Saturday, December 31, 2011

My new venture

What happened to Sparkly Granola? Well, I'm definitely still sparkly granola but have started a new business venture. I am The Vintage Farm Girl. I have vintage and vintage inspired scrappy tu tu's for sale on Facebook and Etsy! I will be adding other items as time allows but for now I'm working my way towards major arthritis cutting fabric like crazy and making tu tu's! 

I don't know what the deal is, I just LOVE this fabric.

Birdhouses???? You better believe it.

This is more mod- but gonna be cute! Great for a less 'girly-girl' tutu  and for the moms that don't like pink (it's ok, I forgive you).

That's me!!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Scrappy Tu Tu DIY

What? More crafting? Insanity I tell you!
 Saw this super darling tu-tu on Pinterest a few days ago and thought I should make it for my darling 3 year old. The pin on Pinterest was just a pic from an old Etsy sale, not a DIY, so I had to sort of figure it out myself. It was pretty easy, even for me. The whole thing took me about an hour, which isn't bad for all the cutting and tying of fabric I needed to do. This was one of my inspiration photos-

And i LOVE this one- 

I had tons of fabric pieces that I scored at a friend's yard sale over the summer. All I had to do was spend a couple bucks on elastic for the waist band. Some people prefer ribbon, but I personally like elastic better. I'd rather not have to retie a tutu every time my daughter does a costume change or goes to the bathroom. Elastic she can do herself :)

My princess went to bed before I could measure her little belly so I borrowed a pair of her pants from the laundry basket to measure the waistband :)

I left a little extra so I could sew it like this and make it really strong. Use a sewing machine if you want, as you all know I don't know how to use one yet. Lol.

Next, get to work cutting your fabric pieces. For my skinny 3 year old I used 40 strips of fabric. They varied anywhere from 1 1/2 inches to 3 1/2 inches in width depending on what I had. I used pinking shears to help with the fraying. BUT, this skirt will still fray and isn't really recommended for machine washing and drying. I'll probably try it in the machine in a few days and see how it does. The fraying might just add to the shabby chic look.

I did my strips about 25 inches long so I could tie them in the middle. It's ok if your strips aren't all exactly the same. This is a "Scrappy Tu Tu" after all.
Then, just start tying. I didn't knot them at first, but went through later and knotted them real good as I saw they were getting loose just while I worked on it.

Notice the fabrics don't match? I think that's maybe part of the charm :)

Slide some over and squeeze more in!

So cute, right? Looks long, but I guess she'll grow into it. Dang it I should've measured her before she went to bed! haha. This is the 11 year old holding it for me. I promised him I wouldn't make him actually model it.

After mulling it over for about 3 hours I decided it was more fairy like with points, so I cut each strip into a point.  This is such an incredibly easy and cheap craft and your princess will love it. I'll be adding a pic of mine in it tomorrow for sure! With cowgirl boots, what's not to love?

And, I'm thinking this great fabric combo for a western themed skirt-

Happy Crafting!
Ok, here's my beauty in thinks it's precious.

Oh man, if I could edit this and put a field behind her, so perfect. She does the best poses!

Yup, there's the field.

I love this picture of her. Carefree and confident. If only we women could feel this way every day of our lives.

She's saying, "I LOVE TURNING THE SWING!!!!"

Love this one, too.

Well, that's all folks!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What the Holy Spirit Does In Us and Through Us


1. The Spirit helps us when we are in precarious situations and need to bear witness(Mark
13:3,3; Luke 12:12)
2. The Spirit teaches and reminds us of what we need to know and remember. He is our
comforter, our advisor, our encourager, and our strength. He guides us in the way we
should go (psalms 143:10, John 14 - 16; Acts 9:3'1; Acts 13:2; Acts 15:28; I Cor. 2:9-
10; 1 John 5:6 - 8).
3. From the Spirit we receive power to be God's witnesses to the ends of the earth. It is .the
Spirit who draws people to the gospel, the Spirit who equips us with the strength·we need
to accomplish God's purposes. The Holy Spirit not only initially draws people to God
. the Father, but He also draws believers closer to Jesus (Acts I :8; Romans 8:26; Eph.
3:16). . .
4. By the power of the Spirit we put to death the misdeeds of the body. The Spirit sets us
free from sin, which we cannot get rid of on our Own. This is a lifelong process we
entered into, in partnership with the Spirit, when we first believed (Romans 8:2).
5. Through the Spirit we have received adoption as children, which leads us into intimacy
with the Father, instead of a relationship based on fear and slavery. The Spirit bears
witness to us that we are God's children (Romans 8: 15-16).
6. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin. He does this both before we initially enter into
right relationship with God and as we journey through this life as believers (John 16:7 -
II; 1 Thess. 1:5).
7. The Spirit brings us life and freedom. Where the Spirit is, there is freedom, not bondage
or slavery. In our world that is plagued with death, this is a profound truth that points to
real hope (Romans 8: I 0-11; 2 Cor. 3: 17).
8. By the power of the Holy Spirit we abound with hope because our God is a God of hope,
who fills His children with all joy and peace (Romans 15:13).
9. As members of God's kingdom community, each of us is given a manifestation of the
Spirit in our lives for the purpose of the common good. We all have something to offer
because of what the Spirit gives to us (I Cor. 12:7).
10. The fruit of being led by the Spirit of God includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These attitudes and actions will
characterize our lives as we allow ourselves to be grown and molded by the Spirit. The
Spirit is our sanctifier (Gal. 5:22 - 23; 2 Cor. 3:18).
11. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. When we don't know what to pray for or what
to do, He actually intercedes on our behalf. He gives us strength in the midst of uncertainty
and asks the Father to work according to His will (Rom. 8:26 -27).

