Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sweet Baby Sewing

I finished another project! Yeah! I am on a roll. Something my husband told me really made an impression. I was pretty much hyperventilating because there is SO MUCH I want to do but not enough time, so I try to do all the things and it just aint pretty. So he suggested I do one thing, have a goal, and then move to the next thing. Well, I certainly wasn't thinking THAT when I bought fabric and supplies for one million projects.... Ha! But his practical advice helped. I was trying to finish this little baby dress in time for the Sew and Show Linkup! (the button is on the right hand side of the page here)
Being a model is so tiring

This baby top was sewn from a pattern in the book Boutique Casual for Boys and Girls by Sue Kim. While I thought the book was beautiful, I kept having to flip between 3 different patterns to get the instructions for this top. I wasn't too clear on a few of the instructions, so I winged it. This was the first time in recent memory that I used bias strips to finish the neck and arm edges. I used french seams throughout, but it is quite bulky on the front and back where the gathers are.
The fabric has been in my stash for a while now, I previously made the bloomers from Anna Maria Horner's free Knick Knack Knickers baby pattern.
What do you think?

Some of my construction is a bit wonky. And I lost my buttons, so that part will have to wait.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Upcycled: Bed Sheet to Apron

I found this toddler sized bed sheet at a thrift store for less than $1
If I were to describe my fabric/textile collection, I would say that I'm very prepared. Other people might say "hoarder." I am just someone who will be extremely prepared in the event that fabric ceases to exist and is needed to save the world. I have also been a bit preoccupied with thinking about the many lives that an item can have before its actually useless. The bedsheet I used in this project has been in my arsenal for a few months, and I was originally going to make something babyish with it. But then I saw Maker Mama's gorgeous apron post, and I was inspired to make an apron for my daughter.
We have two aprons for my girl, one came with a kid's kitchen set (she never wears it for some reason) and another was found at a garage sale, is vintage and has tiny elephants on it. She ends up wearing the elephant one quite a bit. Half aprons are a favorite in our house. I had a couple of hours to myself and decided to go for it, even though I didn't have a pattern, and even though everything wasn't perfect in my house. Sometimes I block myself from creating because there is just so much to do around the house. But I pushed through, because I really, really needed to make something.
And here it is. A new apron for my girl.

I was careful to cut the fabric so I didn't cut any animals in half.

I was sure to make an extra big pocket, and it came in handy right away

We love pockets   

I can't wait to share my plans for fall sewing with you next week (hopefully).
Happy stitching!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Thrifted Men's Shirt to Baby Bib Under $5!

Aren't bibs irresistible? There is something precious about all those perfect bibs on the shelves at the BIG box stores. The price tags make me cringe though, because the product will be used for the messiest eaters (but the cutest).

Needed supplies: Huge shirt, towel of some sort, velcro, and a sewing machine
I finally found the solution to not only make a cheap bib, but a cute one too! I thrifted this men's shirt when its tag color was half off at Goodwill San Antonio, the regular price of $3.99 is a total steal anyway, but half off was even better! (THRIFT PRO TIP: If you are looking for items to upcycle, shop ONLY for the Goodwill San Antonio Color of the Week, as these items are HALF OFF the already amazing prices - they update weekly colors on their Goodwill San Antonio Facebook page, so give them a Like to stay in the know). I also scored this washcloth for .49 cents at the Goodwill on Bitters and 281.

 I used a bib I already had as a pattern and started cutting. Remember I told you this shirt was large? So much awesome fabric! The bigger the better.

 Pin and sew the 2 pieces together.

 Don't forget to leave an opening to flip right side out.
 Cut small squares of velcro and sew on opposite sides.

 Now you have the cutest, cheapest, easiest to make reversible bib!!

Project cost:
Shirt 1.99
Washcloth .49
Velcro - I already had
So for around $2.50 I made a bib and have TONS of extra shirting fabric left.
Shop at your nearest Goodwill San Antonio store today, you never know what might inspire you! *This sponsored post made possible by Goodwill San Antonio. Shop local!*

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Vintage Dishes for Tea Time

I try to stay away from breakable decor but china is a category I can rarely resist. If you saw my previous post about a thrifty tea party, consider this is continuation. We have tea time frequently here, either by ourselves or with our sweet neighbor. I am always adding to the dish collection, and I recently found the prettiest little teacups ever at Goodwill here in San Antonio. My latest acquisitions were 49 cents each, and are all vintage. FORTY NINE CENTS! I do not buy any tea cups that are over this price anymore. I also found the most amazing cloth napkins for FORTY NINE CENTS each as well. Amazing! I spent $4.40 total on the linens. I swear its more expensive to buy tea and cookies.
 All items pictured were 49 cents each except for the Limoges butterfly pattern egg on the far right ($2.99)

 They feel as gorgeous as they look!

I found a copy of the wonderful poetry collection, Animals, Animals by Eric Carle at Goodwill for 99 cents. Poetry teatime anyone?

