Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party 10/26 ed!

Welcome to the Weekend Friends!
Ladybird Ln

On the home front we have SHEET ROCK!  And it is a big chalky MESS!  But it is also super exciting because it means that we are that much closer!

Since I am not cool enough to have a Halloween Parade in my neck of the woods like The Homespun, I thought we would have one here on Ladybird Ln.

Bear Rabbit Bear has made the absolute CUTEST costume for her little girl! Isn't she a doll?

Pinkie for Pink made her daughter a darling Pumpkin Costume!  I made my son a pumpkin costume this year.  It is not cute, he insisted on being a SCARY pumpkin... pictures to come I am sure!

Tales of A Trophy Wife shared years wort of costumes for her family... They are all so darling, the Princess bride above, is one of my personal favorites!  This is a must see, it is so much fun!

What are you being for Halloween?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Spooky Halloween Bunting!

I don't know about you, but I think that Halloween is the most fun holiday to decorate for!  I was so excited when I found this Halloween banner panel from Riley Blake (Riley Blake Costume Clubhouse Banner Panel, to be exact)!  I love a simple project, and this is one simple and fun project!

The Riley Blake Halloween Panel gave no instructions on assembling the banner, so I thought I would share how I put mine together.  But I do not think there is a right or wrong way!

Item's Needed
Rylie Blake Halloween Panel (I bought mine from for less than $7)
Fusible fleece
Fabric for the back of the bunting, I just used a scrap I had
Double fold Bias Tape, or make your own, I did
Spray quilt basting
Rotary Cutter, and quilting ruler, it makes the job easier!

 Iron your fusible fleece to the back of your banner fabric panel. Using your spray basting, spray the back of the fusible fleece. Carefully place the fabric for the back of the bunting on the back side of the fusible fleece. This will make it so all of your layers are stuck together.

 Now using a quilting roller, and a rotary cutter, cut out each individual triangle.

 Sew a zig zag stitch around the border of each triangle.  (Sorry, I do not have a better picture of this step!)
Next Lay out your individual triangles.  I decided to make each words its own banner because it is so long. Pin each triangle to the inside of the bias tape. And sew that down good.

 Turn the bias tape over and sew the finished edge!

 This is sure to be a great addition to your spooky decore!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party!

Welcome to the Weekend Friends
Ladybird Ln

So a quick update on the home remodel.. It is going Great!  Today they are starting the drywall, we have brick happening, and we passed our four way inspection.  I can tell you... I can not wait to have a Laundry Room again... it is kind of a love hate relationship, I hate to do laundry, but I hate not having a washer and dryer in my own home even more!

So I am going to be honest, some of the Christmas posts last week had my hyperventilating... I can not believe it is time to be thinking of Christmas.. So while I am in ignorant bliss, I am going to share some projects that had me saying Boo!

Isn't this light up ghost spooktacular? Crafty Mis-Adventures is pretty clever, I bet you will never guess what is under these ghosts... so clever!

I am just loving Wait 'til Your Father Gets Home, table runner.  Halloween is so fun!

Did someone say Pumpkin.... and Chocolate, I am in!  Semi-Homemade Mom has done it again with Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie Bars!

Finally I wish I had some stylish Halloween towels adorning my kitchen... But Alas, I will have to enjoy Vixen Made's by afar!

Thanks everyone for linking up, and for all of the sweet comments!  I really appreciate you all!  If you were featured please feel free to grab a 'Featured' Button!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

$30 PYP Giveaway!

