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Saige an American Girl!

The American Girl doll Stores are celebrating the debut of their newest character, Saige,

this week with in-store events.

Saige American girl pic by Claire Selby

Saige American girl pic by Claire Selby

American Girl.com is hosting the Soar with Saige Sweepstakes for girls. Check out their entry form Here. You can mail in the form or drop it off in store.

Saige pic by Claire Selby

Today we got free goodies and crafts

at the in-store debut event. Check out more scheduled events for Saige Here.

I found a 40% off sale on American Girl items

at EKSuccess website. They are offering 40% off any American Girl craft item, Free shipping with a $60 order and 20% off your purchase using the coupon code

HAPPYNY

coupon is good until January 6th, 2013

American Girl party Ideas by Claire

Need ideas for an American Girl Party? Check out my American Girl party HERE.

We had fun using the American Girl Parties Kit for inspiration. It features party items for 4 dolls plus craft ideas and centerpiece decor.

Or if you want to Enter for a Chance to Win Saige enter here at Halfpinthouse.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Nigella “Labor of Love” Baby Bumper Pad

    Day 13 of 20 days of Proverbs 31 ” She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen.” Proverbs 31:22 NIV

    Amy Butler Starflower Tiles fabric & Linen baby bumper pad by Claire Selby

    I wanted to sew Linen Ties long enough for tying a bow, but Pottery Barn Baby just knots their ties, so I did too!

    Amy Butler Starflower Tiles fabric & Linen baby bumper pad by Claire Selby

    Amy Butler Starflower Tiles fabric & Linen baby bumper pad by Claire Selby

    I have a seam running right down the middle of my hexagon but you can hardly notice!

    I’m obsessed with the Nigella and Lotus fabric collections by Amy Butler. Even though most of my favorites are retired I still seek pieces on the web and in stores. For my Baby Bumper pad I re-covered an existing baby pad and the hexagons from the Starflower Tiles fabric were the perfect height!  For me washing & drying the bumper pad and then washing, drying, ironing, and cutting out the pieces was a 10 out of 10 in my book for difficulty because the pieces were so large. The only place to measure and pin and cut was on the floor. To line up the Starflower Tiles fabric just right also took a few tries to make sure that my Hexagons lined up exactly, this was more of a 7 on my scale of  10 for difficulty because I had to redo it.

    How to Make a Ruffle out of Linen: I measured the top edge of my bumper and multiplied that measurement  by 2.5 to get the length for the ruffle. My width was 5″ wide. I folded the Linen for my ruffle in half and stitched on the raw edge using a half inch seam allowance. I set my machine stitch length to the highest setting, on mine is a 4. And I set the feed dog tension to my highest setting, mine is a 6. This will automatically start to gather the ruffle for you.

    That part was pretty easy and quick! I used Quilting thread to stitch the baby bumper pad, this was pretty quick also, just like sewing a long rectangular pillowcase. Make sure you leave an opening large enough for your arm to pull the pad through the new bumper cover.

    The sweet crochet blanket is from Gerri Plummer Designs in Galveston, Texas. She loves making super soft crochet and knit Heirloom blankets for baby! And it works out great for me because I love everything vintage! I found the baby crib sheet at Babies R Us. Be sure to Like Gerri Plummer Designs and Pinkdilla on Facebook. You can find my other Amy Butler Baby project HERE.

     

    Above Rubies card by Claire Selby

    Day 1 of Proverbs 31 ” A wife of noble Character who can Find?”

    “She is Worth far more than Rubies”

     

    "Above Rubies" card by Claire Selby
    “Above Rubies” card by Claire Selby

     

    “The price of wisdom is above rubies.” Job speaks of the attaining of wisdom as compared to the priceless quality of the ruby. The sayings King Lemuel’s mother taught to him were “a wife of Noble Character who can find?  Her worth is above Rubies.” What is the compelling draw to the rare and flawless nature of this stone?  Gemstones Guide plainly describes rubies as “extraordinarily valuable and highly esteemed.” How can we as wives,  mothers and daughters resemble and exude these characteristics? Above Rubies is just such a website. Dedicated to strengthening women as wives and mothers, for 34 years living as examples, protecting and supporting that divine calling. Even on those days when we have to muster all of our strength just to complete the day we can draw further comfort from our Savior. “We need to know and believe just how mighty and aware of us God really is.” – Proverbs 31 Ministries paints a picture of the hardships that we as women daily face, yet we are not alone. We can also draw strength from each other. The Burmese believed that the nature of rubies was an Invulnerability. Wouldn’t having the quality of Invulnerability defeat the purpose of seeking wisdom? How can looking outside of ourselves refine us into the nature of a flawless gem? Job also asks this question, “Where can this wisdom be found?” His question is answered in the fear of the Lord as the beginning of our wisdom. Proverbs 31 ministries also shares that the right understanding of God’s power in our lives frees us from our burdens. We then can draw strength from him. Strength that he made us to have to the fullest. We are Rubies reflecting back those qualities of rarity, invulnerability, esteem, & beauty that he has given to us. We are above Rubies.

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  • "Love and Hugs" Card by Claire Selby

    "Love and Hugs" Card by Claire Selby

    Liz Scrap hosted a card-making class featuring all the newest Close to My Heart products like the new Shimmer tape! I was so excited to learn to make the flower, she used the heart paper punch and then we just folded each heart in half to create a petal for the flower. So Sweet and so Simple. I then stamped the Love and Hugs My Acrylix stamp using the dye ink pad. Don’t forget for this month, National Stamp Month, doesn’t end until September 30th! Just place a Close to My Heart order for $35 and get a 2 set My Acrylix stamp set for $5. I just got my set and will post my card soon! Have fun stamping!

    National Stamp Month It's Your Day set of 48 Acrylix stamps

    National Stamp Month It's Your Day set of 48 Acrylix stamps

     

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  • Art Chix Studio Goodies~ Pinkdilla Blog Giveaway Contest Please ENTER below in the Comments!

    Art Chix Studio Goodies~ Pinkdilla Blog Giveaway Contest Please ENTER below in the Comments!

     

    My Technical guru Warren Selby, SelbyTech, has been healing up from a Staph infection this week so I’m a little behind on the blog. He is my go to guy, my assistant admin, my partner in crime and a sounding board for everything Pinkdilla! He is on the mend, so now on to the good stuff!

    For the month of June, Helga has graciously sponsored an Art chix Studio Giveaway here on Pinkdilla!She has lovely eco shapes, owl and faux postage images, handmade tags and one of a kind cloud eco shapes!

    To ENTER Please leave a Comment Below telling me what type of artwork you would hope to see in the future on Pinkdilla: cards, ATCs, quilts, kids projects, etc. Include your Name and Email, email will not be published, and a link back to your site or blog (link back is optional).

    The contest Begins today, June 3rd and Ends June 30th at 9pm Central time.

    * For Extra Entries*

    2)Please LIKE Pinkdilla on Facebook & leave a new comment.

    3) Please scroll through my Pinkdilla blog and find a favorite project add the link to your comment, Tweet it or Pinterest the Link

    4) Share this giveaway on your blog, or facebook page. Leave me a comment with the link.

    For Multiple entries you may only enter up to 4 times!  Each entry should be a new comment on this page below.

    We will randomly select the number for the winner. Thanks for participating!

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