Friday, June 28, 2013

Crafty Friday ~ Linking up with Everything Etsy's Crafty Girl Linky Party

Happy Friday!  

It's always fun to check out some great craft tutorials right?...especially before the weekend!

One of my favorite blogs, Everything Etsy, has started a Friday Linky Party recently entitled "Crafty Girl Linky Party". 

We are getting settled and it may be a week or two before I can post another craft tutorial (and I have a sewing tutorial idea in the works too) so I thought it would be a great idea to Link up with the party at Everything Etsy and share the party with you all to give you some great DIY craft ideas!  

I'm linking up my DIY "Create Chevron Inspiration Cork Board" Tutorial. 

You can see the original post here if you missed it.  And, when you have a chance be sure to check out all of the other great crafts being linked up to the Everything Etsy Crafty Girl Linky Party today.  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Summer Of No Pants 2013 Wrap Up and Last Minute Voting

We're finally getting settled in our new home, and getting our Internet connection to cooperate was much harder then expected. 

We were blessed with a smooth move and we are enjoying our new adventure.  I did miss my blog and shop though and I'm so glad to be back!  

It will take me a little while longer to get my new sewing and crafting room organized and operational but soon I'll be able to share more craft tutorials and my first sewing tutorial with you all!  

In all of the excitement The Summer Of No Pants Sewing Challenge wrapped up.  Tomorrow is the last day to cast votes for the submissions and the winners will be announced on or around July 1st.  

I loved taking part in this sewing challenge and hope that there is a Summer of No Pants Challenge 2014.  I learned so much and I really enjoyed sharing my projects with you all.  

If you enjoyed my projects as well you can show your support by casting your votes for my projects.  To do so, simply Repin to vote on Pinterest.  

Each of my submissions can be voted for, so feel free to vote for your favorite or all four if you wish.  

To vote for my first submission, my take on the Sis Boom Meghan Peasant Dress, please Repin this Pin.  

To vote for my second submission, my take on The Simply Lovely Dress, please Repin this Pin

To vote for my third submission, my Tiffany Blue Chevron Maxi Skirt, please Repin this Pin

To vote for my fourth and final submission, my Sis Boom Color Pop Elastic Waist Skirt, please Repin this Pin.  

Thank you again for joining me on this adventure, for all of your support, and for your votes, I really appreciate it!  

And for all of those that were contemplating sewing for themselves I hope that my Summer of No Pants Sewing adventures inspired you to give it a try!  

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Summer of No Pants Challenge Week Four - Sis Boom Color Pop

It's here!  The final week of The Summer of No Pants Sewing Challenge.....and our Moving Week!  

I've had so much fun during this sewing challenge, even though I found myself in a bit of a time crunch in the end due to our upcoming move, which started in full force today!  I wanted my last project to be something really colorful and fun, sort of a reflection project on the entire challenge.

My favorite color is purple, and pink would come in as a close second.  I've been hoarding saving this yard of Natasha print from Sis Boom's Crazy Love collection for something special.  It's been over a year and I decided to use it for this special project, after all it is too pretty to remain folded in my fabric hoard collection.  

After seeing the 1 Yard 30 Minute Skirt Tutorial from RaeGun Ramblings as a guest post earlier in The Summer of No Pants Sewing Challenge I knew I wanted to give it a try.  I wanted to give it a little more color pop, so rather than leave the elastic white I thought I would try to dye it to match the pink in the fabric.  

I have never dyed anything...well I vaguely remember tye-dying in Girl Scouts but not enough to know what I was doing, or if it would even work.  After consulting with some crafty friends they had mixed feelings.  Although I could have let the elastic soak for a bit longer, after about 1 hr and 40 mins my white elastic went from this....

to this....

...and I have to say that I'm pretty happy with it, especially for my first "dye job".  (As an aside, this fabric and colored elastic was extremely hard to photograph, for whatever reason the elastic would show up whited out, or the fabric would show up blue. I am no photographer. ;))

So, literally while waiting for the movers to arrive on day one of our moving adventure I sat down to create this fun and colorful skirt.  

I just love how it turned out, not only does it show off one of my favorite pieces of fabric, but my favorite colors, and it has that extra detail of the pink elastic that makes it really unique and super fun!  

Thank you all again for your continued support through this sewing challenge you are all amazing! Once my fourth and final entry has been accepted into the competition I will let everyone know how they can help me by voting for my final entry. 

Now...back to our moving you believe they packed our entire house in less than seven hours????? Amazing!  

