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LaFayette, Georgia, United States
Hi! I'm Emily, your crafty go to girl. I love all things crafty! I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, photography, card making, DIY projects, home decor, photo projects, personalized gifts, stamping, jewelry making and just about anything that involves creativity. I run a small Etsy shop called paperpixie crafts. I also have my products in several local shops. I am slowly but surely extending my line of products. My goal is to start filling up my Etsy shop and then eventually open a local boutique. Luckily, I have a wonderful husband who can tolerate my craft obsession, and a great family who is always supportive of my goals. This blog is a sneak peek in to my life and my creative thoughts. I'll be sure to keep you posted with all the cool stuff I see along my crafty journey. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Snazzy Saturday.

With so much sewing going on this week- I've been poking around the net a lot less this week. I did though manage to sneak in a few minutes of Etsy shopping. Click on the photo to go to the sellers Etsy shop and find out more about an item. Here's what I added to my wish list this week:

Personal Organizer, Coupon Caddy, Michael Miller Whimsy, Green, Turquoise, Large Swirl by CafeBoulet

Maybe if the organize is as cute as this one... I'll actually use it ( =

I BROUGHT YOU IN TO THIS WORLD I CAN TAKE YOU OUT typography print 8x10 by TheDecoriumStudio

This print reminds me of my Mom- she usted to tell me this when I was a teenager. ( =

COPTIC STITCHED ARTBOOK- Rescued Vintage Papers by juliareyesart

Book binding is hard & time consuming! I've tried it myself. 

These look great and have a good story behind them too.

Beverly in summer - flap top messenger

by christystudio

DOUBLE CUP of LOVE Brag - Hand Stamped and Domed Sterling Silver Personalized Name Necklace with Swarovski Birth Stones

By BragAboutIt 
This would look Great with mine and my hubby's name on it for our upcoming anniversary.
 Hint hint Mr. ( =


By BeadingonaBudget

Custom hand wire wrapped St. Jude prayer bracelet wooden squash beads sterling silver
By RachelRose 
Anyone seen Charlie St Cloud yet? We went to see it yesterday for my birthday and I've decided that I NEED a St Jude pendant. This bracelet is too cute- but I'm really looking for a similar necklace.

Featherweight Sewing Machine Dust Cover/Mat Organizer
By cottagegardenquilts This is so cute! 
I'd love to have one of these for my machine!
Year Round Bottlecap Necklace Set by blingnstring
This is brilient! I love making bottle cap necklaces but this idea tops the cake! This would make a GREAT teacher gift. Have I mentioned that I'm getting my teaching licence soon? Jk lol
Quilted Rosette headband By periwinkleplace
I've always thought these things where cute. Mine never quite turn out like they should but this one is adorable. It would look great on Katie.

Owlie James blue and Owlie Bella pink by Rybugbabies

These little owls are even more adorable in person! When Meg and Ry were over a few days ago he was fascinated by these owlies. If you've got a kiddo- you've gotta snag one of these babies for your little one. 

The BELLA Vintage Inspired Black and White Polka Dot with Red Full Apron by boojiboo

Oh how I wanted this beauty! unfortunately- It sold before I could get to it but I'm sure I could get something similar from boojiboo. Isn't it so very pin-up? LOVE IT!

Petal Punch Adjustable, Large, Pleated handbag in Hoffman California International Fabrics Designer Print

Isn't It all lovely?  

Friday, July 30, 2010

7/30 Happy Birthday to me Frugal Friday!

-Order by July 31st and get Woman's Day Magizine for 33cents an issue. Thats right. $5 a year and free shipping!  Head on over to Amazon and order yours. Click HERE for a direct link.
-Restaurant.com is having an 80% off sale until the end of the month. Go see what restaurants are int your area and get a $10 gift certificate for only $.60 or a $25 for 2 bucks. Use coupon code PLATE at checkout to receive this discount. I've used this site before and it's awesome. After your pay for your certificate it will print immediately. Only 1 coupon per party can be used and usually there is a minimum purchase or some sort- so check out all the details of your individual restaurant before purchasing.

Great coupons & Free Samples
-Use this special coupon to get Old Navy camis for $2!! The limit is 5 so go stock up on all your favorite colors but hurry because the deal is only 3 days, in store only, on 7/29-7/31.

-Get a free sample from Walmart.com on:
 *Better Than Ears dog treats
 *Huggies Good Nites
 * Ensure

-If you don't already use coupons.com, you should check it out. They always have some pretty great offers and the coupon clipping interface makes printing a breeze. Some of the offers this week include: $3 off Huggies 60 count box of diapers and $1 off any 2 packs of fruit of the loom underwear or sportswear item.
Make sure and clip that one for your back to school undies! ( =

Print Freebies
-I think everyone knows about the Shutterfly's 50 free prints at sign up, if not, get yourself on over there and get some of those pictures outa the camera and on paper today! All you pay is shipping.  If you already have an account- go take them up on their current offer for 3 Free photo greeting cards. Use code SUMMERCARDS at checkout by 9/1/10 and  all you pay is $.99 shipping. You just can't beat $.33 per card!
-Vista Print is celebrating their 10th aniversary and giving away 10 free items to YOU! Go stock up on business/ mommy cards, address labels, mouse pads, tote bags, sticky pads, stamps, pens,flip books and more- all you pay is S&H. The deal ends 7/31- so hurry!

