Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fabric Hoop Decor with HGTV's New Fabric Line

Any HGTV fans out there? How about Joann? I'm a big fan of both!!!
I have some fun news... they recently teamed up, and HGTV has released a new line of indoor/outdoor home decor weight fabrics, sold exclusively at Joann. I was so excited when I found out about this, and even more thrilled when I saw how lovely they are. I was just at Joanns last week, and I checked out the entire line of the new HGTV fabrics. I really liked the blues and greens.
HGTV fabric line

I was sent some fabric to try out. I love the pretty pinks and oranges in the Urban Blossoms and Checkered Past line. Upon seeing them, I immediately thought that they would look great in my daughter's room. We've been decorating it very slowly... I've made their canopies and dust ruffles, we have some cute picture frames, and my last project is to decorate their walls. 

I opted for a no-sew project this time around. That's what I love about fabric, I love decorating with it. You're not required to know how to sew just to be able to work with beautiful textiles. I'll use it whenever I can... in wooden hoops, picture frames, buntings, reupholstering, you name it! Fabric is my weakness :)

So here's what we did... we made some Fabric Hoop Decorations for their wall. I let my daughters help with this project since it is for their room.

First, we bought our inexpensive wooden embroidery hoops from Joanns.

 Then I let the girls paint them.

Then I took over. I cut around the fabric- no need to measure.

Then I assembled the hoop, flipped it over, and cut the excess fabric away.

 Voila! A fun little pop of color.

Before:

After:

 I'll be doing a full reveal of my girl's bedroom sometime this year :)

Here are a few other projects that other blogger's have made with the new HGTV fabrics: 

Table Runner from Positively Splendid

Park Bag from iCandy Handmade


 See some pictures of the blue fabrics that I love at Infarrantly Creative
I love how she put fabric in picture frames!
framed-fabric

Here's a coupon for 10% off the new HGTV fabrics available at Joann, for anyone to use! It expires this Saturday, May 4.

I received complimentary fabric in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sew-vivor Season 2 FINAL RESULTS!!!

Welcome to the final results of Sew-vivor Season 2!!!
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This season has been such a blast, with so much talent sewing talent showcased. Before I announce the winners, I would like to thank:

You--
The voters, readers, fans, friends and family of our contestants! Thank you for stopping by to vote for your favorite projects!

Our Other 6 Contestants--
It was hard to say goodbye. You are all so talented and amazing! I cannot thank you enough for bringing such talent and good sportsmanship to this competition! I would encourage everyone to look these ladies up and follow along on their blogs. They are each so fantastic and so super talented.

Charity from Happinest 
Angelina from Jojo and Eloise
Jen from A Jennuine Life
Kaelin from The Plaid Scottie
Jessica from Dear Emmeline
Jen from A Quilting Jewel

The 6 Judges--
Miranda from One Little Minute (last year's Sew-vivor Champion)!
Kirstin from Kojo Designs
Kate from See Kate Sew
 
The Sponsors--
 Together their prizes enticed over 140 entries into this competition. I hope our sponsors receive extra love today!
There are over $1000 worth of prizes at stake.
Here is a reminder of what the winners will take home. 
1st Place:
($550 value)

  50 spools of thread from Coats and Clark
$150 gift card to The Fat Quarter Shop
$100 gift card to Fashionable Fabrics
$50 gift card to Dharma Trading Co.
$35 gift card to The Fabric Fairy
1 fabric bundle from Sew to Speak
1 goodie bag from BERNINA
6 patterns from Fishsticks Designs
1 pdf pattern from Oliver + S
TBA from Nick of Time Textiles

2nd Place:
($250 value)

18 spools of thread from Coats and Clark
$50 gift card to Fabric Worm
$50 gift card to Fashionable Fabrics
$25 gift card to The Ribbon Retreat
$25 gift card to The Fabric Fairy
$25 gift card to Dharma Trading Co.
3 patterns from Fishsticks Designs
1 pdf pattern from Oliver + S

