Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Featured Guest: Simple Simon and Company

Hi. My name is Elizabeth and I blog with my fabulously-creative sister-in-law, Liz. We are two stay at home mommas who love to sew, craft, and just all around stay in our pajamas all day. (If only I were kidding....) We blog at Simple Simon and Co where we like to sew from vintage patterns, hunt for vintage fabric, make crazy messes and see what we can come up with for our $5 Fridays.

Liz and I have been going fabric scrap crazy for the last little while. Liz made this darling shirt out of scraps that were cut and made into binding. And here is one more scrap fabric project that I have had on my brain....Fabric Scrap Bracelets.

The idea is not mine, I got it from this genius tutorial....which I love. The neckace looks like Wilma Flinstone to me and I think it is darling. I totally want to make one for myself.

For these bracelets I wanted to do them as a summer project with my girlie, so I had to figure out a different way than using the wire to hold them together.

Here's what I came up with....
You will need a long strip of fabric scraps. All of these were 2x 6 inch rectangles that were sewn together in one big long chain, but you could do the same technique out of all the same fabrics in long strips....or make your scrap fabric any size you want.

And here's how you do it.

Trust me when I say my almost-six-year-old loved it! She helped roll the balls, I hot glued them and she has been wearing it ever since. A good kid-friendly project that has a gajillion possibilities. A 4th of July one, larger-sized balls in an apothecary jar, made into a garland (I am totally doing that next....stay-tuned). Ok, you get the idea. Now, go get your scrap bin...and get rolling. It's kind of addicting.

Thanks for letting me guest post today...we love She Wears Flowers!

Simple Simon & Co

Monday, June 27, 2011

Win One of My Bags!!

Just Sew Sassy Giveaway 1

Oh, how could I forget? Summer brains, I’ve got my summer brains right now—all fun and no work!

Wouldn’t you love to win one of these little sling bags for your daughter, niece or friend?
Just Sew Sassy Giveaway 2

Jump over to Just Sew Sassy right away and enter the giveaway!
(click picture to go to giveaway)

I'm thrilled to be participating and would just love it if one of my loyal readers won this bag! 
Just Sew Sassy Giveaway 3

One lucky winner will receive this bag along with 2 interchangeable flowers to accessorize the bag.
Just Sew Sassy Giveaway 5

Get over there quick and sign up to win!

Be sure to check out the other giveaways at Just Sew Sassy. Giveaways all month long--yay!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

We Have a Winner!

I’m so excited to announce the winner of the One of a Kind Mosaics giveaway! I wish everyone could win so we could all have a gorgeous new painting to hang in our homes. Unfortunately, there’s just one winner, but coincidently—and what good fortune for those of us who didn’t win--Nathalie is participating in a deal site, heartsy, and you can get a huge discount if you hurry and purchase through that site.

The deal is $200 of store credit for $85 (regular members) and $210 of store credit for $85 (VIP members). There were only 30 vouchers left when I received this email, so hurry fast. I am not familiar with Heartsy, but I do know you will need to register first (you can login with your Facebook account) to be able to see and purchase the deals.

Okay, now down to business. The winner is...

Nathalie Van Winner

Comment #23 is Summer who said:
“I love the abstract knife paintings. My fav is the turquoise and white.”

Yep, one of my faves, too. Congrats Summer!
(Summer, I'm sending an email, but be sure to contact me if you don't see my email.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Featured Guest: Reasons to Skip the Housework

I'm Melanie - and I blog over at Reasons to Skip The Housework.

I also have an Etsy Shop - Tinker B Boutique
Come visit if you ever need a custom Scrabble Tile Pendant!

A bit about me...before becoming a SAHM last March, I was a 3rd grade teacher for 12 years. My hubby and I went to high school together here in AZ, but went our own ways in life, only to reconnect 17 years later and get married! We got married on 6-7-8, which I planned that way so that my husband wouldn't ever have the excuse to forget our anniversary!

I'm new to the blogging thing, but I'm completely hooked and I spend way... too... much...time searching out new ideas to inspire me. I'm also a total craft idea thief. Not in a copyrighting, stealing way. In an "I LOVE THAT....I HAVE TO MAKE IT" kind of way!

Pinterest is the worst thing for a craft-o-holic like me. I pin things all day long that I HAVE to make - and my TO DO list gets longer by the minute! One of the things I found while strolling Pinterest....a recipe for Stars and Stripes Cookies.

Couldn't be too hard....I mean, anyone can bake cookies from a package!

The #1 problem....
I never bake anything correctly and usually have to do things twice.

