Monday, December 2, 2013

December Tie!

I am really happy to announce that it's December and that I've never been happier! 
This month is going to be filled with resume fixing and personal statement writing. Blah
At least it's Christmas, my brother's and mom's birthday is this month.

Here is elder Ireland's December tie. I actually made him 2 neckties. This one and another one for him and his companion but I forgot to take a picture of that one so whateves. 

What did you send your missionary for Christmas? I'd love to see some blogs full with ideas. :) 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mini Package Idea: Movember!

Sometimes I feel like I am a subtle hipster when it comes to my music taste and other random likes such as the "mustache" trend, now I realize it's come and go but let me tell you, nothing makes me happier than facial-hair Joey. Since missionaries have to be clean shaven at all times, I thought this mini-package would be a fun way to take that "Movember" love to my dear Elder Ireland all the way to Argentina.

Quick story, last november for one of my essays for a political science class, I dated the essay as "Movember 2012." I thought I was funny, but my teacher never said anything about it. haha lame story... sorry.


I included these cute mustache props for Elder Ireland and his companion to take pictures with. You can find the printables, here

I also got these cute little mustache stickers at the Honolulu Walmart about a year ago when I was still at BYUH. I've seriously been waiting all this time just to include it in this package. Haha 

This TieStache imitation necktie I made him. I have a super easy tutorial for it here.

A mini poster to remind him how important this month is! Printable here

You can totally send this mini package in an envelope. Won't cost that much, and it would be super fun. I wanted to make a necktie out of mustache fabric but I couldn't find the right fabric nor do I think he'd be allowed to wear it.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

DIY: TieStache Imitation

A while back I came across this neat website Tie Stache.
It's a neat idea, but at $25 per tie and mustache combo I had to think of alternatives on how to send this creative tie to Elder Ireland (This tie is part of another missionary package idea that will be up soon!) 

Seriously, it's super easy.

All you need:
  • A necktie (I thrifted this one at DI for $3!)
  • Puffy paint!
  • A cut out of your favorite mustache. You can use some cardboard or paper to cut out your favorite mustache pattern.

First, tape your mustache pattern upside down on the tie. Just like this: 

Puffy paint all over it.

Remove cutout pattern - and let dry for at least 24 hours. 

Wasn't that super easy? You didn't even need this tutorial to figure that out did you? :) 

Movember Tie!

Happy Movember! That's right, we celebrate mustache movember around here. Actually, I celebrate mustache November by just acknowledging that it's November. 

Anyway, let me show you the necktie for Elder Ireland this month! 

I know the tag is kinda crooked and the embroidery is off. Haha oops 

Look at what I got for my shop! VV

Monday, October 28, 2013

DIY: Sheath Dress

So I actually have something super exciting for you today! I got my pretty lycra cotton fabric (a combination I was a little afraid of) and I knew right away what I was going to do with it! I wanted to make a sheath dress, now that summer is over I think it's perfect to wear with some boots or some heels. The fabric is a bit thicker which makes it perfect for the Fall :)

I got the original idea from yet another dress at Ruche (not longer available), I just knew I had to have it, but I knew it would be more fun to make it by myself! 

Making this dress was super easy!

All you need is:

  • A dress that fits well and is of desired length
  • Medium Weight Knit Fabric (I used about 1.5 yard, I wear a size S/M and I'm 5"3')
  • Marking pen, scissors, sewing machine, the basic stuff.

1. First you lay out your fabric, you will need two fabric panels right side together.
2. Grab your dress and pin it to the fabric, I didn't really do that but you can to make sure the dress is secure and your fabric won't move.
3. Trace the whole dress without the sleeves. You can use a yard stick to make it a bit straighter, make sure to trace the curves too! **Leave a little ease just in case, if it's too big you can always make it smaller, but not the other way around!

4. Cut out and use a sewing machine to sew the sides and top
5. cut neckline
6. cut and attach sleeves (link to a tutorial on how to attack sleeves)
7. hem sleeves, and bottom and neckline (I used this zig zag setting for the fabric because it's stretchy)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

DIY: Pacifier Clip and some other links

So I posted a Facebook status which said, "What should I sew next?" and then this guy that served his mission here many years ago said, "you should make something for my baby!" and that's how this post came to mind. 