They aren't loading the truck until tomorrow, and they are delivering our items on Thursday so we are laying around, being nostalgic in our soon to be old home.  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Summer Of No Pants Challenge Week Three Voting Is On!!!

Time flies when you are having fun sewing and preparing for a big move!  

Week three of voting in The Summer Of No Pants Challenge has begun!  

And...since we are moving next week I'm feverishly working on my fourth and final project so that I can submit it no later than Monday, before our moving adventure kicks into high gear.  But, that is another story...back to the voting...

I shared my third entry, a fun Tiffany Blue Chevron Maxi Skirt with you all yesterday.  If you missed the story behind the skirt you can catch up here.  

Today you can help me win the challenge by casting your vote for my week three entry!  

If you would like to cast your vote for my third entry in the contest you will need to Repin this Pin on Pinterest.  You could like it as well if you desire, but only the Repin's will count as votes.  

Thank you all so much for supporting me in this fun sewing adventure and for taking the time to vote for me, I really appreciate the support!  

For me this was a personal challenge and I am learning so much along the way, as well as being able to sew for me, something I've always wanted to do.  So, although it would be amazing to win some of the great prizes up for grabs, in truth, I've already won!  

Now, back to working on that final project!  

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Summer of No Pants Challenge Week Three - Tiffany Blue Chevron Maxi Skirt

It's week three of The Summer of No Pants Challenge!  Only one more week to go! 

My last two projects are both skirts, and will be the first skirts I've ever made for myself.  This challenge has been great because I've learned how to really sew for myself, and have been able to create two lovely dresses, and so far, one lovely skirt...which I will share with you now.    

I saw this Big Tiffany Blue Chevron from Girl Charlee Fabrics and I just had to have some!  

It's lovely, really, and since I'm a big fan of anything that comes in a Tiffany blue box I knew I would love this fabric.  I do love the color, and the "slinky" fabric was a lot easier to work with this time around after the practice I had with the fabric from week two of the challenge.  What scared me were the Chevron zigs and zags!  I've never worked with Chevron print but have loved it from afar. This print is wide enough that I gained the courage to tackle it.  

And I think it was a big success!  Check out those matching chevron lines on the seam line...yeah, this gal did that! ;) Okay, let's get to the story behind the skirt!  I saw this Maxi Skirt tutorial on The Winthrop Chronicles Blog and used it to create this skirt.  I took the extra step to make a paper pattern from it once I had my fabric pieces cut properly so that I can turn these babies out much faster from here on out.  

This skirt is so comfortable that I know many more of these are in my future!  My favorite aspect of the skirt is the waistline, no elastic, just a fold over "yoga pant" sort of waistline.  It makes this skirt somewhat adjustable in length too! 

Since I'm short I haven't been able to purchase a maxi skirt or dress, they are all too long.  Of course, now that I think about it I could shorten them, but sometimes that throws things "off", so now I know that I can create my own maxi skirts perfect for me!  

I did have to whip up a quick slip to go under the skirt since the fabric was sheer, and that was something I hadn't done before.  Truth be told I didn't own a slip so I grabbed some lining out of my fabric hoard stash and some elastic and made one.  

I really love it, it's colorful and fun, cool and comfortable...perfect for Florida summers!  (Imagine yourself in this photo.)

Since we are moving next week I'll be sharing my fourth and final project with you all very soon seeing as we most likely will be without computer access for a week.  It's going to be a really colorful skirt involving this fabric from Jennifer Paganelli's Crazy Love Collection.  I've been hoarding it for over a year and I think I have the courage to cut into it this weekend.  

It's purple and pink and lovely!  

Thank you all again for your support throughout this sewing challenge I appreciate it!  Once my week three entry has been accepted into the competition I'll let everyone know how they can help me by voting for my entry.  

If you would like to cast a vote for my week one dress you can find out how to do that here

If you would like to cast a vote for my week two dress you can find out how to do that here.  

And now, it's back to moving prep! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Take It and Make It...DIY Colorful Sunflower Earrings Tutorial with Supplies!

I'm so very excited to share my first Take It and Make It DIY tutorial with you all!  

You may remember in my "New Beginnings" blog post I mentioned "Take It and Make It".  This is one of the ideas that led me back to blogging.  I wanted to not only give my readers great DIY tutorials, but I also wanted to give them access to the materials they would need to make the items!  

