Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pinterest Copycat - Dresser Remake











Linking up for Project Pinterest with in the hills of North Carolina and It's on the Tip of My Tongue.  Make sure you check in with these great ladies and their weekly Pinterest copy cat versions!


This past Saturday I had a yard sale at my house.  I cleaned out my entire storage building (you could not set foot in it without worrying something was going to fall on you!).  I had these 2 dressers that used to be in my son's room.






As you can see, the front drawers started to fall apart.  They lasted about 3 years; sad isn't it?  I ended up switching them out for some older, heavy duty ones that used to be my grandmother's.  (I gave those a face-lift too and will try to find the photos to post soon.)  I put these out at the yard sale and kept thinking--"Someone will have a Pinterest idea for these."  


The later on it got, I began thinking about another great blogger friend, Robin, over at Garage Sales R Us.  Robin loves to go to garage sales and get great buys and do remakes.  You should check out what she did for her daughters' bedroom!  This got my creative wheels moving.


We see all types of furniture make overs and remakes on Pinterest these days.  I love what in my own style: trash-the dollar store-and me remade out of trash she found in a field!  Here's the Pinterest pin and a copy of her photo: (notice this is from in my own style's blog)






While I did not decide to go this route, the creativeness of Pinterest and inspiration of Garage Sales R Us actually kept me from hauling these 2 junk dressers to the landfill.  I removed all the drawers from the white set, and then removed the front pieces on all of them, including the handles.  I gave a couple of the front pieces to my father in law and told him I wanted to make some displays for my vendor table at a craft fair I have coming up.  He came up with this:






I spray painted it pink to match my theme.  It's not complete, but it's a start.  I plan to put little nails spaced out on both sides and hang key chains that I made from it.


Next I took 3 of the drawers that were still in tack, and spray painted them pink.




I wish I had photos of all the steps, but it got rather messy.  I wanted to stack these 3 drawers together and make my own sorter box-and I did.  I took E6000 glue and put some in a Styrofoam bowl and was going to use a plastic knife to spread it out on the tops of each drawer.  If I had just squeezed it on the drawers and started stacking them, glue would have spread out the sides making it ugly.  So, I go outside and set down my bowl and get things lined up.  The glue started eating through the bowl!!  It was a mess.  When I tried to squeeze more glue out of my almost used up tube, it busted in the middle and I got the glue all over my hands.


Therefore, no pictures of the process, sorry.


I got the job done though!  I had to work fast.  I squeezed out tiny strips of glue on the top of 2 drawers and spread it with the knife.  I stacked and evened them out, then let it set up for several hours.




I painted the indention's one color and then put white polka dots on it.  Look what I used to make the dots~!





Yep!  I used a chap stick tube!  I filled in the circles with a regular paint brush and let them dry.  I kept the box on it's side to paint these so the paint wouldn't run.


I took one drawer that was completely busted and kept the heavy cardboard liner board from it, painted it and mod podged a scrapbook sheet to it.  Then I took some small nails and attached it to the back of the drawers enclosing my new storage shelf.











Okay, a little update to this post.  I actually started on this post Monday night a week ago, but last week was a little more than the typical hectic.  On top of planning for being a craft vendor at a Memorial Day event, we had more drama than a daytime soap's full week line up could have ever written in to script.  But doing the Memorial Day event was a blessing.  All the proceeds were to help 3 local families whose lives have been affected by cancer and leukemia.  Finding out that one of those families are friends I went to high school with really hit home.  Even when you think things can't get any worse, remember there are those who always have something more going on. 


Be thankful and give praise, even when things go bad.  There is a reason for everything that happens and we may not always understand why, but be thankful anyway.  


That's it for now folks!  I have taken lots of pictures of everything I have worked on this past week and will be sharing it with you real soon.  But for now...


G'nite!


