Saturday, March 31, 2012

Simple Easter Dress + Tutorial

I have had plans to make my two girls Easter dresses for months, but just kept putting it off and putting it off and then when I had to go home for the funeral I thought that there was no way I was going to have time to make them. As I was walking through Joann's this week, I came upon the cutest fabric that was pre-ruffled on the bottom and smocked on the top and my plans of being able to finish dresses in time became a reality. 

I know that these dresses have been around the block a few times now, but this was my first time making them before so bare with me. 

This has to be the easiest thing to make in. the. world. And it looks like you spend to much time and effort to get the look.

The fabric comes like this. All you have to do is sew up the side to create the dress and add straps of some sort. It literally took less than a half hour to make. Umm... I think that is a record for a dress this cute! :)

So here is how I made the dress {for my skinny 3 year old}:
Keep in mind that you are going to have to take your own measurements to come with how much fabric you will need.

-half yard of the pre-ruffle/smocked fabric
-whatever you want to use to make the straps; ribbon, extra fabric, etc.

To make my dress straps, I bought an extra half yard of the regular matching fabric because I have plans to make a skirt for my baby to match this dress {pictures and tutorial to come soon}.

Step 1: Zig zag or serge the raw edges of the sides of the fabric.

Step 2: Put the fabric right sides together and sew up the side to create the dress part. {forgot to take a picture of this step, but I think ya can figure it out ;)}

Step 3: Measure how wide and long you want the straps to be. For my little gal, I cut two strips of fabric that were 3 inches side and 10 inches long. {Keep in mind that you will be folding your straps in half so double your width.} Once your fabric is cut, take one of the fabric pieces and fold it in half (hotdog wise) right sides together and sew up the side of the raw edges creating a tube. Do this for the other piece of fabric too.

Step 4: Turn the tube right side out and and iron flat so that the seam is centered (instead of on the edge) so that you won't see it once the straps are flipped over.

Step 5: Try the dress on your daughter and pin the straps onto the dress so you can see where they need to be sewn. Carefully take the dress off her while the pins are still in.

Step 6: Sew the straps in place.

That's it!

{Giveaway}: Fabric Envy


I am so excited about today's giveaway from one of my new favorite fabric shops: Fabric Envy
I found the shop somehow and fell in love with the actual design of the site and the setup before I even got started looking at their fabric! It is owned by the gorgeous Andrea- and from personal experience with ordering from her, I was so impressed. (I have been working on a quilt and needed to find the Hello Luscious  fabric somewhere for the backing of my quilt and she personally emailed me when it came into her shop! That is customer service!! :)

One of the many reasons I love this shop is because the shipping is low. A must in my book, when I order fabric online. Up to 8 yards of fabric ships for only $5 and all patterns and orders of $150 of more always ship free!!Awesome!

Not only do they have fabric, but they also have fun notions too. Like these Basic Grey flowers...
They also carry buttons, Riley Blake trims, and Anna Maria Horner bias tapes. 
And did I mention that they have a blog too- full of great tutorials and giveaways!!

They have a really fun way of putting fabrics together on their site with a special design wall that lets you match up fabrics by designer, collection, manufacturer, color, theme, special cuts and more. The design wall lets you see it all right on your screen to make sure it looks good together! Pretty sweet!

Andrea is generously giving away a half yard bundle of Hello Pilgrim by Lizzy House to one lucky Mommy by day... Crafter by night reader
I am in love with this fabric and have to say that I have fabric envy for whoever wins it!!! :)

She is also offering all Mommy by day... Crafter by night readers 15% off of your whole order... just enter mommy15 at checkout!

Ok... so who wants to win this awesome fabric bundle??

