The ladies over at iCandy handmade are having a cute little series going on where women are sharing all things baby related. I am hanging out over there today if you want to stop by. They have a nice giveaway going on as well.
Another season of Project Run & Play has commenced. It is something about sewing along with this competition that gets the creative juices flowing. I was happy to jump on board for week 1. The theme is “Put me in the zoo”, and we were to create a design inspired by a favorite animal. Curly Cutie chose the zebra and after a quick search I found inspiration.
I took to my stash as this would be another refashioned garment.
The items used were either 100% linen or a linen blend, and I thought the colors captured the essence of the inspiration pic. This dress has a nice fit and drape. I think I can add linen to the list of my new faves.
I thought it would be neat to go with stripes for this theme. The black and white stripes give me the zebra feel. The blue stripe represents the sky, and the bottom stripe is a light oatmeal color similar to the grassy field. It’s so light it almost gets lost, but adds a nice touch in my opinion.
Pattern is self-drafted (modified Simplicity 3859), and 4″ or 5″ strips were pieced together to make fabric big enough to cut dress pieces.
For the back we went with a simple exposed metal zip, and I’m pleased with the results. Easy on and off.
We were sitting at the table going over a lesson for school when inspiration hit. On the table, my daughter (age 6) pointed out a green piece of fabric, green toy car and a green crayon. She looked at me and said, “Mom, look at this color palette. I have an idea. We can make several of these using different colors. This would help baby boy (age 2) learn his colors.” What a sweet idea. I told her it was fabulous and we should work on it during quiet time. That was a pretty big deal for me, because I do enjoy my down time but saw this as an opportunity to encourage her creativity. I suggested we take photos of her creations (to the best of our ability of course). We scoured the house for items that fit into the color categories she chose. She would arrange the items for one color while I took pics of another. We went back and forth in that manner until each color had been photographed. I’m learning so much about how she processes information and what she values about her work process. I did make suggestions about object placement for the photos. We had lots of fun. Now we just have to figure out what to do with the pictures.
I know we have been looooong overdue for an installment of conversations. I fell off in that I just stopped writing this stuff down. Her shenanigans are so frequent we could have a book by now. Lol. Either way, this is a short one but I just had to come and let you know we are back in business. You all have let me know that you really enjoy these conversations and I want to deliver. Oh, Curly Cutie is 6 years old.
CC: I can’t believe you went to sleep in the hospital.
me: What do you mean? Oh, when we had baby boy?
me: Yeah, because I remember you and dad came home each night.
CC: Yep, every night we slept in our comfortable beds. Then, when the sun came up we got right up to come and see you. They fed you breakfast and everything.
(I started thinking about how supportive she was when we were about to deliver baby #2. She was right by my side until I started pushing, praying me through every contraction.)
me: You were such a big girl. You were mommy’s helper.
CC: Yeah, I just love processes like that that allow me to have those types of experiences.
me: Lol! You are funny.
CC: I mean, I was just so happy to be there for you in your time of need.
me & CC: LOL!
CC: Can’t wait to taste these potatoes.
(she tastes a spoonful)
CC: Ooooh, they’re gooey.
me: Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe it’s the potato.
CC: They are different than before. I like them though. It just makes me wonder, “what happened?”
Go here to read previous conversations.
I thought I would share the posts that received the most views in 2013. Now that I look back, they all have to do with sewing. Specifically children’s items. Interesting. If you’re into this kind of stuff, hopefully you will enjoy going back down memory lane with me. The pics will take you to the post if you want to read more about the item (except for update pics).
TEN – Denim Quilt
Update: So, I never made the quilt. My husband put in a request for a pillow cover for his huge euro, and I thought this denim would fit the bill. I stayed with the ombre idea and came up with a pillow cover that he is well pleased with. Each side has a different design.
NINE – Fleece pants & t-shirt refashion
We I liked these ruffle bottom fleece pants so much, I made another pair for this winter. I made a long sleeve top with an XL cowl neck and incorporated an old sweater of mine for accent.
EIGHT – My chocolate drop
SEVEN – T-shirt refashion (high-lo peplum)
SIX – Fab collab
FIVE – Patchwork stripes
FOUR – Sophisticated romper
THREE – T-shirt refashion (handsewn edition)
TWO – A gift for Curly Cutie
THE MOST VIEWED POST OF 2013 – Men’s shirt refashion
I’m officially excited for the new year. Oh what fun this year has in store.
There is a time to dream and there’s a time to walk it out. I’ve spent this year dreaming. So you know what time it is. Lol! Who’s with me?
Heidi over at Elegance and Elephants is the mastermind behind the upcoming sewing series Roots. She wanted to combine her love for different cultures and sewing clothes for her children, thus the series was born. She also reached out to other sewing bloggers to join in on the fun. Every weekday from January 13-31, a new culturally inspired design will be featured. Ladies representing twelve countries and five continents will be sharing. How fun is that?
I was excited when the invitation came to participate, so you know I jumped right on board. I am even more excited to experience the creative cultural designs from these other women. If you decide to keep up with this series you will not be disappointed. In the spirit of sharing, Heidi has opened up the series for others to sew along as well. And I hear that the prizes will be pretty nice. If you do happen to make a culturally inspired design for a little one, please don’t forget to add it to the flickr group.
My design will be featured on Jan. 29, 2014.
Is anybody else excited for the new year?
Thought I would drop in to share a new hairstyle for Curly Cutie. I am often on the look-out for things to do with her hair. She has thin, fine natural hair. Styles where her hair is put away such as braids or twists work really well and help keep the hair from tangling like it normally would in a loose state.
Quite a while ago, I ran across a style called Havana twists. I thought they were really cute, and this was before they took the natural hair community by storm. They were much thicker than the average two-strand twists and boasted an invisible attachment method. After seeing the process of how some naturals put these particular twists in I thought it was easy enough to give a try. I also thought it would not be too rough on Curly Cutie’s hair and I’d benefit from not spending hours putting in and taking down braids because they tend to be small on her fine strands.
There are lots of tutorials on how to do these twists. There is even a particular hair I believe that was originally used for these twists. That’s why I’m calling them “Havana style” twists. I did not make CC’s twists as thick as normal Havana twists would be and I used Marley braid hair to achieve the look.
This is a fresh set of twists.
I did brick layer parts on most of the head except for the front. I wanted her to be able to have a part if she wore it down.
I really like these because they do not pull to tightly at the scalp.
I think they were a success. Curly Cutie is pleased and has had fun wearing different styles.