Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tooth Fairy Pillow & Hot Pads

Since the weather has us stuck inside and not much to do.. I became bored and decided to be productive in creative ways.. 

The tooth fairy pillow has a little pocket to put some money or toothes [tooth-ez] (that's how my daughter says it!)

I needed some new hot pads anyways, plus these are a litle festive without being really festive.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Boy PJ's with Applique'

I have had this flannel since last year. I was planning to make a blanket with it, but never did. So I made some Pj pants for Ethan and then bought a white t-shirt & appliqued a truck pattern using the leftover flannel fabric.

Cars Quilt

This is for a good friends' son who just turned ONE! They are really into the Cars theme and so voila'! Cotton fabrics on the front, backed with minky fabric I put this baby quilt together & used satin binding.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Buttercup Bag & Cosmetic Bag

If you are still following along with me *I am still here*, I've just been in a sewing rut. Well, a little project has completely broken that free and now I am hooked again!

Here are two peices I have just completed. One is the Buttercup Bag from Made by Rae, love this bag! It took me a trial bag to get it just right, I will be working on that first one to fix what went wrong and will repost later. But for now~~~ Taa daa~~~

The other is just a cosmetic type bag that I have been promising someone for quite some time now. I hated {HATED} the pattern I originally had and gave up on it. So this was the result which took away hours of painstaking annoyance from the last one. I threw in some fun sea mist green liner to add some WOW to it! I am debating about cutting the tabs off.. they stick out rather than fall down, which is due to making the tabs too thick! or perhaps I will just let the reciever decide to cut them off or not.. hmm..

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pillow Sham

I have been working on redecorating Caity's room. Nothing big and fancy, just a little here and a little there. I started with purchasing a comforter; one that was suitable for her age but also something she could grow into, not an easy task when all she wants is Princess. However, Walmart has a new line of Princess inspired bedding decor. The comforter has a quilt look without the quilting and has just enough blocks to make it little girl princess like, but not too much. You can see what we picked HERE. It's also reversible, showing a bright pink and hot pink damask, very nice. I was a bit mixed about this comforter, as it's from Walmart.. not the best quality, but I also figure that IF it lasts more than 2 years that's good enough. Plus Caity wouldn't let me remove it..

So now onto the reason why I am posting in the first place.. I made a sham to go with the new colors. Nothing fancy, just a simple pink & white polka dotted sham. It really adds to her room though & she loves it! I got this pattern from HERE.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ariel Dress

This was one of those pre-made dresses where all you have to do is sew up the sides and add straps if wanted. I had some unused lace edging leftover and used that up for the straps. Caity loves it of course and it only took me 10 minutes to measure and sew. Plus the fabric was on sale!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sewing Tips and Information

There is so much information on the internet now and I am personally so thankful for all the people who have been willing to share their knowledge. I have recently come across someone who wasn't willing to share any information, probably because she didn't think it would benefit her (that's my guess), but by not helping me out it has made me aware to not trust or go through this person again.

Most of what I have learned is through the YouTube videos, or countless other tutorials online. Sometimes if I have a question and I'm in Joann's or Hobby Lobby I have been able to ask the ladies a question and get a really great answer.. not always mind you! Some women just don't like to share! Since I like to share I thought I would share a few simple tips and techniques that I have learned over the past 6 months.

  • French Seams- it's sewing WRONG sides together and then RIGHT sides. Why use it? Because you will get a cleaner inside seam and it will be stronger! Forget about serging try a french seam instead.
  • Sewing Vinyl- use the paper wrap that comes with it so it does get stuck in the feed. If it didn't come with the paper, then use tissue paper. Just cut it to the size of what you are sewing and cover both sides of the vinyl, then when your project is done tear the tissue paper off and voila!
  • Do you iron? I didn't at first, but it makes a BIG difference! Ironing and using premium starch can make all the difference in making a project look more proffessional like.
  • Iron on Vinyl- it exists, but it's not all that great. I used it for a project and got the job done fine but there were some problems. First of all, I had to turn the project inside and out a lot in order to get all the linings and pockets etc into it.. that caused the vinyl to "break", it looked aweful! Thankfully you can just iron those spots out, but it was a very tiring project.
That's about it for now. I know I learned a lot more, but can't think of anymore at this point. I will more than likely just write up several different "tips and information" when needed or can be done. If you have any questions I am always willing to try my best to answer, if I don't know I will tell you and try to find the information somewhere else. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Nightgown for Caity

Made this one a bit too big for her... she's really much too small for her age! Cute though!

