Friday, April 27, 2012

Ava's own post

I was thinking these photos of Ava should have their own post even though I like to post crafty stuff along with the kids stuff. But she is just so beautiful and I love these photos. I'm not necessarily tooting my own horn here. If she was ugly the photos wouldn't be awesome. Right? :) I don't know what I'm saying. 
Ava constantly tells me she loves me out of the blue. In the waiting room, in the car, from the other room at home. All random out of the blue I love you's. She probably says it out of the blue 2-3 a day.
* Mary A asked on facebook about the yellow jacket. It's Crew Cuts and was Emily's but I don't think Emily ever wore it. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Badminton Top

*fabrics used: blue lamb fabric is Woodland Trails by Sherri Berry Designs and Fly a Kite by October Afternoon both are Riley Blake
The Badminton top from Oliver + S. 
I have been anxiously awaiting this pattern!! I love all the detail of this top. Love it! I do not love that I misjudged the size. I made a 7 because well Emily is almost 7. But Emily is tiny. I mean tiiiinnnyyyyy and apparently I am new to making her things? Let me give you an example of how tiny she is. Her friend Cheyenne who just turned 7 is wearing size 8-9 and Emily is still in a 5-6. Cheyenne is 50" tall while Emily is 45". I don't know Cheyennes measurements but I do know Ava's: Emily and Ava who are 6 years and 4 years are the exact same size (23" for chest, waist and hips). EXACT measurements except for height (Ava is only 38" tall).and they are 2.5 years apart. Crazy! Either someone is chunky or someone is small.....

So I made the wrong size as you can see by the clip in the back and the arm holes are over powering her. I'm thinking I should have made a 5 but with the 7 length.

I found the pattern to be something I had to turn Grey's Anatomy off for as I could not read and make while watching t.v. It's just a lot going on to get all this detail. Next one will go faster and I'll be able to watch t.v. while doing it:) I did make a fabric tie for the front as opposed to using ribbon. I cut 2, 15" strips on the bias at 3/4" each strip. Fold RST, sewed a scant seam and turned. Oh and I almost forgot, Emily chose this fabric!! I would not have chosen it as this type of print can make a garment look home made but I think paired with denim it looses that. Now if I paired it with Capri's out of the same fabric with a big-ass ruffle at the hem, well then, it would SCREAM homemade! Right? Right!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Woodland Fabric Buckets

Four fabric buckets in a woodland theme. The Owl and Fox are made from looking at this persons stuff on pinterest and then I got to thinking about what else I could make to go with them. I have the bunny (also inspired by that etsy seller and one from Oliver + S) in the works but I have big dreams of making the following (some woodland, some not):
Panda, skunk, raccoon, mushroom, monkey and a bird.
I did a mock-up of them in my Silhouette software and they are cuuute! I really enjoyed trying to make up minimalist-looking animals.

The frog is part linen and part Kona cotton and just might be my favorite.

The insides and back of the buckets with my labels.

And this is where they will live.
I had made a brown fox first but then remembered that foxes are more reddish and i wanted to make the stump that is also brown so I made another one.
Above is the Easter egg "hunt" from last weekend put on by Jon's Unit. Ava is trying to hold back her crying because a boy dropped an egg near her. She picked it up and put it in her basket but Jon made her give it back to him. So total meltdown and as you can see they barely found any eggs.
And here is yesterday's egg hunt in our backyard. I hid 40 eggs so they for sure would each fill their baskets. No crying here.
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