A Frock of Seagulls: Simply Shift Free Pattern

December 18, 2014

Newest variation on the Simply Shift free pattern! I bought this navy seagull fabric at Hancock. They had a great selection of chiffon print. Way better than JoAnn's IMHO.

I thought it would be interesting to pair this print with hot pink tights and gold accessories. I got the gold necklace at Old Navy for only $10. I can't find it online but it might still be in your store.

Mermaid Tail Blanket: Free Pattern

December 17, 2014

Just in time for Christmas! I have another great free pattern! This would make an AWESOME Christmas gift for any girl under 10. It's a mermaid fin but it's also a BLANKET!! Fantastic huh?!

Imagine your little one all snuggled in it while watching TV or taking a nap or listening to a story.
It's so cozy! Even though it's slightly more expensive, I recommend using Soft N Comfy fabric rather than fleece. Get the kind that's soft on BOTH sides. It really makes all the difference when touching and feeling this blanket. Right now it's on sale at JoAnn's until December 24th!
This post includes two patterns. One for a 1-5 year old and one for a 6-10 year old. The smaller pattern only uses a little less than 2 yards of fabric TOTAL. I used the Soft N Comfy fabric at JoAnns. It's currently only $5.49 a yard! I bought aqua for the tail, purple for the tail fin and neon green for the waist fin. All together this tail only cost me $10.33.

Before you print out and cut these patterns. I would recommend not printing the tail pattern and just printing the fins. The tail pattern can be easily done without the pattern. Of course, if you feel more comfortable using the pattern and don't mind printing and taping all the pieces together then by all means, that's what it's there for;-)

Here are the files for a younger child 1-5.
Here are the files for an older child 5-10.

Awesome Personalized Christmas Stocking Pattern (free download)

December 16, 2014

Just wanted to remind anyone out there that I have a great stocking pattern available! I used it for all the members of our family and it looks fantastic! Get the pattern and tutorial through this link!

Craft Night: Advent Calendar Paper Houses

December 15, 2014

Last Friday a friend and I decided to try and throw a last minute "Craft Night" and I do mean last minute. Like, I sent out invitations on Thursday.......last minute.

We wanted to make 12-day advent calendars so we just couldn't wait any longer for the proper length of time to plan a party. Despite the rush we managed to get a few friends together, including Beth from Home Stories A to Z and had a great time burning our fingers on hot glue, sipping wine and gushing over the adorable crafts!

Holiday Tartan: Cozy Fleece Leggings Free Pattern

December 12, 2014

Ok! Here's the last one! Just in time to wear for the holidays. I also bought this fleece fabric at Hancock. You might still catch it if you stop by. Also only $5 a yard. Get the free pattern for these fleece leggings here!

These pants would make for great easy Christmas gifts. I timed how long it took to construct these after I cut the fabric. All together it took just over 20 minutes. Make 3 in just one hour!

Southwestern Snug: Cozy Fleece Leggings Free Pattern

December 11, 2014

Another fleece leggings free pattern variation! I bought this southwestern print at Hancock Fabric for only $5 a yard! I wore these outside today and they were great at keeping me warm through the cold wind and snow. These pants would make for great easy Christmas gifts. I timed how long it took to construct these after I cut the fabric. All together it took just over 20 minutes. Make 3 in just one hour!

Visiting Martha's Vineyard and the Newly Unveiled 2015 HGTV Dream House

December 10, 2014

Last week I went on a little adventure. I hopped a plane from my little town in Pennsylvania and landed in Boston, then took a ferry which landed in the most-gorgeous Martha's Vineyard. I had never had the pleasure before so I was especially excited to see the island but even more excited about a particular house ON the island. The 2015 HGTV Dream House (pictured above).

If you've never been to Martha's Vineyard, let me tell you, it's easy to see why it's so famous. The entire island has a New England sea town feel to it. And there isn't a single house that doesn't look the part. Unlike the beaches in NJ and delaware, the ocean is pretty level with the town so the shoreline is very close to roads and private homes which makes for very scenic tours.
Lighthouses, picket fences, docks and cedar shingles abound! Of course this makes the perfect setting for the HGTV dream home!

Christmas Window Display: Negative Space Letter Cutouts

December 9, 2014

While in Martha's Vineyard last week I saw a really interesting store window display . It was just a large piece of white paper with Christmas themed block words cut out into it. It looked really nice during the day and seemed like a pretty simple concept. I decided to try it. I used black photo backdrop paper. If you don't happen to have photo backdrop paper you can also just tape together large sheets of newsprint paper. It does leave a lot of room for people to see into your house though so I would probably do it in a room that you aren't going to be in very much.

Cut out your letters. I used our Silhouette machine to cut out 12"x12" cardstock paper that I wasn't going to use. Remember you only have to cut out each letter you use once. For "Tis the Season" I only had to cut out 8 letters. Lay them on your paper and trace.

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