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As I told y'all yesterday I am out of the competition, but that doesn't mean I can't still play along.
I think I could have rocked the competition this week!!! 
I don't sew for myself very often and I post pictures of myself even less.
But when you love a dress as much as I love this I just couldn't help myself.
I am soooo glad I decided to pamper myself.  I really should do it more often. Every Mommy should!
I started with a pattern for a top. I used the basic shape of the top but tweaked it to my liking.
I added length to make it a dress. I decided to go with a Hi-Lo hem.

The front was just cut straight across. I tapered it down in the back.
Next time I'm going to start tapering on the front of the dress so it flows better.

All of the fabric started out a light cream color.
One of my favorite things was ombre dyeing this dress.
I started by mixing a super light blue color.  I soaked the whole dress. 
Then with each step darker a raised a portion of the dress out of the dye.

I dyed 6 or 7 different shades of blue so the color change is very gradual. 

On the front I made some rolled roses and hot glued them onto felt. 
I pinned them to the top front of the dress.
It was the finishing touch this dress needed.

Tomorrow I will be sporting a new haircut. 
I am so excited!

I'm Gone!!!!

Well. if you follow along the So You Think You're Crafty competition you already know I was voted off last week.  *sigh*
My Seashell Windchime just didn't make the cut.

I was so NOT ready to leave yet.  
This wasn't what I had originally planned for the week. We had a death in the family and ended up being out of town for most of the week. So I ended up doing something quick.
It was something I was planning on making anyway, just not for the competition.
Anyway, I didn't take pictures when I was making it, but it is so simple
I started with a starfish and tied a long length of fishing line to each leg. Do starfish have legs???
Then I just hot glued my little shinny shells to the fishing line.  Be careful I burned myself with hot glue a lot.
Next I tied a string to hang done in the middle and glued on various shells.
I screwed a little hook into the starfish and hung it outside.

It makes me happy every time I walk in or out of the house.

This week it's all about Ombre.
I had the most gorgeous dress for this weeks project! I'll show you tomorrow.
There are some really great ombre projects soooo make sure you go {HERE} and vote for your favorite.
And since I'm no longer in it I'll tell you who I voted for.
I love the OMBRE Necklace
Isn't it beautiful?!

I would love to have a necklace just like this!!!

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Did You Know?

So last weeks theme was Repurposed.  One of my favorite themes of the season!
I knew right away what I would be doing.
Did you guess the Vintage Lace Dress???

When I found this old lace curtain at a thrift store a while back I thought it would make a pretty dress.
I had a tiny bit of a hard time cutting the curtain up, but I'm glad I did.
I L-O-V-E the way this dress turn out!!!

It's even prettier than what I had imagined.

I cut the bodice from the scalloped hem. 
I think it makes the dress so much prettier! 

for the closure in the back I used snaps that are hidden. 
I didn't want anything to take away from the beautiful lace.
Tutorial coming later this week!

Don't forget to go vote for your favorite Summer Bounty craft!

See you soon!

Switch Flops {A TUTORIAL}

Did you guess???
My project  for last weeks Scrap Theme was the Switch Flops.
I came in 2nd.  I am really proud of that! Did you see theWood Scrap Lantern that ChiWei from One Dog Woof. It is awesome.  I'm thinking of making one for a night light for the kids room.

 I am loving my "new" shoes.  The possibilities are endless.  You can use any fabrics- cotton, jersey,  silk, denim, even ribbon.  Even better you can wear them different every time you put them on.  It's like having a new pair of shoes every time you open your closet!!!  I love feeling like a have a new pair of shoes every time I open up my closet.  But even better that they don't take up the room of a bunch of shoes.

You can whip a bunch of these out in no time!!!
Grab a pair of flip flops and some scrap fabric.  

First thing you're going to do is convert your flip flops.
I used an exacto knife and cut the plastic pieces off from the bottom of the flip flop.

Next I took a piece a scrap fabric and cut a 1.2" x 4" rectangle. You will need 6 of these.

Fold it in half widthwise with right sides together. Stitch the long edge.

Turn right side out.

Tie it in a knot close to the ends. So you have a loop.

Push the loop through the hole in the flip flop.

Repeat with the remaining loops.  Here is what it should look like.

Now for the straps.

I cut 2 strips of fabric 1.5 "- 2" wide and the length of the different pairs of straps varied.

Super Long-

Fold the in half and sew down the long edge.

Turn right side out.
Fold in the raw edges on the short edges and stitch closed.

Now have fun tying them different ways!!!!

Watch for Tie It Up Tuesdays where I will show you unique ways to tie your Switch Flops. 

Don't forget to go to So You Think You're Crafty and vote for your favorite REPURPOSED project this week. Voting ends on Thursday evening.

It's here!!!!

The first round of  So You Think You're Crafty starts today.
Go check out all the awesome projects and vote for your favorite
Think you can pick out which project is mine???

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The Playground Skirt {Tutorial}

 The Playground Skirt

I have a little girl who loves dresses.  In fact that's almost all I can get her to wear.  
I love that she is such a girlie girl!
The only problem with it is she doesn't quite sit lady like yet in her dresses.  It's a work in progress!
So anytime we go to the park it's a struggle to get my dress lovin' little girl into shorts. Everyone knows that dresses and playgrounds just don't mix. 

I finally have a solution we both are happy with.!  YAY!  I grabbed a pair of her shorts that she never wears and  turned them into super cute skorts

We took this pretty little skirt for a test run at the park.  It was wonderful.  She could run, climb, swing, play hopscotch without me once telling her I could see her panties.There will be many more of these in her closet very soon :o)

Wanna make one for your dress lovin' girl?
Let's get started!
Raid the closet for a pair of shorts.  I used a pair of jersey shorts. 

You will also need some fabric.  The amount will depend on the length you want it to be.  I made this shirt a little shorter than I normally would.  I don't wants her to get caught up in it while she playing.

You will need to cut 2 rectangles. One for the front and one for the back.
First thing you are going to do is lay the shorts flat and measure across the front. Take that number and double it.  That is the width you need to cut your fabric.
the sorts I used were 12" wide. So I need to cut the fabric 24" wide.  
For the length measure from the waist to the length you want.  Add 1.5" to that number.  (This allows for the hem and seam.)
For this skirt I wanted it to be 9.5" long when finished so I cut mine 11" long

Put right sides together and stitch each short side.

Next fold up one long edge 1/2" and then another 1/2".  Press. Stitch.

Now we need to stitch the gathering stitches.
Set you sewing machine to the longest stitch length possible.  Sew one line 1/4" from the raw edge.  Sew a second line 1/2' from the line you just stitched.

Pin the skirt to the shorts. Right sides together. First pin the side seams the gather the skirt to fit the shorts and pin below the waistband of the shorts.

Stitch in between the two basting stitches. After you have stitched the skirt to the shorts pull out the gathering stitches.

Flip skirt down and press.  Top stitch. this will enclose the raw edge under the top of the skirt.

That's it! 
Now you all can enjoy your time at the playground.

Hi Ladies!

I hope y'all have been enjoying your summer.  I have been really enjoying this time with my kids.  Before I know it Dakota will be off to school again.  We are enjoying the lovely weather, the beach, the tomatoes in our garden, and just being silly. 

Did you notice the new button on my blog?

That's right! I am a contestant on  So You Think You Are Crafty.
This is just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing!!

I made it through the audition round with the Playground Skirt. 
It's the perfect skirt for little girls, well even older girls, that like to run, climb, swing, and jump rope.
TUTORIAL coming Monday so be on the lookout!

Off to spend some time with a niece that is in town visiting!  YAY!!!
See you soon!
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