Category: Sewing

Houston, We Have Problems!

Busy weekend!  I did lots of cleaning.  Fun!  I shampooed the most run over carpet in the house (living room) and all it did was make the stains more prominent.  But we rearranged the furniture so some stains are hidden and it actually looks quite good in there!  Everyone else in the house was napping during this process so I was alone for furniture removal.  Not a good idea!  I think I pulled a belly muscle.  Luckily hubby had awoken from his slumber by the time the carpet was dry and furniture was ready to be moved back in.  Unfortunately Cupcake was, too, and she really wanted to get in the way help.

I got to spend some time down in the craft room sewing.  Except that the pile of clothes that needed repaired was getting taller and my room was getting messier so I worked on the not so fun projects.  And then I had time to sew a camera strap cover.  And then I realized that my measurements were off and it was too narrow, but I wanted to save the ruffle, so my seam ripper saw a lot of use.  And then I whipped up two more (of the correct size!).  I only had enough yellow knit for one ruffled strap, so I thought I’d try something new with the scrap of yellow I had left.  I think it turned out pretty cute if I don’t say so myself!

Update: Want to make a camera strap cover for yourself?  Find my tutorial here.

Joann’s had a bunch four 50% off coupons in their circular that started yesterday, which was perfect timing because I had 4 things I wanted to buy at 50% off!!

And then I got busy painting them.  And then I ran out of paint on the last one.  And then they were drying outside when it suddenly started pouring down rain.  Out of nowhere. With no warning!!

I think they’ll be OK.  I thoroughly dried them off while my little helper ran around in the rain in just a diaper.  When I head back to Home Depot to return the broken bird feeder I purchased on Saturday I’ll pick up some more paint and continue on in the hopes that I can share with you the beauty they become!  Oh, and what you cannot see in this picture is that my car windows are down!  Yeah, I was in such a hurry to get the crates in that I didn’t even think about my car windows!  It wasn’t until 10 o’clock at night that I even realized they were still down.  At least I realized it then because it also rained over night.

I’m glad we got the rain, though.  It was desperately needed.  The grass is so crunchy that it hurts to walk on with bare feet.

I discovered that Instant Jello in makes delicious pudding pops.  And talk about easy!!

We learned that Cupcake can count to cinco in Spanish.  I guess counting the rice plants in her Dora the Explorer book over and over and over again has paid off!  I love how she says cuatro.

I kept the carpet shampooer handy for a bit just in case Oscar had any ideas about putting his stink on the fresh carpet (he’s been known to do that once or twice!), but luckily he didn’t leave me any carpet puddles to scrub.  He did, however, end up in the doghouse for destroying one of Cupcake’s toys that I crocheted for her before she was born.

I think this one is going to take me a while to get over.

I’m getting excited to move Cupcake into her big girl room.  It’s so close to being done!  The mattress set was delivered……….but there was one tiny problem.

Make that a big problem!  I ordered the low profile set.  I was not delivered the low profile set.  With as high as her bed sits off the floor plus the large boxspring and mattress it’s just too darn high off the ground for a 2 year old.  Hopefully the correct set is delivered before we go on vacation.  I need to figure out window treatments, finish my project that got rained on and get some stuff on the walls.  And I think she’ll be ready for move in day!

And hopefully she’ll be so excited about her new room she won’t fight nap time!  She did not nap yesterday, which makes for one CRANKY toddler in the evening.  At least we can get her to bed a bit early on days she doesn’t nap, so there was plenty of time for cookie baking last night!

Yesterday I forgot to put dinner in the Crock Pot in the morning, but it turned out that the potatoes that I needed for the recipe became a side dish to a different dinner earlier in the week, so it wouldn’t have worked out any way.  So for the first time in almost 2 years we had a pizza delivered!  And it was greasy and delicious!!!  And I have leftovers for lunch today!  With temperatures over 90 degrees this pregnant momma needs something to look forward to!!

How was your weekend?  Tell me the good and the bad.  But not the ugly, please!

 

I came, I saw, I pinned, I completed!