Amy~The Dixie Diva





Monday, May 21, 2012

Manic Monday-Craft Fair Planning

Do you ever have one of those days that you don't know where you're at, what you're doing or where you are going?  Well that's the way I'm feeling these days!  I seriously need an agenda for my agenda.

Last week was total bust.  A few nights of storms, another sinus migraine, a 4 year old getting out of the house and missing while I was in the shower-yeah, that happened!  My daughter was asleep and my 4 year old son was in bed, hubby wasn't home.  I took a shower.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  I get out and see if he's asleep-he wasn't in his room.  I start calling his name as I walk down the hall-nothing.  The.front.door.was.wide.open.

Ok, he must have gone out to see the kittens a mama cat so graciously brought up to the porch.  Twice earlier in the day he did that, and both times I thought: "I must not have locked the deadbolt-because I know he can't get that open."  But I can promise you when I got in the shower it was locked/deadbolted/screen latched because I wouldn't have gotten a shower otherwise.

Panic.

I grab my robe and run outside and start calling his name.  After 5 minutes I tell myself to shut up so I can listen for him.  Faintly I hear him.  The same child that was physically shaken from the thunderstorms had run outside at 10:30 at night, a football field length away in the pitch black dark to our chicken coop looking for Daddy and Paw Paw.  "I can't find Daddy and Paw Paw." he says, oblivious to the terror filled screams of his name I had been calling.

You would have thought he learned his lesson, but he did it again during the day the following afternoon.  That night my husband and I installed a chain on the front door that he can't reach even with his bathroom stool.  It's a wonder my hair hasn't turned solid white!

Also, earlier in the week I signed up to be a vendor at a Memorial Day event in my old hometown.  For some reason I really thought it was a lot longer to Memorial Day than what it was, but the devil has been on my shoulder laughing because he knows he will make me say some dirty words while trying to get ready for this venue.  What.was.I.thinking??

Saturday I had a yard sale, and actually took some things I was getting rid of and decided to make new things with them.  More of that to come later this week.

Oh, and this morning I woke up with a fever blister on my lip. Great.  I am the poster child for the cold sore commercials.  When I get one it lasts for 2-3 weeks, typically looking it's worst at the one week mark.  And what's one week from today?  That's when I'm going to be a craft vendor.  It's no wonder I have a fever blister.  They usually come from over stressed or getting sick.  I really can't afford to be sick.

On the up side, I have been photographing and documenting everything I have been working on to get ready for the vendor set up, and I will show all of that with you.  I'm most excited about tearing apart an old chest of drawers and using parts of it for new storage and show displays.  Curious yet?

Tell me about your Manic Monday and crazy weekend!

G'nite,

Amy~The Dixie Diva

Emergency Preparedness & Awareness

We had several rounds of storms last week and to be on the safe side I unplugged my computer every night, along with other electronics.  The kids couldn't stand it because that meant no satellite tv, but it gave us a chance to review our emergency preparedness plans which I will share with you here.

There are a multitude of websites out there to help you fully prepare for inclement weather and other disasters, which I will link up to on this blog, but I am going to give you a quick rundown of what we do.  Now remember this is just what works for us to give you a guide on where to begin.

I had a talk with my daughter a long time ago about what we do if there are tornado warnings out.  She is very inquisitive and took everything in so well that the first time we had to act on it, she never panicked.  I remember going in to her room in the middle of the night carrying a flashlight and saying:
"Carson, I need you to get up and put your shoes on.  There is a tornado warning and we're going to MeMaw's."
She got straight up, slipped on her shoes and grabbed a blanket and stuffed animal, never saying a word.  That's not to say she wasn't scared, but she knew exactly what had to be done before any fear could sink in.

You see we lived in a single wide mobile home for 9 years before we moved.  We are now in a home that was originally a double wide, but has been set up just like a house.  However, my mother in law has a full basement and lives next door, so we always go to her house if a Tornado warning goes out.  Growing up I lived in a house with a full basement, and in a town that was once called "Tornado Alley".  So for my family and myself, the basement has always been first choice.  If you live in a mobile home, check with your local fire departments or red cross to find the best option for you in the event of a Tornado.  You need to know what to do and where to go in a moments notice, so I strongly encourage you to make a phone call to either one.

