Whoa! It’s been way too long since I’ve written! And it’s not been for lack of creativity that’s for sure. The cooler weather seems to have ushered in all sorts of crafty ideas and I am having trouble finding the time to get all my ideas to materialize! I picked up some extra hours at work but that seems to have settled for now, so I’ve got some time to spend catching everyone up on what’s being crafted.
Our kitchen upgrade is complete. Check out the before and after photos of the cupboards and painting done. Now that the cupboards look so good, it sort of makes the crappy countertops and flooring look even crappier. Who uses granite floor tile on a countertop anyway? Gross. Our long term plan is to replace the countertop before Christmas and then cash in on the home reno tax credit for the kitchen upgrades and bathroom gut jobs we did and buy a new stove with the proceeds. Then we’ll have a kitchen that feels clean and nice and lovely. Send comments, I’d love to hear what you all think! (P.S.: Sorry about the wonky picture attachments)
With space at a premium in our household, I never really considered a permanent spot to set up my sewing things. But now that I seem to be back in the groove, setting up and taking down each night is a big pain in the butt, so I put my designing skills to the test and gave myself a whole 8 square feet of permanent sewing space. If my husband can have a whole room for guitars and keyboards, surely I can have 8 square feet?
This has meant relocating a number of household things, which just seem to landslide into moving other things and then other things….. I’ve been really trying to organize and get sorted during this process but it’s taking up a lot of time. Time I don’t really have when trying to put a fiesty toddler to sleep, keep the house “clean” and generally take some for myself, when I can find it. Oh- and quality time with my spouse. That’s important too! Except now I have to do battle with guitars and Lego. Don’t get me started about the Lego piles on the floor, the Lego robots on the bookcases and the Lego towers I topple over every time I move in the living room. I’m not talking about my daughter’s Lego, by the way. This is all my dear husbands!
First up: brought GG’s sewing machine into Mason and they are taking a look and giving it lots of love. The machine is a beaut but cannot straight stitch so I think a setting is slightly off. Thanks to my other GG for taking such wonderful care of it. Who knew the man of the house did all the sewing? A man truly ahead of his time.
Second: need to sell two things to make room for the sewing table. We have a cavernous but lovely asian sideboard that used to house our electronics and tv. It’s been storing sewing machines, fabric, notions and all sorts of things that we want out of sight. Now that has to go and I am trying to find new homes for everything it was hiding. Am coveting all sorts of antique suitcases and hat boxes on ebay. Who knows what I’ll end up with!
Third- taking the opportunity to re-paint the sewing table and paint and recover the stool that comes with it. Treated myself to some lovely Marimekko fabric yesterday and will place lovingly on top of the stool once the paint job is complete.
I will send photo’s once the space is complete, but thought I’d let you all know what I’ve been up to.
Crafting wise, I’ve been making:
- several wool diaper covers out of old sweaters (awesome way to recycle sweaters- I will document this in detail in an upcoming post because they are so easy to make!)
- diaper/ wet bag (instructions to follow in this post)
- knitting needle satchel (will not even try to explain how I made this as I kept changing my mind and redoing parts so that the stitching wouldn’t be visible. Definitely a challenge-and then I burnt with the old iron. Grrrr.) This was inspired by a satchel I saw at Collage Collage, an art studio I’ve been taking A. It was so lovely, I thought about how I could make something similar for my needles. You could store a lot of things in here- crayons, markers, make up brushes, etc.
- knitting a diaper cover that I’ve ripped out twice so far. Will the third time be a charm?
Here’s some pics and a how-to to make your own diaper/ wet bag:
- 1 Meter PUL (polylaminated urethane) or other waterproof material like a really heavy duty nylon
- Matching thread
- 12″ zipper or one that spans the width of the bag
- 6 inches webbing
1. Fold material in half- this will give you enough to make two bags from and cut. Alternatively, put two 12″ X 14″ pieces of fabric together, good sides facing.
2. Place good sides of material facing each other and pin along the top where you want the opening and zipper to go.
3. Baste along the top- leaving about 1/4″ seam allowance. (Basting means a really wide straight stitch. This is so that it is easier to rip out, which you will see why in a moment).
Baste stitch top edge
4. Press open. With the PUL it was very hard to press- I just had to hold it open for the next step.
5. Place zipper face down on the pressed open seam. Pin to each seam. Sew in regular straight stitch. You can use a zipper foot for this, or if you don’t have one, you just need to do a bit of extra finagling around the zipper head. Leave the end near the zipper head unsewn. When you have stitched the zipper in, undo the zipper down to the other end, and the stitch in the part that still needs to be attached.
Zipper face down on sewn and pressed seam
6. Flip bag right side out and use a seam ripper to unpick the basted stitches used to make the original seam. Now you have a really nicely concealed zipper. Top stitch around the zipper to finish.
7. Place good sides of fabric facing each other again. Pin and sew each of the three remaining sides together. I added a bit of webbing to hang the bag up. If you want to add webbing- fold 6″ of webbing in half and stick in between one of the side seams about to be sewn and hold in place with a pin. Make sure that the webbing is inserted in between the good sides of the fabric- when you turn the bag right side out, the webbing should be sticking out.
8. Sew- turn bag right side out.
Now it’s good to go for holding wet bathing suits, wet clothes, dry or soiled diapers. Yay!
Another Homespun Salon coming up this weekend and Halloween to start planning for. A is dressing up as a butterfly!
Here are some books I’ve been getting inspiration from: