Saturday, July 31, 2010

And the Winners are...




So using random.org we came up with some winners....

Nicole from your comment on The Tea Towel

Suzanne from your comment on The Dresser Re-Vamp

Sheena from your comment on The Dream Plaque

Justine from your comment on The Personalized Necklace.


I have to say I honestly thought that Justine would get all of them as she commented like a true champion on all posts but her number only came up the one time... however, she was the only one who commented on the actual GIVEAWAY post... so you get a bonus present!!!


All the winners please e-mail me your address at katepixleydesign@hotmail.ca.


Congrats to those of you who won and thank you to all who participated. We are now at 19 followers... super excited about that!!!! Just wait till you see what I have in store for this week!!!

Have a great evening!

The Suggestion Box #2 GIVEAWAY!!!!

Okay so today is Saturday so make sure you become a follower and MAKE THOSE COMMENTS!!!!

I will pull the names tonight and post the winners.... SO FAR IF THERE IS ONLY ONE COMMENT THERE IS ONLY ONE WINNER!!!!

Here are the posts you can make a comments on to enter to win!

Tea Towel Holder

Dresser Re-Vamp

Dream Plaque

Personalized Necklaces

Remember that as soon as we hit 25 followers I will do a BIG giveaway!!!

If you blog about my giveaway you will get an extra entry, just let me know in your comment!!!

Have a great day!!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Tea Towel Holder... 10 minutes to Sanity!

Don't forget about the GIVEAWAY ending today!!!








Okay so in our new house my hubby liked to place the tea towel on the oven handle, my dog, cat and two babies like to remove it, Peyton used it as a veil or cape and Joshua used it to play with the dog, the cat used it to sleep on and I refused to use it... so I needed another option. While in recovery my mom would clean my kitchen and house and she would place it through the top cupboard handle. Now that I am a bit better I saw a similar idea with a knitted top... but I KNOW I CAN'T KNIT! I can sew yes but knitting is just um... no... so I used a pot holder... a button and a tea towel... now we never have the tea towel on the floor.

All you do is baste your tea towel down the middle, then pull the bobbin thread to make it ruffle, then sew it to the pot holder. Do a blind stitch for the button and DONE!!! 10 minutes to Sanity!

I made these for the teachers at Joshua's school, and one for my mom, mother in law and friend (Elwynn's mommy)and she was going to give it to her son's teacher... but she fell in love with them just like I did... really once you use it you can't help it!!! They are fabulous and everyone who sees it will say how awesome they are!

PS. I have the blue towel in my kitchen... love the colours for summer... and I added a lady bug button!!!

REMEMBER!!!

Each post (thats right POST!)I am going to do a small giveaway.... to enter become a follower and leave comments.... the winner will be selected by these comments. Tell me if you liked what I made, would you use it... did you make something similar, would you like me to check out your blog... anything really... if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything... but I can think of lots of things to say... just leave your favorite food, day or colour... (mine is pedal pink oh so pretty, or yellow, blue, purple, green oh I love green... ok well sorry for that) Once I hit 25 followers I will do a big giveaway!! So lets make this happen people!

Today I am linking to....



Thursday, July 29, 2010

Personalized Necklaces...

Don't forget about the GIVEAWAY ending today!!!




Okay so I am a huge fan of this look... I love to wear meaningful jewellery and throughout blog world i have seen MANY of these... but I love how different these are. The two tone tree is by far my favorite, but I also want one that has the kids birthstones... that in itself creates a bit of a "thing" because my kids birthdays are May and July so Emerald and Ruby.... Christmas much??

I stumbled across Bead Creations International and have fallen in love.

I am on my way to order some of these amazing necklaces... maybe at some point we can do a giveaway of these....

i think this will be my only post today as it is my little lady's birthday... but hope you all have an AMAZING DAY!

Don't forget to make your comments... winners will be chosen this weekend... OH and make sure to get as many entries as possible that means a comment on all posts!!!! GOOD LUCK so far the odds are great!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The New but Old Dresser



When I found out I was pregnant I knew I what I wanted as a theme for my babies room. I have always loved the stars and moon, my grandma who lives in Alabama (and I in Vancouver Canada) said when we moved here that no matter where I am in the world I can always look up to the moon and know we are looking at the same moon, the same stars and we can do that together every night. This created an obsession of staying up all night looking at the beautiful.

