Wednesday, May 29, 2013
A few days ago I gave Rebekah her first sewing machine lesson. She really wanted to use some felt that she got for Christmas, and she saw an older girl hand sewing a simple purse a while ago. So, she asked if we could make a purse out of her felt. Permission granted. I tried to have her hand sew it at first, but it was difficult, so we went to the machine. I showed her how it worked, then had her push the foot petal while I helped her hold it in the right position. She was so excited to be able to use the machine!!! Now Caleb is begging too! We just folded a piece of felt in half, sewed two sides of it, and then sewed on a ribbon handle. Simple and quick, a perfect first project. She still needs to learn a lot about the sewing machine to be able to use it herself, but I think I'll enjoy that teaching time!
Monday, May 27, 2013
In order to get Rebekah dresses that are long enough, sometimes we buy larger sizes (this is 1 size too big). In this case, the neck line was too low for her, so I added some blue fabric.
Then I added a blue flower with button on the bottom to make it a bit more fun. I love these knit dresses, they are so comfy and great for playing in!
Friday, May 24, 2013
I found this skirt at a garage sale for $1! It was just a little bit on the short side, so I added this lace trim. It really dresses it up nicely. I think I paid $0.75 for the trim at a thrift store, and I used an old linen shirt for the fabric under the lace. Total cost = $1.75
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This is what I gave my mom for Mother's Day this year. I think it turned out really cute, although I wish I would have used blue instead of purple, since I just noticed my mom had a few things painted blue in her yard!
I found the idea on joann.com. I had a hard time finding all the supplies, maybe because I didn't go to JoAnn's! Walmart didn't have any clay pots at all, I ended up finding them at the Dollar Tree, which only had one size. I bought a metal wire wreath and moss at Walmart, as well as the paint. I already had the wire on hand. My kids helped me paint the pots, and then we sprayed them with varnish. I wired (had to paint the wire too) and hot glued the pots to the wreath. Then I hot glued the moss to the wire wreath that was exposed, which made a huge difference! That's it! It took longer to paint the pots than expected, but that was probably due to my helpers... Below is a pic of the back.