So I haven't even started working on Emmie's maxi-dress because I recently had some plans change around here, instead of going to the US for July with my whole family, now only I am going for a week, to see my Gramma (who will be visiting from South Africa,) and be part of Sarah's baby shower (oh by the by, I can't remember if I said it or not, but her lil punkin is a baby boy, due the last few days in September!) I mean I am going to see my family, and not JUST my Gramma, and Sarah's baby shower, but those things are driving the timeline! We will all be heading back to the US for a visit in September/October (to meet the lil punkin) but this end of June visit is not that visit.
ANYWAY to make a long story longer, I have a lot I need to do, and not a lot of time to do it in now. I am making the bedding set for Sarah's nursery, so I have spent the last week making the top of her quilt, so that I can take it up to Seoul to be quilted (I usually do my own machine quilting, but there is a quilting machine at the army base, and I want to try it out, it's computerized, so it makes pretty pictures, and I want to see if I like it for Isaac's viking quilt too, since one of the sets of pictures they have to quilt into things is viking based with horned helmets and everything.... I know right? who knew.) I still have to make the bed skirt and bumpers, but here is the quilt top.
Moda Hideaway charm pack and the border used parts from a jelly roll from the same line. The white was just 5" squares I cut out from white cotton. Sarah Picked out the pattern (she's going with a coo coo clock/Dutch/garden gnome thing in the nursery that I thing is going to be beyond adorable.)
Anyway, I am trying to get a lot of stuff done, in addition to getting the kid's last few weeks of school out of the way. Summer is hard here on base because there are a lot of nice people moving, but I guess there are a lot of nice people moving in too, so that is good!!! The weather has finally warmed up, so we are getting outside a lot more (Paul and I walk 3 miles almost every night) and I need to do a lot more sewing for the kids to have their summer wardrobe. (although I am tempted to buy a bunch of that in the states during my visit, that is in-between double-fisting American food and smooching on family! Oh, AND standing in Target, man could I be happy just standing in a Target right about now.)
I have been making over a shelf/cupboard thingy too (if you follow my instagram you have seen the before) so I just have finishing touches on that before it's ready to hang in the kid's bathroom, and my burlap wreath, and my front door makeover, etc. anyway I have lots to share as always, but instead of sharing, I just move on to the next thing!!!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Anyway, I am so excited for this series, how fun is it to be able to watch something progress for a whole year, and to get to see some really fun takes on the same pattern! (Thinking caps and outside of the box thinking is a must for this series!!!)
What do you think? are you going to sew along this year with Flip This Pattern?
Monday, May 6, 2013
I have just received some fabric in the mail to make a dress that I have been thinking about for ages, The Truly Me Chevron Maxi Dress by Bunnies Picnic.
(the picture can be clicked on and is a link to the pinterest pin, but the dress can be found at it's source here.) Other than the fact that the original dress is sold out which means I cannot get my hands on it anyway, the main reason I wanted to make this dress rather than buy it, was because I didn't feel like there was quite enough coverage in the top (mostly the back of the dress, but the front scoop neck is a little low for my taste too.) The original dress is made out of jersey, but I couldn't find any knit fabric in the right sort of stripe, so I am using quilter's cotton instead.
I got the blue and cream faux shibori from Joann's ages ago before we moved to Korea, but the stripe just arrived today from fabric.com. I know the faux shibori isn't quite the same as the original dress, but I like it anyway, and this way I don't have to dye anything :)
Anyway, I am going to try to come up with a pattern for a top I like, and then will try to do a tutorial on my version of the dress. Any suggestions for keeping the spirit of the dress, while adding a little more coverage for a little girl to be able to play comfortably in???
Sunday, May 5, 2013
I was able to finish my sign this weekend, it took a lot of lettering - so we can never move again because I am OVER the hand painting :) Actually it shouldn't be that big a deal from here on, because I will only have one at a time now that I am caught up.
Friday, May 3, 2013
I've been working on a new project today......
I certainly didn't invent this type of sign, but I really like how this one is turning out, usually these are red white and blue, or military service colors, but I like the black and white, and the more simple feel.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
So I know I've been missing, but I haven't been lazing about, just taking a break from blogging for a bit (not actually on purpose, I've just been super busy and taking pictures and editing them, then writing a post just wasn't making the cut.)
We got back from China, and the kids went back to school while I have been trying to finish a lot of projects around the house (I sort of let things slip during So You Think You're Crafty and Project Run and Play.) I have also been closing out the fiscal year for my volunteer position in the Osan Air Force Base Officer's Spouse's Club (I'm the Welfare Committee Chairperson) so that is involving a lot of buckling down with numbers and record keeping for my doomsday report. (Not my strength.)
Anyway, around the house some of the changes I have made have been to the hallway, I bought and had framed a giant map of the world. The kids are loving using white board markers to write about where they've been, where people they love are, and where they would like to go. (If you are wondering how big the map is, it is about 56" by 33" framed)
My sister brought me chair pads from IKEA when she came; they were plain cream ones that I asked her to pick up for me, because I already had the velvet fabric for them here in Korea (I brought it with me when I came) It's a lovely woven fabric with a velvet pile in the teal blue parts (which explains the dark spot, it's not a stain, the velvet is just brushed backwards in some spots.) I like the modern print with all the more antique stuff in my house, I think it's the pop I needed to youthen it up.
I am trying to get to my craft storage area, finishing off the family room, and Isaac's bedroom too, over the next little bit (although that will have a few tutorials associated with it) I really do plan to share our vacation pictures, I am just trying to prioritize what needs to be done, with what I would like to do over the next little bit (I am much more unplugged than usual right now.)
Anyway, while I have been away have I missed anything exciting?
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
We are back from China! We have actually been back a couple of days, but since it still has been spring break, I haven't been on the internet much. But as all good things must come to an end, everyone is back at school and work now, so I am trying to clean the house and catch up with photo editing so I can share our China pictures.
To prove I am not dead, I have a couple of pictures to share, (sorry if you are on instagram, because I already shared one of these over there.) Emmie has joined the cooking club at school, and obviously needed a chef's outfit (tell me we are not the only family that needs specialty outfits for everything?)
I am pretty sure she will be the only one dressed up (Emmie is in middle school, but because she skipped a grade, she is only 10; I love the fact that she just doesn't buy into any of the middle school popularity, what's cool/what's not, stuff yet) but she has been practicing her French chef accent, so I bet no one even notices the outfit because she will be too busy saying "magnifique!"and "héhéhé" as she whisks things!