Whew - what a week and September is creeping up on us very quickly. Excuse the blogging lull around here. We have been busy getting used to new schedule around here now that school has started. It's been a fun week - a week of first days, making lunches, new outfits and hairdo's...........getting up and ready and saying goodbye to the lazy days of summer when we got to sleep in and lounge around if we wanted to.......*sigh*
BUT aside from just my everyday "life", I have been busily working on patterns. More on that next week - promise! :)
Here's what my "everyday" life has looked a bit like this week
So grown up...........
So excited for Kindergarten.............
and sooo sleepy from such a crazy week............ (I feel the same way little buddy)
Enjoy your weekend.......more news to share next week! ~ Meg
These are my new favorite things! I love a great piece of jewelry - chunky, bright, unique. I have 2 charms from A Charmed Life Jewelry and I am finding many ways for them to accessorize my wardrobe! Look at some of the fun options!
If you stop by their site, say hello and let them know I sent ya! :) I can't wait to "charm" my neckline with a new one!
The Dress-up Drawer blog is featuring the creativity and talent of many women with a week long giveaway! There are several items to enter for a chance to win each day! One of the items up for grabs today is THIS apron from me! A Kitschy Corset Apron made with Amy Butler Fabric, pink tulle ruffle, and pink lace up corset! Pop over to their blog to enter!
I recently "met" Forever Folding Laundry on Twitter. Instantly related to her blog, sense of humor and more. I have enjoyed tweeting with her and she even shared a little blog "secret" with me. Her blog is FULL of large images and I asked her if she wouldn't mind sharing or directly me to how I would be able to do that on my blog too. She was more than helpful and willing to share. :) She has posted a tutorial to explain and show how to do it! Isn't that GREAT!?
You can post photos on your blog that can go from this: (normal upload)
to THIS fabulous, large eye candy image! :)
English and French come together between the two sites Blue Marguerite and Blue Primrose. Blue Primrose is the English language division of the French craft and DIY indexing website. They had contacted me about adding a few of my tutorials to the french site. I said yes and the process began. As a thank you, they have featured me and posted our interview HERE. I was their first English contributor to the site, with many more talented crafters to follow I am sure!
thank you Blue Marguerite and Blue Primrose! crafting has no boundaries right? :) Stop by and take a peek at the interview, maybe you will learn something new about me!
So it all started from a whim I got to create a quilt for my sister's upcoming baby girl. I dropped it by and she fell in the love with the colors and patterns and got the "bug" to design and create her nursery in something she really loved! We searched around for the perfect fabrics and found some great deals plus had some help from my twitter friends. (thank you!)
Then she went on create the bedding, accessories and art all on her own to satisfy that "nesting" instinct. The nursery turned out beautifully! It's a wonderful mix of Sandi Henderson's Farmers Market and Ginger Blossom fabric lines. It's girly pink but so much more with all the wonderful colors! Great job Sis!........enjoy the photos........
Between working on new patterns/ebooks and enjoying the last few days of summer with my family before school starts, I am slowing restocking my shop.
The lastest buzz has been about my new design - the Kitschy Corset Apron. And while the ebook is being put together, I have sewn up a few and popped them into my shop. Take a peek at the Fancy Feathers and Darla versions.
More designs coming soon, including some crafter/vendor style aprons and holiday themed items!
I was lucky enough once to get to work with Jennifer and Carla but THRILLED when they asked if I would take photos for another pattern! Introducing the Meghan and Molly Peasant Patterns!! The pattern is super comfortable and easy to wear. Of course there are OODLES of options when creating your own dress or top and then OODLES of ways to wear it! PLUS Carla has opened up an Etsy shop where you can grab her amazing ebooks! Be sure to take a peek in her new shop!
If you love all things aprons as I do then you must check out The Apron Goddesses Blog. (a giveaway of one of my aprons will be held there later this month!)
This Thursday on the Apron Goddesses blog, is another edition of Aprons, aprons everywhere. You simply take a photo of you in an apron, make a blog post about it and link up with all the other apron goddesses doing the same! t's a fun way to get to know other apron bloggers and see their apron style!
Will you be participating??? :)
You may remember this countdown I posted from May when we were very excited to for Summer Vacation to finally arrive.....Well although I am not ready for school to start back up again I have a kindergartener who CAN'T wait to finally start school. So it's countdown time again!
If your kids haven't already started back to school, this is a great project for them to do!
We choose construction paper in their school colors and cut strips. Then I let them assemble them in any order/pattern they wanted. We used staples instead of glue - it's faster. :)
Then of course we hung it up and they each take turns pulling a link off each day! Easy peasy and fun! enjoy!
THANK YOU to all the apron lovin' bloggers who stopped to give their input. So many fun ideas, I really enjoyed reading each comment. You put a smile on my face. :)
I hope you stopped by all the other apron giveaways during ApronFEST 09 hosted by The Apronista! It has been really fun for me getting to know others who love to create aprons and there are LOTS to be snatched up~!!
The winner of the "un-named apron" from our giveaway is CARRIE! Congrats! please email me ASAP to claim your prize....
And as you can see from the picture - this design now has a name! wahHOOO!
Introducing.......The Kitschy Corset Apron
But wait! for all those feeling a bit sad today because you didn't win....the pattern for this apron is in the works AND there will be some ready made designs available in my shop very soon! PLUS another giveaway later this month. (on two different blogs - stay tuned for details so I can direct to you there they are!!)
Have a great weekend! I have LOTS of pictures to share next week and more fun news!!
I am jumping in on ApronFEST 09 that is going on over at The Apronista Blog. Check out her blog for all the details.
