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Toddler Tuesday

We like the Cat in the Hat and all books Dr. Suess around here so when I found the PBS goodies page with Cat in the Hat themed printables, I was pretty excited. I printed the finger puppets out, taped them up to fit toddler fingers and we started playing.

Cat in the Hat Finger Puppets!

Jude had a ball with the puppets! It was fun to see his imagination go wild. I love seeing how that’s developing.

Cat in the Hat Finger Puppets!

One of his birthday gifts from us was a glider bike. His uncle Jonny was in town and helped assemble his new bike! Photos of him riding will come soon, I’m sure.

Uncle Jonny and the new glider bike!

We also checked out an indoor bounce house place because it is just so dang hot. I scored a free pass on one of the many deal sites so it was quite cost effective.

I’d say it was a hit!

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Toddler Tuesday

I had one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments the other day. I have potatoes in my drawer in my kitchen. I have tempera paint. I have a paring knife. Why wasn’t I doing potato stamping with my little guy? How much cheaper and easier could a toddler craft be? So I cut out a star and Jude stamped away. As you can see, his pet rock had to get in on the action too.

Potato Stamping

He even figured out how to reapply the paint so he could keep stamping.

Potato Stamping

He also got a heart. That was harder to carve than the star. I would recommend shapes that are predominately straight lines. . .

Potato Stamping

And then I had another moment where I realized I had everything for another craft. Cardboard and yarn. Again, how easy is that? I tried to show Jude how to ‘weave’ on the cardboard . . .

cardboard weaving

But once he figured out that kitty likes string, the craft became used as a cat toy. Oh silly boy.

yarn + cat = lots of giggling

And really, I’m just showing you this because it’s such a cute picture. We read with Jude a lot – he loves books so much that he hoards them in his crib. He will sit for hours just flipping through books – I love it. Recently his blanket, pig (from If You Throw a Pig a Party) and mouse (from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) have become his favorite reading buddies. It really is just the cutest thing ever.

story time

What have you been up to with you little ones lately? And what are your favorite things to do with your kids during the summer?

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Little Leave quilt progress

I have actually gotten to spend a tiny bit of time in my newly renovated craft room. I finally cut out and sewed the backing for the little leaves quilt (more here and here and here). I like the contrast in print size with the fun large stripes. They are Amy Butler’s Soul Blossoms Temple Tulips in Azure and Laurel Dots in Periwinkle.

Little Leaves Quilt Backing

And to make things even better, I got to finish free motion stippling the quilt sandwich. All that’s left is the binding! I am almost done completing a quilt for myself! Who would have thought it would ever happen. 🙂

And . . . quilted!

What crafty projects do you have going on right now?

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craft room: reveal

Alright, the time has come to finally do the reveal. I mean, I taunted you for long enough, right? You remember this sad, crowded craft room, right?

Well it has turned  into something much more organized and pleasant to spend time in. It feels so much larger and it’s much easier to navigate while crafting!

Craft Room: Reveal

I got the idea for the curtains awhile back after reading this tutorial for creating ombre dyed onesies. They aren’t quite ombre, but I like the organic way that they turned out. A bit tie dye, a bit dip dye, a bit ombre. My scraps live in that black laundry bag at the end of the desk, Frannie has her own little corner and George is hanging out in the window. You can still get a discount on him if you want one of your own. Head over to mudpuppy and enter THINKLIZ as your coupon code for 10% off.

Craft Room: Reveal

The true feature of this room is the crazy stenciled wall that took, well, let’s just say it took a good amount of time to complete. While browsing for ideas to stencil on this wall, I came across Melanie at Royal Design Studio. I fell in love with this feathered damask pattern and knew I wanted it on my feature wall. After a little bit of trial and error, I found that I could apply the stencil with a dense mini foam roller and painters tape for quick and precise results. If you are interested in getting a stencil of your own, Melanie has been nice enough to offer 10% off to you friendly readers! Go to her website, Royal Design Studio and LIZ10 at the checkout for a 10% discount.

Craft Room: Reveal

And the modular ikea storage, how I love it. There is plenty of room for everything, include a works in progress cube, things for sale, etc etc. I’m hoping to do a better job of organizing my fabric eventually, but for now, this works. Solids are on the right and everything else is one the left.

There are still a couple things in progress, like making the drum lamp to hang from the ceiling, create the cork board to hang my design ideas, replace that mismatched clock, and make a new ironing board cover . . . but really, this room has come a long way! I’m excited to finally have a functional space at my disposal!

