Tuesday, July 26, 2011


As I said in an earlier post, sometime I watch L for my cousin K.  L turned three and her party was the end of June.  She LOVES being any kind of a princess and I knew she likes mermaids so I decided to make her a mermaid tail for her birthday.  She told me she wanted it pink and I found some sparkly pick fabric that was PERFECT.  I had no pattern for this so I just sort of winged it and made it up as I went without one. 
First, I cut out a skirt for the tail using a plain pink fabric.  I sewed the "scales" onto this.  Once the skirt was cut out, I knew how long to make my "scale" strips.  I cut out all the strips making sure I had two strips the same length and width. 
To make the "scale" look I pinned the two strips together and cut scallops into them.  Example below:

After the "scales" were cut into the strips I sewed them on the skirt, starting at the bottom.  As you can see in the pic, at this point in time they were going on slightly crooked which was easy to fix.  Was glad I took the pic though since it allowed me to identify a problem I was unaware of. 

Now, you are probably wondering where the pic of the finished tail is.  Yeah, ummmm, once again, I forgot it.  We were running late and in a huge rush and I bagged the present and left without taking a pic.  One was not taken at the party because I did not have the camera, My Love did.  Cousin K said she would bring it to my house when L came again but hasn't yet.  I hope to have a pic of it soon and when I do get it I will post it on here for sure. 
I also made her a crown using the sparkly pink fabric but did not get a pic of it either. 
Just so you know, I NOW take pics of everything as SOON as I finish it.  Maybe, just maybe, I will never not have a pic again.  Here's to hoping!!!

Needing Shorts for Our Girls

Our KK and G needed shorts for summer.  I already had  a pattern so I thought I would make them instead of buy.  This means (because I already had the fabric or my GREAT Mammaw gave it to me) the shorts I made for them were free!!  You have got to LOVE that!!!  So first was Our KK.  I made her a pair of purple checked shorts to match a shirt she already had as well as a pair of lime colored ones that also matched a couple pf shirts.  All made using the McCall's pattern I have. 
For Our G, I used a pair of capris that are almost to small for her as the pattern.  I LOVE how they look on her hence the use of them.  The fabric I used for G's shorts is the same skull fabric I used to put a cell phone pocket on My Loves shorts. 
I also made Our J a pair of shorts out of some fabric he picked out and my nephew B a pair of robot shorts for his birthday.  However, I forgot (AGAIN) to take pics of these.  Bad habit I have, I know. 
So, here are the pics I do have of the shorts I have made. 

I REALLY like the shorts I made (and so did the kids, YAY!!)  and will make more.  I actually have more cut out to make.  Also, next to skirts, shorts are the EASIEST thing I have ever made.  Although, I do not think I have made anything that was really challenging yet.  Maybe there will be a challenge in my future.  We shall see.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Another Re-Fashion; Tunic to a Skirt

As I said before , my cousin K was cleaning and gave me some of her daughters clothes.  In these clothes was a cute outfit that consisted of a tunic and some tights.  It was a 3T though so that meant waiting for it to fit Our G.  However, I really liked the print of the tunic and I am obsessed with making skirts so I decided to make a skirt for G out of the tunic.  It was high waisted, which was perfect, so I just cut it at the waist.  I folded the top over and added some elastic and VOILA!!  Our G had a new skirt!!  YAY!!  Here is a before and after pic along with a couple of pics of Ms. G modeling it:

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, you can see that the skirt has pockets and Our G ABSOLUTELY LOVES this.  I put the skirt on her and in go her hands!!  Double YAY!!!

Father's Day

The Saturday before Father's day our modem went out.  What proceeded was the WORST dealing with a company EVER.  Two weeks of getting the run-around by AT&T then finally getting a modem from somewhere else.  So, we went almost three weeks without a modem.  When we FINALLY got our new one I found that I was uninspired to blog.  Sort of like doing without it for so long made me not want to do it anymore.  Does this make sense??  Probably not but, the important thing is, that I am back, ready to blog again, with A LOT of posts on the way. 

So, back to Father's day.  My last post of something I had made was some Green Bay Packer shorts for My Love for a Father's day gift.  I also wanted to make something for him that had to do with our children and when I saw THIS post by Sugar Bee Crafts I knew it was PERFECT for him.  Mainly because he is an AWESOME DaDa and works SUPER hard for us but also because I LOVED the play on words!! 
I asked him to pick out his preferred color of a shirt and traced the kids hands on wax paper and we were ready to make it.
On the post from Sugar Bee Crafts, she said you could use iron on letters or embroidery but I just decided to use fabric paint.  The kids picked out the colors they wanted their hands to be and I used those for the words also.  I traced the hands on the back and added each child's name  for their hand then I painted the words on the front.  It was SUPER easy to make and My Love absolutely adored it!!  Pleasing him was/is what matters so I was happy that he was happy!!!  Here are a couple of pics of the finished product: