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Thursday, March 31, 2016

And Now…The Dress

I finished my new dress just in time to wear for Easter, and now days later, I am finally posting it here.

Dress Design Sketch

Here’s the sketch of the design.  It’s considerably different than what I originally had in my head, because in my head I was thinking of a different fabric that I thought I had.  I went fabric shopping, fell in love with a different fabric and pumped out this design inspired by the new fabric.  So how did the dress come out?

Red and Cream Floral Dress

Wonderfully.

It’s sleeveless (worn over a blouse) with a full skirt layered with the floral fabric and a cream colored fabric.  The fabric should look familiar since I used it for the purse I made (see Just Several Pretty Lace Accessories...).   Matches the dress perfectly.

I only had a few little problems.  I not sure the front of the bodice came out as well as I want, though it does fit me quite well which is rare for me.  And I realized that when I bought the ribbon to match the fabric, I didn’t buy enough.  This required an additional visit to the store.  And naturally this lead to me walking out of the store with more than just ribbon.

Close up of bodice

Here is the bib on the front of the bodice.  Lots of lace, tiny buttons and pin tucks galore.  I kind of think I made it a tiny bit too long, but maybe I’m just being too picky.  Otherwise I think it’s great.  The ribbon was a pain to sew.  I did it completely by hand here as well as on the skirt because it would snag on the machine.  Completely worth it.

Pretty pin on blouse

I made use of the pins and stuff I made with the purse.  They help complete the entire outfit.

Here’s the updated list:

Four down, three more to go.  Might be a little while for the next project, but it will come.  Look forward to it.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Bunny! Chocolate!

To celebrate Easter, here’s the life cycle of a Lindt Dark Chocolate bunny.

The Life Cycle of a Chocolate Bunny for Easter

Presenting the bunny.

Unwrapped Chocolate Bunny

Unwrapping the bunny.

Partially Eaten Chocolate Bunny

First bites.

Chocolate Bunny with Head Eaten Off

The head is gone, the rest will follow.

This has been the life cycle of a Lindt Chocolate bunny.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday Shuffle #37

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
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I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Just Several Pretty Lace Accessories…

Finally some crafts from my list to show off.  Still have more to do before Easter, but at least these are complete and ready to share.

Pretty Off White Floral Print Purse with Eyelet Lace

I bought this pretty off-white floral print fabric for a particular project and I thought it would be great to use some of it for a small simple purse too.  One that I could wear with tons of different outfits instead of just that particular project.

Pretty Off White Floral Print Purse with Eyelet Lace

I made this bag roughly based on this easy messenger bag tutorial, just with a few little touches.  It came out ok, except I think I goofed a little on the edges where the strap is attached.  The strap by the way is made by twisting together four strands of ribbon into a cord.  I learned how to do it when I was about 10 years old.

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The purse is nicely trimmed with cream colored lace. I bought the lace years ago at SAS for $1 and have used it in tons of projects since.  I think it look great with this fabric.  The funny thing about the fabric is that when I got it home I realized I already had the exact same fabric in white instead of off-white.  I bought the white at Wal-mart and used it to make a dress (see Time for Some Catching Up).

Close Up of Lace Rosette Pin on Off-white Purse

The cute lace rosette on the flap is actually a pin.  I thought it would nice to be able to swap it out with other pins and broaches to make it easier to match different outfits.

Pins made from lace, ribbon, and fabric yo-yos

Speaking of other pins and broaches, I whipped up these four.  The two on the left are made from lace and fabric yo-yos with some ribbon bows.  The ones on the right are just bows made from wider ribbons with pin backs sewn on.  Simple yet effective.

Simple Pretty Lace Rosette Hair Clips

I also whipped up these simple hair clips using more lace rosettes with more of that cream colored lace.

Simple Pretty Lace Rosette Hair Clips

I just used hot glue to attach the rosettes to some clips.  I covered the clips with some ribbon first to make them look better, plus it helps the rosettes stay on better too.