3rd Place:
($200 value)

18 spools of thread from Coats and Clark $50 gift card to Raspberry Creek Fabrics
$25 gift card to Fashionable Fabrics
$25 gift card to The Ribbon Retreat
$15 gift card to The Fabric Fairy
2 patterns from Fishsticks Designs
1 pdf pattern from Oliver + S

Discount Codes:
Fashionable Fabrics would like to offer you (anyone! you don't have to enter Sew-vivor to use this) a 5% discount off your entire order, valid Feb 27-April 30! 
 Use code: sewvivor5


Alright folks, are you ready? 
HERE ARE THE RESULTS!!! 
 
1st Place
Caila from Caila Made

2nd Place
Melissa from Melly Sews
Quilted Camera Bag pattern by Melly Sews

3rd Place
Catlin from Call Me Cat

CONGRATS GIRLS!!!
You worked so incredibly hard. You've inspired so many of us with your creativity. We are excited for you!


Here is the breakdown from the public vote and judges.
This week we didn't have guest judges.... I brought in two of our original Sew-vivor judges.
The public vote counts as 50% and the judges vote each count as 25%.





Thank you to everyone who sewed along and participated on the Sew-vivor Flickr Group and Instagram (#sewvivor). It was really fun to see what you were all making! This week's random winner, who will receive a prize from Coats&Clark is:

Quilted Jacket by Creating Bits of Envy
(I'll need your address)!



Sew-vivor is sponsored by:
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My First Blog and Business Cards

My blogging has been a little sporadic lately... whoops. I've been working on some fun sewing projects, and I'm excited to get those finished up and blogged :) And for like my fifth time, I've revamped my blogging schedule. I am excited about it, and I'll tell you about it soon.

For today... I'm sharing a silly little secret. Way back when, like all the way back in 2009, I had a blog called Sugar On Top. I was thinking about it last night. Sometimes its just funny to look back at the things I used to do. Do you ever do that? This blog was my first peek into anything related to the craft/sewing online community. When I look back at this blog, it cracks me up! I had started it to go along with my little Etsy shop where I sold hair bows. It didn't take long until I abandoned this whole endeavor... we had a big move across the country, and it just fizzled away.

How do you like my blog header? I remember spending an entire day designing it. I think its hilarious now.

Today I thought I'd share one of my posts from Sugar on Top. Because I still think its very valid and everybody needs to be clued in... (kidding). It's pretty funny to look at these Hollywood babies, who are actually 6 or 7 years old now! Anyway, here we go :)

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We all love our Hollywood babies. They are soooooo cute. This post is in no way meant to criticize their parent's parenting skills or their adorableness.

But I really am mystified about one thing.

They've got the clothes.

They've got the shoes.

They've got the strollers.

They've got gorgeous parents.

They are the trendsetters.

But.......

something is missing.

Where are the hair bows???

The hair do's???

It appears to me that our Hollywood babies are not trendsetters when it comes to hair. Check it out. See what you think.

She's got some great genes. I know Angelina's a busy mom, but someone please encourage a little pony tail on top!
 
What IS that pony-tail thing on top of Violet's head? At least they tried. But still. I guess it'd pass if there was a bow or flower attached somewhere. Maybe her Dad did her hair that morning. If that's the case.... A+.
 
Look at that head of gorgeous dark hair. How has it been left untouched? Oh, I just want to grab a comb and put little piggies on the sides of Suri's head. And two little polka dot bows.
 
I'm thinkin' a little barrette to pull back the bangs. Oh wait! Is that a boy? Never mind, perfect as you are!
 
I get annoyed when my hair is hanging in my face. How do you think little Apple feels?
Goodness knows that I don't have my children dolled up every single day, especially when we just stay at home. But when we actually go out, that is my excuse to do their hair! Add a bow! Make 'em match! I feel like my kids look orphaned when their hair is all amuck. Adding a bow doesn't turn them into perfect little pixie-angles, but it does increase their cuteness factor times ten! Not everyone feels the same way I do about bows, obviously, so...... Let's help 'em out. We'll add a little 'sugar on top' for them.