Pinterest.  You’re addicted, right?  You pin DIY projects, recipes, home decor inspiration, toddler friendly activities and in general waste hours of your life not doing anything productive.  Yeah, I’m addicted, too.  I’ve pinned over 1200 things.  You wanna see what I’m pinning?  Check me out……

I needed Pinterest.  I was a serial bookmarker.  But then everything just got lost.  Pictures help!  And when I have pictures I’m more likely to actually get around to making things!  I feel more organized.  I do fall into the trap, though, where I go on a huge pinning spree without actually doing anything.  At least I don’t fall into the trap of pinning million dollar houses that I will never own, though……………

Anywho, I wanted to share some Pinterest projects I’ve recently completed!!!!

Food

I’m a sucker for new recipes.  I hate eating the same old thing over and over.  I’m always looking for something new to add into the mix.  First up, breakfast burritos!  This recipe was courtesy of Mom On Timeout.  I started making this recipe just as a storm started moving our way.  Picture me with a dozen eggs being scrambled, bacon baked, sausage browned, and a lot of cheese at the ready and freaking out that the power is going to go out!  Luckily it didn’t and burritos were made!

They were yum!  Hubby is loving having these in the freezer for a quick breakfast before work.  The original recipe says to cook for 3 minutes, but even with our almost new, usually too high powered microwave they weren’t cooking through, so we had to add some cook time.  But I still give them a thumbs up!

Now this is the recipe that got me all giddy!  Avocado Chicken Salad courtesy of Becoming Betty.  It contained 3 of my favorite ingredients: avocado, lime and cilantro.  The recipe calls for green onion, but strangely I didn’t have any on hand, so I omitted it, but I don’t think I was missing out.

This photo doesn’t do it any justice…………because it is day 2 of the chicken salad.  And we all know how avocados feel about being exposed to air for a day!  But I still devoured it!  This could easily become my  new go to lunch recipe.  And I especially enjoyed eating it on pita, which is a bit of a treat for me!  Yep, this one is a keeper!!!

Crafting

These are the pins I usually have a harder time getting to since they are typically more time consuming, but that’s what nap time is for, right?  First up is a dress from A Small Snippet.  I found some tank tops on clearance at Gap for $0.99  that I thought would be perfect for this project.  And I was right!

I loved the print of this fabric. So colorful and bold!  It was really easy to make.  I have another tank waiting to be made into a dress as well, but I think I’ll try to find a more flowy fabric for the skirt.  This cotton is a little stiff and poofy, so it just makes this pregnant lady look like a blimp.  I think I’ll wait until my belly shrinks before wearing it out in public!

On the quick project list were these Jersey Knit Bracelets from V and Co.  These were super simple and came together in minutes!  And can be done with a toddler in the room without having to fight her off!  And because she was so good she got one, too!

Aren’t we cute with our matchy matchy bracelets?  Cupcake was super excited mommy made her a “pretty.”  At least for a day.  And then she stretched hers out and threw it in the toy box.  I love my 2 year old.  🙂

So that’s the round up for now.  I’ve got a few more projects on the waiting list, supplies on hand to work on here soon and I’ll be sure to share them with you when I finish!

What have you pinned and completed lately?

 

Envelope Back Pillowcase – A Tutorial

So when you come down off your sugar high after frosted cupcakes and iced sugar cookies why not bust out the sewing machine for a quick and easy project!  I wanted to bring in a bit more color in the guest bedroom.  I know, I know, you haven’t seen the guest room, yet, but it’s not done!!!  You’ve seen the window treatments.  You’ve seen the painting process.  I’ve done some furniture painting that I suppose I should show you…………  But today, today it’s pillows.  I’ve got a quick and easy envelope back pillowcase tutorial for you!

With all the blue and white in the room I wanted to bring a bold color in.  Orange was the winner!  I’ve already brought a few orange pieces in and now I have orange pillows!

I started with these 20″x20″ pillows I got super cheap at IKEA.

I cut my fabric to 42″ x 21″

To determine how big to cut your fabric take the width of pillow and add an inch for seam allowance.  That’s your first measurement.  Then take that number and double it to determine your length.  This will give you enough fabric to overlap.  If you want a little snugger pillowcase add another inch or two.

I serged my (short) edges.  (If you don’t have a serger just zig zag stitch down the ends to prevent fraying)

I then created a hem on one side (this will be the outside).

Mark the middle of your fabric and fold your hemmed end to it.

Then fold the other end over so that your pillowcase measures the width of your pillow and pin in place (it’s a good idea to pin down the opening as well, so when you move to your machine you don’t get slack in the fabric).

See how your fabric overlaps?

Stitch down each size with a half inch seam allowance.

