Thursday, March 31, 2011

Digital Scrapbook page...Kitten

I really think I'm getting the hang of the Digital scrapbooking now that I've found so many wonderful blogs, with such great tutorials. This past month I found another one. Sketchy Thursdays they put out a sketch that can help you visualize and place the different components of any Digital package.

I used this one they did back in Jan.

Used Kiki Halbert Welcome Spring Digital package that came free with my SBE Newsletter

And did this:

You should really click on it so you can see our cute kitty!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sewing Group...Small Square bag

For sewing group this month I created a pattern for a small square bag. My daughter has a small bag that Lexi likes to empty and take, so I made Lexi her own.

Lexi show me your bag.

Which button do you want?

Two of the ladies in our sewing group sewed the same bag, two others brought some patterns for Spring dresses, and started on those. The ladies are camera shy so when the camera comes out they quickly carry on with there work!

Friday, March 25, 2011

TOT.FUL MEM.O.RIES Etsy Shop feature & Giveaway

My little niece Lexi Girl Turned 2 a couple of months ago. My sister Monica found this wonderful Etsy shop TOT.FUL MEM.O.RIES that takes your picture and personal information and creates a wonderful PDF party package for you.

I do some graphic design My sister asked if I could do something like this for Lexi's party, I said sure, But at $25 I'd rather pay her to do it. I don't know how she does it for $25. It would have taken me hours.

Tina did a wonderful job. I received a PDF with lots of goodies. Monica bought some cards stock, and ribbon, and I got to printing. I took the invitation Tina sent and put it two up on a page and printed those off. Tina sends the invitation in a standard format ready to get printed at any retailer, But we wanted to print our own. The rest of the pages were nicely laid out so you don't waste paper.

Now I'm sure you don't need a sign to tell people where the food is but when it all matches - it's just way to cute!

One thing I would suggest is that if you are not going to hang the birthday banner on a wall, put two strands of ribbon through the circles, then they aren't twisting on the center axis, but as you can see in the picture above it wasn't to bad, except when the wind blew a little. Feel free to click on the image above and view it larger. Monica took the Water bottle wraps and put them around the bubble bottles. and the Pink and Blue hats are a great design feature, boys don't want pink! I love love the cupcake toppers!

We are giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TOT.FUL MEM.O.RIES just leave a comment below of the item you would order.

For more entries you can:

- Like TOT.FUL MEM.O.RIES on facebook
- Like Modista Modesta on facebook
- Follow me (Sonia Barton) on Twitter

Leave a separate comment for each - leave your email if it isn't linked to your profile, So I can contact you.

Giveaway ends April 7th @ Midnight PST. Winner will be announced on Friday April 8th on our next Etsy Shop feature and Giveaway.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Life Drawing

Well my life drawing class has been moving along. We are now putting fabric/clothing on the figure:

But my figures are still very miss-proportioned. My heads are still to small, and when I need to for-shorten anything forget it.

The semester is more than half over, and even though I have seen some improvement in my drawing, I really wanted more from the class. I guess it's time to go hide in the mountains and draw for a couple of days.. I foresee a camping trip in the near future :-)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Melissa Landres Photography

I received the most beautiful package ever from Melissa Landres Photography (feel free to visit her blog):

A few weeks ago my sister and I did a small photo shoot. I had called Melissa and told her exactly what I wanted - I described three poses. And she gave exactly that and more, lots more!

I now have plenty of pictures to do a blog header. I love it when I have a vision and I can call the right person to bring it together for me.

What do you think?

So this is my first draft of a header:

What do you think?

I do like the white in between the pictures - but I guess if I want to keep the template I have now I can change it to green.

What I would like to do is figure out how to get some cool fonts, and jazz it up a bit more, and then add the same style fonts to the blog content. Does anyone know how to do that? And point me in the right direction??

Thank you, Thank you Melissa Landres!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Review and Giveaway

I apologize for missing in action. And there has been some real action. I had to drive to Algodones Mexico to visit the only dentist that has ever worked on my teeth. One of my back teeth was severely infected and was loose and very painful. They pulled it out and it was dark, he then had to open up my bottom gums and clear out some of the infection that was developing there. Luckily I only lost one tooth. Massive antibiotics and I'm finally pain free.

Now to the important news:

I'm participating in Scrappy Gifts Baby Shower event, and have mailed her off two Bags and Nursing cover sets. She looks so cute with her belly and my bag! Go to her site to comment for an entry. Comments here are not entries.

You will be entering to win the Brown/Green combo. Makes a great Baby shower gift, incase you don't need one yourself.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Large Doll House by Randy Barton


Showing off my husbands work today.

My husband has been working on a doll house for some time now. It was going to be for my niece Lexi, but there was an accident and the house fell off of a table and the shingles he had made for it were damaged. My husband being the extremist that he is, said it was trash and he was going to start over.

Barbie doll house pattern now available click here to visit the blog post with more info.

This is what he was going to put in the trash:

I made a deal with him - 'Take the shingles off - fix it - sell it for the amount of money you need to buy new wood to start another one, and I won't scream!' He sold it to a guy that drove by and said he had three daughter. He estimated he needs $100 worth of wood, so that's what he sold it for.

It has a front porch.

An attic window.

3 stories with stairs and staircases.

A toilet with a flush lever and toilet seat and cover. A towel rack (in a bad location but that's a man for you) and a toilet paper roll holder WITH toilet paper.

A bathtub, with shower curtain rod (not sure where you would buy the shower curtain lol) and knobs and faucet.

And a sink.

The wife of the gentleman asked him not to paint it (but he had already done the bathroom) She and her mom are going to paint it for the girls. They are coming to pick it up today and he's nervous. So nervous he cleaned my side of the garage:

Everything is up on shelves, some of you might remember my Garage Organization post from almost a year ago, well it just now got done!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Prep for Photo shoot

So a while back I decided I needed a header for my blog and some images of my sister and I for our Etsy shop. So I scheduled a photo shoot with a friend.

There is nothing like the thought of someone coming into your house to take pictures for you to notice things that you don't normally notice.

Like my poor dress form, I've had here for ever - her legs even fell off and now I just set her on top of a stool. Which is actually the perfect height for her. She's also more stable with four legs, especially when I put the heavy wedding gowns on her. I've been saying to my self since the day I got her that I would make a velvet cover for her and never did.

Guess what I did before the shoot!

In my large room (I wish it was a Great Room) resides my husbands Large, Antique Secretary Desk. (that he picked up, cleaned up and made like new - it was horrible)  This is what it looked like when my friend arrived.

This is all the stuff I hid inside:

And then My buttons finally made it into a Jar! (They were lost for a while)

The shelf above my desk look's like this. Sorry there was no way I was taking a before picture of that.

I put my sister wedding dress I made some time ago on the dress form (that now has velvet!) we took picture with that. We then to some picture of my pattern drafting, on my lifted up dinner table (that is only used for dinner when people come over) other than that it is always on bed risers that lift it to a good cutting table height. I should have pictures soon, I'm so excited!


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