FABRIC AND DESIGN FUN :)

My daughter had purchased some material from our local fabric store and wanted me to make her a blouse/shirt with it.  It happened to be a Cotton and Steel fabric and because the white of the bunnies is not a true white I couldn’t match it, so we went with a solid black fabric.  It turned out so cute and she has gotten a lot of wear out of it and a lot of compliments.  Its definitely an original and no one will have the same one out there!

She can dress it up with black or white pants or use it as a jacket with a simple tee underneath.

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I had to definitely think about the direction that the bunnies were heading when I made the cuffs and Nehru collar.  Almost ran out of material 😦   I used plain black buttons down the front and then vintage buttons on the sleeves and neck.  With fall coming its a fun addition to her wardrobe.

This was a fun project and although not perfect we had fun designing and executing our plan.  Next project??? Stay tuned!  🙂

LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

BABY BANDANAS

I’ve made quite a few of these easy to whip up baby bandanas.  I’m one of those people who won’t spend money on a pattern unless absolutely necessary 🙂  When my grandson was born my daughter in law had purchased a couple and then asked me to make some. My technique improved as I went along.

Just lately my daughter in law’s girlfriend asked me to make some for her little fellow, and so I did.  I tend to have more little boy fabrics lately, go figure haha.

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The first 3 are a little brighter and the second 3 are a little more retro looking.

I cut out a triangle in fabric and one in minky fabric (or you could use flannel), put them right sides together and sew around the edges leaving a 1 1/2″ gap to turn right side out. Trim the edges so that you don’t have bulky corners.  Then I iron them and sew a border tucking the opened edge in and catch it with the border stitch.

They are all backed with minky fabric. Soft and cuddly for little necks. I also used the little plastic snaps which are so handy 🙂 I added 2 so that she could adjust as her little one grows.

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So fun and so quick!

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Here is a little throwback to when I made a Halloween bib and little “boo” bag for all of little man’s treats 🙂

Little bags are another quick gift I make and have been making for years. Put a couple of books in and you have a quick and well loved gift!

Enjoy!

Remember to LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

 

I SPY A HALLOWE’EN QUILT

Last year I started a quilt for my wee grandson and I finished it this year.  I knew he was too young last year, so I didn’t rush. This year he is 2 years old and is noticing more around him.  He comes over to our home and reads the Hallowe’en books we have and we can sit under the Hallowe’en quilt 🙂

I bought the fabric and it was already cut in squares. I ended up cutting them into large 9 x 9 squares. I didn’t cut them into any smaller squares because some of the fabrics were more of a scene and I didn’t want to lose that.  It still can be used as an “I SPY” quilt because there are enough little characters on the quilt to find.  I think this will be more of a hit next year or so once he’s a bit older.

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I put plain black borders in between each of the squares so that the colours really popped. Once the top was done I put a layer of batting and then a plain black cotton back and sandwiched them all together.  Stitch in the ditch around all the squares, put the border on and voila!  My mom came to visit and I needed to keep her busy 🙂 , so I had her finish appliqueing each of the squares individually. Some are random and some follow a few of the Hallowe’en characters.  Turned out so cute!!

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This quilt will be around for many a year and be the source of many happy memories.

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The dog thought this was for him to roll around on – NOT!! haha 🙂

Now to get cracking on the Christmas quilts I’ve got sitting in the wings…

LIVE LIFE FULLY! ❤

BUILDING A LIBRARY!

I’ll never know why my grandma picked two specific books for me the Christmas I was 8 but they started my love of reading that continues to this day. They were Enid Blytons’ “The Treasure Hunters” and Elsie Gambrells’ “All Because of Gina”.  I know that I read the Treasure Hunters every year for years. I loved it!! Once my children got older we would read a chapter a night and then they all read it on their own. My oldest son recently asked for it and took it home with him.  I know that it holds a lot of memories for them as well as me. I’m looking forward to reading it to my wee grandson when he gets a bit older.

Getting these two books sparked my love of reading and I know I have instilled this into my children and my husband. I remember going into the library and strolling through the aisles looking for the books that were going to spark my imagination. The smell of the books, the hush of the room, the sound of the librarian stamping the little card with the due date and slipping it into the pocket glued to the inside of the book. Sigh!

I continuously have a stack at the side of the bed ready to read before bed or to curl up and read on the weekend. When the kids were younger and we would go to the lake I would stockpile books and magazines to read to the sound of waves lapping on the shore. I would get up at 6am, make a coffee and sit and read for 3 hours until the kids would wake up. Gosh I miss those days 🙂

When a friend has had a baby or now grandbabies, my go to gift is a book bag and some favourite titles.  It’s never too early to start reading to our littles!

Here is a little book that I made from a panel I purchased.  I made two and gave one to my grandson and one to our dear friends first grandchild. Bright and soft and washable. Best for a first book when they only want to put things in their mouths ha ha.

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They turned out so well. Puffy and soft and bright colours.

I can’t take a picture of my beloved “Treasure Hunters” as my son still has it, but here is a picture of “All Because of Gina”.  I believe it would have antique status because of its age 😦  haha

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Here is the part of the basket that holds Grandma’s “library” for when my little grandson visits. Some of the books are from my kids so they are well loved and well read!

