Lily’s Doll and Doll Dress

Well I finished the doll version of the dress, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

It was a little less complicated than the full size dress since the back just has a Velcro finish. I opted to leave off the sash, which is just a ribbon in this version anyway, since I made Lily’s sash from the main dress material and didn’t want the doll version to have a contrasting sash. Plus, I can totally see my entire life for the next week being spent retying the dang thing.

The doll was a steal for around $5 at Hobby Lobby (after coupon of course). 

 I asked Lily in a roundabout way what color she would want the hair to be if she had a new baby, and my hardcore princess girly girl was adamant about pink, so that’s what she got. I just dotted the eyes on with the end of my paintbrush, and free handed the lips, which explains why they’re slightly off center from the eyes (read: I AM NOT AN ARTIST). 

I’m not going big on Easter baskets this year due to time and financial constraints, so this is going to be just about the only thing in hers other than a little candy and maybe a bracelet or two. For Valentine’s Day I made her a little pink and white bracelet using seed beads and memory wire. I’d post a picture, but she wore it so constantly that she actually managed to permanently stretch out the memory wire, and it’s kind of mangled now. But I’ve got mint and purple seed beads, so I’ll probably make her another one, and I may or may not do a rolled rosette head band for her and dolly using scraps from the dresses.

Happy Saturday, guys!

Lily’s Easter Dress

This year I decided to try to make Lily’s Easter dress. Now I’ve never made a dress before this, but I fell in love with the Bow Peep Party Dress by One Thimble.

I’m not sure what possessed me since the most complicated thing I’ve made from a pattern is a pair of baby shoes, but I went ahead and bought the pattern. In fact, I even bought the matching Bow Peep Party Dress for Dolly.

This was a couple of months ago. Since then I’ve had, oh, a blue million things to do, not the least of which was all the party prep. But I planned this week for the dress. And you know what? It actually came together! At least the dress for Lily. I still have to do the doll dress. But Lily’s dress came together so much easier than I thought it would. I have to say that the pattern was so clear and easy to follow. My mom fussed at me for spending $10 on it when “You can get Simplicity patterns all day long at Wal-Mart for $2.97.” But I knew that I needed some made especially for my level of pattern ineptness, and I don’t regret the purchase a bit.

Other than the cost of the pattern and a package of bias tape, this was a free project. I used this lovely vintage linen that I got several years ago, I’m thinking at a thrift store. For the bodice lining I used an old fitted sheet that had ripped near the bottom. It was one of our favorite sheets, high thread count and crazy soft, and we seriously mourned its loss, so I was glad to see it get new life.

The finished dress is not quite perfect, mostly due to the fact that I initially placed the shoulder ruffles way too far forward and had to move them when the dress was almost finished. The linen is a pretty loose weave, and it frayed a bit when I was resewing the seams after I moved the ruffles, but it’s not so noticeable behindall the frill.

Anyway, I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and I can’t wait to get the dolly version done!

Crafty Birthday Party: The Activities

Fair warning, this post is going to be LONG. I planned a ton of activities for this party. And we got to almost all of them. We had planned to do Sharpie tie dyed shirts, but about half the girls forgot to bring a shirt to dye. We were also going to do nail polish pendants, but we really just ran out of time and energy.
We had the party at our church’s family life center, which was such a blessing and terrific for the space and amenities, but it’s not my favorite place to shoot pictures, so excuse the industrial background.
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We started out just letting the girls mingle and have fun. They picked out their party favors and chowed down on the food. A few of them had to come late, so we waited on the crafts until they were all there. My mom did such a great job with the food and decorations.
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I made this cupcake banner courtesy of inspiration found here.
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Gratuitous shot of my awesome nephew LB.

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              Taylor                                    Lily
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Sawyer

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After the food and presents the girls dove into Taylor’s monstrous collection of nail polish for mani-pedis. A couple of months ago I found a bunch of pedicure flip flops for like 40 cents a pair so I stocked up for the party.
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After the nail polish, the girls did chocolate facials. These were SO simple, just coconut oil and cocoa powder. They all said it made their skin super soft, and of course it smelled amazing! I had enough left to package some up to send it home as parting gifts the next day.
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While the chocolate facials were setting, I had them making lip balm.
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Then I let them dive into my bag of leather remnants, and they cut out leather earrings.
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Next they made Shrinky Dinks. This was maybe my favorite activity of the night just because of how entranced they all were by the process. Most of them had never seen them before, and they couldn’t get enough of them! Did you know that you can buy a 50 pack of the sheets for $22.00? Such a better deal than paying $6 for 10 sheets at the craft store!
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Then they painted little canvases mounted on magnets.
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Next up were bottle cap pins. Images purchased here, here, and here.
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Doesn’t that little hipster squirrel just slay you? That whole sheet of images was awesomesauce!
Next (yes, there was more!) I let them dig through my bag of satin remnants to make singed satin flower hair clips.
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The last activity of the night was the photo shoot. They were looking a little tired by this point.
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All of these accessories were found at the Dollar Tree, and we had enough scarves and sunglasses to send one of each home with each girl.
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After that I put them all to bed and popped Frozen in the DVD player. The next morning I fed them fruit, pop tarts, granola bars, cereal, and milk. All in all I think it was a huge success!

