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{May 15, 2011}   Little Dude has a crib!

and a crib bumper!  He’s been sleeping in a pack & play for the past 9 months and I finally got to my dear friend’s house to pick up the crib her son is no longer using.  I put the crib together last night and then decided he needed a bumper so he wouldn’t get his chunker arms and legs stuck in the slats.  So, what’s a girl to do? Rummage through the scrap bin and make one!  It cost me zero to make and about 3 hours of my time yesterday afternoon.  All the material was left over from projects of the past, the batting I used was left over from blankets I had made and had to trim the batting down, and the ribbons were from freecycle. =)  It was actually quite easy, just time consuming and it seemed daunting since it was 4.5 yards of material each side and 4.5 yards of batting.  So it took FOR-ever to sew. But I finished it, said a small prayer that it fit and voila’!! It worked.  This momma couldn’t have been more tickled pink that she put together the crib by herself and made a crib bumper all in one day.  He slept in it just perfect last night and without his sound machine (that is attached to the pack and play, which is being given to another friend who is expecting soon).  Without much further ado, here is the crib bumper:

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{April 22, 2011}   T-Minus 3 days…

Well, Easter in 3 days.  I have 2 dresses almost done–they just need buttons and the boys’ shirts done.  I just started cutting Diva A’s dress and ran into a bit of an issue…I should’ve cut the skirt first, but I will see how long what I have is on her and if it’s not to short, it’ll work.  But if it’s too short, I’ll have to add a band at the bottom.  Oh, well…it happens.

Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been busy spring cleaning, taking care of kiddos, playing outside and life in general.  I’ve done several odd sewing jobs that have kept me busy.  I’ve had some fabulous thrift store finds–new living room curtains with 2 matching pillows. The curtains aren’t quite wide enough for the window, but it works and I love the light blue and chocolate combination.  I found a fabulous plum colored infinite dress–one of those dresses where you can where it a ton of ways, it’s all in how you wrap the ties, brand new with tags!! And, 4-5 yards of this beautiful brown polka dot silky material that is calling out to be made into a vintage style dress for me.

Now, I forget what I was going to write, Mommy brain I suppose is getting to me. =)

Without further ado, here are the Easter items I have finished (well, almost finished):



Yup, that’s the title I earned today when I finished the kids’ table tent.  It started yesterday with the kids huffing and puffing because it was too cold to go play outside and me realizing that next month will more than likely be spent indoors thanks to April’s showers.  I’ve seen them done for card tables, but I have no room for a card table.  So, kitchen table it is then.  The hub of our house, where homework is finished, meals eaten, thinking caps put on, coloring done, creativity and imagination takes place (and where I do most of my sewing these days).  I rummaged through our linen shelf and found a twin sheet set that doesn’t get used and down to the black hole of my laundry room to look through my stash and away we went.  24 hours and several hiccups later, the kids were able to eat their pb&j’s UNDER the table in their own house.  I took inspiration for their house drawings for how I did the trees, bush and flowers.  It still needs a mailbox and I want to do one where we can put mail in it, but the kids spent all afternoon playing house, grilling out, playing barbies and driving around their house on their pillow cars.  I call it sweet success and I earned the coveted “Best Mommy in the Whole-Wide World” award.  Life is grand. =)



{February 28, 2011}   Onesie to Dress

Well, I tried to take pictures through out the process; however, I was under a time crunch and totally didn’t take pictures towards the end.  That, and my camera battery decided it was time to slowly die.  I will type as much as I can and explain how I did it.  It started as me trying to make a fast dress for a niece prior to us meeting for lunch.  Should take you under an hour–me, however, it took almost 2 hours (thanks to a teething monster, kids’ tiffs, and a couple broken needles).

Materials needed:

Outgrown onesie (or stained)

Matching Fabric:  10″ by whatever width you choose

Scissors or rotary cutter/mat

Coordinating thread

 

Pick an outgrown onesie or one that has a stain–you can applique over the stain should you like!  I chose a chocolate brown onesie that I had set aside to do something for Liam, which got promptly forgot.  He is now too chunky to fit into the 6 month onesie.  I also chose a cute floral fabric I found in the remanent bin at JoAnn’s, because I could choose a flower from the design to applique to the onesie.

Next pick where you want to chop the onesie off at.  Higher up is more empire waist and lower down will be more of a foofy dress (and in my opinion last longer).  I chopped it off at about an inch above the leg holes.

