Hand Sewn Baby Shoes


Oh, you guys are simply brilliant! I was hoping to have you fooled with the photo of the iPod, but you dear readers were not falling for my trickery!

Yes, they are baby shoes….totally stylin’ fabric baby shoes from a pattern I snagged over at Maked.ca

However I did make a few changes since I no longer have a newborn.

I made them to fit my 6 month old little guy, simply by expanding the pattern out on all sides about 1/3 of an inch, and an extra bit around the heel, and I also added about 1 inch in elastic.

(my little guy has fat wide short feet in case your wondering)

I loved this pattern because it is reversible, and I got to use different fabrics and colors for the shoes.

Another change I made, was that I top-stitched with a decorative stitch around the edge.

Personally, I like the look of this better, but if you do this be aware that your reversible side wont lay as flat (see left shoe in the photo)


Look, they’re even more adorable when they’re on baby feet!


These were SOOOOOO easy to make, like 10 minutes per shoe, and the pattern is quite simple to follow. I’ll be making these as a staple new baby gift for sure!


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Dollar Store Chic

Step 1: Rusteolem American Accents Spray Paint (Antique White)
Step 2: Dry
Step 3: Ralph Lauren Glaze (Smokey)
Step 4: Dry.
Remember this little guy?….BEFORE:


I love how the glaze just files in the cracks and grooves of anything it touches! So easy!


Thanks to Shanty2Chic for my new favorite way to turn junk into treasure.

Here are some other things I’ve been “Shantifying” both of them I snagged at the Dollar Tree when they were having their Christmas Clearance.

Before: Tacky Styrafoam Wall Hangings $1.50 for all three.


After: Beautiful “Plaster” looking Wall Hangings

Before: 6 pack of gold candy cane ornaments $1.00


So this was how my kitchen shelf was decorated for….well, all of three days before I took it down and packed it up for the year……I can’t wait to enjoy it longer next Christmas!

Yeah, and I’m on a horrible Shanty-Binge, here is my next target…the old end-table in our bedroom.

Stay Tuned!



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Shanty Pantry

Last week I stumbled upon this site: Shanty 2 Chic

As if I didn’t have enough excuses to go to the craft store.

Sheeseh, I’ve got a list the size of my oldest child, filled with all sorts of things I want to pick up from Home Depot, Goodwill, Michael’s, Joanns….ect.

I think it’s becoming a bit of an obsession.

Well, today I got me some of these….

Needless to say, I’ve been wandering around the house just looking for something to Shanty up a bit.
(or is it the other way around? I’m not quite sure what Shanty means exactly?)


I even Big Mac even brought down my Altered Art box….

(Which is just a Junk-Filled Rubbermaid that I keep in my garage in the hopes of one day turning into fantastic, whimsical little treasures…….I open it about once a month to throw in little bits of things I pick up….I can’t remember the last time I actually took anything out.)

(Anyone else have a box like this?)

Well, Now, with everything I’m learning I’m going to have to start my own:
“Shanty Box.”

Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

I’m sure Big Mac will be thrilled to know that it’s just another rubbermaid to hoist over his head and stuff somewhere in the garage.
(and not anything otherwise interesting as it might sound)

Poor Guy. Living in the shadows of a craft addiction.


Anyway, I think I found my first victim.

The lamp not the hubby.

I’m sure I could spray Big Mac down a bit too,
but the sandpaper might be a bit much…..

Think I’ll keep him as he is.

Now…..I’m OFF to find a “Well Ventilated Area?” …..

How important is that anyway?


PS: Yes the fish are still alive in that murky mess, I’m sure a certain someone will clean it soon
If NOT, Nature will inevitably takes it’s course……….

Horrible Parenting skills right?

What would you do?

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A Hat & Some Fabric

Sorry, I know that’s not the most creative title for a blog post, but it pretty much sums up what this post is all about:

I finished Sissy’s Hat:

And I got some Pretty Fabric:

I’m pretty happy with all of it :)

Actually, I wish I had more of the fabric, but there were only 2 Fat Quarters of it left…..so what can I make with 2 Fat Quarters?


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Snarky Sharky Hat

The Photo’s speak for themselves really!
I got the pattern here from knitting ninja!



DISCLAIMER: Keep yer’ eye on this one! I turned for all of a minute and I had to pry ’em off my wee’ one, so watch yer’ bay-bee round this fella’.


I’m soo excited to have finished this one!
Two winter hats down, one to go….


and I’ve got the perfect yarn for her!


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Handmade Ugly Doll

So someone in our house is turning 4 soon, and I thought what better way to celebrate then to give the gift of ugly.


Ugly Doll that is.

I have no idea why these ugly dolls are so cute, but the ones in the store are soooo expensive. I just can’t fork over that kind of money for a doll that will most likely have a hole in it by next week.

So I decided to make my own, and I took photos of how I did it in case you want to make one to!

Total Cost: About $4.00

I used Fleece Scraps, Black Thread, Stuffing, And a Button

Print up an image of the ugly doll you want to make:

Cut out two shapes for your pattern

Sew your shapes right sides together, leaving a small hole for turning. Turn to right side.

Use Embroidery Thread, fleece scraps, and a button to make the face

Stuff and Sew!

All Done!

By the way this would make a fantastic First Sewing project for children, because really….you just can’t mess up….the uglier the better!

And if you’re looking for more beginning sewing for kids, check out this blog Sewing Projects for Kids, there are some adorable ideas over there to…..I’m dying to make the owl!


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I drew a winner for the knitting needles today, and it was comment #5 Jolanthe! who said:

“LOVE the knitting needle bag. I bought a bunch of fabric to make a crayon caddy for each of the kids similar to that…and have yet to make them. I should realllllllly work on that.

Meanwhile, throw my name in the hat for those needles. I don’t knit {YET}, but this would be the perfect excuse to re-teach myself and my girls, right?”

So congratulations Jolanthe! We expect to see some new knitting projects soon ;)

And speaking of new knitting projects, here’s what is currently on my needles….any guesses as to what it is?


I’m not going to tell you untill it’s finished, that way if it turns out completely horrible, I can pretend it never happened! Stay tuned!


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Cheap-o Shic-o

So I have been wanting to make these FOR-EV-ER, ever since they were featured on Dollar Store Crafts (Did I mention I love that site?).

The frames have been sitting in my closet waiting for the perfect opportunity to shine….and finally the right moment has come upon us:

Grandma’s 90th Birthday

Soon my Grandma will be celebrating her birthday, and it will be her first birthday since she’s moved into an assisted living center.

I just know these pictures are going to go perfectly with her decor!

This one is my favorite…maybe I’ll keep it?

And this one turned out neat too! I just cut it from the cover page of my paper stack (which is Martha Stewart’s Golden Woodland Pad (Walmart last year)

The best thing about these is that they are Super Duper Cheap to make. (And you can’t even tell)

Check out Tea Rose Home for the tutorial on how to make them. The only difference with what I did was that I used scrapbooking paper instead….because that’s what I had, but the Fabric ones are beautiful too, and I’m sure have a wonderful texture!

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My first adventure in applique.

I used this adorable pattern

I cut out left over fleece I had, and used some embroidery thread.

Then I stitched it all together

And sat back and admired my work

Now, Someone tell me how to wash this thing!

And while I’ve got you experts on the line…..

What is the best fabric to use?

How can I use just regular old cotton fabric without it Fraying?

What about just regular old craft felt?

I have so many questions……….and so little time!

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