Southern Girl Creations

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I was featured...

I am just a little behind! I am sorry! but I was featured on Strictly-Homeade's gifts from the heart back to school post! With my mod podged clip boards! I am soooo excited! Go check out the post Here

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tote Makeover....

I bought this plain black tote at Walmart several weeks back for $10 knowing that it needed something added to it.

I found a great piece of grey felt in the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby this weekend.  I have all sorts of ideas of what to do with it.  First, I decided that the bag above needed a big grey felt flower on it.

I started by cutting out a flower pattern.  I found one Here.  I did modify it a bit though.  I enlarged it by 125% twice on my printer and since I was using felt I did not have to use the wonder under and the additional piece of fabric.  

The instructions from the link above show you to fold the flower in half then stitch diagonally down from the second petal to make the center cone shape once you turn the outside peals inside out.

I then cut 2 inch pieces of wire edged sheer ribbon to make the flower centers.  I just bunched it together at the bottom and used fabric glue to secure it in the center of the flower.

I made 3 of these flowers and enlarged my pattern one more time and cut it out of felt to make one big flower base to attach these three smaller flowers to.  I did not sew the base flower because it wanted it flat against the purse.  I decided that it needed one more layer to define it.   So, I cut 5 6inch pieces of the sheer wire edged ribbon folded it in half and sewed it to the larger flat flower

I tacked the three other flowers to the center of this large one.

I tacked the large flower on the purse and I also added a felt ruffle to the strap.

Sorry for the not so good pictures... 

ps.... some of you really observant people will notice that where the strap is attached was originally brown... well.... that didn't really go with my black and grey color scheme...  So, a Sharpie marker took care of that brown and made it black... yay!

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

School starts tomorrow...

School starts tomorrow for my baby.  She is going to Pre-Kindergarten.  She is really excited, I am excited, nervous and sad all at the same time.  I know she has to go I just hate to see my baby growing up so fast.  Here is what I made for her to wear tomorrow.

The pencil and the crayon are applique machine embroidery designs from Nobbie Neez Kids.  I added the additional lettering. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Winner of the Coasters!

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 Beautiful coasters!

Aug 10, 2010 9:49:00 PM

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Great Grandmother...

Today August 12, 2010 would have been my great grandmothers 110th birthday.  Let me tell you a little bit about her.  She was super spunky...  She was cool enough that at age 5 when my Mom was telling me that  I had to eat all my food at a restaurant great-grandma helped me throw it under the table so it looked like I ate it...  Everyone was welcome at her house and when you arrived there was always a whole table full of food waiting.  She never knew how to drive.  She had 12 children 10 of them lived into adulthood and 8 are still alive today... She swore she would live to be 100 years old.  And she had a quilt frame that was mounted to the ceiling of her living room.  In the winter she lowered the quilt frame and made beautiful hand made quilts.
Here are two that I am lucky enough to own....

I'll tell you a bit about the pink one with the embroidered roses.  It is what I asked for for my High School graduation.  There are 12 large blocks that each of my grandmothers sisters embroidered. There is also one embroidered by my mom, one by my aunt, one by great grandma and one by my grandmother.  There are corner blocks with each of my grandmothers brothers names and my uncles name on them.  My grandmother and mom put the quilt together for me and my great grandmother hand quilted it.  It was truly a labor of love that is one of my prize possessions. 

Back to great-grandma  she swore she would live to be 100 years old.  She was born on August 12th, 1900.  She passed away on August 12, 2000.  Most of the family had been with her in the nursing home that day to celebrate her birthday and just before we all left she slipped into the arms of the lord.  She had done exactly what she said she would do she lived to be 100 years old.

I miss you great-grandma!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Button Jar

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I decided to make a little "Happy" (a small gift to make someone smile) last night for my mom.  She has kept my daughter during the day since she was 8 weeks old.  Pre-K starts next week and we are all sad.  I am sad to see my baby grow up and that I am handing her over to people I don't trust as much as my mom. Momma is sad because she has been with her almost constantly since she was born ... We are all in for a big adjustment. 

Anyway on to the project.  My Momma is a button fanatic!  She has buttons stored in jars, bags, cases, just about everywhere you can imagine.  She has made hundreds of button bracelets, covered the back of a shirt with buttons and added them to anything that would stay still long enough for her to sew them on.  I decided that making her a button jar might brighten her day a little bit...

1 latch closure jar (I found these at the dollar tree recently)
Mod Podge
Graphics from *The Graphics Fairy*  ( Click Here )... if you haven't been to this site you must go she has wonderful artwork...

I cut out the graphics (I was super lucky that it was a great size to use on the top of the jar and there were some stripes and a smaller graphic to use too.)

I mod podged the graphics on the jar.  TIP:   Alcohol removes the excess mod podge on the jar. I just used several of the small alcohol pads to wipe around the graphics after applying them. 

Here is how it turned out.  I hope it serves its purpose as a "happy" and brightens her day


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Monday, August 9, 2010

I was one of the favorites this week on Brown paper packages!!!

