Friday, May 27, 2011

Sewing Trick

Have you seen those Saturday morning sewing shows and thought to yourself... that lady is weird, or those projects are REALLY dumb! Well, regardless I still watch them because the techniques that they feature are really neat!

So one Saturday morning I was sitting there watching one of them about hemming shirts or something. Ok, feel free to insert in Julie is a dork for watching these shows... Well call me names, but this was so awesome I almost jumped out of my chair I couldn't wait to try it!

So the featured lady was showing that she was hemming and she didn't like marking the fabric and then making sure it was folding perfect all the way across, etc. I was saying internally since the rest of the house was asleep "SAY IT SISTA... I KNOW HOW YA FEEL" it was then that this magical lady pulled out a piece of poster board an inch thick all the way down. Her fabric was right side down, then she folded the edge of the fabric up one inch to the edge of the poster board and ironed on top of the fabric with the poster board inside. She said it wouldn't harm the fabric or the poster board. I knew I could totally use this technique for my burp cloths and thought... alright lets try this baby out!

So I took my poster board and cut out a one inch strip...

Then I took my fabric and cut the 17" wide x 10" tall piece of fabric...
Ok, I forgot to take a picture of this one, but imagine a picture of a piece of fabric in a rectangle. :o)

Then I took my poster board and started folding up the edge on the long side all the way down and ironing the inch piece up all the way down using the poster board as my guide...

Then I flipped it and did the other side. Once I was done it was 17" by 8" and looked like this...

Then I folded it wrong sides together and ironed down....

After this I found the center point on one side and embroidered the name on it. Then I sewed it on a two ply cloth you can get in packs in the baby area at walmart or target. The cloth was inside the fabric fold so the pretty fabric is on both sides at the bottom. You just pin it to make sure that when you sew that you will hit both sides when you sew... it is ok if the back isn't perfectly straight. They won't be looking at the back, promise. Then just tuck in the sides towards the back and sew up the sides to close in the hole. Let me know if you need more pictures of this part. Anyways, it makes for VERY cute burp cloths, even if you don't embroider them!

Here it is folded in half (oh, see that little button? It's cute right?!?! That is my screw up fix, so who said that making mistakes can't turn out cuter? For those with inquisitive minds.. I accidentally cut a tiny hole in the fabric, so after straightening it from the back I sewed the cute button... no one was the wiser and I didn't have to re-embroider something. I did sew a button to one other one so it didn't look out of place)...
Burp Cloth 1

Let me just add here, that once I tried it... it saved me so much time I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it before. We are talking take one item that took 30 minutes to mark and iron down to less than a couple minutes to be ready for embroidery. Uhm, HEAVEN!!!

So what do you think of my new trick? How about the burp cloth? Pretty easy to embellish huh?

Hope you are having a great Friday... I am at the Zoo with the family! Have a great day!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday #56

I am so proud of myself that I am pre-doing this so that it shows up first thing Thursday morning to all my lovely linkers! Just wondering by the way? Is it June yet? No. Oh, ok... only one more week. Anyways, hope that everyone has had a wonderful week! This was a great week for link-ups I had a REALLY hard time picking ones to feature they were all that good!

Do you have a baby? Do you notice that they chew on the railing of their bed? Yeah it happened... makes me wish that I had this when Laci was a baby... Oops... too late. Anyways, Little Rays of Sunshine has done a NO SEW Crib Rail Tutorial. It is pretty awesome!

Us and Them hit the nail on the head with what ANY parent of toddlers needs! I couldn't imagine having twins. These Time Out Stools must be perfect for those moments when they can't seem to get along! I need to make one for my little munchkin!

Last, but certianly not least Gabriel's Good Tidings shows us how to make an ADORABLE polka dot paper garland. I will have to do this in the future. Even better is the fact that I could use my cricut to cut all different size circles. This is just too awesome! Thank you for sharing!

Can't you just see yourself making at least (1) if not all three of those things. I mean if I was a SAHM I would be working on them as we speak. Instead, they go on my bucket list of things to do for myself or others when the time comes.

