The bathroom renovation is almost complete. All that is left is some drywall repair on the ceiling, a little more tile work and painting. In this house, I am the painter. So instead of crafting, I spent a couple of hours this morning priming woodwork and some new drywall. Yawn. At least the fun part is next - color! Because this is Jane's bathroom and because she wants pink, pink it will be. Ribbon Pink by Benjamin Moore to be exact.
I had originally thought that the bathroom would be green. Jane shares the bath with our guest room and I thought pink might be too sweet for anyone
under over the age of 12. As I thought more about it, I realized we have a lot of green around here. A lot. We probably don't need too much more. And I like pink. It is one of my favorite colors. And pink is sweet. And sweet isn't a bad thing for a 6 1/2 year old girl. Actually, it's quite nice.
There is a basket of flowers on our front door during the spring and summer. When I took a look at it yesterday it looked just too summery. Time for a change. When I took the basket down, I scooped out this tiny bird's nest that I had noticed some time in July. It was obvious then that the mama bird had deserted it. We don't use the front door much in the winter so I think the increased door banging drove her away sometime in the spring. Sad, I know. But this little nest is so amazing...a little work of art with three hollow eggs.
One is a tell-tale robin's egg blue, but the others are kind of pink. There was another cracked, cream speckled egg sitting by itself in the basket. It makes me shudder to think that we probably "knocked" it out of its nest. But I love the nest and can't bear to part with it. So I am not going to - not right now, at least.
Unrelated, I made these cute sweatshirts for a friend's nieces. I apologize for the bad photo, but I had to take it under artificial light or miss the opportunity entirely.
I thought they turned out cute. As I look at them now, I think that little worm needs some kind of a face - an eye and a grin, perhaps. Next time!
Over the weekend I picked up this book:
As I have said before, I am not big on making my own clothes. Mostly this has to do with the fact that they don't turn out like I had hoped. This book may change all that. It is well written and very easy to understand. The illustrations are like eye candy - they make me want to sew up a storm!
Wendy uses three basic patterns - one for a skirt, one for a shirt, and one for pants - and then shows you how to make variations on the basic shape. She gives lots of good ideas for embellishing, trimming, altering these designs to make them your own. Just take a look at these...
I love that plaid! And although I wouldn't be caught dead in a mini, I would definitely consider lengthening this denim one that is trimmed in bias tape.
I live in t-shirts, but this blouse is speaking to me!
Although I would love to jump right in, I think I will have to wait. I may get some muslin and play around until I figure out exactly what I want to do. Too many projects, too little time!
We spent Friday and Saturday trying to stay dry. The amount of rain was crazy - at one point I heard that we got five inches in four hours. And it kept raining and then raining some more.
Everyone in this house was a bit restless. The girls were bickering and getting on each other's nerves. I was in an especially foul mood starting Friday night when I realized my weekend plans were not going to pan out as I had hoped. To top it off, I was having small issues with the Olives, no doubt exacerbated by my state of mind.
I took a shower and cleared my head. When I came downstairs, the girls were collaborating on this:
Jane made the horse and Kate promptly made some grass for grazing.
Amazing how some popsicle sticks made me smile! The day got better with the end of the rain, the arrival of the babysitter, and a date with my man.
Isn't it great that the movie tickets were the color of sunshine?
dropped off consignment items, grocery shopped, did the laundry, went to Lowe's, mowed the lawn, painted wainscoting, bathed kids, made dinner, put the kiddos to bed...
...rewarded my self with a glass of wine and watched season premiers of Boston Legal (on TiVo) and Grey's Anatomy with Fatty. Soooo good!
went to the grocery (again), paid the bills, ate lunch with Jane at school, played soccer mom to 4 four year-olds, went to Lowe's (again), came home to craft...
And because one Olive is not enough, I am making two.
who knows? Probably more painting and hopefully some family fun. Definitely a date with my hubby...dinner and a movie, I think. Praying for no more trips to Lowe's. Happy weekend to all!
Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day. I am not kidding - this is serious stuff in this house. OK, well not really serious, more like silly serious, but we do commemorate it every year with lots of ahoys and arrr's. This year the girls and I are sporting the jolly roger.
Mine was made by my good friend Suzanne. She made this for our local craft swap last spring or winter. I love that she used an old pair of Nantucket reds to cut out the skull and cross bones. I also love that she appliqued this because she doesn't sew much. She is much more in her element designing beautiful jewelry. She has a real talent and a great jewelry line. Pick up her baubles at her website - bellalulu.
And Jane...as of this morning, she didn't have a pirate shirt. What's a girl to do? Why, beg her mother to make her one! Aye, aye me lady! And then lay out the specifications: a smile, pink eyelashes and a bow, please. Hmm, where did she get that idea? Do you think that has something to do with the shirt her sister is wearing?!?. I obliged with everything but the eyelashes. C'mon - pink eyelashes? I think she wanted pink fabric, too, but I couldn't resist this sweet green floral. Thank goodness she liked it - one of us could have been walking the plank!
And today after school, we went on the search for pirates' treasure and ended up at the candy store for what else....GOLD COINS! Arrrr, they were good!
