last year was my first attempt at a garden, and since i had a modicum of success, i decided to revise and reattempt this year! i also started everything from organic seeds this year instead of going with pre-established plants, which was interesting in and of itself!
on to the garden.
we have sugar dot corn, yellow crookneck squash, sugar pumpkins...
beefsteak tomatoes and a sad sprig or two of lettuce (which is funny, my lettuce did great last year!)
here we go, therapeutic neck wraps. i made these for preschool teacher gifts (the four pink ones), since over the course of the year, my girl had four teachers (she had three at the start of the year, then one had a baby so she got a new one!) i came across a tutorial for a spa set, changed it up a little bit, and filled them with a combination of rice and flaxseed for good cold and heat therapy uses.
you can obviously make these in other shapes and sizes as well, i made a smaller one in fancy dora the explorer fabric to keep in a freezer bag in the freezer for when my monster girl runs into/falls off of/trips over something! and while the teacher gift ones were divided up into the 4 squares, the one i made for the tute had the longer middle section (i plan to use mine for migraines), but it's just a matter of preference!
i've always hated the brass thingy that was in the fireplace. so three years after we moved into this house, i finally painted it! easy peasy and i love it!! i used a hammered dark bronze paint to blend with the other fixtures in the living room area...
so yeah, if you have crazy shiny brass you don't like, bust out that rustoleum paint and make it better! this took me about an 45 minutes of prep/spray time, then drying time, but about 2.5 hours total. i wish i'd done this forever ago...now i want to paint the mantel a darker color to go with our darker furniture, lol!
okay, this dress has confirmed that i can't sew a curve to save my life, lol! the pattern's from that*darn*cat, the fish are from the mendocino line. no action shots yet, but i still love it, even with my curve-sewing issues, lol! i'm so doing the squared off ends next time
this was just a fun outfit i put together for the monster to wear to preschool today. i adore these shorts, and i love that she'll be able to wear them with a variety of appliqued tops. this shirt is just a walmart tee i appliqued a ribbon flower onto. easy peasy, but super cute!
so i'm still working on the monster girl's spring/summer/early fall wardrobe, bit by bit. this is the miss molly pattern but in sort of a tunic length and a pair of matching shorts. she adores the "birdies" on this one! as far as the top, it's pretty simple and versatile, even though i sort of jacked up the gathering a little because i left a little extension bit of the pattern out accidentally, lol. i think i'll be making it again in different fabric (probably the mendocino seahorses in the aqua colorway with solid aqua yoke and ruffle), but dress-length with a ruffle at the bottom and the full gather in the bodice.
the pattern i used for the shorts have become my go-to sewing item--i've lengthened them into pants and capris, made walking-length shorts and these shorter ones, added all kinds of trims and ruffles, and last year i made them into bloomer shorts too. love 'em! so yeah, expect to see more of these in the near future!
(and excuse the photos. she was more interested in showing me the colors on her "baby blankie" and running away than she was in modeling her outfit!)
dh brought back this fabric from his trip to egypt after christmas, and this is what i came up with for part of it (he brought like 4 meters back or something, lol) the sheep i totally stole from incywincy (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288784.0), but they were too cute, i just had to
after not having time to make anything since christmas, i finally finished a new outfit for the girl. i've decided to make the majority of her spring/summer/early fall wardrobe, so i wanted to get started already!
the top is a modified peasant with a gathered bottom half and ribbon sash-ey thing, ties in a bow in the back. should take us through spring, summer and back into fall, and hopefully the cords will still fit next fall too, they're still a little long and have a good stretch in the waist i'm planning to make some shorts to go with the top for summer, since it's a little short to be just a dress, i think.