Saturday, November 29, 2008

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"

Decorated the house this week...

This is our "stocking for Jesus". Christmas Eve we write down our gifts to the Savior for the new year. This is a special tradition for our family.
It's not Christmas until we hang the cow on the tree.

We tied the tree to the top of an end table this year in an effort to make it a bit harder for little hands to reach... but he is persistent.

Ahhhh, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Love this chubby star I made a few years ago...

and this new star (thanks for the idea Emily and Melissa).

Of course I had to do another banner.

Check out Tip Junkie- she is doing a virtual tour of homes decorated for the holidays, too fun!

Sitting on the sofa, looking at the tree, with the fireplace on, drinking hot chocolate, and listening to Christmas music... I love this time of year.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Car Seat Cover

Like every other craft I make, it is the brain child of someone else... I am just good at copying! I saw these cute car seat covers and being only weeks away from having my first baby (in Utah, in the winter) I had to have one. Theirs were a little fancier with bows or buttons on the straps that attach to the handle and super cute fabric (2 coordinating cotton fabrics sewn right sides together then flipped right side out). I used a cotton and a minke and like the bibs did a rough edge so it will fray.

My fabric was about 36 x 44 with the straps on top being 2 1/2 x 9. If you plan on doing a finished edge you might need a little more for your seam allowance. Good luck!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christmas Star

A while back I saw a darling Halloween star on my sister-in-law's blog and wanted to make my own for Christmas. I bought my barn stars at Real Deals and a Christmas stack of scrapbook paper from Michael's as well as some Mod Podge. Made a pattern with card stock and it was that easy.
A simple bow and hung on the front door will complete this easy Christmas craft.

NOT distressed

Distressed with brown ink

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's a SiSTeR thang

I love doing this blog but to keep it going with lots of great ideas I decided I wanted to get my super crafty sister in on the fun and happily she agreed.

So, Introducing.... MElisSa!
Not only is she beautiful but she has great taste and loves to get knee deep into a project. Before I moved 1600 miles away Melissa and I would spend many a night watching chick flicks and "creating" (oh, and eating chocolate). Oh, how I miss that!
So keep an eye out for her posts (she just did the one on super cute baby bibs).
Welcome to nannygoat Melis!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Baby Bibs

Awhile back I saw a darling bib on a little baby and as usual the thought came to me... I could totally make that! So I googled bib patterns and found the following
As you can see they are as easy as can be!

I used fabric I already had and cut away. I used white thread with a 3/8 seam and plain old straight Velcro that I cut off from a roll. The instruction on the pattern say to sew them right sides together and turn them right side out. You could do that for sure, I personally like it with the rough edges look. I think that is about all, they are pretty self explanatory!
And the beautiful thing is the more you wash them the cuter they get!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

"Baby legs" (or arm warmers)

When I saw this tutorial on Little Birdie Secrets (LOVE that blog!) I couldn't wait to try it out, especially since my girls love to wear short sleeve shirts even in the dead of winter.

It's so easy. All you need is a pair of socks (knee-high for baby legs or kids arms and thigh high for adult arms) matching thread and scissors. Just cut the feet off of both socks then turn the sock inside out and fold the raw edge over and whip stitch it. THAT"S IT!!

So cute and comfy. I have to make more 'cause my girls are fighting over them!

Now I can't wait to make some "baby legs" for the new babes. (The tricky part is finding boyish colors/patterns in a knee-high sock.)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Selective Colorization with Photoshop Elements

I found another tutorial for photoshop elements that I love and wanted to share.
This allows you to turn your picture black and white and then re-color the parts of the picture you want.
Check it out here.
Oh, and let me know if you like me to share these photoshop tricks. I love learning more but maybe everyone else already knows all this stuff?!?
So please leave a comment if you want me to keep sharing what I find. :)