Friday, December 21, 2012

Toddler girl's ruffled apron



So we've instituted a tradition at our house, at least for these baby years: Santa brings one present (handmade in his garage workshop) and Mama and Daddy buy one.  It kind of stinks, because Santa gets all the credit for our hard work! ;-) Last year, it was a handmade doll and a wooden push toy (which she pretty much never, ever played with, sigh). This year it's a whole bunch of Duplo and a homemade play kitchen. 

The kitchen has turned out to be a pretty big project, and "Santa" is doing a great job with putting it together -- it should be finished in the nick of time.  I, meanwhile, get to do the fun stuff... the little details like dishes, refrigerator magnets, and accessories.  The stuff that makes it feel like a real kitchen! 

One of the things I had in mind from the moment we came up with the play kitchen idea (seriously, I have had this fabric at least six months) was a ruffled apron.  I am a sucker for a ruffled apron, and I have made a couple now based on this absolutely adorable grownup version from One More Moore.  I think I've finally got the dimensions of the toddler-sized version just right, so I thought I'd share measurements and the few little changes I made to the method Morgan Moore used in the original.

I started with: a back piece 13.5" wide by 10.5" long 
One 3"x13.5" piece for the waistband
Four stirs 4"x22" for the ruffles
Two strips 2.5"x20" for the ties

I hemmed three sides (not the top) of the back piece and each of the ruffle pieces.

Then I zigzagged the top edge of each ruffle piece. Oh, Santa, I hope you bring my serger!


I took my tie pieces, folded them each in half lengthwise wrong-side-out, stitched along one end and long side, turned, pressed, and top-stitched. 

Pressed my waistband piece under .25" on all four edges...




...then folded it in half lengthwise, right side out, and pressed.

Made a long gathering stitch along the top of each ruffle strip and gathered until the width of my back piece.  Then pinned and stitched them down thus: the top edge of the bottom ruffle is exactly 3" from the bottom of the back piece. Each of the other ruffles is positioned 1.5" above the one below it. This means that the top ruffle is stitched down .5" from the top edge  of the base piece.

Like this.

It's a bit hard to see here, but I tacked down the apron ties to the top of the backing fabric, then sandwiched the apron and ties inside the waistband piece.  The top of the backing fabric went right into the crease I pressed.

Then I folded and pinned it down, and stitched along all three edges, catching the apron ties, backing fabric, and top ruffle inside the waistband.

So fun! Can't wait to try it on her and see her playing in her new little kitchen.
The fabrics are all by Michael Miller: Retro Put a Lid on It in Citrus Yellow and Electric Green,  Petit Point in Denim Blue, and Ta Dot in Tangerine.


EDITED to add photos of the apron "in the wild."






I took these today while H "helped" (haha!) me bake a cake for her SECOND BIRTHDAY! I can't believe my baby is getting so big! Please excuse the bed head. We are having a "stay in your pajamas all day" kind of day today.

Monday, December 17, 2012

An Apron Reverse Knot Dress for Christmas


 is was another situation where a cute fabric drove the dress idea.  I happened upon this adorable red matryoshka nativity fabric at JoAnn's and thought it was just too cute not to use for something -- but also too busy to make a whole dress out of.  So I went through several ideas for a Christmas dress but finally decided upon this apron reverse-knot jumper (a knot dress usually ties in the front; this one ties in the back) from Viola Lee Patterns on Etsy.

I really struggled to come up with good coordinating fabrics because it wasn't (as far as I could tell) part of a coordinating line, so I had to wing it.  I finally found a couple that worked well: a light blue Kona cotton with sparkles (!) that brings out the blue in "Mary's" cloak (I think maybe this one?) and a white-and-red snowflake pattern that matches the red background ... which seems to be no longer available.


It sparkles!  And I need to work on my bow-tying...
 The pattern was easy to follow, although it took me a long time simply because I was only able to work in short bursts on this one.  But it was fun to make.  It is absolutely adorable on her with her little white peasant blouse underneath, but I want to wait to share pictures until I have had a chance to make the light blue tulle petticoat I plan on her wearing with this.  Oh, my. So much cuteness shouldn't be legal!


