Saturday, May 28, 2011

Operation Emma Needs Some New Dresses: It's a Hoot Dress

FINALLY!  I got this dress done!  I don't really have any good reasons as to why this dress seemed to take forever to make.  It was just one of those doomed projects.  Do you ever have one of those?  You know, you buy fabric you think is awesome and you know you want to make some kind of a line style dress with it, but then it is all down hill from there.  You bought a zipper for it that you can't find.  You can't decide what fabric to use for the yoke.  You have never done a zipper before.... It has happened to you right?
I have to say I do like the end result.  When I finally finished it my model was not very happy about the idea of taking pictures.  I think if we had been in court I would have been able to have it go on record that she was a hostile witness.  :)


I didn't originally envision it with capris (Emma insisted on wearing them), but I think it is a good look.

 Originally I was going to do the yoke in the same fabric as the dress, but then I decided to go with somethign a little different.  I also used blue thread.  I love the pop of color.  (because this dress really needed a pop of color.)

Did I mention this dress was my first zipper.   I don't know why I was afraid if zippers all this time.  I probaly did it wrong, but I think it looks good AND it closes the dress in the back so I am happy with it.




other dresses in this series.  The Easter Dress
                                           The Sunshine Dress

Friday, May 27, 2011

How the heck is it Friday already????

Oh man this week has been CRAZY!  Stupid end up school year craziness!!!  I swear I have just been go go GOing all week and I have all these great projects that I am working on, but for some reason I am just not getting them done (that is kinda not like me.  I like to get projects done quickly)  I think Bryce hasn't really been much help in the gettign tings done catergory.  Today Emma came up to me and said "Seriously, our baby is crazy!  He is just wild.  I think we need to put him in a cage."  I know how she feels.  He is luck he is so incredible cute and sweet.
Also I am going to admit I am kinda dumb.  I knew better, but I stated reading Twilight as my book I read while I ride the bike in my room while my Bryce is napping.  Anyway.  I knew better because no matter how many times I read that stupid book every time I pick it up I just can't put it down until I have gotten all the way through them ALL. (at least that mean more exercise)  And now I always like to read Midnight Sun while I read Twilight.  I think I am just going to embrace my closet Twilight fan-ness and print off Midnight sun and them insert it into the Twilight book, you know scene by scene so I can get both sides of the story at the same time.

Anyway....(I am a dork and now you all know it)  Onto my favorites from Tatertots and Jello's linky party and then I am going to get off my butt and finish sewing the next dress in the Operation Emma Needs Some New Dresses series.  It has only been all cut out and mocking me for over a week now.

Check out the so pretty table from Sweet Rose Studio.  If you look close you can see the sweet ruffles at the bottom of the table cloth.  I will be making one for these! :)


I think this party from Grey Luster Girl is ridiculously adorably AWESOME.  I love the feel of it and I want that suitcase and the board and batten in the background.

 This pretty flower from The 36th Avenue is made out of dollar store SOAP!  You heard me soap.


I would love to find some chairs like these.  Terri over at Crafty Workin Mommy did such an awesome job redoing these darlings.


I have really been wanting something that looks exactly like this pedestal bowl form The Speckled Dog for my kitchen.  Isn't it pretty.  I have artichokes all ready and waiting for the day to find one.

We are doing summer home school this year and I have been working on getting the school room ready.  I have been wanting to do one of those awesome alphabet walls, but no matter how cheap I find the letters it seems like one of those project that is going to add up fast.  So I love the idea of this alphabet bunting from Anderson and Jake's Place.  So cute and  probably a lot less money.

Ok I am going to go sew. Happy Friday.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Bloggers' Quilt Festival Favorites


Well, this pillow isn't from the Quilt Festival, but it is quilty and think it a awesome, so I am including it in this post.   I am sure a similar pillow will be found in my daughter's room when the time comes.

Ok now get ready to fall in love.   I want to make every single one of these and then fold them in a nice beautiful pile and then just step back and smile.  And then put them to good use.


So much GORGEOUSNESS!!!  


I think a spider web quilt is next on my "quilts I must make" list. Amazing!


I am such a sucker for a pretty purple and green color scheme.   You really should go check out the close ups on these fabrics.  They are great.


I love the bright happiness of this quilt paired against the devastation behind it.  It it such a beautiful statement, and quilt.


So cute.  There really is no other word for it....well maybe fun or awesome.


I love the clean bright happiness in this one.  

From Sew it up, Baby

MMmmm that orange with all those pretty prints.   Looks like summer.


This quilt is crazy (crazy awesome)!  Go check out the full pattern.


So many wonderful prints.  I think I have a few of those in my stash right now. 

I recent realized there was such a thing as a "single girl quilt".    First of all, Funny!  I can only assume it is a play on the wedding ring quilt.  And second, I think I like it better.  

Ahhh Now I have so many quilts I need to make.  I think someone needs to invent a special time freezing devise so moms have more time.  We should make it a cafter's challenge (a crafter with a challenge can make anything right?).   It would probably be covered in mod podge and book pages, but if it lets me get more done, all the better. 


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Corner House's First Blog-aversary

Wowsers.  I can't believe it is my first blog-averary already.  As most things do, it kinda snuck up on me.  I remembered a few weeks ago that is was coming up, but then I got SUPER busy and boom it was here.
I thought it would be kinda fun to take a little stroll back over this past year and take a peek at some of my favorite projects.  So in no particular order here are my favorites from this past year.


