Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Sassy, Chic & Everything In-Between Boutique

Yep!  Already time for another one.  The Sassy, Chic & Everything In-Between boutique starts tomorrow.  Make time in your schedule ASAP for this one.  I got a sneak peek tonight while I was setting up my stuff & there are lots of great vendors with cuuuuuute stuff!  This one is in the Summerlin area!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

For All Seasons Craft Boutique

Okay, Halloween's over & it's time to start thinking about the Holidays!  For all you Las Vegas locals, there's a fun craft boutique going on today through Saturday on the east side of town that I'm participating in.  I just love browsing & shopping at holiday craft boutiques.  I'll be hanging out there on Saturday!  :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

So, we've had a lot of fun around the Todd household this Halloween.  Dylan & I dressed up as gender swapped old people.  He even rigged up some saggy boobies for his costume.

Sadie was Marceline the Vampire Queen & Claire was Princess Bubblegum, both are characters from Adventure Time.  I sewed Claire's dress & made her crown.  Dylan made Sadie's ax guitar.  I really, really, really dislike sewing costumes.  But I'm always happy with the results & for this one I learned to put in my very first zipper.  So yay me!  :)  But I'm not that awesome, cause I can see in this photo that the elastic gathering in one of her sleeves came undone.  Oh well.  It's a costume.  They were both over the moon with the end results.  That's what matters.

Finn was an ewok.  This costume was made by my sister-in-law for her little boy a few years back.  I had the hardest time getting a photo of Finn.  That boy won't hold still for anything!!

Good times.  These girls ended up with way too much candy though.  Like way too much.  We'll see how that all goes down!  :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Graco Snugride Click Connect 40 - Sponsored Post

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a really fun blogger event put on by Graco.  The trusted brand for baby gear, Graco, has created the a new carseat that holds babies from birth all the way up to two years in the rear facing position.  It's called the Graco Snugride Click Connect 40

The blogger event was really fun.  It was held at Child's Play, so we got to bring our little ones & they ran around & played while the moms all talked carseats.  And each blogger got to go home with a carseat!  Thanks, Graco!

According to the American Academy of Prediatrics, "...toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear facing in a car seat.  They should stay rear facing until 2 years of age."  The SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 is the only infant car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to 2 years old, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The infant car seat grows with babies from four pounds up to 40 pounds, so parents can keep their children rear facing longer, while making sure they stay comfortable as they grow.

It seems that Graco has thought of everything.  Here are some of the really great features about this carseat:

* 4 - 40 pound weight limit
* Base adjusts with 8 recline positions for the most leg room of any rear facing seat.  You just keep adjusting the base as your baby grows.
* Simply Safe Adjust harness system easily adjusts without having to rethread the harness
* Click Connect attachment easily clicks into Graco Click Connect strollers
* Adjustable kick plate helps protect your upholstery from scuffs and marks

The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mini Chalkboard Disply Sign Tutorial

Today I am showing you how to make these adorable mini chalkboard display signs.  These little signs are so cute & can be used for buffet table, wedding table numbers, craft show displays, or just around your house.

I was given the great opportunity to do a little shopping at a new online craft supply store called Consumer Crafts.  I found that they have a wide variety or really great products & the cheapskate in me just loved their awesome prices!  Shipping was also very quick.  I received my order in about a week.  I purchased the following supplies for this project from their website:

Galvanized metal pails - 2 3/4 inch
Wood dowels
Wood rectangle cutouts - 3 inch
Dry floral foam
Acrylic paint
Preserved sheet moss
Glue gun

In addition to the items above, I used the following supplies that I already had on hand:

Chalkboard paint
Foam paintbrushes
Painter's tape

Okay, here is how it's done...

Cut off a chunk of the dry floral foam & press it into the bottom of your pail.  You want it to fit snug.  I held the foam up to my bucket & then eyeballed it.  Just cut the foam off with a sharp kitchen knife.

Next tear off a little bit of moss & attach it to the top of the foam with hot glue. This moss is so fun!  I love, love, love it!!

Now it's time to paint both your dowel & your rectangle piece.  I chose a nice turquoise color.  I also cut a few inches off my dowel with scissors before painting, just cause it didn't need to be as long as it was or it would look weird in the end.

At this point, I hot glued my dowel to the back of my sign.  You could do this now, or wait until after you paint the chalkboard.

Apply painters tape around the edges of the sign to create the little turquoise border.  Then paint with chalkboard paint.  Paint one coat with brush strokes going in one direction.  Allow that to dry & then paint another coat with the brushstrokes going in the opposite direction.

