I want to learn to LOVE cooking. I want to learn to LOVE cleaning. I do LOVE my children, but I want to learn to LOVE them better. I want to learn to LOVE sewing and crafting. I want to learn to LOVE being a stay at home MOM!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Valentine’s Rag Wreath

I decided it was time to take the Christmas wreath down. Only problem: I didn’t have anything to replace it. Unless I wanted to use the pumpkin… which I didn’t!

So, I made a Valentine’s rag wreath!


It was rather easy. I took an old coat hanger, cut it, bent it like a heart and tied rags around it! My friend came over and we made one together while our kids fought played.

I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. And it was tons of fun making it with a friend, as opposed to by myself!



Also, the other day, the boys and I did some painting!


They painted blocks of wood… while I painted this:


It’s an old rack thing that I got at a yard sale, or from my mom, a while ago. It hangs in the boys’ room (they share a room now…) and they put their coats and jackets on it.

I was grappling for something to do, and figured adding some color would be a fun, quick project.


And, of course, the boys’ art:



Christopher managed to cover every single inch of his block. Caleb, managed to cover his clothes and some of the table!



And, the finished product:



Next on my list of projects: sweater boots… from these:



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Baby doll night gowns

It’s been a while… I’ve been busy, with other things.

I got a new sewing room for Christmas- pictures to come. Plus, the new darling curtains I’m making for the window!

My birthday is on Christmas day, so I got some new fabric to go along with my Christmas present! Christopher, who has been helping me make the curtains, keeps asking me when I’m going to use the strawberry fabric. I asked him what I could make with it- he said, “My baby needs some clothes!”

So- here goes…

Start with: One very ugly, very dirty baby doll:

IMG_2627And, some very cute strawberry fabric:

IMG_2628  Lay the baby out, and measure the body:

IMG_2629 I cut the pattern out, sewed it together very crudely and came up with this:



It’s ok, you can laugh! I did! Really hard!

Don’t worry, I still had enough fabric to try again, for Caleb’s baby doll:

IMG_2632 This time, I remembered to put the two ride sides of the fabric together as I cut the pattern, and I made the back piece wider than the front…

IMG_2633No worries, though, it turned out just as bad, if not worse!

IMG_2634Oh well, my boys didn’t care. See?

IMG_2636That’s his smiley face, I promise!!!!

IMG_2637Totally worth the ten minutes they took! I won’t be advertising them publicly, but if you’re interested in a crudely made, not-hemmed, way-too-tight night gown for your baby dolls… I’m your gal!

It will make for a happy child or two!

IMG_2638Until next time…