Silhouettes

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This was a favorite project I did last year! Easy and so customizable! Here is what you’ll need…

scrapbook paper
paint
a square canvas
profile photo
modge podge
ribbon
flower for adorning

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First select Scrapbook paper that coordinates with the room or style you are going for. I did mine to match my girls room. Measure and cut four strips to cover the edges and one large square to cover the front.

Paint the edges a coordinating color.

Using Modge Podge, glue on all the paper being sure to smooth it out as best you can and eliminating bubbles.

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Print off a profile photo of the person you are want to create a silhouette of. I wanted to adjust the size so I made a photo copy of it and reduced the size.

Cut it out and trace it onto a piece of black card stock.

Modge podge it onto your canvas. Next apply a coat of Modge Podge on top of the silhouette and the entire canvas covering the front and edges to create a seal.

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Once the canvas is dried you can now add a flower with a hot glue gun. Cut and add a ribbon to hang it!

One more project compleate!

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Mens shirt Makeover!



For Fathers Day I made Some dresses Out of my husbands Dress shirts! Super easy and the possibilities are endless! I was afraid my oldest daughter,almost 6, would need a larger shirt so I bought an XXL from my favorite discount store, DownEast Clearance for only $2.50. Here is how you turn an old favorite of Dad’s into a new favorite dress …
First take a dress shirt and cut off the sleeves and the bottom half just below the arms.
Remove the pockets by using a seam ripper!

(Oops!Sorry for the misspelling!)

To make a pattern you need a poster board, and a tank top shirts. Fold the poster board in half the long way. Measure your daughters chest area to get an idea of how wide you want the dress. For my girls I measured 7″. Add 1/2″ to that measurement for seam allowance and then divide in half because we are making our pattern on a folded Poster Board.

Starting at the top of the poster board, on the fold, measure and mark off your half measurement. For me, 3.25″. Now take your tank top shirt and trace the arm curve. From the bottom of the arm curve use a straight edge and draw a line to the bottom corner of the Poster Board

I use this entire template to make an A line dress out of dress shirts as well, but for this tutorial we will only be using the top sections when we trace out the top of the dress.

Using the top half of the shirt, both front and back, trace and cut out two pieces that will then look like this. NOTE: Line up the template about 1″ above a button. Be sure to use the crease mark in the template to make sure you are straight. It should be in the center lined up with the buttons. The lenght of this section is determined by holding up the template to your daughter and getting an idea of how long you need it. If you notice in my photos of the compleated dress my daughters have different lenghts… I used a longer one on my older daughter.
Now we will make the straps. Using fabric from one of the sleeves or left over from the top of the shirt, cut a piece 3″ by 20″. Fold and iron both length wise sides. Fold that in half and iron. Sew with a straight stitch both length wise sides and cut the strip in half. You should now have two 10″ strips. ( You can make the straps as wide or skinny as you want!)

Fold and iron the top of the bodice and the arm curve section. Pin on your strap 1/4″ from the edge. Fold over edge and sew starting from the bottom of one arm curve , across the straps and down the second arm curve.

For the back side, seperate the two buttoned sections. Measure on your daughter how long you need the straps and iron and pin the same way. Once you have sewn both back sides,re button.

Now place the front and back sections of the bodice together,right sides facing in and sew up each side section. Turn it right side out and now you have a completed top section of your dress.

Now to attach the skirt part.Unbutton and open your bodice and lie it length wise facing up on your ironing board. Take your bottom section of the shirt, the skirt, and unbutton it. With it’s right side facing down, line up the same sides, meaning button side to button side bodice. Pin then together.

We are now going to start to gather and pin our shirt. I do this one section at a time to insure I have an even gathers. You have already pinned the button edge together. Now take the first seam and match it up to the first seam in the bodice. Pin it there as well. You should have a loose section of skirt fabric. Now gather and pin the skirt fabric to the bodice fabric. Repeat now on the last two sections, the middle and other end by using the trick of first pinning each seam together and then pinning down the loose skirt fabric.

Repeat the pinning till it’s been pinned entirely.
Sew a straight stitch and attach the skirt.

Turn the dress right side out and press and stitch one more time on top to give it a finished look.

