Here's my April Brag book. As I created them, I mostly put in pictures of the girls from that same month from 2008. I used a variety of kits for each page, trying to use a lot of different supplies...sometimes I can get more caught up in accumulating digital supplies and then not taking the time to use them. Even though they are so re-usable! Unlike the paper supplies that I tend to hoard...
I recently mentioned my new desire to sew...I WISH I had a machine! Another thing to save my money for. Anyway, my mom has a machine, which she got from her parents for her high school graduation! Boy, has that thing lasted a long time (no, i'm not saying anything about my mom's age). So, I have seen many ideas surfing the web about re-using adult clothes and converting them to children's clothes. This is done with a variety of shirts, sweaters, etc, to created shirts, skirts, pants, and so for children. It's really amazing. I bought two 2Xlg women's Chrstmas turtlenecks from a thrift store, called The Vintage Rose. I used a pattern for children' pajamas, and cut them into a girl's nightgown. On the first one, I kept the shoulder and neck seams, and cut out the arms and side seams. I sewed the sides narrower and then re-attached the arms after making them smaller. It turned out HUGE on my almost 4-year-old daughter. Instead of ripping the seams and doing it all over again, I just adjusted my shoulder seam and it's better now. Not perfect, still big, a little funny looking, but cute. The second one, I ripped all seams out and followed the pattern more closely. This one fits my daughter a lot better and looks better, but was a little more work, because I had to actually sew the neckband and make it fit. What do you think?
Would you like to win a $100 gift card from DELL? If I won, I'd choose either an extenal hard drive (all this digital scrapbooking stuff and photoshop stuff really takes up a lot of hard drive) or an MP3 player. I love my music, and it'd be great to listen while jogging.
Another $500 gift card entry: the money saving idea that I posted here was one I saw an TV last night. I get a lot of coupons for things like biscotti, tea, chocolates, candles and such. I am going to buy some of this stuff, put it into gift baskets and give them as gifts. I could even put this stuff into a Meijer grocery bag--reusable--for a gift that keeps on giving!