Monday, May 31, 2010

Link Love #9!

For this link party, I had over 100 links, thank you so much for your participation! I went and visited all the links but I could not leave comments to everyone of you, I am sorry!

There is something really exciting happening at Tea Rose Home, over the next several months, but I can't share the details with you yet... because of them I have been swamped with many things and deadlines (because of my procedure and recovery, I couldn't do much for a week!) I had less computer time than usual.

I chose several creations to spotlight for today's link love.

Take a look at this beautiful Butterfly Lamp. Isn't this gorgeous? Very delicate, yet very colorful and fun, I just love to look at it.

I found another craft blogger who creats beautiful things! Princy n Paris shares how to make this sweet apron for a little girl on her blog. I love the details she added.

Happiness is 5ive shared picture of her entryway she finished. I love how she used the things she already had and made the entryway such a warm and inviting space.

Kristabell Burgeoning made an amazingly cute Toddler Cardigan. I made something similar to this when my first child was born, but her's are way better than mine.

House of Smith shared her Hall Way Sign. It turned out so cute! While I was visiting her blog, I saw other parts of her house, looks like she is one talented decorater too!

Adventures in Dress Making shared this clever tutorial. Using her collection of vintage handkerchiefs and accesorized plain tank. So creative!

And...I have a special category this time...I know Tea Rose Home is more geared towards, feminine, romantic, and ruffly stuff... BUT, there are other parts of me; fun loving jokester and a mother raising two rowdy boys.

I couldn't help but to post these two links that made me smile.

I named the category "Got Boys?"

You need to check this out, this is one cute t-shirt, don't you agree?

Monster Tissue Holder. My boys wouldn't care for my tissue holder, but I know they will definately LOVE this one.

Thank you sharing your creations and talents everyone!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Time to Celebrate ~ A Year Later~

About this time a year ago, just before school ended, my oldest boy came home with an award saying this: (you can read about this post here).

Yes, all my kids are very active with high energy, the award was perfect for him, and it made me laugh.

He received a new award for this year. He took his energy and focused on one thing. Please celebrate this with us. He was awarded for...

This cracks me up! Way to go buddy, I love you!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday at Tea Rose Link Party No.9!

Hi there! It is the time again to get together for my link party.

I have been recovering, although I started doing things here and there alittle bit, I am taking it easy. I am sad to say this but I don't have a project to share for this week.

But, I know you wonderful people have something up in the sleeves. :)

Let's start the link party right away!

Here are the rules:

1. Please post something YOU made. It doesn't matter if it is crochet, quilt, clothing, anything would be fine. I want to see it! If you use someone's idea or patterns please give them the rightful credit.

2. Link to your specific post, that way it is easier for everybody to find and read it.

3. Please grab the "Tea Rose Home" grab button, and link back from your post. If you can mention the party in your post or place the button on your side bar, that would be great! I want more people to have a chance to come and show off their creation.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Guest Blogger ~Ruffles and Stuff~

I am more than thrilled to tell you who I have invited today! Are you all ready?

Disney from Ruffles and Stuff!! I love her feminine, approachable style and she always has great step by step tutorials on her blog. Oh, and she has really cute pictures of her and her assistant model. If you haven't met her yet, you are in luck. She has a new tutorial to share with us today.

Enjoy! :)

Hello, everyone! I'm Disney, from Ruffles and Stuff, it's so nice to meet you :O)

I don't know if the weather is getting summery where you live, but we're finally starting to feel the warmth here, and I am getting so excited about the next season!

In my mind, summertime is synonymous with the beach! I was blessed to be brought up near Ocean Shores, WA, so I'm partial to the rocky beaches, myself. :o)

I wanted to come up with a project that really said "summer" to me, and so here it is!
The "Beachcomber" Dress
Made entirely from white cotton jersey...
With "rope" straps and belt.
It will knock your socks off to know how easy it is to make!
To own the truth, I actually made mine from one of my husband's new white undershirts (Shhh!)

If you're making up to a 3T you can do the same! For larger sizes, I'd recommend getting jersey by the yard to fit you.

1. To start, cut a rectangle that fits around your largest area comfortably, at your desired length + about 4", and sew into a tube. (Or, for smaller sizes, simply cut the bottom of a t-shirt off!)

2. With right side of shirt facing outward, fold the top over about 4". Lay 1/2" wide elastic along the top, and make a small mark just outside it for the casing.
3. Line your needle up with the mark, and take note of where the edge of your fabric matches up on your throat plate (the thing under your presser foot), to make sure your line stays straight. If your plate doesn't have lines you can place a little piece of tape there to mark.
4. Snip a small slit in casing, and use a safety pin to thread your elastic through.
5. Once it's threaded, stitch the ends together, and sew a small piece of fabric over the opening to cover (optional). 6. To make straps, cut six-2" strips, about twice the length of strap you'd like. (The straps will have a nice stretch to them, so it's not necessary to get an exact measurement!)

7. To make a rope braid, pin three strips together, then grab the strip to the far right and twist to the right a few times. Then move it to the far left position, and repeat until it's all done! Super easy!
8. Try the dress on and pin the straps in place. I criss-crossed mine, but regular or halter style would be cute, too!
And don't forget the belt! I used half-inch strips, and tied them together to make it nice and long.
All done!
Wear it with the belt, wear it without....
Wear it over cute cut-offs!
But however you wear it...
Have fun in it!
I hope you enjoy it!
And Sachiko, thank you so much for having me as a guest today! You are so kind, and I'm so honored that you'd welcome me for the day!
Have a great day, everyone!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Link Love No 8!