Flashlight
Shoes
Blanket
Stuffed animal

When bad weather is arising, I make sure both of my kids have a flashlight by them, and usually go ahead and put their shoes on.  The flashlight calms some fear, knowing they are more in control of themselves if the power goes out.  The blanket and favorite stuffed animal are for comfort and warmth.  The last thing you want or need, is for a child (or adult!) to hit a panic mode in the midst of an emergency.  Find what keeps your kids or family calm, and make sure it is within reach should an emergency arise.  Think about what rescue workers do on the scene of a house fire, or storm damage, ect.  Those not injured are typically wrapped in a heavy blanket.  For comfort and calming.

Unplug everything.

When bad weather looms around, we unplug everything: tv's, dvd players, computers, ect.  Last year we had a flat screen, a regular tv, 2 dvd players and laptop taken out by lightning.  With the outside damage we ended up filing a home insurance claim, but it is not something I wanted to do and nor do I recommend if you can help it.  Homeowners insurance carriers are getting stricter on their guidelines, and multiple claims can cause it to cancel and/or higher premiums.

Medical Needs


If you or a loved one has a medical need of any kind, make sure you have all equipment/medicine used on a daily basis readily available to go where you go.  If you and your family are trapped in your home after a storm, and one of you has a serious need for medicine they take at a specific time, you need to have that with you.  Consider checking with your doctor on prescribing an extra prescription.  That way you could have all medicines in a bag, ready to grab just for emergencies.  We have one with the epi pen, Benadryl and Motrin.

Long Term Emergency (and good info for short term as well).


Hurricanes can affect you, even if you are not on the coast.  Flooding can affect you no matter where you live.  National disasters are possible.  While non of these are anything we want to think about happening, we need to be aware of the potential dangers that could arise.   Also, if your town is affected by a devastating tornado, you could be without power for some time.  In the event you are warned to evacuate your home, or have no power for a while, here are some tips to consider:

1) If you are told to leave-LEAVE.  You will not be told this if it is not in your best interest.  If you do stay, send your children with someone else.  You can risk your own life, but don't risk your child's.  Just sayin'.

2) Have a backpack hanging in every one's closet.  2 changes of clothes, socks/shoes/underwear.  At least.  Depending on the time frame that you have to evacuate.

3) Medicine and First Aid Kit.  Make sure you have all medical equipment and prescriptions needed.  Put them in a Ziploc bag so you can find them easily.

4) Water.  Most guidelines say to have at least 2 gallons of water per day that you may be without access to normal, clean drinking water.

4) Food.  Crackers, canned foods and a can opener, non perishable items.  Also a good investment is a camping stove and cookware.

5) Entertainment.  Not a top priority, but if you have little ones try to bring something that will keep them busy.  That favorite animal and blanket, coloring books and crayons, cards or personal game stations that can run off of batteries.

6) Flashlights and batteries.  Always check your flashlights to insure that they are working properly and that you have enough batteries for them.  We keep a Rubbermaid container full of all sizes of batteries and another Rubbermaid container full of flashlights.  Battery operated lanterns and a safer source of light than candles.

7) Cell phones and chargers.  Look in to a dc converter for your car, but be careful about charging something in your car when the car is not in use.  You don't want to kill that battery.

8) Talk to your family.  Make everyone a part of any emergency plan you have.  Discuss options, what would make everyone the most comfortable, where you will go.  My son absolutely went nuts this past week when it stormed (he's 4).  But I sat down and tried to talk to him and explain that everything was going to be OK.  This doesn't always work, but YOU have to stay calm and in control, so that everyone else will as well.

9) Radio. You might want to invest in a hand crank radio, or just one that has long battery life.  Having a radio can keep you informed of what is going on around you.

