As slow as growing Teeth

I tell you, friends, lately my mind is SO FULL. It only gets full when there is a lot going on that isn’t resolved or finished. So I thought I would give you a little peek inside my head and share what is happening in there. Not all of it, of course, but some of the major ones.

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*I am sharing photos of Falafel to illustrate my point. This girl lost four front teeth last OCTOBER. They are just growing in.

As I was saying, lots going on in there. Especially learning new things. I am currently taking an online workshop for digitizing patterns! You CAN apparently teach an old dog new tricks, OR a 42 year old mom new skills. Whichever. There is so much to it. I am slightly overwhelmed by it all. I have made up my mind to give it a whirl and start my own pattern line. BTW: Feel free to let me know if there is anything you would like me to design. I have some ideas that I will start with, but I always love hearing your ideas too!

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The other thing I am learning is how to use my new sewing machine. It is amazing and also overwhelming at times. It is relearning a lot of what I knew how to do, in a different way. I am taking it slowly, stitch by stitch. I didn’t realize how much of my sewing was done by muscle memory. I wouldn’t have to look at my machine, I just did it, lighting quick. Second nature. Now I have to look. I have even embroidered for the first time ever! Lots to learn.

END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IS ALMOST HERE. That takes up an entire section of my brain, really. There is planning how to honor all those hard working teachers and staff, end of the year activities to help with, and Summer to plan. Yup. That’s a lot.

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For some reason, this time of year is when we are all due for one kind of appointment/check-up or another, and I find myself on the phone talking to people to make appointments…which takes up a lot of space in there.

Having a garage sale this weekend, so there’s that. My lovely friend comes over and we try and sell all the stuff that has been accumulating in our respective households over the past year. At least after this weekend, that one will be out of my head. There’s limited space in there, afterall!

And the cherry on top is, I have been dealing with chronic pain in my foot for months now. That doesn’t really take any brain power, but it sure does distract me.

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All these things feel as slow as growing teeth right now. I know they all will be replaced with all new things after I have mastered/conquered/checked them off my list. Honestly, I think orthodontia for child #2 is going to be on top of the new list!

What is your brain filled with lately?

Testing the Timmy Top

I recently tested a fun pattern for a friend of mine, Amy of Friends Stitched Together, and Crafting con, and now….Mama Quail Patterns! And now I get to share it with you.

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The Timmy Top!

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This pattern is not a quick sew, but it has so many fun little details, and the yokes go together in a really unique (to me) way. I always say that if I learn a new method or technique from a pattern, it’s a good one.

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I let Falafel choose the fabric for this shirt, from my stash. Who knew that paperclips and foxes went so well together?

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I sewed up a size 6 for my petite nut and it fit perfectly.

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There are so many variations you can make of this shirt. Really your imagination is the limit! Even though it technically is for boys, as you can see, it works for girls too. BTW: I want to turn those pocket flaps into eyes so badly. Maybe the next one.

If you would like to purchase your own copy of this pattern, it is 30% off right now using the coupon code: TIMMYTOP  here.

Easy and satisfying

I have seen these around the web-o-sphere for some time now, and have been itching to make one. My wish list and to-do lists are equally long. And sometimes I find myself needing to create, but not having a whole lot of time to do so. That wish list is always more fun.

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In steps frivolous sewing! It really was so simple to figure out how to make. And even quicker to put together.

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Just and embroidery hoop, some fabric, and minimal sewing on the pocket. I think it is just what my sewing space (and I) needed!

What easy projects have you done lately?

About Those Cookies

Did you see yesterday’s post? A lovely reader asked if I would share the recipe.

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These are GF and EF chocolate chip cookies. I used the recipe on the back of the Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend Gluten Free package (*affiliate link*), but these are the other products I used.

      1. I omitted the raisins and nuts
      2. I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain, Rolled Oats  *also affiliate link*
      3. Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Gluten, Dairy, nut & Soy Free, Mini Chips*affiliate link*
      4. I used egg replacer instead of an egg (since my youngest is allergic) Ener-G Egg Replacer — 16 oz  and you guessed it*affiliate link*

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I couldn’t post the recipe because it wasn’t mine to post, but I hope this helps you if you have any dietary restrictions. These cookies are so incredibly delicious, even people that are not gluten-free (or egg-free for for that matter) LOVE them.

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Enjoy!

Do you have any allergies? Any favorite cookie recipes?

Kitchen Linen Challenge

Sew Mama Sew is hosting a Kitchen Linens challenge given to a few sewists by Spoonflower. I was one of the lucky 6 people chosen to participate!

I had to choose 2 different fabrics to use for my kitchen project. Most of you know Spoonflower for being a great place to design your own fabric, but they also have fabric from individual designers that you can purchase. Let me tell you, putting the words “Kitchen” into the search brought up so many fabrics my head was spinning. SO many fabulous choices. It took a while to narrow it down.

As I was browsing the selection, I came across this cookie print (and if you know me, you know I LOVE food fabric) and it hit me…

COOKIES AND MILK!

I searched for milk themed fabrics and fell in love with this retro milk bottle print. And a beautiful match was made.

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I decided to do 2 different types of oven mitts. The one in the photo above was made by tracing one that we already have.

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For the other, I followed a tutorial (loosely) by Miss Mary Sewing Classes. I actually winged the shape, and top stitched (and she didn’t), but the idea is the same. There is a liner and Insul-Bright (*affiliate link*) in each one to make them heat resistant.

