Sunday, July 31, 2011
Posted by Sarah at 12:31 PM
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Today I went to Denver to run a work errand with my husband and he surprised me by agreeing to go to Ikea when he was done. Originally I went to have about two hours of uninterrupted crocheting time while I worked on a new pattern, but when he said we were going there I felt like I had won the lottery.
The traffic and parking were pretty nuts which I guess is to be expected the first full weekend they were open. But we found parking pretty quickly and made our way to the store. The place was jam packed but not to the point to the point of claustrophobia. I was even able to run into a best friend.
Seeing as my husband is a carpenter, he isn't impressed with the furniture but even he admitted that the accessories were nice and even some of the furniture had improved since our last trip to an Ikea (10 years ago in New Jersey).
TITTA DJUR Finger puppets - $4.99
SKURAR Plant pot, off-white - $3.99
2 ORÄDD Plant pot, beige - $0.49 (fo' real)
2 Chocolate bars - one milk chocolate the other hazelnut. The hazelnut was to die for, wish I bought more of those suckers.
Here are the things I am thinking about getting, either for our house or to use as photo props.
Friday, July 29, 2011
A new quilt shop in my little ole town! They must of thought I was a crazy person taking pictures through the window...
Thursday, July 28, 2011
If you walked into my house right now you might think I was canning some tomato sauce because it smells great in here. The truth is much messier. While getting out a box of mac and cheese to make for lunch my blood pressure must have dropped and my eye sight blacked out when I had my hand raised above my head reaching for the box. While I was waiting the 5 seconds for my vision to come back, I managed to drop a glass of spagetti sauce on the floor and it shattered.
Luckily the whole jar didn't shatter but enough of it did to be a pain in the dupa. This must have been magic traveling glass because it ended up in three different rooms.
At least my house smells like I was cooking all morning.
Monday, July 25, 2011
In one week I will be flying with the kids to NY by myself! I did this same trip last year but my daughter was less mobile and smaller; should be an interesting time. I am looking for an easy project to work on while I am out there and need your help deciding.
The first two are blankets that I was thinking I could make large enough for a twin or full sized bed for my daughter and the last two could be photo props for upcoming newborn shoots.
And last but not least - a knitting project.
I love the granny square blanket but worry it might not be mindless enough for vacation since I have never attempted one!
Friday, July 22, 2011
I saw this great little pillow and thought, "Hey, that would be cute as a rug for photographs!" While it is really cute it was a pain in the butt to make.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I am leaning towards the Half Drop.
Monday, July 18, 2011
The link to the original pattern is found here.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
This seems like a simple project for my 3.5 year old and we started it today. I haven't been to a farmers market recently but I did manage to pick up an organic sweet potato and a conventional one at our local grocery store.
Here is the original video. Clearly she has been coached but regardless of the message's delivery I am excited to see if we get the same results.
If you want some additional reading check out:
Residue Levels of Chlorpropham in Individual Tubers and Composite Samples of Postharvest-Treated Potatoes
I am going to try and post a picture once a week to track our potato growing progress. Has anyone else tried to recreate the video?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I think it is safe to say that I prefer patternless sewing. I made this dress/skirt this afternoon just using a couple measurements, and you can too! The best part about the outfit is that it can be a dress or a skirt and with the ties you can change the look pretty quickly to suit your mood.
Sorry for the less than stellar pictures - I am all packed and ready to go shoot my next birth and don't want to mess with my camera bag until that baby gets here! These were all taken with my iPhone.
Step 1: Measure your waist and times by 1.5. So if your waist is 32" your measurement with be 48". That is the width of your dress/skirt.
Step 2: Determine how long you want your dress and that with be the length.
Step 3: Using a gathering stitch on the top edge of your dress. Pull your gather to the width of your waist (32"). This was so easy using the spandex/knit I got on clearance at Joann Fabrics. Then using a zig-zag stitch go over your gather so they don't move.
Step 4: Sew up your side seam using a zig-zag stitch
Step 5: Cut out a piece of fabric that is the width of your waist (32") and how ever long you want the top section to be. The longer you make it the more if can fold but can also get bunchy. I made mine about 12 inches.
Step 6: Attach the wrong side of the skirt section to the right side of the top section using a zig-zag stitch. I know that seems a little wonky, but when you put it on the top part will then fold over.
Step 7: I then cut a piece of material that I could easily wrap around myself two time and have length to tie.
Step 8: Sew the strip of material to the middle of your top section.
Step 9: If you used a knit like I did then you are done - no seams to finish!!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Posted by Sarah at 7:53 AM
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Sorry for the lack of posts. I am a doula and photographer and have been either waiting for a birth, attending a birth or editing some beautiful birth pictures. I would love to share the photos but that is a big ole no-no until mom and dad give me the go ahead.
But I am back, with a new obsession. I was cruising around Pintrest (my newest addiction) and found something called Gocco. Picture this little toy looking machine that allows you to make your own screen prints easily! I have wanted to get into screen printing but just haven't had the time to make or buy a screen. I want this.
If you want to see how easy the process is check out the web site www.SaveGocco.com.
The problem I am having is actually finding a machine for sale. A Google shopping search shows that they run anywhere from $150 to over $700. That makes me nervous. Definitely have to do some more research on how to buy one.
The process looks easy enough. Draw your image using a carbon pencil, burn it onto screen using the poison lighbulb and then add ink and press. If anyone has used one of these machines or knows a reputable place to buy one I would love to hear from you!