Monday, December 26, 2011

My first Pinterest Craft :)

Last week I finally joined the throngs hailing Pinterest as the best thing since sliced bread......and the throngs are not wrong. It is A M A Z I N G! What is it? An online bulletin board of ideas/pictures/recipes/DIY/quotes/etc. It makes crafting seem doable and ideas feel tangible. I love it. I have been collecting ideas and making my list of crafting items to find on sale and finally made something tonight; a headband holder made from a Quaker Oatmeal box! It is super darling.
I found this original PIN (what your ideas are called on Pinterest) and the pin lead me to the BLOG. Easy, right? I figured I needed an empty oatmeal box, fabric, hot glue gun, and any decorative stuff I wanted. Well, my only Quaker oatmeal box was brand spanking new, still sealed. I decided to dump it in a gallon ziploc bag with a notecard containing oatmeal directions. Who wants to wait 6 months for the oatmeal to run out? I didn't! Then I grabbed the fabric remnants and RIC RAC I scored at a friend's yard sale last summer and got to work. Also, thank you Kori for giving me my very first hot glue gun. And yes, I'm admitting I have never used a hot glue gun in my adult life. Weird, right? I can cook just about anything....but crafting stuff boggles my mind. I imagine it's like this; tell a person who never does anything but microwave frozen meals to make a honey white wine worchestershire reduction for roasted chicken (which is actually super easy and delicious!) and their eyes will glaze over......yup. Tell me crafting details and I feel similarly overwhelmed. But, nonetheless I am diving in!
These, dear friends, are called Pinking Shears. They help your fabric to not fray by cutting in a zig zag. Got these at Walmart for about $18 and they have a lifetime warranty (by Fiskars).
 Alright, if you haven't yet, take a peak at the blog post I linked earlier- her instructions are simple and good. Now- look at these pics:

I cut out 2 squares (1 small, 1 large) in 2 different fabrics to make a fabric flower. This was my own idea- go me!

Ric rac edging along the lid. This is medium ric rac.

The bottom of the canister. A bit of glue gun mess. Hey, I did say it was my first time! 

Under the lid.....ohhhhh look! The recipe is still readable!!! 

On the inside.

I layered my 4 pieces of fabric (cut with pinking shears) and then bunched them up in the middle and started sewing them hand as I haven't figured out a sewing machine yet. Yep, there's my 2nd confession. But I make a mean seared scallop. I'm just saying...I'm not totally helpless.

Then I sewed my fabric flower to the lid, right in the middle.

Kinda cute right? In the middle is a ric rac rosette. Just ric rac super glued and wrapped and wrapped and wrapped. Should've made the rosette like THIS....but again, I can't use a sewing machine yet :(
Ok, here it is! These are my 3 year old's headbands...well, the ones I can find and thus the reason why we needed this headband holder. Anyway, her headbands stay on here just fine. I imagine mine will also since her headbands fit me and vice versa.

Yay, I actually did something crafty!

Cinnamon and Applesauce Ornaments- DIY

A few days ago our neighbors invited us over for homemade cookies and a fun afternoon of painting homemade ornaments. It was actually super fun and something I could see doing every year with the kids. I thought I'd share the recipe to make them :)

Christmas Ornaments (poke hole for ribbon)

1 Cup cinnamon
1 Cup applesauce 
(you can easily increase the recipe- just keep the cinnamon and applesauce a 1 to 1 ratio)

Mix together into dough. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters. Bake at 225degrees for 1 hour. Cool. Paint. String with thread and hook on an ornament hook. Done :)
Aren't they cute? The kids loved this! What a fun memory. I wrote their name and the year with a sharpie on the back. As for the paint, any craft store (and even Walmart) has tons of bottles of colors for a couple bucks.

This is my snow globe, I think it sort of rocks.