Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gobble gobble...

Tuesday I found myself wondering what to do on a rainy day when we are staying home due to Sweet Girl having what appears to be the flu (high fever [103], body aches, runny nose & headache).

(The sick girl in her comfy Lands End dress I bought last week at a yard sale for a dollar.
She played the piano while I sewed.)

A few days ago I went to Made with Love and Glue and pulled up Rachel's archives from 2008. I remembered that she made 4 of her 5 kids Turkey Hand Print shirts last year (see picture below) and wanted to make my Sweet Girl one this year. (Picture courtesy of Rachel at Made with Love and Glue)

Aren't these adorable??? Love the little one below...
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I followed the link she provided to One More Moore and followed the tutorial she listed. I also googled reverse applique and came across this blog and tutorial that was very easy for me to follow.

First I turned the tshirt inside out. Then I pinned the right side of the fabric scrap to the shirt
I turned the shirt right side out, traced Sweet Girl's hand on paper, cut it out and pinned it to the front of her shirt.

I sewed around the outline of her hand print.


Yes, my turkey legs are a bit small compared to the body. :)

Being very careful, cut a slit in the t-shirt...then cut out the design.
Sew a button on...

and voila (well 30 min later) you have a Turkey Handprint Shirt!


The sick girl modeling her shirt...

I am not a seamstress by any means but I have enjoyed getting to know my sewing machine and seeing what I can make! Do you sew??? If so, check out The Handmade Dress Patterns GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!! over at Grosgrain. I would LOVE to try my hand at one of these dresses for Sweet Girl!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

More Thrifty Finds

So I guess another title would be more interesting, but my brain just wouldn't help me out with one. : )

Here are a few recent finds finds from Goodwill and a recent community yard sale.

We are linking up to Thrift Store Thursday at Homebody

and Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville this week.

Make sure to go and check out all the fun bargains.

Here goes.

A fantastic sweater for my daughter. It appears to be vintage, but who knows.

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We had just been shopping for me and Chloe commented on a beautiful sweater display. It was beautiful with camel and pumpkin colored sweaters layered with gorgeous scarfs with golden threads weaving though each one. She and I love a good display--we are both such visual people. She particularly commented on a beautiful camel sweater with large buttons. Not an hour later we were working our way through the racks at GW and found this almost identical sweater. The price in the store was $48.00 or $58.00 and we picked it up for $4.96.

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Her old navy top($4.96 w/tags) and khaki belt ($2.96) came from Goodwill. We found the same belt in a local store the same day for $16.00. I won't comment on her non-thrifty jeans or shoes, except to say that she can only wear about two brands of jeans (Levis or Gap) out there and they are not thrifty. Where is the best price for Levis? These are the ones from department stores, not Target. They are juniors, low rise and petite. Madness!

A rattan lamp base.

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It vaguely reminded me of the rattan jars (pictured below) in the Ballard Designs catalog. Honestly, no idea what I will do with it, but I picked it up for $1.00.

The stool that the lamp base is sitting on is a project that is not quite finished. I need more staples for my staple gun to finish it off (story of my life). This is a cast iron stool that I bought for $5.00. The lady was holding strong at $7.50. A couple of hours later she took $5.00.

I am covering the top with a piece from a coffee bag that Victoria and I found at a garage sale. The guy was asking $5.00 for it but let us have it for $3.00. Chloe and I separated the back and the front and my sis-in-law is going to take the front half for a project.



Four science books for less than a dollar since I had a big hand full of books and she gave them all to me for $1.00. The others are already on a shelf somewhere. : )
I also picked up a beautifully illustrated Romeo and Juliet in this stack. Fabulous deal for $1.00.

Have a happy Thursday. The weekend is right around the corner. I have two newborn photo sessions----very exciting.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My Recent Photography Projects

My recent projects have mostly been photography sessions. Photography is something that makes me happy and the fall weather and low humidity make me want to get out and take even more pictures than usual.

Here is a little glimpse of some of the sessions that I have done recently.

A Gerber Baby

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A maternity session. Joel and Sarah have since had a baby girl. I hope to take some pictures of her this week.

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Newborn sweetheart

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An engagement

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Victoria's sweet girl



All Smiles

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I'm in love.

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I'm not sure if I have shared this one before, but it is a favorite of mine. This is our beautiful sister in law, Meg (and my brother's neck). : )


What makes you happy today?

Hope you enjoyed the smiles. Have a beautiful day.