Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

We Do Cloth

October 16th, 2011 by zoe 5 Comments

Around here, we do cloth. Don’t even get me started about how much I love cloth diapers especially these!!  My sister actually packs her own paper towels when she comes to visit, which kinda cracks me up. Cloth napkins at the table are lovely. BUT, setting the table with a new round of napkins for each meal was proving to be a washing CHORE.

This post from Amanda over at SouleMama proved to be just the sort of big family table advice I needed to find  balance. Napkin rings — huh, not something I would have ever thought of…. but you know when each family member has their own special ring they can use a napkin for more than one meal and it really cuts down on the washing. Plus, children love rituals and jobs.  I love having them be part of the household by setting the table and helping prepare the meals. Win Win!

I had a bit too much fun finding antique napkin rings on Ebay. After way too much computer lusting…  Oliver my jumper has a kangaroo and Emmett my little bird has a chick. Big Dada has a very plain classic napkin ring,  just they way he likes it. I am still on the hunt for my own napkin ring identity —- out in the studio I have a bit of silver that might evolve into something perfect, someday.

Oh, and I did not make these napkins, I splurged and bought them at Target. I really hate ironing and the thought of making all those mitered corners makes me cringe! I am a big fan of no sew fringe edge napkins made with Kona Cotton fabric which can be found at just about any fabric store. Elmers our local breakfast joint uses single layer raw edge napkins and they work just great.  And if you missed it, here is a little tutorial I shared a few weeks back for a super quick school lunch napkin using the same technique.

Click the Captain Crafty project sheet, save to file and print.

Apple Pie and Pancakes

October 2nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Holy cow am I busy right now. Still,

I manage to get into a bit of mischief because whenever I am supposed to be doing something I inevitably have SO much fun doing … something else.

It’s been a week of perfect pancakes and apple pies.

Sewing, sewing, sewing and more sewing while sitting on my newly painted and upholstered chair.

Sewing and sewing some MORE under the light of my newly painted and hung studio light, a gift from my talented  friend Carla Caruso. So much better than a bare bulb!

Scheming about when to harvest the grapes from the grape arbor and turn them into Grape Jam.

Oh, and having a bit of fun with Modge Podge.

I hope in all your busy busy you find time to get into a bit of fun mischief too!

Guest Post at Meremade

September 30th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

This week I was excited to be invited to be a guest post over at Meremade where Jennifer is rounding up a month of Back To School projects.

Head on over to Meremade and you can see my 5 Minute School Lunch Napkins tutorial and loads of other Back To School projects, recipes and organizational ideas!

Busy in the Studio

September 11th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Here in the studio I am working on some new dolls.

It takes FOREVER to design new doll bodies —- lots and lots of patterns sketched, sewn and tossed to the side. The studio floor is littered with revisions. I try to remember to write notes on each pattern piece as I revamp it, I try to write a number on each series of the revisions too so I can keep track of it all!  I started with number 1 and now these dolls are number 7, with a few more tweaks I think number 8 might be a go.

Alas sometimes there are many days between my studio hours and I am left puzzled as to where I left off.

Sometimes the beginnings can be frustrating, but as I get closer to adorable it starts to be a lot more fun.

Boy this elf work is hard!

Growing Pants

August 30th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

The big storm brought in cool fall air, last night we put on longer layers and jackets, gasp.

We are busy getting ready for the first day of school and realizing – the little ones around here aren’t so little anymore. They have sprouted up this summer and ALL their pants are too short!  I got to thinking, who says I can’t just add length to those piles of pants in their dresser… I got to experimenting and this is what I came up with.

On the first pair I added jean cuffs to the bottom. We tricked them out with some funky matching patches. I have some  green zebra fabric left over from making some new pillows … loving the pillows, loving the green zebra print!

The second pair of pants I cut just under the knees. I then took 4″ slices out of the sleeves of an old adult sweatshirt and sewed them in. It worked perfectly – I didn’t even have to alter the seams, or deal with a new hem.  Oliver demanded his pair have a dinosaur on them so I cut out a little Brontosaurus felt patch and stitched it on. Now he is requesting a palm tree on the other side, oh the demands!

The pants are not insanely expensive or some fantastic fancy brand, they are just plain old pants.   But they kids really still like them and they still fit in the waist.  It’s about trying to use what we have, not buy more than we need & reduce our consumption.  Plus I am a big fan of kids in funky handmade clothes. Oh, and I am a big fan of green zebra print too!

 

 

Handstitching

August 20th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

The air shifts in August. The ground starts to cool and in the mornings dew hangs onto everything.

The spider webs create such beauty. I’d like to think fairy’s have been here!

On a crafty note – I got a day last week to trace out some new patterns for hand stitched t-shirt clothing. Looking good so far! Still have to work out a few hitches but I am hoping to be able to crank out some new work for fall.

This drop waisted skirt is so cute and comfy on! And the hand stitched baby pants, need a model – I’ll have to drum up a little babe for those.