Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Always Thankful for my Most Awesome Family

I will always be so incredibly thankful that I have these 2 in my life. They are my world and every day no matter how hard it is they make me smile and laugh. They make each day worth getting up for.
Lucas is just such a ray of sunshine. Augie and I went to his class the other day for their Thanksgiving party. We stayed in the classroom and Luke went down to the cafeteria to get his lunch. When he came back he had bought an extra milk for his sister. He is an incredibly thoughtful kid and the best big sweet little honey girl. In the last month or so she has FINALLY started saying Mama and I can't tell you how much it warms my heart to hear her follow me around all day saying Mama! And those sweet baby kisses....thankful for those too!

(My Mom and Dad)

(My Dad and Step-Mom)

I couldn't ask for better more supportive parents. I am such a lucky girl to have 2 sets of parents who I know that I can always count on. And even better they are all 4 the greatest grandparents to the munchkins. These are the kind of grandparents that will actually get down on the floor and play with the kids and make it all about them when we get to visit.

(My sister, my gorgeous niece and my brother-in-law)

I am so happy that my kids and I have my little sis and her family pretty close. We weren't BFF growing up but now I couldn't ask for a better best friend. And her hubs is so cool, he's even offered to keep all the kids so that I could go out with my sis. Brave man! Our girls are only 6 months apart and Lucas adores both of the girls. Honestly one of my dreams was to have my kids and their cousins get to grow up close together. I am so thankful that it is happening.

(My brother and my sis-in-law)

I wish I could pick up San Diego and move it closer to VA. I hate that my little bro and his wife live all the way across the country. It sucks! But I know how happy they are out there. My sis-in-law is my sounding board for all things creative. We plot and plan our joint business venture and they keep trying to get us to move out there. I am so thankful that they found each other because a more perfect couple can not be found.

Monday, November 22, 2010

CSN Christmas Wishlist

I was over looking around on the CSN Stores website the other day and I realized I could do a ton of my Christmas shopping on their site and find something for everyone.

(Click on the pictures to connect to the site)

For the friend with an office job:
This is not your Mama's briefcase! Lug your laptop in style

For the friend that likes to be in the kitchen:
I have a similar one that my mom gave me. She knows how much I love cupcakes!

For the Giants fan:
What you're not a Giants fan???? Well then please leave and never come back! Just kidding!! They have other teams too

For good little girls:
Who doesn't love Melissa and Doug toys?? They are awesome and they last forever!

For good little boys:
I wish I could figure out how to teach Luke to ride his bike. He is kind of clumsy like me. I didn't learn to ride a bike until I was 9 or 10.

For your furry friend:
How awesome is this dog couch. It's cooler than my couch!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

So much sewing

I am getting ready for 2 more holiday craft shows that are coming up and I have been sewing up a storm. Hats and scarves and dresses and skirts. My poor kids hardly ever get anything made for them anymore. But I did take a little time the other day to make a skirt for August for holiday pictures. I think it looks a little Cindy Lou Who and I love it! I used this tutorial for the skirt.

I'm gonna pair it with this shirt if I can find it in her size for her to wear to visit Santa. I'm really praying that she will take a picture with Santa without too much fuss. Would that be too much to ask?

And I made this one for one of my customers. I can't wait to see it on her little girl.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shutterfly Winner!

Our winner for the Shutterfly holiday cards is Christina Ja! Congrats! I'll e-mail you the code. Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Ours has been full of hockey and birthday parties and hanging out with friends.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Holidays are Coming, The Holidays are Coming!

Yikes! It's November already...when did that happen? I am so not prepared for the Holidays to come. There are only 50 shopping days left til Christmas. I've just started thinking about our Christmas cards for this year. I'm crazy for Shutterfly. I think I signed up for an account with them right after Luke was born and I have used them for everything ever since. I ordered his birth announcements from them almost 8 years ago and let's just say things have definitely gotten better! I have made both kids birth announcements, ordered regular cards, photo books, poster sized prints, etc. You name it and I've probably bought it from Shutterfly. I have never ordered my Christmas cards from them though. But this year I am thinking about it early enough and their assortment of holiday cards is just too good to pass up. They have a card for every style.

From the traditional:

To the more modern:

There are ones if you want to use multiple images:

And even ones if you want to write a little newsletter:

I've got a treat for one lucky reader! Shutterfly offered me 50 free cards for sharing their cards on my blog but instead of using them for myself, I'm going to give them to one of you! You have the chances to win
  • Check out Shutterfly's holiday photo cards and post a comment here telling me which cards you'll choose if you win.
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Please leave a comment for each one and I'll pick a winner on Nov 13

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bringing home a baby bumble bee

I just wanted to post one more pic of August in her costume. On Halloween I finally got a decent one of her with all of her costume components.

How cool is this??

