Friday, August 29, 2014

Super Cute PDF Patterns - Blaverry

Have you heard about Braverry patterns?
They are so so cute!  These patterns are a little nautical and oh so stylish.  Go ahead a click on this link to see the companies first 10 patterns.
Here's another link to show you how cute these patterns look once finished!
The best part is that these pdf patterns are now on sale thru Sunday...so what are you waiting for? Go ahead and use the following codes to get huge savings on these adorable patterns:
Here's the pattern I'm planning on ordering or maybe this one.  Which is your favorite pattern?
xoxo Grandma

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Never Throw Away an Old Wallet! Doll Purse & Shoes Tutorial


Ever heard the old adage, "Waste not, want not?" My mom used to say that to me all the time. And it stuck. In the case of this doll purse and shoes, never throw away an old wallet even if it's looking worn. After I purchased a new wallet and emptied my old wallet out, I looked at the fabric and decided that it was only the edges that were worn so why not use the other parts to make a doll purse and coordinating shoes?  Waste not, want not! 

I'll admit that my first attempt at sewing this idea failed.  The shoes were too small for my doll and the purse turned out okay, but was kind of boring looking.

Another thing my mother always taught me was to "try, try again."  So, try I did. For round two, I purchased another faux leather wallet (though any type fabric may work if you'd like to go for a different look) for $1.50 from a thrift store and finally, I created a winning combination. So, here's how my second attempt turned out...

To get started, you'll first need to cut up the wallet.  
  • With sharp scissors, cut the wallet apart as close to the seams as possible.
  • Put a size 14 needle into your sewing machine.
  • Using a scrap of your "faux" leather, test the needle on the leather to make sure this is the right size for your leather.
  • Download the free doll shoe and doll purse pattern HERE.
HOW TO MAKE THE DOLL PURSE:

 
  1. Sew together the front seam.
  2. Sew together the bottom of the purse.
  3. Clip curves.
  4. Sew the buckle onto the center of the purse.
5.  Reinforce the buckle by stitching from both sides.
6.  Sew on the handles on both sides of the bag.

HOW TO MAKE DOLL SHOES:
Trace your doll's foot.  Make the tracing 1/8" larger than the doll's foot for your pattern.
  1. Cut out cardboard; 2 each for the lining
  2. Cut from the faux leather; 1 each for soles
To assemble:
  1. Sew the back seam together using 1/4" seam.  
  2. Sew the strap together.
  3. Trim seam.
  4. Glue cardboard to soles.
  5. Glue body of the shoe to the soles.
  6. Sew small buttons onto the outside of the shoe.
Have fun cutting up your old wallets!  I'm wondering if this pattern would be cute if I cut it out of felt. Hum, maybe that will be my next project.  For one more way to use an old wallet, see this post:  - xoxo Grandma

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Retro Repin Party #6

Hey Everyone! Welcome to our fun Retro Re-pin Party!! Thanks for joining us! This wouldn't be a party without YOU and we appreciate everyone that pins and re-pins with us!
Retro Re-Pin Party
This party is all about bringing those older pins back into the lime light and making them new again! For this we need your help - remember to repin!
Meet your Retro Repin hostesses! With such awesome hostesses on 7 blogs, that's 7 times the exposure for your pin! WOOHOO!!
Please consider following your hostesses!
 
Kristina and Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks: Blog/Pinterest
Dee @ Meatloaf and Melodrama: Blog/Pinterest
Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers: Blog/Pinterest
Joy @ xoxo Grandma: Blog/Pinterest
Becka @ Probably Crafting: Blog/Pinterest
Felicia @ Nifty Thrifty Family: Blog/Pinterest
Leslie @ The Crafty Side of Sarcasm: Blog/Pinterest
 

*~* Are you all ready to party?!? ~

This is a Retro Re-pin Party so works a bit different than the usual link party. Please do NOT link up your blog main page, a blog post or your pin boards - link up one of your Pinterest pins and PLEASE - Family Friendly posts only!! If the link is not to a previously pinned post, it may not be pinned.
Example: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/269864202646485062/

1. Add up to 2 pin links to your pinned posts - the older the better!
2. Repin at least 2 other pins because that's why we are here!
3. Link back to us if you would, it's the nice thing to do!
4. Come back next week and repeat!
5. Spread the word, the more the merrier!
Note: By linking up to this party, you give the hostesses permission to share your posts via social media with links back to the original source. If you have entered an email address into the link up too, an email will be sent when the party goes live. Your email will not be used in any other way.

Take a button!

xoxo Grandma




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Baby Clothes Refashioned into Doll Clothes

Just in case you didn't see this post that I created for Mother's Niche on turning baby clothes into doll clothes, today I'm going to show you how to easy this is to do.  These two outfits designed for American Girl Dolls are super easy projects for beginner sewers.   

To get started, you'll need the following: scissors, seam ripper, thread, a needle or a sewing machine and baby clothes of course.

Project #1: Baby Top into a Doll Dress
Skill Level:  Beginner
Need: A baby shirt preferably one with a 1/2+" casing along the neck

I decided the appliqued apple was too large for this doll so I unpicked it.  Hopefully you won't need to do that step.  Follow the steps below:

Project #2:  Onesie into a Doll Sized Maxi
Skill Level:  Intermediate  
Need:  Infant onesie - I used a 6 month size  

Follow the steps below:

To finish up this maxi dress, add about 1 1/2" velcro to both sides of the back opening (see step 7). Turn your dress right side out, iron it and be amazed that you can make doll clothes without spending hardly anything.

