Sunday, May 31, 2009

Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose...

Ends Sunday at Midnight (MTN)


I upcycled!

I went to the Salvation Army and found an adorable Tinkerbell bed sheet for $1.00. There were stains all over this pre-loved sheet, so it was useless. (Useless only on a bed)
I butchered the sheet and reincarnated it!
My daughters are now sporting bed sheets :) Doesn't that sound pretty? Haha

They both look darling, I know, they're matching again.. I will never stop trying to dress them like ill fitting twins.. Well, I'll stop when they can make me :)~
Really, only the bodice is upcycled.. I had the polka dot material on hand from Easter, yay!
I just feel over joyed when I find extra fabric just waiting to be used.

Lilly's dress is made up of two tiers, Extra fluff and twirl. Notice the buttons don't match? They're not even the same size, haha. Kid's clothing is so fun, I love to mix it up. There's not really a standard like there are for adults. I mean, would you wear a top if the buttons didn't match?

Shay and her Auntie. Sorry for the not so great photo!
Shay's dress has a blue skirt and a pink ruffle, it's a little more simple than Lilly's, but she's so little I can get away with it.

I now have extra Tinkerbell fabric to use up... What to make? Possibly small purses to go along with these dresses..

Any Ideas???

What have YOU upcycled lately?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

My Prize From Reparapy



I won a $25.oo gift certificate from the reparapy Blog
And with that 'certificate' I purchased this!

This set arrived in a wonderful wicker box, which I can reuse (Yay)! I definitely love the contents, but the box was a huge, huge plus! I get so excited about nice packaging that I can use for my own little treasures. I bet you do too!

Inside my new treasure chest: Delicious smelling Green Tea Body Scrub and Body Lotion.
They both were adorned with water proof tags that include instructions and ingredients.

The instructions say the scrub should be used on the hands 2-3 times a week... BUT I used it on my legs and arms and loooovveed the results!

I have to show this off, I love the blue stamp! I thought it was a wax seal, till my daughter tore it off. ...It's actually a sticker... This same stamp is on top of the bottles, it just pulls the whole look together.

Also reparapy was kind enough to send me some samples, I love surprises! (Thank YOU)
Inside a muslin bag were 3 sample gifts: Ocean Breeze Bath Salts, Peony Bath Salts, and costa rican coffee body scrub.

I haven't had a chance to use my samples yet, but I really can't wait! They smell just divine *sniffs* I just have to break away from the Green Tea Goodness...

Everything looked very professional; great packaging and product.

The only thing missing was a business card.

~Eye Candy~

What a great avatar, don't you think?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Featured Etsian Artist~kcustomcreations


I was interviewed by One Little Bird!

Please make a pit stop at this lovely blog and check out my first interview.

(How exciting for me)


kcustomcreations has some of the most adorable and original scrap booking pages I've seen yet.
She sells scrap booking supplies, Premade Layouts, Page Kits, Board Books, Altered Items, and cards. Great for crafty memorabilia fanatics! (or moms)

Her Veteran Books would have been a perfect give for Memorial Day (Wish I had featured her sooner!) But really, it'd be a wonderful gift for any veteran on any given day.

I haven't seen a scrapbook made into words like these, as you can tell-I'm totally swooning over these! Yes... I said I'm swooning over scrap books.. Fantastic Scrapbooks.

Out of all the Word Books, the Spring Book is my favorite. The colors and the embellishments are just delightful. It really lures you in like a Scrap booking Siren's Call.

This "12x12 Premade 2 page layout - Under Construction - Girl" is just darling! I only wish I had it for my own scrapbook when my girls were still "under construction" Seriously, How cute is that!? You Love it too! (I can tell)

~Tell me what YOU would love to use in your own scrapbooks~

I'm a stay at home wife that works part time at a local photography studio. I have been married to my best friend for 6 years. About 2 years ago we built our dream home on a lake in southwest Missouri. I have 2 grown stepchildren and hope to become a grandmother in the next year or so. Most of my days are spent in my studio creating a new layout or working on a custom project.

I have always had a creative side, even as a child. I have messed around with floral design, crocheting, and quilting. When I was in the 8th grade I made my first scrapbook. I continued doing a very basic form of scrap booking all through high school and then took about a 10 year break from it. In 1999 a friend reintroduced me to the world of scrapping. Wow, there were so many pretty papers and stickers to choose from and my love affair with scrap booking started all over again. Over the past 10 years my passion has grown into a career and I completely love it.

My inspiration comes from so many different things. My ladybug layout was inspired by a little girls outfit. Some layout designs are inspired by magazine ads, song titles, or even activities that I enjoy. But to be completely honest, I dream about many of my designs and when I wake up, I'll head directly up to my studio and create my dream. Some of my most favorite creations come from my dreams.

