Thursday, June 3, 2010

Handmade in Vegas!!!

Wow! Life has just been crazy lately! (Pre)School is out for the summer, orders have been coming in like crazy, and our family has been adjusting to ALOT of changes! I have all these amazing blog ideas swirling around in my head and I'm dying to share them. I just don't know where the time goes.

In really exciting news, an Etsy team has been formed in Las Vegas! Why is that exciting? Well, an Etsy team is basically a giant opportunity to network and support your fellow artists and crafters in your area. We meet, craft, hold shows, and form friendships with people all over Southern Nevada who have Etsy shops. Really, it's an amazing thing! After a couple name changes, we have settled nicely into Handmade in Vegas. The team blog has lots of great information and links to items we have listed on Etsy. Take a peek!!

There is so much talent in this group, it would be impossible to represent it all. So, here are some great samples of what Handmade in Vegas has to offer. There's no rhyme or reason to this collection, just stuff that made me smile!
Fish Head costume by Laurie's Gifts

Cotton Candy Pink Crinoline by Localovespirate

Hearts on Heart's Heart by Cybelesque

Hadlee the Mermaid by Flaky Friends

PiggyPeeps by ShopAnnaVirginia
Itty Bitty Bloomer by Brava Boutique
It would be impossible to write about Handmade in Vegas without thanking Sarah of Flaky Friends for getting us started. Thanks, Sarah! She has done so much that I never would have thought of and really worked her butt off! Thanks, too, to everyone else on the team that is putting together meetings, craft shows, tutorials, and EVERYTHING else!


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Welcome Back, Katie!

Hi Blog!

I missed you. It's good to be back.

I promise to pay more attention to you.

Aw, come on, don't be mad.

I know something that will make you smile.

[A note to my readers: I am NOT the aforementioned Katie. All of my pets only have one name. And, I am allergic to Sienna Miller.]

I'll see you soon!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Out of my Funk

It's amazing. You spent so many days cooped up in your house, no contact with the outside world. And do you know what happened to me? I'm bored, uninspired, and uninterested. In pretty much everything.

So, I'm pulling myself out of this pinkeye-induced funk and getting back out in the world. I'm reorganizing my "office" space and looking for inspiration anywhere I can. This is what I've found.

Let the Sun Shine In by Slide Sideways

I Would Really Like To-Notepad by Sarah Jane Studios

Start Being Rad Limited Edition Red Art Screenprint by Rosemary Travale

Whether You Think You Can Or You Can't necklace by Terrifictags Studio

Funny Coffee Mug Cozy by KnotWork

Now, I have been more than motivated and I'm ready to kick some crafty butt!


Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy (Yesterday Was) Easter to you!

Pink eye be damned, we had a great Easter.

Everyone woke up early and searched for baskets, then got dressed and went to Mamaw and Papaw's house for breakfast and an egg hunt. The kids were so tired; they fell asleep in the car. At 2.75 and 4.5, that doesn't happen very often! The rest of the day was just family time...the best part!

I did do some Easter crafting this year, of course. And, of course, I did all of it the night before.

Lacey and Piper were the sweetest little bunnies I've ever seen.

Modeling their super cute bunny ears.

Showing off their leggings and pettiskirts

Grumpy Lacey at breakfast

Piper, using her Easter basket as a purse

Now, I know you want details. The cami tops and skirts came from the "big girl" section at Target. Actually, so did the "leggings". They are adult knee hi's that I made into legwarmers. SO easy! I'll show you sometime.

And, yes, that is a fuzzy bunny tail you see, too! Quick and easy, made of the same felt as the ears.

Finally, the ears: Super simple! I cut a pattern out of card stock, traced it on the felt, cut, and hot glued. When the ears were finished, I made the bows, and glued them on. The project took longer than I expected, but was definitely worth the time!

I'll be back tomorrow, I swear! We're finally on the mend.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pink Eye and Potty Training

"Don't touch your eyes. Go wash your hands."

"Do you have to go potty?"

"Back to the bathroom. Wash your hands again."

"I didn't hear the toilet flush."

"Stop touching your eyes!!!"

Ahhh...nothing quite like Spring Break! I had a brilliant plan. We would fill our days with yard work and spring cleaning while blissfully training 2.5-year-old twins to use the potty. It was going to be so nice. Then, by the end of the week, I'd never have to buy diapers again.

Not so much...

On Sunday, I knew I had pink eye, and suspected that Jax did, too. By Monday morning, I was also sick with some kind of cold. Jax and Mike, too. And so, on that first "heavenly" day of Spring Break, I cuddled on the couch with my kids and got up every 15-20 minutes to take someone to the potty. Well, to be fair, I only took Lacey a few times. She refuses to sit on the toilet. Once, she farted, said "All done", and left the room. I guess she's just not ready.

Now, on the third day of training, I still have pink eye and a mystery illness. Jax will probably be cured of at least the pink eye by tomorrow. I can't even tell you how happy I am to announce that Piper was dry ALL DAY today!!!! Even after her nap! So proud of that girl! Keep your fingers crossed for us...PLEASE!?

There are some fabulous people on Etsy who make beautiful vegan mineral eyeshadows, in millions of colors. However, I decided that if I made beautiful vegan mineral eyeshadow, I wouldn't want it referenced with pink eye. So, no pink eye pics. LOL!

From Said In Stone, Potty Shots Vinyl Decals
OK, where were the vinyl toilet decals 2 years ago?! I'm definitely getting one for a friend's little boy, who just turned 10-months-old and is sitting on the potty. But, only because he poops on the floor every night at bath time. ;)

From Small Threads, Fancy Pants for girls
 I love the Fancy Pants! Especially the rainbows!

