Keeping it Simple: May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Ruffle Dress

Do you ever have a good idea and you have to create it right then! Well that happened to me with this dress. I was laying in bed on Sunday morning and was thinking about the usually crafty stuff that occupies my head and then I jumped out of bed and decided to make my baby a dress for church, that day. Luckily I used my ruffle fabric because you can make darling things, super quick! I made this dress in about 30-45 minutes and we weren't even late for church :).


This is how I made it:
1) I took my patterns from her other dress and cut out my pieces for the back. It was stretchy fabric, so I didn't need two pieces.

2) I made a v-neck front and I cut out the two pieces of fabric.

3) I put the two fronts together and sewed the top and sides. I should have hemmed the sides at this point but didn't....

4) I then made the bottom of the dress by cutting out two pieces of ruffle fabric 10"x12"

5) I put the two fronts together, making sure I matched up the ruffles and then sewed the sides.

6) I then put the bodice into the skirt and sewed them together.

7) I then hemmed the arms and neck.

Here's her cute dress.

She looked so cute in it. I quickly made a matching bow with the scraps.

I love this picture of my little boy. He just wanted to be in the pictures. I wish that I got his whole face, but I was trying to get a quick picture before church. You never know if there is going to be spit up or something else on the dress after church.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Motivate Me Monday #72

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Happy Memorial Day!! I hope that everyone is enjoying a 3-day weekend with your family! It's always nice to have a break!! School is now out and we are adjusting to not having any schedule! Good thing it's nice and warm and we can get out of the house!

Here are a few of my favorites from last week:
Crystal from Crystal and Co has a list of 80 things to do with your kids, it's awesome, go check it out!!

Trisha from Stampin' and Craftin' made liquid sidewalk chalk, so fun!

Brandy from Gluesticks has 20+ ideas for summer activities!

I'm so excited to see what you've been creating!
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Silhouette: Temple car decal

I love all of the temple images that Silhouette has on their online store. They are just beautiful! I got married in the San Diego temple, so I wanted to put one on my car (it's a great conversation starter :D). I used my white premium vinyl from Silhouette.


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tasty Thursday: Won Ton Salad

It's starting to getting warmer and time for some nice light meals. Here is a great salad from my friend that will actually work for the main dish!

Won Ton Salad

This is what you will need:
1 package won tons
chicken
lettuce (which ever you prefer, I used romaine)
1 cup diced green onions
2 cucumbers (optional)
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 Tbs salt
1Tbs pepper

Prepare the dressing ahead of time, so it has time to cool.
1) Warm the rice vinegar and sugar on the stove, dissolving all the sugar.
2) Add oil, salt and pepper and heat until throughly mixed

For the salad
1) Fry won tons in 1/2" or 1" of oil until they are brown on both sides, drain on paper towels.
2) Add the rest of ingredients in salad bowl.
3) Crush won tons and add right before serving.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boys' shirts

I really like making shirts for my boys. It's about the other thing that I can "make" them, well clothes that is. That's why I love the Silhouette heat transfer paper, it makes it so easy!! I'm all for the freezer paper stenciling, but the heat transfer paper is sooooo much easier, faster and looks more professional too. So here are a couple of shirts that I did for my boys.

This one is for my two year old, I think all 2 year olds could wear this shirt. You know when they are quiet that it's not usually a good thing! :) I used the teal smooth heat transfer for his shirt.


My oldest son wanted drums on his shirt. So I just found an image off of the online store. So easy. I used the white flocked heat transfer paper for his.

And of course the Jedi shirt, found here. Aren't they so cute in their new shirts! :)

Silhouette is having a promotion going on and you won't want to miss it!! From now until May 25th, you can get the Silhouette SD machine, 1 roll of white flocked heat transfer paper, 1 roll of teal smooth heat transfer paper and 1 roll of dark pink smooth heat transfer paper, all for $219! That is a savings of over $125!! Just use the code SIMPLE at checkout! Don't need the machine, well all heat transfer paper is 25% off, just use the code SIMPLE! It ends today, so don't miss out!

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Whatever Wednesday: $1 Swimsuit

Have you seen the swimsuits at the Dollar Tree? I got one for my little girl and thought it was a little boring, so I decided to put a couple of ruffles on it from some scrap fabric I had left over from my long black skirt.
So here is the before:

And here is the after:

Doesn't she look so cute in her new swimming suit?


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Sand Table

In my son's kindergarten classroom, they have a little sand table. One day all my boys were in there playing with it. They all loved it, so I decided that I wanted to make one for my boys.



It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works great for them!

This is how I made it:
1) I took an end table. I found this one at a garage sale for $3. Then I took a long plastic container. I actually had this one under my bed holding two scrapbooks and a frame.

2) I drilled a hole in the container and the table.

3) I then used long bolts, washers and nuts to secure the container onto the table.

4) I filled it with colored sand (we got ours at Walmart) and toys.

And just like that, the boys can play for hours!



When they're done, we can put the lid on it and put it away

The table only cost me about $5, too bad the toys and sand cost more :). It really only took 10 minutes to make. Totally worth it for the countless hours of play!
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