Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Serger on the way!!!! Yea!!

Jingle bells, jingle bells...
I'm feeling very Christmas-y since my Christmas present is on its way to me and should be here tomorrow (fingers crossed, toes crossed, eyes crossed)!
For those that know the Christy BC (before children), you are probably thinking I've flipped my lid. But since having my sweeties and starting this little business I can't believe how much I LOVE, Adore, and enjoy sewing.
Start with a beautiful piece of fabric, cut it to shreds, pin and measure, iron and sew and gather and measure and gather some more, stick a couple of fingers, burn one on the iron but in the end you end up with a ruffly, twirly, girly piece of one-of-a-kind art. (Whew-sorry to my English teachers for that run on sentence!)
So, when I saw a new serger on Craig's list, I begged hubby to let me go ahead and have my Christmas early. Just in time as the dress orders are pouring in for ballgame pillowcase dresses and the like for the holidays. I am so excited!
Here are a few of the fall dresses I've been working on and I hope to post more next week asuming me and my new machine get along :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bag #2-Magic Mushroom Backpack

I have been so busy sewing, I haven't had much time for "bow-ing." But, I've got to kick it in gear because the back-to-school orders are coming in and plus my own dd's surely need some new hair pretties, too.
This is my second ever bag and it comes from a fab Aussie pattern designer "Melly & Me." I took an old pair of my pants that are now too big (insert cheers and backflips here :) and used some others scraps, fleece and a pretty baby outfit from Jacee's stash to add the doors, windows, curtain, and flowers. I was so pleased with how it turned out. It will be the perfect size for carrying a couple of barbies, a snack and a book to MOPS this fall. Jacee was thrilled with it!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Messenger Bag and Lunch Tote

Back to school, back to school! When the stores started rolling out their new backbacks we would look and Kylee never did find something she loved. She wanted a turquoise and pink messenger bag. So, I let her pick out some fabric and I set out to make her a messenger bag and lunch tote. My how much I've learned doing the reserach for making these bags! Kudos to the people who crank out these tote bags that you see everywhere-bags are not "simple" even thought the directions may say otherwise!
I started Saturday and finished around midnight. But, the lunch tote just took a couple of hours today. I was particularly proud of the inverted appliques of her name and initial. The messenger bag has an inside pocket for ice cream money, ponytail holders, or other little treasures and a few pencil pockets.
The lunch tote-WOW-well I feel like I deserve some sort of sewing diploma for that one. Laminated fabric for the lining so it could be cleaned easily. Researched the best insulating material and then finally FOUND some! AND, installed my first zipper!! Yea, Me!!!
Kylee was so thrilled. It was her design, so she feels like she had a part in its creation as well.
Now, on to make Jacee a bag to take to MOPS. She has put in her own special request, too :)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Contest for June/July

I've done so many different buttons lately I've got crafter's block! :)
I'm running a contest on my Facebook page-give me an idea for a hairbob and if I pick your design you get it for free :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Model Results

Ah-what beautiful and precious babes I had the opportunity to photograph! Even in the swelting 90 degree heat at 9:30 in the morning, they were nothing less than fabulous! Thanks so much to the mommies and girlies for coming out and smiling for the camera.
These are just a few that I've edited, more to come!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Here's the nitty-gritty!
*I am looking for all ages infant and up

*All girls

*Baldies are completely welcome!

*Pictures must be submitted by May 14th to playprettyhairbobs@hotmail.com
Please include your Facebook ID, and model's birthdate.

*Models must be available the first week of June for photo sessions

*Photo sessions will be in and around the Lenoir City area

*As compensation, models will receive a gift basket of products at time of photo session and a photo cd after pictures have been editted.

*Parents/models must sign a release, giving me full legal right to the pictures and the authority to post pictures on any media printed or online such as but not limited to Facebook, ETSY, Blogger, etc.

