I finally bought my dream camera....

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yes!  That's right!  After months of saving my pennies I purchased a Canon Rebel T3!
So today join me in ending every sentence with an exclamation mark!
I'm sorry!  I can't help it!
I'm just so excited!


It's only a day old but I have already started playing...

Here's my handsome husband.  I did a twirl in the kitchen after taking this shot with the Rebel.
I love that there is no window glare!

And here we are in the bathroom {with no inside lights on}.
I had both cameras on auto.  Powershot with the flash and Rebel with my new 50mm lens.
I know, Cameron looks like he's been mauled by a bear ~ nope just by his brother.

These are photos of the new camera taken with the old and the old camera taken with the new.
Kapeesh?


Thanks for swinging by. 
You are sure to see more photography posts from me as I continue to learn new tips and techniques.

Inspiring Creativity

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Welcome to Inspiring Creativity 
Where we share ideas, projects and inspiration every Wednesday.

New to Dragonfly Designs? Thanks for joining us!
Please grab a button and add it to your Linky Lists.

Whew!  It's been a busy week here.  Have you entered my latest GIVEAWAY yet?  You still have time.  Go now... but be sure to come back!
And my Rocker T-shirts won Second Place in the Lets Hear It For The Boys contest!
Woo hoo!  But enough about me...


Here are few fab projects from last week: 

I love this cute safari outfit from Sew Can Do.  {There's a matching boy version too!}

An awesome Sock Monkey Party from Little Country Bumpkins was shared.

 Diggin' this gorgeous bag also from Little Country Bumpkins.
And check out these easy peasy snack wraps submitted  by Nikki.

Thanks for linking up you guys!  Please grab an "I Was Featured" button from my sidebar.

Now on to this weeks party!


The guidelines:

1. All projects, parties and inspiration welcome.
2. Please no links to Etsy or online shops.
3. Link to your specific post.
4. Please grab my button so that others can get in on the action!
5. We all love comments, please try to comment on at least two other posts.

I can't wait to see your projects!

A Geocaching Pack

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

So it's that time of year. 
When the snow has melted {finally}, the sun is shining and the family is excited to go
geocaching!

Say what?
Geocaching is essentially a high tech treasure hunt using a GPS enabled device.  Check out the website and my other posts for more information.  But seriously you should go.  It's great, affordable family fun!
 Here's Isaiah with a micro find this spring.

I am a huge advocate for geocaching.  We love it.  
So I am facilitating Geocaching ~ An Introduction For Families this spring!
If you are in the Okanagan and are interested in attending please visit the City's website.  I am really excited and have had a lot of interest and questions from families already.


 
Here's Cameron with his tradeable "treasure".  A pin that says TFTC {thanks for the cache}.

Really the whole reason for this post is to share with you the supplies that we take when geocaching.  I hope that you find it useful.  Please click on the video below for a look at what's in our Geocaching Pack.



p.s. I forgot to add in the video that we also carry a small First Aid Kit. 
Stocked with lots of Diego band-aids.


Thanks for reading. 
I hope that you'll go geocaching and have an awesome time!

Quilted Pillow Tutorial and GIVEAWAY

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hey peeps!
It's my Bloggin' Birthday!!! 
{I got the best surprise for my B-day ~ a win in the Lets Hear It For The Boys contest ~ check out my post here.}

I have had a lot of fun meandering through the world of blogging.  I began strictly as a Paper Craft Blog, opened up shop as a Party Blog and would now consider myself a Momma Blogger.
Sharing life with twins ~ all of the crafts, recipes and events along the way.

*** Giveaway Now Closed***

Thank you so much for joining me!  It's a pleasure having you.
In celebration I am sharing with you this Quilted Pillow Tutorial and...
Giving. The Pillow. Away!



That's right my friends, you will have a chance to win this
gorgeous, hand crafted pillow! 

But first a tutorial
{that you're sure not to need because you're planning on winning right?}

You'll start by cutting three strips of fabric 60" by 2 1/2" and sewing them together length wise using a 1/4" seam.

