Friday, July 29, 2011

New Look!


I've spent the afternoon/evening giving my blog a little bit of a new layout and look!

Can you tell?

Everything is a little wider...and I've added some custom social media icons at the top to take you to some of may favorite places...and make it easier to contact me!

Let me know what you think!

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Feature Friday: Pinterest. 'Nuff Said.



Ok.

I know you've heard of it.







It's A-MA-ZING.

I'm totally in love.

Gone are the days of endless, unorganized, overfull bookmark and favorites files.  
Gone are the days of not knowing where that idea came from, searching through huge lists, and no more unmarked links.

It's a new day.  

The day of Pinterest.  

And I'm a convert.

So...

I thought I'd share with you a few of my favorites...one from each of my boards.

Color Palette Generator





Giant Crocheted Rag Rug





Cool Backyard Lighting Idea





Simple Felt Flowers





Gooey Cheese Dip







Crochet Bunting







Funny Quote





Awesome Earrings





I know, right?


If you're already on Pinterest and you'd like to follow my boards...you can find me, by clicking HERE or by clicking the link under my follow me tab!

If you'd like to join Pinterest, comment here with your email address and I can send you and invitation. 

 Because I'm cool that way.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Treasury: And All That Jazz!


Just thought I'd share this Treasury I just curated for the Treasury Non Team Challenge this week, inspired by this fantastic print by littlebrownpen!


Paris Graffiti, Kiss



Don't you love it?  It's such a fantastic composition...and I love the subtle colors!

To view any of these items up close, just click on the pics below!!







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Treasury: July Treasury Round Up!


I can't believe that it's already the end of July!!!  It seems like summer is just flying by!!

I thought I'd share a handful of the wonderful treasuries I was featured in this past month!

(To view any of the items you see up close, just click on the pic!!)

Impudent Autumn by PilgrimPurse

A Teal and Mustard Mood by youregonnalovethis

Sunshine! by greysquare

Perfect Passionate Pastels by mooresd

Happy Thursday!!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A New Hat ~ Slouchy Boho Beanie



I've been busy making lots of new items for my shop, over the past few weeks.  (It's been great to have something to do while I've been recovering from the C-Section...Thank goodness for crochet!!  Without it I probably would have been MUCH more stir crazy!!!  I LOVE CROCHET!!!!)

Anywho...

I thought I'd share with you one of the new hat styles I've been working on!  

I call it THE SLOUCHY BOHO BEANIE!

To see the listings for these hat in my SHOP click the link in the captions!


The Slouchy Boho Beanie in Honey

Aren't they cute?

The Slouchy Boho Beanie in Off White

Such a fun and easy style!

The Slouchy Boho Beanie in Cypress

AND....

I'm getting the pattern ready to sell in my shop, and I'm looking for some accomplished crocheters to TEST THE PATTERN FOR ME!!!  Any takers?

***If you are interested please leave me a comment on this post.  I need any pattern testers to be able to finish a hat in 2 or 3 days tops, and to be able to send me a picture (via e-mail) of your finished product, with any issues you had with the pattern.  Those chosen will get the final draft of the pattern for FREE to keep!!***

***EDITED:  I've got all the testers I need for this hat, but stayed tuned next week...I'm going to be getting some more patterns ready!!!***
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Great Idea: Tutorial Review


I'm not fully back in the swing of things yet, but I didn't want to leave you hanging this week without a tutorial, so I'm linking up some of my favorite how-to project posts from the last year months!

Enjoy!

Tissue Paper Cherry Blossoms




DIY Cake Stand




Repurposed T-Shirt Refashion




Hope you have a great Tuesday!!!!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #20!


Thanks for letting me take a little break last week, gang!

Little Lilly is recovering VERY well from her tonsillectomy...It kinda makes me feel bad - she must have been living with a sore throat for years!!  Poor baby!  But I feel blessed that we could have this done now, so she can have a normal life again!

Anywho...

Onto this week's feature's!!!

Our most viewed link from the last party...

These cute Ruffled Bustle Skirts by The Crafty Blog Stalker...so fun!






And our runner up is this great Monogrammed Wedding Gift by Craft Junkie Too!






If you've been featured please grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page to post on your site!!  :)

The Rules:


1.  Become a follower of my blog!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting some of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!

A NEW FEATURE for our Link Party is that you can "like" your favorite links!!  I'll be announcing and featuring the most popular links each week...so don't forget to click on your faves and spread the word!!

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Let's see what's new!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Treasury: Aquatic Blue!