There you go!!! The beauty of this dress is in the steps you get to skip…Because you use the bottom section of a skirt, it is already hemmed and finished on the bottom and the sides and buttons make little to no work for the back!

The possibilities are endless. I plan on sewing on just the bottom of a cut off shirt onto a plane white t shirt using the gathering step and making a simple casual dress. You could also shorten it and make a baby doll top just by cutting the bottom half of the shirts closer to the bottom!!

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TTV Photoshop tutorial

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to add a TTV boarder to a photo in Photoshop!

First find and upload a TTV boarder. You can find a wide selection HERE. By the way… TTV stands for “Through the viewfinder!” This effect is trying to replicate a style of photography that you get when you take a photo through the view finder of a specific camera! Thought you might be interested!

Anyway….

Open the photo you would like to work with in Photo shop. Use the crop tool and crop it down to a square size.

Now open a new file and add the TTV that you uploaded.
You should now have two open files on the screen, one cropped photo and one TTV.

Click on the TTV.
Press Ctrl A and then Ctrl C

Now click onto your photo and press Ctrl V. This will now place the TTV onto your photo and it should look like this… Next click your “Move tool” and now you can stretch and adjust the TTV to fit the photo perfectly by stretching the corners. The TTV should now cover your entire photo. Click the move tool once more and click “apply.”

You won’t be able to see the photo behind the TTV until you do one last thing. On the right hand side where you see all your layers and the history you should see a drop down menu that reads “Normal.” Click that open and change it to “Multiply.” And there you have it!


If some of the TTV flex or dust pieces are covering a place you don’t want it to, simply use the “healing brush tool” to correct it.

Have fun people!!! Let Me know if this works for you! I guess more so if it doesn’t. I’m pretty sure I explained it correctly! By the way I use Photo shop 7.0

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Taco Stromboli

I fell into that panic yesterday as I looked at the clock and a scary “5:18″ stared back at me!!! AHHH!!! What on earth am I going to make for dinner! I sort of dropped the ball and didn’t have a plan! I hate when that happens!

So there I was standing in the door way of the refrigerator praying for something to jump out at me and say ” pick me!!! I’m delish!”

Thank heavens I forgot to freeze some ground beef! Magically I threw together a meal and all in the world is still good!

Taco Stromboli

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef or turkey
1 Tbs. oil
1/2 diced small Onion
1/2 pack of Taco Seasoning
1/2 cup Salsa
1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream
Cheese for top
1 Pizza crust dough in a tube

Add oil into skillet and saute the onions for a few minutes. Add meat. Brown and drain meet. Add seasoning and salsa.

Roll out your pizza dough making it long and a large rectangle. Pour meat into the center of the dough and top with 1/2 cup of cheese. Fold over sides and close the ends of the dough.

Bake at 350 for about 16 minutes or until golden brown.

Slice and serve over a bed of shredded lettuce. Top with Sour Cream and cheese. You could also add tomatoes, olives and green onions on top.

** If I would have planned better I would have added some Spanish rice and corn to the meat !!!

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Before and Afters:It doesn’t take a lot of $$$ to get a look you love!


An $8 book shelf and some scrap fabric and $3 curtain rods make this project a steal at $11. I just used some paint from my collection!



It’s safe to say this piano project has been my largest undertaking! I found it used on line in our local classifies and all in, after buying it, paying for it to be moved twice, and supplies , this project cost a grand total of about $350… I say that’s pretty fantastic for a working, charming, one of kind piano and piece of furniture! I’ll spend more on piano lessons to learn how to play it!

This dresser I scored from a tiny store that was packed to the ceiling with random stuff. I payed $15 for it and it quickly made a home for itself in my heart and in my dinning room as our beloved buffet!

Yard sales at there best result in great finds like this! This Pottery Barn coffee Table came with a side table as well. I paid $25 for both! I used a crackle finish and now have this totally fun, random blue table in my family room! The best part of using a crackle finish is it makes the wear and tear my kids put on it look intentional! Gotta’ love that!
This project was a blast! I had to gut the entire inside of the bottom section so I got to use a saw and a little elbow grease to get this charming storage unit! I used the removed drawers to make ribbon organizers…I’ll post that fun project soon!! total cost: $20



I wish I had a before picture but I don’t… I was an average oak desk begging for a little love! $40 get’s you a lot when you put in the time and effort!The hunt is half the fun! I love yard sales, thrift stores and online ads! I look at furniture with a whole other eye. Everything has potential!

