As seen on Pinterest..

For those of you who have yet to discover Pinterest, I don't remember what it's like to live in your world anymore.  Since my husband discovered Pinterest and signed me up for an invitation, I have become addicted. Pinterest is a site that allows you to compile all of your interests onto specific boards, to help maintain organized thoughts. For example, when I am planning a party and searching through countless images, I "Pin" my favorites to a board, which then allows me to visit the site at a later time. I love Pinterest, and if you haven't signed up yet, a word of advice, is don't start searching through Pinterest late at night, because you will be up very very late! It is addicting! 

Here are some projects that I have completed after finding them on Pinterest, with the link to the specific Pin. There are so many more that I forgot to take pictures of, but here are a few, and I'm sure there are more to come! 

Candy Cane Pizza Pin
I made this Candy Cane Pizza last year for Christmas dinner for the kids. It was fun to make, and now I wish I had a picture of the cooked pizza. Oh well, there is always next year! :)

Bandana Dress Pin
I made this bandana dress for Lexie's Cowgirl photo shoot. The pin says, "10 minute bandana dress" and it really was! I was lucky because, Lexie is so tiny, I used one bandana cut in half. The link is to an easy tutorial. 

Mario Hat Pin
A friend of mine asked if I could make some Mario and Luigi hats for her son's Mario Party. I found this tutorial online for the hats, and since I made almost 30, I have to admit Pinning this site came in handy!

Ruffled Tote Pin
This was a really fun purse to make. I am a slightly above amateur sewer, and this purse was within my abilities. However, I will admit, I did not add the lining. But it was only because this was a last minute project and I used whatever fabric I had on hand.. I did not have any coordinating fabric for the lining. 

Candy Cake Pin

This cake was sooooo good! I made this cake for my brother-in-law Bill's birthday, needless to say he has a sweet tooth. Seriously though, this cake was one of my first "Pins" and I jumped at the chance to make it for someone who would appreciate the extra calories. 

Diaper Cake Pin
I made this diaper cake for my sister-in-law Tricia's baby shower. Her shower theme was Jungle Animals, which is why I chose Zebra ribbon. Although the diapers were used soon after my nephew was born, I still see that Elephant "cake topper" when I visit his room.  
Happy Housewarming Cake Pin
I made this for my best friend's housewarming party. It was made with towels, utensils and sponges. This is a sort of a rough draft of the final product, which I don't have a picture of. 

What a difference a day makes
I found this print on Pinterest, and not only "Pinned" it onto my Graphic Design Inspiration board, but I went straight to work making one for my family. I love it, and am planning on making more! Note: To my family and friends, act surprised when you receive your own version as a Christmas gift. Thank you!


After (Photoshop Tutorial Pin)
Here is an example of another type of "Pin" that you can find on Pinterest. This is a "Pin" to a photoshop tutorial on how to add light to your pictures. Such a cool tutorial! 

I even found this on Pinterest! There are Pins about how cool Pinterest is, on Pinterest! 
I love it! 

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Mid-August means Halloween prep time!

Halloween is such an event at our house, I love it, my husband loves it, my parents get into it, and that means the kids love it also! All year long Lacey would randomly ask, "So what do you want to be for Halloween?" I always knew I would be the mom to make my children's Halloween costumes, here are their costumes from the last 3 years. 

Halloween 2009
This was not only the first costume I ever made, this was my first attempt at sewing more than a blanket.  My little 10 month old Lacey made such a cute Lion! 

Halloween 2010

For Lacey's 2nd Halloween, she was an Owl, and she was not alone. Our  youngest daughter Alexis was born a few months prior, which meant I now get to create TWO costumes! :) For her Owl costume I found this picture online and fell in love with it and had to recreate it. 
Lacey really loves her costumes, she will proudly wear them any day of the year. 
For Lexie's 1st Halloween I made her an Octopus. So as I searched for costume ideas, I found this picture online and recreated it with the extra pieces of fabric I had laying around.  
Of course she was only 3 months old at the time, so the only way I could get pictures of her costume, was while she sat in her lovely little Bumbo. 
This was the trick or treat bag that I whipped up the night before Halloween! Luckily for me, Owls were super popular at the time, and I found my inspiration on this site. I cheated and took the easier route and used fabric glue to attach all of the detail, and again, I just used whatever scraps I had laying around. 
Do you see why we chose the Owl for her costume and a few months later as her birthday theme? Look at those eyes! 

Halloween 2011
My pretty little bees! During this Halloween, we decided to take the girls to Disneyland for the first time. We wanted to go for the Halloween event, but not so close to Halloween, so I whipped up these costumes in the first week of October. 
We were watching the parade at Disneyland when I started to bawl my eyes out! It was such a magical moment watching my girls experience the magic of seeing their princesses come to life in front of their eyes, singing the songs they know and love... their faces just made my heart so happy. 
The girls were also black kitty cats for one of our Halloween events that year. We attended the trick or treat event at the circle in Orange, CA. 

Here is Lacey with her Aunt Melinda dressed as a penguin. 
I was mommy cat for Halloween...

And Nana cat with little black cat Lexie! 
As the girls get older, Halloween is becoming more and more fun for me! I know one day they will ask for some trendy store bought costume, but until then I get to have all the fun and enjoy every minute.
This is one of the Luigi hats I made for a Super Mario party. I made about 15 Luigi and 15 Mario hats. This was a pretty fun project, I thought I'd add it to the Halloween post since  it can be part of a costume. 
This is an Owl Onesie that I made for my cousin's baby niece, it came out really really cute. This was a quick and easy DIY costume, It was just a onesie with the petals sewn on in alternating patterns. It's a really easy costume to make for an infant, because costumes can be such a pain for them. They are either uncomfortable for them, or for you who has to hold them, or too hot, it's always something when you have an infant, but with this costume, it's just like everyday. Fun!