Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
It's snowing! We have abut 5" of snow in eastern Carolina. Not wanting to spend
money on boots, because it rarely snows here I set out to make leg warmers for Eliana. I had to make them fast because she was standing at the window begging to go outside. I took an old sweater of my son's and cut the sleeves off. I turned them under on the cut end, leaving enough room to run a piece of elastic through. Then I attached a bow and a button. They were made super fast, and a little sloppy but they work to keep her legs warm around the ankles.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
This panda dress was made for my baby as a tribute to our visit to the National Zoo. She loved the pandas and so did I. Funny thing is, Gymboree came out with panda clothes at the same time and when I saw them I was so excited. I bought her panda socks and a shirt to go under the dress. New Look pattern 6768 is what I used. I changed the buttons to snaps and put metal overall hooks on the front bib. I also added pockets trimmed with rick rack. The applique is a photo that I found on the net. I traced it onto freezer paper, ironed it on the felt and cut it out. I used that cheap craft felt, I probably should have used nicewool felt. Oh, well.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I pretty much am getting nothing done around the house with my toddler at my heels, climbing on the kitchen counter, or with potty training. So, I wanted to just sit with a cup of hot tea and read a magazine, but that was just too much to ask from Miss Busybutt. I had some cardboard that was sitting by the trash, I decided to cut into a "sewing" project. I have seen lacing cards on the net and in stores. I already had the cording from a project my older daughter never completed. I just had to cut out shapes with a knife. I use a "tester" knife from a model building kit I had. I tied one end cord around one of the holes and wrapped duck tape around the other end so that she can easily stick them through the holes. Just as easily, someone could use a shoeshtring. She loves it!! She told me, "mommy don't touch my sewing stuff, o.k.". Funny, she's only repeating what she's heard from me over and over again.
Monday, February 8, 2010
I made pants last week. I love the way they fit. I will be making several with this pattern. My best friend's mom says when you wear the same style in various colors, you look like you went to a fire sale. So, I have named these "fire sale" pants because I will make a lot of these. I love how easy they are to make, and how well they fit. I tapered the leg a bit at the knee, I wanted a straight leg.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
- Dowel sticks (multi packs available from Walmart for a little over a dollar)
- Acrylic paint (for sticks)
- Ribbon, punches, stickers, beads, or other decorations
- Paper (I used cardstock)
- Bathroom cups (2 1/4" height) make sure the tea light will fit inside
- Battery powered tea lights ( I bought a 6 pack from Michaels)
- Hot glue
- All purpose glue
- Exacto knife
Friday, February 5, 2010
Self taught sewing meant a lot of mistakes. I have sewn many items over the years..some good some not so great. Many sleepless nights and dark-circled, weary-eyed coffee laden mornings, I have had to create things without the disturbance of young children. Some things were necessary church outfits that cost me little in funds, but a lot in time and effort. Other things, I just wanted to make for the sake of the beauty of the creation.