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Snow play.

February 9, 2010

So far, we’ve been off since Friday at noon…. With a new storm coming tonight, it’s debatable whether we’ll go back to work this week at all.

I don’t mind being snowed-in one bit. There’s so much to do! For one thing, I have more time to practice with my camera. I’m experimenting with the long lens & depth of field.

Lisa & I went down to check out the creek.

Molly & Anubis came to stay. We went exploring in this winter wonderland.

Matt, Molly, & I played Yahtzee. My aunt gave us an eco-friendly, reusable set. She photocopied & laminated the scorecards—a great gift idea.

I made this Amy Butler Snow Mum pillow in a dark gray woolblend felt using a free pattern. Some of my friends are coming over next week to make them so I tested it out beforehand. I love how it came out.


Grosgrain aprons.

February 9, 2010

In a search for the perfect apron pattern, I liked the Cottage Chic Apron on Grosgrain the best: she has an easy-to-follow tutorial.

Here’s Matt modeling my first attempt….

I learned how to gather by doing this project—I love the ruffle.

The apron’s supposed to be reversible but I thought I was smarter than the tutorial, so mine’s not quite reversible.

I gifted the first one to Candice. Thanks, Candice, for graciously accepting my error-ridden sewing project. In my second attempt, I made the ties twice as long as the ones in the tutorial.

I also tried the pocket. Here’s the other side—it’s truly reversible this time. I’m mailing this one to a friend. Molly & I made these during the snowstorm this weekend.

I altered the dimensions in the tutorial only slightly to make the apron using 4 fat quarters. You can make the whole thing for $10 or less, depending on the fabrics you use. I made another apron today—my third attempt—with the new fabrics from Amy Butler’s LOVE collection.

And here’s the other side:

Grosgrain claims the apron took her two hours. She is an amazing seamstress—check out her Salvation Army makeovers on her blog. Though it hasn’t taken me two hours, I’m starting to get better with practice….

Cobbling around the house.

February 7, 2010

I’ve been finding it rewarding to make stuff for the house—things that we can actually use.

Thanks to a great tutorial complete with photos, I made roman shades for our attic loft. The fabric is Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain Pressed Flowers in Rose.

Now our strange & mysterious neighbors won’t be able to see in….

I still need to get a metal bar to put in the bottom of the shade so the shade will be weighted down a bit and lie flatter.

During the last snowstorm, I revamped our home office—new paint, rearranged furniture, and a recovered chair. With super on-sale IKEA fabric ($1.99/yard) and the help of an expert seamstress, I gave a make-over to our hand-me-down This End Up chair. (Unfortunately, I haven’t found a “before” photo, but the cover was green & pilly.)

I’ve been wanting to paint a room gray for a while and I love how it turned out.

I still want to get some new chairs—maybe red—and a new light fixture to complement the new decor.

Learning to sew.

February 6, 2010

I’ve been trying to dive right into sewing. There’re so many things I want to make.

One of my first projects was this ruffled felt pillow—How About Orange has a tutorial. Despite how easy the project is, I wasn’t quite able to make my ruffle straight. So, I’m learning….

I found a really cute bag on Made By Rae—she has a free pattern & tutorial. I didn’t use my favorite fabric for my first try—a good thing since I made plenty of mistakes. I’d definitely use a more heavy-duty fabric next time. There’re lots of cool pics of the Buttercup Bag on Flickr.

Next time, I will try a button closure—the magnet clasp is too much. Other variations of the bag include a bigger size and a longer strap.

I learned how to do pleats for the first time with this project—how exciting!