For this recipe, I DID have to do things twice, and they STILL didn't turn out like the NESTLE picture - but trust me, it's not because they're not super simple to do!

So, let my baking experience entertain you!

I used Cool Whip for a light frosting...the recipe calls for a cream cheese/granulated sugar frosting. That would be yummers too!

I also ended up using two different types of cookie dough.

I took a few rows of dough and rolled it out between two sheets of wax paper.

{Enter first screw up}
 The first time I rolled them, they were too thin and once baked, they turned into crispy chocolate chip crackers. No bueno.

So, I rolled them a bit thicker the 2nd time around.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. I like a soft, chewy cookie, so I tend to purposely under cook them. I did 9 minutes for the 2nd batch.

{Enter second screw up:}
Here's what they look like while they're cooking up - um, nothing STAR LIKE about these cookies. Again, just a little bit of the continued challenges that I face when I bake!

{Enter third screw up:}
When they are done and you first take them out, you're supposed to re-shape them with a knife - which I did - but for some reason, I didn't think to make the ends into points...which would make my cookies were more like rounded daisy cookies...

Frost with frosting or Cool Whip. Slice the strawberries and add to the "points" of the stars. Add blueberries in the middle and jazz them up with chocolate sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.

I love my little "rounded edge" puffy stars!

They were delicious and just perfect!

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

One of a Kind Mosaics: $250 Giveaway! (Giveaway CLOSED)

60x30 Custom Monochrome Black and White Original Tree Painting Zen Asian Cherry Blossom Art Pick Colors for Free

I was so excited when Nathalie Van from One of a Kind Mosaics contacted me about a fabulous $250 giveaway from her One of a Kind Mosaics Etsy shop because I L.O.V.E. her gorgeous paintings! Nathalie is a contemporary artist and has so many beautiful paintings available.

Although I don’t know how I would ever choose just one, this grouping is definitely one of my favorites:

60x30 Large CUSTOM Tree Painting Four Seasons Blossom Original Art Spring Fall Summer Winter

Many of the paintings are quite large—true statements on the wall! Isn’t this gorgeous?
36x24 Monochrome Cherry Blossom Trees Painting Original Blooming Forest and Huge Moon Black and White Art by Nathalie Van free color customization Available to ship immediately

Here’s another one I love…
36x12 Original Modern Bird Painting Impasto Cherry Blossom Art Ships Immediately Turquoise and Blues

(I think my style is pretty obvious!) There are so many modern paintings and Asian-style paintings available, though.

It’s difficult to choose!
41x41 Original Textured Abstract Painting Earthy Neutral Warm Colors Contemporary Art Eight Canvases Ships Fast56x36 CUSTOM White Elegant Cherry Blossom Painting Modern Abstract Huge Original Art HUGE

You can visit Nathalie’s Etsy shop HERE to see more of what is available. Her shop is chock-full of amazing stuff! You can also visit Nathalie on her webiste HERE to learn a bit more about her and see the gallery of paintings she has sold. You can visit her Facebook page HERE.

Nathalie has generously offered one She Wears Flowers reader any item in her Etsy store  valued up to $250 plus free shipping to Canada, the USA or $25 shipping credit to anywhere else in the world. WOW!
(If you choose something more than $250, you will receive a $250 credit towards the item.)

The winner may choose a ready-to-ship item or a custom painting. For custom paintings, colors can be customized at no extra charge and the custom painting will take one week to complete.

How to win this fabulous giveaway?
Required entry:
Visit Nathalie’s Etsy shop and pick your favorite item. Give it a heart in her store and then come back here and leave a comment telling me what item you marked as a favorite.

Would you like another chance?
For extra entries you can do any or all of the following:
(Leave a separate comment for each entry.)
Like Nathalie Van Fine Art on Facebook Page HERE, Leave me a comment telling me you did this.
Blog about this giveaway on your own blog. Leave a comment with a link to the post.
Share the giveaway on your Facebook Page. Leave a comment with a link to your page.
Tweet the giveaway and leave a comment telling me you did along with your Twitter name.

You must include a way to contact you in one of your entries—either an email address or a linked profile. If I cannot contact the winner or the winner doesn’t contact me within 3 days after being announced, I will choose a new winner.

Giveaway runs through Friday, June 24th at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Winner will be announced on Saturday, June 25th.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Piece of Cake (Candy?)

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I’ve been playing catch up…on my life! I love the blogging world, but my real life is the one I am living and I’ve been trying to live more of it recently! I wanted to share the easiest refashion ever with you, though! This skirt started out as a dress. And, not just any dress…this is one of my daughter’s all-time faves—the candy dress! It’s perfect for this child who loves candy more than almost anything else. She also wore this dress more than any other one. We got 2 years out of it, but we wanted more!

