Thursday, 17 May 2012

Reno week

A quiet blogging week has made for a very productive sewing week. I think I'm in part motivated by my husbands efforts as he renovates our main floor powder room. Nothing like someone else being busy to get you to keep going just a little bit longer. But now I also have lots of lovely photos to share.

I love the distracted model! Elmo was on and I think she would have stood there with that cushion for hours if I would just leave it on. I found this tutorial a while back over at Living with Punks and I was so happy to finally have fabric and time to make one. I made mine 19" instead of 17" since I was only making one to start and there are 2 tiny bottoms to fit.

It's a great tutorial and if you have little people like mine (always on the move) they seem to love having a seat that travels.

Next on my list of projects was finishing a playmat I had started in March for a new arrival. I'm pretty pleased with how it's turned out.

This was a really new project for me. I've only been sewing for the past 8 months and usually from patterns, or at least with instructions. This one was my first "unguided" project. I can't wait to make another one and hopefully improve my process.

I also finished a pair of sailor pants for my daughter. I'm not pleased with the fit so I haven't taken photos yet. I'm hopeful that inspiration will strike and I will be able to fix them....stay tuned.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


It is finally warm enough to start thinking about planting. Okay, truthfully, I've been thinking about it since the snow melted. You see we have this really amazing garden in our backyard. The past couple of years we've produced enough that we barely need to buy any vegetables through the summer months. I'm pretty proud of being able to keep my fridge full of fresh veggies and even put some away for the winter.

Here is what my garden looks like now, you can see my one sad little strawberry plant. There were more but the local bunny population seems to like strawberry greens as an early spring snack. So we are left with one strawberry, some thyme, chives, mint and parsley that made it through the winter. Not much, but it's a start.

This year we started from seeds indoors. This was new for us, since we usually just go buy the plants and put them straight into the garden. However, with my daughter approaching 4, I thought it was a good year to watch the seeds grow. We were pretty fortunate since many of our plants sprouted within a couple of days and she was able to watch them grow. Of course now she's lost interest in the little plants but I know we'll get her back when it's time to start playing in the dirt.

But my absolute favourite part of my garden has to be the lilac trees, they always mean summer is just around the corner and the beautiful scent and colour makes even a gray day brighter.

Happy May!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

a project complete

My little guy is now able to sleep in his much cooler, summer weight sleepsack. If it ever gets warm again that is!

Okay, I know there are no crazy color choices here, but what I am most proud of it the use of a thrifted jersey sheet. It was my first time working with a knit, and I don't have a serger, so I was a little intimidated. To my delight, it worked beautifully!

I can't wait to start my next project with the rest of the fabric!

Of couse that isn't all I've been up to, I also finished another bridal piece for my Shop, be sure to check it out!