Monday, July 01, 2013

New Clothes for Vacation

As a kid, my mom would always buy us a few new cute outfits before we went on vacation. Her logic was that you will enjoy yourself more if you feel great in the clothes you wear. It was usually money she had already set aside for summer clothes, so it never seemed like a big deal. Now that I have kids, I try to do the same thing. I still like to have a few threads to wear on holiday; however, I don't often buy new clothes for myself. We are heading to Crete this summer, so I decided to sew myself a few nice things.


I bought a single issue of Burda Fashion magazine, which is a fashion magazine that includes patterns. The above tank top was made with fabric I've had in my stash using one of those patterns.


This is a Hot Patterns shirt that I started awhile ago but never managed to finish - thus the wrinkles :/ I got the pattern and fabric from Fabric.com


I downloaded this pattern free off the internet from Fabric.com, and got got this fabric free. London is really big on reducing what goes in landfills, so there a heavy emphasis on recycling even at a corporate and manufacturing level. Our local council has a place called the Watford Recycling Arts Project ( WRAP) where companies drop off industrial waste that could be reused. I find loads of fabric there that I am allowed to take for free! 

Here is a bathing suit top and matching board shorts that I made from fabric I got from the WRAP as well. I drafted these patterns myself, so I am pretty proud of them.


Here is a closer look at the swim suit and board shorts.








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Friday, June 21, 2013

Paper Birthday Pouches for Class Party




In my daughter's nursery/preschool class there is a birthday almost once a week. Most parents pass out some sort of treat to all the kids as they leave school that day. Other parents go all out and buy a birthday cake. Since my little one is lactose intolerant, she can't enjoy the cake with others. So, I decided for her birthday I'd do something a little special. I made these cute paper pouches that are filled with a small bit of candy.



I started off with some label paper that I wrote Happy Birthday and stamped.


Then I took some construction paper and cut it in half.


This is the goodies, just some fruit snacks and a small piece of taffy.


I used the labels to make paper tubes.


Then I sewed up one side of the tube with my serger. 
After I filled it with the goodies, I sewed up the other side. I just hope the kids like the treats inside ;)




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Monday, April 01, 2013

Easter 2013

I thought I'd share with you our wonderful Easter celebrations this year. 

We started off with decorating cookies. My little one here is lactose intolerant, so I baked a bunch of goodies for her to eat so she wouldn't be without sweets.


The we dyed Easter eggs.


I was too cheap to buy the white eggs (which would have cost about $4.50 for half a dozen), so we used brown eggs. I must say I like the more rich tones of the eggs. We got some sort of pearl effect kit which made them shimmer a bit.


Then the kids went off to find the eggs. 


For Easter dinner we got our table top grill out and everyone made their own yummy creations. The kids prefer this to a traditional ham roast or feast, and it is a better way for us to spend quality time together. 

A friend of mine challenged me to make this bunny bread. She found a pic of it somewhere on the internet and wanted to see if I could do it. I made it with an Italian bread recipe.


I think it turned out pretty awesome!






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