Chevron Apron

Hi!

So… I sewed an apron up for my sister a couple of days ago, and I love the way it turned out! ย I’ve made aprons for myself and my mother but my little sis was out of the country and now she’s back and wanted an apron, so I made her this reversible apron with contrasting pockets:

Isn’t she gorgeous?

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I’ll have to write up a tutorial for making aprons soon because it really is a great quick project that only takes a couple of hours and you can customize it however you like.

Do you think I could sell these? I’ve been toying with the idea of starting an online store but haven’t had the guts to do it yet. I think I’d sell aprons and tote bags and stuff like that. What do you think?

Have a great Tuesday!

Our Life in Pictures

Hey, everyone!
It’s been a bit since I did an informative post, mostly because I’ve been pretty busy lately, but hopefully later this week I’ll have something to share . For now, here are some pictures of my beautiful everyday life:

My dad brought home a bunch of branches from a tree job he did, and this is how he and my brother (in the excavator) got them out of the back of the truck. Pretty smart, I think! It sure was cool to watch!

My dad brought home a bunch of branches from a tree job he did, and this is how he and my brother (in the excavator) got them out of the back of the truck. Pretty smart, I think! It sure was cool to watch!

My current knitting project: a scarf for my mama. I hope I get it done before it gets too warm to wear it!

My current knitting project: a scarf for my mama. I hope I get it done before it gets too warm to wear it!

Eliana and I made cookies Saturday morning while Hubby and Ethan were at a men's breakfast.
Eliana and I made cookies Saturday morning while Hubby and Ethan were at a men’s breakfast.

Cookies! (my mom actually made these ones)

Cookies! (my mom actually made these ones)

Yes, we have an indoor clothesline. Because we have lots of wool clothing. And it rains so much we always have things to hang up to dry!

Yes, we have an indoor clothesline. Because we have lots of wool clothing. And it rains so much we always have things to hang up to dry!

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My to-do list today. I can cross off "blog post" now! :)

My to-do list today. I can cross off “blog post” now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Books from the library. We go about once a week, and the kids love it!

Books from the library. We go about once a week, and the kids love it!

My fabric stash. I can't wait to make something from that fabric on the top! Don't know what I"m going to make yet though.

My fabric stash. I can’t wait to make something from that fabric on the top! Don’t know what I”m going to make yet though.

Oranges and grapefruit are on sale right now. They're a little bit of sunshine in the rainy days!

Oranges and grapefruit are on sale right now. They’re a little bit of sunshine in the rainy days!

We had ย a lovely weekend full of bonfires, pruning bushes, easy dinners and lots of sitting by the fire reading. I hope you have a great week!!

$10 Bathroom Redo

Guess what I’ve been up to?

 Redecorating the powder room in my parent’s house!
This tiny bathroom is right in front of you when you come in the front door and is really in a handy spot…but it was….sad.
It was just plain white, with the basics in it: a towel. hand soap, a mirror, a sink and of course, a commode.
Nothing special, although it functioned just fine.
I wanted to make it pretty, because pretty things are just so much more fun, right?
I think so.
Off to the hardware store we went!
I spent $10 on a painting tray, paintbrush and roller and when we got home, I got right to work.
My mom already had some paint left over from when they did the kitchen. It was a nice green color, but I wanted to lighten it up a bit so I added a little white paint, mixed it really well and went to town on those sad, grayish-white walls.
I forgot to take a picture of the before, but here is a dingy white wall that is very similar to what the bathroom looked like before. (This is the next bathroom on the repainting list.)

(Gold hardware!?! Ick! But I don’t want to spend the time spray painting all of it, so it stays for now. This used to be my Grandma’s house and she chose gold hardware for everything.)
Here is what that cute little powder room looks like now:

Nice change, huh?
I brought the blue vase in from atop the piano, made a curtain out of off-white linen and added white towels for a nice, clean look that is simple yet cozy.
I’m pleased, and now I’ll actually want to use it instead of walking down to the other end of the house where the nicer bathroom is. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Paint really can work miracles!

SO

If you have a sad, plain room in your house, go and get some paint and transform it into something fabulous!

Photos

Hello!
So…
I got a new camera yesterday, and I thought I’d show you some photos I took with it.
I’m so excited! It is really a lot of fun to take pretty pictures.
They are SO MUCH CLEARER than my old camera (an inexpensive point and shoot) that we got right before Eliana was born. I am thankful we had a camera at all, and it’s served it’s purpose well. Now the kids get to make it theirs and learn how to take pictures on their own. They think its super cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few I took with my new Olympus PEN E-PL1 on just the regular auto focus setting. I love the natural lighting on this one of Eliana’s face. She’s eating something here, I think.

