Friday, 20 November 2009

My Favourite Sewing Blog

I wanted to introduce you all to my favourite sewing blog. It's basically the only sewing blog that I read on a regular basis.

At Grosgrain, you can find so many different projects designed by the author, Kathleen, and best of all, giveaways! I actually haven't yet entered any of her giveaways yet, because to enter I'd have to create a link, and I don't often post giveaways here.

But since I love this blog so much, I thought I would share it...and in the process I can enter some lovely giveaways.

The most recent one is this adorable 30-minute child's dress. I could make that!

I also love this guest giveaway from the Brass Hussy. Look at that gorgeous squirel necklace!

The dresses that she designs are gorgeous, like this green one she designed for a contest. Unfortunately, the only one likely to fit me is the pretty and flirty maternity dress. Why am I entering a contest for a maternity dress? I'm glad that I'm done with being pregnant for now! But I do have some pregnant friends, and it is a lovely dress.

Lets see, what else is there? How about a collection of patterns for little girls' dresses? I love the one with the bubble skirt.

If you think I'm being overly enthusiastic about this blog, you should head over there to check it out for yourself. Even if you're not into sewing, I'm sure you won't be able to help liking her fun and creative photo shoots. I wonder if it is cheating to do all the links in one post? In any case, I'm sure you will be reading more Grosgrain giveaway posts here in the future. I just can't resist anymore!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Marriage Counselling from a Two-Year-Old

Juliana: "Do you like my daddy, mommy?"
Me: "Yes, I do like your daddy."
Juliana: "Are you happy mommy?"
Me: "Yes, I am very very happy."

Friday, 13 November 2009

1, 2, 3, 4, Painting Numbers on the Door

I can't paint my walls right now. Even though paint is "cheap" compared to other home improvements, it's still not cheap enough.

So I did something I've been wanting to do since we moved in. I painted numbers on our upstairs doors. Number 1 is our bedroom, 2 is the bathroom, 3 is Nicholas' room, and 4 is Juliana's room. Kevin says it looks like a hotel, and I love the fact that it does! I may paint something on the linen closet door...maybe "5", "linens", or "staff only". The font I used is Victorian LET in Microsoft Word and the scribble-on-the-back method of transfering the numbers to the doors. Freehand numbers look too much like freehand numbers when I try it. I like to use some kind of template. I used black acrylic craft paint. A side benefit of my new numbers is that it is helping my two-year-old recognise numbers! She points and says "That's a Free! That's a Four!"

Now it's back to rearranging the furniture.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Attempted Mistreatment - Miserable or Magnificent?

This is my kitchen window.  It was desperately in need of some fabric.  In keeping with my theme of using what I have and not spending money (the fence this summer took it all!), I looked through my fabric stash, and found a few things.  The middle fabric is a white/tan ticking stripe that I got for 99 cents, and the white fabrics on the sides are two pieces I got for very little also  I don't know what to call them...some kind of thickly-woven damask pattern.  I didn't want to cut any fabric, since after I paint the walls, I will probably do something else with the windows.

Yes, I know the table isn't centred under the light fixture.  We move our furniture around a lot and decided to see how it would work to have the table right by the window.

I love the difference the fabric makes, but I'm not so sure about the final result.  It NEEDS something.  Some colour maybe?  In the form of fringe, tassel, or I don't know what.  I know that for the side windows, long panels would be better, but I don't currently have any long pieces of fabric except for the one across the top.

I would welcome any tips or advice!  Despite being the daughter of a seamstress, when it comes to home deorating, I'm pretty hopeless with fabrics.  They scare me!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Using What I Have - Toddler Princess Costume

Since September, I've been trying to do way less shopping and make use of what I have. For Juliana's halloween costume this year, I wanted to do a princess dress, because she loves everything with a princess on it, and I needed an excuse to make an Italian Rennaisance dress! So here is my thrifty halloween costume for a toddler. I used one and a half (or so) blue velvet curtain panels that we inherited from the previous owners of the house, gold drapery fabric that was 50% off at a discount fabric store, ivory jersey-knit fabric that I already had, skinny black satin ribbon, and a faux pearl necklace from a thrift store. Total cost: around $9.00. Total time: I have no idea. It wasn't difficult, but it was detailed, especially the sleeves.
The costume consists of an underdress in the gold fabric, with ivory sleeves, a sleeveless overdress in blue velvet, and gauntlet-style sleeves that are tied on with ribbon.
I admit that it is a bit elaborate for a two-year-old, but it was so much fun to make! Now I want t pearl-trimmed dress! I used the gold dress that Drew Barrymore wore in the movie Ever After for inspiration.
We went to a costume party at a friend's house so all four of us were dressed up, but I forgot to take a picture of all of us. KD was a hockey mascot, Nico was a reindeer, and I was something vaguely Hawiian (vintage orange/pink dress, big hair with flowers in it, and dramatic tropical makeup.)
So, how about trying to repurpose something you already have instead of buying something new. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the remaining 1.5 blue velvet curtain panels...and one purple one.
I'm linking this post to Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.