April 30, 2010

Tres Chic Boutique Giveaway!

*Giveaway Closed-thanks for entering!*

So, are you tired of giveaways yet??
:o) I hope not!

Today we have a great giveaway with the adorable online shop:

Tres Chic Boutique is a sweet and trendy store, with tons and tons of girly goodies to tempt you!

Gorgeous jewelry.....
Cute little tops.....


Handbags.....
(I need this!)

And goodies for the little princess, too!


And even a great selection of cute and modern ties for the little gentlemen!
And lots, lots more!

And today they're offering a $25 gift certificate to their shop to a lucky Ruffles and Stuff reader!
I'm sure you could find something fabulous for MOM there, but if you want to shop for yourself, instead, I won't tell!

To enter to win, simply leave a comment with your email address in it! One comment per person, please.
The winner will be announced on Sunday.

Good luck!!

And check out Dana's awesome mug giveaway as well!

Family Tree Brooch or Pendant Tutorial!

A few years ago I was working in the fine jewelry department of a department store, and every Mother's day I could count on people wanting one thing: Family Jewlery.

The family jewelry selection was what made me decide that, if I ever had children, they would only be allowed to be born during April or June, because those were the only stones I liked. :o) (My due date with Paige was the end of April, and wouldn't you know it-the little darling was born May 1st! A rebel from birth.)

Anyway, as most of you know, buying jewelry with all your children's birthstones can be quite expensive; so I came up with a cute little alternative that you can make yourself. And you don't need any jewelry-making experience!

The Family Tree Brooch
(or pendant!)


The tools you'll need:
  • needle-nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • bendable wire (in a heavy weight)
  • jewel-tone beads
  • 1 headpin per bead
  • 1 safety pin

1: Cut 7-3 inch lengths of wire.

2: Using your pliers, bend one end of each piece into a circle:

3:Gather all the pieces and wrap wire around 3-4 times, starting about 3/4" from the bottom.

4: Open your safety pin, (I used a flat-backed one, but I think a regular one would work just fine, too!)and lay it down just above your wire loops and continue to wrap the wire around until about 1/8" from the top of the safety pin. (The space will allow the pin to close without obstruction)

5: Use your thumb to bend your "branches" slightly, like so:

6: Thread each bead onto a head pin and trim it about 1/4" from the top of the bead, then loop into a circle with pliers:

7: Twist the end of the loop up slightly to open, and attach to the loop on one of the branches, then close the loop again with your pliers.
8: Repeat for the rest of the beads!
Ta-da!
You can also skip the headpins, and simply thread the beads onto the branches before you make the loops in them, but I dangly things. :o)

To make a pendant instead of a pin, skip the safety pin, and attach the loop of the center branch to a chain, using a larger loop or jumpring.



You can find chains and bendable wire in all sorts of colors, so feel free to pick mom's (or your own!) favorite!
I think I like the silver best, myself!

The copper version was my first try, and turned out a little crooked, but I grew to like it I think! But the second version was a lot easier! So if at first you don't succeed.....
I hope you have fun with it!!

P.S.
Have any of you tried Dana's first "Celebrating MOM" tutorial yet? I loved her idea for the no-sew flowers, and Paige's May Day birthday party is this weekend, so I had fun making these:

Thanks for the idea, Dana!

Check out what else she has cookin'!


And come back later today for a fun giveaway!!

April 29, 2010

Guest Tutorial With Tea Rose Home!

One of my favorite blogs out there right now is Tea Rose Home.
Have you discovered it yet? I just love Sachiko's feminine style, and pretty color palettes. When thinking of who I might want to guest post for me during "Celebrating MOM", she was definitely one of my top picks! So thank you so much for coming over for the day, Sachiko!
She has a great tutorial for us today.......

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Hi everyone! I am Sachiko. I have a cozy place called "Tea Rose Home", where I share my sewing/craft ideas, tutorials and sometimes a little bit about myself. I am a big fan of Disney and her blog (like many of you are); I am soo excited to be here and to take part in celebrating Moms today and share my latest tutorial with you!
Me with my thinking cap on

Thank you so much for this opportunity Disney, you are awesome!
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
Velcro
Stuffing
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 why I made several different ones.

and probably, this is my most favorite...

Which one do you like the most? What is your style?
I hope you have enjoyed visiting with me today, interested in more tutorials? Come check out my blog sometime, I will be happy to have you there!
Have a happy Mother's day everyone!

Thank you so much, Sachiko! This is such a great little Mother's Day gift for the sewing moms out there! (It would be so cute with mom's initials embroidered on the top, too!)
I think I love that last one most. So beautiful!


Check out Dana's great projects, too!

April 28, 2010

Wrap It Up!

With all this talk of Mother's Day gifts during "Celebrating MOM", I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to wrap up all of those lovingly made treasures!
I tend to think simpler is best when it comes to wrapping gifts. After all-it's the gift that should impress, not the package!


Like buttons on plain white boxes......


Ruffles glued to bags.....
Printing out pictures.....

Petals glued to ribbon.....


Fabric and lace.....

And good ol' fashioned brown paper packages, tied up with strings!
With a few paper napkins, scrunched into carnations......
Twigs from the garden....
Peek-a-boo hearts....
Or playful messages!
And I find that when I'm out of tissue, a paper shredder comes in handy! :o)

As do old sewing patterns that are missing pieces due to tiny hands :o)
If any of you have unique packaging techniques, I'd love to hear them, too!

I get strangely excited about the gift-wrapping process. It's a good thing there are only 240 days until Christmas! YAY!! :o)

Don't forget our partner in crime!
See what Dana's up to today!

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