Monday, May 30, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #13!

Happy Memorial Day!

Hope you enjoy the day...take some time to remember those who we have lost in our lives.  Today is a great day to celebrate them!

Onto this week's Features!  You guys amaze me...so many creative projects this week!!!
First off this gorgeous Crocheted Flower Bouquet by Cheri Quite Contrary





I can't wait to try out this Homemade Dishwasher Detergent by Simply Designing!





An I love these cute embellished Pinwheel Gift Bags from Create From Scratch!





If you've been featured feel free to grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page!!

Now onto this week!!
The Rules:



1.  Become a follower of my blog!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting some of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!

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Friday, May 27, 2011

More Matryoshkas!



One of the items I've created for the Scandinavian Festival Craft Fair I'm attending tomorrow, are some more cute little Matryoshka Dolls!

Although these little sweeties aren't exactly Scandinavian per se, they give that same folksy feel that I always get when I go to events like this!

Here are my latest little ladies!

Each one is hand stitched and embroidered from start to finish, with little flower motifs!

Black Babushka with Hot Pink Dress

Baby Blue Babushka
with Denim Blue Dress
Soft Pink Babushka
with Dark Pink Dress

Turquoise Babushka
with Sage Green Dress

Kelly Green Babushka
with Turquoise Dress
I love how each doll has it's own personality...Maybe I should give them each names?  Katerina, Anya, Natasha, Sonya, Anastasia?  What do you think?



I'll definitely be making more of these...they're so fun!  And I'll be getting a listing up in in my shop sometime soon!  I'm also trying to figure how to make these into a pattern so others can make them, too!!




Have a great weekend, Everyone!!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Treasury: May Treasury Round-Up!


Since it's almost the end of May (already!?!?!)  I thought I share a few of the lovely treasuries I was featured in throughout the month of May!

Spring Blossoms by Handmaiden Canada
Really fun and pretty flowers of all types!  So pretty!

Paprika by Thistledown Studios
I LOVE this color!!  And the other choices here are just beautiful!!

Rustic Man by CocoaBeans
The Meanie strikes again!  Love it!

I Have Hook Envy by MyLovebugBaby
Love all of the other amazing crocheted items in this one!  So fun!

Cream by YdnarImaging
I love mix of elegant and whimsical finds in this one!

My Spring Basket by Angel Pearls
I love the greens and pinks in this!  SO cheerful and vibrant!


Be sure to check out all of the curators' shops, too!  There are some incredibly talented people out there!!

Thanks so much to all you wonderful people...and to the many more who featured me this month!!  I wish I had the time to upload them all!!

Have a great Thursday!!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Things to Make: A Square A Day in May Week 2 ~ Blocks 9-15


You may have thought that I'd given up on this project...but I haven't!!  I just hadn't had time to take pics all of my new squares!!  So I decided to post all of the squares for the remaining weeks at the same time!

Here are the squares I made for the second week of the Square A Day event, happening at Hooked on Handmade!  All patterns are available for free on Ravelry!

The square for Day 9 is called Falling Star, and the pattern can be found HERE!



I love how this one turned out!  The star pattern in the center is so pretty! And fun picot detail is so interesting!  Loved it!

The square for Day 10 is called Framed Flower, and the pattern can be found HERE


This one was kinda fun to make!  It used a couple of different techniques that I wasn't familiar with...but I liked the effect a lot!  Unfortunately, it appears that only some of my puff stitches are staying puffed...hmmmm.

The square for Day 11 is called Flowery Square, and the pattern can be found HERE



This one was really fun!  I love the texture of the flower and the other stitches used!  I will definitely be making this one again!  It sort of reminds me of a lilly-pad or something!  Cute!

The square for Day 12 is called Grandma's Heart Square, and the pattern can be found HERE



This one was trickier...the pattern was written in UK terms...so it wasn't what I was used to, but I figured it out eventually!!  I debated on whether I should do the edging around the heart on this one, opted to leave it off...but I may change my mind again!

The square for Day 13 is called Multi-Color Flower, and the pattern can be found HERE



This is another really beautiful layered flower.  I love the way the petals overlap on this one!  and the edging around the flower is so dainty and pretty!

The square for Day 14 is called Violet Crochet Square, and the pattern can be found HERE



I loved the starburst center of this one, and interesting edging.  I adjusted the last couple of rows, because the way the pattern was written didn't make sense to me there...This one definitely will need some blocking, though!!

The square for Day 15 is called More V's Please, and the pattern can be found HERE



This was on of my favorites so far!  I loved the center shape, and the V stitches around the edge!  So fun and fast!!  I can't wait to try this one in different colors!

