Thursday, April 29, 2010

Baby Whoo! Quilt

When Izacc turned one, I made him a blanket. Nothing too spectacular, but a blanket that he loves. So it gave me the perfect excuse to buy (and make) the quilt pattern I’d been drooling over!

The Material Girls Quilts. Ever heard of them? Funny story. When I worked at the salon in South Jordan, Material Girls opened up next to us. It was a new development, not a lot of traffic. Stores would come and go. In fact, my salon even left. Not enough revenue. Anyway, I can remember thinking that there is no way a fabric shop would be able to make it here! With the 4 other shops that closed right next to them , it was just a matter of time. Well let me tell you, I was so very very wrong! They are amazing! The moved across the complex into a much bigger store and they’re doing fabulously from what I can tell. Every time I’ve gone in there they were super busy! I’m so proud. (tear)

Anyway, that’s where I got the pattern.

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Adorable, no?

I love it. Here’s mine.

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I love how it turned out! I love the giant rickrack. I love everything about it!

I did end up extending it about 14 inches to be a full size baby quilt.

What do you think? I know you want one too!

Mod Monkey Party!

Here are just a few odds and ends in preparation of the big day! It’s coming up fast!

Birthday Crown

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I just took a Burger King crown and covered the jewels with monkeys and dots, and the Burger King logo with a “the big 1” sign. Cheap, easy, just the way I like it!

Door Sign

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Just a little something to welcome our guests at the door.

Cups and labels

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We’re having a Banana split/sundae bar! So we’ve got to have a lot of options, right? I went to Coldstone and bought a bunch of cups in all sizes and covered them with paper and dots and monkey and voila! We’re ready to go!

Doorway Decoration

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I took some ribbon I had and hot glued foam circles onto it. Then I glued them to a ribbon on top to secure them together.

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I love this! I got the idea from HowDoesShe? and I think it adds so much to a room! PLUS you could use it for a doorway hanger or a background for pictures or just to add color to a wall! The possibilities are endless!

It’s all coming together! There’s so much more to come!!

Mod MonkeyTheme: Pin The Tail On The Monkey

In planning Ian’s birthday party, I got to thinking that there will be a few kids coming that are a bit older than Ian. I thought some games would be nice, even though Ian couldn’t play. So I made a pin the tail one the monkey game!

I found a picture of a monkey that I really liked. In reality, it was on Ian’s pajamas. So I scanned it into my computer.

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I zoomed in as far as I could go and printed it out. It was in pieces and parts of it weren’t there, but it’s easy enough I could read between the lines.

Then I took the leftover felt from my birthday banner and using what I printed, cut his little body out.

Then I took some tan felt and cut out his ears, tummy and face.

I then drew eyes, nose and mouth on with a fabric pen.

Then I used my sewing machine and zig-zag stitched his tan parts onto his brown parts. Then all of him into a blue piece of felt.

Then I made a yellow felt boarder and sewed it on, making a casting at the top I can slide a dowel through to hang him up.

Then I made a bunch of curly tails and hot glued some Velcro dots onto the backs. The hard side, not the soft…does that make sense?DSC_4919DSC_4920

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I think he’s cute! I love him. Hopefully the kids will love him too!

Mod Monkey Attire

I wanted Ian to have a special birthday outfit, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I thought about appliqu├ęs and I saw some really sweet personalized Onesies online. I figured that would probably be the way to go. So I did some designing and made some Onesies. I had to test it out before I made the official shirt, so I made these.

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I think they turned out darling! And here is the OFFICIAL BABY BIRTHDAY SHIRT:

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Can I just say I am loving the whole Mod Monkey theme?! I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to keep my house decorated with it for awhile…okay maybe not. But it’s still cute!

I also decided that I wanted to fit in with the whole monkey movement, so I whipped up a little something for myself.

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I know, it’s been a year and there’s still baby chub on there. Pay no attention to that!

I used a pattern I got at JoAnn’s for a buck. It’s not my favorite, but all the other apron patterns were gone. Are you kidding?! At $.99 I’m lucky I got one at all! Still, I think it turned out pretty cute and I love the fabric. Come on! Does it get more Camie than this?!DSC_4927

I think not!

And sibling rivalry doesn’t exist in this house. Nope. Not one bit! My oldest child was not super dooper jealous of all the attention and preparations being made for his baby brother’s party. No. He didn’t try to squeeze his way into one of the Onesies I made. Not a chance.

Okay, can you sense the sarcasm here?

So I made him a shirt of his very own.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Birthday Banner Tutorial

You know those cheap “Happy Birthday” banners? You know the ones They are made of paper and each letter is connected to one other with a brad? And they rip and tear as you take them out of the little plastic wrapping and you have to tape them before you even have the chance to hang them up?