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Something about the combination of the cookies and milk theme, and that retro fabric makes me think of a classic Vintage housewife a la Lucille Ball.

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*BTW: That apron was my Mom’s and I wore it my High School production of Bye-Bye Birdie when I played Mrs. Macafee (about about 25 years ago-yikes!). Now my oldest is wearing it.

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There you go! As simple as, well…cookies and milk.

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It was hard to restrain herself from eating these until the end.

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Be sure to check out the other challengers’ posts this week!

Sherri from Rebecca Mae Designs: http://www.rebeccamaedesigns.com/

Trina from Will Cook for Shoes: http://www.willcookforshoes.ca/

Daisy from Ants to Sugar: http://antstosugar.com

Alicia from Two Kids and a Blog: http://twokidsandablog.com

Mary from See Mary Quilt: http://www.seemaryquilt.com/

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, my Falafel is reading something other than a Warrior book *gasp* I know.

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Nuts to You

by Lynne Rae Perkins

Honestly, I cannot tell you what this book is about. I am just thrilled my girl is reading something other than the Warrior books (over and over again). Ha!

You can also always find comics and graphic novels (Big Nate, The Smurfs, TinTin, Garfield, FoxTrot, Calvin and Hobbes, Smile, Sisters, Archie, Amelia Rules, etc) on our shelves, along with assorted Manga for the teen (which apparently, I pronounce all wrong).

I do love their love of books.

How about your kids? What do they love reading most?

The Contessa sews a Unitard

You read that right. My new machine finally has a name.

The Contessa (thanks to my friend Kirsten). She is certainly royalty around here.

I sewed my first garment with this beautiful machine. We are still getting to know each other. I managed to break two needles, and cause her to put up a message “the machine needs to rest for a moment“.

Oh Contessa. I hope I did not offend.

We sewed up a favorite pattern of mine: The Casey Unitard Biketard pattern

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My girl requested another, but slightly larger. She likes her gymnastics outfits a little looser. I know. I know. But that is my girl.

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I only had FOE on hand, so the straps came out a little too narrow for my taste. She is allergic to elastic touching her skin (I have the same allergy. It is actually the chemical that makes elastic stretchy), so I couldn’t use the fold over elastic the way it was intended. I had to cut it in half, and then fold the fabric around it twice. Unfortunately, I didn’t think that one through and compensate when cutting out the pattern. Live and learn.

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My Falafel loves it, regardless.

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Besides making it a little roomier, her only request was that it have the silver sparkle fabric on top (and luckily, I had enough for one panel).

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I think for our first time sewing together, the Contessa and I did rather well.

I love sewing with knits. I bet this suit would be equally fun in stretch velvet!

Have you named your machine? What have you two sewn up lately?

Pillowcase dress assignment

My oldest daughter is taking a fashion design class, and one of their assignments is to make a pillowcase dress to donate to a charity for girls in Africa. So The Bee asked me if I would be able to whip a few up to contribute.

YES. Pillowcase dresses are one of the easiest things to sew up, and all you need is a pillowcase, elastic, and some bias tape. I didn’t even use a pattern.

I just happened to have two pillowcases in my stash, you know, for emergency sewing purposes.

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I had my Falafel try them on and model them for me.

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This one came out a bit longer. I love that these will fit a variety of different sized girls.

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As The Bee was making some bias tape for hers, I actually had her watch Dana’s brilliant Bias Tape making video. Because it is always better coming from someone other than “Mom”. Right Moms?

 Have you made pillowcase dresses? Do you make your own bias tape?

May Witch

I was commissioned by my beautiful friend to make her a hat.

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This was such a fun project. I finished it in one night (I was that excited!). I always dreamed of being a witch as a kid. I think it started with the TV show “Bewitched“.  Elizabeth Montgomery made it look so easy. I never did understand why she chose Dick York as a husband, though. He was kind of a dork.

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Anyway, I drafted this pointy hat, and made it from felt and velvet with wire in the brim. She gave me all of these beautiful things to work with. The tulle and the peacock feathers, and shell button. Gorgeous.

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Point up or down, I think she looks fantastic! Maybe we all should wear witch hats. I think we can start a new trend.

Celebrating 10 years with some friends

Sew Mama Sew hits 10 years this month. I absolutely love visiting their blog. I always go away with some helpful nugget of information. They are always full of the best kind of creative awesome.

And to help them celebrate, I chose to sew up one of their (700+) free tutorials.

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The Adelaide Tank out of plum colored linen.

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I made a few changes, of course. Firstly, I made it tunic-length.

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And added teal cotton pockets.

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I also folded and sewed this little shoulder detail. It looks like a gift.

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This is the same pattern I sewed up here for Sew the Show, only I sewed up a large. That version came out a little tight across my bust area, so I thought I would sew up an XL this time. It was slightly too big, but easily fixed with folding up the straps. Either way, it is a great flexible pattern. Did I mention that it was FREE??!

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I paired it with some of my self-drafted yoga pants. This is my kind of outfit. Just a step above pajamas… and so comfy!

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Happy Anniversary, Sew Mama Sew! I am SEW happy for you, and wish you another successful 10 years (at least). Thank you for all the wonderful sewing resources and the opportunity to sew along with you.