Friday, June 25, 2010

Please stop me from eating this

Sorry, no crafts this week. I have one project in the works that I haven't even had time to look at lately. So I'll have to leave you this week with some pictures of a new creation. I'm not going to apologize if you have to go out and buy a box of these.
Little Debbie Swiss Rolls

They are about true to life-size - 3" long. They're soft, and since they are not very small, nor do they have any beads or other choking hazards, they're ok for younger tots.
Here they are in Strawberry Shortcake form, also a Little Debbie snack cake. Rolls of cream and strawberry jelly and vanilla cake. I don't think either the real chocolate or strawberry versions have a drizzle on top, but I like it with it. Who doesn't like a drizzle?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Father's Day Gift

Anyone still looking for a last minute Father's Day gift? This is a fun one to do from the kids to dad. It is easy and pretty inexpensive, the hardest part being actually finding a photo booth. There are not that many around, and are usually in pretty random places.

In Utah at least, they used to be in every KMart, though most of them have disappeared in the last few years. Your best luck would probably be in a mall. If you are in Utah, there is for sure one in South Town mall, and someone told me there is one in Fashion Place too. I'd call around first, so you're not driving around forever.
I love this idea for Father's Day, rather than getting a professional picture done. These photo booth pics give you the opportunity to showcase a little more personality in the shots, and my kids loved it - since I was instructing them to be silly and make faces, when usually I am doing the opposite. Plus, they are pretty cheap, usually $2-$3 per session.

My frame came from Joann, all of their frames are 50% off right now. It is a 5x7 frame and I just taped my photos from behind to fit. So easy!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Little Shop Makeover

Hello! I just enlisted the help of Christie from ChristieMegansMom for some much needed shop updates. I told her what I wanted and after a few revisions she created the perfect logo for Sewn Sweets. She is very talented and I LOVE what she came up with. She has been great to work with, click on the photo to the right to visit my shop to see my new banner and avatar, then tell me what you think!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pigs in a Blanket

Two piggies, two blankets....Let's roll...
And snap...Two piggies IN blankets.The end.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Crayon Rolls

I made these a few years ago for Christmas gifts for my boys and nieces (you can see my original blogpost about it here). I have long thought of making a tutorial for them but then just the other day I saw one on The Pleated Poppy (aka Imperfect), a blog I follow.

Lindsey from the Pleated Poppy actually sells these rolls in her shop for a whopping $18.00. Her tutorial is very detailed and picture heavy, so even inexperienced sewers can manage. You can find it here. You will not regret making one of these - I made mine almost two years ago and I still use them all the time.
The one at The Pleated Poppy is just for crayons and rolls up nicely. I didn't use a pattern or tutorial when I made mine so I just winged it. I included a little notepad. If you wanted to do the same you'd just need to adjust the height as well as how many spaces you sew for the crayons, then leave a space big enough for the notebook you want to include (all of this would depend on the size of notebook you use). I found my notebooks in packs of three for $1.29 at Walmart, so they are inexpensive to replace once your kid fills them up. I think Lindsey's has enough room for 18 crayons, while mine only fits 8 or so.
This is what it looks like folded up (yours will be a roll if you don't include a notebook). I sewed ribbon on to tie it shut, but if I had to do it again, I'd definitely go Lindsey's method of using a hair tie and button. They hardly take up any space in your purse, they hold up great, and they can be thrown in the wash. A lot of times, before we head out to a restaurant, I'll print some coloring pages off the internet to take with us, and my kids are always entertained and are perfect angels ;).