Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It was hardly a sliver.

Oh corduroy, oh corduroy, how I love you corduroy!  I've learned all about you from a short Wikipedia article.  I found almost 3 yards of you at the PTA thrift store in Chapel Hill.  You were so very affordable at just $1.50 but you were in no way "cheap".   Thank you for making it possible for me to make these incredibly fun projects.

Farmers' Market Bag - Sew Liberated

Farmers' Market Bag

Portable Book Nook Pad (my own design)

Portable book nook - many homemade items to surround him (see notes))

Basic Pocket Pants  - Growing Up Sew Liberated

Basic Pocket Pants - Growing Up Sew Liberated


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The lemonade.

Not being able to knit without pain has really kicked my crafting ass.  I have a project in the works but it doesn't take very long before I start to feel the dreaded throb in my shoulder start rearing it's hideous head.   I NEED to make things.  Cooking is ok and I've been having some fun with it lately but I need the fiber art.  You know what? Losing my ability to knit and crochet for hours was a bummer but it doesn't matter much anymore because now, I can sew.  Seriously.  I just have to say that out loud.  Hold on..............ok, I'm back.  I can really sew.  I still make some ridiculous mistakes but I usually have a toddler sitting on my lap or trying to push my chair on wheels around or desperately attempting to spin my seat.  I must acquire a stationary sewing chair.  
I know I blog randomly and that every once in a while I decide to have a focus and then two days later decide to delete that post and focus on something else but you knew what you were getting into.  You know how fickle I can be.  

Without further delay, I've made some things.

Ottoman cover!  I used a fantastic tutorial from Sew Much Ado.

New-old ottoman and me-made cover!

This great floor cushion for Benjamin to lug around.  Another wonderful tutorial from Living With Punks.
Single seater by Momma.

I've made some things from Sew Liberated

Sweet Pea Pilot Caps

Sweet Pea Pilot Cap take 3 and 4!  

Sweet Pea Pilot Cap

All By Myself Bibs from Growing Up Sew Liberated.

All By Myself Bibs (with a few minor beginner mistakes).

This incredibly adorable play tent, also from Growing Up Sew Liberated.

Hideaway play tent - Peeping climber

I've refashioned some old t-shirts using the Envelope Tee pattern, also from Growing Up Sew Liberated.  Seriously, get this book!  


From Daddy's Old T-shirts

Refashioning Daddy's Old T-shirts -(back)

Refashioning Daddy's Old T-shirts (Front)

I've made the Emmeline Apron from, you guessed it, Sew Liberated.

Emmeline Apron.. a few beginner be cont.
This is not my final version of the Emmeline.  Unfortunately, the bodice didn't work for me.  Whenever I stood at the sink and looked down to wash dishes it would sort of "buckle" and block my view of what I was doing.  I changed it to a v-neck sort of bodice and it's working out really well that way.  Photos soon!

Finally, another project I can now check off my "I have GOT to make that" list is a refashioned vintage suitcase that I worked on for Benjamin.   I found the suitcase at our local Durham Rescue Mission thrift store for $3.99 (it's RED!) and the fabric is left over from some curtains that I shortened.  I used Super 77 spray adhesive to glue the fabric and it got very messy.  Glue in a spray can + clumsy mother who is always in a hurry = super adhered arm hairs, desk chair, sewing machine, floor, etc. etc.  I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  I love the red, black and white color combination.  It reminds me of a goofy joke I knew as a kid.  "What's black and white and 'read' all over?"  A newspaper!  Don't make me tell you my favorite corny joke about a string.   Suitcase redo!

Dress-up suitcase redo - after!

Thanks for wasting your time here with me!

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I have become so interested in scouring the interworld for early childhood education (mostly Montessori) resources and ideas. It all started when I was searching for sewing patterns and came across the Sew Liberated blog. I made Benjamin some truly adorable hats using her free pattern. I'd always wondered about the Montessori method of education and how it truly follows the child and encourages them to become independent thinkers.
I've been spending most of my "free" time making our home friendly, safe, inviting, engaging and fun for Benjamin. The joy he gets from being able to do things for himself and be included in my daily homemaking activities is enough to make me realize that my time is being well spent. When I was employed outside the home I always loved the part of my job that allowed me to assist people in becoming independent.  Now that I'm not employed in a "job" where I can let that creative energy flow I feel that my son should benefit from my enthusiasm. He even sometimes thanks me for my efforts, no joke..
I don't find much time to be able to blog about our daily activities but I upload photos of our journey every few days on my flickr site. I guess I'm going to try and transition to being more of a "photo-blogger" and use flickr to record and share our journey through Benjamin's childhood and our parenthood.  It makes it much easier for the Grandparents as well.