Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

The girls got new swim suits. I was inspired by this blog post over at Made. Thanks for the inspiration! Her suit in better than mine, but I had sooo much fun playing with the ruffle fabric she used. I also have a serious addiction to spandex world! I have purchased several yards to make swim caps for my store, but I've also enjoyed making suits for the girls. You can never have too many swim suits, especially since they will be in lessons again this summer four days a week.

They, of course, didn't get them on Easter morning because I didn't have them finished. Do I ever have anything finished on time? I finished them on Easter evening. They got matching caps as well. I'm going to experiment around with putting a flower on the cap.

As promised, I've now completed 2 out of 3 of the fabric piles I showed you in this previous blog post.I used a different fabric for Karilyn's than that picture showed, because Karilyn kept picking pink ruffle fabrics that were impossible to match, hence the yellow used in this one and more trips to spandex world. I've finally found a fabric to match the original pink, so that will be made into a suit soon.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I changed my mind...

and I'm sooooo glad I did. Yesterday I posted that I had a paint color picked out. Apparently, I didn't. We began painting which is always fun with a toddler, who thought it would be a barrel of monkeys to bang a screw driver against the window, and two "big" kids who want to help.

At first I thought, I'm not sure I like this color. We painted more, I was more unsure. We painted more, I HATED it! It was very hard to stop because we had about half of the room done, but I talked to my sister, and with her help, I determined that we needed to change the color.

(The left side of the wall is the first color, the right side is the second color, the one I ended up going with.)

I was going for an aqua. I liked the color, it was just too much... too aqua. It didn't even want to look at the wall. It was not fitting into my idea of a fun, but calm and relaxing room. It seems to appear fine in the picture, but in the room, it made me feel unhappy. So, Dave went back to Sears and got a few more samples, and since I had something to go by, I picked a color in about 30 seconds. The color was called "Slightly Aqua". Now, I've never picked a color based on the name before, but "slightly aqua" was exactly the kind of thing I was looking for, and it looked so nice with everything.

So, Dave, again, went back to Sears. They didn't have the base to mix it. So he went to the other Sears, it wasn't on sale there. Great! He convinced them to give him the sale price anyway.

Now it was about 4:00, I really wanted to be done, and we would have been if I stuck with my original color, so that was hard, but immediately liked the new color! It looks great, I absolutely LOVE it! I think I'll wait until to room is all done to show you the finished project, it will be more dramatic that way.

(You can't really tell by the pictures, but it's very happy in there now, well, except for the mess!)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The remodel has begun!

I am on my way to the best sewing room ever, at least I have to think that because this is sooooo much work, and picking colors for walls, countertops, etc. is hard. My pregnant brain can't handle much more of this.

We are painting today. I finally picked a paint color... I think, or I hope. We'll see I guess. Anyway, we cleaned out the room... mostly. Now I kind of feel like crying. This is why:

Most of the contents of my sewing room are all piled into the living room. I'll never find anything again!

In the process of moving the hutch, Dave took the top off and put it in the morning room. Karilyn and Heidi set up a "pet shop" with it. Can you find the pet that ~kind of~ doesn't belong?

I love Diana's expression.

"Why oh why is the cat locked up?"

Thursday, April 7, 2011

More things that make me happy

I need to do some fun things this week, to keep myself from a bad mood. I've found something very fun! Sewing Swimsuits for the girls, complete with matching swim caps. I also need to list a bunch of caps in my Etsy shop, which I have begun doing.

Help, I'm out of control. I've let them pick a few fabrics they like and I have plans for a couple swimsuits for each. So far I've got 3 done. I sewed one on Monday, one on Tuesday, and one on Wednesday. Quick and Satisfying! Heidi has been wearing them all day everyday.

I don't know if you can tell, but there is a seahorse appliqued on the suit and on the cap. He needs an eye still, but I was fresh out of crystals, so he'll receive his eye later.

When I saw Camo spandex, I knew I HAD to make Heidi a "deer hunting" suit. She loves it. I was right.

I also finished with MY rag quilt. I've always loved these fabrics so I decided to make myself a rag quilt. It's mostly made of minkee and it's soooo soft. You may have recognized these fabrics from a few posts ago where you were supposed to guess what I had planned. Well, no one guessed, but I'll share anyway.

This quilt is also the color palate/theme of my sewing room which we are redoing. I'm very excited about this project, but equally overwhelmed. My room is torn apart right now and I can't find anything.

Heidi appreciates the softness!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

This makes me happy

Some weeks I sell a lot of bibs. This was one of those weeks, not my biggest week, but all the pretty colors make me happy. ...and, no, I don't get out much.