Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Doodlebug Designs for my Doodlebug

Here are a few outfits for Lily...

Lily's two months old! 

Turned two months in, white, and blue!

She's my little Doodlebug!

I needed somewhere to stick this cute little bug!

How cute is that?

My first dress to sew for Lily.  I love polka dots!  Hope Lily does too!

Bloomers to match!

A bib cloth to match...thought the Eiffel Tower would be appropriate for this outfit... Lily's mommy just love all things French.

Let's call it the "Ooh La Lily" collection!

Lily starts "school" on Monday...she's in the Strawberry room at her school.  Of course, I want her teacher's to know she has school they won't forget her name on the first day of school.
The picture didn't turn out so's black gingham with red pin dot. 

My first attempt at "ruffle butts"...not too bad.  I used my new serger to create the rolled hems and them gathered them on my machine.  Super easy to add to the butt.  Can't want to see Miss Lily's hinny in these!

A burp cloth to match...not too happy with the lettering...not sure what is going on with my machine.  I'm not sure the software supports these fonts I have...they look funny.  Going to check into it.

Another little outfit....super easy and it was super cute on Lily.  It's a halter top dress and bloomers.  My first bloomers...quite simple!  I made shaggy roses to embellish the top, a hair clip and....

her butt! 

Going to Baton Rouge one last time before school starts for a little back to school shopping.  I love to take Lily prizes when I go down.  This time I am taking her shoes...getting her ready for football season!  I'm working on some LSU outfits for these.

I think these are about the cutest things EVER!  Cowboys boots!  I will be making some super cute outfits for these too!

Take care everyone...see you soon!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Look What I Did Today...

Mosiac Birdbath

I woke up feeling crafty!
I've had the supplies to do this for a couple of weeks and today was finally the day I felt like doing it.
I'm one of those crafters that if I'm not feeling won't be cute.  Anyway, I love to mosaic it's fun and relaxing to fit the pieces together.  

Start with two clay pots and a saucer and lots and lots of mosiac pieces.  I have stained glass, rocks, ceramic tiles, ceramic pieces, glass name it.  Now, this is not a cheap project, these baubles can add up quickly.  I try to hit Hobby Lobby when they are on sale.  Also, you need a chalking gun and silicone chalk.

Squirt the chalk on...and stick in the baubles!
That simple!

Squirt it on with your gun.

Smear it around with an old paint brush.  Kinda thick.

After the two clay pots are done...glue them together.

Glue the saucer to the top.  Notice I did the edge of the saucer and I left the clay rounded edge.  I also did the inside.   Notice the little ceramic butterfly I glued on as an accent...cuteness! 

And there you have mosiac birdbath. Take no notice of the dried up daylilies.  Pitiful! 

While I had out the mess I decided to make a couple of yard decorations.  I had these wooden crosses in my craft junk, so I had this brainstorm and bought a couple of dowels at Lowe's.  I stained them first and then squirted the chalk and squished in the stones.

Glued on the dowel with the chalk.  What do ya think? 

I just love all the bright colors out in the sunlight!  I snagged this old ball of rusty wire from Scott and added for a rustic look.

You also have to seal them with spray acyrlic sealer stuff. 
Speaking of Scott...he says, "no more yard art."
Party pooper!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

A wreath of polymesh for the front door.  I embellished with a few stars and a little sign that says
"God Bless America"

Just got a request on how to make's a roll of polymesh and a Christmas wreath.  Now, at Nichol's they sell colored wreaths to make these with...this one is red instead of green.  They have all colors.  You just use the branches of the wreath as wire and wire the polymesh on then make loops back and forth wiring along the way with the branches of the wreath.  Then you embellish with whatever occasion it is.  I will blog with pics the next one I make...ah..Halloween?
Keep stalking!

Gracie sportin' her star spangled collar.

Mr. Pig was a gift from a dear friend and I just love him!  His face tells it all! 
Getting ready for a treat!

No summer celebration is ever complete in our house without homemade ice cream!
It's been a tradition all my life....gotta keep those kind of traditions going!
Of course, in the old days we hand cranked our ice cream. 

Yummy!  I decided on something different this time...Lemon!
It was my dad's favorite...very unique tasting and refreshing!

PawPaw's Homemade Ice Cream

2-3 eggs
3 cups sugar
2 cans evaporated milk
1T flavoring

Beat eggs and add sugar.  Pour in cans of evaporated milk.  Add flavoring.  Pour into container and fill with milk to the fill line.
Taste!  Make sure you have enough flavoring for your tastebuds.  I usually add more depending on the flavor you are making.
Freeze as directed for your ice cream freezer.

Love this fleu de lis flag I found at Nichol's!
My little pickett fence Scott made me.  I like to decorate it for the seasons.

