So Long, Farewell

This blog is going dormant. Scratch that. This blog has been dormant and will continue as such. There are a variety of reasons, none of which I feel inclined to mention here, other than to say that I have refined my priorities.

That being said, I know that most people that read this blog know me personally. If you do and you don't read my private blog, drop me an e-mail: mommybethanyATgmailDOTcom. I would love to send you an invite.

It's been real.

Happy crafting.


Simplicity: Project Runway Pattern

As "easy-to-sew" as most Simplicity patterns are, this one was not. It was certainly do-able, but I would never recommend it to a beginning seamstress. I had to read each direction a few times to figure out exactly what my next step was and even then was often unsure.

That being said, I am thrilled with the result and I am sure that I will sew from the "Project Runway" pattern line again, mostly because I bought two other patterns from it the same day I bought this one.

I just won't expect them to be two hour projects this time.

And maybe I convince Princess that it is the dress I want a picture of, not her empty fruit snacks package of which she was apparently very proud of.


Christmas Sunday 2009

Every bit of their outfits are store bought. The hair bows, the dress, the shoes...

It went against my very sewing soul.

And it saved my sanity this Christmas season.

The sanity that is getting lost amidst felt,thread, and PVC pipe.

These kids better like their playhouse.


Coat Season

We had our first snow of the season this past week. With snow comes coats, and hats, and mittens, and scarves, and boots, and wet socks, and, snow pants, and mud, and mess!

I sat down today to brainstorm some ways that I can be more effective in organizing all of our winter stuff.

I love some of the ideas I found.

From the practical ...
that seems like such a simple and ingenius idea. Why didn't I think of that?! The fact of the matter is that I didn't, so thank goodness My Blessed Home did! ...

to the pretty ... I can't not even begin to express how much I love this entryway. Love, love, love it! Not practical for my space, unfortunately. I love how the wallpaper steals the show so that the bags, boots, and coats are somewhat masked. (Although, who would want to mask them? They are darling!) Yep, I am pretty sure this idea at Apartment Therapy is going to save my world!

to the basic ...
this would work really nicely right outside our garage door and rather than using a small basket for hats and gloves I would use a hanging shoe organizer for the hats, mittens, etc.

to the clever ...
Yep, it's a sticker. See? I told you it was clever. And apparently Ferm Living thinks it's super clever, so clever in fact that they are charging $127 ... for just the sticker. Hooks not included. Geesh.

Want even more ideas? Check out this article at Apartment Therapy. AT is definitely my new BFF.

Happy Tuesday, all!


Oh, Baby!

My younger sister is pregnant and she found out last week that she is having a girl. She is admittedly disappointed, as she and her husband were hoping that their first would be a boy. So, naturally, that is where I step in. I am making her a "Yay, It's a Girl!" gift.

It's perfect timing because I am waiting for my playhouse fabric to come in the mail. Otherwise, I would feel guilty about working on anything but "the beast", considering how many hours I am anticipating will be spent on that thing. In hopes that that many hours and more will be spent by my children playing in that thing.)

Moving on, as soon as I hit "publish post" I will be making my way down to my sewing machine to work on a couple of rag edge receiving blankets. Tutorial courtesy of Sew Much Ado.

Happy Veteran's Day, everybody! How grateful I am for the endless sacrifices that have been made my so many brave men and women.