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***AND THE W I N N E R IS


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from
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YAAAAYE!!!!! 


CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!***


The ArtsyGirl Connection 
&
Chez Mukweto
Officially Collaborate
For AN
AWESOME SPRING GIVEAWAY
STARTS TODAY!!!

Enter in to win TWO Beautiful Spring Dresses!!!


&
FIVE Beautiful Spring Napkin Rings
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From My Spring 2011 Napkin Ring Collection
"Exploring Some Fun With Buttons & Petals"
I featured Chez Mukweto this week for a beautiful spring dress tutorial

We are collaborating to give away Two BEAUTIFUL
Dresses per Chez Mukweto & Five BEAUTIFUL
SPRING NAPKIN RINGS per The ArtsyGirl Connection!!

Chez Mukweto can also be found at Etsy
for more beautiful & one of a kind creations!!

Ready!?!
The Rules ARE SIMPLE!!!!


1. Following Each Blog Already..?(AWESOME)
If NOT, following each blog is a point each...
 (+2 entries)You can find Chez Mukweto HERE
Leave A Comment here and at
Chez Mukweto about your entry

2. Like Our Facebook Pages Facebook Pages(+2 entry)

3. Be an email subscriber of both blogs! (3+entry Each)


5. Tweet about this giveaway (+2 entry daily)

6. Blog about this giveaway and leave
link in your comments. (+10 entries per post, once a day)

THAT'S IT!

Please be certain your email is attached to your
comments for contacting purposes per winner!!
 
Good Luck Everyone -- Super Excited To See Who Wins!!
Winner's will be announced Monday April 12th @ 12pm!!

Springing Into Spring Joyously...
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Springing Up Around The Home.



Spring Paper Flowers.


I absolutely LOVE spring and get really excited about all the lovely flowers that
bloom within those months. I have a few in my yard that I faithfully pick and bring
inside to light up our home. They wither away too soon however, so although
I enjoy them while they last; I result to making my own flowers that stay
fresh for a while, until I practically store them away with the seasons change.


Here's a quick tutorial of one of my favorite easy and quick "Paper
Flower Fix" that I turn to for fresh and lovely flowers throughout
the year. It’s a Martha Stewart Inspiration I picked up a few
years ago that I doubt I’ll ever let go of. Isn’t she GENIUS? ; )

A Lovely Spring Flower Tutorial.

Artsy Items Needed
*Two sided craft sheets
(I like to use a heavier weight paper but 
you can use normal craft paper as well)
*Scissors
*Pencil
*Glue or Double-Stick Tape

Lets Spring Up Some Flowers…

Step 1:
Draw spirals on the individual sheet of paper of paper you picked for your flowers.

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Step 2:
Gently cut out the spiral using your drawn out lines as your guide
(They far from have to be perfect, as long as you get the spiral shape)


Step 3: 
Crumble Your Cut Out Lightly..



Step 3:
Begin rolling up the spiral from the outside inwards.
Take your time to get a nice not too lose roll.
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Keep rolling…
On
And ON...........
And On 
until there’s NO more paper left to the spiral to roll.

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Step 4:
YES --- SURPRISE---You are Really ALL DONE!!
Once Your paper spiral is all rolled up - You end up
with these lovely and adorable flowers..
Mold Your flowers to form desired if necesary...
Stem your flowers to branches, add them to a pretty table scape, 
create pretty and fun bouquet or even attach them to a note, 
letter or keepsake. I used various craft paper to 
create a few flowers and sprung up the kitchen table, 
by adding them to dried branches in a vase..

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VOILA – A refreshing and easy cute bunch
of spring flowers blooming with love within your home…



Sincerely......

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I'm Featured Today At CHEZ MUKWETO

Hello There...
It's such a lovely Spring day over at Chez Mukweto...
YES - That's where i'm being featured today with a lovely tutorial on
Fun & Easy Paper Spring Flowers...

Please head on over and check out my tutorial for the day...

Hop On --- Come On... Let's head on over to
Chez Mukweto
and enjoy my lovely tutorial.. :))



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Artsy You..Featuring Guest Blogger *Chez Mukweto*

I am really excited to feature my 
exciting & lovely guest blogger 
*Jacqueline* from "Chez Mukweto" 
here at The ArtsyGirl Connection today. 

Please enjoy her lovely tutorial on a beautiful 
spring dress she made for her lovely daughter..


She has a lot of fun and artsy posts on her blog that
you really have to find a second to check out. I love her
creativity and spontaneuos fun blog...Enjoy her here today!!

Bonjour! Thank you so much for having me 
over on this wonderful blog of creativity. 

