Monday, January 31, 2011

scraps that delight

This apron came about because Nikki (Queen of the crafters) doesn't have a work apron - she has a frilly pretty apron that you can't technically do anything in (ie. painting, gluing, getting messy) - so I took it on myself to make sure she had something she could muck up (and I could bask in her creative coolness)

This is what I came up with for her (one of my fav patterns for practicality), and the fabric you ask? 
I think one of my favorite anniversary parties we had for the SSC - was when we did our scrap swap. You guys thought you were ridding yourself of useless scraps ... while I was gathering them with open arms. I loved that scrap swap and have used them over and over. The front piece I got from Christie. I love the mismatchyness of it, and the grey bias tape doesn't match at all but ties it all together.

Craft on Nikki - as your minions (me) watch in awe. Yaaaaaaa-hooooooo!!!!
Here is a link to the pattern: Calico Cat Patterns or here

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Baby Bib

Maybe this is a tad lame for my first post with my new groupies...the Secret Stitch Sisters, but oh well. My daughter has a tiny neck and basically didn't have a bib that protected her clothes from food invaders. So, I got a plastic table cloth and used the bib I had for the outside and created a smaller sized neck. The Velcro in the back is longer so I can make it tighter or looser as she grows. So far! It is our favorite bib because it actually works as a bib should. There you go...guess I'm crafty now too!


What an adorable model right?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

... a message on a pillow

I'm finally getting the baby/sewing room put together. She's still in our room for a couple more months, but I want to sew and the baby/sewing room is a disasster (that is not a type-o, it's where the pain originates)... back to my ramblings, so I'm ready to make a tutorial by I am Momma hear me Roar of baby hand and foot prints, but when I went over to her blog to retrieve directions - I came actross this adorable pillow. How cute is that pillow? I am really against sewing anything by hand - there is a reason sewing machines were invented (plus I am so uncoordinated and suck at it, so maybe that adds to my loathing).


But this pillow reminded me of talented ladies I know (Jessie & Marj) that make sewing by hand look like it's so stinkn' easy and what's wrong with me that I can't just do it? (p.s. they are super-moms, actually spending quality time with their kids, can you imagine?)

(picture from Flamingo Toes)
I am Momma Hear Me Roar was inspired by this tutorial by Flamingo Toes. While at Flamingo Toes I clicked on her Tutorials tab, and she has a TON of cool tutorials - not the ones that everybody does with baby stuff, but cool fun practical things, and jewelry (who does that?). The best part is that her tutorials are LOADED with pictures. They are idiot-crafter-had-to-much-diet-coke-today proof. I can actually follow the pictures and read the directions YAHOO!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

1977 Nightgown

My goal was to make this nightgown for Maddie for her Christmas Eve jammies, but things just didn't work out. I did finish my little sister's nightgown in time for Christmas, so I'm not a complete slacker.

Nikki let me borrow a couple of her grandma's old patterns; it was exactly what I was looking for. One pattern had a piece missing, and the other I just couldn't follow and ended up with an extra piece. So, I obviously did a little "Jessie" adjustments.

I also accomplished my very first button holes on this project! I couldn't seem to figure out exactly where my machine was going to line up the beginning and end of the holes (even with 3 or 4 practice scraps), so there was a bit of unpicking going on, but what project is complete without having to pick out, right?

Despite the mistakes and largeness of the nightgown, Maddie loves it! She requested to wear it as soon as I gave it to her. Here she is modeling her new jam jams.




Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sewing Subway Art printable


Here's my little take on the subway art that is so popular right now. I thought it might go well with our little Keep Calm and Sew On print for our sewing rooms - or sewing corners, as is my case :). I'm thinking of making another rosette frame for it and maybe going a little bigger.

Just click on the image to bring it up in a new window, then right click and save (for us PC users). It should print out just fine up to 5x7. Email us at secretstitchclub@gmail.com if you'd like a larger one and we'll email it to you.

Check out our printables list on the left. It's not huge yet, but it's growing. (Totally check out Jessie's sewing journal printable. So great!) My next project is figuring out how to get these in pdf format on the blog. That would be nice!

Monday, January 17, 2011

travel high chair WINNER!!

CONGRATULATIONS 

Lindsay Ray - Lucky #17
My favorite that I received this year was my serger!! Best Gift EVER!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Americn Crafter contest

Button Redo

I just read about this brilliant contest on Nap Time Crafters and since I have some super crafty friends (and there are some super crafty people who follow our blog - thank you!!) I thought you might want to know about it too. Who cares if you just had a baby or just moved across the country or just have a million and one things to do as the executive homemaker of your household or work your booty off at a job?! Drop everything and get your crafty self over there and enter! Yes, I'm talking to you. :) (I'm feeling a little bossy this morning, and since my kids are still sleeping or off to school, I'm channeling my bossiness into the blog. My kids - and hubby - will thank you later.) I want to enter something too and have a few projects that I'm mulling over. The great thing is we have until January 27th to enter. Come back and let us know if you enter!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

obsessed with kids cookbooks

This is my latest fav cookbook. I get so bored with bologna sandwiches, mac n' cheese, chicken nuggets... I decided in the new year not just for me to eat better, but to feed my entire family better. These are fun, easy, recipes that you can make with your kids.

ADVICE:
The Author Annabel Karmel also gives great advice in her book, like "eating out: watch out for kids' menus in restaurants - they often read like a fast-food menu. Ask for a half-portion from the adult menu instead. Compliment your child on behaving like a grown up - children's tastes in food is more sophisticated then what you might think." 

