Archive for July, 2009

Recycled Bed Skirt = New Matching Pillows

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

These pillows were an inexpensive and very well liked birthday present for my cousin.

The fabric was from an old bed skirt that she loved but never used because it didn’t fit her bed.

Since the bed skirt was too narrow to make a good size throw pillow for on her bed, I sewed two pieces together to make a 20 inch pillow. 

Then I wasn’t sure if she would like having the seam down the center of the fabric so I used a single width piece of skirt fabric and outlined it in white fabric from my stash.   She now has the choice of showing either side on both pillows.

My cousin loved them and we recycled an old item she thought she’d never use….I love sewing!

I only wish the photos had gotten better.

Thru My Eyes - Birthdays

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Yesterday was my Aunt Dawn’s birthday.

I love birthdays, there’s always cake and most importantly, ice cream….  and since it’s a special day, I get as much ice cream as I want.  And I got to help make the cake, and eat the coconut as we were making it.

I also get to help blow out the candles, although there was only one cnadle on this cake; and it was a zero. 

I’m not sure what that was all about but mom said something about after a certain age….  So I’m guessing she’s gonna want the zero candle on her cake next week too, since she’s only a year younger than Aunt Dawn.

Big People make no sense, more candles to blow out is more fun…

Kids Shorts are Sewn!

Monday, July 27th, 2009

The summer isn’t even over yet, and I already finished the kids shorts!  Yeah! 

Ok, they’re not completely finished since I still have some sewing to do on three of Makenna’s pairs….But I did finish 3 for her and 5 for Jarod.

And to be completely honest, I probably still wouldn’t have them done except that the kids go to camp this weekend (for a whole week!) and they really needed shorts.

Part of the reason they took so long was because I had to make a pattern, and I really really stink at making patterns for things that will actually fit the kids.   It took me three tries to get a fit that Jarod actually liked, and then Makenna needed hers shorter in the crotch because she likes to wear pants at her hips instead of her waist.

To keep someone else from having the same ‘issues’, I took a picture of the pattern with measurements and my notes on it (so next year I’m all set).  This pattern was for Jarod who is almost 8.  For Makenna, I cut about an extra 1 1/2 inches off the top and bottom so they would be shorter in the leg and at the crotch.


I cut out two pieces from each of these patterns.  Then with right sides together sew the long side.

Next I took those two pieces and with right sides together sew them together at the curved edge.  Leaving a 1 inch hole in the seem about 1/4 inch from the top to put the elastic through.

Turn them so they look like shorts and then sew up the short leg seams.

Iron the hems and sew.  Insert the elastic and tack it in so it doesn’t twist around and we were done.

And not only were they done, but they were like Magic Shorts because they made the kids actually stand together and hug and not bicker for like 10 whole minutes….Magic.

For some additional info and links on sewing shorts, check out my original shorts post here.

Mammy’s Quilts

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

My inspiration for wanting to  quilt.  

My mammy’s old quilts.

The ultimate in recycling, these were truly ’scrap’ quilts because they were made from scraps of old clothing and worn out feed bags or any other cloth item around the house.  This particular quilt must have been one of the last my mammy made (and only about 35 years old) because I can recognize some fabric from a pair of my cousin Dawn’s pants.  (They were really memorable 70’s pants)

I guess that’s why my favorite quilts are still the old simple block quilts and when I ever get around to making Makenna’s quilt, it will be simple blocks.

Why I can’t find time to make a quilt is beyond me. 

My grandmother raised 9 kids took care of a farm, had a huge garden, orchard, made apple cider and sauerkraut, canned everything in sight, made her own soap…etc, etc, and still found time to make quilts.

I really need to manage my time better and make some quilts.

Thru My Eyes - Playgrounds

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I will admit.

I am not a big fan of swings.

That whole up and down, flying through the air thing is not for me.  But that doesn’t stop everyone from trying to put me on them all the time, despite my quite vocal protests.

Now slides I love.

Can’t get enough of them.

And then mom had to put me in this tunnel thing for a photo op. 

I was unimpressed….just get me back to the slide!

Girls Easy Knit Blanket

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Makenna was thrilled that I finished her blanket for on her bed this past weekend.

Nevermind the fact that it’s the middle of July, and there really is no need for a warm knit blanket right now…she’s still happy.

I started the blanket way back in March,  but I only get time to knit on long car rides when Brian is driving, so my knitting projects always take a while.

The blanket fits a twin size bed and was 123 stitches on size 13 needles. 

The pattern is easy.  Simply Knit1 Purl1 for the entire blanket using two skeins of yarn simultaneously. To check the length I kept draping it over a bed till I had the desired length and then bound it off.  

For me this is the easiest, quickest way to make a nice knit blanket, so I use this stitch pattern all the time.  The blanket for on our bed is the same ‘pattern’ but I used only two colors.

The best part was that I got to use up alot of leftover yarn that I had laying around.  Makenna didn’t care as long as the colors were pinks and purples. 

Next up is Jarod’s blanket.  I just started it yesterday on a long drive to Lancaster…so I should be done with it by the time cold weather kicks in.

Sunday Scripture

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,

according to His power that is at work within us.

Ephesians 3:20

Painting Tip

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

We’ve been doing lots of decorative painting this week.   So much so that we had to go out and buy new paints (even with over 60 colors, somehow I always need a new one….it’s kind of a sickness like buying fabric)

And since I have so many all set in a big container I discovered that the best way to see the colors as I need them is to mark the top of the bottle so I don’t have to pull each bottle out and look at it every time I need a different color. 

I used to also have them all grouped by colors to make searching easier; but then I had kids who help and never put them back where they belong.  So I gave up on the bit of organization.

Recycled Door = Desk Top

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but we recycled this ugly old door into a desk for the kids for two whole years.  It was one of those things that we got them their school computers and had to set something up quickly so we just plopped this door on top of two old nightstands. 

And then we moved, and it still stayed the same since it was during the school year and I didn’t have time to paint it and let it dry for a few days.

So yesterday, as we were rearranging the schoolroom and the desk was cleared, it was time for a change.

To keep it a school theme we went with old maps and modge podge instead of plain old paint.   It took a little longer, but dried more quickly and we were using the desk again by that evening.

We added in some ticket stubs of places we’ve gone, and a few photos and stuff to make it intersting.  We could’ve done more, but since the idea was on a whim there wasn’t alot of preparation.

We love how it turned out and figure if we ever decide to change it we can just flip the door over and do something different on the other side!

And seeing the photo made me realize just how bad the front edge looks since it wasn’t covered…so we’ll be painting that today.

Random Mommy Thoughts

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Did you know that if the tooth fairy has ‘too many appointments’ and can’t get to your house the night you’ve lost a tooth, she leaves extra money?

Are children and dogs equipped with a special ‘rug’ honing device so they will only pee, poop or throw up in the house on that one 10 X 12 rug in a home filled with (easy to clean) hardwood floors.

We can fit a car in our garage for the first time in 1 1/2 years!  I’m so excited.  Now if I could just organize the basement, and the other garage, and paint the kids rooms and ……..

Why is it that the earlier I get up to have ‘quiet time’ in the morning before anyone else gets up, the earlier the kids get up?