Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bunny Bow Tutorial & A Giveaway!

My mom has been here visiting this week and I've been crafting like crazy. I had to make up some bows to send back with her for her cousin's store at home. I figured that since I was making them anyway, I may as well create a tutorial! So, there ya have, it... here's a tutorial to make your own bunny bow! Now, this is my first time writing out directions, so let me know if it's too hard to figure out!

Now, for the giveaway.... One lucky reader will win one of these bunny bows!! All you need to do is leave a comment. If you want a second entry, give a shout out on your blog and leave a second comment with the link! A third entry is available if you twitter this give away! Just leave a third comment with your twitter link! (Be sure and follow me... maddiedean) Since Easter is just around the corner, this will be a short contest! I'll draw a winner on Wednesday, April 1!! Nope, not an April Fools Joke!! :)


PS. If your name is Susie Lee, Vicky Jones or Misty Green, you are not eligible as you have bows headed your way shortly :)

*This tutorial was created for your personal use. I do not care if you make bows using it and sell them. However, I do care if you sell my tutorial. It's simple: Don't! No images may be used without my written consent (exception - using one to give a shout on your blog!)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Slowly but surely

Some of you probably thought I'd forgotten about my armoire repurpose project, armoire repurpose project! Well, let me assure you that I haven't. How could I when it was taking up a huge chunk of my husband's garage :) A few weeks ago my little brother came to spend the weekend and I put him to work painting. It was painfully slow so he and Mike decided that spray paint would work just as well! We put it back in the garage to work on later. That later was last weekend. Mike pulled it out of the garage again (it isn't exactly light!) and attacked it with 4 cans of spray pain! It looks so much better! After some sweet talking to a neighbor, they got it moved into Madeline's room. I knew it would be a perfect fit between her double closet doors, but I had NO IDEA how deep that sucker was! It's huge!! Oh well, I need the space so I will just decorate around it. My mom is here visiting this week and she's helping me to get it all organized. The main section doesn't have shelves yet, but I'm working on the drawers. I'm really excited that the exterior of the doors have magnetic paint! I that that stuff is soo cool!!! The inside door with the painter's tape will have a coat of chalk board paint on it in a few days! So, it'll be a magnetic, chalkbard door... perfect for keeping track of upcoming projects! The other door is going to covered in scraps from Mike's peg board in the garage. It'll be great to keep scissors, rulers and other stuff. I plan on making fabric baskets to hold other odds & ends once the shelves are built. I know that not much has been done yet, but just wanted to show that I hadn't forgotten about it :)


Sunday, March 22, 2009

My latest project....

Here's a glimpse at my latest work... can't show the finished project until after the shower! Just thought it'd make a good excuse to post something since it'd been a while :)


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Another Winner

Congrats to Allison of Displaced Texan!!!

Congrats to Allison!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another Giveaway!

Alrighty, time for another give away! I've mentioned before that I'm a frequent tester for YCMT so I always have little projects laying around. Most of the time, it's clothing that I'll use for Aiden or MJ. Well, my latest test was a purse. I have a closet full of purses I never carry, so this one needs to find a new home!!!

Want it to be yours?? All you need to do is leave me a comment saying that you want it. Really Really want it?? Do a shout out on your blog and link back here. Leave me a 2nd comment with the link to your blog. (Yes, you are welcome to swipe this image to put in your blog if you'd like!) Super duper have-to-have-it? Become a follower!

So, there ya have it! 3 easy-peasy ways to win this handbag. I will draw a winner on Wednesday, March 18th. Maybe it'll be your lucky day!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Kozypal Cart Covers ROCK - 1/2 off Sale!!!

I bought my first kozypal when I was pregnant with Aiden and loved it! I wasn't the germ-freak-first-time-mom but the thought of him sitting in the nasty grocery carts was enough to make my stomach weak. I had just seen the new fabric by Alexander Henry when I discovered Melissa's company. I ordered a custom cover made with the Maxfield print and it was a match made heaven! We've used that thing like crazy!! We used it a lot in restaurant high chairs as well - mainly because it worked as a stuffer when he was too small and wobbled too much. The toy loops are handy-dandy too!

Guess what!!! They are having a 50% off sale!!! From 12pm to 12 midnight, today only!!!

If you have a baby gift to give, I can't recommend these enough. I promise I don't work for Melissa :) They are beautifully packaged and make a wonderful gift! They'll be much longer lasting than onesies and other baby gifts! You can use it until the kiddo no longer rides in the front of the cart!

Now, the reason for the sale was to clear out inventory before they make their big move, so the selection may be a bit slim! However, still go check them out! They're adorable!!


Miss MJ sporting her new cover!!!

Here is Aiden in his. He's just about the same age that MJ is now!!

Click here to go to Kozy Pal and snag your own super-cute cover for 1/2 the price!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Special Delivery

This lovely gown went to Miss Kristina, a sweet Army wife that I met online. She and her husband are expecting their first baby anyday now! She'll definitely be the cutest mom on that L&D floor! The baby's gender is a surprise so I'm looking foward to seeing pictures of her sporting this designer gown as well as finding out what they had!! Good luck Kristina, my prayers are for a swift and safe delivery!!

You can see the *original* designer gown here

My Fairy Landed!!

I absolutely love participating in sewing swaps! I enjoy sewing for people I don't know (though I'm always scared they won't like my stuff!!!) And I LOVE getting yummy goodies in the mail. This round of swapping was no different. I ran into a snag getting my stuff sent due to MJ spending some time in the hospital, but I think I'm almost caught up on other things so I can devote more time to sewing! However, this weekend my fairy landed and brought me some adorable gifts!!! Generally we don't don't know who our fairy is, but I'm too nosey to settle for that! So, be sure to leave Chelsea, of Late Bloomer Crafts, some love as she was the one behind these super-cute gifts! Thanks Chelsea, I love it all!!!!


This quilt is adorable! Perfect size for a wall! It's really fitting given my new obsession with quilting! I want to learn *so* bad!!

Knitted doll for Miss MJ! It's the perfect size!

Mini Draw-String bag for Aiden. Not only is it just the perfect size for his cars, the fabric is his *favorite* things "fireducksambances". That's how he says it, all one word :)

She also sent a coffee cozy, but it made hasty departure to Mike's office, so I don't have a picture of it!