Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Love

Hello Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night readers.
Ashley has asked me to fill in for her while she is away from blogging for the next little bit. A close member of her family has passed away.

During her difficult time, I hope you will take a moment to share your love and kind comments on this post. I know I'm not the only one who will be excited for her return. Until then, please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. 

This is Rachel, from the blog Family Ever After. I'm so lucky to have a friend like Ashley. She is amazing in every way (and nice, dependable, witty, organized, fun...) and I just love her. We have way too much fun being friends via blogging and in real life. Ashley has done such an amazing job with her blog since she started it last summer. I am so proud of her for all the things she's learned to do. I thought it'd be fun to highlight some of my favorite projects that she's made. (I've seen most of these projects in person, and they are even more amazing up close). 









She is one amazing girl! We love you Ashley!!!

PS- The winners of her most recent giveaways are as follows, and have been contacted via email. Thank you!

Oh My Crafts: Mrs. Pulido
Shabby Apple: Jamie Forsberg

Friday, February 24, 2012

Little Miss Priss Skirt + Tutorial

 I would definitely classify my oldest daughter as a "girly girl"... she loves all things girly, ruffly, princessy, etc. And I love it! She is always totally in love with anything girly I make for her. She thinks all of things I make are "beautiful" and she tells me all the time!  -Definitely a confidence booster since she currently tells everything "how it is" and has not been afraid to tell me more than once that she didn't like the shirt I was wearing {in a very nice way of course}. ha ha

Since it has been a while since I made her a skirt, I decided it was high time I get to ruffling and skirt making. In the past I have made the rick rack ruffle skirt, the {not so mini} mini skirt, the Dora the Explorer skirt, and the pom-pom skirt for her- so this time I wanted to mix things up a little and try something new.


I knew that I wanted to do ruffles again since she loves them so much, but I wanted to do them a little different. Here is what I came up with.

The ruffles are just barely there, but add a little fullness to the skirt which is fun:) 
{more "twirl factor"= happy girl}

So- if your little gal needs a Little Miss Priss Skirt- here is how I made mine...

My daughter wears a 2-3t right now so if you were making this for a smaller or bigger sized girl then you may need to adjust the fabric measurements/amounts.

Supplies:
--- 3-4 different fabrics, 1/8 yard each. 
{I had originally planned to make this a 4 tiered skirt, but once I had the 3rd tier on and held it up to her I realized than another tier would have been too long so I stuck to 3.}
---Elastic for the waistband
-trim for the bottom of the skirt 
{the kind I used is rick rack with crocheted trim on it- I found it at  a darling little fabric shop in my town.}
---thread

Cutting your fabric:
Each layer of this skirt is progressively bigger than the layer above it. So you will need to decide which fabric order you want your skirt layers to be before cutting...
Here is a picture of the cutting process to help you visualize a little bit.

So as I mentioned  earlier, when making this skirt I had planned to have 4 tiers, but last minute changed to 3- well I changed to 3 after cutting my fabric- So this is how I cut mine. For the bottom tier {not pictured} I left it the full length {around 42-44 inches}, for the second to bottom tier {the bottom tier on my finished skirt} I cut off 5 inches of the length, for the red tier I cut off 10 inches, and for the top tier I cut off 15 inches. So if you are doing 4 tiers on your skirt- cut your fabric like that- if you are doing 3 like mine ended up being, I would not cut any off the bottom tier and then adjust your lengths for cutting the other two layers off depending on how full you want your skirt. The key to the skirt looking even is just making sure whatever ratio you use for cutting is the same with each graduating layer so that the layers are evenly ruffled. Make sense??
{Tip: I think 1/8 of a yard is the perfect size/thickness for a tier in the skirt- no matter the age, but if you are making a skirt for a bigger child, you may need more width than just 1/8 of a yard so you could buy 1/4 of a yard and then cut it in half so you had two 1/8ths and then you could sew them together so that your fabric was 1/8th of a yard thick but twice as long as just 1/8th of a yard- does that make sense at all?? ha ha}

Step 1: Once your fabric is cut, zig-zag or serge all of the edges for each piece {technically you don't need to serge or zig-zag the bottom edge of the bottom tier since you will be hemming it and you don't need to do it to the top edge of the top tier either since you are going to be creating a casing for your elastic, but if this confuses you- just do it around all edges of each piece- that is not going to hurt anything}

