Friday, August 27, 2010

Flip-Flop Fridays with A Little Tipsy

Hi There! I am so excited to be here on Scraps n Strings today! Sammy and Ruth are great and I loved the crate planter they did recently. I need to find a cute wooden crate!

Michelle, from A Little Tipsy here, taking the wheel for the day!

Nope not drunk (what a relief you will not be taking your tour with a drunk driver), I may or may not be a bit clumsy though.

A little about me, I am a SAHM with one crazy 2 1/2 year old boy, a baby boy coming in November, and a big geek for a husband (don't worry, he calls himself a geek). I love keeping busy and sharing all my projects and adventures whether they be Home decor, holiday projects, or discovering how to get permanent marker off granite counter tops.

So, enough about are a few of my favorite projects.

DIY Key Hanger

I kept with the key theme using Typewriter keys, music keys, and car keys.

With school starting this week, I am getting in the mood for fall!

Fall Handprint Tree

Pumpkin Topiary

I also love to do reviews and giveaways on most Wednesdays so hop on over and enter my Snapware cupcake carrier giveaway!
Well, I guess that about wraps things up. Thanks to Sammy and Ruth for swappin' it up and thanks to you for letting me be your tour guide today. Watch your step on the way out and don't forget to come visit soon!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pretty in Pink Flower

Everyone knows that if you are going to make a Pretty Petal Skirt then you also have to make a Pretty in Pink flower to match. To start I used the left over petals from the skirt. The package of petals (that I got from Joanns) had regular and sheer petals. I used a matching thread and just started threading the petals together through the bottom alternating between the regular and the sheer.
Then once I had all of the petals that I wanted on, I held the center and spread the petals around, making sure that they all showed.
And then continued my stitching in the middle of the flower to hold each of the petals in place.
I then took a little scrapbooking flower that I found and sewed it on to the center of the petals
And then glued a pearl right into the center to hide all of the stitching.
Then attach it to a clip, and whala! Fun, bright, and matchy-matchy. Three of my favorite things :)
And as always we are linked up here!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pretty Petal Skirt

My niece needed a new skirt for a special day that she has coming up. My sister saw a skirt similar to this figured that I could make one for her instead of having to buy something. So here is my Pretty Petal Skirt.

First off I measured my niece around her waist twice and then cut 2 pieces of 1 1/2 in ribbon at that measurement. I then took the 2 pieces of ribbon and sewed them together right along the edge, wrong sides together.
Next I took some sheer satin and cut it to the width of my ribbon. I then folded it enough that the folded amount length went from the hip to the knee and pinned it all the way across.
I then ironed down the seam...
and sewed across the top right at the edge.
Next I took a white lining fabric and cut it to the width of the ribbon and the length just shorter than the satin. I used my rolled hemming foot on my machine to finish off the bottom, but if you don't have one, you can fold it over and use an iron to press the hem and then sew it across.
Next I laid down first my lining fabric, then the satin, and then the ribbon on top- hem up.
And sewed all the way across, again right at the edge, making sure to catch all layers.
Then I took some petals and stuffed them into the satin part of the skirt
And then turned the two edges together and sewed the skirt shut in a loop, leaving only the ribbon part unsewn.
Then I spread the flowers throughout the skirt and threaded a 1in green ribbon through the pink ribbon and cinched the skirt around her waist and tied a bow.
And then I let her play, because what fun is Pretty Petal Skirt if you don't get to play in it?!

