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.




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pumpkin picking dress

So, a while back, I ordered some of this fall fabric online thinking it would make a pretty Thanksgiving dress for H.  What can I say?  You can't win them all.  When I saw it in person, I realized the scale and pattern were totally crazy and my poor child would look like a walking couch cushion if I made her wear a dress made of this.

So I put it in the Goodwill pile, but then a week or so ago I remembered it when I was wanting a fall-ish fabric to use as a trim on a dress for her to wear to fall outings like trips to the pumpkin patch.  I had some chocolate brown on hand that I decided to use for the body, and I hoped the leaf print wouldn't be too crazy in a small dose as the sleeves and ruffle.

I used this peasant dress pattern, which was very easy to follow and makes a more slim-fitting dress than your normal peasant dress.

Although I am ALWAYS rushed when I sew, this time I took the time to change out thread when sewing the different parts (partway through the neckline casing, etc.) so there would be no dark brown thread on light fabric or vice-versa.  I think this really helped make it look more professional.

neckline casing with two colors of thread
I had recently ordered a really cute custom "H" pumpkin applique patch thing from Etsy, meaning to use it on a drawstring bag I'm planning to make for her to use as a trick-or-treating bag.  When I saw how well it matched the dress, I came thiiiiiis close to using it there and ordering a second patch for the bag. But frugality won out when I remembered these fall-ish animal covered buttons I had from another project, so I went with that instead.



H likes the squirrel.  She thinks the possum is a bear.  :-)



I haven't actually tried it on my little punkin yet, but it looks like it will fit well, and I think the colors will be pretty against her red hair. :-)



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.




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pumpkin picking dress

So, a while back, I ordered some of this fall fabric online thinking it would make a pretty Thanksgiving dress for H.  What can I say?  You can't win them all.  When I saw it in person, I realized the scale and pattern were totally crazy and my poor child would look like a walking couch cushion if I made her wear a dress made of this.

So I put it in the Goodwill pile, but then a week or so ago I remembered it when I was wanting a fall-ish fabric to use as a trim on a dress for her to wear to fall outings like trips to the pumpkin patch.  I had some chocolate brown on hand that I decided to use for the body, and I hoped the leaf print wouldn't be too crazy in a small dose as the sleeves and ruffle.

I used this peasant dress pattern, which was very easy to follow and makes a more slim-fitting dress than your normal peasant dress.

Although I am ALWAYS rushed when I sew, this time I took the time to change out thread when sewing the different parts (partway through the neckline casing, etc.) so there would be no dark brown thread on light fabric or vice-versa.  I think this really helped make it look more professional.

neckline casing with two colors of thread
I had recently ordered a really cute custom "H" pumpkin applique patch thing from Etsy, meaning to use it on a drawstring bag I'm planning to make for her to use as a trick-or-treating bag.  When I saw how well it matched the dress, I came thiiiiiis close to using it there and ordering a second patch for the bag. But frugality won out when I remembered these fall-ish animal covered buttons I had from another project, so I went with that instead.



H likes the squirrel.  She thinks the possum is a bear.  :-)



I haven't actually tried it on my little punkin yet, but it looks like it will fit well, and I think the colors will be pretty against her red hair. :-)