I know it’s already spring, but I just figured out how to make photo collages (Yay! And thus endeth another battle with technology!) so I’m posting my winter wardrobe late. One day I want to talk more about what a capsule wardrobe is and why I am doing it (for those of you who aren’t already familiar) and why on *earth* I’m blogging about it in the midst of all the other people’s posts about capsule wardrobes (for those of you who *are* familiar with them). But for now, here’s my wardobe. There are a few items that didn’t make it into the shots because they were dirty (like by black and white tees).
Soooooo… I've been MIA for a really long time. I have great excuses, including having a new baby (yay) and just getting burned out on the crafting/blogging/wash/rinse/repeat system (boo).
I've been feeling the blogging itch again, but I'm just going to sort of do it on my own terms (wasn't I already?) and just post whatever I want, when I want.
Unfortunately, having been away a while means that everything looks different, so I feel a little lost. Expect my first couple of posts to look weird
1. Not much. New babby is keeping me busy. He is cuuuuuuuute, and he is totally a mama's boy. So a lot of my time is spent in snuggle mode.
2. I'm reading some, that's cool. You don't care, really. That's cool too.
3. I'm really into building, nay, *currating* a capsule wardrobe, so expect that to be featured soon. Or don't. If you've been around a while, you know not to expect me to follow through on blogging promises (Hi, Mimi!!). I actually started working on my capsule wardrobe over a year ago, and I totally planned to blog about it, and then I got pregnant and stopped doing everything. Now it seems like EEEEEVERY blogger is talking about their capsule wardrobe. And hopefully I will be, too.
So there you have it. My fairly dull, information-free foray back back into the blogging world. You're welcome.
*Full disclosure: I wanted to move my meme to the end of my post, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. So now it feels even more appropriate. Do me a favor, pretend you didn't see it already and that it neatly follows my last line of text and that I look cool for having such and awesome meme-ending to my post. And pretend I'm better at not creating (currating?) run-on sentences.
This post is waaaaaay overdue, and I’ve been trying to work on it for months. I think I made my fox tee back in April. I don’t have any absolutely amazing photos of it, as creative documentation and I are sort of at odds with one another these days. I’m just excited to finally be sharing!
I’m gonna give a special shout out to my husband, who saved me from the pit of PDF-sharing ignorance and despair. And I’m dedicating this post to Mimi, who never gave up.
Now that the credits are out of the way…
1. Print and cut.
I did not include a pattern for eyes and a nose, but you guys should be able to figure that out. They’re just circles and a rounded triangle.
Oh, and I should say that I did this applique with knit, so, when sewn, the edges will be left raw. And I sewed my applique onto my tee front *before* I assembled it, so that my t-shirt and sewing machine wouldn’t get into a fight. And use a ball-point needle!
2. Determine your placement and start sewing.
I don’t have pictures that get really specific about this, but pin on your first layer (the orange fox face), and sew the edges first. Then layer the whiskers and do the same thing. Now, I placed my whiskers a little high for my tastes, I meant to place them flush with the bottom of the fox face. So that’s the one change I’d make if I were doing this again.
3. Sew on the eyes and nose.
4. Sew on the white ear pieces. And throw on some eyebrows for good measure.
Then, if you’re making your own tee, assemble it. Boom, you’re done!
My shirt looks a little weird because I scaled up the pattern to a 5T, but I forgot to make the arms bigger. It doesn’t look as weird when Dex is wearing it. But if you resize a pattern, just remember to resize all the pieces!!
Dexter has worn this shirt like crazy for the past few months, mostly because I put it on him every single time it’s clean.
I’d love to see if anyone recreates this! And, as usual, I’m cool with this being used for personal use, but not for monetary gain.
Raise your hand if you can’t wait for Spring!! (Do you see my hand? I’m the one jumping up and down.)
I’ll be honest, I’ve been having difficulty blogging, because I’m just having… difficulty. In general. (Speaking of difficulty in blogging, if it looks like I have some weird spacing in this post, I don’t know why that is. Let’s just agree to ignore it together.)
