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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May 2013 Giveaway

It's time for a Giveaway, a chance for me to thank all of my loyal readers and fans for sticking with me. And for the 5th month of the year, I'm giving away a free crochet pattern of choice to 5 winners.
Entry is EASY! Good luck, everyone. You guys rock!
You can find the Rafflecopter entry form after the jump...
♥ Amanda

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Matching Mommy & Me Makeup Bags For Mother's Day [A TUTORIAL]

Olivia loves the play makeup I made her. Whenever I'm getting ready, she rushes in, asking for her makeup. I had been keeping it in my own makeup bag, but I thought it was only right to make one to hold her new stash. And in the meantime, I made one for me, too. Plus, it was just another reason to break out the sewing machine!
She's still only allowed to play with her makeup if I'm watching. I just don't want her to lose the tiny brushes somewhere around the house, just begging for her baby brother to find (and eat) them. Since Mother's Day is just around the corner, I couldn't resist to share this fun tutorial with you.
This is one project you can do for yourself or a friend, and enjoy the finished product with your favorite little gal, no matter how young or old she is.
These bags hold so much more than I expected. I don't wear much makeup, really, but both bags have so much more room than I need. And the little ones could fit a bunch more faux makeup containers and brushes.
And one of the best parts? The inside is just as pretty as the outside! Since I hate ugly, visible seams, I made these so that every seam faces in towards the wrong side of the fabric. And you never see them. Score.
They're as cute as can be.
They have fun, boxed-out bottoms, which helps them to stand up on their own.
And they really do hold the perfect amount of goodies inside.
Plus, I may have snuck in an extra one for a certain Minnie Mouse-loving niece of mine. She'll need some play makeup, too. Shh!! It's for Christmas. Yes, the earlier, the better in my book!
Want to learn the low-down on how to make them?
Let's get started.

Monday, April 8, 2013

"Stay Put Bookmarks" via Make It & Love It {Here's what I made today}

Today was "cutting day." I ran across a great idea on Positively Splendid. It was one of those, "Why didn't I think of that?" moments. The idea was for a way to make my life easier, by organizing my crafting plans. So for the day, I cut fabric for several projects. Then I organized them, all ready to be sewn.
The theory is correct. Cutting fabric is the most tedious part of sewing. After this, the fun part begins. I can't tell you how nice it is to have a ton of things all lined up, and ready to be sewn. And by the end of the night, I had just enough time left to sew these Stay Put Bookmarks. You can see Ashley's brilliant process here, at Make It & Love It.
The camo bookmarks are for my bookworm Dad-In-Law. The polka dot bookmarks are for surprise gifts. :) They're easy, fun, simple and brilliant! Make some today, too!
And, I always have to add my tag. I love the personal touch it gives. Plus, my friends and family will always remember who made it.
I borrowed one of my daughter's Easter gifts to show how they work. Gotta love that first read and learn Bible! :)
These are so much fun. I had to resist making a dozen more!
Happy Creating!
♥ Amanda
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