Once sewn you will iron the fabric and press the seams to lie flat. 
Then cut your fabric into 6 1/2" squares. 
A quilting square can be helpful for this step but not necessary.

You should have 9 squares of fabric.  Lay them out on your surface until you find a pattern that you like.  Here I was attempting to imitate a Chevron Pattern.

When you are happy with your layout start sewing your squares together using a 1/4" seam. 
First you will sew column 1 together, then column 2 and finally column 3 {along the dashed lines}. 
Then sew the three columns together {along the dotted lines}.

Here I have pressed my seams and am sewing a 1/4" seam.

When your pillow front is completed it should look like this and measure approximately 18 1/2" square.  Attach to a 18 1/2" backing using a 1/4" seam and fill with a pillow form or stuffing.

Now who wants to skip the sewing step completely?


Here's how you can enter:

1. Become an official follower of Dragonfly Designs...just click that little 'follow' button on the upper left side of my blog. Then leave me a comment saying you did!! If you're a follower already just leave a comment ~ and you rock!
2. Become a fan of my Facebook Page. Simply click the 'like' button at the top of the page. Come back here and leave another comment saying you did or that you already have!
3. One more chance to win: Blog or post about this Fabulous Giveaway! Leave a comment with a link to your post for another entry.


That's THREE chances to win you guys!
For the ease of shipping the winner will receive this as a pillow case and simply need to insert a pillow form.


This Giveaway will end Tuesday April 6th.
Good luck and have fun!


Linking to these fab parties.

Touch wood ~ we have TWO potty trained boys!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ever get a song stuck in your head?  This one.  Most annoying.  For sure. 
And my kids don't even watch the "potty dance".


p.s. unless you want to go around singing
"right side across, left side across, do the {clap clap}, potty dance"
don't click on the video

*Caution ~ potty talk commencing...





So I totally had no expectations about potty training the boys.  I figured 'What do I know.  I've never taught someone to use the toilet before.  Let's see how it goes.' 

When Cameron turned two, over a year ago, one of the first sentences he strung together was "go pee on the potty?" Uh... okay?  We stuck him on the toilet and away he went.  It was pretty much that easy {with #1s, #2s were another story}.

Cameron {training last year}

A year later, just last month, I took a week off of work to potty train Isaiah. 
Yes. That's right.  For a whole year I've had one twin in ginch and one in diapers. 
Hey whatever made them happy. 


But seriously Isaiah's got the skills.  He's got the knowledge.  He's just had no interest.
So for three days I bribed him with jellybeans and trips to the circus {not really ~ but almost} to sit on the potty.  I ran water in the tub and the sink.  I gave him gallons of whatever liquid he wanted to drink.  We sat in the bathroom, he on the potty, while I read stories and sang songs.  And finally, after three days, he had a tinkle!  And he was so PROUD!  I don't think that I will ever forget the look on his face and his big grin.  He got it.  Right down to the no wet pants at bed time.


So hooray for the Potty Dance!  Not that it really helped us any ~ but every time I hear it in my head I am reminded of just how proud this momma is of her two "big boys"!


Thanks for reading.  Do you have any potty talk to share?

T-shirt Roundup

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hey you! 
I have been having a ton of fun revealing my T-shirt Creations this week. 
So I thought it might be cool to put them all together into a T-shirt Roundup:




That's it for now. 
I have a few plain T's waiting around until inspiration hits.  I buy most of my t-shirts at Walmart for $4 or at The Children's Place and just pluck the pockets off.
Thanks for viewing!  Have a wonderful weekend.


Linking to these parties!  Go check 'em out!

Rocker T-shirts {twin twist}

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hey!  So glad that you could stop by. 

Here's my second submission for Cheri's Let's Hear It For The Boys Contest.
It's awesome!!!  {do people still say awesome?} 

A couple of hip Rocker T's.

For two rockin' dudes.

It's totally impossible to find matching/coordinating t-shirts like this for twins. 
So for Cheri's contest I made my own.


