Saturday, August 16, 2014

Prefontaine Shorts


the Prefontaine Short (pattern from here)! Only the cutest shorts ever! These were made specifically for lounging and for pajama wearing. I made them both out of heather Ross fabrics; one is from adult pj pants and the other (the strawberries) are from the Briar Rose line. Both fabrics are sooo soft and beautiful in person. Both are a SIZE 5 and I used store bought dbl fold bias tape.

I modified the waist band by folding it down 1/4" then again 1.75". I used 1.5" wide elastic and then sewed the elastic to the shorts over the folded down fabric (see a few photos down). It makes the rise shorter which is what I was going for. Kind of makes the pockets useless or super tiny but these are pj shorts anyway. As for the pattern instructions...um.....they could have been better. They lacked enough photos; I am a visual person. I am a very experienced sewer and these made me think too much. I had to draw pictures on the sides of the instructions just so the next time I made them I'd know exactly what to do (I also had never constructed anything the way these are constructed). I wish she had asked me to test them because I would have been very vocal about the lack of pictures to walk you through. Otherwise I LOVE these shorts and will be making more. I might make myself the adult ones!
*I used gold elastic from Joanns on Ava's (see below). This elastic is wider than Emily's so I probably turned the fabric over 2" rather than 1.75". I also (as you can see above) had trouble with my row spacing on both!).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cute wrapping and Cute Vinyl decals

 Emily turned 9 a month and a half ago ! NINE! WOW. Anyway, I had fun wrapping her gifts. The animal inspiration is from here and the giant E's were made on my silhouette using cardstock.

 Also about 2 months ago I had been seeing this "no triceratops riding" sign all over the place and wanted one. But from what I saw it's an actual sign somewhere? Not sure but I couldn't buy it. Sooooo I made it!! I am SO proud of myself. really. I searched and spent a lot of time making this. The triceratops, red part and person are all just screen captures from the web and in the Silhouette software I made made them all come together:) I looked for blank white plastic to use for the sign part but I couldn't find it and didn't really know how to word it when looking online. Then I was helping my sister-in-law clean her back yard and in some drawers that had been exposed to the elements were these white plastic pieces that were exactly what I was looking for! They are exactly like a thin for sale sign or yard sale sign. After cutting the size I wanted, I used a corner rounder punch and a hole punch for the top and bottom.  I made one for her backyard and for the girls room and one for my nephew's room. 
 Below is a decal I made for my sister-in-laws toilet. The design is from the web and made on my Silhouette.
And one more decal for my sister-in-law. The "rub me on your butt" image is from here. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Animal Jars

*NEVER forget your boobie jar**
Ever. Please. 

Plastic animals super glued to lids then spray painted. If you type in animal jars on pinterest you can see all my inspiration! These were made for my sister-in-law, Jessica. I have some in the works for me too. These plaint colors are not primary as the photos would suggest but rather a vintage orange, green, blue and yellow. I don't know why these came out looking primary!
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Curtains for my niece. Fabric from Ikea. She came to me with the fabric and asked for this. Crabs and stripes. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Table trough for crafty stuff


I think all my posts start with, "have you seen this ________? I've been wanting to make one".
Same with this post. I saw this recessed trough thingy for drinks in a table on pinterest. A "drink chiller" (I saw one for succulents too and want to do that one at my sister-in-laws!). So I saw the drink chiller one and wanted to make it:) Now I have! I love when I can check things off my pinterest list. 
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I bought a 14.75" x 7.75" plastic planter box from Home Depot for $4.98 with a lip on it.
I used a spade bit (I think that's what it's called)
a drill and a jigsaw
my table is 3feet x 4feet.

after finding the center of the table, I flipped the planter upside down and traced the outer edge (my planter is bigger at the top than the bottom so I didn't want to trace the bottom) After tracing I went back and drew a line all the way around the inside of the first line, coming in 1/4". This is so the outer edge (the lip of the planter) will rest on the table and not fall through.
I then drilled with the drill bit above, a hole through each corner so I can get my jig saw started and get to each corner (see 2 pictures up). After drilling I then cut with my jig saw all the way around it (starting in one corner hole) making sure to cut on the inner line.
After cutting I just dropped the planter in and it was done!
Below is the underside of my rickety table that Ava drew on (she drew on the top and the bottom). This table is old and will be thrown out when Ava stops coloring on it so I didn't mind cutting a hole in the center.
You can put utensils in it, condiments, napkins, chips, anything! We're going to put craft supplies that get used the most.
I wanted to show how much room there is for knees. I don't hit it either when I sit at the table. 
And above is my dinner. Just showing there is lots of room on the table still.
*Thanks Dad for your input on this! I never would have thought to use the spade bit and drill holes first.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Teacher Gift: Make your own banner

Have you seen these make your own banner kits? They are so cool! I thought they were only available in Australia so I started to make my own. Then I thought, these would make AWESOME teacher gifts! You can have them say ANYTHING and they can easily changed because it's held together with brads. SO I started planning and noticed this was going to add up price-wise. I looked some more on online and discovered...it's not so hard to buy online. Duh. I just never searched for another brand. I have bought but not received yet, this brand from amazon and will give this to Emily and Ava's teacher as an end-of-the-year gift. I will still make my own because I can make it in the colors I want and size I want. The "I like big books..." banner is only about 2" tall where-as the others are about 5" tall. 

Meow is the Time was made for my niece Bird. Above is my girls room but it doesn't live there anymore.

I gave the Stay Gold one to Jessica (my sister-in-law) because after I made it she reminded me her boyfriend has that tattooed on his knuckles! Duh! I loved loved loved The Outsiders book when I was younger and "Stay Gold, Pony Boy" is a very well known line from the book/movie.

The above one is for my friend Jenny B in Japan. She's a teacher over there and I thought this would be awesome in her classroom. She LOVES to read and of course can appreciate that this is a play on the song by Sir Mix-a-lot called I LIKE BIG BUTTS. Thank you whoever thought up the above saying (got that on pinterest).
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Below I have made available to you the alphabet pre tabbed! I've never done this before so I have no idea how it will print out but if you have a Silhouette machine you can save these pictures below to your computer, then open in the Silhouette software and trace. If you don't have a cutting machine you should still be able to save to your computer, print, resize, trace, cutout and admire. let me know how it goes if you do use them.




I have included a blank bar below for spacing if you don't want to use a symbol in between words.
I do plan on making numbers and punctuation but I figured I had better post this now or it's never going to happen.
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