Friday, January 9, 2015

Making scarves.

It's what I do lately, among a few other things. They are easy, simple and very much a necessity in this winter weather. It was 10 degrees this morning. I'm just going to come out and say it, I don't like the cold, I don't like being cold and I really don't like this "polar vortex" nonsense that streams down unbridled from the north pole.

Anyway, back to the scarves. Let's start with my favorite.
It's a pattern from All About Ami and it's her Triple Luxe Cowl, which is super easy and simple. It makes for a nice thick cowl. It's a cute, simple pattern and I used Woolspun from Lion Brand Yarns as she suggested.
Here is a view of the reverse. Next time I make this I will make it about half the width. Maybe I am weird but I don't like my scarves/cowls to feel like neck braces. This is just a little too thick. But it is soft and warm so I can deal with it for now.
 Kitty approves, too. That is, of course, necessary.

Next is a simple little scarf that I really don't care for. I won the yarn a few years ago and it's just not my favorite colors, but I felt like I should make something with it. So I made a "lacy cowl" using a v stitch. And, I don't like it. Oh well, can't love everything you make.

Next up is a cowl that I made using a double crochet with a chain stitch in between. It give a nice, open, mesh-like feeling that I really like. It's really soft and not very long so it wears like more a necklace. A warm, cozy necklace.
I wear this one a couple times a week, I really like it.

Next is another pattern from All About Ami, the Twist Cowl. This is a fun cowl, made with wool yarn so it is a tad itchy, but warm and super cute.
 Kitty like this one, too. Meow.
I like it so much I wore it for our family pictures, here's an outtake. The three
littles are looking in three different directions. Yep, that's sounds about right.


Friday, January 2, 2015

What a great year!

2014 was challenging, but wonderful at the same time. I feel like I found myself in some ways and in others I've stayed exactly the same. I think struggling a little will do that to you. 

Despite some hard times, my family was and still is healthy and mostly happy, so I am very thankful for that! The lapses in happiness are usually caused by some sort of tantrum from a certain three year old. But we are hoping those start to become few and far between as she gets a little older...

In blog land it was a fun year too, because I actually blogged! Here's a little round up of some posts from 2014...

We went up to Michigan to play in the snow after Christmas...

Miss B, turned 3 and we had a fabulously Frozen birthday party for her. It was so much fun to put together. I mean, glitter, sweet treats, turquoise/aqua, and twinkle lights, can't get much better than that!

I wrote quite a few posts on dresses I made that never found their way onto the blog. This one is my favorite. Here is another cute one.

I crocheted quite a bit, as I often do in the wintertime. I even whipped up some amigurumi, which I hadn't done in forever! Pinkie Pie was my favorite yarn creation.

I made three versions of the Rollerskate dress, 1, 2 and 3...

I was a pattern tester for two fun patterns, the Half Moon Bay Dress and the Sweet Simple Dress. Testing patterns is super fun, I hope to do more of it this year.

I finished the front porch chairs I has been working on for a while. They turned out great!

I participated in my first KCW last spring and again in the fall, so fun! Fall was especially enjoyable because I made costumes...Anna and Elsa, of course.

The Garden Party dress was another favorite from this year, I made two versions, one for Easter and a silk one, it's such a pretty dress!

My little man even had an outfit sewn up by his mama, it was pretty adorable if I do say so myself.

I shared a sneak peak of one of my favorite rooms in our house, the master bedroom. Then, I took the summer off from blogging because we were visiting family in Seattle and my sewing machine couldn't come with me and soaking up family time was more important than this blog. :) 

We started homeschooling this year and are enjoying the adventure.

Here's to a wonderful 2015! I hope this year is full of happy kids, learning, sanding, priming, painting, sewing, selfish sewing, yarn, baking and getting in shape. You know, normal "me" stuff. :)

Cheers to 2015!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pine cone pretties

Since I took this picture last week, the leaves have almost all fallen and the branches are skinny and bare. We can see neighbors houses that were covered by summer foliage and it's so much fun to watch the squirrels run up and down the trees with their acorns. Being a squirrel and having a fear of heights wouldn't be a good combination.

The temperatures have dropped and it is unseasonably cold. Like freezing cold. It's fireplace weather. I don't like being cold, but I do like Christmas, so the minute Halloween was over I wanted to pull out the Christmas decor, but I did all I could to hold out and only got out a few gold pine cones. (don't mind my ugly paint colors. we don't own the house and can't paint over the awfulness.)

I made this garland last year and it's really cute and easy to make. We live in Georgia and have no shortage of pine trees and no shortage of pine cones. The kids helped gather them up and we spread them out in the garage and gave them a coat of gold spray paint. I strung them up with twine and viola! An easy peasy, pine cone garland. Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Stay warm everyone, I am going to blast Christmas tunes and bundle up because it is COLD.


Friday, November 14, 2014

A new adventure.

No, we aren't moving and no there are no more babies on the way (thank goodness) but we did start a new journey a few months ago. We are officially a homeschooling family! My oldest daughter started kindergarten this year. But instead of rushing her off to the the bus stop at 7am, she woke up around 8am, had a leisurely breakfast and started the day with the obligatory picture next to a sign stating that she is now in kindergarten, ha.

And then, Bella wanted in a picture, but she wouldn't turn around, Yep, that's typical.

In the weeks that followed we started to become more involved in a local homeschool group. We've gone on several field trips... 

We visited beautiful a few historic homes in Roswell, GA.

While visiting these homes we learned how to make candles, cook over a hearth and how homes were built in the 1830's. Can you believe they didn't use nails most of the time?!

We went on an apple picking adventure.
Apples just taste better when you pick them yourself! We also found out that apple sauce tastes better when you make it yourself. Someday I'll introduce y'all to my adventures with canning, but that is another story. If I could describe it in one word, it would be delicious.

