Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My new best pal!



Well, Santa really delivered... I got the serger I had been wanting! After wanting it for so long, you might think I'd have jumped right in, but I allowed intimidation to get the better of me for about 10 days... but when I finally worked up the nerve to get it out and start messing with it, it was love at first sight. It can do so many cool things! Nice, clean overlocked seams, rolled hems, gathers, etc., etc. I decided to dive in with a project and do as much as I could with the serger. I ended up only using the regular sewing machine for the elastic casing!


I made this pair of heart pants as part if a birthday/Valentine's outfit I have planned. I used this tutorial to make simple pants without a pattern, then tweaked it to make a ruffle at the bottom. I serged all the seams, serged the waistband before folding it over for the casing, made narrow rolled hems, and used the serger to gather. The gathers aren't as dramatic as I'd hoped, but I may just need to adjust my technique. I really have a lot to learn, but it was a fun start, and I'm amazed at how fast, quiet, and efficient Little Brother is!


Now to make some kind of top to finish off this outfit.




Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A new kitchen for Christmas!

Nope, Santa didn't bring me a brand-new kitchen, but he brought something even more fun -- a mini-sized one for the nugget!

My handy hubby is almost totally responsible for this awesomeness, as usual.  I got to do the fun stuff -- brainstorm little details, and make and buy accessories.  It turned out so much nicer than I had hoped!

We booted her toybox to another part of the room to squeeze it in by her little kitchen table.  Soon she'll have a whole mini house-within-a-house!



OK, sorry for the bad lighting on this picture, but it's the closest I could come to a full-on front shot without changing camera lenses (which I was too lazy to do), and to get it I had to stand outside the back door in the dark. ;-)


An old toaster oven baking pan for the sink, with a real faucet.  N thought of the towel bar; I whipped up a (very wonky) little hanging towel.


"Window" out onto a garden view, shelf, stove, magnetic Ikea doodad holder, counter space... The little white cabinets we used were less deep than the nightstand we used for the oven, so he built them out and put strips of real (leftover from another project) butcher block at the back.  Added benefit: weight and stability!



N added an oven door to the nightstand, with a plexiglas front, and dollar-store cooling racks for baking racks.  Don't you wish your range/oven came with a (heat-proof) drawer?! He also came up with the solution for the burners: copper tubing he formed into coils. Aren't they pretty?


My splurge: a 1940s or '50s tin tea set from eBay. SO cute.


And my favorite detail -- I asked N to paint the "fridge" with magnetic paint. He did me one better by wrapping the door and side with sheet metal. It looks pretty authentic! I made some of the magnets, and some are purchased, obviously.  I also wrote out some family recipes on cards and had them laminated, and threw in a photo booth strip of the three of us from Homecoming.  We have the same one on our big fridge.

N's mom bought the kiddo a ton of play food for Christmas, so her fridge is well stocked.  The under-sink cabinet is full of little pots and pans (some from Ikea, some dainty-sized real vintage ones from an estate sale that was held around the corner a few months back).

There are a few little details I didn't quite get to before the big day, like labels for her canisters (dollar-store Christmas containers we spray-painted white). Also,we ended up spending a bit more than I thought we would, so it cost more than, say, a plastic one-piece kitchen set.  But it was less than than buying even one "appliance" out of the higher-end ones, and I think it's at least as sweet as those.  And, besides, we only got her two presents! :-)  Anyway, I think it's pretty dadgum cute -- and most importantly, the nugget LOVES it! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Christmas dress in action

The petticoat didn't actually stick out that much -- I guess it was just slipping a bit when this picture was taken.  She was really cute and very good-natured about wearing her big floofy dress.  Not so much about wearing her matching hair doodad, though...
Here's a very bad picture of that before she yanked it out.  Sometimes she wears hair bows so nicely, but she was not having this one! It was a big poof of blue tulle with a red fabric covered button with a sheep from the matryoshka fabric on it. Ah, well, it was cute while it lasted.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My new best pal!



