Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Grommet Waistband Skirt

Welcome Skirt Week readers!

 I got my supplies from The Ribbon Retreat,  a Skirt Week sponsor!

You will leave the other side open for a zipper.
You will want an even (not odd) number of grommets;
 so that both tails of your ribbon will come out on top...to tie.

These plastic grommets from The Ribbon Retreat are super light 
and literally close together in a SNAP!
No hammer required:) 

 Doesn't that look so nice and "finished"?
It took a couple of extra steps to have the concealed 'interior' of the waistband,
but I didn't want SIX gaping holes.  

 Weave a ribbon, sash, or scarf through the grommets and tie on the side.  CUTE!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Summer Alphabet Activities

Last year I mapped-out this summer bucket list for me & my kiddos.
We had LOTS of fun!

But this year, with a newborn, I decided to tone things down a bit.
So I came up with this Summer Alphabet Activities list that features two topics & a treat each day:)
Of course, the topics are open for interpretation:
You can do as much (or little) as you want!

I'm hoping that the older kids will take the initiative to help the little ones learn their ABCs.
And I'm hoping I take the initiative to teach the older kids cursive writing!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Vintage Vegetable Garden Stakes

 For Mother's Day, I made my perfect mom these garden stakes
 featuring vintage seed packet clipart.
 I'm happy to say that she loved them!  Now we can't wait to plant our family garden!
 I made these stakes by printing off the clipart (you can find them here).
I printed them in a 5x7 size and then laminated them individually.

I purchased the 5x7 plaques for 97 cents at WalMart and
 affixed them to these rough stakes bought at Home Depot.

 I decided to paint them black and coated them with polyurethane.

Finally I affixed (well, my hubby did) the picture to the plaque using a handheld staple gun.

 I made twenty vegetable stakes and gifted them in an empty planter with a gingham bow.

You don't have to make twenty, but perhaps you could try some stakes for your garden!
Or make a few for a favorite gardener in your life:)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Vintage Sheet Baby Quilt

I am NOT a quilter.
I have aspirations to quilt when I'm older...when I have more time & money! (quilting is expensive)

However, in the meantime, I used some vintage/used sheets to make this 'beginners' quilt.

 On the back I did an 'L' for my daughter's name:)
 I love how this quilt is a mix of bold graphics and feminine prints.
It will be a favorite for a long time to come!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Embroidery Monogram

I got a letter in the mail last week.
My husband's cute cousin is getting married and her future in-laws sent a letter along with a square piece of white fabric.
The instructions said to personalize the white fabric as a quilt block for the couple!
Then they are piecing it together in enough time to give the quilt as a wedding gift...
such a thoughtful gift!
I loved the idea!

I decided to do a monogram for my quilt block and thought I'd try embroidering it.
I used to embroidery about 5 years ago and was pretty decent at it.
Apparently, you need to keep practicing or your skill level diminishes...
but overall I loved how the quilt block turned out.
 I got the pattern for the letter 'M' on this website; they had lots of beautiful (and free) patterns!
 I love the little clusters of french knots...
But my satin stitch is a little rusty!
Anyway, I love the idea behind the wedding quilt & I can't wait to see the final product!
I also look forward to diving into my old embroidery patterns & stitching up something for myself.