Saturday, June 26, 2010
H got a little help from her Aunt Molly after J was done and taking his rest. H is a lot more committed and particular in her crafting, I am finding. :)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
This one was really fun! I had been dying to try out freezer paper stencils for a while, so I thought we could make some fun tote bags. I printed out some cute images and we went to town. I cut out the image outlines with a craft knife and then ironed the freezer paper stencils onto the bags. The kids dabbed away with fabric paint on sponge brushes and went to town! They loved the results. G napped so I made his, but the big kids did great on their own.
After the paint dried we peeled off the freezer paper.
Now they each have a "liberry bag" for taking books back and forth from the library. :)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
So I was asked an embarrassingly long time ago to make Joe's grandma a glasses case that she could attach to her walker. Being pregnant, I completely forgot about it until I was gently reminded by Joe's mom. As soon as I remembered Joe and I got a design underway. It turned out pretty cute. We even embroidered her first initial on the front. It has two pockets for her glasses and attaches to her walker with velcro straps. I haven't heard the verdict yet, but I hope she likes it!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I am super pumped about this one, Friends. See, I had this maternity shirt that I really liked. I actually wore it with all four (oh my goodness, four!) of my pregnancies, but it was getting really funky stains in the underarms. I'm not sure why, but the fabric was bleeding red there, but absolutely no where else.
First I cut off the bodice.
Then I used a pattern piece from a dress that I like and cut off the sleeves and shaped the armholes.
Now here is where I should have a lot of pictures of me trying it on H and her panicking that the pins are going to stick her. We did this step multiple times until the fit was ok. Then I gathered the bottom part that I had already cut off and attached it to the bodice.
Cute, free and fun! Just not as twirly as she would like. She even asked if I could make it any twirlier. Sadly, I had used it all up! See, even the side ties turned into cute little shoulder ties. :)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My very dear friend Lisa asked me to make some slipcovers for her throw pillows. So when I went to see her a few weeks ago we braved the fabric store with three busy little girls and chose fabric. I made them up quick so I could give them to her when she came to town for the day on June 1st. They really turned out cute. She chose three different fabrics, two solids and a really great geometric pattern.
Isn't that print gorgeous? I loved it right away!
That sweet girl even took some pictures when she got home to show them in action. They look really fun in her living room.
It sure inspired me to find some fabric and brighten up my couches, too! Now to find some fun fabric for me...
Monday, June 14, 2010
Guess what those precocious children wore for the entire program? A cap and gown! It was so
Oh well. I got a cute shot of all three of them afterwards anyways!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I promised the kids that I would do a crafty project every Friday this summer. Thus Crafty Friday was born. It all started when we made a list of things we wanted to do this summer on H's last day of school.
So our first Crafty Friday was June 6th. We pretended that we were bugs and talked about how big a flower would look to us if we were that little. Then I showed them some images of Georgia O'Keefe paintings as examples. Next they drew their flowers with pencil and I traced over it with a sharpie. Then we went to town with the watercolors.
J lost interest after a while, but H really worked hard on hers. She added a sun and rainbow in for interest, too. :)
All in all it was a pretty successful event! I even had fun making my own flower.
Friday, June 11, 2010
I suppose it must be nesting or something, but I have made 4 newborn hats for this baby so far. I love making them because they are so quick and portable.
The first two were plain old yellow and green "don't know what flavor we're having" hats.
But the next two were really fun. I ventured into the sock yarn world and I love it! There are so many fun and funky yarns to pick from that it's a little dangerous. Really fun, though.
I thought this one could be neutral, but it ended up a little "girly". So we'll see if that one is a go.
here with varigated sock yarn instead. And on size 3 needles.
Then after all of the hats for the baby, the big kids demanded their own. I finished G's first, and it turned out pretty cute. He likes it anyways. Its also from the same book.
J's is still in the works. It is a little harder for me to knit in the summer. It seems to hot to be working on a hat. But I have one all picked out and the yarn a-waiting, so it'll be going soon!