You can enter more than once, just leave a comment with your email (so I can contact you if you win) for each entry:

Mandatory entries:
(leave a comment saying you did both)

-Visit Fabric Envy and come back here and leave a comment with what your favorite item is.
-Must be a follower of Mommy by day...Crafter by night via GFC (blue "join this site "button on the sidebar) or RSS

Additional Entries
-Like Fabric Envy on Facebook
-Follow the Fabric Envy Blog
-Follow Fabric Envy on Pinterest

One winner will be chosen by and announced on the Mommy by day... Crafter by night Facebook page on April 6th.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fabric Stash Giveaway


Congrats to the winner: 
HeatherMar 27, 2012 02:00 PM I like you on facebook!!!

I have been trying to get some spring cleaning done around here this week....

Living in an apartment has it's pros and cons. One of the cons being that I don't have a whole lot of storage room........ And, since my kitchen table is currently covered in fabric and sewing supplies with no place to put them, I decided I needed to go through my fabric drawers and make some room.

So I decided to take the scraps from past projects, and some of the fabric that I have with no plans of what to make with it, and I put together a medium flat rate box full of fabric that is packed to the brim {almost can't close} to send to a loving home!

So who needs a box full of fabric to put to good use??

Leave a comment with your email address for each entry:

Mandatory Entry: 
-Must be a follower of my blog by GFC (blue "join this site" button on the sidebar) or RSS

Addition Entries: 
-Follow Mommy by day Crafter by night on Facebook
-Follow Mommy by day Crafter by night on Twitter

One winner will be chosen by and announced on the Mommy by day Crafter by night Facebook Page on April 2nd.

{Must live in the U.S. to enter}

Monday, March 26, 2012

Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party #31

Time for Ta-Da Tuesday!

I am finally back to blogging! Yay!! I can't wait to see what you have all been up to this week!! 

Here are the top 5 links from last week

Great job guys!!! Grab a featured button! :)

So here is to another awesome party!!!

I would love for you to:
1. Become a follower of Mommy by day... Crafter by night and or like us on FB.
2. Link back to my blog, or put the Ta-Da Tuesday Button anywhere on your blog to share the link party love!

Please remember to link to a specific post, and no links to giveaways or etsy shops. And please only link to posts with projects that you have made- No Pinterest roundups please. Thanks!!!

I am back to blogging and crafting!!! (Plus a glimpse of my house mid-crafting...)

I am FINALLY back to the crafting/blogging world!

For those of you that didn't hear where I went or why I was gone- I had to leave spur of the moment and unplanned due to my little brother passing away. 

I am so grateful to you guys for sticking around, even though I took a month off to be with my family. Lucky for me, I have a fabulous friend named Rach that took over the reins of my blog and lined up some great guest posts from my favorite bloggers to keep things moving with my blog. So thank you to everyone that helped guest post! You guys are the best!!

And a HUGE thank you to you guys.... I got so many wonderful emails, comments, etc- that really helped me and made me feel ok about taking this big leave. Thanks so much for your support and understanding! I love you all and am so grateful to get to know you a little bit through this blog! You guys are the best!!

I pulled back into town last night so I have a month worth of everything to catch back up on, but I just wanted to let you all know that I am back on board with blogging and crafting and have some fun projects and tutorials up my sleeves- headed your way soon!! Thanks for hanging around!!

In the mean time, I am going to share a little bit of behind the blog scenes... WHAT MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE WHEN I AM MID-CRAFTING... brace yourselves! ha ha

(this is a guest post I wrote for My Hand Crafted Home)

Have you ever felt worthless after spending hours(or even minutes) looking at blogs because in blogland everyones house is perfectly kept, kids are perfectly dressed, projects are always completed, pictures have perfect lighting, and meals are artfully prepared and served on color coordinating dishes, etc?

Then you aren't alone! I have spent many a night feeling like I am not as orderly, crafty, talented, etc as other bloggers out there!

But I have a newsflash for you... blogging is an optical illusion. You see what bloggers want you to see. The picture of the perfect chocolate cake doesn't show the kitchen in the other room that was torn apart making it! The picture of an intricate quilt doesn't show the number of seams that were ripped out while making it. The picture of a perfectly fitted pencil skirt doesn't show the safety pin in the back holding the skirt shut cuz the button popped off while taking pictures! Get what I mean? 