Then measure the circumference of the shirt–mine was 16″ all around.  I doubled this for the width of the fabric to cut out.  On some tutorials I read they added 12″.  It’s up to you, that’s the beauty of this!  Next I cut a piece of fabric 32″ x 10″.  I had to pause for a few minutes to change a diaper and put the teething monster in his highchair with puffs.

Yes my fabric is wrinkled, but my iron was ready to go!  I ironed it flat (yelled at a kid for running through the kitchen with my iron on, coming dangerously close to the board) and then ironed 1/4″ along one long side and then another 1/2″ to create the bottom seam.  If you have a serger you could serge this edge and then iron up 1/2″ or use bias tape or ribbon to finish the hem.  Then sew the seam shut.  Next, feed more puffs since they have now been thrown all over the floor and stuck in hair (sigh…).   Right sides together, match up the bottom seam on the short side to create a tube, sew down the short side, I also overlocked the edge to keep fraying to a minimum, you could serge or zigzag this edge.  Then iron the bottom hem and the seam you just sewn.

Now, this next step is important!  CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE TO A KNIT NEEDLE!!!!!  If not your machine could possible eat your material.

Did you change your needle?? Now pick a design in your material that you would like to use for the front of the shirt.  I ironed interfacing to the back of it before cutting out the flower to decrease the fray factor.  Next zigzag stitch to where ever you would like to be on your shirt.

Now this is where my kids started fighting, the baby screeching (one loud toy plopped on high chair tray) and I realized I had 20 minutes to get out the door!!!  So I forgot to take pictures, please bear with me and I’ll explain it the best I can.

Mark the skirt part and tshirt part’s half and quarters–this will make ruffling, pleating, gathering or however you choose to do your skirt easier.  Match up the center and quarters right sides together.  I chose to make pleats, due to the time crunch (I suck at gathering, I should really get that gathering/ruffling foot).  Now sew 1/2″ (or serge) from the edge of the skirt/shirt junction, remember to take your pins out as you go, this is how I broke 1 needle!!  You can then leave as is if you don’t have a serger, or I overlocked (make sure your machine is actually on overlock since I had to change the presser foot–hence the other broken needle) it to keep fraying down to a minimum.  Iron your seam down towards the skirt part.

You can say you’re done or you can top stitch the skirt (I did, makes it look more polished in my opinion) and then you can say you’re done!  Stand back, admire your work and assure the kid that butterfly does start with a B as in ball and bat and bug. And then go on your way!!!

I hope this all made sense–if not, ask questions or I have another onesie that I will work on and I can insert more pictures into this tutorial.  Make it your own!!  It’s easy peasy.

Happy crafting and lots of love,

J

 

 

 



{February 27, 2011}   Been Busy!

Well, it’s been 2 weeks since I last posted.  But it’s been a whirlwind of birthday parties, another round of illness and life in general.  I’ve sewn my niece’s baby blanket (6 months late, oops sorry!), a skirt with matching doll for a friend’s daughter and today was a dress for SIL’s daughter upcycled from a onesie and some matching material.  Pictures of the blanket, skirt and doll; however, I am in the process of whipping up a quick tutorial for the onesie dress.

Simple square quilt top, 6″ squares, 5X6 squares.  The skirt is a take on Dana’s Market Skirt and the doll is something I made for Diva S last year and brought out the pattern for another birthday girl.

This weekend has been a treasure hunt.  Went to thrift stores and consignment shops on the hunt.  Somethings that stand out in my head are $2 for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” $4 for 3 Lemon Snickett books for Diva A, $2 for a sky blue formal skirt that I can see being a Cinderella dress in the near future, $1 for a gold chain belt for me, and then today was a bag sale at a children’s consignment shop–Liam scored big for next year and I found 5 or 6 leotards for Diva M and Diva S’s dress up bucket.  Oh and I found a brand new pair of Sketcher pull on tennis shoes for Little Man for $6 for next school year and Diva A a like new pair of slip on ballet flats.

I’ve been in the process of purging out unnecessary junk from the house and it’s been wonderful!  I have several bags of junk out in the garage ready to get donated and several other bags of kids’ clothes ready to be set out for a garage sale when the weather breaks.

A close friend of mine brought me a beautiful orange sherbert skirt to use for material for the girls’ Easter dress and since then I’ve been plotting Easter dresses and outfits for the kiddos.  I think Little Man and Little Dude need matching t-shirts this year.  Well, not matchy matchy, maybe a bowtie for Little Dude, since Little Man requested a pointy tie.

