Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Crafty Share Tuesday: Fabric Hamper

In the fall, I made some fabric hampers.  I had pinned this hamper from ikat bag last summer, and knew I wanted to make a few for my house.  Next to the refrigerator, there is a spot that no matter how hard I try the laundry from the main floor of my house piles up there.  So instead of letting it drive me crazy, I decided that a cute hamper would solve the issue.
My hamper does not have the exact measurements of the linked one from ikat bag.  I made one customized to fit the problem spot.
I love the features of this versatile bin:  The handle along the top created from the way the fabric attaches to the top dowel.  Also, I added a label spot out of the clear plastic and biased tape, just in case it would be used for something other than laundry.  You know like my stash of yarn, the girls dolls, hats & mittens, or anything else that needs containment.
 I love that it folds flat and out of the way when all the laundry is finished.  The construction is 2 basic X frame connected on the top and bottom of each side with dowels.  The straps along the bottom hold the fabric in place and stabilizes the frame from falling down.

 So happy to have four a solution to my problem. Now I need to make an additional one for my master bathroom.  Plus maybe a bunch of smaller ones for the winter mess in the mudroom.  I love a project that has multiple options for use.
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Raising Funds

Totally not crafty related, but life has been crazy here lately.  

We added a new love a week before Christmas and after a stint in the NICU, he is as healthy as a horse and gaining weight like crazy.

Also, I have a couple of hockey teams that I go freeze and root for on occasion.  Well, those little teams made it to the state tournament. We are raising funds to help defray the travel costs to players.  If you are interested there is a link to the right.  Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Finally finished Pink 'crazy' Quilt

Oh my dear blog... how much I have missed you.  And truth be told, I have many projects to share, but just little motivation to actually sit down and write.  For whatever reason, once you get out of the swing/habit of posting on a regular basis it is difficult to get back into the routine.  I had grand plans to revamp and be more regular once the kiddos went back to school, but instead I have lost myself in my sewing machine and piles of fabric.  Fun stuff for me as there is a local venue or 2 that I have enough inventory to participate this holiday season.   
This little quilt, I finished FINALLY this week.  It has been one of those WIPs for so long that I cannot even guess when I started it.
I do think that it is lovely still - although there are things that I would do differently - smaller pieces less severe contrast between the fabrics.  But I try not to be too critical as this was a scrappy quilt whose intent was to use up some of the every growing box in my cupboard.
To make this blanket, I used fabric foundation and pieced as I worked my way to the outsides.  It is very similar to how my mother in law showed me to do a crazy quilt.  If you remember way back when I shared my jean quilt with you this was made in the same manner.  There is no batting in this quilt, but backed with flannel it will still be a cozy treat.
Someday I am going to learn to do free motion quilting, but for now I mostly do straight lines.  I changed the thread colors of the random criss-crossed straight lines on this to keep a more modern fun twist to the finished blanket.
Sometimes the backgrounds of pictures are the best!  I love fall, and these colors are just about over (there was even snow on the ground this morning a few miles south of me).  If you look close, that is Lake Superior just beyond the trees - hard to see as the lake and the clouds were they same color that day.  I love that I can see the lake from my house and enjoy all the changing moods.  Some days it is a stark contrast between lake and sky, others you can see storm fronts moving in from the west...
And... the wood pile.  Yup, winter is coming and we still need to cut and split our wood.  If we just were on the ball and did this in the spring.  It has seemed to work out ok each year so far, so I will trust that I will once again stay warm this winter.
Have a great day!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Monsters University {Leap Frog Product Review}

