Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wiggly Jiggly Loose Tooth…

I had a loose tooth, a wiggly, jiggly loose tooth.
I had a loose tooth hanging by a thread…       
As he’s eating an apple one afternoon, Mr. B comes to me with a panic-stricken look on his face. Trying to hold back the tears, he tells me (half-hyperventilating) “Mom!!!”
Then the flood gates open.
Now, I’m a good mom. I have prepared my child for this. We have read books on this topic. Not just one - MULTIPLE books on this topic. He’s known this is coming. Even asks me periodically when he will lose a tooth. Wishes to the stars…prays to GOD that he would be next in his class to lose a tooth. Yet here he is, FREAKING out about a little loose tooth.
So, after calming the child down (he was convinced that there was something wrong with the apple) what else was I to do but make him a tooth fairy monster pillow? :)
We found a design he liked and started rummaging for supplies…
Transferred the design to some black fleece...
Cut out two circles each of white, green, and black felt for the eyes…
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Cut some triangles of white for the SCAAARY teeth… and a strip of red for the mouth…
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After stitching all of that and a green pocket on the back piece, I sewed it together and turned it inside out…
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Stuffed it, and hand stitched it closed…
Voila! A perfect little pillow!
Now, we’re just waiting on the tooth…
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Handmade Christmas

Since we’ve recently made the decision for me to work only one day a week, we’ve had to become uh, “creative”, in our finances. We didn’t have much money for gifts this Christmas, so it was very much a handmade Christmas. The best part of all of this was that I pretty much had everything in my stash! Here are just a few of the gifts (why didn’t I take pictures of all of them?)

1. For my mama:
A knitting needle case. (my very own design!) It has room for straights, double-pointed, and circular needles. I really should make myself one. I also made her a tote bag from her own fabric that my grandfather had brought back from Thailand (?) in the 60’s. So cool! I stuffed it full of yarn and patterns that I had in my garage (I’d recently been gifted a TON of yarn so had some to spare). A pretty cool present if you ask me. I’d like one.

2. For my mama-in-law:
A recipe holder and waist apron. I wish I had taken a picture of the apron! It was so cute! Here’s a picture of someone else’s – though I liked mine better. I found the pattern in Amy Butler’s In Stitches – love this book! I whipped up the recipe holder from a tutorial I found on the net…of course, I can’t seem to find it now. I love the campy pear fabric – I made a dress for Lissy with it too.

3. For Miss Liss:
A rainbow color soft book and some soft teething rings. I’d been making every other baby and kid something, so it was time to buckle down and do something for my own. I think she likes them. :)
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4. For the hubs:
A pair of Soldiers Glomitts. I think this may be the first PAIR of anything I’ve ever made! Woo! They’re made of fisherman’s wool and super warm. And, to top it all off, they actually fit him!

5. For the random Aunts/Cousins:
Button Bracelets! These were so easy and turned out really cute! I found a random bag of Christmas buttons in my school stuff and it was enough to do all of them. I whipped up 8 of them in just one evening and I think they all liked them, although next time I will actually go shopping for magnetic clasps instead of just scrounging for random clasps I had in the bottom of the bin. Actually, it would probably be even easier to use elastic cord instead of fishing line and avoid the clasps all together.

6. For the teachers at my school:
Hot Cocoa in a jar and mmmm…peppermint bark. I decorated the jars with some green polka dot paper and some red ribbon. Find a good cocoa recipe here. Sorry, no pictures.

7. For B’s teachers:
A teacher at my school volunteered to make some ear phones like these for me so I had him do 25.  His teachers loved them!

Yes, I know what your thinking…What about the boy? Didn’t he get anything? Well, yes he did. In fact, he was spoiled rotten. But not by mama’s sewing machine. I do have a refashioned lab coat in mind for him to go along with the microscope and dozens of science experiments that he received. 

Here’s my little scientist. Ignore the lovely lady in the background.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tunic to baby dress refashion

After knitting a luxurious cashmere Maile sweater for Lissy, I needed to find a simple, cream colored dress. My fingers kept returning to this shirt that has been hanging, unworn, in my closet for about 7 months. It was a favorite while I was preggo, but now (thankfully) too big. So, not wanting to spend any money, while at the same time needing to rid my closet of a few things, I set to work.  Now, if I had the chance to do this over, I would have been a little smarter and added things like a zipper that make getting a squirmy 7 month old dressed. But as it is, it’s cute and will fit for a little while.

I started with this, size XL Old Navy tunic-style cotton top. I really liked the detail around the collar.

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I used this cute little number as a sizing guide since I can’t do projects like this when the girl is awake…

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Next, I started cutting. I really didn’t know what I was doing (refashion virgin here!). I just figured I needed a top and a bottom of the dress. I knew I wanted to add the collar detail. I used the middle section as the bodice and the bottom section as the skirt.


Since Lissy is still petite, I was able to double the fabric for the bodice, making it less transparent (we don’t want to see any baby boobies!). I kept the detail at the center.


Then, I stopped taking pictures. Sorry folks! I’m new at this!

But basically, I took the bottom portion of the shirt and used a gathering stitch around the top. I kept the existing hem to save me some time. I matched the gathers to the length of the bodice, pinned and stitched. Then I added some straps and, VOILA!


Instant baby dress! (And it even fit!)


It looks really great under her sweater. See?



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Book of Colors

I’m really just a beginning sewer, but I’m loving getting to know this craft. I love walking into the fabric store and seeing all of the different colors and textures. So when my mama (an incredible quilter) gave me a huge bag of scraps, the inspiration started flying. I found this tutorial for a soft book of colors and decided I had to make one for my friend’s daughter.
I embroidered the title and all of the pages by hand (another new craft for me). It took a LONG time, but was worth it in the end.
Ellie liked it. And yes, I did make one for Elise too. :)