A former working mom trying to figure out what being a SAHM is all about.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tutu Giveaway Time

Jan. 21 through Jan. 26

Pink Princess Tutu

To celebrate reaching 500 Facebook Fans I am hosting a giveaway on my FB Page!  To enter you must "like" my FB page and share the contest on your own FB page by clicking the share button under the post. Leave a comment under the giveaway post letting me know you've done so, and that's your entry!

The winner will receive a Pink Princess Tutu (pictured) in the size of their choice from NB to 5T. The contest is open to the U.S. and Canada only.

For those of you with Pinterest accounts you can earn an additional entry by posting one of my tutus from my Sweet Baby Tutus shop on Pinterest.com.  There are "pin it" button located on each items page in the right hand column.  Leave an additional comment if you choose do this too.  I would love it if you left a link to your pin.

Only the entries under the giveaway photo on my FB page will be accepted.
The giveaway is open now and will end Thursday at midnite est, Jan. 26.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I got a sewing machine!

Yep, that's right! My mom surprised me with a sewing machine this Christmas and I am itching to make stuff.  Last weekend I went shopping and bought a few items, like thread and cheap material, to start practicing.  I bought pre-cut fabric from Walmart ($4.00) and got started. I like to jump in, to heck with actually taking real lessons!

So far I've made a purse for me and an "easy" skirt for my daughter.

Here are my first projects:

My clutch! I didn't add any of the "extras"
like a snap or buttons because I honestly wasn't
expecting it to resemble a purse when I finished.
I think it turned out pretty darn cute!

This is my daughter trying on the skirt
for the final time. Excuse the threads hanging down, I hadn't trimmed them yet. This was rough, but wearable. She LOVED it which is all that matters. Yes this is leftover material from the purse.

Here are the tutorials I used for the bag, which is called the Buttercup Bag, and the Circle Skirt. The bag took me a couple of hours and became a clutch because the strap didn't turn out that great and the skirt took about an hour and a half. Remember, these were my first projects EVER so if you have a little practice sewing you can knock these out in no time.

In case you haven't guessed, I don't know how to sew.  I can do a little by hand but that 's it. Nothing fancy, just a button or two. For the past week I have been scouring the Internet for tutorials to teach me the basics. Hopefully, I'll be able to take a lesson or two in the next month. I'm a visual learner and there are only so many angles you can watch someone sew a hem on YouTube before you need a person in the same room to actually show you. 

Thanks to Pinterest, I've stockpiled my sewing pin board with tutorials and patterns I hope to try once I get a little better. My goal is to have my little girl some pretty awesome clothes this summer. I also plan to go all "Martha Stewart" on our house.

If you know of any websites I can visit to get a few beginner sewing tutorials or free, simple patterns, please share!