Snow Days

Monday, January 31, 2011

So...our forecast for this week is 10-24 inches of snow. And ice. 24 inches?!? Not only have we stocked up on groceries, but I'm beginning to research some fun indoor activities for the kiddos and I. Here's some ideas for any of you who might be facing a snowpocalypse as well.

build a fort

sew some more winter clothes for the kiddos
make some pretty shoe clips
make a sweet dress up felt board

 Also on my list- finishing a lot of projects that I have been putting off.

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

...and just in case my wonderful hubby (or anyone else who wants to send me a present) needs some ideas....

I love these.

creme bow-lee top
converse tote
cupcake love tee

flowers and bird necklace

you're the cream in my coffee necklace 

And yes, Brian, I know how much you object to cream in coffee- just pretend that's not the title of the necklace. :)

PR&P Week Three

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Week Three over at Project Run&Play is an Adult Inspired theme. The challenge for the designers is to create a children's outfit based on an outfit that was originally for adults. My inspiration folder for this challenge was bulging- and there's still several knock-offs I still want to make. I originally wanted to go with something runway-inspired, but couldn't resist this cute top from Anthropologie.

I loved the mix of prints and thought it would be a cute tunic top for my daughter. I'm currently trying to work through my fabric stash, so I didn't have the exact fabrics I wanted but I still think it turned out pretty cute. Once again she loves it and couldn't wait to wear it.
 She was being grumpy and not wanting to smile, but I got this little one out of her.

Restyled "Sweet Dress"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I combined projects this week- Project Restyle and Project Run and Play are both represented in this outfit for Eden.

I wish my pictures would have turned out better. Unfortunately, it's horribly cloudy around here and I have a super fussy two year old. I recycled this pile of tee's:
into this outfit by using the Sweet Dress pattern to create a base. I shortened the sleeves and made it tunic length, left the elastic out of the sleeves, and added an elastic waistband. Then I added rows or coordinating ruffles. Camo tunic + jeggings + belt + glitter oxfords= happy mama and happy Eden. That is so rare for us to both like an outfit.

And just to prove she can turn on the charm when she wants to:

Thug life

Sunday, January 16, 2011

he's got style.

Project Restyle- Kiddo's Room

I'm slowly working my way through decorating the kids room. Now that they share a room, pinks and yellows with butterflies and flowers isn't exactly cutting it. I wanted to do a Neverland theme- not creepy like Michael Jackson, and not cheesy with Disney posters. A little more Red Velvet Art inspired. I love their Neverland embroidery set, so that and one other painting from Elsie was the main inspiration for this makeover.

Wall 1:

This wall was a little plain, so I added clothespins to make a changeable art wall. I put up some I did, and plan on changing a couple of them out with Eden's artwork soon. My favorite is the star one. :)

Wall 2-
The alphabet banner hung in my room when I was a little girl, but it had some stains and Levi kept trying to pull it down, so I think I'll find somewhere else for it. I had seen some vinyl decals like the treasure map, but since it was so simple and I knew we would have to repaint the walls eventually anyway, I just painted it on with white paint. I love it. It's my favorite feature of the room right now. The flower painting was already in Eden's room, but I added the "think happy thoughts" banner for another Peter Pan reference. The Indian girl was inspired by RVA's Neverland embroidery pattern, but made to look a little more like Eden. The panda painting is very similar to one by Elsie Flannigan, but again, I made it more personal (hopefully Elsie's not offended by my knockoff- I probably should have just purchased a print, but I wanted this piece to be BIG). I painted the pajamas as some my son has, and a panda bear instead of a regular teddy. The panda on the dresser was my husband's and now Levi likes to play with it.

I still have half the room to go + lighting and a rug to figure out. Oh, and all of this was done (and will be done) with a $0 budget.

Winter Wonderland

Monday, January 10, 2011

This week's Project Run and Play theme is Winter Wonderland, and in addition to having the designers create something, and opening it up to readers, I've been challenging myself to make something each week too. When I think of winter, I think of clear blue skies and sparkly snow.

I used supersoft white knit material for the bodice, with a freezer-paper stencilled snowflake. The skirt is sparkly white knit material, with a layer of tulle over the top. I added a charcoal sequin waistband for extra shine. I used a scrap of the sparkly material to make a headband for Eden, but we'll see how long it stays in her hair. :)


Sunday, January 9, 2011

I've recently started the much more popular blog, Project Run and Play, and so far, it has taken all of my blogging time just getting it organized and started. But I'm hoping that will change now that the contest is underway and requiring less time from me and more from the fabulous ladies competing. My other project that has been inspiring me this year is Project ReStyle, by Elsie Flannigan and Rachel Denbow. I've already completed my first week's project. While visiting family last week, my mother-in-law and I undertook the challenge of making scrap quilts with cast-off clothes. My quilt isn't anywhere near done, but while sorting through clothes and cutting pieces, I found this dress of my mom-in-law's.
kinda 80's huh?

Sorry I forgot to rotate it, but you get the idea. Well, I have MAJORLY hacked it, and I think it resembles something much more like this from Modcloth:
 I can't wait to wear tomorrow and get some pictures of it.