Month: February 2012

Wool Cover Tutorial: Guest Post on Under the Apple Tree!

Happy Leap Day, friends!

I’m guest posting over at Under the Apple Tree today. I’m sharing a tutorial on how to make your own wool covers for using over cloth diapers.

If you’re a cloth diapering family, you’ll want to check this out. It’s one of my favorite ways to upcycle wool sweaters. So come and hang with me Under the Apple Tree! :) [And then stick around and check out all of the loveliness you'll find there!]

Plaid Nowhere Man Pants

If you follow me on Facebook [and if you don't, you totally should], you might have seen me lamenting about how my four-year-old was refusing to wear the pants I made for him.

I may have taken it completely personally and had to eat some chocolate to make myself feel better.

But, as it is with four-year-olds, today he had absolutely no problem putting on said pants. In fact, he was so excited that he got dressed before I had to ask a second time.  Not that I ever have to ask him a second time… ;)

Well, my silly little boy decided he did, in fact, love these pants. And so do I.

I had the honor of testing the Nowhere Man Pants pattern from Shwin & Shwin. It’s pretty much fantastic.

The button flaps are my favorite part, I think. I found these wooden buttons in my stash – I must have purchased them with a project in mind, but I never used them. They were the perfect touch for these pants, though.

These pants have front and back pockets. That’s pretty important for boys who like to carry around notes and cars and money found underneath couch cushions [or from Daddy's nightstand...]

The pattern flows really nicely and comes together really quickly. Which is good, since now my four-year-old has informed me that he needs “lots more of these pants in his drawer” — go figure.

The pants are made of a lightweight plaid corduroy and were totally inspired by my grandfather’s rockin’ pants — I don’t have a lot of memories of him (unfortunately), but I definitely remember his amazing plaid pants.

What’s that… a smiling boy? Wearing the pants I made for him? Yep, mama for the win.

Linking up to some par-tays!

good enough.

so here’s the honest truth…

i didn’t make any fancy, cutesy homemade valentines.

i didn’t make my kids any valentine’s day shirts.

i didn’t make grandiose plans for a romantic evening with my hubby.

i didn’t buy one ounce of valentine candy.

but…

i’m going to shower my loves with hugs and kisses.

i’m going to give my boys simple [from a box] valentines – from a post-valentine clearance sale last year.

i’m going to celebrate my hubby’s birthday [yes, he's a valentine's day baby!] with a homemade dinner – and the sound of our boys laughing, crying, and [inevitably] whining will be our ambiance.

i’m going to wipe butts, noses, and countertops. just like every other day.

i’m not going to receive any gifts, except a day spent with the four guys i love the most and a heart that is full.

and all of that is good enough for me. more than good enough, really. it’s perfect.

happy valentine’s day, friends. :) spend it with the ones you love.

“We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19

Ribbon Heart Garland: a Tutorial

Why, hello there, February! So nice to see you, in all your pink loveliness. Yes, this is the month I can decorate my house with glorious shades of pink, and none of the boys in my house can argue with me. So wonderful!

I had some pink glittery ribbon in my house [that was part of a post-Christmas clearance ribbon pack - do people really decorate with pink for Christmas?] and when I saw it, I knew I had to use it to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

So I whipped up some quick and lovely ribbon heart garlands.

I actually like them so much that I want to make them in a more neutral color to use for every day decor.

Want to make some too?

Cut short strips out of a stiffer ribbon [not one that has wires in it, but one that keeps its shape a little as you bend it] – the length can vary, but I found that they looked best when cut between 5-7in. long.

Fold the ribbon in half – it should be folded the opposite way that it goes around the spool [the side of the ribbon that is facing the inside of the spool should be now facing outward].

Sew a tight zig-zag stitch toward the end of the folded end.

It should look like this when you’re done.

Pinch the other end together, so the ribbon now makes a heart shape.

Sew the bottom of the heart together, with another tight zig-zag stitch.

Trim the loose threads, and this is what your ribbon heart will look like.

Make a bajillion of them. Don’t worry about making them all the same size [unless that will drive you crazy!]

Now thread your needle with some embroidery thread, like this. Don’t tie a knot anywhere in your thread. I didn’t cut the length of my thread until I was done and knew how long I wanted it to be.

Thread your embroidery thread from the top of the heart through the bottom.

Continue this until you have as many hearts on the garland as you would like. You can space them out or have them closer together, whichever you think looks best.

Then hang them up and let the pink take over your house!