-Don't forget to see a free movie this week!
*Regal Cinemas'  FREE Family Film Festival on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am through August 4, .
 Click here for more info.
*Carmike Cinemas has a free kid's movie on Tuesdays at 10 am from June 8 through August 10, 2010. Movie tickets, popcorn, and a drink, are all $1 each.
Here's what's playing:
  • August 3 – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • August 10 – Tooth Fairy
  • (If you’re in Chattanooga and going to the Majestic 12, park for free in the Carta Garage above the old Bijioux theater (entrance on 3rd St between Broad and Chestnut.).  The theater  will validate your parking. If you aren't in the Chattanooga are check out  Carmike’s website here to search for a theater in your area.)
Theres no reason to say "I'm bored" this summer!
-Thursdays from 12-8 are Kiddie Day at Lake Winnepesaukah. Kids under 12 get in free and adult admission is $5 and parking is free. They have a new Kidtown water play area- so wear your swimmers. ( =  www.lakewinnie.com 
If your headed to Lake Winnie on a Friday- bring a coca-cola can and get unlimited ride passes buy one get one 1/2 price.
until Aug. 6, 2010.
-Wednesdays is kiddo day at the Chattanooga Zoo! $1 Admission.http://www.chattzoo.org/
-Chattanooga Market: Thursday, 4-7 pm, Miller Plaza, through September 30, 2010. Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm, Finley Stadium, through December 5. Click here to see their calendar and weekly themes. chattanoogamarket.com
-Check out Nightfall Concert Series in Miller Plaza ever Friday through Sept 4 at 7Pm. Music line up and info at: nightfallchattanooga.com
-First Things First sponsors a free outdoor family movies at Coolidge Park on Saturday 7/31 around 9pm. Pack a blanket or lawn chair. ( = Click here for more details and movies showing.
-Arts, crafts, and music, Saturdays from 10-5 is the Chattanooga River Market at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza. It's Free!
-Free admission at the Hunter Museum of American Art on the first Sunday of each month from 12-5 pm. While your in the area... Pick up a “Scavenger Map” at Rembrandt’s Coffee House, and let your kiddos explore the history of downtown with a scavenger hunt. When the hunt's over- return to the coffee house for a yummy surprise. ( =

Check out Chattanoogahasfun.com often. They will keep you up to date on all the happenings in the area. ( =

Not going out this weekend? stay in with pizza and a movie. Domino's has 2 med pizzas for $5.99 and I just got a message from Red-box saying that Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is available. I'd reserve it online. When you use redbox- give them you email! They will send you codes for free rentals. ( =

What are you doing this weekend? Today's my birthday- so hopefully I'll do something fun when the hubby get's home from work ( =

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tutorial Thursday- twirly skirt tutorial

I spotted a cute little blog called House on hill road. I ran across this twirly skirt tutorial and was inspired to create a similar one.
I've had a weird piece of orange-ish-red colored fabric, with tiny black & yellow flowers, staring at me for a few days now. I really wanted to use it for something but soon discovered that it was a really small scrap for a twirl skirt. Half way in to the project - I decided to use the casing (that should have been for a drawstring) for an elastic waistband casing. I also added some rick rack and a yo-yo button flower. My version looks nothing like Erin's tutorial- but I think it's cute in it's own little way. ( =
One day- when I have cute fabric aplenty, I will make a twirl skirt like the one in the tutorial. Erin has several tutorials that all look fabulous! Be sure to check them out.
Here friends is my little mishap skirt.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday week in review

It's been a busy crafting week. I am getting ready for my first photo shoot! I've recruited the cutest models and I'm really looking forward to building my sewing project portfolio. I'll keep you posted on how that goes. ( = Since I've been sewing so much this week- my photos are lacking but here's what I've got.
-1: Hubby Dylan playing in the pool at my parents during one of the scorching summer days we've been having lately.  -2: My yummy salmon I made for dinner tonight. We've been eating a lot of fish lately since fish bakes quick and that's less time to heat the house with the oven. I baked the salmon in fresh basil, carrots, broccoli and butter. yummy.  -3: My sister Katie modeling a ribbon tunic I made her for back to school.  -4: Babysitting for a friend Friday night.  -5: Me relaxing in the hot tub after a long day of back to school clothes shopping for Katie.  -6. Our puppy Georgia sitting on the porch with me during morning coffee.  -7. Katie jumping on the trampoline in her new shirt.  -8. Dylan and I before my early birthday dinner and a move date.
If your looking for me this week ( or anytime before school starts back ) you are sure to find me at the dinning room table with my sewing machine. ( =

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ta-DA Tuesday- Reclaimed Rocking Chair.