I know that I have SO many ideas, my Pinterest boards are proof, but the main thing that keeps me from taking those ideas and making them a reality is tracking down what I need to make them....and time, but we creative folks never have enough time right?  

Time was another aspect that led me to this "light-bulb" moment...I have SO many ideas in my head but I'll never have the time to get to them.  Many of these ideas start with "I would LOVE to make these for the shop...if I had the time."  So, now when I have an idea that I would love to use for my shop, but simply do not have the time to create, I'm going to share them with you, and direct you to our brand new online shop where you can purchase the materials you need to make the items yourself.

This is an evolving idea and I welcome feedback from my readers and hope that you will come along on this adventure with me and enjoy creating as much as I do! 

So, without further ado, here is the first ever "Take It and Make It" DIY Tutorial...DIY Colorful Sunflower Earrings! 

We are going to be turning these colorful flatback sunflower resins....

...into these colorful sunflower earrings!

Here are the supplies you will need to make your own colorful sunflower earrings!  

  • Sunflower Flatback Resin in Color(s) of Your Choice 
  • Earring Blanks
  • Rubber Stoppers for Earring Backs
  • E6000 Glue 
  • A Small Piece of Cork Board, Styrofoam, or Soft Cardboard

In our online shop you can purchase your Sunflower Flatback Resins, Earring Blanks, and Rubber Stoppers in sets of two in 10 different color options.  I loved these so much I made myself a pair in every color! 

You can find E6000 glue at your local craft store, and many craft stores offer 40% to 50% off coupons.  

One small 1/2 oz tube (with coupon about $2.00 or so) will provide you with plenty of glue for quite a few sets of earrings and/or other craft projects.  Please be sure to use your glue in a well ventilated area and make sure that you read all of the packaging prior to use.

You will want a small piece of cork board, Styrofoam, or soft cardboard on hand.  This will aid as a "stand" in the setting of your glue so that your flatback sunflowers adhere nicely to your earring blanks.  Start by gently placing the "stick end" of your earring blanks into your "stand", like so.

Then gently squeeze a small amount of your glue onto the base, the flat round portion, of the earring blanks.  

You want to have enough to cover the base of the earring blank, but avoid applying too much glue.  Applying excess glue to the earring blank base will result in spillage of the glue well over the edges of the earring blank and you may not be pleased with your end result.  If you apply too much glue you can use a paper towel to quickly wipe off the glue.  

Once you have your glue on your earring blank base you will place the flatback sunflower resin on top of the glue, flat back side down and flower side up.  Be sure to center your resin on your earring blank base as well.  

Give it a gentle push to make sure that the glue comes in contact with the entire back of your resin.  

You will want to make sure to check that your earring blanks are in the stand vertically and have not started to lean to one side or another.  The purpose of the stand is to allow the glue to dry evenly and to ensure that the flatback sunflower resin does not adhere at an angle.  Once you are certain that they are standing up vertical and you are happy with the placement of your flatback sunflower resins allow them to dry completely.  

This glue starts to get tacky after about 2 minutes and will begin to set in about 10 minutes.  Make sure that you allow 24 to 72 hours for your earring set to dry prior to wearing them for the first time so that the glue has completely cured to the earring base and the flatback resin.  

There you have it, Colorful Sunflower Earrings that you made yourself!  

If you would like to purchase supplies to make some Colorful Sunflower Earrings of your own see our Take It and Make It section of our online store.  

Happy crafting!  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Of No Pants Challenge Week Two Voting Is On!!!

Week Two Summer Of No Pants Challenge voting has begun!

I shared my second dress for the Summer of No Pants Challenge with you yesterday.  If you missed that post you can catch up here

Today you can help me win the challenge by casting your vote for my week two entry! 

I love and appreciate all of the support my readers, fans, friends, and family have given me during this challenge.  I am having a lot of fun and have been learning so many new sewing skills and techniques! 

If you would like to cast your vote for my second entry in the contest you will need to Repin this Pin on Pinterest.  You could like it as well if you desire, but only the Repin's will count as votes.  Thank you so much for taking the time to vote for me I greatly appreciate the support! 

Last week I ended up with 13 Repins which is amazing!  Honestly, I feel like I've already won because I've accomplished two dresses for myself and have gained the confidence to sew more!  

There are two more weeks left in the challenge, so two more entries to follow this one.  I think the next project will use Chevron fabric for the FIRST TIME!....Dare I???????  

Thank you all for taking the time to support me in this adventure and for joining in the fun and excitement!  I appreciate you all! 

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