I prefer to donate clothes rather than upcycle or refashion, but I could not give this one up yet, so I gave it a new life instead. Would you like to see how easy it is? Of course you do! This would work for lots of styles, but you will see why it is so easy with this style—other styles might need a little more effort, but not much so try it out!

Lay the dress out flat.Candy Dress1

Place a skirt that is the right size on top of the dress to get an idea of proper length and waist measurements. This is a pretty loose measurement—just check it out so see if you can avoid hemming or any other unnecessary alterations! Candy Dress2

Carefully cut the dress apart as close to the sleeves as possible and across the width. You want this cut to be the same distance from the waistband all of the way across. I won’t lie, though—I eyeballed it!Candy Dress3

Mark the center of the back waistband with a pin or marking.Candy Dress4

Fold the raw edge under 1/4 inch. Zig zag stitch this in place (I didn’t do this originally and realized I needed to do it to hold the knit in place—that stuff is so wiggly! You may notice I didn’t do it on the entire waistband—just ignore that and do it. Trust me!)Candy Dress5

Fold the waistband over again so that it meets the top of the inside seam where the skirt was gathered to the waistband. Sew in place along the edge leaving an open space at the center back (marked) to feed the elastic through. (This picture shows the outside view—not sure why I didn’t get the inside view, too—sorry!)Candy Dress6

Feed the elastic through the waistband casing using a safety pin.Candy Dress7

Pull the ends out and sew together securely.Candy Dress8

Ease elastic into space in casing. Insert a ribbon or tag to mark the back and sew the casing closed.Candy Dress9

Voila! You are done and it probably only took about 15 minutes. I love this kind of project!Candy Dress10

It’s a little long which is perfect because we can get at least 2 years out of it. When all is said and done, this one purchase will get 4 years or more of use—from the same child!Candy Dress11

This skirt is comfortable for twirling, playing and just plain sittin’.
Candy Dress15Candy Dress12Candy Dress14

Whatever your little sassafras is doing, she will love doing it in this skirt!
Candy Dress13

Have you refashioned the perfect item?
Leave me a comment and tell me about it—this refashioning could get addicting!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Featured Guest: Midwestern {Sewing} Girl

Oh my gosh! I can't tell you how excited I am to be here guest-posting today! She Wears Flowers was one of the first blogs I came across and I've been hooked since that day...I am in awe of Tammy's creativity, and she is one of the sweetest people I've ever "met" seriously darlin' girl, that Tammy...

Anyway, enough gushing...(although I could go on...)

Hi everybody! My name is Maggie & I write a little blog called Midwestern {Sewing} Girl...


I love DIY-ing (or would that be DIM-ing...doing it MYself...), reupholstering, sewing, cooking...basically any- & everything crafty or craft-related (although I'm not particularly fond of the word "craft" - can we come up with something else???)

Here's just a little something I brought to share today...
My super-easy, super-fast, ultra-customizable beach bag!

And here's all I used to make it:
TWO feedsack towels...available anywhere (like Wal-Mart, Target) for really cheap...
regular old craft paint & stamps...

PLUS, some cotton strap material I got from JO-ANN for $1.50...and my sewing machine...

Here's what I did:
*First I laid out one of my feedsack towels, and stamped it where I thought it needed to be stamped...
I applied the paint to the stamp with a brush so that it didn't get all clumpy...
these are some Martha Stewart stamps I had...
I stamped our last name (yes, my name is Maggie Massey...don't's not that funny...) onto the towel...and then I added some flowers & butterflies...

Here's how the front looked when it was all done...

Next, I placed this towel on top of the other one and roughly stitched around the sides & bottom of the towels...I used a zig-zag stitch in a bright pink just to spice things up a bit...

Then I took the cotton strap, pinned it to the sides of the bag & stitched it in place...I used the walking foot on my machine and a heavy duty needle...I also stitched in numerous places just to make sure the handle doesn't tear off when the bag is full...
And, done! See, I told you it was super-easy & super-quick!

Now my family has a great, personalized, super-giant beach bag to carry all of our sand toys, flip-flops, towels, whatever!

...and it holds TONS!...
Thank you so so much for letting me share this project today, Tammy!!! You rock, girl.

I'd love to see you all again! Please feel free to stop by Midwestern {Sewing} Girl anytime! And for more updates, giveaways & fun projects, "like" M{S}G on FaceBook!

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