Sunday, July 26, 2015

Toddler Pinafores

Summer is hot. Toddlers don't like clothes (well, not all of them but many go through a phase at some point of preferring to run around really free). A pinafore is quick to get on (no buttons, no zippers, no fuss) and depending on the length, it can last through the seasons as a dress, tunic, and top with nothing underneath, a t-shirt underneath, or a long-sleeved shirt underneath!

Fun floral outside. Light denim inside. Could be reversible but I added buttons. See caption of next photo.

I based my pattern loosely off of Steph Chow's Simple Toddler Pinafore Pattern. Her pattern does not include a seam allowance so I cut an additional 1/2 inch around to potentially make up for my two fabric not lining up exactly. Her pattern is for 18 month so I increased the length for my two year old and extended the strap length.

Large wooden buttons on the shoulder to hide part of the ugly join - I had to seam rip a couple times as I tried different ways to join the shoulder straps so they turned out not so pretty. Ignore the stray threads.

This one I didn't extend the original pattern yet so it's more top length than tunic or dress length.

"Mommy, my basil plant is REALLY thirsty" says Little Miss E before watering the flowers on her new top.

So after this first one, I HAD to make another (there's a trend with previous projects of HAVING to make several more immediately after the first one).

This one is a little longer than the first and the joining of the seams are overlapping instead of one tucked into the other.

This pinafore is reversible with solid yellow on the inside but she likes the flowers so the flowers are on the outside!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Nook

We recently checked out a great book from the library, Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures by Amanda Blake Soule. I started marking off projects with tape flags and realized I was pretty much checking off every other project! Here's one the author titles "cozy wall pockets" that we've renamed E's "book nook." 

Sear ends of ribbon for hanging the book nook. The length will depend on where you're hanging it. We're starting to run out of wall space so it had to be a certain length to fit below a hanging painting and above a vent. 
We used all scrap fabric and a branch from the yard. The book has instructions with dimensions for the fabric but we used scraps that were already cut into various rectangles and left them that way. After some arranging, rearranging, and pinning, the fabric pockets were sewn down to the back base fabric (that I serged to prevent a fraying mess).

Space ribbon loops out evenly across the top of the book nook base fabric (wrong side up) and pin. Then sew an "x" on each loop to the base of the book nook.

Little Miss E helping place the felt hearts on top of the sewn "x" for the loops (we hot glued them down).
The white hearts were perfect for little doodles.

The bottom right pocket is an old t-shirt of daddy's that got personalized by E with permanent marker. We left room should additional decor need to be added in the future!

Daddy smoothing out a branch to hang E's book nook.
The branch turned out to not be very straight and the loops didn't account for the difference so binder clips are evening out the book nook. But that's purely cosmetic! E loves the family project book nook and so do we! 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Blueberry Breakfast

The last few couple of months have been a little nuts. We moved (again) but this time we're hoping to stay in one state for awhile (whoohoo!). Projects and inspired meals have still been happening but just at a slower pace and not always photographed (because really, thinking about getting out the big camera while keeping an eye on a two year old and then taking photos hoping they'll turn out OK, and then thinking about having the time to edit and blog just makes my head spin sometimes!).

I was inspired by summer blueberries for this breakfast and the blue of these gorgeous bowls. No actual recipe because basically you make oatmeal and add toppings. Not too complicated. But it's so pretty!

I love the subtle nuttiness and the texture of Irish steel cut oats. Stove top oatmeal takes a little longer to cook (than the microwave) but it's worth it. Use that time to prepare other items for the meal or clean the kitchen or pick-up toys or watch your oatmeal cook.... If you like your oatmeal a little creamier, add some milk. I made mine with water and then added a little coconut milk to thin it out a little. I also added dried cherries while the oatmeal was cooking so they'd plump up a little and they add a little tanginess. A dash of cinnamon goes in. Stir. When the oatmeal is done (ours takes about 15 minutes, three cups water to one cup oats). Scoop into bowls, top with fresh, washed blueberries and roasted pepitas! Oogle at the beautiful color and dig in! Sweet and salty. Creamy and crunchy. Yum.