Meet the Finny Dolls

Well, we finally had some time to make some extra things on the sewing machine that weren’t for us.

We overhauled our Etsy shop and called Eleanor’s Room because we plan on filling it with things that Eleanor likes…

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So far, we’ve filled the store with a handful of these dolls we started making a couple years ago.  We call em “Finny” dolls.  I won’t say why but you might have a guess.

 

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This first batch came out skinny and long-limbed.  Much like our prototypes, though they were a tad chunkier.  One new thing we did was add a removeable skirt for each.  Because if your daughter is anything like mine, she likes to be able to dress her dolls.

The good thing about having had a few of these to play with for a while is that we’ve been able to see how they hold up over countless trips to various places like parks and movie theaters.  And after spilling drinks and spreading raspberry jam over them, I have to say a trip through the washing machine does wonders and is completely safe. I would treat them as you would any favorite shirt. Stain remover and low tumble.

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They have eared hats instead of hair which also makes them easier to care for. No tangled mess for your little ones to get tied up in.

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They each have their own pattern of clothing picked out by Eleanor. The material we used is mostly cotton blends with a fleece or flannel thrown in here or there. Some recylced, some new. This shop is also part of the giant goal to zip through all that hand-me-down material I have gobs of. My hope is that I will eventually have it down to one bin of material that I already have plans for.  And possibly a few pieces to inspire just because they’re pretty.  I often get commissioned for various random jobs so I usually need some supplies handy.

 

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We decided to embroider each face. We kept it simple, while still having some personality.

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Some have longer legs than others…

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Some make their own clothes…

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And they each have at least one face and a name. This one is Dolores. She likes blues…

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Visit the shop here:  Eleanor’s ROOM.

They make great one of a kind gifts!

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 2- Cinnamon Stick Reindeer

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Today’s craft is very special because it is hosted by CRAZY CAT and KOOL KITTY! Roo’s friend Brielyn joined us for a fun day of crafting! Or is it Cool Cat and Krazy Kitty…  or Cook kitty and Crazy kat?  If you can figure it out during the video let us know.

Cinnamon Stick Reindeer

You will need:

  1. Cinnamon Sticks
  2. Hot glue gun
  3. Black and White acrylic paints
  4. Twigs or toothpicks for antlers
  5. Cat ear headbands to wear
  6. Ribbon or twine for reindeer scarves
  7. Cotton if you want fluffy tails
  8. Pickles and pulp free OJ for snacking

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Thanks for watching!  Join us tomorrow for HOLIDAY PILLOW MAKEOVERS!!

 

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#LoveSummerArt

So there’s this amazing Hashtag Party goin’ on this weekend and it’s all kinds of Artastic!!  #LOVESUMMERART

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If you’re an artist/creator youtuber, you can join the facebook group here: Youtube Channel Art and Crafts

If you are not a youtube creator and just want to enjoy the Arty vids, then just simply type in the hashtag #LoveSummerArt in the search bar on youtube and see what comes up!  I happened upon this by accident really… lol.  So as usual, I had like a day to come up with something… but it gave me an opportunity to pick up something I started and never finished.

So here is my #LoveSummerArt vid:

I had started a “beach” mini last June, and then with all the moving that went on this year, my arts and crafts were mostly in boxes so I never got the chance to finish it, but now that I’m back in business, I’m aiming to get it done within the next couple weeks.

I used this printable canvas for the cover image as well as an image of my daughter and my neice running on the beach.

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Love this stuff! I use it for sewing projects, but it also works great for scrapbooking. This brand was a bit sturdier than I like it to be for sewing projects, but it’s great for this purpose. It’s made by Printworks.

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So I did one 2 page layout using that large canvas photo of my daughter and my neice, and another 2 page layout using 4 photos of my daughter and nephews.

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It was so much fun, I hope to get another video up by monday… or perhaps Roo might wanna do one too…  Weekends are always super busy so it’s hard to get stuff together, but we will try!

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So anyway, we will surely share whatever we come up with next!  Have a great week!

 

Fitty & Roo

 

 

LIEBSTER AWARD! yeah!

liebster-award1YES!  I’ve been meeting so many nice bloggy peeps in the past couple weeks, and one of my favorite and most fun to read blogs that I’ve discovered is this one: Pretend to Be Nice. : Teacher moms- on the edge!  It’s written by two lovely ladies, Andrea and Kevil, and they have a endless well-full of advice and humor… and math! So I will probably be calling upon them when my daughter needs help because I will be useless!

