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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Teeny Tiny STAEDTLER Fimo Nail Art Roses

Here are some more mini roses for nail art inclusions. I originally made them here. But have decided it needed a tiny tutorial video and some other colour examples. 
Thanks to STAEDTLER for the unlimited colour selections available.

Hope this is useful.
I'll be posting some pics of the roses once they are inside a set of nails.
Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Real Life

This is a picture heavy post. The last two weeks have been a blur of activity but things are slowly returning to normal around here. 

The kids came from the big city to spend Thanksgiving with us. They're puppy sitting for a few months for a wonderful family friend. Look at that mug!!!

The turkey was a smash! We poked lemon and sage under the skin and slathered it with butter.

Lily has decided that oatmeal is her breakfast of choice.

This is me, resting...

These two were in cahoots the entire time they were together.

Spent some amazing catch up time with my bestie making yummies and decorations with her for her parent's fiftieth.

Lily did art!

Sparkly, sparkly art....
Sparkles eventually come out of the bathtub, right?

Discovered the joys of slab sandwiches!!!

Sparkles are everywhere!
Even on the cookies!

The last of the local strawberries were decorated too.

And they're off. Back to the big city.
We miss them so when they go.
can't wait until they come back again.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Simplicity 3418 and Maggie's Spoonflower Robot Fabric

I'm so very in love with this little dress!
I used to make dresses like this for my girls when they were wee. Now I can make them for our Lily too!
This one is extra special because we've used the spoonflower fabric that we had printed from Maggie's robot drawing. This fabric was made for Maggs and we've never quite known what we were going to make from it. When Maggs and I saw this little dress pattern we knew it was the perfect make for the robots!

Can't wait to make more of these! I altered the pattern a wee bit to make it more wearable. I bound the inside of the collar with bias tape and made the ties at the back much thinner and shorter, but otherwise I left it as is.

The wee bit of lace at the collar and sleeve were from various family sewing boxes. 
Nice to add a bit of historical family sewing love.

Over all the finished dress is pretty spectacular!

Thirteen little buttons at the back.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Butterick B5625 Baby Aprons

We've been making many many sews this week. These two aprons turned out pretty great.
They're gifts for Lily who turns TWO this week!!!
Hard to believe. Time sure does fly.

This pattern is great for using up left overs from other projects. This one is made from left over Grandpa Jimmy shirt fabric. Maybe they can wear them at the same time and be all matchy!!! I used button plackets to close the sides of this one instead of the patterned tie.

Here's a great floral one. The fact that these aprons are two layers thick is great! They'll keep Lily tidy no matter what she decides to get into. My girls both used to wear aprons like this with just tights and a onesie underneath. Kind of like a mini housedress.

Here's the pattern. I can't wait to make the other outfits for next summer.
They're all adorable!

We' made some more bows for Lily too. Here she is modeling her latest one while she gets her nails done for her birthday party at Nammys. 
Can't believe she's two already....

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Baby Blob Necklace

Here is another great baby craft with STAEDTLER Fimo Kids clay.
These are going to make fantastic gifts!

This is how the mixed colour discs that lily made the other day turned out. In case you missed it, we just let her mix some Fimo kids colours together and we helped her roll them out into a sheet. We used mini circle cutters to cut out the shapes and then we pushed them all back together in an arch shape,
After the pieces were baked, we drilled holes in each end to hang the piece.

We varnished the front of the baked clay and after it dried added a chain, clasp and bead.

How fantastic are these!?!
They look like they came from a fancy designer shop!
Get on this folks!
Those mini humans at your house could be rakin' in the big fancy designer bucks too.
Or at the very least, building heaps of self confidence by making these really pretty gifts for their posse.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Thumbprint Heart Pendants

We made these really cute necklaces from the thumbprint hearts that Lily made with us the other day.

I LOVE the way these turned out!
They were way too easy to make.

You'll need:

one block of STAEDTLER Fimo Kids in any colour you'd like.
(we used the sparkly pink one!)
a small heart mold (optional)
baby powder as a mold release.
a few jewelry findings, jump rings, lobster claws, metal beads and bails, head pins
double sided 1/4 inch satin ribbon
a few 1/4 inch beads to dangle from the necklace backs
thread to match and a needle
jewelry glue

We kneaded the clay and pushed bits into the heart mold. We dusted the mold with the baby powder first to be sure the clay would pop out easily. 
If you don't have a mold you could just cut out little heart shapes with a craft knife from a sheet of clay. 
We helped Lily push her finger or thumb gently into each heart. We used a piece of wire to poke a hole into the top of each heart. Then we baked the hearts on a parchment paper lined baking tray in a preheated 230 degree oven for 20 minutes.

