Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pearl Necklace Re-Do

My brother and his wife were married this past March. Their wedding was beautiful! Well, Miss C was a flower girl in the wedding and was given some jewelry as part of her ensemble.

The necklace must have had bad elastic or something because it wouldn't even stretch enough to get over C's head. The bracelet had a cute littler butterfly on it, but somehow managed to get broken in half.

So I decided to tear them apart and make something new.

Ta-dah! Not too exciting, I know. I just took the beads from both the necklace and bracelet to make a long pearl necklace. I am really into the long necklaces right now and I thought why not make one for C? So I did.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Zebra Obsession

I am a HUGE fan of animal prints for little kids. I think they are okay for adults too if used in moderation.

Well, my 4 year old is obsessed with this shirt.

"Miss C" seriously asks to wear it everyday! And if she can't wear her special zebra outfit she absolutely has to wear a dress. Honestly, I don't blame her because it is already so hot here that a dress worn everyday sounds pretty darn good to me.

So, I whipped up a zebra print dress that is perfect for summer using a pattern found in this etsy shop.

I even did a horse silhouette applique!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Quick and Easy Re-Purpose

What can I do with my favorite pair of jeans? My jeans that have been through the war but I can't bring myself to throw away because they are very forgiving. It doesn't matter how much weight I lose or gain these babies seem to fit me perfectly.

Both knees look like this and I always feel like a frump wearing them out in public. So I took them and chopped the legs off!

Now I have a pair of perfect fitting shorts! Just in time for the crazy Arizona heat.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Flip Flop FEVER!!!!!!

Doesn't this look absolutely amazing? I love this picture because everything in it only cost me a whole $15. Yep, 15 pairs of old navy flip flops for $1 a piece. Cheap enough to stock up for this summer and next. Gotta love a good deal!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baby Leg Warmers

So I know there are quite a few sites that have tutorials for how to make baby legwarmers but I'm going to give you my version anyway.

Buy a pair of women's knee high socks. I buy mine from Target because you can get them for only $2.00 a pair and can sometimes catch them on sale for $1.50 plus there is usually a wide variety of colors and prints. That price is way easier to swallow than the $10-$12 a pair for legwarmers bought at the store. You can also use little girls knee high socks if you want your warmers to be a smaller, newborn size.

Start by marking and cutting off the foot of the sock.

Here is what you end up with.

Mark and cut off the toe and heel of the foot.

You will now have these two pieces. The smaller piece will be the cuff of the warmer.

Turn the small piece inside out.

Sew a 3/8in seam down one of the sides. For this project I use the longest stitch length so that the fabric will still have some stretch.

This is what it should look like.

Trim off the excess fabric.

Fold the fabric in half to make a cuff with the wrong sides together so that the right sides are seen.

Put the longer fabric piece through the cuff with the unfinished edges together.

Sew together using a 3/8in seam. I don't use pins because it is easier for me to not use them for this project.

Flip the cuff and there you have it!

Repeat with the other sock and you'll have a pair of leg warmers. I can usually whip a pair out in about 20min. Super easy and saves money!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mickey Mouse Topiary Tutorial

So, in case you didn't already notice from previous posts like this one I'm just gonna tell you. I have an obsession with Disney decor due to the fact that my playroom is Mickey Mouse/ Disney themed.

I'm pretty happy with the playroom, but lately it seemed to need some shrubbery. So, I decided to make a Mickey Mouse topiary.

So here is the tutorial for all you peeps to enjoy!

bag of moss
pot or tin bucket
dowel rod
styrofoam balls (one big, two smaller)
styrofoam cylinder
hot glue
Route 44 diet coke from Sonic

Ok, the Sonic drink isn't really necessary but it is recommended for all crafting.

I hot glued the styrofoam cylinder into the metal bucket.

I measured my dowel rod which happened to be 36in long. I cut it in half to be 18in.

I stuck the rod into the center of the styrofoam cylinder. Push it as far as it will go.

Then I stuck the big ball on the rod as far as it would go without going through all the way. Now, I used white styrofoam because I couldn't find the green floral kind in the sizes I needed but I would suggest green so the white doesn't show through the moss.

Then, I started hot gluing the moss to the styrofoam ball.

It kinda looks like cousin It from the Addams Family.

Phew! Gluing the moss is the longest part of the process.

Then I glued some moss into the bucket to cover the styrofoam.

Then I took the smaller ball and put a few toothpicks in it.

Like this.

Stick the small ball where you think the placement it good and hot glue it down. Then, add moss.

Do the same thing with the other small ball and now Mickey has his ears.

Now, for this part I wrapped the dowel rod with black ribbon but you could also paint it.

What a nice addition!

Also, you could add vinyl dots to the pail to make it look like Mickey's pants. Or try making a Minnie Mouse one by adding a bow between the ears and putting polka dots all over the pail. I think I might make Minnie so that I have a matching pair.