Thanks so much to my features, be sure to grab a featured button and to everyone who linked up thank you for participating. You are what makes each Thursday not only worth it, but possible! Have a great day!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baby Shower Gift - Baby Logan

It's no secret... I am a sucker for (A) giving gifts that I know people will not forget who gave it to them & (B) things with names on them. I wasn't expecting to be a part of this one, but when I was asked to help I of course couldn't say no. I really like this mom and think very highly of her and her family.

So for my part of the baby shower I was just told to bring flowers. Well... I don't like flowers that will die, so I decided to make a diaper cake (don't worry I got approval to change) so that I could make it in advance since last weekend was a nightmare and not have to worry about arranging them or getting them there without spilling them... you get the point. It turned out pretty stinkin cute... man I am getting good at these!
Diaper Cake

For the top little "lollypops" they are a spoon and a wash cloth all rolled up. Can we all say "SUPER EASY!!!" I was not going to spend $5 on etsy for each one when I could make them myself for $1 each. Nuff said! They turned out perfect!

The shower was really low key with just about 8 of us. It was at a reasturant so no need to volunteer a house or do food. It was fun. It was a really great setting!

For my gift I did a basket with an assortment of things she had asked for and I wanted to give. So the easy things first... Bottle from the line of bottles she uses, (2) onsies that coordinate in the basket and then some creams. Also in there are (4) burp cloths with Logan embroidered on them and the diaper wipe holders I am famous for raving about. I need to make a pattern since I altered it from the one I found and add some directions and link it up somewhere. I know Ms. Ashley over at CAAF is looking at getting a copy. Let me know if anyone else wants a copy too. Without further ado... here is the gift basket all done up and put together...
Gift Basket

Here is the burp cloth up close folded:
Burp Cloth 2

Here it is just folded in 1/2:
Burp Cloth 1

Here is an up close of (1) of the diaper wipe holders:
Diaper Wipe Holder

Last but not least... here is the happy mom to be with my creations...
Judy with Diaper Cake

Judy with Basket
What do you think?

I finally uploaded the pictures of the ironing cheat I was talking about. I may do a pre-post for it to appear on Friday while I am at the zoo so that you can finally see how awesome my new found trick is.

Hope you are having a great day!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Highs and Lows

My internal dialogue this morning is repeating over and over... "I survived the weekend, I survived the weekend, I survived the weekend..." So this morning is starting off with coffee and LOTS of it. But because I really enjoy this linky party, before I do anything else, this is getting done so I can recap the week.


1) I got all the birthday party and baby shower gifts made for the parties we/I went to this weekend done by Thursday night. (will post pictures when I decide to plug my camera in to my computer and upload pics)
2) Had a great time at the birthday party we went to for a Cheer friend on Saturday morning. It was at Young Chefs Academy in Frisco... they were great and the kids had an awesome time.
3) Enjoyed a couple hours with my BFF and her kiddos for her sons Pre-K graduation party at her park/splash pad.
4) Had a rockin' awesome time at Taste of Addison with some soccer friends and Jake, got to see a couple bands I had heard of and then saw Third Eye Blind (dude I actually knew 4 songs... who would have known).
5) Went to a baby shower for one of the kids moms in Laci's class and was thrilled to see that she liked the gifts I had made/bought for her.
6) Laci did her back bend back kick over ALL BY HER SELF... WOOT WOOT!! We were so proud of her!
7) Laci was also one of the 4 flyers yesterday! She was so stinkin' cute! She REALLY wants to fly. Hopefully she stays tiny enough to fly.
8) At Taste of Addison the Charbroil lady Jake was talking to was so excited that Jake was excited and gave him tons of free stuff. The best thing was this little scraper tool for his grill that cleans off the stuff left behind. She was GREAT!
9) Stayed the night at the Springhill Suites in Addison so that we didn't have to drive. This allowed us to have an AWESOME time and we actually stayed up till 2:00 am. OOPS! It was so worth it because we were having such a wonderful time!
10) Cooked out with the family last night at our house and spent some QT with my new lil Nephew... he is so stinkin' cute!