*Disclosure: I received a Goodwill gift card to purchase the items featured in this post*

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fabric First: My Jellyroll and a New Fabric Store!

When I first moved to San Antonio, there was a locally owned fabric store going out of business nearby. It was an exciting/disappointing time, as I loved the sale prices but was so sad to see a shop close its doors. Fast forward to NOW, and what popped up right before my eyes, in almost the same location...a fabric shop!! As much as I can, I avoid large chains, as sometimes they can be not so efficient, plus they don't carry fabrics from Michael Miller, Moda, etc.

Whooohoo! I was so excited. The same day I saw the shop, I stopped inside...and said "oops!"
The shop was so new it was not actually open for business yet! But the owners were super kind and let me look around, which was awesome but painful because I knew I couldn't buy any of the goodies I saw. So I went back in two days, after they had officially opened and bought some things I had previously scoped out.

I was pleasantly surprised with the assortment at Mesquite Bean Fabrics (and no, this is not a sponsored post, I'm just a really excited fabric shopper), the space is great, and the customer service is excellent. The care with how they cut and fold the fabric is apparent (and appreciated). I felt like my purchase was special to them.

Keep in mind that I am not (yet) a quilter, but was totally ready to jump in on the Row by Row quilt after they explained what it was.
I got the sweetest fabrics, a couple of which are going to be made into pillowcases for Conkerr San Antonio, the rest apparel for my little people.
Also, I bought a jellyroll. Did I mention I am not a quilter? But the way the sweet lady at Mesquite Bean explained it, and showed me the books about working with jelly rolls, if I can sew I can make a jelly roll quilt. The fabrics are "30's Playtime Favorites" by moda. I am sooo excited to get stitching. Oh, and the jelly roll got unrolled by one of my "helpers".

Mesquite Bean Fabrics

6708 N New Braunfels Ave
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Monday-Friday    9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Sunday Closed

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Favorite Poetry Books For Children

It's been a little over a year that I have made a conscious effort to increase the amount of poetry read aloud in our home. It's going well, although we could always read more. Having books of poems easily accessible really helps with our goal. I was fortunate to buy a few poetry books used, but others will be purchased new. One book at a time, one poem at a time, we will come together and laugh, sigh or jump for joy. Poetry does not have to be too serious, stuffy or painful. Instead, it can be easy, fun, and very accessible for both caregiver and child.

Tied for first place in my home, these first two books both have amazing illustrations, as well as a wide variety of poems to fit various themes.

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children has a wide selection, is divided by subject, selected by Jack Prelutsky and is illustrated by Arnold Lobel. And who doesn't love Mr. Lobel's illustrations?

Stunning watercolor illustrations throughout, and produced by indie children's book publisher Barefoot Books, The Barefoot Book of Poems is a must have for any home library. This book captivates not only children, but has such a well rounded selection of poems, that I recommend it for anyone, regardless of age.

My next picks are the poetry books by A.A Milne. These dear, sweet, slim volumes have been requested to be read on repeat in my house. There is a set that includes all three titles,  Pooh's Library: Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six (Pooh Original Edition).

Third is The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum, a wonderful book even if you aren't homeschooling classically. Definitely a book that will grow with you and your children.

We love the Shel Silverstein Books, as well as the newly discovered and ordered Eric Carle's Animals Animals, a collection of poems about, well, animals.

Do you have any favorite poetry books in your home? Have you read them aloud? I would love to hear your favorites!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Digging Deep For a Great Deal: How To

Have you ever shopped at an outlet? Yeah, me too. It's always a little crazy. But great deals are worth a bit of legwork right?
If you want the ultimate bargain, the ultimate BEST DEAL ever chance, the ultimate adventure in thrifting,  go to the Goodwill Clearance Store! I decided to brave traffic and take a little trip to 4861 W Commerce Street.
 At the outlet, HUGE boxes that are as big as my closet are dumped into HUGE tables. All merchandise is assorted, so wear gloves! Books are mixed with dishes, electronics, etc, etc. Most of the clothing is separate, but you never know when another customer might place a glass vase in the clothing tables...under 50 items of clothing. The seasoned treasure hunters had gloves, and even sticks to help poke around the tables.
Grab a cart, and get ready. At the Goodwill Outlet here in San Antonio, different parts of the store are prepared (and thus blocked off) while other parts are open. Customers line up behind a barrier and try to preview potential treasures. When it's time to GO, an employee gives a warning...No pushing! And more. I couldn't hear everything because I was a bit far away from her. Then the barriers are removed and you need to get in there! Get moving. Dig! I didn't take gloves and had a stroller with me, so things were a bit tricky.

 But I did find some lovely items: a framed print of St. Paul's Cathedral, vintage linens and books, all for a grand total of $4.16!!       

All of this embroidery is hand done!

I will definitely go back, you never know what you might find and it is always an adventure! And the prices are AMAZING!

*I was given a $25 Goodwill gift card for this post. All opinions are my own*
For more pictures of my trip to the outlet, check out my Instagram @sevenlovelythings