Friday, March 30, 2012

One Cute Baby Girl

Every Friday, me and this baby girl go to our local library for Baby Story Time.  We always have so much fun.  Today she refused to leave the house without wearing her crazy sunglasses.

She's a diva, for sure.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Playhouse, Completed!

I am so stinkin' excited to have finished my playhouse.  It was definitely a huge time investment, but I think it came out fantastic (and I learned some good stuff along the way too!). It's made to fit over a standard size card table (although mine came out about two inches too long)  Here's the play-by-play:

Panel One

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I Can't Sew Alone.

Today I started getting some serious sewing done on my playhouse.  I'm already three quarters of the way through!  It's very exciting to see it finally coming together.  Photos of the finished product soon to come.

But, of course, Miss Clementine wanted to play too.  This silly feline cannot see me sewing without nestling herself on my lap.

Does your cat take over your work space while you're sewing too?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Vanilla Cupcakes and Review à la Sunbeam

Mondays for me--because I don't have class when everyone else in the world is either in school or work--are usually pretty lonely around here.  So today, the final day of spring break, I welcomed some baking help from my baby cousin Isabel (daughter of Which Craft).

Because I have recently acquired a Kitchen Aid mixer (hallelujah!), I was just dying to make something from scratch.  We scoured the internet looking for a recipe that we could make with the ingredients we had lying around.  We settled on these vanilla cupcakes with Nutella frosting from this recipe.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Midterms = No Fun for Me

Midterm week makes sewing and crafting quite difficult.  I've got a list of sewing and wedding stuff that I'm DYING to get done, and instead I'm sitting in front of my computer working on a Pragmatics midterm.  This week will be over soon, then I can get back to all the other stuff I'd much rather be doing!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Playhouse, Part Four

Today I put the finishing touches on laying out all the panels of my playhouse.  I'm very excited about it! My wonderful fiance drew me some beautiful strawberries to put on--I think they're perfect.  He also gave me the idea to sew some leaves onto my strawberry bush (and the tree in my other panel) to give it some texture.  I think it came out great.

Bolts of Fabric Make Me Smile

I took another trip to Joann's today to pick up the last of the felt for my playhouse.  All that fabric just puts a smile on my face.

Aren't these colors beautiful?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Playhouse, Part Three

Today I made some serious progress on my playhouse!  I've got 90% of my appliques cut.  I'm hoping that by tomorrow, I'll have everything laid out and can begin actually sewing by the end of the week.  Yay!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Playhouse, Part Two

Today I spent some time working on the first panel of my playhouse.  When it's completed, it's going to be a tree with detachable fruit, a white picket fence, and a basket to put the fruit in.

I haven't made the trip to Joann's to get felt for all of the designs to go on the panels, but I had some felt lying around, so I did what I could with what I had today.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Playhouse, Part One

I've begun my first adventure in (quasi-) pattern making, which is much more difficult than I had originally imagined.

While perusing Pinterest, I kept finding these wonderful felt playhouses.  I'm sure you've seen them--they're made to slip over a card table.  As it just so happens, I know a beautiful soon-to-be two year old that would positively adore something like this for her birthday.  Because all of the felt playhouses I've seen run upward of $200, I knew that I could my put my sewing skills to use and create it myself.  Plus, a homemade gift is so much more meaningful, right?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Crafting with Clementine

I'm working on some paper crafts for the wedding (to be posted upon completion), but it's really hard to get work done with a kitty monopolizing all the paper.

For some strange reason, Miss Clementine loves to make her bed upon whatever it is I need most at that very moment.

Is Clem the only cat like this or does your feline friend take over your crafting space too?

Peach-Vanilla-Brown Sugar Whiskey

My fiance wanted to do something special to ask his friends to be groomsmen in the wedding.  After some brainstorming, we came up with the idea of sending them some homemade infused whiskey.

Infusing alcohol is one of the easiest things you can do.  Just grab a couple ingredients you think are tasty, add some alcohol, let sit, drain, and serve.

For ours, we used some fresh peaches, a couple of scoops of brown sugar, and half a pod of vanilla beans into a mason jar.  It's a very inexact science and I couldn't tell you what our proportions were.  But this is one of those projects that is hard to screw up.  That's why we like it!

Monogram Wreath

Wreaths are pretty much my favorite thing.  For me, putting up a wreath is the first step to preparing for any season or holiday.  We've got one for every holiday (and even some made up ones!) around here. Here in South Florida, the cold weather is long gone, and we're welcoming in the Spring.  Because of wedding planning, I've got purple running through my veins.

Will you be my bridesperson?

Preparing for a wedding has got to be one of the most exciting things I've ever done!  I get the opportunity to figure out exactly what my priorities are for the wedding--and top on that list is having the people I love there with me.  

Because most of the people I'd like to be in my bridal part don't live nearby (I say "people, because two of the five are dudes), I needed to find a fun way to ask them that isn't calling them up for sending them a lame text message.  It had to be something really cute and crafty, and it had to be something that I could stick in the mailbox.   After doing some research (which mostly consists of hours scouring pinterest), I came up with this fun project inspired by Rinse. Repeat. and Lauren David Style.  

I started out with these wooden boxes from Michael's (purchased with coupons, of course) and painted them a neutral beige along the top where their names will be going.  Once that had dried, I stuck a contact paper stencil that I had cut out, and painted the entire thing a dark purple (David's Bridal calls it "lapis").  Once the purple paint had dried, and I peeled my contact paper stencil off, I had to do a little retouching with a thin paintbrush.

This whole painting and drying process (I did about three layers of the beige and two layers of the purple, plus the retouching) on seven boxes took quite a while. I think it was well worth it, though.  

I filled my box with a bunch of goodies that I thought my girls and guys would appreciate: 
-monogrammed wine glass/beer mug/milk glass made some a dollar store sticker and some armor etch
-monogrammed tissues found in the dollar section at Michael's
-mini bottles of their favorite liquor where appropriate
-pin from Michael's bridal section that says "Bridal Party Official Member"

After all of the paint had dried, I took some glittery stickers that were on sale at Michael's and stuck "I can't say I Do without you!" on the inside lid.  Finally, I wrote them a letter letting them know how honored I would be to have them there on my special day.  I also included a little envelope giving some details about each member and swatches of the wedding colors.  Of course I had seal them with my Hogwarts Wax Seal.

Overall, I am so happy with how they came out.  I think they couldn't be more me.  So far, everyone seems to be enjoying them very much, although my baby cousin, who's seven years old (and was asked to be an usher), was more excited about the box with his name on it than anything else.  He'll probably use it to store his legos.

Have you done anything like this to ask your girls and guys to join you on your wedding day?  I'd love to see what you came up with!