Wednesday, June 8, 2011

~embelished onesie dress~

I've had a few onesies I bought  BEFORE my
baby girl was born that I got with the intentions
of embellishing. Well-6 months into this and
I've finally got around to completing one. 

It was sooooo easy.
I did this in about an hour and if my sewing machine
wouldn't have given me grief, I would have been 
able to do it in about 20-30 minutes.
I used a tank top that I got from one of 
my friends D.I. bags. 
For the skirt I cut pieces off the bottom of the tank top
and did a gathering stitch after I sewed the two pieces together.
Next, I gathered it and pinned it to the onesie.
I then sewed it on. This was were my machine started
giving me grief. I need to have it serviced. 
Because the fabric was so stretchy I tried to use
a stretch stitch setting and my machine wouldn't have it!
Instead I used a zig-zag stitch, which worked fine
but I would have preferred to use a stretch stitch.
The stretch stitch will hold up longer.
Next I used the band I cut from the bottom hem of the tank
and attached them to the shoulders and tied. 
Finally, I cut the embellishment that was on the 
front of the tank top and used double stick fusible web
to attach it to the front of the onesie.

It's not as elaborate and cool as I had envisioned when
I first thought of it but I figure for my first, 
it's not too shabby.
I'm already working on another dress for her. 
This is fun!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

~songs of life~

A very dear and close friend of mine 
moved out of state this week :(
I really wanted to give her a going away gift.
I wanted it to be something special
and personal but also needed to make
sure it wasn't adding to the crap
she already had to pack up and move.
Among many other things, it's safe to 
say that she's my "concert buddy".
Music is a huge part of both of 
our lives and has been a 
significant part of our friendship.
Over a period of 10 years we have gone
to many many concerts together.

I decided on a book of memories
with all of our concert stubs.

I got a blank board book at Michael's and 
decorated each page with scrapbook paper
I had on hand. 

Here is the front of the book.

I made pockets for each page with 
scrapbook paper and put a photocopy
of the concert stubs in each pocket.
 On the back of each concert stub
I wrote a memory of that 
particular concert.

Matchbox 20 is our favorite so
it got two whole pages.....
so many memories that I had to write
about them on a separate note and 
put that in the pocket instead.

I didn't take pictures of every page
but I think you get the idea. 

I wrapped it up and took it to her
the night before she left....
She loved it and we had
a GREAT time laughing and reminiscing 
about each memory before we said goodbye.
The back pages were left empty
and blank on purpose.....
signifying future memories that we 
will fill the pages with.
They may be fewer and far between
but they will happen.

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