Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Family

This weekend my good friend Julia took some pictures of our family since we're moving off island next week. We don't have any pictures with all of us in them since I'm usually the one taking the pictures, so it was quite a treat AND she did a GREAT job! I didn't have a new project to post so I thought I would share these pics instead :)

I'm really going to miss living here! This is our last week and I feel like I'm tryin to take it all in while I can. We spent the day at the beach yesterday and I found a HUGE starfish that was still alive. I'll have to post those pics once my friend emails them to me. Did I mention that I dropped my point and shoot camera in the pool? UGG! Anyway, I've had to depend on friends to snap pics for me when we're out doing last minute fun things. Unfortunately I had to pack up my sewing stuff, so I won't have any new projects to post until after our move. My new sewing machine is already there and waiting for me, remember? I hope you keep checking in and will be patient with me during this crazy time. I'll try to post something, even if it has nothing to do with sewing or crafting for your reading or viewing pleasure :) Maybe I'll have more pics to post! Hope you all had a great weekend. Wish me luck with my move, we'll need it!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Have a GREAT Weekend!

I finished another dress for Miss Hayden-I love that it matches Mia's but is a different style. How cute are they together? They have such a sweet sisterly bond. It makes me want a sister! I just love these two little girls to bits! More to come....

Thursday, August 12, 2010

MiaMoo Designs Felt Flower Tutorial

I received a lot of requests for a tutorial on how to make my felt flowers and now I'm delivering! What you'll need: (Sorry I left out a few items in the picture)
2 pieces of felt-1 the color of your flower and green for the leaves
flower template (I drew my own, but I'm sure you can find a flower template online to print out)
pinking sheers (optional)
embroidery needle
thread or embroidery floss
glue gun
Ok, ready? Lets get started! First pin your flower template to your felt.
Next you will cut out 5 flower shapes from your template and three small circles (I just cut them without a template. don't worry, it doesn't matter if they're perfect.

Next, fold each piec in half, and then in half again so now you have triangle shapes. Pin them in place.

Now thread your needle. If you are using thread, double it (pull thread all the way through so it creates two strands and tie a knot at the bottom). Pick up one flower petal and stick the needle through the point like shown below. Repeat this for all five petals, stringing them together. Once they are all strung together you will want to form a flower shape by sticking your needle back through the first petal and pull it through to the bottom of the flower. It should look like this.

Next remove your pins and pull your thread tight from the bottom so it fluffs up the pedals as shown below. Now you will want to take your needle from the bottom of the flower and pull it through the middle back up to the top side. Next take your three circle shapes that you pinned together and thread them together the same way.

Remove your pins and pull. You may need to arrange them a bit by hand to make sure they're even and centered. Next you'll want to secure everything by pulling your thread through different layers. I'm not quite sure how to explain it, but you want to make sure everything is secure and tight. Lastly you'll go back throught the middle and tie your knot on the bottom of the flower .

Now cut out two leaf shapes. I like my leaves on the bigger side, but its up to you how big to make them. I like to Hold them up together and test what it looks like behind the flower before glueing. Once I have them where I want them I hold both layers together with my thumb and lift up one leaf with my finger and glue on the underneath leaf.

Next cut out an oval shape (make sure its long enough to hide the top of your clip). I use pinking sheers to make it look more polished. Fold it in half and use your regular scissors to snip it a bit to form a tiny slit. You will stick the top of your clip through it. Lastly you'll glue the top of your clip and felt piece to the back of your flower.

ALL DONE! You did it! Now you have one of these little beauties for your little princess :)
*For Personal Use Only Please* I would LOVE to see what you make so once you do. Please leave me a comment with your link. Also please link back to my blog giving my tutorial credit for your creations. Thanks!!!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Scripture Tote

How cute is this? My friend Amber from Strawberry Owl Designs created a tutorial on how to make these beauties :) I used some of the left over fabric I had from Mia's Apron Dress. I'm still debating if I should add a fabric flower. Yesterday evening I took this tote to the movies and used it to carry my wallet, keys, cell phone, and lipgloss. It was the perfect size. I like that I can use it as a scripture tote on Sundays as well as a little handbag on days where I don't want to carry a huge diaper bag. Head on over to Amber's blog if you'd like to make one for yourself. The lining is a placemat so its nice and sturdy :)

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Awesome Giveaway!

I LOVE giveaways, don't you? My friend Sue from Sue's News, Views'n Muse is celebrating her 600th post by giving away. She has two necklaces to choose from. One is a NieNie necklace that says "All is Well" and the other says "I Blog". To enter click here. I've won one of her giveaways before and HOPE I'm lucky enough to be chosen for this one! Head over there now :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sweet Little Dress

I finished making Hayden the Sweet Little Dress by Leila and Ben last night so she could wear it to church today. She just turned 9 months so I thought this cute dress would be perfect for her 9 month portraits. Around 1am I realized I didn't have anything light pink she could wear in her hair so I quickly put this pink felt flower together. It looks perfect with this sweet dress!

I've been thinking about putting together a tutorial for these felt flowers. Would any of you be interested in learning how to make them?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I'm Still Alive!

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I feel like I haven't posted something new in awhile-mainly because of my computer issues, but also life has been a bit crazy! We are trying to get ready to move off island back to the States at the end of the month which means I've been apartment hunting online, selling our belongings, and trying to get some beach time in with my girls while we still live by the beach. Oh how I'm going to miss the beach. I've NEVER lived away from it. Yes-it's true, I've lived in California, Hawaii, and here in Puerto Rico, so I guess I've always been spoiled with great weather. I just sold my sewing machine to a good friend of mine (it makes my heart happy knowing she'll be the owner). I did however, just buy a new digital sewing machine off of For anyone looking for a new sewing machine, they are offering a $30 discount and free shipping so it was a steal! It has already arrived safely at my inlaw's house :) I plan to have a few sewing days next week at a friend's house, so hopefully I'll have some new things to post. I recently had a few custom orders for a cupcake necklace and felt flower headbands from some gals that work at Costco. We are regulars there, so most of the employees know my girls. Last week I happened to run into an employee I had never seen before who stopped me to ask where I got Hayden's headband. When I told her I made it she continued to ask questions and said she wanted me to talk to the H.R. person to see if I could set up a table to sell my stuff. I was SHOCKED! Flattered of course, but had to inform her that I woudl be moving at the end of the month. She ended up placing an order and hooked me up with a second order. Needless to say she made my day! Thank goodness for my two beautiful little walking advertisements, huh?! Do any of you have any fun new projects to share? Leave me your link if you do!