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~


Monday, April 30, 2012

Can You Please Just be Kind?

So. Here's the deal. Remember how I did my big post about being a "Pollyanna"? Well lately I have come across a few people who have really challenged my "Pollyanna-ness".  
I'm sure you've met them. You know, those "Negative Nellies" in your life that you'd just like to say ... "Can you please just be kind?".  Maybe you have more harsh words, but you get the point. 

No, I am not going to change my outlook because of anyone else, but listen ... Can you help me by spreading the word? I think if we all can change our little corners of the world, maybe those who aren't so nice can get the message. Let's all band together and JUST BE NICE! Do you have a favorite blog? Leave them a nice comment! Do you follow a company on Facebook that you just love? Let them know! Is there a friend you've been meaning to call? PICK UP THE PHONE! Is there someone who has impacted your life? PLEASE let them know!

~Good heavens I sound bossy!~

Together I think we can make a difference! 

While we're on the subject of favorite blogs, I created something for one of my friends who happens to own a creative blog. She is so kind and is always willing to listen when I need to talk. 
I wanted to do a little something for her ... 

So I made her an apron! 

Riley Blake has the cutest apron panels and they're so easy to sew! 
This fabric line is called Verona and was designed by the lovely Emily Taylor
Click HERE to see the entire line.
I am also sewing up a bunch for Mother's Day, so if you're a looking for a quick and DARLING gift, you'll want to check these out.

I lined this one, but you don't have to.
 I also added rick rack, fabric flowers and a letter appliqué just to add a little pizzaz.

*I made the flowers using my AccuQuilt Go!Baby and my Sizzix Big Shot. The letter appliqué was created using my Making Memories Fabrique. They were SUPER easy:) 

I'll let you know what she thinks! 

And if you're with me on the Pollyanna thing, please let me know! 

Have a good night my friends and I just want you to know that I am glad you're here! 


Friday, April 20, 2012


 One of my very favorite things about the creative industry is the wonderful people you meet. Patty Young is no exception! Not only is she FABULOUSLY talented, she is an absolute joy to be around. As a matter of fact, before we even met in person she found out I had a daughter named Emma and promptly sent me her "Emma"pattern! 

I used it to make my Emma this costume ... 

Not only does Patty make great (and EASY!) patterns, 
she is a talented fabric designer  ... 

{Here's her latest line Lush!}

PLUS she's got a brand new book, Sewing MODKID Style! 


Patty and her publisher Wiley were nice enough to send me a copy!

Let me tell you ...
As someone who is FINALLY ready to start sewing with knits, I was so excited to receive this book!
 When I started sewing, it wasn't really a matter of wanting to sew with them, good quality ready-to-wear knits simply weren't available. It seems that they went out with the 70's when my dear mother-in-law used to make shirts for my husband! In the last few years this has changed. More and more manufactures have added lines of beautiful, and best of all, high quality knits! I spoke with Patty several times about her tips and tricks (and really wanted her to tutor me ... Too bad she lives five states over!), and she assured me that this book would help. Guess what? She was right! Not only are there 20 easy to make patterns, she also has an entire section on how to sew with knits, including helpful tips and finishing tricks!

Look how cute these projects are!

I can't wait to get sewing! 

Now for the best part ... 


All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me if you sew with knits and why or why not! 



Also, you'll want to visit these other great blogs on the tour ... 

Sewing MODKID Style Blog Tour

Monday, April 2nd, 2012: Wiley Craft Blog
Wed., April 4th, 2012: A Sewing Journal
Friday, April 6th, 2012: Pink Chalk Studio
Monday, April 9th, 2012: Melanie Dramatic
Wed., April 11th, 2012: Stop Staring and Start Sewing
Friday, April 13th, 2012: Generation Q
Monday, April 16th, 2012: Lil Blue Boo
Wed., April 18th, 2012: True Up
Friday, April 20th, 2012: Paige Hill
Monday, April 23rd, 2012: Boutique Café
Wed., April 25th, 2012: The Long Thread
Friday, April 27th, 2012: Sew Pretty Dresses
Monday, April 30th, 2012: Prudent Baby
Wed., May 2nd, 2012: Our Busy Little Bunch
Friday, May 4th, 2012: Fat Quarterly
Monday, May 7th, 2012: Making It Fun
Wed., May 9th, 2012: MODKID blog

Please take a minute to visit MODKID designs:
~You'll just love her~

I'll leave the comments open until Friday, April 28th at Midnight (MST),
so please leave yours before then:)

~Have a wonderful weekend~



Monday, March 5, 2012

Mom It Forward ... Kids Crafts!

Emma and I did some creating last week ... 

It's a TOP secret Project for Grandma Sue's Birthday!  

See what we did over on  Mom It Forward  and please leave a comment. 

I'd love to hear what you think.

Do you create with your kids?

PLAID crafts has LOTS of great products to make it easy and fun! 

