Category: Sewing

Little Bo Peep and her Sheep

Happy Halloween!  I hope you have a safe and treat filled day!  Cupcake and Pumpkin, I mean Bo Peep and her sheep, have a playdate with some friends this morning.

Last week when we still had some decent weather I tried to get out to a local park to take some family photos and pictures of the girls in their Halloween costumes.  It was a disaster.  I didn’t get a single decent family photo as either one of the girls was crying, no one was looking at the camera, or Cupcake wasn’t even in the picture!  Costume pictures were a disaster, too.  This is the best I could do.

That’s one confused Bo Peep and one mad sheep!

I bet Little Bo Peep is wishing her sheep was still lost.

Our area has Beggar’s Night on the 30th so we were out and about last night.  It was, oh 37 degrees and wet out there, but we braved the neighborhood.  And by neighborhood I mean we went to 7 houses.  We had to show off the costumes to our friends!  Both girls had two layers of clothes under their costumes.  I could barely zip Cupcake’s dress up over her clothes.  Luckily Pumpkin’s costume had plenty of room to spare.

Cupcake got quite the haul.  Not just candy, but toys, too!  And all the neighbor’s were happy to see Little Bo Peep and her sheep.  Pumpkin slept through the whole thing.

And slept some more.

And Cupcake dug in.

 

Ghosts and Skirts

I have quite the blog crush on Dana over at MADE.  I am in awe of everything she makes. I’m always pinning her posts!  I have made a few of her projects and plans to make more!  I’ve made a circle skirt, a bunting, marshmallow creme dip, and have learned a few sewing tips from her as well.  So, when I needed a fun project to work on last week she came through with a great idea!  She had made a rock ghost town with her kids that was so adorable and made out of recycled items!  I was sold!  I knew Cupcake would love this!  So while she and Pumpkin were napping I headed out to the recycle bin to see what I could find.  I got to cutting and spraying while the girls were still asleep.  When Cupcake woke up we headed out to the side yard to steal some rocks from the neighbor.  Cupcake supervised while I spray painted.  After everything was dry I set about adding some details with Sharpies and set up the ghost town.  Cupcake loves it!  She’s been playing with it A LOT!  She even wanted to take the ghosts to Target with us!  Here’s my little ghost town.  It’s not nearly as cute as Dana’s, but my 2 year old isn’t complaining!  And neither is my pocket book since this project was FREE!!  (I already had the spray paint and Sharpies on hand)

Oscar is also a big fan.  Particularly of the purple building which now has one large window up top.

 

I also wanted to do some sewing, but I needed a quick project.  Cupcake is a big fan of the circle skirt I previously made her.  Some days the only way to get something on her bottom is to offer up the skirt.  I figured it was time I made her another one.  So I dug through my small fabric stash and found a great fabric for the job.  I still had the template I made from the first which made this project even easier!  I did take the length up 2 inches as the other skirt is a bit long and I planned on using wider elastic this time.  When I was done cutting out the fabric I realized there was enough for another skirt, but of a smaller size!  Dana has a printable for a baby sized circle skirt, but I don’t have a printer in my craft room, so I just went with the old fashioned way.  And ta da!!!!!!

Ain’t she the cutest?

And now for cuteness overload………

I said I wouldn’t matchy matchy the girls (except for Christmas pajamas), but I couldn’t resist.  And look how cute they are!!  I promise not to go overboard, but I think I see a few more skirts in their futures!

 

Nap Time Craft Time: A Bunting for Baby

I was perusing the aisles of Hobby Lobby one morning with the intent of finding items to make an I Spy bag for Cupcake.  I was happily ogling fabric when I came across two pieces of fabric that were meant to be in a fat quarter bundle.  And I was all “come to momma!!!!” but I couldn’t find the rest of the bundle.  And I couldn’t find another bundle with those pieces in it.  I was devastated.  And then my toddler ran down the back aisle and I had to chase after her all 9 months pregnant.  Luckily she had a bag of beads in her hand that were making a jingling noise so I could follow her by using my supersonic momma hearing.  And then we left.

Sad day for crafty momma.  Sigh.

And then Cupcake actually took a nap (a long one) on Sunday afternoon and I had no idea what to do with myself.  I had a project in mind, but I didn’t have any fabric for it.  I really wish I had a fabric store in my craft room.  But alas I don’t have the storage space (or monetary resources) to just buy fabric and hold on to it waiting for the perfect project.

Luckily I’m a super nice wife and when hubby didn’t feel like taking Oscar to get his nails clipped I volunteered!  Joann’s is in the same strip mall.  Sneaky, sneaky.

I scanned the quilting fabric wall.  I couldn’t decide on anything.  Nothing was appealing to me.  I wanted something a little modern or bright or something with some plum and different patterns.  The only fabric I liked was polka dots.  So I checked out the fat quarters.  Still nothing.  But then, I remembered……….they have an end cap with fat quarter bundles!  I moseyed over (or waddled, whatever you want to call it) and low and behold…………I saw the same two fabrics I was feverishly searching for at Hobby Lobby!!!!!!  This time they had all their friends with them!  And they were mine!  I bought two!

Wanna know which two pieces I loved?

Gorgeous!

I saw Dana’s tutorial over on Made to make a scalloped bunting and I knew H2.0 needed one!  I now had the fabric to do it!  To make my circle template I used a paint can lid.  It measures about 6 1/4″ around.

I was able to get 3 circles from each fat quarter.  I picked 4 fat quarters to make my scallops and one to make my bias tape.

In Dana’s tutorial she cut her template in a half circle……..I went ahead and did full circles.

