Saturday, December 22, 2012

Getting ready for the New Year!

I've been pretty busy with the upcoming holiday but that certainly didn't stop me from making something new...

...a Christmas gift for my little pretty girl, Avery! I'm really loving these chunky beaded necklaces! I already have ideas for more in the works (Minnie Mouse themed for Avery's birthday, and a brightly colored bracelet with matching necklace for another little girl I know who love Monster Inc.)!

I love how this necklace came out so much that i decided to carry them in my shop, in the New Year! So between that and some upcoming Valentine's Day bows, I'm going to be a pretty busy bee.

I know it's crazy, Christmas is not even here yet, but I'm so excited for the upcoming New Year! We definitely need something to look forward to lately...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


My daughter is now a little girl who likes to wear pretty clothes.

Yes, she may only be 21 months old, but she knows how to twirl and flounce with the best of them in a fun, poofy skirt!

Which is why I knew I'd have to make her an extra fluffy tutu.
And since I LOVE tutus on little girls? I knew the fluffier, the better!
If I could get away with wearing a tutu myself? Yup, I totally would. Ha!

So, now I am selling tutus in my shop to share the "puff" with other little girls!

They are just TUTU-cute!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gobble, Gobble!

Can you believe it?

Thanksgiving is only 9 days week.

Holy moly. WHERE is time GOING? It's just zipping by!

Well since the turkey holiday is right around the bend, I thought I'd tell you about one of my most favorite bows in my etsy shop: the Gobble Gobble Turkey Korker Hair Bow!

Sorry, this isn't a tutorial (I seriously don't have time for one right now, but maybe soon??). ;-)  If you want to try your hand at making one of these little beauties, I showed you once before how I make Korkers in this post.  I found a really great tutorial on youtube (that i have the link in that other post) so if you want to learn how to make a korker, go check it out!

It's a fun process, but time-consuming, so don't think you'll whip through it in no time! Since I have small CHILDREN constantly clamoring for attention, I find that it's the easiest for me to do my korkers in stages. And it could happen over a day OR a matter of days depending on how busy I am. Wind the ribbons and bake.  Cut the ribbons and heal seal.  Form the korker and if I have time right after, partially line the  hair clip. And for this baby, glue on the adorable felt turkey to the front of the korker and then attach to your lined clip.  Voila, you're done!

I'd say the most time-consuming part is the cutting and heat-sealing of the ribbons so I like to do it after the kids have gone to bed and I'm catching up on some DVR'd shows. ;-)

So, give it a shot! Make your little one this sweet turkey hair bow! Or if you just don't have the time or don't feel crafty enough, come visit my shop to purchase one!

Gobble, gobble!!!  Now, I'm off to go make some turkey applique shirts for the kiddos using the shape of their hands that I've traced out....

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lots going in my crafty little slice of the world...

Things have been craaaaaaaaazy lately!

In a good way, of course.

Sales are starting to pick up in my etsy shop, Itty Bitty Bow Boutique, and I couldn't be happier. I credit a bit of that to my FB fan page becuz friends of friends of friends found me that way and have ordered.

So, I've been on a bow-making frenzy lately trying to finish and list all the new holiday stuff.

And one thing making that easier on me? MY NEW CRAFT SPACE!!! I plan on doing a post on that soon once I get it all organized (cuz we are SO far from that, right now) but still...what it looks like now is way better than stuff spread out all over the dining room table.

And seriously, can you beat the view? I get to gaze out at the lake while I work on my bows!
And I'm also thinking of tackling some other items to add to my shop. I'm going to attempt to make my first tutu tonight. I bought red and gold sparkly tulle to make Avery a pretty Christmas-y tutu and i can hardly wait to see the finished product.  I'm also going to be making (either tonight or tomorrow) another tie applique shirt for Hunter, this time with a Christmas theme since I'm doing the kids holiday pictures this weekend. As well as a family portrait. The last (and only!) familiy portrait was taken when Hunter was 8 months old....he's now 3 1/2 and his sister is 20 months. ;-) It's time!

What else? I've decorated for Thanksgiving up in herrrrrrrre...but I'm already planning for my Christmas decorating, as well. I moved my living room/toy room around already to accomodote (where we will put) our Christmas tree. We buy our fresh tree the day after Thanksgiving, it's a tradition I look forward to every year!

So...what's new in your lives? Are you getting ready for the holidays? Oh! BTW, go become a new fan on my fb page to qualify for a coupon code for 10% off your first order in my etsy shop! YAY!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Go check out my FB page for Itty Bitty Bow Boutique and maybe win a hair bow!

I'm super excited to have reached 75 (now 76!) "Likes" on my facebook I'm doing a giveaway there!
Be sure to go "Like" my page and then comment under my giveaway status update for a chance to win a free holiday hair bow!
Come and visit me for a chance to win!!  And when I reach 100 "Likes", I'll be doing another giveaway. :-)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monster Mash Spiky Pinwheel Hair BOO-tiful!

