24 August 2014

Security Blanket, Round Two

If asked, I'd say my 16 year old's security blanket is this
And 6 year old V's has always been green blankie
She sleeps with it faithfully every night, but it's falling apart.  It upset her when I suggested we recover it, but Mr. Dork had a good idea - a quasi-pillow case for the blanket so V could unzip it and see the old quilt inside.

V chose the green and violet theme from the original blanket for her new cover.

I added some quilt batting to make the original baby blanket bigger.
Kudos to Mr. Dork.


11 August 2014

One More Summer Outfit

It was a hot week which called for some linen pants.  The fabric reminds me of a pillowcase.

I had a green tank top on hand that was asking to be refashioned.


01 August 2014

Summer Brights

These are my two favorite bright summer colors:

Maybe a wee bit bright for a woman over 40 to wear out and about, so I made myself an apron.
I can't take credit for the design -I saw it somewhere on Pinterest. 
Complete with the pretty bow :)


22 July 2014

Nailed It

When you read someone else's blog, you can get the unworldly sense that everything they craft turns out perfect.

These craft fails have been circulating in the news and Pinterest lately.  I can totally commiserate!  These nice honest folks have made me feel sooooooo much better about myself.



11 July 2014

Past Its Expiry Date

Do you ever hoard something in your sewing room so long that your kids reject it when you finally churn out the finished product?

The offender in question in this Little Red Riding Hood applique I bought about 10,000 years ago to make something for V.  Now that I've finally made something, she wants nothing to do with it.

Apparently yellow and blech-yellow aren't her favorite anymore either. 

02 July 2014

Sewing for Myself

There have been *cough* many a fashion disaster when I've tried to sew myself something! 
This one turned out alright.

I made the top from a thick rayon type remnant (100% unknown fibers no doubt)

The band at the bottom helps the fabric sit flat against my hips and I was able to tailor the neckline so that I don't flash everyone at the office when I bend forward.

Sewing with knits and slinky fabrics used to scare me, but I'm trying a little harder to befriend them because they drape nicely whereas cotton just billows.

23 June 2014

How To Make Butter

All you need is whipping cream and a mason jar.

Fill the jar less than half full (you need some sloshing around room)

At first you will make whipped cream.
It's soundless as you shake.
Keep shaking (maybe 7 minutes in total - kids are GREAT for this). 
You will know you are done when the jar starts making sloshing sounds.  A lump of butter will have separated from the milk. 
Pour off the liquid and save it.  That's buttermilk.
Squeeze the butter with a spoon (or cheesecloth) to get all the liquid out.
Rinse your hunk of butter with plain water and press it once more.  No salt, no color, no preservatives (so keep it in the fridge, not on the counter).