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Sewing Room Makeover

January 18, 2011

So a sewing room repaint has been in order since… well, since this dining room became a sewing room 🙂   I have had visions of repainting the walls to a lighter, brighter more inspiring color for awhile.  So I am jumping in!   I had dark wood beams along the ceiling walls and down the center of the room and had painted those a long time ago.  However, I never got around to rolling the main part of the ceiling.  So I rolled it tonight.  It needs one more coat and as much as I would like to call it “good enough”, I am doing it right this time.

So here is the before picture of the room in all its messy glory.  It is way messier then usual here so pardon the piles that arent usually there.

I am going to leave my trim/stairs all the brown wood. But will be painting the top and the bottom 2 separate colors. Here are the before pics (keep in mind it needs tidied, lol)

Here are the colors I picked out.  The top will be this pretty aqua green color called “Freshy Fresh” lol.  Bottom is “Paprika”.  The brown is just in the middle to show the contrast with the trim.

So feel free to follow along as I move onto a new brighter space.   I hope to replace the blue cabinet in the corner too and I would love to paint the embroidery cabinet and put some cool funky fabric in the front openings.

5 minute book cover with a little “how to”

January 6, 2011

So my daughter tells me this distraught story about how her book for Math is all bent and really needs a cover.  Well, try finding a cover right now in the middle of the school year, lol.

So we just made one real quick.  This was so simple to do.   We took yardage of a cotton knit material I had on hand, but you could easily use a t- shirt that your child grew out of or that has a stain/rip in a place that wont show once you cut this out.

Just take your book and lay the front, back and the ream of the book completely flat.  We rotary cut right next to the top/bottom edges with no seam allowances.   Then add 4″ onto both ends and trim the ends.   Fold the end over the front flap and mark the crease and do the same for the back but pull just slightly to stretch the material every so much to make the cover fit snug.  Match the right sides together and serge or zigzag stitch along the top and bottom edges with the ends folded in at the creases.  Reverse the ends to be right side out and install the book. 

Here is ours:

BEFORE being covered

After Being Covered

Cover open

 

My Daughter really wanted a T embroidered on it- so While it was here and the embroidery machine was available I did as was requested 😉

With T Embroidered on it!

 

So there ya have it- A book cover that took about 50 cents and 5 minutes to make.. She was one happy camper!!

Flip n’ What?? :)

September 28, 2010

I cant tell you how excited I was to hear and see about this method of scrappy quilting called Flip & Sew.   Kinda like paper piecing but without all the work.   This is a great way to get rid of scraps of ALL sizes without tedious cutting of pieces into a pattern.  Such a great quilting method for those that like to creatively “wing-it”.   My friend, Darla, came by today and showed me her block and told me about this method and I had to try it for myself before I could sleep tonight.

You can google it and find several how to’s online if you wanna try it.  Here is my first 12″ block. 

Think I will do 9 blocks and then border them with a cream/ivory solid and then free form quilt them.  So pretty!! 

OK- gotta head to bed now, but just couldnt settle my brain until I tried it!  I have a love/hate relationship with my creative juices 🙂

Getting school things together..how do you organize?

September 8, 2010

As summer winds down, we start organizing the things we do for homeschooling.  We are trying a new method called “Charlotte Mason” this year that incorporates multi level learning and lots of togetherness/reading.   Learning by seeing/doing instead of just reading/testing/writing.

The kids are super excited about this year and since my work schedule with Bottombumpers keeps me really busy right now, we went with a “curriculum” this year called “My Fathers World”.   We are already in love with this curriculum and we hope to fall even more in love with it as the days pass and we actually DO it, lol.    This year we will do Geography and study Countries and Cultures.  I really wanted to just jump right in with the Ancient History but they recommended we spend time getting to know the places/people we will study along the way.  

So while I try to figure out how I will work this year as we do 2 separate “plans” for different kids (older 2 are doing MFW together and the younger 6 year old is doing the Kindergarten MFW curriculum but will sit in) I have come across a million ways to organize my day, supplies, plans, books, etc.

So might I ask the giant world of homeschoolers out there.. do you do a “method” of organization like workboxes? Printed Lesson plans? Lapbooks? etc….    TEll me about it.. link me to your blogs, show me your schooling supply areas…   I wanna see!!!

Happy 4th of July…

July 4, 2010

Me and my oldest daughter had a blast today doing our toenails and fingernails today. So fun to do these things with her!

We also made these cupcakes for a get together we had tonight!  We had a blast tonight.  So nice to be surrounded by all the kiddos and a bunch of like minded friends!

Enjoy a picture of our cupcakes- Wish we could send you a real one, they were delicious!   WE subbed out the oil for Applesauce and it worked perfectly…

Can you tell baby girl was trying REALLY hard to not touch them, lol. So SwEeT!