Today was a halfway productive day, meaning the first half of the day was great and I got lots done.. and then everything crashed.
But during that exciting do-everything phase, I:
-Cleaned my entire kitchen and living room (Some of you may be thinking that cleaning the living room shouldn’t be listed as a grand accomplishment. Allow me to introduce you to my son. He’s blurry for a reason.)
-Packed a week’s worth of kiddo lunches. This *is* impressive, because I cut all kinds of foods into heart-shapes, sooo…. I’m kind of a big deal.-And yes, I boiled and dyed eggs (I really can’t wait until spring!! Also, I thought it would be fun for Dexter. And it was.)
I also relied heavily the good ol’ internet. And so I shall share with you the links that made my half-way productive day possible:
-Do *you* know how to boil an egg?? I don’t eat boiled eggs, so I certainly didn’t.
-What about dying eggs? We did a very basic dye-job with food coloring and vinegar, but this site gives you some tips on getting fancy with the eggs.
-Hearts, hearts, and more hearts. They’re pretty much the only cool shape I’m confident in free-handing, and thankfully, Dexter really appreciates them. But have you seen this awesome tutorial on heart-shaped carrots?? Not hard, and totally worth it.
Now that I’ve written out all the awesome parts of the day and avoided complaining about the (really, really) bad parts, I feel much better about all that’s transpired and I’m ready to spend my evening relaxing. Sigh :)
Because have no resistance when it comes to starting new projects… I’m working on a hexagon quilt. I’m really loving it too, it’s mindless and soothing. Much easier than I ever expected it to be!
And for some reason, I just cannot bring myself to sit at my sewing machine right now. So it’s nice to have a lap project that I can do anywhere.
I’ve looked at a bunch of tutorials, but this is the main one I’ve been referencing.
And now I’m going to get back to it! (It’s very addictive, you’ll see! )
Hello again! The past few months have been extremely busy for us! We moved (again), which was the major thing.
Now that we’re settled in our new house, we have a great space for homeschooling, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
I found a great online Montessori training course (more on that in a later post), and I officially started building our class last night so we could begin lessons today.
But he was happy with his work!
I’m sure, if you’re a parent, you’ve been in this situation: your kid has a TON of toys already, most of them littering every square inch of your home, but your child acts as if he has nothing to play with. And getting rid of toys is close to impossible because you know your child has played with each and every thing in the pile (once or twice), and will again (once or twice).
I really wanted to wait until after the move to start this, but seriously, we were tripping on toys constantly, and I was about to lose it. Teaching clean-up skills is likely my least favorite part of parenting so far. After starting this system, it’s SO much more manageable.
I gathered all the toys and was shocked to realize how many we really had. This is for one child, people, and this doesn’t include larger toys and outside toys, such as his kitcken, basketball goal, and sand and water table, and things like craft supplies. I don’t know if you can tell, but it’s not just one layer deep… the pile covers our entire king-size bed.
(I feeled compelled to note that I did not lay out the numbers like that, Dexter did. My OCD tendencies would not have allowed me to let them be out of order!)
The benefits so far:
- There are less toys in the floor.
- Clean up is a breeze because he’s not overwhelmed.
- He actually plays with what he has.
- He plays with things he never tried before and gets creative with what’s available.
- I’m able to monitor what he’s still not playing with so I can remove it from our home.
- Our time is spent more productively than before, when he wasted time whining and being bored, and I wasted time trying to force him to clean.
We are in our second round of rotation so far, and it’s still working well. When he asks for a different type of toy, I have him gather up something he’s willing to trade before I give him the new items. Otherwise, I plan to rotate the entire set about every 2 weeks.
I’m really excited to be able to really sort and store my sets when we move. Right now, all the extra toys are still in my bedroom because there was no better place to put them during the move.
If you have other tips and tricks, definitely leave me a comment!
As I mentioned a while back, I’ve been participating in the Sewing Buddy Challenge at Whipstitch.
Our first challenge wrapped up this month, and my partner and I won 2nd place! We were to collaborate to make a pair of boy/girl projects, which works out perfectly since I have Dexter and Elisabeth has her baby daughter, Cate. We made these precious little dolls from Wee Wonderfuls called Olive and Archie.
