Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ry-pie's First Haircut

Ry-pie's turning 2 at the end of June. She's yet to have a haircut. I guess with all those curls I just didn't think it was necessary. That is until this tiny tendril kept driving me crazy! It's so weird, this one perfect curl about 2 inches longer then the rest. I finally decided to give her a little trim.

Snip, snip.

She didn't even notice.

And I feel much better.

Now, if I could only get the front under control!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Room Re-do

We've been making some changes in our household lately. We're expecting baby number 3 in late August so we've been updating our kids rooms. Ry-pie and baby number 3 will be sharing a room and Cal J (of course) will have his own. Cal J's room was a tad bigger then Ry-pie's so we decided to pull a switch-a-roo so Ry-pie and the new baby would have a little bit more wiggle room.

Josh painted Ry-pie's room a lovely shade of Ballet Slippers Pink, I still can't believe we chose pink, I'm not a pink girl at all, but with a second little girl on the way I'm slowly coming around! I basically have to give the re-decorating credit to Josh. He bought this adorable little wall decal from Etsy. He picked it out, set up his own Etsy account and bought it! He tracked it everyday and when it came in he worked hard putting it up. He wanted to surprise me and Ry-pie so he wouldn't let us see it until it was completely done. He's kind of a weirdo like that - and that's why I love him so much!

Here it is... Just one little update to "the girls" new room.

This is my most favorite little detail of all!

I'll show you some more updates of the room soon.

Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Satin Ribbon Flowers

If you haven't noticed by now I have a slight obsession/addiction to all things hair related. What can I say, I LOVE hair accessories!

Here's another little tutorial for some flowers using satin ribbon. I bought this ribbon from Hobby Lobby right off the spool. I purchased a yard of each color.

For the pink ribbon, I cut the ribbon in half so I had two half yard pieces. I used a basting stitch (only backstitching at one end) to sew all the way up one side of the ribbon, about a 1/4" in or so.

If you wanted to, you could even handstitch (loosely) up the entire side of the ribbon instead of machine stitching.

On the end of the ribbon that you did NOT use your backstitch, gently pull one piece of thread while sliding the ribbon up the other thread piece. Do this until your ribbon starts to ripple and ruffle up.

Your ribbon should end up looking like this.

Now start wrapping your ribbon to make your flower. Just keep coiling your flower from the side that you stitched until you have your flower shape. (You might need to keeping pulling the piece of thread to help it stay puckered).

Now handstitch the ribbon to secure your flower. Or you can use fabric glue - that's what I did. Finally, just attach it to a hairclip and your done!

I used the whole yard of ribbon to make the orange one. It turned out to be a big, gigantic, fluffy flower. I kind of (really) like big hair accessories for Ry-pie! Cutting the pink ribbon in half was good for two smaller flowers. Perfect for pig-tails!

I hope you liked this tutorial and make some yourself!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fabric Bows (for ties or hair)

An opera group visited Cal J's school today. His teacher thought it would be cute for his class to dress-up in fancy little opera attire. We don't do suits, or anything remotely close to opera attire in this household. I didn't want to buy anything special so I thought and thought. Bow-ties!!! Of course. He had a button-up shirt and some slacks already so all I had to do was make a super cute (and easy) bow-tie. I found the BEST tutorial from A Lemon Squeezy Home for her bow-ties.

It came out so incredibly cute. I had to make one for Ry-pie - as a hair accessory of course!! I followed the exact same tutorial for the regular bow-tie and just attached it to an elastic headband. Easy and cute.

I want to make one for myself next.

I try not to ask my kids to say "cheese". This is the kind of face they make if I do. And in all of Cal J's cuteness, he kind of looks like a banquet waiter. ha! Notice the glasses? Those are new too. I think they make him look quite studious. :)

Wow. I've accomplished two back to back posts this week. Can I go for three??

Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fabric Bows

I tend to have an outrageous stash of fabric scraps lying around. I'm not really sure why I insist on keeping them all. Here's a simple little project that uses those pesky little scraps of fabric that tend to pile up.

To make two bows I started off with four pieces of scraps. I cut these scraps to measure 2" x 3 1/2".

For one bow, take two pieces of scraps and lay them right sides together.

Draw an oval(ish) shape onto the wrong side of your scrap. I used a fabric marker, but anything will do.

Sew around the outline you just made, but be sure to leave an inch opening on one side. Backstitch at the beginning and the end.

Trim the excess off the entire oval and cut notches into the rounded edges you just sewed.

Turn your oval inside out, using the opening that was left unsewn. Use a pencil (if needed) to make sure your rounded edges come out nice and round.

It should look something like this.

Next, take another scrap piece. This one measuring about 2" x 3".

Fold in half, right sides together and sew all the way along the cut edge.

Turn inside out. From this point I'll be calling this piece the "tube".

Here are your two pieces you should have to make 1 bow.

Now pinch the center of your oval piece together to create your bow shape.

Take your tube and wrap it around the center of your bow.

At this point you can glue or handstitch your tube so it's attached and secured around the bow. I just machine stitched it and cut off the excess scraps. As you can see the tube attachment will be unfinished, but I'm gluing it to a hairclip so it doesn't bother me this way.

Now glue to a hairclip and it's done.

My measurements were for smaller bows. Play around with it and see all the different sizes you can make.

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