Today I am excited to share a giveaway for a Pick Your Plum, $25 grab box, with Seven Alive, and several other great bloggers!  I must confess I am a PYP stalker, and am Soooo excited about this giveaway!
Pick Your Plum is a day-a-deal site.  Every day at 7:00 am {MST} they post a new deal on their site.  The deals can be for clothes, craft supplies, thread, jewelry, they have even had fabric.  {something for everyone} When the deal is sold out, or the day is done, it's gone for good. You want to be quick to get your deal before your neighbor does. Here's a tip, Pick Your Plum always posts the deal to their facebook page first, so you might want to "like" them, so your in the know. Today you get the chance at winning one of their AWESOME grab boxes stuffed full of $25 worth of Pick Your Plum products.  Here's some of the deals they have had in the past.  Any of these could be in your box or, none of them. It so fun to open the box and see the surprises!
Okay, now wipe all the drool off your chin and keyboard because it's time to enter the giveaway.  There are a lot of options this time.  You don't have to do them all, but the more you do the better chance you have to win.  Open to the U.S. only.  Good Luck to you all!
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Crafting for a Cause, Giraffe Grins Pillowcase Drive!

I am so excited to announce our next Crafting for a Cause Project, and here to introduce it is Dee from The CSI Project!
Hi, my name is Dee from The CSI Project. I am the CSI crafty girl behind the blog. This is my CSI Family!

I love gettin' crafty and fulfilling my mission to Create.Share.Inspire which is what we do everyday on The CSI Project, but I also want to introduce you to The CSI Projects Charity that I established.
If you wander around my blog, you will find a cause that is near and dear to my heart. It is called Giraffe Grins and it is a charity that I created to spread colorful and cheerful pillowcases to children in hospitals. Why do I care so much?
It is simple. I found myself in a Children's hospital as a child too. I was scared, my family was scared and we were alone. I remember the big giraffe that was painted on the wall and the comfort it brought me. It was bright and colorful and was about the only thing that I could smile about.
So, now I remember the big giraffe and I remember those kids that find themselves in those hospitals today. They may be lonely and most likey scared. So, my mission is to deliver colorful and bright pillowcases to these kids all around the country and I hope they grin as big as the giraffe on my hospital wall.
I am so grateful to have Giraffe Grin Affiliates{read all about them here} around the country who sew pillowcases on behalf of GG and deliver them to their local hospitals. We have affiliates in Boston, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, LA , Wisconsin and Arizona. There are so many more parts of the country and so many children's hospitals that I would love to touch and spread Giraffe Grins to.
This holiday season is fast approaching and one thing I want to make sure of this year, is that we reach many, many kids in hospitals by delivering fun, colorful pillowcases.
This year I am organizing a national sewing day. That means anyone can participate no matter where you are. You can gather a sewing group or sew by yourself. Then, deliver these pillowcases to your local children's hospitals. If you do not have one near you, then you can mail them to me or any of my affiliates and we can make sure they get delivered. If you do not sew but want to help, you can purchase fabric and mail to me or any affiliates as well. This cause has something for everyone. Anyone can help!
Holiday Grins National Sewing Day is November 3rd.
~ Gather a sewing group and plan what times and where you will sew. Then, contact local hospital to set up delivery day and ask what their procedures are . Every hospital is different.
~ I will check in on you so I will need the leader of the groups email address so they can call in and take part of a special Podcast. I will talk to each group and see how the sewing is going and talk about what this means to you and why you are helping.
~ There will be giveaways{possibly} throughout the day as well for sewing groups, so if you own a shop or Etsy shop and you want to participate, then email me with "Holiday Grins Sponsor" as the title of email.
~ If you want to donate fabric, I am looking for Christmas kids fabric and regular bright and cheerful kids fabric. Both will be made. 1 yard makes 1 pillowcase. Email me with "Holiday Grins Donation" as the email title.
~ Spread the word by picking up this button and sharing on your blog.
Here is the button code: <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="iraffe Grins Charity"></a>
iraffe Grins Charity
Here is a list of our affiliates and where they live so if you live near them and want to contact them, please do so.

Michelle McCarthy Manteiga
Boston, MA

Trina Mitchell
Syracuse, NY

Tammi Law
Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hermann in Houston 

Megan Bray
blog/website: Balancing Home (
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (Wauwatosa, WI)

Amanda Wick Cunningham
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Nikki Wright
Boston Children's Hospital

Elizabeth Ford
Children's hospital Macon, GA

7th and 8th Graders of KCMS FCCLA
Waynesboro, Kentucky

Feel free to contact any of our affiliates to connect with for the Holiday Grins Pillowcase Drive.
I want each group to come up with a goal on how many pillowcases they will make and deliver. Then, the leader can email that to me and as we check in with each group, we can see how close we are to that goal. 