Hope your 4th of July brings you happy times with family and friends celebrating the birth of
our nation!  Let us never forget the Christian principles that our founding fathers instilled into
a new nation...One Nation, UNDER God!  

God Bless the USA and God Bless You!
Happy 4th!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Introducing Doodlebugz and DooDadz!

 So, if you know know I like to do things in a big I decided to name the clothes I make my granddaughter.  Back in the day when I made tshirt dresses and painted I called my stuff "Designs by Zandra" ...just too plain for these fashion statements.  I wanted to incorporate the "Z" in GranZee and since I call Lily my little Doodlebug I came up with
What do you think??
All the other junk I do like bows, burpcloths, and decorations will be the "DooDadz".'s my first "collection" (ha) of Doodlebugz to take to Lily on my trip to Baton Rouge today.  I'm going to be one of those grandmothers that has to take "prizes" when I go.  I'm also taking her a book.

A onesis with a polka dot watermelon...just right for summer.  I wonder if my Lily girl will love watermelon as much as her mommy?  I used the font built into my machine for the first time..too plain...but I'm trying to learn.

Ruffle Butts are so stinkin' cute!  I went on line and found a tutorial.  I don't have a serger (yet) so I did the ruffles.  Super cute !  Not too hard...but I know it will be easier next time.  Can't wait to see Lily's little hinny in this!

I'm such a fan of gingham check.  I bought this lime and hot pink to do watermelons, but did this instead.  I love it.  Such a cute outfit for an outing out with Mommy and Daddy.  It's a onesie dress!  I taught this to myself and I KNOW it will be easier and neater with a serger.  I cut the onesie and did the embroidery first.  Then I sewed the green and pink together and then gathered and embellished with the rick rack.  I then sewed the skirt to the onesie.  Then I added the ribbon and bow

I made this first with the cute litte flower design.  I actually made the dress to match the burpcloth.

Now, with a dress little girls need cute bloomers that coordinate! 

I topped it all off with a matching headbband,  My first "Doodlebugz" coordinating collection...let's call it
 "Lily's in Bloom"

Just in case Lily needs something to wear to a crawfish boil.  She'll be stylin'

Rachel took me into a shoop and showed me these onesies with tutus.  The tutus were not sewn on like this but knotted.  I did some research and decided I liked this look better.  I found the embroidery design on etsy from Embroique.  I think it turned out super cute.  Can't wait to see Lily in this!

Love the matching headband!

Prissy butt!

Lily's prize!

So, I'm off to Baton Rouge to take a class and buy some equipment to make this stuff easier.  It is not as easy as I thought it would be!  I love it and have so many ideas in my head of designs to do.  Going to buy some patterns and fabric too.  Ready to do some fall and LSU stuff!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Birthday Shirt for Ty

One of my favorite little boys in the entire world is having a birthday and his mommy wanted him to have a special shirt to wear to his racecar party.  I'm still a beginner at applique and embroidery ,so I was
very nervous about branching out and doing something for someone other than Lily.
But here goes...

Ty's is turning 4!  Black and white check like a checkered flag, of course!

Baby brother, Fischer, needed a shirt to wear to the party!

Not the best job, but it's the thought that counts!
Happy Birthday Ty!

I'm headed to Baton Rouge tomorrow for some software and a class to make life easier with my machine!  This trial and error and learning on my own is for the birds!  Also, going to buy a serger! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Anniversary gift for Rachel and Chris

I wanted to make Chris and Rachel a prize for their anniversary.  They like to entertain and have Fiestaware in all the bright colors.  She also had seen the cake carrier I made Melissa, but she wanted a cupcake carrier.  This is what I came up with...

1.  A trip to Hobby Lobby for supplies...galvanized buckets

A small bucket for utensils, napkins, popcorn, or whatever...

A beverage bucket personilized with an "H" for the Henry's...but wait, this isn't the cutest part...

Chalkboard paint painted you can write anything for any occasion...I added "Happy Anniversay" before I presented it to them,..

I used my Cricut to cut lots of dots in different sizes and in all the colors of Rach's dishes plus a few other popular, cobalt, purple, yellow gold, lime, peacock, hot pink, tangerine,  

Here's the cupcake carrier...same dots, same "H"...I embellished all three gifts with lots of ribbons knotted on the handles for added cuteness.  I love to mix patterns...dots, stripes, checks.

This is the top...."Happy Everything!"  Rachel will be the cutest mom bringing cupcakes to school for Lly's friends and teachers...and if you have ever seen Rach's cupcakes...they are cuter than the carrier!
Lily's a lucky little girlie!

Happy Anniversay Rachel and Chris!