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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washi Dress by Made by Rae

 I did a review for Pattern Revolution on this cute dress.  It's the Washi dress pattern by Made by Rae.  You can see the entire review here.
My review was part of a Dress Your Shape campaign.  I'm a rectangle.  I don't think I followed the rules for this shape, but I love the dress.

-ellen

Friday, August 28, 2015

Honey Gum Dress by Ainslee Fox

 Here's a dress I made for my patriotic post on Pattern Revolution.  The dress is the Honey Gum Dress pattern by Ainslee Fox.  I really fell for this one and so did my girl.
 Did lots of star appliques in two different navy and white dot fabrics.
I never do red but the dress turned out so bright and cheerful.  It's just a perfect dress for my happy girl.  All the fabrics were from my stash so that made me happy!!  The pattern had the best directions for an invisible zipper.  Mine turned out great and I dread zippers.
 Made her a little tissue paper pom pom from directions in Family Fun magazine.  My girl loves some props for her modeling sessions.  Gotta love the cowgirl boots.
 In love with this face.  Those eyes!
 She wore the dress on July 4th for the parade.  She actually rode on a float for school in the parade and loved throwing out candy.  It was hot!  Look at her red face.
My husband was there too so it was a fun family day.  Another successful dress sewn up!

-ellen

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ceilings for Healing Painted Tile for Cancer Center



This is me with my ceiling tile I painted for our local Cancer Center.  It's for a program called "Ceilings for Healing".  It's inspired by a national program, "Healing Ceilings".  I painted the sun tile in honor of a very close family member currently battling cancer.  It means the world to me that I can hopefully make someone at the center smile a bit or bring a little happiness to their day while they're dealing with cancer.


 After my proposal was selected, I received an acoustic ceiling tile to paint.  The acrylic paint was donated from a local art supply store.  SO NICE!  First step was to gesso the entire tile.  After it dried I drew the sun in pencil, then did a base color on everything with the paint.  It took a lot of time to get the paint into all the many holes.
Then I started shading the yellow sun with oranges and reds.  Obviously they want happy paintings with bright colors.
Last step was to add some gold acrylic paint that I bought and doing dots!  I did the dots with the tip of a brush.  It's dark blue and white.  Signed initials in corner with gold!  Done. 
 The Cancer Center had a nice little reception for the artists and my family came to support me.  My son got his photo with all the BEAUTIFUL tiles.  There were 12 in all, for the 12 overnight rooms.


I am so proud to be a part of this program.  Even though I teach art for elementary kids, I don't consider myself to be an artist.  There are so many more talented than I am, but this project means so much to me that I can dedicate my painting to my loved one.

-ellen

Monday, August 24, 2015

Daddy's Girl Dress Pattern by Little Lizard King

I had the privilege to test a beautiful new pattern from Little Lizard King.  Cassie came up with such a cute idea to upcycle a man's dress shirt into the sweetest girl dress.  The pattern is called Daddy's Girl Dress and it's wonderful.

Here's the dress shirt I used.  It's my dad's XL tall shirt.  My husband wears a uniform to work so no dress shirts in this house (that I can cut up!).
 
 Since my daughter just loves animals, I added a little elephant applique to the front in a fabric from my stash, and also used the same fabric for the top of the straps.  It has shimmery silver in it and is very pretty.
 The straps in the back are supposed to look like a tie!  Isn't that so great???  Some of the girls tied the straps in a bow too which I really liked.
 I added a heart ear and hand stitched it in red thread.  I zig zag stitched the elephant outline on the machine in red.  I used the same buttons for the eye.
 I had to add one button on the front bottom of the skirt since there was such a huge area with no button.  Easy peasy.
 What a great dress.  You can also choose to make the dress without upcycling, but I will only upcycle I think.  Nothing like having your hem already done and all those buttons/buttonholes!  I just finished testing another great pattern from Cassie for Little Lizard King and can't wait to show you how that turned out!