I stitched them all the way around and got really dizzy from going in circles over and over and over.

And cut them in half.

And snipped the curves, flipped them right side out and ironed them.

I made bias tape.

And then sandwiched my half circles in my bias tape and stitched and stitched and stitched until I reached the end.

How cute is that?

I’m so excited to hang this sweet, girly bunting in baby’s room.  It will also make a great photography prop, so don’t be surprised if you see it again.

Oh, and I only used half my half circles and half my bias tape, so I can totally make another one!!!!

And speaking of baby…………..

It’s Fall Y’all!

Thank goodness!  I’m done with the heat!  This pregnant momma is welcoming the cooler temperatures with open arms.  If it’s not a million degrees outside we can actually go out there!!!

We can walk to the park and have a picnic!

And we can show the younger kids how to go down the slide.

We had a nice afternoon of fun at the park in our neighborhood on Friday.  Joanna and Sweetey Petey joined us for some fun!

We’ve been enjoying delicious, juicy peaches before they’re gone for the winter.

I got snap happy with my veggies while making my first batch of soup for the fall.

Parsnips.

Carrots.

It’s a good thing I made some homemade bread because the soup wasn’t that great.

It was a new recipe.  A bit bland.  I’m not upset, though.  There’s plenty more fall to come.  Plenty more time for making soup.

Hubby had to get his hands dirty and fix a constantly running toilet.  A non-working toilet on the first floor of the house does not a happy pregnant woman make.  Cupcake was glad to help.

I’ve been commissioned by my neighbor, who is a Girl Scout Troup Leader, to sew patches on vests, so I got the first round of those done.  Before their next meeting! And before baby #2 arrives!  Woo hoo!  I also finished Cupcake’s Halloween costume.  But I’m not telling you what it is, yet.  I also started on H2.0’s costume. I’m also not telling you what it is, but I’ll show you the mess it’s making!

Remind me to never use such fuzzy fabric again!  It was all over me!  And it’s all over the floor!  And it was going down my throat and up my nose and floating in my water and covering every inch of my work table!  I’m going to have a LOT of cleaning to do when this costume is completed!

Speaking of cleaning up, remind me to not by freeze dried berries for Cupcake any more.  It’s too messy!

Good thing it was bath night!!

I’ve decided hubby needs to start coming home every day to put Cupcake down for her nap.  Apparently she’ll nap when he tells her to, but not when I do.  She’s been fighting it ever since we took her pacifier away (2 or 3 weeks ago), but I don’t think she’s ready to give it up.  She can’t make it through the evening without several meltdowns on days she doesn’t nap.  She also cannot go on a 5 minute car ride without falling asleep on days she doesn’t nap.  And it all started when we took the pacifier away, so I don’t think it’s a coincidence.  Her black out curtains weren’t hanging for a few days while I was spray painting her hardware so maybe that had something to do with it, too………….

And I’m just waiting, now.  38 weeks and counting.  H2.0 could be here any day now.  Cupcake came a few days early, so it makes me think this one will, too.  There’s been progress as far as dilation goes and though it doesn’t tell you when you’ll go into labor it makes me glad to know the contractions I’ve been having are doing something.  There are a few more things I’d like to get done before she comes (like get our washing machine fixed, celebrate our wedding anniversary, finish her Halloween costume), but I’d also like her to get off my bladder.

 

Hey, do you have any great soup recipes?  Apparently I could use a few!

Cupcake’s Chalkboard Table Cloth

So I showed you how I made bias tape out of a fat quarter and that I also made a project with it.  And then I left you hanging.  Have you been dying to find out what I made?  I hope so!  Well, here it is!  Cupcake’s chalkboard table cloth!!!

So Cupcake has this cute little table from IKEA that she likes to sit at and read, color, snack, etc.  You’ve seen it when she’s mess free finger painting, messy painting, or using the chairs to sneak cookies off the kitchen counter.  I thought it would be fun to give her another option for using the table.  Last week I discovered that they make chalkboard fabric and it’s sold at my local Joann Fabrics store!!!!  I was planning on making a trip there anyway to pick up the rest of the fabric for her Halloween costume since I had some coupons that were about to expire, so I snuck over to the utility fabric section and found it!  It’s only $4.99 a yard!!!  What a deal!!

So I measured her table.  And cut my fabric to size.

(Look I have leftover fabric to play with!!!!!!!!!!)

And stitched my double fold bias tape around the outside using a denim needle.  The fabric is thick, so it’s best to use a sturdier needle.  Also, once you start sewing there’s no going back.  The holes will forever be there, so don’t mess up!  I opted for a zig zag stitch because I thought it would be fun and because I was using the cheater method of sewing bias tape (meaning I just sandwiched it over the edge of my chalkboard fabric and started to sew instead of opening it up and sewing the back first).  And I ran out of thread on my bobbin with less than an inch to go!!!

I also took the easy way out and just folded my raw edge under and finished stitching instead of cutting off the excess, stitching the two ends together and stitching the rest of it down.  I’m lazy practical like that.

A perfect fit!!!

Don’t mind the wrinkles.  You can’t iron this stuff (it’ll melt) and it worked itself out after sitting on the table for a day or two.

Make sure you prep it before you write.

Have fun, Cupcake!

And just like you do when we color with coloring books and crayons get in on my side.

This was such an easy project.  Once my bias tape was made I whipped this up in no time!

When not in use you can roll it up.  Don’t fold it or it will crease.  And buy better chalk than what I have.

 

Have you ever made anything with chalkboard fabric? If so, what?