Sunday, February 17, 2013

It's curtains for you...

And the bedroom redo continues...

Let me tell you, it is NOT easy to sew when you have a kitty that wants to inspect every seam. The task master!  


Well, CURTAINS! I found this fabulous fabric (yellow! a tiny bit shiny) at Marden's in Maine.  When they say "you should have bought it when you saw it at Marden's" they are absolutely correct.  I found the fabic for a dollar a yard. A STEAL!!! The entire fabric for the curtains was around $12.00 for all FOUR PANELS.  The ball fringe on the edge cost more than the actual fabric.  Incredible! 

Below is a close up of the ball fringe on the edge of the curtain.  Don't you just love ball fringe?  There is something so cheerful about it.  I just smile every time I see these curtains. 
I did a simple curtain with your basic sleeve and then added ball fringe on the edge.  It took me a few hours and they are LOVELY!  The way the light streams in through the yellow curtains in the morning.  So fantastic! 

PILLOW CASES:  Link below

The other sewing project I did was to make pillow cases for my bed.  

I used Anna Griffith's Fido and Fifi fabric on these.  They had just the right blend of 1970s and modern.  I also found the fabric at Marden's in Maine for about $4.00 a yard.  Really, if you are in the Maine area check it out.  It has more than just fabric but it's the fabric that keeps me coming back. 

I've decided that pillow cases are the best first project if you are a beginning sewer.  The free directions are HERE.  It took me about an hour and a half to do 4 pillowcases.  SO EASY!  If you are teaching a child to sew, this would be the best first project.  The first time I was learning to sew with my mother we tried to make a vest, and I cried.  Not the best first project. Although I did end up with a really neat yellow vest. Pillow cases are all a straight line.  With this pattern it is best just to follow the directions rather than question the process.  It feels weird but it works.

So far all the projects have met the NYE seal of approval!  Thank goodness because he is such a demanding client!

Projects to come:  Padded headboard, painting vanity, and painting living room

Happy crafting!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day

We are getting ready for Valentine's Day around here.  Nothing like a huge snow storm and snow day to give you some time to craft! I made the wreathe above but even though I hung it up, I still think it needs something- too bland.

In between rolling around in the snow, the kids have been hard at work on their Valentine's.  This year Phoebe is in half day kindergarten and has a whopping 50 Valentine's to do.  You would think that I would cave and let them buy the premade ones but I just couldn't.  I have this thing about how commercial our holidays have become.  I think the kids should make their Valentine's themselves.  That being said, I did a lot of sticking, cutting out, and placing today.  When you are looking at a six year old with 50 Valentine's, I think that a little help is in order.

Our first Valentine was this little butterfly:
Aren't they cute?  They are really pretty easy because you run some nice paper through the printer that gives you the text, cut them out, make slits for the lollipop, add googly eyes, and phoebe added a smile.  The link to the pattern is here.  These took almost no time at all (as long as you have a black and white printer) if you were looking for a quick Valentine.  We used a stamp for our hearts but you could use stickers as well. 

The second Valentine was this one:

It's an ipod made out of a box of conversation hearts and 2 Hersey's kisss.  You can find the directions here.  We jazzed it up with some fancy scrapbok paper and twine for the cord.  It's pretty easy but just a lot of cutting and attaching. 

Here are Phoebe's all packed up and ready to go into school on Thursday.  I'm feeling pretty accomplished.  Now if I can just get Elliot to sit down and do his.....

Happy Valentine's!