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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer in Arkansas



I know summer doesn't officially end until late in September, but I always feel like it unofficially ends when we say goodbye to August.  Here's the last few outings we had before transitioning to fall in the South.

Arkansas Travelers Baseball Game, North Little Rock
Kenda Drive-In, Marshall
Greers Ferry Lake
Birth of Loren's baby-- our new nephew!


Here are more videos from this summer in Arkansas:



Monday, August 22, 2016

Sewing & Embroidery: Car Show Tag


When you go to car shows, you sometimes see slips of paper in the front windshield to tell you the year, make, and model of the car.  Most of the time you just have to guess what year the car is.  If the owner is standing around, you can ask them.  What if the owner, which may be you, is also walking around checking out cars?  I made a little hang tag to answer that question!  I also stuck my web address on it since I blog about the car.

Here's how I did it!

I used the buggy design from Lynnie Pinnie.  On my embroidery machine, I skipped some stitches and skipped the appliqué.  I wanted it to look more like a sketch.

I used a font from within the Sew What Pro program.  I've read in Facebook groups not to use them.  Well, I wanted to try it out, and I learned my lesson.  Don't use them!  They don't stitch out very nicely.




I sewed quilting batting to the back piece of fabric.

I sewed the front and back fabric pieces right sides together.  Leave a large enough opening to turn it inside out.  I had to use a seam ripper to make a larger opening than what is shown in the picture.


Turn inside out and topstitch.  I secured a ribbon to hang it by as I topstitched.  I should have sewn the ribbon in when I originally sewed the fabric right sides together.  Note for next time.

I used a Sharpie to write my website.  We'll call this mixed media ;).  This project is far from perfect, but I wanted this to be fun, and I didn't make any patterns or plans before I started making it.  Sometimes it's nice to just create as you go.


It's ready to hang from the rearview mirror for the next car show!




Thursday, August 18, 2016

Photo Album with 4x4 Square Prints


In between the time Colin and I got married and when my daughter was born, I didn't print very many photos.  I took lots of pictures, but didn't really print a lot after our wedding album.  When I was pregnant, I vowed to myself that I was going to start printing photos and be consistent with it so Harlow would have photo albums to look back at.  So far I've been sticking with it!

My pregnancy and Harlow's first year of life filled two photo albums.  I printed 4x6 photos and used traditional photo albums.  I quickly realized that I was going to have loads of photo albums with nowhere to put them if I followed this pattern for the next 18 years!

Starting in January of this year I began printing photos on 4x4 squares.  Since they are smaller, you can fit more in an album, meaning more photos and less albums!



I printed all of these photos you see (and many more) for FREE!  Yep!  I had to pay shipping but didn't pay for the photos themselves.  Using the Shutterfly app (you can also use their website), I selected photos from my phone, instagram, and Facebook.  Every so often they run a promotion where you can get unlimited photos for free.  I take advantage of it!  The photos are 4x4 glossy squares.

I ordered the photo album sleeves from Amazon  You can put photos back to back just like a regular photo album sleeve.  That means 18 photos per sleeve!   I'll choose an album to put them in once I wrap up the year.  There are several album choices on Amazon and at Hobby Lobby.

I hope this week of photo projects gave you some ideas and inspiration!






Disclaimer:  Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  I purchased the items pictured myself and was not sponsored to write this post.  The affiliate links are just similar items for ideas, and the links help sponsor my tiny blog so I can keep creating!


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