Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Show and Tell

It's been a very busy six days here. But I have oh so much to show for it. And the most selfless friend ever! My sewing buddy, Amy, logged 12 hours at my house in the last 2 days and I spent 5 at hers last week. Thank you Amy! You helped me immensely and you know I'll be repaying the favor very soon.

The really fun part was all the brainstorming we did about making TaDa! Creations a team effort come fall. When it comes to sewing, Amy is even more of a perfectionist than I am and we make a great team. I'm really excited about the idea.

Here are the outfits I made for a family in need. These little girls' Mom is so excited to dress them up for Easter. I hope they wont be disappointed! I had my girls model them this morning since laying them flat just doesn't do them justice and most of it is our size or close to it. I couldn't let these leave my home without photos to look back at.

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I really love the addition of the lace, velvet ribbon and pink buttons to the bodice. The tiered dress is from the same pattern as the Ruffle Peasant Dress in my tutorial.

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And in case you're wondering, Emily got her first "at home" haircut this morning. With sewing scissors no less! I can't for the life of my find my hair cutting shears. Oops! I started out cutting it several inches below her shoulders only to get to the other side and realize it had gotten much shorter than the start. Double oops! Cutting hair isn't as easy as I thought it would be, but I do prefer the price. ;) At least now there isn't such a difference between the girls hair length. And hopefully there will be no more tears over tangles. Emily loved it, exclaiming "I look just like Olivia now!", one of her good friends. Emily's hair is 6" shorter now. So then of course Allison wanted hers cut too. I was able to give hers a little trim, removing some of the layers from her last cut, and that satisfied her.

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These skirt sets are one size too big for my girls. They have each requested that I make these again for them to keep. Good thing I bought a lot of this Chocolate Lollipop. Although I'm out of the plaid now which is quite possibly my favorite fabric ever. Boo hoo!

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The tees were $5 at Target, I love the magenta color. Perfect with Heather's lime green Freshcut mum print on the yoke.

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One more skirt set size 8.

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The skirts all have hand stitched size tags. I've never made anything larger than a 5T so I didn't have these on hand.

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And a little something for the newborn babe.
I bought the set at Target and just added the yo-yo button.

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And here are those gorgeous dolls.
Six altogether, and I coordinated each outfit to match their doll (the dolls came first).

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They each have a sweet felt heart, in various places.

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And here is everything ready for delivery. I just need to add their names.

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I really felt called to do this for them. I just wish I had been able to make something for the boys and the older children too. My hope is that these small gifts will brighten their day and that they would feel loved by God's family.


I'll be back to share my girls' Easter outfits tomorrow
and the dollies I made for them on Friday.

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

8 Dolls in 4 Days

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I'll be back soon with a proper show-and-tell.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Six dolls and counting...

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This is Nic's pattern and I just LOVE it!
Check out some of my finished dolls here.

The Song of the Day

We've been enjoying this song today.
Lots of smiles, dancing and clapping going on.
Especially from Mr. Sam.





And I didn't know these existed until a couple of weeks ago. They are cute in a secular-missing-the-point-of-Easter kind of way. To which Allison said "Mom! I didn't know about Peter Cottontail!" And then I had some explainin' to do.









Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sample Sale!

*Wow! That was fast, they sold in 2 hours with the "buy it now" option.
So sorry to anyone that missed out!




I finally took the plunge and decided that we can live without my Darla Ducky samples. *gasp* This was a hard decision to make because I love them so. But I also kind of cringe every time I see them since I remember all too well how it felt to be kicked out of the Conservatory where we took photos, all because I couldn't get a certain someone to stop picking the flower petals. *bows head in shame* But alas, I am also comforted by the fact that I know how to make these again. Ya think? So really it should have been an easy decision.

Oh and since my Tuesday didn't come with enough troubles of their own (Emily is sick again, not keeping food down), I thought I'd make this really confusing. The aprons you see modeled below actually belong to the opposite outfits. Genius, I know! The umbrella ducky goes with the dress and the cake ducky with the blouse. Back when I offered these last Easter, I gave the winning bidders a choice for the design of their aprons. Anyway, I think I've made it clear in the auctions about what goes with what. But why, oh why, did I have to go make things so complicated? I may just be losing my mind after-all.

*These are both 5 day auctions, ending this Sunday afternoon.
I will also ship via Priority mail to ensure delivery by Easter.

Jeans, blouse and apron set found {here}.



This blouse actually still fits Emily. The jeans however don't, they are a size 3T.




Jumper and apron set found {here}.







Monday, March 22, 2010

Room Re-do: Part V {From Frame to Jewelry Holder Tutorial}


I've had my eye on this frame at IKEA for a while now.

And thanks to a gift card from a sweet friend, I was finally able to bring her home and...


...turn her into a jewelry holder.

Isn't she purdy?



I'll show you what I did. It was easy-peasy.

Find a frame you love and fabric that compliments your room.



Now get yourself to Home Depot (or Lowes, I'm not picky) and buy the smallest package you can find of the smallest size chicken wire. It will be in the lawn and garden center, outside. This roll was about $5. Pick up some "S" hooks too. I only bought 1 pkg...I should have bought two. If you don't already own one, buy a tin snips too. Or borrow one from your neighbor.



