Sunday, August 7, 2011

Another dress!

I found this tutorial on Grosgrain, during free pattern month, and just knew I had to try it!  I love the hombre look that is so in right now, so I thought I'd try it in this dress!

Here is the inspiration dress. HERE  This is the called the Neapolitan Dress.

And....... here is my dress.  I did have to grade the pattern up a size, but other than that, it was all by the book!  I love the dress!

It did take me a couple hours to do it, had machine problems, though, so I'd imagine it wouldn't take quite that long next time.  It is a very detailed tute.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

A few things I've sewn...

I haven't been "crafting" lately, but have gotten into sewing again!  I love it!
Here are a few pictures of what I have sewn.

I made this using the Leila and Ben Sweet Lil Dress pattern in sizes 6-10.  I made it a size 7, and it is a very generous size, so I'll be using a size 6 the next time I use this pattern.

The next thing I did was make a nightgown for my daughter, out of the same pattern as above, but out of a flat twin sheet.  I added some lace from a stash I got from my later grandmother.
This was a size 6 in width, but 7 in length, and I was much happier with the way it fit than the above dress.
The next thing I did was make a skirt.  I fell in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this apron from Sawdust and Paperscraps Christmas in July post.   

So, I used her tutorial and made it into a skirt.  The hardest part was the math!  LOL  Here is my skirt:

So, that's what I've ben up to lately!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Diaper cake, anyone?


I was recently invited to a baby shower, and I was stumped about what to bring the mommy-to-be.  It's her first baby, and I wanted something unique, which would be hard to do in this small town!  We have ONE store in 20 miles that would sell baby stuff, and it's Wal-Mart. 

So, I thought and thought....finally!  I decided to make a diaper cake!!  Okay, great idea, now how?  There are a plethora of ways to make one, but the style I liked the best was the “spiral” style.  I prefer to call it a wave, it looks more like a wave to me, but here it is!


Sorry about the low quality pics…they are from my blackberry, which is a hand-me-down as it is, so they’re not the greatest, but you get the idea!

Here’s one more, a little better:


I ended up hot gluing the cute little monkey to the top, since he wouldn’t stay for ANYTHING.  LOL  But I tested it out, and the glue peeled right off, so it was okay.

She loved the cake, and it was a big hit with the other party goers.  For my first one, it was really easy!  I know the ribbons aren’t totally straight, but I love the way it turned out!


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hello again!! (with free printable!)

I know I've been MIA, (and I know no one probably noticed!  LOL) but I've actually been BUSY crafting!!!

My hubby and I notched out a craft room from a small unused breakfast nook in our house.  We built the cabinets, put the countertop on and viola, a custom made work table!  I'm not finished installing my junk in the room yet, or with all my decor ideas, but I've got my custom track lighting in, so you can finally see all the crap on my table.  LOL  It has become a catch all of sorts, and I caught the kids eating breakfast (cereal with milk!! AGH!!!) on it the other day, but I'm slowly but surely claiming the space as mine.  I'll post pictures soon!

I've also been put in co-charge of decorations for my mom's upcoming wedding!  How exciting and daunting at the same time!  We are finishing up announcements (will post pics!) and a few other crafts and having a lot of fun!  Only 3 weeks until the big day!

This little project was inspired by a song we learned in Primary in our church this year. The song is called, "Stand for the Right," and can be heard here.  (WARNING: This will open a Windows Media Player that will automatically play this song.)

I spent a few hours making a printable, I don't know if anyone actually wants it, but I thought the idea was unique.  I dont' know if I like it with the "dot" in the puzzle space, but eh, it works.  I have a bunch of different colors I did, but am showcasing the green because that is my 7 year old's FAVE right now.  LOL  She actually says FAVE.  LOL

I'm new at uploading printables, so if this doesn't work, let me know *(all 16 of you, most of whom don't even want it!  LOL) =)

Go here, to BoxNet to download the color of your choice!  If I didn't do one you are interested in, let me know, I can whip one up, but I'll warn you, it is a fairly simple creation, you could probably do it yourself. =)

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

I Heart Faces Pet Photo Challenge

This is my first I Heart Faces photo challenge...and I just HAD to enter my darling Baxter....I love this photo of him!

 I'm having troubles linking the button, so go here: I Heart Faces

Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday!

So I realized just today that I didn't blog about my older son's birthday, which was February 23rd.  The reason behind that is this:  he's 9.  'Nuff said.  LOL  He didn't want anything crafty or cute....and I only got 1 pic of him opening his present.  He didn't feel well that evening either, so we didn't even have any CAKE!  and for any of you that know my son, that is MAJOR!  LOL

So today was R's birthday. He turned 5, and he's been looking forward to it with so much anticipation.  I realized the day was a hit when he said to me, "Mom, this is the best birthday EVER!"  Right on, little dude!!