Yeah. I’m through with those.

I saw an adorable idea here and just had to make one for myself!

Here’s how I did it:

I bought a bunch of fat quarters, twelve to be exact. (5 girly prints, 7 manly-ish ones) I really could have done it with fewer, but I wanted to have more of a variety of fabric.

Then I cut a pattern… or template. Whatever you want to call it. I just folded a piece of plain white paper in half lengthwise. Then I used a straight edge and drew a line from the upper edge to the fold.

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Then I cut it and unfolded it and I had myself a pattern!DSC_4930 DSC_4931

I then went to work cutting out triangles. I think I cut 28 out of the boy colors and 18 out of the girl colors.

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I then went to my computer and found a font I liked. I enlarged it and printed out all the letters I would need. The font I used was Elephants in Cherry Trees which you can download for FREE here. Then I went to work. I traced them onto brown felt and cut out each letter. It really took about 2 hours, but it seemed like forever!

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Then I used a roll of Heat and Bond and secured those bad boys on each triangle. The felt did really well. I only melted one piece when the iron got too hot!

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Then I used my sewing machine and stitched around each letter. I just used a quick running stitch, nothing fancy. Then I matched each triangle with a back. I made it reversible, see, so it can be blue for a boy birthday and then pink for a girl birthday. (Seeing as I am currently the only female in the house, I get the pink side all to myself!) Anyway, to make it reversible, I matched the blue H with the pink Y, the blue A with the pink P, and so forth. I then, with right sides together, sewed the two side seams and left the top open.

Then I turned them all and pressed the crap out of them! I didn’t topstitch the edges or anything, although I think it might look nice as well.

Then I opened up some double fold bias tape and stitched the length, making sure to get each open end enclosed.

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Tada! I love how it turned out! There is a banner for each family member, and I also have enough matching fabric leftover that when we add more babies, I can make more banners! Hopefully someday I’ll be able to share the pink side! :)

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I’ve probably spent more on those lame banners in my lifetime than I spent making this one! And it’s gonna last a LONG time!!!

Thanks to See Mommy Sew for the fabulous idea! Ian’s birthday is gonna ROCK!!

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bad Day For Diets

I made such a delicious and nutritious dinner tonight!

Okay, maybe not so nutritious, but oh so delicious!

Bubble Pizza

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 2 tubes refrigerator biscuits
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Brown beef and drain. Stir in pizza sauce and let it simmer. Cut the biscuits into quarters and place in a greased 13”x9” baking dish. Top with beef mixture and bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 400 F. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 5-10 minutes more until cheese is bubbly.

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How do you say YUMMY?! The answer is Bubble Pizza. It really is so good and I’m sure you could add different toppings along with the beef, but we’re purists here.

I only made a half batch, since hubster is at work tonight. And as we were enjoying the deliciousness, a thought occurred to me.

What if I made the same thing only with cinnamon and sugar.

AND Cee Cee’s version of Monkey bread was born.

(Did I just sound like a Windows 7 commercial?)

Here is what I did.

Took the extra can of refrigerator biscuits and cut them into quarters, just like before. Then I rolled them in about 1/3 cup sugar and 1 TBSP cinnamon. I greased a 8”x8” pan and placed them in, much like the pizza. Then I took about 2 TBSP butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, some of my cinnamon/sugar mixture from before and a teaspoon or so of water and boiled it in the microwave. Then I poured it over the biscuits and bakes at 400 F for 18 minutes.

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(How do I get the heavenly angel music to play?)

AHHHHHHH! So good. I know you want some. Come on over, hope there’s still some when you get here!

Cargo Bag

I saw a couple adorable tutorials here and here and decided I just HAD to try it. And it turned out beautifully! I loves it!DSC_4897

I love you easy it was to put together. I love that it took less than an hour, start to finish. I love that it’s big enough to hold magazines and basically whatever I need.DSC_4899

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Super sweet! Thanks to Anna at Noodleheads and Steffany at Out Of Chaos for the awesome tutorials and for inspiring me! Yay for fun stuff, right?!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mod Monkey Envelopes: How To

So I have the invites, now I need a clever way to mail them.
Have you price checked envelopes lately?
Yeah, a little ridiculous.
I thought about it and decided I could probably make my own.

I went to my friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart and bought a package of card stock for $3.95.

I pulled out the colors I wanted.
I folded them.I pressed them.I cropped them.I folded them again.
I cropped them again.I glued them.I stuffed them.I folded once more.I glued once more.I made a cute little seal to match.And Viola! I only used half of the package and looky! Awesome.
And cheap.
Which, as you know, is the best kind of awesome.