Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back to School


My baby starts Kindergarten tomorrow morning.  I don’t know if I should be sad, or really really REALLY excited.  I’m leaning toward the latter… She’s kind of boisterous and I think we’re ready for a break from each other.  In true Holly fashion, I finished her 1st day of School jumper with 13 hours to spare.  I work better under pressure I think ^_^. 

This is the Martha Pullen A-line jumper pattern modified to have just a top inner lining, instead of being fully lined.  It’s just too hot for that sort of mess right now.  And as an added bonus, she’s required to wear shorts under her dresses this year.  It’s a red chambray fabric that is thick enough that you can’t see through it, so the 1/2 lining worked just fine.  Better in fact, given that there isn’t all of this fabric to turn as there usually is. 

The appliqué is from Sew Many Designs.  These designs have always stitched out perfectly.  The digitizing is FABULOUS…  I’m really jealous of digitizers… even with the “mack daddy” program that came with my Creative Vision (4D Embroidery Suite) I still don’t have the guts to try my hand at it.   


Monday, August 10, 2009

Decor Keeper


How do you organize your home projects? 

I’ve seen several blog postings recently on how to keep all of your home project info organized. 

This is not that kind of post.

I don’t organize my home projects. Maybe I should, but that would require too much effort for me.

  I DO however keep this super cute pink photo album with me at all times.  It has basic room info (window measurements, paint chips, fabric swatches, and bits of trim) that I can use when I’m out and about.  I can’t tell you how many throw pillows I’ve returned because I picked the “wrong shade of green”.  Really, it’s embarrassing.

And here’s a handy tip… Keep a tape measure with you at all times!!!  I’ve measured dozens of media stands looking for one that hit 49” wide…. and having this clip on tape measure with me has been a huge time saver (for me and any salesperson who’s SURE whatever they are selling would work for me)


View of the inside… just staple what you have to a 4X6 card and it can easily slide in and stay put!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Mosaic art

Yet another Summer activity that kept us busy…

Foam tile mosaic art.



Thursday, August 6, 2009

Broken Crayons?


One of our Summer day activities…

Sort out your broken crayons by color:


Take silly macro shots trying to get a really cool picture for your blog:


Break crayons into smaller pieces and fill candy making moulds with sorted colors:  P1030052

Bake at 250 until the wax melts, then carefully place pan in fridge. 

Drink Kool-aid. Wait for wax to harden. 

Flip pan and pop out the coolest crayons your 5 year old will ever see!


In “The Mood”

Is it just me, or do you have to be “in the mood” to sew, craft, etc.?

I have been putting off a gift for so long that now it’s finishing up just in the nick of time.  Sometimes, for me, fear of screwing something up just makes me freeze up.  My friend tells me I’m a perfectionist… but I don’t see it.  Otherwise, my house would be done, I’d be 40lbs lighter, and my hair would be great. 

Anyway, because I’m sure the new Momma doesn’t have the time to look at my blog right now, I thought I’d share a pic.  Sometimes little projects like this can push me into the creative mode (aka – The Mood).  Alas, I’m packing to take this little burpie out of town, so more sewing (and blogging) will have to wait til next week.