Here is my basic guidelines when it comes to my refinishing projects:

  • has to be a quality piece to begin with!Sturdy and solid and no veneer!
  • buying Oops paint,or what they call mistint paint is always a great way to cut cost! You can buy mistint paint for $1-$5
  • Oil based primer will save you from having to sand down your project when you fist go to paint it!!! One coat of primer is all you need!
  • take before and afters! You’ll never believe how ugly a piece started out as once you finish it!
  • A good antique glaze always adds depth and texture! It’s my favorite! I never just paint a one flat treatment! I love personality in my pieces and glazes, crackles and rubs will add just that!

This is the perfect time of year to try your hand at a refinishing project! So hit up yards sales this weekend and get busy!

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Flower Power!

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These adorable felt flowers are so easy to make and the possibilities are endless! Make them big or small! Create a perfect accessory!

Here’s what you’ll need…

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  • Boiled wool a.k.a. FELT! But be sure to get high quality wool! Not the sheet you can pick up for 50 cents at a craft store! You’ll want the good stuff from a fabric store!
  • colored thread and needle
  • embellishments like buttons, gems, glitter dots and what ever else your creative mind can come up with!
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • 3×5 card for pattern making
  • alligator clip, headband, pin… to attach the flower to when done!
Let’s get Started!

cutting

  • First take a 3×5 card and free hand a similar shape for the petal. I think it looks like a happy molar! hehe!
  • trace 5 petals on your piece of felt.

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  • Cut those 5 petals out being sure to cut inside your pen park so it doesn’t show up on the cut out pieces.
  • once you have all 5 cut out you will now take each one and sew the two little feet together, over lapping them in order to create a little pucker.

sewing

  • Take each completed petal, one at a time, and slightly over lap it on to another petal.
  • sew them together close to the bottom so they are now attached.
  • continue adding and sewing each petal ’till you have a fully assembled flower.
Now to add a Leaf

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  • take a small piece of green felt and fold in half and cut out a leaf shape.
  • using green thread, add a simple stitch by hand to create the veins on leaves.

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  • Take the “oh so adorable” finished leaf and glue gun it to the back of the flower.
Now for the embellishments!
embelishment

  • Here I used two buttons stacked on top of each other.
  • hand stitch them together
  • Hot glue the button stack on to the center of the flower.

And there you have it!!!

finished flower

Attach your finished flowers to headbands, clippies, and pins to adorn a shirt. they would also look great on a purse, journal or anything else that needs a little charm!
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Blessing Dress


I was totally inspired by a post I saw on this blog MADE. She has a step by step tutorial on how to make a toddlers dress out of a Mens Dress shirt! How fun is that!!!! I took the general idea and adapted it for a Babies Blessing dress. I haven’t made a dress for the girls out of their dads shirts yet but I think I will for Fathers Day!!!

Here’s my go at using the instructions but with modified measurements and bolt fabric and trim instead of a shirt…

First create a pattern on a poster board. I folded the poster board in half the long way and made HALF of the dress, that way it was exactly the same on the other side once you open it up again! You will cut two of each piece… two sleeves and a front and back. I got a general idea of the measurements by looking at a shirt or dress that fits my baby but as you notice the neck line is extra wide. WORD TO THE WISE: because it’s a gather style you don’t have to be exact and I would go bigger if in doubt. (trust me!!! I had to make two dresses because I didn’t go bigger!!!) To get a perfect curve for your pattern use a bowl and trace it’s curve. For making your pattern please refer to the original tutorial I have linked above. I’m sure it’s way clearer in her description!
With fabric folded with rights sides in, trace and cut out pieces.

Starting with the sleeves, one at a time, pin to the main dress section and sew a 1/4″ seam straight stitch. Make sure the right sides of the fabric are touching. Sew both sleeves to both main pieces until you end up with it looking like this. I always finish my raw edged and press and sew a top stitch.