Well, Santa really delivered... I got the serger I had been wanting! After wanting it for so long, you might think I'd have jumped right in, but I allowed intimidation to get the better of me for about 10 days... but when I finally worked up the nerve to get it out and start messing with it, it was love at first sight. It can do so many cool things! Nice, clean overlocked seams, rolled hems, gathers, etc., etc. I decided to dive in with a project and do as much as I could with the serger. I ended up only using the regular sewing machine for the elastic casing!


I made this pair of heart pants as part if a birthday/Valentine's outfit I have planned. I used this tutorial to make simple pants without a pattern, then tweaked it to make a ruffle at the bottom. I serged all the seams, serged the waistband before folding it over for the casing, made narrow rolled hems, and used the serger to gather. The gathers aren't as dramatic as I'd hoped, but I may just need to adjust my technique. I really have a lot to learn, but it was a fun start, and I'm amazed at how fast, quiet, and efficient Little Brother is!


Now to make some kind of top to finish off this outfit.




Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A new kitchen for Christmas!

Nope, Santa didn't bring me a brand-new kitchen, but he brought something even more fun -- a mini-sized one for the nugget!

My handy hubby is almost totally responsible for this awesomeness, as usual.  I got to do the fun stuff -- brainstorm little details, and make and buy accessories.  It turned out so much nicer than I had hoped!

We booted her toybox to another part of the room to squeeze it in by her little kitchen table.  Soon she'll have a whole mini house-within-a-house!



OK, sorry for the bad lighting on this picture, but it's the closest I could come to a full-on front shot without changing camera lenses (which I was too lazy to do), and to get it I had to stand outside the back door in the dark. ;-)


An old toaster oven baking pan for the sink, with a real faucet.  N thought of the towel bar; I whipped up a (very wonky) little hanging towel.


"Window" out onto a garden view, shelf, stove, magnetic Ikea doodad holder, counter space... The little white cabinets we used were less deep than the nightstand we used for the oven, so he built them out and put strips of real (leftover from another project) butcher block at the back.  Added benefit: weight and stability!



N added an oven door to the nightstand, with a plexiglas front, and dollar-store cooling racks for baking racks.  Don't you wish your range/oven came with a (heat-proof) drawer?! He also came up with the solution for the burners: copper tubing he formed into coils. Aren't they pretty?


My splurge: a 1940s or '50s tin tea set from eBay. SO cute.


And my favorite detail -- I asked N to paint the "fridge" with magnetic paint. He did me one better by wrapping the door and side with sheet metal. It looks pretty authentic! I made some of the magnets, and some are purchased, obviously.  I also wrote out some family recipes on cards and had them laminated, and threw in a photo booth strip of the three of us from Homecoming.  We have the same one on our big fridge.

N's mom bought the kiddo a ton of play food for Christmas, so her fridge is well stocked.  The under-sink cabinet is full of little pots and pans (some from Ikea, some dainty-sized real vintage ones from an estate sale that was held around the corner a few months back).

There are a few little details I didn't quite get to before the big day, like labels for her canisters (dollar-store Christmas containers we spray-painted white). Also,we ended up spending a bit more than I thought we would, so it cost more than, say, a plastic one-piece kitchen set.  But it was less than than buying even one "appliance" out of the higher-end ones, and I think it's at least as sweet as those.  And, besides, we only got her two presents! :-)  Anyway, I think it's pretty dadgum cute -- and most importantly, the nugget LOVES it! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Christmas dress in action

The petticoat didn't actually stick out that much -- I guess it was just slipping a bit when this picture was taken.  She was really cute and very good-natured about wearing her big floofy dress.  Not so much about wearing her matching hair doodad, though...
Here's a very bad picture of that before she yanked it out.  Sometimes she wears hair bows so nicely, but she was not having this one! It was a big poof of blue tulle with a red fabric covered button with a sheep from the matryoshka fabric on it. Ah, well, it was cute while it lasted.