Your Whims Wednesday #22 {And Features}

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | | 15 comments
It's time for another party!!!

Here are some of the projects that I loved from last week

Button Bobbies by Humble Assaults

Crochet Pennant Bunting by Sarahndipities

DIY Painted Granite Counter tops by Release Me Creations

Stripey Sundress by Two Butterflies

Alfedo Lasagna Roll Ups by Artsy Fartsy Mama 

 And the most viewed link....Wrap Around French Braid by It's the Small Things



 Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured (here or on facebook/twitter).

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Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with Your Whims Wednesday

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code below) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



Your Whims Wednesday





UPrinting Giveaway

Monday, August 29, 2011 | | 21 comments
I have a great giveaway courtesy of UPrinting this week!

UPrinting prints TONS of different things: flyers, folders, invitations, labels, menus, postcards, business cards, and more!

Have you ever considered getting letterhead printed for your blog or etsy shop? I think it would be such a cute, professional touch to include in letters to potential sponsors. What a professional way to set yourself apart and help sponsors see that your blog is legitimate and worth looking into! I think handwritten thank you notes on letterhead would also be a great touch to include in etsy orders that you ship out!

 Printing is a great vendor for letterhead printing, and they even do matching envelope printing



Today UPrinting will be giving away 500 sheets of letterheads to one lucky winner!



Sheets will be 5.5” x 8.5"
70lb Offset
Front Only Printing
4 Business Days Print Turnaround Time
*Free Shipping
Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only

Here's how to enter! (Each option is one entry)

Mandatory
-Be a follower of My Girlish Whims

Additional Entries
-Like My Girlish Whims on Facebook
-Follow My Girlish Whims on Twitter
-Heart my etsy shop, Your Girlish Whims, on etsy
-Tell me what you would like printed on your letterhead and what you would do with it!

Please leave a comment for each different entry on this post. Giveaway will be open until noon on Sept. 6th.

**This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive letterhead printing service by hosting. Letterhead design and envelope printing is also available. Please visit UPrinting.com for more details.**

Faux Billy Ball Felted Flowers

Sunday, August 28, 2011 | | 22 comments
I loveeeee the look of billy balls, also know as Caspedias. The real thing is so expensive though! I wanted to try making some to possible use at my wedding, so I went about attempting to felt for my first time! Here's the finished product:


I love how it turned out!

I first set about making the flowers. To do this you need wool roving (I got mine off amazon here), hot water, soap, and paper towels.

Separate the wool into thin strips.

Roll the strip up tightly into a ball.

Dunk in warm water and keep it submerged until all the air bubbles come out.


Drizzle some dish soap on it, and then start gently rolling it all around back in forth in the palms of your hands.


Do this until the ball has been "felted" aka when the water and soap disappear and when the ball starts keeping its form on its own very well.

For the stems, I used floral wire from Walmart. I poked a hole in the flower first with the stem.


And then added some hot glue to the stem and stuck it in the premade hole.

The flowers I made were pretty small, so I needed a small vase to keep them in. I had an old mini maple syrup bottle in my room that someone had given me years ago. If you take the cap and sticker off, it makes a perfect mini vase!

I added a purple bow and arranged the flowers, and that was it! So adorable! 


I'm planning on making three more of them and using them somewhere at my wedding. I was lucky and was able to find three more of the exact syrup bottles from an etsy shop called Jazzies Junque. I was so happy to find them! I'm thinking I could line them up on the guest book table or something like that. 

I'll be sharing this with all the link parties in my header including Today's Creative Blog and Christina's Adventures

Packing up For School. One. Last. Time.

Friday, August 26, 2011 | | 6 comments

Yes, that was our living room about 30 minutes ago. 
That wasn't even all of it either.

I leave bright and early tomorrow morning to make the western trek to the other side of Pennsylvania to go back to school. I don't know where summer went, but can it please come back and stay for a bit???

It has been a very busy summer. I started working as a receptionist at a real estate company the morning after I got back from school....and pretty much worked all summer until today at 5. Then I packed like a mad woman and sweated a lot packing up all my clothes and shoes and crafting supplies to take back to school with me. 

While I am always sad when summer comes to an end, I'm a little more comforted with year. Yes, I still have to leave home and my man (no fun!!) but i'm happy in knowing that I only have ONE MORE SEMESTER to  get through. Come December, I will be graduated and D-O-N-E DONE! I turn 21 soon too...and I'm rooming with three really good friends at school, so I'm excited to hang out and have fun and have one last hurrah before coming home and getting married about 2 months after I graduate (squee!!)

