Another Baby Celebration!

Some time last month my sister in law invited me to a friend’s baby shower (which took place yesterday) and I offered to help make some of the decorations just because I’m nice like that! Lol! 😉 Actually, more because I like to experiment with making things that are out of my comfort zone. So, I was asked to work with a pink and purple Hello Kitty theme and here is what I came up with.

I ended up with these cute and colorful center pieces, two signs to put on the tables, and a wish tree.

I also made two pretty matching banners. One was of the baby’s name and the other one (that I didn’t take any decent pictures of) just spelled out GIFTS for the gifts table.

Then, I decorated a picture frame to use on the main table (although here it’s photographed hanging on the wall).

Overall, I liked the end result more than I imagined I would even though I ended up not being able to attend the shower. I hope they enjoyed everythig as much as I enjoyed making it!

Happy Sunday, you guys!!

-Mari

Rag Tutu

After seeing all of these rag tutus on Pinterest I had the urge to make one for my sweet niece, Emma!

I found a roll of already cut fabric in the perfect patterns for it at Big Lots and I went for it and this is how it turned out!

I attempted getting some good shots of her trying it on but it was impossible! Her mommy wasn’t around and she was feeling shy so I’ll have to wait until I take her birthday pictures wearing it later this month to show you guys her adorable face too!! 😉

It really wasn’t that complicated at all to make and took less than an hour to complete. The total cost for it was about $12. Not bad, huh?

Have you joined in the tutu madness, yet? If so, I’d love to see your creations!!

Have a wonderful week, my friends!!

P.S. If you would like to see this little gal wearing her tutu please click here! (:

A Fast Little Project!

This year has been one of the best years my little one’s had since she’s been in school and it was only because she absolutely loved her teacher!

From the beginning I knew this was going to be a good year when she came home on the first day of school and said “I love my teacher, Mom. She is the first one that actually says my name correctly!” Lol!! From that day on, my mind was at peace knowing that my little one was in good hands.

Throughout the year we made several things for her teacher and towards the end of the year my little one asked if WE could make her a gift for the end of the school year (meaning could I make her something)! Since I’ve been so busy I needed to make something simple and quick and this personalized clipboard is the best thing I could come up with on such short notice.

Not my best work but it was finished within thirty minutes and I used only things I already had around the house. I sure am going to miss making this specific teacher little gifts because she was always so sweet and grateful when I’d send them to her.

Hope you and your little ones are enjoying your summer break, my friends!

Mari

Fabric Flowers Wreath

I had a huge wreath on my door that I decorated at the beginning of the year but it was really old because it had been passed down to me from my mom and she had already had it for a while when she gave it to me. It started looking worn out and I wanted to make a new one without spending any money so I got my thinking wheels to spinning and my creative juices started flowing!! 😉 I used a wreath form that I purchased at the dollar store and spray painted last year but I didn’t like the look of it then so I put it away until now.

I’ve had those two small oval frames hanging by my front door and I love them too much to take them down so I wanted to incorporate more of my porch decor to go with them instead. That’s when I remember the spray painted wreath form that I had in my closet and I pulled it out! At first, I was only going to decorate it with the rolled fabric rosettes but I had made a lot of ruffles for another project that turned out to be a complete failure (yes, I have quite a few of those) and I stashed them away for later, too!

I made two small pillows out of some left over drop cloth from previous projects and I added some of the ruffles to them. Then, I made those white flowers with the rest of the ruffled fabric and I mixed them with the rosettes to add to the wreath. I took the bird and the nest from my old wreath and added it to this one too and voila, here you have the finished product!!

I can’t decide if it’s summery enough but I like how it gives my porch a fresh feel and I love so much how the wreath and the pillows go with the frames so well.

Here’s a closer look at the ruffled fabric flowers

Thanks for stopping by, you guys!!! Have a great rest of the day.

I Love My Busy, Busy Life!

It’s been a while since I last posted anything on this little old blog of mine, that’s not to say I have not been keeping myself busy with tons of projects. And here I am with a brand new look and a LOT of stuff to share! I’m way behind on posting about the things I’ve been working on but I’ll try to play catch up soon. Today, I’ll post about photography; another one of my passions!

I’ve had my dslr for well over a year now but I’ve honestly been afraid of shooting in manual mode for two reasons. The first one: I’m a perfectionist. The second one: I am a control freak and not understanding the relation among shutter speed, aperture, and ISO made me feel extremely helpless!

However, I’ve been doing much researching online and reading a LOT of photography blogs and tutorials. Just take a look at my Photography & Tips Pinterest Board! I tell you guys, I’ve been a busy girl! I had even signed up for some classes at the local community college but just the thought of being cooped up in a room full of strangers made me cringe and I backed out of that (shame on me, I know).

Then, I signed up for some online photography courses and though I liked them and seemed to learn a bit from them I think that what I’ve benefited from the most are the online photography training classes that I’m still taking right now from Shoot FLY Shoot . Those guys are amazing at explaining things in a very concise way and I especially love that once you’re registered and you’ve paid for your classes you can always go back through every video in case that you’ve forgotten something or need some reassurance.

The most important thing that I’ve realized so far about photography is that photography is more about perception and what makes us happy as individuals than about anything else. As long as you’ve got your manual settings figured out even technical things like exposure are things that we eventually get comfortable enough with that we reach a point where we realize that what may be acceptable to us may not be acceptable for everyone else but that it’s perfectly fine!

The more I am advancing in these classess the more excited I am becoming about photography! I’m even considering upgrading to a 50mm lens BUT I dont’ want to jump the gun just yet and I’m going to hold off a little longer on that! 😉

Anyway, today I just want to share some senior pictures that I had the pleasure of doing for one of my bestfriend’s nephews. I’ve known him since he was born and it truly was an awesome experience to capture such an important time in his life! I must confess that some of these were shot in automatic mode and some in manual mode because I wasn’t too comfortable yet with full manual mode yet but they weren’t too bad.

I ended up with a lot more good images than I thought I would but I’ll only share these because these are my favorite (not because they are perfect but because the emotion captured in them is genuine)! (:

Then, his mom also asked if I would make his graduation invites and I was more than excited to do so! They turned out pretty good and printed out rather nicely too.

I feel about photography the way I felt about the smell of new books at the beginning of each school year when I was a kid; I’m excited for all the things I know I will learn and I can’t wait to share them with you guys!! ((:

Hope you guys are having a wonderful sunday, my friends!!