Thursday, July 29, 2010

embellishing an old shirt

I came across a tutorial online on how to embellish a shirt. I thought it was a cute idea. I searched through my closet and found 2 shirts that never get worn (imagine that!) I figured I could cut up the cream colored one (which is backwards just in case it looks funny to you) and embellish the black one that I never wear anymore.
I started with these circles for patterns that I cut out with my Cricut.
Then I kind of made a rough sketch of where I wanted to put them on my shirt. Of course once I started cutting them out and laying them out, I changed it up a bit.
Then I started cutting the circles out by just pining the pattern onto the material.
I laid them out just to see if I thought I was going to need more or not. {note...if I ever do this again, I would pin them on my shirt and then try it on, your shirt will lay differently on you then it will on the table. I didn't think about that and ended up making an extra flower in the end to add on. I still might add more after it's all said and done}
To sew your flowers together, fold them in half, and just use 3 or 4 stitches to hold it. Then open your circle back up, fold it the other way, and do the same thing. This adds a little bit of character to the flower.
see...
Then I used a few beads that I just had gotten at Wal-mart to embellish the flower a little bit.
Then stitch them on! My picture is not the greatest for the end result but I didn't want to take another one {it looks better in real life} Anyway, it was a pretty simple project and it didn't cost me a thing!

Monday, July 19, 2010

paper wreath

My friend Jamie and I have been working on this project, I'm so happy with the way it turned out, so cute! It's just an easy paper wreath. I know what your thinking, paper wreath? Really? Won't it get ruined? But it's summer, it doesn't rain much here, plus you can put this inside as well. We started with a cardboard circle that I cut out of some cardboard. I used a mixing bowl as my pattern. Then I found some cute scrap booking paper to use for my flowers.
Then I used my Cricut to cut a shape out, we used Accent Essentials. The blog where I saw this idea used a star shape from Plantin Schoolbook. Then you just fold these flowers in half, on each petal, so you have a point in the middle. Then fold the corners in, kinda like a tent if that makes sense.
Then start gluing! Glue as much as you can so that they stay down and stay 3-D too!
Here is my finished wreath...I love it because it matches the cute colors that I painted my flower pots earlier this summer :)
And this is Jamie's....Love them!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

splash pad

While Crissy was in town we were able to get together and let the kids play. We went up to the Gateway and took advantage of the nice weather. These boys are so silly, I asked them to hold still so I could take their picture, and they started posing! It was funny








We sure miss spending time with these guys!

B7 Forever!

I was lucky enough to get to see some of my roomies from college this past week also. Monica was visiting Utah from AZ so we got a few of us together and went out for a night on the town. Well, not really, but we had fun!

4th of July Parade

Tooele has a little community type parade here on the 4th of July. It's really pretty lame but the kids love it, so we go. They usually get tons of candy


Every time Kardyn would get some candy she would go up to EVERYBODY and say "open it, open it" she has quite the sweet tooth!
Chase loved seeing the "army guys"
and he loved this old fire engine because it looks like Red from the movie Cars
We had a great 4th of July weekend. The kids had fun, we went to several BBQ's (our favorite), but the holidays really make us miss Oregon! We miss having our BBQ's with the Skabelunds and watching Travis and Jeremy set the trees on fire with our huge fireworks display in the driveway, fun times!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Easiest project ever!

I saw this idea in blog land this week and decided "why the heck not." It's super easy. Me and my sister in law went to Wal-Mart and bought solid colored shirts for the kids. They were $3 each. We only ended up getting red because most of the blue ones just weren't quite the right color of "4th of July" blue.
All you do is make a bleach mixture of about 70% bleach and 30% water, and pour it into a spray bottle. I cut the stars out on my Cricut, but I've seen it done with lots of other things like glow in the dark stars, those foam sticky stars, I'm sure you could use just about anything. Then we simply laid the stars out on the shirt and sprayed away! We did have one old shirt as practice, just to get the hang of it, but I'm so happy with the end result!
These 2 are Chase and Kardyn's. Then you just throw them in the washer and dryer and tah-dah! I can't wait to see them in them on the 4th of July!
I've also seen some really cute ones done for adults using different stencils. I think I want to try one, so stay tuned!