Once dry, remove the painters tape.  Insert your dowel into the moss & floral foam in the center of the bucket.  And you're done!  You can remove the sign to write on it & then place it right back into the pail.

Check out Consumer Crafts today!  They really do offer a great selection of craft supplies at really great prices!  They also have an awesome blog, Crafts Unleashed.  And you can keep up with them through twitter, Facebook & Pinterest as well.

Also don't miss the Refer-A-Friend Contest they are currently running.  They are giving away $250 shopping sprees to 6 winners! 

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Consumer Crafts and Blueprint Social.  The opinions in this post are my own.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Painted Canvas Curtains DIY

This summer we moved into a little home of our own, after living with my parents for the past few years, and I've caught the decorating bug bad.  I've never been much into decorating.  I think because we've always rented & I've always felt like we didn't have the extra funds for it.  And even though we are still renting now, I feel so much a desire to make our space beautiful & comfortable & nice. 

In our living room, I knew that curtains would make a big impact for a small price.  I'd seen a few DIY painted curtains on pinterest & loved the look of big stripes!  So I bought a canvas drop cloth & picked out a nice mustard yellow paint color at the home improvement store & set out to get these curtains made!

I measured my panels & cut them down leaving one side on the drop cloth hem intact (less sewing later).  Then I measured my stripes (mine are 10 inches tall) & then taped them off.  Next step was painting.  This took more time & paint then I originally thought.  But a few days of work during school & nap time & they were done.  The material sucks up a lot of paint, but it is also really easy to get nice clean lines on the canvas.  I ended up using about one quart of paint on these curtain panels.

For the unfinished edges of the curtain, I just folded them under & ran them through my sewing machine.  I would suggest doing this before you paint as you won't want to use your hot iron on the painted sections.  I painted first, but luckily the canvas folds over really easily & it wasn't difficult to hem without ironing.  You could also just hot glue the hems if you didn't want to sew.

I made hidden loops on the back of the curtains for hanging.  And because I was so excited to get them up, I didn't take any photos of that process!  I used this method here.  My loops are spaced about 5 inches apart.  I think all curtains that I make in the future will be done with these hidden loops.  They are so inexpensive, and easy & make the curtain hang so nicely.

These curtains took more time to make than I expected, but it was totally worth it!  I spent about $35 to make them & I got the exact look that I wanted.  I love them! 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Happy Home Winner!

Congratulations to Jen!  You are the lucky winner of the Happy Home book!  Yay!

From the comments it sounds like most of you want to make pillows, curtains & quilts for your home.  Those are all things that are on my list for our new home as well!  And they're all items that add color & personality to your space.  We all need to get on it!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Brand New Glasses

It's that time of year!  We usually take Sadie for her yearly eye exam during the summer & then get her a new pair of glasses before school starts.  For the past few years our insurance has covered a new pair for her.  This year we learned that they are now covering the cost of a new pair every other year with this being our off year. 

We weren't really looking forward to the cost of a new pair, but then we heard that JC Penney is offering complete pairs of kids glasses for only $25!  Seriously!  So we got her two new pairs.

This sale is only good for the month of August, so if you are interested, you better hustle your booty over there!!

Sadie fell in love with the frames pictured here.  Dylan & I were actually pushing for her to choose another pair.  Look how adorable she is in them!  I think our daughter is cooler than us.  :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Giveaway: Happy Home by Jennifer Paganelli

Would you like to win a copy of the book Happy Home by Jennifer Paganelli, designer of the popular fabric line Sis Boom?!  Of course you would!  Well then continue reading.

Happy Home includes 21 sewing & craft projects to transform your space into a sunny, happy home.

Downy fabric softener has put out a series of online videos celebrating women that have devoted their lives & livelihood to fabrics and fashion.  The series is called "Beyond the Fabric" & their fourth installment features Jennifer Paganelli.  You must take a look at this video!  Jennifer shares her love of vintage fabrics & her design process, and you get to drool over her awesome workspace! 

Actually all of the videos in the "Beyond the Fabric" series are very interesting & inspiring.  Thank you Downy, for taking the time to recognize such amazing, creative people!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Happy Home.  To enter, please watch the video above & leave a comment on this post letting me know what you'd most like to sew for your home.  I will choose a winner on Aug. 31st. 

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents. 

Good luck!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

School's In!

