4/23/2015

A Week of Puppy Dog Pattern Madness and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Alright guys!  I'm sooooo excited about what I have planned for you for next week.  I've finished my puppy dog and puppy dog carrier pattern.  But that's not all!! I've also got some great tutorials planned for next week.   I'll show you how to make collars for your puppies.  I'll show you how to make some felt dog bones AND I'll show you how you can add removable wheels to your puppy so you can take them for a walk!  But that's not all!

Two lucky winners will get the chance to get both of these digital patterns for free (you can choose to get either both these two new patterns or one of my old other patterns)!   So here's what you need to do.  Share the image at the top of the page via social media (facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.), along with a link back to this page.  Leave a comment below noting your favorite Snugglebug University pattern. Two winners will be chosen at random.   Contest closes May 8th and the winners will be announced May 12th.

And then make sure to check in for all next week's great posts! (Note, I'll update these pages with links to each puppy related post as they go live).

On Monday I'll talk about all the details about the puppy pattern:

On Tuesday, I'll tell you everything you need to know about the new improved dog pattern carrier:


On Wednesday, We'll make dog collars here on the blog:

On Thursday I'll show you how to add removable wheels to your puppy:

And on Friday we'll complete the madness by making adorable felt dog bones:

I'm so excited I just can't wait!  I'd better get to finishing up these posts...It's more than I normally post in a month...all in one week!  Let the excitement begin!

And finally, do you follow my blog already?  Yes, awesome!!!  If not,  please consider following this blog!  I'm really trying to build my followers via email and on facebookpinteresttwitter, and instagram.

4/20/2015

Sewing with Vinyl



I was asked to put together a gift bag of goodies for a raffle for our local moms' group, and this project is a part of that gift.   When we moved across the country to the SF Bay area, I didn't know anyone.  I found the moms' group by chance, I can't even begin to describe what a huge impact it has has had on my life here.  My kids and I have made great friends, and I value the sense of community that the group provides.  So yeah, I was excited to put together a gift that just celebrates moms and this great club.

Zippered vinyl pouches are easy gifts to put together, and the web is full of tutorials for how to make zippered pouches.  I wanted to dress the pouch up a bit though, and I thought some vinyl might just do the trick. There are so many options now for vinyl!  You can find it in the upholstery section of your fabric store, and you might be surprised at how much it can look like real leather.

The problem with vinyl is that it sticks, making it super hard to sew.  You can add scotch tape to the bottom of your foot to make it easier, but  to make this pouch I didn't even have to do that. The "trick" is just to sew the reverse side! I hope this trick makes you a little more encouraged to start sewing with vinyl!

I put the right sides of my fabric together like this:
 Now you just turn it over and you have a nice edge:
Then, because I wanted a really chunky looking stitch, I used hand sewing thread to make a nice looking topstitch. 
The inside of the pouch is lined with durable duck cloth: 
and I really love how the brown vinyl complements the pretty floral fabric (I found it at Joanns, a while back).
I hope you enjoyed a little peak inside what I've been working on!  (And don't worry, I'm still working on my next pattern...and making good progress!)  I'll be back here blogging some more soon!

4/13/2015

Beadboard Fireplace Makeover


Alright, can I tell you a secret?  This post really isn't mine.  The idea was.  The execution, not so much.  The credit for this makeover goes to my hubby.

Now don't get me wrong, I love a good project.  I'm not intimidated by power tools, or even things that I haven't tried before.  Yet for some reason this project just really overwhelmed me.  That's when hubby really took the lead and made it happen.

See we weren't planning on making over our fireplace this soon.  When we added on to our house, we knew we'd have to close off the wood burning fireplace.  We figured we'd eventually put in an electrical insert, which we knew might also mean redo'ing the fireplace surround to make it work.We thought we'd be able to just leave the fireplace alone until that time came.

Boy were we wrong!  We totally didn't think it all the way through!  We had a LIVE wire in our fireplace.  The fireplace used to have (ugly) glass doors which covered the fireplace, but after we redid our flooring it did didn't fit anymore.  So it was just open...with a LIVE wire...in a house with two little people.  This stressed me out.  Yet I really didn't want to take on a project that might be more expensive or time consuming than we'd really hoped for.

