Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lampshade Re-do!

Crib Mobile Alternative: Flower Balls

Yep. I said it. Flower balls.
I wasn't thrilled about having to try and match a boring white mobile to my custom crib set that I had made... I wanted something more feminine and sweet to hang above Baby E's crib.
So, I got inspired by Pinterest. Which, I have to say, is an absolute Godsend for a girl like me. Not feeling sure about an idea you have? Chances are, someone has pinned a great idea you can copy on Pinterest. My flower balls were derived from the excess of over the top wedding ideas available on there.
I digress.

I wanted them to be 3 different styles. Here was the original idea:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Screen Tee Pillow Tutorial

With the baby coming in just a few weeks, I thought I might take advantage of sewing a few things I knew for sure I wanted for the new house.
For Caleb, the new house means a totally new room, that he gets to help decorate. I've given him the task of picking a fathead to go over his bed. You would think the world hangs in the balance of that decision for my overthinking-it 6 year old. He has been narrowing it down, and I'm pretty sure we're going to have an 6 foot Avenger, so I took my chances and decided to get started on some throw pillows that will be on his daybed.

I looked for comic book fabrics online and in stores, I couldn't find anything that wasn't completely cheesy. Then I got the brilliant idea to use Men's screen tee's to make a graphic pillow.
Walmart was the cheapest, though Target and Amazon also have them if you can't find what you're looking for at Walmart. I picked these both up $7.50/each.
I had a couple old pillows that came with my couches. We used them for a little bit, but I replaced them when we moved into our condo and the walls were this funky shade of "cinnamon" and I needed some pillows to try and match them.

Birthday Cupcakes

No special recipe here... Just showing off. :D

Is there anything more fun to make than fancy cupcakes?

No. The answer is no.

Lily and I made these cupcakes for my amazing Mother In Law's birthday. We have an all day lamaze class tomorrow, and she is kindly watching Lily and Caleb for us on her birthday, so we had to do something special for her! I'm also excited to give her 2 tickets to see the Jersey Boys performing at the Plaza Theatre, I heard it's an amazing show!

In case you're curious what we used to make these:

1 Box Plain White Cake (plus ingredients)

1 Can Whipped Cream Frosting

Fondant: I make my own with marshmallows.

It's the easiest recipe ever:

2 Cups Marshmallows,

2 Tbsp. Water, Microwave for 30 second intervals until you are able to stir it and it's a warm gooey mess without lumps.)

It will be white, but we added 1 Tbsp. Jello Mix to flavor it Strawberry and make it pink. You can leave it white, add food coloring gel, or try another jello mix if you wish. After you've mixed it well (and added any flavors or colors you wish) slowly add 2 Cups Confectioners Sugar. Mix with a spoon until it thickens enough to use your hands. I put crisco on my hands to keep it from sticking. Continue adding the sugar until it's no longer sticky, then shape however you wish! In our case, we went with bows.

Hope everyone is having a great Friday!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Embroidery Hoop Wall Art Tutorial

This super cute project can add a splash of color to any space needing it. In my case, it was my sewing room wall. I wasn't super thrilled about what I had before:

To me, it looked messy, not really cute, just blah.
So! I looked around at other pictures of craft rooms and saw these adorable embroidery hoop wall hangings. It seemed so cute and simple and cheap! So for the cost of $4.16 for 4 embroidery hoops and some of my favorite fabrics, I got to work!

Adult Size to Child Size Shorts Refashion

This is an oldie, but a goodie. I got these floral bottoms for $1 at walmart. They were a size 13 in juniors, obviously I was going to have to come up with something new for them. I decided to make them into size 7 girl's shorts. They turned out so cute!

So here we go!

1. Buy giant shorts to make into tiny shorts. Check!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Changing Pad Cover Tutorial

After my baby shower, I had several gift cards to use. I went to price changing pad covers, and $30 for about a yard of plain minkee with elastic was absurd to me... and so boring.
I immediately checked what I had in stock of my ridiculous fabric collection stash and I had plenty of cream colored minkee left over from Baby E's crib blanket.
I am writing this long after I made the cover, so excuse my lack of photos. I here solemnly swear that all future projects will have much better visuals for each step. Until then, try to see passed my cheesy drawings.
Like this one:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Toy/Storage Hammock

Changing Pad (with pockets!) Tutorial

I'm closing in on my last few weeks of being pregnant, which means I have been finishing up last minute preparations. I was packing my hospital and diaper bags, when I realized I didn't have a changing pad! My supersweetamazingandthoughtful husband didn't mind me returning the Coach diaper bag he bought me (I'm just not a Coach fan anymore... it lost it's appeal to me a couple years ago.) And I went to my favorite store, BCBG (outlet!!!!), and got a super cute black leather ibex weekender bag (originally $450!)
So obviously it didn't come with a changing pad... so, I decided to whip one up this morning.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Baby's First Crib Set: Take 2

So, I had visions of frilly, lacey, satiny, vinage-y and girly, running through my head. I drew up what I'd like my end product to look like:

Which is obviously much different than the set I had originally made HERE.

Baby's First Crib Set

When we first decided to have a baby, we were going to put her crib/nursery set in our room. I wanted to make a crib set that would be gender neutral, that would match our room, and still be cute. I bought these awesome prints from www.fabric.com and got to work. The gray print is actually the Amy Butler design I have for our current bedspread.

Why Blog?

I've decided to create a new creativity blog. Just about every time I post a new project picture on my instagram, I get asked if I have any instructions to said project.

Well now I will.

The title of my blog is derived from my adoration and daily aspirations to become the Proverbs 31 virtuous wife. Prov. 31:10 says: "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies." 

I am for the most part, a seamstress, though I plan on posting a variety of crafting endeavors that I try!

I hope you enjoy!