Hubby!

cheese!

My new camera has “art” settings that make for cool effects.

Here are some pictures taken with the pinhole effect:

There is also a “grainy film” effect, which is really cool in some settings:

What our living room looks like after a trip to the library and when I don’t fold laundry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

laundry in it’s favorite place: on the clothesline.

There is also a soft sepia effect, which is nice.

This is behind our neighbor’s garage.

I think my favorite so far though, is the close up Macro setting, because I love to take pictures of flowers and this makes them look so clear!

Our first Daffodil of the season!

Little snowdrops are about to sprout up.

This flower is actually tiny- I zoomed way in on it and it was still super clear. Love it!

I’m having so much fun with this camera! Please bear with me as I probably will share more pictures than I usually do, while I have a good time figuring out all of the settings. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s amazing what a difference a quality piece of equipment makes. Now I just have to get a bigger case to carry it in, because the one that came with it won’t fit the extra 40-150mm lens.
Anybody have any suggestions on a good camera bag?

Christmas Sewing Week

Hi!
How was everyone’s Thanksgiving?
Ours was fantastic. We have some very close friends that we share almost every Thanksgiving and Christmas with, and we went over to their house for dinner.
Neither of us have family in town, or state, or anywhere near and we’ve become each other’s family basically! We had a merry old time eating a proper Thanksgiving feast and then just enjoying each other’s company while the kiddos all played together with no major mishaps. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re still working on finishing up all those leftovers! I have a feeling I may get very tired of eating stuffing in the near future.

As we all know, after Thanksgiving our thoughts tend to turn straight to Christmastime.
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We have a fake white Christmas tree like this, that we put up on Friday. It doesn’t look anywhere nearly as nice as this one though, with a 2 and  4 year old constantly ‘rearranging’ the ornaments on it!

 (Black Friday craziness, anyone? Not me this year!!!)
 I stayed home and didn’t do a wink of shopping. Mostly because we have no money to do so right now.
Also because I’m becoming more and more content with what we already have, and beginning to value the simple things in life that can’t be bought, like sweet moments with my children and husband, friends. And I like the idea of more creative, handmade gifts.

Which brings me to…

Christmas Sewing.

Are you making anything for anyone this year, instead of buying it?

Remember when Kid’s Week Clothing Challenge was going on, back a couple months ago?
Well, afterwards my awesome childhood friend Laura asked me if I wanted to do a Christmas sew along the same lines, but sewing Christmas gifts or decorations for an hour each day, for a week. I said I’d love to!

Tomorrow is the beginning of that week! I’m excited!
This is what I have lined up to make for tomorrow:
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How cute are these little birdies?!
I can’t wait to see how mine turn out. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m going to make a bunch, out of my scrap fabric from my stash and give them as gifts, I think. And probably keep a few for our tree as well; they’re so cute I can’t just give them all away!
The kids are going to help me stuff them with batting, which Ethan in particular is excited about. He likes helping me do crafty stuff, and I love spending that time with him. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not sure what all else I’m going to make, other than some jammy pants for our family and maybe a few more gifts. We’ll see.

So. The Christmas Sew is on!

Join in, if you wish! Make some homemade handicrafts for yourself, or a friend, or your house. Have fun! I’d love to hear about what you make!

Food Waste Friday, October 28, 2011 and A Fun Fishing Trip

I have an almost waste free week to report to you.
We came really really close to not wasting any food for the first time ever. Except for one little sneaky, dirty little thing:
Steel Cut Oats.
I had to throw out so many little bits left over here and there from our breakfast every morning that I couldn’t in good conscience say that we didn’t waste this week. All together, I imagine those little bits were probably almost a whole breakfast worth of oats.
Darn Oats!
Sigh. Maybe next week.
The hunt for the elusive “No Waste Week” continues..

In other news, we had a fabulous time fishing yesterday.
The weather was blustery and the trees were gorgeous.
We didn’t catch anything (this seems to be a trend for us) but really, fishing is not about catching fish. It is about experiencing the outdoors together as a family and having fun, while happening to throw a line  with a worm on it repeatedly into a lake.


In our case, fishing is also about avoiding being caught by the hook while our 4 year old is trying desperately to cast it into the water. ๐Ÿ™‚
It is also about picking up the worms, sinkers, and whatever else your 1 year old decides to dump everywhere while your back is turned. Oh, the adventures of having children! We never have a dull moment.
I don’t think I’d have it any other way. ๐Ÿ™‚

How cool are these roots?!
My little mischievous munchkins. ๐Ÿ™‚

This post is linked to The Frugal Girl, who is the brains behind this food waste documentation.