It's a little bit big on her (the smallest pattern size was 2T/3T and she is a dainty 22-month-old) but it doesn't swallow her too much to wear this year... and she should be able to wear it at least one more year if not two. Which is good, since she will only get to wear it a couple of times this Christmas!

Thanksgiving dress

Oh, my goodness, it's been forever since I've posted anything.  We've been in holiday mode around here, and it's been great!  All the shopping and baking hasn't totally gotten in the way of making stuff, though.  Here (finally) is H's Thanksgiving dress.


I had something totally different in mind (and fabric actually purchased) but then I saw this behind the cutting counter at JoAnn's one day and just had to have it.  It's bright and colorful, yet somehow "fall-ish," too.

I had never (to my knowledge) worked with one of JoAnn's "Keepsake Calico" cottons before, and I can't decide what I thought of it.  It was a lot less crisp than the other 100% cotton quilting fabrics I usually work with.  This makes it a bit harder to work with. (For instance, when you press a bottom edge under for hemming, it doesn't stay neatly pressed on its own; you have to pin it before you stitch.) On the other hand, it's now been washed a couple of times and only required the tiniest touch with the iron afterwards instead of needing a full pressing like these garments usually do.  So, I'm on the fence.

Anyway, back to the point, I made the Tianna dress from Lily Bird Studio.  It was my first time using one of their patterns and I found it very straightforward.


I really like the cute ruffle detail (even if mine is a bit wonky). H really liked having so many buttons.  :-)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Baylor Outfit Overload!

The first weekend in November was Baylor Homecoming, one of my favorite weekends of the year, so I spent the week between Halloween and Homecoming sewing furiously to complete a little collection of Baylor-themed outfits for H to wear.  As usual, I went a little crazy and overboard, but I had fun with it.

The first thing I made was a shorter version of CINO's Ice Cream Social Dress for her to wear as a top. I couldn't find anything with bears on it that was the right color, but I thought this fabric was pretty cute even if the green was totally wrong. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of this one in the wild. She wore it Friday night to the dinner for the "honor classes." Yep, it's been ten years since N and I graduated from college.  Ouch!



The second top I whipped up was even easier, if that's possible, but it may have ended up being my favorite.  It's a pillowcase top made of the same fabric I used for my Gameday Tank.  I totally chickened out on having us wear matching tops to the parade or the game, so we wore them to the zoo together on Sunday.  I actually didn't feel as silly as I thought I would, so I kind of wish I had gone for it.



The third and most ambitious project was this green and gold peasant dress with baby bear applique.  I did the same applique on her Homecoming outfit last year and really liked it.  I'm not very good at applique, and this is a pretty hard shape, so it's far from perfect, but still pretty cute.  I actually didn't love this dress when it was all said and done.  Halfway through the parade Saturday, I realized what I don't like about it.  It's too short.  So I had her wear her skinny jeans under it for the game, and I liked that look (marginally) better.




Being silly at the parade.

Exploring at the children's museum in the Mayborn.
See? Short.

Last year's version of the applique.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Neckwarmer -- better pictures

Here are a couple of pictures from this morning -- thought I'd share them now that she doesn't look like an extra from Les Mis.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Knitted neckwarmer

With colder weather coming in, I wanted something for H to wear around her neck, but I knew a scarf didn't stand a chance ... and wasn't sure whether it would have been the safest thing for a busy toddler anyway.  So I started searching for cowl and neckwarmer patterns and eventually found this one by Pickles.

I only made the neckwarmer, not the whole set. I may go back and make the hat later, but probably not the mittens.  Knitting mittens is probably a bit outside my skill level at the moment, and doesn't look like that much fun to me, so I'm in no hurry to learn.  The neckwarmer was pretty easy, and was my first knit-in-the-round project.  (I put that off long enough, huh? I've been knitting ten years!)