10) Pets.  Have a plan for your pets, whether it be taking them with you or making sure they can take care of themselves.  If they have medical needs, make sure you bring their medicine as well.

11) Infants.  Make sure you have plenty of diapers, wipes and formula.

A couple of years ago I did an article on the Examiner that contains lots of links and more details.  I didn't mean for this post to be so long, but emergency preparedness if something I feel very strongly about.

Lastly, my kids always ask why their room as to be clean before they go to bed.  My reason is simple:  Could you find your way through the dark if the power goes out?  Do you really want to step on a Lego or trip on a baby doll, taking a chance of falling and really getting hurt?

Test yourself and your family.  Wait until after dark and have everyone in their bed.  Cut out all the lights and ask your family members to try and feel their way out of the room.  Could you do it?

OK, if you made it to the end of this long post then give yourself a pat on the back and let me know if you found this useful!!

G'nite!

Amy~The Dixie Diva




Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Manic Monday & Storms

It was harder than normal to get up this morning with all the rain we were getting.  My lucky hubby was off today and got to enjoy a lazy morning, but after having to work all weekend he deserved it.  Would be nice if that would happen on my day off!

Tonight I had to replace a needle in my serger for the first time.  It broke Saturday night while I was trying to finish Mother's Day gifts (procrastinate much??).  I ended up in the after church rush to buy gifts since I did not get to finish the cute bags and key chains I had planned.

Once I finally figured out the right way to put the need in place, it was back to business on a larger than normal custom order.  All while trying to get the kids to clean there rooms.  I heard to bottom drop out from the sky as a second round of storms were upon us.  I checked to see if my poor hubby was still stuck on the lawnmower but thankfully he got under the carport of his parents next door.  It was pounding against the house.

Once the rain paused I went outside to inspect.  The sky took on a strange hue as dark clouds began to circulate over the lighter clouds.

The tornado siren went off.

Inside I went, stating matter-of-factly to the kids: "Get your shoes, blanket and stuffed animal.  The storm siren went off."

No panic.  We've done this many of times and even if I have to wake them in the middle of the night they know I mean business and it is the one time they do EXACTLY as I say without question.  We live in a doublewide mobile home that was set up and finished like a site built home, but my hubby's parents live next door and have a full basement.  This is our drill.  So far we have been very fortunate and the storms always miss...but we will always heed their warnings.

The stormy weather is upon us, so it's time to get everything in check.  This week I will compile an up to date list of what we do to prepare for bad weather.  I will share this with you one day this week in place of a regular post.  While I know this may not be craft related in any way, I think it is something we should all be planning for.

Until then, stay dry and stay safe.  I'd love to hear from you and your Manic Monday!

G'nite!

Amy~The Dixie Diva

P.S.  Yes, I know it is now Tuesday!  I have been trying since last night to upload this post but the internet keeps crashing on me.  Looks like we may get another round tonight.  Stay safe everyone!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you all are having a wonderful Mother's Day!

I woke up this morning (late) for church and had to hustle to get myself and 2 sleepy heads ready and out the door.  I knew my oldest wouldn't be a problem as she jumped right up to see how much the tooth fairy had left her for tooth #4 that she lost yesterday (after working on the blasted thing all day, making me all but sick to look at it as it wiggled and stuck out at un-gravitational angles).

I've locked myself in the bathroom to try and get ready, yelling "get dressed and leave the cat ALONE!", when my daughter bursts through the door and says: "Happy Mother's Day Mommy!"  So I couldn't fuss at the intrusion, it was a pleasant unexpected surprise.

Fast forward to the ride home from church.  My youngest, out of the blue, says "Happy Mother's Day Mommy!"  So sweet from my little 4 year old.  Then, both children start making up their own offbeat Mother's Day songs and singing them as loudly as possible to out do the other.  Eating dinner at my mother in law's house, my daughter says: "Guess what we did for mommy for Mother's Day?  We drove her CRAZY!" and falls into hysterical laughter.  Yep, pretty close.  But the fact that they both told me, at separate times without an adult telling them to do so, was quite possibly the best Mother's Day gift yet.

