Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My sewing machine is broken.

And that's all I have to say about that. It will probably be a bit quiet around here until she gets back from the shop.

That is, unless, you all want to see copious quantities of kid pictures. That can be arranged. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Water Gun Holster Tutorial

In case you missed it over on Living With Punks, I thought I'd re-post this tutorial here, especially since we are in the midst of an insane heat wave here in Ohio. Anyone else wake up feeling like they were in the Amazon?

Whip up a few of these holsters to help your kiddos beat the heat. Because the heat is insane. Have I mentioned that it's hot?

Anywho, here we go!

To make this project, you'll need:

Sewing machine
Several long scraps of fabric

A word about scrap sizes - At least one of your fabric scraps should be long enough to wrap around your child's waist with a few inches of overlap. The other scraps should be large enough to wrap around your water guns with a little overlap. Water guns vary greatly in size, so check to make sure your scraps are large enough before sewing. I used individual pieces of fabric, but obviously you could piece this project together with smaller scraps as well. 

I happen to have a roll of Velcro from an abandoned project, so I used lots. LOTS. If you don't have a ton of Velcro laying around, you could use much less than I did by applying the Velcro only at the belt closure and where the water gun will attach, as opposed to all the way around the belt. 

Cut your strips at least twice as wide as your Velcro. I applied two strips of 3/4 inch Velcro, and I wanted some space in between, so my belt strip is approximately five inches wide. The strips for the water gun attachment is maybe 4 inches wide. 

Press the ends of your strips towards the wrong side (approximately half an inch). Fold your strips in half, right sides together, and stitch the open edge closed. Using a bodkin or a safety pin, turn your strips right side out and press flat. 

Now apply your Velcro. I stitched two strips of Velcro to the entire length of the outside of the belt. I put the "soft" part of the Velcro on the outside of the belt. Then, I stitched about 6 inches of the "hook" portion of the Velcro to the inside of the belt, as the belt closure.

On the strip that attaches to the water gun, I did exactly the opposite, with the hook Velcro along the length of  the outside of the strip, and the soft, loop part on the inside of the strip as the closure.

Once the Velcro is applied, wrap it around your water gun.

And wrap the belt around your kiddo.

Stick the water gun to the belt...

And prepare for a water fight!

(Yes, his shirt IS inside out and backwards. :) Don't judge.)

But this kid better watch out, because mama has the hose, and I fight back!

So, what do you think? Riley thought it was awesome. It's amazing - my kids seem to appreciate the simplest projects far more than the complicated, time-consuming ones! 

I've also discovered that you can use this holster for basically ANY toy - not just water guns. I love a project that can be used again and again for different purposes.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sawyer's Rainbow Cake

I think he liked it. 

I originally found the idea for this cake here, but I've seen it many other place since then. HUGE hit with the kiddos!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Sawyer!

One year ago today, my sweet, sweet bay Sawyer decided to make his entrance into the world, 8 days past his "due date", weighing in at a whopping 10 pounds, 5 ounces. We took these photos this morning to commemorate the big day!

Happy birthday, sweet baby boy! You are the sweetest, most joyful, easy-going kid I've ever been around, and I love EVERY SINGLE SECOND we spend together!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm a shirring machine.

Today, Sawyer and I are hanging out at home, rocking super-frizzy hair (blame the insane Ohio humidity), new specs (they are bright purple and AWESOME), and one of several shirred sundresses I've made for myself in the last few weeks. I posted another one I made on Facebook last week. I'm hoping to get some decent photos of the dresses soon so I can share a bit more about them, but in the meantime, if you haven't shirred something yet, go do it. NOW. What a great technique!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

YAY YAY YAY! A new toy!

Look what was at my door this afternoon!

It was a surprise gift from my hubby. Thanks Bryan!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Wanna see my Spoonflower fabric being printed?

Remember when I posted my Spoonflower goodies last week?

Well, turns out Meg from Sew Liberated toured the Spoonflower factory and actually saw my fabric being printed! Check out her post about the tour, and you'll see my fabrics being printed in the second photo. I think this is super cool.

Just FYI, The Spoonflower knit shrunk about 15% when I washed it. I lost 5 inches on a 1 yard piece. If you order knits from Spoonflower, be sure to adjust your order accordingly!
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