 

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‘Sewcial’ Getaway: Spring 2011

I’m a little late posting about this but it was so much fun that I must tell you guys about it! I have a great group of girls that gets together to sew (well we also garden and read together as well). My friend, Amanda, organizes our sew dates and decided it would be fun to make a full weekend out of sewing as a retreat! I whole heartedly agreed and went about asking my friends with their beautiful lakehouse (here and here) if we could craft in their beautiful space. It certainly inspires creativity.

We rounded up some friends that wanted to come along and it occurred to me, I often see food bloggers get together and go on vacation together (or make food together) when they didn’t previously know someone in real life, so I decided to see if one of my good blog friends, Monica, wanted to tag along. She’s made some pseudo appearances on the blog previously but we had never met in real life. After e-mailing her, I was thrilled that she wanted to fly from Chicago to come join our Austin sewing retreat. It was so great to finally get to meet her and spend time talking in real life. I think she said it well when she said it felt like old friends catching up after a year’s absence!

Amanda – aka “our faithful leader”, from My Sewcial Hour (her recap here), Monica from Deliberately Domestic (her recap here), Jenn from Married to a BMW, and Ellie from EllieK are some of the bloggers that went, but several other non-bloggers attended as well.

The lakehouse proved to be such a great place to craft. For starters, the dining room table fit 7 sewing machines and 1 serger! It was so great to get to craft at one big table together. I wish we could take that table with us – it was so wonderful! The food was yummy, the company was amazing, and there was some movie watching and toenail painting that happened as well. 🙂

The only sad part about the retreat is that I was quite under the weather and didn’t really get to focus on sewing the way I wanted to. Many breaks were taken for napping and resting since my concentration wasn’t was it normally was. My one goal for the trip was to get the quilt top completed for my little leaves quilt. Oh. My. Goodness. So. Many. Leaves. 360 little leaves to be exact. Oy. I understand why I have not seen anyone attempt this quilt on flickr or online. Time consuming to say the least.

Here I am feigning happiness after sitting in front of my sewing machine for hours and FINALLY getting to sew the blocks together after all that applique!

360 leaves later, I have a quilt top:

360 Appliqued Leaves. Oy.

I’m a little uncertainly on how I feel about the color scheme that ended up emerging from the leaves. It’s a bit more varied that I had initially envisioned. . . but you know what, I think I might be a little worn out on these fabrics after all that sewing!

Hundreds of Appliqued Leaves

Next step, the back, the quilt sandwich and quilting!

Thanks to all the ladies that participated in our fun sewing weekend! I can’t wait to do something like this again. 🙂

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V-Day for the Boy

I’m pretty sure little girls get all the fun Valentine’s stuff. I mean, dressing a little boy in hearts, pink and ruffles just doesn’t go over well. So when I saw this perfect V-day applique for boys, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So simple, so boyish and so cute!

Robot's Valentine

Following the tutorial, I embroidered the eyes and the heart and then used some heat and bond to iron the pieces onto a blank onesie that I already had. I then straight stitched around the edges. Can’t say this is my best sewing I’ve ever done, but it got the job done, and I kinda like how wonky it looks.

Robot's Valentine

And it’s back in the 70s here in Tejas so the short sleeves are perfect for our warm Valentine’s Day! Hope it’s a happy one for all of you!

Lego Maniac

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beanie beanie bo beanie

Still practicing all the different crochet stitches. And I’m hard headed. I know I should probably make a scarf or something before entering the world of beanies, but I really really want to make Jude beanies. So I jumped in without a pattern. And here’s my first try:

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Not bad, but I learned a lot about the gauge of the needle and the yarn. As you can see the orange yarn looks great with the needle I used. The white. . . not as dense as I would like. Not to mention, the beanie doesn’t fit. Too small. Nonetheless, it felt good to make something that is recognizable. Next time I’m working with some instructions and measurements of Jude’s head. 🙂

I’m hooked (pun completely intended).

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Pillowcase Refashion: Halter Top

I’m itching for some new comfy clothes to wear right now in this crazy heat we’re experiencing but budget doesn’t allow for me to purchase anything for the moment. Maybe once Jason has started his new job (which is this Monday, yay!) I can hit the thrift store to find some dresses to refashion, but for now, I’m trying out some new ideas on my stash that I’ve accumulated over the last couple years. I bought a ‘vintage’ (I use that term very loosely here) sheet set for about $1 last summer thinking I could use the pillowcases to make some little girls some new duds. Upon further inspection, the sheets and pillowcases were a little worn here and there. Tiny little holes pepper the set. I decided to exercise an idea that’s been bouncing around in my head lately knowing it wouldn’t be a big deal if I messed up on this set since the fabric was not in tip top shape. . . Making a simple halter from a pillowcase.

