Keeping it Simple: April 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Photo Canvas

Mother's Day and Father's Day are approaching fast!! Don't know what to do? (Me neither...) I bet that they would love a Photo Canvas!


You can still get a FREE 8x10 or $50 off a larger size right now!! Just go to Canvas People and create yours! It's so simple and the hardware to hang them up come with it, so easy!


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ruffle Swimsuit

It's the start of swimsuit season!! I have one problem, I really don't have a swimming suit. I have some from high school that I squeeze into but they just aren't cute. And whenever I go shopping for one, I can never find one that fits my full figure. So when I saw this idea to make a swimming suit using ruffle fabric, I decided to try it out!


This is how I made it:
1) I took two old swimming suits. The black one is from high school and just too small and the blue one is maternity and well, hideous!
2) I cut off the bottom of the black suit, this will be the bottoms.
3) I put some cute elastic on it and that's it. Super easy. I was so glad that I did this first. I figured that I was at least going to get some bottoms out of this, even if the top didn't work out for me :)
3) Next I took the blue swimming suit and cut into two pieces. This is going to be the liner because the ruffle fabric is a little thin.
4) I sewed the swim suit onto the ruffle fabric. I did that to both pieces. The top is bigger than the bottom, you just can't tell in the picture.

5) Then I sewed the two pieces together, with fronts facing each other. This step took forever for me. I tried it on and it was a little too snug, so I had to pull out all the thread and start over.
6) I then put some bias tape on the top. I used some left over fabric from my long black skirt.
7) Then I sewed on a neck band, to help keep the swimsuit up :)


And just like that, I have a new swimming suit that actually fits me! If I were to do it again, I would make sure that my liner is a solid color, the pattern shows though a tiny bit.



It actually looks pretty cute on. It's nice and long and covers me up. Sorry, I'm not going to be posted pictures of me in it.....

I did wear this swimming suit this past weekend and it did just fine in the water and in the wash. I do think that I am going to make two straps instead of just one though.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rhinestone flower shirt

Silhouette has a promotion going on right now!! You can get a bundle that includes the machine and the rhinestone starter kit all for $229. The starter kit has everything you need to start making shirts like this! If you don't need the machine, all their rhinestones and paper are 30% off. Or you can get the rhinestone bundle for just $34.99! Just use SIMPLE in the code box when you checkout! This sale ends tomorrow, so don't miss it!
I made this simple flower shirt using my Silhouette and the rhinestone starter kit. The outside is clear and the inside is pink.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Motivate Me Monday #67

HAPPY EASTER!!! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter this year!! We got to spend our Easter on a much needed family vacation (we haven't gone anywhere since August!). How was your Easter weekend?

This next couple of weeks, I'm going to be taking a "break" from blogging. I'm going to still be posting a little bit but not everyday like I usually do. Sometimes I get a little burnt out from this blog, so I need a little break.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Silhouette Saturday: Name Shirts

There is something about having your name on a shirt. I know that my kids love it!! We went with original names in our family so if my kids want to have their name on something, I have to make it. They just can't go to the store and pick it out. I have always had that problem because of the spelling of my name, no personalized license plates for me...

So I thought that a simple name in rhinestones would be really cute for my little girl. I got several $1 shirts at Walmart awhile back and they were prefect for this! All I did was used my Silhouette and the rhinestone cd that I got with the starter kit and used that alphabet for their names. It was really easy, though putting all the rhinestones in place did take a little bit of time. I love how they turned out though.

Two girls in my ward are turning 2 soon, so I thought it would be cute to make them a shirt too. I just cut the sleeves to make them short sleeves.

Aren't they so fun!! Who doesn't love a little bling once in awihle!!

Silhouette has a promotion going on right now!! You can get a bundle, that includes the machine and the rhinestone starter kit all for $229. The starter kit has everything you need to start making shirts like these! If you don't need the machine, all their rhinestones and paper are 30% off. Or you can get the rhinestone bundle for just $34.99! Just use SIMPLE in the code box when you checkout! Good only through the 26th.


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