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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Giveaway Day Winners!

The time has come to announce the winners for Giveaway Day!  The winner of the skirt is:

 Nichole said:  "This is adorable!! Grace would look so cute in it! :) Great job! And I love your blog!!"

The winner of the vintage sewing supplies is:

She said, "I'm just having fun jumping around different blogs taking part in the giveaway. Your giveaway is very generous! Thanks for chance to win a bunch of cool sewing stuff!"

I hope winning made it even more fun! :D

It was so interesting watching the different favorite tools go by as the entries came in.  I had my blog statistician (me) figure out which tool was the most popular.  It was either going to be the rotary cutter or the seam ripper and it was seriously like watching a good basketball game.  One side would get ahead, then the other side would go for a good run and catch up or go ahead.  In the end, the rotary cutter finished strong and won with a total of 43 votes to the seam ripper's 38 votes.  I agree with both tools.  I can't imagine sewing without either my rotary cutter or my seam ripper.

Thank you for entering the contest and I hope the winners enjoy their prizes!

(And if you didn't win the skirt, but still want it, you could stop by my etsy shop.  Just saying... :D)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Map Pillow


Josh and I like maps - maybe a little too  much.  The playroom in our house is a bit of a travel theme.  This is mainly because before it was a playroom, it was a "man room" and we mainly just moved all the toys in there and called it a playroom.

Our couch needed pillows and I had the idea to incorporate something local and mappy into one of the pillows.  I cut the pillow front from some home dec weight fabric.  Then I used my Silhouette to cut a map of Rhode Island out of freezer paper.
 Side note:  I <3 Freezer paper!
 I found using the vellum setting on the Silhouette worked perfectly.

Technical note:  Since it is recommended to cut freezer paper shiny side UP,  I had to mirror my map image in Silhouette studio.

Shiny side down, I ironed the outline of the map onto the pillow fabric.  I painted it using Plaid fabric paint (two coats were needed).  After it dried, I sewed the rest of the pillow!  It really needs a pillow form one size up, but it might be years before I remember to buy one...

I'm just trying to figure out what to Silhouette on a pillow for the other side of the couch.  Anchor?  Compass?  Bicycle?  We have a boat, an airplane, and a train on the wall already.  What do you think?

Linked up to:  Homemaker in Heels
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Target Skirt Alert

Public Service Announcement time!

Oooh, I was shopping in Target today and I happened to find myself in the kids' clearance section (it's funny how that happens, isn't it?).  I saw these cute knit skirts marked down to $1.50 !  !  !

RUN... don't walk... to Target and buy some!  In lots of sizes!  Maybe I'll sew one to a t-shirt or tank and make a dress for Amelia.  I'll let you know.



Don't be mad at me though if your Target hasn't marked them down.  I don't know how Target markdowns work.  I just know that at MY Target, they are $1.50.  And please don't go to my Target, because I'm probably going back and buying more.  : D

(Oh, and the pictures are not mine.  They are from the Target website.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Simple and Inexpensive Toddler Game

Amelia has a thing for matching.  Shoes, socks, matching songs on Pandora to toys or pictures in books (like, if the Itsy Bitsy Spider comes on Pandora, she has to find a picture of a spider in a book - same thing with Winnie the Pooh, etc.). 



I made a simple matching game for her by just cutting some flashcards in half.  I had the flashcards from when I taught preschool and I know I got them at the dollar store.

The BEFORE cards

 I spread all the pieces out and she finds the matches.

As you can see, sometimes she picks up the pieces with the wrong hands.  She's learning to switch them so that it makes a perfect picture!


Ten minutes of toddler fun!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Giveaway Day - Handmade Girl's Skirt

Update:  Winner is #55 - Nichole!  She said, "This is adorable!! Grace would look so cute in it! :) Great job! And I love your blog!!"


Welcome to May Giveaway Day on Quaint and Quirky!

Today I'm giving away a lovely floral printed ruffled skirt.  I've fallen in love with pre-ruffled fabric and I'd like to share one of my recent projects with it!  Amelia's is getting a little too short for her now, but you can get the basic idea.