When the boys stand side by side they match up and create a whole guitar. 
Like, they complete each other, man.

Here's the left T.
I freezer paper stenciled the bottom embellishments and words.

And the right T. 
This one is purposefully for Isaiah who is my fine motor skill / creative boy. 
He loves the snaps / guitar plug in thingys on his shirt.

I appliqued half of a guitar onto each shirt.  Here I embellished with some iron-on stars.

I attached snaps to one side of the guitar for a more authentic look.

Total bonus that they are functional and fun to play with!


Now let's go dancin'...





Click on the video to check out some of the boys rockin' moves.

ROCK ON DUDES!
{Update ~ hooray we took Second Place!}

Linking to these fab parties.

Looking to blog swap?  I'd love to share the tutorial on your blog!
Please email me at
heatherpainchaud{at}hotmail{dot}com.

Happy {early} Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A friend posted this on FB and I just had to share:


May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born with in you.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.


Thanks for reading.  Have a wonderful day.

Soccer T-shirts {twin twist}

Hi everyone! 

I don't think that I could be any more excited to share these with you! 
 I have been waiting to post and link up to
Cheri's Let's Hear It For The Boys Contest for awhile now...

Here's my first entry.  I hope you likey!

Super Cute Soccer T's

We have signed the boys up for soccer this spring ~ they're ready.  Can you tell?  That was my inspiration for these shirts.  I wanted them to have something unique to wear to their first class.

I started by cutting out a freezer paper stencil using my Cricut.   This was my first time using freezer paper.  Totally fun! 
For my Canadian peeps ~ I found Reynolds Freezer Paper at my local IGA grocery store.

I reverse appliqued 07 {the year the boys were born} using material from an old onesie.

And the piece-de-la-resistance ~ my hand cut, painted and appliqued soccer balls.

When you have twins it's nearly impossible to find coordinating outfits like this unless they are special order.  So here's the left t-shirt.

And the right t-shirt.

See how when the boys stand shoulder to shoulder they match up?  Cute hey?  Each t-shirt has a full appliqued soccer ball that wraps around the side.


Isaiah had a blast practicing his moves during our photo shoot.

Bye for now!  Thanks for visiting!


Linking to these parties.

Looking for someone to guest post?  I would love to share the tutorial for these on your blog! 
Please email me at
heatherpainchaud{at}hotmail{dot}com

Inspiring Creativity

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Welcome to Inspiring Creativity ~ where we share ideas, projects and inspiration every Wednesday. 
New to Dragonfly Designs?  Thanks for joining us!
Please grab a button and add it to your Linky Lists.

So many great links from last week:
 Kim shared these bacon wrapped eggs.  If they don't make you crave breakfast foods, then I don't know what will.

 Fabulous sherpa boots?  Oh yeah!  From Cheryl at Sew Can Do.

 Aren't these Spats wicked?  Check them out over at Luxe Boulevard.

Oh and I just loved these appliqued whales from Marian.

And finally check out this amazing Elmo Cake by Kagi!


Thank you all so much for linking up!  Please grab an "I Was Featured" button from my sidebar.



Now on to today's party...

The guidelines:
1. All projects, parties and inspiration welcome.
2. Please no links to Etsy or online shops.
3. Link to your specific post.
4. Please grab my button {on my sidebar}so that others can get in on the action!
5. We all love comments, please try to comment on at least two other posts.

I can't wait to see your projects!

And finally another Felt Rosette Wreath

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

...the last one.  I promise!

 
Isn't it gorgeous though?

 
The brown and teal are such a lovely combo for spring.


This baby's in my Etsy Shop.
Please drop in sometime.

Bye for now!

More Felt Rosettes

Monday, March 21, 2011

What?  They are just too fun to stop making!

A lovely decor ball in red.

One in white with a punch of teal.

And finally a warm orange and red one.


All of these gorgeous Felt Rosette Balls can be found in my Etsy Shop
Please stop by a browse around sometime!


Thank you for stopping by to check out the eye candy! 
Have a wonderful day.