My name is Jacqueline I am the author of Chez Mukweto
where I talk a little about Marriage, family, homeschooling and a ton 
about crafting! My crafting all started when buying winter hats, scarfs 
etc for my young family of 6 became a budget strain. A sweet 
sweet friend of mine taught me how to crochet hats for my 
babies and its been a fun crafty journey ever since. 

I have been a mom and wife since the age of 23 
you can read more about our little journey here. Today I want 
to show you guys how to make an easy easy summer dress for 
yourself or a little girl in your life. Once you get the hang 
of it you might be able to pump them out in an hour or so! 

Lets get started on the Dress

To make this dress you will need:
1. Sewing Machine and sewing supplies
2. Elastic thread ( you will wrap around bobbin by hand)
3. One Yard Fabric for child 2 or more yards for an adult


1.Measure the chest of the person you are making for and 
double that number. She was a 24 so my chest number is 
48. ( This is because when you start to shirr the dress 
it will shrink); Chest x 2 = Width of fabric

Measure the length you want the dress to be and 
add 2 inches.The length I wanted for her was 12 so the 
total is 14. ( This gives your room to Hem the top and 
the bottom of the dress) Length you want + 2 = Length of fabric

2. Then you will cut your fabric. To those measurements. 
Remember measure twice cut once.You will end up with 
a big piece of fabric.You can do one of two things at this point.
 Keep it big- Less steps but dress shape might be a tiny 
bit odd wont be noticeable on a child's dress, and 
the dress will only have one seam.

Cut it half -creating a front and back piece, it is 
an extra step but the dress will fall a little better and 
the dress will have two side seams.

It is a preference thing. Your dress can be amazing either way.

If you decide to keep it big set it aside and let's prepare the 
rest of our supplies. If you cut it half all you have to do is sew it 
back together again along the side. Seems weird but when you 
are done with the dress you will sew the other side, 
creating  two side seams. (make sense?)
I decided to cut in mine in half. Front and back of dress.
NEXT
Take the bobbin and gently wrap the elastic thread around it. 
Do not pull to tight. and do not do it with the machine it must be 
done by hand. Just wrap slowly, going round and round. You can do it!

 Lets get the straps ready.
The straps can be really easy. You can find some grosgrain 
ribbon that matches the dress. and just put some fray check or 
fabric glue at the ends and you are done with the straps and ready to sew.

I did not have ribbon so I made straps with the remainder of my fabric.
 Decide how wide you want your straps to be and double that number. 
The length of the straps will depend on the model. I just kind eye balled it.

First you take your strip and fold it in half and press.
Open it. and fold the sides into that center line and press.(middle picture)
Then sew down both sides of the strap. When you get the 
the ends of the strap fold it over twice and sew.
 Prepare the main part of your dress by hemming the top and 
the bottom of the dress. If you have a serger just serge the ends 
fold it over about one inch, press and sew. If you do not have a 
serger fold over the edge 1/4 inch and press, fold 
over 1/2 inch and press, pin and sew.
Now we are ready to sew your dress. Put your bobbin with the elastic 
thread into the machine. and start sewing straight lines across the 
width of the fabric. For children's dress this is how I figure out 
how many lines to sew. AGE + 2 . My four year old I did 6 
lines. For adults sew about 20 -30 lines or till it will cover the 
entire bust area. Use the edge of your fabric as a line guide for the 
first line you sew. For the next line use the previous line as your 
guide. Line up the line with the edge of your sewing foot.

You will notice the fabric start the gather. Yippie! 
If you run out of elastic thread in the middle of a line. Just put 
a new bobbin in with elastic thread and start about 2cm 
before the place where the elastic ended, backtack and then keep 
sewing. Backtack means sew forward a few stitches then 
back a few stitches and forward to continue.
When you are done with all the rows it will look 
like this but the fabric will still be big.
 Stay with me for the BIG shrink! 
Fold the fabric in half with the party side to party side, 
(right sides) face to face. So it is wrong side out facing you like this

Pin,sew down the side then press.
Zig or serge to finish the edges.
Turn the dress right side out and you are almost done!
To shrink the top you can do one to two things... put it 
in the wash and dry it. or Spray it with some water till 
Damp (you will notice it shrinking) then press it with your iron.

Once you have done that decide where you want your straps 
to be sewn, pin them, sew them on, the best way to sew 
them securely is to sew a sqaure with an X in the middle. 
It's neat and secure. Or just sew it on with a zig zag stitch 
but make sure you have matching thread so it is not noticeable. 
and 
you 
are
done!
Thank you for having me! 
Enjoy making your fun 
and easy spring and summer breezy dresses!!

Hope you enjoyed Jacqueline's tutorial as much as i did..
Please visit her for more artsy and creative features at

Thanks SO much for stopping over again Jacqueline, it's been
a pleasure to have you here & I certainly look forward to
sharing more creative and fun features with you again soon..

Stay Artsy & Have A lovely Day...  
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