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Friday, May 28, 2010

Another Friday Link Party

Smart and Trendy Moms

I stumbled on this link party through Rebecca's Blog, and decided to join the fun.  Please leave me a note if you found me through The Smart & Trendy Moms' link party.  Thank you for visiting, and I look forward to the chance to visit your blog!


Giveaway Alert!!!

As if the New Friend Friday Link Party hosted by The Girl Creative wasn't enough fun...  She has an awesome giveaway this week!!!!  Check it out, and get your entries in.  The giveaway is from Stitch N Studio an fun Etsy Store for an adorable wallet.  Boy, I could really use a new wallet so I am keeping my fingers crossed, LOL!  (I keep seeing really cute wallet patterns, but haven't wrangled up the nerve to try one just yet!).

So, head on over to The Girl Creative and the Stitch N Studio and check them out!



The Girl Creative

Stitch n Studio

Thursday, May 27, 2010

How-To: Reverse Applique

As I posted earlier I purchased the Reverse Circle Applique set from Planet Applique.  Here is a project I did using one of these designs.  I hope you enjoy these details and pictures! 



1. Start by choosing your front and background (the fabric you
will see through the applique) fabrics.


2.  Hoop a piece of tearaway, position your background fabric in your hoop, and secure with adhesive spray.  Make sure that your background fabric is large enough for the design.


3. Place a medium weight water soluble stabilizer on top of your background fabric.  This helps protect your background fabric when you are cutting in the later steps.


4. Put your front fabric on top and pin securely to avoid any shifting.



5. Stitch your design.  These designs stitch out very quickly and have a low stitch count.


6. Cut out the background areas of the design with a sharp pair of applique or thread scissors.  These snips are my favorite to cut out sharp corners.  Leave the design in the hoop to give you an extra set of "hands" in holding the fabric flat.  Here is where using a water soluble layer helps you cut the design out without damaging the background fabric.


7. Unhoop the fabric and cut around the back of the design.  I cut rather than tear the tear away stabilizer since I am wanting a clean circle for the tissue cozie I am making.


8. Once you have finished the above steps you are done!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A list of Link Parties

Link parties are a fun way to be able to check out a lot of blogs quickly.  Check out this list of link parties on Keeping it Simple. 

Tool Time Tuesday

Okay, one more post for this morning.  I just stumbled across this wonderful Tuesday site:



May Challenge, update

I may have to admit defeat on this one.  Boy, has it been busy this month!  Isn't it funny how life can just go from nice and easy to 90 miles an hour over night?  I have a quick trip to Joann's planned for this evening, and we desperately need some couch pillows redone.  So, there may still be a shot at having something to submit for this month's challenge.  Now back to my "wonderful" to-do list, LOL!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Under Construction

I have been having requests to purchase items (such as the Stay-Put Towels) individually.  So, I have taken down the pages of items, and will put them back up after I have completed reformatting the pages.  Thank you for your patience, and as always if you have a question you can send me an e-mail at spunkydiva@live.com !

Saturday, May 22, 2010

What Every Woman Needs...

If you have one of those little "Girl Tool Sets" this post is for you.  You know the little kit that has a hammer, screw drivers, and some other stuff you probably won't ever use.  Let me tell you a secret.  Something that they guys have known for years.  Power tools rock! 

The only thing I use around the house (other than a hammer) is my power screwdriver.  You can buy a set of bits to go with it (you notice that mine is labeled so it doesn't accidently migrat to my husband's shop) and do anything you would normally put on the Honey-Do List.



Here is an example of how this little tool can change your life.  We have a plastic trash can that has no air holes under the handles, and so the trash bags just bubble up when you put trash in.  This is something that drives me nuts, and I tend to put a small hole in the bag so it doesn't do this.

Well... how about making little holes in the side so that the air has a place to go?  No there is a thought, LOL!  So, out comes my screwdriver and bit set.  I put the smallest drill bit on the screwdriver.  And I quickly make little holes in the trash can. 





See how nice this looks?

Now here is why I bring this up now.  Father's Day is just around the corner in June.  Has the man in your life mentioned wanting a power tool?  If so look around for a deal that includes this power screwdriver with the purchase of a power tool.  Then you get the power screwdriver, and the guy can have the power tool!  We got mine last Father's Day from Sears, and it has been worth every penny we didn't spend.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Trying out a blog button.

Let's see if this works.


It seems to be working!  Here is the link to button tutorial I used by Jenieshell.

Here is another Button I am working on:

Today's Google

Have you been on Google today?  If not go check it out, and be prepared for sound affects!  This is a fabulous Friday laugh:  http://www.google.com/

My favorite blogs!

Here are the buttons and links for some of my favorite blogs.  I love them because they have great ideas that inspire me to repurpose items I already have.  Which of course, is a great money-saver and saves me a trip to the store as well.  I hope that you enjoy these as much as I do!