The yarn I used was the same chunky, soft baby yarn I used to make her baby blanket. I think it may be a Lion Brand Vanna White yarn, although I'm not sure. I followed the pattern except used only a single strand where a double strand was called for, and, obviously, used only one color.  The finished product is a little larger than I expected, but that's great -- she'll get more wear out of it.


Okay, so this isn't the best picture. In fact, all I can see when I look at it is how darn skinny she looks! (We've had the stomach bug this week and are all still trying to regain our strength.) But it gives you an idea.  I'll try to replace this with a better picture later! The cream color actually looks really pretty against her peaches-and-cream skin.  Not that I am an unbiased judge!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween treats!



Houston (my sewing machine) and I have been very busy lately, whipping up a multi-piece Halloween costume (and conveyance!), a slew of gear for this weekend's Homecoming festivities, and planning a few things to donate for a fundraiser at church. Whew! Before you ask me where I find the time, I don't.  I steal the time from other things I should be doing, like laundry. Here's the Halloween stuff.

H was a prairie girl this year. I've been planning this most of the year, because she spends a lot of time wearing cute bonnets to keep the sun off her fair skin, and she frequently rides around in an AWESOME Radio Flyer covered wagon my parents got her for Christmas last year. So she often reminds me of a little Laura Ingalls type.

Anyway, I found a vintage pattern for a peasant dress and pinafore (from the early 70's -- I guess between Little House and Holly Hobbie, this was considered normal clothing about 40 years ago!). The peasant dress was fast and straightforward. The pinafore was a bit trickier, but fun to try to crank out in a big hurry. It isn't perfect, but, as I kept reminding myself, "This is her Halloween costume, not her wedding gown!"

Of course, the cute blue bonnet I had intended for her to wear has gone AWOL, so I had to make her another one of those, too! Sheesh.

And I threw together a little trick-or-treating bag using an applique I got on Etsy. She also wore the little brown bloomers I made to go with her pumpkin patch dress.


Meanwhile, I convinced N that H really needed a "prairie schooner" style covered wagon to ride around in, so the two of us spent way too much time temporarily old-timey-fying her regular one. Of course, much of the hard work fell to him, since I was busy sewing!  At first, I was afraid it was going to turn out to have been a big waste of time, and we really didn't use it that much at the Fall Festival we attended over the weekend, but we did use it a lot while trick-or-treating last night. Given her propensity for trying to run out into the street, it was really great to have that. Also... pretty darn cute, right?


Here are a few more shots from the weekend festivities -- a full body shot of the outfit, one of her on these adorable ride-on horse toys they had at the festival, and one next to N for scale. She is so tiny! I'm sure by next year she will start to have her own opinions on what she is going to wear, so I am enjoying dressing her up while it lasts.  Love my little "prairie girl"!





Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Trick-or-Treating Bag Photobomb!

I usually like to take "real" camera pictures for the blog, not fuzzy iPhone snaps, but I couldn't resist sharing this one. I was taking a quick picture of H's new trick-or-treating bag to show my mom, and H jumped into the frame and gave me her best grin! She absolutely LOVES having her picture taken. What a ham!

Yeah, she's got cheese cracker in her hand ... and on her nose.
And yeah, that's a white couch. I like to live on the edge.

Monday, October 22, 2012

H's Play "Room"



Our house doesn't have enough space for a dedicated play room (one of the reasons we are considering moving!) so we have sort of carved out a corner of the living/breakfast area for H's toys and things. But I wanted to make it a bit more hers, so we have done a few small projects lately to give this area some personality.


First, I made these black and white letters using scrapbook paper, Mod Podge (NOT Modge Podge, people! That's not a thing!) and premade cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby.  I don't remember where I saw the tutorial -- there are millions of them exactly the same online.  But it was really easy and I like the way it turned out.  We hung them up with 3M Command Poster Strips, so hopefully they will one day come off without causing a bunch of damage.  We shall see!