I came up with the idea of adding a bead board surround because 1) bead board is cheap 2) we didn't need to destroy the current surround (which seems to have a complicated history...and will require a bit of work to handle).  .



It turns out that the project really wasn't as simple as just popping in an electric insert and adding some bead board though.  Here are a few more pictures and details:

4/09/2015

DIY Picture Blocks for the Graduate


This post is part of a campaign with Shutterfly and LooksiSquare.  All opinions are entirely my own.

I'm excited to bring you this post today.  Shutterfly is my "go to" for anything photo related, and has been for years.  I've used them for birth announcements for my kids, photo books, and prints, and I've always loved the outcome...every.single.time.  Perhaps you've used them too?

Today I'm excited to show you Shutterfly's graduation announcements in addition to a graduation themed craft:  photo blocks!  Even though blocks are usually associated with young children, I love the idea of personalized photo blocks for the graduate. Need a centerpiece?  Fill the blocks with school pictures of your graduate over the years.  They make a great gift for mom and dad too!! Need a gift for your graduate?  Adorn these photo blocks with pics of your graduate and his family and friends. I remember that I brought very little to the dorms when I went away to college, but pictures totally made the packing list.  These blocks would be a great way to bring a little bit home to the graduate's new home away from home.

Before we get crafting though let's talk a little bit about Shutterfly's graduation invitations and announcements.

 Shutterfly has some lovely options.  They have foil stamped designs, lots of trim options (square, rounded, bracket, ticket & scallop), different formats (flat, ¾ fold, tri-fold), and several card sizes (6x8, 5x7, 4x8, 5x5, 4x5).


Above you can see some examples.  Clockwise from center :  Graduation Announcement (5x7 – Rounded corners – Custom Color Palette), Graduation Invitation (5x7 Scallop Trim, 5x7 – Square trim – Custom Color Palette), Graduation Invitation (5x7 – Square trim – Custom Color Palette),
Foil-Stamped Graduation Announcement (5x7 – Bracket trim),  Foil-Stamped Graduation Invitations (5x7 – Rounded trim), and Graduation Announcement  (5x7 – Ticket trim – Custom Color Palette).

I love how Shutterfly has so many options to make your announcements unique.  You can even import your grad's instagram pictures and personalize your announcement with school colors. Wow.  Nothing like my high school graduation announcements, that's for sure!  The back of card designs are such a nice touch too.

I love the scallop trim and gold on this graduation invitation:

Alright, now that you're in the graduation mood, let's pull out those old photos and get crafting!  

Here's what you'll need to make your own photo blocks:


I found these wood blocks at Michaels, but I've also purchased similar wood blocks here. Start by tracing your block over your picture to mark where you'll need to cut (1).  Then cut your picture to the right size (2).  Put some Mod Podge on your block (3).  Put your picture down on top of the Mod Podge and brush over the top of the picture with a few layers of Mod Podge.  When it's dry repeat with another block side and picture.


Here they are all finished!  Easy peasy and so much fun. And my kids loved looking at all those old pictures of me over the years.  

What do you think?  Do you see photo blocks in your future?

Thanks Shutterfly and Looksi Square for making this post possible!

4/03/2015

Easy Flower Headbands



Easter's only about a day away, and if you're anything like me, you're not anywhere near ready.  Don't worry, these headbands are literally a 5 minute craft.  Truly.  It took me longer to photograph and blog about these than to actually make them.  

My girls' fashion tastes are so over the top.  Tons of color.  Flowers, glitter, and sparkles to the max. And nothing ever really matches (or in my daughter's words--"Mommy!  It matches if you're trying to be a rainbow!")  So yeah.  I pick my battles, but basically, I knew they'd LOOOOOVE these.  

So you know, I made these instead of planning important things, like what food I'm going to make on Easter.  Oh well.  Sigh.  You know I'm addicted to making headbands.

Want to procrastinate like me?  Grab your glue gun!

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