My Response:
I had never thought about doing that. I hate kids restaurant menus. Not just for the sucky nutritional quality but because they charge $5 for a 1/4 of a box of mac n' cheese that cost less then a dollar. It's a rip off and adult portions usually cost a few dollars more and are usually better for you.


A Family Rule:
One rule we have in my house is called "Green Eggs & Ham" - they HAVE to try everything once. If they hate it then they don't have to eat it, but they have to at least give it a try. Just last week I made Gumbo that had hotdogs, sausage, chicken, and shrimp in it. Paige and James were both like, 'we hate shrimp' I was like... do you even know what shrimp is? I pointed out the shrimp character on Finding Nemo and that made them laugh. 

Then after they tried it they were like... um, that's kind of good. Yeah. That's what I thought, or sometimes they will say - 'we hate that' and I will say - 'no you don't. I made this before and you loved it... etc.' That sometimes works as well.

ADVICE:
"Eat together: Eating with the whole family whenever possible can really make a difference. Personally, I think that taking the focus off your child's eating and having lots of social chat at the table is helpful... we try to have dinner together and take turns telling one another some of the good and bad things that happened during the week. Sometimes kids don't realize that bad things happen to adults too so it doesn't matter whether it's trivial or important... Children are more likely to open up to you if you are open with them, and it's good bonding time."


My Response:
We all know this is common sense, but I never considered sharing with them bad experiences as well. Not all my woes, but getting a flat tire or small disappointments might be interesting for them to hear, as well as the good. One thing I like to do is ask them what their favorite part of the day was and hearing what they come up with. I hadn't considered telling them my favorite part. - Anyway, I like the recipes in the book, the pictures are great, and recipes look easy enough as well as the ingredients... So far we've made the omelets, and two types of smoothies (Paige & James made these all by themselves), and tomorrow I'm making the Butternut Squash Risotto. Let's hope this year makes for better eating, for me and them.


Giveaway - a travel high chair (closed)

It's been awhile since we've given away anything - so why not... I made this travel high chair based off one of my favorite tutorials. You can see it here. I love this travel high chair because it helps wiggley kids from falling off their chair (my kids are notorious for falling).

 This is the inside, or the outside. Red with white polka-dot fabric. Could be for a little girl in your life... or a little boy.

 Here is the outside, or vice versa. These are little baseballs on navy blue fabric.

 This is it - all ready to use. The tutorial is very easy and quick if you just want to make one for fun. Would be a great baby shower or birthday gift.

And lastly an action shot - all you have to do to enter is to leave a comment. You can enter up to 3 times.  Just tell me 1 thing you got for Christmas that you love, one thing you got that you hated, and 1 change you will make in the New Year - or just leave 3 random comments, either way your entered. ALSO PLEASE make sure I can contact you. Giveaway will end Saturday Jan 15th at midnightish. Winner will be announced Sunday morning and I will mail out the travel high chair Monday morning. Good Luck!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fabric Letters

I am soooo behind on posting some of my completed projects. Do I try to catch up or just start being better now? While I ponder that thought...I finally took some pics of a Christmas present I made Elsie this year. I used the Rag Quilt Letters Tutorial from Happy Together and created these:



**Don't you love you load pictures in the wrong order? Apparently, I LOVE it!**
Anyways, this was a really fun project to work on. First reason, because I had all the supplies on hand, I didn't have to go buy anything. Second reason, I got to dig through my fabric stash and use those little bits of fabric that I have held onto thinking I would someday need this little bit of fabric. Third, I got to use some of my most favorite fabrics. Fourth, it was pretty brainless. Trace. Cut. Sew. Snip the edges. Do that 26 times and DONE! No hemming, no matching up seams, no finishing the entire project and finding out that it doesn't even fit your child. This has happened too many time in the last month. But, I digress. And fifth, Elsie actually plays with them. When she first opened her present she immediately found the "O" and was so excited that she knew it! Super cute let me tell ya.
More pics of other projects to come, I promise!

Style Stitches Montly Bag Challenge

JemJam is hosting a monthly bag challenge that I decided to join. Using the book Style Stitches by Amy Butler, we will be making a bag a month. There are 12 chapters in the book, so we will be doing a chapter a month. I'm really excited!

I just got my book in the mail and have been looking through it. It's a beautiful book and I think the projects in it will really challenge my sewing skills...which is exactly what I need. I really want to take my sewing to the next level and learn new skills. I'll have the book at the next sewing night so you guys can check it out. Maybe you'll want to join the challenge with me?? The first bag is the Cosmo bag, which is pictured above on the cover of the book. I am going through my stash now to choose the perfect fabric combo. I love choosing fabric for the bag...that's the best part to me. Then I'll get to work. It should be a nice church bag to carry everything + the kitchen sink to church in hopes of keeping the kids quiet. :)

SSC on Ucreate!

U Create


Great, big, huge thanks to Kari from Ucreate for using the Rosette Frame tutorial for her January Create with Me feature! I was so surprised when she said she wanted to use this tutorial, but she said that she wanted to do something simple after the madness of the holidays. I'm so excited to see what other creative crafters do with it. I'm always amazed at what other people come up with!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Valentines Day outfit for my baby



I am already thinking about Valentines day, and so I made cute onsie with ruffles on the bum, with baby leggins to go with it.

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