This Little Piggy.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

For Christmas, I made my niece some little bath puppets.



These were so incredibly easy to make. I got the pattern and idea from the Martha Stewart website and seriously an hour later they were done.
One tip for anyone who wants to make them. The website says to just use a zig-zag stitch around the puppets, but I tried that like three times and the fabric was fraying like crazy. So instead I used the overlock-like stitch that is found on most sewing machines and it worked much better.
In other exciting news, I'm out for Christmas break! Well, technically I have school next week but I'm going out of town so I won't be there. Wa hoo! Which reminds me,
 What are some of your favorite movies and/or TV shows? I have a really long flight ahead of me next week and I need some ideas to keep me from going crazy entertained. I love documentaries especially so if you have any recommendations, please speak up!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! 

Sewn : Christmas Quilt

Monday, November 29, 2010

I made myself a Christmas quilt!



and in case you can't tell, it's huge. My mom had to stand on top of a ladder to hold it up.



haha she looks like she's enjoying herself doesn't she?



I used red minky fabric for the back so it's nice and cozy for the cold Utah weather.
Not going to lie, this quilt has made me really excited for Christmas!

What's your favorite holiday?

Sewn : Candy Corn Halloween Costume

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!
Do you like my brothers festive house? My sister-in-law is pretty much a creative genius.



I made this costume last year.. but Halloween snuck up on me and I never made something new. So round two candy corn it is!


Good thing candy corn are the bomb.com
:)

Sewn : Kids Ruffle Swimsuit

Sunday, October 17, 2010

As a sewing blog follower, I run into a lot of Mom blogs. It's not a bad thing, it just makes me wish I had a daughter to make cute dresses for. :)
Now don't pull out the birth control on me just yet- I'm not married, nor am I crazy. But this is where nieces and nephews come in handy!


The creative genius behind this idea was Dana from Made whose buttercream yellow version made my heart flutter.
Is that weird?
... Moving on.


When I realized I'd be doing it without a pattern, I thought I was in waay over my head, but it turned out to not be so bad.


All it took was some patience, a few stretch needles and voila! One cute little redhead. 

Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Shabby Apple is holding a design contest that I thought I'd take a chance at. Bare with me, I'm a novice at drawing. But if you know me well at all, you know that I can't not enter a contest.




My first dress. The fabric would be knit with a color block design palette. The skirt and bow would be either mustard yellow or gray. (Which color palette do you like better?) and the top would have navy blue stripes with ruched sleeves. The back neckline of the dress would have a slight V-neck, but not to low so it would still fit Shabby Apple's design standards.





For my second dress, I kind of struggled with putting my design down on paper. The sketch isn't my favorite but hopefully my idea will still show through. I wanted the dress to be really feminine looking. I love the idea of texture so I pictured the ruffles to be made of all sorts of fabrics. (lace, chiffon or silk chiffon, tulle, and satin). It would have 5 or 6 ruffles, each about 1 to 2 inches in length. 
This dress would gather a bit lower than the natural waist and the top would have an asymmetrical neckline. I'd want a stiffer fabric for the top as well, maybe cotton or polyester. Some sort of sturdier fabric to balance out the softness of the bottom. The colors would be creamy and soft. White, off-white, beige, cream, ivory and pale pink. 

This dress was inspired by a dance dress I wore last year. It's similar, but I wanted to leave out the things I didn't like about that dress and keep the things that I did. I wanted to go for more feminine colors instead of earthy tones and I wanted to make the top of the dress more interesting by adding an asymmetrical neckline. I also wanted to add all different kinds of fabric for the ruffles as compared to just cotton and lace.


Wish me luck!


**Disclaimer** In order to enter the contest, you had to post your designs and inspiration on your blog. No, I wouldn't normally show you my attempts at entering a design contest, haha. So don't think it's because I'm super confident in my entry.. it's not. :)

Crafted : Jewelry Attempt

Friday, October 8, 2010

I made some earrings!



and I never want to do it again.. haha. I don't know if it's because I don't have as many fingers for all of the intricate details or what, but these were challenging to say the least. I think my jewelry making days are over.
Oh well, that's what Anthropologie is for. 

Sewn : Snuggie

Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm playing catch up today. I have a few things I've made that have gone un-blogged due to unsatisfactory pictures, bad hair days and mediocre sewing jobs. But I keep telling myself I'm going to take better pictures and that has yet to happen.. So instead i'm delivering them in one big bundle. It's like a birthday present, man how lucky are you? ;)



First up, the ever versatile Snuggie! Or Slanket, or Toasty Wrap, whatever you'd like to call it. Don't lie and tell me you haven't thought of getting one of these, I know you have.



