Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Something for Little Girl

I see so many cute homemade stuffed animals and of course I think to myself, "I can do that!" So I did. Little Leelah Lou loves kitties, just about every animal she sees is kitty, and guess what animal I made? Thats right a frog. Totally kidding I made her a cat. It did turn out odd shaped, I love the face though. I hand stitched the buttons on, for the eyes and nose, and I also stitched the mouth and whiskers on. Here are the pictures, always the best part of any project...

I cut the pattern out free hand (which I would not recommend)
Got an idea of where to sew the eyes and nose on...

All sewn up and ready to turn right side out.

Almost there...

Stuffing process has started.

Finally the finished little kitty.
Leelah didn't seem too interested in the whole stuffed animal, just the eyes and nose. She really seems to like buttons. I was afraid I was already going to have to make an eye patch for this little cutie. :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's Painted!

I really didn't think I would finish the painting this fast but once I started I had to finish, I couldn't make myself stop. I rather surprise myself. I think it turned out very well and think Isabell would be happy with it too.

 And the completed portrait...

I'm not sure yet but I'm thinking about finishing it off with a coat of Mod Podge not sure if it will be with the matt or the gloss... Either way I cannot wait to give it to my dear friend.

A sketch to be painted...

Not to start on a sad note but a friend of mine, my best friend actually, recently had to make a very difficult decision. Her dog, a beautiful Italian Greyhound, had gotten very sick and she had to make the heart breaking decision to put her to sleep. I wanted to commemorate the time she had with her beloved and I decided I would try to draw and paint a picture of her Iasbell. I'm not very good at drawing, I can never seem to get the shapes and shading right but so far I think its turning out pretty well. Here is the picture I used:

And here is what I have come up with so far...

I'm just hoping it turns out well and captures Isabell as she was. I'll post the completed project. I know its early but I wanted this to be a Christmas present but if I get it done soon I don't think I'll be able to wait.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Little Girls

I have this fear that one day I won't be here. Its inevitable, right? I have this fear that my daughter will miss out on the stories of her childhood and will have questions that her mom will not be able to answer. I was an adult when my mom died but after I had my daughter, I missed my mom even more and wondered did I do that when I was a baby, when did I learn to walk or talk and did I have a favorite song?
 Like fragments of a dream not quite able to see the full picture I remember: she would sing My Bonnie, she called us her little bambooshka's and I could always tell when, I heard her humming from the other room that, she was in a good mood and that would be a good time to ask for something I wanted. She knew how to embarrass me and make me angry with 7 little words "with cheeks as soft as rose petals." I remember her lasagna that was always my favorite, the rest of her cooking was only so-so. I even remember that one time we were on a family vacation in N.C. and she locked the keys in the car and it was so hot out and she made me wait outside with her in the heat while standing on blacktop. At the time I was so mad at her, but now it one of the "good" memories I have. The "good" memories are the hard ones for me to remember, its almost like grasping at straws. The not so good memories are there too, I could probably remember those easier but I try harder to keep them forgotten. . . I even remember my 18th birthday, I skipped school that day just because I was 18 and could. I was surprised when she didn't get mad but suggested the two of us take a trip to Mansfield for some lunch at Olive Garden. She made me stop at the Christian book store before heading home, it was one of her favorite places to "just look." She wanted to buy me something for my birthday, I thought "really mom at the Christian book store? The mall is just across the street." She let me pick out a necklace, very simple chain (which has since been broke and replaced and re broken) with a trinity symbol charm. I still have that charm and it means more to me then any other piece of jewelry I own. I value these memories and am grateful for them.
But still, I have this fear that one day I won't be here. I fear my daughter will wonder and have questions for her mom and they will go unanswered. I've had this fear even before she was born. Because I'm afraid I will leave her unprepared and with questions, I began writing in a journal for her. I haven't been as dedicated as I had hopes for, I'm lucky if I remember to write in it even once a month. I pray for God to continually prepare me to be who I need to be for my daughter and to give her a life full of good memories. All I can do is pray and do my best with what my mom has taught me.
I love my growing little girl. I don't know how it happened but somewhere along the way, over night I think, she is no longer my baby-baby. I value the rare times she lets me hold her and give her hugs and kisses and just lets me hold her. My heart melts every time her face lights up when she sees me and when she puts her arms around my neck and gives me the best hugs I've ever had. I love how frustrated she makes me when she pulls all the movies out on the floor and how upset she gets when I don't let her eat as many gold fish crackers as she would like. I love how she can spend so much time just flipping through a book and how much she likes bath time. I absolutely just love my little girl and now I can fully understand how much my mom loved me.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Short post...

