Monday, December 6, 2010

December 1

After sitting down to a warm bowl of White Christmas Chili, the traditional December 1st Christmas tree decorating began!

Looking for a way to add some handmade to your holiday?
Stockings are a great place to start!
You can easily make your own pattern especially if you're wanting a simple look, like me.
Here are a couple of tutorials to get you started:

Happy December!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hearting Africa

Right now I'm busy working on a custom order for more of these wares, inspired last year by my little ones. These new ornaments will be going to a mother soon expecting a little one of her own.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Two for one

I have two boys. Somehow we ended up with one backpack. My two boys love this one backpack. See how these numbers aren't adding up?

Instead up my own previously used drawstring backpack pattern, I tried Simplicity 5284 - a pattern that I had actually picked up years ago for the a-line dress. I didn't add interfacing, as the pattern recommended. I rarely do listen to patterns on these matters. But I think the interfacing actually might be nice in this one. The bags are bit floppy which makes them hard for tiny hands to reach inside. I made the front pocket bigger and the elastic gathering longer.

Instead of d-rings I used two clasps that a friend had given me a while back. She used to work at Gap and one day somebody at her store was throwing away bags and bags of these overall rings. What?!?
Fortunate for me she's a hoarder of random things that might possibly maybe be useful for something crafty someday.
Yep. These were. Thanks, D.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If you give a hen a recipe for homemade finger paints...

She's going to want to make them for her boys.
While stirring the goo, she's probably going to ponder over colors.
When she thinks of colors, she's likely to think of her long lost fabrics.
So, she'll probably go look at them.
When she sees her fabrics, she's going to think of art smock appliques.
And you know what'll happen if she thinks of appliques....
She's going to want to make them for her boys.

*Attempting art with toddlers, inspired by my dear friend Debbie who is bursting with beauty and creativity!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Postal obsession

We *love* the mail truck at our house. He's so predictable and so giving!
I knew right away what would inspire our boys' second birthday celebration!
Finally had an excuse to create a fun new applique.

Make that two fun new appliques!

In lieu of gifts, we asked friends to bring mail! They've had a blast sorting the postcards and letters, emptying the homemade mailbox, trading cards back and forth.

And I treated myself to a little something from my urbanhen stock.
I'll admit, I've always been jealous of whoever would eventually purchase this ware. I love it! So...thanks for never buying this one. I guess.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Around the way

I have a love/hate relationship with bias tape.
What I love about it: Nothing completes a handmade item like binding.
What I hate about it: Nothing completes a handmade item like binding.

For those of you who, like me, can't resist the lure of the lovely bias trim, here's the perfect tutorial from Posie gets cozy.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

What I love about summer:

Sweet local fruit with garden mint

Grilled pizza with fresh-picked basil

Humidity-enhanced curls, curls, curls!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Untutorial- Henny Headbands

Summer headbands make heads happy! This tutorial actually contains some numbers. Be forewarned, but don't be afeared.

Untutorial: Henny Headbands
1. Dig through your fabric stash and locate a small-ish piece that would look good on top of your head.
2. Cut a 6-8" piece of 1/4" wide elastic.

2. Use a tape measure, scarf, or shoe lace to measure your head. Or better yet, grab a headband or headscarf that you already know fits your noggin.

3. Cut the fabric the length of your head minus about 6-8 inches x any width you like. Somewhere between 5-9 inches is about right. Could be bigger; could be smaller.

4. Fold the fabric in half and sew the long edge.

5. Turn the fabric "tube" inside out. (Please tell me you have a loop turner!?)

6. Stick one end of the elastic into one end of the tube (or turn under the raw edge first) and sew back and forth and back and forth and back and forth. Repeat with the other end.

7. Get creative with fabrics and widths and fun ways to finish the raw edges!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Untutorial: Fresh Pillowcases

Do you love this fabric? I purchased it a year ago from a lady who was selling off her gigantic stash of great, great prints.
The walls of our bedroom are painted a faint blue and I always like to have something green to go along. I love greens...
(And if you've never played around with Etsy's color search feature, it's pretty fun.)

Back to the untutorial. As I'm finding myself with smaller bits of time to devote to sewing, I'm finding myself making more things sans pattern. It's working so well (you be the judge of that) that I thought I'd share some of my untutorials with you.

Untutorial: Fresh Pillowcases
1. Dig through your fabric stash and locate a moderately large piece of fabric you really like to look at. Soft is nice. Big print or small print. Anything you'd like to put your face on.
2. From your linen closet, choose a pillowcase that has a length and width that works well on your pillows and your bed.
3. Fold your ironed fabric in half, right sides together, and trace the pillowcase (leaving seam allowances and the open-edge hem allowance).
4. Iron hems and sew. Don't even pin this one.
5. Turn right side out.
6. Take a nap or, more realistically, get started on dinner and know that when you head to bed tonight you'll be greeted by your lovely, and more importantly, completed sewing project. Ah.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The saddest day

We made our decision. The girls needed a better home. So, we said our goodbyes on Tuesday evening before supper. And, as things like this go, we even got 2 eggs earlier that morning. Sheesh. It's as if they knew what was coming! Way to make me regret my decision, chickens.

After pouring through more than 40 emails we received yesterday in response to our Craig's List add, we found a local guy with 7 hens of his own who was willing to add our four girls to his roster.
It sounds perfect. He lives north of the city, reassured us that he never considers his chickens as dinner options, and told us we could come and visit whenever we like.

So, an era is ending. But only for a little while! My husband promised we wouldn't be hen-less forever. For now, we'll be spending our time seeking out resources for farm fresh eggs as best we can and Beatrice, Virginia, Kelly Clarkson, and Ms. Benedict will be enjoying a new home where they can run and play and begin to lay their warm, brown eggs again.

Don't want to leave, but we both know
Sometimes it's better to go
Somehow I know we'll meet again
Not sure quite where, and I don't know just when
You're in my heart, so until then
Wanna smile, wanna cry
Saying goodbye

Twinkle Twinkle

Decorations for a friend's baby shower this weekend:

Another great way to recycle old book pages, paper bags, and misc papers.