Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Flower Print Dress

Being an avid pinner (pinterestiner? What?), I constantly find myself starting new projects and forgetting about ones I planned on starting a while ago. This is the case of two of my new projects. One has a happy ending, the other one, not so much. But I'll talk about the happier one today because I have pictures of it and I just feel happy.

I bought this fabric back in July. JULY. What? Yes. And along with that fabric, I bought the Simplicity 3533 pattern, which is the pattern I used to make the following dress.

About 3 weeks ago, I finally decided to get the fabric out of my fabric box but I count find the pattern anywhere! I was really annoyed and anxious because when I really want to finish a project, it's really hard for me to just forget about it. A few days after I started looking, my mom found it! I was happy again, because I could finally make this dress with this super cute fabric.

So I began cutting, and as I was cutting I began to doubt. All the sudden, the fabric looked old ladyish and I didn't know if I was going to like the end result. I am happy to inform that after I was done, I fell in love with the dress. It looked so cute on me. I was so happy that I wore it the next Sunday to church. But that Sunday we had a special stake conference that I knew nothing about, so no one got to see it. And so I decided to wear it again last Sunday. Now everyone could see it :)  I don't think anyone cared, but I cared and I was proud of my creation.

The pattern comes with a belt pattern, but I ran out of the fabric (and so did my local Joann's) so I decided to just use one of my own belts. I like it better that way.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Handmade Ties for Elder Ireland

I've posted before about the Tie A Month project I had for myself when Elder Ireland left for his mission. Ever since he left (September) I have been sending him handmade ties made by yours truly. I love the little tradition I started and I love that every month he has something to look forward to. (I'm also selling ties, if you're interested)

Anyway, here are the ties for these upcoming months. I always like to embroider a little heart on the backs commemorating the month they are meant for:  

I love the colors of the May tie. The colors are a bit darker, because its autumn in Argentina and I wanted something nice that went along with the season. 

The June tie I made with my sweet Peruvian fabric (see previous project here). June is the month of my birthday so I thought, "hey, I'm Peruvian. This fabric is Peruvian. I'll make him a tie that's...me!" Pretty silly, but I think he will love it.

Finally, the July tie is red and blue to commemorate the 4th of July. Joey and I always love watching the fireworks and I'm sure he's going to miss that all the way in Argentina. 

What do you think? :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

DIY: Make your own handwarmers!

I had been looking for package ideas and I came across a neat idea! It's going to be winter in Argentina soon (and even though I don't know how cold the winters in Argentina are...) I decided to make some neat little hand warmers for my missionary's pockets! They are so cute!

So here is what you will need:
1. Fabric such as fleece or whatever scraps you have laying around.
2. Paper
3. Rice
4. A sewing machine
5. Scissors

1. You cut out your design on paper: I cut out some cute little mittens and a heart!
2. Then you trace the paper shape over some fabric and you cut that out. You will need two shape cutouts
3. Then you place the fabric, wrong sides together and you sew it along. Make sure to leave a small opening to insert the rice.
4. And then your make a paper cone and insert rice.
5. Sew together the hole and now you have this....

Aren't they so cute? I think he will love it :)
Just pop them in the microwave for 30 secs - 1 min and you have warm hands for up to 30 mins :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Missionary Shoe Bag

Here's another neat idea for a missionary package: a missionary shoe bag. I'm so excited to finish the whole package and send it off to Elder Ireland. I really think he will like all the things I've made for him.

Missionaries...walk a lot. I guess some of them have cars, but Elder Ireland walks to everywhere he goes so I thought it would be a neat idea to make a "worth of soles" (hehe, get it?) themed gift. I would include all sorts of things that can be walking related.

I made the whole thing myself, bag, tie and tag :)

Some ideas of items that can be included in the bag:
  • New socks
  • Foot powder
  • Gel shoe inserts
  • Foot lotion
  • Some type of foot roller
  • Shoe shinning kit

Here is the finished product!

I made it big enough so that he can fit in a pair of shoes if he wanted to.