*Copy of the release, which must be signed at photo shoot, can be found below:

Model Release for a Minor Child
In consideration of the engagement as a model of the minor named below, I hereby grant the following rights and permissions to Christy Poole of Play Pretty Hairbobs ("Photographer"), her legal representatives and assigns, those for whom Photographer is acting, and those acting with her authority and permission. They have the absolute right and permission to take, use, reuse, publish, and republish photographic portraits or pictures of the minor or in which the minor may be included, in whole or in part, or composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction as to changes or alterations from time to time, in conjunction with the minor's own or a fictitious name, or reproductions of such photographs in color or otherwise, made through any medium at Photographer's studios or elsewhere, and in any and all media now or hereafter known, including the internet, for art, advertising, trade, or any other purpose whatsoever. I also consent to the use of any published matter in conjunction with such photographs. I specifically consent to the digital compositing or distortion of the portraits or pictures, including without restriction any changes or alterations as to color, size, shape, perspective, context, foreground or background. I waive any right that I or the minor may have to inspect or approve any finished product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in connection with such photographs or the use to which it may be applied. I release, discharge, and agree to hold harmless and defend Photographer, her legal representatives or assigns, and all persons acting under her permission or authority or those for whom she is acting, from any liability by virtue of any reason in connection with the making and use of such photographs, including blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the taking of said picture or in any subsequent processing thereof, as well as any publication of them, including without limitation any claims for libel or violation of any right of publicity or privacy. I hereby warrant that I am a legal competent adult and a parent or legally appointed guardian of the minor, and that I have every right to contract for the minor in the above regard. I state further that I have read the above authorization, release, and agreement, prior to its execution, and that I am fully familiar with the contents of it. This release shall be binding upon the minor and me, and our respective heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.
________________________________________FATHER, MOTHER OR LEGAL GUARDIAN

________________________________________FATHER, MOTHER OR LEGAL GUARDIAN

________________________________________MINOR'S SIGNATURE (if 14 or older)

________________________________________MINOR'S NAME

________________________________________ADDRESS (Line 1)

________________________________________ADDRESS (Line 2)



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Some New Things

I've been working on some new designs for hairbobs and clips this week. I'm in love with the Hawaiian print ones! And I have introduced my MINI HAIRBOBS in etsy! They are tiny little 3/4 inch buttons and look so cute on clips!
Also I've started selling button stretch bracelets-I've made several button and charm bracelets as gifts, but finially decided on a more kid-friendly design for a pull-on stretch bracelet that I really like.

Disney Outfits Part Two

The HARDEST dresses were the princess dresses-one for my little Jasmine and another like the blue dress from the Princess and the Frog. The pictures don't do the fabric justice-it has tiny rhinestone-like flecks woven in the fabric and it is super sparkley!

And, surprisingly, this set was the easiest-the material I ordered was more of a twill than quilting fabric, so I decided on ruffle shorts in stead of skirts and I LOVED how they came out. Added little bows and an Applique Mickey head to some t's and made some pink and yellow korkers and this set was so springy!

Disney Outfits

Oh, what a wonderful trip! I've tried clipping my heels but I can't seem to get back there. At least I have over 1000 pictures to remind me of the great time we had.
Because I was sewing my little fingers to the bone and getting ready for Easter, I haven't been able to post the completed projects, so here they are!
Mad Hatter and Alice Themed Tea Party Dress, Skirt and Mini Top Hat

My next favorite was the Mickey Initial Halter Dresses they are so bright, fun, and were perfect on those HOT Florida days!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Facebook Fan Page

I've started a fan page today on FB. Once I hit 100 fans I plan on doing an awesome give-away. Stay tuned for details :)
Pop on over and fan me and spread the love, share the link!



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I'm about to cut up a bunch of perfectly good fabric...

Joy of joys my fabric shipment arrived today-the fabric I've been coveting and saving for so I can make the CUTEST outfits for the girls to wear to Disney. I have been dreaming about designs, sketching, coloring, scanning mags and scouring the net for inspiration and tutes!
Here's what I have planned:
A Mad Hatter and Alice Tea Party Dress~for our breakfast with Miss Alice
Princess Stripwork Skirts and Applique T's-for breakfast at Akershus
Garden Party Sundresses-since Epcot will be in full bloom
Giraffe Print Bermudas and T's-Animal Kingdom Day

Now, here's what I've done already-zip.
Well, not really, but close-I've finished 1 Princess Jasmine dress and managed to bloch the Princess Tianna dress. In my rush to get things done I measured only once and used a dress that I FORGOT HAD ELASTIC in the back! YIKES! I'm trying to figure out how to fix, but until then, here's Jasmine and look for more pics to come :)

Friday, March 12, 2010


Henny Penny





My favorite things to design are the ribbon scuptures or clips be it a spider, a cow or my latest...a hen-for some reason I just love them. Maybe it's because they double as a toy/hair accessory? There were plenty of afternoons in October spent playing "Oh, no-you've got a spider in your hair" while waiting for doctor's appointments or for dance practice to be over.

