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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

.:Winner - Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop:.

Ready to hear who won the three pack of patterns from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop

If you are Andi, then you have won!

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Please email me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com to claim your prize!


.:Tutorial Tuesday - Peplum Skirt:.

I shared this skirt a couple weeks ago over at Project Run & Play for their Skirting the Issue event they were hosting.

I was super honored to be asked to participate in this. There have been some fantastic skirts shared so far, and I expect that the goodness will just keep on coming! With a house full of girls, we know all about skirts. And this one passed the almost four year old test as was manifested by her saying, “This is beautiful! I’m so pretty!” Yeah, we’re humble around these parts.

How do you feel about a peplum skirt?


Not your typical peplum skirt – not very straight and a lot more flouncy. But that means it’s perfect for moving and growing girls!

Let’s get started!

Here’s what you need:
- fabric
- elastic
- sewing machine/accessories


You can get your measurements a couple of different ways. Obviously, the easiest way would be to just use measurements of a skirt that you already have. But it’s also not difficult to take some quick measurements to get you started. You’ll need two separate pieces for the body of the skirt – a smaller top tier and a larger bottom tier. Figure out how long you want the skirt to be. I was going for about 18ish inches long, so I made the length of my top tier 5.5 inches and the length of my bottom tier 14 inches.

For the width of both of the tiers, I measured my daughter’s waist, which was about 20 inches around. That means that around her front or back waist, she is probably around 10 inches. I wanted the skirt to be a little looser and flouncier, so I doubled the width to 20 inches.

So cutting on the fold, I cut the top tier to 5.5 inches long by 20 inches wide.


I cut the bottom tier to 14 inches long by 20 inches wide.


The measurements for the ruffle are totally up to you! I cut my ruffle to 5 inches long and double my width, so 40 inches wide. I had to cut the ruffle in two pieces of 5 inches long by 20 inches wide – on the fold.


So just to recap the measurements for a 4T skirt:

Top Tier: 5.5 inches long by 20 inches wide
Bottom Tier: 14 inches long by 20 inches wide
Ruffle: 5 inches long by 40 inches wide

All cut on the fold!

Attach your two ruffle pieces together,


and hem up the bottom edge.


Take your bottom tier piece of fabric and hem up the bottom edge.


Run a gathering stitch along the raw edge of your ruffle. Pin where you sewed your two ruffle pieces together to the middle of your bottom tier piece. Gather the side evenly towards the middle by gently pulling on the bottom thread.


Pin in place along the entire top edge.


Now take your top tier piece, and pin it along the top edge with the right side facing down.


Sew the three pieces together, using 1/4-1/2 inch seam allowance. Finish the raw edge.

Flip your top tier right side out,


and top stitch along the edge where the ruffle and the top tier meet.


Line up the long edges of your skirt, right sides together, and hem up the skirt. Finish the edges.


Finish the top edge of your skirt, iron it over 1 and 1/4 inches, and sew around the edge, leaving a 2 inch opening. I also like to sew all around the top of your fold because I think it helps hold the elastic in place better, but that is totally optional!


Measure your little lady’s waist and cut a piece of 3/4 inch elastic to that width. Use a safety pin to feed the elastic through the casing.


Sew your elastic edges together, overlapping 1/2 to 1 inch and sew up your opening. Flip your skirt right side out and you are done!


Don’t you love that ruffle?


And it looks even better on a cute little girl!


Stinking cute, I know.


I can never get her to look at the camera, but her smile is still pretty sweet.


Have fun making your own peplum skirt – they are super quick and easy!


Monday, July 30, 2012

.:Giveaway & Review - Playtime Props - CLOSED:.


Dressing up is a popular past time at our house. We’ve got dresses, we’ve got shoes, we’ve got jewelry, we’ve got purses, we’ve got crowns. My girls love to dress up, pretend, and dance around in all of their goods.

One problem we’ve run into at our house is storage. Right now, we live in a two bedroom townhouse. One car garage. No basement or anything like that. Which means things are tight. So storing all of those dresses, purses, shoes, etc. can be a bit of a problem sometimes.

Enter Playtime Props. Playtime Props is owned and operated by Ashley. Let’s hear what she has to say!

