8/28/2011

Making Stuff

Ever since I can remember creativity has been in me. The best thing, when I was a little kid, was a blank sheet of paper on which to draw and a pen. The back of junk mail, bank envelopes, the inside cover of coloring books, and even the inside of gum wrappers were my canvases. Art was my favorite class in school, by far. All my life I have loved to draw and make stuff.

But for the last couple of years that creativity has been all bottled up. Being a mom has kept me very busy and even overwhelmed at times. The best I have been able to manage is an occasional, little sewing project here and there.

Apparently all that craftiness and creativity could be contained no more and has bubbled over, because I have been making stuff and working on projects left and right lately. It is good to be back at it and making things again.

If you have a creative bone in your body, an itch to make something, paint something, sew something, draw something....Do it! Make time to create.

Here is a small sampling:



Favorite sewing project- my new cute apron


Painted for my girl's room at a painting class I took with my friend. What fun!

Eliana's Weather Window


8/25/2011

3 in a Row

Our week started off so gloriously! Three happy, wonderful school days in a row is kinda rare and we had pulled it off. Not that most of our school days are horrible, but there is a good amount of chaos with all that needs to happen in a day, plus a busy 3 year old and a clingy 9 month old. Most days I am on constant chaos/task master partol. But this week we had managed 3 lovely, wonderful, low-stress, productive days of enjoyable learning in a row! Rare. And, like I said before, glorious.

As for day 4?.....let's just say our record stands at 3 in a row. ;-)

8/22/2011

Scrap Skirts



An idea has been forming in my mind for a couple of days, but no time to stop and really plan it out or actually make it happen. Finally, yesterday afternoon, I had some free time so I headed out to my fabric scraps and grabbed a stack to make these skirts. There were lots of scraps from other sewing projects piled up. Each piece was too much fabric to throw out, yet not quite enough to make anything out of. I started by making a simple, wedge-shaped pattern piece on wrapping paper. Then I cut out several wedges from any fabric scrap that was big enough, pinned them together, sewed them together, added a waist band and threaded ribbon through to make a drawstring waist, then hemmed the skirt with double fold bias tape. Each skirt took less than 2 hours. My first plan was to add patch pockets, but then the girls and I decided we liked the option of spinning the skirt so that any part of it could be the front. The bow (from the drawstring) can be worn in the front, back, or on either side. These are so cute and colorful and comfy and, perhaps best of all, just about ANY shirt will match!