Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cowl Crazy

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So I went a little "Cowl Crazy" over Christmas.  I made them for just about everyone!  It all started with the Cowl Knit Along over at Luv in the Mommyhood.  I made one for myself and then I just couldn't stop. 

Here are my mom and sisters modeling their cowls.  These are all the Breckinridge Cowl.

Here are my sister in-law and two nieces modeling their new cowls.

                 Breckenridge Cowl 

I also made one for my aunt and for my husband's secretary.  I haven't knit in about 6 years and it was nice to get back to it.  Even when I used to knit it was only very basic scarves and maybe one or two hats.  I think I even have a half finished blanket still lying around somewhere. :)

I have been trying to branch out and try new things like cables.  I am currently working on a hat that involves some lace work.  Hmmm... we'll see how it goes.

If you are interested in getting started with knitting here of some web sites that I have found very helpful.
Knitting Help and The Knit Witch both have some awesome knitting videos.  If you come across a stitch in one of your projects that you don't know how to do just look on one of these sites and there will most likely be a video for it.  If not, I have found Youtube to be very helpful.
Ravelry is full of awesome free patterns for just about anything you can think of.  I love that you can type in the type of yarn that you have in your stash and see what others have made with it.  There are also tons of knitting groups that you can join on-line.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Happy Valentines Day! 

In my last post, I shared some cute dresses that I made for my girls for Valentine's Day.  It was the first time ever that I was actually prepared and had them ready two weeks early.  That NEVER happens.  I was so proud of myself until....  My girls came home last week and excitedly announced that they get to have Pajama Day on Valentine's Day!  That'll teach me. 

Of course that meant that sure enough as usual I was sewing the night before.

I just made some simple flannel pj's and the girls actually painted these shirts themselves.

I first saw the idea on the cover of this month's Family Fun Magazine.  Then Dana at Made had the brilliant idea to paint it onto a piece of scrap fabric first and then sew it onto a shirt.  That way if you mess up in the painting portion you don't ruin the whole shirt.  Then just cut out the heart shape from your scrap fabric and sew it onto your shirt.

It is a super easy idea too.  Just use a glue stick to stick a paper heart doily to your shirt or scrap of fabric.  Paint and let dry or use a hair dryer to speed things up and peel off the doily.
Like I said the girls painted these themselves and then I just went back over any missed spots.  The secret is to put the paint onto a plate and then just dab the brush in the paint and then dab it again all over the paper doily.  NO BRUSHING!

I think they came out pretty cute!

Of course I had to make up a couple of cute hairbows too!  :)

Here are my kiddos getting there goody bags today.  Just simple little things like notebooks, silly puddy, treats, etc.  and they are so thrilled!


Tonight's dinner will be eggs with pink heart shaped pancakes!
The hubby has a board meeting tonight so he won't be here.  Waat Waa!!  :(

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentine's Day Dresses

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I found this really cute idea for Valentine's Day dresses on Pinterest.  I just love them!  Best of all, they require very little material.

Before                                                   After

Just take some extra large men's t-shirts and some scraps of fabric from other old shirts and you can make these adorable dresses.

There is a full tutorial on Make It and Love It.  Go check it out and be sure to browse around this site a bit.  There are lots of cute ideas to me found.  She also has a cute Valentine shirt idea for boys that I think I might try too.

I love the sweet little ruffled hearts and so do my girls.  The only change that I would make would be to make the ruffled heart about 1 1/2" bigger on all sides than the cut out heart shape.  I only cut it about 3/4" bigger and I wish I had a little more wiggle room.  Other than that I would follow the tutorial exactly.

The following photos are what happens when I tell my girls to pose however they want. :)

Happy Sewing!

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