m a contractor so I pay for this on my own not through my employer)
My ‘primping’ such as hair cuts / perm / pedicure / etc
Husbands ‘primping’ such as hair cuts / manicure / etc
Dog expenditures (food / vet bills / heartworm preventative / flea & tick preventative / etc)
Rent
Savings
Husbands work clothes (he is rough on them so we have to replace them often)
Husbands work tools (he frequently needs new blades for the saw or a tool breaks or whatever)
Yearly tax payment (for our accountant)
Credit card payment (the only debt we currently have except the husbands truck)
Truck payment
Monthly date night
Birthday / Christmas gifts
Netflix
Vacations

Whew – long list!  But, we wanted to make sure that we accounted for everything we could think of.  Can you think of something we missed? 

The thing I want to get better at this year is sticking to this budget.  For example, sometimes the grocery bill will come to $222 instead of the $200 we have budgeted at the time.  Well, that extra $22 has to come from SOMEWHERE.  I want to get to the point where I’m living on exactly what I have to spend, and nothing more.  No more borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. 

ME TIME

Remember when I mentioned way back over here all of the crafty things I wanted to take the time to make?  Well, that was in May 2012 and so far, I’ve only managed to make one of them and that was in July of 2012.  Needless to say, I haven’t managed to balance my time better. 

So, this year, my goal is to manage my time and to prepare in advance so that I can get some of these crafty things done.  I’d love to shoot for one a week, but let’s be real here.  For starters, that wouldn’t fit into my budget goal above since the money for these things is going to come from my spending money.  Second, I’m smart enough to know that one a week would totally overwhelm me in no time.  So, my goal is going to be one a month.  I think that’s totally realistic.  Do you?  I’ve gotta tell ya, I’m excited to get started.  Also, since we combined my office and my craft room into one tiny room I could definitely use the space that I’ll get back once I use up some of the materials I bought for projects that I haven’t made yet.  It’s gonna be fun. 

What are your goals (we’re not going to call them resolutions) for 2013?

Window Shopping Wednesday – Knot and Bow

Do you ever get to the point when you have all of this stuff that you know you should be doing, and even that you want to do but yet you still can’t find the motivation to get it done?  I’m there.  Mostly I’m only in that position when it comes to the blog though.  I have a ton of stuff that I want to write about and tell you guys about but I just don’t feel like putting in the work that it takes to get a blog post ready.  I’m not sure if that’s laziness or just my brain telling me I need to take a break.  Maybe some of both.  Nonetheless… I’m trudging on.  Go me.

I’m one of those people that totally believes that it’s the details that can make or break something.  I love adding that little extra pop to something that is just the cherry on top.  This wonderful Etsy shop (don’t you just love Etsy??) called Knot and Bow specializes in those little accessories.  Come shop with me!

This weeks featured shop:  Knot and Bow

Silver, gold and black & gold  bakers twine.  I’m in heaven.

Gold or gold Silver Glitter Twine DuoBlack & Gold Metallic Baker's Twine

These Red Parcel Gift Tags  would be so cute to use as tags on your Christmas packages this year.  They come in a variety of colors as well (neon pink, manilla, light blue, white, lemon yellow, neon orange, violet, pink, Kelly green, neon red, neon yellow, neon green, true blue, pumpkin, vivid green, gray and there’s even a multi pack)!

Red Parcel Gift Tags

Knot and Bow also has an awesome collection of old fashioned library cards (several colors available).  This would make a fabulous gift for the avid reader in your life.

Green Library Cards

These Engraved Me & You pencils would be adorable as favors for a wedding (and totally affordable) or as stocking stuffers for loved ones.

Engraved 'Me & You' Pencils

 

It’s all in the accessories people!  Now get shopping!

Making Baby Burp Cloths

A while back I mentioned that I went to a friends baby shower.  This friend is the first friend that I’ve known that I knew before she was pregnant and has then had a baby.  When she told me she was preggo I was totally psyched for her and her hubby.  Naturally, my mind immediately started working overtime trying to figure out what I was going to make for her for her baby shower gift.  Then, as happens frequently in my life, life got completely and utterly out of hand.  In the end, I ended up taking a trip to Carter’s to buy her adorable baby boy some equally adorable clothes.  I’m thrilled with what I gave her (and I think / hope she was too) but I still wanted to go ahead and make something for her even though her baby shower had come and gone.

