Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sewing Camp Project #2 {Paper Bag Banner}

My 3rd daughter, who just turned 9 years old, was the only one of my girls that was interested in helping make our 2nd project for 'sewing camp'.  We decided to make a paper bag banner to display at her (and 2 of my other kids') birthday party.

She worked hard at sewing the paper on the bags, and kept commenting that sewing in a straight line is HARD!  She worried that she wasn't doing a very good job, but I assured her that the crooked lines would give our banner lots of character.  I think that made her feel better!  Here's our finished banner:



I had to snap a picture while my daughter was sewing.  The lighting wasn't too great in our living room, but I absolutely LOVE how this picture turned out!!

This week is going to be a busy one, but I'm hoping that we'll be able to fit in enough time to make our next project for 'sewing camp'! 


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sew Cute Tuesday {6.28.11}

Happy Tuesday!!  I'm looking forward to seeing your links this week...I need some inspiration!

Here's a few projects that caught my eye from last week's linky party:

The Little Giggler showed us how to make these adorable Felt Hibiscus Flowers!

How cute is this 4th of July Pennant from Color Chic?!

And I loved RoCa and Company's "Willy Nilly" Shirt Refashion!!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can find a *new* one in my menu bar!!

Now let's get this linky party started!!



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**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page!
**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**Visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Please link back to me in some form (post my button, or link to text in your blog post)
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, June 29th.
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sewing Camp Project #1: {Paper Bag Albums}

For my girls' first 'Sewing Camp' project, I decided to go with something easy...paper bag albums!  All they needed to do was sew one straight line (my kind of project!).  It was a good starting point, because they got to practice backstitching as well as sewing a straight line.

This one is my soon to be 12-year-old's.  Her paper bag album is all ready for the pictures we'll be taking at the big birthday party (which is this Saturday!).


Here's a few of the inside pages...





Didn't she do a GREAT job?!

All the kids loved sitting at the sewing machine when it was their turn to sew their bags together.  They can't wait for our next project!




Linking to these fabulous parties:

It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday @It's Sew Stinkin' Cute

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sew Cute Tuesday {6.21.11}

My 'baby' is growing up!  Today is his birthday....he's turning 4 years old!  We've been celebrating birthdays for a few days now, and we've still got one to go!  One of my daughters turned 9 years old on the 18th, and my oldest daughter will be turning 12 years old on the 24th.  I'm still having a hard time believing I'm old enough to have a 12-year-old!

Here's a few projects that caught my eye from last week's linky party:

Aren't these Felt Pancakes from The Gunny Sack simply adorable?! 

How cute is this 70's Jumpsuit from Mamabyrd?!

And I loved this Crochet Crocodile from Annemarie's Breiblog!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can find a *new* one in my menu bar!!

Now let's get this linky party started!!






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Rules for linking:

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page!
**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**Visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Please link back to me in some form (post my button, or link to text in your blog post)
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, June 22nd.
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Soda Can Coasters

I've got bags and bags full of empty soda cans, so as soon as I saw THIS TUTORIAL from The Idea Room, I just had to give it a try!

This first set was made using energy drink cans.  My husband thinks they're pretty cool!

And then I had to try some soda cans.  Blogger doesn't want to load this picture the right way, but you get the idea.


These would make a perfect gift for Father's Day....or birthdays....or Christmas!  I'll definitely be making more! 


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sew Cute Tuesday {6.14.11}

***It looks as if Linky Tools is having issues this morning.  Keep trying to add those links, and hopefully it'll all get ironed out soon!**

Summer is in full swing at our house.  We've been working on keeping our garden free from weeds...not an easy job!  My girls and I are also going to be starting our first 'Summer Sewing Camp' project this week.  I'll share their finished projects with you hopefully sometime next week!

Now let's get on with the reason you're all here....

Here's a few projects that caught my eye from last week's linky party:

Melissa from Its Sew for You shared an adorable Dragonfly Soothie Tutorial!