For Joshua's nursery I painted two walls a bright blue and two walls a navy blue, I then stenciled stars on the wall... I then took my dresser from when I was a little girl which was white and painted the navy blue for the dresser and the light blue for the drawers. I took the stencils and did the stars on the dresser. I loved this look so much that when we moved I re-did the room in our new house. But again we moved and it is time for a change and to move on. So I gave the dresser back to my dad who is the most amazing wood worker and he revamped it.

I chose a bright red for the dresser as Joshua's new room is in a red white and navy blue, and I wanted new metal cup handles. My dad fixed the drawers and as well as plugged the old holes for the handles and painted the whole dresser with a special plastic paint that makes it so that it is highly durable.

While I am still working on his room and waiting for Chris to paint at least the dresser is done... so here after all that take a look!!!

Before and after!

As before EVERY POST WILL HAVE A GIVEAWAY! You must become a follower and make a comment. On Saturday of every week I will pick a winner from each post with comments... once we hit 25 followers I will do a big giveaway....

Linking up to:

Creations by Kara

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dollar Store Remake... And Giveaway!

Don't forget about the GIVEAWAY ending today!







I am making little projects here and there for Peyton's room... Chris spent a lot of time painting our new house (thanks babe) and then a few weeks ago he did Peyton's room. A light shade of pedal pink... look at a light pink peonies and that is the exact colour... this room will take time... especially because my back has a mind of it's own... so it will have to be a collection of small projects.

Okay... so the rant is done.

I found this little sign the other day at the dollar store and I fell in love with it... it is cute in black and white but I wanted something a bit different for Peyton's room. So I took the primer and the pink of her room... so scrap fabric I had hanging around and here is it.

I painted it with the primer because I wanted to cover the black as well as I didn't want a gloss to it that the other white in my house would have. After that was all dry I painted the pink over top and along the edges, I wasn't at all particular how the pink went on because I wanted that type of shabby look.

Afterwards I found some of my favorite fabric and cut three strips of it put a safety pin through one side and just braided it. I looked around for my stapler (cause I have the worlds best) and couldn't find it... (thanks babe) so I just super glued the ribbon to the back where the old ribbon was.

I really like how this turned out... I saw a few other signs there... who knows maybe I will get some more!

Happy Tuesday!!!


Oh and here is an amendment...

Each post (thats right POST!)I am going to do a small giveaway.... to enter become a follower and leave comments.... the winner will be selected by these comments. Tell me if you liked what I made, would you use it... did you make something similar, would you like me to check out your blog... anything really... if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything... but I can think of lots of things to say... just leave your favorite food, day or colour... (mine is pedal pink oh so pretty, or yellow, blue, purple, green oh I love green... ok well sorry for that) Once I hit 25 followers I will do a big giveaway!! So lets make this happen people!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

The Suggestion Box Winner...

I bet you all didn't even know that I was having this contest but I have 2 ladies who made a comment... I want to do a giveaway... and for their comments they win a sweet little present from me... just because...

So Nicole @ Whimsy Lane and Sarah (the student knitter) send me an e-mail with your address and I will send your present this week....

Thank you for your support and suggestions... when we hit 25 followers I will do an Apron Giveaway!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Linkin up to Crystal's Craft Spot...

Ok so I am linking up to Crystal's Craft spot today and really you must join me... Crystal is one of those super nice people that you WANT to know... I can say this because I e-mailed her months ago and she took the time to help me out with her button... and other stuff... really head over check out her blog... and all the other link ups...

Make your day a happy one!!! I will....

xoxo Kati...

p.s... I am just dying to do a giveaway... is anyone interested???? if so what would you like given away?? And no my children are not options, husband maybe... love you babe! take a look around my blog and see what I have made... then put a comment with your suggestions... I have been saying once I get 25 followers... originally it was 100 but I want to give something away OH SO BAD.... kinda hoping today is the day...

Today I am Linked to Craftastical

Come over and take a look at all the cool ideas...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Peonie Pins...


Just a little morning craft... I am in love with these and can't stop wearing them... they make me oh so happy!!! And such a great way to spruce up an outfit... the black/grey and pink one is mine... and the purple/white and teal is Peyton's. I attached a pin to mine and a hair clip to hers... as she is almost 2 I highly doubt that she will wear it on her shirt... but still OH SO CUTE!

