Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Bag Lady AND...a Tutorial

Well, guess who got a little productive over here and finished the bags!!

However, I'm feeling a little embarrassed (the red was just for effect, in case you were wondering) about just making a post regarding my Etsy Shop, so I wanted to include something free, as well. : ) I recently bought this kit (pictured below) with much excitement because I had seen these made up and thought they were beautiful.
Finished product (pic off the Internet) below:
To my surprise, the pattern and instructions were not included in the kit. That would cost me another $13. Somewhat dismayed, I looked around for a tutorial and found a great one over at 'UK Lass in the US'. I thought I would share it with you, too! Go here for her wonderful tutorial.
Thanks so much, UK Lass!

I'm off now, to clean up the "aftermath"... from having all this fun. Wish me luck...I'm going to need it!! : )

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesdays With My Mom...AND a GIVEAWAY!

I'm not sure where the other two kiddos, June and Andy, were while Dad took this photo. Maybe they were off getting us all ice cream cones. : )
My brother, Steve, and his cute wife, Cindy, stopped by on their way out of town last Wednesday. It was so great to see them.
Above, I got a chance to trim Mom's hair again. She was a very cooperative client.
Roses from my sister, June's friend. They came from her garden. Thanks Linda! : )
The two sweet puppies that live at my mom's place. Usually they're indoors. They must have run through the doggy door when we went out back.
Now, onto the fun. My cute blogging buddy, PJ, is celebrating her one year Blogoversary with an amazing Giveaway. Rush right over here to see all the details. 1st prize: $75 gift card to Amazon. 2nd prize: $60 gift card for a custom sign from Castle & Cottage (beautiful by the way), and if she reaches over 300 followers, there will be a 3rd prize announced. Good luck!!! And happy anniversary, PJ.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Springtime Tutorial (re-post) And an Etsy Update

I got these big gerbera daisies half-off at JoAnn's...same with the ceramic vase from Hobby Lobby.
I glued the two halves of the styrofoam together...
pulled the daisies off...
and pushed some hard styrofoam into the vase.
Next, I twirled green ribbon all the way up to secure the stems together.
Then, I started by gluing the first daisy on top, and then adding the rest all the way around.

I added some Martha Stewart ribbon at the top.
This filler floral came from Walmart.
And there you have early Spring. : )
Addendum: Someone asked what size my styrofoam ball was. I actually had to whittle it down to be about 4-5" in diameter. I used 7 daisies in all (1 on top, 5 around and then I cut up the 7th for the petals all around the bottom for filler so the styrofoam wouldn't show. Which reminds me, I had to spray paint the green ball white in the end so the green wouldn't show. Note to white next time. : ) Good luck to those who try this happy project. Let me know if I can answer any more questions.
I'm in the process of making things for my Etsy Shop again. Right now, I'm working on some cute drawstring tote bags. The next few pics are a sneak peek at the fabrics I'm working with. Such fun!!!

Also, we finished Sara's bag.
She got all creative and used stripes for her lining.
And I recently got this little "M" charm at Target to use as a zipper pull. : )
Have a great weekend!!!