The fabric covered composition book was one of their favorite favorites on their linky party WOW! I am so stinkin excited you have no idea....    Every time I say brown paper packages I have to sing the line "brown paper packages tied up with string these are a few of my favorite things... "  ok anyway go check out their blog at

brown paper packages

I love their blog...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

FAIL!!!... Saturday Crafts with Kids

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Okay my bloggety blog readers I want you to know that I read a lot of blogs everyday and very rarely if ever do I see anyone post their failure... Well, I am here to tell you that as a crafter I do have my share of failures, ok... well maybe more than my share.  I want you to know I am real and certainly no Martha Stewart (she has others that fail for her before she can fail herself) and I have failed....

I came up with what I believed to be a brilliant idea yesterday for my Saturday Crafts with Kids... I thought that I would have my little girl do some artwork and I would make it into jewelry that would be super awesome and spectacular for myself and my mom (maybe as her Christmas present Note: Mom if you are reading this please ignore that last sentence) 

The artwork part that the 4 year old was doing worked out fine. I knew it would look like 4 year old art work and that is exactly what I wanted!  Notice I had her drawing with a fine Sharpie so she could write her name on the art here is where my thought process started going wrong....  I still feel that I was super brave giving her a Sharpie to play with....

Here are the materials that I was going to add to her artwork to make the pendant.  A glass tile and glaze. 

So I added the glaze to the glass pendant  added her artwork then added the glaze to the back of the artwork .

Here is where the fail began.... the marker on the paper started to run... I had thought this might happen before so that is why I let her use the sharpie thinking it was a permanent marker and this wouldn't happen.  Well, it did...

Here is what it looks like after the glaze has dried... I still like it simply because she made it and she had to go back and add the last two letters of her name above where she was writing it because she couldn't make it fit...but I hate that I ruined it in the end....  if you look there is bleeding around all the edges.

Lesson learned:  next we will use crayons to make tiny artwork she just won't be able to write her name with them in the small workspace.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Giveaway Giveaway Giveaway!!!

YAY!!!!! I  got to 1000 hits on my page today!  I know thats not many to most people but it is a big step for me and I am sooooo excited!  I promised a giveaway for the 1000 hits.  We haven't gotten close to the 25 followers yet but lets get the first giveaway going!!!

I promised a set of mod podged coasters that I made posted  Here.  The ones being given away are actually a cream colored damask pattern with a pewter stand ( see pic above).  This giveaway will end next Friday August 13th at 8am(cst)

So, here are the 3 ways to enter!!! 

1) comment on this post

2) become a follower of my blog and come back here post a comment to tell me that you are a follower

3) add my button to your blog page and come back here and post a comment to tell me that you added my button.

can I say I am so excited again.... I hope you enjoy!

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Hiccup Hankies aka Burp Cloths

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I whipped up these really simple and fast Hiccup Hankies the other night for a baby gift...


9 inch x 14inch piece of Chenille Fabric (preshrunk)
9 inch x 14 inch piece of cotton fabric (preshrunk)

I pinned the right sides of the fabric together facing each other.  I sewed them together on all four edges with a 1/2 inch seam leaving a 2 inch hole open on the last edge I sewed. This is so I could turn them right side out.  (Hint:  when sewing these put the heavier fabric on the bottom so the feed dogs on your sewing machine will push that fabric through easier).  After I turned them right side out I pushed out the corners by inserting a pencil in the opening and pushing it into the corners.  I then made sure that the edges of the opening were turned inside and I sewed around all four edges again to create a finished look. here are a couple of pictures

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fabric Covered Composition Book

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Here is what I made tonight... A fabric covered composition book.  It was so quick and easy and what a great back to school idea!

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Giveaway! Giveaway!

Since I am trying really hard to get this blog up and going I am going to start two giveaways!

First, when I hit 1000 visitors to my page I will give away a set of the Mod Podged coasters and stand made Here.

Second, when I hit 25 followers to my blog I will give away one of the Mod Podged Clip Boards and matching note pad made Here to one of my followers. 

I will post when we hit these goals and start up the giveaways!  So, follow me, tell your friends and check back often I hope we hit these goals soon so we can give these away.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mod Podged Clip Boards and Note Pads

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Clear 6inch x 9inch clip board
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Fabric or scrapbook paper
5inch x 8inch jr. legal pad

First, I took the clipboard and layed it on top of the fabric (wrong side so the marks would show up better) and traced around the outside of the clip board.

Tracing clip board on fabric

Then cut the fabric out.  I cut just inside the traced line so it would be a bit smaller than the outside of the clip board. I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the backside of the clip board.  I put the fabric right side touching the layer of Mod Podge and the back of the clip board.  I used my fingers and smoothed out the fabric to remove any air bubbles and push it all the way to the edge of the clip board.  While this was drying I coated the top binding of the note pad with Mod Podge and put a small piece of matching fabric on top of it and trimmed it to fit. 
Fabric on notepad binding

When the Mod Podge was dry on the clip board I applied another layer of Mod Podge to the back side of the fabric.  Here is the finished Product.

I also have added ribbon to the clip on the clip board for a little extra pizazz!

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