Yes, I love vintage suitcases.  And I love all the projects online with ways to create, restore and decorate with them.  This red suitcase was found at a local thrift shop as soon as I saw it I knew it would make the perfect baby storage/bed.  Since the front was faded from the sun and or time, Mod Podge and fabric was the perfect solution!  There are many tutorials online on how to recover one.  It really is simple and easy.  My only tip for you is to use a darker color fabric as the Mod Podge will show through.  Just trust me on this.  
After the outside was complete, I took out all of the old nasty insides and replaced it with fun colorful fabrics.  This was a combination of sewing and the hot glue gun.  Added a blanket and pillow for baby and called it completed. 
 
I did it!  I finally finished The Weekender Bag, by Amy Butler.  It was fun to use up scraps from Jenna's room decor to create this bag.  The bag was a challenge and it is so nice to have it done.  I think I need to set it aside and look at it again in a week, so I can enjoy it again!  And this bag is big.  When Jenna gets this packed full she will be able to stay at Grandma's house for much longer than a weekend!  Cheers to another project completed!!!!!
This adorable dress fabric is by a 
Tasha Noel at A Little Sweetness
 
My son LOVES his PJs - A LOT.  It is hard from him to part with his old ones.  The ones that are no longer pants, but more like capris! To convince him to move on requires that I make new awesome ones! This usually does the trick.   

For the new pair, I used a skull fabric (picked out by his sister!) and a simple white t-shirt.  Scanned and enlarged one of the skulls from the fabric, uploaded it in the Silhouette software, and traced it.  The Silhouette cuts out my design right onto the fusible fabric.  WOW!  That whole process took about 10 min.  Next I ironed it onto the t-shirt and sewed around it with a fun "wobbly" stitch.  Paired it with pants out of the flannel and called it done.
 
The note came home, my preschooler and I were to work together on a Valentine's Day Card Box.   Thrilled.  To say we worked on it together might be a stretch!  Her opinion was asked on several occasions and she helped pick out the button eyes.  Either way, she loves it just as much as she loves handing out cards and gifts to others, which is A LOT.  
This is a pretty exciting holiday for her. 
 
Without further adieu, here is our recycled Tide Pods (LOVE THEM) container.  The container had been sitting in the laundry room for a couple weeks.  I was thinking it could be used for Lego storage at first, but this project put it to much better use.  I kept it simple (without too              many Valentine's Day themed decorations) so she could still store Legos or toys in after Valentines day is over. 

I used scrapbooking paper to cover the Tide Label.  Eyes and "Jenna" heart were cut with the Silouette.  A layer of Mod Podge was applied over paper and around the button eyes.  
 
This year I am stumped on what Valentines to make.  Just have yet to have the spark of creativity or pinlifting -- yes, like scraplifting but with Pinterest!  And I did make that word up! Forgive me, it is 4:15am and I have been up since 2:42am.  Why?  I don't know.   Anyway, I decided to take a stroll down memory lane at the last two years Valentines.  The kids loved making and giving them.  Here is a peek at 2011:
And 2012.  Look how they have grown!  
2013 -- Coming soon!
 
My t-shirt just needed to leave my closet.  You know, the one you like, but just did not fit quite right.  In this case it was just too long.  To make me feel better about it I recycled it into pants for Jenna!  I traced another pair of her leggings to make the pattern.  The pants were a bit short, so I added a ruffle from one of the girls' old knit dresses that I was saving. Put ribbon on top of my ruffle, added a waistband and there you have it.  Jenna wanted a matching shirt, so I cut a heart out of the same dress knit and sewed it on.  Outfit complete.  Now, before you go thinking I am super woman, and that these pants are perfect...well, one pocket (on the bum) is about 1inch lower then the other one.  Opps!  

"Mommy this is my favorite outfit, just cause you made it."  Sweet words from a sweet little girl.

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