Tuesday, August 31, 2010

We were outside enjoying the morning...


and someone caught a little bit of fall.



September can't come soon enough!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Boden Challenge 2

My second Boden Challenge was to attempt these brushed tartan cargos for my 8 year old.

Here is the result:




There are a few minor differences between mine and Boden's but largely they are the same. Boden's have a drawstring in addition to the elastic waist. I think that is about the only difference. I used some British Frenzy apparel fabric from JoAnn's - 30% off. These probably cost me about $20 to make, because the amount of fabric needed for a size 10 pant is more than 2 yards! Luckily, there are enough scraps leftover to make a pair in a 6 month size for the littlest boy in my house.

Here is a close up of the cargo pocket.

And we have one happy customer. He told me "Mom, these are pretty much my perfect pants. They are soft, and they have pockets. I might wear them for 2 weeks". Well. How about that. I was a little concerned that they look a bit too much like pajama pants (which, in hindsight, I think the Boden version is pajama-esque too), but he loves them and can't wait to wear them to school. He did refuse to take them off for bed though, so they must be as soft and comfy as pj's.

He has also declared them his football pants. Go bucks!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mini Boden Success



Let's start with the good stuff, shall we?

I love these Mini Boden pants. LOVE. And have for two winters now, as they appeared in last year's catalog as well. So, I set out to knock them off.


I think they came out pretty cute, if I do say so myself.




Now, I knew going in that my pants would have an elastic waist, and thus have a slightly different look than the Boden pants, but all in all, I think the main design idea is intact.




For this pair, I used 8 wale corduroy from JoAnn's, which I got for $4.98/yard. The total cost of these pants was probably around $6.00 in materials - a $24.00 savings over the Boden version. That sound you hear? Yes, that is me patting myself on the back.



They were a hit with everybody! If anyone is interested in a tutorial for these, let me know!



End of summer


The end of summer should always include smiling boys,


lots of running around,

a hose,


and a sneak attack on big brother.


I even found a surprise, late blooming hibiscus in my garden. A lovely way to end the summer!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I Saw The Sign

Me: Who sings this song?
Bryan: I don't know.
Me: Think "most influential band of our generation"
Bryan: Green Day?
Me: Very good!
Bryan: It was either them, or Ace of Base.
Me: Ummmmm....

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I can do it, too!

I love the mail carrier on the day the Boden catalog comes. It is full of colorful adorableness for all members of the family. This year, I flipped through and thought, "Um, I can totally make that". And it seems I'm not the only one! Miss Chris over at pink picket fence got some inspiration from the girl's side of the catalog. I'm finding mine in the boy's side.

On my agenda:

Brushed Tartan Cargos for all my boys

A maternity shirt refashion into these adorable baggies

And as many pairs of these adorable knee patch trousers as I can possibly muster:

Any ideas for other good knee pad shapes?

The fabric is in my possession, and tomorrow I'm going to start cutting. I am unreasonably excited about this.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 1, Year 3


Today was the first day of school for Riley. Every parent wants their child to start the school year full of confidence, ready to make new friends, and maybe learn a few things along the way. Last night, I was afraid Riley might not get off to the best start, as he seemed pretty bummed that his best friend, who moved to a different district over the summer, would not be in his class again this year. He not only seemed sad, but nervous that he didn't know much about his classmates or his new teacher. His anxiety made me nervous for him.

Then, this morning he came downstairs wearing this.

Yes, it reads "cooler than anybody here".

Something tells me he's going to be just fine.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Clever, Netflix. Clever.

Netflix thinks it has me all figured out. Tonight, Netflix created a category it thought I might enjoy: Witty Comedies with Strong Females. This list of films contained three things:

1. Julia Roberts movies
2. Jane Austen adaptations
3. Films about lesbian women

My initial reaction, some thought about how cliche this category was, was quickly replaced by a realization. The feminist in me WOULD love to watch witty, strong female characters this evening. And, how did Netflix know I love me some Julia, Jane, and movies that are willing to take chances on lesbian characters? DAMN IT. They got me.

Netflix: 1 Emily: 0
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