Friday, April 13th, 2012
So get this. You know where you get typewriter ribbon? Amazon. That’s right. It took like two days and here I am with enough typewriter ribbon for six bucks to last a lifetime. A lifetime! Eight spools! Can I tell you how thrilled I am that I didn’t have to drive to Essex (twice) to find it? Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
So you totally can dye eggs using ties. I know, it sounds crazy but it’s kind of neat. I posted this link on the facebook page a while back and we finally got around to trying it. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
So I think I’m going to get rid of all the books I have with ideas about things to make out of paper because apparently my kids don’t need the inspiration. I did groceries yesterday and Chase promptly commandeered a bag. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, February 24th, 2012
Inspired by a birthday gift me and Chase have been really exploring sewing. This is an easy project that we took from an idea in Chase’s head, to a sketch, to a finished product in a single nap time. It’s supposed to look like a hard candy. The kind wrapped in cellophane with the twisted and fluted edges. It’s a nice simple first project. A good place to start. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
Thanks for sending me all of your good information and advice on binding books. I ended up using this tutorial and found it easy and straightforward. I started with the fabric wings step and moved through to the end papers over the course of two days. I used white glue and so far so good. The cover seems to be holding up. It can be done! Sorry for the lousy pictures. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Attempting to organize in the basement +
scavengers helpers +
pink tempra paint +
cheapy pink stash felt +
fleece of unknown origins +
a little hot glue +
pinking shears (to make things fancy) +
three days of planning and working =
Exactly the right baby bed for baby princess cinderella. No other bed would do. I know because we have at least three available options.
This was all Chase. She had plans for the box as soon as she found it and since she helped me move around all of my stash into new bins she had some ideas about how to bring it to life. We really took our time with this project. Partly because I’m limping along and taking it slow this week and partly because we had to work the project in stages. The box had to dry overnight after she painted it. She painted and did most of the cutting and measuring for the lining and blankets too, using the box as a template.
We used a little hot glue to secure the felt lining. I was excited to use up some cheap felt on this project but I forgot just how terrible trying to cut the stuff with pinking shears is. Terrible. Just terrible. The cray pas were her idea too. Incidentally an excellent choice for Christmas. There’s a lot of really appealing color in a box of 25. She can’t keep her hands off them.
The pillow and mattress are made out of fleece with a little batting sandwiched in. The blanket is just a little fleece rectangle cut with pinking shears. I’ll have to get a picture of baby Cinderella looking cozy. Chase was very pleased with how it turned out and she is upstairs sleeping along side her bed. I reminder her once not to step on her in the middle of the night. We’ll see how that goes.
Monday, December 26th, 2011
I blew the dust off and fired up the old machine for the first time in months. Months. And I managed to eek out some gifts. Three sets of pj’s, a bathrobe and an infinity scarf using this tutorial. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
It’s here! One Yard Wonders Fabric by Fabric is hot off the presses. I’m so thrilled to be among the contributors to this book. It’s full of awesome projects and I’m going to share my favorites with you as a part of the blog tour! AND the good people at Storey are providing a free copy of the book to a lucky winner. Read the rest of this entry »