First, a picture of him with is birthday shirt (which he LOVED!! despite its being not centered and crooked!)

Next, a picture of his football cake...this is what he requested!

Perfect? No.  Perfect to him? YES.

At the end of the day, I can sit and say: I'm not a fabulous baker/decorator.  I'm not an expert t-shirt maker.  I can hardly take a decent picture to save my life!  But I am a mom who loves her kids, and I will do all I can to make them happy.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

I'm back!

I don't know how you all manage to be crafty every day! I just can't keep up t!! This is what I've been up to:

One of his favorite places to be: on my computer!  LOL  You can see I have MTC open in the background.

This is so silly, but I made a cute little duct tape "bow" for Baxter's topknot.  He didnt' leave it in very long....but isn't he cute with it?!

I do have one more thing I did, just tonight...My BABY BOY turns 5 tomorrow!  **sob**

I wanted to make him a t-shirt for his special day....
It's hard to tell, but the shirt is dark blue, and the HTV is baby blue.
This was only the 2nd time I've used HTV, and I messed up the first one.  LOL  I forgot to reverse my pattern.  LOL  Ha ha on me. What a dunce.

I can't wait until tomorrow when my baby boy gets his shirt!  I tried to talk him into staying home with Momma, but he wants to go to school (he attends the special needs preschool 3 days a week).

I made this with Lettering Delights DB Circles--Birthday....I did a little editing on the candles, and then added two more, since he's turning 5.  This isn't the best doodlebat to cut without editing, it has some funky blank spots in it....and I was really disappointed that it didn't stay straight.  I put it all down with the weeded part down, so I could get placement right, but when I pulled up the weeded part, everything went skeewompus.  Bummer, but it's good enough for who its for...I mean, come on, you think he's going to care?  LOL

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My birthday present!

Yesterday was my birthday (yay me!  I share a birthday with Superjoy!! If you haven't visited her blog, I would RUN there...LOL  She is fab!) and my hubby got me something I've been wanting for a while now!

Meet Baxter:

Isn't he just so sweet???  He's a Yorkie, 8 weeks old, and sweet as can be.  We are completely smitten with him!  Thank you so much, Jeff!

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Corsage and hair thingy

Tonight was the annual Daddy/Daughter Dinner/Dance.  My little girl looks forward to this EVERY year, and this year, it landed on my birthday....sad for me, huh?  Not really.  =)  I didn't mind at all.  My two boys and I rented a movie and played with my birthday present (a new puppy!! SO CUTE!)

But anyway, I made a couple things for my daughter for her outfit.  A wrist corsage, and a hair thingy....

Don't you just LOVE my technical terms??  LOL  I didn't want to call it a hair "bow" because it's really not a bow....but it's a hair SOMETHING...LOL  I made this to coordinate my my daughter's adorable polka dotted dress.  I got the tutorial from Flexible Dreams, a site I just discovered and L-O-V-E!  Here is how mine turned out...I might have to get a couple more pictures, because this is the ONLY one I got....

I like it, but don't LOVE it...I think I need some practice, which my daughter won't mind, because she adores all things girly.

Daddy always forgets to get her a corsage, and I end up running around trying to get one at the last minute.  NOT THIS YEAR! I googled and came up with Lilly Cakes Felt Valentine Wrist Corsage.  PERRRRRFECT!

Yeah, no. I only WISH mine looked like hers.  I wanted mine all big and bold like the fab lady at Lilly Cakes.......but mine didn't turn out that way. So I tried to add an extra layer around the rose to compensate. FAIL.  To make matters worse, I had to go and add garrish GLITTER to it because I knew my little Jo would love it.  And it turned from kinda cute into hideous.  But oh well.  She was so pleased with it...and you can see how well it goes with her dress!


So it was a hit with her, and Jeff (my darling hubbs) says she was quite proud of it, and THAT is what counts.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

My sister's clock

My sister had asked me, oh, probably a year back, if I could cut some large numbers for a clock, from vinyl...I said yes, and then life got in the way and we didn't get back to it.

Until a few weeks ago!  The first picture is just to give you an idea of how large the numbers are!
Yep, my big foot in there!  I wear a size 11 shoe!

 The second is of the finished product.

The finished size is over 36" in diameter, and the bottom sits about 5 1/2 feet from the landing.

I cut this from Oracal vinyl, and the font is Wedding Bliss ES.

I have to give credit where credit is due: my sis picked out the font and design of the hash marks ~ I just did the cutting.  Well, and helped put it up, but that's another story (I accidentally almost pulled the ladder out from under her, and I fell off the bottom 3 steps of the ladder because I thought I was at the bottom step...LOL).

Isn't it gorgeous? AND one of a kind!

