Bubble Romper

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We all know that I like a good up-cycle project, but this one was a little more difficult than I had anticipated. It wasn’t anything that I couldn’t handle. I think what really happened, which is pretty common for me, is that I didn’t actually have a plan totally formulated before I began. No problem. I loved the end result.

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This cute dress is what I started with. I got it super on sale from the consignment store where I work. It was a size 7 in girls. I mainly chose this piece because of the ruffles. They are a little time consuming to make, plus these were super cute trimmed in pink. The plan was to make a bubble for Tater Tot, the best niece ever.

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After much re-working, piecing pieces together, and sewing stuff this is what I ended up with. A lovely little bubble romper with a skirt thingy in the back in about a size 6 months.

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Here is a close up of some of the details. Of course there had to be a ruffle around the legs too.

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Here is the princess. Princess Tater Tot in all of her loveliness. She is 7 months old, but no worries I had her nice and balanced and super close by to catch her when she toppled over. I think she looks ready for the beach and warm weather that Mother Nature has been teasing us with lately.

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Here is a view from the back. I love the bow. I didn’t want it to be a halter top at first, but I love it. I think I would pretty much love anything Tater Tot was in. I love this little girl to pieces!!!!

For now, I don’t think I will be making tons of bubble rompers. It was cute and fun, but baby clothes are slightly more difficult than you would think. The elastic in the legs was pretty tricky and I’m just not ready for that challenge again quite yet. Don’t worry. I already have another project started. It involves doily like Christmas decorations. I think you will be surprised. Give me a few days (or weeks) to get it together.

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Nom, Nom…COOKIES

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I didn’t make these today. It was actually a little while ago. These cookies were seriously delicious.

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I had gotten the ingredients one time when I thought I would make these, but I didn’t. So on a boring day I decided to make them. This is the recipe for Toffee-Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. I did mess up the recipe a little bit though. And by mess up, I mean I didn’t quite follow the directions because I’m not great at that, but they turned out fine anyways. I accidentally used 1/3 cup of confectioner’s sugar instead of 1/4. Also, I couldn’t find toffee chips at the store so I used heath bars and just crumbled them it. It made the cookies extra chocolate-y and extra yummy. It didn’t take quite 12-14 minutes in my oven.

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All tied up in packages ready to deliver to friends and family. Everyone approved! You should make some someday (and share with me if you would like).

Shredded Lace Curtain

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Now this project has served a few purposes over the past year, but I always knew it would end up on one of my walls.

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Here it is in it’s original glory. I had helped throw a couples shower for my cousin and we made a backdrop to go behind the couple’s table. It turned out super cute and then they used it at the wedding reception with some slight editing. During it’s glory days, the stick broke. Have no fear I had an extra stick. You might be wondering why one would have two sticks just laying around. Well, when I went on a stick hunt the first time, there were 2 that looked great. I couldn’t just leave a good looking stick laying in the woods to be found by someone else. I snagged it and knew it would come in handy one day.

That stick has been laying in my living room floor for a while now and many have wondered about it. Petoddy has also tried to chew on it multiple times. I knew it was time to give that stick a home over my bed.

I started by holding the stick up to about where I thought it should hang and I marked 4 places to put hooks on the wall. Then I screwed the hooks in and put the stick up to make sure it fit. (Right now my dad is having a heart attack because I hung something on the wall without supervision and I didn’t mention measuring)

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These are the hooks I used.

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Here you can see the 4 hooks that look like they are sporadically scattered on my wall. You can also see my bird pictures that I made a while ago and love dearly.

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And now you can see that the hooks weren’t totally randomly placed, but were actually perfect for the stick.

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The next step is what took the longest. Cutting the fabric actually took the longest, but since I did that part over a year ago I feel like I don’t really remember it as much. I used a white sheet, a tan sheet, a lace curtain, and a table cloth. Initially I wanted to use burlap too, and I still think it would look good, but it’s messy and I didn’t want to clean it up. I got all of these things for super cheap at the thrift store. You could just purchase fabric in the color you want, but I love a good deal! After they were all cut into long strips I tied them to the stick making sure the knot was facing the back as much as possible. I tied them closer together this time because I didn’t want the curtain to extend past the sides of my bed because I knew the vent would blow them all over the place and drive me crazy. After all of the strips were all tied it was time to hang up. This part was surprisingly easy other than the fact that Petoddy wanted to sit on the curtain.

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I was wondering weather or not I would like it if I left my bird pictures hanging up, but I did like it…a lot! I shoved all of the longer pieces behind my headboard.

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I love, love, love it! I can’t wait to go to be tonight just so I can be near it. I know that one day I might end up married to someone who says that I can’t have a girly lacy curtain behind the bed and lacy curtains on the window and girly stuff all over the bedroom. But for now I’m single and I will put all of the girly stuff all over my house.

I’m glad that I no longer have a giant stick in the middle of my living room floor, and I’m sure any guests might agree with me. I also finished a project that has been ready to go for months. I’m feeling quite successful. I’m also feeling quite successful that I made 2 blog posts 2 days in a row. Actually, I’m sure that part was because I had 2 days off. It’s been a great 2 days of cuddling with my Petoddy, but it’s back to the grind stone tomorrow.

St. Patty’s Day Edition

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There are plenty of times when I realize that I’m not like a normal young adult. Today was St. Patrick’s day, and over the weekend many other young adults celebrated. I didn’t go to a bar crawl, or drink green beer, or go to a parade. Actually I almost had forgotten about St. Patty’s this year.

