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L is for Lace

Hello, Lovelies! I hope you can all forgive me for my lack of posting over the last few days… I’ve had tons of babysitting jobs and my best friend was home from college last week, so there was tons of hanging out & catching up going on, but unfortunately not a lot of blogging!

I digress… L is for Lace! Lace is one of my absolute favorite things. Spring or not. However, I think there is  something so light and soft about lace that makes it perfect for spring. It is supremely girly.

Since I’ve been pretty lacking on posting lately, this will be a SUPER JAM PACKED POST today. Soooo, get excited!

Before we get to crafting, I’m going to do a little something I’ll call Splurge or Save. I know,  a pretty common segment on morning talk shows. But, it’s always been one of my favorites. When it comes to lace, you decide. If you’re willing to splurge for a fantastic lace piece, it’s likely that there will be more attention detail and it will last you longer. However, if you just want something to wear just for the season, then don’t dip into your crafting budget to buy it!

{Lace Bandeau from Free People, $28}

{Lace Bandeau from GoJane, $12.70}

For me, the save would be the option. Bandeaus were on-trend last summer as well, but I don’t see much staying power in them. However, they’re a great alternative to a bulky cami for under your low-cut tops. A bandeau is also so cute under a shirt or tank top that has large armholes. But I implore you not to wear this item solo.

{Lace Skirt from ModCloth, $59.99}

{Lace Skirt from Forever21, $13.50}

An item as basic as a cream lace skirt is something I’d be willing to spend a bit more on. The ModCloth skirt has a great, full shape. The Forever21 skirt is fantastic as well, though. I adore the little pocket detail! But something as versatile as a simple skirt is an item I would be willing to splurge on.

{Lace Dress from Modcloth, $64.99}

{Lace Dress from Forever21, $24.80}

Both of these dresses are beautiful. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong one way or the other!

{Lace Tank Top from Nordstrom, $36.00}

{Lace Tank Top from Forever21, $19.80}

I’m a strong proponent of not buying shirts that are sheer lace. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous to buy a top that you have to buy another top just to wear! Both of these tanks feature the lace as an overlay, so there’s no additional purchases required. Both shirts are equally beautiful. The Nordstrom one is perfect if you’re looking for the crop-top look and the F21 one is great for a longer look.

{Lace Cardigan from Nordstrom, $36.00}

{Lace Cardigan from Forever21, $15.80}

This comparison is the perfect example of how spending more will  get you a more detailed item. The Nordstrom cardigan features a ruffle along the bottom whereas the F21 does not. A piece as basic as this cardigan is something I would totally be willing to spend a bit more on. The ruffle detail completely makes the first one for me.

Okay, now back to crafting! I found some fantastic crafts using lace that I’m super excited to share with you guys. I know, my crafting has been lacking recently. However, the next few letters in my A to Z involve lots of crafting. So I can’t wait to share that with you guys.

{Lace Bow tutorial from P.S. I Made This}

{Lace & Pearl Bracelet tutorial from Flamingo Toes}

{Modcloth Inspired Cardi tutorial from iCandy Handmade}

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

Isaiah 53:8-11

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G is for Gifting

Have you ever had anyone just give you a gift out of the blue? Nothing huge, just a sweet little token of their love. Maybe it was a bracelet they made, or a letter they took time to write in their nicest handwriting and then decorate with a swirly border. Something that made your heart warm, knowing you had a friend who loved you so much.

Or, rather than the giftee, have you been the gifter? Spending time you have to spare working on a special project for that friend you so greatly appreciate. You cannot wait until you see them next, and you hand them the little special thing you have made for them. Whatever amount of time you spent on it will be worth it when you see your beloved friend’s face light up with joy when they open the box or envelope you have just handed them.

Personally, I often find myself being the gifter. I think it is the strong maternal instinct in me that loves to do things for other people. Eloise the Elephant, for example, was not a gift with a purpose. Just a little present to show her how much I love her baby. And I think I got more joy out of giving it than she did receiving it, I loved seeing the look on her face when I presented her with the stuffed animal I had worked so hard on.

A small gift for a friend can be anything. This spring, I think that gifts should be given more frequently. Why wait for a birthday or gift-giving holiday to give your best friend a framed photograph of the two of you? Just print off the photo, buy a frame at Target, and ba-da-boom! A lovely gift! It’s only purpose is to tell your friend that you love them.

So, now that we have gotten thinking about gift giving, what shall you make?! I consulted Martha for some ideas…

{Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Wrapped prettily in…{Cookie Envelope}

{Sweet Day Card}

{Suede Headband}{Bracelet Belt}

So which one will you be making for your best friend? All of these are super fun and super affordable!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

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Spring A to Z

As I rode home on the airplane last night, I was reading the March 2011 issue of Marie Claire (the one with Miley on the cover) and it featured an A to Z list on Spring style. The concept is hardly a new one, Teen Vogue does a similar list as well. However, as I was perusing the A to Z’s they suggested, I couldn’t help but to think about how ridiculously expensive the items were. I understand that Marie Claire is a fashion magazine, but in these economic times, the prices are startling along with unattainable. From that, the idea of having my own A to Z was born: an affordable version, with craft ideas. So, I now embark on another craft-a-day project. As we saw with my Valentine’s, I wasn’t always perfect on posting everyday, but I will do my best. I may deviate some days, but expect regular posts under this latest category!

