Saturday, June 25, 2011

Homemade Ball and Shorts

I did a little bit of sewing yesterday and ended up with a few crude completed projects. I made a spiderman ball with a balloon as the "stuffing" and a quick pair of shorts for Rock to wear while running around the house (i would just let him wear the diaper but he likes to take it off... he hasn't figured out how to take his shorts/pants of yet) The shorts are also good for sleeping. Those projects are posted below (I used the ball pattern again just slightly bigger) Another quick project i did was transform one of the shirts i never wear into a quick tank top for Rock. The collar needs some sort of adjustment still but i left the sleeves and bottom hem raw using my pinking shears to add a little more to it (since it was tshirt material it doesn't fray) I am trying to figure out some other items around the house that I can repurpose because my fabric box is in storage for now. It is somewhat sad since i have several started projects in with my fabric that i could be working on but i still try to find other things so my sewing machine gets some use :)

sitting nicely with his ball...
and then standing to kick

Your hearts and minds must be 
made completely new
Ephesians 4:23 (GoodNews Translation)

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Father's Day Gift: Completeishness

So I pretty much finished the project I was working on for Father's day. It still has a few finishing touches and seams I need to reinforce but I won't post again after this for it. So here it is:


I do need to find a new 5 subject notebook to throw into it and will sharpen the pencils before gifting it. But I am fairly satisfied with it. I did omit some extra things like a pocket i was going to have next to the pencils and the extra elastic to hold the pencils near the bottom. But the elastic was enough trouble the first time. (I have never sewn with elastic b4 and will have to try again... later)

I am still trying to figure out what to have Rock do with me. I have debated making candy clay so he can play in it and make something specail for dada to consume :)   or perhaps a simple hand/footprint I am still deciding.

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and that your joy may be complete. 
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
John 15:11, 12 (NIV)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Paper Mama Photo Challenge: Self Portrait

While I am in the process of making my fathers day gift I will take a break to enter a photo contest... and I will just use this photo while I am at it :) I think it fits well for the Paper Mama Challenge: Self Portrait



You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:22-24(NIV)

Father's Day Gift

It is June and Father's Day is right around the corner (after Flag Day... which happens to be my father's birthday). So I was contemplating some ideas for this father's day and searching all over the web as to what I will do for the special father's in my life. I may just do something simple for the grandfather's, including my dad, perhaps a picture postcard like a did for Christmas... but with different photos :P  I will have to think on it a little more but not too long because Father's day may sneak past me if I do.

For my husband I have decided to get more creative yet inexpensive. The project/s I am doing are from items I already had around the house. I found this and decided I would steal  use it:

And I wanted to make a creativity/art case type thing and know I have seen things like what I want online:
On The Go Art Case at This Mama Makes Stuff
Minimalist Kids Art Case
Split Hemz Art Tote
and the SewRayMe Little Artist's Case
Just to name a few...

So I am in the process of adapting the designs to make a little more hubby friendly to fit what he may want... and his new mustache pencils :) I am using an old pair of my jeans and art supplies from around the house
Here is what I have (click for larger view):


This is the first time I have used the sewing machine my mom brought down for me (along with some other sewing materials... like the velcro and elastic). I already broke the needle so I will have to replace that before I can continue. But otherwise It has been great.. much better than hand sewing :) It is a family heirloom that was once my great grandmothers and is now mine:


I also want to involve Rock in part of the process of making the gift so I will have him "write" a note to dada that will be included in the gift. Perhaps I could do a Thumb Bunny loves you card... or maybe some footprints with a little saying of some sort?

Lead me in the way everlasting!
Psalm 139:24b (ESV)