Even though I didn’t celebrate in the usual ways, I did know I needed to wear green tonight. I teach dance on Monday nights and I was thinking that first group of 6 and 7 year olds could probably pinch pretty hard with their tiny fingers. I did not want to experience that. I snagged a big t-shirt from the consignment store Sunday night after work.

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Here is the t-shirt. It’s cute, but a little big. I will try to explain what I did, but I forgot to take pictures of every step and sometimes I’m not great at instructions, but I will try.

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I started by cutting out the neck, cutting off the sleeves, and cutting the back into a racer back pattern. I also cut a slit straight across the back of the shirt under the racerback piece.

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I tied all of the pieces of the racerback together. I made a bow out of the left over fabric from the sleeves and sewed it over this. In the front I tied the straps with scraps of fabric so the straps wouldn’t be as wide. (This is where I stopped taking pics).

I cut straight down the bottom of the shirt. I crossed the 2 pieces over and sewed them together at the top. Then I rounded off the corners in the back.

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Here is the front with a scrap of green tied in my hair for a headband. It might be silly, but it’s fun for dance.

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Here is the back. I loved the bow.

This might not be the best thing I’ve ever made, but it certainly wasn’t the worst. It was fun at the studio and all the kids loved it. I know it isn’t perfect, but it served it’s purpose. It made some kids smile and I didn’t get pinched. I will probably wear it to the studio again. It made for a pretty good dance top.

P.S. My leggings look crazy because they are actually for running and are reflective. When the camera flashed it made them look quite interesting in the pictures.

Curtain Help…Pretty Please

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I’ve been working on curtains for my bedroom and it seems like the never ending project. I am almost finished, but I’m not exactly sure how I want to finish them, so I’m seeking some advice. So if you are a crafter, sewer, or just a person with all around good taste I would love your opinion at the end of this blog post.

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These are the curtains I fell in love with. They are made by Anthropologie. I am pretty sure they are over priced, and they aren’t made big enough for what I need. My ceilings and windows are tall. I decided to make a copy cat.

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Here is what I’ve been working on. I had lace left over from some old curtains and I purchased some orange fabric. Here is a curtain panel all laid out on my kitchen floor.

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I sewed all of the pieces together and finished the edges. Now for my dilemma…I don’t know how to finish the top. It’s not that I don’t know how. It’s that I’m not certain what I want. I have narrowed it down to 2 options.

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The first option is like this. It involves sewing tabs onto the back so that the top of the curtain has almost an accordion effect. My concern with this one is that the orange fabric might be to thin. I’m not lining the curtain because I want to see through the lace and you would see the tabs sewn onto the back.

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This is the second option. It involves just one seam across the top and the curtain rod threaded all the way across. My concern with this one is that I don’t think it looks quite as professional. Or maybe I’m just not liking it quite as much.

If someone would just magically make up my mind for me that would be great. What do you think I should do?

I promise I will share a picture when I’m done If I make a decision and actually finish them.

Vet Visits and Tutus

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Petoddy had her first vet visit with me today. She’s about a year and a half old, so I’m sure she has gone before, but this was the first time I took her. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. She did very well in my opinion. She loves people and wants to meet all of them. When we were in the room she could here people talking and dogs barking so she had some nervous energy, but when the doc came in she was super happy. I don’t think she loved the entire experience, but she loved the people there. Especially the doctor because she gave her treats. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Waiting on the vet is tough work for a happy little pup.

After the vet we went to PetSmart as a reward. She got some treats, which she loved. Plus she was really excited to look at the birds and cats and meet all the people there.

As another reward, tonight I made her a tutu. Okay, so maybe that  part wasn’t really a reward for her. It sure was fun for me though…She hated it!

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Pretty in pink!!! Always the prettiest in my opinion!

Custom Tater Tot Clothes

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I refer to my niece as a tater tot. With stats at 90th percentile length and 15th percentile weight, she is actually more like a french fry or a green bean, but never the less she will always be my tater tot. And she is the most beautiful tater tot I’ve ever seen.

Alex, my sister, sent me a link to a website with the most adorable little girl clothes. I can’t remember the site now, but I was really sad because there was nothing small enough for my favorite tot. She needed these beautiful funky clothes with lace and ruffles. Lucky for her she has a wonderful aunt, me, that will probably end up making her whatever she wants as she grows up. Not only am I just an all around great aunt (haha)…I’m a sucker and at 6 months I think she already knows it.

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This was the first shirt I made her. It was a little boys button down shirt. I made a ruffle the bottom with extra fabric from the sleeves and with lace. Out of the lace I also created a peter-pan collar and poofy sleeves.  I had to open the neck on the back of the shirt so it would fit over her head and added a button and an elastic closure. I think this will be so cute with little leggings and boots!

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This was the second item I made her. It is supposed to be a dress, but I think is going to more of a tunic on her long little body.  I started with a onesie, but I cut the bottom out of it, so it would be easier to sew the skirt on, plus I’m not sure it would have snapped at the bottom. Then I made the skirt part. This fabric is a little bit special because it is left over from the quilt I made her for Christmas. It’s just cotton and such a sweet pattern for a little girl. There is elastic at the waist so it’s easier to get on and off. I added a lace ruffle on the bottom and on the sleeves. And of course added another peter-pan collar on this one too.

I’m really excited that she has some funky one of a kind things that no one else will have. Now if I could just get some combat boots on her I think we would be set.

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Here is a picture of my beautiful little tot, if you can find her. She is in her wagon with the quilt that matches her dress. She fell asleep with all of her stuffed animals while on a walk around the neighbor hood.