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Sunday, March 31, 2013

.:Market Yourself Monday:.

Happy Sunday!

Have you had a wonderful Easter weekend? I sure hope that you have. I’m actually writing this Saturday nite, because we are spending the day at my mother in law’s house for Easter, and it’s also her birthday today. My girls sure love going out to her house, so I’m positive we are enjoying ourselves right now!

Our weekend has been full of family, fun, egg hunts, egg dying, and lots of candy. These three turkeys have sure been soaking it up.

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Anyway, I will keep it short and sweet. The most viewed link from last week’s party was:

Have a great time linking up and visiting the other links; it’s a wealth of ideas at this party every week! Be sure to link back here where you can!

Get your link on!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

.:Spring Fling Giveaway:.

** UPDATE: Rafflecopter has been updated with a new entry for those who are not on Facebook to enter. I'm sorry if you missed out before because of this. Please enter now!!! **

Are you ready for a fun giveaway?

A bunch of other fabulous bloggers and I have teamed up to giveaway a basket of our favorite goodies to one of you.

There are 11 of us, which means 11 baskets to giveaway!

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Let me give you a peek at mine.


Wanna hear the run down of what’s included in mine?

- Martha Stewart stencils
- 2+ yards of fabric
- Cricut chalkboard vinyl
- 1 sheet houndstooth vinyl
- washi tape set
- craft tags
- R house Couture necklace
- H&M lip gloss
- notebook
- pen
- Martha Stewart glass paints
- tic tacs galore
- bag of candy corn


What do you think? Wanna win all of that?


Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win my basket of goodies (not actually sent in a basket, to be clear) and then click on the buttons below to visit the other fabulous blogs and enter their giveaways!

Happy Spring!

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.:Construction Baby Shower - Paisley Palooza:.

Hey! I'm back this month with another baby shower to show you. This time it has a darling construction theme. This shower was for a little baby boy so I thought the theme fit perfectly.
For the decorations I went with all things construction. We had tools and rocks and construction hats set out everywhere. Then lots of construction signs that said things like "dig in," "construction zone," and "bump ahead." I made cute little cupcake toppers with construction stickers on them. Any thing dirty and construction would work for this.
The food we tried to stick with lots of browns and green colored food. Here is the menu:
  • chocolate cupcakes with Oreos sprinkled on top to look like dirt.
  • Chex mix
  • Cream puffs
  • Doritos Cooler ranch chips
  • Grapes
  • Chicken salad croissants
  • Sprite to drink
Here is the cute invitation I created for this party. You can download your free copy here. All you have to do is add text and print it out!

xoxo Becky, Paisley Palooza

"My name is Becky Young and I've always had a love for planning and throwing parties. When my baby girl turned one and I was planning her 1st birthday party I couldn't find reasonably priced party items that were also cute. That's when I decided to start Paisley Palooza.  A little shop with all kinds of cute, inexpensive party items. I also enjoy taking lots of pictures of my baby, spending ridiculous amounts of time with my husband, getting addicted to tv shows and trying all kinds of new restaurants with my family."
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

.:Tutorial Tuesday–Aloha Top:.

Mixing patterns can be so much fun. When it comes to dressing my girls, I love to do bold – bright colors and fun patterns!

Since I’m usually sewing for three, I also love to make things that can be done quickly. As in get all three done in one nap time if possible. Of course, that definitely does not always happen, but there is for sure something pretty satisfying in being able to create three things with minimal effort in a couple of hours.

Which is why I love this baby.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

It uses an existing shirt for the top, and requires very little for the bottom, which equates to a satisfying and productive afternoon of sewing.

Here’s what you need:

- shirt
- fabric
- sewing machine/accessories

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

The tanks are inexpensive shirts from Wal-Mart. My mom brought me back a bunch of great fabric from Hawaii, so I thought they would be the perfect pairing of fabric for these striped tanks. I love to take a geometric print and pair it with some swirly or florally.

My inspiration for this shirt was this top from Target. I have loved it from the moment it made it out on the floor. Something about the colors and the mix of patterns just speaks to me. So I decided to make a springier version of it for my girls.


You need to take some measurements before you get started. I’ll be sharing the measurements for this top (4T).

Measure from chest (empire waist) to how long you want the tunic to fall. For my 4T wearing daughter, this length was 11 inches. I decided I wanted the length of the ruffles for this particular size to be around 5.5 inches long – which equals 11 inchs. See where I’m going with this?  So I needed to cut my two ruffles each to 5.5 inches long. I just used the width of the fabric for my width.

Measurements so far: two ruffles cut at 5.5 inches long x the width of the fabric.

You will also need a base layer to attach the bottom ruffle to. It doesn’t need to be as long as the length of your tunic since you will have the bottom ruffle to attach to it. I cut mine to a 5.5 inch length (just like the ruffles) and a 32 inch width. You can decide on your own width depending on how full and ruffly you want it; like I said above, I just wanted it to be a toned down ruffle for this top.

This will give you three pieces of fabric: one base layer piece (5.5” x 32”) and two ruffles pieces (5.5” x w.o.f.) Remember, these measurements are for a 4T.

To get started, go ahead and cut the bottom part of your shirt off. I like to cut at about two inches below the arm pit.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Then you’re going to cut three different pieces of fabric. These measurements will vary depending on the size of shirt you make, and how full you want the ruffles to be. I opted for a more toned down ruffle for this shirt. Here are my three pieces.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Take the bottom ruffle piece, and hem it up. If you like, go ahead and hem up the top ruffle as well.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Do a gathering stitch along the raw edge of the bottom ruffle. Gather the ruffle to the same width as the base piece. Pin in place with right sides together.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Sew together, finish the edge, flip out and top stitch.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

For both the base piece and top ruffle, sew up the raw edges together. Finish the edges and do a gathering stitch along the top, raw edge.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Find the middle of the shirt in the front and back, and mark with pins.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Pin the back seam of the top ruffle to the back pin of the shirt. Find the exact middle from the seam of the top ruffle and pin it to the front pin of the shirt.The raw edge of the ruffle and the shirt should be lined up, and right sides are facing.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.


.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Gather the ruffle evenly between pins, and pin in place.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Now you are going to do the same thing with the base piece. The right side of the base piece will be facing the wrong side of the top ruffle.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Pin the middle of the front, and line up the seams in back and pin.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Gather the base piece, and pin in place with the shirt and top ruffle. All three layers will be pinned together at this point.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Sew all three layers together, and finish the edges. Flip right side out and top stitch all the way around where the shirt and fabric meet.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.


.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Aloha Top:.

Do you like the pattern mixing, or would you create a more toned down look?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

.:Market Yourself Monday:.

Happy Sunday!

I hope you will all forgive me for getting the party going later this week. This is literally the first time I’ve sat down to a computer since last Wednesday!

As I shared with you last week, I have been up in Oregon visiting my family for a special occasion. My sister and brother in law were sealed in one of my church’s temples to my sweet little nephew. They just finalized their adoption of him a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn’t be happier for them. While they’ve gone through some difficult trials in starting their family, I know that this was meant to happen and I’m so incredibly grateful for the beautiful gift of adoption.


It was a really special day for our family, and the experience has been incredible for all of us. I had a great time visiting, and loved spending time with my brothers and sisters, as well as my parents.

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Don’t I have a cute family??

But anyway, I’m back now and have been loving on my kids this evening; it was so weird not having them with me! So let’s get things going with our party, shall we? I promise I will do Showcase Saturday this week. You guys are just knocking it out of the park lately, and I can’t wait to see what you share this week! Be sure to visit some other links and leave some love!

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