So they’ve nominated me for the LIEBSTER blog award!  So thank you to my friends and please go subscribe to them, they are fabulous!

And since I took so long to get this post up, I got nominated again by Uninhibited Ladi!  A real sweet gal who’s love for coffee seems to match mine! So I haven’t gotten to those questions, but I will try to do that real soon.

AND THE RULES ARE: *The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them. *Provide 11 facts about yourself. *Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you. *Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

So here are 11 facts about me.

1.  I ate spaghetti and pickles for breakfast last thursday. It’s not weird. There are no food timing rules.  There aren’t breakfast only foods.  They just want you to think that. Eat what you want when you want!  You’re welcome.

2.  I do not own any donkeys.

3.  I want to live in an old farmhouse with a big barn in the back with just one goat.  Well maybe two if goats like frens.  Not sure. I could consult Andrea if I ever have this opportunity.

4.  I like to throw out or get rid of things often. I frequently downsize my wardrobe to the five shirts and two pairs of jeans I wear most. But two things I can’t seem to part with are books and mugs.  I have a storage unit and books and mugs are the contents of half the boxes. I have this dream of one day having an extra big room to turn into a library. And one side is going to be some sort of coffee bar.  So I can display my mug collection along with my books. Ok, yea, it just palmolived on me that it pretty much sounds like I want a Barnes and Noble in my house.  It could happen.  Maybe the barn out back would work for that… but it will be less corporate and more quaint. 🙂

5.  I’m only on number 5!

6.  Phew, onto 6 already!  I don’t really have a favorite number.

7.  Oh, and I forgot to tell you about my collection of old windows.

8. Do I have to follow all the rules, I just can’t think of anything else.

9.  I’m gonna just go ahead and say that later in this post I call myself someone who follows directions well.

10. Sometimes I lie.

11. …

 

So here are the questions I must answer:

From Andrea:

1. What do you remember about your favorite teacher?

OH NO!  I could make something up, but since the thing I remember most prominantly about my favorite teacher is a quite large sitting mechanism, I probably should just be honest.   Are you smellin what I stepped in?  And I think it was over accentuated by a tiny waist.  I mean, those girls who pay someone to inject cement and other such malarky into their rear facilities in a dingy van (down by the river) would be totes jels (am I cooler if I talk like a disney channel teen?) of the natural fullness goin’ on up in my favorite teacher’s fundament.

oh, and besides ALL THAT, she was an english teacher.  And an awesome english teacher who inspired me to write… and write… and write honestly.  Which is what I did up there.  So I’m a good follower of directions.

 

2. Toilet paper roll: over- hang or under-hang?

Well… this was quite the source of tender feelings in my college apartment.  I …  just ….  can’t talk about it!  My roommates might be reading this…  I can’t afford to lose another friend over toilet paper.  I hope you understand.

 

3. What is your all-time favorite TV series? Why?

Little House on the Prairie.

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I mean, an explanation is probably not necessary… but there’s a Why? side dish after that question, so here goes.

PA. IS. HOT.  (rip 🙂

4. When you were a kid, did you ever get away with something that you never told anyone? Will you tell us now?

When I was a kid… I did not speak.  I did not dare walk away from the cart in the food store. When I started to talk (age 12),  I did not dare say a cross word to my mother or any adult in close proximity or in another country.  I did my homework, I obeyed all the rules, and I even let my mom pick out my high-school wardrobe and even believed her when I came home to tell her that other kids (including my siblings) were making fun of my checkered pants and saddle sneakers and she replied “Be a leader, not a follower!”   So no.  I never got away with %%&$!!

If you would like my mom to raise your children, let me know and I’ll set up a conference call.

5. What is the healthiest thing you do for yourself?

I allow myself time to enjoy my hobbies!    I’ve tried to give it up in the past… like it’s something bad… and it just makes me unhappy and miserable…  like my school just cut out the arts program!  Don’t you feel like sometimes you’re made to feel like doing art and music and all the sort is a waste of time? Well it’s not. Fight the power!  So I decided my school is keeping the arts!  And it provides endless mother-daughter activities!  Because my time always involves my daughter.  And that’s my favorite time!

6. When you deserve a special treat for accomplishing a goal (like keeping up with a blog challenge schedule), how do you celebrate? 

