See what I mean? I didn't let you down....this really is a cute idea, huh?
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
There are so many unique and creative ways to announce your baby's gender during pregnancy. No longer is a simple "it's a girl" or "it's a boy" acceptable. :) In a world of ideas, I try to be different and stand out. I thought of this idea recently all by myself. I was so proud of that thought that I wanted to share it with you.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
When my youngest daughter was born, I was thrilled and tried to soak up every opportunity with her....especially for that first year. I wanted to make each "first" as good as I possibly could. When she was a few months old, Halloween started approaching us. I had to figure out what her very first costume would be. Eek. I felt a lot of pressure. I needed it to be precious and perfect and comfortable and funny. No big deal. So, as I started searching through patterns at the craft store, I had an idea.....what if I dress her up EVERY DAY OF THE MONTH. That way, the small panic attack that I was having would subside. So, there is you have it. The reason I started this crazy routine that me, my family, and my friends all look forward to in the month of October. Here is her first year!
I need to add a couple of things before you start hating me for being a ridiculous, wasteful, overspending mom. My daily budget for each costume (except for the costume she actually wears trick-or-treating) is $1! Yep, that's right. I bargain shop, I ask for deals, I shop off season and hit up all the thrift stores and garage sales I can find. Now that I've been doing this for four years, my friends know about it and offer me their old costumes and keep and other dress up tidbits. So, there. You can't hate me now. :)
Monday, May 28, 2012
Vanessa and I spent every weekend and summer together when we were kids. As adults, we don't often get to see each other so the time I spend with her is just precious. She recently finished up with med school and came home for a visit en route to start her clinical rotations in NEW YORK CITY!! She even brought her adorable boyfriend, Burton. I just HAD to get these two together for a session....I mean, look how gorgeous and in love they are! A photographer's dream. Vanessa missed her true calling of supermodel, but I guess Doctor isn't a bad gig either. :)
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
That wasn't my vision for her lovely day.
She told me what colors she wanted and I asked her if I could just run with it. She trusts me and I love her enough not to mess it up.
When I got to Tennessee, the first thing I did was bust out all of the flowers I'd been working on over the past few weeks. She was thrilled. We spend that night arranging them into this beautiful bouquet. That was such a lovely evening of food and crafts with my dear friend. This is the end result. I adore it. If it hadn't taken me 3000 years to make, I would put them in my Etsy shop. Since it is so time consuming, my gorgeous friend has a one-of-a-kind creation to cherish forever.
We also made her necklace and her headpiece, and I photographed the whole event, but more on those later. :)
|Today, I am showing a tutorial for how to make this sweet bow. I am using several different techniques that I have found on the web. Whereas the individual layer ideas are not my own, I have styled the layers together and that is my own creation. Here is where I found some info on the layers: folded flowers, satin layered flower.|
|Start with a small circle of felt fabric. This will be your backing for the entire bow. I use the felt fabric squares from Hobby Lobby that are 4 for $1. I can get dozens of cuts from one of these sheets. The circle is about 1 1/2 inches wide.|
|Next, cut three small stair step circles out of poly satin. (I have not tried this effect with real satin so I'm not sure how it would work.) My circles here are 3 1/2 inches, 3 inches and 2 1/2 inches.|
|With your 5 inch satin circle, fold it in half and place a dob of glue on the two pieces you are joining together. (In this picture, it is to the right of my thumb along the edge.)|
|With the same piece of fabric, fold it in half again and place another dob of glue where the two ends meet. It should look like this.|
|Here is another image from a different angle of what your piece should look like.|
|Now, grab the piece of felt you cut in the beginning and glue one tip of the satin pieces you just made. Continue going around the felt until you have all four pieces glued down.|
|It should look like this.|
|You will take your three ruffled satin pieces and stack them nice and even, one on top of the other. Put a small dot of glue in the middle of each one. It will look like this.|
|Now for the tulle ruffle. Go to your sewing machine. Choose the longest stitch lengths possible on your machine.|
|Then, find your tension setting and choose the tightest tension your machine offers.|
|Begin sewing. As you sew the tulle, you will see that it begins to ruffle. This is what we are looking for.|
|When you are finished sewing your tulle, it will resemble a misshapen ball. :)|
|And here is the finished result. I add some sort of embellishment to the center of my pieces to give them a little more texture. You could use a brooch, rhinestones, buttons, or any other little doodad you have laying around.|
Monday, January 16, 2012
I love to decorate my front door for every season. I actually love to decorate my entire front porch for each holiday or each season but if I'm being completely honest, my front porch decor is only changed about twice a year. (My pumpkins from October JUST made it to the trash can. Any one relate?) :) But, I can usually make the door decorations without any delay. Here's my door decor for Valentine's Day.
|I started with chipboard letters that I found at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 each (plus 50% off!!).|
|Since I was going to glue paper on top of these letters, I painted the edges. I didn't want the brown color to show from the side.|