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One-Yard Wonders

Betcha thought I forgot about my book reviews! But don’t worry, I didn’t!

One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins is the book I’m highlighting today. This book was the third of the three craft books I received for Christmas, and by far my favorite.

{ Image from Barnes & Noble }

It opens up Sewing Fundamentals. They let you know the 25 Equipment Must-Haves, and then go on to explain the basics about fabrics, how to use patterns, sewing terminology, key techniques, and tons of tips on how to make your homemade project look professional.

After that first chapter, we jump right in to projects. The following ten chapters are filled with amazing projects in mouth-watering fabrics. They start with projects to do around the home, if you’re looking to get organized – then this chapter is for you. The third chapter is jam-packed with aprons and other helpful, household accessories. Craft organization comes next, and in the fifth chapter we find ourselves with a plethora of crafts for the girl on the go. The sixth chapter is devoted to clothes and accessories, and the seventh to different bags. Chapters eight to ten has tons of things to sew for children. Finally, the book closes with crafts for, “Your Furry Friends.”

This book has some amazing features, along with the incredible crafts. Each craft has a photograph and diagrams to help you as you go through the instructions. There is a detailed materials list, including what kind of fabric works best. They let you know the finished dimensions, as well as how much seam allowance you need to leave. The book comes with the patterns you need for all the crafts – which is pretty cool. The only part about that, is the patterns are hard to fold back up exactly how they had them before, and then fit them into the envelope they came in.

However, the best part is that everything is made with just one yard, or less! In fact, when I made the Not-Ugly Car Trash bag a few weeks back, I had tons of fabric left over! How great is that? In fact, I think I’ll probably take some old clothes and use the fabric from them to do the crafts. (Upcycling, whoot whoot!)

If you love a good deal and easy-to-sew crafts, then this one’s definitely for you.

This book retails for $22.95, but there are tons of awesome deals out there…

Barnes & Noble – $13.31 online

42% off the list price! They do have them starting at $12.90 used, but since it does include patterns, I wouldn’t suggest second-hand.

Amazon – $13.04

27 cents cheaper than B&N. You save 43% here, ooooh.

Target – $17.21

25% off the list price. Once again, looks like B&N or Amazon are your best bets.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

1 Corinthians 5:14 & 15

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Valentine Round Up

So last week was CRAZY. I had tons of homework, and when I wasn’t working on that I was making a scrapbook for my best friend who turned eighteen this past Friday. So, here is a  bunch of Valentine’s I’m going to throw at you at once. Even though the holiday is past, you can use these ideas to show your love to your special someone year round :) Because really, grand gestures of love really shouldn’t be confined to just one day a year.

“Love Me” flower petals are cut in the shape of a heart, and then secured in the center with a brad.

{ Inspired by Martha’s Valentine Flowers }

Heart Fish & Butterfly. For the fish, I cut out two hearts from 4″ x 4″ squares of paper for the body, two hearts from 3″ x 3″ squares of paper for the fin and tail, and a heart from a 1″ x 1″ square of paper for the lips. Then, I put the hearts together, connecting them at the top and gluing them in place. I glued the fin strategically over the top so you couldn’t see where the large hearts met. I glued the tail on the back, and the lips on the front. Might I suggest writing a sweet message on the back such as: You’re the only fish in the sea for me. He he he. So cute, right?! Then, the butterfly. I, again, cut two hearts from 4″ x 4″ squares of paper and one of the 1″ x 1″ hearts.  I also cut out an oval for the body and two skinny rectangles and two punched circles for the antennas. I glued the two hearts bottoms together. Next, I glued the oval their meeting point, glued on the heart head, and then (after gluing the little circles on the top of the skinny rectangles) attached the antennas. And ta-da! You have two, simple, adorable animal Valentine’s cards.

{ Cobweb Valentine from Martha }

Sick of Martha yet?! I hope not!

Bookmark to keep your place in Martha’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts!

{ Inspired by Martha’s Ribbon-Punched Valentine }

Last, but not least, the Valentine I made for my mommy :) I used the same back stitching technique from the Ribbon Punched Valentine. I cut a heart, using scalloped scissors, and a slightly smaller heart from the red. My silver stamp pad died (RIP), and so I just wrote Happy Valentine’s Day on in silver Sharpie!

I hope you all had a marvelous Valentine’s Day and tell those you appreciate how much they mean to you not just February 14th, but every single day!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

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