Sunday, February 24, 2008

Vintage Patterns Made New

Am I the only person who thinks that low-rise pants are a bad idea for kids (not to mention adults)? Katie is very tall for her age, and has virtually no waistline. Every pair of pants fall down on her hips, even when the waist is tight enough. You can see her behind when she's playing and it looks like she's a wanna-be rapper.

I had a thought about vintage patterns. We didn't wear low-rise pants when I was a child, so I looked and easily found a pattern on eBay. The date was 1977.

Now for some fabric..... I love to re-purpose items, and that's how a tablecloth from the clearance aisle at Wal-Mart became a pair of children's pants. It's a nice denim fabric--not too heavy, and not too thin. I think it was around $3 for the HUGH tablecloth so I'm sure I'll be able to get some more items from it.

Back to the pants. The waist actually comes up to her waistline. They aren't skin-tight like a lot of jeans are these days. (I don't like skin-tight for adults, not to mention for little girls.) Katie says they're very comfortable.

We may be switching to all dresses in the near future. Until that happens, this will be the pattern I use for Miss Katie's pants.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Mittens at 30 Weeks

I went with my sister, Sharon, her husband (Don), her two sons (Kyle and Adam, my nephews), my mom, and Katie (my daughter who is 4) to my sister's 4D Ultrasound. She's a few days shy of 30 weeks.

Sharon drank orange juice on the way so Maggie (or "Mittens" as she's so fondly known) would be active. And, boy, was she ever active!

Maggie had her hands in front of her face for a lot of the ultrasound. If it wasn't her hands, it was part of the umbilical cord laying on her nose that would block her face. At one time, you could see her tiny hands grasping her BIG foot! Well, it looked big compared to her hand! She had one eye open and was looking around. Then she started hiccuping! You could see everything on the huge screen. You could see the parts of the umbilical cord, the chambers of her beating heart, and her perfect little spine.

Psalm 139:13-16
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

I've Been Tagged!

Melissa has tagged me for the "5 (Useless) Things about Me" meme. Here are the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself with pictures.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

(or you can let them find out reading your blog!--I just added that part! :))

Hmmmm.......5 things.....Here goes.....

1. I can't stand to hear anyone sneeze--myself included. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.
2. Speaking of fingernails, I used to be a BAD nail-biter, and then quit cold turkey. My nails got so long that they CURVED and no one would believe they were real.
3. I was once offered an outrageous amount of money to pose nude for a photo grad student at I.U. He kept telling me that it was my backside that he was interested in and no one would know it was me. (By the way, I didn't do it.)
4. Creative ideas swirl around in my mind 24/7--yes, even when I'm asleep. Sometimes the ideas keep me from sleeping.
5. I can eat popcorn every day--and usually do.

I'm tagging
Cyndi at Modern Christian Homestead
Kathy at Highlights from Higher Ground
Rick at Musings of a Vast Right-Winger
Kim at Hoppes Homestead (even though someone else recently tagged her)
and anyone else who would like to post!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Great Toy Experiment of 2008

Saturday night was stressful around here. The girls had every single toy on their bedroom floor--or on the livingroom floor.

After spending at least 45 minutes trying to get them to start picking things up, I told them that when the timer goes off in 15 minutes, anything that was still out was MINE!

(I did this a few weeks ago and about 25% of their toys went into time-out. They earned them back by picking up things that were left out over the next few days.)

The timer went off and nothing, I mean NOTHING had been done. I was right there with them for the entire 15 minutes and short of me putting a toy in their hand and leading them to the toybox, nothing was working. In fact, that really didn't work either because I couldn't get up and walk for them.

It was turning into a test of wills.

So, anyway, the timer went off. I started dragging the toy box into their closet then tossing everything on top of it. Now they wanted to help! They thought it was fun to toss toys into the toybox that was now in a different spot. I took everything except the stuffed animals on their beds and the books that were on the shelf.

Now it's Tuesday. They've spent a lot of time coloring, making "caves" with blankets draped over the bunkbeds, playing with the stuffed animals, reading books, and making their own fun. They haven't fought any less, but they haven't fought more either.

Know what? I don't think they really miss the toys at all. Sure, they played with them when they could go from one to the next, scattering pieces and parts along the way.....but overall, I don't think they care.

Pretty soon I'm going to have to deal with the toys in the closet. I can't get in there to find their shoes, or get any of their drawers open. I'm not ready to toss all the toys completely.

What would you do?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Etsy and Embroidery

More items have been listed in my Etsy shoppe. I've been experimenting with the photography aspect, trying to come up with just the right "photo recipe" for my handmade accessories. What do you think of the photos?

On another note, I recently purchased an embroidery machine! It's still in the box, waiting to be tested. Today is the day! Hope to post photos from my experiments later in the week. (It's also a sewing machine, so I'll probably learn how that part works first, then move on to embroidery.)

Monday, February 11, 2008

EBay Listing...and, no, it's not mine!

Ebay is raising fees. Well, technically, they're lowering insertion fees, while upping the final value fees. This means they get more money from the sellers, while trying to seem like they're charging less.

Many people, myself included, who sell handmade items on eBay are planning a boycott from February 18-25. I know, it will be a drop in eBay's bucket, but at least we can say we tried to do something.

Here's a link to an eBay listing that tells all about it!

If you buy or sell on eBay, please think about joining the boycot.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

"Modern Art"

Watercolor paper: $5.00 with coupon at Hobby Lobby

Paint brushes: $3.00

Frames with mats: $3.00 each from Wally World

Modern art masterpieces painted by your own little Picassos:


I took a painting class in November where we sort of learned to do modern art. Not being a fan of modern art myself, I thought this might just broaden my horizons. It did.
At the class, we listened to different musics, played with paint and different ways of applying it: brushes, feathers, Barbie shoes (Yes, Barbie shoes! It worked great!), string, and so on. The paper was about 9"x12" but when the papers were dry, we fiddled with the mats and just matted part of our painting. That way if you just liked PART of it, it still worked out great!
That's exactly what I did with the girls. I gave them larger pieces of paper, tempera paints, brushes, water, and so on, and let them have at it! They had the best time! (I wish I'd taken pictures of them actually painting the pictures. Maybe next time.)
After the papers were dry, I matted just part of the paper, making it very interesting. It looks like modern art that you'd pay a lot of money for in a gallery.
Their grandparents were here yesterday and were very impressed with the paintings. We'll have to do this again soon for Mother's and Father's Day gifts.
Note: For some reason, Blogger is putting all of my paragraphs together in one big blob. I have no idea why, and can't seem to get it fixed. I apologize if it's hard to read. I'll try again to fix it later today.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Finally--New Etsy Listings

I finally got some new headbands listed in my Etsy shop! Click on the icon in the sidebar to check out all of them.

I LOVE making headbands! It's so much fun to try out new color combinations.