Don't forget to check out all of the linky parties here.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Flip-Flop Fridays with Aly & Ash

Hello hello! I'm Jax from Aly&Ash and I'm so excited to be posting here today! But you'll definitely have to head over to my blog Aly&Ash to see Sammy's amazing tutorial! But while I have your attention here, let's talk about me shall we! :) I'm a STHM of an adorable little boy who growing and changing so fast these days it's incredible! The picture below is kinda old, Asher is now 10 months, crawling (backwards) and really enjoying the sound of his own voice! We just spent a month back in my home country Canada and although we had a blast I'm excited to be back in Phoenix and back to regular routine etc!
 So on with today's project: Let's cling to these last days of summer shall we! I am way into leggings and tunics this summer. But I hate the rope belts that always come attached to the tunics. (No offense if you love them!) I always pull them off and cut off the loops that once held them and belt with a "real" belt or leave without. I knew there was something I could do with said rope belts so I held onto them and then thought, Hey! Why don't I make a headband! It's crazy easy and quick so let's get to it!
Nautical Headband
Step One: Grad some rope belts or braid together some yarn etc.
Step Two: Roll to measure how big you want your circles and tie two knots in the braid to cut between.
Step Three: Repeat until you have your desired lengths and quantity of rope.
Step Four: Roll circle while gluing with hot glue as you go.
Step Five: Tuck the end around the back and secure with hot glue. Once dry you can cut off the knot.
Step Six: Hot glue buttons or fabric covered brads into center and glue onto headband.
Easy Peasy! Now you have a nautical summer headband!
 Well that's it for today! If you haven't been over to Aly&Ash before make sure to come check out my other projects! Here's a little preview:

Thanks for having me & have a great week!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Best Ever Double Chololate Chip Cookies

I love me some chocolate. I also love me some cookies, so I am not kidding when I say I LOVE these double chocolate chip cookies. So when making some of these delicious treats the other day for my brother-in-law who is away at basic training (it was his birthday) I thought to myself, "Sammy, you need to spread the love!" So here it is...

 Best Ever Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/3 cup butter (use real butter please!!!!!), softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla (you can't go wrong with the mexican vanilla, yum)
4 cups of flour (makes your cookie extra fluffy and chewy)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 bag of milk chocolate chips
1/3 bag of white chocolate chips

First preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar with your beaters until it is well mixed and fluffy. Next add in your eggs and vanilla. Mix in the flour 1 cup at a time until just mixed. Add the salt and baking soda and then add in your chocolate chips. Now drop the cookies by the tablespoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Stick in the oven for 6 1/2 minutes. No more, no less. They may seem like they are not done yet, but let them cool for 2 minutes on the pan and then transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool down completely. This is the trick to making and keeping your cookies super chewy. And that's it. And if you feel the need to polish off an entire sheet of cookies before your husband gets home from work, don't worry, I won't tell anyone ;)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Flip-Flop Fridays with Night Owl Crafting

Hello Scrap N Strings followers! I am so excited that Ruth and Sammy are letting me take over their cute blog today!  I love following their blog and checking out all their amazing creations!

Let me introduce myself! My name is Leslie and I am the creator of
Night Owl Crafting.

I started blogging back in 2008 and decided that my personal blog was being over taken by my crafts. So I started my craft blog to share my creations and inspirations that I receive from fellow bloggers and crafters. I host 2 link parties each week. The first one is on Tuesdays and it is called
Hoo are you Tuesdays! 


This party is where you answer a few questions I ask each week and then link up your post! This is a party to get to know each other outside the craft world! 
The other one is held every Wednesday and it is called  

This link party is where you can come and show off whatever you have been making!

I hope you will come and link up to both parties!

I was hoping to have a tutorial for you today, but life happens and it didn't turn out as planned! Instead I would like to share some of my projects and tutorials that are on my blog already!

Starting off is my changing pad and it even has a tutorial!

I had so much fun making these adorable fabric pinwheels!

I am loving Washi Tape! What is it you ask? It is Japanese tape that you can decorate with! I have decorated my vases with it and covered clothespins as well!

One of my favorite projects that I am in love with I copied from another blog, yes she knows!
Check it out on my bandanna tablecloth post!

Last but not least, I make these cute family name frames!

I think it turned out darling! I just set up my Etsy account and have these available in black or brown and with or without ribbon.

I have so many more cute projects that you should come and check out over at Night Owl Crafting and please come join my link parties! I love meeting new HOOTS!

Thanks Ruth and Sammy so much for swapping with me today. I had a FABULOUS time!

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