This pattern was absolutely worth the money. I only had one problem with it, which I will go into later. But, for your $15, you get the patterns for both Olive and Archie, plus all sorts of clothes, and accessories including backpacks, sleeping bags, and a cat pal.
Elisabeth and I chose a color palette, using Moda’s A Walk in the Woods line as our inspiration. I would have loved to just get some of that fabric, because it is PRECIOUS, but I’m trying to stash-bust. So I had to bring that vibe to my doll while keeping down extra purchases.
I created a few sketches, with three major goals in mind:
1. Use what I have as much as I can.
2. Stick to the color palatte/theme we chose.
3. Make the little guy look as much like Dexter as possible.
I easily found a felt in color similar to Dexter’s hair. I ended up getting a blend because I was trying to keep costs down. I can tell that it’s pilled a bit, but overall I think it’s fine.
But finding a skin tone nearly drove me crazy. I shopped at Joann Fabrics, which I normally really like. But they had a whopping total of two fabrics that could possibly work for skintone. One of them was too orange (we are an extremely pale family) and the other was thinner and weirder looking than I’d like. I made the smart choice and went with thin and weird.
I started stitching my hair on. So far so good. Except in this photo, you can see straight through to the paper under the fabric. But surely that won’t be a problem, right? Right??
I’m 99% certain I washed my fabric before cutting. But I really can’t remember now. After sewing all my hair on and starting to assemble the body, I ironed some seams, and suddenly the weirdness of the fabric became an actual problem.
The fabric melted/shrunk. The photo above shows the difference between the pattern piece and how much shrinkage occurred. In retrospect, desperation to find the right color may have caused me to get something partially synthetic. But I will never know, because when I went back to Joann for a replacement, I couldn’t find the mystery fabric.
So I came some with the too-orange fabric, washed it… and then realized under our lights that it was yellow.
Long story short, I went to Hobby Lobby and found an acceptable fabric. The twist: A few days after I submitted my doll, I found my own stash of fleshtone fabric. Sigh.
Aside from that, the pattern started out ridiculously easy. But there comes a point when the creator tells you that you will be cursing her name, and she was not wrong. I didn’t curse *her* per se, but I nearly lost it several times. The problem is that wretched bottom panel. If you’ve made this pattern before, I’m sure you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t and plan to, you *will* know what i’m talking about! I Googled and searched and pleaded to the internet fairies to give me the answer and I never found it.
In the end I just had to wing it. So Archie has a funky butt.
I thought it might bother me that my handstitching is so awful, but I’m just glad that part is over. And as with childbirth, I’ve almost forgotten the pain and would do totally do it all over again.
The eyes where my only other creative difficulty, because I wanted Archie to look like Dexter, but Dex has hazel eyes that are difficult to replicate.
I almost settled for these plain dark eyes, which I love, but I just really wanted light eyes, even if they were still wrong. So I chose to do a circle of charcoal gray with pale blue on top to create irises.
I stuck on all the features, subbing felt scraps for the mouth and nose, to get the correct placement and shapes. Then I just stitched on the face.
I made a little red jacket last minute using the hoodie pattern included in the set. I didn’t finish the seams, because I was running out of time. But I really wanted that pop of color to complete the look I was going for. It was then that I realized that I didn’t like the placement of the arms, beause with the jacket on, things look a little weird and the jacket actually doesn’t want to stay on.
But, I was extremely happy with how he turned out!
I just signed up for the 2012 Sewing Buddy Project at Whipstitch.
Do any of these describe you:
- You’re totally pumped that there is a thriving community of crafters on the Internet and you’d like to be a part of it.
- Your WIP and UFO piles qualify you for Hoarders: Crafters Edition, and you need encouragement to dig your way through them.
- You were a nerdy little kid who loved pen-palling it up in elementary school.
- You’d like to buddy up with someone who shares you’re love of sewing.
- You’d like the opportunity to explore aspects of sewing you’ve never tried before.
If so, scootch on over there and sign up too! Sign-up runs til April 1 at midnight.