Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kids Korner: Garden Aprons

Today we decided to plant the flower seeds we bought last week. Although Taevyn wanted to plant vegetables (which I would’ve liked to, maybe he would eat them if he planted them), I told him it was a little to late and we’d have to do it next year.

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Well, I decided to make garden aprons for them.
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For Taevyn’s, I followed The DIY Dish’s video tutorial using a placemat and some ribbon. (I’m so buying the DVD!) So easy a caveman can do it!

Since London thinks she has to have and do everything that Taevyn has or does, I made her one too. However, a placemat is way to big for a 2 1/2 year old, so I used a washcloth and some fabric, using the same tutorial as inspiration to make it. Would you like to know how I did it?

Coordinating or Contrasting Fabric
Ribbon (1 - 1 1/2” wide, I used the 1 1/2”)
Sewing Machine
Coordinating/Contrasting Thread
Chopstick or Pencil
Fray Check, Lighter, Glue

1.) Cut the hem off of the entire washcloth. Measure and cut the fabric to the same size as the washcloth.

2.) With right sides together, sew using a 1/4” seam allowance. (Since the washcloth is already pre-cut, you want to use a smaller seam allowance or you’ll have a tiny apron). Be sure to pivot the corners and leave a gap for turning.

3.) Cut the corners of each side, being sure to NOT cut the seams. Turn inside out and using the chopstick or pencil, push out the corners for a nice finish. Sew the gap closed.

4.) Measure the ribbon around the recipient and cut the appropriate length to use for the “belt” of the apron. I always cut a piece a little longer. If it’s to long, I can cut it to a shorter length when I’m done. Remember, you can’t add to the ribbon once it’s cut.

5.) Place and pin the ribbon about an 1/8”-1/4” down on the washcloth side. For the fabric that only goes one way, be sure you have your fabric upside down and backwards. You’ll understand why on the next step. If you have fabric that can go any which way, you won’t have to worry about it.

Sew the ribbon in place using a zig-zag stitch across the top and bottom.

6.) Take the bottom of the washcloth and fold up, right under the ribbon. This is why you want to be sure the fabric is upside down. If it were right side-up, it would’ve been upside down when you folded it up. If you look at London’s apron, the butterflies and bird would’ve been on the backside of the apron and facing down. Since I wanted the butterfly and bird to be on the front, I simply made sure it was upside down when sewing the ribbon on the apron. Does that make sense?

Pin the sides together and sew using a 1/4” seam allowance and a zig-zag stitch.. (If you fold right sides together, it gets a little bulky because of the washcloth. I’m sure you can cut out the extra fabric to not make it not so bulky, but this is the way I did it. Plus, I used a contrasting color to give it a bit more “oomph!”)

7.) Try it on your little one and see if you need to cut the ribbon down. After it’s cut, treat the ends with fray check, lighter, glue, whatever your preferred method is.

8.) Optional step: To make two pockets, sew up the middle using a zig-zag stitch. Stop before you reach the ribbon.

9.) Go put this on your little one and start planting (or tending) to your garden!

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If you have any questions, please be sure to ask! Have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: Furniture Edition

As I went garage selling today, I didn’t really find anything for resell purposes, but I did get some old furniture stuff to redo. I just wish I had a truck to buy the bigger stuff. Anyway, here’s what I have found the last couple of weeks (the stuff that I’ve been meaning to show you).

P.S. I’m currently storing my pieces in the garage, so please don’t mind the messy floors!

Bedside Table Here’s a bedside table I bought for $3. I’m going to paint it, add a new drawer pull, and possibly add some fabric or paper on the top/in the back of the shelf part. This will go into London’s room.

Bird Cage Although this isn’t furniture, I still wanted to show it to you. I bought this birdcage for $4. I know it’s a little pricier than I would liked to have paid, but it is in really good condition. I already spray-painted this ivory. I just need to make a nest, add a bird or two, a ribbon on top, and it’ll be a nice statement piece for some Spring décor.

Bookcase I bought this bookcase for $1. The lady told me it had a “convertible” top! LOL! An easy fix though, some wood glue and nails…and viola! Good as new! The bottom part came off too, but again, an easy fix. I’m planning on painting this white and putting it in London’s room. Of course, if my restoration process fails me, I can always make some signs or use it for scrap wood.

Coffee Table How cool is this little coffee table? Again, $3 for it. I love the design on it. I’m thinking of making a bench out of it. It’s pretty sturdy.

Kitchen Shelf I’m not sure if this qualifies as furniture, but it’s a small shelf that hangs on the wall. It was already this cream color (although it looks white, it really isn’t) which is perfect for my kitchen. It just needs to be cleaned up a bit.

