Monthly Archives: August 2012

Family Pictures

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While we were out riding our bikes, I wanted to stop and get some family pictures at a couple of places.  Hubby obliged and we stopped, and we self timer-ed our own family photos.

Other than the fact that we’re in our workout clothes, we’re hot and sweaty and my face is all red because I’m tired.  I quite like how these photos turned out.  Ok, I think they are great locations.  I could really work more on how I look.

I like this shot because you get a good view of the whole city behind you, some of the lake, but you can still be close up to us.  C1 was super cute, he put his hands on my shoulder all by himself, we didn’t prompt that.

Accepted

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I applied to be apart of the 7th annual Hyde park arts and crafts adventure, and I was accepted. This will be my first ever booth and I’m very excited. I have a small inventory of things that I have been trying to sell on etsy, but now that I have to fill a 5 x 10 space of stuff, I really need to get cracking on sewing things up. For a while I might just be posting pictures of things I’ve made that day. I won’t be updating my etsy shop, so if you see something you want, just send me an email and I can sell it to you instead of putting it in the ‘adventure’.

*what I started with before I was accepted.

I have 5 weeks to make enough stuff for this two day adventure. Between sewing lessons, being a wife and a mother and helping watch kids before a friend moves, I am only able to make one thing per day, usually.

If you have any suggestions of things to sell, I’m all ears. I’ve been mostly been working on boys and girls clothing type items, I need to start working on bags of sorts and other generic type things that are not size related.

I’m excited for this, but I’m also stressed about making enough product. Wish me luck and keep an eye out for updates of what I’m making.

*what I currently have so far.

Swim Shorts

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I found this cute fabric at my local shop and didn’t really know what kind of fabric it was.  To me it felt like male swim shorts, so I decided that’s what I was going to do with it.  So, I had to buy some mesh like fabric as well.

I’ve never made swim wear before, and didn’t really know what I was doing.  I thought that if I could make shorts, and I could make a diaper cover, then I could make swim shorts.  So, I made the outer layer into basic shorts (no pockets, but I should have).  Then I took the grey mesh and made a diaper cover pattern out of it.  I fit the underwear lining into the shorts and made a casing for the waist, to hold the two together.  Ta-da, swim shorts.  Super easy and so far have worked great.  Maybe soon I can do a tutorial or something for them.  Let me know if you would like to see a tutorial on how to make boys swim trunks.

New Shirts

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I’m expanding my homemade wardrobe, and I love it.

This shirt i started making not long after Hubby and I got married, 4 years ago.  I learned to sew as a teen, but after leaving the house, I didn’t get my own sewing machine until I was married.  I knew some, but I wasn’t very good.  I cut out the pieces for thus shirt, got to step one of sewing and gave up, because something didn’t  work.  I don’t remember, but I think it’s that I didn’t know how to sew knit fabric.  I pulled it all out again and finished it up in a few hours, almost without a hitch.  I’m glad to know that my skills have expanded over the years.

This was fun to make because I just made it up as I went.  nothing fancy at all.  I’ll have to write up a tutorial for this.  It seems to be my favorite shirt right now, but the weight of the fabric is best for fall weather.  I like the color as well.  It’s exciting having a hand full of homemade shirts in my closet.  Now if I could learn to make my own pants.

Field Museum

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When we went to the library, we got in line to get ourselves a library card. Lucky us, the people in front of us were returning the Field Museum pass; so I snatched it right us and we went to the museum right after nap time.

The public libraries have a great system here where they have one pass to each of the museums here in town, which you can check out and get free admission. With the closest library it’s rare to find the pass you want when you want, if at all. The passes are always checked out. So we got pretty lucky to get such a good pass right then.

When you walk into the Field Museum you have to go down a hall lined with pictures before you get to the ,aim part of the museum. When we got to the first picture C1 got super excited and we almost had to drag him down the hall to even get to the attractions. We stopped and played in the children’s play section for a bit. We had fun in the music room playing as loud as we could. Playing on the farm, picking corn.

We walked around and saw all the stuffed animals, the birds, jungle, ocean, all sorts of wild animals. These are both Interesting and freaky to me. I love to be able to see them up close and all, but I’m afraid of them as well, I fear they are going to come to life and get me.

We all had a good time and hope to give our kids this kind of learning experiences often. Thank you Chicago public library for providing us the free pass.

Summer goals

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I found this great idea HERE, and liked the fun way to remember the fun things we wanted to do this summer. The original idea was to have your kids do chores in order to pick an activity, but C1 is a bit little to have regular chores.

Some of the things listed on our summer fun list is:
Library
Bowling
Fireworks
Swimming pool
MSI
Make crayons
Children’s museum
Hotdog stand
Aquarium
Field museum
Self family pictures
Navy pier
Movie day at home
Planetarium
Gherridelli
Play group 4 times
Play with grandma and grandpa
Visit cousin in WI
Art institute
Sox game
BBQ
Botanical gardens
Play group 4 times
Beach
Taste of Chicago
Face fountains
Go fishing
Cold stone
Six flags
Get a fish
Beach
Zoo

We have just about done them all and a few of them wont get done this summer, but that’s ok.

I liked this idea so much, I decided to do a list for crafts and me things I wanted to get done this summer.

On my list:
Pillow cases
Catch up on farmers wife blocks
Learn to play 1 hymn on the piano
Jog a personal 5k
Yoga mat – gift
Sewing lesson
Pin cushion on machine
Swim robe
Be attitude quilt top
Finish a book
Pillow shams
Baby snuggle wrap
Jenny’s garden quilt
Donation quilts
Art smock
Makes ties to sell in UT
Scan photos for dad
Cut squares for space invader quilt
Circle jean quilt
Quilting practice quilt

I think I will continue this format for each season of the year to help me break down my 101 in 1001 goals.
I also get a bonus this summer because I get until the end of September.

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