Legoland: Bits & Pieces | Fuse

May 16, 2016

Scrapbook tools are one of my favorite purchases for scrapbooking on a budget. They usually save time and money, overall allowing for more options then their pre-made counterparts. Enter the Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers.

When I first saw this tool, I thought it was kind of a gimmick until I was putting away some of Zoe's school projects. I generally shove all the projects she makes in the school year into a 12x12 page protector. At the end of the year, I go through, pick my favorites and then slide them into their own page protector.

This year as I've been going through her projects, I found oddly shaped papers that require a custom page protector. If I use a 12x12 it's too big and an 8.5x11 is too small. That's when I really had a desire to try the Fuse tool.

The best parts: You can make custom size page protectors, perfect for odd size memorabilia (like the pressed penny and souvenir photo). I love that I don't have to buy pocket pages anymore. It's compact and easy to store. I like the permanency of it - I hate things falling out of page protectors.

The worst parts: It can be temperamental.  There is a learning curve on how to get good line and not accidentally press too hard. There is no temperature control either.

Overall Feeling: Worth it for what I need it for. I don't think this is a must have, but it helped me achieve my desired effect. I'm glad I purchased it.

Have you tried it?


Pink Lemonade Party Banner | Fort Worth Fabric Studio

May 6, 2016

If you are not familiar with Fort Worth Fabric Studio, you should be! Jodie is the kindest and sweetest person you could ever hope to work with. She prides herself on customer service and has lightening fast shipping. 

Every Friday, Jodie releases a new bundle for sale. These bundles are limited in quantities, so if you fall in love, jump on it fast. Recently, each Friday bundle has come with a project idea or tutorial. Jodie asked me to help for this week, and I couldn't have loved the bundle more. It's girly and fresh, perfect for the upcoming summer months. 

This week's bundle is Pink Lemonade.

 To showcase this amazing bundle, I made two projects with the bundle. One of my favorite parts of working at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, was helping brainstorm ideas for bundle names. I decided to keep with the theme name and make some items for a lemonade stand. A party banner and a coin purse.

 Today, I have the tutorial for the party banner. It is also perfect for decorating a girl's room or a birthday party. I still have some leftover fabric to blend into my stash or make something else, maybe a table runner.


Start by ironing your fat quarters. Cut 2.5"x WOF strips from each fabric. 

 Make bias tape from strips by sewing diagonally along matched up corners of each strip. I use a bias tape maker to fold the fabric while I iron it. You can also fold and iron by hand.

Cut 6.5"xWOF strips from all fat quarters. Using a ruler, cut 6.5" tall triangles from strips. 

 You should have 32 triangles. Match the triangles with the same fabric, place wrong sides together. Stitch along two sides. Repeat until you have 16 completed triangles. (Discard one triangle, you only need 15 for this project.)

 Use pinking shears to trim the sewn edges of the triangles.

Fold the bias tape length in half, mark. Fold a triangle in half, mark. 

 Open the bias tape and insert the triangle, matching the markings.{All unfinished edges of the triangle and bias tape should be tucked inside the fold.}Place clover clip on top of all layers, along the center point.

Match edges of the next triangle. Place clover clips on outside. Repeat with 7 triangles on each side of the center triangle. This will assure the banner is balanced. 

Sew the bias tape closed, securing all the triangles. 


The total length is about 4 yards. This project can be completed in an afternoon. Think of all the possible fabric combinations! I'm very excited to make alternate versions of this project.


Bluebonnets | Adventures in Texas

April 20, 2016

We were able to snap some pictures of Zoe in the bluebonnets in between rain showers last weekend. They are intermittently spread out all over the sides of the roads and really inconvenient picture taking areas. Thankfully, we found a small field tucked behind the golf course with a nice sized patch of them.

Lately, I've been almost nostalgic about Texas. We have been here almost 2 years and I'm growing to love it. This spring has been full of amazing thunderstorms, beautiful scenery and warm, breezy nights. It will get hot soon, at which time I will remain sequestered in my air conditioned home, or parked at the pool...but for now I'm loving it here.

Life is so good.



Dino Exhibit Dress | Sewing for Girls

April 17, 2016

Seriously, what girl doesn't need a dinosaur dress? 

This whimsical creation came about because I needed to try out a pattern for Zoe's baptism dress. The pattern called for 2 yards of fabric. I started digging through my stash and found this fabric. I had planned on using it for some pajamas, but quickly changed my mind. 

Does the fabric match the feel of the pattern? Not really, but I think that's what I love about it.

It's long and flowy with puff sleeves. It is far from perfect but Zoe was so excited when I showed it to her. 

The pattern is from this book. It comes with a CD to print off all the patterns, which I love because I can use one pattern and make many different sizes. Zoe grows so fast that I buy digital patterns if possible, so I can use them more than once. The fabric is Dino Exhibit by Lizzy House for her Natural History collection. I purchased mine at Stash Fabrics. There are still a few yards in stock. 

I am extremely proud of the buttons. I have tried multiple times to make button holes on my machine and it never quite works out, but I managed to finally conquer that skill with this dress.

Ultimately, I figured out that the bodice and skirt will work for the baptism dress. I will be changing the sleeves and lowering the neckline a bit, but I'm glad to know that the overall dress will fit her. I didn't want to start cutting into my wedding dress without knowing if the final version would work.

Look for the final version in the coming weeks, cutting starts today!


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