Monday, December 17, 2012

flowers and pinks

Preparing a load for the wash.  
Soon to be a slew of dainty burpcloths and bibs!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Emergency helpers

It was such fun to make the boys' costumes again this year!  

They are kind of obsessed with the emergency/ healthcare system.  
So much so, that the other day I was asked, "Mama.  Can you sew me a wheelchair?"

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Spare minutes

Just finding some time to work on a couple of new wares for my shop...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sweet dreams

Per my son's request, I got to do some sewing today.
What prompted this sewing request, you ask?  Well, this morning I changed the bed sheets and added this great, vintage pillowcase:

It's one of my favorites.  I figured I could enjoy it by sticking it in the boys' room.  Like they care.


At naptime, my son took one look at his fresh pillowcase and said, "Mama, why you got me this one?  Can you make it go off of here?"

So I did.  He picked the fabric.  I did the sewing.

Friday, May 25, 2012


What can I do with these houses?  I need some ideas!  
This coverlet has been in my "to do" stack for way too long.  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Silent auction fundraiser

*Thanks for bidding!

Another fundraiser opportunity is here!  
Urbanhen is participating in this silent auction.  A fellow adoptive mother organized the auction in order to raise money for the family who will one day adopt Naomi- a little girl waiting in Thailand.  To learn more, visit here.  
To place a bid on this applique tank, visit here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Make your own rules!

This not a philosophy lesson, it's a little tutorial. You can literally make your own house rules. First, you have to make your own house rules.

What are the standards for the people in your family? How do you want to be?
If you have young kids in your home, it is best to keep to a small number of statements. 2-3 is good. 4 is probably pushing it.

Once you have your family statements, create a document and try out fonts! You'll either find this super fun or super exhausting. It can become like writing, itself: after a while you question if that really is how you spell the word "and".
Fonts for Peas is a site loooaded with fonts made from the handwriting of anyone who submits.

Next, print your rules on the paper you like, in the size you prefer, using the color you want. Lots of room for creativity, here! I used 8.5x11 card stock sheets, since I knew I'd be framing them as 8x10s, and black ink, since I wanted the color to come from the thread and fabrics and...because we don't own a color printer.

Finally comes the sewing. I think it is so much fun to sew on paper! Don't be intimidated, just be careful. Paper is not forgiving when you poke a series of holes into it.
Somewhere it has been demonstrated that we do nearly 80% of our learning from what we take in as visual information. So, do what you can to make it beautiful!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lamp update

Twelve years ago, we received a lamp as a wedding present. It was the only floor lamp we owned for a while. And, as residents of a number of apartments and duplexes which always seemed to lack overhead lighting (what is with that?), we were really glad to have it.
Needless to say, this floor lamp was long over due for some attention. I sprayed it, took apart the shade, and "recovered" it with strips of fabric.
Think it'll last me another 12 years?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Make an attempt

A variety of tasks have been calling out to me.
1. Recovering an old chair

2. Removal of two layers of wallpaper
3. Box braids
I have no idea what I'm doing. But, sometimes you have to just give it a try!

Friday, January 27, 2012

sewing for home

Some long-awaited projects:

And that is what a week without leaving the house will give you.

Thank goodness for potty training? I guess?

Monday, January 9, 2012

It's an art caddy

This one's easy:
1. Purchase a 4 pack of your beverage of choice.
(Trader Joe's Cola, for us.)
2. Drink it up.
3. Cover the "leftover" box with old book pages.
4. Fill with age-appropriate art supplies.
(I learned quickly that I had best take the scissors and glue sticks out of there. For now.)

Getting closer

"The council gave preliminary approval to a bill that would make it easier for urban residents to keep backyard hens after hearing from dozens of residents, most of whom spoke in support of the measure."