Here’s what I came up with:

Pillowcase Refashion: Halter

Cute right? I thought so. All it took was cutting off the top of the pillow case, cutting the arm holes, hemming the arm holes and creating a casing for the ribbon to run through on the top. Then I tried it on, marked where I wanted some runching and sewed three lines of elastic thread through the waist.

Too bad pillowcases don’t fit over my hips! Thank you childbearing. Lesson learned here: pillowcases do not make good tops for adults! I tried to add some slits to make it fit but the slits would have to go up too high to work. Other lesson learned? I wanted to attempt this again as both a top and a dress. Lots of potential here!

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another new mama

One of my good friend’s from college is getting ready to become a new mama. So in honor of that, of course I had to sew her my normal gift items. The sling:

Jenny's Sling

Ever useful nursing cover:

Jenny's Nursing Cover

And of course the bibs and burp rags:

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I also sewed up a couple sheets (using the MADE tutorial) and some curtains, but forgot to take pictures. I’m hoping to share a picture once the nursery is complete.

But the true gem of the set is the quilt which is the New Wave quilt from Oh, Fransson! There is a free tutorial for this patterns here but she also offers an expanded version of the pattern for sale here. She ran a discount on the pattern awhile back, so I went ahead and bought it. I bought another one of her quilt tutorials and found it incredibly helpful. I knew I liked the New Wave quilt enough to make it a couple more times in different sizes, so I decided the purchase was worth it.

New Wave Baby Quilt

It turned out beautifully. I couldn’t ask for a better end product.

New Wave Baby Quilt

I think I love this pattern so much because it showcases the beautiful fabrics that the new mama picked out for her nursery.

And the best part about it all? The sweet reaction. 🙂

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summer sewing

I finally sewed something for myself. And I used a legit pattern. Ellie was kind enough to loan me the McCalls flat front shorts, pattern M5391. I don’t have many shorts in my wardrobe, mainly because I used to work in an office all summer long. When I made clothing purchases, I often asked myself ‘could I wear this to work?’. . . which lead to me having absolutely no shorts. Now that I’m home all the time running after Jude and we are quickly approaching Austin’s sweltering summer days, I must have shorts. So I decided to make some.

I made them out of a green seersucker fabric. Nice and lightweight and fairly easy to sew. I kinda want to make several more in the different lengths offered in the pattern. I decided to use a button instead of the hook and eye closure that they recommended because I liked the look that the wooden button added. I struggled a bit with the zipper because the instructions seem to assume that you’ve done a fly style zipper and zooms right through the illustrations and the instructions. I’m still not completely sure that I installed the zipper correctly. They turned out cute regardless though:

Seersucker Shorts Seersucker Shorts

I am especially happy with the trouser style pockets. I LOVE pockets.

Seersucker Shorts

I couldn’t stop at just making myself a pair of green seer sucker shorts, I had to make a pair for Jude. I decided I would make a pair of drawstring style, flat front pocket shorts. I loosely followed this tutorial for the shorts and used this pattern for the flat front pockets. They turned out exactly as I had envisioned! I am wondering if drawstring is the best type of closure… I might be adding some elastic and just using the drawstring as decoration…

Seersucker Flat Front Pocket Shorts

After completing the shorts, I couldn’t stop, I was on a roll. I made a summery sun hat using this tutorial. Sadly it was WAY to small for my little man. But still cute!

Floppy Summer Hat

Still unable to stop myself, I had to make a hat that fit Jude. Lucky for me, this bucket hat tutorial was posted right after my mishap with the too small hat.

Seersucker Bucket Hat

Sadly, it’s a little difficult to keep hats on Jude’s head. I added ties to try and keep it on, but he just pulls harder. I’m also worried that it’s a little too girly. What do you guys think? Too girly?

Seersucker Bucket Hat

And I couldn’t resist. Here we are all matchy matchy. I know. I’m a dork.

Matchy matchy

And completely unrelated to all the previous seersucker items, I sewed up a cute blue felt Zou Elefante as a gift for a friend’s son’s first birthday.

Stuffed Elephant

Whew. Lots of sewing! And there’s still more to come!

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