Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A "Second Try" Project!

This is a fun post, blog world. I'm going to have a new little person to sew for!!!

Homemade Christmas- boutique towel *first try*

This is a great gift! A warm, snuggly towel for a toddler. The baby hooded towels are great, but man- they don't last long enough! My child (who is taller than average) was done with those in a few months.

This towel has flannel monkeys on the outside with yellow terry cloth inside. I used the leftover terrycloth to make a few matching wash clothes. (gotta love that serger!) I found the neatest Curious George "bath book" and toy to go with it.

This towel is not perfect. By ANY stretch of the imagination. I learned a lot about measuring correctly....the first time. Though it was not as simple as I thought it would be, I'm still pleased with it. I think it was appropriate for any beginner/intermediate level sewer. Thank you Crap I've Made! Your tutorial rocks!

Tuxedo Boy

I've been meaning to freezer paper stencil this for awhile. I think it turned out pretty cool. Gotta love the tuxcedo shirt- it says, "I wanted to dress up for the event, but I'm still casual."


Wow. It's been awhile since I posted, but there are some very good reasons for that. Well get to that another day....

For now, check out these gummies! I was so excited to try Not So Idle Hands's gummy making post. I thought this looked simple and original and I was RIGHT! What a simple thing to do! There are only a couple ingredients: gelatin and Jello. And as long as you have a glass measuring cup, pot, and candy molds, you are set!

Now, they don't taste quite like real fruit snacks- more like gummy jello. Still good. And did Jake love them- you betcha!

These would be great for birthday favors or treats. I plan on making these for Christmas. Adults will get the adult Christmas treats, and kids will get the gummy candies in four different flavors! : )

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bibs, Bibs, and more Bibs! *second try*

After I made the matching bee bibs I noticed that Jake was desperately low on bibs himself. This is a problem I know how to solve now! After a great holiday weekend, I pieced together some scraps to make a few bibs for Jake and try out applique.

I've wanted to try out appliqueing things for awhile, but tonight I actually sat down to do it. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be! And thanks to Grandma's sewing machine, I have a great zigzag to edge around it. I'm very pleased.

That's terry cloth on the back to use as a washcloth for the messy little guy. Originally I was going to give one of these away as a gift, but now I'm thinking..... naaaaaaaaaa!

Handmade Halloween

When I was little, my Grandmother made all of my Halloween costumes. I'm not talking a simple outfit here, Grandma Jessen would help me with whatever my heart desired. One of my absolute favorite was a monarch butterfly- she didn't know how she was going to do it, but it turned out incredible. My brother and I NEVER had store bought costumes, and we knew how cool that was. I'm so excited to give that to my kids. Starting with this one....

A while ago I posted Jake's Halloween costume, but I thought you'd want to see the full finished effect. Luckily, we had perfect weather, but because his whole costume was fleece, we were prepared. The other two beautiful babies are Lilah and Zoa.

Lilah is Princess Leia and Zoa is an Ewok. Yeah, we're dorks, but we're ok with that. My husband decided to be Luke Skywalker (notice the one black glove) and Lilah's dad, Watts, was Darth Vader. I know that someday we will be an embarrassment to our children, but maybe when they have kids they will understand.

I decided to be a ballerina. Every little girl knows why. Thanks Treasures for Tots for the simple tutorial. I'm sure no one ever intended a person to use that much tulle on one skirt.....

Washcloth Bibs *first try*

My good friend Blair is pregnant with identical twin girls. (insert joyous squeal) I was craving a REAL craft project so I pulled out my fabric bin and just started thinking. I love this. I really do. I get so many ideas of what I can do with all this fabric, but it's hard to focus and just pick ONE project. My list of projects gets longer and longer....

So I settled on bibs. I've never tried them, but they seem simple enough. Not to mention useful. The fabric I used are bees. Blair and Bryce (mom and dad to be) BOTH come from families where all of the children have "B" names. And their siblings are carrying on the tradition. Now, Blair and Bryce have not said if they are going to give these little girls "B" names, but I'm prepared.
Get it....."Bs".......I might fabric stencil on a letter B yet...we'll see.

Halloween 2009

Happy Halloween all! I'm too excited about this year to wait until I have time to put a quality post up- here are some pictures! Explanation to follow!

And yes, these costumes are homemade! : )