As promised…

January 2, 2010

I promised over a month ago to update when I finally finished the revamp of Baby girls room to be more neutral.  Here is the final wall “dots” all done.  I need to order the brown bumper and a new changing pad and cover soon.

 

I am also doing something funky to the closet door that is just to the left of the crib but it isnt done yet, so I will wait for a pic of the whole thing.   I am working on crocheting the baby a blanket that is browns/greens as well.   I think I am almost ready.  I am definately nesting but my body just cant do all the things my mind wants it to at 8 months pregnant, lol.

Artwork Pads of Paper

December 20, 2009

This idea was such a great one from Revel Designs that I just had to do it!   My kids are always drawing pictures for others and if those “others” are anything like me, they dont know what to do with it all.    So I purchased my padding compound a month ago and had the kids draw pics.   Then craft fair/Thanksgiving all passed by and I realized I didnt have much time to finish this before our family get together yesterday, lol. 

I had the kids draw the pics and then I scanned them in and resized them and formatted word to have 2 columns and put in lines, etc. and printed TONS of paper.  I used my rotary ruler/cutter to separate all the sheets and then tried to shuffle them all up so each pad had designs from everyone!

Thanks again to Revel Designs for the idea and walk through! 😀

Can I have a wordless Tuesday?

December 1, 2009

Crafters Swap follow up!!

November 18, 2009

Hey all!   If you are planning to send items in for the “Crafters Swap” below is the list i posted of what people are making and wanting!

Requested to receive *if you can make these items, they are WANTED*

  • hair clips/bows
  • Felt food (wool food)
  • Fun bath soaps/melts for kids
  • jewelry *silver, beaded, etc*
  • Wood Toys
  • Stationary
  • Knit Items *boys-4 months/2 years, NOT scarves*
  • chalk mats
  • Pet Items
  • Stocking Stuffers
  • Flannel PJ pants *2T, 5T girly and 5T boyish have been requested*
  • Crocheted/Knitted hats for 9 month, 2year, 5 year girls*
  • Purse/Diaper Bag

Items that others have said they could send in so far:

  • Doodle bags/cases and crayon rolls
  • Womens D-Ring Belts
  • Drooler Bibs/Burp cloths
  • Find it (I spy) Bags
  • Child aprons
  • Denim overall Tutus
  • Minky Blankets/Loveys
  • GIrls and Adult PUrses, coin purses
  • Sewn Baskets
  • Stationary holders
  • Lace Christmas Ornaments
  • Soaps
  • Earrings
  • Kitchen Hanging Towels
  • Therapy Bags *hot/cold flax filled, etc*
  • Cloth Napkins/Placemats
  • Boxer Briefs for kids?
  • Tote/Library Bags
  • Hair Clips/Bows
  • Flannel Blankets
  • Coffee Cozies

If you didnt officially post and “sign up” feel free to do so now! It isnt too late as long as you can still get your items & return shipping deposit paid by the deadline.  Here are the details and guidelines again:

Here is how it would work:

  1. Read the guidelines below to see if you qualify
  2. Reply to this blog post with what you can send/make *links are VERY helpful* and what you would love to receive *just to give others ideas of demand, etc.*
  3. Email me at sthomp {at} verizon.net  so you will receive updates, lists of what is being made, what has been requested, etc. in about a week!  Put SUBJECT: Crafters SWAP
  4. Start working on items you see requested that you can make and start making your list of what you see linked that you would like to have
  5. Send your items to me with THIS FORM and $10 for your return shipping package.  I will refund any extra shipping to you. (You can send cash at your own risk, Money orders or send Paypal to stacy {at} appletreeboutique.com with your full name/crafters swap deposit in the subject by 11-25.)
  6. YOUR ITEMS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THEN NOVEMBER 25th, 2009.  If they are not RECEIVED by DECEMBER 1st, 2009, the sorting will start without you and if it is all sorted, your items may be returned to you.  SO THE EARLIER YOU CAN MAIL THE BETTER!!!!
  7. You will receive items you requested at a value equal to what you sent in.  So if you only send $20 value of items in, you will only receive $20 value back!!!!  Then just Stalk your mail man for your return package full of items. 

Here is a form to send IN YOUR PACKAGE again just in case you missed the link above:  http://www.appletreeboutique.com/crafterswapform.pdf

Guidelines:

  • Must be in the US to participate, sorry mamas packaging /shipping delays/etc outside of US is just too much for me to handle at this time
  • Must be an experienced crafter at what you are sending in.  Please dont decide you will make your first ever SEWN item ever and participate in this swap.  Sorry to the newbies
  • Please be respectful of those allergic to pets/smoke by making sure your items are free of hairs, smells, etc.  Send your items very clean and packaged neatly please.
  • Please send items that you would be happy to receive. 
  • If your item was made with a particular participants request in mind, please make sure to note that somehow. 
  • If you item is a SIZED item, please bag/tie it and attach a description with the size so I will know what size it is.
  • We will do our best to sort out and send you only items you really really wanted, but just by filling in extra items you help us sort things to people that can use them.  So if you have a few babies being born next year in your family, you could always add that you could use newborn items for showers or something.   Please be detailed in your requests and list MANY of them.  We might email you to try to fulfill some value if we have questions and want your approval.

