Sunday, September 18, 2011

Halloween Welcome!

Let the fall decorating begin!!! My favorite season is definitely fall. And, living in Vegas, the only way that fall enters the area is by the decorating that goes on inside our homes. Heaven knows it looks like summer here all year round!

So, I wanted to share with you a super cute welcome sign that I made to welcome the new season!
I wish you all could see this in person, because it is super cute! The black boots are done is a swirl glittered patter that you can't quite see in the picture. The plaque and the legs are made out of wood, and the legs dangle so cute! There are two layers of tulle to create the skirt effect.

I got the idea from Lemon Tree Creations and here is their version:
I think that they are both stinking cute!

So, WELCOME Fall and WELCOME Halloween!

The Bag that got my Finger!!!

No, this bag did not make me give someone the bird...instead, while making this bag I cut the tip of my finger off! YUK! No, I am not going to show pictures of my finger, but let's just say, blood, lots of blood!

OK, enough gross stuff...here is the diaper bag that I made up tonight.
I really love this diaper bag. The gal that ordered this bag has ordered a few bags from me, and I really love to create for her. She requested a pink/brown combo and I think I hit the nail on the head! 
On each side of the bag, I put these Little gadget pockets. It is the perfect size for a pacifier or a phone. 
I might have to say that the back of the bag might be my favorite part! I was inspired by a pair of jeans to put these two pockets on the "backside" of the bag. 
Each pocket has a pearl snap to secure it. 
I went with a soft pink fabric for the lining. 
There is a zipper pocket and three pockets of each side of the interior of the bag. A total of 7 pockets on the inside and 4 pockets on the exterior of the bag. There is also a key fob that attaches on the inside that you can't see in the picture. 
I am not sold on the flower yet...not sure that I am going to keep it on the bag! I am also making a matching diaper/wet wipe/changing pad bag that will go on the inside of the bag.

The gal that ordered this bag just requested pink/brown, and let me pick the fabric. So, just in case she doesn't like this combo, I am making up a second bag with a totally different pink/brown look to it...so stay tuned! I will show you that bag soon!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

New Backpack

I took on a new challenge....while I make bags, lots of bags, my girlfriend asked for a back pack for her 9 year old daughter, Aspen. I said I would be happy to, and started to mentally think how the backpack would go together. My girlfriend picked out the fabric. I had Aspen come over last night to cut the fabric out. And in the wee hours of the night, I began to sew.
And this is what we ended up with! Super cute!  
There is a large pocket going across the front of the bag. And, I quilted the fabric on the pocket and the flap to make it a bit more sturdy. 
The straps were sized just for Aspen, with a bit of room to grow into the bag. 
Perhaps my favorite part is her name embroidered and the flower on the flap.  
Lots of room on the inside for all of Aspen's books! 
Aspen even wanted feet on the bottom! 
I really did enjoy making this bag for Aspen! 
And, I am pretty sure she likes it too!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Knittng Gadget Bags

One of my friends, Barbara, taught myself and our other friend Sharon, how to knit several years ago. I do love to knit, but as with anything, finding time to knit is the hardest part! Recently, I have been knitting the cutest newsboy hats....
Aren't these just super cute! I can't wait for it to get cooler out so I can wear one!

And, once again, Barbara taught me how to do this hat.

Well, to say Barbara is pretty awesome would be a total understatement! Barb also volunteers a ton of her time to Komen. Well, with Breast Cancer Awareness month upon us, Barb is in charge of fund raising. And, in this tight economic times, I am sure that this is a hard task. Well, this Saturday she is hosting a benefit at her local yarn shop and she asked if I could donate a couple raffle prizes for the benefit. OF COURSE I WILL!

So, I made up a couple of gadget bags for the benefit! Every knitter needs a gadget bag to hold all the essentials for knitting.

For some reason the orange turned out really bright on camera, it really isn't that bright! Even still, cute!

The gadget bags are bigger than they look too. They are about 10.5 inches wide and 8 inches tall. Big enough to hold what you need.

Of course, the inside needs to look as cute as the outside!

I wish you the best of luck on your fundraiser Barb!!! You are one awesome friend!  

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Summer Mini Album Class!

I am super excited to welcome Scot & Kira from Stampin Up to Crafty Girls! Scot & Kira are going to teach a class at Crafty Girls on September 22nd! So, if you are local to Vegas and are interested in finding out more information on this class just click HERE .

Here are the pictures of the Summer Mini Album that we will be making in the class:

The front cover - SOOO CUTE!

Pages 1 & 2

Pages 3 & 4

Pages 5 & 6

Pages 7 & 8

Pages 9 & 10

Isn't this album just stinking cute! The album would make a great gift for parents, grandparents and even for your child's school teacher!

Happy Thursday!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Secret Family Recipe - Broccoli Salad

I almost feel like the dog from the Bush's Baked Beans commercials - spilling the beans on a great recipe! I want  to share with you today a family recipe for Broccoli Salad! This salad is absolutely one of my all time favorites! I made this earlier today for dinner tonight and while I was making it I thought that I should share it with everyone - so everyone can love it!

Creasy Family Recipe for Broccoli Salad

Ok, let's get started! 

Salad:
2 stalks fresh broccoli, cut into small flowerets
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 Cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 pkg. pasta, cooked

Combine all ingredients in a bowl


Dressing:
1/2 Cup sugar
2T vinegar
1 Cup mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients for the dressing together


Pour the dressing over the salad & toss.


YUMMY!


Then refrigerate until time to serve.
The best part about this salad is that it tastes better if you make it the day before you want to eat it!

I hope you like this salad as much as I do!

Have a great week!
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