Friday, April 29, 2011

Spring Sale!!!

Twice a year we participate in a sale in coordination with the Etsy Alberta Street Team! Such a great time to shop locally, great deals to be found!

For this sale, which is running today til May 5th, you can save 15% in our shops by using the coupon code SpringSale

Our shops are:
BarefootTams (knit, crochet and sewn items)
BarefootClips (Hair Clips, Soother Clips and Baby Leg Warmers)

To check out all the other shops participating, you can go to the Etsy Alberta Street Team Blog. There are some great discounts here, all sorted by what type of products they sell.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crafty to-do List

More items I'd love to do.

This is a tutorial I've been wanting to do since last summer!! I'm really hoping to tackle it this year! In the Garden Shirred Twirly Dress by From An Igloo (awesome blog... if you're not a follower of it!):

This adorable sunsuit, I NEED to make. SO cute! Ruffle Sunsuit by Little Betty I can just visualize all the fabulous fabric combos I could use for this:

This is a project I need to do, and soon! I need to do up a window valence in the nursery. I already have the fabric for it, just need to sit down and do it! This Window Valence tutorial was posted by Sew Dang Cute Crafts:

I also have plans to alter a stack of white onesies I bought a few months back. Now that I know it's a girl, I can have even more fun! Will be doing some appliques... and of course some ruffle bums! Ruffle Bumsies tutorial on Our Cozy Nest by guest poster Megan of Megity's Handmade:

Here is another bookmark from last summer that I never got to! But I definitely need to get a couple of these done up for dd this year for playing in the yard.
Bucket Hat tutorial on UCreate, which is a guest post by Abby of Sew Much Ado:

Monday, April 25, 2011

Busy weekend

This last weekend, a good friend of mine got married.

The last few days before the wedding, I finished up a couple small things for it.

The ring bearer's pillow:


Flower embellishment for the flower girl dress:



I also did the invitations, and table cards for this wedding, I have the files on a different computer though.

It was a beautiful wedding! I got to help set up the wedding/reception site with flowers and candy, etc. Lots of fun and visiting (and long hours). I was even asked to be an impromptu bridesmaid the day before. It all came together beautifully though in the end... and the happy couple is off on their honeymoon in Cuba!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Can't believe I'm doing this!

I have a craft room! A luxury a lot of people don't have.

But I have a problem..... I can't use it!

You see that is the one room in the house that isn't functional.

When you come in my house... this is what you see.....


Yup, you can see my craft room from the front door.... I conveniently hide it behind a screen. It's my shame....

Take down that screen... and:




Yup.. I can't even walk 6 inches into that room.

I need help... I need motivation to tackle that room... so it can be functional, and a place that I can actually do my sewing and papercrafting!

Currently I have been sewing in the dining room:


I need to get my room organized and functional, so I can take down that screen, and proudly display my craft room to company. It takes me forever to get what I need when I need something from there.

So my goal over the next month or so, is to get it functional, and maybe even a little pretty. I used to be able to take my daughter in there to stamp and craft with me.... but now it's all done in the dining room....

Wish me luck..... and be thankful your craft space doesn't look anything like that!

I don't even keep my fabric in this room... it has shelves in the basement.... and that is just another area that needs to be tackled!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Crafty to-do list

Every week I bookmark a tonne of crafty tutorials, or finished projects by others....I couldn't possibly create them all. I would love to highlight some on this blog, and hope to motivate myself to do some of them up. Most are for our own personal use around the house, as I wouldn't feel right selling them (unless permission is explicitly given). Some will be inspiration photos, others will be links to tutorials, and some other will be actual patterns that I just couldn't resist and most likely have bought.

So hopefully this is a weekly edition, but it may be twice a month or so.

I'm so excited to be expecting another girl... I love skirts and dresses, and everything girly! :) So many great projects out there for girls!

This adorable Scalloped Skirt tutorial by Ameroonie Designs :

I absolutely fell in love with this Ruffle Easter Quilt that The Girl Creative posted a tutorial for:

My daughter's garden themed room is just screaming for this Fleece Flower Petal Pillow that was posted on Come Together Kids:

Now these Dragon Tails, are perfect for my daughter that just loves to pretend! She loves to dress up and be all sorts of creatures. This tutorial was posted on Tater Tots & Jello by Jessica of Running With Scissors:

I definitely plan to make a Car Seat Cover for this baby. It gets nasty cold here in the winter, and I think a nice cotton/minky car seat cover would help keep some warmth in while going to and from the car. This fabulous tutorial was posted on Cluck. Cluck. Sew :

All these blogs are absolutely FABULOUS! I'm an avid blog reader... love crafty and foody blogs.... :) So many great blogger mommies out there, as well as just seriously crafty people!

That's all I have the energy to post this evening, so enjoy! I hope to tackle some of these in the weeks to come.... but in the meantime, there will be plenty of distraction of other great projects I find!

Monday, April 4, 2011

My FIRST Quilt!

I've done many rag quilts in my day..... always being afraid of doing a real quilt (rag quilts are so forgiving, and you don't have to be as precise).   Well I found some fabric I liked when I was shopping with my mom at Hamel's (if you're in the Fraser Valley, you have to go visit and spend hours in their upstairs... great deals and so many goodies), and decided I wanted to make a quilt for the living room floor for my upcoming baby.   If it spits up nearly as much as my daughter did... I'd like to protect the carpet a little!

I just did a simple pattern....  the fabric in the centre was already cut to those lengths.... I think they were pre-cut for a quilt, or samples, or something from the shop.  So I just selected the order, and then reversed the middle strip to the outer two strips.  It was easy-peasy.  I got the quilt top done in a little over the hour (I had help from a toddler on that one).   I ended up just hand tying the quilt, as I'm still a little intimidated to do the machine quilting.   I'm hoping this upcoming quilt class will show me how to do that, and get me over my fear!   I completed the tying and the binding yesterday.  I figure this quilt would have only taken maybe 3 hours if it was uninterrupted, but of course, it took me about 2 afternoons.

I'm proud of it as a first quilt, even though it's simple:

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Quilt Class

I signed up for my first quilt class. It'll run the next 7 weeks on Saturdays (with homework in between). I can't wait! I chose my fabric for it yesterday, and decided it'll be a "baby" quilt, but for a friend's baby.

Here is the pattern I selected to do:

Here are the fabrics I chose:

I will use the yellow for the stars, and white for the centres as well as the frame.... I haven't chosen which colour to do the border in yet..... I want to see it starting to come together before I decide that.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April's Project of the Month

Here's a sneak peak at the supplies for my April project of the month. I've had this tea pot fabric forever... like a year. Been waiting to find the perfect project for it. I've decided to use a pattern that I've had a long time as well. It's a pattern that I HAD to have when it was released by ModKidBoutique, yet I still haven't even thought about tackling it. :)


This is a project for Paisley. :)

I'll post the finished project on April 30th!