 I sent these two cuties off to school today.  Sadie's in 3rd grade & Claire is starting Kindergarten.  Everything went well.  The girls both really like their teachers & I like them too.  The day was a bit rocky at times.  They start an hour earlier than last year with the first bell ringing at 7:50am.  So I blame all emotional flare ups on that one.  We've got to get used to being early risers.  The good news is that they went to bed early tonight!  We were wiped out!  Fingers crossed tomorrow is even better!

How'd they get so big?!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Birthday Banners for Boys & Girls

Yay!  I'm super excited to finally reveal my new color variations of our Happy Birthday Banners!  Our original banner has been quite popular in the shop.  So much so that I keep having to put it on back order while I order & wait for more fabric to ship to me.  It makes me so happy to have my product be so well accepted & loved.  

I thought it would be fun to do some banners that were set in a couple colorways.  One geared towards girls & one towards boys.  Once again, I enlisted the help of my graphic designer sister, Kimberly Church & I am pleased as punch with the color combinations we came up with!  

On a side note, you may have noticed that I've been blogging less.  Life with three kids has been so busy for me.  Especially, this summer with all of my kids home from school.  We also moved into a new home & that has been quite a bit of work.  I have just found that my focus needs to be with my family.  And maybe instagram is a bit to blame for taking my time as well.  :)  

Anyway, I hope to be around here a bit more once school starts back up & we settle into a routine this fall.  Either way, thank you for visiting & taking the time to read.  :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Baby Loves Otter Pops

Finn loves otter pops.  And we love feeding them to him. 
Can you believe that he's 10 months old already?  Me either.
I think it may be time for him to get some kind of a haircut.  I feel so torn.  I never knew how hard making that decision can be. 
I never had a boy with such cute curls before.  :)

Monday, July 09, 2012

Giveaway:: Shabby Apple

Alright.  It's time for a giveaway!  My lovely friends, you have a chance to win $75 towards a purchase at Shabby Apple!  Shabby Apple is an really great online dress boutique, but the also sell skirts, tops, swimwear, accessories & shoes.  I spent some time browsing their site & here are a few of my favorites:

Pretty, right?!  So here's what you need to do to be entered:

1.  "like" Shabby Apple on Facebook then come back & leave a comment saying you did so.  (mandatory for entry)

2.  For one additional entry, leave a comment on this post letting me know which Shabby Apple item is your favorite.

Please leave your e-mail address with your comments.  Open for US residents only.  I will announce a winner on Monday, July 16th.
In addition to the giveaway, Shabby Apple is offering Sparkle Power readers a 10% discount through the month of July.  Just enter the code sparklepower10off!

Good luck!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Girls Camp

Last week I spent 4 days up in the mountains with a group of 12-18 year old girls.  I went to girls camp every summer when I was a girl, but this was my first year as a leader.  It was a really great & fun experience & I'm so happy that I got to go.

Having to listen to those girls talk about boys in their tents until the wee hours of the morning every single night has taken it's toll on this old lady body of mine though.  I am exhausted, but need to push through & get caught up around the house.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Kids Summer Camp at Home - Letter Writing Day

For letter writing day, I picked up a few supplies at the dollar store: decorative printer paper, envelopes & stickers.  We started with a list of friends & cousins that the kids wanted to write to.  Then they got to work.  Claire told me what she wanted to say, I'd write it out & then she'd copy it onto her own paper.  We had a little lesson on where the address, return address & stamp are placed on the envelope & they were good to go.  We may do this again before the summer is over.  :)

I hope some of our letter recipients write us back!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Weekly DIY

Sharing some of my favorite DIY projects found this week via pinterest!

1. Wooden necklace
2. Chevron painting
3.  Painted wood bowl
4.  Printable weekly to do list
5.  Etched mason jars
6.  Painted wood magnets
7.  Maxi skirt tutorial
8.  Cardboard stackers
9.  Embroidered notebook

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kids Summer Camp at Home - Box City

Other than swimming lessons, I don't plan to put my kids in any other classes or camps this summer.  So I'm hoping to fill their summer days with lots of fun & inexpensive activities around the house.  The type of activities that will keep them engaged & off of the computer.  :)

I saw this amazing box city on pinterest & knew my girls would have fun making their own.  So we pulled all of the saved shipping boxes out of the closet & they got to work.  They spent a whole afternoon building it & I helped with the glue gun.  We finished it around bath time & I really had to work hard to pull them away to get ready for bed.  They were so happy with their creation & they just wanted to play!

I think that if my girls were a little bit older they would have spent more time building their city & adding details.  They were just so very excited to get this thing made. 

Thumbs up for this activity.  They are still playing with it a week later! 
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