We finally get home and the mother skills are put to test.  I start making more Kool Aid that I had let run out, then realize the towels are still in the washer from last night and need to be transferred to the dryer.  While rushing between kitchen and laundry room, my daughter starts asking for a pencil to be sharpened and little man yells "I'm doooooone!" (which is code for I've gone #2 and need your help-however I will not complain because he only starting going this route with the potty about 4 weeks ago, so I'll take it!).

I made him not 1, but 3 cups of watered down Kool Aid and put them in the fridge where he can reach them himself.  Now when he yells-"Fill up my cup!", I can send him to the fridge and I can keep my happy tail right here on the couch with my laptop and Wii remote watching Private Practice on Netflix.

Ha, ha.  I've had to get up 4 times since trying to type this post.  But, I wouldn't have it any other way, would you?

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  I hope your day is blessed, crazy and as loud as mine...because as long as it is, that means they are still young enough to be home and we are loved.

Amy~The Dixie Diva

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Stash Bash Tutorial-Little Girls Nightgown

Sorry for the two day delay in this post.  I spent Thursday evening in bed with a massive sinus migraine.  I HATE this time of year...mainly because it seems to hate me.  I love the fall and winter time: no bugs, no pollen, no humidity.  Ugh.
On a better note, I spent last night celebrating my mom's birthday with her.  Doing the total girly thing-shopping at the mall!   Mom scored a new pair of shoes and new books courtesy of my sister and I.  It was a wonderful time.

Ok, back to business.  I am combining these two-Stash Bash and Tutorial Friday-to show you how I made a couple of cute nightgowns for my daughter.  I realized this past week that she can only wear about 2 sets of warm weather pj's from last year.  (How do we keep them from growing so fast??)  So now not only does she need summer clothes, she needs pj's as well.  All I can think of is my checking account creeping in to the red!  She has moved up in size to the 7-16 department, which means 1) the clothes look to grown up for my 7 year old and 2) the prices increase with size.

This year I plan to make her more outfits with fabric I have on hand.  The trick is getting her approval (pre-teen drama queen and fashionista!)  Recently I have had several people give me some fabric they were not going yo use.  I graciously accepted.  I let my mini diva go through and pick out her favorite pieces.  She loves the knit fabric, so I decided to make her some simple gowns.  They are very easy to make.

First, double your fabric and lay it out flat.  Take a cotton/knit dress that's in her closet that fits well, and lay it on to of the fabric.  You have your pattern template.


I cut out the fabric about an inch and a half larger all the way around.


I took each separate piece and serged around all edges.  Now this is not 100% necessary with knit fabric, as it doesn't typically fray as easy.  If you don't want a rough edge, turn each edge 1/4", then another 1/4" and stitch in place.    After I serged the edges, I stitched the pieces together down each side and then the shoulders and it was complete!  I made 2 nightgowns in less than half an hour-using fabric I had on hand!


Now I have one happy little girl begging for more nightgowns!  She really wants me to make a silky one, but I'm a little nervous of working with that kind of fabric.  Guess it would be a good way to try it out!

I hope you found this little tutorial and stash bash helpful!  I would love to hear your thoughts on it, and know if you have any tutorials of your own for a little girls gown.   In the meantime, have a good weekend ya'll!

Amy~The Dixie Diva

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pattern Review-The Little Lizard King

Pattern Review Wednesdays are going to be where I talk about and review one of my favorite pattern makers and the outfits made from their patterns.  These patterns are my preferred method of dress making.  The directions are always clear and have photos of most all the steps.  Stress free sewing!  The best part about these patterns and what makes them stand out from store bought ones, is that you can use the same pattern OVER AND OVER again for MULTIPLE sizes.  No more worrying about cutting (or tearing) a tissue thin pattern and not being able to use it for the other sizes listed.


