Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fourth of July flag craft for kids to paint

With it fast approaching the end of June, the Fourth of July will be here before you know it.
I rarely do decorating in advance and crafts with kids are basically unheard of around these parts. But I saw a brief craft that looked easy and perfect for my youngest to do on his own, with just a bit of prep work from me.

Holiday decorations have become less important for me to stock up on and keep. Over the years, and maybe after moving, I realized why store these holiday boxes with decorations in that are only used once a year? You pull them out for a month and put them on a table to collect dust and then put them back in the box to store for another year. With the exception of Christmas, I have maybe one decoration that I keep for the big holidays. Now with Christmas, I have drastically reduced the amount of decorations I put up. I have gotten rid of a lot of what I used to have, but I LOVE Christmas! I still do have a few boxes of Christmas decorations and I pull it all out and enjoy December like it's the best time of the year that it is!

For the other holidays, I've decided how easy it is to just decorate simple and inexpensively, if at all, and then when the holiday is over, it's just perfectly fine to toss the stuff instead of storing it in a box.

A small craft with my children is the best way to satisfy this way of thinking. Next year we will use the same mentality, simple and toss, with nothing to store. Maybe some think this is wasteful, but when it's time spent with kids, and a simple craft, it's perfect for us who like to be a minimalist.

So shall we? Get out your tape and paint and to get in the Patriotic mood! With you imagination you can do this for any holiday as you are free to change up the taped image to paint over.

Items needed:
-Kraft Paper Roll (or any art paper you have on hand!) 
-Washi Tape (or painters tape)
-Craft paint and brushes
(I really just used what we had on hand, the blue was finger paint, and the white and red were from my craft stash.)

1- To begin, I prepared the craft paper for any over painting, by taping scrap paper to the back that would catch any paint along the edges, keeping it off the table.

For the image on the front, I used a roll of Japanese Washi tape. This is a decorative masking type of tape. It easily peels off without adhering to the paper and ripping it and it is thin. If you have painters tape. I would also recommend that. It's thicker so you may need a larger paper to fit your disign on though. I'm not sure if regular masking tape would peel off as smooth, but it's worth a shot if that's all you have on hand!

2- Use your imagination and tape the USA and STAR with tape. I use small pieces at a time, if needed. Ripping them to small lengths that would fit around each corner and point. Use your fingernail to rub the tape down securely, you do not want paint to seep under the edges. I just eyeballed this and you can tell that it is far from perfect, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

3- Divide the paper in three sections. I used a pencil to draw a line for my son to use as a guide.
Start by painting the middle section. This way the middle section will dry first. After it dries, you can then paint the other two sections above and below the center. You will only have to wait for one drying time this way, instead of two.

4- After the entire paper is dried, slowly peel the tape off. Go slow on this step to avoid ripping the paper. It's okay if the corners curl up when dry. To display our painting, I put rolled tape on the back corners and stuck it to an existing framed art we had on our entry table.

This was such a quick project, my son did it while I made dinner. When he was waiting for the paint to dry, he helped me with dinner. If the craft took any longer, I don't think that he or I would have ever had the patience to finish it!

The cute pom poms are from my friend Sarah at Apricot Polkadot. I hot glued them to skinny dowels and stuck them in the vase with white beans.
and the red white and blue paper garlands on the mirror are available in my shop.
My shop is on vacation for a week and will reopen June 29th.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

plus quilt finish

December 2016 has come and gone and I am just now getting my last gift sent out to my sister, now that it's June... Yes, a few months behind. But it was worth the wait I'm sure of it.
Each year, my family rotates between siblings and gets them a gift. My sister lived in Arizona in December and she knew they were moving to Utah soon where quilts come in handy. That's part of my excuse for sending it late. I figured it would be one less thing for them to pack. The other part of my excuse is... I just didn't finish it on time to send with the rest of her gift.

I love a quilt design that doesn't take a lot of thought. It was just squares and rectangles and when put together they become pluses. The gray and blue/ green colors are a perfect match for my sisters house and I love the way they turned out!

In order to make the quilt easy to complete at home myself, I wanted it just large enough to be able to self bast on the dining room table. I added the leafs in the table which made it just wide enough to spray baste.
This 505 SprayI use is the most amazing thing! I spray basted the quilt back in December. Then it sat rolled up until June. I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled it out to quilt and it was all still nicely sandwiched together.

Straight line quilting was really quick. And the minky fabric on the backside is just so soft!
The binding is a blue chevron print and after washing and drying, it is ready for Utah winters and couch snuggling!
Final size 60" x 75" Each square has a final size of 5".