To me,nothing says summer like the cool aqua blue of a swimming pool, the hues of ocean waves, and a bright blue sky!


Blue Hawaii by GemmaBeads

Here's my latest Treasury, featuring items from the talented members of the LDS Members of Etsy team!

To view any of these wonderful items, just click on the pics!



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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thanks!

Today I, unfortunately, don't have anything ready for What's New Wednesday!  Sorry, gang!

I've been busy taking care of my little ones, getting back into the swing of normal life, and making some new items for my shop...and for my loves!  (I've been writing up some fun patterns, too!)  


Mostly today I just want to say THANKS!

Thanks for following!  Thanks for your comments and advice!  Thanks for all the sweet thoughts and prayers in my (and my little family's) behalf!  

It really, truly means so much to me!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

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Card Recipe:
(All supplies Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Regal Rose, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, 
Stamps:  Baby Bundle
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Pretty in Pink marker

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Things to Make: Craft Fair Banner by Growing Up Wild!




Today's how-to is by Kelly from Growing Up Wild!  Kelly doesn't have a blog of her own, but she has a darling Etsy shop, where she sells the cutest onesies and baby shoes...seriously adorable!!

Whale One Piece!!!

Take it away, Kelly!

I was getting ready for my very first local event and felt so over-whlemed.  Creating a display for my organic baby clothes and shoes was a tough task.  I wanted to keep my table as eco friendly as possible while still catching people's attention.  I started with making a banner.  My goal was not to the printed store route as it didn't really fit with the handmade nature of my wares.  I decided to craft my own instead!

I started with two yards of eco felt (made from recycled plastic bottles) in green, purple, and gray.  They didn't have the shade of green that I wanted for the foreground, so I used fleece for that instead.  I was actually really happy with the texture that it added.  I drew my mountain forms in chalk first, and then cut.  Each layer was glued to the background starting with the purple.


I wanted my letters to stand out so I decided to use a font with a shadow.  
I printed my letters on the computer.  

I first cut the letter with the shadow form out of white felt.  


After trimming off the shadow, I cut the remaining letter with brown felt.  Glued together, this gave my letters an extra dimension.


Next I cut the sun out of fabric and glued it into place.  I arranged and rearranged the letters and footprints until I was satisfied, before gluing it all down. 



In order to hang my banner I created loops at the corners.  I took a 5 x 3 inch rectangle of blur felt and folded it in thirds.  This made a 5 x 1 inch rectangle that I then looped around the front and back side of each corner before stitching it into place.  (Be sure to reinforce these to hold up to the wind!)

I was so happy with my banner that I decided to use it for my Etsy avatar as well!  I am not very "techy", so I had been having the hardest time creating an avatar using programs.  Crafting with raw materials was much more my speed!  To create my avatar and shop banner, I simply took a picture in natural lighting.  I then cropped the image and used the dropper tool in each color section to read the color and then paint bucket to fill it.  It took about five minutes!  (This has also become the new label for my burp clothes!)
 

While my banner may not have the professional look of some, it definitely stands out at markets and fairs!  I have had a number of fellow sellers come ask me where to find one!!


Thanks so much Kelly!!!  I know I'm inspired to make a banner for myself, now!!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Make Something Monday....Temporarily Postponed!


Sorry, Gang!!  I'm going to postpone this week's Make Something Monday Link party until next week.  I'm going to extend last week's party...so you can go ahead and link up HERE if you'd like, too!!  (Don't forget to visit other links and leave a comment for people - don't be a link and run poster!!)


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Reason behind the postponing:

My third baby, Lilly, is having a Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Monday morning.

She's five.

Poor baby!

I'm making lots of Jell-O.  And pudding pops.

**Please feel free to link up any great recipes you have!**

It will be soooo good to have this done!  Her little tonsils (relatively speaking) are HUGE...there's only a 1/2 inch space between them for her airway!!  And she's going to Kindergarten this year...so we want to get this done before she enters the world of REAL germs!

Your prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery will be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks so much everyone!!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Current YARN Colors

If you are making an order in my Etsy shop, please specify which color or colors you would like in the message to seller section at checkout!  PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ACTUAL COLORS MAY VARY FROM THOSE SHOWN DUE TO CHANGES IN MONITORS!
Caron Simply Soft Yarn - 100% Acrylic



Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - 100% Acrylic


Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Stylish Blogger Award!


This morning I found out I had been given a very sweet Blog Award, by Mary of Crocheting the Day Away - one of my favorite crochet blog buddies!