This little thing was made for my mom, but It's a bit too sleazy for her liking so it probably won't be getting much use. I tell her she looks hot but she isn't convinced.


A plate that I made. I entered it into the 4H state fair hence the blue ribbon on the front. Yes I'm a 4H nerd and yes I'm dang proud of it. :)


A preview of a project coming soon.
Just for the record, I stick strictly to 4H crafts. Sheep and goats aren't really my thing.

In other completely unrelated news, I got a new blog layout! And to put it simply, I'm quite obsessed with it. I won a contest which entitled me to a free layout designed by this lovely lady and this is what her in genius mind came up with. Amazing right? It's exactly what I wanted.

Stick around for some lycra, pink ruffles and a cute little redhead, coming soon!

An Extremely Big Apple.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New York City.
The thrill of Times Square.
People watching in the park.
Tricked out ice cream trucks.
Avocado milk shakes. (Don't knock until you try them, they were delicious!)
Meeting Nephi the Filipino.
Accidentally ordering room service.
Picasso and the American Women fashion exhibit at the MET.
Being one of three Americans in a group of twenty, during the United Nations tour.
Taking pictures at Chelsea Market.
South Pacific.
Finally getting to try Pinkberry!
Staying in an awesome hotel right off Times Square.
Waking up at 4:30 for The Today Show only to leave a half hour before it started.
Angie: (after coming home from the Carrie Underwood concert/Today Show) "Why is everyone still sticking around after the news casters have gone?"
Me: "Well isn't Carrie Underwood still singing?..." :)
Homemade pasta and crepes on the last night.
Coming home afterwords with a bag full of bread sticks from the waiter. 
Going to Shane and Megan's and learning how they met.
Shopping at Anthropologie
Splurging on fancy chocolate.
Spending my beautiful sisters 30th birthday with her.
Going to the Metropolitan Opera at Jackie Robinson park.
Finding perfect skirt fabric at Mood. (Completed project coming soon.)
Laughing at mom's confession: "I didn't have any favorites.. only KC." :)
M&J's selection of trimmings, buttons and embellishments galore!
Shopping on Bleecker Street.
$10 manicures. ($5 for me:)
Baptisms for the Dead at the temple. 
Spending unforgettable time with my mom and sister.

My Space.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fact: I have a queen sized bed but never use one side.
Fact: The Hunger Games is kind of amazing.
Fact: I almost burned my house down by burning a candle. (Hence the charred wood on my dresser).

Fact: My desk is never this clean.
Fact: When my blinds are open, I feel like the 60 year old neighbors are watching me.
Fact: I have a loft.
Fact: I wish I used it more often. 
     Fact: I got this yellow vase from D.I. for $1.
Fact: I have way too much fun decorating my bulletin boards.

What does your room look like?

3 Days of Fashion

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A few weeks ago, I went to 3 Days of Fashion at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
There is a seminar at each of the four FIDM campuses and I went to the one in San Diego.

I wish my pictures paid the place justice because the campus was amazing. You can take a picture tour of the campus here if you're interested. (And you should be interested because it really was amazing. )

Over the course of the three days, we had a bunch of different workshops that filled our days. Above was the "Extraordinary Tee" workshop where we took a simple white t-shirt and transformed it into something we would wear. Ok I wouldn't necessarily wear that but they only gave us an hour and a few supplies to work with so give us a break. ;)
Creating a Promotional Campaign. In this workshop, we were given a product and then were to create concepts for a photo shoot to showcase the product. This kind of thing really isn't my forte so I didn't enjoy this one as much, but it was still fun to give it a try.
This one was called Predicting a Trend and it was my favorite by far! We were basically given an hour, some gluesticks and some Vogue magazines and told to create a storyboard of trends popular on the runways. There are actually people out there that get paid to do this. Um dream job much?
Draping the Dress. I was really looking forward to this workshop and then found myself disappointed when I felt so uninspired by the fabric and embellishments we had to choose from. It was still fun to experiment though, especially since it was a concept completely backwards to me. I'm so used to working from pattern to mannequin instead of the other way around.
On the last day, we traveled to LA and toured the campus there.  Almost all majors require FIDM students to finish schooling in LA because it's the main campus. While we were there, we toured the Alice in Wonderland costume exhibit which was absolutely incredible. Seriously, the costumes in that movie completely blew me away. We also got to meet Nick Vereos off of Project Runway season two and I can't even tell you how much I freaking loved him. He was so hilarious and his designs were a-mazing!

I'm so, so glad I went. I had such a nice time with my mom and got to meet some really nice people. I also really feel like I learned a lot about the fashion industry and loved being able to experience a taste of it. 
And now I leave you with my wedding dress. ;)

July 4th, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Here's wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!


