Saturday, August 30, 2008

books, etc.

Today we got our book from our mini book swap partner. I don't have their blog address, so I will have to go traditional and send a hand written thank you. It's this book - Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey We haven't read it before and Trevor, who is 9, is really excited about it. It looks wonderful. We sent them My Lucky Day, which is my boys' favorite book. I love it too. I love when I like to read the book we choose as much as they like to hear it. I picked up this book which has some awfully cute ideas for baby gifts. I especially love the circus animals and it gives me more ideas for my onesies, which is what inspired this job -
*ps - check out my friend, Jen's, very cute rag time baby quilt tutorial.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

trying a new bag

I have always wanted to try this bag at tiny happy. I did with some scrap fabric from my family room curtains. I love the shape of it and it was so easy to make. I just want to make it deeper and the strap a bit longer so that I can where it like a messenger bag. And, the continuous debate - to add interfacing or not. So, the next bag will probably be deeper and a bit stronger with interfacing. I'll get on that right away!

Nie Nie Day

As many of you know, Stephanie of the blog, Nie Nie Dialogues and her husband have been in a terrible plane crash. Many bloggers are participating in Design Mom's auction tomorrow for fundraising purposes. Their recovery will be long and expensive and any help will be appreciated. You can go to Design Mom's blog bright and early tomorrow and see what there is to bid on. Or, you can participate at One More Moore's blog where Morgan is collecting hand made items and such to sell at a benefit to be held September 23rd and 24th on etsy. Whether you are bidding or donating, any help can only be appreciated by those involved in the Nielson's recovery. I wish their family the very best.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

birthday gift

Now when my kids get invitations to birthday parties I get so excited because I want to come up with something to make. Of course, this is a bit challenging when my 9 and 6 year old boys have parties, but I am trying. Freezer paper stencils and Pokemon characters usually fit the bill in those cases. It's really great when they get invited to little girl parties. I guess I get selfish and don't even give them the opportunity to pick something out at the store, but start making something right away and show them what they are giving their friend. Yeah, I need to at least involve them in the process, don't I? This was for Gage's little friend, Anna, and it was so much fun to make. I just took one of the aprons I bought for my kids a long time ago and traced the pattern and then lined it as well. I wanted to find little kitchen utensils to go inside the pocket, but ended up with just a whisk and measuring spoons. My mom made me one of these when I was about 6 or 7 and I LOVED the mini utensils that she had in the pockets. Now, I am just trying to spread that love.

Monday, August 18, 2008

cherry dress

My mother in law was cleaning out her basement and found her stash of fabric. She showed it all to me and told me to take whatever I want. How do you tell a collector of fabric to take whatever she wants and expect her to not look greedy? I just tried to play it cool and really just take a few pieces. One of the fabrics was this cherry print. I used part of a Simplicity pattern (the same one I used for this dress) for the top, but made the elastic smaller since it was a 2T pattern and I wanted her to wear it now. I eliminated the ruffle at the bottom, lengthened it, added a band, and a pocket. It came out pretty much like I hoped and it was SIMPLE - key for me.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

the secret's in the sauce

Tobasco to be exact. This salad dressing is so good and so easy to make when you need something quick. It's light and has just enough flavor, but doesn't over power. It's great for a single salad with just enough left over for the next day.

1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup vegetale oil
2 T. sugar
2 T. vinegar
dash of tobasco

Thursday, August 14, 2008


What won't I applique on? I might stop at underwear, but then again, I might not. We'll see. It's just too easy to not add it to all my girl's shirts. I have to stop soon though because she is running out of shirts. I can't think of anything to put on the boys' shirts that they won't cringe at, so in the mean time....hello girl shirts.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

tried this too

I haven't been on my blog because we went on a family vacation and I am obsessed with the Olympics. In fact, I might have to quit watching into the wee hours of the night because school just started today and I was wiped out getting the boys up. I have been staying up every night since they started. I just LOVE the swimming and gymnastics. I have decided that I need to start training for something. I haven't decided what just yet, but I think I need to be in shape like these athletes. I think I want to be a runner. Oh to dream! Last week I was in the mood to sew a skirt by following a tutorial I had bookmarked in my favorites. Do you know how many I have bookmarked? It's quite the list and someday I will get to them all...yeah, yeah, yeah. In the meantime, I am in love with this little tiered skirt. So fun. Of course, I made it way too big and have to wait until she grows in to it next year, but just like everything's something to look forward to.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

one to keep

I finally realized that instead of just making gifts, I could applique on my kids' shirts as well. Better do it while they still let me!


My husband's company bought some land awhile back that they are building houses on. Today the old farm house was coming down. Now, that does sound sad, I know, but I will be the first to tell you that it wasn't the quaint farm house you are imagining. It had had it and it had no insulation whatsoever and was a mess. They decided not to save it pretty quickly after they bought the land. But, we did go through it and find some old things - like door knobs, a chandelier, etc. - not much, but fun. This morning as the gigantic claw reached up and pulled some of the house down to put in the dumpster, my husband saw a quilt fly out. He had the man stop and found a box that had 5 unfinished quilt tops in it. A few seemed older than others, but they were all pieced and just needed to have the binding put on them and quilted. All that handy work and it almost went in the dumpster. I am so excited about these. The colorful polyester one is by no means an antique treasure, but it is so colorful and will make a nice picnic or beach blanket. So, now I am going to finally have to learn how to bind and quilt. I am afraid of binding - it actually makes me shake, but I will do it. Oh, what a save!

Friday, August 1, 2008

rocket ship and birdie

Babies are popping up everywhere around here. But, many of those mamas are having boys. Each time I make something for a boy, I try it for a girl too. Some lucky friend having a girl will get more than their share from me because I have a few gifts stockpiled now. My neighbor had a baby boy last week, so hence the rocketship onesie and matching pants. I had a pattern (Simplicity 9380) for the pants that called for elastic on the bottom and I like them. But, when I made a set for a baby girl, I used this tutorial to eliminate the elastic cuff and make them more like mini lounge pants. I used a pillowcase I picked up a few weeks ago for a $1 and added grosgrain to the cuff. I wish this outfit was in my size.

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