MOVIE NIGHT!  I love movies, and lately it’s gotta be a kid-friendly flik.  But on special occassions when Roo actually goes to bed at a decent hour (I wonder if the wee hours feel bad about being indecent?), Bacon and I like to watch something more adult friendly and eat giant sundaes. And I mean movies with friendly adults in them.  We don’t like mean people. Well.. we like mean people, but we don’t understand them.

From KEVIL:

7. What do you like to do when you’re hanging out with your friends?

I like to scrapbook with my friends!  But my friends don’t like to scrapbook.  They like to watch me scrapbook while they drink wine and eat pie.  Which is fine with me, because I can drink wine, eat pie, chat, and scrapbook while we talk nicely about other people.  It’s a good time.  We also like to go out to eat but that gets expensive so it’s cheaper to hang at the house.

8. What is your favorite time of year?

Well.. it’s kinda  a tie between Halloween and Christmas.  So I’d say September through december.  So largely the Fall season.  Fall has always been my favorite.  Halloween is fun because I like candy. And I like costumes.  And having a daughter who likes me to sew for her makes Halloween even more fun because I get to make her costume every year…  ( and sometimes our own…)

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9. What was the happiest time of your life?

I think the happiest time was becoming a mother.  There really is just nothing that compares with the heaps of fun and bliss that come with having a kid or 7.  I mean, there are hard times…  and times of GIANT worry…  and trips to the ER… but any sleep deprivation, self- sacrifice, or annoyance that comes out of raising a child is just not that big a deal because there’s this little pile of awesome that benefits from every good you do!

10. What was the last thing you did for yourself?

Created a solid monthly budget plan.  This doesn’t sound like fun, but it sure does make life easier.  It allows me to think of money managing as a fun game.  Like…  hmmm, I don’t have enough this week to buy mango slices… but if I sell some shiz on eBay, then I will!

11. What’s that one quirk that very few people know about you.

Well everyone knows I can clasp my toes so I’ve got to go deeper here.

I’ve been able to hide this from my family for almost my entire life.  It’s only been noticed by a couple co-workers at two different jobs.  I will deny it if you ask me, but once it’s out in the open, the onstart of torture usually follows.  There was this one nice lady I used to work with.. she was the type that had to kinda gently tap you on the side of one arm at two minute intervals while she was talking to you.  This forced me to touch my other arm in the same spot in response to my need to feel even. She talked for quite a while so you can imagine I got tired of making myself even pretty quickly. I can’t pinpoint the exact rules of the whole thing. I just know it has to be a short impressionable touch.  If you’re holding my hand or rubbing my back it’s fine.  I do notice that when I’m stressed  it gets worse…  like if I watch you scratch one side of your face to much, I might be inclined to go over and scratch the other side of your face.  Or scratching both sides of my own face might be enough.  I think I’ll stop there.  I’ve said too much!

 

 

AND most importantly, here are my nominees:

 

1.  We are more than Conquerors    :  Ok folks, this is my husbands blog.  And I’m not tryin’ to keep all the fun for the fam, but I think his is truly something special.  He’s been on this journey and I think he’s got some good stuff to share.  I’m climbing onto the boat myself, and it’s tough to wrap my brain around, but I’m glad he stays strong and believes.  So check it out, no matter where you’re coming from.

2. Fresh Delight!   Ellen’s blog is adorable just like her!  Papercrafts and all the like!  We first became friends through the youtube layout hop, and so glad we did!  She does awesome projects!

3. Lookingglassmama :  I met this blog through Bloguniversity.  She likes coffee!  Her fun stories about being a real mom are quite entertaining!  And she throws in some crafts!

4. Anntogether: She probably already has a huge following,.. but I can’t figure out how to find that out! But whatever it is, it’s a great blog.  Artsy, funny, and parenty!

5. MyScrapmuse:  JUST GORGEOUS Projects!  Very inspiring!

6. Eat all Fresh:  This is a new find for me..   If you want some tips on taking care of that important vehicle God gave you to travel around in!

7. Embracing the Seasons:  Awesome mom of five who knows how to keep it simple and happy!

8. Tam’s Garden:  ART!  and it’s beautiful.  And you can buy it!

9. Nerd Book Reviews!:   There’s no need to explain right.  You know you’ll get a very detailed and honest review right here!