Step 2: Take each layer except the top layer and sew across the top of each layer- Make sure to set your stitch length to the longest your machine will do and do not go back and froth at the beginning or end because you are going to be gathering your fabric. Once you have a seam sewn across the top of each layer, take the second tier of the skirt and gather the fabric so that it is the same length of the bottom of the tier above it. (it is not going to take a lot of gathering since it is only 5 inches bigger than the tier above it) Put the gathered piece on top of the top tier right sides together and pin the top of the gathered layer to the bottom of the tier above it and then sew in place. (make sure that you adjust your stitch length back to normal for the remainder of your sewing project)

 When you are all done, it should look like this. You are going repeat step 2 with each tier until each tier of the skirt is sewn on.

Step 3: Press your seams so that they are all facing towards the top of the skirt. The top stitch on the right side of the fabric above each seam. (so you will be top sewing on the bottom of each tier above the gathered part of the tier below it)
 It will look like this when you are done top stitching.

Step 4: Fold your skirt in half, matching up the side seams, pin in place and sew along the side to create your skirt.


Step 5: Create a casing for your elastic. To do this, fold and press the top of your skirt over 1/4 inch all the way around the skirt, then measure the width of your elastic and fold and press over again. I used 1 inch elastic so when I folded over a second time, I folded over 1 1/4 inch so that I would have enough room for my seam and to fit my elastic in. Sew all the way around the skirt but leave an opening big enough to feed your elastic into. Measure and cut your elastic and then hook a safety pin to one end of your elastic and thread it all the way through the casing till it comes out the other side. Sew both ends of your elastic together (make sure that it has not twisted around at all while threading through before sewing) and then sew finish sewing the casing closed.

Step 6: Hem your skirt. I just folded and pressed 1/4 inch and then over again 1/4 inch and sewed for my skirt.


 Step 7: Add your trim. If you are adding trim like pom-poms, rick rack, etc- sew your trim to the bottom of the skirt.
 I used a rick rack trim that had crocheted lace on the top and bottom of the rick rack. To sew this kind of trim on, I just pinned in place and sewed on top of the rick rack part. (since the delicate lace is not attached to the skirt, I am sure I will have to press this trim after each washing)

That's it... now you have a new skirt for your Little Miss Priss!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I'm addicted to quilting + a giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed.*

So just like I used to think sewing was something I thought I could never do- Quilting was on the list of "things I could never do" as well.

Well... I proved myself wrong and made a quilt!
{I'm totally turning into my Grandma! ha ha Love ya Grams!}


 Oh My Crafts sent me some Riley Blake Stackers and I decided that I could do it... So I got to quilting. 


For this quilt I used 3 of the Riley Blake Happy Skies Stackers (each bundle has 22- 5x5 inch pieces so I used 64 of the 66 pieces for this quilt)


Oh My Crafts only carries pre-cut fabric bundles so I wasn't able to get the fabric for the backing and or the binding from there, but their prices on pre-cuts are super great!


They also sent me 2 of the Riley Blake Dainty Blossoms Stacker Bundles so I decided to make a dolly quilt for my little gals to use for their dollies.


I decided to cut of the 5x5 inch squares into triangles and tried my hand at making a zig zag quilt. I loved it! It was so fun that I have decided to do a chevron/zig zag lap sized quilt this summer and I am going to be doing step by step instructions for anyone that wants to sew along with me! There will be a weekly post for one month that will have everything you need to know to complete the quilt and sew along with me. Stay tuned for more details!!

I machine quilted by sewing along the zig-zags and  I love how the zig zag looks on the backside- on the minky part!!
{Not sure why my camera was acting weird and made this fabric look grayish- it is really bright green}


Oh My Crafts is a super awesome site that has just about every crafting tool, supply, etc you need for all of your crafting ventures! I could not believe just how much they sell! It's great!

And... now for the fun part! Oh My Crafts is giving one lucky Mommy by day Crafter by night reader a $25 gift certificate to their shop!

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is:
{leave a comment saying that you did both things with your email so I can contact you if you win}

---Like Oh my Crafts on Facebook

--- Become a follower of Mommy by day Crafter by night via GFC {the blue button on my sidebar that says "join this site"} or via RSS

One winner will be chosen at random and announced on the Mommy by day Crafter by night Facebook page on Feb 29th.


