Pretty Posies

Isn't she beautiful? My sweet little munchkin. I could seriously stare at her all day, just like any mom.

But that's not the point...see her shirt? I made that. Well, I made the flowers and sewed them on a Target tank. Avery chose the fabrics and insisted on beads for the centers instead of the buttons I planned on. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. She, of course, dripped red cough syrup on it before we made it out of the house. It never fails, does it?!

The flowers go all around the neckline. I washed it yesterday on the gentle cycle and dried it flat. It came out great--some fraying, which I had actually hoped for.

But I couldn't stop there.

I mixed all the fabrics and added pin backs to these to embellish the cuffs of her capris purchased at The Children's Place, one of the few items I've found there without glitter and neon colors.

And I wanted some for myself!

These are three separate pins in two different sizes. Love them! There's more to come with these little flowers. Stay tuned!


Craft it Forward

Have you seen the movie Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey and the Sixth Sense kid? (I know, I know, he has a name. I'm just not wanting to look up the spelling of it right now...) The main character has an assignment to come up with a plan to make the world a better place. His idea is to do something nice for three people. They each in turn do something nice for three people, and the goodness spirals out exponentially. It's a wonderful concept.

Well, this game uses the same concept to make the world a more creative place. I received my "Craft it Forward" goodies this weekend from Heidi at Blue Eyed Blessings.

A modge-podged frame, a little note pad, a red (I LOVE red!) album and a set of tiny notecards. And they're pink. And polka-dotted!! Thanks, Heidi!
Wanna play? Here are the rules:
1. Comment to this post by Monday, June 1st. I will then select three commenters using random.org (because I've always wanted to use it!).
2. I will then send each "winner" a small gift hand crafted by yours truly.
3. In turn you agree to post about the game after you have received your package and craft it forward to three readers of your blog. You could even just pay it forward with small purchased items if you prefer. And on and on it goes.
And, yes, part of my motivation for participation (a small part) is to solicit comments. I love comments, you lurkers! So get to commenting, and I'll get to crafting.


A Different Kind of Pink

I'm finally getting to plan an adult party! Don't get me wrong--I LOVE planning Avery's parties, but I'm excited to do something a little more sophisticated. My friend Cortney is getting married in a few months and I'm hosting a brunch for her. I'm also making her wedding cake, which both excites and terrifies me. I've done tiered cakes, but never one with so much at stake. Oh, and I'm directing the wedding and helping with a lot og the plans. For about 10 minutes between Freshman and Sophomore year in college I considered switching to business with the idea of becoming a wedding planner. I'm glad I didn't pursue it, but still love the idea of planning weddings.

Cortney's wedding is fuschia and orange, which I think will look great! For her shower I wanted to focus on just the pink, since that is her favorite color.

Pink and my new favorite print: damask. I cannot get enough of it! Did you notice my new damask dress in the prom picture? And Avery has pink damask pillows in her playhouse. I love that it's whimsical and formal at the same time.

For this party I have found some pink damask giftwrap at Tar-jay to use as table runners ala HWTM. That girl is the queen of using paper for table decorations!

I have a few more things in my head, but we'll have to see how far I get. This is going to be a busy summer (and it starts SOON--all kids will be gone Wednesday; most are already done!!!!). One thing I definitely plan to use are these wonderful pom poms. So cheap. So quick. So lovely!

And not that I would begrudge Martha of any of her millions, but I'm not paying for the kits to make these. If you want to support women in business, however, let PomLove or PartyPoms make them for you. Otherwise, grab some tissue and get to folding and cutting.

Oh, this month's craft challenge over at Blue Eyed Blessings is to use a mongram. What I have in mind is actually for Cortney's wedding, too. Check back soon for that!

And finally...if you have any ideas for creating a fun hot pink damask bridal shower brunch, leave a comment! Or have you hosted a bridal shower lately? Let me know--I'd love to feature you!