Formal Introduction

Sunday, May 16, 2010

So It's taken me long enough, but i've finally decided to hop on the bandwagon and start my own blog. Do I have any exciting news worth writing about? nah not really, but after blog stalking everyone else for months, I figured I might as well give it a try!  
I initially wanted this blog to be a place where I could post my completed sewing projects, and I still want to do that. But I also want it to be about me and the things that happen in my life. So I guess we'll see where it goes from here.
So to introduce myself a bit better, I filled out a survey so that the one person that reads this (Hi mom!) can learn a bit more about me. And also because I totally love filling these kinds of things out. :)


What is your full name? Haylee Marie Atkinson

What is your favorite sport to play? Soccer, but I haven't been on a team for 3 years. Tennis is another one and football will always be my favorite sport to watch.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Secretary, working in New York City. Or something in the fashion industry. 

Who was your first crush? Christian Holden, first grade. He was a cutie, but he would always play kissing tag with Kimmy Owen at recess so i'm assuming the feeling wasn't mutual. ;)

What would you guess goes through people's mind when first meeting you? Tall, thin, shy-ish, wow missing an arm. :) 

 
What is the best compliment you have ever received? At the beginning of sophomore year, I got a really sweet anonymous note from someone at school and it made me cry. :) It was the nicest thing ever.

What college do you want to go to? UVU, FIT, FIDM, or BYU Hawaii.

What kind of music do you like? Owl City, Metro Station, Death Cab for Cutie, Jack Johnson

Do you have a celebrity crush? Shia Labeouf.

Have you ever broken a bone? My short arm! I broke it by crawling on it when I was little. Apparently you're not supposed to crawl on your elbows, who knew?

If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I like the names Cayman & Kate, but not as much as Haylee. I feel like my name suits me. 

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go? 5th and 6th Grade, I loved those years.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change? I'd want my feet to be smaller. :)

If you could go back and change one day, what would it be? At the moment it would be to go back to last Friday in first period and take back saying anything to this boy in my class. What I said wasn't even that embarassing but it just came off as creepy stalkerish and i'm feeling. really. stupid.

What do you dream about? PEOPLE I KNOW. Consistently, every single night i'm dreaming about teachers and family, and people in my classes. Last night, it was about a guy in my ward. I was babysitting him over Christmas while his parents were away and as a Thank You, they gave me a bag of Christmas Presents and it made me cry. Anyone want to interpret that one for me? 

Have you ever written a love letter? Love Poem, yes.

Do you have any hidden talents? I'd like to think I do. They're not necessarily talents, nor are they hidden but I really like to sew and scrapbook.

Cutest boy in your 3rd Period? 3rd period huh? haha well ok..um it'd have to be either Brock Matthews, or Zac Hayward.

Do you usually prefer books or movies? Books.

Who is your favorite person to talk to? My momma, or my sisters, or my brother.

Have you ever been on a diet? yes ma'm.

Would you ever date someone younger than you? Older than you? Older than me, yes. Younger than me, if it was within two years.

Would you ever tell the person you have a crush on that you like them? haha no way. That's not my personality at all.

Do you have a collection of anything? I collect flattened pennies from places I go to on vacation. If I can't find a penny flattening machine anywhere then I make sure to bring home a postcard.  

Cutest boy in your 1st Period? Hmm another one of these questions.. In 1st period? Austin Brockbank. Or Nick Clearwater or Colby Jorgensen. Lots of choices to choose from! 
Are you happy with the person you are becoming? In some ways. In other ways, not as much.

Top 10 Favorite Websites? In no particular order: Formspring, Hotmail, Facebook, Experience Project, Etsy, Goodreads, Yahoo Answers, Flickr, Blogs :)

Junior Prom!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Our Group!
I went with Christian Covey who was such a gentlemen. Seriously to any high school girls reading this, if you want a sweet, charming and fun date- ask him to the next girls choice. I was very impressed.
For our day date, we went air ballooning. Yes i'm being serious.You're jealous, but it's ok I understand. :)
The girls and guys in my group are some of my favorites at Timpview. They are all so nice, genuine and so fun to be around. I loved spending such an incredible day with them.
We had dinner up at the Covey's grandparents house and the whole thing was spectacular.The table settings, the flowers, the gazebo, everything was gorgeous.
To all of you who think you've lived before you've tried Sister Newell's cooking, think again. I was blown away. I felt like I was eating a little piece of art everytime I took a bite. Dear Mrs. Newell, if you ever feel like making that raspberry chocolate dessert again, please invite me over. ;) 
And on a side note, Christian was prom king so I can officially say i've dated a king. :)

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