The Days are Just Packed

4 10 2009

doodle

I love this photo. S is drawing a maze on a breakfast in bed type tray free-hand. He is so amazing at that. I wish I had had a chance to take a photo of the finished product, but I never even saw it before it went off as a belated birthday gift. A and E saw S “coloring” and wanted to join in.

Yard sale treasures

tree

How great is this! I had been wanting a small “plastic” or whatever it is Xmas tree for a decade. My timing was perfect as I grabbed it before she finished putting the “free” sign on it (nicely though, of course. I didn’t yank it out of her hands or anything). With a toddler, two boys and two cats, this is going to be perfect for an out of the way tree. And it was free!

pursefabric

$1.50 for 4 yards of this beautiful creamy flowery fabric. I think I found my purse fabric! While I was distracted with piles and piles of amazing fabric, Z was up to his usual yard sale magic. I turned around and he has this 5 inches from my face…

jaws

“It’s a lemon shark mouth”, he tells me matter of factly. He’s a smart guy and usually right, plus he had this mouth of shark teeth pointed at me, so who was I to argue?

“He caught it himself!” Z continued, “he wanted $5 for it but I talked him down to $3.”

Sewing
pjs

I did it, I made them all matching pj pants. At one point I didn’t think I was going to be able to figure out Z’s but hurrah! I got a twin sheet set at Target for $10 (not a thrifty find to be sure, but I liked the car pattern) and used one sheet, so 3 pants came out to $5.

Mini Golf

golf

This is how we spent part of Saturday. I think A won.

goofball

I have no idea what was so funny, but I love candid shots such as these.

Sneak Peek
I hesitate to post without knowing how it’s going to turn out but here’s your sneak peek.
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Firefly/Serenity Kaylee Inspired Toddler outfit

1 10 2009

kbest

Please note the word “inspired” in the title. I tried very hard to make something more similar but man did I have problems. So I am a huge browncoat, and it’s exciting to say I saw the very first episode they showed on FOX the night it premiered and have been hooked ever since. That never happens, I usually catch on a season or two later. Like, I’m going to watch Fast Forward, really, I just haven’t had time! I won’t be too behind.

Back to Firefly:

Photo courtesy FOX and fan site Can't Take the Sky

Photo courtesy FOX and fan site Can't Take the Sky


I love the Kaylee character and I really wanted to make a few outfits for E inspired by Kaylee’s look.

I ran into a few problems right off the bat. There was this beautiful fabric I’d seen at Joann’s several times but on the day I had some extra money it was nowhere to be seen! And there was no way I was going to be able to explain the fabric I was searching for to anyone that worked there.

fabrick

So sadly, off the top of my head I grabbed two fabrics I thought would work. And I think they did!

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The shirt didn’t give me any problems except one – I used white thread. I didn’t realize it would show up so easily. Oops. It did give me the opportunity to see how messy my stitches were, in case I started to get cocky and think I actually knew how to sew!

k1

The next problem was that I didn’t want to make a jumpsuit. That seems a little beyond me and who wants to put a kinda-sorta potty training toddler in a jumpsuit? So I had the brilliant idea to make a vest instead! You’ll notice you haven’t seen the vest, and you won’t. I made three different versions and none of them worked or fit right. It was getting to the point that I was so frustrated I wanted to quit, and I knew she wouldn’t wear a vest anyway. So what was I stressing over? I’m learning to let go of the things that aren’t going to be improved with my panic attacks/stress and that was one of them.

But I do want to find or make a heart and teddy bear patch, it really won’t be complete till I can do that.

k4

It really need something, especially since the vest wasn’t happening, so with what I believe is Kaylee’s approval, E got some ruffles. S helped me set the ruffles properly, he’s so handy to have around. When I did it they were way way off! I will next time, however, put them higher up. I also used clear elastic for the ruffles on the pant leg and the gathering on the ruffles themselves.

k3

Total cost: $6ish.

I’ve really enjoyed being inspired by Kaylee and I would love to make her “pretty” from the episode, “Shindig”, but that’s biting off a lot for a complete novice. Unless I make a sort of twirl skirt. We’ll see.

Next up: Z wants to learn how to make dolls or juggling balls or something small he can sell, which means I have to learn how to make something easy for him to learn how to make. Any suggestions?





Treasure Tuesday

16 09 2009

What’s that you say? It’s Wed? Wait, is it? Now I don’t even know anymore. Let’s just play pretend.

Yesterday, whatever day that was, E and I went thrift shopping. I usually thrift on Tuesdays, for whatever reason, on weeks I have a bit of spare change. I came home with all this, a good 10 + yards.

fabric

That “black” is actually a very deep purple that was perfect for the waistband of a swing skirt I finished. Unfortunately, it’s too big for E and she refuses to keep it on. I guess we’ll get pictures of it next year.

I love the floral, take a look:
floral
I just love the big print here, I dunno! It’s a sheet, so I imagine I’ll make another swing skirt for E.

On top of a few notions, I got all this for $3.75. I also scoped out some men’s work shirts for my latest project. But more on that later.

Because this part is even better

Yesterday, S called home from work just to say how much he appreciated me. Isn’t that sweet! He’s awfully good at that kind of thing. And he said he can see my sewing skills improve daily. Now that’s a compliment!

But when he came home for lunch he walked in with this:
rotarycutter
I hadn’t even realized I’d been saying I wanted one. But he did. He pays attention to me, more than I even do.

You guys, I did it right this time. I hit the jackpot in the husband lottery!





Saturdays, Super Sales and Seven-Up Sandwiches

7 09 2009

GAH! I would swear I posted this last night. Well, I guess I still have to learn wordpress still.

sevenup

OK, so they weren’t really sandwiches, but the family had them for lunch, and I like alliteration. I wanted to make a different type of pancake and I ran across one that called for 1/4 cup of the liquid to be Seven-Up. I personally didn’t have any because I hate pancakes, but everyone else seemed to like them.

Then it was on to the sales!
fabric1
I got all this fabric and the ribbon for 30 cents. That’s at least 4 dresses!

fabric2
All this, which includes 2 different twin sheet sets, for $2. Also at this sale I got a HUGE box of Xmas wrapping paper and bows and boxes for $5. I’m so excited I don’t have to shop for Xmas paper this year! I’m done already.

My oldest child learned the art of bargaining. He came away with a backgammon case, a tennis racket, two toys, a jewelry case and something else for $3 and since it was his allowance I let him do the shopping.

geeks

You geeks will totally get me on this one. I got all this, plus a CD of how to speak Klingon, two Futurama posters and original blueprints of the USS Excelsior for $6. Yeah. That was a kick ass yard sale. I wish I had more money, he had a ton of Star Trek/Star Wars comics.

To make the day really complete, we finished wrapping E’s birthday presents, made the cupcakes, packed the car for church and birthday party and best of all — the bloomers I made fit her. I’ll post photos soon, probably after the 2 year old birthday party photos.

Hurrah! Life can be really good some days. But wish us luck tomorrow…