1) I was so worried the entire week last week about getting the gifts put together and done, and worrying about getting to each place on time, packing, etc. that it made the week very stressful. I don't think I could have worried about anything else for this weekend.
2) At the birthday party Saturday morning Laci acted like a little baby. It took me 20 minutes of her sitting on the bathroom floor cris-cross-applesauce-spoons in a bowl and telling her that she needed to go in the other room (we could see her through the glass and she could see us) and stop acting like a baby. It frustrates me to no end, because some parents think it is cute and sweet, me on the other hand thinks... LISTEN CHILD... YOU ARE 4 YEARS OLD AND WILL GO TO SCHOOL NEXT YEAR, YOU HAVE TO STOP ACTING LIKE THIS! IT IS HORRIBLE! She makes me embarrassed every time she does it, I mean I understand that you don't know everyone at the party, but honestly once I finally got her in there (there were some pretty heavy threats of no toys, no tv and no other parties) she was smiling and having a great time making pizza and cupcakes. Yet it took me 20 minutes of being the bad guy to get her in there. I don't like to be the bad guy, why does she make me be the bad guy? Does anyone else go through this? I am not alone right? She is too pretty and too cute to act like this.
3) I can dress my hubby up, but I can't take him out... He got Hawaiian Punch on one shirt and grease on the other. Same goes for Laci, at least I know where she gets it. She got RED Fruit Punch Poweraide on her brand spankin new white cheer shoes. It was on the tongue, the stitching, the laces... she nailed it alright! But to turn this low up to a medium I got EVERYTHING out with Murphy's Oil Soap... this stuff truly is the bombdigity! It took about 20 minutes to get everything out and ready for the washer or to set out to dry and then my hands smelled nice and MOSey (that is sarcasm at its finest.. plus it made my hands dry). But, on the upside everything came out.
4) Had to remove because I don't want people getting mad at me...
5) I didn't know it was possible to gain the amount of weight I gained in less than 3 days. That made all the work I did last week pointless. Needless to say the gym and me have a date tonight. Just an FYI... Gym (I feel like I should treat Gym like he is a man named Jim just spelled differently that I have animosity against) I don't like you today, I probably won't like you for a while, but I will see you tonight for a sweaty date.

I am sure that there is more that I am totally forgetting, but I am unable to think of. So, as a whole, the HIGHS totally outweigh the LOWS... but some of those LOWS really made me upset or angry... the weight one especially.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday #55

I really wanted to call in sick today... I mean I wasn't super sick so I didn't but Just Sayin'... I wanted to but couldn't bring myself to do it! I am just not like that, so instead I was running 30-45 minutes late... but it's better than not showing up right!

So what makes you feel better than when you are feeling down? Chocolate! I really wish I could crawl through my computer screen and eat one of these Peanut MnM Cupcakes right now, but judging by the look of them Jocelyn over at Inside BruCrew Life wouldn't have any left over because well lets face it... they look THAT good!

Also, one thing I am really glad is up is the tut from Tara over at Tales of a Trophy Wife for her pinwheels on her mantle. I need to make some for a diaper cake and this tutorial will totally help me out!

So Jocelyn and Tara make sure you grab featured buttons and thank you to the folks that played along even though I was UBER late last week! I can't wait to look through all the entries so far this week, because some of them look AWESOME... Like the cleaning chart one... I drooled as soon as I saw the name. Can't wait to look at it!

Have a great day!

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(1) Link to specific blog post, not blog home page!
(2) Link craft projects that you have done!
(3) Make sure to visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Highs and Lows


1) IBK practice started this week... Laci has done pretty good the first two times. Hopefully she keeps enjoying it.
2) Got the rest of the data off of the external hard drive.
3) Enjoying the weekend with the hubby and Laci.
4) Spending time with my sewing machine... enough said.
5) Almost finished with Holden's baby announcement. Every time I turn around there is a tweak that I have to do, but at least I am almost done.
6) Went to the gym this week. Once. Hey, I am proud I went once... tomorrow I am going again.


1) Trying to get Laci to stop sucking her thumb... I am starting to think this is an impossible task.
2) I need new boots bc mine are killin me... Dont have the time to get new ones.
3) I don't even need to remind you that I managed to totally miss the boat on ISCCT this week. I mean really.... How did I miss the fact that it was Thursday!
4) Never fail my contacts start killing me at 9:45pm... It is rather annoying!
5) I can't catch a break on trying to do Laci's thank you notes. I finally designed them, but have to print them and write the thank you on them.
6) I have 4 burp cloths to make, already did the diaper wipe holders... will have to do at night this week... yucky, I prefer to sew on the weekend!

