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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 | Link to this Post

Going Green

I never celebrate St. Patrick's Day. But it just so happened that this week's activities have all been "green" in some way. And so, a post unintentionally dedicated to St. Patrick.

I first got a taste of this spinach + banana muffins at my weekly mom's group meeting. Charissa couldn't stuff her face with them fast enough. So, of course, I had to get the recipe. Not only are they yummy and healthy (can't really beat whole wheat flour and spinach!), they're easy enough for kids to do too. We baked these during our "Craft and Learn" session yesterday afternoon:

Here is the link to the mommy-fied pdf version of the recipe. It was written in such a way so that Calvin could read and dictate the steps to me.

Okay, so one "green" thing is not really enough to make a St. Patty's day post. So last night I put together a little polka-dotted green skirt for Charissa to wear to school:

Since I don't plan to get a serger anytime soon, I recently learned how to french seam my sewing projects. It encloses all raw edges so that the inside of the garment looks just as nice and neat as the outside.

And since this day seems to be all about green, I decided to be a little "green" myself by re-purposing a used dryer sheet and a fabric tag from a pair of pants I recently bought. Together, they became a reusable sachet thingy filled with scented baking soda to help absorb some of the smell in the mudroom:

This is a great project for a beginner sewer, so I will post a very quick and simple "tutorial" (if you can even call it that) for those of you who have mentioned to me that you'd like to learn. Well, now you have no excuse because this is super easy and super useful :)

Simple Hanging Sachet Tools and Materials - used dryer sheet - scrap fabric - Arm & Hammer scented baking soda (I found mine in the household cleaner and "smelly" - i.e. Glade candles - section of Target) - button - pin - scissors, needle, thread, sewing machine Instructions 1. Fold the dryer sheet in half, and then in half again the other way so you have a "double layered" rectangle. 2. Sew up two of the sides. You should now only have one side open (Figure 1). 3. With a funnel, fill the dryer sheet pocket about 3/4 full with the baking soda (Figure 2). 4. Sew the opening shut. You now have a cute little scented pillow! (Figure 3) 5. Cut your scrap fabric so that you have two pieces (front and back) that is 1/2" larger on all sides than your scented "pillow". (Figure 4) 6. With right sides facing each other, sew along the sides and bottom using a 1/4" seam, clip the corners (Figure 5), then turn the whole thing right-side out. You now have a cute little baggie! 7. Sew a button at the top of the baggie (optional). 8. Pop your pillow into the little baggy you just made and pin the top together with a safety pin (refer to above photo. You can also sew a looped ribbon instead... it would be less ghetto than mine.) 9. Hang over a smelly spot and enjoy the freshness! You can make additional dryer sheet pillows to replace this one when the baking soda loses it's potency.

I've seen better tutorials out there. But this literally took me 15 minutes to do, and there's nothing like instant gratification and encouragement than to be able to see a finished project in such little time!

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 | Link to this Post

Power Tools



When I need a few minutes (or more) to concentrate on something, I can always rely on supplying mazes for Calvin to figure out and a notebook and pen for "writing" (who-knows-what) for Charissa. Now that the weather here is actually summer-like, I've been using the baby pool to keep them occupied and happy. Our deck setup works out great because I can work adjacently (inside the house with AC) at the kitchen table and still keep an eye on the kiddies.

After my two-minute check-up at the OB's office this morning, the kids went out for a "nature bath" and I got to work on my sewing notebook (where I note and draw "tutorials" of the things I've made for my own reference) and a skirt of my own pattern using fabric remnants from past projects. I also got to use my rotary cutter and mat for the first time! All I can say is, the right tools make the job sooo much easier and pleasant. And the ability to physically re-create what you've designed and imagined in your head gives such a power rush :) Can we say surge of endorphins?

Unlike The Market Skirt, my version is lined and not as "ruffly". I think I'm going to name it "The Uptown Skirt" :) I will post up my notes on the skirt (later) in case anyone is interested.

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Monday, August 17th, 2009 | Link to this Post

The Market Skirt

Despite the busyness of everyday life, I now always make some time for sewing :)

I put together my first article of clothing yesterday! A little ruffle skirt for Charissa (free pattern and tutorial here.) It was pretty easy, and I was able to make another during the kids' naps today (the blue apple and pear print one).

And here is Charissa, posing with her first homemade twirly!


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