Feel free to invite your friends!

Crafters Swap for Handmade Holidays..

November 2, 2009

As many of you probably do, I try to make things that my family wants as special gifts for Christmas.   I have an embroidery machine so I monogram.  I can crochet so I made a few scarves/hats.  I can sew so I give things I have made that they want,etc.

Every year I feel a little limited by my supplies/time/experience.   I know many of you have craft specialties of your own.  I would love to do a large Crafters Swap to swap things we have made between each other so I will have more variety to choose from to gift.  Even if some of the items are small, they can be stocking stuffers.  

Here is how it would work:

  1. Read the guidelines below to see if you qualify
  2. Reply to this blog post with what you can send/make *links are VERY helpful* and what you would love to receive *just to give others ideas of demand, etc.*
  3. Email me at sthomp {at} verizon.net  so you will receive updates, lists of what is being made, what has been requested, etc. in about a week!  Put SUBJECT: Crafters SWAP
  4. Start working on items you see requested that you can make and start making your list of what you see linked that you would like to have
  5. Send your items to me with THIS FORM and $10 for your return shipping package.  I will refund any extra shipping to you. (You can send cash at your own risk, Money orders or send Paypal to stacy {at} appletreeboutique.com with your full name/crafters swap deposit in the subject by 11-25.)
  6. YOUR ITEMS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THEN NOVEMBER 25th, 2009.  If they are not RECEIVED by DECEMBER 1st, 2009, the sorting will start without you and if it is all sorted, your items may be returned to you.  SO THE EARLIER YOU CAN MAIL THE BETTER!!!!
  7. You will receive items you requested at a value equal to what you sent in.  So if you only send $20 value of items in, you will only receive $20 value back!!!!  Then just Stalk your mail man for your return package full of items. 

Here is a form to send IN YOUR PACKAGE again just in case you missed the link above:  http://www.appletreeboutique.com/crafterswapform.pdf

Guidelines:

  • Must be in the US to participate, sorry mamas packaging /shipping delays/etc outside of US is just too much for me to handle at this time
  • Must be an experienced crafter at what you are sending in.  Please dont decide you will make your first ever SEWN item ever and participate in this swap.  Sorry to the newbies
  • Please be respectful of those allergic to pets/smoke by making sure your items are free of hairs, smells, etc.  Send your items very clean and packaged neatly please.
  • Please send items that you would be happy to receive. 
  • If your item was made with a particular participants request in mind, please make sure to note that somehow. 
  • If you item is a SIZED item, please bag/tie it and attach a description with the size so I will know what size it is.
  • We will do our best to sort out and send you only items you really really wanted, but just by filling in extra items you help us sort things to people that can use them.  So if you have a few babies being born next year in your family, you could always add that you could use newborn items for showers or something.   Please be detailed in your requests and list MANY of them.  We might email you to try to fulfill some value if we have questions and want your approval.

Feel free to invite your friends!  And please rest assured that I will not steal your money or your packages.  I have been in business online for over 5 years.  I run large fabric coops, I do craft shows, I co-own a large diaper making business, etc.  I will make nothing off this swap except receive your lovely items in return for what I send out to you!!!

I am here to help anyone that needs it!  Post questions if you have them or email the questions to me 😉

UPDATED List of Items people can send in & items they want to receive:

Requested to receive *if you can make these items, they are WANTED*

  • hair clips/bows
  • Felt food (wool food)
  • Fun bath soaps/melts for kids
  • jewelry *silver, beaded, etc*
  • Wood Toys
  • Stationary
  • Knit Items *boys-4 months/2 years, NOT scarves*
  • chalk mats
  • Pet Items
  • Stocking Stuffers
  • Flannel PJ pants *2T, 5T girly and 5T boyish have been requested*
  • Crocheted/Knitted hats for 9 month, 2year, 5 year girls*

Items that others have said they could send in so far:

  • Doodle bags/cases and crayon rolls
  • Womens D-Ring Belts
  • Drooler Bibs/Burp cloths
  • Find it (I spy) Bags
  • Child aprons
  • Denim overall Tutus
  • Minky Blankets/Loveys
  • GIrls and Adult PUrses, coin purses
  • Sewn Baskets
  • Stationary holders
  • Lace Christmas Ornaments
  • Soaps
  • Earrings
  • Kitchen Hanging Towels
  • Therapy Bags *hot/cold flax filled, etc*
  • Cloth Napkins/Placemats
  • Boxer Briefs for kids?
  • Tote/Library Bags

OK so if you want to post any other details, please do!!