Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Boards

I whipped these babies up this morning to keep my boy and my 3 yr old niece busy this weekend. I love felt, it has so many uses! And did I mention I use all eco-felt, made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles? It makes a earth-loving, recycling fanatical, re-purposing mom like myself very happy!

and apparently I forgot to rotate these pictures before loading them on here...... and I'm too lazy to redo it. So tilt your head, and check out the pumpkin felt fun!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snow? In October?!

Oh yeah, that's right, I live in Canada! Snow can fall in July some years so I shouldn't really be all that surprised! But I was still a little shocked to wake up this morning to a perfect winter scene out my window! And after breakfast I bundled the kids up (and discovered that my boy has outgrown his winter boots and my girl swims in the snow pants that match her coat so she had to wear her brothers old snow pants!) and headed outside to play in the first snow of the year! We even kept with the halloween theme for our snowman!

And luckily the colder weather gives me more time to spend inside sewing :) I finally finished the skirt and the shorts from the last post (I'll post pics later) and recycling blankets into clothes worked so well that I'm now in the process of making 3 pairs of lounge pants from flannel baby blankets. Actually 2 are already complete and the third is just waiting on the elastic waist, but I haven't had a chance to take pictures yet (as my model has not been cooperative of late).

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Too many projects, not enough time!

As a Mom to a 3.5 year old and a 1.5 year old I have limited sewing time. Pretty much nap time while my son is at preschool, or evenings if I want to ignore my husband, and the occasional weekend. I envy anyone with a full weekend to sew. Sigh. I lay awake at night thinking of all the projects I want to start, so when I get a few minutes during the day (on the rare occasion that my kids are playing nicely and quietly) I immediately start tracing and cutting pattern pieces! The problem is finding the time to head downstairs, move the cat food dishes off my old sewing machine table, pull out the machine and get things done! Ah, well, maybe this weekend...

So, instead of waiting a few more weeks until I actually finish something, I`m posting the start of a few projects. Maybe this will be the motivation I need to get sewing. Or something like that :)

Here`s little ruffle skirt I`m working on for my baby girl. I got the basic pattern from Su at Vively Online and then I added a pocket. Because I think pockets on girly skirts are adorable. Its my first attempt at ruffles like this so I hope it turns out.

Next project : the pillowcase dress. I`ve seen tutorials for these popping up everywhere this summer, and now thats its winter I have finally gotten around to making one. I found this pillow case while helping my inlaws clean out their basement and I think its cute! I`m hoping the dress works for my skinny little girl!

And one last project started this week- a pair of shorts (well, more like capris) made out of an organic cotton baby blanket that I loved and couldnt bear to pass on.

So there you have it, my un-finished projects this week! I`m hoping I can update the finished products soon!