To assemble the pieces we glued in an eye pin to the holes we made in each heart, 
attached a bail with a jump ring, 
threaded an appropriate length of ribbon through the bail, 
added a metal bead to each end of the ribbon, 
folded each end of the ribbon through a jump ring and sewed the ends closed, 
added a bead of glue and pulled the metal bead up to the jump ring, 
connected a lobster claw to one end with a jump ring,
added a chain of five or six jump rings to the other end,
finished the piece off with a bead on a head pin.

They look pretty from the back too!

These will make great Christmas pressies from Lily!
Perfect way to carry on the tradition of home made gifts,
She sure is proud of these!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lily Makes, with STAEDTER Fimo Kids

Lily had a Grandma and Nammy playdate today!

Lily sat on THREE cookbooks so she could reach the table to craft things up.

Lily mixed the clay colours and rolled them into a sheet. (We might have helped a little bit)

She really enjoys mixing colours. She had this deep look of concentration on her face the whole time she was working. (Ignore the baby mess in the background. It was a fantastic day!)

She made some thumbprint hearts. I pushed clay into a tiny heart mold and then helped Lily gently push her thumb onto each one.

After Lily rolled out the clay, Nammy and I used small circle cutters to cut out cool colour combinations. Then we pushed a few different sized circles together in a gentle arch. These will be bib style necklaces after they're varnished.

I think these are my favorite pieces. I'll drill holes for the jump-rings and hang them from chains for necklaces or glue earring blanks onto the back for button earrings. A big thank you to STAEDTLER for making this amazing STAEDTLER Fimo Kids clay. It's definitely Lily approved! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Places

Thought we'd share some of this week's happy places with you.
My most favorite happy place was at the dining room table with this plum pie. We had it with vanilla ice cream and tea. So yummy! The local plums are so tart, almost like rhubarb.

We've been experimenting with some new video editors. I'm liking the one included on my phone. I think it's an instagram thing. I love it! So many cool ways to share the things we enjoy. I have a terrible fear of forgetting things. These little videos help me remember happy cozy times.
Hope your week is fantastic!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Sewing Room

I finally put one of the kids rooms to good use. I saw Tasha's new sewing space post on her blog and was inspired to start one of my own. Here's how it's come together so far. I'm still pulling fabric and supplies from the basement storage area to put away in my new neat little cubbies. I hope to get more cubbies or shelving units in the future to store more patterns. I have hundreds. Oh, and the dozens of sewing books need someplace to live too. Right now they're in our bedroom.

I think this is where I'm going to keep everything for now. I like the table close to the window with the ironing board right behind me. I can swivel in my chair and iron bits I've just sewn without having to stand and walk over to another station. Very efficient! 

I started by painting the room a crisp white. I plan on hanging projects in different stages of completion up on the walls and didn't want the paint colour to clash. This was Maggie's bedroom and she had painted it a warm brown with one turquoise wall. It was pretty and cozy, but white was needed for a sewing room.

Mr. Jimmy helped me put these cubbies together. We got them from Canadian tire and I think they were about $30.00 each? Tasha had hers two cubbies tall and three wide. I made mine taller so I could stand at the work space to cut things out without stressing my spine. This made my table top smaller by a foot each way, but it fits better into my room and I think it's still big enough to work on. I still like Tasha's better! If I could find three by three cubbies, maybe I could have used two of those on the ends to make the table a bit deeper.

The table top is an old hunk of MDF (medium density fiberboard) we were using as a worktable in the garage. I just covered it in some marble mactac, but we are looking into a self healing cutting surface to protect it.

George really likes the new larger work surface. He has much more room to hang around and supervise my projects. When I'm not using the room, he cuddles up in my work chair under the table. I can always hear him purring when I go in to start a new project so I know he approves.

I have hung a heap of my favorite patterns bunting style from twine with clips on one wall. I like to be able to see them all up there. Helps me plan the next projects out while I'm working on current sews. I really have increased how much work I'm getting done. I think I've made more things in the last two months than I did all of last year.

This is one of my favorite things about the new space. I can take pics of my current thread and fabric stashed before I go shopping. While out I can reference each section on my phone and no more overbuying the same colour or pattern. I'm still working away on getting all the ready to be sewn fabric and suppies up to the new room. The patterns are going to be the most challenging to put away. I have to look up some appropriate storage solutions for them. I would really like to be able to see them all at all times, but there are far too many for that. If you have any suggestions, I'm listening! How do you display/store your patterns? I sure would love to hear from you! 

Obviously, one of the best new sewing room features is that the table can double as a baby fort! Lily LOVES to hang out under here and look at all the patterns. 

A HUGE thank you to Tasha and Mel for sharing their build with all of us. You two are always an inspiration.