Sunday, January 29, 2012

thank you!

Thank you to everyone that voted for me over the past month in the So You Think You Can Sew competition! You guys were such a wonderful support. I came in second place!!!! And I'm feelin' pretty awesome about that too. The other ladies in the top three were Kirstin from KoJo Designs and Ashley from Art With Ashley. Check them out; they are super talented and you'll see why I was so happy to be in the top three! I still can't believe it! It was such a fun experience. 

Lots of love,

P.S. Be sure to stop back soon. My next post is a little project extra special to me. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

this is it!

Today is the last day of the So You Think You Can Sew competition! If you haven't already, I'd love and appreciate it if you headed over to Mommy By Day Crafter By Night's blog to put a vote in for my toilet paper dress. Thanks for all the support you guys have shown me! I love you all! 


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

sytycs finale

It's the last round of So You Think You Can Sew! I can't believe I made it to the finale!!! This has been so much fun to be a part of. Thank you to everyone that has voted for any one of my projects. 

Last week I made it to this round by one vote. ONE VOTE! That's insane! Voting for the final round starts today. I would appreciate any vote you send my way. You can vote once per computer, smart phone, tablet, etc. And feel free to share on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Last week definitely proved that every vote counts! I'm so happy I entered this competition. I have had so much fun sewing and getting to know all the contestants and your support has been wonderfully overwhelming. 

Thanks again to everyone that has voted! Thanks to all the contestants who have been sending such nice emails around. You are all lovely! And thank you Ashley for putting this all together! This has been a blast!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

dress made from toilet paper

Here it is! My final project for SYTYCS! I can't believe I made it to the finals! Thank you thank you thank you to everyone that has voted for me. This week's theme is contestant's choice. Ooooh yeah. My entry for the competition was my dress made from a car, so I HAD to do another trashion dress as my finale.

I choose toilet paper. 
This is what toilet paper looks like after it's dyed. It gets hard, falls off the cardboard tube, and then you have to carefully peel it apart. After this process, the sewing could begin. I had a long weekend. Haha! {If anyone was wondering, this dress is 100% sewn. No glue or tape was harmed in the making of this dress.}
And a huge thanks to this little pocket-sized model, Michelle. Or Chelly Belly as I like to call her. {That's right baby sis. I called you Chelly Belly on the internets. You are beautiful.}

Welcome everyone from Mommy By Day Crafter By Night! I'm happy you came my way! If you liked this dress, check out my other designs HERE. 

good news!!!

I'm in the So You Think You Can Sew finals!!!!

Thank you to everyone that voted last week. I made it to the finals by one vote. 
So every single one of your votes really mattered and I appreciate it like you wouldn't believe. My final project will be going up this afternoon. And it should be a treat for all of you that like my trashion dresses. Voting will begin tomorrow morning. Eeeek! 

My projects so far:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

it's time to vote again!

You guys, I have gotten so much further in SYTYCS than I ever thought possible. From 127 entrants to the top seven! Ahhh! Thank you so much! 

This week is going to be tough to get thru and I need your votes! Some of the other contestants have wonderful blogs with a lot more readers than I do. I'm crossing my fingers I make it to the last round. I have a trashion dress ready to be made if I do. I know you all love my bizarre dresses made from trash. So if you want to see one next week, head on over and vote for my vest HERE.
Thanks again everyone! I may not have the largest blog, but I have the best readers! I love you all.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ruffled vest

This is my entry for this week's So You Think You Can Sew. The theme is apparel and I wanted to try something I've had swirling around in my little brain for a while. A ruffled vest. To make it, I used and old bed sheet. The fabric was super soft, which made for some great draping of the ruffles. The ruffles are made out of about two hundred circles. I watched a lot of Nexflix with a pair of fabric shears while I was making this. The silhouette of the vest remind me of the fur vests everyone is wearing right now, and I kinda like it. 

Oh, and the hat? My husband's. He found it in the Cayman Islands. I think my love of fashion is rubbing off on him. But don't tell him I said so.  


Monday, January 16, 2012

last week...

I was in the Caribbean!
And it was wonderful.

You had no clue, didja? Mason and I took off with my sister and her husband for seven glorious days. I planned ahead to have some posts for you while I was taking naps in the sunshine. While I was away, I got to round three of So You Think You Can Sew! Thanks again to everyone who voted! 

