Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The "what I've been up to" post

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

So, I mentioned that I have been working on some projects.  I thought I would show you a couple of the things I've been up to.  This is a crib skirt and valance I was asked to make for a customer who purchased a table runner from my recent stint at Oh Sweet Sadie.  I happened to have the charm packs still and made up the pattern.  I'm hoping she loves them, because I do. :)
This is a complete teaser shot since I'm working on these for future purposes.  The big book on the left is my business card holder I took with me to SNAP and got such rave reviews, Riley Blake Designs offered me the fabric to use to make up the pattern and tutorial for my blog.  I made it in such a rush the first time, I thought I would make a couple more so I could work out the kinks and make the tutorial as mistake free as possible.  I will have it posted as soon as I can.
The wallet was also something I made for SNAP.  Since I made a new bag for myself (which I have yet to post about also) I needed a new wallet.  I love this one so much, I'm hoping to develop a pattern for sale from it.  It's definitely a work in progress, since I know next to nothing about pattern writing, but I'm hoping it will be a jumping off point for future patterns.  (this wallet was made using Doodlebug's Tuxedo fabric by Riley Blake in laminate (the black and white))
Mix it in with prep for the Last Day of School Party (I'll show pics soon) tomorrow morning, plus the usual mom/ pregnancy realities of life and that pretty much sums up the last few weeks.  I love every minute of it and I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful opportunities.
Now off to finish up prep for the party.
xoxo,
Amy

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dreaming and Scheming {A Mom-day post}

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I have not perished.  I am still here.  Physically if not completely mentally.  Life is moving in a fast-forward pace.  Out-stripping my ambition and energy levels.  Never ending lists of must-dos and have-to's followed closely by the occasional want-to.  Some fun commissioned work (always nice when the work you are doing is paid for) keeping me on my toes.  Blog projects are few and far between.  Thankfully there are Point of View commitments and a fun birthday party to keep things interesting around here or I fear I would lose your interest altogether. 

Balance seems to be a never-ending theme in these parts.  Within me there is a mighty battle raging between the mother-parts and the creative-parts and the Amy-parts.  Who wins out is often a last second call at any given time of day.  Is there such a thing as the perfect balance?  I am thinking- no.  Balance is not something you achieve and then you are done with.  Have you ever watched the circus-man with his plates on a stick?  He is moving and adjusting and arranging and running and keeping up and changing priorities as they arise.  Hmm... perhaps we need a trip to the circus to give us some life skills study time.

 Last week I had the chance to go here.  No, wait, this picture doesn't do it justice (although are you drooling over all those stacks of lovely paper?)

This picture is better, even though it was taken with my silly point and shoot camera.  The colors in this office are amazing.  The entire facility is bright, cheerful, well thought out and just plain fun.  There is a work out room, bathrooms with showers (and coordinating shampoo to match the walls- get out!!), a lunch room complete with soda machine and a kids room with the most amazing orange couch for gaming and lounging and playing while mom (or dad) is busy working.  It's the kind of space where ideas and inspiration come easily.  Seriously, how could you not be inspired when you're surrounded by this much fun craft stuff?

These are the offices of Doodlebug Design Inc.  A design company that has created scrapbooking and crafting lines and has more recently begun designing fabric for Riley Blake Designs.  They have some amazing business ideas- such as maintaining their color palate over the 12 years they have been established- allowing older lines to coordinate with newer products.  But what inspired me most is the story of how they started- Cynthea (sorry I don't have a picture of her) is the creative mind behind this business and it all started with a simple project.  She wanted to throw a baby shower for her sister, but she couldn't find exactly what she was looking for.  She drew up the sketches of the designs she wanted, cashed in a sales trip she had won to pay for the printing of her designs (she worked for a printer at the time) and a friend took them to market where she sold them.  It took years, working in the basement in the middle of the night, taking a leap to move into a warehouse that at first seemed impossible to fill, to growing out of the first warehouse- to finally building this amazing building- that they are now filling quickly.  And here she sits, the head of a successful, creative business.  I am so inspired by her story and the creativity of her whole family (her sister's husband built all that amazing furniture in the show room and her sister has mad skills too!).

