Thursday, November 10, 2011

Countdown Blocks

You guys...I made something! If anybody is still here....well, it's autumn. And that means it is time to craft again. This was from a kit that I ordered through our congregation's annual crafty night. All things considered, it is not a bad price - $13 for the wood, the vinyl and all of the paper, pre-cut. I picked out my own paint, used my own ModPodge, and some shellac I had in the garage.

So. Anybody still out there? What are you working on for Christmas??
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Friday, June 24, 2011

A very twirly birthday!

Today is my niece's birthday so, of course, I am spending my day making the birthday present my daughter asked me to make MONTHS ago. I am nothing if not punctual! *sigh*

Still, I think she will love it. Just, please, don't anyone tell her that one should not START a homemade gift ON the recipients birthday. Thanks.


~Aunt LoLo

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Memories scrapbooking software Winner! (And a discount!!)

Today I will announce the winner of the giveaway, but FIRST, I wanted to give you ALL a treat. My Memories has provided me with a limited-time discount code for $10 off of their My Memories Suite, v2 (usually $39.97). That means you can get the software set for only $29.97! (See how good I am with math?) If you would like to take advantage of this limited time offer, go to, add My Memories Suite v2 to your cart, and use this promo code when you check out:
I suggest you copy and paste it, to make sure it all gets in there correctly. Now, on to the giveaway winner!
Thank you to all (9) of you who entered this giveaway! After entering the few of you into, I came up with 3, which brings us to…..Julie!
Blogger Julie said...
I'm also a scrapbooking novice. I like the Lined Journal Cards by Sahlin Studil. For me, it's the stories that go along with the photos that mean the most.
May 31, 2011 12:51 PM
Julie, congratulations. Look for an e-mail from me with the details.

PS – Tonggu Momma? Happy birthday!!
PPS – A big thank you to My Memories for sponsoring this giveaway!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Memories scrapbooking software (Review and Giveaway!)

In the past few weeks, a few people have asked me what kinds of crafts I like. And it’s easy to answer – anything that isn’t knitting, crocheting or scrapbooking. Those are fine crafts, just not ones that I’ve picked up yet.


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See that? There might just be scrapbooking in my future after all…


Recently, I was contacted and asked if I would like to review (and give away!) the My Memories Suite software. It is digital scrapbooking software, and is billed as “easy to use!”. Fortunately for them, they were right.


I went to the website, added the software to my virtual cart, gave them my promotional code, and “bought” it (for the low, low price of FREE.) From there, I went to the My Downloads page and found the software in my queue. I downloaded the software to my computer, and I was good to go! There are a few pre-decorated albums already loaded into the software, which is perfect for a complete NOOB (that’s pronounced Newbie) like me. The page above took me all of three minutes to put together. (I spent the next 10 minutes trying to figure out how to share the image with all of YOU. Heh. Some blogger I am, right??!)


Oh, and the process to make the album? Super simple: open a new project. Choose a template. Click on the camera icon on the right to add new pictures. Drag those pictures over the blank “holes” and wait for them to light up blue. Let go, and use the icons to edit the picture as necessary (crop, rotate, etc.) That’s it! Save your project, and you’re done for the day. Later, you can print them out, or share them…and if I figure out how to do that, I’ll let you know. *grin* (Oh, and also? Don’t think this is just for scrapbooking…when you view your album, you have the option to make it into a calendar or a card, too! And wouldn’t the grandparents just love that for the holidays…)


So – the verdict? I like it. LIKE it, like it. As in, I might start scrapbooking. (Please don’t hold me to that…)


(I’ve also learned that iPhone pictures, while quick and convenient, always pale in comparison with shots taken with a real camera. Hence the pixel-y images that you would see on my “page” up there…if you could actually see all the details. Heh.)


Now, who would like to try out this software…for FREE??! You would? Listen up:


1) Go to and have a look around. Poke around their papers section, and tell me which set you love most. Or check out their embellishments! Or free downloads! Just come on back here and leave a comment to let me know what you loved.

That’s it! We’ve all had a nice relaxing, LONG weekend, and I want to keep this short and sweet.

If you love My Memories, and would like to keep up to date on their shenanigans, you can also find them here:



Their blog



Good luck! The winner will be announced on Friday, June 3.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Some chores

Wow! A month has gone by since I've been in my craft room. I stole a few minutes today to catch up. A certain little princess needs her favorite skirt patched, and a skirt to go with her swim suit. (Rather than try to sew it on her suit, like the favorite suit from last year, I will just make a skirt Witt an elastic waist. Any advice would be appreciated!)


~Aunt LoLo

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Frock for the New Girl

A new girl just moved into our congregation a few weeks ago. She is a sweetheart, and (bonus!) speaks the same Chinese my family does. That made her an instant bestie. Just to make sure her move was as non-eventful as possible, she happened to time it within weeks of her due date. As in…she is expecting her sixth! child! any! day!


Never a group to miss a party, a few ladies sprang into action and put together a baby shower. (Even though this is her sixth child, it is a girl….and her last girl was born 9 years, and three boys, ago. She gave up hope somewhere along the way, along with all of her daughter’s baby clothes.)  Friends in her previous congregation had already gathered stuff for her, and given her lots of hand-me-down baby clothes, so she requested that if we were inclined to bring gifts…..could they please be things for a slightly older girl?


Originally, I intended to make one of Made by Rae’s Itty Bitty dresses, but I couldn’t find my pattern. (The pattern, by the way, is a free download on Rae’s blog, and is SUPER adorable. It is a dress that will fit right at birth, hence the itty bitty part. A few readers enlarged the pattern and sent it back to her, so now it goes all the way up to 3T, I believe. Anyhow, it’s an adorable, and simple dress!)


My train of thought went something like this. I’ll make Rae’s itty bitty dress! Oh, I can’t find the pattern. I could probably make another pattern from memory…I can find a small t-shirt and make the pattern from that. Hrm…making patterns. That reminds me…I DID make a dress pattern a few years ago!


And thus, I made one of my Pretty Frocks for the new wee one.



This was made from one of my husband’s cast-off dress shirts. I experimented this time, trying to keep the shoulders a little wider. In past versions, after making a rolled hem on both the neck and the arm hole, the resulting shoulder bit was only about an inch and a half wide. This time, I used some binding that I had leftover from a small quilt to bind off the neck. The arms were still a rolled hem.


You can see here, on the back of the dress, the original button placket from the shirt.



I lined some of the more ticklish seams with binding.


The dress, honestly, came out quite a bit BIGGER than what I imagined it would. The pattern was drawn up to be 2T, but…it still managed to button around my 4 year old. Oh well – the new little one can wear it for YEARS. Heh. (Kim, if you are reading this, bring the dress to me when your daughter wants to start wearing it, and I’ll hem it to the right length!)