Flip your pillowcase right-side out and insert your pillow.

Ta da!

A view from the back.

Peek-a-boo!

And look how pretty they look on the bed!  (see more orange over there?!?!?!)

Close up!

 

If you don’t have much (or any) sewing experience, but are looking for a simple project to start this is a great one.  They don’t take much time at all and there are just a few stitches!

 

Nap Time Craft Time: Baby Doll Diapers

This has been a common occurrence in this house.

I’ve often found Cupcake “changing her baby’s diaper” with one of her diapers.  Sometimes when she’s playing in the living room, sometimes when she’s supposed to be sleeping (complete with a coconut oil mess all over herself and her bed!), so I thought it was about time her baby dolls got some diapers of their own.

To the interwebs!  Seriously I was not going to reinvent the wheel with this one.  A pattern maker I am not.  The good news is I immediately found a pattern that seemed like it was exactly what I was looking for at Skip to My Lou.

The even better news was I could use scraps of fabric for it!!!  Yay!!!

The directions suggested using two pieces of flannel for the diapers, but I had other plans!  I used flannel on the outside and fleece on the inside.  That made them a little more like her real cloth diapers which are lined in fleece or suedecloth.  And I didn’t have any solid color flannel on hand.

First things first, though.  One must clean up the mess from the last crafting project they’ve done to make room to work on the current craft project.

I’m not the only one who has this problem, right?

OK, so I’ve cleaned off my table, print and cut out my pattern and fabric, let’s sew!!

These little things seriously took less than 2 minutes to stitch around!  Miniature sewing projects make for quick gratification!!

In the original pattern it is suggested just to stitch a small piece of Velcro to either side of the front and on both flaps.  Well, some of her dolls are bigger than others and since we’re a one-sized, adjustable diaper loving family I went with a strip of Velcro all the way across the front.

Does the fabric look familiar?

Mr. Giraffe makes a great model, doesn’t he?

So, seriously I whipped up 5 of these things in no time flat!  So why stop there?  I grabbed some more scrap fabric and whipped up a quick diaper bag!

It’s not the fanciest thing ever (and I didn’t have enough cotton to make the strap match, but the inside is fleece lined!) but it holds the diapers and wipes.  Yeah, that’s right she got some wipes, too.  With their very own case!!

I found a cute little idea for a wipes case over at Craftaholics Anonymous.

I have one happy 2 year old!  We’ve spent a lot of time changing baby’s diapers (although I think we need more wipes as baby seems to need at least 4 per change) and then going for a walk in the stroller.

Note the diaper bag placement!  That kid cracks me up!

 

What have you crafted lately?

 

 

Nap Time!

Well, not exactly.  I finished my sewing project!  You know the one I showed you the fabric for.  I used the fabric to make a nap mat for Cupcake.  Since she will no longer be sleeping in the pack and play at the lake house and will be sleeping on a cot I thought she needed a nap mat to go with it.  Something to make it a little more comfy.

I found a great tutorial for it over at Sew4Home.  I actually bought the fabric a week or two before the birthday party, but had to put it aside until the Bee Day Celebration happened.  Oh, I hate when I buy fabric and can’t play with it right away!!!  So the first opportunity post-party I had I got to work.  This project was probably one of the more difficult projects I’ve done.  I even found it trickier than adjusting Halloween costumes for a dachshund.  It was all straight lines, which was nice, but there was a lot of material………..and binding!!!!!

The one other time I tried to bind a blanket it turned into a disaster!!  Here goes nothing!!!

And then there was the part where I tried to stuff a bunch of fabric and batting through a tiny opening under the arm of my machine and tried to stitch a straight line.

Yeah, that was the part where I bent my needle.  Oops!

I also got a great arm workout!  I did find that if I guided the top with my right hand and the bottom with my left I was able to get the fabric through pretty well.  I did have to stop every so often and smash all that extra fabric under the arm.

(It was important to finish this step while Cupcake was napping because I didn’t want my ink to disappear before I finished quilting it!)

The finished product!!!

All rolled up and ready to go to the lake!

Toddler test drive at home………

And dachshund approved!!

We’re still at the lake (where the internet connection isn’t so great) so I’ll have to update you how it went when we get home.

 

UPDATE:   Toddler approved!!!  Cupcake loves her new nap mat.  She was more than happy to sleep on it during nap time and night time.  Sometimes she got a little wonky, but that’s just her style.