-ellen

Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Etsy Listings Chartreuse & Gray Bandana Skirt Sets and Fabric Note Cards

So my last post was only 4 months ago.....AHHHH!  Something has to give these days, especially since I started working this past year.  I had the BEST year being an art teacher to kids K-5.  Really the best time.  An added bonus is that my kids go to the same school so I get to see a lot of them and join them at lunch whenever I want.  Can't beat that. 

We're also renovating our house.  We've made great progress and I will definitely be putting some posts on here about it but it's not done yet.  Kitchen counter tops are arriving in 2 weeks and I can't wait!  In the meantime I updated my etsy shop a bit and wanted to share some of the items. 

I have a ready to ship size 6 chartreuse and gray bandana skirt set that's adorable!  It has glitter buttons down the front that any girl would love!! It's here.   

 The border fabric is gray with shiny silver dots.  So it's got some bling!
 I just love this face.....
  I also have lots of long sleeve (and a few short sleeve) gray shirts to make sizes 12m-6 with any applique design you want.  Here's that listing. 

I've also gotten back into making my fabric note cards that I love so much.  I gave a bunch of these out to teachers this year for Christmas gifts and end of school.  I use my scrap fabric for them and really enjoy tracing my designs and cutting them out.  It's relaxing I guess.

 Apple note cards for teacher gifts or a friend in NYC.

 Horse note cards to go with a bandana skirt set or for favors for a cowgirl birthday party.

 Lots of designs available and I can definitely customize anything. 
 SUMMER'S HERE and it's time to celebrate with ocean themed cards.  Maybe a hostess gift for a party????
 I've also done state cards before and love them.  Contact me for a completely unique gift!
That's what I've gotten done so far.  I still have so much more to do but am enjoying this time this summer to catch up on things.  That's until our traveling starts and summer flies by.  But for now I'll keep at it.  Till next time!

-ellen

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Ultimate DIY bundle

I love DIY. I really do. We're remodeling our 1970's brick ranch right now (that's a big reason my blog is so neglected...plus the fact I'm an art teacher at my kids' school this year!).  We're doing most of the remodeling ourselves. I love pouring over decorating books and making just what I want.  Love that I get to be creative and I love sewing, crafting, and being artistic. I'm so excited when I found this DIY bundle.  There are 76 eBooks and eCourses included....worth over $1200. 

There are 7 sewing patterns included in the DIY bundle.  One I can't wait to make is the Norah pattern from Mouse House Creations.  Here's a picture from the etsy listing:
 
The other pattern I've been wanting for ME is the Parisian Top by Go To Patterns & Co. 
 
 
I also need BADLY to improve my photography so the eBook "Say NO to Auto" by Kristen Duke is very appealing to me. 
I still shoot all my photos in auto.  Would love to change that.
 
Then there's the 6 eBooks on selling crafts and Pinteresting and all that fun stuff that I really do so poorly in.  It would really help my etsy shop!!!!
 
There's too many awesome things that I can't wait to start.  More time in the day would be wonderful too.  But I seem to find time to DIY. 
 
If you're ready to buy it's available till January 26th.   
 

-ellen

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Etsy Bandana Skirt Sets for Dolls

I know I've been neglecting my blog...  A LOT!  We bought a fixer upper 1970's brick ranch, I've gotten my dream job of an art teacher at my kids' school, and of course I'm the mom of two busy kids.  I still have my etsy shop and I'm slowly updating listings. 
 I have so many new and fun colors for American Girl dolls.  Light purple, dark purple, pink, red, turquoise, green, gray, chartreuse......
 You can pick the applique design just like the girl sets I have.  Western star, horse head or cowboy boot.
 Living in Colorado is perfect for making these western sets.
 I was able to find the cutest red cowboy boots to match.
 And I have lots of cowboy hats in stock these days.  Just in time for the holidays!


 I have a brand new serger that I bought MONTHS ago but haven't found the time to figure out yet.  I'm so excited to learn how to use it and I know sewing the doll shirts will go a lot faster.  I will be making black shirts too since I think they look great with the bandana skirts.
 And of course each doll set can be made with a matching girl set for a wonderful, custom Christmas or birthday present.
Happy Holidays!!!
-ellen