Are you ready to dig out those old baby clothes and see what you can do with them?
Trust me, your child will think you are amazing when you tell them that their "new" doll clothes were once things they wore.  - xoxo Grandma


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Retro Repin Party #5

Hey Everyone! Welcome to our fun Retro Re-pin Party!! Thanks for joining us! This wouldn't be a party without YOU and we appreciate everyone that pins and re-pins with us!
Retro Re-Pin Party
This party is all about bringing those older pins back into the lime light and making them new again! For this we need your help - remember to repin!
Meet your Retro Repin hostesses! With such awesome hostesses on 7 blogs, that's 7 times the exposure for your pin! WOOHOO!!
Please consider following your hostesses!
 
Kristina and Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks: Blog/Pinterest
Dee @ Meatloaf and Melodrama: Blog/Pinterest
Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers: Blog/Pinterest
Joy @ xoxo Grandma: Blog/Pinterest
Becka @ Probably Crafting: Blog/Pinterest
Felicia @ Nifty Thrifty Family: Blog/Pinterest
Leslie @ The Crafty Side of Sarcasm: Blog/Pinterest
 

*~* Are you all ready to party?!? ~

This is a Retro Re-pin Party so works a bit different than the usual link party. Please do NOT link up your blog main page, a blog post or your pin boards - link up one of your Pinterest pins and PLEASE - Family Friendly posts only!! If the link is not to a previously pinned post, it may not be pinned.

Very simple rules for this party:

1. Add up to 2 pin links to your pinned posts - the older the better!
2. Repin at least 2 other pins because that's why we are here!
3. Link back to us if you would, it's the nice thing to do!
4. Come back next week and repeat!
5. Spread the word, the more the merrier!
Note: By linking up to this party, you give the hostesses permission to share your posts via social media with links back to the original source. If you have entered an email address into the link up too, an email will be sent when the party goes live. Your email will not be used in any other way.
<div style=">xoxo Grandma



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Ramblings and a Few Newborn Creations

It's been a busy summer for me.  I attended a family reunion at the beach and a few weeks later a big high school reunion.  Last week, my husband and I celebrated our 37th anniversary at my favorite coastal town in Oregon.  On top of all these activities, instead of wishing my family was close by, they've actually been around a lot this summer! As you can imagine, I've been enjoying a house full of children and grandchildren.  

At the end of July, my son's family was able to leave the country were they've been living in tumultuous circumstances and come back to America.  This weekend, my son finally gets to leave that same country and join his family here too!  What a relief it will be to this mother's heart to have his family all together in the U.S.  

Later this week, I'll kiss my youngest daughter and her family goodbye as they journey over 6,000 miles away to live for a few years, while her husband serves in the military.  I keep wondering if my children and grandchildren couldn't try living a little closer to us?  Of course, I realize that their oversea adventures just means I have some pretty cool, new places to visit.
This past month, I discovered a few fun things.  One discovery was a great little fabric store in Cannon Beach, Oregon called Center Diamond Fabric, where I purchased two wonderful batik seahorse fabrics - I'm excited to show you these fabrics and make something adorable for my granddaughters out of them!



I also learned that the clothes I make for my newborn grandbabies look much cuter on the babies than on my clothes line.  I know, not much of a surprise with that discovery. Remember the lace shoes I embellished for my granddaughter to coordinate with the lace dress I refashioned?  Here are a few photos of that outfit on this baby girl.  Isn't she precious?


Stay tuned, because I just finished another sundress and the cutest outfit for this little one, so she'll have plenty of outfits to wear in her new home overseas.  I'll post those photos later when my house gets a little quieter!    - xoxo Grandma

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Retro Repin Party #4

Hey Everyone! Welcome to our fun Retro Re-pin Party!! Thanks for joining us! This wouldn't be a party without YOU and we appreciate everyone that pins and re-pins with us!
Retro Re-Pin Party
This party is all about bringing those older pins back into the lime light and making them new again! For this we need your help - remember to repin!
Meet your Retro Repin hostesses! With such awesome hostesses on 7 blogs, that's 7 times the exposure for your pin! WOOHOO!!
Please consider following your hostesses!
 
Kristina and Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks: Blog/Pinterest
Dee @ Meatloaf and Melodrama: Blog/Pinterest
Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers: Blog/Pinterest
Joy @ xoxo Grandma: Blog/Pinterest
Becka @ Probably Crafting: Blog/Pinterest
Felicia @ Nifty Thrifty Family: Blog/Pinterest
Leslie @ The Crafty Side of Sarcasm: Blog/Pinterest
 

*~* Are you all ready to party?!? ~

This is a Retro Re-pin Party so works a bit different than the usual link party. Please do NOT link up your blog main page, a blog post or your pin boards - link up one of your Pinterest pins and PLEASE - Family Friendly posts only!! If the link is not to a previously pinned post, it may not be pinned.
Example:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/555139091540348954/

Very simple rules for this party:

1. Add up to 2 pin links to your pinned posts - the older the better!
2. Repin at least 2 other pins because that's why we are here!
3. Link back to us if you would, it's the nice thing to do!
4. Come back next week and repeat!
5. Spread the word, the more the merrier!
Note: By linking up to this party, you give the hostesses permission to share your posts via social media with links back to the original source. If you have entered an email address into the link up too, an email will be sent when the party goes live. Your email will not be used in any other way.

Take a button!

xoxo Grandma