I got really excited about the idea of some early practice sewing for a baby. Because when I have children, I want to make them a lot of stuff. So here I will share with you how to make an easy pacifier clip. I have no idea how to use it, my brothers and I never used pacifiers, and I actually don't even know if this guy is going to have his baby use pacifiers...but whatever, right?

Total disclaimer because I don't want people to think I'm another baby crazy mormon girl: I am excited about the idea of someday having children with the man I will marry. Just not any time soon. I am definitely NOT in a hurry. 

What will you need?

  • fabric
  • ribbon (or lace if it's for a girl, these are for a boy so I'm going to stick with regular ribbon)
  • suspender clips


1. Cut a your fabric! you'll need one 10 by 2 (inches) rectangle. Leave some allowance.
2. Fold the rectangle in half and sew.
3. Cut excess fabric.
4. Turn the rectangle right side out and press with the seam in the middle

5. Sew down both sides of the strip.
6. Loop the suspender clip on one end of the strip. Fold twice for a cleaner look.
7. Sew to secure.
8. cut a 6 inch strip of ribbon and for the other side of the strip inside.

9. Insert ribbon and sew
10. TA-DA! You have a pacifier clip! Too bad I don't have any pacifiers around here to show you what it looks like, but you get the idea. 

I also wanted to share with you some of my favorite baby DIY, these are super easy and would be super fun to try!

I can't wait to make this cute little blanket! with a 49ers back of course, it seems so so easy! I wish I could make it now, but that'd be weird.
This diaper strap tutorial is super easy to follow, great for the beginner seamstress. And it's super cute!
A little tutorial and pdf pattern on how to make your own bib! I feel like I will be using this a lot someday. 
Finally, this baby snuggler is my favorite, I just made it for this same couple, can't wait for the little baby to try it. It was straight forward and easy. I loved making it. :)
Here are some pictures of the one I made. cute huh?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Halloween 2013

For Halloween, I made my brothers' costumes!

Ivan was an Ice Climber!

And Renato was a Lemongrab! YAY! 


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Package Idea: Suit Up!

I've never really been very creative when it comes to the packages I send Joey,
but I wanted to change that for the next few packages since I had some really good ideas!

So I am starting a new "series" per say. It'll only happen when I have ideas for packages, so it might be a while until you see the next post.

And if you have any super cute missionary package ideas on your blog  and would love to link up, leave me a comment and I will feature different ideas on my blog! 

For this package I made him a "Suit Up" themed package.
Everyone who sends internationally knows that if a package is over four pounds then it's going to be ridiculously expensive, so I couldn't add everything I wanted. This is why you won't see my boxes super decorated on the inside, I would love to do that but it just wouldn't work out well for my wallet. That's okay though, I really think Joey is going to appreciate it no matter what.

Cards -
I printed out these little necktie cards and had each member of my family write on them congratulating him on his first year on the mission. Print those out, here.

Inspirational sign-
I love all those "Keep Calm and Carry On" inspired posters and sayings, I was lucky to find this "Keep Calm and Suit Up" poster that went along with this package idea. You can find the printable file here.

Staying in the "Suit Up" theme, I thought he could use some new ties that I didn't make him. I am sure he loves the ties I make him, but some other ties never hurt.

September Necktie-
I also included his September necktie! I wrote about it here

 One of the missionaries serving in my area gave me a great idea! He gave me this missionary planner and told me that I could personalize it by writing scriptures on the inside and putting a picture on the front. I took this special picture, but I decided to put it on the back so he wouldn't get in trouble. haha I loved doing this, you might want to ask your missionary to send you a planner of his own so you can personalize it! I know that Joey will love this!

Socks and Shirts-
If you want to suit up, you totally need some black socks and some shirts. And I am sure he could use some anyway, right? I also got him this really cool Pday shirt from this website

Tie Bar-
I absolutely love this tie bar :) and it was only $15 to have both sides stamped! The picture at the bottom is an inside thing between Joey and me. You can find the etsy shop that sells it here

What better way than to spiritually "suit up" than with a CD full of hymns specially for missionaries?! You can get it for free, here.

What have you sent your missionary lately? Got any cool package ideas to share? Halloween Packages? I don't think I will be sending one. I'll just sent him his tie, but I'd love to see what you come up with!
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