Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pony Wear ( Project #18 )

There's a new pageant in town in association with USA Cowgirls. There are local preliminaries that qualify you for state and nationals. 

We're not cowgirls, by any means, but it's an opportunity for fun and rewards. It's Polka Dot Pony Showdown LA. 

My first thought was western. You know, like horse, boots, hat? But after the excitement of reading all the info, I guess it doesn't actually have to be western. A pony theme could go in any direction. But then I thought of My Little Pony character too. So I'm going with two outfits to do both themes. 

First, the western idea.

Western wear is usually blah denim apparel. Agree? Not!

It should be a) bright, b) fashionable, c) feminine, and d) fun. So I came up with my own take on a western theme for Polka Dot Pony Showdown. 

As you see it is: 
a) Bright with color. 
b) Fashionable with the chevron. With matching color large polka dots. This was no coincidence. The 2 fabrics are actually complimentary of each other by a fabric designer, of which I forgot who, but I do remember the print is titled Bliss. (Yes, I am proud of myself for knowing this. Normally, I just pick up a yard and go.) 
c) The whole outfit screams Feminine. 
d) Fun. Take your pick -- iridescent ruffles; or shiny AB crystals in the center of the large polka dots; or the crop top with shorts; or the ruffle suspenders.

The pink cowgirl hat with matching iridescent ruffle and awesome little pink boots complete the outfit. 

It's just waiting for its crown and sash. 

I'll show My Little Pony character idea soon. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why I'm Celebrating My Dog Today

Today, Tuesday, Aug 26 is National Dog Day, founded in 2004.

Here are 5 reasons why she deserves my love today and every day:

1) I don't need an alarm clock. She never fails to wake me early in the morning.

2) She puts up with my shenanigans. I dress her in sweaters and boots in the winter and neck scarfs and bows in the summer.. I carry her like a baby. And I call her a scaredy-cat when she hides from bad weather and hides when the computer printer starts to print.

3) She still likes to run and play fetch even at her age of 49 in human years.

4) She gets left at home alone quiet often, but is always waiting patiently at the window watching for our return.

5) She's a good communicator. Telling us when she needs out, when she's hungry, when company' arrives, etc. 

Poochie would say she loves us, too.

Celebrate your doggie today and tomorrow in a doggie post and leave a comment here that you did so we can visit. Since it's such late notice, we'll continue this tomorrow.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Finally at Grandmother's

This post goes with the you tube video posted yesterday

Grandmother is a name given a pageant director 
Who is laying down her crowning skills. She getti
 A little older and forgetful and needs all the help 
She can get to pull off her pageants now, so they 

So she gave a farewell pageant and we participated 
And enjoyed it and learned some valuable pointers 
And finally Brooklyn did it at Grandmother's pageant

The princess cheer outfit, and pompoms, and he
Smile won her Grand Supreme.

She had fun. And did so good all on her own. 

She placed grand Supreme
In 0-5 age division. Which is the  highest score in
That age group breakdown. There were 3 other age 
Group breakdowns with a Grand Supreme also. 
The only other higher award was the Ultimate which was 
The highest score of all the contestants. And that went to a 17 year old.z

It really is fun for a day. We never know what the outcome will be or how she will act.
We show up definitely not knowing what to expect each time. 


Saturday, August 23, 2014

You have received a YouTube video!

This is a poor quality video I am posting here to save on my blog for the future. It's sideways and hard to see. I can't fix it.  I want to save it anyway for the future.
A post about it will be up shortly.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back To School Supplies

I love, love, love school supplies and office supplies. It's almost like jewelry shopping. I want some of everything on the shelf even if I have no use for it. I buy school supplies and office supplies all year. NOTE: I am not a student in any school and I don't work in an office and I only have a teeny-tiny personal desk at home. BUT: I am stocked up on every kind of office supply there is. Call me cray cray but I've always been like this.

I loved, loved, loved when my kids were in school and they brought the supply list home. I couldn't wait to take them to pick out and purchase everything. I can't remember, but I probably caused a lot of embarrassing moments once the kids became older. And let's not even remember the pain for me when they could drive themselves to get their own supplies. Or in college and I certainly wasn't consulted for school supplies.

I'm loving, loving, loving my new idea this back to school time. My just made 2 year old and almost 2 year old little ones are being promoted to the 2 year old class at their daycare. So school supplies are in my future once again.

I purchased 2 mini backpacks of Mickey & Minnie (their fav characters right now) and stuffed them with my version of back to school fun for home.