Roll out the chicken wire (ahem...poultry netting) and try to flatten it the best you can. This is no easy task and I didn't try really hard, so mine is still kind of lumpy. But that's OK, it allows you some space to hang the "S" hooks. If it was super flat, it would be too hard to attach anything to it, since you need a little space behind it.

Next use a tin snips to cut the wire to fit the back of your frame. My frame is actually a hollow plastic so I couldn't staple the wire to the frame, but if you can, I think you should. I just had to lay the wire down in there and hope that the fabric piece holds it well enough. Guess what? It does! Whew! *wipes brow*



Next I laid the cardboard backing that came with my frame, down onto my freshly ironed fabric. Once I had it centered just so, I pulled it taut around to the back and secured with packing tape. Nothing fancy here.

And if I hadn't stepped on the glass insert (oops!) I would have put that behind the fabric for more stability and safe keeping. Good thing this won't be used as an actual picture frame. So instead, I just placed the paper that was immediately under the glass, over the back of the fabric panel and bent all the tabs back down.





Next I placed the little "S" hooks I bought, onto the wire, and hung my necklaces and bracelets. Then I hung her on the wall and stood back to admire my work. This took about 10 minutes, start to finish. The admiring...a little longer.



Just wait, close-ups are coming. But first, doesn't she have a nice presence on the wall?



Do you see the little "S" hooks? I still need to ask David to squeeze them closed a bit.
I tried, but my brute strength is...well, non-existent.
Do you see the little gold hook that the floral bracelet is hanging from?
It's a regular old picture hanger, I might actually like it better than the "S" hooks, but the color, not so much.



Earrings just get hung on the wire and sparkly barrettes are clipped right on to it.
A girl can never have enough sparkly barrettes, right?



Maybe walking past these every day will remind me to get gussied up a little more often.



Or not.



See the rest of our room re-do here
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Emerson Rose Designs

My friend Kelly of Emerson Rose Designs has debuted a gorgeous collection for summer called Girly Girl. She's even got a Mommy top in there too, which I love. I've known Kelly for several years, I first worked with her on eBay in our design group, Boutique XOXO. Then later, in IvyLane. She recently quit her day job to design full time and has branched out and opened her own website, Emerson Rose Designs. I am so excited for her and I know she is just loving that she gets to do this full time at home and spend more time with her daughter, Emerson Rose.

Here's a peek at what you'll find in her Boutique. Our friend Melissa has designed hair accessories to match. She's got fabulous pricing too.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Seeing as how Allison has had the flu since 11pm last night and now I have it and we both only slept for one hour last night and I can't get to the grocery store and I may never feel good again...this may not happen.

But, I'm super thankful for a sweet friend that just brought us dinner and for a husband that stayed home to take care of us and plans to take my grocery list to the store tonight after he tucks us all in bed (where hopefully we will be able to stay until morning!).

Emily helped me go through my recipe binder yesterday and picked out some new ones to try. I hope this means she'll actually eat them. She's become a picky eater later. I'll let you know what the stand-outs are. Lunch is usually leftovers or something easy like PB&J.

Tu Peanut Butter Oatmeal Muffins and scrambled eggs
*By the way, my friend Colleen has an amazing collection of muffin recipes on her blog!
Tu Stacked Chicken Tortilla and fresh fruit
Tu Dump Cake

W Oatmeal and toast
W Mu Shu Chicken Wraps and steamed broccoli
W Rainbow Cupcakes for St. Patty's Day

Th Ham Egg and Cheese Biscuit Cups (made the night before) double to freeze extras
*I've found that it's better NOT to pre-bake the shells, and these freeze really well.
Th Fantastic Taco Salad

F Cold cereal and fruit
F Kung Pao Chicken with rice, add veggies to the stir-fry

Sa Overnight French Toast (assemble Fri night)
Sa White Bean and Chicken Chili and Famous Dave’s Cornbread

Su Leftover French Toast
Su Fiesta Mexican Lasagna and corn

For more menu plan ideas, hop over to orgjunkie.com.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Birthday Dress and a Winner

I finished the Birthday dress just in time for gift wrapping. Whew!  I think she turned out purdy cute too.
What do you think?

It's the one in the middle. I love that she will coordinate with my girls. We'll have to get together this summer for a little photo shoot.  Maybe even at the Farm.

I only made this one 1" shorter than the others, but then I cinched up the neck a little so it won't fall off her shoulders, so that took it up another inch.  This dress is easy to play with , just by adjusting how much you do or don't cinch up the neck elastic.  When she gets bigger I'll just replace the elastic with a longer piece to make it fit a little longer for her.

I also wanted to show you how the ruffle looks when you finish it off with a narrow hem instead of a serger rolled hem.  I'm adding this pic to the tutorial too. !t still looks great!


Next up, what you've all been waiting for...




and the winner is (drumroll please)


Terri said:  "I love the fabrics of your dresses! I am always checking your blog for crafty inspriration or a new tute! My 2 year old daughter loves helping me "make" things! This would make a sweet little Easter dress!!"

Congratulations Terri!  E-mail me at tadacreations@gmail.com and I'll get this sweet dress sent out to you!

And a great BIG thank you to all who entered, for the wonderful comments y'all left. I wish I could make a dress for each and every one of your little girls.  *sigh* And I love that so many of you came out of hiding to say "Hi".  You should do it more often.  ;)  Comments always make my day!