10. Creatively Savvy: This is the place to go when you’re scrapbooking and you’re just completely uninspired.  She shares scrappy sketches so you can pretty much pick one and go!  She also has a blog dedicated to sketches called Sketch Savvy.

11. Paper Issues: This is probably the most popular store for scrapbook supplies.  Every scrapper I know has shopped at Paper Issues.  And I just recently discovered their blog… so there ya have it…  more than just a store.  A lifestyle!

 

 

 

 AND MY 11 Questions for the Nominees are:

1. Do you have one favorite song, or 17? Feel free to share some titles…

2. If you could be cheese…  what kind would best describe you?

3. Do you hoard anything secretly?

4. Gnome or dwarf?

5. What inspires you when you’re feelin’ empty?

6. Sand or snow?

7. Do you have a drink that accompanies you when you’re creating? Coffee, tea, coke?

8. Finish this sentence:  When I can’t sleep, I always end up ________________.

9. Let’s dig deeper, what’s your stance on stairs?

10. If there was only one food left and you had to eat that food for the rest of your life to survive, what would you like it to be?

11. Share one or more family or friend traditions that are special to you!

 

 

 

  OVER HANG!!!  DUH!!!

 

There’s so many Groovy things to do…

fitty-madebyfitty-oldbook-scrapbooking-studiocalico-americancrafts-coupleOne of my favorite things to do is to use old books as Scrapbooks. I’ve actually given them as gifts more than I’ve made for myself… but I have a few works in progress that I add to as I get just the right photo. I’m quite picky when it comes to what photos I use for my old book books… Old book book scrap book books. sheesh…
But with today’s apps and programs, you can pretty much make any photo look like it was taken when the book was written. And lately, I think God is trying to tell me that I was born too late. Well not lately, my whole life actually… Things of old just seem to gravitate toward me… People just give me furniture that looks like it was George Washington’s cousin’s wife’s mother-in-law’s. They leave me nik naks that look like they’ve been run over by trains. And they know that I will like them. And now I’ve moved to a house that was built in 1802… kinda by chance… so it’s all good because now my stuff matches my house! And my old book scrapbooks fit right in!

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This is just more proof that anything works as a scrapbook. I used some paint and confetti to embellish. Not much involved here. It’s just about what you think looks good.  I know I always talk about doodling.  But seriously, it’s my favorite embellishment.  You don’t have to be a master artist.  That’s why it’s called doodling.  It’s mindless scribbling!  And it just looks good no matter what you do.  And if you don’t like the way it looks, cover it up with a sticker.

Seriously folks…  I’ve kinda be re-inspired to scrap some older photos..  Moving always forces you to look through old boxes… and I found the motherload of pics and old albums.  So many have good scrap potential.  I’m always torn about how to organize my scrapbooks. Like, should this one be just for this year?  Should this one be just of the dog?  Should I start a new one every year for just me and Daryl?  AHHHHH, it’s brain wracking…  So I decided that my old book scrapbooks are going to follow no rule.  They will just be.  Any photo I come across that I think would make a good arty entry to my old book will just be rendered admittance.  No questions asked.

 

Stay Groovy.

XO Fitty

Halloween Spread

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And the follow-up scrap layout of the Halloween pics!
I only really had a handful of pics due to the whole… darkness and rain… stuff goin’ on. And I didn’t get to see the family as much as usual so I didn’t get my goofy nephew pics.

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But I’m glad I thought to take some pics around our block before it rained…

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I’m enjoying another bowl of mashed potatoes as I type this… I had a sandwich in the car… but I was hungry again when I got home… and luckily Daryl didn’t eat all the mashed potatoes.

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And here’s the making of the 12×12. The other side is PL style…

And now!!! Onto CHRISTMAS PROJECTS!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Halloween Costume Re-cap

So I have to say Eleanor is pretty good about sticking to her Halloween costume plan…   This is the second time she decided on what to be almost a year before and hasn’t changed her mind.  So I kinda feel like that’s huge when it comes to making costumes.  I mean, what would happen if your kid decides to be a squashbutter ninja and then you go to the trouble of making the perfect  costume, and then they won’t wear it because they changed their mind and now want to be a Stripey fruit ninja!  If that was the case I probably wouldn’t have bothered with making costumes at all.. or I would …and I’d just have a lot more.

This year it was Sofia the First. If you don’t know who that is, here’s a pic:

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It’s a newer Disney Jr. show… and it meant another purple princess dress! (Last year was Rapunzel) Whoot!