Oh, I have to share this photo...We put the vinyl up before her clock mechanism arrived....she suggested we put up vinyl "hands."  So we did.  LOL  I asked her what her favorite time of day was, so that's what we went with!  LOL (It's supposed to be PM, after all the kids are in bed! LOL)  This cracked us up for days, the fake hands...

Ok yes, we're dorks.  At least I am.

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Added the file to Sandy's Space Box!

In case anyone is interested, I have posted the cut file that I created from Sandy's Space Flip Top Box.  The box is her idea and design, I simply made it into a file to use with MTC or SCAL!

Here is the MTC file, and the SVG can be found here.

Leave me a comment if you grab the files, and which you grabbed.....please let me know if you have any problems with the files.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sandy's Space CUTE box!

I LOVE CraftGossip.  Just the collection of ideas there is staggering.  I get the digest in my email each day, and each morning, I look forward to what it has to offer!

Yesterday, it had this C-U-T-E as can be flip top box from Sandy's Space.  I mean, how cute can you get?

Source: Sandy's Space

I saw the box and IMMEDIATELY thought:  MTC! SO, I spent the morning, and YES it took me most of the morning, I am new to converting files, making this file into an SVG and MTC file to cut on your cutter! 

MTC works with a variety of cutters: all Cricut machines (excluding the Imagine), Gazzelle, Craft ROBO, Silhouette, BlackCat Cougar, can cut anything you can imagine with MTC! It's an amazing program that has really cracked open the abilities of your machine!

Go to Sandy's Space and check out her amazing site and creations!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hand Made Valentines!

Every year, I raid the after-holiday sales and score boxes of Valentine's for 10 cents or less.  And EVERY YEAR, I forget where I put them, and have to buy new ones at full price.

NOT this year! I pulled out my new (well, less than a year now, I got it for my birthday last year, Feb 19th) Cricut, and got to work!

First up, my 3rd grader (boy)
My son's valentines
The idea came from here, Zakka Life, but with my twist! I converted it to a MTC file so I could mass produce them ~ they turned out so cute, and unique!  My son got to pick the colors and he loved them so much, he made sure to write himself one...LOL

Now my daughter:  She would have been happy with pretty much anything, but I had in my head this idea I couldn't get out....

Do you all remember WeePuls? I used to LOVE those things!  They would "give" them away for "earning" so much for magazine sales in school or whatever?  Well, I couldn't get them off my mind, and I got to thinking, they should be easy to create ~ they were SO SIMPLE, but I'm going to be brutally honest here:  I'm an idiot!  LOL

Okay, so we live in a SMALL town, about 8,000 people. We have NO CRAFT stores around....nearest one is 60 miles away, and with kids in sports, ballet and other activities, I can't just pick up and go, so I don't get there much. We have Wal-Mart, and it's tiny craft section or the internet. Now, I could have ordered some pom poms off the internet and made them SO MUCH CHEAPER but by the time I thought of this, it was too late to order.  So Wal-Mart it was.  But they had NO 2" or larger pom poms, except in the "variety pack." Those packs had 4 large ones, and the rest were small. So what did I do?  Bought 6 packs of the variety pack for those large ones....spending $18 on pom poms!  FAINT!  It was SO unlike me; I'm usually SO frugal, only buying on sale AND with coupons...but I had made up my mind...LOL Anyway, here are our final creations!

I even added the ribbon stamped with "Happy Valentine's Day," just like the original WeePuls!

Oh, and get this, I ended up having to go to the craft store 60 miles away anway, the day Saturday before Valentine's, and I checked at Joanne's and guess what they had?  Giant pom poms, in a variety pack, of course, but with at least 10 per pack, for only 3.99 a pack.  Oy.

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Lunch bag/treat sack I created ~~ and some cute tags!

I posted this cute little treat bag on the MTC forum, but also wanted to share it here!  Nelda, from MTC and Me, did this awesome post and showcased the little bags...
source: Nelda, MTC and Me
My original design was the taller one on the left, and she graciously modified it to the cute little one on the right that I actually used for my daughter's class treats just this week!

Oh, and these darling little tags?  I got them from Bella Grey Designs, and they just fit SO perfectly with my little colorful bags!!  I think they are still giving them away as a freebie if you email them~~

Forgive me for the many pictures, I was just so tickled with the way they came out, and I'm so proud that they are MY design!  If you would like the file, just post here and I can post it for anyone who wants! =)


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So here I go!

Yay to me for my first post here on Just Jayma!

I've been thinking for a LONG time about starting a blog, if for nothing else than to just post my projects in a central location.  I, by no means, imagine that I'll be a popular blog, but this will be a place for me to catalog my creative growth.  So, there is my first post!

Welcome to just jayma!