The Sophie Pillow....

Front





So here you guys go... another pillow. This pillow was a request of my co-worker... it was for her dog. She saw the Elwynn pillow and liked it so much that she asked if I could make her one for her dog... I of course said yes.

She really wanted something funky and asked if I could do a dog bone shape, originally I said yes but after my visit to the local fabric store it wasn't possible. She wanted zebra print and there was simply no zebra available. So I bought zebra ribbon and sewed it to a black 1.5 inch base... then sewed all those strips together. This took so much longer than I thought it would... I followed a pattern and tutorial from here however if I were... and I would, make this pillow again I would make a few changes.

First cut you white back ground 11.5 inches not 10.5 (10.5 is really hard to put most names on unless they are either short or you have much smaller font... but lets face it this is a NAME pillow so we want the name to be bigger).

I cut 42 1.5x 3 inch strips... in 3 different fabrics... I would not do this the same... it takes so much longer, personally I would do... ( and I hope this makes sense)

I would do as many at the same time as possible... so you need 13 on top of your alternating colours...

so: 13 strips of 1.5x 6 inches... once they are all sewn together... cut them at the 3 inch mark... then repeat for the sides... which were 6 strips....

Does this make sense???

Applique was I guess easy... I was just having one of those days and was too stubborn to give up... I redid the back (black side) 3 times... yep that's right 3 times... I was not a happy person.

So this is it... other than those changes I loved making it, and I AM IN LOVE with how it turned out...

Have a great day!

Linked to...






Creations by Kara

Monday, July 19, 2010

Today I am linked to Sugar Bee

Okay aside from the fact that I love her name... what are great little blog!

Check it and all the other cool items out there... such great ideas!!!

As well I sorted through my fabric... oh and my hubby saw it... oooppps yes I did go to the fabric store... uh huh yes it was an additional 40% off... (okay I already get 50% off) so you try and tell me that 90% off is something to snuff at... Yeah did not think so!!! As well as remnants for buy one get 2 free... ME LIKLEY!! And I have so much to make just so little time... is it wrong to think of crafting in the shower???? Please someone say no... I am begging you! I will post my tutorial of the Hanger for Peyton'r room as well... oh I just love this!!

Have an amazing and wonderful day folks!!!

Come visit over at skip to my lou!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Awesome Towel Hanger for Joshua...





So I stumbled accross this little tutorial for a towel hanger and just had to make it myself. I have felt really over done with the daily stuff and my wonderful mom came over today for 2 hours and the sweet heart that she is she let me have a "break" and go shopping... where eles would I go but to my local craft store. The cashier Kim (yes I know her name) saw me and just laughed and said "you really like it here eh?" UM YEAH!!!!

I had to focus, not buy too much, just get what I needed for the project. I had already purchased the paper (Bo Bunny) and I loved it, so all I needed was:

1. wood frame
2. mod podge
3. sponge brushes
4. a knob for the "hanger" part.

After 30 minutes I had this little gem... yeap that is all it takes and you have yourself an amazing custom hanger. I also stopped off and picked up towels and I am making the kids custom towels as Peyton's hanger is on the way.

If this interests you check out Ash & Aly website and check out her tutorial. I did a few changes and when I make Peytons I will do the tutorial so all you guys can try it.

OH. PS since mom saved my crafting butt I gave her the yellow apron from yesturday... it made her so happy...

http://alyashcreations.blogspot.com/2010/03/too-cute-towel-hanger.html



Today I am linked up to... Crystal's Craft Spot

Ok so I am super excited yet again to link up to actually one of my favorite blogs... I found Crystal's Craft spot just at the beginning of my blogging adventures and just love the stuff she puts out there....

Stop by take a look and check out all the other link ups at the bottom of the post... so many talented people out there!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Not Your Grandma's Apron.... But I am sure she would love this one...





So I know I have left some teasers about how I am making the adult verson of the My Lady Lane Apron.... we I did it last night.... It is so pretty with the black, yellow, white and touch of grey. I added a backing to this one, which I didn't do to Peyton's, but I think that it really adds to the overall finished look.

