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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Aurora Tank

A few things:
1. There's a sewing competition over at Sew Mama Sew. It's called the Super Online Sewing Match.

2. I wish I was a competitor. (I entered, but the ladies they picked are super talented and have sewn a lot of things, way more than me.)

3. But, there's a Community Match! And I'm playing along at home. I'm going to try and post projects on the same schedule that they do--just to see if I could do it.

4. So here's my entry into round one--it can be any shirt or blouse. The contestants did a Sutton Blouse by True Bias, but I wanted to make something from a pattern I already had on hand.

5. The Aurora tank: I made a size small and it fits perfectly with no adjustments needed. This was actually a "wearable muslin" that turned out much better than expected. I made it from fabric in my stash--a not too stretchy knit stripe and an old maternity shirt that I hacked up. I can't wait to make more of these.

 The front, untucked

The back with a cute little pleat.

Tucked into a skirt--I wore it like this to work with a cardigan over top.
And man--lipstick, jewelry, and nice shoes could sure help a girl out!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pretty In Peplum

This is an older project that I'm now just finding time to share.

I got to test the Pretty In Peplum pattern by Abby at Sew Much Ado.

This is the second pattern I've tested for her (the first one is here) and I just love how everything I make using her patterns turns out so well. They look polished and I managed to sew 2 dresses in one night (even though I had to stay up way past my bedtime to do it).

This pattern is a must-buy because it's so versatile. You can do a top, a dress, short sleeve, long, three-quarter, sleeveless, make it a tank top, the list goes on and the little peplum adds a dash of style.

I was assigned to test two different size dresses--one little and one big.

The little:

and the big:

Although it looks like a shirt and skirt, it's actually a dress.
I just love the fabric!
It's April Rhodes ( a fellow Columbus resident) Arizona, Desert Blanket in Desert.

Look at how the peplum swings.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Growing Up

Dad: "Come say goodbye to G and J."
Nick:"Dad, I busy with something."
Dad: "OK, well, take a break to come say goodbye."
Nick: "No Dad! I working."

"Nick do it."
"Don't bother me."

Independent, but a mamma's boy.
Curious and rambunctious. I think we alarm people at the grocery when I let him run wild. I'm sure they are thinking that I'm crazy or a bad mom or worse. I don't care. He won't be confined to a cart.

At 2.5 he speaks in full sentences and remembers things better than I do sometimes.
He says "thank you" without prompting (most of the time).

He loves blueberries and has the perfect way of saying "berries."
He calls our dog Ginger, "Dinder" and loves to pet her and our other dog, Buddy.
"You're so soft." Referring to the dogs and me. When I tell him that he's so soft, he says, "no, I not soft mommy."

"It's so sunny. I need my glasses."
He sings Happy Birthday and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Eat My Chalk Dust

I tried it!
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

I got it from a cool local shop: Edwin Loy Home

Here was the inspiration piece:


Here is the before of a dresser that I bought at a local antique store:

It was already finished very nicely--I think with chalk paint and wax. For a minute I thought about leaving it as is.  But the grey on the dresser wasn't playing well with the grey on my walls. And I wanted yellow. I lucked out because the grey underneath made for some nice distressing.

Sorry for the poor quality iPhone pictures. As usual I only had a minute and was snapping at night. Once I get it all pretty-ed up on top and  hang the mirror (or something) in a proper place, I'll get some better pictures. 

But I'm happy with how it turned out. And using the chalk paint was very easy. I did sand lightly before I started, but only because it appeared that the dresser had previously been waxed. I don't know that it made much of a difference.

The color is a mix of English Yellow and Cream. I was hesitant to mix them and I didn't think that cream was the right color to mix the yellow with (I had been thinking of using Old White or Pure) but the nice lady at Edwin Loy Home assured me that this would get me the color I wanted. And she was right! I probably mixed it at a ratio of 1 part yellow to 2.5 parts cream. Super scientific. I just poured them together in a bowl until I got what I wanted.

The wax was intimidating. I used an old t-shirt and really rubbed it on there. Who knows if I did it properly? The one thing to remember is to wax first, then distress, and then wax again.

Now I'm itching to try Milk Paint a la Meg Duerksen.
The chalk paint didn't really distress much on it's own and I really like that extra-chippy look. What else can I paint?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Somewhere over the rainbow

Nick turned two!
And we had a little party.
It was loosely rainbow themed.

Lots of 'loons

I made the swag by taking 4 balloons and tying them together with twine threaded through the tied-off part of the balloons. Then I strung 3 sets of four on a really long piece of twine. It was easy, but there were some sore fingers from tying all those balloons. And clearly I didn't fill the red ones with enough air. 


We hung it on our new barn. It looks pretty artsy, no? I really wanted to get a picture of me and Nick in front if it, but the day got away from me. As usual.


And, a sour cherry Mojito. It's Martha's recipe. Although I can't recommend it. The cherry to vodka ratio was off. Too many cherries, not enough vodka. The basil flavor didn't come through either. But that could have been user error.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Burn this into my brain!

Nick is 2 today. And like all moms, I just can't believe it.
He is so adorable I want to burn everything he says and does into my brain so that I don't forget a moment of it.


He loves to say things like, "Sit down mama." Or "Come on mama." and make a little gesture with his hand so that I follow him.

Right now he's obsessed with colors, "playing" board games, running outside, R. E. M.'s Sesame Street version of Shiny Happy People, and tractors. He also loves helicopters and can say the word with remarkable clarity (or so I think). A favorite past time is to walk around and "meet people" everywhere he goes.

He can count to 4 reliably and spout out a few other numbers in random order. He says the phrase "my help" when he means that he doesn't want anyone's help to accomplish something. Balloons are "loons" and umbrella sounds like "allella." I may be the only one who understands his words, but he's full of them. He sings to me in the car and gives the tightest, best hugs in the world. His smile is a ray of warm sunshine on my heart.

And I never want to forget any of it.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Long Time, No Talk

Busy busy with a new house! It's been an adventure.






oh my!

We did make a major purchase:

Don't worry--my house won't look like a hunting lodge.

I'm also excited to try out some Miss Mustard Seed paint to create something like this:

Happy Weekend!