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So I found a way to make these cute little Easter Baskets here. I made them this week and they didn't take too much time or effort. Probably an hour for the first one, and less for the second. I had Westen do a practice Easter Egg hunt to model the Easter Basket. Plus, I thought he could use a little practice:)
I love the lining in this one. Cute little birds - very springy.
And I liked the Navy/Yellow combo for this one. This one's Baron's. Anyway, the tutorial I mentioned calls for 1/4 yard fabric, which I didn't think was enough. I had to make some extra cuts to get mine to work and they're still a little smaller than the ones in the tutorial are. Next time, I'd go ahead and buy 1/2 yard for each. I'm thinking of adding their names to the plain fabric at the bottom... or maybe a little cutout of a bunny rabbit. But, they're cute the way they are and I kinda worry I'd mess them up by doing anything else. Whattya think??
Next week I'll be tackling another Easter project that I'm super excited about. I just hope they turn out. Have a great weekend!
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Just thought I'd share this quick little bit of info. A couple other bloggers out there are featuring an entire month of sewing and other projects specifically for boys. The bloggers are Made by Rae and Made. I know I will be checking it out. Just wanted to share for those of you who have boys (or maybe nephews!). I'll keep their button on my side bar (scroll down to see it) for the rest of the month. But here it is if you want to check it out now.
Remember these cute little costumes?? That's my project to share this Friday. Here's a look at Westen's.
It was pretty simple. I found the brown shorts at Kohl's for $2.00 which he wears all the time with other shirts. The hat I actually had left over from what I bought for last year's Halloween costume so that was free. Sweet! Finding a plain dark brown shirt proved to be a more difficult task. I finally found this one on clearance at Gymboree for $11.00 - I know a little more than I'd want to pay for a Halloween costume. Under the UPS emblem is actually a little yellow star that says "Sheriff" on it. It's a cute shirt and at $11 I wanted Westen to be able to continue wearing it after Halloween. So here's what I did to put the UPS logo on both the hat and shirt. I found and printed out the UPS logo online on regular printer paper. I then freezer paper stenciled it onto an old brown tshirt that I had in my pile to go to Goodwill (which I have yet to take because I keep finding ways to recycle those items - a dress coming soon) using yellow fabric paint. To learn how to freezer paper stencil, click here. I then put fabric adhesive tape (like hem tape) on the back of each logo, cut them out, and applied them to the hat and shirt. Voila!! This was a super easy costume to make and was less than $15 which was my goal. And now, I can just pull the logo off the shirt for Westen to walk around as Sheriff! Here's a closer look (and yes I know the browns don't match exactly, but homemade costumes aren't meant to be perfect, right!!).
On to Baron's which was even easier. I just used a long sleeve white onesie and fabric markers. A friend had bought him that cute little fall hat, and since I wanted him to match that, I used an orange fabric marker. And I just wrote what I wanted on the front and framed it in black to make it resemble an envelope. It was addressed to The Brownlee's on With Love Rd. in Blessings, FL. The return address was from HEAVEN. And I drew the little UPS logo on his so he could match big brother, of course. Here's a closer look at Baron's.
What did you do for Halloween? I'd love more ideas for next year!
Like I said last week, Friday is going to be my day to share projects. I've been working on so many that I thought I'd share 2 today. First is a baby blanket I made for my friend Storm's baby Kohen (due Oct. 20th). Take a look at the finished project!
This is the 3rd blanket I've made like this and it's not perfect, but I get better at it each time so I'm making progress. I had to order the Alabama fabric (you can usually find any sports teams online at JoAnn's or Hancock's) and I ordered 1 yd. It's fleece. I also bought 1 yd. of black fabric and some Wright's satin trim. Basically, I put the 2 fabrics together and cut out the biggest square I could.
Then I sewed a straight line around the perimeter of the 2 fabrics put wrong sides together with I think 1/2 inch seam. Next is the tricky part - the satin trim. I looked it up online (there's a million tutorials and they're all pretty much the same, so just google it. I can't find the actual one I used). Actually, before I looked it up online I tried it myself thinking I could wing it. Not so much. I thought I'd have to cut 4 pieces of the satin and sew one to each side. After the first side I could see that wouldn't work so I had to seek help (gotta love the internet). It's actually one long piece that goes around the entire square and 1 package of the Wright's satin trim was enough. The hard part is the mitered corners. The rest is a piece of cake. And, of course, you'll want to use a coordinating thread for this part as it'll show on both sides. That's it. A custom baby blanket for our Alabama fan friends (uggghhh!). Go Gators!
Next is, obviously, Cousey's new bowls! We've had just 2 regular looking bowls sitting on a little mat for Cousey's whole 4 years. I saw this idea in a magazine probably 3 or 4 years ago and have since wanted to do it for the Cous. First, I had to find 2 sweet little chairs for a reasonable price (that took probably the first 3 years and I finally found them at Ross so you know it was a good deal although I can't remember how much). Then they sat in our garage for about 6 months before I finally did anything with them. Here's what they looked like when I bought them.
Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures, both were taken at night. So, I found the center of each wood seat and marked it with a pencil. I measured the chairs and found I'd need about 6 in. diameter bowls that had a lip around the top edge so I could drop them down in the chairs. I found those at Ross for $2.50 total for both. I then traced a circle where a hole would need to be cut using a bowl I had that was 6 in. in diameter. To make a long story short, I used a jigsaw to cut the holes out. I had to start it by drilling a single hole into the chair so I could have a starting point for the jigsaw. Then, I unscrewed the wooden part of the chairs and took them off so I could paint them black. I used all spraypaint for the primer, black spray paint, and sealer (which I figured would be helpful since it's bound to get wet). Before the sealer, however, I used a stencil I printed from word's clipart to paint little white paws just using acrylic white paint and a small paint brush. Last the sealer. After all was dry, I screwed the seats back on, and dropped the bowls in, then Cousey had dinner. I must admit, the chairs are a teeny bit high for Cousey. He can totally reach it but has to adjust his eating style:) We may try to cut those iron legs down a bit. Any suggestions?? I love the way they turned out!
