Monday, January 16, 2017

Birthday Snail Mail

I received some snail mail from a craft blog pen pal (Stamping Smiles Designs) back in November, but was so busy with work that I waited until the holidays when I had some downtime to open it.

I enjoyed the handmade card (and the crafty goodies were a bonus)!

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Birthday Snail Mail | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | birthday card, handmade card, cardmaking, paper crafting, snail mail
Birthday Snail Mail | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | birthday card, handmade card, cardmaking, paper crafting, snail mail

I feel a little guilty that I wasn't as good about sending out snail mail last year. I don't really do new year's resolutions, but I did think to myself that I would try to be better about sending out snail mail (timely!) this year. Easier said than done, I'm sure, when life gets busy!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2016 Family Pictures

We took family photos back in the beginning of November, and while I was on top of getting photos taken, I ended up being too busy to actually get holiday cards out in the time for the holidays, so they became new year's cards (again).

Friends of ours referred us to Kacy Hughes Photography, and she was reasonably priced for a one-hour session, out of which we'd get high resolution digital copies of the photos. High resolution digital photos are important to me because I like the option of printing photos in different sizes for scrapbooking purposes.

I think it used to be more common that photographers would give you print credits to buy developed photos from them or you'd have to purchase an expensive disc of high resolution photos, but with digital photography being the norm now, I don't see the print credit model anymore for the type of family portrait photography I'm looking to get.

Kacy also regularly posts photos of her sessions, and I found ours: Phoenix Photography.

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2016 Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | Kacy Hughes photography, family photography
2016 Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | Kacy Hughes photography, family photography
2016 Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | Kacy Hughes photography, family photography
2016 Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | Kacy Hughes photography, family photography
2016 Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | Kacy Hughes photography, family photography
2016 Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | Kacy Hughes photography, family photography
2016 Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | Kacy Hughes photography, family photography
2016 Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | Kacy Hughes photography, family photography

I actually really ended up liking the first photo with so much of the Hayden Flour Mill behind us - it'll be great for a family layout of that photo, printed out large.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Girl's Tulle Dress Upcycle

This past May, I took Evelyn to Taipei with my mom to visit my elderly grandparents. We visited my grandparents every morning, but along with that, the other thing we did every day (at least, my mom and I) was to go to the nearby neighborhood street market.

While there are grocery stores in Taipei that are more the western norm, many people tend to get their groceries in neighborhood street markets. The stalls are set up along a smaller road or alley (sometimes cars will brave the pedestrian crowd and still drive down the street - difference from the US, I feel like, because here we'd more likely see streets closed if there is a pedestrian-heavy event happening).

In addition to groceries, there are also traveling vendors that sell a variety of wares - kitchen and home goods, clothes, toys, etc. Since the vendors travel market to market, you see a different mix of vendors each day.

At one particular clothes vendor, they had a big table with a heap of girls' clothes that basically amounted to a rummage sale. Everything on the table was $100 Taiwanese dollars (it may have even been $50 Taiwanese dollars, I forget), which comes out to about $3 USD. Most of the clothes are in pretty good condition, but there are also items that have some slight damage, so it's basically buyer beware, because all sales are final).

We found a white tulle dress for Evie that had a couple of small rips in it that I thought to myself, I can fix this! It then sat in my laundry room ever since we returned, but I finally had a chance to fix it over the holidays after picking up some trim at JoAnn.

There were two things I needed to fix - (1) the torn satin trim and (2) a hole in the tulle with some discoloration:

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I used a seam ripper to remove the torn satin trim at the bottom of the dress. I also trimmed out a bit more around the hole to get rid of some discolored spots that didn't come out with a wash. I replaced the satin trim at the bottom of the dress with grosgrain ribbon, and also picked out some fancier trim to add a strip around the dress to cover up the hole.

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My sewing's not perfect, but all in all, I think the dress turned out great and I'm happy with my handiwork. The shade of white on the grosgrain ribbon is brighter than the rest of the dress, but I can get over that!

Girl's Tulle Dress Upcycle | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | sewing, upcycle, girls' dress, tulle dress
Girl's Tulle Dress Upcycle | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | sewing, upcycle, girls' dress, tulle dress

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Goody Goody Gift Swap 2016 - Package Sent

I couldn't pass up participating in this year's Goody Goody Gift Swap, and now that my swap partner (Courtney) has received and opened her package, I'm posting what I sent - the wrapping (which is half the fun) and the goods inside.

For the wrapping, I used gold with neutrals (white, kraft, and brown). I also incorporated feathers and/or doilies into the wrapping:

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For the goods inside, I went for two main themes - local and paper goods/stationery:

Goody Goody Gift Swap 2016 - Package Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | holiday gift swap, paper goods, stationery, pretty gift wrapping, feather, gold, floral, doily, cactus, Arizona, local

In the package:

See also:
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2015 - Package Sent
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2015 - Package Received

Monday, January 2, 2017

Goody Goody Gift Swap 2016 - Package Received

I finally had a chance to sit down (i.e., no interruptions, at a time of day with decent natural light) and open the Goody Goody Gift Swap package I received from swap partner, Courtney!

I especially enjoyed the journal with the stitched binding and the necklace, which were both handmade. And, pretty washi tape is never a bad idea.

Out of the box:
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2016 - Package Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | holiday gift swap, pretty gift wrapping, handmade

Unwrapped goodies:
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2016 - Package Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | holiday gift swap, pretty gift wrapping, handmade

Close-ups of the handmade journal and necklace:
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2016 - Package Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | holiday gift swap, pretty gift wrapping, handmade
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2016 - Package Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | holiday gift swap, pretty gift wrapping, handmade
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2016 - Package Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | holiday gift swap, pretty gift wrapping, handmade
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2016 - Package Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog | holiday gift swap, pretty gift wrapping, handmade


See also:
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2015 - Package Sent
Goody Goody Gift Swap 2015 - Package Received

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