Stay tuned to see what else we create with our Paper Flowers:) 

~Have a great night~

Sunday, February 19, 2012

5 Fabulous Facebook Marketing Tip for your Creative Business ...

You're a creative person. You have an Etsy shop or a website or maybe both. You want to promote your work online, but you can't afford advertising. Where do you go from here?  Facebook is an EXCELLENT marketing tool that you can use to interact with your customers, network with other creative friends and, of course, promote your business. As the administrator of several fan pages on Facebook, I have five tips I'd like to share ...

1. "Drive by" advertising is not your friend. DBA is when you post on a site as your fan page saying something like "New fan here from (insert fan page)" or  "Come check out my Etsy shop (with a link)". Most large fan pages will simply delete or hide your post and my even block you. Not to mention that Facebook has a filter and will automatically hide posts it sees as spam*. DBA's never come back and interact with the members of the Fan page, they simply leave a link to their page or Etsy shop. Or they do come back several times with the same message or advertising post. Can you see how this is problematic for the Fan page owner? If you have 10 people DBA ing every day, you'll end up with a wall full of advertising that you are hosting on your page. Your legitimate fans are annoyed because when they come to your page, it's full of advertising, not exciting content or information they can use. What do you do? You just want to get your name out and everyone has to start somewhere ... Right?

So how can you legitimately (and nicely!) advertise your brand on Facebook without spending money?

Read on my friends:

2. Follow (as your fan page) other creative pages and interact (again, as your fan page) with these pages. Get to know them. Participate in their posts. Tag them (using the @ sign) in posts that you think may be relevant to their page and yours. For example, say I own a fabric store on Etsy and have just completed a project using Patty Young's fabric and my Accuquilt cutter. I would write a post saying "Hey look at this great project using (@) Modkids new fabric line, Lush and flowers cut from my (@) accuquilt GO!Baby." The tagged fan pages will show up on their walls as well as in your post. Tagging is a great tool with one caveat ... Keep it GENUINE and don't over-use it. Use your best judgement on when it is relevant.

3. CONTESTS are a NO-NO on Facebook unless you run it through an app, which costs money. I was going to type up a big post about it, but then my friend Cheryl found this post. Please read it. Whatever you do, PLEASE don't run a contest on your Facebook wall. It is against their rules and they will shut you down. Plus, it makes the playing field unfair for those who follow the rules.

4. Consider having a "Share" day on your fan page. Make it clear that this day is for your fans to post their shops, fan pages and websites. This is a WONDERFUL way to interact with your fans, PLUS you're introducing new shops/companies/fan pages to your page AND your fans!

5. Get to know your fans by posting relevant content. Interact with them by posting thought-provoking and INTERESTING comments at least five times per week. Also, make sure you answer questions and respond to comments in a timely manner. It is VERY frustrating to fans when a page doesn't respond, especially to a direct question or comment. Make it a habit to check your page a few times a day, maybe every time you check your email. Your customers and fans are important. Show them that they are by responding to them!

 It takes time to build a fan base, but don't focus on the number and get discouraged. In my opinion, it's better to have a smaller number of fans that actually interact with you than 20,000 fans who never respond. I would much rather feel like a member of a community than just a number!

 I hope these tips are valuable to you and your business. If you have any comments, please leave them here and I will respond. This is a WONDERFUL creative community and I am more than happy to share what I have learned! 



*NOTE: The "Hidden Post" tab is located directly under your wall tab on the left hand side of your page. Get in the habit of checking it daily. Sometimes posts you DON'T want hidden will end up there and you don't want to hide important posts.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Period Drama Update ...

Way back in April I posted all about my love for PERIOD DRAMA. I know there are more like me out there. Are you a kindred spirit? Judging from my Facebook timeline, it seems like everyone LOVES Downton Abbey and I am NO exception (Especially since I cheated and watched the ENTIRE second season along with the UK in the fall:), but I need some suggestions. What are your favorites? I'll share my top 5:

1. Pride and Prejudice. 

The BBC version from 1995. 
That's all I have to say~

2.Downton Abbey

I don't think I can put into words how much I love this series. If you haven't seen it yet, go right now and watch it on Netflix. Or PBS. Or online. Just do it. I promise you'll thank me!

3. Bleak House
AMAZING! I loved each and every episode. Plus, it gave me a brand new love for Dickens, which leads me to number 4 ...

4. Little Dorrit

Oh so lovely! I loved the characters, the interaction, the story. FABULOUS!

5. A Room With a View

I watched it for the first time in 1989. I don't think I appreciated the beauty of it until last night when I watched it again. It's STUNNING! And I LOVE Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy.

 I also loved both Cranfords, Every BBC Jane Austen, North and South (not the US Civil War one), Mansfield Park and the last BBC Jane Eyre.

Now it's your turn! What are your favorites?

Please share with me! Let's dish:)