Next we made this HUGE picture of H from our trip to the beach, using this tutorial I saw on Pinterest.  Theoretically it costs under $20 because the print is a $4 engineering print from Staples.  That is true, but we had to buy the print three times because we had a bit of trouble getting it on the board without bubbling.  We ended up skipping the Mod Podge layer on the final version, which helped.  N also made a little mitered trim frame to go around the edge of the paper, which I think makes it look a lot more finished.


The most recent project was this little table-and-chairs set.  It really did set us back only about $20 -- well, maybe $25.  Anyway, about a year ago, we covered the top of our breakfast table with some Joel Dewberry laminated cotton fabric (which I think is no longer available) to give it a cute look and make cleanup really fast and easy.  I had juuuuust enough left to make H a little matching set using Ikea's $20 bare-bones Latt set.  Covering the table was actually really hard because the pieces fit together so tightly, so N had to do most of it.  The edges of the chairs looked really uncomfortable, so we (N) also made little upholstered seats using scrap lauan from the picture project and $0.99 squares of foam from JoAnn's.  We used this tutorial for the upholstery.  Yet another project where my handy hubby did all the hard work! My contributions to this project were assembly and spray painting. 

H loves sitting at her little table and I like that it is a mini version of ours!

Thus.


This little play area gets a TON of use every day and will certainly do the trick until we have a bigger play room for her to spread out in.

It is not usually this tidy. That would be weird.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Accessories!

Because I am an obsessive, I have made a couple of things the past few days to go with H's pumpkin patch dress.

I made this little pair of brown bloomers to go under (because one-year-olds are not very ladylike!) and was thrilled that I was able to almost complete them during one naptime! A minor miracle! And very useful... this particular pair will also go with a Homecoming outfit I'm planning to make her.  And she will definitely be getting a pair of these in white.




Another thing I decided she desperately needed (ahem) with this outfit was a pair of off-white lace socks.  Of course, I couldn't find any in the stores (do they not make off-white anymore?) so I decided to make my own out of a new pair of white socks and some off-white lace trim.  I dyed the socks using some leftover coffee.  I can't BELIEVE there was any leftover coffee in my house!

I think they will look cute with her little dress.




Friday, December 21, 2012

Toddler girl's ruffled apron



So we've instituted a tradition at our house, at least for these baby years: Santa brings one present (handmade in his garage workshop) and Mama and Daddy buy one.  It kind of stinks, because Santa gets all the credit for our hard work! ;-) Last year, it was a handmade doll and a wooden push toy (which she pretty much never, ever played with, sigh). This year it's a whole bunch of Duplo and a homemade play kitchen. 

The kitchen has turned out to be a pretty big project, and "Santa" is doing a great job with putting it together -- it should be finished in the nick of time.  I, meanwhile, get to do the fun stuff... the little details like dishes, refrigerator magnets, and accessories.  The stuff that makes it feel like a real kitchen! 

One of the things I had in mind from the moment we came up with the play kitchen idea (seriously, I have had this fabric at least six months) was a ruffled apron.  I am a sucker for a ruffled apron, and I have made a couple now based on this absolutely adorable grownup version from One More Moore.  I think I've finally got the dimensions of the toddler-sized version just right, so I thought I'd share measurements and the few little changes I made to the method Morgan Moore used in the original.

I started with: a back piece 13.5" wide by 10.5" long 
One 3"x13.5" piece for the waistband
Four stirs 4"x22" for the ruffles
Two strips 2.5"x20" for the ties

I hemmed three sides (not the top) of the back piece and each of the ruffle pieces.

Then I zigzagged the top edge of each ruffle piece. Oh, Santa, I hope you bring my serger!


I took my tie pieces, folded them each in half lengthwise wrong-side-out, stitched along one end and long side, turned, pressed, and top-stitched. 

Pressed my waistband piece under .25" on all four edges...




...then folded it in half lengthwise, right side out, and pressed.

Made a long gathering stitch along the top of each ruffle strip and gathered until the width of my back piece.  Then pinned and stitched them down thus: the top edge of the bottom ruffle is exactly 3" from the bottom of the back piece. Each of the other ruffles is positioned 1.5" above the one below it. This means that the top ruffle is stitched down .5" from the top edge  of the base piece.

