Monday, August 30, 2010

Birthday Style

Hopefully you guys aren't tired of my birthday crafts because I'm gonna show you another.

The tutu I made in this post is actually for Lily to wear to her party.
The party that is only 9 days away!
The party where family I haven't seen in years are coming!  eek!! :-)
The party where we celebrate my baby turning ONE, *sniff*.
Where did this last year go?

Okay *composes self* back to the crafting!

To go along with said tutu I decorated a onsie...

I bought a stencil at the craft store for a couple bucks and the "Lil' Cupcake" was done using freezer paper stenciling.

I also made a birthday crown...

I'm kinda obsessed with felt at the mo'.  Instead of using regular elastic I decided to cut up one of those stay put headbands.  I had one that was nice and wide AND pink!  I figured this way I have more of a chance for it to stay on long enough for some good pictures before Lily can pull it off.

(phew!!! That was one major run on sentence! Made me think of Ace Ventura 2 when he says everything all in one breath...such a funny movie!)

Here is the side view...

And here is the back...

So if you put all three together you have one stinkin' cute first birthday outfit!!!

Can't wait to see our Lil' cupcake in this!

Don't wait for a birthday party as an excuse to make these!
The onsie is good for any time of the year and the crown has so many possibilities!

What little boy or girl wouldn't love to have their own crown and pretend to be royalty?

Here are the parties I'm linking up to today:


Sunday, August 29, 2010

My own take on a classic party game

****Sending shout outs and big thank yous to Crystals Craft Spot, One Pretty Thing, Olivia Renn and Keeping it Simple for featuring my project!****

Update: Want to make your own?  Check out my tutorial here or under the tutorial tab at the top of the page.

Pin the tail on the Donkey...a classic party game.

Pin the candle on the cupcake?...a soon to be classic in this household and maybe yours too.

I gave you a little glimpse of this project here.  Did anyone guess right?

I never actually planned to make this game out of fabric.  When planning Lily's first birthday party I envisioned some disposable poster board type thing.  I'm not really sure how it evolved from paper to fabric but I'm glad it did.  I'm pretty happy with the results and it was simple to make.

Here are the deets: 

  • It's made out of felt and some jumbo ric rac trim.  
  • I made 10 candles and used a 2 inch strip of no sew sticky velcro on the backs. 
  • The polka dots I drew freehand on freezer paper that were stenciled in with tulip soft fabric paint and the colors came in a pack called retro.  You had me at retro.  The purple and yellow paint were bought seperately.
  • I still have to figure out a way to hang it up because the packaging tape I used here just isn't going to cut it come party time.  I thought about making a pocket at the top and using a dowel and ribbon.  Or maybe grommets?  I'm just not sure how well they work in felt.  Any suggestions?

Should be a hit at Lily's party!!

Thanks for stopping by! 

I'm linking to these parties:

The Girl CreativeKeeping It SimpleSumo Sweet StuffMaking


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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thinking outside the laminant flooring box

Some of you may have heard that we are getting new flooring this weekend. 
Actually today.  Well we did...SEE!!

Well? What do you think? 

This is all we could afford. 

And we thought we would go for the patchwork carpet look for the rest of the room 

and while we were at it why not throw some carpet in the kitchen?

We thought it would be cozy while washing the dishes...

cooking dinner....

We are all about comfort here.

Well after all of that why stop there?  Why not carpet covered baseboards? 

Whatcha think?  Be honest....I can take it.

Okay...I'm totally kidding...heehee.  :-)

Did you think I'd gone off the deep end?  Nope just finding humor in a crazy situation. :-)

Our flooring experience has been nothing short of eventful.  

Here's the 411:

A salesman from a very large flooring company, let's just say it rhymes with Muna, came out to out a couple weeks ago and sold us some high quality laminant.  They have a low price guarantee and their salesman get commission for making a sale not the amount of the sale.  This actually works in the buyers favor because the salesman works with you on the price and we got a great deal.  And our deal included labor, the flooring, moving furniture, removal and haul away of the carpet and linoleum and removal and replacement of toilet and sink. Or so we thought.

So yesterday we get one of those automated calls telling us we will get a call between 6 and 9:30am from Muna telling us the time frame that the installers would show up.  Well at 8:30 am we get a call that they will arrive between 1 and 6 pm.  Um...what?  Yeah who in the heck starts installing a floor at 6 pm?  This is when the red flag should have gone up.  Well 11:30am rolls around and the doorbell rings, which is always a fiasco in my house because the dogs go psycho!  And I don't care what the dog whisperrrrrr (south park anyone?) says, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.  

