Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel: the schoolboy vest

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well, we are cooking right along through the Perfect Pattern Parcel, and as you can see a little further down, I kept a little more sew geeky in the mix! I love this little vest! Its easy to construct, creates a statement and Murphy really loved his. Hawley took his off pretty fast, but I think I can convince him to wear it more, you'll see in a moment...
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When I was planning out the sew geeky projects this month, I gathered up all my superhero fabric in the stash and then I picked up a yard of this from JoAnn Fabrics. guys, it's GLOW IN THE DARK. oh yes. all those webs light up! but, fair warning, it is a pain to iron (use a pressing cloth!), and I had ok luck with the dryer, but line drying is probably best.

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The lovely thing about this little vest is it really turns any outfit into something a little more hipster, unusual, and cool.
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Murphy's is also a statement. You may have seen in my instagram feed how much Murphy loves to draw ed emberley style? Thanks to a couple of drawing books from our friend Rachael, the boys have loved to Make A World. Murphy has also loved to have pieces made from the ed emberley line from Cloud 9 Fabrics( organic!).
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so growling with a mop of hair and a Popsicle, this little boys enjoyed a sunny afternoon in style!


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they both need haircuts...

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Pattern Parcel #4 includes:
Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs
Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle. This pattern is a unique and fun spin on the traditional hoodie. Thorough instructions and pictures help you create an amazing and memorable hoodie that will inspire creativity in your little one.

About Pattern Parcel:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sew Geeky: Marvel vs DC and PPP


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It's sew geeky time! wahoo! I apologize in advance for the quick feel of this post, I am so behind this week, and strapped for time! So let's get on with it shall we?

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I asked the boys what their fav characters were right now, as they change frequently.  Hawley said Spiderman, Murphy- Green Arrow.  I wanted these to be functional pieces for their wardrobes, and not entirely costumes. So I used the Zippy pattern from the Perfect Pattern Parcel, and through a series of color blocking on each, we have the top half of the costumes! This pattern uses regular knits, and is very light weight. Perfect for layering. I added the hood instead of the collar, because honestly, these super heros always have hoods... not collars!

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For Murphy/Green Arrow, I tried to make it look like he had on a vest by doing to tones of green french terry.  I added arm gauntlets in black, and a quiver of arrows applique.  I have a bow for him to pose wiht, his own bow, but the rest of the pictures that I didn't post show his complete unhappiness with taking pictures.  I was lucky to get these few...
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Murphy really likes his hoody and I am glad of it, but I will say that I wish I had planned out the  applique from the beginning, then I would have carried the strap around to line up better.

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Hawley/ spiderman is a pretty basic favorite.  The boys have both loved spiderman forever, as do I.  I may still end up adding drawn on spider webbing for the red parts, but for now its just a simple red and blue.
I drew in the spider on the front of Hawley's.  It was too tiny for me to attempt to applique! I used the Sharpie for fabric markers. The color blocking for Hawley's was a little more intense and keeping tight corners and rounded edges with the jersey was sometimes trying.
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Not to be forgotten, I made myself a Grainline Scout Tee from some Batman Beyond fabric in my stash. I thought it was a flat sheet until I looked a little closer to the selvedge / hem.  I used the madewell variation like I did on this one.  I wore it all day and it doesn't feel like a scrubs top.
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There are a few of us jumping on the band wagon this time, and all these kiddos look amazing!  As usual, Ari and Kat are rocking the geeky forefront and I am super happy to be involved.  Both the boys really love their hoodies, and I know they will get worn often. check out all the other amazing posts!


Pattern Parcel #4

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If you would like to get your own Zippy Hoodie Pattern, head on through the link to the PPP website!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel: the knight hoodie

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I try to sew up all the patterns in the pattern parcel. I have already sewn this one, for Murphy's birthday, but I had been intending one for Hawley the whole time. I just delayed it until now.  I made the size 10. Hawley is in between sizing and looks like he is drowning in his clothes until about November, every time he changes sizes its like this.  Everything is too short otherwise.

so, knighty knight!

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"Hawley, put your hands in your pockets"
"ok!" pushes down dramatically and makes crazy silly faces

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"Wait, just, stop wiggling, why don't you put your arms up?"
"no, I wanna stand like this!"

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"okay, fine. can you smile?"
"hmphf"

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oh well... he hasn't been very gallant lately, but we'll get over that...

In the meantime, get your own Perfect Pattern Parcel!

Pattern Parcel #4



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Pattern Parcel #4 includes:
Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs
Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle. This pattern is a unique and fun spin on the traditional hoodie. Thorough instructions and pictures help you create an amazing and memorable hoodie that will inspire creativity in your little one.

About Pattern Parcel:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pattern Parcel #4: the Jet Pack

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Its that time again! time for a new pattern parcel of awesomeness! This time around, the patterns are all about the little boys!

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well, almost.
I was going to make this for the boys, but they weren't interested.  They prefer their tried and true school backpacks.  So, I thought this needed to become a bag just perfect for my camera and its various lenses and stuff.

