Saturday, March 31, 2012

A little glimpse

If you live in Utah then you have definitely heard of City Creek.  It just opened last week and it's amazing!!  For those of you that don't know about it, it's an outdoor mall in downtown Salt Lake (across the street from temple square).

This week my parents, my aunt and her great granddaughters came to visit for a night.  We hadn't been down to City Creek (my husband has because he works only a block from it).  So we went down there real quick to check it out.  It was just in awe with it, it's super nice and you don't feel like you are downtown at all.

Here are a few pictures from it:

Bridge that goes over Main St.
Fun little fountain to play in
My FAVORITE part.  There is this awesome fountain and at 9:00 it had a little fire show.  There was fire in the middle of the water.  At times the flames were on the water.Photobucket
Awesome huh?  Totally worth our trip just to see the fire :).  Too bad my parents missed it, they were shopping.

Well I hope that are having a wonderful weekend!!!


Friday, March 30, 2012

Go check it out

Hi all!!  I just wanted to let you know that I'm over guest posting at Oopsey Daisy today.  I love Alison's blog and so I was super excited to be able to help her out (she's moving today).  So go check out a spring pillow I made.

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Fashionable Friday

Happy Friday!!!  I hope that everyone had a good week!  Mine went by super fast and now it's spring break for my kids, yay!!!

This past week I didn't get super dressed up.

This is a very normal day for me.  If you were to see me on the streets, this is probably what I would look like.  With my glasses, hair straight, absolutely no make up and wearing a shirt and jeans.  Oh and flip flops :)

This day I wasn't feeling very good at all.  But once a month I get together with some women and we played Bunco.  20 minutes before I needed to go, I decided that I felt good enough to go, so I jumped in the shower and just threw on some clothes and put up my hair.  I love red and I love my red flip flops from Paris (my SIL got them for me!).
This Sunday I wore a skirt (made from a shirt) that I made last spring.  I put a simple flower in my hair and wore a silver necklace.  I love this spring weather!!! :)


Guest Post: Moose Mouse Creations

Hi!  My name is Carolyn and I'm thrilled to be guest posting today at Keeping It Simple!

When I'm not running around chasing the four thrill-seeking little boys who call me Mommy, I'm usually busy crocheting hats for my etsy shop Moose Mouse Creations.
Otherwise, you'll find me crafting, sewing, baking, cake decorating, or feathering my nest...and sharing all about it on my blog, also {very cleverly} called Moose Mouse Creations!

Today I'd like to share with you an idea that I had for a pretty spring pillow and a tutorial so you can make one too!  The other day, I was playing around with some yarn, making little flower shapes from a crocheted chain (I wasn't just mindlessly daydreaming, I was trying to come up with a new crochet flower design), when I started to wonder how the shapes would look sewn onto fabric.  This led me to the question,
  "Is it even possible to machine sew a crocheted chain onto fabric?"
 Well, the answer is YES, it is.  And it looks pretty cool, too!  It almost has the appearance of a thick crewel embroidery, but, is much easier to do (for me, anyway).
So, here we go...
You will need:
A 20 x 20 pillow form
approx 3/4 yds fabric
small amounts of yarn.  I used Robins Egg Blue and Lilac Cotton, and 2 shades of Green Wool
f or g crochet hook
sewing machine
ruler and disappearing marking pen