Anyhoo...I was happy that they were here earlier then 6pm and that they would hopefully finish the job today. Oh if I only knew.  So the one of the installers comes in and takes a look around and says that he can remove our pedestal sink in the bathroom but can't replace it and that he doesn't have on his paperwork that they are to haul away the carpet or that they were to move appliances or remove the linoleum.  These are all the things our salesman said would be done. Needless to say I was a bit irritated.  So my hubby calls customer service and he was able to get them to agree to doing those things without having us pay any extra.   

Whoo Hoo!!    

High fives all around! 

So why do you still not have a floor you ask?

Well about 1 hour passes and I overhear the installer say to my husband, "I don't have good news"  

AWESOME! (mucho sacasm)

So come to find out all of the laminate had these bubbling weird scratch thing-a-ma-gigs and they wouldn't go away.  He opened up six boxes and they were all like that.  So the floor in the picture isn't even the permanent floor.  We had them put some carpet remnants down in the kitchen and other spots where there was just sub floor because there were so many nails and splinters.  Not exactly kid or pet friendly. 

Now we wait until Monday for a phone call to see when they will come back out with new product to finish start the job. 

Even though our house is a mess, and even though we only have 1/4 of our floor in (until they take it out), we are thankful to have had such an honest and upfront installer.  He could have easily installed the floor and not said anything.  

So the adventure continues and hopefully will have a happy ending.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Things I'm Lovin Friday

Okay peeps I'm back again with a recap of my favorite things this week. 
Like I said before it can be anything!  Oh and btw I am almost done with that project I gave you a little glimpse of but we are getting new flooring this weekend so I''m not sure how much time I will have to get the post up.  I promise I will get it up next week if I don't do it this weekend!  Only one person took a guess on what the project is.  I'll give you a hint, it's for Lily's first birthday party.

Okey Dokey on to my faves this week. Here they are:

As you know I am redoing my living room.  I really want to get unique pieces that you can't find in a catalog.  You know,  things that we really love.  

Well I found this lovey lady and her lovely furniture. She refinishes furniture and it's G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!  When I found out that she lives in my area I did a happy dance!!  I found a couple of things that I really liked and emailed Cassie.  She replied super quick and was so sweet and very easy to do business with! 

Thanks Cassie!! 
This is what I purchased from Cassie @ Primitive and Proper:

This picture doesn't do it justice (sorry).  The color is much more vibrant.  If it wasn't weird to hug your furniture I would totally do it.  I LOVE it, can't you tell?  I plan on making many more purchases from her in the future.  I think it will go so well with the white couch and gray walls.  I love the pop of color.  I think I have found one of my accent colors!!

Do you have a favorite season? This week you could tell Fall is right around the corner!  I am so excited! I like all the seasons but Fall is probably my favorite.  I love the cooler weather, the beautiful colors, pumpkin patches...

corn mazes...

tractor rides...

Green Meadows Farm....

hay rides, apple cider, and let's not forget Halloween....any holiday where candy is involved, free candy I might add, gets two thumbs up from me! 

I'm proud to say I am ahead of the game this year and already have Halloween costumes done for the girls.  Lily's we bought on a whim because it was on clearance and she is going to look so stinkin' cute.  Natalie's is just super easy so it took no time to put it together.

And last but not least, this week has been a great blog week for me.  I got 5 new followers ( I am now up to 9 total! It's the little things, right?) tons of super nice comments about my posts, namely "Tiny Dancer".  Everyone has been so sweet and welcoming.  I'm really enjoying this experience and I'm so thankful to each and every one of you who has checked me out :-) It's good for the ego too...joking (kinda).

Have a great weekend!

I'm linking up again over at Frou Frou Decor  this week. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A litlle somethin' somethin'

Here's a little glimpse of the next project I'm working on.  

Any guesses? 

Stay tuned!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tiny Dancer

Happy Monday! 

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekends! 
We celebrated our anniversary by eating lunch at Red Lobster and picking out paint samples (yes, more samples!).  
It was nice.

I wanted to share a fun project I worked on this weekend.  You can find tutorials all over the internet on how to make these.  I'd say the hardest part and most time consuming is cutting the tulle.  Next time I am doing this, because that was a pain in the you-know-what.  But it was completely worth it because I went...

So adorable!  I wish I had made one for my oldest when she was a baby.  

I used 1/4 yard each of hot pink, light pink, and bright orange tulle.  I cut 15" by 7"strips.  
I didn't cut a certain amount.  I just kept cutting until I used it all up.  And when I was making the tutu I just kept adding strips until I got the look I wanted.  
If you want a great step by step tutorial check this one out. 

So go make one for the little ballerina in your life! 

You will be so happy that you did and so will she!!

Linking up to these parties this week.

Go and check out all the wonderful talent out there! Party on!

FYI: This is Quilt Story's first link go over and show them some love and link up!

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