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What better fabric than laminate camera fabric?

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For the first pattern, I choose the Jet Pack from Betz White. If you've been following my other Pattern Parcel involvement I try to do all the patterns I am get in the package.  As I tend to do, here is yet another pattern not specifically intended for laminate that I have decided needed to be laminate.
I omitted the fusible fleece as this laminate is more of the canvas blend and stiffer. I used some Ikea laminate for the accents, and although my hardware is mismatched, its not obvious.

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This bag is the perfect size for my needs, and it is easy to make versatile. I like that. If I can get the boys to pose later I will.  They are overwhelmingly into their Nerf weapons at the moment and want harnesses, not fancy backpacks...
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Pattern Parcel #4 includes:
Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs
Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle. This pattern is a unique and fun spin on the traditional hoodie. Thorough instructions and pictures help you create an amazing and memorable hoodie that will inspire creativity in your little one.

About Pattern Parcel:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.

Pattern Parcel #4


and there is a bonus pattern!

Pattern Parcel #4


Go get yours now! 

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Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, August 22
casa crafty ||
Lulu & Celeste ||
Keep Calm and Carrion
Saturday, August 23
Max California ||
Amanda Rose
Sunday, August 24
little betty sews
Monday, August 25
Kadiddlehopper ||
Radiant Home Studio
Tuesday, August 26
La Pantigana ||
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts ||
Friends Stitched Together
Wednesday, August 27
Make It Perfect ||
Modern Handmade ||
GYCT Designs
Thursday, August 28
Needle and Ted ||
Mae & K ||
Mimi's Mom
Friday, August 29
Pienkel ||
Once Upon a Sewing Machine ||
Friends Stitched Together
Saturday, August 30
FABulous Home Sewn ||
Gray Skies ||
The Crazy Tailor
Sunday, August 31
Nine Stitches ||
Max California ||
Oliver's Fancy ||

Friends Stitched Together
Monday, September 1
a happy stitch ||
lady and the gents ||
Our Family Four ||

Swoodson Says
Tuesday, September 2
verypurpleperson ||
Things for Boys ||
The Crazy Tailor
Wednesday, September 3
Our Family Four ||
Rebekah Sews ||
a happy stitch
Thursday, September 4
Sew a Straight Line ||
la inglesita ||
Made by Sara ||
Knot Sew Normal
Friday, September 5
Knot Sew Normal ||
Gracious Threads ||

Sofilantjes ||

Max California

Monday, August 11, 2014

this week in knitting: #sskal14

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When I was first learning to knit last winter, I reached out to Shannon for help. I knew her through a few channels and she is a wonderful person.  She had great advice and patterns and resources for a newby and as I quickly worked my way through hats, scarves and sweaters, I get to participate  through ravelry and blogs for knit alongs!
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I'm excited to be able to participate in the summer sweater knit along and for this I pulled out a project I hadn't started but had intentions to start.  I was all prepped with the pattern, yarn and skills! Then swimming lessons hit, and I knew it was time to drag out a knitting project for those half hour sections of sitting still at the pool.
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Almost by accident, my intentions coincided with the #sskal2014 announcement! SO here are the details.  I am knitting up a Larch in this beautiful Manos del Uruguay maxima in tigerlilly.

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the Larch from  Amy Christoffers
I have finished the body and one sleeve so far.  just one sleeve and the collar.  But, as I am knitting I am realizing I am going to run out of yarn before I get the collar done. So, do you think that a collar of a coordinating solid would look odd?  I can get another skein of the tigerlilly I am just a little overwhelmed by the final cost of this sweater already. I think I need wholesale yarn accounts...
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Friday, August 8, 2014

house: home: kitchen

this kitchen disaster is really causing me a headache.  mostly due to budget. after establishing a plan in my mind, for the mini remodel I am now changing it altogether.

I wanted to get all new cabinets for the base of the kitchen. I was going to order these and new butcher block tops from ikea.  but now, the wait time for delivery is 2 weeks, and then there is another week for treating the butcher block before install.

I don't want to wait that long. plus, we will be trying to sell the house in the next year. I decided to make a plan for frugality and an update that would improve the appeal of the house.

so, after all that, and trying to get it set in my head, this is the kitchen path we are headed down:
-painting the cabinets white.  putting the old cabinets back in. new black hinges, possibly black handles and drawer pulls. adding metal pullout baskets and other helpful interior goodies.
-pulling out the island, replacing with a new smaller one with the butcher block top (ikea : island, top)
-cork like laminate floor
-black counter top
-stainless farmhouse sink
- making the appliances coordinate (we had an old white micro, changing it out to a stainless and black)

I've been consumed by all this, and with trying to do it all in the $2000 range.  There is a lot we are doing ourselves, but I have asked a few contractors for bids because I want it done soon.

here are some of my inspiration pics:








you can find more of my inspiration on my DIY home pinterest board