Friday, June 27, 2014

Sporty Spice Union St.Tee

Adrianna, who is one half of Crafterhours (and the one behind Hey June patterns) asked me and some other ladies if we'd like to try her newest pattern and do a little blog tour and of course I said yes! Because I LOVE v-necks. I have found they are the most flattering on me (and have bought about 50 navy and black ones from JCrew--stick with what you like, right?). I also said yes because I love Adrianna. I do. She's soooo cool and sooo funny and I love everything she does and her patterns and her writing style and JUST EVERYTHING. 

Ok, enough about her:) Now on to the shirt! 
The grey fabric is from Girl Charlee (Black Heather Solid Cotton Jersey Tri Blend Knit Fabric) and the stripes on the sleeves are a solid black jersey, 1/2" wide. The black iron on transfer was cut with my silhouette and the black neck band is cut from a Target tshirt. I interfaced that with iron-on knit stuff to keep it stable because it kept rolling up on me. pattern modifications are: I made the short sleeves about 1" shorter than the pattern and did not hem it (because I forgot but hope to do that one day). I sewed a large because of bust measurements. I'm 5'7" if that helps, have wide hips....and just thought I'd need a large. 

I put a small 17 on the chest and arm along with the large one on the back with my last name and they were all SOOOOO hard to photograph. I had my Dad take these photos and we had to really walk around the yard trying to find the right light and angle. Thanks Dad!! **I chose 17 for no reason except I love the #7 and Emily's favorite # is 17.
This pattern walks you through making a v-neck which is so cool. I had made v-necks before when I went through a scrub making phase about 15 years ago but the instructions sucked. These don't. Look at my V!! Almost perfect! It's actually my shoddy top-stitching that makes it look off but trust me, that V is good. Thanks Adrianna for awesome instructions:)
Below it shows that I could have made a smaller shirt but I'm glad I didn't. This thin knit is not super stretchy and I think with this particular fabric it wouldn't have looked good fitted. Maybe it would have but I didn't want to test it smaller.
See that Hey June button below? Don't try and click on it.
Thanks again Adrianna!

Alsooooooo, my super creative and dear-to-my-heart friends Corinnea and Jessica (mother and daughter) of Created Blissfully are showing off their Union St. Tee(s) today too! Go over there and check them/it out! I worked with Corinnea in Germany for a VERY long time. I can vouch for her sewing abilities.  Jessica is not so bad either:) Jessica is crazy talented like her mom and I love seeing her crafty stuff like this and this.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lego Mini Figure Shadow Box

A Lego mini figure shadowbox for me and Jon the girls. I found several on etsy and just copied what they did. I used this huge shadow box from pottery barn kids that I'd for years, cut out thick poster-type board for the insert/background, bought MANY bricks from the Lego store for the figures to stand on and painstakingly made a grid/template from pattern paper so I could line up the bricks somewhat evenly. I then super glued the bricks to the background, then snapped the mini figures to the bricks. I made one for my sister-in-law but smaller. Her shadowbox I got from Michaels. I think these bricks are 2x4's? Two nubbies across by 4 nubbies across? I don't know...

Pretzel girl is my favorite of course.
And here is the shadowbox from the top. It's open and you just drop the whole thing in it as opposed to opening the back. Remember if buying a shadow box for this, to buy one that is deep enough. I had some 12x12 scrapbooking ones that were not thick/deep enough to accommodate the figures and their accessories. I chose the white bricks and white background so the figures would be the star of the show not anything else. On etsy I found some with super colorful bricks but didn't really like that; too much going on.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hello Embroidered Screen Door

This is my sister-in-laws front screen door. I wanted to do this when she wasn't home but she has a roommate and teenage daughter and I don't have a I did it WITH her:) It's a good thing too because it would have taken forever by myself. You need another person on the other side to pass the needle too. I got the idea from these two pictures (one, two) but I didn't look at them before doing it and it had been a while since I saw them...I couldn't remember how thick the letters this doesn't look as good. But I still really like it. I used a teal yarn by the way. Not sure that comes through in the photos.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Ode to Cereal

Many many many years ago (i'm guessing about 12-15 years since it was before we moved to Germany) Jon and I had seen this framed cereal art at Z Gallerie. It was about $50. I wanted it baaaaad but for whatever reason we didn't get it. I then thought about it sometime while in Stuttgart (do you remember Katelyn me talking about it and showing you a picture?). I saved the picture and even starting saving the cereal which I still have but then forgot about it. A couple of weeks ago I came across it on pinterest and thought it was a good time to make it.  I made one for my sister-in-laws birthday, one for us and one for my sister:) Above is the one I made for Jessica, my-sister-in-law. She likes color. 

The one I found on pinterest had a link to a print out which made this so much easier.  I made it just like the instructions said on the blog where I found it. I have no idea if ants will find it or if it will hold up but I saved a bunch of extra cereal just in case. 
The one above is for my sister and the one below is for us. I didn't have a huge selection of shadow box frames that were 8x10 to choose from. 
This is the only wall in our kitchen that had room for a picture.
I put it in our living room just to see what it looked like (below).
I love it! It feels so good to finally have done something I wanted to do for years!
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