“I'm a SAHM to a feisty and energetic 4 year old daughter with baby #2 on the way (it's a boy this time!).
The inspiration for my shop came from my niece. I had my sister's family for Christmas last year and made a dress up for her 7 year old. I was lost on what to make for the 3 year old, since she isn't very girly. My sister mentioned that she liked to play dress up too,  but she was always the animal friend, either the ladybug or butterfly. I knew that she would love other animal choices and that's how Playtime Props was born. My shop will be on maternity leave sometime in late August or early September but should be back up and running the beginning of October, so make sure to check back in the fall for some new additions, including Rapunzel and a bat!”
Playtime Props specializes in dress up headbands. Perfect for limited storage space and children who aren’t into the whole body dress up. As you can tell, my girls had a great time playing with their headbands! My almost four year old chose a unicorn and a monster, which is so like her; totally girly one minute and growling like a tiger the next!
We were having so much fun with them that we got them out again the next day!
And we’ve gotten them out many times since! They are super fun, and very well made. They’ve held up completely with a three year old, two year old, and drooly baby handling them and playing with them, and aren’t showing any signs of wear! These would make a perfect gift as well! There are so many options to choose from in Playtime Props.

Here are a few more of my faves:
Ashley is super awesome and wants to giveaway two headbands from her shop! Score!
Just leave a comment telling me which two you would pick from Playtime Props. Easy, right?
For an extra entry, suggest a new headband idea in a separate comment.
This giveaway will run through Monday, August 6th at 11:59 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 7th. It will be YOUR responsibility to check back and see if you’ve won.
Good luck!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

.:Market Yourself Monday–Peplum Skirt:.

Happy Sunday!

Did you all have a nice weekend? Ours was pretty low key, but I can say there has been a lot of Olympics watching going on around these parts! Did you watch the Opening Ceremonies? What did you think?

I’ll tell you one thing. Seeing all the footage from London makes me want to visit there even more badly than I already did before! I am a tiny bit obsessed with the history there (hello Tudors!) and would love to visit all of those sites. One day! Are any of you there? Living or visiting? Watching any events?

This week I’m sharing this peplum skirt that I originally shared over at Project Run & Play as part of their Skirting the Issue event.


Don’t worry, I’ll show you how I made it tomorrow.

In the meantime, let’s party on!

The most viewed link from last week was:

Be sure to link back here and go ahead and visit a few other links and spread the love!

Also, don't forget to enter to win a three pack of patterns from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop! I totally wish I could win this one!

Aaaand, check back tomorrow for another fun giveaway!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

.:Showcase Saturday:.



Betcha didn’t think I was going to get Showcase Saturday up, did you?


I didn’t either. And I actually forgot until last nite. But we’ll just say that I was giving more people a chance to link up, mmmkay?


So, no more rambling! On to the features!


Color Blocked Friendship Bracelet



Kitchen Reveal – Vinyl Blacksplash



Arm Chair Re-Do



Cheesy Cauliflower Pancakes



Go Bold or Go Home – Dresser  Re-Do



Be sure to grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!


Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 27, 2012

.:Peek-A-Boo Patterns Review & Giveaway - CLOSED:.


Today I’ve got a little treat for you.

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop is making a little blog tour right now, and I am honored to be a part of it!

Before I get started, let me first just sing the praises of Amy. If you take a peek at the button at the bottom of the post, you’ll see that I was supposed to be posting on Wednesday. But me, being the smarty pants that I am, had written down that my date was today. Amy was beyond gracious about my mistake, and said it was fine if I posted today. So thank you Amy!

It was tough choosing which pattern I wanted to give a try. Amy’s shop is brimming with tons of wonderful patterns, and truthfully, I kinda wanted to try them all! I ended up picking the Clara Tiered Twirl Dress. I decided to make it for my cute little niece, Everly. She is five weeks older than Miss Harper, and I know they are going to be the best of buddies.


Hello! Isn’t she stinking adorable? Especially in that cute dress! I loved this pattern because it allowed me to do one of my favorite things – pattern mixing! I love sewing things that allow me to mix and match different patterns together, and I have to say that I am especially happy with this gray/yellow/black combo. I also love the double ties - such a fun little detail!


The pattern is wonderful! The directions are simple and easy to follow, along with pictures to guide you through the process. I’ve worked with some of Amy’s other patterns, and this one was just as fabulous.


Evie looks pretty happy, doesn’t she? I’m pretty sure she knows how cute she is.


Guess what? Today you can pick up the Clara Tiered Twirl Dress for only $5! That is a steal!