Pretty much 100% of the time that I blog, I am sitting in my pajamas with a house in need of some sort of attention! (to my defense, I mainly blog at night so pajamas are fitting- but that is no excuse for my house! ha ha)

Of course we want everyone to see the "perfect side" not the side that has let the laundry pile up and go unfolded for weeks while working on sewing projects. {Of course that has never happened to me- just giving an example- wink wink}

So today I thought I would let you in on a little bit of the behind the scenes in my neck of the woods. Brace yourselves... it isn't pretty!

I live in an apartment and have limited space. I don't have a cute  craft room {that will be the day}- so my dining room doubles as a sewing/laundry room. Here is what is was looking like last night amid-sewing...

Across the room lies a space full of disorder!! (un pictured in the corner is a sink full of dirty dishes and an empty pizza box cuz mommy didn't have time to make dinner! ha)

I guess what I am trying to say is that blogging is awesome in a lot of ways- but just keep in mind that what you see isn't always the whole picture! :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

{Think Outside the Blog} Kojo Designs

Hello Mommy by Day fans! I'm Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns, and I'm so honored to be here today. I loved having the chance to get to know y'all a little during So You Think You Can Sew and am thrilled to be back.

I've loved this "Thing Outside the Blog series" and having a chance to think about the things that inspire me. Usually, my plate is a little full (ok, to be honest, sometimes overflowing), and I get so caught up in the box checking and task completing and schedule fulfilling that I don't take the time to reflect on more abstract concepts like what I'm inspired by. I've loved coming up with this list, though! Without further ado-

Six things that inspire me-
My kids are at the top of this list (probably because I spend the most time with them), but I think that there is a limitless supply of creative energy to be found in family life. Not only am I inspired to create functional (or beautiful) things for the people I love, the things my kids say, even the colors and patterns that they seem to notice that I'd flit right on by, are full of inspiration.

Once upon a time, I heard an interior designer make the distinction between "God-Made" and "manmade" material, asserting that God made materials (those found in nature) are so rich with depth and variety that we can't help but be drawn to them. I wholeheartedly agree! The detail and variety found in nature- soft puffs of cotton and the rainbows found within flowers and the intricacy of the grain of wood- cannot be matched. And, with that variety and detail comes an endless supply of inspiration!

I love to travel. Like lo-o-ove it- I am absolutely fascinated by other cultures and places. And I love it that every time I travel somewhere new, I experience a whole new world of architecture and color and art and landscape. Combinations I'd never imagined are splashed together- giving me new pairings and categories I'd never considered until then.

I have to admit, I am a summer-loving kind of girl. There's something about the warmth of sunshine, the relaxed evenings, the frozen yogurt! that resonates with me. However, I love it that each different season brings with it a new set of color palettes, a new menu, a new set of ideas. Left to my own devices, I'd probably choose a never-ending summer. At the same time, I'm so thankful for the seasonal variety each year brings (and the inspiration within)!

Since I spent 90% of the winter in jeggings, a sweater and boots (and am about to move to my summer 'uniform' of sundresses, cardigans, and sandals), this one's probably a surprise. But fashion, with it's colors and lines and shapes and even moods, is such a source of inspiration to me. I love looking around pinterest or paging through InStyle magazine (which happens oh-so-rarely and is such a treat) for inspiration.

YOU! You inspire me- whether it is on your blog, or whether I find you and your creative genius on pinterest, or whether I see something you've made in a magazine or webzine or website, you are one of my greatest inspirations!