Working on some new holiday hair bows! Halloween right now, naturally.  One of my MOST favorite holidays (tied with Christmas, of course!).

There is just NOTHING I don't love whole-heartedly about 'ol Hallows Eve!

The spookier the better!

And I'm really diggin' the black/green/purple combinations in a lot of the Halloween decorations so why not carry it over to a hair bow?

Tonight, I made one I named my Monster Mash Spiky Pinwheel Hair Bow. 

Ain't she purdy? Or...should I say...scary?  Who doesn't love a good monster this time of  year, right?

I had just received some new ribbons in the mail on Saturday so I was eager to dive right in.

If you are looking for a super easy bow to make becuz you don't have any bow-making experience OR you just can't master some of those cutesy little twisted bows (oh my god, they are so HARD to get just right! argh!), then the spiky pinwheel is for you. So easy and actually fun to make.

You pretty much just start layering your ribbons. Easy-peasy.

If you are looking for an actual tutorial on how to make the spiky pinwheel, this ain't one. HA! But seriously, go check out this tutorial if you need some guidance.  She is one of my FAVORITES on youtube.

Layer, stack and glue!  That's it.

Now my only dilemma? To pair it with a green crochet headband or green crochet beanie?

I will for sure have to try both variations on my little model, tomorrow, to get the full effect. My "Little Bones" LOVES trying on and all her new Halloween hair bows! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Crafts, holiday decorating and bathroom painting!

Like I mentioned in my family blog post earlier today..."Halloween-time" has hit in this household!

I seriously love this time of year. Decorating positively makes me GIDDY.  In addition, I'm tackling some crafty projects this year. 

I've been hitting up the craft stores, as well as Goodwill, and loading up on some goodies to support ALL of my habits.

Look at those adorable star and moon book ends! Those will look perfect in Hunter's space/moon themed room!

I know it's not Christmas and/or winter yet, but I saw these adorable tin candle holders and COULD. NOT. RESIST. For 99 cents each, who could?!?

I've also been stocking up on some craft felt. I have some ideas of what I want to make from other blog tutorials I've found...turkey shirts for the kids (tracing their hands), and Avery's newest hairbow, a spider!

It came out a tad bigger than I meant it to, but still cute!  Just need to attach a little bow to the spider's head!

We are also doing a little "polishing" in our bathroom. This bathroom has been an annoyance to me since we moved in almost two years ago. Daryl's dad and grandma used to burn citronella candles on the whirlpool tub (WHO burns a citronella candle INDOORS?!?) and the candle was so close to the wall, that the wall is gray/black from smoke. Ugh! It's nasty and when I tried to scrub it, it just looked worse!  So, finally, I got my hubby to start painting!  and I've been purchasing a few odds and ends from Goodwill (heh heh) for decorating.  I can't WAIT to see the finished product and I'll be sure to share it here!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bring on Autumn!

Well, the party is over

Summer is drawing to a close (slowly, but surely).

It may still be August, but I'm already in Halloween-mode! Planning how to decorate my house and mantle, working on some new holiday bows for my Etsy shop AND for my sweet little model, Avery.

I bought the kids Halloween shirts the other day when I was at Walmart (okay, can I just say, Walmart has never been my favorite store for adult clothes, but for kids clothes? Perfect! My kids are ROUGH on their clothes, not to mention how fast they grow out of them. The other day I picked up a few things becuz here in CT we just had "No Tax Shopping Week". They do this every year about a week before school starts back up. The back to school shoppers get a slight reprieve in the form of NO TAXES on shoes and clothes. I bought Avery two pairs of sneakers, plus got each kid some new jammies (short sleeve, long pants, for the slightly cooler nights), a Halloween shirt for each one, a short sleeve shirt for Hunter for the end of this summer and that he can wear next year and long sleeve shirt for fall/winter for Hunter...and some summer clothes for Avery for next year! I'm not normally one to shop for a kid a whole year in advance, but the clothes were on clearance! I got Avery like 3-4 shirts ranging in price from $1.50-3.00. I couldn't resist! So if your little (messy!) ones need new stuff, go check out the clearance racks at Walmart!).

So in the spirit of Halloween, I also started working on some new holiday hair bows!

 I made a new Korker for my shop last night that would match PERFECTLY with Avery's adorable new orange and black long sleeved tee shirt!

Then using the same ribbons, I decided to make a slightly different hair bow.

One of my Sassy Loops Hair Bows. The candy corn printed ribbon is super sweet and I suddenly remembered I also had a candy corn resin to adorn it with!

So now I have visions of (sugar plums?) autumn leaves, pumpkins, spooky ghosts and turkeys dancing in my head! The possibilities are endless! I really wish I had a sewing machine, becuz there are even a couple of new bows I would make if I could, but really require sewing.

I'm getting SO excited for Fall!!

