Monday, May 31, 2010

So Much to Say

My blogging frequency has seriously decreased. There's still a lot going on that is noteworthy...Just not a lot of time to note it.

Hopefully that will change in the next two weeks as this remarkable school year comes to a close.

No more lunch boxes to pack!

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A couple of very important things have happened, including our first (and second) visit from the tooth fairy!

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Hours before the first tooth lost the fight, I finished up a little tooth pillow:

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I used this tutorial minus the skirt.

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We went to a baseball game:

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We had super exclusive lawn seats, and according to friends, a homerun ball landed right on our picnic blanket. Or at least where the picnic blanket had been for the first 4 innings. We didn't last long.

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Last weekend we spent an evening with The Band of Oz and enjoyed our annual picnic on the lawn at Davidson. The kids fought Papa for a chance to dance with Nana, and fought Nana for a chance to dance with Papa.

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My Molly joined us for her first beach music extravaganza!

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She loved me. I mean, the music.

I have lots of creative ideas in my head for the summer. I actually have lots of half-completed creative projects to share. Once I complete them, of course. And stay tuned for some very exciting upholstery before and afters. I'm in the middle of one now and I'm so in love with what (I think) it will look like when I'm all done.

Can't wait to spend more time with you in the upcoming months!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Abracadabra



Me - abracadabra
Henry - some sort of abracadabra
Me - abracadabra
Henry - I'll pick that up...referring to all of the fabric he threw on the floor to make room for him to sit in the rubbermaid container

Dave and I watch this over and over. The funniest part about the clip is that Henry is so well spoken and easy to understand. For some reason he has a very difficult time saying this particular word and it is adorable. And 17 syllables.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Garden Party Headband


I love the way that Anna Jane's birthday party headband turned out and it was very easy. You can make one too!

We had fabric covered headbands left over from making our Halloween costumes.

A few years ago my Aunt Elizabeth gave Anna Jane a beautiful, not-tacky door curtain that was not annoying to walk through every time you entered her room (if I knew html code for "sarcasm," I would have applied it here). It was similar to this:

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But pink and covered in roses and purple flowers.

I embellished the glass tea cups from the party with a few of these pink roses and pulled the rest off to make this headband.

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I took the rose apart and discarded the plastic pieces:

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It's still amazing to me that these cheap synthetic roses looked so beautiful when taken apart and reassembled.

I tried the headband on Anna Jane to decide on the placement of the flowers. I liked them all to one side, so I glued the largest of the petal layers on with hot glue.

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Glue the other layers on, one at a time.

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In the middle, I glued on a flower shaped pearl button, left over from my heirloom sewing days.

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I planned on two roses, but squeezed another half of one at the bottom after I tried it on Anna Jane's sweet head. I only used the top few layers so that it wouldn't take up quite so much room.

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Garden Party Perfect.

If you're not fond of the glue gun, visit my etsy shop and you can buy a garden party headband for yourself or your daughter.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Very Sweet Birthday Party

My Anna Jane had her sixth birthday party yesterday. This was the first time we have celebrated a birthday somewhere other than our own house with anyone other than family members and family friends.

Our first "friends" party. It was very exciting. It was also all girls. She wanted to have a fancy little tea party so we decided that the boys in her class just wouldn't have any fun. We did have one tag-along little brother that insisted that he didn't want to go, but then refused to leave every time Dave tried to take him home.

And we had another guest...

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Anna Jane and her little girlfriends tried as hard as they could to figure out how Dave's mom got Cinderella's phone number to invite her to the party. She met us at Sweetie's, a fancy candy shop with a birthday party room in the back of the shop, just perfect for a tea party.

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Anna Jane's one demand request for the party was that she have real tea cups to drink her punch out of. My plan was to shop a couple of thrift stores and have a tea cup for each little girl. Cut to 1.5 hours before the party and I remembered my promise of real tea cups. The obvious solution with no time to shop was to use my own china tea cups. While I would share my china with no hesitation, my pattern would not have had the right look for 10 fancy little girls. So I used my little glass cups and embellished them with a silk flower.

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And instead of sitting down at my sewing machine for the few moments I had left before the party, I scratched my plan of stitching up a new party frock and decided to make a pretty hair accessory for her instead.

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After Cinderella captured each little girls' attention for a good 10 minutes with a story, she showed off her beautiful crown. And since the crown is only worn on special occasions, she allowed Anna Jane to wear it on her party day.

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I love Anna Jane's look of awe in that picture!