The Baby Life Quilt.  This is still Bryce's (and my) favorite quilt.  He uses it almost every night and I love going in his room to get him when he wakes up and he hands me this quilt.  Then I wrap it around him and I get to cuddle him a little before he wiggles away to go be crazy naughty.  Why do babies have to grow up?


I am still LOVING my family room makeover.  So of course my first try at wall molding and my bird family portrait  had to be among my favorite projects.



Ahh the princess skirt.  Maybe it is because of the wonderful memories I  have of meeting princesses with my sweet girl (if only everyday could be that easy and happy) or maybe it is because I was so proud of myself for making a character theme skirt that doesn't look dumb, but I have quite an attachment to this skirt.


Emma's Room.  I love Emma's room.  I especially love the bed tutu and the large castle on the wall.  I totally wish it was my room.  Although I feel like it needs a bit of a revamp, to bad that is so far down on the old project priority list.


Logan's 3rd Birthday Cake.   Logan was just such a cute birthday boy and he really LOVED his zoo train cake.


In the hallway heading down to the mud room you will see "every child is an artist."  I love having a great place to display all of their wonderful art than isn't all over my refrigerator.  The kids have had a lot of fun picking what art they want to have up in their clip board. 


 Emma's not just a ruffle bum skirt.  I actually made this just before I started this blog (or even really knew there was such a thing as craft blogs)  so there is no post about it.  I think we have gotten more wear out of this skirt then probably any other  article of clothing I have made for Emma.  And I love this skirt because I made it for Emma to wear to her Kindergarten program after which we got this wonderful family picture (you got to love 2 year olds).

 Not me, but Laura's 18th birthday cake.  Probably my favorite cake to date.  I always love a cake that matches my home decor.


 I still wish this skirt was my size.


Baby Lyle's pinwheel quilt and faux chenille blanket.  I am still planning on making a faux chenille blanket that will stay in my house, but until than I will have to just look at the pictures.   What a great learning experience these both were for me.


I know this was recent, but I just had to count Emma's Rapunzel party as one of my favorites.


Last but not least, and most recent there is Bryce room revamp.  I really wish I could just have all of you come and hang out in there with me.  There is something about the happy peacefulness that is in that room that just doesn't quite show up in pictures.

Well I hope you all enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.  I have some fun projects coming up this next week (if I ever get them done.)


Friday, May 20, 2011

It's Friday Night

and you know what that means.  It means that I have a sink (and counter)  full of neglected dishes and I am curled up on my couch looking through the already hundreds of links over at Tatertots and Jello.  I just had to share some of my favorites.

It's cute.  It's curvy.  And it is covered in Joel Dewberry fabric so I LOVE it.  There is an awesome tutorial for this little cutie at Mod Podge Rocks.

It looks like I need to get me some Mod Podge.  This cute clutch also has a great tutorial at Scissors and Spatulas. So many amazing women out there sharing their genius 

I LOVE bird silhouettes.  I love chevron stripes.  And Broken Wings by Mr. Mister was on of my favorite song as a kid.  So basically I love this art from Artsy-Fartsy Mama.

I am possibly going to steal this idea from Mama Says Sew.  I made a new wreath not too long ago, but I never really loved it so I took it down and am still in need of a great wreath for the front door.  I just can't decide what to do.  Really I just need to make something that is perfectly awesome, says welcome to my happy airy summery home, and costs next to nothing.  That shouldn't be too hard....right?

Um I kinda really want everything in this picture to be in my house!  Alas they are at Creative Mommas.

Anyway, there are SO many awesome links ( I am only through the first couple hundred linkys), I don't know how Jen ever chooses which ones to feature.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

M M M Minnie and the Jet. Cake

I feel like have been making a  lot of cake as of late.  I made these two recently for a client who was brave enough to have both her kids birthday parties the same day.  I hope she survived.

As you can hopefully tell Garrett wanted a jet themed cake for his birthday this year.  I was a little surprised at how much I suck a sculpting a jet out of fondant.  In the end I think it turned out ok, but it took WAY longer than it should.  And in case you are wondering I did take the tooth picks out of it before I delivered it.  By the way the clouds are made out of royal icing and I love them.  Just use like a 5 tip and make little clustered swirls.


I am still trying to get the hang of properly stacking topsy turvy cakes.   I need to remember to have the top cake slant across the bottom cake not away from the bottom cake.



Minnie was also a little tricky to sculpt, but I think it took me less time to do than that jet.  I think from now on if anyone wants a jet cake there will be like a $1 million sanity charge.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I may have mentioned before, but I LOVE quilts.  I love all the patterns and colors.  The first crafty thing I ever really made was actually my daughter's baby quilt (if you don't count school art projects and stuff like that).  One day, about 9 months pregnant, I got the sewing machine my wise mother had given me out of a box, got out the stack of fat quarters I was given with the sewing machine and made my first quilt.
The quilt I want to share for Blogger's Quilt Festival is actually the one I made for this baby.



I machined pieced it, but then quilted most of it by hand.  Which took forever and that is why he was actually about 8 months old by the time I finished it.



I quilted in little snails and the poem "Snip of snail and puppy dog tails, thats what little boys are made of."


Over the past three years since its completion this quilt has been very loved.  It is funny to see it now, all faded.  I love to see a well loved quilt.

Amy's Creative Side

Go check out all the BEAUTIFUL quilts at the festival and I will be sure to feature a few of my favorites when the festival it over.