You can have one for your little princess for $15-18, depending on size. Made of stretchy cotton, machine wash warm and dry like colors.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Baby "on the go" Set

Another awesome request made for a friend. I love that! It's a complete set; Diaper bag, changing pad and nursing cover!

Diaper Bag 17x10" ($35)
Nursing Cover 24x36" ($18)
Changing Pad 24x15" ($7)

All machine wash cool, gentle cycle. Line dry or low heat. Please remove bottom liner to diaper bag, this is not washable!

The diaper bag even comes with a hard bottom that you can take out to wash your bag safely. (hard bottom is NOT washable) Closes with velcro, (this can be changed to person's needs, say instead a zipper) at the top. Lots of pockets all around, including two pockets inside of bag.

I have also updated my nursing covers so they no longer have the elastic, it is now adjustable! Includes a corner piece of flannel for wiping milk off mouth or where needed. Still comes with the boning to view down at baby while nursing.

Changing pad made of cotton, padding, and soft flannel.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Nebraska Messenger Bag for Father's Day

This was a requested Father's Day gift for a friend of mine. I laminated the Nebraska fabric to make it water resistant for protection plus with 5 layers of fabric and padding this messenger bag should be good to go for any amount of hard carrying. Includes a zippered pocket and a patch pocket. Closes with a large flap and velcro closures. This project wasn't as easy as my first tote I made. I had much research and playing around, then reworking the pattern to get what I felt was right for the job. I hope that the receiver really appreciates their messenger bag!

Size 15"x14"x5" Price.. TBD cost was over $35....

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Abby Dress

I call this the Abby dress because I made it for one of the babies I watch, her name is Abby. She turns 1 this Monday. So Happy 1st Birthday Abby, this dress is for you.

It's a size 24 months. Made with a light weight floral fabric for summer days. Matching bloomers gives this dress extra appeal to hide those white diapers. If you would like one similar please email me.

Prices change due to custom sizing, average $25.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Fancy Nightgowns for a Princess

I have made two nightgowns for a little girl that has been waiting patiently for me to get back from England... well my dear I am done and I hope you enjoy them!

Tinker Bell and Princess material are satin. Sizes 5/6. Cost is $25

Can be machine washed on gentle, but preferably hand wash to keep life. Line dry only!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Going on Vacation! 20% Coupon!

Did I tell you all that I am going on vacation???? NO?? WHAT? I didn't???? That's because I didn't think it could really happen! Yep, even though my REALLY, REALLY good friend bought us tickets to England, I guess somewhere deep in my heart I didn't think it was going to happen... well guess what... IT IS!!! And I am officially freaking out! Seriously, you would think that I would be eternally grateful and thankful (which I AM!), but I am also really nervous about flying, leaving the kids, being out of my comfort zone for 10 days. I mean I don't usually leave the house on even a daily basis.. yeah I know that sounds lame.. but I have two small children and I have a small daycare with babies.. so.. it's not always easy for me to get out! So here I am trying to find ways to calm myself down and lean on the comfort that I know God is in complete control and I don't need to be worried.. but it's still hard.

I do have some good news to pass onto you all! Since I am going on vacation I have decided to put what's left on Laine's Babies up for a SALE! Yes, that's right, you can receive 20% off anything that I currently have for sale on my ecrater store site. Just go there and buy what you want using the VACA20 coupon code! You won't be disappointed I'm sure! Thanks to all of you!
This sale ends 5/22/09

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Butterfly Travel Changing Pad/Case

While the children were sleeping I managed to make a new changing pad, a girly one!

Whimsical butterflies cover the front and a blue floral pattern for the inside. Lightly padded for soft little bottoms. Closes with a discreet velcro closure, just roll up diapers and wipes and away you go!

