Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Don't mess with my tutu

My daughter is starting ballet, and her wardrobe was...lacking. I dressed her in a onesie and tennis shorts over tights. Ouch. Good thing she is just 3 and has no concept of "cool." She may have been a bit upset. Determined to not let that fashion faux pa happen twice, I decided to make her a tutu. Simple enough.

You will need:
-elastic (mine was about a half inch in thickness)
-tulle in your favorite colors (I think I used about 2 1/2 yards)
-garnishes (ribbon, flowers, pom-poms what ever you like)
-stapler or sewing machine.

Measure the length you want the tutu to be, and double that number. Cut 6 inch strips the length of the doubled number. Sadie's was 9 inches long, so I cut strips that were 18"X6". It is okay if they are not all exact, just as close as you can. Take your elastic and measure your child's waist with it, leave about a one inch overlap. Remove and staple (my preferred method), or if you are that nifty, sew it together. Now, the fun part--if you have a patient child (or one that will hold still with a movie--eh hem) have them step into the elastic circle so you can get to work. If not, you can do the next step in your lap, I just found it easier on my daughter. Using one strip at a time make a loop, and lace the whole thing under the elastic. Take your ends, pull around the elastic, through the loop, and tighten. Continue all the way around the elastic, make sure you do them all the same direction. When that was done, accessorize! I then took the little roses that are on wire (used for wedding crafts a lot) and wrapped them around the elastic and tucked the wire. I added ribbon, and a big flower to the side (so she could tell which side was the front).

VoilĂ ! Plie!
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Recipe Book

Alright ladies, I am on a mission! I am putting together a recipe book and I know I have bugged a few of you about this, and hey...who knows if anyone really even reads this blog. BUT, any of you that do, I need your help. I want your recipes. Not your "I tried it once, it was good" recipes. I want your tried and true, make over and over, everyone loves it! recipes. I have a section for drinks, appetizers, salads, soups, breads, sides, main dishes, and desserts. If any of you have a GREAT recipe that you LOVE in any of those categories, PLEASE email it to me at or put it in my comments. If you participate, I might even send you a recipe book. Thanks!

Think Spring!

SpRinG has always been my favorite season!! Warm, long sunny days, bright green grass, budding blossoms, birds chirping and signs of new life!! I loved these warm spring ideas and creative way to decorate eggs! (thanks Martha Stewart and Country Living! Directions for egg decoratint techniques are on

Monday, March 2, 2009

Valentine's Catch up!

I grabbed my red glittered decor. at Hobby Lobby...LOVE that place!

Again, I stuffed my apothecary jars with whatever I thought my look Valentinish!

14 decorative match boxes(for the days leading up to the big day).

More red glittered hearts for display.

My friend was in charge of our ward V-day party. She made these adorable pin wheels and put them in tall jars filled with white rice and red filler. It was so cute!