First of all:                              Happy Independence Day!

This is going to be a short post: a before and after of an altered halter top.
I could not get this halter top to look right on me at all. But I loved the color and material.

I cut off the halter part and sewed in some elastic to make a skirt, which didn't turn out too bad. If I do say so myself.

And a second picture:

I know the pictures are not of high quality but come on you all know its hard to take pictures of yourself and with a not so great camera. Oh and also remember the striped top I made a couple posts back? I made a hair clip with some of the left over fabric and a button from my collection.

I do think hair clips are some of the easier things to make, I don't wear them as often as I would like but at least I've got some handmade ones for the rare occasions.

Enjoy your Independence Day and have some awesome cook out food for me! :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another monkey see, monkey wanna do...

I know I've posted about something I saw and wanted to do. I saw that top and I just had to make it and I loved it. Now I saw something else and I have got to do it! Here is what I saw:

You can view her blog and step by step tute HERE!

I absolutely love this transformation! My apartment is the upstairs of a house and our entrance is in the front but off to the side. Its very plain and uninviting. So I'm thinking beginning of next week I'm going to try my hand at making my little corner of the world prettier. The only thing: do I ask the landlord for permission or ask for forgiveness after it is all said and done? I'm thinking after I get done with it, and it looks amazing, the landlord will thank me for a job well done. But that's just how I play it out in my head :)

We have a screen door which we have no use for and it really just gets in the way, an ugly green and rusted railing and an absolutely ugly door. The door is a non existent shade of light blue and really dirty, dirty to the point that even bleach cleaner can't get it clean. The siding is the usual basic tan, which is fine but its just the boring tan with white trim. I'm thinking I want to paint the door a burgundy or a dark navy color, pretty sure those two colors would look really good with the color of the siding. The rail, not sure about that yet. I don't know if it should be the same color as the door or just a very neutral/ laid back color that won't be fighting for attention. I could always just paint over it with the same dark green that's on there. Oh, I'm just so excited to start and finish this project so I can see the outcome and feel more welcomed when I walk up to the front door. If you have any ideas you would like to share please feel free. I would love some feedback...And I promise I will take pictures and show you the before and after...Because that is in fact the best part!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My New Top

I made it! The top I said I wanted to make in my last post. I actually made it in less than 15 minutes! It didn't turn out quite how I wanted it, I cut it a little too much so it is a snug fit...But I really like it and the satisfaction I get knowing I made my very own top is so rewarding :) So here it is:

Yeah you can tell its just a bit sung but I love the stripes and colors. I do want to make more of them, it was so fast and easy. This material, for a yard, was $6- so it is really just about what you would spend on a shirt in the store maybe a little cheaper. But its not a run-of-the-mill top, so you know for a fact that no one will be wearing the same thing as you, which I love! Until I make some other tops I'll leave you with just a couple more pictures...

Hope you enjoy making your top as much as I did...I cannot wait to make more! :)

New Sewing Project...

I came across a post on --->Make It Lovely with this cute maxi dress... I ♥ the colors in this pattern!