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I found this little cloth book in the bottom of a box and it was water stained and dirty. It was one of the first books I bought for my oldest son (28 years old).  Nothing a little Oxyclean won’t fix.  It’s like new!

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Well I’m off to bed to read a few chapters of my latest book. I do have a Kobo but I prefer it for when I’m traveling. I still love the feel of paper and the smell of a book.  My absolute favourite gifts are books, pajamas and slippers. Somethings never change 🙂

Pick up a book and start reading or read to someone today.  It’s a great way to de-stress, transport your self to another place and time and learn something interesting.

Enjoy!!

LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

MEMORY QUILT FROM T-SHIRTS :)

Can’t believe we are into May already!  We are looking forward to our 31st wedding anniversary on the 19th and my middle son is getting married to his lovely fiancée on the 23rd.  Kind of seems surreal to be saying I have a child that is getting married when it seems like yesterday that they were born. So many memories and good times to reflect upon.   If you are younger you will find this hard to believe but time really does fly 🙂

So speaking of memories…my daughter has had a pile of t-shirts that were taking up closet space. She wore some of them and some she had outgrown but she still didn’t want to part with them.  I had seen some quilts made out of t-shirts before, so thought this would be a good option.

Obtain pile of shirts. My daughter was very trusting at letting me cut up her favourite tees.  Once you start cutting there is no going back. You either make a quilt or you’ve ruined her collection.

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Cut out as much of front and back including logos and removing arms, waistbands, necklines and side seams. So you end up with 2 large squarish pieces of fabric, after I squared them all off.  This is where it gets tricky as they are all different sized t-shirts, and the logos are all different sizes.

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I used denim from old jeans and cut those into 2 inch strips.  Doesn’t matter if all the denim is mismatched or not, as this is a patch work quilt.

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I lay out the fronts trying to get a pleasing look to it.  For instance I didn’t lay some colours together because I didn’t like them.  That’s just me haha. I then sewed strips of denim around each t-shirt block but so that there was only one strip between 2 t-shirts (mostly). So 2 t-shirts will share some denim strips.  I spent a lot of time sitting and looking at this quilt and figuring out what to do next.  Some spots I had to add a jean pocket to cover a spot that I just couldn’t match up pieces. It adds interest!

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Once the whole front was laid out I added a strip of denim around the whole outside of the quilt.  This also gives the quilt a little stability.

For the back I used all the backs of the t-shirts which are plain. Because like the fronts the t-shirts were all different sizes I opted to cut them all into strips that were 4 inches wide. After sewing all the pieces together to make blocks I trimmed them all into squares and sewed black t-shirt strips between the blocks.

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Layer the back, batting and front together and pin together through all the layers. I trimmed all three layers and then started the sew the piping around the whole quilt.

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My daughter loves the quilt and it will bring back memories of all those t-shirts that she loved enough to purchase over the years.

LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

CHRISTMAS CRAFT TIME

This is the first year in a long time that I’ve had some time to do a couple of crafts, decorate the house and do some Christmas baking.  The last couple of years have involved me trying to bake a few Christmas favourites the day before people came over and Christmas shopping with all the other harried people a few days before the big day.

I like to put some consideration into shopping and preparing meals and to actually enjoy the season.

So, here are a couple of simple things I did this year. Neither require any expertise but I still think they turned out cute.

The first is just some fallen branches that I collected on my daily walk through the forest.

Spray painted them flat white and let them dry and decorated them with some vintage and vintage looking ornaments. It helps to fill up the empty corner haha.

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The next one is equally as easy. I think it would make a great craft for kids as long as an adult operated the glue gun.  Have a bowl of ice water handy to plunge a finger when you accidently get hot glue on it. 😦

I used a 12×12 paint canvas (that’s what I had handy) You could use a piece of board or even sturdy cardboard.

I then covered it with a piece of white fleecy fabric. Again hot glued it as I didn’t have a staple gun handy.

From the same walk I gathered a few fairly straight branches approximately the same diameter, but not necessary. I just needed to cut through them with my little garden shears. I cut them approx. 2 1/2 inches long.

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After gluing all the pieces of branches in a circle, I cut a few branches of cedar and tied them together with a piece of twine.  Over that I tied a bow and hot glued to the top of the frame.

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Voila!  You could add more branches on top of the first layer.  I liked this look, simple and unconstructed looking.

Hope I inspired someone to try this.  Just have fun.

LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

PAINTING for fun CLASSES

I thought I would mix it up a bit cause I’ve been mostly posting recipes lately.  I really have been trying to carve out me time in this busy life.  I started taking some classes via Uptown painting in Washington State. Just a quick trip over the border and you’re there.  They’ve been holding the classes at the golf club and so it’s a big group but very fun and lots of laughs!!

The thing with painting is you can’t take yourself too seriously. The teacher demonstrates and then everyone else interprets.  This is where the laughs come in. The time flies by and before you know it 3 hours have gone by and you have a painting. (frames optional)

I’m not perfect but I do have fun 🙂

Enjoy!!

The picture to the right is the one I used of our dog Sage.
The picture to the right is the one I used of our dog Sage.

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Take some time to relax and express yourself because the rewards are priceless.

Live life fully ❤