I love to give credit where credit is due.  Some may say I shouldn't give out my sources, but the ladies that make the beautiful patterns for the dresses we make deserve some love too.  We all start out somewhere and need a little encouragement to get there.  The patterns that I am reviewing are hand created by other moms for all to purchase.  Their talent is endless and I love to see what they come up with next.


Today I want to give a shout out to The Little Lizard King.  I have 3 of her patterns so far and I enjoy making each one of them.  She even has instructions for making 18" doll clothing!


First up is the Catie Halter Dress.  This has to be the easiest and quickest dress or top to make.  30 minutes at the most is what it takes me to make one.  She gives very clear instructions to make this as a tie behind the neck style or criss crossing the straps through a front button hole. There are even instructions with this pattern to make her decorative front flower.  It is quite lovely as a top or a dress, and can be worn alone or with a long sleeve tee underneath.  There's also a matching doll pattern included!






The Brooke Dress is a peasant style top with multiple sleeve options.  This was my #1 pick during the holidays.  Pair it with some ruffle pants and you have an adorable boutique outfit that is high in fashion and comfort.  It is plenty rooy, allowing room for growth where your little one can get (in most cases) multiple seasons out of it.  This is also the same top I made for my daughters birthday that you saw in this post.  








The Little Lauren Dress is my latest pick from Little Lizard King.  It is so adorable.  You can make a ruffle at the neckline and the base as big or small as you would like.  I love this style of neckline, and it fits very nicely.  I have made 2 of these so far but I plan to make many more to come.  It's also one I made for my daughter at Easter with the DIY leggings revamp.  






Please go visit her website to see all the great patterns she has to offer.  I already have my eye on several more of her patterns to try out.  These instructions are very clear with plenty of photos to demonstrate her technique.  


Visit my website to view more of the dresses I make or my Facebook page.  Custom orders are always welcome!  If you would like to order a dress for your little girl, I will be happy to make you one (and my prices are very reasonable :-)  Please send me a message on Facebook or comment below.

What do you think of The Little Lizard King patterns?  Have you tried any as well?  Let me know, I would love to hear from you!


Until Tomorrow...


G'nite!


Amy~The Dixie Diva

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pinterest Slow Cooker 7up Chicken and Rice





Linking up for Project Pinterest with in the hills of North Carolina and It's on the Tip of My Tongue.  Make sure you check in with these great ladies and their weekly Pinterest copy cat versions!

I am always looking for a simple dinner recipe to make and a crock pot one is even better.  I'm really not much of a cook, that's my husband's department.  I like to bake, decorate cakes and cupcakes, you know-all the real fatty stuff!  But his long hours have left me and the kiddos eating way to many sandwiches and Chef Boy Are Dee so I had to have an intervention.

Bring in to play this wonderful website called Pinterest.  Love.Me.Some.Pinterest.  I have found many craft items to try out, but some of the recipes lately have had my attention.  One in particular is this Slow Cooker 7up Chicken and rice.  I used to make a similar version, only instead of a crock pot I actually browned the meat in the skillet, removed it and then added my cream of chicken, milk/water and rice (and it says best is Minute Rice).  I HATE to "brown" or fry anything.  I can't stand that grease popping, scares me to death!  This looked so easy and so yummy that I had to give it a try.

Easy Peasy.

All you do is turn a crock pot to low, add your chicken, cream of chicken and 7up or Sprite (I used Sprite).  Cook on low for 2-3 hours, then add 1/4 cup of chicken broth and a cup of rice and continue on low for 2-3 hours.

First, when I added my soup, chicken and Sprite I noticed the chicken wasn't quite covered so I added a little water so it would all be submerged.  This was about 11am.  Second, I didn't have any chicken broth, so (upon instruction from a relative) I added 1/4 cup of water and a chicken bouillon cube.  I also added my rice, all at about 2pm.