At this point we are going to iron in a hem, or fold around the neck line for the elastic to be added. I folded it over 1/2″. I also used a surging stitch to first finish the edge. I don’t have a surger so I just found a stitch that does the trick. Straight stitch around the neck line but be sure to leave about an inch opening so you can thread in the elastic! We will thread the elastic once the dress is pretty much done, not at this point!
If you plan on adding any lace or trim this is when you would do it! I sewed on two rows of lace just by pinning it in place and using a straight stitch.

Once you have your trim on you can fold the dress inside out, lining up the sleeves and bottom. pin it together and sew with a straight stitch leaving 1/4″ . Sew from the bottom of the dress all the way to the sleeve section.

Repeat the same ironed hem you did for the neck now on both sleeves.

To add the elastic you need 1/8″ elastic and a safety pin. I cut two 8″ pieces for the sleeves and one 12 ” piece for the neck. ( I like to thread much longer then needed pieces and do the sizing while it’s in the garment. Easier to adjust!) pin the safety pin to the end of the elastic and now push the safety pin through the casing on the neck ’till it comes out the end. you can at this point try the dress on the baby and see how much gather you want and tie off the elastic several times and trim off the ends of the elastic. Do the same for each sleeve. I just guessed on the gather and made my sleeves slightly loose so they didn’t pinch her arms. Stitch up the space you left for the threading and there you have it!!! All the gathering is done!!!

Hem the bottom and add lace!


This process would work for any baby dress. Just shorten and use any fabric that makes you smile!!! It’s a simple easy pattern and can be adjusted for any size. Use the rule of thumb that bigger is better when it comes to measuring!!! The gathering is very forgiving! The important thing is to gauge the width in the chest area as best as possible! If any thing I hope this post inspires you to try your hand at creating a pattern!

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Twirl baby! TWIRL!!!!

I have fallen head over heals in love with patterns from Pink Fig! They are so easy and adorable and when you have two girls that live in skirts, it’s a site you must visit! My oldest daughter is wearing a modified version of The Girly skirt. I made hers half as full. And my younger chica is sporting The Stripwork skirt. I made them both for each girl so yes!!! I am totally one of those moms who dresses my kids alike! I cant help it!

To make the cordinating top I just bought a shirt for $3.50 from Walmart and adorned it with fabric using a zig zag stitch. Be sure to use a stabalizing fabric on the back!!! I then used a stencil and fabric paint to add the center detail! Easy Peasy!

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When berries fall in LOVE!

For the last few days I couldn’t help but notice my fresh strawberries and blueberries feeling a little lonely in the fridge! They begged for a play date with something soft and cool. How could I deny them!!!

Solution!!! A little raundevue with a slice of Angel Food cake and a HUGE Dollop of Cool Whip!

I grew up eating this heavenly treat and I can blame my mom for the addiction! I had never tried my hand at making one from scratch but the idea of “True Homemade” AFC was almost too much of a challenge to not take!

Here we go!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • *2 cups sifted superfine sugar, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites, at room temperature (10 to 12 eggs)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* To turn regular granulated sugar into super fine sugar just add it to a small food processor and grind for a minute or so until it’s SUPER FINE!

baking

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine 1/2 cup of sugar with the flour and sift together 4 times. Set aside.

Place the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on high speed until the eggs make medium-firm peaks, about 1 minute. With the mixer on medium speed, add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar by sprinkling it over the beaten egg whites. Whisk for a few minutes until thick and shiny. Whisk in the vanilla and continue to whisk until very thick, about 1 more minute. Sift about 1/4 of the flour mixture over the egg whites and fold it into the batter with a rubber spatula. Continue adding the flour by fourths by sifting and folding until it’s all incorporated.

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Pour the batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, smooth the top, and bake it for 35 to 40 minutes, until it springs back to the touch. I use a long loaf pan made for Angel Food cake baking!! Thanks mom!!!!Remove the cake from the oven and invert the pan on a cooling rack until cool.

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Add the fruit and cool whip and there you have the perfect play date !!!

Thanks Ina Garten from the FOOD NETWORK for her recipe. Hers called for lemon zest but I opted not to be zesty this time around!

And yeah… I ate it for breakfast this morning!!! AFC has a very short shelf life in this house! It’s gone like Donkey Kong!!!

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