Kids’ Clothing Week.

13 Sep

I think I’m going to try to participate in Kid’s clothing week over at elsie marley.

I’m going to try at least one of the following tutorials I found over at Prudent Baby:

Non-clothes items I want to try at some time:

I love Prudent Baby.


Watertown Farmer’s Market

10 Sep

On Wednesday, S and I went to the farmer’s market while we were in Watertown. It’s weird to me that they have theirs in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week (it goes until 3pm every Wednesday until October.) but tons of people are always there.

It was really nice, but super windy. I think some of the vendors had left by the time we got there, and a few were sitting in  bare-bones booths. But we still found the standard market stuff:



And an unhealthy lunch to balance out those veggies I didn’t buy. (Also, how did I not take any pictures of fruit???)

The only thing I bought was some fudge. Like I said in my last post, we got a little fudge at the fair. John was like “Where do people even buy fudge when they’re NOT at the fair?” Well, I saw a fudge booth at the farmer’s market today and bought some. THAT is where you buy fudge when you’re not at the fair. 🙂

My Creative Space – 09.09.10

9 Sep

I’m going to try to add a picture of my creative space every Thursday along with everyone else. We’ll see how it goes!

My creative space is all about hand sewing lately. I posted this photo on the facebook page on Tuesday. Do you like the blog? Like it on fb!

PS: It’s my dad’s birthday today! Happy birthday, Dad!

NY State Fair!

8 Sep

John and I took S to his first NY State Fair on Monday. It was John’s first NYS Fair too, and we almost didn’t go! John didn’t want to go on Thursday, and we didn’t feel like driving over the weekend, but we were finally game on Labor Day, which was the last day of the fair.

We got there kind of late, so I wanted to make sure that we did my “musts”: Sand sculpture, butter sculpture, 25 cent milk, animals, and fair food! (I had a fried haddock sandwich and a funnel cake. John had a grilled chicken sandwich and strawberry ice cream with strawberries on top. I got a little bite of fudge too, which we shared. Yummy!)

We were able to do all of it except see the animals because they were gone by the time we got there. 😦 I was pretty dissapointed; I wanted cute pictures of S with the animals! S did look like he enjoyed himself though. I carried him in his Moby, which was awesome because it made it a lot easier to maneuver around the crowd. After we ate, he just poked his head out and looked around. It was pretty cute.

All in all, it was a good time, and it didn’t rain or anything. (Well, a couple droplets fell, but it didn’t rain.) We stopped for a while to watch this funny German comedian/juggler guy do things like juggle fire and balance a chainsaw on his chin and then we headed home. Good quick trip to the fair!

Craftin’ Chair

6 Sep

Since I’ve been home on maternity leave, I’ve been going to thrift stores more often. Instead of maybe once a month, I’ll go maybe once a week. It’s been great!

On one trip I saw this chair and thought it would be a really cute replacement for the kitchen chair I’ve been using at my sewing desk. To keep my spending in check when I go out, I always think of a price for what I’m interested in before I pick it up. What I’m willing to spend, if you will, and since I didn’t REALLY need this chair, and it needed to be repainted and the seat recovered (you can’t quite tell from the photo, but it was in rough shape.) I decided I wouldn’t pay more than a dollar. I flipped it around and saw – $7??? What? Pass.

So I bet you’re wondering how I came home with it then? The next time I went to that thrift store, I checked it out again and saw this scribbled on the back of it: $6.99 $4.98 $3.50 $1.99 .99!

Mine! It took them long enough, but it was finally marked down to my price. I bought some cute fabric that was on sale at JoAnn’s ($1.50) and two cans of spray paint ($6) and had myself a cute new chair for less than $10.

Of course this simple project couldn’t just be simple. I started it on Thursday spraying the primer coat of spray paint. This went fine. I was worried that all the drawing on the back wouldn’t come off, but it eventually covered nicely.

Once I was done spraying the primer on, I went inside to recover the seat. I added some padding that I had left over from remaking the couch cushions so that I had a softer seat. This went ok too, except I put the material on backwards first, so the birds faced the back of the chair. D’oh!

I learned from my mistakes in applying the primer and went a lot slower with the yellow on Friday, making sure to watch for drips and actually taking the time to let the paint dry in between layers.

I went out to lunch in between layers too, then to work to show off S, and when I got back home, I found that it had rained at my house…quite a bit. So I moved the chair into the garage so it could dry off again, and finished painting it on Saturday.

While I was spraying the yellow layer, I also spray painted a frame for the nursery, but I’ll get to that later. 😉

It took longer than I had planned (I originally wanted this to be my Friday post.) but I really like how it came out in the end. The only thing I would have done differently is actually sand down the chair first. The paint is sticking, but there are some areas where the wood is chipping, and I think sanding it would have corrected those flaws. They’re not noticeable though, unless you inspect it, so I ultimately don’t mind.

What do you think of my new chair? A nice addition, yes?

PS: Happy Labor Day!

It’s Friday Already???

27 Aug

How did it get to be Friday already?? I’ll be honest – I spent all week sitting on the couch next to John, making digital scrapbook pages and scouring for diapers fro S. Well, that’s how MOST of the week was spent, anyway. I have also been doing some sewing, but I want to wait until it’s all done to show you guys. So until then, some hints:

Three pictures, three different projects for the same thing. Can you guess what I’m working on?

PS: It’s my mom’s birthday. Happy birthday, Mom!

Cloth Diaper Inserts

20 Aug

I am trying cloth diapers with S. I bought a bunch of different brands from people off craigslist, and so far I really like Kissaluvs because they are the smallest, so they fit him the best and are less bulky. A lot of the ones that are supposed to fit the baby the whole time they wear diapers are SO bulky! These, since they’re for newborns, aren’t. They’re still bulkier than disposables, but they’re not bad.

However, since those are made with …organic cotton? Cotton fleece? (I don’t know for sure since they’re second hand.) and my guy is a little pee-er, I found that I could only keep him in the diaper an hour before he would need to be changed. I really wanted him to be good for at least two hours. My other diaper brands have inserts, so I thought I’d make him a couple for the Kissaluvs.

Actually, they’re kind of like maxi pads, aren’t they? (lol) I used fabrics from my stash – some checkerboard fabric for the outside, and fleece, and knit (like sweater knit, not t-shirt knit) fabric for the absorbent middle.  Then I sewed around the edges and quilted the main part. I had never quilted anything before, and I think you can see that in the oval stitching. I wasn’t going to worry about it though, since they were just going on my baby’s butt.

I wasn’t sure how absorbent these would be, and I wanted to wait until I had bias tape on the sides to try them out, but I got too impatient. They ended up buying me half an hour, so I think if I make the next batch a little thicker, I’ll be in good shape!

Now I just need to buy a bias tape maker!