Friday, April 30, 2010

Semi-Circle Agnolotti

It's been awhile since I updated you on the felt food project.  Here is the latest addition

I found a quick and easy tutorial on Treasure for Tots which was inspired by Haba's version

(Image via Amazon)

Bon Appetito!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

On Thursday he ate through four strawberries, but he was still hungry...

On Friday, he ate through five oranges, but he was still hungry.

(Wheatgrass Caterpillars now about 10 days old)

Miss Lily is preparing for a Hungry Caterpillar party on Friday.  She is in charge of bringing the five oranges.  So, caterpillars, chrysalis, Pupas, and butterflies are on the agenda.

I thought you might enjoy a peak at the butterfly house that she made at the last Home Depot Kids' Workshop.

After the house was primed and painted white, she used Martha Stewart's Classic Butterfly punch and decoupaged the butterflies on the house using Outdoor Modge Podge.  I love my butterfly punch. It is not exactly a kid friendly tool, but after some practice, she has mastered using it.

The house makes me smile.  As does this

British Butterfly Knit Tee via Forever 21

On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake.... (even caterpillars have weak moments).

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tea Rose Home's Tank Top Refashion

Did you see Sachiko of Tea Rose Home's post on how to refashion a girl's tank top into a tunic?   Take a look!  (I love her refashioning ideas, I have posted about them before here).

My girls are blessed to receive plenty of hand-me-downs from friends and neighbours, but sometimes they are a little more than "gently worn." I have a stack of girls' tanks which fit this category.

Case in point (size 5/6 Children's Place tank):

I followed Sachiko's tutorial to repurpose the above tank into a tunic.

Here is my attempt.

Made someone happy.  That's why I sew.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Birthday gift for a 6 year old boy

I recently made this denim apron for a sweet little boy who turned six.

I used the Classic Apron Tutorial on the Michael Miller blog.  The apron is reversible and has a D ring at the neck strap.  The car fabric is from Ikea and called VITAMINER BIL

(Image via Ikea)

All wrapped up

Here are a few other car fabrics that I am diggin' (since I lasted posted on the subject, here).  I will leave you with these ones - all from Michael Miller.

Haul It series (available in four different colour schemes)

All this from the lady who doesn't drive. 
Have a lovely day, 

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Mesh Produce Bags

Our inner-city farmer's markets are set to open up next month.  I have been wanting to  sew a couple of produce bags that I could keep handy for "market day".

I recently picked up one these bags from Credo and thought about how easy it would to make one.

(Via Credo)

I was unable to find any certified organic cotton mesh on a bolt, but I did manage to find some cotton mesh in pink and white (the white is very stretchy whereas the pink is a tighter weave). The pink wasn't exactly the look I was going for, but this isn't the 80s  and it was all that was available.

Still under a twill tape hangover, I made a few twill tape labels using my alphabet rubber stamp set and setocolor fabric paint (the paint sets with the heat of an iron).  If you are sort who likes typography and sayings, you could make one that says, "eat your peas" or "mom says eat your greens" and that would be kind of cute, if only a  conversation starter at the checkout.

My bags, finished, are about 10 x 12 inches but you can make them in any size -depending on the width of your fabric and needs. It is just a "basic drawstring bag", nothing fancy.   There are a number of tutorials out there for basic drawstring bags. Happythings has a great 101 on the subject and the Purlbee has an excellent one as well.  The greatest controversy is if you want one hole for your drawstring or two (I opted for one hole and a toggle mechanism).

If you don't feel like sewing mesh, Between the Lines has an ingenious produce bag made out of a t-shirt.   Take a look. 

That's the scoop, eat more veggies.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

In InStyle - Make your own chalkboard labels

This is a follow up to my Eco Craft Organization post.  Coincidentally, I came across this at page 323 of the May InStyle and I wanted to share it with you.  I couldn't find a link online, so I scanned the actual magazine page (this is the first time I ever used my scanner and it worked after - only - three attempts!).

Basically, the designers used the same technique as I did (foam brush), but they applied a thin coat of primer first (I tried primer, but found it it didn't make too much of a difference with the product I was using).  The InStyle team applied the labels in a different spot and more free form. I really like the look.

Chalkboard Paint: Pea Pod and Periwinkle (Rust-Oleum chalkboard tint base)

Have a great day,

Friday, April 23, 2010

Weekend Inspiration: Jonathan Adler for 7 for All Mankind

Jonathan Adler's collection for 7 for All Mankind hits stores next month.  I really like the tunic in the shot below. I spotted it in the May issue of InStyle.  I have been thinking about tunics alot lately. I just ordered Amy Butler's Mini dress, tunic & tops pattern.  In my experience, tunics are kind of iffy.  They often look better on the rack then on me, but I willing to give them a try. Again (two years post baby).

(Jonathan Adler for 7 for all Mankind, image via LA Times Blog)

Here's a little more Jonathan Adler. I prefer his whimsical pieces to his white pieces.

Have a lovely weekend,

                  (Jonathan Adler Letter Pillows)

The Kite's last Earth Week Stop: KJ's Vinyl Stash

(My sister's class put together the above mural, clouds of out of newspaper and daffodils from egg cartons. Love it.)

 I hope you have enjoyed Earth Week with the Kite.  To conclude the week, I will leave you with a confession.   I hoard vinyl. 

(Image via KJ's Vinyl Stash)

When I saw this tutorial for making luggage tags on Sew4Home (which is quickly becoming a favourite site), I thought it would be a perfect use for my vinyl stash.

I used scraps leftover from these men's shirts (I will post about a men's shirt refashion in a future post).

to make these luggage tags.

(battered carry-on image via KJ's basement)

Easy peasy. Now my only concern is whether that paid for trip to Iceland and Norway is a bust.

If you don't want to make your own luggage tags, stop by KLM and you can design your own photo luggage tags. Not only that they will mail them to you for free!  What a terrific gift for yourself or a special someone. Act quick, last time I checked there were only about 36,000 tags left!

Thanks again for sharing Earth Week with the Kite.  I hope you enjoyed this week's flight. 

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