So I’m always disappointed with the Princess dresses in the Disney store. They’re expensive and usually don’t look like the actual dress the princess wears… and to top it off, they always add some cheesey charm on them with the princess’ picture on it. SUPERCHEESE!
Roo wasn’t too impressed with them either because they lacked the “poofiness” that Sofia’s dress clearly has!
It wasn’t in my plan to buy one, but this October was busier than usual and there was a slim chance that I would just plum run out of time when it came to making Roo’s costume this year. I had some other people’s costumes to make, and some photo jobs to take care of, so my free time outside of work was pretty slim. But luckily I was able to make it work. I mean, I was down to the wire and had to forgo a couple last minute details but I at least got to the point where you could say “Ok, this is a Sofia costume no doubt about it!”

I’m not really going to go through a step by step but I at least took a few pics along the way:

I decided right off the bat that I was going to make an “under” dress first for two reasons:
One, I knew I needed a lot of layers of netting and fabric so I could get it poofy enough. Trying to sew all that together and keep it straight would be tricky. And the top purple layer needed to lay right due to the tulip type skirt. And two, I figured she could use it under other dresses that needed extra poof!
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So the skirt with a satin layer inside and the crinoline under-skirt looked like this:
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Looked poofy enough to me? It actually looked like it might swallow her whole!

And then I added the white cloth layer on top. I sewed on a strip of light purple ribbon to the bottom edge before I attached it. HW04 (1 of 1)

sry, these photos aren’t the best, but they were like the phone photos I was sending my husband as I was making this because I just thought it was funny looking.

So then I attached the white top and added a zipper in back, and I got this:
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There are a set of fangs in her mouth from an octoberfest phototaking job we did the day before.  She’s not wearing some weird Frankenretainer or anything…

So now I’m thinking I’m well on my way… well as the Halloween week days were closing, I realized this dress had so much more going on than I really thought through! But regardless, I got this far, I wasn’t turning back! Who doesn’t love a challenge!

SIDE STORY ALERT:
So I’ve got this big poofy white under dress thing but I just need to take up the top a little.
Roo decides she wants to paint. So I’m like, ok sure because I never really say no to any arts and crafts. I take off her dress, get her set up with paint and an easel…
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I call her back in the sewing room to try on the dress again so I can check the length of the top… It’s good. She starts dancing around again and before I know it, she decides to crawl under the paint easel (coz kids like to crawl under stuff) and I’m starting to freak cos she’s close to her paints. Well she didn’t touch the paint, but she did get some paint on the floor… which she’s now swept her white enveloped self through. The bottom edge of this white angel dress is now coated in blue paint. And not only that, but there are three random blue paint spots higher up on the outside skirt. Just when I think I’m going to lose it, I remember this spot remover I bought at Hobby Lobby that they sell right on the fabric cutting counter. I remember I picked it up and asked the lady cutting my fabric if it worked. She said she didn’t know firsthand, but that everyone she’s known to try it has only had good things to report. So it’s $3.99, I buy it. And as I’m throwing it in the cart I’m thinking in my head that I’m probably going to end up with a reason to use this. Well thank god I got it because boy did I ever need it and boy if it didn’t take that paint out like a champ then I don’t even know my own name. ( wait…) Or on the flip side, this all might not have happened if I hadn’t bought it at all.
The point is, if you see this:
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you better just buy it. You just never know when you’ll really need it.

So Grandma’s secret spot remover saved the day!!

Ok, story over. Back to the dress:

Now for the fun part! Starting the purple dress! For the top, I needed two shades of purple and some kind of dark purple trim to divide the two colors and add that little twist at the torso. I had this satiny fabric in a lighter purple which was annoying but I used it anyway coz I had it on hand. I ended up doubling the lighter fabric so I wouldn’t have to hem or turn under the edge when I was going to put the dark purple trim. I got this tiny dark purple ribbon and just sewed it on the folded side of the satiny light colored fabric with a matching thread.

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Then I just added simple sleeves, nothin’ fancy.

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After thinking about it, I decided the best way to put the skirt together was to just cut four big ovals flat on top and sew them together from the middle up. I didn’t want any seams going through the white applique design.

So that seemed to work out well. I pinned them together and laid them over the white dress and adjusted the shape until I was happy with how they looked. Once I was satisfied, I sewed them together loosely and started making the appliques.

