Thursday, April 28, 2011

♥ Wolf Ruffles

Yep you read that right Wolf Ruffles!  See I have this young woman who is such a sweet friend of mine.  Where she attends school the mascot is a wolf.  Well, not being one to let something go unruffled, I ruffled her a Wolves shirt.  See what ya think of wolf ruffles...

I combined ruffles and freezer paper stenciling to create this shirt for a darling girl.

Here are the supplies:

Naturally, you will want to choose your own colors,
but where my sweet friend attends
the colors are purple and gold. 
Thus our color combo.

First things first, I took the yellow t-shirt and cut it into strips.

Why would I cut up a perfectly good shirt you may ask? 
Because there were a bin of shirts in great condition
at Dollar Tree.  I could not buy my yardage for that!

I cut 1 inch strips and then sewed them all together.

I then set the tension high and the stitch length as high as it would go
and created my ruffles!

I then took a length of freezer paper and ironed it on
the inside front of the purple t-shirt.

I then took a piece of chalk, spelled out WOLVES and
began sewing on my ruffles following the letters.

After this was complete, I decided on a wolf silhouette from the Internet.
I printed it out.  I then laid it down on some freezer paper,
took an X acto knife and cut out the dark areas.

Then I ironed the wolf in place on the outside of the shirt.

Yep, I have a Yudu.  No, I did not feel like burning a screen.
I did however use my Yudu paint.

I painted to wolf stencil yellow and waited for it to dry.

Once dry I heat set the paint with the iron and
waahh  laaahh... Wolf Ruffles!

My precious friend has yet to see her shirt.

I need your opinion before I give it to her....

Do you think she will like it???

Oh me oh my, I hope she does like it!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Because I Said So

"Because I said so."  That is one phrase I used to promise myself I would never use when I had kids of my own.  I am not quite sure I could count the times I have exacted the phrase on my poor children.  Oh there are plenty of other things I am sure I vowed never to do as my Mother was saying them to me.  Some I haven't done, most I have repeated.  I am so very certain that my own children have sworn to never reiterate some of my 'momisms'.   If you have or had a great Mom be so thankful.  I had a Mom to emulate, naturally I was not aware of that until I had my own babies.  I recall as the birth of my first approached,  the dawning of the depth of love my Mom must have had for me became so clear.  I even wrote her a letter, thanking her and apologizing for all the times I did not appreciate her. 

So as Mom's Day creeps up on us so close to Easter, let's look at different gifts to give Mom on her special day!  One thing I have on my idea list, is a brunch for Mom.  We have to set a pretty table for this right?  So I created place mats and napkin rings.

I started with these place mats from the Dollar Tree.

I applied a light coat of matte white spray paint.

I then used my Cricut to cut out various shapes.
I applied them to the place mats.

I have chosen the colors yellow and white for the table scape.
So I painted the mats yellow now.

This is not a good pic of the yellow color, it is much more
muted than it appears here.

Next I used the sander an roughed up the
place mats some.

I then used some white dotted material to
edge the pink.  Pink was not part of the plan, ya know?

I used Heat and Bond to apply this to the mats. 

Here you can see the sanding effect and a better look
at the actual yellow color. 

Next I cut strips of plain white material and ruffled them on
the sewing machine.  Next, I used hot glue to adhere the
ruffle on to the white dotted border.

This finished the place mats but we have to have coordinating
napkin rings, don't we?

For the actual ring, I just cut a two inch ring from a
paper towel roll and covered it with white contact paper.

I then found some pretty lace in my stash and wrapped it on the rings.

Then I used the fabric I had decided upon and made some
fabric flowers to top the rings.  I also glued a small golden
bling in the middle of the flower. 

I am thinking that after the brunch, I can bundle these up
for Mom to take home with her. 

Do you think she will like them?

Stay tuned for the table cloth, napkins and runner. 
The table would not be complete unless it was all
matchy, matchy right???

barbwired blessings!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Water, Water, Everywhere

Whew, Hello barbwired besties!  We are so very covered with rain here in SE Oklahoma!  We just went through another tornado watch with more on the way.  We have been blessed however, many in our area have lost homes and lives.  We pray for those struggling and the safety of everyone under a watch or warning. 

Sunday we celebrated Easter.  I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter!  We had a very calm, quiet, family oriented Easter.  We awoke to the visit from the Bunny.  The barbwired kiddos seemed please with the loot.  Then on to services, to thank our Lord for his many sacrifices for us and continued blessings on us.  After church, we went to eat with the barbwired grandparents.

As is tradition for us, I made the barbwired beauty a dress.  I can recall so many beautiful dress my Mom made for me each Easter.  One in particular was my favorite, a white shift with a rainbow of flowers all down the front.  Mom had spent so many late nights, embroidering the flowers and vines from neck to hem.  It was gorgeous!  After Easter, she washed it and all of the flowers faded on to the white dress, phooey! The dress was ruined. 

Anyway, we have continued the tradition, even after disaster, LOL!  Here is the latest in the long line of dresses. 

My Mom was gracious and allowed us to shoot pictures in her garden. 
She definitely has the green thumb in the family.  
To start the dress process, the barbwired beauty
and I went to Hancock's with our 40% coupon in hand. 
She decided on this pattern:

Just in case you can not make it out it is a Simplicity pattern no: 2362. 
The barbwired beauty is smaller than a size 6,
but that is as small as the patterns go,
so I knew we would have some altering to do. 

Once I opened the pattern and we began cutting out the pieces,
 I noticed that we did not have all of the instructions. 
If this ever happens to you, you can go on the Simplicity website,
email customer service and they will email the rest of the instructions.
They were sweet and helpful. 

This was not one of their 'easy' patterns, but it was not difficult.
From the cutting to the final fitting was about 4 hours. 

Here is the side of the dress...

and the back of the dress...

I was thankful the barbwired beauty liked it.
The tradition continues!

Now we are looking at patterns for dresses to wear at church camp. 
We need to plan ahead more, this dress was completed the
night before Easter! LOL   However, it DID get done! 

She looked pretty didn't she?
Well she always does!! 

barbwired blessings to you all!!!


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