I just finished this shirt for Em yesterday. She begged to wear it before the 4th of July--I'm so glad she likes it. It is a pattern that I came up with on my own. This is the test shirt--using fabric I already had and I love how it came out. I took a shirt of Em's that flared out and used it to get the basic width. I made a paper pattern and tried it against Em. It seemed like it would work, I had to make sure that the armholes didn't gape open and thankfully that wasn't a problem. This success gives me great courage to work out other patterns. The applied star in the center is very reminiscent of a dress that my mom made me when I was little. It was dark blue dotted-white fabric with a large white embroidered star on the chest. The only problem I had was the top tubing that the straps run through. When I sewed the bias tape around the armhole I sewed over the opening of the tubes--oops. I had to fiddle and re-sew that portion.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Lemonade is one of my very favorite summertime/anytime drink. Um-yum! I found a great idea for making and drinking it here on Wee Folk Art, a really cool site for felt projects galore. I changed the recipe slightly, so here is my version......
1 quart mason jar with lid.
Fill the jar 1/3 of the way up with ice cubes.
Add the juice of one lemon, the squeezed lemon cut-up into pieces, 3 Tablespoons of sugar, and a splash of grape juice (for pink lemonade).
(I like to add back in the pulp from the squeezing process and remember to roll the lemon around on the counter before cutting to squeeze to release more juice--at least I think that's what it does)
Finally, fill the jar up with cold water and shake.
Take to the garden or anywhere.
This is extremely yummy and refreshing.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
All pitted and packaged. These cherries are all ready for the freezer
awaiting a cold, frosty day when turning on the oven sounds like a good idea. :-)
This is the whiz-bang gadget that made the pitting so easy. I love it!
Find it here if you are interested. It worked fine on sweet cherries too.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Camp mail to be delivered.
The girls and I have been inspired for many years by the mail that was delivered in Tasha Tudor's household.
She called it the Sparrow Post and the letters were very, very small.
There is a picture of these wee letters in the book "Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts" on page 143.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Here are the small moccasins that I've made. The beading is tricky...really small and wiggley.
I made pretend teeth out of Fimo clay to decorate the dress.
Here they are without the staining and glossy coating that I've since added.
They are a little creepy. (but that makes me smile)
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
A cloth bag that I made for Meg for her birthday. I got the information on how to put the zipper in on a tutorial here but I then boxed off the bottom so it would sit nice. I left it soft, with no interfacing because I wanted the bag to squish up in a purse easily.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The girls and I have started our annual summer camp activities. This years theme is Native Americans of Ohio. We hope to visit the mound builder's sites, such as Serpent Mound and a few others. Meg and I have started making Indian dolls of chamois and Em has made a beaded leather pouch.
The three books that I am using for the doll project are "Native American Indian Toy Dolls" by Katie Newton, "Dolls & Toys of Native America" by Don & Debra McQuiston, "Rag Dolls and How to Make Them" edited by Dorothea Hall. I mixed patterns for the doll from the Rag Doll book and there is plenty of inspiration in the two Indian doll books for faces, dress decoration and so forth.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
A pair of pillowcases that I just finished. Grand Revival "Kitchen Rose" was the fabric that I used and can be found on sale here, although I didn't get it there. I don't remember where I got it, but the tutorial I used for the pillowcases was found here. The internet is an everlasting joy, a buffet of ideas and I'm just loving the tutorials all over the place. Thank you everyone for sharing!