Archive | August, 2011

A Little Skirt

31 Aug

This skirt took me about ten minutes to make and is so darn stinking cute on Sophi that I could just about scream.

Lots and Lots of Sweater Pants

28 Aug

Sometimes I am more in the mood to blog and play around on the computer.  Right now though I am in full blown craft and make stuff mode.  This doesn’t happen very often and I have to capitalize whenever I am feeling majorly productive.  This is what I have been up to lately:

21 pairs of sweater pants.  Unfortunately, most of them still need elastic. Darn it

There is a craft show in the twin cities that is called the No Coast Craft-O-Rama, they claim to be “not your grandma’s usual craft show.”  In the past years there have been thousands of people who pass through the craft show and I would love to be able to sell some of my stuff there.  The only problem is there are about 300 people who apply for only 90 spots.  I have sent in 10 pictures of my work and by the end of September I will know if I have been chosen.  I’ve got to keep my fingers crossed and keep working until then.  I have decided that if I am not chosen as one of the vendors I will start an etsy store.  Yikes.

So this is what I have been up to, what have you been up to?

T-Shirt Dress

25 Aug

I have SOOOOOOO many T-shirts.  Who doesn’t, right?

I have been experimenting with some of them.  Working with T-Shirts is a wonderful experience, mostly because you do not have to worry about them fraying.  I made the girls these dresses:

Sophia started out pretty clean but ended the day looking like this.  After eating about 6 or 7 watermelon slices she was a bit sticky.

This was our first young family event and we had around 80 people attend!  Here is our team photo:

A Dress and a Rainstorm

22 Aug

Every once in a while it is nice to have a break from the heat and have a good excuse to go inside without feeling guilty.  The other day we had a break from the sunshine for a storm.

During nap time instead of  being unproductive or taking a nap myself I decided to head down to the sewing zone.  I made Aleah this dress out of a shirt I bought at a Colorado garage sale earlier this summer.  I bought it for a whopping 25 cents.

All I did was take in the front of the dress and shorten up the straps.

After a good storm the sunshine is always welcome and we return outside with more appreciation for the beautiful weather.

Headboard Bench

19 Aug

I first saw this idea on a website called pintrest.  This website has beautiful pictures and wonderful ideas.  This is the picture I started with.

Since the minute I saw this picture I have been hunting for a wooden headboard with which to make a bench.  I have seen some new headboards and some  for more money than I would like to spend.  So I kept patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) waiting.

Last Saturday we took a family trip to the dump.  Fun right?

At the dump we dropped off our garbage and our recyclables.  As we were driving out I spotted what I had been waiting for!

There is a green shed off to the side of the dump where people can bring things they don’t want anymore but is still nice enough that someone else might want it.  I saw a beautiful headboard and footboard for a twin bed.  At first we thought we might not be able to use it because it was fairly small.  The picture in my head was to use a queen size headboard to make a bench large enough for adults.  But Jared had the genius idea to make a bench for the girls!

He worked on it one afternoon in the garage.  His work bench was an old boat trailer left in the garage and he borrowed the saw from a good friend.

The girls were in and out always checking on him and wanting to help.

Since the bench still needed a little something, I made a cushion to go on top.

Right now it is sitting on our front porch and is a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

Headband and Some Cute Girls

16 Aug

After church on Sunday we got home and I ran into the house to get my camera and a pack of fun fruits for bribery.  I ran outside as the girls were meandering down the path.  Perfect.

I wanted to get a few picture before the girls melted down from crabbiness and before Aleah either stomped on the headband or Sophi ate it.

I had made this headband the night before to wear to church.  But it ended up being WAY cuter on Aleah so she wore it instead.  Glad it was her size =)

How to make: Cover a headband with purple fabric by sewing a tube of the fabric and then turning it inside out.  Trim the edges and then hand sew it down on each side of the bottom of the headband.  The flower is actually a doily and I bunched up the doily and sewed it a bit off center onto the headband.

I love these girls so much it hurts sometimes.

Have you ever seen so much attiTUDE from just one little human?

Hope you are all having a great day and this just brightens it up a tad.

Extreme Makeover: Office Edition

13 Aug

The first couple days of work, Jared was told he could paint his office.  Since we were not allowed to paint our previous apartment, we were very delighted.  However, this decision to paint the office also meant removing the decades-old wallpaper from one of the walls.  More on that later…

Then we set off to the hardware store to try and decide what color his office should be.  We considered keeping it neutral and bland, or vibrant and happy.  This was going to be harder to decide than we thought.  We walked around the store some more and finally decided on a color called Riverview.  Sounds nice right.  As the hardware store lady was pouring out the color for us it seemed a bit crazy and bright and I could see that Jared and I were both a bit concerned.  Oh well, this was our decision and we were sticking to it.  For the next day and a half Jared spent his office hour time painting his office…

And here is what it looks like and we both love it.

My little sister took this picture at the Como Zoo and her boyfriend edited it.

This picture was first a postcard I found in a consignment store.  I had it blown up for $1 and the picture frame was from IKEA for $2.

Jared dug through the garbage to find the wallpaper that had previously been on the wall (it has tiny little ducks).  Oh boy.  Thank you Jared for humoring me and finding the wallpaper =)

We were told that we could scour the church and find whatever furniture we wanted to fill his office.  We found some bright blue couches, some yellow slippery chairs, but nothing seemed to quite fit.

Then we walked upstairs to a little bible study room behind the sanctuary and there it was:

Since the red didn’t exactly go with the new green, I decided to get to work on my sewing machine.

I had found these beautiful tablecloths at a garage sale for a dollar a piece and had invisioned them hanging in my future kitchen as curtains.  Wouldn’t these have made great drapes?  So cheerful and happy.  Anyways, I took one for the team and used them to cover the couch in Jared’s office.

Since we will be moving a few more times in the next year it was nice to be able to decorate a room that will not be in transition.  His office will be his office wherever we will be living.  I suppose I just needed to sew something for a room that we would not be moving out of.

A mission, a fun and rewarding mission, accomplished.