How cute is this Shower Curtain Tote Bag Upcycle from Karen at Sew Much 2 Luv?!

And I loved this Girl's Tank Dress from Valerie at Occasionally Crafty!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can find a *new* one in my menu bar!!

Now let's get this linky party started!!






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Rules for linking:

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page!
**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**Visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Please link back to me in some form (post my button, or link to text in your blog post)
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, June 15th.
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!










Sunday, June 12, 2011

Father's Day Gift Idea

I know there are lots of awesome ideas for Father's Day out there.  If you're still looking for a simple, non-expensive idea, here's one from yours truly.




We'll be putting these on microwave popcorn bags for the Father's in our ward.  I made two different versions because I couldn't decide if I liked the white text or not.  Feel free to use them if you like...just right click and save to your computer!

I'm linking to these fabulous parties:

Making the World Cuter Mondays @Making the World Cuter
Motivate Me Monday @Keeping It Simple
Just Something I Whipped Up @The Girl Creative
Take a Look Tuesday @Sugar Bee Crafts



Friday, June 10, 2011

And the Winner is...

Thanks to all who entered this fun giveaway, and a big Thank You goes to Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy!  To pick the winner, I used Random.org.

Congratulations to commenter #7:

MommaLlama who said... 

Oh to choose only one... I would have to go with the clutch (or maybe the notebook cover)!

I'll be emailing you shortly!!

For those of you who didn't win, you can still get 10% off your purchase using the code ITCH!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sew Cute Tuesday {6.07.11}

We made it safely home from our little vacation, and we had a BLAST!!  My 3 older daughters got to perform with their clogging group at Disneyland, and they did fabulous (as always!).  Now we're trying to recover from our trip, and get back into the daily grind.  Easier said than done!

With me being gone all week, I didn't have a chance to comment on your links.  Sorry about that!!  Please know that even if I don't leave comments, I do visit as many links as I can.  I really appreciate you all taking the time to link up your sewing ideas!

Here's a few projects that caught my eye from last week's linky party:

Lisa from My Little Creative Wonderland shared her adorable Fabric Brooches!

Jill from Creating My Way To Success linked up a fun Upcycled Tie Purse and Notebook!

And I loved this Stuffed Octopus from Lisa at Stubbornly Crafty!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can find a *new* one in my menu bar!!

Now let's get this linky party started!!





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Rules for linking:

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page!
**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**Visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Please link back to me in some form (post my button, or link to text in your blog post)
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, June 8th.
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!



Monday, June 6, 2011

The Pleated Poppy Giveaway! {CLOSED}

*************This giveaway is now CLOSED**************************
This giveaway is one that I'm thrilled to be a part of!!  I've been a fan of Lindsey's for some time now, so when she contacted me about a giveaway from The Pleated Poppy, I jumped at the chance!  I had a hard time deciding what items to feature, but here's a few of my favorites from her shop.

As an avid note taker/journal writer, I need one (or two) of these covered notebooks!  

These checkbook covers would make paying bills a bit more enjoyable...

I'm sure I could find lots of uses for these zippered pouches...

For those of you who are lucky enough to have an ipad, you definitely need one of these cute ipad cases...

Love this ruffled scarf...

And these posy hair clips are simply adorable!

See what I mean?!  SO much cuteness!! 

Now for the giveaway.....

Lindsey is offering one of you lucky readers a $25.00 credit to her shop!!  (I'm super duper jealous of whoever wins!).

Here's how to enter this giveaway:

Visit The Pleated Poppy Shop and leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is, along with your email address so I can contact you if you win! (ONE COMMENT PER PERSON, please!).

Also, you MUST be a follower of Creative Itch to enter this giveaway!!

This giveaway will close at midnight (MST) on Thursday, June 9th, and I'll announce the winner on Friday, June 10th.

If you're not the lucky winner, don't fret.  Lindsey is sweet enough to offer everyone 10% off their purchase with the code ITCH!!   

Good luck!

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