Friday, December 31, 2010

Sweater to Pillow

 I have been wanting a knit pillow for a few years now but until recently couldn't find a way to make it happen. I considered doing the knitting myself for about a millisecond but thankfully came to my senses. I am not a knitter. I'm just not patient enough and I wanted it to have a cool design, so that was out. Then I looked into buying one but those suckers are expensive. I've been really into thrifting lately and started thinking that maybe I could buy a sweater and turn it into a pillow cover. 

For the last few weeks every time I go to the thrift store I do a quick look for a sweater that could work. Well, persistence paid off and I found the perfect one. It was soft, perfectly sized and fairly new looking. All I had to do was cut off the sleeves and neck and sew up the openings. Easy as pie. Since it was perfectly fitted to my pillow form I didn't have to adjust the size at all. I hand stitched the bottom closed but I'm considering adding cool wooden buttons as closures. I found some vintage ones at the thrift store. If I do, I'll be sure to share it with you.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Todd & Veronica

 My little boy has been really into imagination play lately. He has been pretending to be other people such as Santa Claus and people from his nursery class. I thought it would be fun for him to have a few little dolls to channel his imagination.
 I loosely used Emily Martin's Black Apple doll pattern that I found on Martha Stewart. The pattern says to increase it by 150% but I liked the idea of a smaller doll so I used the pattern as is. It made it a little hard to turn the legs but otherwise was great. Now they are about a foot tall. Perfect for little two year old hands to move around. He is getting them for Christmas, so I don't know if he likes them but I sure hope so.
My husband named them Todd and Veronica. I think the guy really does look like a Todd and I think Veronica is adorable.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Match Game

 This is another Christmas gift for my son. My friend Liz bought a bunch of 2inch square wooden tiles to make a match game for her son and invited a few friends to join her. I am so glad she did. I love the way they turned out and I can't wait to play it with my son. I used a vintage car paper for the back. I love it and wish I could have found better pictures for the front. I have more blank wooden tiles so I may still experiment and see if I can make cuter pictures to match. I don't think my little boy will care at all.
 To make the fronts I used a solid colored paper and stamped images in black. I then colored a few of them in but they are still mostly black. They are fun images of things my son is into.
I sewed a quick little bag to hold the tiles. I love the blue corduroy exterior and the fun dot interior. It fits the tiles with a little room to spare so hopefully my little boy can get the tiles in and out by himself.  

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Teacup Corset Apron

 When I moved in July I decided I didn't want to bring anything I didn't absolutely LOVE. I had a few aprons that were functional but not really much to look at. I've always wanted an awesome apron but couldn't bring myself to spend $40 to get one when I could get a dress for about that much. So, I set out to make the most adorable apron I could find. The Teacup Corset Apron from Meg McElwee's Sew Liberated. I love this book and although I have quite a few sewing books this is one of my favorites. I've made quite a few projects from the book and still have a lot more that I want to do.
 I used Michael Miller's Ellie Amber fabric for the skirt, his Emmaline Teal for the bodice, skirt ruffle and ties and his Ta Dot Teal for the bodice ruffle, ties and skirt accent.
I am so happy I finally have an adorable apron that makes me want to get in the kitchen and make something yummy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Advent Activities

Here is our list of advent activities:

  • Go see the animals at the zoo.
  • Drink hot chocolate and read The Night before Christmas.
  • Learn Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.
  • Bake sugar cookies together.
  • Read the Christmas story from the scriptures. 
  • Make paper snowflakes.
  • Drop off gifts to the neighbors.
  • Wrap presents. 
  • Red or Green night. Serve food in these colors and decorate the table in red or green. 
  • Watch Frosty the Snowman. 
  • Eat breakfast for dinner (snowman pancakes) with hot cocoa. 
  • Attend the ward Christmas party. 
  • Visit the National Christmas tree. 
  • Go to the DC temple Festival of Lights. 
  • Watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. 
  • December 22: first day of Winter. Learn about Winter. 
  • Happy Birthday Baby Jesus. Jason's family growing up did this and I love it. It is generally on the 23rd and you have your special Christmas dinner and birthday cake for Jesus. Sing Happy Birthday. It is really great to remind everyone of the real purpose of Christmas. 
  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights. 
  • Act out a live nativity. 
  • Go Christmas shopping for Daddy.
  • Make a gingerbread house. 
  • Go to Daddy's work Christmas party. 
  • Go to the Botanic Garden to see the train exhibit. 
  • Go to the library and get books about Christmas.
I didn't number mine because I wanted the flexibility to choose the activity the night before. So each night before I go to bed I put a slip of paper in the envelope for tomorrow. It is nice I don't have to plan 24 days in advance.  Hopefully this is helpful for your advent activity list!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Advent Calendar

 This is by far one of the best advent calendars I've seen. It is 24 envelopes clothes pinned to twine. The twine is hot glued to two wooden disks. The smaller disk is held to the wall with Command strips. I love love it.
 Every day we open an envelope to reveal an activity for the day. We've done things like make sugar cookies, visit Santa, make snowflakes and other awesome activities. I can get you our full list if anyone is interested.
We got the idea from Design*Sponge. You can use this PDF to print off numbers of your own. I printed mine on sticker paper, which made it easy to cut them out and adhere them to the envelopes.

I'm considering painting the clothes pins for next year. I think aqua would be cool but may just stick with white.

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