With the crochet hook and the blue yarn make 12 separate chains as follows:
3 chains 26 stitches long
3 chains 30 stitches long
3 chains 32 stitches long
3 chains 34 stitches long
make 4 chains in lilac (26, 30, 32 and 34 stitches long)
make 3 chains in the darker green (40, 44 and 48 stitches long)
chain 52 in light green.
The tighter the stitches are, the neater they will look when they are sewn.
Finish each chain by weaving in its ends.
Cut a 21 x 21 square of your fabric and serge or zig-zag stitch around the edges if it frays easily.
Can you guess what type of fabric I'm using?
I'll give you a hint...It doesn't come from a fabric store.
A bigger hint...I got it at The Home Depot.
It's a canvas drop cloth.  It has a great texture and little flecks of color throughout.  Plus, it was cheap.  (It would work out to be $2.75 per yard if it were a 54 inch wide bolt.) So why not?
Using your ruler and disappearing ink pen, draw 4 guide lines on the fabric where you would like the stems to be, mine are at random intervals between 3 1/4 inches and 4 inches apart.
Using a straight stitch on your sewing machine sew the green chains into place using the lines to guide you.
You should now have this:
Time for the flowers...
Starting with the longest chain for each flower, pin the center of the chain at the tip of the stem.  Stretching the yarn gently, shape the flower and pin in place using as few pins as possible (allowing the chain to stretch a bit as you sew).
Sew the chains into place removing the pins as you approach them.
Continue this for each successively smaller chain.
You now have one pretty tulip!
Finish the other three tulips in the same way and you have a beautiful front piece for your pillow.
Cut two 21 x 12.5 inch rectangles from your fabric.  Hem one of the 21 inch ends of each.
Pin onto your front piece with right sides together and hemmed parts overlapping Sew around the perimeter of the entire square.  Trim the corners and finish the edges by serging or zig-zagging.  For more detailed instructions on sewing the pillow, see my Simple Pillow Cover tutorial.
Turn right side out and stuff.
Voila!  A charming Springtime Tulip Pillow! {cue the chirping birds and buzzing bees}
I would love for you to drop by and visit at Moose Mouse Creations...I even have a giveaway going on until April 9th...The prize is a hat of your choice from my etsy shop, so be sure to check it out!
Happy Spring!

I love this pillow!!!  So cute and simple!!  Thanks Carolyn for an awesome tutorial!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Random stuff

So I was way off this week, I have no clue what day it is.  I said that Tuesday was the last day for the Silhouette promotion, I was wrong, it's today!

Today is the last day to get the Silhouette CAMEO plus Silhouette Studio designer edition for only $269.99 (a $350 value!)!!!   If you've been wanting to get one of these, don't wait any longer.  This is the best price you'll find it!!  Head over here to get it and use code SIMPLE to get the discount!!


Oh and I'm guest posting over at the Southern Institute ,  go check it out!!


Scrapbook Thursday

At our house we have a birthday/holiday season.  It starts in November and ends in March.  We have 5 birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas in those 5 months.  It always seems like those months are what always get me behind in my scrapbooking.  I take a ton of pictures in those months and I'm usually too busy to scrapbook them.  Here are two of the birthdays from last year

I just love cutting pictures the same size, it makes it super easy!  I just used some white vinyl from Expressions vinyl for the title and candles.  

Here is my son's 6th birthday... he was sure being goofy that day.  Photobucket
And his party, it was so much fun.  A Wii and Kinect party!! I used my CAMEO and the trace feature to cut out the Mario in vinyl!
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Guest Post: House of Estrela

Hello crafters! My name is Magda E. from House of Estrela and I'm super excited to be guest posting with Kaysi today! I thank her for having me. I'm also super excited because this is the first time I am guest posting at all.

I tried to come up with something simple to share, and I thought about one of the frist things I've learnt when I was a little girl. And it is: how to make a ribbon rose. You can make them with any ribbon and the results are always pretty.

1. Make sure you have your favourite ribbon, or the one matching your future project.

2. Fold your ribbon in half, just like you see in the photo.

3. Then start putting one of the sides on top of the other, and then again.

4. Go on doing that until you're left with a smaller tip.

5. The next step, is to hold your ribbon on the tip's edge and let go of the rest of it. It will look like a braid.

6. Grab the smaller tip and gentle pull it. It will start forming your rose shape. You have to keep pulling until it is perfectly shaped.

8. I haven't really finished mine, but you can either sew it, or use a glue gun to keep the flower petals in place. Now, you can use your roses in as many projects as you'd like.

Those are so pretty, love the ribbons!  Thanks Magda!