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I always hate getting started with the doll making process, but it is so satisfying at the end. Each couple is so unique and quirky, and many remind me of people I actually know.
In other news, I am four posts away from my 200th blog post! Isn't that super exciting? I might even have a little giveaway...stay tuned. I promise I will get to #200 before Christmas!
I recently joined the Modern Era and got a smart phone. Well, mostly smart. I have no data plan, so I am WiFi dependent, but that's fine by me. The best part about a smart phone is that I am now officially on Instagram. If you like blurry photos of kids, crafts, and muffins, feel free to follow me and I will follow you! My friend list is dismally small right now. You can find me at @tinkerknits.
And to conclude:
Well hello there. You know what? I hate it when people stop blogging. So...I'm sorry. Big cyber hugs to you all, if you have been waiting for me to post something.
Now. That's out of the way. Let's talk about how trendy foxes are. And owls. People, they are like the trendiest forest creatures of 2013. So I am totally capitalizing on that and making masks to sell. Wrong? Maybe. But my kids absolutely adore playing make-believe with these things!
So I went for simple - I bought a black hoodie and sewed on felt wings and ears. Black sweatpants. Easy and done. The next ones will not be as easy, I fear. :)
Clara is now a first grader. Let's not talk about it. I'm still adjusting.
I sewed her a skort, because a skirt isn't very modest at school when you sit "criss-cross, applesauce," now is it?
The shirt from the pattern, however, was not a winner. It was very wide and fit her funny, so I scrapped it and we went with a store bought Hello Kitty shirt (to match the ribbon I sewed around the skirt).
See the first day of Kindergarten here. And then cry because she looks so much older this year.
School starts next week for my oldest (FIRST grade. I am going to miss her!) and the week after for my middle (3-day morning preschool). But I have agreed to a lot of volunteer posts this year, as well as going back to the U of M for my Masters in Literacy Education. Busy.
Anyway. I made boxes. Mostly to store bento lunch box supplies. The tutorial was very easy to follow. I skipped the handles and added a few stitches to the corners to help it keep its shape. Next time, I will add cardboard to the bottom between the fabric layers so it holds up better.
My daughter has been in Theater Camp all week, and last night was her big performance in their show, "Bear Hugs." She was in the group that performed the book Koala Lou. It's a cute story. Before the show, Clara had a freak out - "I NEED A KOALA COSTUME!! EVERYONE WILL BE WEARING ONE BUT ME!!" Gah. Way to freak a mom out! Since I wasn't about to whip up an entire costume or go shopping two hours before the show, we compromised on koala ears and a gray outfit. I think the ears turned out great. (And, by the way, she was the ONLY child in a koala costume. Go figure.)
I did a quick Google image search for koala costumes and found this one that I used for inspiration. I happened to have some gray and white knit fabric, and a gray headband I could use. I mimicked the ear shape and added stiff interfacing inside them so they wouldn't flop around. Then I made sure they were placed in the right spots (location is key in a koala mask!) and attached them to the headband.
Now she is asking to be a koala for Halloween - fine by me!
A couple of weeks ago, I wanted a quick little project. I decided to play around with a couple patterns and see if I liked them. This dress, and this diaper cover.
Luckily, my neighbor has a new baby, so I gave the outfit to her in exchange for some photos of them. Isn't she the cutest baby?
The patterns were easy to follow. I will probably make both again, but I think next time I will skip the ruffle on the diaper cover. It made the back waistband really bulky.
Honestly, this might not even be worthy of a post, but I was feeling pretty proud of myself when I made this little prop for my tablet, so I thought I'd share. I have a Color Nook and I was finding myself grabbing random household items to hold it up while I emailed or what have you at the dining room table. Eventually, all the things I grabbed would slip and not stay put. Frustrating! Here, friends, is my solution to such a stressful first-world problem. :)
How to Make an Easy, No-Slip Tablet/Phone Prop
You will need:
1 rubber bouncy ball
1. Cut small edge off ball so it doesn't roll (I lopped off about 1/5 of the ball).
2. Prop up your smart device and feel happy that it is staying at the perfect angle.