Like this.

It's a bit hard to see here, but I tacked down the apron ties to the top of the backing fabric, then sandwiched the apron and ties inside the waistband piece.  The top of the backing fabric went right into the crease I pressed.

Then I folded and pinned it down, and stitched along all three edges, catching the apron ties, backing fabric, and top ruffle inside the waistband.

So fun! Can't wait to try it on her and see her playing in her new little kitchen.
The fabrics are all by Michael Miller: Retro Put a Lid on It in Citrus Yellow and Electric Green,  Petit Point in Denim Blue, and Ta Dot in Tangerine.


EDITED to add photos of the apron "in the wild."






I took these today while H "helped" (haha!) me bake a cake for her SECOND BIRTHDAY! I can't believe my baby is getting so big! Please excuse the bed head. We are having a "stay in your pajamas all day" kind of day today.

Monday, December 17, 2012

An Apron Reverse Knot Dress for Christmas


 is was another situation where a cute fabric drove the dress idea.  I happened upon this adorable red matryoshka nativity fabric at JoAnn's and thought it was just too cute not to use for something -- but also too busy to make a whole dress out of.  So I went through several ideas for a Christmas dress but finally decided upon this apron reverse-knot jumper (a knot dress usually ties in the front; this one ties in the back) from Viola Lee Patterns on Etsy.

I really struggled to come up with good coordinating fabrics because it wasn't (as far as I could tell) part of a coordinating line, so I had to wing it.  I finally found a couple that worked well: a light blue Kona cotton with sparkles (!) that brings out the blue in "Mary's" cloak (I think maybe this one?) and a white-and-red snowflake pattern that matches the red background ... which seems to be no longer available.


It sparkles!  And I need to work on my bow-tying...
 The pattern was easy to follow, although it took me a long time simply because I was only able to work in short bursts on this one.  But it was fun to make.  It is absolutely adorable on her with her little white peasant blouse underneath, but I want to wait to share pictures until I have had a chance to make the light blue tulle petticoat I plan on her wearing with this.  Oh, my. So much cuteness shouldn't be legal!


It's a little bit big on her (the smallest pattern size was 2T/3T and she is a dainty 22-month-old) but it doesn't swallow her too much to wear this year... and she should be able to wear it at least one more year if not two. Which is good, since she will only get to wear it a couple of times this Christmas!

Thanksgiving dress

Oh, my goodness, it's been forever since I've posted anything.  We've been in holiday mode around here, and it's been great!  All the shopping and baking hasn't totally gotten in the way of making stuff, though.  Here (finally) is H's Thanksgiving dress.


I had something totally different in mind (and fabric actually purchased) but then I saw this behind the cutting counter at JoAnn's one day and just had to have it.  It's bright and colorful, yet somehow "fall-ish," too.

I had never (to my knowledge) worked with one of JoAnn's "Keepsake Calico" cottons before, and I can't decide what I thought of it.  It was a lot less crisp than the other 100% cotton quilting fabrics I usually work with.  This makes it a bit harder to work with. (For instance, when you press a bottom edge under for hemming, it doesn't stay neatly pressed on its own; you have to pin it before you stitch.) On the other hand, it's now been washed a couple of times and only required the tiniest touch with the iron afterwards instead of needing a full pressing like these garments usually do.  So, I'm on the fence.

Anyway, back to the point, I made the Tianna dress from Lily Bird Studio.  It was my first time using one of their patterns and I found it very straightforward.


I really like the cute ruffle detail (even if mine is a bit wonky). H really liked having so many buttons.  :-)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Baylor Outfit Overload!

The first weekend in November was Baylor Homecoming, one of my favorite weekends of the year, so I spent the week between Halloween and Homecoming sewing furiously to complete a little collection of Baylor-themed outfits for H to wear.  As usual, I went a little crazy and overboard, but I had fun with it.

