Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays #5



Welcome to Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays.  New or returning - thanks for stopping by!


My thrifty to nifty project for this week was the costume I made my daughter to enter (and win - yay!) the Buzzard Princess title at the Goodland Mullet Festival.  I used all kinds of materials from my Mom's and my stash.

Now on to the party:

Plenty of you are taking thrift store finds or items you've had laying about the house and remaking them into something.. more.  Bring on your curbside finds, organizational tools, heck even if you scrubbed up or painted something stained or ugly and made it all pretty and new again.  And while we're talking about clothing, it doesn't even have to be a complete redo.  Maybe you embellished a simple t-shirt and made it wonderful.  Whatever it is, link it up and share!

Guidelines:
  • Link up a recent project
  • Visit a couple of other links and leave a nice comment - please don't link and run!
  • Please link back - buttons are in my buttons page or a text link is fine
  • I'd love it if you followed A Jennuine Life - then you'll be sure to see if you've been featured!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Introducing the 2013 Goodland Buzzard Princess


The trip I took with the girls to visit my parents in Florida coincided with the 29th annual Goodland Mullet Festival.  A main attraction of the festival is the crowning of the Buzzard Queen and Princess.  Arden competed in the Buzzard Princess contest and she won!!


Here she is at my parents' house getting all costumed up and practicing her wing flapping.


Waiting (somewhat impatiently) to go onstage for the competition.  The Buzzard Lope is a song written by Stan Gober who passed away in June 2012.  He was the owner of Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant which is where the majority of the Mullet Festival events take place.


There were two other girls in the contest.  Arden looks like she's eyeing up the competition.


My Mom says she looks for wing flapping and feathers in the princesses who get her vote.  Arden definitely had the wing flapping part down cold!  She hardly paused the whole time she was on stage.

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All three girls performed the dance together and then a short version by themselves to help the crowd decide who would get their vote by applause.  This is Arden's solo - I'm the nut screaming right next to the camera...


And here she is with her prize!  She won the trophy and cash as well as the bike you see in the background. We decided to donate the bike to be auctioned off with proceeds to benefit Hospice.


She also won second place for the costume only portion of the competition and even more cash.  I'm planning to put all the winnings towards a nice present for her upcoming 4th birthday.


The proud Momma!


Here's the detail for the fascinator I made for her costume.  I cut ovals out of felt and then used scrap feathers from the wings.  I singed the black polyester fabric with a lighter and fringed some of the silver pleather.  Mom had the little swirl of feathered fluffy stuff and then I added sequins for extra sparkle.


... and the wings.  I knew when I was packing that we were going to try to enter the competition so I tossed in a bunch of black, pink and silver fabrics I had on hand.  I used black felt for the base of the wings - leftover from a prior winged costume.  I have no idea where the polyester fabric came from - go fabric stash!  The tulle was something I picked up in the dollar bin at JoAnn's when I was planning Arden's pink-themed 3rd birthday party and never used.  A bit of pink fleece from the stash and this was essentially a free costume.

I feel pretty confident that Arden will do really well with this year's dance recital if this is any indication.  It was so much fun to see her up there flapping her little arms off!!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thrifty to Nifty Features #4

Thanks so much to everyone who linked up last week for Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays.  There were lots of new guests at the party - welcome!

The features from Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays #4 are:


Amy at Serving Pink Lemonade created these super cute and handy on the go coloring cases out of an unexpected Target item.


Louise at My May Sunshine created adorable felt food for her daughter's new play kitchen from small amounts of felt.


JQ at It's Always Ruetten was inspired by several wreaths and combined them to make her own gorgeous version shown here!


Ellen at Creative Passage used scraps to sew a padded computer case with a zipper and an interior pocket to carry her new laptop.  She received the computer as a gift from her son - what a nice gift with an equally nice case!


Kirsten at Craftiments shopped her house and holiday decor to compile wintery decor with a hint of Valentine's Day.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Sisters Make the Perfect Best Friend


This is my entry for week four for the Project Run & Play sew along - Love is in the Air theme.  I focused my design around sisterly love and made my daughters Arden and Hadley matching twirly skirts.  Since they both love their new dollies, Rose and Clementine also got matching skirts.


The skirts are loosely based on Dana's Market Skirt but I didn't include the pockets even though that's what originally made me fall in love with those skirts.  Instead, I hand embroidered a little heart on the hem with a running stitch.  I also embellished Arden's purchased tank and each of the dolls' skirts.

I strayed a bit from my goal of using only materials I had on hand and did purchase a half yard cut of pink check shirting material for the main part of the skirts.  The white material is the remainder of a twin sheet I cut to size for a toddler bed.  (Why is it that you can't buy a flat sheet to fit a toddler mattress?)