Jessica referred to Hungry Hippie (I know how cute of a name is that) where she got the idea to make this absolutely cute dress. Natalie from Hungry Hippie had posted a "Poppy Top" (You know I love the name of it!) tute that I am going to try out, its actually in the link just above, if you wanna check it out and if not here is a picture of the top...But you should check out the tute too. (haha I worte: *tute too*)

I really really really like this it can be casual and dressy! I got some material to try it out on...

I love the stripes and the colors and its jersey knit! I just hope I can get it to look right when I'm done with it. I am super excited! Hopefully I'll have it done in a day or two so keep an eye out for the finished product...And be sure to check out Make It Lovely and Hungry Hippie they are great blogs!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Vintage Altered

I wanted to be more attentive to my blog so I figured I could at least up date with a short post...I'll mention before I post pictures, I should have had before and after pictures while wearing the dress but I didn't think of it before I altered it...And I have yet to take a picture with it on. Hopefully you will get the idea.

I love vintage and anything handmade! I got one of those out of this bag sale, thrifted dress I got.

And up close...

There was something about this dress I liked but there was oh so much I didn't like. The length was mid calf, I'm weird when it comes to dress lengths. And shoulder pads, ugh! Who ever thought shoulder pads were a good idea outside of sports was sadly mistaken...And since its summer I wasn't diggin' the sleeves.

I brought the hem up to just above the knee, brought in the sides a little and took care of the shoulder pads and sleeves. (The dress is still a little wide and frumpy but I have a pink belt that fixes that problem :)

Trust me I know it doesn't look like much on the hanger but it does look pretty cute on. I am so excited to alter and make more things...I just learned/taught myself to use the sewing machine. We're still getting acquainted but its moving along pretty well. I did break 2 needles though on this one project so I think I need to be a little more careful.

I do want to thank all the bloggers out there that have given me inspiration and great projects to try out! I cannot wait to see what I can come up with :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Finally Got Around To It!

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe how long its been since I've been on here. Good thing I'm doing this as a just for me thing...

Well I did it and all by myself. I don't know if I shared before, a long while before, but I had this stuff and I was going to make a dress.

Well that turned into a mass of pictures leading up to a finished project for ♥ Little Leelah Lou ♥

Even though I couldn't figure out how to make a straight stitch and only after it took me 20min to figure out how to correctly thread and set the bobbin I made my first dress.

And it actually fits her and doesn't look half bad. I was so excited when I had sewn the final stitch. I cannot wait to make her more things. And maybe I'll have to make myself a thing or two...I do have a couple dresses that need a little altering...

Oh and I know the previous post was about some blue in the hair but how about an all over pink!

Yeah thats right, I got gutsy! I'm loving the completely unnatural hair and am already thinking about what to do next...

And I apologize, I cannot figure out how to rotate the pictures...

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blue Hair and a Baby

I am failing at blogging! I haven't had much time for myself with school and being a full time momma. Even though I have become a momma I haven't wanted to loose myself in only being a mom. I had always loved dressing "differently" by not following a certain fashion or fitting into a category and I get bored with my hair and had always dyed it. But for some reason after I had my daughter, I felt like I had to "become" a mom and seemed to forget who I was/am. And I've recently noticed how much I miss who I used to be, now don't get me wrong I LOVE being a mom but there is something about me I am clamouring to find again and with that I found blue hair. I cannot tell you why but when there is blue, an out of place blond streak among brown, or a pink medley or color in my hair I feel so much more comfortable so much more at home with myself. Weird, I know, but that brought me to this...
 And colors I've previously had it:

I could probably go on and on...I've only had it died professionally once which was:
I liked it, I've had red many time before, but it still seemed kind of bland for my taste. Anyway not that you stopped by to see pictures of me and my hair but since you did stop by I will share some cuteness of my little girl ♥ ...
Just another "scene" kid...

I pretty much always make her try everything on when we go to the store...She never seems to mind.

We finally had a nice day, with out rain!

Oh I have gotten some supplies to make a baby Leelah dress...Here's a sneak peek :)