Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ribbon Organizing

I've been a little obsessed with trying to clean out and organize my house. We live in a small townhouse and with 3 little ones needless to say we are running out of room to live. We are not in a position to move (darn it) so I've just decided instead of living in the crowded-ness (is that a real word) I'd try to make it better. When I took my Christmas tree down that just created this need in me to clean and organize out my house.Slowly I am getting things in order and so far I've taken quite a few trips to the good will.

All my crafting stuff was in the garage cause there was no where else to put it. It was driving me crazy having to go out and sort through the garage to find all the stuff I needed to sew or craft so I decided to clean out my downstairs hall closet and turn that into my craft closet. It's a pretty big closet under our stairs so it's not only my craft closet but also the coat closet, the diaper closet, the library closet, & occasionally serves as a hideout for my 2 older kids when they are playing spies.

My craft stuff was pretty disorgainzed. I mean just look at this ribbon box

What a mess!!!!

I had seen different ways to organize your ribbons on PINTEREST  like THIS
 I really liked this idea but I didn't want to spend money on a container like that so 
I looked around and found some cardboard that we has stored in the garage and decided to do this 
Look at that all nice and neat!!!
Now there is more room in the box to add more ribbon...haha

What I did was just measured my box and then cut pieces of cardboard to match the size.
I then sat while watching Season 1 of "Downton Abbey" on Netflix 
(great should watch it if you haven't)
and wound all my ribbon on the cardboard and used little pins to secure the ribbon in place.

Super Simple and Super kind of project 

How have you organized your crafts? 
Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentines Day Wreath

Hello there! Today I thought I'd share the Valentine's Day wreaths Jacki and I made last year. My goal for 2011 was to make a new wreath for each holiday, and this is the one that started it all!  It is by far one of my favorites from last year.

So, Jacki found the tutorial over at The Idea Room, which is an amazing place!  It really is like an idea room, and I LOVE it so go HERE for the tutorial!  The wreath was super simple, but it is time consuming.  Jacki and I got together with a couple other ladies to make these and had tons of fun.  What do you think?  Do you decorate for Valentine's Day?

Thanks for reading!

Linking to THESE amazing parties!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

little steps

If any of you read this blog you will probably already know that I like to sew, especially to quilts. 
My neighbor and good friend recently had the most adorable little baby boy at 
the end of December and this was the quilt that I made for them.

I got the pattern (Ziggy Baby/Little Steps) from Allison over on Cluck Cluck Sew
......a truly amazing quilting/sewing blog.

If you haven't been there go on over and take a look
Her quilts are simple, easy, and beautiful.

thanks for reading

Friday, January 6, 2012

a simple thank-you

Have you ever wondered over to "I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar"?
If not, you really's GREAT and full of many wonderful idea.

Every Wednedsay is Wake-Up Wednesday and Cheri extends a good deed 
challenge out to all of her readers 

I decided that as part of some of my goals for the year it would be to participate in 
Wake-up Wednesday as often as possible and to try to include my hubby and kids as well

This week the challenge was to write thank-you notes.
We had a handful of people we could write thank-you notes to for all the many wonderful Christmas presents we just know grandma & grandpa's, aunts & uncles, & a few friends.

I did not have any thank-you cards on hand and didn't want to spend lots of
money on purchasing any either so I decided to make some and to persoanlize them as well.

So I printed out through Cost-co (love that place) some 4x6's of our most recent family picture and
double sided sticky tabbed (cause I using glue-sticks) them to cards that I just made out of white card stock that I had on hand. The cards are just a regular size sheet of card stock cut in half (hotdog fold style) and then folded each piece in half to create a card.

Look at that simple, easy, & cute personalized thank-you cards.
So for me to make 10 cards it only cost me $1.30 plus a little tax to make these cards 
since I already had card stock, envelopes, & double sided sticky tabs.

Can't beat that!!
So if you too need to send out thank-you's here is great way

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

MIA ...

Well hello there!!
I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted!  Thanks to all the other lovely ladies for holding down the fort while I've been M.I.A!  The holidays were super busy (as usual), but now that they're over, I'm going to get back to business!

If you've read any of my posts, you know my love for hair accessories.  I made them for my two little girls to start with, and then for friends with newborns.  I enjoyed it so much that I thought it would be fun to start a little business selling them.  It's called  Juli's Bowtique, so check it out if you want! :)  So from time to time, in between other crafts, I'm going to share some of the new creations that I've come up with.  I'd love to know what you think of them!  I'm still new at this, so any suggestions are welcome (as long as they're nice :) ).

This first one was a custom order for a friend.  She told me the general idea of what she wanted, and then just let me create!  It was so fun!
Doesn't the teal make the peacock feathers pop?  Love it!  She also requested a small one with peacock feathers

I am loving the peacock feathers, especially since they are so popular right now!  What do you think?

Well, I hope your holidays were fantastic!  Thanks for reading!


{the pleated dress}

I recently got the opportunity to pattern test for a cute little etsy shop called 
"leila and ben handmade sewing patterns"
or check them out HERE  or HERE

The dress I made was
"The Pleated Dress"

It turned out super cute....don't ya think??
and those fun big red buttons came from my hubby's grandma's stash
she had a WHOLE lot of buttons

now to just make the time to make a matching one for my 1 yr. old
does anyone else make their girls wear matching clothes?


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