Crafty Birthday Party: Boxy Makeup Bags

The last handmade party favor I made was a boxy makeup bag for each girl.

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For these I followed the super easy instructions over at Oh So Pretty. These were definitely the most time consuming of the projects I did, but they still came together quickly individually. The biggest problem I ran into was just that I had a hard time getting the bias tape sewn on straight, but I’m still a bias tape newbie.

I will tell you that I found this bias tape video tutorial over at MADE super helpful. And I learned a few things about it, like that fabric stretches on the bias. I thought the only reason it was cut on the bias was so that it wouldn’t fray!I’ve always been a little afraid of bias tape, but Dana made it so simple, so much so that I even made my own bias tape for this project from a fat quarter! I used the awesome printable bias tape maker over at The Scientific Seamstress.

These little pouches are so cute, and everyone had so much fun opening each one to see the different interiors (I used various printed felts from Hobby Lobby).

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Because I used remnants for the exteriors, felt for the interiors, and mostly zippers (some new and some vintage) that I had on hand, it was very affordable project.

We also had these fun tumblers filled with candy for all the girls. My mom put these together using 2/$1 cups from the Dollar Tree. She filled each one with bite size candy bars and two Laffy Taffy sticks.

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Tomorrow I’ll start telling you all about the crafts they did!

Crafty Birthday Party: Leather Bows

Next I made leather hair bows. I used the free gift bow template from How About Orange with a small modification. Because I was working with leather instead of paper, I had to lengthen the center strip by about 50% so that it would fit around the rest of the bow. I also printed the template out a little smaller to get a smaller overall bow. I think I used the 4×6 size when printing from Picasa.

I just cut out the pattern pieces and traced around them directly onto the back side of my leather using a ball point pen.

Then I cut out the pieces, being careful to cut just inside the pen line.

I just used my glue gun on the high temp setting, and it seems to be holding up great, especially on the suede ones. I first folded in the ends of the long, main bow piece and glued them to the center.

Then I glued that piece to the shorter back piece with the side with the glued ends facing the back piece.

Before I glued the center piece on, I glued the back piece to a French clip. I found it easiest to first open the French clip and remove the curved tension piece in the center of the clip.


Then I wrapped the center piece around the rest of the bow and the open french clip.

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Then I just reattached the tension piece and closed up the clip. This was SUCH an easy project, and 20 of them came together very quickly. They were a huge hit, and they have such a simple, elegant look. My sisters-in-law loved them just as much as the girls!
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Tomorrow we’ll talk a little about the makeup bags!

The Party

Guys, the party went SO WELL! We ended up having 9 girls counting Taylor and Lily (my two), which was a good number, enough to feel like a party, but not so many they were hard to handle or keep entertained.

I want to spill all the details, but I’m going to spread it out over several posts. First of all, the party favors:

I made four different things for each girl to take home (and of course they got to take home all the things they made while they were there).

To start with I made simple rolled rosette necklaces strung on satin ribbon. This was pretty much a free craft for me. I had everything on hand except for a few colors of the satin ribbon. But since it’s all of $0.49 a roll at Walmart, I only had a couple of dollars in it. I won’t waste your time with a tutorial on rolled rosettes, because there are about 100 craft bloggers out there who have already explained it much more clearly than I ever could. Basically it’s just twist and glue. 🙂 One thing I did differently than most was to back mine with suede instead of felt. I made a few of these for Christmas and did that, and it just kind of gives it a nicer feel.

For the bails, I just used jewelry pliers to twist a head pin into a loop on one end and a smaller, double rolled loop twisted perpendicular to the first loop on the other end. Then I just glued the larger loop between the back of the rosette and the suede, then threaded the ribbon through the smaller double loop, tied the ends, and called it done!

I also found these cool wrapped rings on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I bought a couple of sets, one in pinks and oranges and one in blues and purples. I can’t remember exactly how much they were, but I don’t think they were more than a couple of bucks a set, and there were 11 rings on each card. I just strung each one on a ribbon.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you all about the leather hair bows!

Crafty Birthday Sleepover Party Favors

Friday my oldest, Taylor is having a crafty birthday party sleepover. She won’t turn 13 until the 24th, but my SIL is due with her baby 4 days later, so we wanted to schedule it a couple of weeks earlier just in case.

