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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Murphey's Law- Its true

So tomorrow is the last day of the challenge. So My plan for this weekend was to sew, sew, sew. I had my pattern pieces all cut out and ready to sew. Saturday was parents day out at my kids daycare so I could put the kids in from 9:30-3:00. I had to run a few errands so I didn't get back to the house until noon so instead of napping which was what my husband was doing- I started sewing my son's teacher's new apron together. I finally got my ruffler to work after some configuring and so I made the ruffle. I finished attaching the ruffle around 2:30- time to leave to go get kiddos. We then took the kids to Joann's and Border's books and got home about 6- fed the kids and put them to bed then back to sewing the apron. I think I might have made an error by using a heavy canvas as the background because the apron is very stiff- but it has to hold up to kindergarteners so it is probably going to get softer with age. (yes I washed it first). I will post pictures in a bit.
I finished the apron last night at 10:00pm (it gets harder to sew when the kids are home.)
This morning my husband was leaving for Canada to teach a security course (he is going to Ottowa- I heard they had a snow storm last week). My project this morning was to sew the girls blankets and pillows so they could move to their big girl toddler beds after New Years. While I was sewing my oldest son said Ari was coloring on the furniture- he was right- Ari was coloring on my new couch, chairs, and coffee table with permanent green marker. I caught him just as he started coloring on the cream colored carpet. I don't think Ari missed a single piece of furniture- the coffee table, the side table, the entertainment center, the computer table, the two brown colored chairs, my olive green couch, some boxes. I asked Itai why he didn't tell me earlier and he said that he was trying to stop him... hmmm.
So I finished the blankets and started on the pillow cases- when I heard a crash downstairs- one of the girls dropped a ceramic coffee cup (thank goodness it didn't shatter, it just cracked so I was able to easily clean it up.
That was it! I put all three little ones in their beds for naptime. You would think there would be peace and quiet- right? Well I heard giggling from the girls room and went in there- Tamar was straddling her crib rails- about to tip herself forward. Now I am really glad I was finishing the girls blankets and pillows. I spent the rest of the day finishing their pillows then took them for a walk to the park- and when we got back I cleaned the kitchen to work off some steam. But then I got more steamed because I discovered my husband had let the dishes from Thanksgiving- 3 weeks ago- sit in the sink and they were black (he does the dishes and trash and I do the rest of the cleaning). I was nooootttt!!!!! Pleased. I have been putting off sweeping the dining room so there are crumbs under the table, the table was sticky. (apple juice spilled and not cleaned up hmmm)
Ok so enought complaining. The girls big girl beds are put together- I now have to teach them to stay in them. It could be touch and go- but they will learn- the boys did, so will the girls.
I have Seska's ladybug purse cut out and ready to sew. Hopefully I will get at least it done before the deadline.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ooh, the pressure!

Okay, so my craft projects are due to be finished by the fifteenth. Some have been more successful from others.

My first time sewing with zippers- a failure. I made the ladybug purse and was doing so well- when I realized I sewed the zipper pull inside the purse. Proof?

But my hairbows turned out really cute (please excuse the poor product photography) I still haven't found my studio lights:

I felt I really had to make some time to straighten up my craft room since I was dodging around boxes and could barely see what i had: here is my "straighted up room"

So projects in progress- tutus. The nightgowns are being delayed. I am making the girls Disney Princess bedding as they are moving into their big girl beds for New Years. (toddler beds)
I guess I will remake the ladybug purse- it really is a cute purse.
I am making a drawstring backpack for my nephew and sons.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Projects update

that is right- Projects with an s, as in multiple projects at the same time.
I finally made myself sit still long enough to cut out the nightgowns for my girls using CarlaC's Portrait Peasant Dress pattern. For some reason I only had 2 yds of each fabric so for the ruffle I cut two of 1.5 yard strips and I will piece them together. Nobody will notice anyway. Fortunately it was 60" wide fabric so no shortage for anything else. I love my rotary cutter!
My husband surprised me with a ruffler foot for my sewing machine (yay!). Now I have a reason to watch Carla explain the ruffler foot in her video on (it is on the front page, just scroll down to the bottom) You can also get the free Ruffler- unruffled ebook here.
Other projects- I am cutting out the Kimberbell Kids Dolls pattern tonight.
I have 14 sets of hairbows in progress using mini ornaments from last years after-christmas sales.
I am also cutting out the Mini LadyBug Purse for my niece. Using the beautiful fabric that I got in the remnants basket at Joann's last week (Yahoo!).
I am also cutting out the CarlaC's Aline dresses fabric tonight: I think these will go perfect with the girls new SugarPlum crocs (the pink, green, and cream)
What else am I in progress of doing? making a mess in my craft room (heehee, the better to keep people from figuring out what I am up to, right?) and also working full time and attempting to spend some time with the kids. (does sitting on the couch gluing hairclips while the kids watch Barney at the Zoo count?)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cute girlie story

