Bringing Outdoors Indoors

Last week on S.Y.T.Y.C. we had an outdoor themes projects. Mine was “Bringing Outdoors Indoors”. I made a reversible table runner and placemats with embroidered ants on one side and an embroidered ladybug on the other side. I was excited to finally use this ladybug appliquéd but my kitchen has ladybug decorations in it. I choice the colors that I did for the table runner and placemats because it reminded me of a picnic quilt.

Bringing Outdoors Indoors

Bringing Outdoors Indoors

Adam helped me make the center piece for the table. I wanted some wood that looked really weathered and what better than the weather wood from our fence that got blown down a while back during a tornado. The wood was warped so it helped with the weathered look. Then I stained it with some ebony stain and the next day sanded it. I don’t completely love the flower vases I got to go in it. They are too short. So I need some taller vases for it. I have debated on stenciling “Anderson Est. 2011”, but I am not sure with the stain being so dark.

Bringing Outdoors Indoors

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Felt People

I know this is rather late, but with four kids in the middle of summer my life has been rather busy and time to blog had taken a back burner. Partly because it drives me crazy that some of my stuff is ASANTB and some of it is Sheena Creates. So I have debated on changing my blog and I have been thinking about going to self hosting but it so loses me. Anyway, that is all for another day.

Felt People

For my kids can do project on S.Y.T.Y.C., we made felt people. This was something that started in my head as stuffed animals and as I was thinking about my pattern decided people would be better. The kids and I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out felt and buttons for their people. I was hoping we would have had a chance for them to finish theirs before this post, but between traveling, Alyssa’s birthday, work stuff and the holiday we haven’t had a chance. But I am glad I made Bradley’s before I let them make theirs because I made changes to my plans along the way. After they make theirs I’ll do another post with a tutorial.

Felt People

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Pocket Tees

Are you looking for pocket tees?  Make sure you check out Sheena Creates on Facebook.  I now have them available.  There is a limited number of them available at this time so make sure you get them before they are gone.

Currently I am selling them using the fabric from the post I did recently here and here.

Chevron Fabric Purple with Pink Polka Dot Fabric

Monogrammed Outfits Green, Pink, Orange & Blue Chevron

The next monogrammed outfits the girls and I wore was the green, pink, orange and blue chevron print.  It has a name but I can’t remember what its called.  I LOVE this fabric and so wish I had of bought more of it than I did.  Hopefully I’ll find some more of it.  Please excuse my lack of photography in this picture.  I had children with rather shaky hands helping me in taking the pictures.

With this fabric I made both girls a skirt and I made all three of us a pocket tee.  Last summer I bought two light blue t-shirts for the girls that I never used.  One is now to small for either girl and one fit Taylor perfectly, so I used it for this outfit.  A while back I bought a lime green t-shirt for Alyssa and I had yet to use it so I decided to use it for this outfit.  When I bought a bunch of t-shirts for myself I bought a green one which worked out perfect for this outfit.

My Outfit

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Alyssa's Outfit

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Taylor's Outfit

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Monogrammed Outfit Purple with Pink Polka Dots

A few weeks ago I did a lot of sewing one Saturday and in that sewing I made a lot of matching outfits with monogramming for the girls and myself.  Over the next few weeks I am going to feature these outfits on here and I will be offering some pocket tees on my Facebook page for sale from the fabric that is featured in each of these post so make sure you check it out because there is limited fabric and once its gone it may be gone forever.

Matching Monogrammed Outfits

My Outfit

Alyssa's Outfit

Taylor's Outfit

The first outfit the girls and I wore was the purple with pink polka dots.  I bought these tank tops for the girls months ago and I never used them.  When I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect to make them matching skirts with monogrammed shirts.  I also bought a good many t-shirts for myself in different colors and I decided the pink one was the perfect color for this fabric to make myself a monogrammed tee.

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For the girls shirts I wasn’t sure about monogramming straight on the shirt and I didn’t think a pocket would look good so I decided to make a large monogrammed circle.  Luckily I had some pink in my scraps from a quilt I made years ago that was just the right color.

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Tuesday To Do #3

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I had all these plans the other night of getting some post ready and my Internet was acting up so instead of being prepared for today I wasn’t.  I knew what I wanted to write about but actually sitting down and blogging didn’t work out for me.

