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Monday, May 30, 2011

My Friday Picks!!!

I am so pleased with how my first Friday (which ironically was the last Friday of the month) linky party!
Now, as promised here are the 3 that I have chosen to feature today!

First up is from The Crafty Scientist

I felt this mail organizer was brilliant- and while I wasn't able to make it this weekend as originally planned due to a baby shower and my marine younger brother coming into town... I still eagerly await the first opportunity I have to create it as I desperately need it lol.

Next up is from Happy Home

I felt the use of these wine crates was brilliantly beautiful and completely useful. We all need extra storage space don't we? Well, why not make our storage areas as beautiful as this?!

Next up is from A Season of Harvest

I just had to choose this one because it instantly had me in the floor laughing. I love the writing style and humour scattered all through this blog!

Again, thank each and everyone of you who participated with me in this linky party. I appreciate it very much.. and please, please come visit me again this upcoming Friday for my next linky party with a theme!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Linky Party

Okay, this is my first linky party but, it is not my last. I will keep this going every Friday for as long as I can.
I am not going to make many rules for this first link although I am wishing to make it themed in the future.

For this first linky party please, link up and crafts, tutorials, writing (of your own only please), stories, etc.
However, if you link to this party please, please be sure to be a follower of mine... and could you be ever so kind as to link back to me on your post/blog anywhere. Even grab my button if you wish.
Also, be sure to visit some of the others who've linked up before you and maybe.... possibly... leave a comment on their blog.

Now, for this first linky party... just introduce yourself/what you do. Link whatever you wish so long as it's YOURS. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know what you do!

Once several have linked I will pick a few to feature on Monday!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crochet Hat for Baby Tyler

This Saturday I am attending a baby shower for a long time friend of mine.
(Seriously we've been friends since I was 13)
She's having a baby boy Tyler Hammond and I couldn't be more excited for her; but, I've been racking my brain trying to think of a special gift for this little boy on the way and finally remembered a pattern I'd bought from Rachel with MaybeMatilda and decided to give it a try.
Here is my end result!

Thank you Timothy for being my unwilling, forced upon model. I really appreciate your help.
Mommy is going to make you one as a thank you gift :)

If you would like to purchase this hat already made Rachel has it in her ETSY shop for you... But, the pattern itself is so easy to follow and it took me no more than a couple of hours (interrupted) to complete! You can find the pattern here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Justin's Graduation

May 12th of this year my husband Justin Paul McConnell graduation from the University of Tennessee with his Masters Degree in Mathematics Education.
It's been a long process getting here and a hard one to boot, but oh so worth it in the end to see his face with his sense of accomplishment that day. It is such a sweet thing to see the fruit of one's labor, time, pain and selflessness. My husband has had to do school full time, intern full time and work part time in order to make ends meet for us. Many time's he's up from dawn until dusk... and dusk until dawn :)
Having a baby boy during the most labor intense time of his school year along with a wife who had a c-section wasn't easy for him. But, he did it by God's grace. I am SO proud of this man!!!

Thompson Boling Arena where the graduation ceremony took place.

My Honey and I leaving the ceremony to drive home!

MY family -wow.... MY family..... celebrating together!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Timothy's 5 Month Photos

Wow, 5 months old on the 14th of this month. Time flies much too quickly for my taste. It seems like yesterday that my honey and I brought our little 6lb 14.5 oz baby boy home.
Today he's a handful... always trying to jump, crawl (though that part he's not mastered yet), talk, squeal, grab, buck, eat, play, etc... He's hardly ever... if not never... still!
This little boy now says "Ma ma" and "Da da" and is very interested in what's on your plate not so much his own.
He's cutting 3 teeth right now it seems (lovely) so, while sleep never improved incredibly... it has since lessened slightly more so over the past several weeks.

Anyways, introducing Timothy Paul McConnell at 5 months!!!

