Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Winking Apple



Hi there! Sierra here! I know its been a while so I thought I'd pop in and share with you what I've been up to. Lately, I've been a contributor over at Or So She Says, working on dolls for my shop: The Winking Apple and sewing up projects for my 3 littles in my spare time (which there doesn't seem to be enough of, am I right?). Here are just a few of the dolls I've made over the past year:












I continue to add more dolls weekly, so feel free to stop on by and have a look around! 





Halloween



Halloween is my favorite holiday! I'm serious...I love it more than Christmas. 

That's why this year, I started prepping two months in advance to make all three of my little's costumes. I know, I know...it was a little ambitious, but after settling on what they wanted to be (kids change their minds approximately 90 times before Halloween) I embarked upon the handmade Halloween costume journey. 

It actually wasn't too painful, except for the fact that I may have caused permanent damage to my arm, in the process of hand painting all the stripes on my son's Jack Skellington costume but I'm pretty pleased with the results. 

I gave myself a budget of $30 for all three costumes. A while back I visited that store with the little red circle inside a bigger red circle and almost fell over at how much one costume cost. So, I said: "I'll make all three for that price!" (we've already established that I have an overly ambitious brain) and I set off to work. A tulle skirt may have been cut up in the process but I reused, recycled and found some very inexpensive cotton fabric to work with. 

And after over a month of work...voila!

Pikachu, Jack Skellington and a little Witch costume:

 




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Handmade Gift Ideas Christmas 2015 Edition



Hi there! Its Sierra here! Christmas is coming! I challenged myself this Christmas to make all handmade gifts (except the ones from Santa) using what I had on hand or under $20 for each child. I started in November and I was able to reach my goal a week and a half before Christmas! Yay! 

Today I'm sharing what I made and the patterns I used. Maybe you can get in some last minute Christmas crafting in this week! :)

1. Mermaid/Shark Tail Blankets:
For these I measured my 3 children and drafted up a pattern based on their height. Its pretty simple to make your own pattern, but if you are looking for a great free mermaid tail blanket pattern you can get one HERE or HERE





2. Wooie Hobby Horses:
This adorable pattern is from Whimsy Woo! You will love the many ways you can customize it and what kid wouldn't fall in love with the make believe magic of owning and riding their own horse! Also, from now until December 17th, you can get 30% off all Whimsy Woo patterns if you join the Facebook group HERE.






3. American Girl Doll Apron, Chef Hat and Oven Mit:
The second item on my daughter's Christmas list was an apron for her American Girl Doll. There is an adorable FREE pattern over at: DayDream Doll Boutique that fit the bill perfectly! Its super easy and super cute! 



4. Mermaid Dolls:
I thought these mermaid dolls would go perfectly with the mermaid tail blankets so I whipped a few up from one of my favorite books: "The Making of a Rag Doll" by Jess Brown." Its a heavily modified version of the pattern but you can use your imagination and come up with your own! If nothing else, YOU NEED TO BUY THE BOOK! Its amazing! :)



5. Robot Doll:
My son is obsessed with Robots! So, I thought I would make him one to snuggle at night. I was inspired by this one and came up with my own pattern to sew up!



6. Baby Doll Carrycot:
My littlest one is crazy about baby dolls and loves carrying them all over the place! I figured it was time to make her something she could carry them in. This FREE pattern over at Sew Mama Sew was absolutely darling and just what I was looking for! 



 Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting! 


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Maggie Fox Dress Pattern Review



Hi there! Sierra here! Are you getting excited for Halloween?! I wanted to drop in and share a fun costume idea with you today! As of late, I've been testing some super rad patterns which I will be sharing on the blog shortly as well as putting a sewing dent in the hundreds of pdf patterns I've accumulated over the years. I've been planning on making a fox Maggie dress for a while now and I finally got around to it this past week. I was pretty happy with how it turned out:



You can find the Maggie dress pattern over at Create Kids Couture

Happy Sewing!! ☺️

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What I've Been Up To...



Hi there! Sierra here! I feel like its been forever! But don't worry! I haven't traded in my crafting for good! As it turns out, being a mom, preschool teacher and pulling all nighters at the sewing machine have made for a busy/exhausting life with not very much downtime.

BUT....

Here's what I've been up to lately...


Dress making...


I've had quite a pattern addiction lately...









Doll making...

Updated Miss Fox pattern of my own (See the old one here)

 Bunnies! I tested out this adorable Lieschen Mueller pattern and put it to some super great use over the spring break!
 Read the book: The Making of a Rag Doll, by Jess Brown and made these lovies from the patterns inside:

And other fun crafting...


Girly things

Frozen cake with hand painted peg dolls:

Paper flower crafting:

I'm excited to get back into the swing of things and share all of my sewing/crafting adventures with you. While you are here, have a look around...


Here are some of my favorite posts:






And as always... HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Guide



Mother's Day is just around the corner...eep! So I've compiled quite a few of my favorite mothery items in a gift guide as a thank you to you for being a wonderful mother all year. :) Its also a splendid way to find the most perfect gift for your own mother. 

To all of you lovely mothers...thank you for all that you do!

Now go treat yourself!

;)


1.  Pleated Bobbi Apron (Anthropologie) 2. Handpainted Twig Pencils (INKKIT) 3. Botanical Rose Iphone Case (Riffle Paper Co.) 4. Gold Polka Dot Pillow (Goods By Grinn) 5. Antler Stamp (Besotted Brand) 6. Triangle Initial Necklace (Astronette) 7. Kitchen Party Recipe Cards (The Black Apple) 8. Green Red Rose Washi Tape (The Washi Shop) 9. Moss Garden Pocket Notebooks (Riffle Paper Co.)


10. Lemon Meringue Crochet Mary Jane Slippers (White Noise Maker)  11. Flower Girl Postcards (The Black Apple) 12. Floral Perfection Queen Bed Cover (Gypsya) 13. Flowers Tote Bag (Depeapa) 14. Measuring Hedgies (Anthropologie) 15. Embroidered Initial Necklace (Merriweathercouncil)



16.  Mint Lace Pendent (The Whirl Wind) 17. Deer Tea Towel (Gingiber) 18. Mother's Day Cards (Treat) 19. Lavender Nail Polish (OPI) 20. Engraved Wood Cutting Board (Wood Link) 21. Soap and Body Mousse (Vice & Velvet) 22. Minnetonka Moccasins (Minnetonka) 23. Joy Print (The Wheatfield) 24. Peach and Gold Dot Dish (Up in the Air Somewhere)








Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gold Tipped Feathers



I've been so inspired by all of these pretty gold tipped feathers floating around Pinterest, that I decided to make some myself... 


They are so simple to make! I made a bunch of them in under an hour. How much do you love a craft that stays within that time frame with active children running around? Yes please!

All you need to make them are: white turkey feathers (found at Michaels), Gold glitter (Martha Stewart Gold Florentine Fine Glitter also found at Michaels) and Gold Metallic craft paint (Plaid Craft paint Found at JoAnn Fabrics)



I painted the tips with the gold paint and sprinkled glitter over the wet paint. This is something your kids could totally help you with. My daughter is a great glitter sprinkler. ;) 

I then attached the dried feathers to a piece of jute string and hung them up above my faux chalkboard picture frames. I thought it added a nice touch... :)


P.S. The faux picture frames are an awesome option for you renters who don't want to make any permanent holes in the walls. Plus your kids will love changing up the pictures by adding some of their own artwork. 

I made them by painting some cheap Walmart card stock paper with chalkboard paint and adding frames by tracing them onto brown wrapping paper. I just love chalkboard paint, don't you?


Happy Crafting!

Love, Sierra 


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