Not much crafting going on around here the past couple of days. I am a bit under the weather and don't feel like doing anything at all.
I made it using a great tutorial by Blair and it was super fast and very easy - no sewing machine required! Now that the yo-yo pillow is finished, these pins will be perfect for carpool line crafting.
I especially love how she wrapped them up. The pink, brown and orange paper is great looking and I adore the wide, pink satin the earrings came wrapped in.
Check out the cute card Susan uses to hold her wares. Love it!
These Sulu Design earrings are so beautiful and so well made. The beads are a gorgeous brown that compliments my red hair. When the light hits them, they sparkle a bit, too!
Thank you Susan!!! The earrings arrived at the end of a very long week - perfect timing to brighten my Saturday. Susan has more of her gorgeous jewelry for sale in her shop - check it out. You will not be disappointed!!!
The circle project is finished! I cut out all of those circles and made yo-yo's - 49 yo-yo's to be exact. They were super easy to make (Heather has a good tutorial). They are also very portable - I made the majority of them while waiting in the carpool line at Jane's school. Once they were made, I sewed them into a 7 by 7 square and tacked the square to a piece of fabric and made Serena a pillow. Here it is!
I was very excited that it worked! I have always admired quilts made out of yo-yo's, but had never attempted to make a yo-yo myself and I certainly didn't know that the pillow would work out for sure. But it did...phew! I am giving it to Serena this afternoon. We are meeting for a drink or two and some adult conversation - much needed after the week I had!
Have you visited Wee Wonderfuls today? Hillary's newest project is up for sale and I am now the proud owner of my very own Make-A-Long Story pattern! Yippee! I am excited to give this a try. Expect to see these little dolls around here soon!
Because Susan asked, here is a peek at the circle project in progress.
Actually, this photo shows a circle gone wrong waiting to be made right. I am hoping to finish it up by tomorrow evening so I can give to Serena in exchange for a glass or two of wine. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
I'm celebrating - we have made it half way through the school week. Phew! Jane was out of school at noon so the girls and I went to the library for story time this afternoon. At our local branch, there are two children's librarians - one is nice and easy going; the other one, not so much. Of course, today was the other one's turn. So frustrating! She can't handle kids being kids - if they don't sit still and follow her directions exactly (god forbid, they might interrupt without raising their hands!), she gets all serious and talks to them in a stern voice. And this is a story time for 3 to 5 year olds! Enough venting. The girls seemed to have fun (I didn't) so it wasn't a lost cause.
After that we went to the park to meet up with our old playgroup buddies. The rains have finally stopped and there was a nice breeze - the perfect early fall day. My kiddos spent time doing what they love best.
...and Kate climbing.
Still working on the circles - had to cut 13 more this morning. I think the end is near! I know Serena hopes it is near!
Remember this guy? Jane finally finished her embroidery and I finally made it into a pillow. Jane chose the lime green gingham for the back of the pillow and had to have the pom-pom trim. We are both pleased with how it turned out.
In other news, we have a bathroom remodel that isn't going quite right, a first grader who is a little needy, and a very stubborn four year-old. Fatty is out of town so I am fending for myself in the parenting department, too. Add to that a big whack I took on the head today and the even larger headache. Oh jeez - it's only Monday. Thank goodness I have the package from Susan to look forward to!
ooops....just noticed that the title of this post is almost the same as one i saw earlier this week. it obviously made an impression on me. credit for originality goes to six and a half stiches. my bad.
My friend Geron asked me to do "something" to this $5 pair of Target jeans for her daughter. Inspired by this patchwork border and these pants, I decided to trim the cuffs up in some patchwork bias tape and with some little bows and vents in the back.
The patch pockets on the front were screaming for something, too. I detached the top parts, trimmed them in sweet small prints from the bias tape and stitched them back into place. Soooo cute!!
I predict many more embellished jeans in the near future!
Lots of works in progress, but no photos...I plain ran out of time. I am looking forward to a nice, carefree weekend with Fatty and the girls. I am hoping for a trip to the yarn store and some crafting and some cleaning. Here is another belt I made this week...this one is for me. Have a great weekend!
I am notorious for putting things off until the absolute last minute - especially things I dislike. A good example is paying the bills (who likes doing that?) Two days ago I pulled out my checkbook to get the job done and noticed a small rip in it. Well, I needed a new checkbook cover, didn't I? (Oh come on, I really did) So I made this new checkbook cover and got a little side tracked and, ahem, the bills still aren't paid.
I will get to it today, though. That is just as soon as I finish this post and fold the laundry and drive Jane's friend home and make dinner and ...
It was Kate's first day back at preschool. Did you hear that sigh of relief? She was excited and ready to go and I was excited and ready, too. It was nice to have the morning to myself. I went to the grocery unaccompanied (!!!!) and had coffee with a friend. Soooo nice. Kate had fun, too. She came home reporting that she is the line leader for the WHOLE week - apparently a very big job. Looks like we are both off to a good start.
Today is also my nephew Miles's 2nd birthday. Here is the t-shirt I appliqued for him. I had the idea in my head for a long time and am happy to report that it came out better than I had hoped. Happy Birthday Sweet Miles!