But not only that, I also get to give away a three pack of patterns to Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop! I know you want that! (Who wouldn’t?)

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment saying which three patterns from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop you would choose!

I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, July 31st. It will be YOUR responsibility to check back and see if you’ve won!

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.:Guest Blogger - Parenting Is A Big Deal:.

I’m Jessie Akos and you can find me blogging at Parenting is a Big Deal.  The title of my blog comes from a moment when, about two weeks into our baby adventure, my husband looked at me with wide, slightly terrified eyes,  and said, “wow.  This is a big deal.  I mean, this (pointing at newborn Z) is a really big deal!”  Yup, it sure as heck is!  The hubs, baby Z, and goofy, lovable dog named Bella and I live in beautiful Boulder, Colorado where we run (ahem, we try), hike, mountain bike, ski, and generally enjoy the outdoors when we’re not freakishly adhering to Z’s nap schedule or swamped with snot, poop, or any other such bodily function of our child.  Yes, I talk about it.  All of it.  But I also speak from my heart; I try to write the truth as I see it.  Here are a few excerpts from my favorite posts.

This is the very first post I ever wrote about my struggles with breastfeeding:

“I had no problem with my precious, helpless little newborn latching right on and sucking the heck out of my unsuspecting nipples. It became my sole purpose in life to nourish my baby, and all I wanted was to be as close to him as possible. And what could be closer than having him gain sustenance from my very own body? It was amazing and gratifying to be able to provide this for my child.”

This is from a post where I talk about traveling with Z when he was 9 months old:

“Z barely had a minute of cute before he turned into fussy screamer again.  No, nice lady sitting behind us with all the answers, it’s not his ears- he’s really, really, super duper tired!  So, I did what any normal mom would do in this situation.  I lifted my t-shirt, flashing the guy sitting catty corner to me, and squished the baby underneath it.”

Here you’ll find me gabbing about a fun-filled experience swimming with the Z-ster.

“The 3 private bathrooms with sinks were occupied STILL.  So, I left our belongings and ushered my naked baby and poopy suit into the women’s locker room (also crowded and chaotic) where I proceeded to squish his delicious chubby chunks into one of the small hand-washing sinks and rinse his suit and butt with freezing cold water.  FUN.”

I do hope you’ll stop by and if you do, say hello!  It’s a friendly bunch over at Parenting is a Big Deal!  

Ahh....I think all of us mommies can relate to Jessie and her experiences with poopy babies in public places, am I right? Babies sure pick the worst times, don't they? We had troubles with breastfeeding with my oldest, and it's nice to know you're not alone! Thanks so much, Jessie!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

.:Wall Decorations with Fabric Ink:.

I was beyond excited to get the chance to work with Silhouette’s fabric ink starter kit. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

As you know, we are building a house. Which means that Harper will get a real room in a real crib. (She is currently residing in a pack and play in our guest bathroom. What?) I’m excited to set up the real crib and pull out the baby bedding. My mom made it for me for our first, and we went with gender neutral colors (turns out we didn’t need to worry about that!) The bedding is black and cream, and we accented with purple. But for Harper’s new room, I want to use coral for the accent color.
Enter in the coral chevron fabric I ordered a year ago and never did anything with.
Here’s what I came up with.

Want to make some? Here’s what you need:

- plain canvas
- fabric
- mod podge
- paint brush
- CAMEO (Lucy was happy to get in on the action!)


Start off by cutting your fabric about an inch bigger all around than your canvas. This might be more if you use a regular sized canvas; mine were thin so I didn’t need as much around the edges. For example, my canvas was 12x12, so I cut my fabric to 13x13.


Mod podge your fabric to the canvas. I didn’t wrap the edges around at this point, but you could if you wanted.

While the mod podge is drying, get into your Silhouette software and create your design. I used these two fonts:


Cut it out on the stencil vinyl included in the kit. Apply it where you want it on the canvas. I am using the negative space for this project.


Use the paint brush (there is one included in the kit) to apply the fabric ink over your stencil.


Wait for it to dry and peel up the vinyl.

Then I hot glued around the edges.

I also made a monogrammed canvas using the sponge that is included in the kit. It gave it a more textured look, which I love!

I also made a third canvas with a felt flower to round out the three decorations.

I’m pretty dang pleased with how they turned out. Now I just need a house to move into and decorate!

What would you make with the Silhouette fabric ink?