Lace hair clips decorated with red ribbon pins

The beauty of these simple clips is that I can dress them up a bit if I want to by adding some of the pins.  See how well they look with the red ribbon pins?

Here’s the updated list:

  • dress
  • hair accessories
  • small bag
  • pins
  • clips
  • doll clothes
  • video

Three down, four more to go.  The next project will be up in a couple of days, but here’s a little sneak peek.

Preview of next projects using red floral fabric, lace, and ribbon.

Some lovely red floral fabric trimmed with lace and more red ribbon.  Still sewing down the ribbon by hand.  But what is it that I’m trimming?

Preview of next project made with lace and floral print fabric.

And here is a panel of fabric embellished with pin tucks and lace.  Now where is this going?  You will find out soon.  Look forward to it.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saturday Shuffle #36

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Up to Thirty Five

Craft Project List #35

I realized that with Easter fast approaching as well as spring and then summer, I have plenty I want to sew/make.  I of course made a list of these things I want to make, but I realized I haven’t posted it here yet.

So here’s my latest to-do list:

Craft Project List #35:

  • dress
  • hair accessories
  • small bag
  • pins
  • clips
  • doll clothes
  • video

Seven projects and about half of them need to be done by Easter.  Eek!  Luckily I have technically already started working on them.  Still, there is much to be done.  Wish me luck.

Update: I completed this list, you can see the last project and links to the rest of them here.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday Shuffle #35

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Purple and Lace

The bad news, this post is unbelievably late, like several weeks late.  The good news, I finished all the projects on my list.

First up..

Purple Laptop Case with Lace

…a laptop case.

This project is actually a bit of a substitution on my list.  I intended to make something to “cover” something else, but this became more of a priority.

I found myself needing to replace my laptop computer (one of the reasons this post is late) for a larger but thankfully better one.  Since it was larger it was too big for my old case so I needed something new to cover it with.

I made it nearly the same way as one I made previously for an old netbook I had (see It's Covered), just no bias tape and I use fleece and poplin fabrics instead of denim.  It’s actually the same purple poplin fabric as I made for my tote bag (see Catching Up: Bags and More Bags).

Lacey Purple Laptop Sleeve

Fits my new laptop perfectly and matches my bag, what’s not to love?

Next project…

Lacey Purple Doll Bag

…yet another bag, that matches too.

Yes, I am really loving the purple fabric.  At first glance this looks like a small lacey purple duffle bag.  But it’s designed to carry something besides gym clothes, dolls.  It’s a carry bag for my ball jointed doll so I can take her places without fear of damage.  The design is roughly based on this doll bag tutorial.

Purple Bag with Inside Pockets

The inside is lined with fleece just like the laptop case, and there’s plenty of pockets to stash extra clothes and supplies.

Outside Pocket on Bag

There’s a pocket on the outside for convenience.

Carry Bag for Ball Jointed Doll

As you can see, there’s plenty of room for her, and possibly for a friend if I get another ball jointed doll in the future.  Or if I just want to lug other dolls or plushies with me somewhere, I’m set.

Bag for Ball Jointed Doll

And this isn’t the only thing I made for my doll, or the last of the purple fabric either.

Purple Jacket and Skirt Set for Ball Jointed Doll

I also made clothes.  A cute lace trimmed skirt with a matching light jacket, they’re perfect for spring.

Ball Jointed Doll In Purple

I originally planned to make the jacket a little different around the collar, but I goofed up with it so had to improvise.  I actually like it better like this so all is well. 

I also goofed with making the pattern for the front of the jacket.  My doll is a tiny bit more developed in the bust than she looks and I neglected this fact, so that’s why there is only one snap at the top to close it.  Anyway, it looks adorable and that’s all that matters.

Here’s the updated list:

Five down and out.  Coming up, Easter sewing!
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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Saturday Shuffle #34

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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