April Craft Challenge

Heidi over at Blue Eyed Blessings hosts a monthly craft challenge. This month's theme was ribbon. I came across this late, so I scrambled to come up with something. Check it out and then click the button below to see what everyone else created!

craft challenge
I bought these canvas monogram kits back in the fall for $1 each. I'm not sure what I had planned for them; I was probably just excited to find 4x4" canvases for a buck!

Here's a close up of the "A". I originally thought I would paint this one using the pattern given, but my hand wasn't steady enough. You'll see what I did to it with my Cricut in a minute.

See Ave wearing her new smock? It worked great, as it paint on it when we were done, but her clothes did not! We painted each one a different color...

Once they were dry we tied some ribbon scraps around them. They are meant to be hung on the wall, but these are just on my craft room floor for now. See where the Cricit came in?

And now you say, that's pretty cute, but what is it???? What? It's not obvious?? Okay, okay.

It's a hair bow holder! It also works as just an art piece. Not bad for an evening and just using what I already had lying around! Another one of my favorite ribbon projects is here. I use it every day and have had several people try to buy it from me.

Okay. Go check out the other ribbon projects now, and check back to Heidi's blog to find out what the May challenge will be!


Super Quick Smock

Last night was the GHS prom. The theme was "Moonlight in Paris"--complete with 20 foot Eiffel Tower! The tables has a bistro look, a park lined one side, a quaint city sidewalk (with student artwork in the windows!) the other. Even the caterer got in on the game, bringing along a coffee bar and black and white damask platters. And little cones of french fries! So fun.

I love going to prom and seeing the kids all dressed up. And I think they actually like seeing all of old teachers there--especially with our spouses. They forget that we have lives outside our classrooms.

Here is a picture of us before the kids got there:

I can't believe it's been 11 years since our first prom! Of course, that was way before digital, and I'm not in the mood to scan right now. So no pics of that!

Okay, enough of that...here's the project I made last week. My mom found this tablecloth almost a year ago foe eighty-eight cents. 88 cents!!! It had the colors of Avery's playhouse in it, but it was the wrong size and shape for any tables I had planned. But .88! I had to do something with it.

Since the tablecloth is vinyl and easy to wipe off, I immediately thought "art smock." Of course it took me months to actually do it....but once I did it took all of 45 minutes to complete. I drew out a basic pattern on newspaper and then cut it out. A front and a back. That's it! I made sure to do a kind of cap sleeve to help further protect clothes. I sewed the front and back together at the top of the sleeves, left a lot of space for the armholes, and then sewed the rest of the way down the sides. Four seams--that's it. Since it's vinyl, there is no need to hem.

It would depend on the pattern of the tablecloth, but with this one I used the border of the cloth as the bottom of the smock. Not only is it cute that way, but it also has a nice finished edge.

My original plan was to make the arm and neck hole big enough for Ave to slip it on and off over her head, and it is, but it finally occured to me that that was a recipe for getting paint on the very clothes the smock is meant to protect! No problem: I just made a cut down the middle of the back and sewed some ribbon scraps on each side to tie it closed.

I think Avery likes it! I'm playing with a new camera, and though it does a great job of capturing Avery dancing without coming out blurry, I haven't yet figured out where not to put my fingers. Hence the dark spots at the bottom. Oh well, she still looks super cute! Happy crafting everyone!


Modge Podge Mania!

Xazmin over on This is the Year hosts a monthly Modge Podge Mania project. I haven't done much with Modge Podge lately, but I'm always open to new ideas! One of my favorite projects is here: Altered Office Supplies.

Read about it and then go see what everyone else is doing over at This is the Year.

I have another project I need to post, but it might have to wait until after the PROM tomorrow! MOst teachers dread having to chaprerone prom, but I love it! This will be mine and Kyle's 6th prom, including my senior prom in 1998! I love seeing the kids all dressed up.

Happy weekend all!

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