Thursday, August 23, 2012

hey girl... I couldn't resist!

I'm so in the mood for dresses

(this image is from Prudent Baby)

Now the real question is which one do I make? You can find a link for this collection here. I have 2 girls (1 & 4) that I love putting in dresses. They are simple and go on quick. Not only that but cotton wears well and with a pair of cute shorts or ruffled bottoms undernearth they can run and play to their hearts content.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

lunch problem? solved!

My kids head back to school tomorrow... I'm a little sad that summer is over (no more sleeping in for my lazy arse) but I'm excited for them and I need to get back to a routine. So, my biggest dilemma with school is packing lunches. Half the time the veggies rot before we use them or I forget everything we buy or just plain lack of imagination when I'm stumbling around my kitchen half awake in the morning.

So here is my solution to 'bleary eyed brain dead me' in the morning - Today when I got home from school lunch shopping, I created 4 lists of all the stuff we have on-hand and posted them on the fridge. This way my kids can pick what they want and we can mix it up so it doesn't get boring. It also reminds me of the healthy stuff I have as well as possible snacks for them after school when they come home starved half to death. It also might help them actually take the next step - making their own lunch ( I can dream right?), but we are making steps in the right direction.

My Bedroom Curtains - LOVE!!

This is the window in my bedroom "before picture". Boring faux wood blinds. They are for privacy, not light filtration. I am a vampire when I sleep. I need it pitch black like the darkest corners of hell. The smallest allotment of light and my eyes pop open. It sucks... but we all have our nuances. 

This was my inspiration, my friend Tiffani sent me a picture of.

These are the first pair I made for Tiffani, I talk about how I made them here.

So this is what I began with. 2 creamish colored panels of "light block out" curtains that I had bought off a roll at Joann's. The size was roughly 67 long x 55 wide.

 Drum Roll please... this is what they morphed into. I bought a flat king sheet from Walmart for $13 (I think), and cut into strips. I doubled the fabric at the top (so it's not glaringly obvious I sewed a strip of fabric to the top of block out fabric) and to add length there. My black strips are 14 inches wide by 55 inches long. The cream spaces are 13 inches wide. I did include a pocket at the top so I could thread it through the curtain rod, but I have these metal clasps that make it easy to open and close which I do daily (sunshine loving vampire). The bottom strip is 10 inches wide also to add length. I did add a little here and there for hemming and for the fusible tape. It wasn't very hard, just a lot of measuring to make sure my stripes would be straight and tons of ironing fusible tape.

But I love the finished product. Now I just need to find some cool funky fabric to make some pillows for me bed.  

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