I admit, I had waaay too much fun editing the photos for this and creating fun graphics and the collage.  It's not often I get this many pictures of the two of them together looking happy.  It would be interesting to post the outtakes!  These were taken at an adorable mobile home park on the island where my parents live in Florida.  Many of the houses are painted fun colors so it's like a trailer park rainbow row - so happy!

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I'll be linking this project at many of these parties:

Mondays Making the World Cuter Monday – Making the World Cuter Made By You Monday – Skip to My Lou Craftastic Monday – Sew Can Do FUNday Mondays – C.R.A.F.T. et al. Market Yourself Monday – Sumo’s Sweet Stuff Creative Me Monday - The Southern Institute Tuesdays I Made It Without My Hubby – Shanty 2 Chic Sew Cute Tuesdays – Better Off Thread Take a Look Tuesdays - Sugar Bee Craft Edition Shwin&Shwin Wednesdays We Did It Wednesdays – Sew Much Ado Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice - Seven Thirty Three Show & Tell – Blue Cricket Design Show Me What Ya Got - Not Just a Housewife Your Whims Wednesdays - My Girlish Whims Thursdays Strut-Your-Stuff – Somewhat Simple Make It, Wear It – The Train to Crazy It’s Stinkin’ Cute – Sew Stinkin’ Cute Show Off Your Stuff – Fireflies and Jellybeans Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now Pinspirational Thursdays - The ArtsyGirl Connection Fridays Furniture Feature Friday - Miss Mustard Seed Weekend Wrap Up Party – Tatertots and Jello Feature Yourself Friday – Fingerprints on the Fridge Friday Fun Finds – KojoDesigns Weekends Check Me Out Saturday – A Vision to Remember Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different Act Normal Sunday Scoop – I Heart Naptime Sunday Showcase Party – Under the Table and Dreaming A Pinteresting Party - Tutus & Tea Parties Sunday Roundup - A Rosie Sweet Home Just Something I Whipped Up - Project Inspire

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Contributing at Project Inspire



Do you follow Project Inspire (formerly The Girl Creative)?  I've been following her amazing blog for a long time, so imagine my excitement when Diana accepted my application to become a contributor for 2013.  I'll be sharing a Thrifty to Nifty project one Thursday a month.  Yesterday, I shared a French Press Cozy I made with more felt from the shrunken sweater accident sweater I felted to make cool stuff!


I give a quickie tutorial on how to make one for yourself, so go check it out.  And watch for my posts mingling alongside the greatness you'll always find at Project Inspire!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays #4



Welcome to Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays.  If you're joining from Project Inspire - I'm so pleased to have you!


This week I transformed a sweater I wasn't wearing anymore into a cute cardigan with elbow patches for my younger daughter Hadley.  Everything I used I already had on hand and she is wearing it tons.  Yay successful refashioning!

Let's get this party started, right?

Plenty of you are taking thrift store finds or items you've had laying about the house and remaking them into something.. more.  Bring on your curbside finds, organizational tools, heck even if you scrubbed up or painted something stained or ugly and made it all pretty and new again.  And while we're talking about clothing, it doesn't even have to be a complete redo.  Maybe you embellished a simple t-shirt and made it wonderful.  Whatever it is, link it up and share!

Guidelines:
  • Link up a recent project
  • Visit a couple of other links and leave a nice comment - please don't link and run!
  • Please link back - buttons are in my buttons page or a text link is fine
  • I'd love it if you followed A Jennuine Life - then you'll be sure to see if you've been featured!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Reindeer Cupcakes


If you're thinking the timing of this post is a bit odd, then you're right.  Growing up, we always did a crafty project after Thanksgiving dinner and I mentioned to my Mom that we didn't get around to doing that at home this year.  So she gathered up all the fixings for this cute project for while we visited them in Florida.  Arden helped make about six or so before she petered out and I finished the rest.


It's from a little handout at Dollar Tree (no, this isn't a sponsored post but my Mom finds all sorts of cool stuff there).  It lists name brands for products they sell, but here's what you'll need in generic terms:

  • Cupcake mix
  • Brown frosting
  • Mini pretzels (I had some teensy ones from the plane and liked those even better!)
  • Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Holiday Sixlets Candies
  • Cupcake/Muffin pan
  • Muffin cups
  1. Bake the cupcakes according to package directions.
  2. Let cool 15-20 minutes.
  3. Cover cupcake with frosting.
  4. For the antlers, press to mini pretzels at the top of the frosted cupcake.
  5. For the ears, take a midgee and shape into two ears, place at the base of each pretzel (for the teeny pretzels I used quartered midgees).
  6. For the nose, place a vanilla wafer at the bottom of the cupcake; dab frosting to adhere a red sixlet to the wafer.
  7. For the eyes, place a white sixlet below each ear. 
  8. Thin a small amount of the frosting and dab onto the white sixlets with a toothpick to create pupils.
Enjoy!  The girls and the rest of us sure did!



