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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Hand Carved Bird Stamps on: September 06, 2011 03:21:48 PM




I was thrilled to see an "Inspired By Nature" Challenge on Craftster.  Something I have enjoyed doing for some time is watching the birds who come to feed in my backyard.  They inspired me to carve these stamps in their likeness.


Though many birds visit us daily, I have chosen my favorites to carve and share.

Each stamp was carved on white PZKut Material (this type is no longer made, I just stocked up on it a while back).  I used a laser printer and iron to transfer my image.  An exacto knife and Speedball Carving Nibs were used to carve the designs.  All images were stamped in black pigment ink.  I used some Crayola Colored Pencils to color in each design.










The stamps will now be hidden in letterboxes and placed in nature for fellow letterboxers to find.  


  
2  COOKING / Dessert / Sprinkle + Swirl Cookies on: September 03, 2011 06:31:38 AM

I am trying really hard to not just pin stuff on pinterest, but to actually make things as well!

The very oldest pin on my "Things to Bake" board { http://pinterest.com/weeshare/ } was the swirl cookies from Prudent Baby.  I have REALLY wanted to make these for some time.  So, finally I did!

My daughter is almost 3 and really enjoys helping me bake.  I usually measure out the ingredients and she will pour them in.  She also likes to help stir, though she doesn't usually get too far with it!

I let her choose the color for our swirl cookies and she chose purple-- her most favorite color!






We also used SIX different kinds of sprinkles for these cookies.  I was only planning to use 2, but they took far more sprinkles than I had planned for.  So, six it was (this made my little one VERY happy!).

These cookies are pretty easy, but have a lot of steps and a lot of waiting.  So, though they took a few hours to make, a lot of the time we weren't really doing anything with them.


Just in case you're wondering-- they were as tasty as they are cute!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The Hurricane Dress on: September 03, 2011 06:10:28 AM

Just over a month ago, we moved to Charleston SC.  While packing to move, I came across this amazing vintage "I Survived Hurricane Hugo" tee in my tshirt stash.  My husband and I picked it up years ago when we were thrifting.


When news of Hurricane Irene came, I remembered the Hurricane Hugo shirt and knew that I made to make my daughter a Hurricane Dress.

The pattern is the Sienna Dress by Lil Blue Boo.  A few modifications include shorter sleeves and a lengthened dress.


All blue pieces of the dress are from the Hurricane Hugo shirt.  The dark green pieces are from an old Oakland Athletics tee of mine-- also thrifted, but too small now that I am a mom!


I love the dress and my daughter does, too.  She can dance in it, and that's one of her main requirements.

By the way-- no hurricane damage here.  Hope you survived the storm as well as we did.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Upcycled T-Shirt Dress for My Little One on: September 02, 2011 06:45:44 AM

I have recently became hooked on the Sienna Dress pattern by Lil Blue Boo.  It's easy to follow, easy to modify, and the perfect way to use up my overflowing craft closet of old t-shirts.

This dress is made from just one t-shirt.  I actually won it in a giveaway last year, but it was too big for me.  However, the graphic was just too great, and I knew it was destined to become something else.






So... you have The Honeybee Dress!  I completely reconstructed everything-- the sleeves, the neckline, the body of the dress.  

My daughter loves it and I do too-- what more could you ask for?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Please check out my new blog on: November 06, 2009 08:39:47 AM
Hey there!  I have been so inspired by all the blogs I have read, that I started my own blog:

weeshare.blogspot.com

The purpose of my blog is to seek out great products for our little ones.

Here's some information about my blog:

Welcome to Wee Share! My name is Desiree and I am a stay at home mother to a wonderful and amazing 14 month old daughter. As a parent, I am constantly bombarded by new products for my daughter. With so many choices out there, it is hard to know which products are best. That is why this blog was born.

At Wee Share, I am constantly going to seek out products that I feel would be beneficial in my daughters life. I will review them here so that you, too, can have the scoop about great products for your little one. I also plan to have giveaways of some of the products I review so that you can try them out as well.

I also stay on the lookout for samples and coupons that pertain to life with a wee one. I will keep you informed about those as well!

I hope you will stay connected with Wee Share so that you wont miss ANY of the exciting reviews and giveaways we have planned! You can subscribe to our feed and follow us via Google Friend Connect. Plus, you can follow us on twitter and Facebook. Let all of your friends know so that they can stay in the loop as well!

I cannot wait to share some of the great products I have found with you! I also look forward all of your feedback. If you ever stumble across a product that you would like reviewed, just let me know and well see what we can do about taking care of that for you.

I appreciate your time and really hope you get a second to check it out Smiley

Desiree Glaze
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Recycled T-Shirt Dress! on: November 02, 2009 10:29:56 AM
I made this dress form the Sienna dress pattern by Lil Blue Boo.  I made it for my niece, so there are no modeling pictures.  It's parts of three different t-shirts.  I LOVE this pattern- very easy to follow and many different options for customizing!  So, look for many t-shirt dresses in the future!





7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Shirred Halloween Dress for my sweet girl! on: November 02, 2009 08:09:28 AM
I made this dress in plenty of time for my girl to get several wears out of it before Halloween.  But, she wound up only wearing it once- to a craft event at Michael's on Halloween morning... oh well.  I did different straps with this one and I liked them a lot better.  I had a hard time with the ribbons on previous ones staying tied.  I will definitely be doing more straps in this style in the future!





And check out what the balloon did to my sleepy girl's hair in the car Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My Little Red Riding Hood on: November 02, 2009 08:01:59 AM
For Halloween, I decided I wanted my almost 14 month old to be little red riding hood.  I decided to make the dress one we could use again, not just for a costume.  I made the Paper Doll Dress by Lil Blue Boo.  It was very easy to follow and the pattern even includes a tute for how to make buttonholes without a buttonhole foot for your machine!  The cape is from a Simplicity pattern.  The pattern was awful and I eventually ditched it and just winged the cape.  I had so much fun making her costume and she had a GREAT time trick-or-treating Smiley







Thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two More Comfy Lounge Pants for my Girl! on: October 05, 2009 01:42:16 PM
I just love making these pants.  And with lil blue boo's super easy tutorial, they sew up so quickly!  I made her another pair just like the first pair only in a different color.  I also made her a green pair from a well-worn Potato Festival t-shirt I picked up at a thrift shop many years ago.  They are constructed from the sides of a shirt (armpit to the hem) and the designs are designs from each of the shirt, machine appliqued on. 









10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Yet another Shirred dress- I can't stop making them! on: October 05, 2009 01:37:02 PM
I saw this fabric at Ikea several months ago and got it, having no idea what to do with it!  Well, I used 1/2 a yard for this dress- only 2.5 more yards to use Smiley

Anyhow, I used it to make another shirred dress for my daughter.  I was out of black ribbon, so I used red for the ties.  I think I actually like it better than if I'd used black because it brings out the bit of red in the fabric.  Anyhow, here it is Smiley  OH!  I did shorten the ribbons a bit after taking the pictures.







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