I am so tired, I can't think of any more right now. Hopefully this week will be a great week for everyone, me included.. Oh and that I keep my days straight this week. Over all it was a good week, it just was weird, maybe because I was so busy!


Friday, May 13, 2011

It's Stinkin Cute Craft Thursday (On FRIDAY) - #54

Wow... I am just totally out of sync right now. I can't talk and I obviously am doing such a poor job at posting... hopefully this weekend gives me some much needed RnR to be normal next week. Grr. I'm Sorry! That reminds me of that song.. "I'm Sorry, So Sorry..." hehehe

Anyways, I am just going to do one quick feature...

I wish I had seen this super duper cute Teacher Gift from Simply Designing... I may have to do a late gift seeing as how we were in major teacher transition and I didn't know who was the teacher in Laci's class last week. Don't ask!

Anyways, this is super cute and looks super easy!

Ashley, go grab a featured button for that adorable teacher gift! To everyone, thank you for linking... again I am so sorry I was late! I will try and be on time next week! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Let's get to linkin'!!
Rules: 1. Please link craft projects that you have done (not advertising an Etsy site or giveaways unless they are something you have made that you are giving something away)!
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Rules for linking:
(1) Link to specific blog post, not blog home page!
(2) Link craft projects that you have done!
(3) Make sure to visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
(4) Linky Tools will remain open through Wednesday, May 18th so you have plenty of time to add your projects!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dr. Seuss Party Full Recap - Laci's 4th Birthday

The cake totally deserves it's own post... really it does I promise!

I know everyone has been patiently waiting for me to start telling you about the party. I was so busy leading up to the party that I didn't really get the chance to post much and it was kind of disappointing that I wasn't able to tell you more before. However, I guess that means I can fill you with surprises and tell you all about it now. It is going to take me a LOT of posts to get through this, because I want to do the party justice and take one thing at a time and not rush through it just to get it over with.

So with out further ado... the cake came from Say it with Sugar in Downtown Wylie, TX. They are uh-mazing at what they do. Jake wanted a 4 tier cake because Laci turned 4. So a 4 tier cake is what we got, not that anyone else really enjoyed the symbolism. :o)

Bottom to Top of Cake/Filling Flavors:
Bottom Tier (red) - Vanilla with Vanilla Cream Filling
Second Tier (blue) - Chocolate with Oreo Cream Filling
Third Tier (yellow) - Carrot Cake
Smallest Tier (green) and The Hat - Banana Cake with Banana Cream Filling

Is your mouth watering yet just hearing the flavors? I wish I could share it with you more than in pictures because it was just awesome. My favorites were the Vanilla with the Vanilla Cream and the Carrot Cake. Just wonderful. They were all excellent, but those two have already made me gain 3.5 pounds. I have to say that I am not leaving that cake in the fridge to spoil either, the weight will just keep packing on till it's gone, then me and the gym will be best buddies.

Ok, so we kind of let them have free reign with the cake and just said have at it. OMG it was just stunning. Everyone at the party agreed that it was one of the most awesome cakes they had ever seen. Are you ready for the pictures yet?

Here is the awesome cake I have been talking about...

Need a size reference? Here is my 4 year old sitting next to it...

Here are some close ups...




It was pretty cool because Jake was smart enough to tell me to get to-go boxes so that our guests could take some with them... Because we sure didn't need to eat all the left overs! So what do you think? Pretty awesome right?

Next I I will talk about what the guests saw as they pulled/walked up to the house as well as the wall decorations inside from right to including the mantle. Then save the rest for another day.