As you can see, there's no more just setting him down to get crazy cute pictures. Auntie Sarah had to help eventually so I could attempt to get one picture from head to toe lol.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New Product Launch!

Recently my mother found a DSLR camera bag online that she'd fallen in love with. Unfortunately it was sold out... so, I sat down with some graphing paper and determined to create a camera bag of my own. Needless to say, it was beyond successful and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.
As is stands right now, if you'd like one please email me your requests and we will communicate and design yours based on what you need it to do for you/ look like... colors/pattern/ect...
Also, I am working on developing a pattern that can be sold for it as well that will hopefully be up and available within the next couple of weeks.

However, before you can decide that you want one of your own, I suppose I need to show you what it looks like don't I :)

Below is a photo of the inside of the bag that my mother took and featured on her blog: www.aseasonofharvest.blogspot.com

This bag is padded with 1/3" foam on the sides and bottom along with the inside pocket being padded with the foam. It's also made from slate grey linen on the outside and the inside a cute graphic mustard yellow print.
I strengthened the fabric and gave it a little more weight by sewing in a couple layers of fleece (you'd never know as it's all on the inside hidden away).

This bag is strong as an ox but so beautifully feminine all at the same time.
I think I'm going to name her Desire... because she was my mother's desire.

If you'd like you can always here her report on this bag at: www.aseasonofharvest.blogspot.com
Until then, if anyone has some special orders send them my way. The price on this bag will start at $70.00 due to the bookoos of fabric, time, sweat and energy that goes into them.

P.S.  maybe I should do up some diaper bags similarly????


Monday, May 16, 2011

A Breath of Fresh Air

I don't know if it's blogging etiquette to play favourites but, I'm throwing all caution to the wind and allowing myself the freedom to declare who I am... a favourites picker. I simply can't help it.
I will encounter someone who moves me in just a certain way that no others can... and they're my favourite. I have favourite colors, authors, babies, books, people, shops... and blogs.

All that to say, my most favourite blog of all time is www.maybematilda.com

You must visit her!

(Doesn't she have the most darling family?)

I love her for her hair, her style, her writing... and her crazy amazing, creative ideas that I'm crazy jealous of!


Check out her blog with all of her sewing, crocheting, etc... crafts and while you're at it look at her ETSY shop... just beware! You'll wish to purchase everything in it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Mother's Day

My morning began with this... This video was taken soon after I woke up. Justin had brought Timothy in to me and Timothy was showering me with kisses. They slowed some when he noted that daddy had the video camera; but they didn't stop all together. Thus I have this treasure of a video. Please disregard my appearance. Remember... I'd just woken up lol.

We were a little late to church Mother's Day morning... but no worries... it seems church was running late too lol. We arrived just as they were beginning the first worship song.

After church we came home and relaxed with the family. Isaac planted Mimi's rosebush. I opened my gift from my mother- the cutest watch in the whole world!!! Those popular jelly bean coloured watches!! Then I opened my gift from my sister Sarah (who didn't have to but was oh so sweet to) and it was a lovely journal and gorgeous head band!!! Then, last but not least my gift from my hubby and baby. Two cd's by my most favourite artist ever... James Taylor. I'd lost mine a little while ago unfortunately and my husband replaced them as my Mother's Day gift.

Later that evening Justin, Jonathan, Isaac and Emily ran to the park to play a short round of baseball while Sarah, Timothy and myself went to take a walk. We'd gotten a good pace from our house when the skies opened up and decided to shower us. Timothy loved it... though mom wasn't too crazy about him being in it.

The day prior- Saturday- my Mima and Granddaddy came over for dinner. Here are a few photos of our Mother's Day celebration on Saturday.

 Timothy had his first bites of baby food just two days before but feels like a pro today. He decided to show off to Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother.

He adores being the center of attention. He'll show out all day for you all... and act coy the next.

"Hey you..." he says :)

Great Granddaddy must've told one of his great stories.

