Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lalaloopsy Handmade Costume~

It started with a DARLING doll that my daughter loves ... 

Her name is Jewel Sparkles and she is the Princess of the Lalaloopsy's

"Mom, I REALLY want to be Jewel Sparkles for Halloween" ... Says my girl. 

We search and find the costume. It's pre-made ... 

I can't buy a pre-made costume ... It's against my religion! 
(well, ok. It's not, but you sewists understand)

So the pattern is found ...

(Thank you Patty Young!)

The fabric is selected ... 

(Thank you Riley Blake Designs)

The adjustments are made and trims added ... 

The dress is done ...

We find  a pink wig ... 

And you have ... 

Happy Halloween! 

*Hopefully we'll get better pictures tomorrow :) 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Super Easy Fabric Pumpkins!

It's common knowledge that I am a BIG fan of Halloween. I especially love decorating my house and creating projects ... It's my favorite time of year:) One year for Bunco I decided to make fabric pumpkins for all of our players. I had made a bunch before for a craft show, but I couldn't find the pattern. Luckily I found one that was very similar HERE on About.com. I the directions they use up until the "sculpting" part. 
Here are my directions after that point:
1. Leave a wider opening at the top. This gives you room to add the wire for the tendrils.
2. I sew a large button to the bottom of the pumpkin right in the middle. It looks better:) 
3. Before you add the stem, add one or two lengths of wire by pushing them down through open hole.
4. Add the stem and trim using hot glue. MUCH easier and sturdier than sewing! 
5. Add some fun Halloween and/or fall embellishments you choose including: Buttons, stamped tags, ribbons, flowers, spiders, bats, pumpkins ... The more the better!

Here are my ...

Fall Pumpkins 
and my

Halloween Pumpkins

If you have any questions, I'm happy to help:). 


All fabric, most buttons & trim are from 
I purchased the green wire from Dollar Tree
The polka dot flowers, circle letters and small ribbon are from Doodlebug Designs
Additional flowers, tags and embellishments are from 
The fabric flower on the little Halloween pumpkin was made with an AccuQuilt GO!baby.


Now to start sewing this costume ... 

Wish me luck! 



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Period Movie Update AKA I am a rule follower:)

Ignore my last post. Apparently it is against the TOU of both iTV and the BBC to watch any of their programs using a tunneling service. I so apologize to anyone who read my last post. I truly didn't think of that and would never, ever promote any activity that is a copyright violation or illegal. The way I found the tunneling services is because I didn't want to use the pirated links that are floating around on the internet. I had no idea that this was just as bad. Starting out in the publishing industry, I take copyright violation very seriously. Thanks Anonymous for pointing this out, though I wish you would have either used your real name or messaged me privately. That way you would have known that this was an innocent mistake. I am not affiliated with any of these tunneling programs and that post was not a sponsored post. Thanks everyone:)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Scrappy Tutu ...

Emma's going to be in a parade for the 4th of July! 

To celebrate, I created a scrappy tutu and it was SUPER easy!

All you need is ...

2 yards each of red, white and blue tulle
1 yard each of four different fabrics
1 spool of red ribbon for the waist band
Scissors or rotary cutter
a chair
Coverable buttons (or just regular buttons)
Fabric die cutting machine (or flower cookie cutters to use as a pattern)
needle and thread

Measure your child's waist. Cut the ribbon long enough to leave space to tie in the back. Next, tie two knots where the skirt will meet. You'll attach all of the fabric strips and the tulle in this space!

Using your die cutting machine (I used my AccuQuilt Go!baby and my Sizzix Big Shot) cut out an assortment of flowers. If you are using flower cookie cutters, simply trace the flower on a piece of paper, then cut out. Use this as a pattern for your fabric flowers. Layer your flowers and attach a fabric covered button ... 

Next ... 

And you're done with the skirt!

 For the matching flip flops ...

And now you've got some FANCY flips:)

I also made an extra fabric flower and glued it to a pin backed clip to attach to her tank top ...

And now she's ready to celebrate!

Hope you all have a fabulous Fourth!



Monday, June 25, 2012

KSL Meet & Greet ... I can't believe this is my job!

Last Wednesday I was honored to be invited to a KSL TV blogger event. 
I have been a big fan of KSL since, well a long time! I listen to Doug Wright in the Morning, get all my local news from KSL.com, and love to listen to The Nightside Project (Ethan and Alex always keep me entertained whenever I have to drive alone at night)!

Oh and I couldn't possibly forget to mention this FANTASTIC show ...
 I am so excited to have such a great venue for all things creative filmed right here in Utah! Not only does Studio 5 feature creative projects and artists, they have all kinds of great segments that you'll love. From cooking to family life. Home and garden to style, this show's got you covered! 
It airs locally Monday-Friday at 11 on KSL 5, but you can also watch many of the segments online
 at http://studio5.ksl.com. You can also see what's coming up, as well as browse through past projects and features. You can also follow them on Facebook and Pinterest to keep updated on the latest news.

This is sweet Brooke, one of the hosts. She is just as lovely in person as she seems on TV. I have heard so many great things about her, and guess what? They're all true! Thanks Brooke for taking the time to visit with me:) 

We also had the opportunity to meet the evening news team 
(They were wonderful!) 
and even got to read the entertainment news on camera ... 

{My friend Kiersten from The Crafting Chicks and I were co-anchors!}

{TRUST ME ... They make it look so easy!}

{See what I mean?}

Next, we headed over to The Nightside Project to visit with hosts Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry ...

It was so much fun to visit with them and be on the show! 
You can listen to our segment HERE

Thanks Ethan and Alex!

When it was time to leave, we were presented with some AWESOME KSL swag ... 

{My 12 year old STILL won't give me the ball back!}

 I want to say a big THANK YOU to Natalie and the entire team at KSL. We had a wonderful evening and learned so much about the great people who work so hard to keep us informed, both in front of and behind the camera (and mic as the case may be). Thanks!

Please visit KSL at

While I was chatting with Brooke from Studio 5, we talked about the last time Riley Blake was on the show (click HERE to see), and how it has been much too long. So I am wondering ... If Riley Blake WERE to do another segment (or segments) on Studio 5, what would YOU like to see or learn? Please let me know in the comments and I'll pick a winner to receive ...

A fat quarter bundle of Verona

PLUS the Verona panel that I used to make THIS apron 

WOW! Even if you don't live in our market, PLEASE still comment! You can watch the segments online and we'll be sure to share them! Your feedback is so important ... We want to know what YOU want to see. I'll close out the comments on Monday, July 2nd at Midnight (MST) so please get your comments in by then. Thanks so much!

Have a wonderful night~