So, if you would like to be a leader of a group, email me with "Holiday Grins Group Leader" as the title and we can get started.

Thank you for your interest and support of Giraffe Grins. I know these pillowcases make a difference to children and their families as they go through a hard trial in their lives.
I can honestly say that, knowing that the BIG colorful giraffe made my hospital stay better.
I believe in the principles that this blog was inspired by and I believe that we can live our lives with the same motto to Create, Share and Inspire. I would even add to serve one another to that and YOU can serve those around you or even brighten a child’s hospital room from far away.
You can do this by partnering with, The CSI Project and Giraffe Grins.
I hope you will consider helping this holiday season and taking part in
Every child counts, every pillowcase makes a difference and every grin brightens someone's day!
To contact me:
How will you spread the grins this holiday season?
Giraffe Grins, that is!

Thanks Dee, what a terrific cause!  Lets get together and put grins on kids faces this year!  If you need a tutorial for a simple pillowcase, you can find one HERE!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party!

Ladybird Ln
Can I call it the weekend yet... this has been one crazy week, but it will culminate with my cute sister in law's Wedding, so it will sure to be great, right?

Here is a the latest update on our home remodel process... SO close, yet so far, I think we are at the half way point though!  We have our four-way inspection on Monday!

Last week we went PUMPKINS at Ladybird Ln... Just look at all of these fabulous pumpkins that were shown off!

Lady Behind The Curtain - Edible Halloween Lights
The Light Up Pumpkin By Lady Behind the Curtain!

The Shabby Pumpkin By Angela's Sewing for Sanity!

The Crocheted Pumpkin by Petals to Picots!

The edible-gluten free pumpkin by Sewlicious Decore!

The Burlap Pumpkin by One Crafty Mess!

A neutral pumpkin by This is Happiness!

Halloween 04
And finally glowing pumpkins by Wesens-Art!

I can't wait to see your scary creations

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jeepers Creepers, Trick Or Treat Bag!

Making cute trick or treat bags has been on my to do list for several years now, but this year I can finally check it off my list! 

I could not resist when I found the Jeepers Creepers fabric at my local fabric store, it is so much fun, and it glows in the dark how cool is that.  (The fabric is by Blank Quilting by the way).  My kids will be haunting in style this year!

For this project, I made a very basic tote bag and embellished it with ric-rac.  Here is what I used.  It takes 2/3 of a yard of both the outer and the lining fabric to make three bags.

Cutting List
Outer Fabric (2)- 12" by 13.5" rectangles of fabric
Lining fabric (2)- 12" by 13.5" rectangles of fabric
Fusible Fleece (2)- 12" by 13.5" rectangles of fabric
Cotton Webbing (2) 12.5" Pieces for handles
Ric-Rac 2- 12" Yard Piece

After all of your pieces have been cut, iron the fusible fleece onto the outer fabric.  Fusible Fleece is optional, but I love how fusible fleece makes projects feel thicker, and sturdier.  Sew the Ric Rac onto the outside of the outer fabric.  I sewed my pieces about 3.5" below the top edge.
On both the outer fabric, and the lining fabric, with right sides together,  sew a 1/4 inch long seem along the sides and bottom of the bag.  Leave a 3" opening in the somewhere in the lining fabric, to turn the bag right side out.

Tack the handles onto the outer fabric where you would like them to go.  I pin it with pins, then sew it to secure it in place with a couple rows of stitches.

Turn the liner fabric inside out. Place the outer fabric inside the lining fabric.  Fabrics should be touching with right sides together.  Sew a 5/8" strait stitch along the top of the bag.  Make sure that the handles are tucked inside.

Using the three inch opening in the lining fabric, turn the bag right side out.  Top -stitch the top edge of the bag.  Sew the opening in the lining shut... and you are finished!

This is a simple bag, that looks professional, because you do not see any seems when you open the bag.

 Happy Haunting!

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