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Birthday Adventures

mountainsIt’s official, I’m one year older. The birthday celebrations have been spread out for a couple of days, lucky me! On Saturday we packed the kids up and enough picnic food for all day, and drove an hour and a half up into the mountains. Let me just say, they were even more beautiful than the pictures could possibly show.mountainsWe walked around part of the massive lake, and saw some beautiful horses.horsesWe also visited the local museum to see a quilt exhibit.quiltquiltsWe had so much fun, the weather was gorgeous, the food was good, and the boys had a ton of fun climbing on every rock imaginable.my guysSunday we went to my mom’s house where she cooked me a wonderful meal, gotta love those traditions. Afterwords, we spent the afternoon doing a little birthday shopping. Can’t wait to show you all some of my goodies tomorrow. Hope you guys had a great weekend too.

family, nature, sewing • Monday, October 19th, 2009 • 8 Comments »

My Granny Square Laptop Sleeve

granny square laptop sleeve inside laptop sleeveThis is the project that I started on last week, it’s finally finished. I always admire items made with bright colours, but normally stick to my typical muted colour palette. I decided to jump in with a bunch of bright colours and try to make something nice and cheery. I mastered a granny square a couple of weeks ago and though I am working on a blanket, I wanted a quicker project that I could finish much sooner. I decided to make a laptop sleeve for my laptop. So for the details…. I used cotton yarn as I didn’t want the yarn to get fuzzy after being stuffed in and pulled out of a bigger bag. I used fleece to line it so that it would be a little bit more cushioned and look nice and finished on the inside. the bad I do not like the orange in this bag. I think the colours go well together, but something about the orange colour and floral pattern screams 70’s and shag carpet. Maybe it’s just me, but this is what I think now when I look at this sleeve. I also do not care for the border around the front, but quite frankly it wasn’t wide enough to cover the top of the computer, and since I basically was winging it and really had no clue as to what I was doing, there we go. the good I love that I was able to crochet something useful. I love the idea of the granny squares, especially if I had colours that looked good. I’m thrilled with the actual construction, like I said, I had no idea what I was doing and just kind of figured things out as I went along. I’m a little disappointed that after all of that work, I don’t really care for it, but I am very excited that I can tweak what I didn’t like and start from scratch and hopefully produce one that I love. I’m a little stumped on the colour choice though, as it is fairly obvious that my bright colour palette skills are seriously lacking. I guess like with anything, practice makes perfect and hopefully my eye will get better as far as these new colours go. Any suggestions? I was thinking possibly the same blue, red, and adding white instead of the orange.

crochet, sewing • Friday, October 16th, 2009 • 18 Comments »

Our Little Girl’s 5th Birthday

birthday crownThis past weekend was our little girl’s 5th birthday. We woke up in the morning and there was a solid foot of snow on the ground, we were snowed in. We really try with our kid’s birthdays to have it be more about memories than stuff. We let them choose what the meals are for the whole day and if it is possible, what to do that day. Even though we couldn’t go anywhere, it ended up being a great day, with lots of fun and snuggles. After donning her birthday crown we ate bacon, cheddar scones from the recipe in The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe, which were absolutely fantastic. They will definitely be made again, and again. We had plenty of hot chocolate and Christmas music, after all it was snowing. little crocheting handsThis year for her birthday gift, we put together a sewing basket filled with all the goodies necessary to start crocheting. I found a neat old sewing basket at an antique shop last month and had fun picking out pink and cream cotton yarn, several crochet hooks in colours she would love and Kids Learn to Crochet by Lucinda Guy. This book is fantastic, and it really hold’s her attention. Incidentally, it is also really helpful for me as I am just learning how to crochet as well.learn to crochetThere was lots of playing in the snow, making snowmen and snow angels, plenty of black forest gateaux, and lots of snuggling with her new crochet hook and yarn. She mastered the slip knot and was thrilled to complete a chain of 23 stitches with just a teeny bit of help. Five years ago I held a tiny baby girl in my arms just seconds after she was born. My how time flies, and now she has grown into a beautiful, funny, imaginative, loving, creative 5 year old. We are so grateful to have her and look ahead to many years of love and laughter. Happy Birthday little one!

books, crochet, family, food, sewing • Monday, October 12th, 2009 • 9 Comments »

A New Crochet Project

new project materials 1Yesterday I started a new project. I knew this crocheting business was going to be addicting. Now that I can do a granny square without looking at the pattern, I am finding it very easy to fit them in during the day. They are so quick and easy, and I can put them down and pick them up and know right away what to do next. This is perfect for my life with four kiddos, I don’t waste time figuring out where I stopped off, and I see fairly immediate progress, all good things. These are the materials for this project. I decided to go for some brighter colours and a cotton yarn as I need this to be a little sturdier. I’m hoping to have it done in the next few days and I am excited to show you all. The top photo is the way I arranged my materials, but I like how my daughter did it much more.new project materials 2

crochet, kid's art, sewing • Saturday, October 10th, 2009 • 5 Comments »