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The applique was made with the leftover white thick satin material I made the innermost layer of the white dress with. I ironed on the fusable interfacing, and started cutting out the shapes. These also weren’t cut with any precision or measurements. I just kinda cut one tear drop shape, placed it on and cut it down until it looked right, and then make 15 more. And so on with the other shape. After I did that, I ironed them on and then sewed around each shape with a white tight zig zag.

So here I’m thinking that I’m really almost done! I haven’t attached the skirt yet because I still have to decide on how to add that scooping of beads on top.
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Even though in Sofia’s dress, it really doesn’t look like there’s an extra layer of fabric on top of the tulip skirt, I made the choice to add one. I just kinda thought it would look better than just sewing a string of beads in a scoopy shape on either side. So here’s where we’re at now without having actually sewed on the beads just yet. They’re kinda just pinned up for now.
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Now this is where I ran out of time. These beads were supposed to also trim the big purple tulip skirt…and the neckline but since they had to be hand sewn, I only had time to trim the extra layer and the top. I mean, I guess I could still add em’ now if I wanted but I think it actually looked good enough as it was. It was getting busy already and it was pretty darn close to looking almost exactly like Sofia’s dress.

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So after sewing on the beads the night before Halloween, I’m pretty convinced that’s the last I’m going to do for this dress instead of losing another hour of sleep. I’m definitely happy with how it turned out… and Eleanor (roo) is thrilled with it but slightly disappointed that I never got around to making Norma a dress… or myself for that matter so we could be the mom and step-sister. Perhaps I can make up for it at Christmas with matching elf outfits for the three of us.

So here’s what went out on Halloween!

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She’s already put in her order for a “Shake it Santa” dress but “bigger” for Christmas. I’m trying to talk her out of it so we can make something different… but we’ll see. Maybe the girls from the Shake it up show will have something new on that she’ll like. So I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that I’ve become her dress making slave, but honestly I’m so happy to be.

Oh, and I can’t leave before I show you one more pic… Kevin was dying to try on the dress, so we all agreed he wore it as well as Eleanor. Points if you can find him!!
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Anwyay, so if you have any questions about the making of this dress, feel free to ask! I’m kind of a fly by the seat of my pants sewninja. Ninja seems to be my choice word currently. I’m asked a lot how I sew things without patterns and I’ll just answer that here.
There’s a couple reasons and the first is that there usually isn’t a pattern for the things I want to make. A lot of the dresses I make for my daughter we either make up, or she sees on TV so I honestly think it’s a waste of time to look for a pattern because it probably won’t fit them exactly, and it will probably won’t even look like the dress anyway… like the disney store dresses! I can’t say this is true 100% of the time, because the first time I looked for a pattern for a particular dress was the last time… and that was a while ago. But it’s probably a safe bet. And the second is that I’m just not that used to reading patterns. I never took home economics. I was never taught how to read a pattern. I’m not saying I never bought a pattern… I have. I did make a purse from a pattern and some other things along the way… but for the most part, I would end up changing the pattern anyway. The fun of sewing for me is making up something new… or being challenged to make something from a character or picture and seeing how close I can get. It’s like those logic puzzles in those puzzle magazines I used to get in my Easter Basket: Identify the pieces. Figure out where they need to go. Decide which order they need to be attached. And I’ve taken out many stitches this way, but it’s all for the fun of it!

I started sewing after my daughter was born… and it started with stuffed animals and bunting. The first dress I made her was for the 4th of July and she was already close to 2 years old. And the way I did was by taking clothes that I knew fit her well and using them as a guide. I just kinda mentally un-did the seams and pictured what they would look like flattened out. And now a days I just kinda put a piece of scrap paper on her back and mark her shoulders and whatever that way… once you have the basic shape, you can adjust it to almost any type of clothing. Honestly, I think trial and error over a few years has taught me the most about sewing. I still want to take some classes, but everytime I sign up for one at the community school, it gets canceled for under enrollment. Maybe I’ll start my own…

Anyway, sorry for the long post!!!
TFR!!

Stay tuned for a Scrapbook layout using these Halloween pics!

xo FITTY!

All dressed in Vintage

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So I had the awesome pleasure of playing photographer for a beautiful friends wedding. I still have around a billionty more pics to edit… But for now I just thought I’d share a couple with the brides permission… Without revealing people or places… Just yet anyway.

