Well, HELLO KITTY!

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My Dark Moon girl doesn’t like fabric shopping.  I’m sure it comes in around number two hundred and fifty thousand on her list of favorite things to do.  So, when she found this Hello Kitty remnant at Jo Ann’s a few weeks back, there was no way I was going to object.  Before we got to the checkout she had it unrolled and draped around herself, while happily announcing to the whole store that it was her “blankie.”  


Since the piece was too small to be a legitimate blankie, I knew I was going to have to transform it.  However, I also knew that I was going to have to be stealthy about it.  When she fell asleep, I slipped the 20×60 inch strip of fabric out of her grasp and hid it in a stack of fleece waiting to become winter tunics.  Thankfully, she didn’t even ask for it the next morning.

 

Now, I was stuck with figuring out what to do with it.  I knew that I didn’t want to cut it up too much because of the spacing of the pattern, so I just let it marinade a bit in the back of my mind.  I was about to turn it into a boxy tunic with black flannel sleeves and a ruffled hem when I found this pattern at the thrift store.  Problem solved!  Nothing is cuter than a toddler sized poncho and with the pattern being a quarter there was no reason to say no.  


Since the pattern is for a size 7-8, I cut out version “A” and ended up with a full size toddler poncho.  I snagged the hood from version “B” and cut it out of the black flannel I had already pared with the fleece.  Since an unfinished inside drives me nuts, especially if it is at all visible, I fully lined the hood.  The serger took care of the rest of my seam finishing and the hem.

  

Start to finish, the whole project took less than an hour.  I finished it on the eve of a fall heatwave and attempted to keep it stashed until cooler weather returned next week, but was discovered late last night.  Dark Moon was delighted.  According to her, it’s still a “blankie” and is the perfect all purpose garment.  She has already had it on over her pj’s, with only a diaper, and with jeans and a long sleeve t.  

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Herbed Lemonaid 

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Lemonaid is a lifelong favorite of mine, but recently I was introduced to herbed lemonaid.  It takes a classic children’s beverage and turns it into a refreshing, refined mama treat.  Today, I  made Rosemary Thyme Lemonaid, but Basil Ginger is also amazing.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 springs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 cups water

In a small pan, over medium heat, disolve the sugar in one cup of the water.  


Muddle herbs, just a bit.  If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, lay them on a cutting board and bruise them up with the back of a wooden spoon.


Place lemon slices and herbs in a suitable container.  I can’t remember where I stashed my half gallon picture, so I made mine in two quart jars.

Add sugar/water solution and remaining water.  Cover and refrigerate until cold.  If you can wait 24 hours it’s best, but I know mine rarely makes it that long.  

Say “BOO!”

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Once-upon-time, in a galaxy far, far away I had a set of throw pillows for every holiday.  

I love the way a quick change in pillows can brighten and energize a room, but just don’t have storage for three extra sets.  Really, I don’t even know where I would put one extra set.  Thank the decorating gods for pillow covers!  

This should have been an afternoon project start to finish and I am almost embarrassed to tell you that it took me over a week.  Everything I needed was on hand, but time and children often just refuse to cooperate for me.  

One night I pulled out my fabric stash and started designing, then I had to serve supper.  A few nights later I made a paper pattern (totally unnessary by the way) and cut everything out, then got hit by a big old dose of tired.  Last night, I did the few operations that required my traditional machine and was high on the idea of finishing everything off, then I pulled out my serger and found that a certain preschooler had unthreaded it.  Finally, this morning, I employed a little girl named Dora and her monkey pal Boots to entertain the girls while I rethreaded the serger and wrapped this project up.  

Very simple!  No zipper, just a deep overlap on the back panels to hold the pillow securely inside.  Another interesting note about this project is that I am either out of or simply couldn’t find my double sided interacting, so I appliquéd the skull motif right onto the canvas backing.  It took a million pins and some slow cornering, but it really wasn’t the mess I anticipated it being.  


Dora only works for a limited time!  This sleepy , diaper baby decided to claim all the pillows for herself and only agreed to return them if she were in the photos.   


I think maybe I need to change out the throws on the arm chair to make things a bit more cohesive.  

Nutty Snack Mix

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This morning I got the bug to roast a new snack mix for my husband.  He is on a bit of a restricted diet and needs special goodies to pop in his backpack and take to class.  Since I just bought a nice selection of nuts at the Co-Op yesterday, a spicy, nutty mix seemed just the thing.  

The initial plan was to use one of my husbands favorite flavor mixes from our local spice shop, but my little imp had other ideas.  When I ran to the restroom, she pulled a chair up to the counter and poured the jar of mix all over the floor.  Every bit of it.  


This doesn’t look the the face of a hardened criminal, but don’t let looks fool you!  She’s as devious as a mob boss and as sneaky as a cat burglar.  

So, I digress.

After a quick turn of the broom, I started mixing spices and came up with my own yummy blend.  Added a bit of salt and some olive oil, then started pouring in nuts and seeds.


Then all that was left was to spread the mix on a sheet pan and start roasting.  I stirred the concoction every 10 minutes to keep it from burning and took advantage of the down time to fold some laundry I had been avoiding.  After the mix was finished and cooled, my three year old enthusiastically  declared it “Tasty!”


A successful make for the day!  

Floral Duster For Fall

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All summer, I’ve been watching an amazing Instagram upcyclers churn out amazing duster vests.


Lucky for me, I had hacked off, 90’s rayon dress in my stash just waiting for an upcycle.  Last fall, I overdyed it with RIT dye.  I was planning to turn it into a tunic, but since that never materialized it was still waiting for it’s facelift.   I decided to leave the hem rough and just split the dress up the center front.  I also split the side and back seams.

Next I pulled a scrap of black flannel from my stash and make kick pleats.


For the ruffles, I had a gauze swaddling blanket that I would never use again.  This piece I popped into a tea bath and forgot about for the entire day.  I tore it into rough strips to crate ruffles, layered with a few yards of thrifted cluny lace I also tea dyed.  Perfection!


The final result was a bit to baggy at first, so I gathered a bit at the high waist point on either side.  By this time I was very late and I was tired, but it was so worth it.  I wore my new piece today and felt amazing!

Another Try

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So…this isn’t my first go around with a creative blog.  In fact, it’s probably my third or fourth.  I love to create and I love to talk about what I create, but I also love to compare my blog with other more professional looking blogs and get discouraged.  

I am a mama, a housewife, and an all around creative.  I am messy, disorganized, and very forgetful.  I don’t make tutorials.