Here's what Mary had to say about me:

Sarah has been a big inspiration for me! She is definitely someone I look up to for crocheting. And can I just say, I think it’s amazing she can get in some time to be creative and crafty when she’s taking care of 5 kiddos, one being a new baby.

Thanks so much Mary!  It's so nice to know that, as a blogger you're not just throwing stuff out into cyber-space - that someone is actually listening!!  I so appreciate all of my readers and followers...It's great to have some really cool adults to connect with!!

So...

Here's my job now:  I need to tell you seven random things about myself, and then pass this lovely award along to seven other wonderful bloggers!

Here goes:

1.  I met my husband in a community theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof.  (During the one scene where guys and girls dance together, we were partners!)
2.  I recently did the cover art for a book that my brother and his good friend wrote and published, The Tale of Telsharu.  (You can see more about it HERE.)
3.  I am addicted to So You Think You Can Dance?
4.  My favorite type of food is soup.  I love all kinds of soup.
5.  I've moved 17 times in my 32 years of life, attended four different Elementary Schools, two Junior Highs, and two High Schools.
6.  I'm 5' 1" tall and my maiden name was Stubbs.  Nice.
7.  I also make paper maché masks that I sell on my sisters Etsy site, HERE.

So now I get to pass this award onto a few of you!

Rachel of Maybe Matilda

Rachel is not only SUPER TALENTED, but she's also hi-lar-i-ous.  On her blog she shares the most beautiful sewing projects and super fun crochet stuff!!  And she always makes me smile!  I love her to pieces!  If you're not already a fan of her awesomeness, you need to be!!

Alexis of Persia Lou

Alexis has the cutest blog ever.  I love it!  I love that she shares all sorts of wonderful projects there, from recipes, to home decor ideas, to sewing projects, to crochet stuff, to paper creations...you get the idea!  She's a creative ball of energy!  If you haven't checked out her blog, you need to go do it right now!!!

Shannon from Shannon Makes Stuff

Shannon always has the funnest crafts, activities and clothing refashion ideas!! I love how she can something and make it into something completely different and beautiful!!  Plus she's one rockin' Mom!! Love that!!

Nike from Choose to THRIVE

Nike is  one of my heros.  Her motto is "Rock-what-ya-got." and she sets a pretty high standard!  Her blog is FILLED with thrifty ideas for all sorts of crafts and decor ideas made using supplies that don't cost you anything!!  AWESOME!

Lauren of Daisy Cottage Designs

Lauren has the cutest crochet blog!  She makes the most darling hats you've ever seen - and she even shares patterns on her blog sometimes!!! WOOT! She also makes the cutest printables and tutorials! 

Kristy of Paisley Jade 

Kristy is another of those super creative and funny bloggers that I love!  I love her sense of humor!  She has the most lovely crochet stuff on her blog.  She also shares yummy recipes and other fun stuff she loves!!

Katie of Notes From a Very Red Kitchen

Katie is a super cute, super fun sewing blogger!  I love the projects she shares on her blog, and all of the other fun family time thoughts!  She's such an inspiring mom and creator!

Thanks again so much, Mary!!  Hope you all have fun checking out these other fun blogs!!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Things to Make: Blessing Dress and Blanket




As promised I'm sharing some pics of the dress and blanket I crocheted for Amelia's blessing today!







I used the same yarn for the whole set, and I love how it all looks together!  The yarn is Bernat Baby Coordinates in White, Caron Simply Soft in Orchid and Blackberry, and Bernat Satin in Soft Fern and Sultana.  

You can find the pattern for the squares I used to make her blanket on Ravelry HERE!  

I used THIS method of joining the squares together, and then added a scalloped border myself!

(You might recognize this square from the Square a Day in May Crochet-A- Long that I participated in...and which I'm still trying to finish up!  Maybe more on that later this summer!)






I love the way it turned out...It reminds me of flowers growing up a garden lattice!  It's so soft and sweet!

Her dress was made following THIS Ravelry pattern.  I LOVE IT!!!  SHe had so many compliments on it, and it was so simple!


I added a lavender ribbon around the waist to compliment the purple flowers on her blanket.

I also made these ADORABLE little MaryJane Shoes, following this awesome pattern from Elizabeth Alan of The Lovely Crow.  Aren't they sooooooooo cute!?!





Amelia looked like a little angel in her dress and wrapped in her blanket!



Thanks for letting me show off!!  I think the most amazing creation in these pictures is our sweet little one, for sure!!

Have a great Wednesday!!




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