How 'bout a flower?
 
Yes! Love it!
 
Oh, how cute!
Positively darling!
So.....what do you think? Am I on to something here? Have you ever noticed to same thing? Someone please tell me if you know of a celebrity baby who has her hair done regularly! I need to know!


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Not only did I have this blog and an Etsy shop, but I also designed my own business cards, using VistaPrint. I would send a couple in each order of bows that I sold. I remember being so proud of myself when I designed these! I really love Vistaprint. You can get some great deals on VistaPrint Products. So if you're in the market to start up an Etsy shop or a blog, I would totally recommend using Vistaprint to get things off the ground!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway Winner + Promo Details


The winner from the Silhouette Portrait giveaway is: Vicki Barnes!
Congrats! I have emailed her already :)

If anyone is looking for some great sales on vinyl, cutting machines, and other great Silhouette projects, there are some great deals still going on until Friday, April 26th.

Here are the Promotion Details:
*April 18-26th, 2013
·         1 Silhouette Portrait™ + 1 roll of black vinyl, 1 roll of white vinyl, and 1 roll of transfer paper: $139.99
·         1 Silhouette CAMEO® + 1 roll of black vinyl, 1 roll of white vinyl, and 1 roll of transfer paper: $269.99
·         All premium vinyl bought outside of a machine bundle is 25 percent off with your promotion code. Silhouette is doing a great BIG promotion this month on their VINYL, you might want to take note... it is being discounted like crazy! It used to cost $14.99. The price is reduced to $9.99. You receive a 25% discount on top of the new price, which is a great savings!


To order something from Silhouette, visit this link.
 Use code: EVERAFTER 
 
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Silhouette Portrait GIVEAWAY!


I love Silhouette machines! I can't tell you how many times I've entered to win a Silhouette machine from my favorite bloggers. I was never so lucky, so I eventually talked my husband into letting me have one for Christmas. I love this machine. It is awesome, and can do so many cool things. I'm pinching myself that I get to give one away today! One lucky reader is going to be so very happy!!! (Scroll all the way down to enter).

Hello gorgeous! :)


Here are the giveaway details:
This giveaway is for one Silhouette Portrait. 
(She does everything the Cameo does, just with an 8" cutting capability, as opposed to 12").
This giveaway is only open until Sunday April 21, at 9:00 AM E.S.T.
Scroll to the end of this post to find the entry form.
Must be 18 or older to enter, chances of winning depend on the number of entries.
Open to U.S. residents only.



In case you don't win my giveaway, Silhouette is doing a great BIG promotion this month on their machine and vinyl bundles. If you're only looking for VINYL, you might want to take note... it is being discounted like crazy! It used to cost $14.99. The price is reduced to $9.99. You receive a 25% discount on top of the new price, which is a great savings!


Here are the Promotion Details:
*April 18-26th, 2013
·         1 Silhouette Portrait™ + 1 roll of black vinyl, 1 roll of white vinyl, and 1 roll of transfer paper: $139.99
·         1 Silhouette CAMEO® + 1 roll of black vinyl, 1 roll of white vinyl, and 1 roll of transfer paper: $269.99
·         All premium vinyl bought outside of a machine bundle is 25 percent off with your promotion code.

To order something from Silhouette, visit this link.
 Use code: EVERAFTER


 Before the giveaway form, I wanted to share a recent project I (helped) make using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette chalkboard vinyl. This is actually my good friend Angela's play room. She came to my house one night, and we cut these easy rectangles with my cutting machine. She then adhered them to the wooden cut outs she had, and drilled holes through them. She tied twine through the wooden signs and baskets, and tied a knot at the front, attaching it to her toy basket. She labeled everything with a chalkboard marker (also known as a Bistro Marker, which is erasable with water, awesome!).


To Enter the Giveaway:
*Take a moment to wait for the entry form to appear, then follow the steps. It's very easy!
Thank you!


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