***Remember... most of these decorations we made, the only ones we didn't make were the ones with the Cat in the Hat because you could buy 5 foot tall Cat in the Hat boards. To learn how we made them look at this post from last year's party decorations. If you have ANY questions, let me know. Thanks!***

If you parked on the side street and walked towards the party this is what you would see coming down the fence (you would also have seen the bounce house, but it wasn’t inflated when I took the picture)…

Then when you walked around to the front of our house they saw this…

Here is a close up of the porch…

What they saw when walking up to the door…


Inside the house from right to left we have…

Cat’s Closet (Jake’s Study):

First wall with a cute saying:

Windows to the left of said wall:
Now this was adorable because at the bottom we had the boy and girl peaking out of the window like in the book (we later on decided we should have done their faces too, but it was too little too late):


Right above them in the middle of the window we had the fish:

Then his saying above him:

Then on the other side of the ½ wall we had the boy and girl again with the Dr. Seuss Clock and a saying that said Happy Birthday Laci (you can also see the pillow we talked about yesterday):

Then the TV (During the party we had some of The Cat in the Hat shows playing):

Mantle/Fireplace Decorations – To make the wreath we started with a plain wooden wreath and wrapped around the feather boas, then stuck The Cat in the Hat in the middle. Then I made the banner that went across the bottom and just had books and decorations on the mantle:

That was the first part of the decorations... here is the second part of them...

Here is to the left of the mantle (you can see a sneak peek of the bounce house):

Going towards the back door:


Door leading to the back yard… ahem, I mean Seuss Park:

I am skipping the kitchen because I can’t do kitchen decorations without giving up the food ideas.

Left side of the kitchen:



Going up the stairs:
Wall to the left of the stairs:

Wall leading to Pop’s Potty… I didn’t get a good picture of the door and the decorations have already been put up… :o( I did get a decent one that I can try and edit that I will share later:

Inside Pop’s Potty:

Wall of the Bathroom:

Shelves in the bathroom:


Mirror in the bathroom:

Cute little night light that spins:

Wall to the left of the bathroom little hallway & cute little gift bags:



So that takes care of most of the inside decorations aside from the 1/2 wall which I will share on a different day. Again there is a lot of stuff in there, so if you have questions or want to know where I got something let me know.

Rounding out the decorations here is food and kitchen decorations...
One of the things I am always the most proud of is my ability to make food more fun than just food…. I mean some labeling, cute signs, shapes and fun names just make it go from something plain to spectacular…

I did realize that the pictures in general this year were not as good, but I think part of that has to do with that three of us were taking pictures and we don’t know what each other got, you know. It’s ok though we still got some pretty rockin’ pictures!

Here is a picture of the kitchen in general:

The food consisted of:
Horton’s Hotdogs
Thing 1 & Thing 2 Punch
Sneetches Stars (Rice Krispie Treats)
Pop’s Pretzels
Sam’s Green Egg Oreos
Sam’s Green Eggs and Ham
Sally’s Sweets (MnM’s)
Fish’s Goldfish
Fox’s French Onion Dip
Daisy Head Mayzie’s Donuts
Max’s Mix (Trail Mix)
Grinch’s Popcorn (Green Drizzled Popcorn)
The CAKE… Already shown in the first post about the party

Here are some close up shots of the food:








What do you think of the food? Sorry that some of the pictures are dark. I haven’t had a chance to edit them and brighten them up a little bit. Let me know if you have any questions or want to see some of them closer up or want a how to on how they were made…

Last is the backyard decorations and some of the activities that we had...

I would like to start by talking about the BEAUTIFUL day that we got for the party and the backyard decorations and activities.

So... Welcome to Seuss Park

Here you can see the patio that came with the house (the covered part) and the door in the right side of the picture where you entered Seuss Park:

We didn't get a good shot of our table and chair set up, but there was quite a bit of seating outside...

The Bounce House with the Panel I made:

The Fence Decorations:

The Face Painters were awesome!!! Of course my little stinker wouldn't get her face painted, I had to bribe her to get anything... she got a glitter tattoo that is still on after over a week. I swear she has had a bath since then! :o)



Everyone had a wonderful time outside and inside. We were so pleased with how the weather turned out. It rained around us, but not on us until an hour and a half after the party was over... I got SO lucky!

Well, what do you think about the party? Pretty awesome if I don't say so myself. Each kid got to take home a goodie bag that had a book and some other seussy stuff in there (bookmark, fun candy, etc.). The party was wonderful and more than I ever could have hoped for it to turn out.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hopefully getting ideas and leaving some stinkin cute comments!