We visited a farm and fed some hungry milk cows. In the process, we found a new place to get fresh milk. It was fun to meet and the feed the cows where our milk comes from.
 These ladies were hungry and it was incredible how much hay they would eat!

The girls have met some darling new friends and we are really enjoying this special year of home learning.

I am not going to dive into the reasons we are homeschooling this year, but I will say that this was not something I had ever really thought about until last Spring. The idea popped into my head one day and I couldn't let it go. The more I thought about it, the more I couldn't stop thinking about it. We don't have long term plans right now, we are just going with the flow. I am enjoying this journey and I know she is as well. It is so fun to watch her discover new things on her own and learn about this great big world that we live in.

Cheers to new adventures!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Who am I kidding?

I've been in some sort of turmoil over this blog for quite some time, years really. In the beginning I really wanted to get into it, with constant projects, tutorials, blogging schedules, the whole nine yards. I had major envy of all the "cool" bloggers back then and really wanted to be one of them. I did it for a while and it was fun while it lasted but could never really give it my all. Then, another baby was on the way and I was really sick so I stopped blogging, next I went back to school and blogging stopped again, then we moved across the country, I got a full time job, another kid arrived and well, you get the idea. 

I've neglected this space for so long, but never forgot about it. I would complete a project and feel guilty that I never took any "blog-worthy" pictures to prove that I actually did the project. Then, the sane (or maybe crazy?) part of me would think, who really cares? Who really wants to see that you painted that table, sewed a new dress, or took some pretty pictures. Does anyone really care and would it really matter if no one knew that I was doing something creative? I don't know. But I know from personal experience that I actually enjoy seeing other artists and the lovely things they create. Creativity is contagious and for me, I really feed off of someone else sharing their work. I want to share what I've made, even if I am the only one who ever sees it here.

So, I've come to a decision that yes, I want to continue blogging but not for the reasons I started out with. No, I don't want to churn out tutorials, DIYs and pinterest worthy pictures every day. But, I do want to write. I want to express my thoughts, my feelings, share tidbits of life and of course my creative side. I want to be able to come here when I have time and not feel guilty when I don't. I want to chronicle my creative endeavors and see the things that I've made over the years. I want my kids to have something to look back on and see a fun glimpse into their childhood because at the rate I'm going I'll never finish another photo album until they are 55 and by then I'll be too old to remember anything. I want this space to be inviting not just for me but for others if they happen upon it. I don't want the "bad-blogger" guilt that always bothers be when I don't post anything for two weeks or more. I'm going to keep it simple and drop the requirements that I put here for myself. No rules, no guilt, just words, pictures and a few projects here and there.

I feel better already!

Now, If you'll excuse me, I have some "artwork" to remove from a bedroom wall. Thank goodness for washable crayons and markers.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Another Roller Skate Dress

I sewed this one up during Kid's Clothes Week, took pictures on the Saturday before the week was over. But, I just couldn't get my act together to actually edit and post the pics, so here we are about two or three weeks later and I'm finally writing a blog post about this dress.

This is version 3.0 of the o+s Roller Skate Dress. It's so fun to sew and customize! You can find 1.0 here and 2.0 here.

The fabric is a really flimsy (aka cheap) Chambray from, but it's lined so that takes care of the sheerness factor. Next time I order Chambray online I am not going for a bargain, that was a mistake.

The lining is a white broadcloth that I dyed a pretty aquamarine. I had the dye and the fabric on hand, so it just made sense. She still fits in her previous two Roller Skate Dresses and those are a size 5, so I dodged the bullet this time and didn't have to cut out a new size. YES! I love it when that happens. :)

Notice that, smile, we are missing two teeth on the bottom. I can't believe how big this girl is getting!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KCW Day 3: Let it Go!

Welcome to Kids Clothes Week day 3! I am having a blast sewing so far. Here is my twist on Elsa's icy dress. Now, I know, that besides every other little girl this Halloween, there is no one else that wanted to be Elsa, so this costume is totally original. Ha. All joking aside, I think my take on Elsa came out pretty cute.

Again the bodice and skirt are separates. I made a peasant style top using a pattern for the sleeves and a self drafted bodice (yay, me!). The top is a sheer sparkly netting overlaid on a white costume satin (thank you, Joann clearance bin). We opted for short sleeves because this will be put in the dress up box and my girls don't like long sleeves on their dress up clothes. The blue sparkles on the bodice are courtesy of some crazy sequin/netting stuff that I thought would be terrible to sew with. My machine chewed it up like a champ, no broken needles and no bunching or slipping. So I didn't have to do any hand sewing, yay! My serger, however, made it about an inch and then protested by snapping a needle in half. I gave up serging sequins after that. Oh well, who needs serged edges anyway? (Sing that to the tune of "the cold never bothered me anyway...")

Instead of serging the lower edge of the shirt, I used some bias tape to contain the raw edges, it gives it a nice finished look and keeps L from leaving trails of sequins wherever she goes.

The cape is another type of sparkly netting that I attached to the back of the bodice. I gathered the top to fit and finished the edges up and also trimmed the bottom in a crescent shape to make it seem more "capeish" (is that a word?).

The skirt is a simple circle skirt, I did some fun circle math thanks to Dana's tutorial. Instead of an exposed elastic waist, I created a waistband and put the elastic inside that, just because I like a clean finished look. The skirt passed the twirl test, that's for sure.

The look on her face when I showed her the finished dress was PRICELESS. She was beyond excited. We may finish off the costume with the Rapunzel wig that I made last year. I would just need to add some white yarn to it to make it more like Elsa because "Mom, you know that Elsa has white hair, not yellow, right?"