From Marcellas 3 Monkeys, Potty like a Rockstar Onesie
Hmm...wonder what that looks like? Probably pretty awesome!

From Tulip Girls, a Super Pooper Award
My kids would wear this and be SO proud...and so would my husband!

Good night, everyone!


Monday, March 29, 2010

Another day, another moustache...

I don't know why, but things with a moustache on them crack me up. So, because it's so tough to get an
Etsy Treasury, I'm creating my own here. You may call me the curator of all things moustachioed. ;)

Mustache Crayons by Chase Dreams

The Evening Soiree Mustache Props by Whisker Works

Mustache Onesie by One Artsy Mama

Keep Calm and Grow a Mustache print by 3LambsGraphics

Fuzzy Moustache Stickers by Yummy Pocket

Mr. Red & White Mo rattle by Chunky Chooky

Mr. Moustache Chalkboard by Playing Grown Up

Original Stache a Day magnets by HowNice

Funky Pink Moustache Keyring by Vintage Candy Designs

In my research, LOL, for today's blog, I have discovered that my subject can be spelled m-o-u-stache or m-u-stache. I don't know about you, but I prefer moustache, pronounced moo-stache.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Crazy Weekend Fun!

The technical difficulties continue...but, YAY, so does the fun! ;)

On Saturday, I took the kids to a craft show at the Library. Lacey and Piper needed to wear their green velvet Christmas dresses. With sandals. In March.

They were a huge hit! The craft show, however, was a huge disappointment. The venue was horribly small and there were way too many people selling the same thing. I did get some amazing tea, though, from
Tea-rrific. I brought home Orange Spice, natural flavors, no sweeteners. Yum!

I've been experimenting lately with freezer paper stencils. Using my Cricut and Cricut DesignStudio Software, I can make just about whatever I want. So cool! But...I don't like what I made this weekend. Let me just say, the technique is awesome, easy, and gives great results. I just hate the picture I made. So, hesitantly, I'm sharing my latest project...

The first picture is the stencil before painting. I cut the freezer paper to size for my Cricut, designed the image, then ironed it onto one of the girls old, stained white shirts. It was a flawless process. Then I painted it. I used acrylic paints because they were what I had on hand. It was really easy.

What I don't like: First, so I don't have to hear it from anyone else, the eyes are creepy. I know. Ick. Also, the boy definitely looks like he has a broken back and a skirt. Hawt! Next time, I'll spend a little more time in the DesignStudio perfecting the picture. This whole thing only took about 5 minutes to make. And, though I'm sure you can't tell, their arms and legs are exclamation points. (!!!!!!) While I like the cheapness of acrylic paint, if there's too much anywhere, it cracks. So fabric paint is a must. I don't know, it's not that bad. But still...

So, what should I make next?


Friday, March 26, 2010

Shoes, shoes, shoes

We've started the endless hunt for new shoes for Lacey and Piper. And they are tough customers. Everything I think they will love, they hate. Whatever they love barely fits on their still chubby little feet. So I thought I'd see what I could find on Etsy. OMG!

Why don't I have a baby to shop for?!?! Pathetically, I actually get jealous of people that get to buy shoes like these for their babies. LOL! These gorgeous shoes are from Small Beans. There are also some adorable "fancy pants" and beautiful dresses in this shop.

LaLa! Shoes, from Europe, makes these beautiful 100% wool shoes in all different colors and styles. And, there are some great boy-friendly shoes, too!

OK, this pair would actually fit my girls and I LOVE them! Handmade leather wedge sandals from Tuto are definitely on my must-have list for summer! And, there are some other great little girl shoes, too. Check out the daisy-decorated ones! Tuto also makes beautiful women's shoes.

Where do you find your favorite shoes?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Day 7 and/or Day 8

I'm back!

Yesterday, I felt horrible. Today, while still not 100%, I am much better and definitely up to a little typing. Today, I'm doing catch-up work. On my list: a bow that resembles an Italian flag, flowers, and lots of tiny bows.

I made this:

times 2 for my friend's daughter, Haylee. She has everything I've ever made...almost. But these bows will match a dress she has perfectly. Can you tell that the top layer is glittery organza? LOVE! It's just so pretty!

And, because I missed yesterday, check this out:

My husband and I made this as a Christmas gift, but now we're recreating it for our house, too. Although, for our house, I'd like it to be more colorful. Probably patterned paper backgrounds, colored mats; I can't quite see colored silhouettes, but maybe.

See you tomorrow!


Monday, March 22, 2010

Presenting Pinkalicious!

I've finally finished my project!! YAY! And, I brought it to preschool and a play date, where it received rave reviews.

That's my Peach in an original Pinkalicious Headband. Have you read Pinkalicious? It's about a little girl who eats so many pink cupcakes, she turns pink. And my girls are pink crazy! It's hard to tell, but this headband is handmade of eco-felt. There are pink pigtails, each with a bow, a beautiful, hand-stitched yellow crown, and little spikey bangs. Love, love, love this headband. Oh, and thanks, Glenda, for the great pic!

Earlier this school year, one of the teachers in Jax's school asked me to make them some story-telling props using felt. Now, I am in love with that fabric. It's so sculpt-able, colorful, and easy to work with. So far, I've made jungle animals, fairy tale creatures, and lots more! I'm so excited to keep sharing these creations with everyone and soon, they'll be available for sale in my shop, Peachy & Pip!

Have a great day!