As you know I am auditioning for S.Y.T.Y.C.  Voting is up this week so make sure you head on over there and vote for your favorite projects.  I so wish I could tell you which one is mine but I am really excited about the fact that it truly is a competition based on the project and not popularity.  Also I am really excited because my blogging buddy Janiene from A Bunch of Bishops is also auditioning.  I can’t wait to see how her and I do.

I am in the process of redecorating all three of the big kids’ rooms.  As you know from my recent post Good-bye Pink Wall, Alyssa and Noah share a room.  For three years now Noah has wanted his room decorated in under water.  Alyssa changes her mind daily and Taylor isn’t much better.  Right now Noah’s room is a big to do list I am working on so hopefully this will help me remember everything.

Most of the stuff left in Noah’s room are things I am making and painting.  This past weekend Adam painted the pink wall a bluish green color(I’ll check the can later to see the exact color but its from Valspar).  We thought it had enough coats but after looking at it we have decided it needs one more.  So this upcoming weekend after Alyssa and Noah leave for their vacation with their father we are going to put another color of paint on the wall.

Projects:

  • Painting – The blue wall needs another coat and the white walls need to be painted once I decide on a color.  All three kids will have one accent wall and then white walls so I want to use the same white for all three kids but we have white baseboards and the girls’ furniture is white so I want it to be a little different but look good with the accent walls.
  • Fish Stand – Growing up I had this huge fish aquarium and after Noah decided he wanted a fish room my parents said I could have it but it leaked.  Adam re-caulked it and now I am going to paint the stand.  When I got the paint for Noah’s wall I picked out a lighter coordinating color to match.  I am going to paint the fish stand this color.
  • Frames – You make remember the fish frame I made a while back for Create with 8.  I don’t really love it.  I have decided I am going to take the fish off and re-paint the frame the same color as the fish stand.  Also I am going to paint a “N” on the corkboard.  Then I am going to put the fish back on.  Hopefully I can take them off without messing them up but if not I guess I’ll have to redo them.  I am going to get another frame from Hobby Lobby and paint it the same color but that is all I have decided so far about how I am going to do it.
  • Lego Area – I decided to make the top of Noah’s bookcase into a Lego area which is prefect since his Lego’s are stored in baskets in the lower part of his bookcase.  The lower part is going to have a seat and the higher part will have a Lego table.  I have to pick out the fabric, sew the cushion, purchase Lego board and attach it to the bookcase.
  • Fish – Noah said he wants fish on his blue wall.  We talked about what would be the best way to go about this.  We talked about painting it but seriously that would be hard.  I finally decided vinyl would be the best decision.  I thought about using my Cricut and making them myself but to buy all the different color of vinyl I would end up spending more than if I just found something and bought it.  So now I have to find a shark and some salt water fish for his wall.

I have one other project for his room but I plan on using it for one of my weeks on S.Y.T.Y.C.  Once that week has been posted and closed I will post about it here and let ya’ll know all about it.  One good thing it will be completed too.  I have been working on it and had a lot of failures in the process so I’ll have lots to tell.

First Shirt

Recently I was at my grandmother’s house and we were cleaning some stuff out of her storage building and she gave me a bunch of fabric. I found some really cute turquoise and brown fabric in all of it and knew I wanted to make something with it but I wasn’t sure what. I finally decided I wanted to make something for myself with this fabric. You see turquoise is mine and Adam’s color so it was more me than the girls.

I decided to make a pillowcase type shirt.  I have seen tons of tutorials on a pillowcase dress but instead of a dress for a child I decided I’d make a shirt for myself. I have made many shirts but I usually start with a basic plain shirt and I embellish it so this was new for me. I know of a few things I will do different next time but all and all I am pleased with it. I actually still have a good bit of fabric left and plan on making both girls a shirt to match mine. Then all three of us will have matching shirts.

Right after I finished this shirt one of my friends contacted me about a photo shoot. I was nominated as a Mom who deserved a day of pampering. There were four of us women. We all got make overs and a photo shoot. Our make up was done by Beth Posey and our photo shoot was done by Brandy from Tyler Treasures Photography. Both women did a wonderful job and were so much fun to spend an afternoon with. Thanks again ladies!! The photos in this post are from the photo shoot so you can see their work.

