Friday, June 29, 2012

I {Heart} Flowers

I am not into gardening. At all. I dislike bugs. Dirt. Dirty fingernails.
Yet I love flowers.

daylilies 1

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Drawstring Bag with French Seams: A Tutorial

A good friend of mine is getting married this summer. Her bachelorette party was a few weeks ago. I didn’t get to go, but I wanted to make a gift. I decided to make a lingerie bag.
bride bag for lingerie with french seams (12)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Tailored Baby Shorts

I love handmade children’s clothing!

I have a Pinterest board displaying some of my favorites. 
(Including lots of girls’ items, despite not having a little girl to sew for!)

baby shorts, size 6-12 months and 12-18 months (4

I especially love details on kids’ clothes. Stitching, tags, pockets, even though the kid wearing the clothes doesn’t care. My sweet littlest guy needed some shorts. I had all kinds of ideas to make them extra-special, but I decided to focus on stitching with these shorts. I am sort of a “hurrier” when it comes to sewing, so I often don’t take time to make my stitches look perfect. {And these are far from perfect.} But they are totally wearable.
handmade shorts for baby, size 12 months (1)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Refashioned: Banded Bottom Shirt

Banded bottom shirt
banded bottom white shirt DIY
I have this white shirt I really like. However, I bought it last summer right after I had baby #2, so I was a little larger in the waist area. And now, since I’m back to normal (yay!) the shirt was too big.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Handmade Placemats

handmade green placemats
A good friend of mine is getting married in a few weeks. I’m in her wedding. My oldest little guy is the ring bearer. It’s his first ring-bearing gig. That’ll be fun.
handmade white and green placemats

Monday, June 18, 2012

Matching Freezer-Paper Stenciled Bike T-Shirts

embellished t-shirt for boys with bike
I love to make things for my boys. Both of them have summer birthdays and I had plans to make them special birthday shirts that matched.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Painting Furniture

I have noticed I have lots of new readers! I’m so glad you are here.
You may have noticed that I like to sew. 
I wanted to point out some projects I have done in the past which are not fabric related.

1. Taking apart a radiator cover and turning it into a wall unit to organize lots of sewing supplies.
organizing craft supplies

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Staying Organized: Pantry

Just a quick little idea for you organizing fanatics out there.

Do you have a bunch of plastic magazine holders? Someone gave me about eight of them and I wasn’t sure what to do with them at first. Then I decided to turn them onto their sides to create mini shelves in my pantry. This allows me to have a place to store recipes torn from magazines, coupons, and other random collections.
organizing the pantry

Also, I turned some onto their sides to store tubes of tin foil, saran wrap, and other kitchen items that come on a roll. They also contain stuff like bubble wrap or plastic bags I want to re-use.
repurposing magazine racks for storage

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Organizing with Crates

I love wood crates. I’ve pinned lots of ideas for using them. I just finished two for my home.
Wood Crates

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Organizing Kids’ Dishes

A friend of mine was visiting and commented that she liked the set up we have to encourage our toddler to help out.
kid dish storage
In our kitchen, we have a low cupboard devoted to our little guys’ plates, dishes, cups, and flatware. My three year-old can help by putting away his own dishes as I empty the dishwasher. He can also be helpful when it is time to eat by finding the appropriate dish or utensil.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

DIY Thank You Notes

DIY Thank You Cards made with Foam Stamps of Trucks
It was my little guy’s birthday last weekend. He got some very nice gifts from family members and I wanted to write some thank-you notes. We live in a small town and the only place I could make it to for thank-you cards was one of our [many] dollar stores.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Review: Tiny Bites Food Shears

Tiny Bites is a company that makes these really neat food shears. Their purpose is to help cut your kids’ food into safe-sized pieces.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Refashion a Too-Large Shirt with Shirring

I have way too many black shirts. Some of them fit better than others. Some of them are too big. Here is one example:shirring to improve the fit of a too-large shirt
So I just took some elastic thread and did a few rows of shirring.shirring to improve fit