Friday, September 30, 2011

Crochet Flip Flops Revamp

Remember this?

Well, I finally revamped them! Aspen was such a helpful and willing foot model, I had to share the pictures. Funny girl. ;)

They aren't totally what I envisioned, but they are wearable and cute... and just in time for... fall.... hahah! I promise to get more seasonally appropriate next week! 

Happy Crafting!

PS - Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for the FREE scrapbooking software!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Scrapbook Software GIVEAWAY!

I'm SUPER excited about this giveaway! Recently, I was contacted by My Memories, the makers of a super cool scrapbook software, asking if I'd be willing to review their product and host a giveaway on my blog! Exciting, huh?!

I've been playing with the software for a few days now, and it is really fun! For those of you who know me well, you know that scrapbooking is the one craft I've steered clear of, and the reason is mostly because I'm a fan of digital photobooks. My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software bridges the gap between the two worlds! You get something much cooler and more customized and can even get a scrapbook feel to your work without all the "stuff." Also, it's really flexible, and I see the potential for making many, many things other than scrapbooks... I'm thinking calendars, invitations, cards, advertisements, and well, anything printed that you'd like to make your own!

The software itself is very user-friendly. If you can point and click, you can make a beautiful piece of work. My one criticism is that there are general color schemes for the papers and embellishments, and royal blue was missing! Gonna be tricky to make my Florida Gator pages without that color in my arsenal. ;) Fortunately, you can upload any pictures into your scrapbook, so it won't really be terribly difficult to add my own royal blue images to my pages.

One of the coolest features is that you can easily export your pages to a JPEG format to share on the web! How fun to have a totally personalized blog scrapbook?! You could have it both in print and online.

Here's one of the things that I've made using My Memories.

I left a little negative space at the top of my "October" page so that my big boy can sign his name. I like to have the handwriting chronology. ;) I also could easily scan and import the picture to make it part of the image. For the calendar page, I actually just downloaded that image from the web and added it to my page. Easy as pie! The binder clips were an embellishment in the software, so I thought that made it a little cuter. ;) 

Let's get to what you really want to know.... how do I win it!?!? Well, there are several options for entry. Please post a separate comment for each entry.

1.  Visit MyMemories and let me know your favorite digital paper pack.
3.  Become a follower of My Memories blog.
4.  Become a follower of My Memories on Twitter.
5.  Become a Luv Boopa follower.

This contest will close next Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 1 p.m. EST. Post your entries before time runs out, and you could win your own My Memories Suite software!

I was not compensated financially for my review, but I was provided with a copy of My Memories Digital Suite software for personal use.

PS - If you don't win but decide to purchase the software anyway, please use my coupon code, STMMMS5286.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sew Vintage: Knit & Crochet For Babies & Children

Today's Sew Vintage is a Coats and Clark book, "Knit and Crochet for Babies and Children," circa 1953. I wish my camera could do justice to the exaggerated color in the photography of this book. So fun!

Lots of fun patterns in this book! Still totally useful today. There's nothing new under the sun, after all!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Diaper Bag Tutorial Sew-Along #4

Let's continue with our diaper bags! This week, we'll assemble the inside lining.

From the inside lining front, back, and side panels, cut 3 inches off the top. These panels were lined with fusible fleece. 

Set those pieces aside, and grab all the pocket pieces.

Lay out the pocket pieces as follows. Right side of pocket up, right side of pocket lining down, interfacing. You will then sew a straight stitch along the top of each of the pockets.

Unfold the sewn pocket pieces, and press them down. 

Next, sew a topstitch straight across the top of each of the pockets, approximately 1/2" down from the top. 

Now, you will cut your elastic. You will cut 4 pieces, one for each pocket. Cut 2 short pieces about the width of the side panels. Cut 2 long pieces about 3 inches shorter than the width of the front and back panels. 

Insert the elastic into the casing you have created on each of the pockets, and sew it down at each end, backstitching over it a few times.

Sew a line of stitch straight down the middle of the longest pocket piece. 

Your pockets should look like the picture below.

Now, attach the pockets to the corresponding liner pieces. Fold a pleat into each of the pockets at the bottom to make them match at the sides and bottom. Pin and stitch around the pockets.

For the long pocket with the center stitch, repeat the process with 2 pleats (there will be 2 separate pockets). Also, sew over the center stitch, attaching it to the lining panel.

When complete, your lining panels should look like the picture below.

Now, attach the lining pieces to one another. Sew them right sides together, down the sides, just inside the pocket stitching. First, attach a side panel to the front panel. 

Repeat, attaching the back panel to the opposite side of the previously sewn side panel.

Sew the final side to the raw edge of the back panel.

Finally, sew the 2 remaining raw edges to one another. Your lining should look like the picture below.

Now, it's time to attach the bottom. 

Sew the long side, right sides together, first. Start and stop at the side stitching.

Sew the second long side in the same way.

Now, pin and sew the short edges, making sure you go over the previously sewn side seams so that there are no holes in your liner.

Admire your work thus far!

We will finish up our bags next week! Woo hoo!!! :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Honey Do: No Sew Fabric Scrap Tutu

Okay, this is SO simple. I might actually do it this week. :)

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

Adorable, huh?.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kids Craft: Foam Ball Wreath

This is a SUPER easy kids craft, and could be "fancied up" in about a zillion different ways. My boy was making it, so I let him take charge.

Lots of Styrofoam balls (we bought 6 packages at the Dollar Tree)
Styrofoam wreath (we bought a small floral wreath at the Dollar Tree as well)
Acrylic or tempera paints
... And anything else you'd like to use to jazz it up!

Stick toothpicks in each of the styrofoam balls.

Dip the balls in paint, and use paintbrushes to spread the paint all over the rest of the ball. It would be fun to add glitter to this step, if your participant were a little girlier than mine! ;) He wasn't interested.

You can either let the balls dry by sticking them into a large piece of foam, or get a little messy and stick them straight into the wreath. Large balls first, medium second, and small last. My little man wanted to leave two of them white, so we did. ;) 

You can see a little of our paint mixed unintentionally, but he was really happy with his finished project. He did not want to add any "ribbons or bows or girl stuff," so this bad boy is done! I think it actually looks really great for a few bucks and a craft totally made by a kid!

Not too shabby!


Here are some other things we did this week:

And a little bit of graphing with M&Ms!

Happy Kid Crafting!