Friday, April 29, 2011

April Showers Bring......


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Patriotic Stars

I just finished this adorable little custom drawstring purse for a dear customer of mine. I think it turned out so cute! I made it to match this cute little pageant outfit.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Painting With Yarn

Today Zella wanted to paint so I brought out my inner preschool teacher and got a little creative. Instead of the regular paint brushes to paint with, why not use pieces of scrap yarn? (Which I have lots of!)

Materials we used were...

construction paper
yarn scraps
wooden clothes pins
washable paint
paper plate

First I placed small amounts of paint in a variety of colors onto a paper plate. You can also use a regular plate. I just wanted clean up time to be as easy and fast as possible. Then I attached small pieces of yarn onto wooden clothes pins and dipped them into each color of yarn. Zella then picked out a piece of construction paper and we were ready to paint. She dragged the string along the paper like a worm and laid it in different ways to create different designs. It was a lot of fun. We also used texture yarn for a different design effect.

It turned out really neat!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Late Easter!

Our Easter was a very busy one, hence the reason for my late post. We spent all Friday and Saturday coloring eggs. We colored some eggs using duct tape, lace, and stickers. We then added some sparkle and glitz to a few others. On Saturday we saved the day to color eggs using old silk ties and handkerchiefs we found at the local thrift store. I found the silk tie egg coloring idea on Martha Stewart's website and they turned out amazing!! Just see for yourself!

I think this is going to be a new tradition for us because we had so much fun making them.

I made the girls these adorable lambs for their baskets. I got the idea from the April issue of Crochet World. Field the lamb is actually on the front cover. We named Xiera's lamb Daisy because she is Field's girlfriend.

Sunday morning the Easter bunny came and gave the girls lots of goodies. They were absolutely thrilled.

We then got ready and went to church. Although I bought Xiera a new dress to wear this year, she decided she wanted to wear the same dress she wore last year. It still fit her and she looked adorable. Zella wore Xiera's skirt and peasant top set that she had outgrew. They looked so pretty.

Our Easter was a rainy one so the girls enjoyed an Easter egg hunt inside the church.

They didn't seem to mind.
Happy Resurrection day from our home to yours.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Ruffles and Buttons

A customer of mine emailed me interested in having a skirt and halter set to match the blue bunny hat I had made awhile back. So I took on the challenge and came up with this!

It actually really hurts to let this set go as it turned out absolutely breathtaking. Of course Xiera wants me to make her one now. I am thinking for her upcoming lalaloopsy birthday party perhaps. (Notice, the brand new exclusive only at target Cotton Hopalong mini lalaloopsy doll in hand. We just LOVE our lalaloopsys!)
The most time consuming piece of this set was the 3-tier ruffle skirt with a total of 96 buttons sewn onto the scallop trim of each tier of ruffles.

I purchased the pattern for the skirt on etsy by mytreasuredheirlooms. You can find it HERE.
The halter top features the blue bunny face on the bodice with scattered buttons that match the trim of the hat.

I purchased the pattern for the halter top from anjibeanecrochet. You can find the pattern HERE.

I also finished 2 pairs of leg warmers for 2 sweet sisters. One sister wanted lavender leg warmers accented in pink and the other sister wanted the reverse of that.

I just love how these turned out.

I also love how they are mismatched. If my girls were to pick the colors they wanted, Xiera would say she would want hers all pink and Zella would say black and white striped. Yep they are completely opposite. :)

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