So – I whipped out some flannel fabric that I had purchased, made a Joann’s run to purchase some terry cloth fabric (i.e. towels) in matching colors and then sat down at my sewing machine for a few hours.

Here’s what I made:

Now – I’ll be honest… I made her 4 (or was it 6?) of these suckers and none a single one of them is the same size.  I wanted a finished product of 10” x 18” and between not being able to cut OR sew in a straight line I don’t think that any of them were on-point with my desired outcome.  Nonetheless, they turned out relatively cute and, if nothing else, functional.  And let’s face it… her kid is going to puke on these.  I sincerely doubt that he cares if my seams are straight.

Burp cloths are a great beginner sewing project.  You take your flannel and your terry cloth (note: you can buy towels at the dollar store instead of terry cloth fabric from a fabric store) and you cut out an 11” x 19” piece of both.  Pin right sides together and sew (using a ½” seam) all the way around, leaving approximately a 2” opening on one end.  Flip your burp cloth inside out, then stitch around the seams again, approximately ¼” from the edge.  Lastly – fold your burp cloth into thirds (length wise), mark the ‘fold’ with an erasable pen or, in my case, frog tape.  Then sew a straight line along your marker.  This helps to adhere to terry to the flannel as well as making it easy to fold the cloths for storage.

Have you ever made anything for a baby shower gift… Or a belated baby shower gift?

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Bloom Designs
Chef in Training
Chic on a Shoestring
Classy Clutter
Delightful Order
DIY Show Off
Ginger Snap Crafts
Handy Man Crafty Woman
Happy Hour Projects
Home Stories A to Z
I Gotta Create
I Heart Naptime
Lil Luna
Mod Vintage Life
My Girlish Whims
One Artsy Mama
Skip to my Lou
Uncommon Designs
Under the Table and Dreaming

I dream of… better sewing skills? (part 2)

So I’m back with another idea that I saw online that I wish my brain had thought of.  How cute is this???  Doilies as pockets!  Eek!  AND it would even be easy to do for people who aren’t sewers! 

You can view the source of this genius here as well as see my other sewing skill inspiration here.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank

Do you guys remember when I sewed some kids tote bags for a project called Craft Hope? 

Well, if you’re wondering, here are some of the other amazing projects that people submitted for this same amazing cause. 

Unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention and they’ve had another project come and go since then but their next project is in the works and I am definitely going to be watching to see what the next one is.  If it’s something within my skill set then I’m absolutely going to join in!

Several months ago I also cooked dinner for our local fire department

Since then though, I’ve honestly done absolutely nothing to help my fellow man.  (That sounds sort of corny I know but it’s honestly something that I’ve been wanting to do more often.)

I also have a project coming up which will require 29 RAOKs (random acts of kindness).  I only have 15 that I’ve thought of so far though. 

I need some suggestions.  Not only do I need to get to 29, I also would like to have more ideas so that I can do some before and after my ‘big 29 RAOKs’ (I’ll explain more in detail later about this). 

Here’s the key… I’m poor.  I mean, not really but I truly don’t have much spare change to, well, spare.  So, these have to be things that can be done on the cheap. 

Help me out guys!  What great ideas can you think of?

I dream of… better sewing skills?

Ok, so we all know my sewing skills are rudimentary at best.  Remember this

Well, waaaaay back when I mentioned to you guys that I was inspired by a friend of mine from college to start this blog because she was writing a blog  and it just so happens that a lot of what she was doing was clothing refashioning because she started working out like an insane person and lost a ton of weight and looks absolutely FABULOUS.  And, like most of us, she didn’t have the funds to buy a whole new wardrobe so she honed her mad sewing skills and worked with what she had. 

Then, there was another blog  that I had read even before my friends’ blog and this blog is completely about re-making existing pieces of clothing.

Needless to say these two ladies have mad skills and imagination that my brain just does not possess.  Which kinda makes me sad.  But that’s ok.

Anywho, today I came across another fashion remake that I think is super cute, and totally do-able even with rudimentary sewing skills.  So, I thought I’d pass it along for anyone who might be interested. 

Go here  to see the $3 makeover versus the $560 original!  Craziness!