Hey guys! Thanks for stopping by for Ta-Da Tuesday! Today I'm sharing my reclaimed rocking chair project with you. I found this cute little rocker on freecycle.org. If you haven't signed up for freecycle yet, you should really check it out. It's a wonderful grass roots program that connects people who are giving away stuff they no longer want with people who would like to give said stuff a new home. ( =
You never know what you might find on freecycle. It's a great way to keep help the environment and score some cool stuff at the same time. I found this rocker locally from a lady who had purchased it with plans to restore it but after a new baby, found it ended up crammed in a shed collecting dust. I agreed to pick it up and give it a new home.
This poor little chair was in horrible shape. Missing spokes, half sanded, to wobbly to even sit in, and in complete disarray.  I started the project by wood gluing all the spokes back in to their holes and sanding down the rough parts of the chair. The chair was originally black and someone before me started sanding it back down to the original wood. I would have loved to left it the wood color but I just couldn't get all the black paint out of the carving detail on the back of the chair- so I decided to just paint it white. After gluing, sanding, and painting (SEVERAL coats of semi gloss paint!), I removed the seat of the chair, replaced the padding, and recovered it in a cute toile pattern that I had in my fabric stash. I also made a cute little pillow, in matching fabric to go with it.
I have this on my front porch right now, and I kind of like it there, so I am considering waterproofing it some. I think I will add a clear waterproof vinyl over the seat and a waterproof paint sealer to the chair- that way I don't have to run outside and grab the cushions every time it rains. But for now- I'm pretty proud of my rocker that cost me... $0! So- Go check out freecycle.org and see what you can reclaim today.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Introducing... Mr. Monday!

 Apparently Mr. Monday isn't going to be as reader friendly as I suggested. So I'll be posting links like this one:

New format!

* Note the nifty new links at the top of the page! I really am trying my best to get organized. Hang in there with me. ( =

Hello everyone out there in blog-land. After much consideration and a little chat with the MR. I have decided that I really need to come up with a format for this blog if I want to keep it off the list of failed attempts. So I think I have decided on a daily “theme” to keep me on track. Let me know what you think of this lineup. Here’s what the list is looking like so far.

MR. Mondays- Mr. Mondays will be hosted by my wonderful hubby, Dylan. I wasn’t sure whether to call it Mr. Mondays or Music Mondays. I have no idea what he plans to share with you guys but I must warn you- he’s a bit of a music guru, so I’m sure you’ll be hearing about some of the greats. Who knows maybe he’ll post something crafty… but for now, I’m banking on man hobbies and opinions.  ( =

Ta-DA Tuesdays- On Tuesdays I’ll present a photo unveiling a project that I’ve been working on OR a fabulous shopping find and all the juicy details. (=

Week in review Wednesdays- Photos galore! Keep up with me with my week in review photo grid. Each week I’ll let you in the loop with photos and captions from my life’s favorite little moments. ( =

Tutorial Thursdays- Check in on Thursdays for a craft-tacular tutorial. I am the queen of blog stalking and I am constantly finding the cutest tutorials- I’ll share them with you here. I might even write a few tutorials of my own for you.  My own tutorial or not- either way, I’ll share tweak tips and photos of my project outcome. I always love seeing how each person interoperates a tutorial to create something unique. Maybe you’ll share your project photos too?

Frugal Friday- With the economy in the pits, everyone’s a little more frugal these days. I’ll share with you secrets for living frugal, stellar coupons and offers, as well as upcoming, budget friendly, family events in the Chattanooga Area.  You can’t afford to miss Fridays. So stop by, find something fun to do this weekend and save some dough in the process.

Snazzy Saturdays- Shop till you drop! I’m kinda addicted to online shopping. Each Saturday I’ll fill you in on what must have items I’ve added to my wish list.

Spontaneous Sundays- Sundays are free for now. I’ll leave spontaneous reviews and rants until I come up with a better “Theme.”  Any ideas?
And not to fear friends, I’ll still be hosting giveaways and interviewing artist at random. I’m always looking for sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring a giving away- message me. I’d love to have you.
I’m looking forward to following this new format and I hope that you guys will enjoy it. Let me know what you think. ( = 

Friday, July 16, 2010

And the pillowcase dress giveaway winner is...

Comment #14
Was your comment #14? Check it out and see. If you are the winner- you have 3 days to contact me and claim your prize. If entry #14 doesn't respond, a new winner will be chosen on Tuesday. ( = Congrats to our winner and thanks to everyone who entered. Be sure to check back often for giveaways. If you have a shop you would like to have featured here on Paper pixie crafts- Send me a message. I'd love to have you.
Thanks again.