I'm sharing this with you not to brag that I live in the creative Mecca of the world (which I do ;P) but to put into focus my own dilemma.  In 2 short months I will be mama bear to 5 little cubs.  That is a lot of work in and of itself.  It is priority #1 right now.  They need me- all of them, and I love being the mother.  But I am finding myself in a place I never expected, a place where mothering isn't all of who I am.  A place where leading the troops is the most important thing, but not the only thing that moves me and lifts me and IS me.

And so I dream.  I dream of success and future plans and colors and skills.  I dream of a business and opportunities and projects.  And I plan and practice and build abilities.  I try to reach out and grow and listen and learn and file away gems of wisdom and insight.

Right now I am preparing.  I know that at some point- that will come all too quickly- I will not be the focus of these little people's lives.  If I have done my job right, they will have larger visions than me and our home and will be spreading wings and moving forward and taking off.  And so, instead of putting off the things that I would like to do in that day- I am doing them now.  Working to become the person I will need to be to turn all these dreams and schemes into reality.  Prepared with my own ambition and dreams so that when my children are ready to fly- I am ready to fly right along with them.  To pursue our separate dreams together, dancing off above the horizon in a dance of freedom and joy.

And in the mean time, trying to keep my feet firmly rooted in our home, amongst our own little world of colors and laughter and teasing.  To hold my ambition in check, while still allowing it to grow. 
Because while I dream of designing patterns and fabric and other amazing goodness.  These people are the biggest part of my dreams.  Seeing them happy, confident and capable.  And while it doesn't mean that there can't be other aspects of my life.  Keeping them first, even if other plates fall by the way side for a time, is the most important dream of all.

What are you dreaming of today?

XOXO,
Amy

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Giveaway Winner

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Giveaway Winner!
The winner of the Birthday giveaway is #11 (chosen by random.org)
Debra said...
What a darling little elephant! Love him!

Yay! Debra- I will send you an e-mail!  Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who came and entered and who participated in our celebration with us.  It's always more fun to have friends along.  I loved all your comments and appreciate so much all the birthday wishes.

Can't wait to do it again next year. :)

Have a great weekend everyone.
xoxo,
Amy

Friday, May 25, 2012

May POV reveal- Summer/Vacation

Friday, May 25, 2012
Welcome to May's Point of View reveal!  The theme: Summer and/or Vacation.  Are you ready for summer?  We still have 3 more days of school, so I have time, right? ;)
If you're still getting ready, or want to expand on your summertime fun- check out these great ideas:
We are excited to welcome our guest for this month: Tone from Bless by Tone
My Summer Bingo clipboards.
Jonie's cute Bandana Dress can be found here.
Ashlee's darling sandals are here
Gwen's darling toiletry bag
Leanne's pots

And if you have projects you want to share,join our link party and let your Point of View be heard. ;)  We'll be featuring our favorites next week!

Enjoy your long weekend and we'll see you soon.
xoxo,
Amy


Summer Bingo Clipboards

Summer is almost here.  Long days, warm nights, lots of time on your hands.  Kids get restless and moms get desperate.  This year, I am hoping to get a jump on things before they get too far out of hand.  As much as I love the occupying power of video games and other screen time- it can quickly devolve into arguing and headaches, plus, I have decided (and I'm sure the experts agree) that it's simply not the best idea to allow the kids unlimited access to the video games.  But I am also certain that said experts would agree that the constant begging and harassment that two young video game addicts bent on gaining access to the magic box generate is harmful to everyone's health. :)

My solution is this: Summer Bingo.  Each time the kids want to earn screen time, they have to first complete a bingo on the board.  Things like: read 20 minutes, extra chores and math or handwriting practice are all part of what they have to do in order to gain access to their hearts' desire.  I tried to make them things that the kids can do mostly independently so that it's not an even larger drain on my limited sanity.  I am working on gathering supplies for the "art activity" options, some of what I have so far:

Small coloring pages that will allow my 5 year old to get a picture colored in a limited amount of time.  Drawing pads that will help the older two get inspired to create something using their *gasp* imagination.  I am hoping to add fabric, glue, markers, scissors, etc. to the pile.  Art time will also include play dough, water colors, and sidewalk chalk.
Other options on the bingo include playing outside for 20 minutes or writing a letter.  I plan on using the computer to help generate math worksheets and handwriting practice, as well as using flashcards and some math tools I have collected to occupy this part of the bingo.  (If you're wondering how I filled the board, I made sure that Read 20 minutes and Play outside 20 minutes were part of every bingo, the other options were used more than once in the bingo as well)
On the other side of the card (which I laminated by the way- using Scots self laminating pouches) I added some scrapbook paper to frame out the chore charts that I'll be using to keep the kids on track with helping around the house.  They will have to complete the chores before they can start on a bingo.  I didn't put the chore charts in the lamination because even though dry erase markers work well enough to keep track of the bingo- I don't have good enough markers to write down the chores in a way the kids can read.  So I'll attach the chore charts each week with a piece of tape and replace them every Sunday.  This will let me rotate jobs and adjust things as needed during the summer.
And I can't resist some close ups of the clipboards I made just for this.  These darling papers and stickers are from Doodlebug Designs.  I had the chance to tour their offices this week and I am so impressed.  I will have to blog about it next week.

Another clipboard.  So cute, right?  If you're interested in how I make the clipboards, you can go to my tutorial here.  And feel free to ask me if you have any questions.
So that's my grand plan for surviving the summer.  I also have some goodies lined up to give the kids next week on their last day of school, that I hope will help keep them busy and happy so we can all get through the first part of the summer.  And I'm being realistic in my expectations for the last part of the summer (after baby gets here) which will consist of pure survival.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
xoxo,
Amy


Friday, May 18, 2012

It's my Party- Giveaway Day!!

Friday, May 18, 2012
So, this is my favorite part of the party.  The part where I get to share some of the goodness with you!  And oh my goodness it is!

The first and very best part of the giveaway is from our amazing friends at Riley Blake!
Um- yes, that is exactly what it looks like- a FAT QUARTER BUNDLE of Apple of My Eye, by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake.  Yummy, yummy, yumminess!  The colors are so bright and cheerful.  I adore this fabric and I think you will too.
The second part is stuff from me.  Bits and pieces from my stash and a couple little goodies I made up for you.  Including your very own box of Swedish Fish! :) 
This is Ellie.  Made using Heather Bailey's pattern, and one bit of my very own stash of Apple of My Eye.
A close up of some of the bits and baubles I'm adding to the mix.  Rub on sentiments, ribbons, and binder clips.  I'm sure I'll be adding a bit more to the bundle as the week goes on- just expect some surprises when you open the box!

All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog.  That's it- easy peasy.   Contest will be open until next Friday at midnight MST and I'll draw a winner on Saturday.  Please make sure you have an e-mail connected to your account, or leave one with your comment so I have a way to get in touch with you.

The nitty gritty:
*Contest open to US and Canadian residents only, must be 18 years or older to enter.
*Odds of winning are based on number of entries.
*Winner will be chosen with a random number generator
*Contest will be open May 18, 2012- May 25, 2012- midnight.
*Prizes with be shipped both by Amy Chappell and Riley Blake

And once you've entered for my giveaway, head over to Gwen's blog to take a second swing at the fabric, and her own prize package:
Super fun stuff right?
Thanks for celebrating with us this week- We've enjoyed partying with you!
XOXO,
Amy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It's my Party Day 4- Favorites {part 2}

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
So from my last favorites post, you know that my favorite thing in the whole world to buy is 'craft junk'. :)  Which means I have a LOT of it.  And A LOT of favorites.  So this post is hard in the opposite way of the first post, in that it's hard to narrow down to one post my favorite crafting things.  I will try to stay focused and will only feature one thing in each category, but realize that this is just a scratching of the surface and not an all inclusive list. LOL

Fabric:  I Love fabric.  Any and all fabric.  Especially the new quilting cotton lines that have been coming out in the last few years.  I love Moda, Joel Dewberry, Heather Bailey, but lately I am crushing on so many of Riley Blake's fabrics.  My newest love is the Dress Up Days line, with the lovely colors and this awesomely colorful chevron print:

Crafting Space:  I am currently in the middle of having my basement finished (by my husband and father-in-law).  One of the rooms they are finishing will be turned into my new craft room- and boy am I EXCITED!  I can't wait until it's finished and I will finally have all my craft supplies in one room.  I have been so inspired by this space:
It's Heather Bailey's craft room, and it's gorgeous!  Mine won't be nearly this spacious, but I hope to infuse as much of my personality into it as she has into hers.  And one day, when I'm a big girl, I will have a cabinet full of lovely fabrics just like she has. :)

Project on my To Do list:  My pinterest boards are full of projects that I am inspired by, but this one has me drooling and I hope one day to have the time to conquer it.
I love embroidery and the variety of stitches on this lovely design by Daisychain has me so happy.  I'm thinking this might have to be my summertime, sit outside with my feet in the pool, watching the kiddos play,
 project.  Sounds like I have found a birthday present to give myself. :)
*edited to add- I went ahead and bought myself the pattern. :)  I'll be gathering the supplies as part of my present to myself - now to get it done before the baby comes. ;)

Paper Products:  I love all things crafty, but right behind my love for fabric, comes my love of paper.  I love Dear Lizzie papers by American Crafts but my favorite lines of papers comes from Crate Paper. I love their style and the soft feel of the colors they use.

There are so many more "favorites" I could list, but I'm sure you've heard enough from me today, so I'll close down this post.  One day I want to make a quilt, I love using Sculpey clay for my figurines, Mod Podge is awesome, and of course Pillows are the most fun project EVER to make.

What are your favorite fabrics/ tools/ projects?  I'd love you to share them in the comments!  And then make sure you check out Gwen's favorites on her blog today.  There's plenty of goodness to be had over there too. :)

xoxo,
Amy

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Day 3- It's my party Sewing Machine cover

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
So here we are to day 3.  I can't believe it's already Wednesday.  This week is flying by.  It doesn't help that both my husband and oldest son have been sick since Saturday.  I'm ready for this crappy cough/ fever junk to break and leave my poor family alone.  While I haven't gotten sick myself, I don't sleep well with all the racket going on around me.  I've been up today since 3 a.m.  It's now 11 p.m.  So I hope you'll forgive the lack of proper pressing on my sewing machine cover.  I totally made up the pattern, but I think I really like it.  I would like to line it and perhaps even add some fusible fleece to give it more body, but overall I'm really happy with it.  I used a natural cotton fabric for the main fabric and used pieces of the Delighted line by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake.  I love the colors she uses, and I have a fat quarter bundle of her newest line Apple of My Eye just waiting to be cut into.  Can't wait! :)

Gwen also made a sewing machine cover.  I thought it would be fun to see both of our takes on a similar project.  And I think you can really see our personalities come through.  Cool huh?
If you want to see more details of how she pulled off this gorgeous cover, click over to her blog.

For now, I'm going to go to bed.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!
xoxo,
Amy

Day 2- It's my Party FAVORITES


It's time for Day 2 of It's my Party!  Are you guys ready to have some fun?

Since Gwen and I are both trying to scale back  just a bit on the production of things, we decided this year to add in a couple of "Favorites" posts, so you can get to know us a bit better.  And yes it was just a way to get around making tons of new projects so quickly. ;)

I have to start by sharing a quick story.  On Sunday the children's organization in our church asked each of the children in our congregation to fill out a survey about their mothers.  In response to the question, "When my Mom goes shopping she likes to buy..."  my son replied, "craft junk!."

And he's very right.  If I have a few dollars hanging around, I will buy fabric, or ribbon, or punches or really anything craft related.  It's what I truly love.  So coming up with some favorites that weren't about crafting, was pretty difficult.  :)  However, I do have a life outside of crafting, so I'm excited to share a bit of that part of myself with you.
My favorite food?  Mexican hands down.  This is the dinner we had at a blogger retreat I went to a couple weeks ago.  It was provided by Cafe Rio- a VERY yummy restaurant. (although if you don't like cilantro, like my sister, you won't like it at all. :) )   I love black beans and they have the most delicious cilantro ranch dressing.  Yum.

Favorite music?  Country.  My favorite song right now is probably Toby Keith's Red Solo Cup.  It just makes me laugh every time I hear it, and my kids sing along to it which is hysterical.  Favorite artist wise though, I'd have to say it's a toss up, but I LOVE me a strong female voice- so Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna are some of my very favorites.