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What was awesome about this wedding was that the dress was in its third generation of brides… From grandma to mom to daughter… So sweet! Of course by this round,it needed a little TLC… But it was absolutely gorgeous!
My fav was the tule underskirt…

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And the veil was a simple classic style… brilliant!

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I have to hand it to you photographers out there… It’s a week later, and I’m still sore.  That’s probably the most excercise I’ve gotten in years!  If anyone else ever asks me to be the wedding photog…  I think I’ll need to train a bit first.  Holy bajeez what a work-out!  And probably more fun than flipping tires…  at least in my opinion.  I could be wrong because I’ve never actually flipped a tire… lol.  But I know a lot of people who do it on a regular basis…

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To me, fall is the best time of year and what was supposed to be a rainy day turned out to be absolutely perfect!! Who knows though… in a few years, fall could be in january.  Which would be cool cos that’s my b-day month… tee hee…  then I could have a Halloween birthday party!

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So overall, it was an awesome day and I was honored to be a part of it.  Congrats Meg!  You made a perfect bride and I hope your new life chapter brings happiness, joy, and blessings!

xo, Fitty

Keep Happy in a box, that way you’ll never lose it.

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So one of my favorite people to follow on Youtube is a gal who’s channel goes by the name of PAPERSPEAKS.

Her name is Mel and she has a fun sidekick Pat ( a big white gloved pointer ).  She’s a super duper nicehead and she does a lot of hand-made journals and cards and really cool stuff.

She recently posted a challenge to create something that would be like an aid when you’re creatively blocked, or, as she put it, when you’ve lost your mojo.

And it happens to all of us no matter what we’re into.   We play a crappy game of baseball, we sing bad notes, or sometimes we just wanna sit in the corner and cry.  And it’s times like that where even the thing we love doing the most seems like a waste of time.  Though it probably doesn’t seem like it… I feel like that quite often. I just wanna pack up my paper and photos in boxes and try to forget that I ever enjoyed scrapbooking. I start to wonder who I’m doing it for…  Will my daughter dread having her entire life documented in volumes when she’s older?  I’m pretty sure the dog (s) don’t mind.

Well anyhow… what I decided to make for myself was a recipe box just simply filled with photos that I like to look at. Because for me, the photo is what makes me want to scrapbook.  It’s not the scrapbooking stuff…  it’s taking a photo, printing it out and thinking…  SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE… this photo is so delicious I could eat it!  And what makes it hard is that I take a gazillion photos a week, so just picking out a few to scrapbook is tricky. So for me ( for you for me… )  scrapbooking isn’t solving my problem of getting photos out of boxes (or hard drives) and into scralbums, it’s just highlighting what’s in the boxes. I may actually get some good ol’ fashioned photo albums and coordinate them with my scrapbooks.  So I can have the bulk of a photo shoot in a photo album, and then the real important stuff in the scrapbook.

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So this was one of those CTMH recipe boxes I’ve had forever.   I had two.. but Roo decided to make one also.  She filled hers with smurf.  Who doesn’t get a little happy from a box of smurf?

So I have different sized photos in here, some I took from Pinterest, some I took from my own photo stash, and I just tabbed the tops so I can pull em’ out easy.

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So out of all the challenges I’ve missed, I’m glad I was able to sneak this one in, because I think I actually will pick through this box when I’m feeling blue.  There’s plenty more room in it to keep adding stuff so now as I come across something, I can just toss it in there.

Here’s a link to what Mel made to help get her Mojo back.  I love it!

And thanks again Mel for the great challenge idea!  Looks like everyone got a very good something out of it!

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Weekend Revisual: Project life July 20-21, 2013

Hi there frens!

Had a great weekend!  Just wanted to throw out some weekend pics, and then how we put them together for a weekend project life spread!

This first collage was actually made with a windows app called Turbocollage.  So far, a benefit is the ability to use a lot of pics in one collage…. like 20!  So I was able to sum up a birthday party pretty completely in three 4×3′ spots on my PL layout.  Well… plus a couple 4×6’s that stood out…

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Here’s some of the other pics we used:

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And here’s our spread!

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And here’s a video Roo did to tell you a very quick version of the entire weekend’s activities…  she also goes on to demonstrate some Gelatos…  so if you’re in need of toddler entertainment…  it’s right here….  in a barbie dress.

Thanks and enjoy the rest of your crafty week!