We had a wonderful week. The in-laws came to visit us from Georgia and we had a great time. The kids loved spending time with their grandparents and I loved taking pictures of everyone having fun. I snapped about 500 pics last week alone. Can you say shutterbug? Here are a few of my favorites from our mini trip to Portland, OR. If you've never been...GO! Its beautiful, green, on the water and best of all, downtown is flat. I am used to Seattle which is full of steep hills so it was really nice to be able to walk around downtown without feeling like I was walking parallel to a hill. Oh yeah, the food is awesome too. I had the best vegan pad thai that I have ever eaten. It was heavenly. But I'll stop blabbing now, please enjoy some pretty pictures. :o)
riding the Amtrak Cascades down to Oregon
The Union Station in Portland...it was beautiful
I love clock towers
little man needs a haircut
Portland has a TON of briges...this is Burnside Bridge
The inlaws are in town for a visit, we are making some HUGE "life changing" decisions and we are all coming down with a nasty cold...
But in spite of all the stress/busy/chaos, I still found time to make another little upcycled t-shirt based on this pattern. I love corvettes and tie-dye is pretty rockin' too, so I am pretty much in love with this t-shirt. :o)
Sorry for the lack of creativity in these parts.
I really have just been SO busy its hard to find the time for blogging - hopefully this blog and I can be reunited soon.
I finally got around to making a Sienna dress from Lil Blue Boo. Well, I've made two so far, but you only get to see one today because the other is in the wash. Uhm...I love this pattern. I heart it so much - it takes a little over an hour to make a dress, from start to finish. Now that's my kind of project! My stash has a large number of my old tshirts that I just can't bear to get rid of for one sentimental reason or another. Well, I finally found the perfect reason to cut them up and make them into something new...like this...
This is the 2nd dress I've made, its a size 2T so Big can't wear it until next year (its down to her ankles right now, ha!) but I loved both of these shirts to death and they just got a little too short after being washed a ba-zillion times.
little wahines (girls) wearing roxy make me smile.
Well, I should get going, I've got a stack of t-shirts to cut up...you will be seeing variations of this dress again very soon! :o)
He is about 18" tall when sitting down, mostly hand sewn, made of a super soft velvet minky. I spent hours of love on this guy. And although he was fun to make and a great learning experience - I am so glad he is finally finished!! I didn't use a pattern, which I think (for me atleast) is rather impressive. Making clothes without a pattern is one thing, making a plushie is quite another. Whew! But he's done and I am happy. :o)
he has the trade mark "blank stare" of the orginal Hobbes.
Today, Riley informed me that I "need" to make him one. That makes my fingers hurt just thinking about it...
I made labels. With twill tape, and iron-on transfer paper. I "think" they turned out ok...good enough for now anyway. They need a little tweaking but I was in a rush and these were just going to have to do.
Here are where the labels ended up.
A cute Kimono-Style PJ set from Amy Butler's Little Stitches. Yet another baby gift for another sweet little one that is soon to arrive.
Busy busy weekend. We are moving soon so this space may be quiet as I pack things up, sort things and hopefully get rid of lots of things! I love the purging that comes with moving, its really satisfying to the soul.
My second installment of thrifty thursday. If you haven't noticed I gave up on tasty thursday. I just get too busy when cooking to take pictures of the food I'm making...that, and I just forget. :o) So thrifty thursday it is. Yesterday I stopped by the local goodwill looking for vintage sheets and I came home with these little guys instead...
more little owls for my growing collection. the little guy on the left has a cute story, he is made of ash from Mount St Helens, an active volcano in Washington State. It errupted on May 18th, 1980...I was married on May 18th, 28 years later. Just a random sidenote that made that little grey owl extra special.
These are not thrifted, but I think I scored big time in the remnants bin this week. There was so much to choose from and just under a yard of everything. These prints are perfect for cute little things for a cute little girl I know.
For all you sewers out there, where do you usually buy your fabric?
I finally made my first oliver + s pattern. Oh my, I loved it. I made the birthday party dress - so cute. Honestly, this is the first time I've used a pattern to create something for Little Big, that I didn't have to adjust. Most patterns for little people seem to be really w i d e and boxy. This fit perfectly, no alterations needed. The instructions were clear, precise and logical...which is just my style.
Please forgive the wrinkles, I photographed this after she wore it all day on Easter. I was just too lazy to re-iron it.
I love the detail over the box pleats, I used some 60's vintage fabric in brown to make it pop.
My little dollie. :o)
I will definitely be making more of these adorable little outfits. Maybe the sailboat top and skirt? Or perhaps the pleated skirt and top? How about the ice cream dress? Which would you make?