Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Oh, how I wish it were only a song! Katie made a beautiful picture and then taped it to the wall with...you guessed it...49 pieces of tape!
Wondering if I am going to regret the dollar store brand 'scotch' tape as I try to peel this off the wall...
And yes, Katie wraps Christmas presents--plan your Christmas gift opening timeline accordingly.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
October is Scrapbusters Month over at http://www.sewmamasew.com/ and I decided to get into the spirit and use up some of my scraps. I ended up making lots of things, but I thought that this would be pretty useful for most as an alternative to the rolls of plastic produce bags in the grocery store. The measurements are very flexible, and I think that having bars of cotton fabric instead of total construction of mesh will help it hold up longer. Another bonus is that this is a project that it doesn't judge...if you stitch a seam crooked...it still functions!
I clarified reinforcing the mesh in this video. It is a little rough holding the camera and recording, but I hope it helps!
scraps of mesh (I found this as a remnant in the fabric store, but repurposed sheer curtains, and netting works also.)
Length of ribbon (mine was 24 inches)
Fabric scraps--I used pieces from my cut 2.5 inch strip bin (which is the same as a jelly roll width)-what a great way to use some of those leftover prints!
1. Cut the mesh you have to a rectangle shape. This can vary--I made a bag large enough for a few pounds of apples...you may want just enough for a few onions. I will give my measurements throughout. Mesh = 12 inches x 22 inches
2. Cut Fabric to size.
Top fabric: 4" x 22"
Two pieces of side fabric: 1.5" x 12"
Bottom piece: 2.5" x 22"
3. Prepare Top Casing
Fold in half (wrong side together) along the 22" length and iron. Fold 1/2" in on each side and press. (see drawing)
4. Attach Top Casing
Open up and use a zig-zag stitch to attach mesh to casing. I made sure the stitching was about 1/2" into the mesh to help it not tear too easily.
Fold over casing and stitch in place.
5. Attach the bottom piece to the mesh with a zig-zag stitch (outside of mesh bag is touching the right side of fabric.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
For two cute cousins/nieces...and great fans of Mr. Rogers....T-shirts with the trolley appliqued on. I just went to the pbskids.org website and used a coloring page as a guide. To make it easier, I cut freezer paper to regular 8.5 x 11 size and printed on that and ironed onto the felt with a cool iron so that it was easier to make the cuts. Fun, huh?
Our little solution to tap shoes that we got second-hand without laces. Actually Katie's dance teacher said she used to see these in stores but hasn't seen them lately...of course I had leftover buttons to cover in (of course!) hot pink and silver sequins....Katie models them in the second picture. Basically you thread the elastic through the holes in the shoes and loop the elastic over the button. It actually stays in place and is easy for Katie to put on and off by herself. Yay for independance!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I noticed that the DOW was doing better on the news...could it be our massive purchases of Tylenol, tissues, and gatorade??? We will just wait for our Thank-you from Wall Street for being good consumers.....
Monday, October 5, 2009
This is Katie's 2nd year in cherub choir and did a cute and fantastic job for her first performance. You will have lots of chances to see her this year....always welcome to stay overnight at our house, too!
October 18th at the 10:30 service
November 8th at the 10:30 service
November 14th 2:30 pm
November 15th at 10am
November 22nd at the 10:30 service
December 24th at 7:30 pm
December 27th at 10am
January 31st at the 10:30 service
The rest of the schedule to come if you are thinking 2010...= )
80s mullet she had going on. = ) Mommy was feeling like I could easily trim the bottom and pocket the 8-10 dollars from a salon, which worked out since Elmo's world happened to be on at the time.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Katie and I got a chance to go to the local resale shop and found this skirt on the 1.00 clearance rack. Actually it was a junior's size 9, but it was so cute I figured that if I messed it up, it had new life waiting as a quilt block.....
I took it in on both of the side seams and serged the edges--flaring out when I got to the skirt part to keep with the shape.
Not perfect but a really cute skirt for Katie to play in!