Want Henny Penny for your own? You can buy it here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tulle Rosette Tutorial

Let me preface this by saying anyone who knew me a year ago would think this quite funny that I am writing a sewing tutorial!
These rosettes are extrememly easy, and when asked how to do them, I could not find the original instructions that I saw, since I've bookmarked over 100 sewing tutorials. So, here is my version-I do mine a little different than I learned from the original tute. These are free for you to use and create, all I ask is that you become a follower of my blog :) pretty please?

Step 1-Materials: scissors, sewing machine, needle and thread, and a 6 inch by 24 inch strip of tulle

Step 2: Fold the tule in half and then in half again, so that it now measures 1.5 inches by 24 inches

Step 3: Using the longest stitch length on your machine and the shortest width, run a basting stitch down the middle of your folded strip. Be sure to leave plenty of strings at the beginning and end of stitching and DO NOT BACKSTITCH!

Step 4: Separate the threads at one end and start gathering-pull one of the threads carefully and start "scruntching" the fabric down the thread.

Step 5: Once you have gathered and have the material fairly evenly distributed, the length on the tulle should be about half of what you started with, so around 12 inches. Now, tie off both ends with double or triple knots and trim those threads.

Step 6: Start the spiraling! Begin at one end and fold on the stitch you made and start spiraling around an invisible circle, about the size of a dime. Keep spiraling around until you have about a 1 inch tail.

Step 7: Take your tail and push down through the center hole. Now it looks like a poof! Turn it over on the back and hand-stitch to secure the shape and now you're ready to attach to a shirt, hair clip, just about anything!

And here is another version for a tri-colored rosette: Used 3 strips of tulle measuring 2 inch by 24 inches and didn't fold, just ran the stitch down the middle and gathered then shaped.

To attach to a shirt, I put about 5 stitches by hand in each flower. I have washed this shirt 3 times in the past 4 days and no problems using the delicate cycle. I always hang to dry because the tulle can become *ratty* in the dryer. :)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Rainbow Tutu and Rosette Shirt

For dd's b-day, she wanted a Rainbow Magic Fairy party, so I whipped up a tutu and this shirt with matching rosettes. No hairbows or hair anything in this post, just thought it was cute and wanted to share.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Simple Piggies with Bling Bows

Sometimes, just some cute hair accessories can take plain piggies to new heights. I am a big fan of pigtails-great for my active girls. Here, I did a side part and then a high pigtail on both sides of the head. The light pink bows have a touch of marabou feathers and cute rhinestone center. These look really cute for dance class, too! And if it's a REALLY rushed morning, then I can clip the bow to a woven headband and bolt out the door. :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

1st Post-YAY!

I started making hair bows and such when my youngest was a baby, but it's only been a year since I started selling hair accessories, and oh what I've learned! I have researched and practiced making bows until somedays my hands ache. But, I LOVE this. It gives me such a since of satisfaction to make something and have something to show for my time-vs. cleaning a house only to find it cluttered in 60 seconds after my 3 & 7 year olds come tearing through.

I hope this blog can help other moms come up with quick and easy ideas for everyday hair in 10 minutes or less. And I hope to share some special styles for flower girls, Easter or portrait sessions that are PAIN FREE for Mommy and Daughter.

Hair is big in my life-it always has been. My mom used to do my hair in a zillion different ways and I loved it-I could be Princess Leah (dating myself, I know) or I had 100 or so braids the next day. Hair time was a time for us to talk and bond, and I've kept that tradition with my girls.

So, get ready to let your hair down!