Friday, March 23, 2012

Pea Pod Dress

 Oh the Pea Pod dress. I am so in love with this one. I actually made it years ago and put it in my gift giving stash but couldn't bring myself to gift it. I love this dress. It is made using striped suiting and green tweed. This dress is totally reversible and has a cool closure on the back. The suiting side has a little green pocket with three little buttons that look like peas to me.

 It is definitely a simple dress but I love it just the same.

 Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Velvet Beauty

 I know this dress doesn't appeal to everyone but I really love it. The dress is made of camel colored velvet with a side pocket. The yolk is crocheted with chunky yarn held together with a large button.
 There is also red trim around the bottom. It is closer to 18 to 24 month in size.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dresses Dresses Dresses

 This week I want to show you some of the dresses I've been working on for the baby girl I'm expecting in June. This one is by far my favorite. I love this fabric so much. I saved the remnants from my Tea Cup Corset Apron. The fabric is Michael Miller's Ellie Amber fabric. I have used every scrap of that fabric because I love it so much.
 This dress has lots of fun details. The bow on the hem and the buttons on the yolk are my two favorites. I do also love the big button closure on the back and the elastic waist.
 This one is a size 1, which is is awesome because then I can stare at it in her closet for a long time!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lamp Shade Update

The weather here has started to be outside friendly and I couldn't resist hustling out to spray paint the lamps! They need one more coat of paint-- my primer had gummed up, so covering the black required a few more coats than I anticipated. But this gives a general idea of what the end result will be:

The wall is still not grey, but it will be by the end of this summer! :)

I really love taking something familiar (I've had these for 15 years), and giving it a new look. Sometimes I wish someone would take ME and give me a new look...any takers? ;)

Happy projecting!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Simple St Patrick's Day Craft: Shamrock Rainbow

Here on the dacha, we are not Irish, but love any excuse to decorate and celebrate!
This craft takes about 1 hour from beginning to end.
So grab the following:
  1. Glue stick
  2. Paper
  3. Scissors

Print this:
  • Shamrock pattern (right click and save as image to be printed)

Trace and cut out the shamrocks in rainbow colors:

Cut and glue together strips of paper, and glue the shamrocks on:

And end up with this (probably could have added 2 more rows to make it perfect)!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

FYI: St. Patrick was captured/enslaved as a young man (about 16) and forced to labor in Ireland. He eventually escaped. Years later, he felt moved to return to Ireland to teach about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. He used the clover to teach the pre-Christian Irish about the Trinity. I don't believe in the Trinity as he taught, but I love looking at the clovers and thinking about his sacrifice and love for others.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spending Fast 2012: Completed

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Spending Fast! February is officially over. How was it? 

I have to admit this was probably the worst spending fast I've done. I needed to sign Calder up for swimming lessons and hockey lessons and couldn't do it until February, so I did. He also needed a hockey stick cut to his height, so we bought one. And he needed knee pads and elbow pads, so we bought those too. Basically all my spending fast mishaps were for him, (and his hockey lessons) so I don't feel too bad. I feel like I sacrificed and didn't buy anything for me, so it was still a success. Even though I really wanted a new swimsuit for swimming lessons since I don't have a maternity one. All well. It stretches okay.

The other miscalculation I did was Calder now eats like a real kid and not a small toddler. So, my grocery budget ended up being a little over. I spent $56.00 a week, which is still much better than last month. It was a lot harder this time though.So next year I'll probably do a $60.00 weekly budget.

Oh and to follow up on the new outfit. Jason prefers #2 but isn't crazy about either one! Ugh. I don't really dress for him but it's nice when he likes what I wear. So, instead of scouring the internet for a few more weeks we're probably going shopping this weekend. He did like the shoes so we're going to start there. I'll let you know how it goes!


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