Well...there you have it!  Week #2 of A Square A Day in May complete!!  Hopefully, I'll get a chance to take pics and post them for Week #3 before  the end of this week!!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Over-Scheduling 101

{The Twitterpated Toad}




Today's How-To is a lesson in how to Over-Schedule yourself, given in 43 easy-to-follow steps:


First of all, you need to remember that the very most important rule of over-scheduling is that you must learn to say "YES" to everything asked of you or even suggested. ***


1.  Agree to help decorate the set for the Elementary school play, the day before the performance.

2.  Also agree to design and print off the iron-on transfers for the cub scout day camp, so they can make their shirts tomorrow at scouts.

3.  Make sure that your kids make it to call-backs for the community theatre production they auditioned for on Saturday.

4.  They also need to be to the dress rehearsal for the afor-mentioned school play, after the call-backs.

5.  Fix, wash and get costumes ready for the play, too.

6.  Now you can relax and finish up the orders that you got over the weekend from your business.

7.  In addition to regular morning chores, and taking care of your two kids who are not in school, the next morning run to store to get a new color ink cartridge for your printer so that you can actually print off the iron-on transfers for the afor-mentioned scout shirts.

8.  Print off the transfers.

9.  Run to the school before the assembly performance of the school play so that your kids have all of their props...and the part of the costume they forgot to stick in their backpack.

10.  Go back to the school to pick the kids up and make sure that your son makes it to Cub Scouts so that he can make his Day Camp shirt...and don't forget to leave the transfers with the Den Mother.

11.  You also need to stop at the post office and drop the orders in the mail to be shipped.

12.  Get dinner made early so that you can hurry to the school...after picking up your son...and save some seats for the school play performance.

13.  Don't forget to charge the batteries on the camcorder and camera!

14.  After the play, stay after to help un-decorate the set and clean up the school gym.

15.  The next morning get kids ready for school field day.

16.  After dropping them off, run home and throw a load of laundry in the washing machine.

17.  Go back to the school at 9:30 so you can register your 5-year-old for Kindergarten.

18.  Don't forget the immunization records and birth certificate.

19.  At 10:30 get back in the car and drive half an hour to your 37 week maternity check-up with your doctor...you still have the two youngest kids with you...unless you were able to find a generous person to watch them for you!

20.  Come home (picking up the kids on the way, of course), and throw the laundry in the dryer.

21.  Try to put tags on the items you've finished up for the craft fair you are attending on Saturday.

22.  After school, take your oldest daughter to her Activity Days meeting at 4:00.

23.  Pick her up at 5:30.

23.  Finish getting dinner ready so your hubby has something to eat before he leaves to go to scouts, since he's the Scoutmaster in your neighborhood.

24.  Throw the laundry in a pile on the chest in the living room, and hope that you have time to fold it before the three-year-old gets to it first.

25.  Bake a cake for your friends' daughters' birthday...which you agreed to help out with.  

26.  After letting it cool, stick in the freezer for tomorrow.

27.  Turn on movie after movie for your children to watch as you spend the day finishing up items for the craft fair, putting tags on things, and generally ignoring your family, while you frantically try to get everything together for Saturday.

28.  Last day of school.

29. Take kids to school....come back at 9:30 for the awards assembly.

30.  Come home and give your kids mac 'n' cheese for lunch.

31.  Mix -up frosting...try to keep the three-year-old away from it for 15 minutes.

32.  Take the previously baked cake out of the freezer and frost it...again, try to keep the three-year-old away from it for 15 minutes.

32.  Get everyone loaded in the car and drive an hour to the birthday party.

33.  Forget the present at home and make a stop at the store to get another.

34.  Finish decorating cake at friends' house, and help get everything else ready.

35.  Have fun at the party!

36.  Stay a little too long to help clean-up afterward, because you love your friend.

37.  Drive home and fall into bed....and then don't sleep because you're trying to remember if you got everything done for the craft fair.

38.  Wake up way too early and load up that car with everything for the craft fair.  

39.  Get dressed cute and business-like...so you'll make a good impression on potential customers!

40.  Set up the table, canopy (because it's supposed to rain, of course), and all of your wares by 9:00 am.

41.  Spend a fabulous day at the fair, while you let your hubby take care of the kids!

42.  Clean-up stuff, take inventory, and head home.

43.  Sit on the couch and be thankful that next week doesn't look like this.


There you have it.  So simple.  So foolproof.  Over-scheduling is as easy as "1" - "2" - "43!"

You can, of course, use these steps as guideline in your own life...just add any other items to your itinerary that you feel are necessary!

I'd love to get your feedback on this highly important phase of woman/motherhood.