Timothy hanging with his Great Granddaddy Gilreath outside.

Timothy doesn't know how to be still... He's turned into a regular acrobat.

Timothy's watching his Poppie by the grill :)

Now it's time to chill a bit with Great Grandmother Gilreath.

It doesn't look like he's too bad off huh lol... Just chillin, all laid back, eyes barely open.

"OOhhhh" - Timothy loves Great Grandmother's Riley dog.

During all of this fun... here is Daddy at  his station grilling what will be the best hamburgers you could ever wish to try.

I love these next photos. Here you see everyone just enjoying one another's company on the back porch... well everyone except dad. The following photo gives you perspective as to his whereabouts.

See... right there... still posing by the grill :)

Here's that Riley dog that Timothy was enthralled with. Isn't he just a cute little boy?!

My man and Sarah's man starting a fire... skipping the boy scouts way lol.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day visit. I know it's a day I shall never forget. Such sweet times these months have been!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My "Summer" Ruffle Tote Tutorial

Okay, here goes my "Summer" Ruffle Tote How-To Tutorial.

Please bear with me as I'm still figuring out how to make the tote while taking pictures at the same time lol. I'm am terribly right handed... anything that requires the use of my left- well- let's just say it's not easy.

Okay from the beginning

1. Cut out your fabric according to this pattern.. (you'll want to to cut 4 pieces 2 for the outside of your tote and 2 for the lining of your tote) It's like an overly chunky "T". This one is about 16" high and 14" wide. the cutout at the bottom is a 2x2" square off of each bottom corner. This creates the "T" shape.

2. Cut out your strips of fabric that you wish to create your ruffles with. I cut them to be 3" wide and 2" longer than the pattern itself to allow plenty of ruffling fabric.

3. Pin the strips of fabric in half. DON'T iron- just pin- this way when you pull for the ruffles they're nice and fluffy.

4. Set your machine to the longest stitch setting.

5. Run your long straight stitch 1/4" in from the edge of the folded fabric.

6. Pull the bobbin thread to gather your fabric and create your ruffle.

7. Sew your ruffles onto your 1st piece of fabric one at a time making sure it's straight all the way across.

8. Continue to layer your ruffles one on top of the other stitching it with a straight stitch 1/4" from the top.

9. Once you've sewed on all of your ruffles sew your front piece (the ruffled piece) and your back piece together right sides facing. DON'T sew along where you cut out the 2" squares just yet, only sew the 2 sides and the bottom.

10. Once you've sewed the sides and bottom. Go to where you 2" openings are and pinch them until they meet creating a bottom like what you see here. Sew a straight stitch along each one to create a bottom that can sit/stand on it's own.
 11. Now taking your two lining pieces and sew them together just like you did your others. Once you've done this place your tote inside your lining right side out and have your lining inside out. Straight stitch along the top opening leaving about a 2" opening to pull it rightside out and leaving 4 other openings for the straps (I left them with each opening 3" from the seam of the bag.)

12. Pull your tote righside out through the small opening that you've left in the top.

12 cont. This is what it should look like once you've pulled everything rightside out.

13. Tuck your lining fabric inside your tote just like how it will be once you've completed it.

14. Now take a 14" x 3" fabric strip, fold it in half, sew 1/4" in from the open edge and turn it inside out. Pin it to the top of your tote to create a clean opening.

15. Take your handles and using the same technique as the lining in step 14- create the strap for the handle to be attached.

16.  Tuck your fabric into the openings you left for the handle and pen it into place. Then stitch around the entire opening of the back 1/4" in using a strong stitch (I like using some decorative ones).

18. As you can see here I used a pretty locking stitch.

18. Now take several strips of your fabric you used for ruffles and using the same ruffle technique pull the ruffles tight to form little rosettes.

19. Sew them onto the back of your back like you see here.

Now step back and take a look at your brand-new ruffle tote!!!