So I’m going to be the mom of a teenager. Gah! But let’s not focus on that. Let’s focus on the party! We’re not really big on birthday parties in this family, but we did this last year and it turned out so well that I really wanted to do it again for her big 13th.

I’m planning on having the girls make a number of crafts themselves, but I’ve also made up a few party favors for them to take home too. I’ll have some tutorials and tips coming in the next few weeks, but for now I have a few sneak peeks:

Some simple leather hair bows

Rolled rosette and wrapped washer necklaces.

Little boxy makeup bags,
I mostly crafted from my stash, so I don’t have very much money in any of it. I can’t wait to show you guys everything I’ve got planned!

Craft Exchange

Last month I participated in a craft exchange over at C.R.A.F.T. This post is actually a bit premature because my partner and I are both a bit late. She had a baby just a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been covered up with various projects (including the ones for her!). So we agreed to give each other a little extra time. But I wanted to post a few of the things I’m sending her. Once I get everything mailed I’ll post a full rundown.

First of all, I wanted to send her one of my family name pillow covers.

I also made her a name banner for her new baby girl, but I don’t want to post her baby’s name here.:) It looks like this one in my shop though:

I also found her some sweet little ribbon as she’s wanting to get into making bows for her new girl, and I’m planning to include some clips for her to work with. I also want to make her a couple of finished bows for baby girl too. I’ve got a couple of other things for her package, but I don’t want to give away all my secrets yet. 🙂 I can’t wait to get everything finished and sent off to her, and I can’t wait to see what she has for me!

So hi there…



Hi! My name is Tracy Roach. I’m such a detail hound when I read people’s blogs, so I’m going to be super wordy here. 🙂 I’m a very happily married SAHM who also does on location family photography as well as crafting of all sorts. I’ve been married to my best friend Nick since 1998, and we have 3 beautiful children – Taylor, Lily, and Sawyer. 

I’m blessed, blessed, blessed to be a child of God, and He has given me a truly beautiful life! We had our first daughter, Taylor in 2001, and I loved being a mom! A few years later we decided to try for number two. After a year and a half with no pregnancy, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. My doctor told me that, unless I started on several fertility drugs, we would never have another baby. Nick and I prayed hard about it, and in the end we decided it was not the path for us. I have no problem at all with anyone who chooses that route – the medical advances are phenomenal and it has done a lot of families great good. But for us, it felt like God was telling us to just be still and wait on Him.

So we decided that we would do just that. We had an amazing daughter in Taylor, and if we never had another baby, we were blessed to have her! A couple of years later, much to my doctor’s surprise, I turned up in her office expecting again! Much to MY surprise, I was 3 months along! In October 2009 we welcomed Lily into our family, overwhelmed by how God had blessed us with another baby!

He really knocked our socks off when He blessed us with a baby boy in January 2012! I had some problems in that pregnancy, and Sawyer was born almost 6 weeks early at a whopping 3 lb 11 oz. But even there God’s hand was so very clear. Sawyer did just great, and though he had to spend a little time in the NICU, he never even had to go on oxygen, and we got to bring him home when he was 11 days old and weighed just 3 lb 13 oz! He was the smallest baby ever released by our NICU, but he was getting along so famously that they just couldn’t justify keeping him any longer!

When Lily was born, my husband had faith to follow God’s leading in allowing me to quit my job and live my lifelong dream of being a stay at home mom! I started doing photography in my free time (haha, “free time” is such a relative term when you have little ones!), and a couple years later I started an Etsy shop called Sawyer Ford Home where I sell handmade pillow covers and other home decor items along with hair and jewelry items for girls and women of all ages.

I’m a really good cook at a very limited selection of dishes, a horrible housekeeper, a champion Pinner, a voracious reader, a redeemed child of God, a Nikon girl, my husband’s biggest fan, a lover of sweets, an unreformed night owl, an abuser of emoticons, the best sweet tea maker on the planet, a devotee of high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and squishy feather pillows, a craft store addict, an unrepentant user of ridiculously long, wordy, run-on sentences, and pretty nifty at origami. 

Some of the things I love soverymuch:

*God

*My husband

*My kiddos

*My church

*Books

*Sewing

*My Silhouette Machine

*Photography

*Blogging

*Pinterest

*Happy Mail

*Giving handmade gifts

*Getting handmade gifts

*Hobby Lobby/Michael’s/Joann’s/A.C. Moore

*My glue gun

*Date nights

*Criminal Minds

*Criminal Case on Facebook (Don’t judge me!)

*Church Camp

*Brand new babies

*Potstickers

*Orange Italian Ice

*Finding out ALL the details!

I’m hoping this blog can be a place where I share my crafty goings-on as well as keep track of what’s happening in our lives. And maybe I’ll get to meet some great fellow crafters along the way!