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

sewing with knits, elasic waist summer skirt

An addition to Me Made May 2017 is this knit skirt. I'm starting to branch out from my lounge pants and wearing more clothes that are presentable this month because my foot is allowing me to leave the house more (even though my shoe still makes my foot puff up like a Dr. exam glove).

This skirt has an elastic waist and it's cut with a slight flare towards the bottom so it's not a pencil skirt. The waist uses 2" wide elastic in a separate casing and it's pretty comfy.
I had originally bought this fabric from Hawthorn Threads to use as a short summer skirt and I'm really enjoying it today as the temps are rising!

It's kind of a purplish / navy blue fabric with a turquoise and a light teal design on it. I hadn't thought about what tops I would wear with this when I bought the fabric. I've since realized, I don't have many tops that actually look good with it. This white shirt is a safe match so it'll get a lot of wear.
The sides were not quite matched up seeing how it wasn't a straight cut, but flared out a bit. I at least got the lines of the design even and matched up from from to back.

Shirt- Target
Skirt- Me Made, knit from Hawthorn Threads
Earrings- Nickel and Suede
Bracelet- SoSoBella 
Watch- Fossil (from my husband 16 years ago, my then fiance :)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

altered mens pajama pants to fit women

My teenage son is picky when it comes to his clothes. There was a pair of pajama pants I bought him for Christmas and he stopped wearing them so he gave them to me. I have gotten quite a few clothes from him and I love it!
I enjoyed wearing them for a few weeks. I thought I would like the side pockets, but ended up not liking the extra fabric bunch. Also, the rise was too tall for my liking and I ended up rolling the waist band once. One thing I did love about them was the wide legs and the thin cotton fabric.

After a month or so, I decided to make them fit me better. Just a couple simple sewing alterations made them easier to wear and enjoy. These are not pants I'm going to be wearing out of the house, and so I don't care what they look like so much.

First, I cut along the waistband right under the elastic to remove it. This left a raw top edge.

I then cut out the pockets and sewed the openings shut. This made a nice smooth fit on the sides, with less bulk. I never used the pockets anyway.
Next, I sewed shut the open front fly.

Finally, I used some 2" elastic I had on hand to redo the waistband. There was not enough fabric to make an entire new casing so I sewed the top edge of the elastic to the top of the RIGHT side of the pants. Then flipping the elastic to the inside (WRONG side) of the pants allowing the top seem to be hidden. I then secured the elastic bottom to the pants, stretching it to fit as I sewed.

The bleach stain on the side adds nicely to the stay at home look of the pants, don't you think?
Plus the fancy black ankle brace is just the perfect accessory to complete the look. Going on three weeks from this incident.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

me made may 2017

This month is Me Made May hosted by Zoe of "So Zo What do you know blog"
On Instagram you can follow along with many who have pledged to wear and show their creations with you using the hashtag  #MMMAY17

I committed to wear at least two handmade articles of clothing each week, plus each week I would sew up a new item with the fabric and patterns I have had ready for quite some time.

Sounds do-able right? Well April 29th, I sprained my ankle. So the clothing item construction have had to be put on hold with my bum right foot. I really have lots of items I need to sew up and can't wait until I can get to them. Maybe I'll have a Me Made June :)

Here is my attire for most of the first week of May. Isn't it lovely? I did make these pj pants. I altered them from a pair of store bought ones my son stopped wearing. Read about the basic idea of how I altered them Here.

 My sprain was Pretty bad, the Orthopedic Surgeon called it a grade 3, with a full ligament tear. I was immobile for the entire first week with a huge swollen ankle and the bruising spread all over to the foot and ankle by the end of the first week and beginning of the second week. The second week of May the swelling was subsiding and the bruising looked worse and darker. I was told it would look worse before it got better, and that's for sure. I had to sew an order for my shop that first week that was on a deadline and I sewed it with my left foot! That is harder than it sounds.

Now I'm in the third week and I'm actually driving a little bit. I only go pick up my child from school a few blocks away right now. The range of motion on my foot is still limited but it is getting less and less stiff and I'm able to bear weight on it longer by walking and standing. I still need to elevate it several times a day to re-leave some of the pressure and keep the inflammation down. It's been in a brace and stabilized and I'm feeling better every day. I don't need to take pain medication every night anymore but some nights I wake up feeling the pain. It'll still be a long time before I get it back to my normal function but I'm hopeful that in several months I will have all the activity I once had in it back. Because of my muscle disease, I felt hopeless and very saddened that I would loose some muscle and not regain my full activity level with this injury. It is depressing, but I am seeing light at the end tunnel.