And as if the weather wasn't hot enough......Let's really spice things up! Here is a new design I have fallen in love it! So feminine, frilly and will totally HEAT up your kitchen while you wear it! You can snatch up THIS apron by leaving a comment and giving me a name idea for this design (working on the pattern and I need a name!) If you can't think of a name then simply list some descriptive words that come to mind - or just leave a comment! LOL......
The winner will be chosen on Friday!
I taught a class this week and gave out ideas on fun activities to do your kids. It went over well - at least I think so - and I had a fun time preparing for it and sharing the info in a casual setting. As promised I am going to share all my "notes". Some of them may have been yours too! (thank you, thank you!)
My notes (edited/condensed version)
1. First of all, my day to day fun activities usually are very inexpensive and I grab and use what I have one hand first before going out and spending any money 0n supplies.
2. Use your Resources! The library is full of books with great ideas, plus they have activities all year long too. Keep a craft/supplies box, trade supplies with friends and best of SHARE your ideas! :) (it's always nice to share right?)
3. Don't be so worried about the mess. Yes if you get out paint there is probably going to be a bit of a mess. Let them get a bit dirty without you being uptight or upset about it. Enjoy the creative moment together and clean it up when they are all done - better yet, have them help!
4. Be willing to improvise - use what you have on Hand, go with the flow, be flexible.
All these ideas are just a jumping point for you. Take them and tweak them for your family size, kids ages, likes and dislikes and apply them for all year round!
- Schedule the fun! Kids love some structure or to know or count on certain things. Sit down as a family and "plan" some fun. EX. - First Friday of every month is family movie night. Then make is special. Whether you go the theater or stay home. Bake a goodie together before hand, have a sleep over in the living room, etc.
- Create a summer journal - when school let out for the summer we created summer journals. Just a fun way for my kids to to stash away the magic of summer and create an informal scrapbook. It's full of their thoughts, handwriting, pictures they drew and pictures we took and simply printed out and glued in.
The first page of their journals also contains a current picture of them, weight, height, current friends, shoe size, favorites, etc. Just a few fun statistics to read when they are older.
- Create a Summer Fun Calendar/Schedule. Ask them what they want to DO this summer - list it on one side of the paper and title the other side - Things we DID. Keep a running tally of all the fun! They can't say they never did anything fun this summer when it is all listed out! Other ideas - Books we want to READ/Books we READ, Places we want to go/Places we WENT. Also have them help you compile a BOREDOM BUSTERS list they can refer to when they get bored! Hang it up where they can see it (at their level).
- PICNICS! Who doesn't love to have a Picnic! I shared a 2 sided handout full of different picnic ideas for Summer/Winter/Rainy days. (click HERE to download a copy)
- Camping outside in the backyard
- Try a new park each week - don't forget about school playgrounds too.
- Go on a Nature/Scavenger Hunt - give your kids a small paper sack and have then collect certain colors, textures, etc.
- 100 days of Summer - Activity ideas from Memorial Day to Labor Day (click here to download a copy)
- Letterboxing.org - It's like a local treasure hunt that your kids will LOVE
- Mary Poppins Bag - (refer to my previous tutorial on how to create this) Extra ideas - Print out a map, games, dot to dots, mazes, etc. Convert an old metal cookie sheet into a game/lap board. I sprayed painted one blue, took a paint pen and drew a tic tac toe board on side and then drew some X's and O's on the tops of some small magnets. Create an I SPY BOOK to slip in too!
- The "mary poppins bag" theme can easily be adjusted for a fun day at home too! Pick and theme and have activities lined throughout the day.
- Spin Art
- Paper Plate Masks - We create these all the time! From Jack Sparrow to Power Rangers to Princesses. Cut out the some eye holes for your kids if they are too young to use scissors and let their imagination RUN! Add yarn for hair, use construction paper to add hats, crowns, etc. Then use some elastic thread and a hole punch to make it slip on and off easily!
- Newsprint Paper - Does your local newspaper get rid of sell the end of the newsprint paper rolls? Ours does for only a couple of dollars on a certain day each month. Snatch up a roll or two! These are great for activities all year long. Cover the table and then color/paint. Trace their bodies and have then fill in their features, draw clothing etc. Hang a long piece outside on your fence in the summer and let them paint, or fill spray bottles with water and a couple drops of paints and spray the paper. Then it can dry while it's hanging and you can let the kids run through the water to clean up!
- T-shirt Capes - These are a great no sew item to create. Be sure to click on the link for the tutorial.
- Muffin Tin Monday - Oh your kids will LOVE you for creating such a fun lunch! Ooodles of ideas and answers to all your FAQ's about how to do this!
- The Crafty Crow - HUGE amount of crafts for all sorts of topics/types and ages
- Book/Activity - Take a book, read it together and create a fun activity that goes along with it. Take a look at what Nic did with her kids and the book Sweet Dream Pie - GREAT family activity!!!!
- Mini Camps - Gather your friends/neighbors and set up some mini classes/camp for summer or during the school year too! 1 wk they go to so and so's house for a Sewing Class, then the next week go to another house for Painting Project, etc. (remember - use your resources!)
- Papier Mache - we have had fun creating our own pinata. Create masks, globes, etc.
- Decopauge - fun for ANY age and so many uses too!
- STAYCATION - make the most of staying in town! Be sure to visit the link for ideas, instructions and print outs!!! they are fabulous!
I hope you enjoy my notes and that they spark some ideas for you to do with your own family! Enjoy!!! ~ Meg
Hey if you are around this weekend be sure to STOP BY and snatch up some prizes! Kari from the wonderful Craft Blog U Create is celebrating her 1 yr Blog-iversary!!!! She has 12 giveaways (every hour) from 9am - 9pm. AND yours truly has donated something to giveaway!
So pop by all day long, wish her a Happy Blog-iversary and join in the fun!