I love that the ties are extra long so that you can do a knot or bow in the front or a big beautiful one in the back. This apron leaves nothing to be desired, it has double stiching, pleated ruffles and eye popping mix of patterns. I am so very proud of these and happy to announce finally... that my new company "kate pixley desgns" is now open for buisness and the Lady Lane Apron big and small are for sale. Each week I will be adding more and more... as well as the personalized pillows, I have 5 orders which is great because I will have lots of different ideas to choose from. I even have a order for a pillow as a gift to a persons dog... and let me tell you this pillow will be amazing!

So keep checking in, if you would like to place an order let me know, at this point we are working out the new website.

Thank you and lots of love. K

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Today I am linked up to....Tea Rose Home & Topsy Turvy Cakes

It's a blog party come and join in on all the fun... I am SO SUPER happy to be able to link up as this is my very first one... YEAH! As you read this I am off designing some cool aprons... wait and see it should be posted as soon as I am finished... and well showered and all prettied (I know I made that word up) up.... so take a look at all the other really cool projects out there...

Have a great day!





Birthday Wedding cakes crafts parties

something to enjoy your coffee to....

Tech Support For Installing A Husband


Dear Tech Support,




Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1. Conversation 8.0 no longer runs and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail. What can I do?





Signed,
Desperate


———————

Dear Desperate,




First, keep in mind that Boyfriend 5.0 is an entertainment package while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Please enter the command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html, download Tears 6.2 and be sure to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If those applications work as designed Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5. However, please remember that overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1. Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta.





Whatever you do DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (It runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.) In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0-program. This is an unsupported application and will crash Husband 1.0.





In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.





Good Luck!
Tech Support

Friday, July 9, 2010

Summertime and dresses....





Sorry I have not posted new projects but we have finally gotten some sun here in good ol' BC and I was sure gonna absorb some. As well Joshua had a hospital appointment ALL DAY TUESDAY so that day was shot!!! But here is my latest creation... As well if anyone wants a tutorial or pattern let me know and I will do one for this dress.

So my little darling loves to wear dresses... I personally think they are wonderful because you never have to remove all those layers of clothing to get to the diaper... YES US MOMMIES THINK ABOUT THAT... well my mom bought me some scrap fabric and I am trying to use all of it in really interesting ways... I think... the white on her top is just your basic white 100% Cotton... I layered it x2 and then added a decorative stitch. I did the same thing on the straps and then in the back just cut out a panel so that it would be able to go on and off easily. I put it on her and it is a little more snug then I would like but she can wear it this summer! Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 5, 2010

From Signs of Love to Words.... Our Journey Part 12


So yeah Joshua said "Hi" and the excitement was through the roof, I was screaming Chris was laughing and Joshua went on repeat and I swear that word will always hold a sweet place in my heart. This word which was so small had such a presence and meaning for our little family.

We called all of our family and friends and while most were out so they had messages it was amazing to hear the screams on the other end of those calls. What made the whole moment so much happier was that Joshua knew what he was saying and that we understood him. This was the first of many.

By September I was dropping Joshua off at preschool and his teachers all waited eagerly to meet the little boy who signed... only to be greeted with a "hi." Just one month prior he couldn't say anything and now he had about 10 words. Each day a new word each moment a new sound, he was like a desert tasting water for the first time in years absorbing every single sound big and small.

I will never forget the day that I picked Joshua up from school and his teacher said, "he learned how to say his colours," Joshua runs out of the class room and screams "HI MUMMY, AHHAHAHA BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW, RED, AHHHAHHAHHAHH" With tears streaming down my face I turned away so that he didn't think it was making me sad, I held his sweet little hand and walked him to the car. While in the car I asked every colour I could think of and then I said "aubergine".... and it was silent, then with a clever little smile I got "auber ene."

Now the trying of new words may not sound like world class news but to us it was. He never tried to imitate me, if I said something that was too hard he would never attempt or TRY. We have a very sweet little saying that Joshua has and whenever Peyton falls, or I miss a step in whatever I am doing... or when he attempts something and does not succeed he always reminds us to "TRY TRY AGAIN."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Glimpse Inside: Crepe Paper Rose Wreath Tutorial

What a vute idea... I love how she let it sit outside to fade... I would love to try this little project for Peyton's room... or maybe just the hallway... I have a new found passion for wreaths! Thanks Allison!


A Glimpse Inside: Crepe Paper Rose Wreath Tutorial