Thanks again for having me Ashley (and Rach)! Come by kojodesigns any time and say hi, friends!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

{Think Outside the Blog} Lolly Jane

Hello there MbDCbN readers :)
It's Kelli & Kristi of Lolly Jane and we are so happy to be a part of this sweet series. We are grateful Ashley can take time for family matters and have been touched to see such support throughout her blog the past few weeks.  {We love you, Ash!} 

  On that note, we want to talk about friendship... after we nominate Rachel for Best Friend Of The Year award, that is- what a great friend you are to Ashley! :)  As identical twin sisters, we haven't had to worry too much about having to make friends as we've always had each other... someone to go to the movies with, shop with, grab lunch with, etc.  We have been pretty lucky to be so close, in both friendship and style.  We are constantly texting one another inside jokes, questions, suggestions and of course, blog talk.

Because of blogging, we have grown really close to some amazingly talented women in Arizona and socialize with them outside of FB, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.  We feel blessed to be surrounded with such good friendships that uplift us, encourage us, compliment us, inspire us and yes, even throw us a rockin' 30th birthday party, 80's style ;)

We love that our friendships have evolved "outside the blog" and we can sit at Denny's until midnight, like we recently did, and talk about motherhood, life struggles, exciting life events and brag (or get advice) about our children, husbands and families.  Oh, and we all tease each other, too :)

There is nothing sweeter than to confide in a friend and know your worries or secrets are safe with her, to have a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, and someone to cry with, in both happy and sad times.  We spend the majority of our lives "outside the blog" and love love love to dote on our little families, building relationships, being mommies and playing with the dogs that annoy us more we admit... and, we are grateful to have the friendships that have blossomed outside of blogging.

PS: Take a peek at some fun things you will run across at Lolly Jane:


Monday, March 19, 2012

Ta-Da Tuesday #30

Time for Ta-Da Tuesday!
What have you all been up to last week?? Ready to say Ta-Da??

Here are the top 5 links from last week

Great job guys!!! Grab a featured button! :)

So here is to another awesome party!!!

I would love for you to:
1. Become a follower of Mommy by day... Crafter by night and or like us on FB.
2. Link back to my blog, or put the Ta-Da Tuesday Button anywhere on your blog to share the link party love!

Please remember to link to a specific post, and no links to giveaways or etsy shops. And please only link to posts with projects that you have made- No Pinterest roundups please. Thanks!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

{Think Outside the Blog} UCreate

Hello! This is Ashley's friend Rachel, from Family Ever After. We all love and adore Ashley. While she is taking some time off, I've organized a series involving some of her favorite bloggers. Over the next couple weeks, you can check in with some of the internet's most adored bloggers, and find out what makes them think outside the blog. We love you Ashley, and look forward to your return! 
I’m Kari and I blog over at Ucreate.

UCreate-Final Logo
I love the idea of this “Thinking outside the blog” series and I’m excited to share what inspires me when I’m not behind my computer blogging and working.
Here we go…


dont let the pigeon drive the bus percy jackson series

I have a passion for reading and I love all sorts of books. I actually collect children’s books and one of our family favorites is “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems.
I love to read young adult fiction and I just finished The Lightning Thief series. Classic romances also have a place in my heart and I can’t believe I waited until I was 34 to read Jane Eyre…you’ll always find a book or two on my nightstand!



I’m definitely inspired by being outside in nature!
My mind is clear when it’s not so overloaded with everyday tasks and confusion. I love to take the kids to the park as much as I can when it’s warm outside and we love to go on a camping trip a couple of times a year. This picture was taken at our Yellowstone National Park trip last year…”take your breath away” beautiful there! 


Mommy and Savannah

Few things on this planet inspire me more than my children do. I feel huge amounts of joy (and pressure!) to be a good mom to them. They deserve it! I fall short many times believe me, but they inspire me to keep going forward during difficult times, they make me laugh daily by the innocent things they say, and they make me try my best (and they don’t even know it)!

Ashley I’m so sorry to hear about your loss and may God bless you and your family with comfort and peace. What a great friend Rachel is to set this series up for you…you are both lucky to have each other!
Thank you for having me today and for letting me share a little about what I do when I’m not behind the computer screen.

Lots of Love,