How do you plan on implementing the art of over-scheduling into your own life?

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P.S.  I  REALLY hope none of you take this seriously, and aren't offended by my complete tongue-in-cheek post!

I sooo know that we as women tend to be natural over-schedulers...and as I looked at my calendar for this week, I just laughed.  I'm grateful to have a sense of humor about this right now...I've been feeling like a failure to my family in so many ways lately...but I realized that so many of the 'things' I do are FOR my family.

But.  I need to let myself have some breathing room, too.  

***It's okay to say "NO" if you really don't have the time.  People will understand.  Your kids will understand.  They just want you to be happy, too.

One thing I've learned is that an over-scheduled mom is a cranky mom.

So.

Enjoy your week.  If it's as crazy as mine is, hang in there!  Have fun with life!  

And say "NO" when you need to!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #12!


Good Morning, Everyone!!

Hope you are all fantastic today!  We finally had a smidge of sunshine over the weekend here!  Hooray!

Onto this week's Features!  There were so many awesome entries for last week's party...it was hard to pick out just three!!

Check out these delicious lookin' Blueberry Crumb Bars by Jamhands....YUM!!!




Beautiful Felt Flower Wreathes by Little Things Bring Smiles




And how about this super cool $3 Bathroom Wall Treatment by Perisa Lou




If you've been featured feel free to grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page!!

Now onto this week!!
The Rules:

1.  Become a follower of my blog!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting some of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Great Idea: Sailboat Onesie and Cap


First off I jsu need to say THANK YOU!!!! to all of my lovely followers!!  I've reached over 400 followers on my blog now...thanks to all of you!!  MWAH!!!

After Baby arrives in June, I'll be having another Giveaway...so stay tuned!!

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This week (and for the next couple of weeks!) I'm going to be featuring items I've made...but haven't blogged about yet...on Fridays!

This week I'm featuring a cute little embellished onesie and cap that I made for my sweet cousin, not too long ago!

I made this for a shower gift for my cousin, who just had her baby - a boy - just last week!  This is her first baby, and I wanted to make something fun and useful...and without spending anything!  I'm on a "use-up-all-the-stuff-that's-mucking-up-the-craft-room-before-you-even-think-about-getting-anything-else" kick lately.  I'm loving what I've been creating!!

I decided to try my hand at an applique (there are soooooooo many super cute embellished onesies out there right now!)...but I sorta wimped out, and ended up using felt instead of "real" fabric.  (Any of you who have done this...share your tips!)

I found a onesie from my craft stash, some small scraps of felt, my hot glue gun, embroidery floss, and some baby yarn, and got to work!  (Yup.  I keep weird things like brand-new onesies in my craft stash.  Doesn't everyone?)

I cute out the shapes for my little boat and waves, and held them in place n the shirt with a tiny dab of glue.  Then I just embroidered/stitched around the edges of with embroidery floss!

I think it turned out really cute!




To go with the onesie I crocheted a teeny little brimmed beanie out of baby blue yarn!




This was a fun project...and I think I'll give it another try sometime!



Hope you have a great weekend!!



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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Treasury: Cocoa, Cream, and Pearls


This treasury was created as part of the Nonteam Treasury Challenge #32!  I love the beautiful earrings that were used as the inspiration item this week!  I love pearls in general, as the birthstone for the month of June is the pearl...and my birthday is in June!




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If you'd like to see any of these beautiful items up close, just click on the pic!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Crochet Newsboy and Flapper Hat Patterns!




I've had lots of requests to the patterns I've used for some of my hats and other projects written up, and I'm happy to announce that I finally got to writing some of them out this past week!  After some testing and adjusting, they're done!!

I've now listed my patterns for The Flip Flapper and The Newsie in both my Etsy shop and on Ravelry!  Each of the patterns also comes with the pattern for the coordinating flowers (a 5-petal Layered Posie and the Button-On Bloom), shown in the pictures!  (I'm also planning on listing these patterns separately in my shop soon!)

Here's The Newsie:

The Newsie - PDF Pattern - Crocheted Newsboy Hat
And here's The Flip Flapper:
The Flip Flapper - PDF Pattern - Crocheted Flapper Hat



If you'd like to see my listings, just click the link in the caption of the pictures!

These patterns are for adult/teen sizes...but I'm working on getting children's/baby sizes written up as well! I'm pleased with how they turned out!

(And if you are not up to making a hat for yourself, I do have both of these listed in my shop as finished hats, too!  Here's the listing for The Newsie, and here's the one for The Flip Flapper!)

I'm also writing up a pattern for the Crocheted Caplet I made and for my Button Blossoms...so stay tuned!

Soooo....What's new with you this week?

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