Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kids clothes week: kids sew

While I was busy in the studio, Murphy came out and asked if he could sew.  Normally I say, "later" or "not right now" and I continually put them off... But I decided that I would say yes. I told him to pick out some fabric and we would make a little bag.



And then Hawley wanted in on the action too!




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kids Clothes Week: summer edition!



It's Kids Clothes Week! hurray!
to start this week off, I am making a bunch of shorts for Murphy.  I am making a dent in the "finish this *&$% " pile too.


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His favorite are the Prefontaine shorts, so that's what I made.
one western (although I think these are kinda girly but he likes them), one with llamas,one just teal and stripey

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On a side note, I made some videos for Pellon, and you can view them now! here and here!



Sunday, July 20, 2014

about a year ago


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I was joining in on the #tula100 sew along, but somewhere after the 20th block, I got distracted by other things. Here's the old block links: week1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7   I had actually finished up to block 35, I just didn't get the pics done.  You might remember the mighty braille hexi beast project that I had been working on! Well I picked it up again, and am happily working my way through it at super fast pace.  I knocked out 20 blocks over the weekend, here are a few (I am hoping to get this done, and out of the way as at least a top before the end of summer):



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They aren't perfect

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I am not skilled at this tiny little sewing and I had to remember some of the tricks of starch and pressing constantly.

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But, I am liking the progress

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these 3D boxes are my fav so far

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

stripey stripey




A couple of months ago I painted the house. I haven't done that in 7 years.  At that time I had painted it from off white to a slate and butternut combo that for a long time suited us.  But I was tired of inadequate light. So bright white it went.
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I've never been able to go full minimalist.  Even partly minimalist is hard for me.  The smooth clear surfaces with white walls, light wood, white curtains, white upholstery (yeah right). That just wont work here, let alone be comfortable to me.  Hubs is uncomfortable with the idea of fixing the kitchen with white cabinets...
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Because of this change in colors, we needed different curtains. When I finally decided on what I would do, I realized, I was taking a note from Katy at No Big Dill.  If you go through her instagram feed, you'll see a lot of black and white combos.
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I've always been a fan of stripes, and I love that everywhere these curtains hit is appealing to the eye with the stripes.  They are bold, but not aggressive.  I've said before, stripes are kind of a neutral in my book.

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To go with the curtains, I used the scraps to cover the throw pillows. I thought it would be a good idea to pull up an old tutorial by Rachael, and add some stripes to it.I modified it by doing only a 4 half square triangle combo.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Lego Organization.



There are household chores that no one wants to do. Clean behind the stove, mop under the refrigerator, wash the window sashing... There is one chore I only do every 2 years or so because it is a daunting task and takes several hours. I break it up and take it an hour at a time: The Lego Collection.
We love Lego.  Absolutely love Lego. My family loved Lego too, and when my kids were old enough not to swallow them, they started arriving at our house.  My mom saved the Lego collection from when I was a kid, and my sisters too.  Since then, we have been adding to it with holiday gifts and fun purchases.

Over time, what was separated into categories and collections is now jumbled and the star wars is mixed with the batman lego and the castles are fighting for space with the aliens.  This isn't bad for play.  The problem comes with the questions like:"mama, where is General Grievous' left foot?" or "mama, I cant find batman's throwing bat" and "where is the right hand for hulk?"

yup.

somewhere amongst the thousands of lego items is my answer.
so, I take the time and drill into the boys as I do that this is a lot easier if we keep these things together.



I have been using a couple Ikea Trofast shelves for storage for a while. They make things easy because it is so customizable and kid friendly. you might remember I use them for the kids "dressers" too.  This time, I felt like it was appropriate to add labels:




 Just so we keep it in order a little longer.  We also store all the instructions in 3 ring binders:




Hopefully, this sticks a little longer.  It's a very long task and is in constant upheaval, because we are always finding things we forgot about. It will be even harder due to birthday season around here, but we are plowing through!





Thursday, July 17, 2014

Retro Rucksack from Radiant Home Studios


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There are times in blog land, when really fun things fall into your lap! I am honored that Sara from Radiant Home Studios asked me to be a part of the Retro Rucksack inspiration tour!  THis is a truely versatile bag.  It is designed with the backpack straps, but I threw it over my shoulder too like a typical tote and it worked well that way too!

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For my inspiration post, I decided to mash up some suede and laminate, and take my chances with white... I don't have very good luck with white things...  I wanted to show you that unusual materials are not scary.  I work with laminate a lot, but I don't work with suede very often.  It slides through the sewing machine differently than leather. This sport weight suede I have had in my stash is pretty cool stuff, and the white has been in hiding in the box for a while. I steer clear of white, because it is a magnet for anything I could possibly spill on it within a ten foot radius...All that being said, the bag pieced together perfectly.

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This pattern is written very well, with clear instructions and pictures. I did have a little trouble with the zipper, but I wasnt sure if it was me, the kids asking questions, or the instructions causing my hiccup, so I installed the zipper as I am used to.  It was the only hiccup though, and the bag came together really fast.  I omit interfacing when I use Echino laminates.  They are a canvas blend and are are a heavier weight than some of the laminated quilters cotton.  Once you add a canvas lining, the bags have a very structured feel without the added stabilizers.  With this combo of laminate and suede, the seams were already very thick and tough.  Adding a stabilizer to that would have made it nearly impossible.


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I used 2" twill tape for my straps and seamed it to fit through my hardware, which I actually buy at the hardware store.  Check Home Depot and Lowes and you will find a pretty good selection, instead of a conventional fabric and craft chain.  My little town did just get a JoAnns, but its a very small one with very limited selection. I am used to seeking out supplies from a variety of places both online and locally. Hence the hardware store :)


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Hubs was helping me with the pics and I jokingly started skipping (yup. I can skip in heels...), like I was on my way to the bus stop. I haven't worn a non-sport backpack since I was little, and its kinda nice to have one again.  Plus, I think this will be a good gift for my sisters, both of whom use public transportation, and one of them is constantly commuting between college, work and home.  I am excited to use more rugged materials for this pack in the future and see what comes of it!


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 I hope that you all get out, get this pattern, make some incredible bags! If you would like to make a bag like mine, you can find some Echino laminates in my shop!  



Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour | Radiant Home Studio

Thank you so much for having me Sara!

here are all my lovely companions! go check out their amazing bags for more inspiration!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

a summer of no pants Washi


I don't really need any more dresses or skirts to manage my 3 days a week goal for the SONP. but, its more fun to make new than make do.

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So I got up Tuesday morning and decided I wanted a new dress from this voile I had in my stash.  I went through my patterns, and decided on the Washi from Made by Rae. I havent made one in a while, and its a very straight forward pattern.

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I made it sleeveless and kept the basic scoop neck.  My machine sort of hates thin fabrics, so I had to go slower than usual to make sure I didn't flub it up.

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I think I want to get just got the collars and sleeves expansion pack to make a couple tops because it is a very flattering fit.

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