Sunday, March 27, 2011

And The Winner Is...

Using I picked a number between 1 and 27 and the winner is comment number 20 who said...

cnhenigin said...

Cristan @ Coffee, Cups and Crafts is my sister! I am expecting a baby girl in 6 weeks and would love the headband and tutu! :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Newborn Giants Hat

This hat was made for my awesome MIL to give as a gift for a babyshower :-) I am super excited to see the new baby in this hat!  You can see this and other hats at my Etsy shop and if you would like one please message me :-)

Sneak Peek!

I have been working on a little project that I am very excited about but I have to wait until Monkey's 2 year old photos come in so I can use them.  Any ideas what this is?  ;) I will have a tutorial up on Tuesday :-)  I did my very first tutorial this past Tuesday so I think I'm going to try to make it a weekly thing :-P  My best friend is in town this weekend so if the weather is nice today maybe we'll go to the San Diego Zoo?  Hope the rain clears up!  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How to Make Your Own Tutu

Here is the tutu I made :-)  And here is how I did it:

I bought tulle in the spool because I think it is easier since you don't have to cut it into strips.  It is already done for you!  I also bought coordinating satin ribbon.

I made a newborn tutu so I cut my pieces to 16" which is a little smaller than one for a toddler or taller child.  I cut the ribbon to 40" but this can be longer if you'd like to have a long bow :-)
Fold the 16" piece of tulle in half and then I knot it around the ribbon and pull tight.  
Keep doing this until you have as many as you like.  You can either pull the knot really tight and pack them in close if you want a very full tutu or leave them a little more loose so there won't be as many.  
Here is a close up of the 3 colors of tulle tied onto the ribbon.
Once you have all the tulle tied on that you need to make it nice and fluffy make sure to heat treat the ends of the ribbon so they don't fray.  All you do is take a flame and get it close to the edge of the ribbon.  Just close enough to melt the ends but don't let the fire touch the ribbon or it will burn!  If it gets burned you can just trim it off and try again!  

And in about 30 minutes you have a tutu ready to go!

Adorable! :-)

If you love this tutu and don't have the time to make one you can hop over to my Etsy page and snatch this one up for only $15!  It is at a serious discount because I bought this tulle for my Monkey's tutu and these were the leftover pieces of tulle and ribbon.  

Monday, March 21, 2011

Knit Viking Hat

I went searching the internet for a free knitting pattern for a request for a Viking Hat.  I found Laura's blog Knit For Your Life.  She provided a really clear explanation for how to knit a great looking hat.  Here is a picture of hers:

I wanted it a little bit different so I went with a gray/silverish color for the bottom piece and continued with brown for the rest of the hat. 

 I also added braids to it.
Had a lot of frustration fun learning how to make a bobble (the little nobby thing around the brim of the hat)  But found a nice video on You Tube  that helped.  I am such a visual learner I need to SEE it happen before I can actually do it.  Unless I've done it before. :)  

Thanks so much for checking out my project.  :-)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tutu and Hair Flower Giveaway!!

It is finally here!! I have 51 followers!  Time to do my first giveaway!!  This is a handcrafted tulle tutu with a crochet headband.  The headband is super soft and stretchy to fit all size heads.  The flower is pink with a jewel fastened to the center for a little sparkle.  It has an alligator clip on the back so that you can swap it out with other colors or just clip directly into the hair!  How versatile! 

Here is how you enter:
1.FIRST ENTRY- Follow my blog and leave me a comment saying you follow and who you would give this fabulous prize to!

2. SECOND ENTRY- Go to my Etsy Shop and look at my handcrafted items.  Come back here and leave me a comment to let me know what your favorite item in my shop is :0)

3. THIRD ENTRY- Go to my friend Cristan's page at Coffee Cups And Crafts and FOLLOW her blog.  Come back here and let me know you follow her blog by leaving a comment.
4. FOURTH ENTRY- Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave me a comment to let me know you linked the giveaway to your friends and family.

5. FIFTH ENTRY- Post a link to this giveaway on your Twitter and leave me a comment to let me know you linked the giveaway to your friends and family.

I will use True Random Number Generator to pick a winner.  Giveaway ends Saturday 3/26 at 11PM PST.

Each person can enter a total of 5 different ways! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!  I want to see a picture of the winner!! :-)