Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday Thought

What musical instrument do you wish you could play?

So, I used to take piano lessons when I was 9 years old and I think I would have loved it, but my teacher was kind of a mean person. I didn't do very well. If I had the right teacher I would have loved to play the piano. Right now I play a little but not even near perfect. I kind of taught myself songs so that I could play something.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

MMB Giveaway

Mormon Mommy Blogs are having a giveaway going on right now.
Giveaway ends Friday, August 28th at 11:59pm.

They have items from Shabby Apple, Walnut Springs Press, Swerve, Skin Care RX, Creative Chaos, Tweetest Backgrounds, and DECOmod Walls. Such cute things. I hope I win something!

Enter for your chance at winning too.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Baby Headband Tutorial

Like the flower hair clip tutorial I haven't seen any tutorials on how to make a baby headband. Here is one version of how to make one. I used a woman's knee high to make this one. You can use kids tights, nylons, stretchy lace. Or whatever else. Make sure you measure your baby's head and make the length of the headband the same size. The one I am making will fit 3+ months babies.

1. The only things needed are the tights, a little bit of ribbon. Preferably the same color as the headband. Also the sewing machine and hot glue. Cut the very ends off of the knee highs. Heat seal the ribbon on both ends.
2. Fold the tights over and even up the ends. Sew close to the edge with a gathering stitch.
It doesn't have to be perfect because we won't see that part when we finish.
3. Pull the end strings so that the tights gather.

The gather automatically folds in toward each other. Perfect for us.

4. Tie the ends of the strings together so that the gathering doesn't unravel.
5. Take the ribbon and wrap it around the seam. Hot glue right on to the seam with one side of the ribbon.

6. Hot glue the other side too. I try to pull it a little tight so that the bow or flower isn't flopping around.

You are done. Now you can put anything in the headband.
Here is what it looks like with a flower. To see how to make a flower hair clip go here.

*Note - Check out the comments for more ideas on what to use.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Flower Hair Clip Tutorial

For some reason this is going to have a lot of pictures. Sorry they aren't that great either. OK, I know that there are a lot of tutorials out there on just about everything but I haven't seen anyone do a flower hair clip. So, I took it upon myself to do it for you.

1. Gather your supplies. I'm cheap so I got the flower and even the rhinestone from the dollar store. The ribbon I got in the dollar bin at Michaels. The alligator clip was in a box of 100 that I got from a beauty supply store. It was actually cheaper to buy there than it was to find them online. The rest I had on hand.
2. Measure how much ribbon you will need for your alligator clip. Cut.
3. Seal the edges with either a lighter, heat tool, or fray check. I prefer the lighter because it seals it instantly and I don't have to wait for it to dry (like fray check.) It may take some practice if you haven't done it before.
4. Glue the ribbon on to the clip. The side of the clip that is curved is going to have the ribbon wrapped around it completely. I usually start on the inside and work my way out but you can do whatever works for you.



5. Take the flower off of the stem. Then take the bottom of the flower off.6. Take the rest of the flower apart. There were three parts to the flower that I will discard. I just kept the petals in this flower.
7. Turn the flower over so that you start with the bottom layer first.
8. Here is the clip and the bottom layer upside down.
You are going to put a dab of hot glue on the clip.
Grab the bottom layer, flip it over, and press the middle onto the clip.
9. Continue with each layer till you are done.


10. Put a dab of glue on the top layer of the flower and add the rhinestone. Press firmly for a couple seconds.


11. You are done and can now add it to your daughter's hair. (My daughter was being a little silly here.)

Option #1 - I found a couple flowers like this one already put together. All I had to do was line the alligator clip and then put some glue on it and press the whole flower onto that clip. The easiest flower clip I ever did. If there were more decorative brads out there the flowers would be so easy to make. (Well, at least easier.)


Option #2 - If you want to keep the center of the flower like this one here all you have to do is take the bottom off and cut the plastic piece hanging out. Then you glue the the whole flower to the clip. Sometimes the plastic piece doesn't catch and you may have to glue again at the next layer.

Option #3 - I found some really cute buttons for the green Gerber Daisy. I was always trying to figure out how to use them when my mom came up with the idea of grinding the back of the button off. So, that's what I did. I had my dad grind off the back and it was perfect for the flower center.

Warning - If you are going to grind down the button be sure to not grind the silver coating at the very bottom because that's what makes the rhinestone shimmer. I got some buttons and it was ground off too much and you could see a square hole in the middle of the rhinestone. Be careful.

Here are all the flowers I have done so far. The blinds have been great in holding them for me.

Monday, August 17, 2009

WINNER of the Giveaway!

The winner (picked out of a hat) is:

The Taylors
"I'm a fan on facebook, a follower of your blog and would gladly accept anything you feel you need to get rid of. Everything you make is so cute.
I have a 2 year old son, a 4 month old daughter and hope to have a handful more of kiddos... so really anything would be useful."

Here is what was won. A hair wrap, a nursing cover, a crayon roll, headband with a detachable flower clip, an infant bracelet, and a book thong (I'm not making that up either.)

This is just a closer look at the headband and bracelet.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday Thought

What makes you laugh?

There are so many things that I laugh about. I am normally a happy person and take pleasure in many things. Laughing is one of them. Here are a list of the things that make me laugh.

-Really good impersonations
-Funny comedies
-The Office
-"White Chicks"
-When my kids come up with something. Like when my daughter was standing on two tupperware lids. She was sliding around the kitchen floor saying, "I'm ice skating!" Or when my 15 month old boy takes a toy car and pretends to drive it around with the noises and everything. He's in a mimicking stage.
-Jim Gaffigan and his hot pocket comedy
-Being girls with my Volleyball buddies. We can come up with some funny stuff while playing.
-Really clever books.
-My husband
-Being silly
-Getting tickled

That's what I can come up with right now. Especially when my child is asking me questions right and left.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Flannel Blankets

Here are the last of the blankets we made. We are selling them for $12.00. They are one of a kind. I may be able to get the same fabric but I would have to look. Look out for them coming up in my Etsy store.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Clutch

I decided to try and make a zippered pouch size of the Buttercup bag that I sell. Well, it's not perfect but that will be remedied soon. It's really cute and can hold a bunch of things. It's a little small for a full size wallet but a smaller one would do fine.
Tell me what you think!



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