Birthday Bunting

birthday buntingI am in the middle of last minute crafting for my little one’s fifth birthday, and this is one project that is now complete. She is growing up so fast, and boy is she excited about her birthday. I am not a big fan of buying a bunch of decorations to be used for one day and then to be tossed, so I was thrilled when I saw the idea of making homemade decorations that would last indefinitely. It is such a simple idea, I don’t know why I never thought of it. This bunting is made out of vintage fabrics, with some more handmade bias tape. My little one is so excited and loves the idea of decorating with it. I love the fact that years down the road she will be able to look at these decorations and have such wonderful memories of all the birthdays gone by.

family, home, sewing, thrift store finds • Thursday, October 8th, 2009 • 5 Comments »

The Picnic Blanket

picnic blanket Here it is, our new picnic blanket. I was making the bias tape I showed you the other day for this. I fell in love with the idea of this blanket when I first received my copy of Handmade Home. I knew I just had to make it, and I finally did. I raided my stash of vintage sheets and used an old pink bedspread we didn’t use anymore. I made the bias from an old vintage sheet that I loved. I absolutely love the way it turned out. We used to lay out an old comforter for picnics, but how much better it is to unroll a handmade blanket made solely for the purpose of picnics. I’ve really been working on decluttering and though it seems excruciatingly slow at times, I am trying to get to the point where everything we have is something that we actively use and love. Since we have been going on regular picnics this summer, it is just what we needed. It is decidedly feminine and with three guys in the family, I think I will be searching for some more masculine vintage fabrics to make a second blanket as well. It is a pretty good size, but I think two picnic blankets will give us a little bit more room to spread out. Unfortunately we will probably only be going for a few more picnics before the weather turns bitterly cold, but in the meantime I plan to enjoy it completely and then look forward to next spring when it can be put into use on a regular basis again.

family, nature, sewing, thrift store finds • Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 • 17 Comments »

Making My Own Bias Tape

bias tapeI’m in the middle of working on a big project, well not really big but when you add in lots of distractions small things suddenly become big. Anyway, there is something I just love about bias tape that is homemade out of fun fabrics. I think it makes a world of difference when compared to the plain store bought variety. I had fun making this yesterday afternoon when I had a few quiet moments while the baby slept and the bigger kids read quietly in their beds. I’m hoping to finish this project soon and show you all on Saturday.

sewing, thrift store finds • Thursday, October 1st, 2009 • 6 Comments »

Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 3

cloth totesOne of my favourite ways to repurpose vintage linens is to make cloth totes out of them. They make great gifts and they are inexpensive and quick to make. They are so useful, and I just love seeing different vintage fabrics instead of boring (and bad) plastic bags. These totes are lightweight yet sturdy, and can easily be folded up to throw in a purse or diaper bag. I have totes like these all over, several in the house and a bag full in the car. The kids love carrying their own little versions at the farmer’s market. This is a great quick project, especially if you are just learning to sew. They are great to sew up assembly line style if you want or need quite a few. There are free patterns online, or simple patterns in several craft books as well. Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs, Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects and Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures all have simple, cute tote bag patterns or instructions. These three bags are available in my shop. Switching to cloth bags is not only great for the environment, it is so much fun using and seeing colourful and fun fabrics. Do try one yourself. Have a great day!

sewing, thrift store finds • Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 • 9 Comments »

Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 2

repurposed robeThis is another project that started with a vintage sheet. I needed a lighter weight bathrobe and I loved this sheet but unfortunately it did not have it’s matching set. What better thing to do than repurpose it and turn it into something I could use and love, much better than having a lonely bedsheet. The pattern came from Amy Butler’s In Stitches. This was the first project that I sewed from this book, and I found it to be quite manageable. I did lengthen it a touch and I also doubled the width of the belt which I think is now perfect. I also really love the wide legged pajama pants pattern in the book, but I haven’t gotten to that yet. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I really do love repurposing fabric, buttons etc. into something that I can really use and love. It may sound cheesy, but it’s almost magical how you can take a flat sheet and turn it into something really useful. It’s even better that it is a vintage sheet that I love, and now can enjoy every day as a completely different item. Next time you find some vintage linens that you love, try to think of all the possibilities, there are hundreds.

sewing • Monday, September 21st, 2009 • 4 Comments »

Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 1

shower curtain I love repurposing things, especially vintage linens. I have found some really cute ones at thrift stores and I have several from my grandparents and great grandparents. Recently I was tired of looking at the shower curtain in our master bathroom, so I decided to repurpose a vintage sheet that I had picked up and turn it into a shower curtain that would make me smile. In order to turn it from a sheet into a shower curtain, all I did was measure for the proper length and then cut it off and hem it. Next, I added buttonholes to be able to hook it onto the shower curtain hooks. All in all it took me about a half an hour to make, and what a difference it made in the bathroom. I just love this print, it is so bright and cheery, and $2 for the sheet and a half an hour of time is my idea of a makeover.

sewing, thrift store finds • Friday, September 18th, 2009 • 2 Comments »