While I was making the hairbows for my daughter's class I had the clips out preparing to glue the ribbons on- I looked over at my girls and they were taking turns sitting on a bench and pretending to fix each other's hair. They were having such a good time. They must have changed places at least 4 times. They would fluff up the hair , smooth it down, and then pretend to put the clip in the hair (don't know how they got the clip without me noticing).

Monday, December 1, 2008

SMICHIS and christmas crocs

Here is my daughters' SMICHI (sensory blanket)- I will make matching nightgowns out of the peasant gown pattern from
The best part is I already had the fabric and ribbons so the SMICHIs were 0 dollars to make. The clogs were 4dollars a pair- so at 4 pair they cost me 16 dollars- and since I had the ribbons and paint and glue already- it cost me only for the shoes themselves. My grand total currently is 19 if I have to include the clogs as a cost- not sure I should as they are an outfit for the holidays and not a gift- but I will put it in the cost for now. Next stop- the nightgowns. Might have to have pockets with gingerbread girls on them? hmmm. Now any ideas how to decorate clogs for boys? A friend suggested skater shoe laces.
I wish I could find me studio lights- we just moved two months ago and I still haven't located them yet.
Here are their Christmas crocs- Oh Horrors- I will need to make a matching outfit- no, no, please don't throw me in the briar patch.

I liked the SMICHI ribbons so much that I had to make matching crocs :). Another outfit perhaps?

Here are the gingerbread girls that I attached to the shoes- I am making matching bows.

The gingerbread girls in progress.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Sale at Joann's

So we went to Joann's Wednesday and they had their remnants on sale 75% off. So I got 1/2 yr of this fabric, which is normally 35.99/yd for only 3.50. I plan on using it on my nieces ladybug mini purse (pattern from
If this looks a little saturated in color it is because the light is really funky today, really overcast and gloomy.
On other note: did anyone go to the Black Friday sales- ooh it was scary. I had to replace our defunked tv that died during the football game yesterday- ugh! so I went to Walmart to buy the 32" Emerson tv for $388- the crowds were horrendous and people were pushing and stuff- next year I am doing all my shopping online- or making it!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My first project- I confess I cheated

I don't know if I mentioned it- but I have an addiction to I already finished this one 2 months ago- but I did make it using the You Can Make This Ebook: Boutique Blankets. I just made it bigger and added fringe. Please excuse my mess- I don't have my studio set up yet because we just moved in September. It is a slow process of unpacking.

My twin and I

Some Ideas to Share

here are a few things that make good gifts: Altered Clocks, Altered Blocks, and Altered Letters!

If you want directions email me at
Here is a pic of me and my twin- she was ultra blond and I was ultra dark- never mind that our natural color is more of a dark blond

What do you do:

When you have a houseful of the very people you are making gifts for and you can't let them see your plans? Why- you make your craft room as messy as possible so they don't even go in and look (at least that is the excuse I am going to stick with!)
I have decided what to make for my niece- she was easy. And I have ideas for what to do for my daughters (dress up trunk). Anybody know where to get holiday color Crocs or Croc knockoffs?
My Mom is not being helpful because she says all she wants for Christmas is the cardboard from my boxes (we just moved and I have a pile 4 ft high).
My nephew- I am lost. He won't wear a tie, he won't wear a apron or chef's hat, he is 8 and has no interest in the bowling shirt. hmm. He is going to be a challenge.
How is everyone else coming on theirs?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Welcome to my Thrifty Fifty Blog

I am so excited to be one of the Thifty Fifty Challenge for!
The Challenge: Use what you have, if you need to buy anything stay to under $50, make your holiday gifts.
I have a long list: 4 children, my parents, my sisters, and my niece and nephew.

Keep your eye on my blog as we go through the journey together!