Sunday, June 14, 2015

Camp Blanket


Late this afternoon, Lily returned from her first Girl Guide summer campout at Camp Samac. It was the first time she slept in a tent, started her own fire, and cooked her own food on open flame. She had a great time.


She has had a successful year at Girl Guides and collected many badges for her sash.


I have been working on this camp blanket for awhile. It has our family badges from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and early 80s, and now a few from 2015 from three generations of guides. I used a Hudson Bay Company fleece pointe blanket. Once Lily finishes Guides, the badges from her sash will be transferred to the blanket.


Here is a close up of a few of the badges from the 1950-60s that belonged to my aunt.


I also thought I would share the “sitapon” Lily made for camp circles. It is made from an old rice bag filled with newspapers and sealed with duct tape.  She said it worked perfectly.


I also made her a pillowcase using Peanuts campfire fabric.


Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Women’s World Cup 2015: To a greater goal

IMG_2781 I love repurposing sports memorabilia (eg. the hockey sweater). For this project, I repurposed a Hudson’s Bay Canada Olympic mitten who was missing a mate.
I was able to open up the mitten and preserve the maple leaf. I used some red jersey and  the Scientific Seamstress’ doll t-shirt pattern to create a Canada jersey.
For the shorts, I adapted this free pants pattern by Milo Mila. I used maple leaf grosgrain ribbon to embellish the shirt and shorts. The soccer cleats are from Michaels (Springfield Dolls) –use your 50% off coupon. These Springfield cleats fit AG doll feet.
Another useful shorts pattern is this free one by GiGi doll creations. Here is an example stitched by my sewing pal.
[When printing out the pattern be sure to turn any scaling off, otherwise the fit will be too small.] I recommend 10 inch elastic for AG dolls. 
Let the games begin - Go Canada!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Making Good on Mother’s Day: Great Grandma’s Cast Iron Waffle Maker



For those celebrating in North America, Happy Mother’s Day!

I was invited by my blog friend Agy of Green Issues to participate in her Making Good Repair Blog Train.  The train took off on May 1st and you can find a list of the bloggers here. Each blogger picks a challenge to repair. Yesterday, Karen of Rude Record, an inspiring blogger in Australia who documents who she reuses, recycles, and refashions textile waste, posted about repairing slippers.

For my repair challenge, I chose to repair/restore my Great Grandma’s cast iron waffle maker.  Over the past two years, my husband and I have started to learn about seasoning and cooking on cast iron (the mister was converted to cast iron when he saw a steak cooked by Bobby Flay on Jimmy Fallon)!  My aunt has been downsizing and offered me my great grandma’s cast iron waffle maker (my great grandmother was of Norwegian ancestry and enjoyed waffles).  The iron was in very rough shape; however, I have read about how these pieces can be saved.

The message of this post is if you find a cast iron pan at a charity / thrift shop please consider it a diamond in the rough.



To restore the cast iron, I consulted an extremely useful site for cast iron collectors.

The rust was severe and I was unable to remove it with a vinegar solution. The situation called for a cleaning compound with lye (specifically Easy Off Heavy Duty – not all oven cleaners contain lye, but this particular one does).  I sprayed waffle iron with Easy Off and put it in a plastic bag and bubble wrap for a few days.  Fortunately, I was able to use the spray outside – this is preferable as there are fumes.

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After a few days, the rust had broken down (you can see the stains on the bubble wrap).

IMG_8379 IMG_8380  IMG_8382 Next came the elbow grease. I used a sponge and old toothbrush. As I am not going to be using the waffle iron at this point in my life, but keeping it for display I wanted to preserve it. I heated the waffle iron in the oven for about 30 minutes at 200 F and then applied food grade mineral oil.  This will protect the iron from rusting. If I plan to use it, the mineral oil can be removed and the iron seasoned with shortening prior to use.   After all the rust was removed, I discovered that the waffle iron was a Griswold Manufacturing No. 8 The “New” American patented May 14, 1901 (116 years ago this week!).


Here is the restored waffle iron. It was very hard to remove every speck of rust, but I am satisfied with the restoration and I will continue to preserve if needed as it has been in my family for about 100 years.  The feed sack quilt was made by my grandmother (likely in the 1930-40s).



I can’t wait to find my next diamond in the rough! Thanks for stopping by and to those celebrating, wishing you a happy Mother’s Day.

Tomorrow, the Making Good train will travel around the world to Singapore to Lapis Williams who has a beautiful blog documenting her interests in urban farming, upcycling, and jewelry design.


This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on "Making Good". What is repair, and why do we even bother to repair the things we have?  Some see repair as a way of reconnecting with our possessions as we extend their lives. Others see it as a form of creative potential and an avenue to express their craft.  The rewards for mending varies from feeling immense satisfaction to prolonging the life of the product. Follow the “Making Good” blog train this month and see what we have repaired and reconnected with. Have you mended anything today?