The Prize:  One ruffled skirt in your choice of size - 3 months to size 5 (you pick the size 3, 6, 9, 12, or 18 months, 2T, 3T, 4T or 5T). 

How to enter:  Leave a comment. Any comment will do, but if you need a subject, tell me about an outfit that you love to wear.

The contest will close Friday, May 25th at 3 PM and I will announce a winner by Sunday. 

Feel free to follow or come back and look around, etc.  :D

Giveaway Day - Vintage Sewing Supplies

Update:  The winner is #164 Farscapegirl.  She said, "I'm just having fun jumping around different blogs taking part in the giveaway. Your giveaway is very generous! Thanks for chance to win a bunch of cool sewing stuff!"

It's Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!

Today I will be giving away some vintage sewing supplies handed down to me.  It's sort of a conglomeration, but vintage sewing supplies are fun to use and display.  I have many more of these supplies in a glass jar in my craft room.

To win, please leave a comment.  Any comment will do, but if you need a topic, tell me about your favorite sewing tool.  :D  US Only please.

The contest will close Friday, May 25th at 3 PM EST and I will choose a winner by Sunday.

Enjoy your stay, feel free to follow and come back and look around!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Repurposed Shirt into Baby Dress

Mmm... The best laid plans of mice and men, right?  I made Amelia's Easter dress this year from an old blouse of mine.  It was an oooolllllddddd Odille Anthro blouse that I had seen online, LOVED, ordered, and tried to pretend that it looked fine on me.  However, I finally came to the reality that my long torso and that short blouse just did not mesh well.  I couldn't part with it, so I saved it.  Fast forward many years.  I finally broke down, got out the scissors, and gave the blouse some new life.

I took pictures along the way so I could do a tutorial about general ideas for repurposing blouses into baby dresses.

I didn't upload the pictures, apparently.

So now, no tutorial, but after some desperate Googling, I DID find a blog where someone was selling this blouse.  Obviously the seller did not know how cute it might look as a baby dress!  ;D  Here is the blog link:  Striped Odille Blouse

Basically, I left the neck opening completely alone (it was fairly high and tight, so it worked) and cut the blouse where I wanted the bodice of the dress to end (plus 1/2inch seam allowance).  I figured out how long I wanted the skirt and measured up from the hem (leaving the hem the way it was) and added 1/2" seam allowance.  So basically, I cut a strip out of the middle of the dress.  I removed the sleeves, and brought in the bodice until it fit.  I gathered the top of the skirt until it was the size of the bodice, then sewed them back together.  I left the hem of the sleeves alone, but cut and gathered the top part, reattaching them to the arm hole.  I used the belt loops from the original blouse and the belt became the dress sash (unaltered).  The strip I cut from the center of the dress became the hair bow!

It would be so much better with pictures...

Oh, well, I'll just have to snip into another old blouse of mine!

Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hello, Blogland!

Wow, I haven't blogged in a long time, huh? 

Life has been getting in the way.  First, right around Christmas, our whole family got sick.  And stayed sick for a long time.  Nebulizers, inhalers, lots of trips to the doctor, etc.  In the midst of all that, I found out some pretty exciting news: 
Baby's profile at at 18 week anatomy scan.

Yup!  Baby #2 is on HIS way!  He's due in August, so obviously we've known about him for a while.  Now there will be boy projects and sewing and decorating!

Continuing on... along with the news of baby #2 came the repercussions of baby #2 - extreme exhaustion.  Chasing Miss Amelia and her cousin Averie around the house all day can really wear a girl out!  Thankfully I'm over that now and almost in the third trimester.  I've been working on summer clothes for Amelia that I'm excited to blog about. 

Amelia is growing fast.  She's funny, smart, and very observant.  Too observant at times.  :D  She's one of those kids whose brain needs to be working at all times or else they get into trouble.  I've got some activities I've done with her to share as well. 

I changed up the blog aesthetic a bit as well, along with my photography website:  www.kerimccarthy.com.  I switched that one over to wordpress.  I like wordpress, but Quaint and Quirky will be staying with blogger a bit longer.

All this has kept me either flat out on my back or quite busy, but I'm ready to blog again and to keep blogging! 

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