My favorite detail of the party was Anna Jane's tea party cake:

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There was a little tea cup cupcake for each little girl and then a teapot cake that we took home to share as a family. While Sweetie's would have provided cupcakes for Anna Jane and her friends, we decided to go with our "cake girl." Allison Green has become a very important part of our celebrations around here. She is so artistic and talented and sweet to work with. She made the dragon cake for Wilson and Henry's party this year:

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We found her through my friend, Elizabeth, who had this cake made for her sweet Jamey's birthday party:

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I cannot recommend Allison enough. Anna Jane's cupcakes were so yummy and had a strawberry buttercream icing that really set it apart from other too-sweet cakes we have tried before.

Custom cakes, Cinderella, a candy shop, sweet girl friends and a few brand new Barbies were all Anna Jane needed to feel like a special six year old girl.

Well, that and a goofy little brother to put everything into perspective:

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I NEED Your Feedback!

So really, this is all YOUR fault. You are so nice and encouraging and always begging me to sell my wares. But I cannot do this on my own. Please visit my etsy shop and tell it like you see it.

How are the descriptions? How are the photos? (really, I know the answer to that one. if you can give me some advice on how to resize photos to fit without losing every speck of clarity, I need that advice. desperately.)

What did I forget to say? Is there anything that I could have said to make you more likely to buy it?

I am stepping (however lightly) on the gas pedal with this eventual sewing enterprise, and I want to do it as best as I can. I know I can sew, but I can't necessarily market. Or describe. Or photograph. So help me sell. I have only listed two things so far, but wanted a bit of feedback before I spend many more hours on this process. If you are worried about embarrassing me in front of my friends, shoot me an email. I can take it. kaelle78(at)yahoo(dot)com

I dropped off a couple of things at a boutique in Charlotte yesterday and today I got confirmation from the owner that she will let me be a vender!

I'm doing this. Please give me feedback so that I can do it right!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Excuses, Excuses

You might not have noticed, but I've been mostly gone from the blog for what seems to be a very long time. In fact, if it had not been for my three babies' birthdays, I probably would not have posted at all in the last few months. Super busy, super busy. We all are, I know.

As this weekend comes to an end, I am able to breathe again. The most recent of my commitments has come and gone. The weeks leading up to the Whimsical Women's craft show were full of cutting and stitching and creating and gluing and sealing and tagging and worrying.

I got a lot of good feedback on what I took. Not a lot sold, but according to all of the craft-show-pros, spring markets are not big money makers. The holiday markets are where it's at. Thanks to this opportunity, I have scored a booth at the fall market which is a pretty big deal.

Here are a few shots of my half of the booth:

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I took fabric bucket liners, fabric button rings, little neckties, and organizers. I also hung a quilted letter banner, hoping to generate some interest in custom work.

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I do think that interest was generated, I gave my etsy address* to quite a few shoppers. Anna Jane also sold some of her artwork:

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She took some of her tissue paper flower art. It really is beautiful. She was such a trooper during the 8 hours of very hot weather that we spent at the show. But as a mature six-year-old, she did not waste a minute whining. She very thoughtfully spent her $5 of birthday money and created some recycled art at the kids' craft table.

I was so proud to have space in a booth with my very talented friend Elizabeth. She is incredibly artistic and took a variety of items to sell. Her jewelry is made from mostly recycled materials and absolutely flew out of the booth. My favorites of all of her work are the stunning birdhouses:

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Her up-and-coming etsy shop is about to fill with beautiful jewelry, so stop by in the next week or so and see what she has to offer.

We spent the night with my dear friend Lindsey B, who has been one of my very best since we were 14 years old. Anna Jane loves her so much, she convinced Lindsey to share her bed with Anna Jane. I think it was the mountain of strawberries and aerosol whipped topping and sprinkles with a flaming candle that just sent Anna Jane's opinion of Lindsey through the clouds. On the way to the show on Saturday morning, Anna Jane declared her dislike for "Chapel Hills" because she wanted to stay with Lindsey in Raleigh. We hope to change her mind on that before she graduates from high school and heads to college. We can't handle having a Wolfpacker in our family.

I am already looking forward to the show on Thanksgiving weekend. I have plans for more items and greater displays. I will get all of the details as the date gets closer. On the immediate front, I am looking forward to resting in the afternoons and evenings and not sewing every minute of the day. I do love it, but it will be nice to concentrate on other things for a while and just sew when I feel like it.

*if you clicked on my etsy address link, you know that there is nothing listed in the shop! For some reason, I feel very intimidated by the entire process. But because I gave my address to so many people this weekend, I must list a few things. I have one item halfway listed, it's just waiting on photographs. I will be begging for help in the next couple of days. I need feedback on my descriptions as soon as I start listing. And I will need buyers of course, as well! Spread the word!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Dear My Anna Jane

Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope
You're going to do great things
I already know
God's got his hand on you
So don't live life in fear
Forgive and forget
But don't forget why you're here
Take your time and pray

And have a beautiful birthday!

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