toddler crafting fail.

So our youngest kept me up pretty much all night (as in I slept maybe 3hrs total) which I thought meant it would be a good day to let the babes paint her pinecones we collected a few weeks ago on a walk...

you know those cute "EASY" kids crafts you see on pinterest with pinecones?

Pinned Image
http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2010/10/08/10-in-10-guest-post-julie-of-joys-hope/

or this one

Pinecone and ribbon door decoration
http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/pinecone-swag-940458/

well this is how it started... 


and it ended...


not as relaxing a morning craft as I had hoped...


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what is new... uhmm.. a baby girl!


I know I don't often share pictures of the family. but here we all are a few hours after the youngest was born. She'll be 2 weeks old tomorrow <3 nbsp="nbsp" p="p">

We had our gorgeous second daughter on September 13! Exactly 39 weeks along. I went to bed feeling fine - like I was going to be pregnant forever, and at 12:30am I woke to a water burst and we raced to the hospital and our little girl was born at 2:06 am! She is petite (5lbs6oz but nearly 20 inches long) and she is perfectly healthy and I'm not feeling too badly either. At her 1 week appointment she had already surpassed her birth weight - so she's doing really well !

Life is a bit busy with a new baby in the toddler mix. So I might be a little quiet on the blogging, I'm sure you all understand. But then again - Christmas is coming up and I'm already itching to get out the sewing machine, just trying to get them to bed at the same time ... with a little energy leftover for the crafting :) I do have a couple things cut out though. So we shall see.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday :) 
oh and ps. please repin so I can win - only need a few (as in 7) more ! 
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pin to win! help?

please help me win some fabric? 

pin to win! http://pinterest.com/pin/143200463122824261/

if you want to do your own/get details go here http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/2012/09/pin-it-to-win-it.html

ps. if you repin feel free to leave a link to yours and I'll return the favour :)

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dollhouse quilt top tutorial



Well, today is my 'due date' (eek!). So here is a tutorial for a doll house quilt top! I made this to put in the hospital bag I packed for my daughter back in May and the original tutorial appeared in the intrepid threads June newsletter. 

Dollhouse Quilt Top Tutorial
By Jen @ thecraftingfiend.blogspot.com for the Intrepid Thread


You will need:
  1. A Fat quarter bundle of “Apple of my Eye” by Riley Blake
  2. Double sided interfacing – I used heat and bond lite. (Do not use ultra! It is not sew-able)
  3. Usual sewing supplies
  4. Felt scraps
Pattern pieces for furniture: Page 1, Page 2

For the room blocks:

Pick 3 FQ's and cut to 12” x full width (21”) These will be your room blocks

Bedroom
  • closet and pieces. For assembly fold over and hem the closet front
  • For the bed blanket cut a piece that measures 7.5” x 4.475”. Fold over one of the 7.5” sides and hem
  • Interface the back closet piece and the bed frames, front and back
  • stitch the blanket behind the back bed frame (see picture). Then iron on the closet and back bed frame. Arrange the front bedpost and front closet and do a tight zigzag around them and lightly iron on the front bedpost to keep down.
(to show you the blanket and bedframe)

(completed bedroom – except yours will look better because I oops-ed and used heat n' bond ultra)
Living Room:
  • Interface the back toy chest and couch piece. Iron them on where you like them.
  • Fold over and hem the front of the toy chest piece and stitch on by doing a zigzag around the entire toy chest
  • Cut a square 3.5”x6” for the couch cushion. Hem 3 sides, and stitch those 3 sides onto the couch, lightly stuff and then stitch down the 4th side. Zigzag around the entire outside of the couch.
  • For extra decor I added a picture frame cut out of felt and an applique made by cutting out one of the apples on the FQ's. I think it looks like a giant toy stuffed apple.




Completed room


Kitchen:
  • Out of felt cut: Oven & elements, chairs, back of clock piece, pie plate, and table stem.
  • Out of fabric cut: table cloth, clock face, and pie top
  • Interface all pieces, arrange as you like on the room block (iron down), and stitch them down.

Completed kitchen


Felt Doll:
  • I made a felt doll using an old pattern my mom had from when I was a kid. It measures 7”tall and arm span is 5.5”. I did a button on her centre for putting clothes on and off because I want my daughter to practice her buttoning skills.


Assembly of Pieces and Quilt Top:

  • Sew the completed room blocks together. I did the bedroom at the top, living room in the middle and the kitchen at the bottom.

  • Take the yellow FQ and cut into 3” strips that are the full 21” length. This should give you 6 strips (one a bit thicker than the others).
  1. Sew 2 strips together and then sew another 2 strips together by the short ends.

