Archive for February, 2010

Bloggy Break

You may have noticed that I’ve been on a little of a bloggy break since Valentine’s Day.
I was commissioned to make some vinyl (yes I said vinyl) cushions for some retro chairs.

Lets just say I won’t be signing up to sew with vinyl in the near future. I’m sure its like childbirth, once you’re away from it for a while you forget how painful it is!

Anyway, I think they turned out pretty well. The sides, cording and bottoms are orange basketball looking vinyl and the tops are Kool Koi, by Waverly outdoor fabric.

The lady said these chairs were probably from a waiting area in a beauty shop.

In these pictures the zippers are in the front and top. They aren’t supposed to be there. I was under the impression that the big cushion went on the back, and the small cushion was for the bottom.

Hopefully it can go that way, or the fish look upside down.

Upside down fish, zippers in back.

February 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm 1 comment

Felt Valentines

I made these for the kids to give to their teachers for Valentine’s Day. It was a lot of work for something that will probably be thrown away, but I needed some felt and glue gun therapy!
See, I’m going crazy over felt roses!

I used the fancy embroidery stitches on my machine to stitch around the edges of the cardstock.

February 9, 2010 at 7:00 am 1 comment

Valentine Mailbox

I’ve been going crazy and having so much fun with this tutorial. I’m finding a lot of things to glue felt roses on!

My cousin linked to this post, so I finally knew what I would do with the metal mailboxes I got from the dollar section at Target.

There are 3 envelopes with “letters” in them.

The stamps are removable by velcro.

3 postcards.

The boys each got a mailbox as well. I’ll probably just give them each a little money. They’re anxiously saving up for a playmobil police station!

February 8, 2010 at 7:00 am 3 comments

“That Mom”

I always thought I would be “that mom.” You know the one who does a daily craft with the kids and lets them help me cook at every opportunity.

However, daily chores, laundry, errands and my own crafting keep me from doing that very often.

Well the other day I decided to put chores, laundry, tv and my own crafting aside and became that mom…if only for a few hours!
I brought out all the the crafting supplies that had to do with hearts and valentines and let them get to work.

There was glitter and glue and paint everywhere, but they had a ball!

We strung into garland  all the hearts they decorated.

We also baked some fresh bread. They loved getting their hands in there and kneading the dough.

Here it is during its second rising.

Fresh out of the oven, honey wheat bread.

I bet you wish you had “smell-o-vision.”

I served it with homemade corn chowder.

February 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm 2 comments

More Bags

Remember these bags?
Well I was asked to make some more for the secretaries at Nathan’s school. I was running low on pants, so I also used one of Ricardo’s shirts that was pretty much thread barren.

I made sure to sew down the sides of the buttons to be sure that it wouldn’t come open!

I love the “extra button” from Ricardo’s leather coat. I think it totally fits the theme.

I carefully removed the pocket from the front of the shirt and used it on the inside.

Here’s the back.

Here’s another one. I used the shirt material to make the flowers here.

Once again I kept the back leg intact, so I could use the pocket on the inside.

The back of this one.

February 2, 2010 at 6:31 pm 3 comments


Teeth are usually one of the first things I notice on someone. I’m usually not bothered by them as long as they’re healthy and stable. We had a waitress once who’s front teeth were completely rotten. I could barely eat (ooh, new weightloss plan!).
Last week Ricardo left me at home for three days with a child who had a tooth hanging by a thread.
It finally came to the point that it needed to come out. Nathan didn’t want me to go near it, but both of us needed to be brave.
I grabbed a hold of the tooth and told him to take a deep breath and at the count of three to exhale. As he exhaled I twisted and the tooth flew out almost going down my shirt.
I was so proud of both of us!
Unfortunately, I might have just become the family tooth puller!

Here he is with his big gap!

February 1, 2010 at 9:58 pm 3 comments