Wednesday, March 24, 2010

God Hates These Chairs!

We stored some outdoor furniture on our deck over the winter. One of the chairs was stored upside down. When I turned it over, I realized that the arm rests were deformed and warped from the ice inside of it.  

Marcus and I had the following conversation-  

Marcus: Mommy, what happened to our chair? 

Me: Well, somehow water got inside of our chair when it rained. Then, over the winter the water froze and turned into ice. When water freezes it expands which means it gets bigger. And when it expanded, it caused the chair to change shape.  

Marcus: (stares at the chair for a second thinking) Why did God do that to our chair? God must really hate these chairs! i know, maybe that chair is bad.

I didn't expect to get into a deep philosophical conversation about lawn furniture...but you never know where the conversation will go when you are talking to a three year old. For now, we will all be avoiding the "bad" chair. ;)

The Robin Apron

Here is another apron I made.  I call this the Robin Apron because it reminds me of the colors you would see in a Robin's nest.

 The apron is fully reversable and has straps that are long enough to be tied in the front or the back.

The colors are a light blue with a deep chocolate brown. 

The front is a gorgeous blue and brown damask.  It is a very traditional print, but still modern and fun because of the colors. 

The reverse side is a matching blue and brown stripe fabric.  It is very flattering on and can make even me look taller.

In this picture you can see what the straps look like when tied in the front.  

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ginger Blossom Apron

Ginger Blossom Apron-Front
Here is another apron I sewed for a friend of mine.  I really like this apron.   I think the fabric is gorgeous and the colors make me smile every time I look at it.

The apron is fully reversible and should last her for generations.   I also made the straps extra long.  I like this for practicality reasons because you can tie it in the front OR the back.

My friend choose all of the fabrics...and lets be honest, the fabrics MAKE this apron.  I think wearing this apron would make you feel pretty whether you were changing diapers or knee deep in dirty dishes and laundry! 

The front fabric (called breeze lei) also has special meaning to my friend since she one of her babies was born in Hawaii.  I hope that every time she looks at it, it reminds her of that beautiful state.
Ginger Blossom Apron-Back

Ginger Blossom Apron-Back

Fabric Information: The front main fabric is called "Ginger Tile Breeze"  The back is in a fabric called "Breeze Lei".  And the straps and bodice outline is in "Breeze Vintage Dots".

Thanks for looking!
Friday, March 19, 2010

Our St. Patrick's Day Outfits

St. Patrick's Day Outfits
One of the great things about being a sewing mama is the ability to run down into your sewing room and emerge with some new clothes.  It has gotten me out of many of binds in the past. 

Such was the case for me on the Eve of St. Patrick's day.  I realized that the kids didn't have anything to wear that was green late that night.  And I said to myself, "No child of mine is going without green on St. Patrick's day!"  So, I set to work making them some outfits to wear the next day.

Luckily I have yards and yards of various leprechaun & clover fabric that my mother gave to me.  (It was suppose to be an Irish quilt for my uncle's two new babies.  Yet the fabric is still sitting uncut and my uncles "babies" are well into elementary school.  So my mom gave the fabric to me.  (Don't worry Patrick and Josie, there is still plenty left for the quilts if she ever gets them finished.)

I didn't want to be up all night sewing these, so I used two fairly simple patterns to make a shirt and jumper for Sophia. 

The main fabric has pictures of various leprechauns doing leprechaun-like things such as dancing, playing the harp, and looking for gold.  The jumper for Sophia is lined in a coordinating clover fabric (which you can barely see in these photos). 

The Jumper was from Butterwick 5439 - View D
Butterwick 5439 - View D
Butterwick 5439 - View D, back

And the shirt was from Simplicity 2907- View D (Marcus did not want to stop playing and have his picture taken!  So this is the only photo I have that is not a blur of movement.)
Simplicity 2907- View D

And of course, Mommy, Daddy, and Grandma celebrated the day with some green beer and corned beef and cabbage.  It was a very good day indeed!

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