The first thing I made was a shorter version of CINO's Ice Cream Social Dress for her to wear as a top. I couldn't find anything with bears on it that was the right color, but I thought this fabric was pretty cute even if the green was totally wrong. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of this one in the wild. She wore it Friday night to the dinner for the "honor classes." Yep, it's been ten years since N and I graduated from college.  Ouch!



The second top I whipped up was even easier, if that's possible, but it may have ended up being my favorite.  It's a pillowcase top made of the same fabric I used for my Gameday Tank.  I totally chickened out on having us wear matching tops to the parade or the game, so we wore them to the zoo together on Sunday.  I actually didn't feel as silly as I thought I would, so I kind of wish I had gone for it.



The third and most ambitious project was this green and gold peasant dress with baby bear applique.  I did the same applique on her Homecoming outfit last year and really liked it.  I'm not very good at applique, and this is a pretty hard shape, so it's far from perfect, but still pretty cute.  I actually didn't love this dress when it was all said and done.  Halfway through the parade Saturday, I realized what I don't like about it.  It's too short.  So I had her wear her skinny jeans under it for the game, and I liked that look (marginally) better.




Being silly at the parade.

Exploring at the children's museum in the Mayborn.
See? Short.

Last year's version of the applique.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Neckwarmer -- better pictures

Here are a couple of pictures from this morning -- thought I'd share them now that she doesn't look like an extra from Les Mis.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Knitted neckwarmer

With colder weather coming in, I wanted something for H to wear around her neck, but I knew a scarf didn't stand a chance ... and wasn't sure whether it would have been the safest thing for a busy toddler anyway.  So I started searching for cowl and neckwarmer patterns and eventually found this one by Pickles.

I only made the neckwarmer, not the whole set. I may go back and make the hat later, but probably not the mittens.  Knitting mittens is probably a bit outside my skill level at the moment, and doesn't look like that much fun to me, so I'm in no hurry to learn.  The neckwarmer was pretty easy, and was my first knit-in-the-round project.  (I put that off long enough, huh? I've been knitting ten years!)

The yarn I used was the same chunky, soft baby yarn I used to make her baby blanket. I think it may be a Lion Brand Vanna White yarn, although I'm not sure. I followed the pattern except used only a single strand where a double strand was called for, and, obviously, used only one color.  The finished product is a little larger than I expected, but that's great -- she'll get more wear out of it.


Okay, so this isn't the best picture. In fact, all I can see when I look at it is how darn skinny she looks! (We've had the stomach bug this week and are all still trying to regain our strength.) But it gives you an idea.  I'll try to replace this with a better picture later! The cream color actually looks really pretty against her peaches-and-cream skin.  Not that I am an unbiased judge!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween treats!



Houston (my sewing machine) and I have been very busy lately, whipping up a multi-piece Halloween costume (and conveyance!), a slew of gear for this weekend's Homecoming festivities, and planning a few things to donate for a fundraiser at church. Whew! Before you ask me where I find the time, I don't.  I steal the time from other things I should be doing, like laundry. Here's the Halloween stuff.

H was a prairie girl this year. I've been planning this most of the year, because she spends a lot of time wearing cute bonnets to keep the sun off her fair skin, and she frequently rides around in an AWESOME Radio Flyer covered wagon my parents got her for Christmas last year. So she often reminds me of a little Laura Ingalls type.

Anyway, I found a vintage pattern for a peasant dress and pinafore (from the early 70's -- I guess between Little House and Holly Hobbie, this was considered normal clothing about 40 years ago!). The peasant dress was fast and straightforward. The pinafore was a bit trickier, but fun to try to crank out in a big hurry. It isn't perfect, but, as I kept reminding myself, "This is her Halloween costume, not her wedding gown!"

Of course, the cute blue bonnet I had intended for her to wear has gone AWOL, so I had to make her another one of those, too! Sheesh.

And I threw together a little trick-or-treating bag using an applique I got on Etsy. She also wore the little brown bloomers I made to go with her pumpkin patch dress.


