Friday, December 31, 2010

Family Fun

Yesterday my family and I went to the Minnesota Science Museum.  (We now have a family membership thanks to the wonderful Christmas gift from Grandma and Grandpa!)  The kids always have fun and my husband and I did too!  While Connor and "Daddy" went to the Omnitheater to watch a movie about the Hubble telescope . . . .  

Gwyneth learned about crystal packing.

She also stopped to count the plates on the back of a stegosaurus.

We met back up and explored some fun geometric climbing structures!


and took a look at some more dinosaurs.

Hope you all have a great NEW YEAR!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

"Joy of Life" Apron

My mother-in-law loves art.  When I saw Alexander Henry's Joy of Life fabric (inspired by the work of Henri Matisse)  I new I had to use that for a Christmas gift for her.  But what????......  Well she also loves aprons.  She always seems to be wearing one when entertaining or cooking. They are very functional, comfortable, but why can't they be a work of art too?? 

So I give you the Joy of Life Apron.

The tutorial I used is from Ink and Spindle and can be found here.  I love the large pocket in the front

and the adjustable neck strap - so it will fit perfectly.

It's also fully lined so it was really quick to sew.

I'm sure it will brighten up her kitchen!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Random Christmas Photos

Here are a few Christmas photos......

Cookies decorated by the kids
"Stockings hung by the chimney"

Glimpse of the tree

Gwyn opening a hand-made gift from Connor

Connor examining his new camera

Taking a few great photos of the new toys
Connor on his Rollie Pollie
Gwyneth hanging out in her Rollie Pollie


Hope you all had a great Christmas!

Handmade gifts

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  We are relaxing enjoying time together.  I wanted to share with you some of the beautiful handmade gifts we received this year. 

A very cute (and beautifully made) crocheted hat for Gwyneth made by my sister-in-law.

Beautifully embroidered pillowcases for my daughter made by my mother-in-law.

Fun and bright tie-dye shirts for Gwyn made by another sister-in-law.

And of course there's the homemade treats like taffy, flavored vinegar and oil, gingerbread sugar, vanilla sugar, and yummy caramel corn!

I'll be back tomorrow to start showing you the rest of the gifts I made this year.  There's quite a few left to show you!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hoping everyone has a wonderful Christmas filled with love!

Thanks for reading and all of your great comments! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

More Christmas Gifts

Hi Everyone!  I hope you're all enjoying these last few days before Christmas.  I have been VERY busy making gifts with not much time to blog.  But I wanted to take a break and give you a glimpse at some of what I've done.

First of all I have these two very large Rollie Pollies (pattern from Dana of MADE) which I made for my kids for Christmas.  These were so much fun to make - especially thinking about my little kids sitting in them and reading or whatever.  I promise to post cute pictures of them sitting in them after Christmas. 

Curious George is already getting comfy in Connor's. . . .

And "Big Baby" (yes, that's her name), is hanging out in Gwyneth's . . . . .

I used regular polyfil instead of bean bag pellets so they're soft - just like giant pillows!  I hope they like them.

This polo shirt is for my father-in-law.  I embroidered the family crest on the front.  I used a split stitch to the the nice full look.   This actually took me quite a while.  I think I must be out of practice, but it was very relaxing.

A simple coffee cozy for Connor's kindergarten teacher (with a gift card for coffee inside).

Next some t-shirts.  (I used freezer paper for all of these.  Designed by me.)  We have a spicy pony head t-shirt for my brother-in-law.  You can read about "spicy pony head" in these previous posts here and here.

Another spicy pony head inspired t-shirt for my brother-in-law's wife.

Late last night my husband and I were working on addressing our Christmas cards that came!  I was so excited for these.  What do you think? 
That's it for now.  I've got to go finish another quilt today!  Wish me luck.  I finished one late last night.   Hopefully I'll get a chance to show them to you tomorrow.  After that I still have an apron to make, a few coffee cozies, and some simple kids clothes.  Boy I'm cutting it close this year!  Good thing my wonderful husband took the week off this week to help with the kids!  But somehow I still see an emergency Target run for all those gifts I don't finish! . . . . but I have come to realize that's OK!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snuggly Owl in Green

For Christmas I wanted to make my 16-month-old nephew an owl pillow/softie.  I've seen so many out there that are so cute.  Yesterday I saw this post by Make It and Love It.  Well, I made it this morning and I'm loving it! 

I chose green for the owl, per my husbands suggestion and it's sooo CUTE!  It is made entirely out of fleece.  The yellow is actually furry fleece - great for the wings.  Believe it or not, all of this came out of my fleece remnants I've been holding onto.  When Connor came home from school today he got really excited when he saw it.  (His favorite color is green.)  Perhaps there's one in his future too.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Poinsettia dress and Tie

I stayed up late last night to finish Gwyneth's Christmas dress and Connor's tie.  I love how they turned out -- now if only I can get a decent photo of them in it.  Perhaps I ask too much.

The dress is made using the pattern New Look 6648, view C.  The main dress fabric is from Robert Kaufman.  I used an invisible zipper for the back which I love!  The dress is fully lined.  I really like the final product. 

I love the little gathered bit of the sash at the sides.

I also made a little simple headband using this pattern, but with a 3/8" seam allowance. 

The tie is a pattern I've been working on for quite some time.  It's a skinnier, longer version that what I've seen out there.  After several attempts, I like how it looks now.

I used the brown polka dot fabric for the detailed ends of the tie on the back side.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Minnie Mouse Gathered Clutch

I made up a gathered clutch last night to match this dress for my sister-in-law.  She's a big Disney fan, perhaps she'll use it other than when wearing the Minnie Mouse dress.

I was a little unsure about this while I was making it, but it did turn out kinda cute.  . . . Well, I think so, but maybe that's just me.  What do you think??

Monday, December 13, 2010

17" of snow and a dress

If you haven't heard, it's been snowing here in the Twin Cities.  Over the course of the weekend we were deluged with just over seventeen inches of snow!  It's been pretty chilly here too.  The 30 mph winds made it feel like it was -23F, but the actual temp was a bit warmer.  This morning it was only -6F when I woke up.  But the sun's out and it looks beautiful outside.  Even with the nip in the air, Gwyn played outside (for about 5 minutes) this morning. 

She loved all the snow.

Has anyone seen my picnic table???

Check out the snow on the roof.  My wonderful husband raked some off and he cleared all of the snow off the driveway and sidewalk while the kids and I played inside.  I love him so much!

Well, with all of my time inside this weekend, I managed to make a dress for my brother-in-law's wife.  She is an avid ballroom dancer and for her Holiday show this year, she's doing a Disney themed number and wanted a Minnie Mouse dress.  She asked me to help.

I started with the Simplicity 2325 pattern, Dress B.  It's actually an Alice in Wonderland dress, but it had a good shape to start.  I made a few changes to it.  First I shortened the sleeves and removed the ruffle from the sleeve.  I also removed the ruffle at the bottom.  The sewn-on apron was left off, the collar opening was enlarged to sit lower and finally I rounded the collar a bit.

It turned out well.  The bottom skirt was a lot of fabric.  I do mean a lot.  It took a while to gather it all and pin it to the bodice. 

I did make the matching bow which will be attached to mouse ears on a headband.

Can't wait to see my sister-in-law dancing in it. 


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