Friday, August 17, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - Soulemama
Have a lovely weekend friends! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Keep Calm Craft On {crafting on}

The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture and share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below.
- Joining in with Frontier Dreams today! 
The girls and I headed northeast on Saturday for an impromptu trip back to IL. Knowing that the weather was going to be noticeably cooler and running a little low on fiber at the house, I decided to make a few stops on the way. While in Des Moines, the girls and I stopped at this little lys called Knitted Together. I picked up two skeins, (on Saturday,) that are almost all knitted through!  
I've made a pair of longies for J and am almost done with a little button up sweater for him. I'm in love with the main colors of these pants! So dreamy!! 

Next, on our way east, we stopped at another store in Coralville, IA, called Crazy Girl Yarn Shop and boy did I feel like a crazy girl popping in at 4:56pm when they closed at 5! The woman working was very kind though and had lost track of time herself, so I was able to look for a few minutes without feeling rushed.  Here are some pictures of what I picked up and what will keep me busy over the next few days. I'm planning on some more baby things and some hats for the girls. 

Once again, knitting is and is going to be what is keeping me calm this week. What are you working on? 

Monday, August 6, 2012

His fanciness continues:

A few weeks ago, I pinned this link on how to repurpose old T-shirts into newborn gowns. After making one, I was hooked, which seems to be a reoccurring thing these days. Both of the girls lived in gowns for months after they were born and I really wanted to stock up for baby J before he comes. After a long afternoon of sewing, I had six made! Just the perfect number of these little gowns to add to his fancy wardrobe :)  

 Three of these gowns were made out of my old concert T-shirts and the other three were made out of my dads old T-shirts! I just love that he will get to wear something that I remember my dad wearing years ago. 
 These two below might be my favorites from the bunch. The pattern was very straight forward and easy to follow. I also LOVE the fact that I did not spend any money on these. I had everything including the elastic for the bottoms already here. Now they will sit for another 4 months and wait to be worn. 
Oh and one more thing, if you are going to make these, make sure to get a package of Jersey needles for your machine!!!  I've been sewing with jersey for a while, but man, if you don't have one of those needles, there will mostly likely be a ton of cursing :) You have been warned! 

Friday, August 3, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -Joining in with Soulemama this morning. Have a lovely weekend! 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Macbook Covers!

About a month ago I came across this pin, showing how to cover a macbook with contact paper. I was hooked! For only $2, I could cover our computers with contact paper that would not only look pretty nice, but protect them as well. I mean, hello! We have two littles that are a bit destructive and our macs were definitely showing some wear on them. 
The next time I made it to the dollar store, I grabbed two rolls of contact paper, one in the wood grain and another in a green floral print.  I somewhat followed the directions linked above, but ended up cutting out the apple and the mousepad afterwards. I used an exacto knife and just followed the lines that I could faintly see to do so. It worked great and there wasn't a whole lot of lining up.  I have so much contact paper left, so if this stuff starts peeling off or one of the girls pick any off, I can just redo it if I need to. Talk about a thrifty project! The stickers online for macbooks started around $30. Um, no thank you! 
So far, it's been about two weeks since I did them and they are holding up really well. I don't have any corners peeling up or anything. Have a look: