Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Craftiness: Drawstring Bag (with flower!)

My (3rd grade) cousin had a cheerleading competition on Sunday (little kids cheering in their matching uniforms = adorable!) so of course I couldn't go empty handed. I thought of bringing flowers, but decided that would be too simple... so out came the sewing machine!

Her team colors are blue & gold, so I made this cute little drawstring bag following these instructions.

Drawstring bag

It needed a little *something* when I was done, so I added a flower using these instructions (which I mentioned before). I used pretty thick felt, so only ended up making 3 petals.

I then filled with Crunch bars, but used white-out to hide the 'C' and the bottom of the 'R'... so it became 'Punch' (Cheerleaders have to 'punch' their moves). Had to pass on some cheerleading tidbits from way back in my high school days!

Drawstring bag

Monday, November 10, 2008

Have a relaxing Monday...

The weekend went by way too fast (as usual!) and my Monday has started off crazy (sadly, also as usual!)... I wish I could be as relaxed as the munchkins snuggled at my feet, sleeping in a sunbeam!

Snuggle Pugs
Frank's face is all smooshed, but he doesn't care...

Snuggle Pugs
Like an old married couple... Boozer throws a leg over Frank

Hope your Monday is off to a good start!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dream Kitchen

J and I are house hunting for the first time... what a crazy experience! I never realized that walking around & looking at places could be so mentally & physically draining. Even when a place isn't right for us, it's always interesting to see how other people live & how they've filled their homes. This kitchen is soooo gorgeous & is in my inspiration file for my dream kitchen one day.

Dream Kitchen

The rest of the house wasn't what we're looking for, but I can't get this gorgeous combo of the light marble, white cabinets, farmhouse sink & silver accents out of my mind!
Dream Kitchen

Dream Kitchen

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Craftiness: Fabric Flower Pillow

Last year I discovered Amy Butler's free patterns, but somehow I forgot about them until coming across them on How About Orange again yesterday... what a fun treat! I am especially loving this Snow Mum Pillow - reminds me of Anna Whitford's gorgeous items*

* while so adorable, the project does look a bit tedious... so Anna's site is a good alternative to making yourself!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Classroom-Inspired Design

For many years I planned to be a first grade teacher when I grew up, so maybe that is why I am so drawn to these ideas?!

Vintage Wall Map
Picture from Shelterriffic

Library Cart
Picture from Apartment Therapy Chicago

Monday, November 3, 2008

Extraordinary Papercuts

I am loving this Thank You letter over on Craft Stylish... so gorgeous! The detailing is amazing, right down to the vellum envelope. Not sure I'd ever have the patience to make something like this, but I sure am jealous of the recipient!