I had a job interview on Friday for a legal secretary position.  I think I did fabulous, so we shall see.  If anything it gave me the confidence to go back out there and get a job.  I can do this!  I can’t just sit on my buttinski for the rest of my life.

Little Man, Little Dude and Diva S had their physicals in the last two weeks.  Little Dude was 6 months exactly on his physical and was 24lbs, 11 oz and 28.75″ long (off the charts for a normal 6 mo old); Little Man, 5 yr old, is 43.5″ and 39.5lbs–50-75% for height and 25-50% for his weight; and, Diva S, 4 yr old, is 42.5″ and 41lbs–90-95% for both.  So all are doing well and the pedi exclaimed over how well behaved my children are and to keep up the good work.  I told her they knew they had lollipops in the van waiting for them based on their behavior–my trick to make it through shots and dr’s visits.  Bribery works in some situations, dr’s visits being one of them.

Diva A got sick…man sick.  But she did actually have an ear infection and was quite dramatic when they flushed her ear out.  She also had waxy build up in her middle ear.  So, yes the tears were abundant at that appointment.  She is still milking the “my ear hurts” statement, but I ask her if it really does and do we need to go back and it magically seems to feel better.  I wouldn’t ask her if it really does, but she brings it up when I ask her to clean her room.  I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday, child.

Diva M has been doing smashingly in school–I’m so proud of her, I was getting worried about her progress.  We, uh, had a break through during a homework session a couple weeks ago.  I was told by her teacher that if she gets frustrated not to push the homework session past ten minutes.  Well, well, my diva figured out that if she cries, pouts and acts discouraged long enough I will tell her enough’s enough, go play.  Hmmmmm, fast forward to progress reports–“I am concerned about her progress.” writes her teacher.  Well, no shit Sherlock–you told me not to push it at home!!!!  Diva M would “shut down” whenever something remotely educational would get started.  Hmmmmm…listened to her playing school, she knew her shit and knew it well.  Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit–the little imp didn’t want to do her work, she just wanted to play!!!  So, the following Monday at homework time she starts getting jittery and I tell her that as soon as she is finished with her homework assignment, she can go play.  She pouted, she cried, she gave dirty looks, I walked away several times.  But she did not leave the table till her homework was done–two and half hours later.  When she finally did it, it took her 5 minutes to do it.  FIVE MINUTES!!!!  She told me she didn’t want to do her homework several times during the ordeal and that she just wanted to play.  But I didn’t back down.  Guess how long it takes for her to do her homework now??  Guess!!!  Five to ten minutes!  And that is by herself with minimal guidance from me.  So, yeah…shouldn’t be a problem for now.  Her school work she’s bringing home is actually better than before and she seems to be doing much better overall.  I’ve also set up a homework/arts and craft station near the dining table.  everyone has their own box with crayons, scissors, glue sticks and stickers, so it has made it more fun to do homework.

Well, the volume level is getting out of control with Diva A and Diva M–I think there’s an alpha fight going on, so I must show them who top dog really is before it gets out of hand.

Lots of love and happy crafting!

J

 



{October 29, 2010}   Halloween

Well, I’ve made 2 costumes this week…One Dorothy and one “Um from Umbridge” from Tim Burton’s Alice.  Dorothy was easy, but the Um costume–never again.  But both Diva M and Diva A were happy with their costumes, so that’s all that matters.  Now I have to make Geo and Milli fro Team Umizoomi for prince s and diva s.

Diva M as Dorothy…

Diva A as Um from Umbridge

Happy Halloween and Happy sewing!



Tomorrow is my SIL’s baby shower–she’s having a girl!  Another girl, but her “baby” is almost 9, so for obvious reasons she has NO baby things.  Kaylee Christine is the precious girl’s name!  She’s due to arrive about a week and half to two weeks after Mr. L is due.

So we have now a quilt, 2 burp clothes and one taggie blanket for her baby.  I had to stop myself!  I’m going to pick out a pack of dipes and call the gift complete (can never have too many diapers!)

And the beautiful sunset from that same night last Sunday



even though if I ever utter, “I think I’ll make a backpack” slap me, please.  Or at least a real backpack.  I’m sure there’s an easier way to do it and I completely made it too hard. But without further ado, here it is

And lined with some recycled whatever it is to stiffen the backpack up and make it cleanable on the inside.

