September 27, 2012

Hello Fall!

 The days of hanging clothes on the line may be coming to an end very shortly. The weather here has turned. I've been known to hang clothes all the way to late fall though, so there is still time. I miss the hot sweaty days already.
{We use charlie's soap  for all our laundry, but specifically for cloth diapers. We also recycled the jugs. Here is my clothes pin holder on my clothesline.}

 In other crafting news, I'm trying to get familiar with sewing laminated cotton, which is not going so well. I kind of really dislike this stuff. It's sticky. I have a roller foot for my sewing machine, but I'm not a fan honestly. I checked this book out at the library, which is rather helpful. I'm not giving up yet, because I have two full rolls of the stuff! {I have a wholesale account for buying fabric, WHICH IS DANGEROUS!!} My toddler still needs a raincoat, maybe during this I will muster up the courage. Oh, I also really am not good at bias tape sewing, I don't have the patience it. I need to work on that too.

I'm planning and stocking fabric for the kid's clothes week challenge, hopefully I have enough time for all these ideas floating around in my head.

September 19, 2012

Dolly the waldorf inspired doll

IMAG2381 by extracrunchymama

As some of you may know, I'm cheap{frugal}. The only thing is, I like nice expensive things. Good thing I'm crafty, because I don't have the cash to plop down for an authentic waldorf doll. Those babies are expensive {pun intended}. So, instead I had to get out my thinking cap. I looked at lots of tutorials for waldorf inspired dolls (this one, and this one, and this one helped). I tea dyed an old white t-shirt, used an old sock to form the head and wool scraps for the stuffing and the yarn hair I had from a time I thought I was a knitter. I did have to buy a needle set that was long enough to stitch the eyes and mouth, but the rosy cheeks are from real blush from my make-up stash {that I clearly don't use}. I made Dolly a while ago, sometime in late fall, but she is more and more loved every day.

September 18, 2012

Pondering Patterns

Well, fall has decided to come to my neighborhood this week. I'm very excited, I LOVE fall!  It's my favorite of all the seasons even if it has to be the prelude to winter. Anyways, fall means that the little will need mama to sew her some new clothes that will cover her arms and legs and keep her warm for our adventures. So, in preparation for that, I will be participating in Elsie Marley's kids clothes week challenge. I will be pinning my little heart out on my pinterest in the coming week.

::To celebrate the change of the season, I'm also listening to music that is "fall-ish" {whatever that means}, the Lumineers pandora station is my favorite at the moment, followed closely by Margot & The Nuclear so and so's.::

September 14, 2012

September 12, 2012

Quick change trousers for fall

Fall is supposedly upon us, it's September and all you know. The weather lately has not been anything besides summer here though, mostly in the 80's, but a new fall wardrobe will be needed soon enough. So, to prepare, I have been thinking of clothes for cooler weather, and my go to pants pattern for a toddler. This pattern is the quick change trouser pattern from this book. This is the second pair that I have made, the first I used flannel to line the inside{so soft and warm}, but seeing as it's not winter yet, I decided to use quilting cotton for this pair. I'm sure I will make more this winter lined with flannel. Anyways, this pair is the 24 month size, and fits well over my 22 month old, who wears cloth diapers. The purple and green fabrics were on clearance at Joann's for $6 a yard, the white/green/black dots are an Amy Butler print that I have half a bolt of {I'm a fabric hoarder, I should go to meetings or something}and the yellow is a Heather Bailey Print.  This pair only took me about an hour start to finish, and I even read and followed all the precise directions {which I don't always do. Am I the only one who skims the pictures for directions?} This is a great tutorial,  if you need more room in the back for cloth diapers. For us, making the next size up has done the trick, but if you think you may need a little more room, it's an easy fix. For us, we are also starting potty learning, so soon the fluffy butt will be replaced by undies.

September 11, 2012

Creating for {almost} free

I love creating new things, everyday. It feeds my spirit to make something new, and resonates with my being. It feels good to get the ideas out of my mind and into something tangible. My husband and my wallet are not always thrilled with this creativeness, so I have to be thrifty. Here is one of the {almost}free and fun things that I have created this summer. While on vacation in Tennessee we collected river rocks {free}. We had fun splashing in the river in the hot sweaty summer sun. We painted them {paint is almost free if you have some laying around, which I always do, or your local craft store will have it for a couple dollars}. I got some ideas from pinterest and as a family we painted river rocks. When I say the family, I mean my extended family from 3 different states. It was a very fun memorable time. 

September 10, 2012

Sonnie sue is now a mother

Not that I have ever been a regular blogger, but I think I may just start to be. Being a mother is more fun that I ever imagined, so I would like to share all the fun with you (my 9 followers at the moment :) ) So this is the beginning of blogging for real this time. I mean it, or at least I'll try. I'm 22 months into mothering, and have lots of good stuff to share.