Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Whimsy Couture Giveaway over at Someday Crafts

If you liked the robot tunic, you may be interested in this giveaway over at one of my daily reads, Someday Crafts. Whimsy Couture - who designed the reversible tunic - is sponsoring a giveaway at Someday Crafts.  I am not a giveaway fanatic, but when it comes to patterns , I am a total hoarder.    

Stainglass Candles


I try to keep a list of projects that might interest my kids.  We do most of our projects on the weekend, so the list helps me plan supplies.  Confession: sometimes the crafty projects I pick interest me more than them, but this one was a win-win.

This project has been on my to-do list for awhile.  I bookmarked the ever-inspiring Artsyville post awhile back and this post on Whatever and featured on Craftgossip reminded me that I need to do this with my kids soon, preferably outdoors.


As for sources, these sorts of candles are available all through Toronto, but are often printed with icons.  I found the clear ones at the dollar shoppe for $1.25 each.  The tissue paper was all reused from my stash.  We used regular modge podge, but the sparkly type might be nice as well! 

This project worked out well for both girls (age 2 and 5).  It was so nice to have a project that both girls could enjoy together at the same time.  The only thing I did was cut the tissue paper up into rectangles of variety of colours - they took over the rest.

You could also use regular jars instead of candles.  When Lily was 2 she made a little votive holder out of a baby food jar using a similar technique.
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Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day,

Monday, August 30, 2010

Camera Strap rhymes with Hemostat, or sort of

The girls and I were on our own this weekend.  On Saturday night, they were fast asleep (they are now 7 sleeps into sharing a bedroom and actually sleeping in it together. For the past 5 years, Lily has slept in our room  - she has always had difficulty sleeping independently and we became a family of somewhat reluctant co-sleepers).  Anyway, I was puttering around on Saturday evening when at 11 pm, I had this sudden urge to cut into my Michael Miller Birds of Norway fabric.

(Image via Michael Miller)
I have had five yards of this fabric for months and have hummed and hawed about what to make with it; however, every time I was about to embark on a project I became too nervous.  On Saturday evening the nerves subsided and I cut.  Anyway, you won't see the larger project today, but with some of the leftovers, I made a camera strap.
For this project, I used the Cottage Home's gathered camera strap tutorial. I really like the weight of this camera strap cover and the tutorial is super easy to follow.

One of my sewing weaknesses is selecting coordinating trims, embellishments, and fabrics (forever in awe of quilting folks). In hindsight, brown thread was probably a poor choice on orange grosgrain because sewing over the ruffles and another three layers is a little bumpy.  Close examination reveals slightly wonky stitching.
If you decide to make any camera strap cover, I highly recommend using fusible fleece. I once made a strap cover without the fleece and I was not pleased with the results.  The cover wrinkled and slipped.  Fusible fleece gives the cover some stability and helps the whole thing stay put.    I have not had any luck finding fusible fleece in the Toronto area, so I am grateful to my pal for picking it up on a state-side Joanne's run.

Here's another tip gleaned from that always so useful Sew 4 Home:  This is my new sewing friend (next to my sitch-ripper and iron).  It's called KJ's Hemostat.  It is great for turning tiny tubes like camera straps. My pal's dad, a physician, had a couple lying around.  It takes some practice, but it is handy for turning tiny straps and even threading your camera strap through the cover.


Happy Monday,

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Friday, August 27, 2010

The Disappearance of Barbapapa

I found some Barbapapa socks at H&M and relived my own TV Ontario childhood moment.

I thought the kids might like them, I didn't know they would love them.
One of KJ's old books, "The Disappearance of Barbapapa"
Have a happy weekend,

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Routine Cards

September often brings a new routine, especially for children starting school for the first time.

Amy over at Living Locurto recently offered some wonderful free printable morning routine cards.   My sister thought this was a great idea and decided to create some bedtime routine photo cards. You can have your little one act out the routine, snap a photo, print them out with the corresponding text, and clip the photos together using a binder clip.  If you are unable to print photos from your home computer, the photo kiosks at many drugstores (Pharmaplus and Shoppers) and photo labs now allow you to edit your photos to include text.

These photos might also be helpful if mum and/or dad is away for the evening, and a caregiver is taking over during bedtime.

My girls really enjoy seeing photos of themselves. I think this is a great project.  If your child responds well to these sort of photo style cards, you should take a peek at Ikat Bag's Facebook cards to record emotions.  They make me smile,


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ooh La La! A Fancy Nancy Jacket

(Image via Dear My Kids)

I was really lucky last week, I won the Sewing Dork's (please do pop over and pay a visit, she's a hoot!) Dear My Kids pattern giveaway. For my prize, I picked the Chic Vintage Swing Jacket.  (The Sewing Dork also made this jacket, you can peak at her project here).

I made a 6T jacket out of Fancy Nancy satin flannel back and hot pink broad cloth.  [I have posted before about how I am torn about using licensed fabric, but right now Miss Lily just prefers Fancy Nancy to Amy B (hand me a tissue).]

(Image via Joann)
This is the fourth reversible garment I have sewn in four weeks (tunic, capelet, apron).  I just love reversible clothing. When you make reversible clothes, you really feel like you are moving through that  fabric stash. I also like reversible clothing because all of the seams are neatly covered and the garments have such a professional look. 

Here is how the jacket turned out.


Here is the photoshoot.  Made someone happy.


That's why I sew.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Peace, Love and Cupcakes


I sewed this apron for one of Miss Lily's sweet friends. The apron is reversible.  Hard-working denim on one side and Robert Kaufman's Sweet Tooth Cupcake in Yellow.  Healthy mix.

The apron is based on an old standby - Sew Liberated Montessori Apron pattern, with two modifications (1) I opted for a D-ring to make it truly reversible (sort of like the Michael Miller apron I posted about here); and (2) I lengthened the pattern by about 3 inches.
In the spirit of the doll clothes project, I whipped up a couple of versions.  This little lady is sporting a single scallop. No tutorial necessary.

And Jane Banks is modeling one of Brassy Apple's itty bitty Barbie Aprons.

The Barbie apron is a great scrap-buster project [of that instant gratification sort - providing you have a tulle stash (guilty!)].
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Lightning McQueen Bike Makeover

My nephew participated in a community bike parade this weekend. His bike won "the most creative" award. 

AJ decorated his bike with a mini race car bunting similar to the one I posted about it here and some streamers.  [My middle sister has requested a moratorium on bunting posts so I will indulge her today and post about streamers instead :).] 

You can make bike streamers using plastic shopping bags, pipe cleaners, and pony beads.  (If you are interested in pony beads, I posted recently shared another project here).

Anyway, here is the streamer how-to:

Plastic Shopping Bags
/cut the bags into strips
carefully cut a small hole in each strip (this is where your pipe cleaner will thread through)
thread your pipe cleaner through the plastic strips
see the yellow pony bead? use one on each side to secure the stack of plastic strips

twist your pipe cleaners and they can now be hung from your bike


"Speed. I am speed."
- Lightning McQueen




Have a great week and as always, thanks for stopping by,