Thursday, June 30, 2011

Little Girl Embellished Tees

Remember the green embellished tee that I made my SIL for her birthday?  Her daughter is having a  birthday in the next week.  A few weeks ago I was skyping with my 3 yr old niece and she asked if she could have a shirt just like her mommy's tee for her birthday, only in pink instead of green.   Of course my heart melted at this request and I said yes.  After all, it isn't everyday that I get a chance to make something for a little girl.
 When I was shopping for pink tees, was surprised to see so many that had writing or pictures all over them.  There weren't many options for plain pink.  I found this one at target.  I picked it because I liked the slightly puffed sleeves.
Then, I found a 2 pack of shirts that had a matching pink polka dot and a purple stripe.  I decided to run with that option.  I could add the pink polka dot fabric to the plain pink shirt and I would have the extra purple shirt to play with.
So, I cut this shirt into 1 in strips on the bias. 
Using a basting stitch, I created gathers along the upper edge of each strip.  Then I pinned these ruffles diagonally across the pink shirt.  Super simple.  

I got a little more creative when I started working on this purple and white stripe shirt.  I had some extra purple knit from my organdy ribbon ruffle shirt that I thought I could use. However, when I pulled out those scraps the purples were too different, and they completely clashed. 

I did love the look of the organdy ribbon ruffles though and I just happened to have yellow organdy ribbon.  I have always liked the purple and yellow combo.  Hopefully my niece does too!
 I gathered the ribbon and then pinned the strips to the shirt.
Next I sewed the ribbons into place.    After that, I made 3 flowers out of the remaining ribbon with white button centers to sew onto the collar of the shirt.  
Hopefully she likes the shirts as much as I like them!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Family Reunion Tshirts

We just had our first family reunion a week ago.  My parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.  We rented a beach house in Galveston, Texas for the week.  We decided that we wanted to have tshirts made, and that became one of my projects.  With the help of Mr. Right, I drew this cartoon with each member of our family.  My little sister with her fiance are on the left, followed by my pregnant sister and her husband.  Next are my parents.  Then, its my little family with Mr. Right and 3 little monsters.
I used an online company called Zazzle to have the shirts printed.
With this company, there is a minimum order number of 12.  There are just 11 in our family, so luckily my pregnant sister wanted 2 shirts, one to wear now and one to wear post pregnancy.   
I love that we had tshirts made.  It really was an easy process.  I just had to upload my drawing and then used the company's program to finish the layout with the words.  

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Facelift for Two Chairs

 I snagged these two chairs from my SIL when she was getting rid of them a while ago.  They've been sitting in my shed for months waiting for me to decide to work on them.  They were painted a bright red and the seats were covered in a red check fabric.  The fabric was old and needed to be replaced but the red was perfectly fine.  However, I don't have any red in my house at all, so I decided to paint and reupholster the chairs.   My before pics are sadly lost on my old camera, but here are the after photos.  I spray painted the chairs cream then sanded the edges for a distressed look.  I redid the seat cushions in a green and taupe fabric.
I'm quite pleased with the way these chairs look next to my piano.  For the most part, with the chairs against the wall, they won't get a lot of use.  But they will provide extra seating that's easy to pull into the area when we need it.

Monogram Wreath

I broke down and bought a new camera.  My old one has been lost for 6 weeks now. I thought for sure that it would turn up, but I still haven't found it.  During a recent family reunion, I just decided to bite the bullet and buy a new one since I really wanted to start taking pics again, and of course, start blogging again.  It's kinda hard to write on a craft blog without a camera to take pics of the crafts.
Here, I just thought I would take a better photo of my wreath because the photo in my original post doesn't even come close to doing it justice.


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