Meanwhile, I convinced N that H really needed a "prairie schooner" style covered wagon to ride around in, so the two of us spent way too much time temporarily old-timey-fying her regular one. Of course, much of the hard work fell to him, since I was busy sewing!  At first, I was afraid it was going to turn out to have been a big waste of time, and we really didn't use it that much at the Fall Festival we attended over the weekend, but we did use it a lot while trick-or-treating last night. Given her propensity for trying to run out into the street, it was really great to have that. Also... pretty darn cute, right?


Here are a few more shots from the weekend festivities -- a full body shot of the outfit, one of her on these adorable ride-on horse toys they had at the festival, and one next to N for scale. She is so tiny! I'm sure by next year she will start to have her own opinions on what she is going to wear, so I am enjoying dressing her up while it lasts.  Love my little "prairie girl"!





Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Trick-or-Treating Bag Photobomb!

I usually like to take "real" camera pictures for the blog, not fuzzy iPhone snaps, but I couldn't resist sharing this one. I was taking a quick picture of H's new trick-or-treating bag to show my mom, and H jumped into the frame and gave me her best grin! She absolutely LOVES having her picture taken. What a ham!

Yeah, she's got cheese cracker in her hand ... and on her nose.
And yeah, that's a white couch. I like to live on the edge.

Monday, October 22, 2012

H's Play "Room"



Our house doesn't have enough space for a dedicated play room (one of the reasons we are considering moving!) so we have sort of carved out a corner of the living/breakfast area for H's toys and things. But I wanted to make it a bit more hers, so we have done a few small projects lately to give this area some personality.


First, I made these black and white letters using scrapbook paper, Mod Podge (NOT Modge Podge, people! That's not a thing!) and premade cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby.  I don't remember where I saw the tutorial -- there are millions of them exactly the same online.  But it was really easy and I like the way it turned out.  We hung them up with 3M Command Poster Strips, so hopefully they will one day come off without causing a bunch of damage.  We shall see!



Next we made this HUGE picture of H from our trip to the beach, using this tutorial I saw on Pinterest.  Theoretically it costs under $20 because the print is a $4 engineering print from Staples.  That is true, but we had to buy the print three times because we had a bit of trouble getting it on the board without bubbling.  We ended up skipping the Mod Podge layer on the final version, which helped.  N also made a little mitered trim frame to go around the edge of the paper, which I think makes it look a lot more finished.


The most recent project was this little table-and-chairs set.  It really did set us back only about $20 -- well, maybe $25.  Anyway, about a year ago, we covered the top of our breakfast table with some Joel Dewberry laminated cotton fabric (which I think is no longer available) to give it a cute look and make cleanup really fast and easy.  I had juuuuust enough left to make H a little matching set using Ikea's $20 bare-bones Latt set.  Covering the table was actually really hard because the pieces fit together so tightly, so N had to do most of it.  The edges of the chairs looked really uncomfortable, so we (N) also made little upholstered seats using scrap lauan from the picture project and $0.99 squares of foam from JoAnn's.  We used this tutorial for the upholstery.  Yet another project where my handy hubby did all the hard work! My contributions to this project were assembly and spray painting. 

H loves sitting at her little table and I like that it is a mini version of ours!

Thus.


This little play area gets a TON of use every day and will certainly do the trick until we have a bigger play room for her to spread out in.

It is not usually this tidy. That would be weird.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Accessories!

Because I am an obsessive, I have made a couple of things the past few days to go with H's pumpkin patch dress.

I made this little pair of brown bloomers to go under (because one-year-olds are not very ladylike!) and was thrilled that I was able to almost complete them during one naptime! A minor miracle! And very useful... this particular pair will also go with a Homecoming outfit I'm planning to make her.  And she will definitely be getting a pair of these in white.




Another thing I decided she desperately needed (ahem) with this outfit was a pair of off-white lace socks.  Of course, I couldn't find any in the stores (do they not make off-white anymore?) so I decided to make my own out of a new pair of white socks and some off-white lace trim.  I dyed the socks using some leftover coffee.  I can't BELIEVE there was any leftover coffee in my house!

I think they will look cute with her little dress.