Wednesday, April 27, 2011

{Dolls Clothes Delight}

 I'm so glad to be back in the swing of things with my blog. Being a mom of two little munchkins under the age of 3 leaves limited time to whip up pretty creations quickly. A friend of mine asked me to try and make doll clothes for her daughters Bitty Baby and Corolle dolls. I jumped on the challenge and this is what I was able to come up with. Ready for some link love? Thinking about adding to your daughter's doll clothes stash?  Read on...

An Itty Bitty Dress for a Bitty Baby

 This dress is called the Itty Bitty Baby Dress.  I found this tutorial after some website digging and thought it would be perfect for the Bitty Baby doll. You can find this FREE pattern here.  This is originally for a newborn baby so I shrunk the pattern a bit in the printing process and took off a few inches from the bodice and skirt to accommodate the doll. I thought it needed a little something since the pattern was fairly simple so I added a yo yo fabric flower as the finishing touch. I used a YouTube video as my guide. All you need to do it search "yo yo flower tutorial" and you will find oodles of tutorials to follow. Making these beauties is super easy and also make great hair accessories for babies and their mamas. 

The Summer Fun Dress for a 12" Corolle Doll

This was originally a tutorial for a child's layered skirt. The maker modified it to be a halter dress for the Corolle doll or a skirt for a larger doll. I did have to read and reread this a few times and just decided to go for it and tackle any issues as they came. Over all it went pretty well and I'm loving the versatility. You can find the How-To here.

Cloth Diapers for Dolls & Furry Friends

I have started cloth diapering a few months ago and finding this pattern made my heart flutter with delight! What a great idea! These little cuties would make any little mommy happy to cloth diaper. The size is great and fits a large range of dolls and animals if made with this tutorial here. Enjoy!

Making doll clothes and accessories can be addicting. I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to enjoy playing mommy. I do plan to make a little stash over time for when that day comes. Have you found any A+ tutorials for doll goodies lately? Any advice on making doll clothes for this beginner? Comments are always welcome and appreciated.  Have a great day!

Laura H

Monday, January 31, 2011

Perfecting my Paper Routine with IHeart Organizing

Inspired by one of my favorite blogs, IHeart Organizing, I decided to perfect my paper routine and take part in Jen's January Paper Challenge.  Here is my progress report. :)

I had a head start by having my important papers already filed and labeled. Yay me! To make things more user friendly, I consolidated my most frequently used files in a smaller box. Voila!

To created a place for my incoming mail and papers I purchased this handy expandable file and planner at Target. My cute planner has a nifty little pocket that holds my incoming bills and invitations perfectly.

  This expandable file folder is used to organize the "flow" of the incoming paper. To do this, I labeled each section like so...

I already had a system for my coupons in place as well. I organize them by product and so far this has been working out very well. I keep up with expiring coupons by checking the batch each week.

I did want to beautify my coupon book though, so inspired by Jen's adorable labels I created my own. :) Since then she has so generously provided the template for these labels here.

 Finally, I set up a little command center to keep all of my organized goodness accessible. :)

Thanks for the inspiration Jen! Ready to get your papers under control? Visit IHeart Organizing Project Paper. Enjoy!
Laura H

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Treasures for your kids

Now that I have spoiled myself with some goodies. It is once again time to make some fun stuff for the kiddos. Here are some great projects that would make any child smile.

My daughter is only 7 months old but you can never be too young to sport a rockin' tutu. Or too old. Kidding. Sort of. ;)  I wanted something quick and easy so I found a great tutorial here. I do recommend going ahead and buying a spool of tulle because the whole "quickness" of the project flies right out the window when you have to cut up YARDS of tulle in perfect strips. I am so crazy about this ribbon. I found it at Joann's recently and I want to use it everywhere!

My little man is starting a collecting phase. Which I assume most toddlers go through one time or another. Enter, the backpack. It's so cute manly and fits his little back and all of his treasures perfectly. I managed to whip this up in about an hour. 

Who can resists those cute felt cookies? The kids and adults get a big kick out of them at our house. Our little chef loves passing these out to the family all day long.  You can make them yourself with this tutorial here. (Caution: When staging these cookies for pictures, resists the strong urge to think they are real and warn others of the same. Just sayin'.)


Bow tie pasta anyone? These are so simple and quick to make. They are great to whip up in a big batch for your little one or as a gift for another lucky child. There are so many variants of these.  I really liked the method used here. I also went the lazy way and found some matching embroidery thread to tie these together. Enjoy!

Laura H

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Projects for a Modern Mama

 Sewing for the kids is such a blast but sometimes it's fun to make goodies for Mama too. From my earlier post I mentioned my newest family member, "The Dream Camera." This thing is perfect but I did have a desire to beautify it after reading this great tutorial here. So pretty. :)

The beauty of this little baby is not only in it's looks but in it's function.  Check out the snazzy little pocket for the lens cover. This feature had me at yes please!

 I am a devout coupon clipper and this coupon caddy fits me to a T.

 I was inspired by this tutorial and assembled this gift to myself with an adorable retro fabric from Joann's.  This coupon caddy holds my shopping list, pen and coupon book perfectly. If I choose not to bring the coupon book with me it becomes a comfy home for my iPhone. It also fits perfectly on my double stroller handle for trips out with the kiddos. Thumbs up.

I hope you leave this post inspired to indulge in a little crafting for yourself, the oh so fabulous Modern Mama.  :)

Laura H

Monday, January 17, 2011

Back to the bobbin with Prudent Baby {Sewing projects from 2010}

 Happy New Year! It's been a while since my last post but I have been a really busy. Promise! I had a bit of a sewing marathon at the end of 2010 and had made a list of projects from my favorite blogs that I was desperate determined to get done. To get started, this snuggly blanket was inspired by a easy peasy tutorial I found here. I just loved this fabric so much and wanted to use it for something I would use all the time.

 I added my own little twist by making a "quilting" effect on the fabric like so.

My son also needed a snuggly blanket but is a bit of a living furnace so I chose a lighter minky fabric. I'm not gonna lie. It's a hard fabric to manage, especially when making something so big.

I am now introducing our new Graco Tot Block Playard in black.  Our current solution to protecting an exploring baby and from a very active little boy. It has been great! The downside WAS that sheets were hard to find a pretty penny at that. So I found a fabulous tutorial and tweaked it to the size I needed and now my daughter has a beautiful unique sheet. This fabric is so whimsical and fun. I purchased it not long ago at JoAnn's.

My daughter makes lovely drool bombs all day long so I found some cute fabric in "the stash" and made her these practical and cute bibs from this tutorial here.

I had a blast checking lots of projects off my list and I have to give all of my props to Prudent Baby.  If you are interested in sewing but still waiting for that perfect time to take the plunge, just dive in now and you will see just how not scary it is. Then you will find tons of fabulous blogs with great ideas and soon enough your family won't even be able to pry your busy hands off of your wonderful sewing machine. Just sayin.

 Laura H

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Best Top Coat EVER

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat  
This is a must for me every time I paint my nails. It gives a very even glass-like finish to freshly painted nails and it really does protect and prolong the color. It drys very quickly and is just as good as it's more expensive competitors. I got mine at Ulta. Happy painting!

Sally Hansen HD "LCD"


   My better half picked up this great shade for me, upon my request, the other day. This picture really doesn't do the colors justice. It's a pink shade from Sally Hansen's HD line. You may see the blue/purplish glitter towards the top of the bottle and that's the magic of this shade. It's so pretty and the glitter changes color every second as new light hits it. I really suggest you check it out. It's really not just another ordinary pink. You do have to use a good three coats for the colors to really pop but it's worth it. :)