Centsational Girl
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Transformation Thursday's is a link-up party. Click here to find over 100 links to different projects!

Transformation Thursday

Link for Site: Make Baby Stuff
Link for: Fly Away Home
  Link for: Just Jo's Blog

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Updating a plain hand-me-down.

My mom gave me this denim skort that had a rip in it to fix and keep if I wanted.  I love denim, and I am sure that denim must be God's most favorite fabric.  So... of course I am keeping it!  But it was a little (or a lot) on the blah side.  I wonder what could be done about that?  Silly me.  Embroidery of course!

I have a new flower design from Lynnie Pennie that I was just dying to try out.  I was reminded of this design by Just Jo's blog entry From Shirt to Skirt.

Here is the skort before any embellishment:



Then one flower:



But, I didn't think just one lonely flower would do.  So...



Now I have a new-to-me, fun skort to wear anywhere I want to make a cute fashion statement.  Maybe I could even call this "upcycling"?



This is my entry for
Transformation Thursday

How-To: Instant Toy Box

What to do when your new crawler seems to aquire enough toys to arm a small nation overnight? 

1) Take a diaper box (if you don't have one available, wait two days until you have to buy more diapers then continue to Step 2).

2) Grab some handy, dandy Contact paper.  Pick either a solid colored roll or one with a pattern that matches (or at least doesn't clash) with the living room.  You can find Contact paper almost anywhere.  Make sure you pick out a darker color to cover up the print on the diaper box.


3)  Add Contact paper to box.  Add name signage if needed (or if Daddy decides to be ultra creative).


And now you have a toy box to corral all those unruly toys!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The shorts are safe for now.

Well, Mr. Spunky Diva's shorts are safe for now.  Darn it!  I don't have any ballpoint needles at the moment.  So his shorts are safe until I make a run to Joann's.  I am thinking I could run to Joann's while the kiddo is at Youth Group tomorrow.  Cheers all around!

Karamat's Giveaway

I am entering another blogger giveaway.  This one is a Crayon Apron Giveaway!  I have not yet tried making one of these for Ms. H (she is still a little young for crayons), but I absolutely adore the fabrics that Karamat has available, so of course I am going to enter this giveaway.  Here is her blog link: http://karamatdesigns.blogspot.com/

More burp cloths under construction!

I sold quit a few of my burp cloths this weekend, and now have the next group (I buy them in packs of 12) under construction.  This is a great time to let me know if you have an idea in mind for a burp cloth, without the extra $2.00 charge for a custom burp cloth.  I also now have these new designs available from Planet Applique:

Planet Applique's Reverse Circle Alphabet; this works wonderfully on onsies, baby caps, etc. 
Yorkie Terrier Puppy ; a very cute puppy (I am seeing several Tissue Cozies in this little guy's future)
Horseshoe; how about this design to go with "Cowboy Up" or "It only takes 8 seconds"?
Reverse Applique Designs; and these are going to be the cutest addition to onsies, and can't you just see a poodle skirt in the making?

Feel free to look at all the designs they have available at Planet Applique.  If you find one that would be perfect for a project you have in mind let me know, and  I will purchase the design to make a creation just for you!

There is a devious plot hatching in my brain.  I have a pair of Mr. Spunky Diva's shorts in my stack of mending to do.  Don't you think that a pair of ratty gym shorts just begs for a Reverse Circle "R"?  I wonder if it would be worth the repercussions.  Most definitely!  Stay tuned for pics...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Black table skirts in progress!

I found these flat sheets on sale at Wal-Mart for just $3.00 each!  I am going to use them to create table skirts to go under table clothes for the tables for our booth.  The Aqua sheets are going to be hung from the back and side walls of the canopy to provide shade while still allowing light (and a breeze) through.



These table skirts will make this...


...a thing of the past.

New Baby Designs Available

These designs have been added to the embroidery designs you can choose from when ordering a custom baby item. 


This design can be altered for any sports team you would like.


This fun applique design uses material from the trimming of the burp cloth to create a trendy design for your burp cloth.  The text/wheel color is chosen to coordinate with the fabrics being used.


The "Diva in Training" is a continuation of the Diva series.  The flower uses fabrics that coordinate with your choice of trim fabric, and again the text color is choosen to contrast with those fabrics.



Our most popular design currently available is the "Princess Burp".

We are constantly adding new designs for both Burp Cloths and for the Stay-Put Towels.  Any designs you see on this site can be used for a Tissue Cozie too!  I am currently working on stitch-outs of different lettering styles for baby initials to be used on burp cloths, and I will be adding photos of those stitch-outs next week (the week of May 24th).  Using the first or last name intial can make a burp cloth gift that much more personal to the mother-to-be.
 
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