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One last baby project, a carseat canopy

7 Jun

I don’t remember seeing these when the girls were born, but now I am seeing carseat canopies all over the place. I decided that they seemed like a great idea and I needed to make one for this little guy. I looked up some simple tutorials online, and here’s what I ended up with.


Pretty cute right? I love when I see practical ideas that are easy to make for myself.

Ok baby, you can come now!

My new favorite fabric store

31 Aug

This past weekend we were camping with D’s family near Cannon Falls, MN and we stumbled upon the most amazing fabric store called 4th and Main.  I could have spent hours looking at all the beautiful fabrics! I can’t wait to come up with my next project just so I can back to this fun store!

Sneak peak at the quilt

1 Jul


Some inspiration

17 Jun

I love reading blogs and getting fun new ideas.  Here are a few things I’d like to try soon.

The Perfect Iced Coffee

Framed Hand Prints

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Make a quilt/blanket out the vintage sheet’s I’ve been collecting

Make sourdough bread from scratch

Make my own laundry soap



I love fabric

12 May

I’m really excited about my new ikea shelves in my craft room. Mostly because of what’s on the shelves. Look at all the pretty fabric! I wrapped my fabric around comic book boards to make mini bolts. Before my fabric was in bins in the closet and it was so hard to tell what I really had. This way I can easily see it all. In the photos you can also see my vintage sheet collection on the top shelf. Now I feel like sewing!



Tutu fun

31 Mar

Here’s a sneak peak at the tutu dresses I made for the girls for their birthdays. I’m hoping to get some fun pictures of them soon!



Fabric Banner Tutorial

20 Mar

I am so excited about how my birthday banner turned out!  I can’t wait for the girl’s birthdays to use it!!!  I decided to take pictures as I made this so that I could write a tutorial.  I will preface this with the fact that I have never written a tutorial before and this was my first time making a banner.  I’m sure as I make more I will come up with different ways to make things easier.  But here is how I made this one.


  • Fabric for fronts of triangles.  I chose 5 colors, but you can do as few or as many as you’d like.
  • Fabric for the back of the triangles.  I used cotton muslin in offwhite, but you could use the same fabric as you use for the front.
  • Iron-0n adhesive
  • Binding
  • Felt for letters
  • Thread


Decide what your banner will say.  Happy Birthday, Celebrate, Welcome, etc.  Determine how many triangles you will need.

You’ll need a template to cut out your triangles.  I used an old file folder. 

Next you trace and cut out all your triangles, one for each letter and any spaces.

Here is a picture of the iron on adhesive I used.  I went with this version so that I could sew through it.  If you don’t want to sew, you could go with the stiffer stuff.  Following the directions on the package, iron this adhesive to the wrong side of your backing fabric.

Next trace your pattern onto the paper of the adhesive and cut out each triangle.

Then you’ll iron the front and back fabrics together.  (I’m sure you could get to this point with fewer steps, but this worked.)

If you don’t want to sew, you don’t need to do this step, but I like the detail it adds.  I sewed a 1/4 seam along 2 sides of the triangles.

Next take pinking shears and cut along 2 sides of the triangles.

Next you’ll need to pick a font for your letters.  I just used something in Word and then blew it up to like 250 or 300 font size.  Print off all the letters you’ll need.

This is another process that could probably be shortened but I ironed my adhesive to my felt, then traced each letter onto the adhesive, and then cut them out.  Make sure you trace your letters backwards….speaking from experience.

Here’s the letters cut out of the felt.  Next just iron the letters onto your triangles

I used bias tape to link the triangles together, but you could also make your own using a coordinating fabric.  

Sew your bias tape onto the triangles.  I used a zigzag stich for some extra detail.

So stinking CUTE!

A successful first craft show

21 Nov

Well, my first craft show was a success! Here is a photo of my table. There over 140 tables at the sale selling everything you can think of. I had so much fun and will be back next year! My biggest sellers were the ruffle scarves. (you can sort of see one of the green ones in the middle of the table.) I sold out before we opened the second day and then started taking orders. Let me know if you’d like one! I sold a little of everything that I brought, so that was nice. It was fun to do a little shopping while I was there too.

The latest playroom addition

23 Mar

I made this play canopy for the playroom.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and it cost a lot less than if I would have bought one.  I got the main fabric at a fabric store for $25.  The white netting was$4 at Ikea and the dark pink fabric in the back of the canopy and covering the pillows is from some clearance shower curtains I found Target for $6.  (The shower curtain fabric is a cotton/poly blend, so its not stiff.)  There are four pillows on the floor of the canopy that we just had in our closet not being used.  I didn’t have a pattern for this, just some pictures from the internet, so considering I just made things up as I went, I think it turned out really cute.

Busy Weekend

7 Jun

First of all, I promise to write about Cali soon, but you can see dome pictures of our trip on our flickr page.
It was a busy, but good, weekend. Friday I went out to lunch in Minneapolis with my family to celebrate my nephew’s colllege graduation. After lunch we walked down the street to see a building that used to be a restaurant where my grandpa worked during the depression.
Friday night D’s uncle put in an irrigation system for us!!!! We will finally have a nice lawn!!! We finished installation at 11pm. We were out in the yard with flashlights finishing up.
Saturday was cold and rainy but we still decided to head to the Edina art fair. We didn’t stay very long though. Then we starting helping D’s cousin and his wife move into their townhouse. We are super excited that they will be so close to us. That night we watched a movie.
Today we finished the cousins move and I made some more nursing covers and burp clothes for some friends who will be having babies soon. This is becoming my go to gift for baby showers. Here are some pictures.