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes
Madsen makes these super awesome bikes and I totally want one! My kids would love this! Plus I could actually bike to get groceries and not have to limit it to one bag. Go check them out, you'll want one too!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Trick or Treat

I had a really hard time deciding what to dress August up as for Halloween. Luke was easy, he decided after Halloween last year that he would be Darth Vader this year. We bought the mask and light saber and made the rest. The mask was a little hard to see through so he wore just the helmet part for most of the night.
I decided last minute to make August a bumble bee costume. We go to Boo at the Zoo at the National Zoo every year which forces me to have costumes done a week early. I used my very favorite pattern, the Sienna dress from Little Blue Boo, and whipped this out in a night.
I wasn't too happy with it once I had it on her. So I added a few more rows of ruffles on the bodice and also around the sleeves. Then I made her a little beret and attached antenna to it. Her wings are actually made for a cat, I got them at petsmart. Hey, whatever works! I am pretty proud that her whole costume only cost me the price of the wings... $3!

Monday, October 25, 2010

I got it!

I am so excited about what I chose from CSN Stores. I actually decided to get something for myself.

I got the x-acto self-healing cutting mat!!! Ok...probably not the most exciting thing in the world but for me it is. First of all I always end up cutting on the floor so now I have a huge 24x36 surface to work on. Second I cut a lot of straight lines when I am making scarves (and I've been making a lot of scarves). So this allows me to use my handy rotary cutter and see through ruler and cut a lot of squares at a time and they edges aren't all jaggedy like they usually are when I cut with a scissors.

I used it the other day when I made a sweater coat for August and it was fantastic! Oh and for cutting tulle and all of the ruffles for Halloween costumes...again a god send! The CSN shipping was incredibly fast. I actually couldn't believe it. I ordered it late on a Tuesday night and I had it by Thursday afternoon, even though it said it would take a week or so to make it to me. I am super happy with my CSN experience this time! They more than made up for the crappy experience I had last time. I would definitely order from them again.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

CSN Store Review

I have shopped with CSN and reviewed products for them before and they recently contacted me to be a part of their Preferred Blogger Program and asked me to review another product! They really have almost everything you could want on their site that is made up of 200+ stores.

I love Paula Deen and they have her collection of furniture including really pretty bar furniture

And how about this bed? Love it!!!

Don't need furniture? How about kids stuff? In our house lego reigns supreme. Luke plays legos every day

August would go crazy for this little purse. She loves putting things in bags or buckets and taking them out again.

So stay tuned to see what I pick to review. I might actually get something for myself :)

That's Life

Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging and life has been crazy lately so I haven't been keeping up with the blog. I finally bought the license for the Sienna dress from Lil Blue Boo so that I can sell the dresses I make.
Then I signed up for 3 craft shows in a row. So I spent a lot of time making dresses for those so that I could have a lot of stock. I also have had quite a few custom orders that I've had to keep on top of. Not to mention the crazy kiddos. But I'm gonna be back to blogging now that I am getting more organized and into a regular schedule of doing everything.

I have been making things:

This circle skirt from a tutorial over at MADE

A fun scarf for Luke out of t-shirts

And a matching hat from a tutorial over on I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.

T-shirt sleep pants for Luke. I even wrote a tutorial for these over here.
And a tutorial for this little top will be coming soon!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kids Clothes Week: Day One

The fabulous Meg at Elsie Marley is hosting Kids Clothes Week this week. She did it in the spring too but I didn't participate. I'm excited to be doing it this go round since August really needs some fall things and Lucas always is happy to test out whatever I make for him.

Monday was Day One and I made the Amelia Top from Mama Stellato. First off let me say whoever invented pdf patterns...I love them. I hate those old tissue patterns and once you cut them you only have the pattern in that one size. Now I save the patterns, I can print them whenever I need to. If I lose a piece (which is VERY likely to happen) I just go and print it again. And I only have to buy the pattern once but I can use it until the kids outgrow it!

This pattern was very well written and super easy to work with. I made a few mistakes but mostly because I didn't read the directions that thoroughly. I made the 2T so that I can layer it over long sleeves for winter. I used this brushed flannel-y fabric that I got for FREE from a friend and a little floral trim also from the same friend. So this shirt cost me $0.00!

I still need to add a button to the top but I didn't have any and I didn't make it to the store. All in all I love this top and will be making more.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Great Ugly Knit Upcycle Contest

Remember this ugly fabric that Augie picked out of a pile of other ugly fabrics?

It has now become this! I made kind of a swingy peasant top. Once you have a basic sloper of a raglan you can change it up and do all kinds of variations to make it look completely different. It has a a stretchy elastic neck and also at the 3/4 sleeves. I also made the leggings which were so incredibly simple. I didn't even use a pattern just a pair of leggings that fit August now.
I added some little flowers on the shoulder. She also got a knotted headband. Up until yesterday she wouldn't leave a thing on her head. But I have found the secret to getting her to leave it on. I just show her herself in the mirror. She loves looking at herself, it's funny!