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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stained T-Shirt refashion

A few months ago, I came across some colorful t-shirts for just $5 each. I grabbed 5 different colors, Diana looks awesome in anything but 'awesomer' in bright colors; or maybe mommy just loves color:)
My daughter has been very 'artistic lately', she has been writing and drawing and cutting whatever she can get her hands on, she was wearing this T-shirt on one of her missions. She is only 3 and I guess its a phase for her, hopefully it passes soon.

I like how this colorblock 'combo' turned out
So, this is how Diana refashioned her tee
We tried to watch off the stains but wasn't successful. So I cut off the stained part. Lucky the top was ok
Use the cut off tee to measure the replacement knit fabric. Sew on both sides as shown. After sewing along the sides both pieces should be of equal width. Then turn the striped fabric out, so the wrong sides are facing.
From the 'head side' insert the lower piece
Make sure the edges on both pieces are evenly aligned.
Use pins to attach the 2 pieces. Then sew around the shirt above the pins. Then sew the bottom of the shirt and you are done.
Isn't she the cutest thing EVER?! I just followed her around and got some cute poses.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Doll Crib

A doll crib was a perfect birthday present for my 3 year old daughter, Diana. She turned 3 on the 05/26/2013. Diana is the best daughter ever. She constantly cracks us up with her humor. She has a cute personality and is loved every where she goes. She is an awesome big sister to Eli and I love to watch them play together. I feel very blessed to have her in my life.
I had all the supplies I needed to make this doll crib. I spent only $6
Diana's favorite thing this past spring was picking up flowers. She picked every dandelion she could find around our home and gave them to me.

So, I came across this doll crib plan from Ana White and I knew that Diana would love a place for her baby to sleep in. Her baby's name is Cabbage. Cabbage was a present from her cousin Luke.

I tweaked the crib plan because I don't have a Kreg jig. I am noticing that almost every project calls for a Kreg Jig and its definitely on my Birthday/Christmas wishlist.
I added a changing table and a place for her to store her baby's blankets and accessories. I will do a post on how I made the crib bedding later.

Here are some pictures of the doll crib I made:

Instead of using the kreg jig, here is what I used:
1/4" Dowel pins
Drill driver with 1/4" speedbor flat bit 
Wood glue

My inspiration crib from Ana White
Using a drill driver with a flat bit, I made 1/4" holes in the rails and the base and top
Then I put together the 2 pieces (the rails and the bottom and top rails).
Then I stuck the dowel pins into the holes and added some glue.
The crib is very steady and am glad I didn't have to use the kreg jig

Below is a cute picture of a doll crib from Pottery Barn. The price is very reasonable, $78 and I would have purchased this particular one if I didn't have the supplies I needed to make one on my own. My doll crib cost $6, not too bad, right?

Pottery Barn doll crib

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Striped maxi skirt tutorial

I am back with yet another maxi skirt tutorial. I have always loved maxis. I had c-sections with my pregnancies and elasticated skirts were the way to go for me. So I fell in love with maxis even more. They are comfortable and I think they will never go out of fashion, at least in my world. A couple of months ago, I came across a ton of knit fabric from fabric.com and so I have many more maxis to come..

First of all, I apologize for the poor quality of my photos.

I used a slightly different approach from my previous maxi skirts, here and here. Check out my toe nails, my 3 year old daughter painted them!
1. My fabric was 58" wide. My length from waist to floor is 43" long and I added 3 inches seam allowance for the bottom and elastic at the waist.
2. I folded my fabric in half (hotdog style), then in half again.
3. At the fold, I placed my old maxi skirt as a guide. I cut out the shape as illustrated in the picture.
4. Then I had 2 pieces. With the right sides in (facing each other), I sewed the 2 pieces together, the bottom and the top and added my elastic..

I love this particular knit fabric. It is a sherbet color, perfect summer color. It is light weight and thus very see-through and so I added a light weight slip inside.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Featured on Knock off Decor!

Have I mentioned how much I love Beckie from Infarrantly Creative? She is a very creative woman and I greatly admire her work. She is super famous in the blogging industry and has been very kind and supportive of me and my work. I sent her an email a while ago and she was quick to respond. She took a look at my blog and gave me some awesome advise. She has featured a few of my projects on another blog she owns, Knock off Decor, a blog where she "showcases the amazing work of some seriously talented designers while giving those with less of a budget a chance to mimic them." I love both her blogs, I can spend hours admiring her great talent and the work of those she features. Go check her out!

Here are some of my past projects that have been featured on Knock off Decor:

Kids play kitchen - Inspired by Pottery Barn
Whale wall decor - Pottery Barn Knock off
Swing Shelf - Pottery Barn knock off
Ship steering wheel - Hobby Lobby Knock off

Thanx Beckie, you are a wonderful person and an inspiration to me

You can find more details and tutorials here:
Kids play kitchen
Swing shelf
Ship steering wheel