I included the following:
side walk chalk
coloring book and colors
animal flash cards
Lightening Mcqueen cap
Minnie Mouse mirror compact
Sponge Bob flash light
a Dora magnetic paper doll w/magnetic outfits
water gun

And a mini diaper bag for the new baby that had an outfit, bows, and some soft play toys.

Hoping back to school for them is as much fun as it for me.

No pictures were taken to document my love of back to school supplies. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Beach Bums

Not every person made it to the beach for vacation, yet.  I am that person who didn't make it, yet. I like the water, the sand, the sun, the amusements, the hotel life. But so far have not enjoyed it this summer.

So, instead of me at the beach, here are my little beach bums at the beach. Those  of you who see me on FB have already seen most of these. Those who have not, enjoy!

His very own sand castle!! 

Just getting started with her sand castle. 

Even the pool is good. 

They said she liked the waves coming in. 

At the beach everyday for a whole week. 

Waves big as her.

Can't keep him out of the water. 

Or her either. 

A nap on the beach is heaven.

.I can certainly relate!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy Days #25 - #29

Back to 100 Happy Days. 

#25 -- While most people I know are at the beach on vacation, I am grand-doggie sitting one Molly-Dog while her family is at the beach.  

#26 -- This is the beach I'm talking about.  They are texting me pictures of all the happiness I am missing. I'm going to make it there soon myself. I would be happy at the beach.

#27 -- The newest little happiest baby who has not gotten her fair share of blog attention. 

#28 -- Fried shrimp dinner makes me happy. Even if it's carry out. Yum!

#29 -- Being stuck up in my sewing room at the midnight hour. 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pink Poodle In Paris Project #17

A while back I was searching on line for one little yard of fabric that had poodles on it, that had some pink on it, and was different than anything else I could find. I found it and loved it. I know it must be one of a kind.  All good things come to those who wait. 

It finally had its turn on the sewing machine and turned into a little frilly outfit for a themed pageant, Pink Poodles in Paris. 

If you squint your eyes really tight you may be able to see the fabric has silver glittery accents embedded on it. 

The poodle fabric is the top skirt over a pink underneath full skirt with a clear sparkly ruffle attached accented with glittery ribbon at the bodice and pink bloomers underneath it all. 

Expense was minimal. 
 1 yd poodle fabric plus shipping - 11.43
 1 spool transparent thread         -   2.79
  All else was in my stash            -   0.00 
                    Approx Total          = 15.00

 (With poodle fabric to spare for use another time.)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Princess Cheer OOC (Project #16)

I'm sewing for no particular reason at this moment. But I have a feeling this will definitely be worn soon..
My idea of a cheerleader OOC  outfit for a future pageant kept me in my sewing den. I had everything I needed until the very last when I need some bling to outline it with.

Light pink satin and white fabric was in my stash. And so was a large spool of white ribbon. I already have the meausrements so after thinking it thru a little I cut a rectangle of the pink in a 9" x 30", allowing for a 1" turn down at waist and 1" hem. With the rectangle I formed 4 equal pleats, 2 in front and 2 in back. Then I cut the white fabric into 4 rectangles that matched the pleated area and stitched it onto the pink. This makes each pleat with a white insert. Once on, the waist of the skirt will stretch out and will be smooth with no gathers.

The top is a rectangle cut to measurements allowing for seams and back fasteners. Cutting 2 to form a double layer for the top. Ribbon was sewn in a v-shape on the front bodice including extra length for fastening in back. And a white ribbon band sewn around the hem hedge of top.

I made my own princess appliques cut from a novelty fabric and ironed onto fusible webbing and ironed onto the skirt and one on the top. I glued some rhinestone trim down the pleats and around each princess applique and to the top added a little glitz. With some pink rhinestones glued around the skirt and top hem

I'm on the hunt for an expensive pair of pink sneakers to bling up, as well. And some toy Sofia pom-poms for $2 make a good accessory.

Cute, Cute, Cute. I have to talk the mom into letting her wear this when there is a pageant theme for it.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday Party, Cohen

This two year old is a happy awesome little guy today.

His party was today celebrating with his 8 year old cousin who shares the same birthday. Next Thursday they will be 2 years old and 8 years old. 

Today was the big day for double the fun, double the guests, double the gifts, double everything with a monster truck party.  

Food, cakes, gifts, and swimming for the two of them. 

Happy Birthday Big Boy Cohen!