So my "nesting" instinct has been on overdrive lately (just ask Austin or my mom). I have so many projects I've been working on and completing and about a million more lined up in my head. I think, as least for now, I'll start designating Fridays to share some of those projects with you. Today's is one I found on...you guessed it - www.iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com. As the mother of a true little boy, I aways have cars, trucks, buses, you name it floating around in my purse. I saw this little car caddy and had to make one. Check it out!
Yes, I still need to throw it in the washer to fray those edges of the denim a little, but I haven't done that yet. Isn't it cute?? A pocket for six matchbox sized cars and a little road for the fun of it. And here's the back side.
Now instead of digging through my purse for those floating vehicles, I can pack them up in this convenient little caddy. You just fold it in half length wise, then in thirds, wrap the elastic around and as Westen would say, "All Done!" I think it's adorable! I used it today when Westen and I met a friend for breakfast and it was great. When a distraction was needed to obtain adult conversation, Bam! - I just whipped out the little car caddy. Head to Cheri's website to make one of these (www.iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com). It's under Friday Features. Have a great weekend!
I thought I'd share a project I did over the summer for Mr. Baron. I was looking for a baby playmat for him. The one I used for Westen, I had borrowed and gave back. I couldn't find what I was looking for - just a soft area to lay Baron during the first months when he's immobile. Except for the bedrooms, our house is all tile flooring - too hard! I didn't want a play gym or anything like that just a soft place to lay him with no frills. Just when I was getting frustrated with not finding what I wanted, Cheri, on www.iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com, posted a baby playmat she made and I thought, hey I could do that. Plus, I only bought the batting used to make it soft and the satin trim. The rest was made from extra fabric I already had. I love when I get what I want for nearly FREE! For Cheri's tutorial, head over to her blog, but basically, I just cut out the shapes I wanted for this little boat theme - a boat, turtle, fish, sun, etc. I sewed the sky and water together first, then added all my shapes. I used different fabrics to mix up the texture. The back side, though not pictured, is just yellow flannel. I used 2 layers of batting between the front and back sides, then sewed satin trim around the edge. A bit time consuming but not too difficult and just what I wanted. Granted it's not perfect, but I love it.
And this didn't turn out quite as graceful or perfect as I'd have liked, but I made a couple loops when sewing on the seaweed so I could hook some baby toys through for Baron to play with once he's able to play on his tummy. Anyway, that's it! A perfectly soft playmat for our baby to lay on instead of our hard tile floors! Like I said, head to Cheri's blog for a full tutorial if you're interested in making one of these.
So this picture is for 2 reasons... one is I wanted to show you round 2 of recycled tshirts turned little boys hats. As you can see, I made one for football season. Go Gators! I think this one's my favorite. I added some embellishments this time, thus the F and you can't see it in this picture but I used embroidery floss for a #1 on the other side of the hat. The second reason for this picture is Westen is holding his sweet little Friday Folder from preschool. This was his first Friday being in school and for those of you, kids and parents alike, that know what Friday Folders are, isn't there just something precious yet humorous about an almost 2 year old bringing home a Friday Folder!! Our nieces requested a picture of Westen's Friday Folder because they thought it was so funny that he has one, so this one's for you Girls! It was full of all his projects from the last couple weeks (finger painting, coloring, crafts, and what he learned about God's creation). Just too cute!
These last two pictures are just more examples of the recycled tshirt hats. You see some different embellishments on these. I love them and the measurements worked out great! Thanks again Cheri! To make your own hats visit Cheri's blog at www.iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend!
Like I mentioned before, I'm a little addicted to a couple of do-it-yourself bloggers. So this is thanks to Cheri over at www.Iammommhearmeroar.blogspot.com. She also has 2 little boys and is always recycling clothes to make things for them. One of her projects is using old tshirts to make autumn/winter-time hats for her boys. (This could easily be for a girl, too). I guess I'm in a pretty intense nesting mode right now because I have about a million projects I want to work on around our house and things like this for Westen and Baron. For this project I grabbed 3 different tshirts from a basket I actually had full with clothes to take to Good Will. I thought I'd try my hand out at using Cheri's instructions to sew together a little hat for Westen. This is how it turned out. Since it's from tshirts, it's thin, but I would imagine comfortable (maybe perfect for us Floridians) for when it begins cooling off. I thought it turned out pretty good and I intend to make at least a couple more. Also, this is without any boyish embellishments which Cheri added. I may add some, but thought it was cute just like it is. To try your own hand out at this, visit Cheri's blog for instructions.
Westen modeled for me this morning so I could take a couple pictures of his new hat. These are him being silly before school. Such a little ham!
An update... To see more on these hats, click here. Here's another one I made. Go Gators!
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Hi and welcome to our blog! I am Kate - wife of super high energy, super republican, super fun husband, Austin, and mother of 2 adorable, sweet boys - Westen and Baron! And mother of our eldest child, our sweet Boston Terrier, Cousey! Yeah, I'm outnumbered 4 to 1 so we have a home filled with rough-housing, trucks, trains, sports, you name it! I am what, over the years, has been called homemaker, housewife, and stay-at-home mom. I dare not say what today's society may call me (I kid... I kid!) I love being home with my boys and attempting to make my house a home. I'm what my mom calls "crafty", but feel more like a novice and hope to improve on my DIY and home-making skills. This blog is a way for us to share our adventures with our friends and family. To learn more about us, click here. Enjoy!