Sunday, May 6, 2012

April's Pattern Success

Well, the month of April really seemed to fly right past me! I only completed ONE pattern for my personal pattern challenge. I'm still happy though! One is better than none! Plus, this pattern is way too cute! I made a sheep pillow from pattern #2197 Fleece Pillows. At first, I thought I'd sell it in my shop, but my daughter's heart won me over instead! O well. It feels good to keep something for a change!
And here it is with the happy recipient!
This was very fun and easy to make! I'm hoping for a chance to make the bug. I like that this pattern comes with so many options. You can choose from the lamb, a frog, a bee, a ladybug, a monkey, and a bug. They're all very cute!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Good Behavior Motivator

I've been having some problems in the behavior area with my youngest daughter (she's six years old). Changes need to be made because her attitude and actions are very disruptive to the peaceful flow of our home. It's quite upsetting to her siblings too.

I'm talking about biting, pushing, kicking, yelling, taunting and the like. Enough is enough! I wanted to come up with a fun system to help guide her behavior toward the positive side. I thought it should be something colorful that she could maneuver, and I wanted it to be simple.

I came upon a craft idea for a teacher appreciation gift on the blog "Skip to my Lou"
My creative juices started flowing, and I found my solution! I altered the gift idea to use as our Behavior Motivator. I used eight plastic mini cups and hot-glued them down onto a picture frame. Each cup has a different color of bead for a certain good behavior. One cup is filled with black beads. In the middle of our board is a glass. When my daughter uses good behavior she takes a colored bead from whatever cup the behavior matches and places it in the glass. When she yells, hits, pushes, kicks, says mean things, etc., she has to put a black bead in the glass. By the end of the week, if she has more colored beads than black beads in the glass, she will receive a reward (something of my crayons and such).

I believe positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator. When kids are "caught" being good and receive praise and positive attention from their good actions it builds up their esteem and encourages them to strive toward the positive. I've gone back-and-forth throughout these years of raising four children when it comes to using reward systems. For me it just depends on the individual child. Some can use and abuse rewards and become expectant or greedy, so it is something to be cautious of. As a parent, you just have to gauge this and make sure YOU are in control of it. The point is to see a real behavior change and for the child to feel good about changing and earning something at the same time. It should all stay very positive. If it's not, then it may not be a good idea to continue.

My daughter was totally beaming when I introduced her to our new plan. I let her sort all the beads in the cups, which gave her a good sense of "ownership" to begin with. She was delightful the entire evening! She caught herself when she began getting angry and changed her attitude using positive words instead! Wow! I am so proud! I really hope this new system continues to work in a positive way!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

On a Whim

An unexpected project came my way this week after reading a blog post by The Little Fabric Shop . She made the cutest Basket of Bunnies for Easter.

Some of my nieces and nephews are coming to visit for Easter this weekend. I've been trying to think of something quick, easy, and cute to make for all the kids (including my own). I think these bunnies will be the perfect thing! What a fantastically fun way to use up my scraps! Added bonus...NO COST! Yea! I'm so excited.

And here they are....
(one special bunny has already been claimed by my youngest)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pattern Success Month 1

This month I chose Simplicity patterns 5124 Home Decorating "Simply Teen Room Organizers" and 2667 "Organizer Bags". I recently spoke about the bulletin board in a previous post. I only used the bottom pocket portion from the pattern and am very happy with the result. I think having pockets on this board adds so much more to the look and provides greater functionality.
( I still have a few things to do before this is truly complete, but...)

I've been wanting a more professional look for packaging sold items from my Etsy shop. I found the Drawstring Bag pattern to be a great possibility. It was incredibly easy to make which is a major plus! I've never made a drawstring bag before. I feel so accomplished! The act of creating something from nothing is such a magical feeling! It's hard to fully describe. It just feels so great to look at an item and realize "I made that!"

I enjoyed completing my Pattern Challenge this month. There's another 99 cent sale going on this weekend! Can't wait to add a few more to select from in my growing collection.

I hope you will consider joining me in this challenge next month! Be sure to share your pictures too! Thanks!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pattern Challenge

My best local "go-to" store for fabric is Joann's. They frequently have really great pattern sales. I get their Simplicity patterns (my fav.) for 99 cents each.

I've developed a nice collection from these generous sales. I now have around 32 patterns. I've used some of them but would like to do more. I thought it'd be fun to challenge myself by digging these patterns out and getting to work by creating at least two per month. I extend this challenge to you, as well, if you happen to have a stash of unused patterns. That "rainy day" has arrived! I hope you will join me so we can share in this sewing success together. This is going to be so much fun!

I will post my pattern success on the last day of each month.

Friday, March 23, 2012

For My Girls

Since diving into the world of Etsy my focus has been on building inventory for my shop, writing for this blog, and keeping up with my Facebook Fan Page. Recently I allowed myself to give it a short rest while I dove back into the magical world of my children.

Time to make something for THEM! They are the ones that inspired my creativity to begin with after all!

I took my oldest daughter to the fabric store where she chose fabric and supplies for us to cover an old bulletin board and fabric for me to make her a phone case. She found her fabric incredibly fast! I enjoyed how much fun she had picking everything out.

Once home, I finished up a dress I had started earlier in the week for my youngest daughter. All the projects turned out great and it felt so wonderful to make something for my own kids again!

Now I have promised them all crocheted baby bunnies for Easter. That's going to be fun (especially the red one requested by my youngest son. HA)!

That reminds me of one of my favorite books I used to read to the kids. "White Rabbit's Color Book". Someday I'd like to make all the colors and give the bunnies and book away as a gift!

Phone Case
Not quite finished YET..........the main fabric says "Faith Hope Love" The Polka Dot fabric is used at the bottom for pockets!

"Faux Pillow Case Dress" from the book "Small Stash Sewing" by Melissa Averinos
I made a DRESS!!!! (excited) : )

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Re-Vamped Lunch Bag

My daughter has decided she no longer likes Hello Kitty and requested a new lunch bag. Oh boy! After close examination, I found that I could easily remove the Hello Kitty and simply make some modifications instead of going out to buy a new bag!

Here's what I did:

I Used my seam ripper to remove the Kitty

Sayonara, Kitty!

Found some scrap fabric in just the right pattern and color....lucky me!!!

Buttons that match the same flower pattern as the bag too! WOW!

And wouldn't you know, while making this, my daughter grabs the Kitty and says "yea! I can play with it"! WHAT? My reply..."I thought you didn't LIKE Hello Kitty anymore!" to which she states..."only at school!" Hmmm O well! She LOVES the "New" bag, and I had fun changing it for her! I also enjoyed finding a new use for scraps!

What kind of new uses have you found for your scraps?
Ever Re-vamped something? Do share...!