Mirror I bought this mirror for $3. It’s a decent size. I haven’t decided where it’s going to go, but I was thinking of adding some wood décor to the top and then painting it. This will either go into my room or London’s room. If it goes into London’s room, it will be in her closet, cause you know, she has a walk-in, and she’s spoiled!

Pachinko Game Jeff bought this vintage Pachinko game at a church yard sale for $15. It really does work and came with a few balls. Depending on how much it costs to restore, we may sell it. If we’d break even, we’ll keep it. If that’s the case, this baby is getting a new paint job (where the wood is) and going in the game room. I’m hoping we’ll break even!

Shelf Here’s a little shelf I bought at a flea market awhile back. I believe I paid a buck or two, but don’t quote me on that. (I hope that’s all I paid!) It’s not very tall, but after it gets its paint job, I will, either put this in my craft room, my living room, or my sitting room.

Towel Rack 001Towel Rack 002 Look at this little towel rack. I think it’s so cute. I bought this awhile ago too, but I honestly can’t remember how much I paid for it. I’m thinking $3, but I really don’t remember. I absolutely love the scrolliness! It’s just to adorable. This will either go in the downstairs bathroom or I may use it in my craft room to store fabric. Still not sure.

Well, that’s all of the “new” furniture I have…so far! I’m loving it and so glad I have some challenging projects in front of me!

I'm linking up to Apron Thrift Girl!

Monday, April 11, 2011

McSpadden Dulcimer

I know I said I was going to post some recent finds, but I still haven’t been able to take pictures. But, I have something more interesting to tell you anyway.

Do you know what a dulcimer is? Before last Sunday, I didn’t know what it was either. According to wikipedia, a dulcimer is:

“The Appalachian dulcimer (or mountain dulcimer) is a fretted string instrument of the zither family, typically with three or four strings. It is native to the Appalachian region of the United States. The body extends the length of the fingerboard, and its fretting is generally diatonic.”

When we went to a garage sale last Sunday, we bought one for $40. Apparently, Jeff had a “gut” feeling about it. For forty bucks, his gut better have been right! I listed this on eBay starting at $39.95.

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When the auction ended last night, it sold for $325!!!

Now, if only we could find more great deals like this!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Experimenting With Food

If you know me, you know how much I despise being in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I can cook, bake, fry, whatever, but I just don’t enjoy it. I truly believe God has a sense of humor, because he gave me this talent. So, I decided to embrace this talent for a couple of reasons: 1.) I’m getting tired of eating the same things over and over and 2.) It gives me a little challenge to find fast recipes. Seriously, I’m not a happy person if I have to spend more than 45 min on a meal. Cooking to me is like a chore. It has to be done whether I like it or not. So, I just wanted to share just a few of the things I made this week.

I found a recipe for Chimichangas on the Kraft website and so I made it for dinner Monday night. They were pretty good. I’m not big of fried foods, but these sort of reminded me of the Crisp Meat Burritos served at one of my favorite restaurants in Lincoln called “Amigo’s”. Boy do I miss that place! Jeff liked these too. The kids…not so much! These will either never be made again, or made when the kids aren’t around.

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Last night I made Indian Tacos.

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Although they are not the same as my Grandma’s, they were really good. Again, these were fried, but the good thing is, the bread doesn’t taste fried. Plus, I ran out of my Canola oil, so I ended up using Olive Oil, which is healthier. These will be made more often than the chimichangas, but not quite often. I’m not planning on dying anytime soon, so I’m going to limit my chances of a coronary by not making these all the time! Jeff and Taevyn liked these.  Which is a shocker, since Taevyn is the pickiest kid I’ve ever known. He’s so picky, he won’t even eat the french fries in his Happy Meal. Don’t ask!  London only eats the toppings of such foods. You should see her burritos. She opens them up, eats the insides and tosses the shells. Maybe one day she’ll eat them.

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I decided to even try a new snack for the kids. I found this recipe from the PopTart website. It’s called the “PB&J Banana Sammies”. The kids loved them! Grape poptart + peanut butter + a banana =

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Two Thumbs Up! Me on the other hand, I’m not a fan of peanut butter. In fact, I have to hold my breath when I open the can. Yeah, I know, it’s weird. But hey, at least I’m not depriving my kids because I don’t like it.

I’ll be posting my garage sale finds this weekend. I know, I’ve been way behind on it, but I was so busy last week and London was sick this week. It’s pretty impossible to take pictures with a fussy toddler. I could’ve taken pics during her nap time, but her naps haven’t been very long. Hopefully she’ll let me today!