Favorite Junk Food?  I'm realizing how deep my love for Swedish Fish runs.  I have a bag of mini Cadbury eggs left over from Easter, but the first thing I go for is the fish.  That's love right there folks!  I prefer the multi-flavored ones over the plain red ones, but I'll eat whatever is on hand.  Along with swedish fish, I have a great love of Diet Coke.  Right now, in my maternal state, I can only drink the caffeine free variety because the fully loaded version makes me ill, but Diet Coke is Diet Coke and hard as I try, I just can't quit the stuff.  (Not that I ever try very hard ;) )

Favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I love her wit, her sarcasm, her descriptive style of writing.  All of it.  And the movie with Kiera Knightly- spot on favorite!  You can be my Mr. Darcy anytime!! :)

Favorite thing to do outside of crafting? (when I told Gwen I was thinking about adding this to my favorites- she said "you mean there are things to do outside of blogging and crafting?" ;) )  I love baking.  But since I'm also a mother, and I spend all my life cleaning up messes, I try to avoid making them, so it doesn't happen as often as it used to.  I also love hiking.  When my oldest was just a 6 month old infant, my friend and I hiked once a week for an entire summer.  We hit every canyon from City Creek to Provo in Utah and I loved every minute of it.  I still like to take the kids hiking, but we try to stick close to home and it's hard to know how difficult the trail will be (and who will resist the adventure) so we don't go as much as I'd like to.

My favorite color.  Growing up it was always blue, but in recent years I've found I have drifted a bit to the brighter side of the spectrum and I would have to say Yellow is probably my new fave.  Although orange is a close second.  It's hard to decorate with those colors, especially since my hubby is definitely a blue guy and won't let me paint any of our rooms yellow (we had a bad experience once), but I try to find ways to sneak it in. (like my yellow Sunshine Pillow from last year's party)

Favorite Movie- I would have to say that the movie I have to watch at least once a year is Anne of Green Gables/ Anne of Avonlea.  I love those movies and I have since I was a little girl.  I only have Anne of Avonlea on video, but I keep my eyes out and I'm hoping one day to own both sets on DVD. ;)   I am definitely a romantic comedy kind of girl, but I do enjoy a nice action flick every once in a while- "The Italian Job", any of the Bourne movies and movies starring Vin Diesel are always a welcome choice.

This quick little post has turned into a novel, so I'm going to assume you now know more about me than you ever wanted to and I'm going to sign off.  I would love for you to write your own little "favorites" post and leave the link in the comments- or feel free to just list your favorites in the comments.  I would love to get to know you better too!  And don't forget to head over to Gwen's blog too and find out more about her life outside of blogging/crafting.  It's a fun read. :)

Have a great Tuesday!
xoxo,
Amy

Monday, May 14, 2012

It's my Party- Day 1 Jersey Knit skirt

Monday, May 14, 2012
It's here!  Our 2nd annual Birthday Bash, where my Blogging BFF Gwen (of Gwenny Penny fame) and I share projects just for us as well as some of our favorite things and finish up with a Giveaway just for you!  You won't want to miss a single day of the fun. :)
 
When it came time to decide what project to do for the party this year, it obviously had to be something for me. :)  I have been itching to make this skirt for a while, and I've had the fabric on hand for a couple of months, but just never seemed to find the time to make it for myself.  Last week I made the time, and I'm so glad I did.  This skirt is super comfortable and I think it will be a staple in my wardrobe for the next couple months (who am I kidding, I think I'll be wearing this skirt forever).  :)  I followed this tutorial on the blog Elle Apparel and it was really straight forward.  I wasn't able to use the elastic thread since I couldn't figure out how to get my machine to like it, so I just used a stretch stitch on my machine and it worked great.  Next time I will make the waist smaller because it tends to stretch and by the end of the day it felt like it was falling off.  The other thing I would change is to purchase a bit more fabric (I used 2 yards as it was) to make it a bit fuller in the bottom.  But I am thrilled with the skirt and so glad I made it. :)

This is the Dumpling Pouch Gwen made, isn't it darling?  For more details on how she did it, and to help her out with an informal survey about quilt colors, hop over to her blog.  And while you're there, wish her a Happy Birthday, since today is her real life birthday! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by our party today, and we hope to see you again tomorrow!
XOXO,
Amy

