...where I share my life, craftiness and eating habits with the world...

Monday, April 30, 2012

A Mile in My Shoes

~Personal Triumph Announcement~
(it's like a PSA, without the annoying beeps)

Last week I ran/walked a mile and timed myself.
The last time I did that was in December.
I was super surprised that I actually improved!
I went from 25 minutes
12 minutes!!!

I was so proud of myself!  I didn't actually run the whole thing, but I pushed myself and ran more than I thought I could.
The working out is going pretty good then, it is still the eating that is not so good.

You all know by now that I am a stress eater.
I get sad and I eat.
It is a horrible habit and right now I'm having a troubling time in my life, so the eating is pretty much out of control.
The plus side to that is that I haven't gained any weight!

The downside to all that running is that I was super(and I mean super) sore for most of last week.  I mean so sore that I couldn't walk up and down stairs without wincing in agony...
It was hilarious!(for the people watching)
For me, not so much.  I didn't run for the rest of the week.
Oh well, I did go walking and I played with the baby at baby gym...That counts, right?
I've got to start getting more motivated in my running if I want to run the Pumpkin Race in September!
And I will(attempt it at least)
Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Vintage Tuxedo Shirt=Ruffled Pillow{tutorial}

Today I was green...
I took this super funky vintage tuxedo shirt,
and made it into...
 This...a great ruffled couch pillow.

See how well it matches the other 2 I made at sewing group on Sunday. The peach colors match perfectly. And, they add a great pop of spring/summer color to my living room.
Now if I can keep my family from drooling on them. :)

You wanna know how?
All you have to do, is cut a square
(or rectangle, or circle)
out of a shirt.  Be sure to include the button part because that is how you insert your pillow!  Genius, right?
All I did was sew it up inside out and turn it right side out and stuff in the pillow and button it up!  Imagine all the cute pillow covers you could make.
Crisp white ones for the bedroom,
Playful plaid ones for the den,
Silly stripes for the kids,
The possibilities are endless..
Have fun creating!

                        Sugar Bee Crafts

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Super Easy Diaper & Wipes Clutch

I don't know about you guys, but I always seem to forget stuff.  I'm on my way out the door, to run errands or hit the gym and I get there and realize, duh.  No diaper bag.
My sons favorite thing to do at the gym is poo in his pants.
Almost. every. time.
So, I decided that I needed a little bag I could leave in the car for those "just-in-case"  moments.
The best part?  It only took 30 min from start to finish!

2 fat quarters
Something for stability(fleece, felt, interfacing)
2 inch piece of Velcro
serger(not required, but makes it easier)
and 30 minutes of time.
Nap time is more than enough.  :)
First thing you do, is cut out a 16x12 inch piece of each fabric and the interfacing.  I used a size 6 diaper for the measurements to make sure the bigger ones would fit.
Then, fold each in half and cut a 4 inch diagonal to make the top of your envelope.
Here's the easy part.
Sew around all six sides with your serger.
If you do not have a serger, you can always sew around it with your regular machine, then finish it off with bias tape.  There are so many pretty bias tape colors to use.  I bet it would look awesome!
Now it kinda looks like a house.
Now you sew it up envelope style.
Add the Velcro...
It's simple to sew on, even after it is constructed.
Now you have a cute and stylish way to bring a diaper and wipes anywhere.  I leave one in the car at all times, because, you never know!

Linked to   Sew Much Ado
                  Mommy by Day Crafter by Night
                  Sugar Bee Crafts

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thrift Store Score #1: Purple Apron Dress

I'd like to share with you a little something I found at a thrift store yesterday.
It is the sweetest little vintage dress ever!
It is also in PERFECT condition!
Not so much as a stain or spot anywhere.
And, it is handmade...
(insert swoon here)
It is sewn with purple thread...
And has little flowers on the bodice...
Pockets to hold all her goodies...

Like I said, perfect.
If I didn't know any better I would say that it has never been worn.  It won't even fit my daughter,
but for $0.50, I had to buy it.
Happy Wednesday!
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Recycled Tuxedo Top {tutorial}

I don't know about your kids, but mine sure like to ruin their clothes!  It seems like the first day she wears something it gets a big stain on it.  She absolutely loves this yellow tee, but well, you know.  A BIG stain.  :)
I held on to it foe awhile now, because I was convinced that I could make something of it...
And look, I did!
And the best part is that my non-ruffle wearing girl actually loves it!
Wanna see how I did it?
Here is the stained up shirt.  It is hard to see the stain, but trust me, it's there!

 I cut out strips of recycled knits that I had in my stash box.
 I picked all stripes in not so matchy colors.  My daughter loves it when her clothes do not match.  I think it makes it more fun for her.
 Here are the strips, I actually cut the side strips smaller so they would fit on the shirt better.
 Then I pinned them all on.  I do not use pins very much, except with ruffles.  I want them to be somewhat uniform.

It is kind funny to sew them on.  You have to work from the bottom up, or if your shirt is bigger, like mine, you can work through the neck hole.  I sewed them on while scrunching the fabric under the presser foot.  I always do ruffles this way.  It is just the way it works out best for me(and the ruffle foot scares me, zippers too.) but I digress...
I'm really happy with the end result.  And best of all it only took me about 25 minutes from start to finish!
Too bad I had to stop about 100 times to yell at the kids.  They're on spring break and I'm losing my mind!  :)
Thanks for reading!