First Shirt

First Shirt

First Shirt

Tuesday To Do #2

Tuesday To Do

Last week on Tuesday To Do I talked about Bradley’s room.  Since then I have done a lot of shopping, planning and preparing, but I was in the office all week last week, our hot water heater busted, it was Mother’s Day and lets face it after that week I was too exhausted to do any crafting.  So I haven’t gotten anything marked off that list yet.

This week I am going to talk about summer.  When Adam and I did our shopping for Easter basket goodies I found several things that I wanted but it wouldn’t all fit in the baskets.  Actually it ended up that I bought different baskets and decided to use the baskets I had originally bought for something else.  Now here we are months later and no, I still haven’t completely those projects either.  Since school is going to be out in less than two weeks I decided it was time to get on it.

Originally I wanted to do a summer themed Easter baskets but I ran out of time for my projects, so I ended up saving that stuff for summer.

I have these projects:

  • Monogram the bag.  These bags are actually why I was doing what I was doing in my Learn to Embroidery post.  I still haven’t found a font that I “love” for the boys yet so I need to get on that.  I found these bags at Dollar Tree earlier in the year and thought they were the prefect size for the kids to carry their stuff in to the pool.  I got pink, purple, blue, and green.
  • Water bottles.  CHECK!!!  I have marked this project off my list.  The kids have already seen the water bottles and they LOVE them!  As you can see the water bottles match the colors of the bags.
  • Monogrammed hoodied towels.  This year I decided I wanted to make each child a hoodied towel with their name on it for the pool.  I previously looked at some towels and I was not impressed with them.  I’ve got to keep looking around to find some that are what I want so I can add the hood and name to them.
  • Monogram the buckets.  I bought these buckets from Wal-Mart during Easter.  They were in with all the Easter baskets.  I thought they would be good for Easter baskets and then afterwards the kids could use them at the beach.

I have this shopping:

  • Swimsuits.  CHECK!!!  I finally found swimsuits that I like.  I had been looking for months and I had debated on attempting to make some for the girls myself.  I am still throwing around the idea of making some for the girls but at least we have one for starting summer.
  • Sand toys.  Partially check!  I have already bought some toys for the kids to use to play with in the sand but I want to get a few more things to go in them.  Now I have to look back and see what I have already bought before I buy anything else because I can’t remember what I bought already.

Tie Shirt & Canvas Shoes

Last summer I made some corn hole bags for Adam out of duck cloth. I didn’t use all of the fabric and like everything else I saved the scraps. This pretty orange fabric has been on my mind lately and I have been wondering what I could make with it. I also had some grey and white chevron fabric left over from the bags and I used it to make coasters and a cute frame. I debated on making more coasters. One of them has disappeared thanks to my active 14 month old who loves to play with everything BUT his toys. However, orange just doesn’t match my red and black living room so I knew that wouldn’t work.

I was scrolling through some stuff I have pinned and saw these cute shoes. I thought the duck cloth would be prefect for these shoes. It makes them kinda look like TOMS. I did mine a little different as I left the raw edges out. I am thinking about going back and zigzagging over them so Bradley won’t tear them up too much. Also I used Velcro for the buckle part because with it sewed down I can’t get Bradley’s feet in them.

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I thought these shoes were a cute dresser outfit and that making a tie onsie with some of the fabric would be prefect. I already had the plain grey onsie so I just used it.

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I thought about making some shorts to go with it but I decided against it in the end.  I am going to let him wear some shorts he already has with it.

Pink Tulle Skirt

Alyssa loves the color pink and she loves anything girlie.  Recently I have seen a lot of tulle skirts in the stores and online, but having four kids $25-30 for one skirt is rather pricey especially when I could make the same thing for much less.  During spring break I only had Bradley so my days were much more laid back, less laundry, no fussing and arguing between kids so needless to say I finally had time to make this skirt.  I used a wide elastic around the waist and put fleece on the inside so it was touching her skin instead of the tulle.  I have looked at several skirts in the store and noticed they were just layers of tulle but I was not comfortable with it only being layers of tulle so I use a hot pink glittery fabric that I had in my stash under the tulle and stacked the layers of tulle.  The skirt cost me at most $5 to make and I still have enough tulle and elastic to make another one.  Yay me for saving money!!  Best of all, she loves it!  I laid it on her bed so when she got home she saw it and she loved it.  She had to wear it to school today.

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