Friday, December 18, 2009

I swear I'm not trying to monopolize the blog

but I have one more last-minute idea. I made these for my eleven-year-old niece but they would be a good hostess gift too.I bought a pack of moleskin notebooks at Barnes & Noble and used the zig zag stitch on my machine. And by my machine I mean the decades-old machine I borrowed from the office of our apartment complex. I didn't use a special needle I just stitched slowly. I can't remember which book I got the idea from but it is genius. Super easy and adaptable to almost anyone.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another Christmas Gift

I made this for Tyson's sister

using this tutorial. The only difference was that I added a pocket inside.

It cost about 10 dollars for the materials. I used a home decor fabric for the exterior and a coordinating quilter's cotton for the lining.

Quick, cheap and relatively simple.

Kathleen's Krazy Krafts: Military Kids Edition

Hands down the best "craft" I have ever made to gussy up my house for Christmas!  
1. Posterboard
2. Permanent Marker that you do not let kids touch ever because they could get it on the kitchen floor of your rental..
3. Crayons (the kid friendly kind)
4.  2 kids
5. One soldier who you love a whole heck of a lot and can't wait to see!!!

Now we just have to wait!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stocking stuffer idea

I know I'm a few years late to this trend but how did I live without baby leggings? Oh wait, I lived in Texas. How did I make it last winter? These cost 4 dollars a pair and I bought an average priced set of adult knee socks. Target leggings start around 10 dollars. (Some might call these "leg warmers" but I'm not old enough to know that phrase...)

Ana picked these out last week when I was browsing the tights at TJMaxx. They are adult sized knee socks from Betsey Johnson. Very good quality, nice and thick.

I cut them up like this
This is the part that covers the arch of your foot.
Make a cuff
Slide the cuff over the top and sew
This is the top view
Here is the finished product

This is my lovely model with her finished leggings pulled all the way up

This is my lovely model posing with the slouchy look. Totally her idea. "Mommy take a picture of me! I'm posing!" I can't wait until dance class starts again and she can wear them.

They took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. I'm going to make another pair for Ellie tomorrow, I will definitely make them shorter.
ETA: I take that back. These look pretty darn perfect to me.

Friday, December 4, 2009

I'm obsessed

with this skirt.
If I wanted to scrap all previous ideas for Christmas dresses for my girls and make this, what color would you suggest I use?