Measures 24x14. Price $18.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Created by Destri Andorf, my very talented, completely awesome friend, gave me exactly what I wanted and MORE! Go check her out for your logo or website needs! She will NOT let you down, I promise!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Winnie the Pooh Blanket

Classic Winnie the Pooh blanket with the "a day in the park" theme. Muted colors brings this back to when Pooh Bear was still with Christopher Robin!

Back side is navy with nautical stars. Binding in navy as well.

100% Cotton. Measures 33x42.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ames Spring Fair

I will be there!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Boys Reversible Apron

Yes!!! Boys do like to cook/bake/grill, just ask my husband and son! Actually, did you know that a little help in the kitchen from your kids can teach them math, science, social skills, and so much more! Check this site out for more information:

Otherwise take a look at the new apron I have designed specifically for boys in mind. AND it's reversible! Created to be durable for the excitable little chef; double layers of fabric and triple stitched in those "pull" areas! One side is blue gingham with complementing pocket. Other side is blue, brown, & white strips also with complementing pocket!

Made to fit any size from 3-7, I would even go as far to say that my 2 year old could wear this. Cost is $18. (Single sided would be $13)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Diaper Traveling Case/Pad

Inspired by Destri, I made a travel changing pad. Frogs fabric was picked out by my son! Can hold a number of diapers and a small case of wipes, just fold it up and you're set to go!

Cotton on the outside, fleece between vinyl for extra padding and color. Closes with a snappy elastic button closure. The vinyl lines the inside for easy cleaning, just wipe it up! Can be hand washed, but best just wiped when needed.

Measures 22" x 18.5" Price $15.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Chocolate Cupcake Apron

I've been working on this little apron over the past few days and I'm really pleased with the turnout. Brown and pink dots, cherry covered cupcakes, and pink stripes makes this apron irresistibly adorable.. who wouldn't want to bake wearing this!

This one is fit for little girls sizes 4-7. Price $15. Matching mothers apron to come!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ladies Private Wallet

That's right girls, if you have your monthly visitor this is a handy wallet to keep on hand. Secretly keeps tampons and pads tucked away. No more digging at the bottom of your purse! Holds 4 tampons, and several pads, wrap it up and loop it closed with matching ribbon. Extra little pockets for sanitizer, lotion, wipes, anything you want!

Cost $15. Feel free to request your wallet fabrics, can be customized for anyone!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Headband to Match

So I had a little bit of left over fabric and decided that a head band would be perfect for it. Super cute, huh!? Has elastic for stretch. Not too wide front perfect for smaller heads!

Cost for one would be $2.50

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pink & Orange Knot Dress

Custom made for a little girl 18 months old, it's one a kind - can't be reproduced knot dress. Made with large orange and pink flowers, hot pink strips and a bright orange top. These dresses are great for growing into and wearing alone or matched with a shirt underneath.

Want one for your little girl? This little dress will run $25-35. (Price of fabric & size makes a big difference!)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Blue Tutu, PolkaDotted Ribbon

3 Yards of Blue and White Tulle, One big Blue and White Polka Dotted Ribbon.. :D

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hot Pink & Green Tutu w/ Ribbon

And another... Made to fit 4T+, ties with a matching ribbon that is reversible, hot pink with lime green dots or lime green with hot pink dots. Over 2 1/2 yards of tulle, this one is full and fun!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Purple/Green Tutu with Pink Bows

Here's another cute tutu. Made with shiny purple and green tulle and added pink bows. Measures 6" in length for a shorter version. Fits sizes 4T+.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Purple Tutu with Hot Pink Ribbon

Here's my 2nd tutu made with 2 yards of purple tulle, over 17 feet of hot pink ribbon. Made to fit any princess 5T or bigger.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tutu For my Princess

4 Yards of Pink and Black tulle + 40 Jeweled Flowers = a burned thumb... how sad for me.. but how happy for Caity Boo! I hope she LOVES this!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Tinker Bell Purse

I haven't made anything "new" in a while so I was really pleased to be challenged with this one. It is fully lined, single 2" strap, ribbon detail and a large button closure. Measures 10 1/2" wide by 6" long. Selling for $25.


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