Monday, March 29, 2010
I sew because it is fun.
I sew to stop thinking.
I sew to make stuff, like elastic waist pants for a newly potty trained tot.
I sew to feel a sense of accomplishment.
I sew to try something new and get out of my comfort zone.
I sew to do the same thing over again because it worked.
I sew because it's cheaper than therapy.
I sew because I can follow directions pretty well.
I sew because it makes my son proud of me.
I sew because I love it!
Why do you sew, or craft, or do the thing you do?
Friday, March 26, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
We tried to take advantage of the lovely weather by going to the park and playing outside as much as possible. And by doing very little housework.
Part of our weekend tradition is to have an extra special something for Sunday morning breakfast. I love having a long and lazy morning eating something fattening while I drink coffee and Aiden and I read the newspaper together. This morning I made these delicious Cinnamon Roll Muffins.
The recipe is from Joy the Baker's blog, one of my favorite foodie sites. She has tons of recipes here, beautiful photos and she's very funny. Check it out but make sure you have some time because you may be there for a bit.
I also spent a little time this weekend thinking about Easter gifts. We'll decorate eggs and hopefully make some springtime decorations for the house and I'd like to craft a few things to put in Aiden's basket. Sure he'll get a chocolate bunny and maybe a Peep or two but I'd like to surprise him that morning with something else besides candy. Here is a short list of things I'd like to make for my little guy:
1. Drawing notebooks made from cereal boxes using this tutorial.
2. A car caddy like this one.
3. A fishing pole. (This guy's blog is amazing!)
Have you been thinking about Easter, too? What kinds of things will your kiddos get in their baskets?
Hope you all had a nice and easy weekend!
Friday, March 19, 2010
The other day Rhi mentioned she was thinking about her summer "uniform" of simple skirts and tees or tanks. Of course I thought she was brilliant and I decided to scrounge around to find a pattern or tutorial somewhere for an easy skirt. I found one at Sew, Mama, Sew! that they posted last spring. This tutorial is for an elastic waist skirt with a ruffle on bottom. I'm not much of a ruffle girl so I omitted that part and just did a (lazy) rolled hem on the serger.
This fabric is from Amy Butler's Midwest Modern collection and is one of my favorite fabric designs. I've had these in my stash for about 2 years, too scared to cut into them because they're so beautiful. This seemed like the perfect project to use these fabrics on and a great way to spend my day off.
So, what will be part of your summer uniform?
This poor chair really needed a face lift, didn't it? My mom bought me this chair about 3 years ago when Aiden was born. Obviously we got lots of use out of it and I'd like to keep it around longer, but that cover HAD to go. Last weekend I had a huge chunk of time to myself and decided to tackle this project.
The foot rest was finished today after I borrowed my friend's staple gun.
I'm very pleased at how it turned out but think now I should make a pillow or two for my new favorite chair.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Once again this is one of my favorite patterns by one of my favorite blogger's.
Now, I have to throw in a couple of fun pics. We are finally having some spring like weather, which means what? Spring like pictures of course!! I even got to go for a run -yeah. It feels good to stretch out these rusty legs.
Maria enjoying some tunes while the boys play some football. Even our pooch, Gordy, got in on the outdoor fun.
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Well, it was bound to happen. I just didn't think it would be so soon. After only 5 posts it is very clear who the better photographer around these parts is. And her name doesn't start with an "M"! Actually I've known this for a while and have been ok with it. See, I have a pretty fancy schmancy camera, for me anyways, but I haven't taken the time to actually learn how to use it. I did poke around the manual a bit after I bought it and fooled around with the Aperture setting once but I'm kinda freaked out by it all. So I'm usually shooting in Program mode or *gasp* one of the pre-set function settings. Basically my DSLR is parading around like a normal, everyday "point-and-shoot" camera. I would do better to take a class and have someone teach me basic photography skills than sit around reading the manual. Frankly, I don't have the time or the discipline to learn it on my own. BUT when Rhiannon first mentioned she wanted to start a blog together I knew that she would be just the motivation I needed to improve my photography skills. She has natural skill in this department and a great eye and style for some pretty neat shots. Last year she told me about a site she likes to read that may be helpful for me called Digital Photography School. It has forums, photography challenges and a newsletter with useful tips, product reveiws and so on. A couple days ago one of the contributors reviewed a product that caught my eye called Professor Kobre's Lightscoop. This seemed like something right up my alley. It's a little doohickie you can put on your camera that bounces the light from the flash all over the room and makes your pictures look tons better without any real effort from you, the photographer. I love it! What I don't love about it is, ahem, paying for it. It doesn't look that expensive but it also looks simple enough to copy.
After a short Google search I came across a few templates and decided to drag myself to Michael's for some supplies:1. A 20x30 piece of black press board (I think this is press board. It was with the poster board but it is quite a bit thicker).
2. Foil cardstock.
3. An Exacto knife.
4. A glue stick.
The template I found is from this post on Flickr. I have a Nikon and my flash was slightly different sized so after I cut out the template from the copy paper I made adjustments before I cut out the press board.
This is how it turned out:
And here are some shots.
Without my "lightscoop":
And with it:
Not too shabby. I think I may still make a couple adjustments to my template and make another one. I certainly have enough supplies to make at least a dozen more! The foil packet has some copper colored sheets in it, too, that I may try in place of the silver color to copy the Warming Lightscoop. Oooohhh, getting fancy! So, for less than $12 I can make two (or more) versions of a lightscoop which retails for around $35.
Am I kicking my photography up a notch? Well, that may take a while to decide but I sure am liking my new homemade gadget. :)
Also, in case you're wondering why on Earth I took pictures of that hideous green chair with the stains all over it, it is next on my project list. Hopefully the next time you see this guy, he won't be green!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Here we are reading some craft blog, I'm sure. Notice Megan's cute shirt, she made it!! I also love how she has accessorised it with a measuring tape.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I used Dana's Hobo bag tutorial here. I decided to use a tshirt for the bag and was able to use some of the existing seems.(score-the less sewing the better) I plan on filling it with other projects from her Celebrate the Boy month. If you have a boy, you definitely need to check it out. If you don't have a boy, you still need to check it out.
Monday, March 8, 2010
I added some hooks for our keys at the bottom. My husband put wire on the back and did the hanging. I don't like to measure and he doesn't like putting too many holes in the wall. So I usually leave the hanging to him.I think that might be a portrait of me drawn by my son.
The finished product hanging in our kitchen above the antique bench from my mother. I love the way it looks and could have never found a message board cuter or cheaper. Here's one of the artist and what our message board looks like when I don't have it cleared off for blog pictures.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
This is what the robe looked liked before I started cutting:
I made a rough pattern by tracing a pair of his pants that fit onto some brown paper. Then I just laid that onto the folded robe and cut away.
By the way, that is a little trick I learned from my seamstress friend, use canned veggies or soup to hold the pattern in place if you don't have pattern weights. They're so handy, especially when using that brown paper because it is hard to pin through.
I cut the pattern out on the bottom of the robe as it was folded so I ended up only having to sew the inseam and crotch seams (no side seam or hemming needed). Then I made a casing for the elastic. Easy peasy.
I also managed to get some shots of him wearing them!
He seems pretty happy with them. Yay!