February 18, 2012

T-Shirt Makeover

 My daughter loves this shirt
She loves everything about it.  The color, the sparkle, the fact that it says princess . . . . 

However, she got grape juice on the sleeve and I refused to let her wear it with a stain.  
She has recently been wearing a lot of her t-shirts with a long sleeved shirt underneath which gave me the idea to cut this off into a short sleeved shirt that she could wear year round until she outgrows the length.  
To get the sleeve length right I took one of her other t-shirts and used it as a pattern.  I laid it on top of the one I wanted to cut off and then cut them about a half inch longer to allow for the seam.  Then I just turned them up twice and sewed a hem.

Of course, I couldn't let the sleeves go to waste. 
 I cut them up the seam so I had two rectangles, cut off the stained part, sewed them together into a longer piece, folded the long sides together, and sewed it into a tube.  Then I turned it right side out.  I centered the seam in the middle and sewed a small stitch down each edge to hold it in place.  I wasn't happy with the seam so I took the remaining pieces from the sleeves, sewed them together into one long strip and tied it into a bow.  Since the sleeves had a hemmed edge I was able to use that for the end of the bows so I didn't have to hem them (although it probably won't fray since this is a knit material).

 Then I hemmed the ends and sewed it all into a loop with a piece of elastic in between.
 Now she has her favorite t-shirt back . . . . and a matching headband.
 While I was in a sewing mood I made two more headbands.
Both pieces of material are from a christmas package that held a barbie doll.  It was a clear plastic package that had the faux fur and velvet ribbon {with the bow already tied} around the top.  I just ripped it off the package.  I cut the fur in half and added a piece of elastic.  The ribbon was already cut.  I just had to add the elastic.  

Three new headbands and an {almost} new t-shirt for $0.  My husband was thrilled  :)


February 16, 2012

Linky Followers Blog Hop!

Same rules as last time. . . .

1. You MUST have the LINKYFOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.
If you see that your link has been deleted you need to add the LINKY FOLLOWER tool to your site and then come back over and re-enter your link
{You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site {but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate in this hop}

2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a Thank You.
3. Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.
4. Then grab the BLOG HOP code
(You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER
just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE
Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site.
You can grab info from my post if it helps you with your post.)

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)
–leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back.

If you want to add the BLOG HOP to your own site you should get lots of new followers(see rule #2)

February 10, 2012

 If you haven't heard, Google Follower will no longer be available to non-blog users after 2/29/2012 . . . . and may be phased out entirely. However, there is another option. Many of you are familiar with linky parties and now they have a linky followers list.

It's So Very Cheri started a blog hop to spread the news. A blog hop is a linky list that is SHARED ON MULTIPLE BLOGS. When several blogs put the same linky list code on their blog, the exact same list appears on each blog. Blog visitors can submit their entries on any blog that contains the list. The entries will appear on each blog where the list resides. Blog readers see the same list on each blog, and can "HOP" from blog to blog seeing the same list of links to follow: BLOG HOP!
The rules are simple:

1. you MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate. (click on linky followers to
     be taken to the website where you can sign up and get the code for your blog)

2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.

3.Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.

4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code (see below for the link)

If you want to add the BLOG HOP to your own site you will get lots of new followers–(see rule #2)

Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site.


Then you can start following other bloggers–(as many as you want)–leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back. We all LOVE comments :)

February 9, 2012


I think, for the first time EVER, I'm actually ahead of the game . . . . at least a little.  Usually, I'm trying to get things done late at night . . . . the night before I need them.

Today, however, I have both kids valentines finished . . . . and they don't even need them until next Tues!!!

Here's the boy version.  {I got the idea here.}

Here's the girl version.  {I got the idea here}

Both were very simple  . . . . and I'm thrilled to be finished!!!!

February 8, 2012

Valentine Crayon Card

With Valentine's Day right around the corner I thought I'd offer the printable to make the cards.  I just made the circle with the cute phrase on a white background.  That way you can print it on any color paper you want.  I thought that would work better than using a ton of colored ink.  Simply click on the picture below to download the file  Then print it on a cardstock of any color, cut out the circles, and back with a larger circle of another color (optional).  Have your child sign the back and then add your melted rainbow crayon to the front.

 For those of you who don't mind printing with your colored ink . . . .

February 6, 2012

Family Photo Wall

I think I'm finally happy with my photo wall.  This is a wall in my dining room that you can see from the front door and the family room.  It used to be blank.

Then it looked like this . . . .

I lived with it for a while but I wasn't really happy with it.  It just looked too cluttered.

After looking around pinterest for a while I decided to build my own photo ledge.  I have some smaller shelves in my family room around my fireplace and I like the convenience of just setting them on the shelf and not having a bunch of holes in the wall from nails.  It's so easy to switch them out or move them around.  I used Ana White's plans.  So easy.  Just needed to nail together two 1x3 boards and a 1x2 board.  Then I painted it and screwed it into the studs through the back board.  It looks so much neater.  I did hang my small sign with a quote I love above the pictures.

 Still thinking about adding a vinyl quote below the shelf. . . .