At 37 weeks pregnant, I do not cook, clean, or move more than absolutely necessary...but for some reason getting the kids' rooms decorated just so has become an all-consuming obsession. Full tour when they're all done, but for today I wanted to share this little curtain update, since it turned out so cute.
Some poor planning 3 years ago led to a room switch-er-roo for everybody: in order for the kids to be in rooms next to each other and to put us at the top of the stairs instead of them, we moved Soph into the guest room, us into her old nursery, and Baby Brother is going in our old room. (all the rooms are the same size.) Most of the house got a coat of grey paint and now I'm a decorating fool. These curtains were stolen from Soph's old room/our new room (don't worry, there's won't be a quiz). They were boring, slightly ugly shiny white poly blackout curtains.
The fabrics I was loving on fabric.com were all too busy for the full curtains (um Hello This Adorable Lobster Print!), so I decided to just add a little pizazz to these curtains. I cut strips of these fish 10" wide and pressed under 1/4" on the cut edges, then just topstitched them on. (By "just" I mean these took me about 3-4 hours, quite a bit more than I had expected!)
This belly. Dude.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Soph is super into all things weather/sky, in particular the moon and talking about "moon and stars". When I finished Baby Brother's quilt (pictures soon...as soon as I figure out how to wash out the little pink spots of running dye that appeared when I washed it...EEEKK!!) I knew it was Soph's turn to have something sewn for her. I nabbed the moon-and-stars fabric from fabric.com and the accent band fabric is from her owl quilt. I used this tutorial and would highly recommend it. It's such a neat method, all seams are enclosed which I love, and it took me about 30 minutes!
Soph loves it, though she was concerned that I didn't make one for Baby Brother. Sweet girl!
Monday, June 9, 2014
I have come up with a plan to fix the extreme wonkyness of Two's quilt and my friends, it is not a good plan. The strips of patterned fabric are too short, so we are sewing a new seam in the 1/4" seam allowance and then unpicking the old seam, thus leaving us with a 1/8" seam allowance. This is not a good idea, people. It is going to leave a tiny, fragile SA, it will require a lot more time of careful unpicking than if I just cut new strips, and seriously it might not even work! However, something about cutting new makes my eyes cross, plus since I don't really know how this went so wrong and turned out so differently from the grey stripes, I'm not convinced that if I started over I would not just make the same mistake again.
And so, stubbornly, we of no quilting training or knowldege, soldier on. With this terrible idea. And since it's my terrible idea, guess who has to do all the unpicking...?
Oh, and P.S., when we put these stripes together and laid them out, this baby quilt turned out to be fully twin-bed length! Which means we have to make enough stripes to also make it twin bed width. Yay for terrible maths. Why oh why did I not use a PATTERN!?
Thursday, June 5, 2014
I'm pretty sure I started cutting the fabric for this little number the day I finished the last one. It's the same pattern, though I modified it further by widening the shoulders and neckline (making the V-neck a little less va-va-voom) and then lined it with self-fabric instead of adding sleeves or finishing the hem. Rocked this tute for finishing a lined bodice again.
This is one of those fabrics I've been holding onto for years, destined for a specific project that is just never going to happen...if I haven't gotten excited enough to make it yet, well, that says something doesn't it? I'm pretty sure I bought the fabric in Scotland, and the buttons are from my NYC trip last year, so this dress has some serious just-use-it-already stash-busting mojo. The fabric has a lovely feel, although three years later I'm not quite sure why I bought it, as I don't love the color. But the buttons? Oh, those buttons! If I ever tire of this dress I will rescue them for another project, they are so dreamy!
It was pointed out to me that my dress and fitbit match...time to get some accessory bands! This dress really calls for a navy fitbit, eh?
|"OMG we're twinsies!|
The peas especially are my pride and joy. I have to visit them every day like the huge dork that I am. Step one, make things grow: check plus! Step two, eat it before the squirrels do...we shall see.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
|Lined up on this end...|
|...but totally wonky over here!|
|"Where's the problem?"|
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Let's go in a completely different direction for a moment...today we're going to talk about housekeeping. Those of you with a spotless house can stop reading, but I've been using a brilliant system that is too good not to share, and after having a few friends see it at my house and ask about it (much to my embarrassment) I want to tell it to you, will all the zealotry of someone who just read a self-help book.
The Messies Manual by Sandra Felton. Felton divides the world into two kinds of people, Cleanies and Messies. Cleanies are tidy because they like to be, because they see something that needs doing and DO IT, because it gives them satisfaction and it is easier to do now than later. Cleanies do not understand why one would NEED an instructional manual on housekeeping. Messies, on the other hand, are not slobs, but are perhaps easily overwhelmed by the scope of the job. Maybe a bit perfectionist. "I need to clean the bathroom, to do that I have to gather the cleaning supplies from the basement, oh the basement is a mess I need to completely organize and purge, if I'm doing a purge I have to have a day when I can take all day and purge the closets too..." and the bathroom never gets so much as spiffed. A bit like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie...
|bathroom cleaning bucket (and baby monitor)|
And yes, some days I skip, some days things get done more thoroughly than others...but if that chore is coming up regularly and you're actually doing it regularly, you don't need to deep clean: a quick wipe-down is all things need to stay in good shape.
Alright, well, here's a little something to break up the truly brilliant photography so far captured in this post...
|What a typical parent..."this post would be so much better with a picture of my little angel"|
More sewing coming soon, I promise! Happy housekeeping!
Saturday, May 10, 2014
I made this weighted vest for a young friend of ours, and I thought it turned out cute enough to share.
The patterns is traced from an existing vest.
Here's the technical details of what I found worked, skip if you're not looking to make one of these:
The pockets inside are double layer: I cut strips of fabric 8"high and sewed them in half to make 4", then folded up the bottom when sewing the strips on. The weights are about 2.5" in diameter each, and there are pockets for 20, each individually sewn around, so the weights don't shift, and closing with velcro.
In case it's hard to see, you're looking at pockets for individual weights (starting off at 4"x8" and folded down from there) on either chest, strips with 4 pockets (8"x10.75") on the back and the long strip holds 8 pockets (cut strip at 8"x26", though in the future I'd do separate pockets on front and back instead of one long strip, as it was hard to position and the end result would be the same). I double-sewed all the pockets, reenforced the vest seams pretty well, and sewed each velcro piece like the dickens, to try and stand up to lots of abuse. I used this timely tutorial from Colette to clean finish the armholes. It closes in front with more velcro.
I haven't given it to it's intended owner yet and I am crossing every finger and toe that this baby fits!