Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School #BTS Backpack Refashion

Back to School Backpack Refashion Monogram Patch #BTS
A friend of mine asked me if there was a way to remove the embroidery from this backpack that her husband got at a conference. I determined that it cannot be removed but I came up with an idea on how to cover it up.
I used my embroidery machine to create a monogram patch. I picked a turquoise chevron since it matches the fabric and is her daughter's favorite color. I had a slight problem with the monogram but since it was complimentary they didn't mind.
I used some E6000® Craft Glue to attach the patch. I think it came out great and my friend's daughter loves it!
Back to School Backpack Refashion Monogram Patch #BTS

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Year of American Girl Wardrobe Giveaway

A Year of American Girl Wardrobe Giveaway
We have something special for you! 27 wonderful ladies have teamed up to bring you the "Year of American Girl Doll" Wardrobe Giveaway. This collection includes clothing and accessories for all holidays and occasions in a year. Your 18" doll will be ready for any occasion! This outstanding giveaway is brought to you by the following co-hosts, sponsors, and contributors~
1. Diana of Diana Rambles - Diana, aka FreeStyleMama, the coordinator of this giveaway, is a self-described creative crafty mama of three who blogs about food, crafts, family and fun. She also is a blog designer and seamstress.
2. Laura of Laura Kelly's INKlings - Laura Kelly is a licensed artist and creative project designer for ilovetocreate.com. She blogs her journey with hopes of inspiring and stimulating creativity in others.
3. Katrina Thennis of The Chicken Wire - A wife and a mother of three, blogging about homeschooling with a fun mix of faith, family and farmstead added in.
4. Char of Doll Diaries - Char is the founder and blogger at Doll Diaries where girls of all ages are inspired to create, play and share doll related activities. There is a weekly feature of wonderful ideas of doll lovers around the web.
5. Amy of SewsNBows - Amy is a fabric hoarder and sewing pattern collector who enjoys sewing children's clothing and accessories. Her beautiful creations are showcased on her blog.
6. Gina of Gina's Craft Corner - Gina is a wife, homeschooling mother of two young girls and a bagaholic. Visit her blog to see her latest handbag creations, sewing tips and tutorials, along with other easy DIY crafts.
7. Jenny of Learning and Growing the Piwi Way - Jenny is a proud wife and mama who enjoys blogging about teaching her kids, the books she reads and food. With another job relocation always just over the horizon, most of the projects she writes about are an attempt to distract her from packing.
8. Debbie of Heartbeats~ Soul Stains - Debbie is a wife, mother of seven, and nurse living in Hawaii where she shares what life is like in a large household; recipes, giveaways and just about anything that gets thrown her way. She and her children have survived many obstacles and tragedies, but have persevered through it all, with faith and love.
9. Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy - Stephanie is a 30-something stay-at-home mom of three, ages 4 to 14, who blogs at The TipToe Fairy about sewing and crafty tutorials, delicious recipes, book reviews, and more. She is an avid sewist, crafter, book lover, and cupcake baker.
10. Dee of Meatloaf and Melodrama - Dee is a blogger, freelance writer and mom to five active kiddos. She writes about easy crafts, DIY projects and simple family meals.
11. Jessica of Jessie's Girl Clothing - Jessica started sewing for her daughters and loved it so much that she didn't stop; and kept finding more things to sew. She loves a challenge so making custom (whatever she makes) really excites her.
12. Anna of Doll It Up - Anna shares projects and inspiration to sew, craft and create for dolls. From easy to advanced projects -- come and create, repurpose and PLAY!
Winter Outfit - Starabella Doll Design
Coat & Boots Set - Tickie's Treasures
Valentine's Dress - Aunt Sissy Originals
St. Patrick's Day Outfit - Laura Kelly's INKlings
Easter Dress - Kimmie Sew Crazy
Spring Outfit - Jazzy Doll Duds
Fancy Dress - Doll Fashions by Luanne
Summer Outfit - Mini Me Doll Divas
Bathing Suit Set - Jessie's Girl Clothing
4th of July Dress - Doll It Up
Mermaid Outfit - The Tip Toe Fairy
School Uniform Collection - SewsNBows
Fall Outfit - Camelot's Treasures
Halloween Elsa Costume - Cat's Meow
Christmas Formal Outfit - Darlin Girl Creations
5 pair of Shoes - Confetti Doll Designs
Two Bags - Gina's Craft Corner
Months of the Year Headbands - Punch Place Plus
Wooden Bed - Meatloaf and Melodrama
Bedding Set & Nightgown - FreeStyleMama
Girl & Doll Scrapbook Set - Learning and Growing the Piwi Way
A Year of American Girl Doll Wardrobe Giveaway
Enter the giveaway using the PromoSimple entry form below.
18+ yrs, US & Canada Only. Official Rules at bottom of the entry form.
Bonus entries unlocked after required entry.
The more entries, the better chance you have of winning.
This giveaway was coordinated by Me!

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Good Morning! My next HUGE American Girl Doll Wardrobe Giveaway has begun. Enter it here.
School Uniforms for American Girl Dolls from SewNBows - These are the cutest!!
Blueberry Poke Cake from Swanky Recipes - I want to eat this!!
Drawstring Backpack-Sewn by 8 Year Old from Gina's Craft Corner - Tell your daughter great job!!
The S'mOreo from Pink Recipe Box - WOW...I am in LOVE!!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Decking out the House

It's the dog days of summer when vacations are over and we are looking for changes or excitement in our lives. Four years ago when we returned from our big trip to Alaska, we ended up remodeling our kitchen. It was a big undertaking since we ripped everything out of the kitchen including a wall. My husband did a great job and now the kitchen area is the heart of the house. Since we didn't take such a huge trip this summer, we are considering a smaller project on our house. There are a few parts of our house that need updating, but I am thinking outside the box (house)!

I'd like to keep the relaxing feelings of vacation and camping going all the time. I think the best way to do that is to create an outside space that replicates those feelings. Since I like to just sit and take in the great outdoors, I think we should add a deck to the back of our house.
As you can see the back of our house is quite plain in back but large enough for changes. We have two levels, so an elevated deck off the upstairs would look great. I'd like to replace the double windows (on the right) with a sliding glass door that opens onto the deck. I'd like to have multiple levels to the deck with some steps down to the yard.
I would love to have a combination of timber decking and posts to hold up a roof on the deck. While I enjoy spending time outside, I am very sensitive to the sun so the deck must be covered to provide protection. I think a pergola styled roof like the one pictured above would be fantastic. I would like a wood or stain that is a white or grey to tie in with the house. I would have plants around the bottom that can grow up the poles. Although I would not want them too thick as we'd use the area below the deck too since there is a door there.

Now I just have to convince my husband to tackle this project. I think if we order a kit that includes all the parts that he would be on board and happy to nail the boards in place!