Hi everyone, did you enjoy the last link party? I certainly did, AND have you noticed that there where 100 links this time? They are all so wonderful, thank you all for participating!

Here are some of my favorite picks:

This cute baby sweater was linked by Student Knitter. I love the color of the sweter, it is gender nutural, I can just picture either baby boy or girl can look good in it.

Sneezerville made this Ivy Cuff Ala Alabama Chain, inspired by Alabama Chain. She shows you how she did it on her site with easy to follow instructions. If you were looking for a unique blacelet, this might be it!

Sarah from For the Love made pom-poms to accessorize the sandals she alreaday owned and gave them a stunning new look! The inspirational piece she saw was $540! This is a great example of with a little bit of effort and time, you can make something plain into something with a lot of pizzazz!

This Anthro Inspired DIY Stripe Dress with Flowers is another good example of taking something affordable and making it in to a one of a kind piece. Isn't it pretty?

3 sweet P's shared a fun beach bag she created. I love the fabric combinations and the corsage!

Meet Virginia shares a great scrapbooking idea "Idea me!", She made separate scrapbooks such as Cook me, Inspire me, and Wear it. I have a special binder that I keep my inspirations and ideas in, but I like how they are the same size and unified. My favorite is Inspire me.

The last one was linked by Tools are for Women too. She did such an amazing job transforming old funiture to a one-of-a-kind beautiful piece.

I am having fun seeing new ideas and projects. How about you? How many projects did you add to your "must do list" this week?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Tutorial ~Sew Stylish Pincushion~

A few weeks ago, I was invited to do a guest post for Disney at Ruffles and Stuff. I will post the Pincushion tutorial today, just in case you missed it. Enjoy!

For the longest time, I have been wanting to buy a pincushion for my wrist. Everytime when I am working on a project, I would think "it would be so convenient to have one on my wrist, instead of just having one on the table top. Sometimes I forget where I put it, or it would get in my way when I am cutting or sewing.

Then, when I am at the store, I look at wrist pincushions and think, "these are not pretty... I don't want to spend my money on these." I always end up not buying them. Well, I finally decided to make my own. It turned out to be a very easy project. I will show you how I did it, so you too can sew with stlye!

{You will need}

A silk flower (about 3"diameter)

5" diameter fabric for pincushion

2" diameter chip board (I used a cereal box)

Fabric for the wrist band part

Fusible fleece



Glue gun

{How to}

1. Measure your wrist. For example, my wrist is 6", I added 1 1/2" for over wrap(so I can put in velco) and 1/2" for seam allowance.
Therefore, I cut the fabric to 3 1/2" x 8". For fusible fleece, cut 1 1/2" X 7 1/2".

2. Iron the fusible fleece onto the wrong side of the fabric. Place it so there is1/4" seam allowance on three sides.

3. Put right sides together and fold it in half. Leaving a 3" opening in the middle, sew three sides. Cut the corners off.

4. Turn the fabric inside out. Sew around the edges and sew velcro to both ends.

5. Sew silk flower in the middle of the band.

6. To make the pincushion, hand sew all around the 5" diameter circle. Pull the thread to gather the fabric.

7. Stuff it fullly, put the chip board in at last and sew closed.

8. Glue the pincushion onto the middle of the silk flower.

That's it! Isn't it simple to do? It is so much more fun to surround myself with pretty things when I sew... especially my wrist!

I got carried away and made some more... I just LOVE thinking about all the fabric and color combinations! That is way I made several different ones.

and probably, this is my most favorite...

Which one do you like the most? What is your style?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday at Tea Rose Link Party No.8!

I wish I was a few inches taller, but sometimes it is a good thing to be a little short. I found this dress at Ross for 19.99 (I know it is more than that with tax, but it sounds better that way).

Because I am short, I was able to cut a few inches off the bottom of the dress.

And I made this corsage.

I tried the dress on, then realized there are many ribbons between the top skirt and lining. I was curious, so I tied all the ribbons together to see what would happen to the dress...

Wow! I didn't expect that when I bought the dress. I was so excited I felt like I gained two dress for the price of one. What a find! :)

I have been enjoying the dress very much, I feel like I am princess...Ok, Ok, with my age, I should probably say Queen, that's fine I will take that. Anyways, the dress made me feel a little more girly then usual. I just wish that I could find the same dress in different colors. Hmm... this could be my next projet. I better look in to it.

Well, now it is your turn. Please show me and our other crafty blogging friends what you have been up to! I will be going to get another procedure today, so it will be harder for me to leave comments for all of them, but I am looking forward to seeing all the projects later!

Here are the rules:

1. Please post something YOU made. It doesn't matter if it is crochet, quilt, clothing, anything would be fine. I want to see it! If you use someone's idea or patterns please give them the rightful credit.

2. Link to your specific post, that way it is easier for everybody to find and read it.

3. Please grab the "Tea Rose Home" grab button, and link back from your post. If you can mention the party in your post or place the button on your side bar, that would be great! I want more people to have a chance to come and show off their creation.

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