Friday, July 13, 2012

Blog Catch up

You know you've gone too long when you can't even remember your last blog post.  Since that last post, I have been doing some sewing projects but honestly sewing is at the bottom of my list these days.  I love the name of the blog called "Stop Staring and Start Sewing".  If only I would follow that mantra.  It's so easy to vicariously live through other people's blogs than sit at the sewing machine trying to find what little brain power is left that day and focus on completing a project.

This is what I've been up to.

A table runner for my sister's birthday that was in March.  I followed this great tutorial.

Liked it so much, had to make a spring one for myself.  Similar to the first one, just a couple new fabrics.

Then, my daughter wore this panda bear dress ALL winter long.  She LOVED it!!  It was worn as soon as it was washed so she wore it twice a week. 

 As you can see, there is no chance of her wearing it next winter so to preserve her fave outfit and make it last longer I turned it into a skirt.

Happy Girl.

Next, some more owls.  Loved how these turned out.

And last, 3 cozy car caddies.  One for my son for his Birthday and two for my nephews for their Birthdays.

I like this post from Cluck Cluck Sew.  I'm going to try to find the ten-15 minute windows so that my sewing with resume on my list.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My own Make it do

I should have listened to my sister but I didn't! She warned me that once my kids went to school, their pants would fall apart due to being on the floor for carpet time and P.E. At the beginning of the school year I splurged and bought some jeans with embroidered hearts on the side for my daughter who started Kindergarten. They were $20 WITH Gymbucks!!! For me, it was just a few more dollars then I would have liked to spend on jeans but I couldn't resist the cute hearts and justified the purchase with, "Her sister will be able to wear them too so really it's only $10." Do you dig my way of thinking?? Half the year into school it finally happened. I hole in the knee.

I had to rescue these pants and make sure they would make do. So I used an idea from MADE and wah-la!!! That hole is gone and replaced with a stylish heart.

Had to even out the pants with a heart on the other knee which hopefully with prevent another hole. Now I'm crossing my fingers these pants will hold up for just one kid.

I learned my lesson not to buy $20 jeans for a kindergartner and foresee these pants becoming shorts.

Food Storage Cans

What do you do with leftover cans? Last year I saw this cool idea on Toad's Treasures.

Here are my soup cans recycled as pencil holders/organizers.
And then I thought, FOOD STORAGE CANS!!
Turned this one into a Utensil holder and I LOVE it! It's the perfect size and it was free.
Then I used the storage cans for my girls Valentines gifts. I put candy and toys inside and they got to open it up on Valentines Day!! Easy way to store all of their stuff!! I'm thinking there are other things that I could store that need a little dressing up.
I know there are more possibilities out there, so what do you do with your leftover food storage cans?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Not the only one

making it do this year. After a little Google time, I found lots of blogs that are making it do.
Check out this awesome dress! It was made from an old women's dress suit.
No, it's not a picture of me before kids. It looks fabulous. I am so amazed at the talent that exists in the sewing blog world. As for my blog, it's a blog of sharing. I share other peoples talents that I copy. Anyway, check out her blog called Sew Weekly for the full redo and other great redos or knockoffs.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Passing along the Love

Check out these cute Valentine's Gift Ideas for your hubby from Mommy by day..Crafter by night. You still have a little time to prepare or just do a few like I'm planning to do. Have fun!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Make IT DO

Remember the saying I mentioned recently, "Use it up, wear it out, MAKE IT DO, or do without"? Well, along with re-purposing this year, I want to MAKE IT DO. So I plan to have some posts on how I can MAKE things DO. It's a little different from re-purposing. A RE-Purpose is taking one thing that has a specific function and changing/using it as another function. A Make-it-do is taking one thing and using resources on hand to make it still function as it is meant to be used.

Here is a Make-it-do.

I had a friend ask if I could fix her girl's jacket. The collar got mangled up in the wash. Who wants to buy another jacket when El Paso's "winter" is almost over? Besides, the jacket seemed new so it deserved to be saved. I just put the seams back in and sewed on top to close it up. It looked very modge podge so I asked permission to embellish it which would also be a way to conceal the holes that were just patched up.

I took a piece of 4" width fabric by the length of the collar and pressed in half. Then opened it up and pressed each side in half towards the middle. It's like bias tape but I cheated and didn't cut on the bias.

Then I pinned it over the collar, half the fabric on each side and sewed on top.

Hope it lasts through many more washes.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

tie one on

Making a gift for my sis-in-law who's having a B-day soon. I love making these cute tie on towels that I found on the Trey & Lucy blog. Adds some fun color and print to the kitchen and they don't slide off.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Teething necklace

For me. Really. I like this dual-purpose craft I found on See Kate Sew. Made one for me and the funny thing is, I don't want my baby to slobber all over my fave Amy Butler fabric. Oh well. I would rather him ruin this necklace then break my other ones.
It's super simple and seriously took me no more then 5 minutes (with supplies on hand). Give it a try. I think it's a cute necklace on its own, no baby needed to gnaw it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Since the New Year, my head has been swarming with the many projects that I wish were completed last year. I've been thinking about how I want to begin blogging again because though I haven't been sewing, the blogging world still has and there is so much to share. I have decided and realized that I can post even though I have nothing to show of my own doing except eye candy of others' accomplishments in their craft rooms.
Another concept that is new to me that I came across on some blogs is RE-purposing clothing. I love it!! This blog called Make it and Love it has so many ideas that as I was cleaning my closets this year, I decided to create a little stash so that I could try this re-purposing thing out. This year I am really trying to be more frugal and want to live the saying, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." I think the "do without" one is the hardest for me. I think being more creative and re-purposing will help me achieve my goal. That means I've got to start using the piles of fabric that I have on hand before I go out and buy more and use up the piles of scraps that are on top of my piles of fabric.
It's going to be a fun year and hopefully my baby will start sleeping through the night so I will have energy and brain power to craft and blog once more. What? How old is he? Yeah, 6 months and still not sleeping through the night. Little stinker. :)