One random fact: My family calls me the stalkerazzi when we are on vacation because I have been known to snap at least 1200 pictures on a one week trip.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Featured Etsian Artist~Nocatsallowed


Nocatsallowed has two Yorkies, Zoe and Jo Jo, little sweeties, see their photos?

I want a Yorkie! But my kiddos would break a pooch that small...

She is planning on making sweaters and accessories for kitties as well, so keep checking back at her store if you want your little fur ball to look just as snazzy as your pup or yourself.

I used to have a 3 lb poodle, Toby. I'd dress that little guy up every day. Haha, poor little Man. Yep, he wore dresses, I dress HIM in little pink baby dresses. (I was very young) He'd growl and wriggle to fight for his freedom, but I won!
Later, (I was a bit older and so was he) I bought real puppy clothing for him to keep him warm. He was adorable and didn't seem to mind being dress up as long as it was really meant for doggie and had no frills.

Looking at this wonderful shops makes me ache for puppy of my own..
I'd love to see all little doggies wearing something hip now and then.
"Let it Wag" haha, I love it!


My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was nine years old. I crocheted on and off until college when it became a big hobby of mine. It was a stress reliever and relatively cheap to do (As a college student I was always broke). “No Cats Allowed” started about a year ago when I was taking a knitting class at a local yarn shop with my mother. My mom had seen a dog sweater pattern in the shop and wanted me to make it for her dog. Of course because I was new to knitting, I could not figure out the pattern so I made a crochet version. It turned out great. I made more sweaters for her. When she took her dogs to the vet, she would dress them up in the clothes I made. People would ask my mom where she got the clothes so she suggested that I sell them. I have been creating ever since.

I am inspired when I go to yarn shops. When I see a yarn that I really love, I think about how I can use it and what I want to make out of it. I am also inspired when I see pets with their owners. Usually an owner’s style is reflected on their pet so I make my clothes that way.

A random fact about me is that I can twirl a baton. I was a majorette in high school and sometimes when I’m not crocheting or knitting, I will pick my baton up and try to remember the routines I used to do.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Blogging Awards


Blogging Awards

I received this "charming" award from Audrey's Country Crafts. -One of my favorite blogs to read daily- Please stop over and look!! Thank You Audrey!!

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

Here are the 8 wonderful Blogs that I'm passing this award to, Please stop at each one, they're all great!


One Little Bird

Rabbit Whiskers


Elven Sphinx

Salad For Breakfast


Lowell and Son


I recieved this Lovely Blog Award from Sophie-Diary Of A Young Designer. Sophie has a "lovely" blog, take a look! Thank You Sophie!!

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his/ her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen.

I am passing this award to 15 blogs that I have just discovered, please give them all a visit :)


Quilts Galore And More


Talking To Unicorns

Pop India



Totally Tutorials

The ChrysantheMOM

So Splendid


All things Tangled




Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Featured Etsian Artist~DotDotStitch

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Hand stitching has been around for centuries, and yet it still amazes me. This is an art in which one must have heaps of patience to pull off! I'm all about my machine...
I've always wanted a pair jeans filled with hand stitched designs, completely covered. When I see art like this, it just inspires me to push myself so that maybe one day I will own those jeans.
Then I remember my set back...I've NEVER hand stitched! Thus, no talent in said craft.. Someday I might try it, though :)
With that being said, it's just impressive that someone can stitch in such wonderful detail on so many items without going insane ;)
DotDotStitch has adorable items, I'm showing off most of my favorites, See? I know you do!
Out of all of these fantastic items, I can't really pick just one..
So I will leave it at that. I Love them All!
What about you?

I've crafted my whole life. I started out with crochet, rug hooking, and embroidery - all hand work that I love. I opened my etsy shop (dottyral) in 2006 with a variety of items, some of which were emery pincushions and pincushion rings. Those quickly became my best sellers, so that's what I concentrated on for the next three years.

Recently I've realized that I really missed hand stitching. Though my etsy shop was exclusively pincushions, I added some hand embroidered pendants. They were so fun to make that I then decided to really get back into hand work. I opened up a new shop-Dot Dot Stitch- that now holds my hand embroidered items - towels, aprons and wrist cuffs. More pendants will be coming soon. Some machine embroidered items just might make an appearance too.

Though I've enjoyed designing and creating pincushions, this new turn for me has been a breath of fresh air. Every day now, I just can't wait to get stitching. In a way I've found a new sense of freedom. Who knows what I'll decide to add to this new shop. I'm excited to see what happens.