I'm busy getting my next project done, and up on the blog tomorrow, then I'm going to take the rest of the week off. I'm not feeling so fantastic today and really need the time to recover from all the travel. I may pop back to post some pictures from our trip. For posterity's sake, I'd like to document it here. So if things seem a little quiet over here for the next week, there's no need to worry. Regular programming will continue soon. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

{Delias sweater; Nordstrom skirt, tights and boots; husband's socks}

You guys, I have come to the conclusion that guys clothes are more comfy than girls. Shocking news eh? I know you all come here for the latest fashion headlines. Since my discovery, I have stolen Mason's pants, shirts and now I'm on to stealing socks. And most the time I don't ask. What have I become? Guys clothes have changed me. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

sytycs: round two

I owe all of you that voted for my t-shirt pillows over on Mommy by Day Crafter by Night last week a huge 
thank you! 

I made it to round two! Which starts today! The theme was repurposing. And if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that’s one of my favorite things to do. I had never made one of my signature purses out of a unique material and I thought it was about time to do so. So I made one out of potato sacks I had laying around. Yes. I truly had potato sacks hanging out in my home. So if you like my new purse, head on over to Mommy by Day Crafter by Night’s blog and vote for me here.
Thanks again for getting me to round two! I could not have done it without your help. The competition was neck and neck! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

purse made from potato sacks

{I couldn't resist}

I dedicate this little bag to the great state I live in {Idaho incase you didn’t know}. To make it, I used a total of two potato sacks. I dyed one of them an awesome turquoise color with some Rit dye. Did you know you can dye potato sacks? I didn’t. I took a leap of faith when I dumped my sack into the dye. Happily, my faith was rewarded. I actually sat with the dye bath, stirring with one hand and googled with my other whether or not potato sacks dyed. I really should have googled first. Luckily all worked out. I can’t wait to sport this around my new state. I’m California grown, but I’m quite in love with this potatoy place. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

remixed: little black blazer

After putting this post together I have come to the conclusion that you can wear a blazer with anything. I probably could have included 15 outfits in this post. If you are in possession of a blazer, whip it out and get on with wearing it! 

And thanks to everyone that voted for me over the past couple days! 
I made it to round two! Yahooo!
Next week's theme is repurposing something. Right up my alley!  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

i can't dance. but i can sew!

Hey guys! I need your help! I entered a sewing contest over on the lovely Ashley's Mommy by Day Crafter by Night blog. And somehow I was picked from over 120 entrants to be in the top twelve! Eeeekk! 

Yesterday's post, pillows made from t-shirts, was my first entry. If you would be so kind as to head on over to Mommy by Day Crafter by Night and vote for me HERE I would greatly appreciate it

Cross your fingers and wish me luck! Thanks for your help everyone!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

pillows made from t-shirts

Do you have a zillion old t-shirts laying around that you just can't seem to get enough gumption to toss out? I do. It's sad. I tend to get emotionally attached to clothes. Here's a great project for all you t-shirt hoarders.

Materials needed:
old t-shirts
sewing machine or needle and thread
fiber fill to stuff pillows
To make the main part of the pillows, I cut two squares or rectangles(depending on the shape I wanted for the pillow) from the body of the shirt. Then I put the two right sides together, pinned and sewed all four edges leaving about five inches on one side open to turn the pillow right side out and to put stuffing in. From there, you're ready to decorate you pillow!
I adore this large bowed pillow! To make a bow, you can follow my instructions from my how to make a bow post. Just increase all the dimensions for a large one. Stitch the bow where you want it. I love it made from a t-shirt because it's a little extra floppy. I think it would also be fun to make a bunch of small bows for your pillow. 
This woven pillow was tons of fun to make and is actually quite easy. This one you have to make the woven pattern on one piece of your pillow squares before you sew the right sides together. Cut horizontal strips from your t-shirt scraps and pull them tight, stretching them out. They will curl up nice and tight.  Lay down the strips and arrange and weave however you'd like. Pin all the strips in place and stitch them on using your sewing machine or by hand. You have your one side done and are ready to continue on!
This pillow is perfect for any old t that has a great memory but it starting to get too worn to wear. Simply cut your pillow pieces out around the logo on the t-shirt. This one is super comfy to curl up with. I'm going to be traveling in the next little while and I plan on throwing this in my carry-on. 
To add fun polka dots to your pillow, cut circles(or whatever shape your heart desires) and stitch or glue them into place. I think this would be a great addition to a teenager's room!
And lastly, the flower pillow. After the main part of the pillow is made, follow my instructions on how to make a flower from a t-shirt and make as many flowers as you'd like. Stitch them into place. The next time I make this pillow, I think I may go flower overload and cover the entire front with flowers. Wouldn't that be fun to rest your head on? 

Now that you're done decorating your pillows it's time to stuff them! You can find pillow stuffing and most fabric stores. Be careful not to under-stuff them. They'll look a little flat. It's hard to over-stuff, so cram as much as you can in them. Pin closed the five inch opening and hand stitched closed.

Enjoy your new pillows! They're extra soft and great to curl up with.