FYI: There is a sale going on in my shop right now. Use Coupon Code: ENDOFSUMMER12 in order to receive FREE SHIPPING off your next order! This is going on through September 15th. Happy shopping!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hunter's Pirate Parrrrrrty

Okay, this is a cross blog-post of sorts. I want to share some of the details from Hunter's pirate party so I'll do that in a abbreviated form here. I'm going to mostly just show you the crafty stuff (since this is my craft blog, makes sense). However, if you want to see the FULL blog post I wrote (wih lots more pics) then go read it here on my family blog.

Months and months (and months!) ago I gave Hunter an option (two of his favorite things) for a theme for his 3rd birthday party. Pirates or Firemen? Without skipping a beat, my huge fan of Jake and the Neverland Pirates shouted out "Pirates, Mama!"
I did a LOT of planning for this party. I made as many decorations as I could, which includes decorating the goody bags, making the cupcake toppers, the birthday banner and some paper decorations to add to the fun. I hit up dollar stores and discount stores, online shopping and I used coupons at the craft store to get all the supplies that I needed.
And it has been a process of creating stuff over the past few months in any spare time I could muster (after the kids were in bed)...cutting, gluing, sticking, poking! For a bit, I was feeling sad becuz the weather forecast was NOT promising. My fun outdoor activities (walking the plank, digging for pirate treasure in sand) had to be scrapped. So the night before, I made the executive decision to set up inside and I'm SO thankful I did. At one point, before the party began, there were torrential downpours and wind. And even though the sun was in and out all afternoon, everything was soaked outside and the humidity made it SO steamy. We were nice and cool indoors in the a/c. A little cramped, but happy!

And I'm pleased to say the pay-out was WELL worth it. I only wish I had gotten a picture of Hunter's face yesterday morning when he came down the stairs and SAW all the decorations Mommy had set up the night before...his expression was like Christmas morning!
So without further adieu, welcome to Hunter's Pirate Parrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrty!
Welcome to Hunter's Pirate Parrrrrty! X marks the spot!

The birthday banner I made, although I ended up moving it from the mantle and putting it elsewhere.

I scattered gold doubloons and jewels everywhere!

The pirate face sitting on our wood stove is the pinata. I still buy the pull-string kind just becuz a
majority of the kids are still little.

One of my coupon-purchases from Michael's (craft store) using my coupon. They literally were setting up
their Halloween stuff as I was shopping that day. Halloween decorations? In late July???

Some of the birthday decorations I made, using my Cricut.
I was especially proud of the goody bags! I bought brown bags from the craft store, then embellished with skull and crossbones cut-outs made with my cricut. I glued them on, and then tied on a skull and crossbones ribbon (from Michael's) attaching a red tag that I wrote the kids name on. Then I filled the goody bags with pirate-y treasures. Some gold doubloons, a skull and crossbones pencil, a cardboard/paper hat and pirate eye patch that I purchased online from Amazon, a little rubber skeleton, a string of beads (like mardi gras beads) from the dollar store, a glow stick (from the Target $1 bins), pirate stickers from Amazon (they have the same ones though at Oriental Trading company or Birthday Express), and one piece of candy. Didn't go crazy with the candy becuz I knew that they'd get plenty from the pinata!

One of my favorite finds! This "treasure chest" was in the house decorations section at Michael's and retailed normally for like $21.99 or something like that. It was 70% off so I scooped it up for I think, $6.50. And now I have this cool vintage-y looking box to use for whatever I want! To complete the look, sparkly "jewels" from the craft store and more dollar store beads.

Big D, my master cake-decorator! He is in charge of piping on the frosting for all the birthdays. :-)

I tried to add in little pirate-y touches where I could, to tie it all together. These cut-outs were stuck onto lollipop sticks to make "sails" that I stuck in the utensil cups (the tin cups are from the Target $1 bins!).

My delicious Oreo Pirate Pops! They may not look professional, but the kids LOVED them. And they tasted yummy.

This is the same (one of the two) cake stand I made for Avery's 1st birthday party last March! I just spray painted the (pink) bases now a nice dark red. And the awesome part? They are now the perfect color for Christmas! I will get lots of use out of these inexpensive, easy to make cake stands.

My adorable little pirate stinkers!

The birthday boy!

Argh, mateys!
My silly family! And yes, I made Big D dress in a pirate tee shirt as well. LOL

The sweets table! I tried to keep the food low-key this party (for my own sanity) so we had: cupcakes, brownies, Oreo Pirate Pops, fish and chips (gold fish and potato chips), grapes, watermelon and cherries. And a friend brought her taco dip and tortilla chips. For the kids, I had a beach bucket filled with Capri Suns, and for the adults we had soda and coffee.

The birthday boy's cupcake!

Hunter LOVES this pirate cup I got for him. It is from Birthday Express. He made sure to show it off to everyone.

Anyway, that was my attempt at a Pirate Party! I really enjoyed the whole process...from start to finish. And Hunter had SO much fun! It was worth every single moment I put into it. :-)