Also- Here are some Coupons codes that are good thru 2/29/12

Use coupon code LEAP15 for 15% off any order!

Use coupon code SAVE20 for 20% off on orders over $50.00
Use coupon code SAVE25 for 25% off on orders over $200.00

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

{Giveaway}: Shabby Apple

*This giveaway is now closed.*

I am so excited for this giveaway! 
{not going to lie- I secretly wish I could win this!}

Little Girls Dresses from Shabby Apple


Have y'all heard of Shabby Apple? This company is so great! I love their stuff! What I love most is that their dresses are modest yet so fashionable! {sometimes those things aren't always meshed like I like 'em to be!}

So here is the exciting part! Shabby Apple is giving away the Lighthouse Dress to one lucky Mommy By Day Crafter By Night Reader!!

Isn't she a beauty!?! I am lovin' the bow!



So here is how you enter to win... 
Leave a comment for each thing that you do- plus your email too. 
{I need to be able to contact the winner- so if you are chosen by random.org and you don't have your email listed I will have to choose again- I can't hunt ya down;)}

{There are 2 Mandatory Entries}

---Become a follower of my blog via GFC{the blue button that says "Join this site" on my sidebar} or RSS 

---Like Shabby Apple on Facebook and let them know that Mommy by day Crafter by night sent ya!

{Additional Entries}
---Visit Shabby Apple and then come back and leave a comment telling what stuff you are diggin' on their site
---Follow Shabby Apple on Twitter
---Follow the Shabby Apple Blog

*this giveaway is for US readers only.

BONUS... Shabby Apple is offering all Mommy by day Crafter by night readers 10% off on all of your orders... Use this code: mommycrafter10off

One winner will be chosen at random and announced on the Mommy By Day Crafter By Night Facebook page on Feb. 28.

Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party #26

It's time for Ta-Da Tuesday! Holy Cow- Can you believe that we have had 26 link parties on my blog so far! That is like exactly half a year of link parties!!! I am lovin' it!!

Here is what I have been up to this weekend....

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for the Pillow Cover from Simply Pillow.


The winner for last weeks awesome giveaway for The Ribbon Retreat was 
I subscribe to their blog now. I also subscribe to yours, I love your blog!
And the winner for the UPrinting 



Now... 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!!!


P.S.- I have a super, totally awesome, fun fun giveaway going up today at 8:00 am! Be sure to come back and enter- you won't be sorry:)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Giveaway: Simply Pillow

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*
My new sponsor Simply Pillow is giving one lucky Mommy By Day Crafter By Night reader this 18x18 inch pillow cover...

Love this funky pattern!!

Simply Pillow is a darling Etsy shop that is full of cute pillows and multi purpose bags. Karen {the owner of Simply Pillow}actually sponsors another blogger -Nicole, for her run for a little girl (Arya) in India, this is Nicole's blog, and the full story of Arya.  10% of the profit from the pillow covers will benefit the girl. Awesome huh??


You can enter to win this pillow cover a few different ways {leave a comment for each entry- must include email so I can contact the winner}

{MANDATORY ENTRIES}

---Like Simply Pillow on Facebook and leave a comment letting them know Mommy By Day Crafter By Night sent you. :)
---Visit the Simply Pillow Etsy Shop and pick out your favorite stuff and then come back here and leave a comment about what you like!

{ADDITIONAL ENTRIES} 

---Follow Mommy By Day Crafter By Night via GFC or RSS
---Like Mommy By Day Crafter By Night on Facebook
---Follow Mommy By Day Crafter By Night on Twitter

Simply Pillow is also giving all Mommy by day Crafter by night readers 10% off all orders through Feb 29th. Use FEB10 code at checkout!

One winner will be chosen on Monday Feb 27th and announced on the Mommy By Day Crafter By Night Facebook Page

Friday, February 17, 2012

Easy Pom-Pom Pillow Tutorial

I am in the middle of giving my bedroom a makeover... Just a few more things that I need to get done and then I am ready for the big reveal! Last week I shared my lamp shade makeover and 
today I am sharing a pillow I whipped up to go with my bedding. 