Wow! It surely has been way too long.  I did not realize how long it has been.  I have severely neglected my little space here in blogland.  Baseball season is finally over in our house; as a volunteer in the organization I spend much of my free time accomplishing different organizational tasks during the short season.  I love most of what I put into our local Little League, but I will say it is somewhat of a relief to know that I am done with those duties until next April.
Funny thing is that my sewing days did not end in April, but continued until school ended for the bigger kids.  There were even some super fun projects that I hope to share on here eventually, but the time to take photos and type a blog post were just nonexistent.
I was also contacted by LeapFrog again to look at their Monsters University materials.  I jumped at the chance once again to receive their fabulous products for my kids to use (and me to review).  The UPS package contained a Monsters U game cartridge for my Leapfrog Leapster GS (Google Affiliate Ad) and a Monsters U Tag reader book.
I loved the first Monsters, Inc. book and movie by Disney, and I was not disappointed by this prequel story.
The game is a level based game that increases difficulty as you progress.  My littles enjoyed a challenge, and the bigger ones were competitive in how many levels they could master.
Within the game levels you collect different items, some if which unlock monster attributes to be applied to your own personal monster.  To personalize your monster add your own face and scary sound.
The Tag book was less involved and definitely geared toward a younger audience.  I loved that the game every few pages reviewed what the story was about asking content and comprehension questions.  These types of questions makes a child think about and process what they were hearing.  There are 3D glasses that add a fun element to the story telling (but if you lose them - I did not - you can still enjoy the book with out the glasses).
This fall I will send a kindergardener out the door, fully confident in his future success in school.  Leap Frog and their products have been a great aid in teaching him the basics of letters, numbers, sounds, colors as well as more advanced concepts such as word formation, sounding out words, mathematics, and logic.  Once again I recommend their products as a great tool in helping children in the learning process.  They take subjects and concepts that could become tedious and provide a playful environment for the learning/teaching process.
Thank you to all at LeapFrog for your products.

 {Disclosure: I received the above mentioned materials from LeapFrog as compensation for this review.  The have given no instructions or requirements as to the content of the review, and the opinions are all mine.  Photos were provided by LeapFrog.}




Saturday, March 23, 2013

Baby Shoes

I have a bit of a problem - when it comes to putting shoes on my babies, I fail.  It is just one more thing to remember and keep track of, and when they are little the bundle me and blankets keep them cozy.
But..... then I have babies who start walking and REFUSE to wear anything on their feet.  Fine if we spend our life at the beach, but ice rinks and schools and stores and everywhere are not really the cleanest places to have a baby running around with no shoes.
{Disclaimer - the mess is due to the fact that I spent the day lost in my sewing }
Recently I needed to solve that problem as we were spending most of our weekend out and about, requiring the baby to wear something on her feet.
Problem: She would not walk in any shoes that had a hard bottom all the soft soled shoes fell off her feet.
Solution: I found this pattern.
There is elastic that runs around the ankle just perfectly placed to keep the boot in place.  Our little Gem kept them on all day - socks stayed clean and feet were adequately protected form the environment.  I put faux suede on the bottoms to provide a bit more bulk under her feet.
The full side opening with a velcro closure makes them super easy to get on - even her daddy does not complain about that task!
I hope that these will transition her to actual shoes before baseball season starts.  Otherwise I better get working on beefing them up a bit more.  I love when projects I make can be used by my kids.
Hope your day is absolutely wonderful.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

On a whim I painted...

This past week was a crazy week at our house.  It was already going to be a shortened week with no school Friday, but the kids were given 2 extra days off this week due to a blizzard that came through our hills.  By the afternoon of the second day we all were crawling the walls.
I was finally able to exit my driveway, so I ventured into town for lunch and to help advise on paint colors for the office.  At ACE filling the order for REL, Inc., I realized I was in the mood to paint.  They had kids in to do the office walls, so I came home and tackled my main bathroom.  That room needed to be re-painted since we moved in over 5 years ago.  It was one of the rooms that I never picked out paint for; instead, just dumped what I had left into a bucket and call it good enough.  {this is the before color}
Lately, I am drawn to  yellow and grey color palates.  Waiting to find a shower curtain was my plan initially, but now I'll just have to find one that works with my paint instead of finding paint to match.  I think a grey chevron pattern would be perfect.  For now the white is 'okay.'
Any projects around your house getting done?  {Seriously bathroom photos are hard to get right!}
Have a lovely weekend.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Mailboxes

The other morning my two pre-school boys were bouncing off the walls, which starts to happen as winter closes in on us.
 I found this {very healthy} cereal box in my burnable pile, which I decided would make a great mailbox or 2.  After cutting it in half and re-gluing the open end, I covered each half in fabric - no sewing just a hot glue gun and fabric.  I forgot how quick and easy hot glue is, and for this project perfection was not necessary.
After each half was covered I put their initial on each mailbox and made a door flap.  Every mailbox needs a number, so theirs were not complete until the numbers were assigned to each box.
It was a relatively quiet afternoon of writing and coloring around our house!  With a few 'how do you spell...' questions.  I love how kids just like a space that is theirs - even if it is only a small portion of a cubic foot.

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