And here’s Diva S from the other day, announcing that she had a baby in her belly just like Mommy

Ta-DA!!!!!!  It’s Pinky-Pie!!!  Now I dance…(yeah, because that’s what all moms do right after giving birth, is dance and twirl 😉 )

And the immature female in me giggled over the sticker on my donut box a few days ago…nope I haven’t seen b.o.b., because if I did I wouldn’t be in this “delicate condition.” LMAO

And speaking of my delicate condition, here is Mr. L in 3D!  Sorry, I cropped all the info out just in case.  Totally awesome and brought a tear to my eye…

On the sewing table currently is a bedspread request by an 11 yr old, a hot pink bedspread with the DC logo (it’s a skateboarding shoe…I had to look it up) in purple.  I have the top done, just need to finish it off for her.

Then:  I have an outfit to make for a 2yr old’s bday party Saturday.  My niece’s baby shower is next weekend and my SIL’s baby shower is the weekend after.  So I must step up to the plate and work on their baby quilts!!!  I figure 3-4 nights/quilt…a night to cut the blocks, a night to sew the blocks and a night to make the quilt sandwich.  I’m going to forgo the binding on these ones (saves me time and tears and pressure on the abdomen).

So I have a full plate for the next 2 wks on the sewing table!!!  After that I do need to make a diaper bag for me and the lil shit.

Lots of love and Happy Sewing!!!!

<3, J



Our neighbor’s son is turning 4 and his birthday party is Monday.  When I asked his mom what he liked, she answered Toy Story.  Hmmmmm…this little guy is my Littles’ BFF and could possible be a future son-in-law the way Diva M and Diva S fawn over him. 😉 This means I must make him a kick ass gift, so not just any TS toy will do for J.

So, after much deliberation, off the Littles and I went to Joann’s with coupons in hand.  Now I have TS3 fabric, 1″ webbing strap, toggles, strap adjuster thingies, 2 blue zippers and blue piping.  I am going to try to make little J a backpack.  Can I do it??  No clue, but hell I’m going to try!!!  Hopefully this won’t turn into a huge fail, but looking at the miniature, preschool size backpacks the Littles have it shouldn’t be too hard.  Hopefully.  Anyway, it gets me back onto the machine.  I must clean her though, since I’ve sewn a carseat cover and did L’s quilt since I last cleaned it.

Sunday we have his family’s annual BBQ.  I haven’t been to one in 3 years, as we are usually out of town visiting my parents at this time.  HE isn’t going, so I guess I will put the big girls on, slap my game face on and go.  I told him to let me know what was going on and if he wanted the kids this weekend for his family thing, that’s fine with me.  Instead he has our oldest daughter, maybe his older boys and bimbo’s kids and they’re headed to TN.  My baby better come back in one piece.  But anywhooooo, I digress.  I get to make tater salad!!  I have been craving it something fierce for a week now, so now I have a reason to make it.  I called his sister up yesterday and basically invited myself. =) hope I didn’t cross any lines. I know we’re in the process of divorce, so things may get weird here real soon.  I’m about to say if he wants his fam to see the kids, he’s in charge of that.  Stresses me out and now even more, I don’t need to get twittered around behind my back or to be compared to the bimbo. Sigh…another rant on another day.

Sooooo, I get to make a back pack and potato salad within the next few days!  I may also throw a batch of chili in for a friend who had an unfortunate “incident” with a crow bar upside his head. I.e., drunk and stupid men…

The wheels are turning in my head for this backpack escapade.  the piping scares me, but why not…Hmmmmm, the ideas are coming a mile a minute!!!!  Hopefully when I next come back it will be with a success!



{June 30, 2010}   Hmmmm….

not sure how people can subscribe to my blog, maybe my hormonally drained brain just can’t figure it out.  **hitting head against the wall**

I will figure it out, hopefully…a friend asked me about it and I have nooooo fricking clue.

Let’s see, sewing wise, I finally finished L’s quilt!!

He is currently kicking me in my ribs while twisting his head around and around in my nether regions…This kid moves more than my other three pregnancies combined.  We go for twice weekly non stress tests and every 4 wks for ultrasounds.  I’m hoping he bakes another 7 weeks…that puts him right at 37 weeks.  So he needs to hang tight.

Trying to get my personal life on track, but that’s another rant and rave in and of itself…I’ve decided most men suck and are only good for their sperm. =P

Ugh, I’m all over the place today.  Took a trip to the DMV to renew the van tag…it totally slipped my mind with all this pre term labor and summer vacation shit going on.  Now I realized that my driver’s license expires 7/22…fml.  I was just there, with 4 kids.  Sigh.  that will a trip that entails me slipping on the steel plated big girls and slapping a face on, so I’m semi-presentable.  I hate pics…



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