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Friday, February 17, 2012

Yes, I bought a tutu

And a Hello Kitty one at that. It's pink, it's tulle, and it's totally ridiculous. And I love it. I am SO grateful that my hula hooping After School Program allows me to justify this addition to my wardrobe.
Disclaimer: Don't be alarmed. I will be wearing this over leggings. I am over the moon with glee about this skirt, but I haven't completely lost my mind!

Friday, February 10, 2012

14 Days of February Doodles - Days 9 and 10

Day 9:  No. It's not your eyes. The cat is out of focus...


Day 10:  My husband is so clever. Notice what the bee did to the heart.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

14 Days of February Doodles

On February 1, Darren surprised me with what was to be the first of 14 Valentine's doodles. I wasn't going to share them but, really, they're too awesome not to share. They are fun and super cute, and the boys enjoy them just much as I do.

Last night Darren gave me the 7th doodle in the series. This initial blog post contains 14 images...the front and back of each of the 7 we have received so far...so it will require some scrolling. Totally worth it to see Darren's clever pieces of art.


February 1, 2012 - Front
February 1, 2012 - Back

February 2, 2012 - Front

February 2, 2012 - Back
February 3, 2012 - Front
February 3, 2012 - Back
February 4, 2012 - Front
February 4, 2012 - Back
February 5, 2012 - Front
February 5, 2012 - Back
February 6, 2012 - Front
February 6, 2012 - Back
February 7, 2012 - Front
February 7, 2012 - Back
Check back tomorrow for today's February doodle!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My to-do list: February 7, 2012

I'm thinking that it will be therapeutic to share the insanity that is my to-do list. Here are just some of the things I want to do soon. Or now. Or yesterday. Of course, this list does not include my "regular tasks." You know. Like my full-time job, my part-time job, my other part-time job, my hooping activities, my involved-mom tasks...

  • Try this recipe. I'm actually planning to make it for dinner. Tonight.
  • Make this dress. I already have fabric for three (3!) of them.
  • Work on this quilt. I'm scheduled to "Quilt 'Til I Wilt" this Sunday. Yay!
  • Introduce Mason to Lacrosse. For a variety of reasons, tennis isn't going well.
  • Finish my picture wall. Well. Hang the frames on my picture wall, anyway. Getting pictures in those empty frames is another project entirely.
What’s on your to-do list?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Five pillowcases...in a single weekend

Floral pillowcases with lace accent
For weeks now, my oldest has been asking me to teach him how to make a pillowcase. Last month, I finally found time to teach him and a friend how to make one. And we ended up with 5. Because I’m an over-achiever like that.
Actually, I ended up with 5 pillowcases because I tried a variety of methods. The very first one had exposed seams which I did not like at all---even after I finished the seam edges with a zip zag stitch. Next, I made one with a regular border and French seams. This was better, but not good enough. That’s when I decided to make a “sausage-style” pillowcase with French seams. The result is a pillowcase with no exposed seams.
I originally found text-only instructions for the sausage method. They made sense, but it hurt my brain to picture what the instructions were explaining. So I was grateful for the video tutorial that I later found. Online tutorials are awesome. Especially when they’re free.
SUPPLIES: To make a standard-sized pillowcase you will need 1/3 yard fabric for the border and 3/4 yard fabric for the body. If you want to add an accent strip (I used lace in my floral pillowcases) you’ll need 1/8 yard of fabric or about 45 inches of at least 1-inch wide lace or ribbon.
I made three floral pillow cases, then taught my oldest and his friend how to make one.

Update: I originally used 1/4 yard for the border but I've decided that's not quite large enough. 
Making the pillowcase "sausage." (Hey! I made those gloves!)
Straight stitches require intense concentration
This part was fun until one of the pins jabbed him in the neck
Proud owner of a green-checkered pillowcase
I originally planned to help my youngest make a pillowcase also, but my husband chose a pom-pom border that was too difficult for a six-year old to manipulate through a sewing machine. (Goodness! I had a time of it myself!) So I made that one, too. Result: 5 pillowcases in a single weekend.