Hadley wore more than she ate, but she had fun!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thrifty to Nifty Features #3

Thank to everyone who linked up last week for Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays!  I wasn't able to recruit entries for this week since I'm traveling, so I'm very pleased to see so many great entries!

The features from Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays #3 are:


Brittney at Smart Girl Style shared these economical reading lamps which are part of a fabulous guest bedroom makeover.  Hey, I have one of those lights in my basement! - hmmmm....


This Blog Is Not For You shared a fun zipper and buttons bracelet.  Love the sewing theme and the use of materials that may otherwise get thrown out.


Kirsten at Craftiments gives us a science lesson while creating really cool luminaries.


Nancy at Do Small Things With Love shares some meaningful hand-stitched valentines.


And Jodi at Oh.Scrap.That shared her dollar store version of a currently popular valentines craft.  Way to go!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Grandpa Cardigan

When I decided to sew along for Project Run & Play, I had a few points I set for myself to try to follow:  I wanted to complete a project for each week, I wanted to try to use materials I had on hand as much as possible, and I wanted to only make things I thought the girls would truly wear.  So when I was brainstorming for boy's week, I knew I wanted to make something for my younger daughter Hadley.  I kept coming back to a simple cardigan with cool elbow patches - what my husband Dave refers to as a Grandpa sweater.  So I give you the Grandpa Cardigan:


The girls and I are on vacation in Florida, so we took these pictures on the seawall at my parent's house.  Hadley definitely can put out the crotchety old man attitude!


I used a cotton/acrylic blend pullover sweater I wasn't wearing anymore and some yellow marine grade vinyl I had leftover from the superhero costume I made my nephew Jack.  Using a little cardigan that fit her somewhat snugly I sized the new sweater up a bit so it will fit her a little longer.


I was able to use the ribbing from the neckline of the refashion victim sweater to trim the cut edges and kept the bottom and sleeve ribbing intact.  I added four buttonholes in a contrasting teal-y blue to match the little blue flecks in the sweater and yellow buttons to match the elbow patches.  The elbow patches I sewed on before constructing the sweater with the same blue thread and added decorative parallel lines across the circle.  I have to imagine that marine vinyl should wash just fine, but we'll see when the time comes I guess!


She looks so stinkin' serious - like she's about to belt out "you young whipper snappers better get off my lawn before I call the cops!" just like a cranky old man!  I can't believe she's so big and opinionated at only 15 months.  I think I've got my work cut out for me...

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I'll be linking up with many of these great parties as well as to the Project Run & Play sew along linky.

Mondays Making the World Cuter Monday – Making the World Cuter Made By You Monday – Skip to My Lou Craftastic Monday – Sew Can Do FUNday Mondays – C.R.A.F.T. et al. Market Yourself Monday – Sumo’s Sweet Stuff Creative Me Monday - The Southern Institute Tuesdays I Made It Without My Hubby – Shanty 2 Chic Sew Cute Tuesdays – Better Off Thread Take a Look Tuesdays - Sugar Bee Craft Edition Shwin&Shwin Wednesdays We Did It Wednesdays – Sew Much Ado Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice - Seven Thirty Three Show & Tell – Blue Cricket Design Show Me What Ya Got - Not Just a Housewife Your Whims Wednesdays - My Girlish Whims Thursdays Strut-Your-Stuff – Somewhat Simple Make It, Wear It – The Train to Crazy It’s Stinkin’ Cute – Sew Stinkin’ Cute Show Off Your Stuff – Fireflies and Jellybeans Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now Pinspirational Thursdays - The ArtsyGirl Connection Fridays Furniture Feature Friday - Miss Mustard Seed Weekend Wrap Up Party – Tatertots and Jello Feature Yourself Friday – Fingerprints on the Fridge Friday Fun Finds – KojoDesigns Weekends Check Me Out Saturday – A Vision to Remember Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different Act Normal Sunday Scoop – I Heart Naptime Sunday Showcase Party – Under the Table and Dreaming A Pinteresting Party - Tutus & Tea Parties Sunday Roundup - A Rosie Sweet Home Just Something I Whipped Up - Project Inspire

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