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Frame

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
When I went to SNAP there were many things I loved learning about and tons of great information.  But, the thing that struck me the most was the message given to us by the closing Key-note speaker, Matt Townsend.  You'll be hearing from him more here on the blog, because I think he has some really important things to say, and he's a lot funnier and smarter than I am.  One of the points he made about the power of blogging was encapsulated in this quote, "You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can't count the apples in a seed."  I changed the quote slightly for this art piece, but the meaning is the same.  (You can watch a short clip of his address, which includes the apple seed quote here)  I feel the same power applies to teaching.  You can quantify how many topics you have taught, and how many students have passed, but the real rewards of teaching can't be measured.
Using pages from a book, I created this dimensional apple to fit inside a $1 frame from Michaels, that I covered with scrapbook paper.  (I got this paper and ribbon from the American Crafts Warehouse sale, I just got an e-mail today that they have just opened an online store- so excited!!) 

I am learning that really more than money or rewards, most often, people just want to be told that they are doing a good job.  That you recognize their efforts and that they are appreciated for the work they are doing.  I hope these pieces of art will let my children's teachers know that the work they have done for my family this year is immeasurable and greatly appreciated.
xoxo,
Amy
Linked up to The 36th Avenue Party Time.  Also linked up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays on I'm Topsy Turvy.

Announcement: Birthday Bash Coming Soon!!

I don't know how many of you were around for last year's party, but Gwen and I have decided to throw ourselves another birthday party this year. :) 
For those of you who are new to these parts, Gwen blogs over at Gwenny Penny and ever since we 'met' through blogging, we have been best friends.  When we found out that not only do we have blogging and sewing in common, but we're almost exactly the same age (our birthdays fall within a week of each other) we knew we needed to celebrate- and the Birthday Bash was born. 
So set your calendar, because the week of May 14-18 is going to be a blast.  We'll each share some projects we've been wanting to make just for ourselves, and there's even something in it for you!  That's right- at the end of the week, we'll have a birthday present for you- our readers, because we're awesome like that, and we LOVE you! :)
Hope you can make it to the party!
We'll talk to you soon.
xoxo,
Amy

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Point of View Feature

Sunday, May 6, 2012
I know a lot of times we think about the teachers of our school children, but what about coaches, music teachers, and others who help our children become all they have the potential to be.  I love this idea from Simply This and That- to thank a coach for all he/she has done for your child.  She even includes the file to make the darling labels.  So fun!

Her blog is full of cute ideas, I am loving this project where she spruced up an old corkboard with stenciled fabric- it looks gorgeous!
Thank you to everyone who linked up and stopped by!  We love having you participate in Point of View with us!  Our theme for May is Summer/ Vacation and the reveal will be May 25th so I hope you'll stop by with your ideas/ projects and let us know your Point of View! :)
Have a wonderful day.
xoxo,
Amy
*** If you like any of her ideas as much as I do, please click over to her blog before pinning- Thanks!! ***

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pillowcase Dress baby shower gift

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
My sweet friend is expecting her 5th baby.  And since the first 4 were boys (all delightful by the way. :) ) we were all ecstatic to learn she was going to be welcoming a GIRL!!  So of course a shower to celebrate all things pink was definitely in order.  In fact, I was so excited for her, I even broke into my fat quarter bundle of Riley Blake Fly a Kite fabric I won from Maureen Cracknell Handmade, to create this dress.  (in case you were wondering- it was REALLY hard to do, because I just love looking at pretty piles of coordinating fabric sitting on my shelf)
I followed this tutorial for the pillowcase dress from Destri at the Mother Huddle.  I think she's brilliant for having elastic in the neck casing so the dress doesn't have to be tied anywhere, just slip it on over baby's head.  She even has this amazing sizing guide so you can make them in a range of sizes.  The generosity of bloggers is just astounding at times.
This is a detail of the little flower I made to embellish the dress.  It just wouldn't be girly enough without a bow or flower, would it? :)
  The shower was so fun (I was a horrible blogger and didn't take any pictures of it) and we are so excited to welcome this new baby girl into our neighborhood.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.
XOXO,
Amy
linked up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday at I'm Topsy Turvy
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