  • Sew thicker strip to the top of the room blocks and then one long strip up each side of the quilt.




  • Now to continue up the strips
    1. Use that last strip of yellow to cut into 2 strips that are 5” long.
    2. Pick a floral and cut 2 strips that measure 5” x 3”
    3. Now take your blue fat quarter and cut 4 strips that measure 5”x 19” (you won't have to cut the 19” it just is the length)
    4. Sew the strips together, yellow at the bottom, then the floral and then 2 blue strips. Do this for each side of the house.
    5. Sew each side strip to the house sides.


  • Take the green fat quarter and cut 4” x 35” (you'll need to piece it to get 35”).
    35” should be the completed width of the quilt top right now.
  • For the top I did a row 3.5” x 35”. You will need to do a fair bit of piecing to get this since you will mostly just have scraps to work with if you want to keep blue on the top.


Congratulations! You have now completed your dollhouse quilt top! If you have any questions feel free to
email me at: thecraftingfiend@gmail.com
To update you all we had our gorgeous second daughter on September 13! Exactly 39 weeks along. I went to bed feeling fine - like I was going to be pregnant forever, and at 12:30am I woke to a water burst and we raced to the hospital and our little girl was born at 2:06 am! She is petite (5lbs6oz but nearly 20 inches long) and she is perfectly healthy and I'm not feeling too badly either, though pretty tired...
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Free pattern for 0-3m ruffle bum&bottom jeans!


With a baby girl due any day now I decided she *NEEDED* to have some ruffle bottom jeans! 
I wanted a cute front pocket look like big girl jeans except with ruffles on the bottom  and bum.
FYI: Pattern is at the bottom of this post.


(I shoulkd have ironed before taking pics... sorry I'm a bit lazy on the ironing front - well truthfully I HATE ironing.)




cute? yes, I think so too! (oh and the fabric - stretch denim I found at the thrift shop for $1 -and I think I have enough leftover to make a pair of size 2's!)

I started by working onthe front and then the back parts of the pants - for me this meant I did pockets first. Line up the pocket lining curve to pocket cut out curve on the jeans


then fold over and line up the pocket behind piece


and give a stiotch around (I double stitched so it would look more like "real" jeans)


Next I sewed the front and back pieces along the curve bits (for the back this meant what would be the bum and the front what would be the front seam)


here you can see where I stitched better (nearly 39 weeks pregnancy brain is making formulating sentences difficult... sorry,. feel free to email if you have questions!)


Next I folded over and stitched the ruffles for the back - on both sides (I zig zagged and folded over once - if you have a serger - lucky you! if you want to double fold hem it I suggest adding a little extra width when cutting the strips). I also hemmed one side of the bottom ruffle at this stage to - while I had the iron hot why not!



for the bum ruffles add a line in the middle for gathering (use the longest stitch setting)
line up gathered ruffles and stitch down the gathering line one ruffle at a time


Next stitch up the crotch/middle seam of the jeans, and then the sides.


Next gather and stitch on the bottom ruffles gathering line stitch to the bottom of the jeans - right sides together.


For your waistband cut a piece as shown, and stitch one side shut (as shown)


Fold the waistband in half and line the rough edge to the top of the pants with right sides  together and sew in place - leave a spot open to add in elastic. For your elastic I cut a piece similar to other pants that size - I think I did 10 inches.I wish I had written it down. sorry.


then all you have left to do is to stitch that opening closed and then top stitch the waistband - helps it lay flat and look prettier.

and here are the pattern pieces page 1 and page 2





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Mail fun!!!

Do you know what is fun - REAL mail! You know the old fashioned kind (that is not a bill! or someone trying to convince me to get their credit card)

My friend Sarah sent this in the mail for me! it was wrapped so pretty - but in my excitement I opened it before taking a picture... 

Bright pink is my FAVOURITE colour!


and I can't wait to be able to wear birthday earrings for the birth of my girl!!! (hoping that day is soon... I'm 38 weeks now and starting to get antsy). I know this might sound silly - but I like to have something fun in the new baby pics on! With the babes I had hot pink nails - but between all the nesting I've been doing and having a toddler to boot my nails are pretty sad.


oh and Sarah has an amazing etsy shop - where she has MANY more adorable clay and sewn items. (her polymer clay skills are seriously outstanding! and I'm pretty jealous of those skills).

ok baby girl.... any time now! hospital bag is ready to go, big sister bag is packed, freezer is getting full enough to annoy.... and I'm getting uncomfortable.

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