Anyway. Life will be a little crazy for a bit while I get settled in, but I'll be back soon with probably more outfit photos (school has such good mirrors for it) and awkward and awesome Thursdays....because some how campus life always gets awkward for me. heh heh heh. Have a good weekend all! 

Your Whims Wednesday #21 {And Features}

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 | | 11 comments
It's time for another party!!!

Hope you all made it here safe... and survived the East coast EARTHQUAKE!!!! Seems like all of bloggy world lives in like Idaho or somewhere in the midwest.... But anyone in the east coast can sympathize with me. We don't get earthquakes much around here. It was all very exciting. Haha. Sounds like there were no real injuries...just some minor damages. heh heh heh.

Anyway.....here are some of the projects that I loved from last week:

DIY Artwork from Salvage Savvy

Twisted Clutch from Simply Homeade

DIY Vase Updo from For Mamas


Floating Illusion Pearl Necklace from B Uniquely U

Flower Headband from Obsessive Creative Disorder




 Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured (here or on facebook/twitter).

Featured on My Girlish Whims

Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with Your Whims Wednesday

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code below) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)




Your Whims Wednesday




Outfit Post & Early Birthday Present!

I sported a great thrifted find in my outfit today!

Shirt: Old Navy. Skirt: Thrifted. Belt: Rue 21. Shoes: Payless. Necklace: H&M

I found this great houndstooth skirt at a salvation army for 2 bucks! I originally had it set aside to refashion because if I wore it on my hips it was an awkward length...but then I realized if I hiked it up a bit & belted it the length would be perfect!


Houndstooth is more of a fall/winter pattern I'd say.... but summer had been cooling down over this way. I think fall is right around the corner. 

In other news, I got an early birthday present from my parents! My birthday is not until Sept. 21st, but I'll be away at school then so I got my gift now...
The sewing machine I had registered for! Wahoo!! Now when I move out I will have my own, and not have to come use my mom's all the time. Now I REALLY have to learn to make something besides pillows...eck! We'll see how this goes :)

I'm linking up to to What I Wore Wednesday here,  No Model Lady here, and Momma Go Round here.

Purple Rosette Zippered Wristlet Tutorial

Sunday, August 21, 2011 | | 20 comments
I've got a sewing tutorial this week!

I go back to school this coming Saturday and needed a wristlet to take with to carry my phone, ID card, etc with me around campus. I looked around on etsy but they were all at least $25 dollars and I couldn't find any I loved anyway.

When I saw this tutorial by Mommy by Day...Crafter by Night, I thought that she made it look pretty easy to make a zippered pouch, even for someone like me who can only sew pillows. 

So....I told myself it was baisically a pillow with a lining...and zipper....and wristlet part....and attempted one!

This is my finished product:

To make one, cut out two pieces of 8" x 6" fabric for the main fabric, lining, and fabric interfacing.
 

I had iron on interfacing lying around, so I ironed it on to the back side of the lining fabric.

Then I laid my front piece of fabric right side down, with a zipper right side down on top, with the interfacing right side down on-top of the zipper. I pinned all the pieces in place and sewed together.

Do the same thing with the other side. This is what is should look like...kind of. Although sew yours straighter than I did. (This was my first time sewing a zipper, give me some props ok?? haha)
Note: at this point you should unzip the zipper half way! 

For the wristlet part of the bag I ran a stitch down some bias tape to use.

 Pin the right sides together of the exterior fabric and sew around the whole outside.

I also pinned the wristlet part on at this point....although I should have stopped and realized that this was the inside of the exterior fabric....and sewing it on the inside  would not allow me to use it on the outside....but I didn't until it was too late.
So, I made it work...which I explain later.  But if you ever make one, make sure you pin and sew it on the right way!!!

Next I pinned the lining right side together, and sewed all around it except the corner which matches up with the wristlet side.


Then I flipped everything to the right side (that's why you needed to keep the zipper halfway open!) and I pulled the wristlet strap through the hole in the lining, and then sewed that hole up.

Not the cleanest way to do it....but, now I know better for next time!

Here's the bag almost done:

I made some rolled fabric rosettes for it and attached them....and then was done!





Just the right size to keep all my essentials!

I'll be sharing this with all the link parties in my header including Today's Creative Blog and Christina's Adventures

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