About an hour after I put in the rice I went to check on things.  Finally the brew was bubbling but it looked like I had too much rice and it was going to dry out.  So I added about a cup of water.  Half an hour later I check, and it's so soupy I don't think there's enough rice, so I add half a cup more.

Time goes by and I think all is well.  Typically with a crock pot you can let things simmer on low and there is no harm done.  It's about 8:30 that night when I am finally ready to eat.  I start spooning the hot mixture out, chicken so tender it is falling apart and a delicious aroma.  I taste, add a little salt, and start to dig in.



Blah!

There is no taste.  The rice has cooked until it is absolute mush.  I dumped my bowl back in the crock pot and reheated spaghetti from the night before, then called my husband at work to deliver the bad news.  He was laughing so hard at me.  Not because I ruined dinner, but out of my pure disgust of what I had made.  When he got home he tried it, said it wasn't as bad as I thought it was and ate a large bowl full.  I think he was just starving and trying to spare my feelings because when I got up this morning the crock pot was right where I left it: unplugged and full of mush.

At least the outdoor cats will have a "tasty" dinner tonight!

Here are a few things I learned that might make a difference next time:


  • This recipe says it is for the crock pot, but when you actually go to the blog site she has used a Bean Pot from Celebrating Home.
  • Never substitute chicken broth for chicken bouillon cubes.
  • Add salt while cooking.
  • When using Minute Rice, look at the package directions.  Boil water, remove from heat and add rice, cover and sit for FIVE MINUTES.  I'm thinking not to put in the rice until the last 15-30 minutes.  The mixture is not boiling so it may take a tiny bit longer than 5 minutes, but I don't think it needs to sit in there for 2-3 hours.  Or just use regular rice.
  • Next time I might not use Sprite or 7up.  What I did when I cooked mine on the stove was 1 can of cream of chicken and 1 can of cream of celery, half a cup of water and half a cup of canned milk.  I just don't know about the milk in the crock pot.
Sometimes we try and succeed and sometimes we try and fail.  This my friends, was a FAIL.  What about you?  Have you tried this recipe and had success?  Have you tried any other Pinterest recipes and had them fail?  Please tell me I am not alone!

Check back tomorrow for a Pattern Review Wednesday!  Until then...

G'Nite!

Amy~The Dixie Diva

Monday, May 7, 2012

Manic Monday and Free Blog Design

I'm still here!  It's been a hectic couple of weeks and I fell of the blogger wagon.  I know I'm not the only one, some of my favorite blogger moms have been MIA as well!

This past week got away from me in a hurry.  I had two complete custom orders to make and I've been consumed with working on my graphics (notice the new design?).  I was able to get free backgrounds and banners from The Cutest Blog on the Block.  They have some really nice graphics, backgrounds, and buttons that are very easy to use.

I also wanted to update my Etsy shop and unfortunately have not been able to locate any free graphics.  I have found numerous people who will create designs for you, but it can get a little pricey if you do everything at once.  I chose to break mine down a little at a time.  I really can't decide on my own personal logo yet so I honestly hated to invest much in to it.  Then I found G3Graphics on Etsy.  She has a bunch of different pre-made designs that are really pretty.  For now, I purchased a small set (only $8) for my Etsy avatar, store banner and reserved graphic.  She added my store name and tagline to them and they are fantastic.

Just a little catch up today on my crazy life but I plan to be back full swing asap!  What can I say, it's that thing called life!

Stop by my Etsy Shop and let me know what you think about the new graphics.  Also, if you are looking for graphics with your own design, check out 1129 or Adorable Me on Facebook.  Both of these I have seen rave reviews on.

To come later this week will be a Pinterest fail and a craft fail that hopefully you will laugh with me about, another pattern designer review and an easy nightgown tutorial.  I am also working on an updated bag design for Mother's Day gifts.  What are you working on this week?

Until tomorrow...

G'nite!

Amy~The Dixie Diva