Saturday, August 29, 2009

Repurposed sweater part one

A little time for this.... A little time for that... and everything else in between. My but we've been busy. I haven't had time to sit down at the computer to post in several days. So I'll play a little catch up.
So I was flipping through a children's clothing catalogue the other day and came across a wonderful knit dress. Never one to spend $50 on a dress for a four year old, I've decided to do it myself. Did I mention I am kind of a cheapskate? I also don't want to spend $30 on the yarn it would take to make it. So I'm trying something new. We went to the Salvation Army and bought a woman's sweater for about $5. I'm going to try to recycle the yarn into a dress. This is a shot of us unraveling the sweater. I couldn't help but hear the Weezer sweater song in my head the whole while. I'm going to try and write the dress pattern myself too. I'll let you know how that goes.
And when we just can't stand to be in the house any longer, we take a trip to the park.
A dinner party in the back yard! We haven't got much space in the house so when we have folks over to dinner, we take it outside (in the summer of corse). I love being able to sew because I can do things like whip up some quick napkins for a thing such as said dinner party. In truth I realized about 2 hours before our guests arrived that we were short a few napkins. I could have thrown some in the washer but what fun would that have been (any excuse for new napkins). My new theme is a different napkin for everyone. It adds flair to the table. It all turned out quite nicely though. Don't you think? Not to bad for something we threw together on short notice.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Here is a fun little project I made for a birthday gift. It is a princess and the pea set. The doll was from a pattern in Alicia Paulson's Stitched In Time. I downsized it a bit. But otherwise it's just about the same. I got the idea for the set initially from a Soulemama post where she made a princess and the pea set. In her post she references Treefall Design and a similar project she did there. The web just goes on and one doesn't it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

What to do when the little ones wake up early? Go blueberry picking of course.
Big sister shows little sister which ones to pick.

We got there just as the blueberry patch opened. The grass was still wet. The air smelled of early August, a bit parched, like the earth had been baking in the sun all summer.

The day's take. It was a great day for blueberry picking. It is so hard to leave when the picking is that good. But after two hours the girls were done. Still, we got a pie, some jam and a bunch in the freezer from it all. Not too shabby.