It was super easy... only 5 steps 


***The pillow cover that I made is for an 18x18 sized pillow, so all of the supply measurements and cutting measurements coordinate with this size, but you could do this for any size/shape of pillow and just take your own measurements to come up with how much fabric you need and what size to cut your fabric!***

Supplies:
---2 fat quarters {if you want to use different fabrics for the front and back of the pillow} OR 1/2 yard of fabric {if you want them to be the same fabric}
---72 inches of jumbo pom-poms {I use a 50% off couple at Joann's when I buy these so they aren't too pricey!}
---16 inch zipper
---thread

Cutting your fabric:
For the front panel of the pillow- cut one 18x18 inch piece of fabric
For the back panel- cut two 18x 91/2-10 inch pieces of fabric (depending on how much room you need to put your zipper in)

 Step 1: Zig Zag or serge around all of the edges of your fabric.
Step 2: Sew in the zipper on the back panels. I like to use Make It and Love it's zipper tutorial!

Step 3: Set your back panel aside for a minute and take the front panel and pin the pom-poms all the way around the edge (on the right side of the fabric) with the pom-poms facing towards the center like this....

 Step 4: Sew around the edge of the fabric- tacking down the pom-poms. {You can totally skip this step if you are super great at sewing- but I like to do this when sewing on pom-poms just to make sure they aren't moving around when they are pinned in between two layers of fabric. }

Step 5: Lay your back panel on top of the front panel {right sides together} and pin. Then sew all the way around the edge... Make sure that your zipper is unzipped a little bit so that you can turn the pillow cover right side out when you are all done. 

Turn your pillow cover right side out and insert your pillow form.
That's it! Super easy and cost me less than $10 to make {not including the pillow form}

Thursday, February 16, 2012

{Giveaway}: UPrinting Business Cards

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


Since I started blogging last year, I have always thought it would be super handy to have a business card with my blog info on it. I am always telling someone what the name of my blog is or the web address or something, and I know the second I tell them that there is no way they will remember by the time they are home at their computer. So when I decided that I was going to go to SNAP (a blogging conference) I decided that it was time that I take the plunge and order some. Lucky for me, since I just had my site newly designed, I was able to have business cards designed at the same time. I can't wait to order them! 

Are any of you planning on going to a blogging conference? Do any of you own a small business? Then you need business cards too! Mommy by day Crafter by night is partnering with UPrinting.com to give away 250 die-cut business cards to one lucky reader. It's very simple to enter. 
I am so in love with the die cut business cards! It helps mix things up a little and can make your business card memorable since it is different than the norm!

Just read the entry requirements below.

Prize Information

250 pcs Die-cut Business Cards for one winner 
Choice of:
      2 x 3.5" Rounded Corners
      2 x 2" Rounded Corners
      1.75 x 3.5" Rounded Corners
      2 x 3.5" Leaf
      2 x 3.5" Rounded one corner
      2 x 3.5" Half Circle Side
      2 x 3.5" Oval
      2.5" Circle
14 pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV)
      or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
6 Business Days Turnaround time
Free US shipping only


YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER OF MY BLOG BY GFC OR RSS TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY....

Entry Requirements
**Very Important: Leave a comment for each entry and include your email address. You may enter up to 4 times. A winner will be chosen by random.org and emailed on Feb 23rd. 


1. Like UPrinting Business Cards Page

 2. Tweet about the giveaway. 


Additional Entries
1.      Like UPrinting on Facebook
2.      Follow UPrinting on Twitter


The winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail. If you are the winner, please respond to my e-mail within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. 
Restrictions
1. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years old and above.
2. No prize substitutions allowed.
3. Winners are allowed to win once over a six-month period.
4. Only email addresses used for the giveaway will be eligible to claim the prize.



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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Site Design!

I am so excited to reveal my new site design today!! 
I have wanted to go a different direction with the look of my blog for a long time. I searched and searched for someone to do it for me that had the look/style I was wanting but also a price that I could afford and lucky for me I found the perfect gal for the job!! Carly of Playful Pick Designs. I got on the her waiting list and was so excited when it came time for my turn! She really went above and beyond my expectations and did everything just how I wanted it. She is so awesome to work with!! Love her!


So feel free to grab a new button and switch it out with the old one!



What do you guys think?? I am in L.O.V.E.