Friday, February 27, 2009

One Year Older

it's my b-day
Proof that I am botox-free

Here I am on my birthday. My five year old took a picture of me this morning and told me, "Since it's your birthday you grew a little bigger! I have to back up a little more to fit you in the camera." True that.

My biggest laugh of the day...the present my 2.5 year old gave me. He wrapped it himself. Did a smashing job, if I say so. When I opened it, what did I find? Why, the scissors he used to cut the paper with. We've had them for years. My kind of kid.

poking holes

I (well, with help) made my own birthday cake. It's Holy Cow cake. I found out about it from Tinkerblue. Her pictures made me drool. You make a devil's food cake and poke holes in it with a straw. Then you pour this wickedly sinful concoction made of caramel sauce and condensed milk over it and let it seep into the cake. Then add cholesterol laden frosting made of cream cheese and whipped topping (fat free b/c I was feeling guilty) and a layer or two of crushed up Butterfinger bars, and there you have it. I used this recipe.

holy cow cake
I was yummy.

I had a great day. Hope you did too!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sewing 101: The Flat-Fell Seam

This is a technique I've been using a lot lately (in projects that I'm not able to show you yet!). This is the seam that's used when making jeans, and it's incredibly strong. It does require top stitching, but the upside is that it creates a finished look on both sides--no raw edges!

Let's start. I'll be joining these two scraps of fabric:
two pieces

With wrong sides together, stitch the fabric down one side using a 5/8" seam allowance.

sew 5-8ths

Iron the edges to one side.

Trim the bottom layer close to the stitching (leaving about 1/8").


Fold the top layer under, press in place and pin.


Sew close to the fold.

Amazing, isn't it? Long live the flat-fell!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Airy Scarf

I had knit night with the gals last night. I started working on this airy scarf from this book by the amazing Joelle about a year ago and then life got busy. Now here I am working on it again. I've been on such a sewing kick lately, I'd forgotten how deep-down good it feels to knit.

airy scarf

Monday, February 16, 2009

Toot Toot

bunting on explore

OK. I'm cracking myself up. In our house "toot toot" is what we say when someone, well, toots. Anyway, I'm tooting my own horn here. I found out that one of my photos made the explore page on flickr, which means that the picture of my bunting was determined to be interesting. By whom or what, I do not know, but I'll take it as a compliment anyway. Sigh. Ever since I've turned my comments off (more on how that experiment is going in a later post), accolades are so few and far between these days, I'll take anything I can get.

Permanent Fabric Markers

Reading my sister's post here reminded me that I forgot to blog the pot holder my son made for his teacher for Christmas. He drew his design using these permanent fabric markers (they don't bleed, they're fabulous, and the only downside is that they don't come in more colors) and then he handed me the fabric scraps as I sewed them into a pot holder.

fabric markers

christmas pot holder

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Birthday Bunting

quite possibly longest bunting in the world

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Sprucing Up

garland ip

There's nothing like inviting a whole class of kids (and their parents) over for a birthday party to put the pressure on. I'm finally getting the playroom in order. I've been spending my evenings sewing up the birthday bunting, and when I need a break from that, I change into my junky clothes and paint the playroom (also known as the big room). Just me and my radio. La di da di da.