Thursday, May 16, 2013
Who says bunting is just for parties! In my continuing quest to conquer my scrap bin, I whipped up a little fabric bunting to dress up our lounge mantel. I dug out all the scraps that had a bit of a vintage vibe, cut them into rectangles, stitched a channel and strung them up. No fancy finishing. Just raw edges in all their glory. A perfect project if you're looking for almost instant gratification.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
In the last few days before Abner started school, we were scraping the bottom of the barrel finding ways to stay entertained around the house. I think we were both sick of all the games and books we have and one can only spend so much time at the local library and museums. In a fit of genius, I came up with the idea for a photography scavenger hunt.
I wrote out a list of things for Abner to find around the house and yard. She had to read each item herself before running off to photograph it. Once she'd taken the picture, she had to bring me the camera so that I could see the photo before moving on to the next item on the list. I tried to write multi-word, descriptive clues so that Abner got some good reading practice. As Abner put it, "it's fun and I get to work on my learning skills, too!"
I love that it kept her busy for about an hour as I worked on some sewing. Abner loved it because she got to practice reading, use her digital camera, and she got to proudly show off her photos each time. Here are a few of the photos she took the last time we played:
|a favourite book|
|a pretty quilt|
|a wooden elephant|
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Mother's Day has nearly past here in New Zealand. Thought I would share a few pics of our family sharing the day together at Sandfly Bay. We did plenty of walking along the beach, checked out the sea lions resting on the beach, built many sandcastles, destroyed just as many, splashed in the ocean, and made the long trek back up the sand wall to the car park. All that, plus we went out for breakfast and had ice cream in Portobello. Phew. What a day!
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! I hope your day is as sunny and fun as mine was.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I made up these postage stamp chair pads a few weeks ago for my sewing chair and Abner's antique school desk using this great tutorial from Elizabeth over at Oh, Fransson! I've used the technique before, but always find it difficult to explain when people ask me about it. If you want to give it a try, get your hands on some light-weight fusible interfacing and check out Elizabeth's posts. With this technique, you get the satisfaction of quickly piecing a project without the headache of keeping track of your rows and piecing all those little, teeny tiny squares together!
For these pads, I used two layers of batting to provide just enough cush for my tush, but still keep it manageable to push through my machine. A walking foot is definitely recommended if you're going to give it a try yourself. I decided not to quilt the finished piece since they're kind of small and probably won't be going in the wash too often. The layers are secured enough (I hope) with just the top stitching around the edge.
So, you'd think with all these scraps being used up on these scrap busting projects, my stash would be looking a little weak by this point. You'd be wrong. I think I have enough squares cut and spare scraps left to make up an entire set of chair pads for our kitchen chairs plus a new more projects! Stay tuned - more scrap busting projects coming your way soon!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I'm a big fan of Abeego beeswax fabric food wraps. I bought one for TDSH a few years back and he uses it most days to pack his sandwich for lunch. I haven't managed to find any similar product here in New Zealand which kind of had me bummed out since we're now packing lunches for Abner too.
Luckily, I stumbled upon a tutorial for making your own beeswax fabric food wraps over on The Art of Doing Stuff a few weeks back. So, on one of my first kid-free days, I gave it a shot. Folks, I think we have a winner. These turned out great!
Making them yourself definitely feels good. The cost is minimal (could have made it even cheaper if I'd used up some scrap fabrics instead of buying new) and it really didn't take long to whip up a couple of these bad boys. I found a vegetable peeler worked well to get the bits of wax off the big chunk. I even kept the foil I used for these ones so that I'll be able to take advantage of the wax left on it for the next batch I make. How's that for reusing!
I still prefer the Abeego originals, but these will do until I can get my hands on more.
Monday, May 6, 2013
It was party time for us this weekend. Abner chose to have a small party taking just a couple of friends to the Discovery part of the Otago Museum (it's a bit like Science World/Centre for those of you back home). We've held off on going since it costs a chunk of change whereas the rest of the museum is free/by donation. So, it was extra special for her to finally get to go for her birthday with her friends.
It was a perfect choice since the weather was miserable for the party and we got to stay cozy and warm playing with the displays and checking out the butterfly exhibit. We even got to watch the day's first flight (where a batch of new butterflies are released into the exhibit). The kids also got to experience butterflies landing on them...Abner only freaked out once.
Once we'd had our fill at the museum, we headed back to the house where the parents joined us for tea and cake, we opened gifts and, I handed out this year's handmade party favours. This year I hand stitched motifs onto long sleeves shirts for each kid. For Abner's shirt, I used one of her own drawings as inspiration. She's been doing these swirly flowers for a while now and I absolutely love them. She loves having one of her drawings on a shirt.
Other than that, Abner spent a good chunk of the weekend practicing riding her new big girl bike - a gift from The Dear Sweet Husband and me. It's borderline too big at the moment, but at least it will last a while and she's getting the hang of it quickly. Her run/balance bike was awesome and all, but it didn't do much to teach her about brakes. Ah well...falling off your bike a few times is all part of growing up, right?