Meet Gabrielle the Giraffe…

 

Our day today has been dark, rainy and hard to tell day from night. The long days of the season are settling upon us.  This is not our favorite time, but we must make do.

Make do we did! Emma wanted  to “make something else” for Dad, Christmas, whatever! She was not to be stopped. So, she brainstormed and got to drawing.  Her picture was good, but hard to tell exactly what was what.  We discussed her goals~

something soft,

something cuddly

something cute…. something tall, something squishy….

So, together we drew a pattern, we cut, we picked fabric from our stash. We sewed, a lot!

We constructed, we decorated and then we played with Gabby the Giraffe~!

We had lots of fun!  Now we are off to eat our turkey soup. Got to love the leftovers!

eggnog pancakes with cranberry maple sauce and a new softie….

We had a wonderful start to our Saturday today. Daughter #1 made us a delicious treat. They were so good they would make you slap your mamma, no joke they rocked! I think this sort of a treat is perfect for our seasonal food. Great job Sara!

Next, daughter #2 created an artwork inspiration~

The artist showing her piece!

We gathered some supplies~ fabric from our thrift-store linen sheet, stash fleece in hunter green for the backing and thread on hand. We transferred our inspiration piece to our fabric, and commenced to embroidering. This was so much fun to do together. This little pillow softie is created with love and heart from little sister to big sister for her Christmas gift.

 We hope she loves it as much as we loved making it!

 Please excuse our purple marking pen marks, they have not yet completely faded. Here is a close up view of our 3 dogs, and cat.

One beautiful scarf made!

Thanks to Pink Chalk StudioI have one Rubblework Scarf completed. It was a fun and easy project. I love how versatile this project can be. There are so many possiblities using all sorts of fabric combinations! Love it. I am not an expert seamstress by any means, but I am happy with my first go around. We have a real chill to our air, and are very close to our first freeze. So, in honor of the season, I used a brown cord, white embroidered cord, leftover plum/purple satin, and some leftover linen. I can see myself making a few more for gifts. Thank you Kathy, great project!

I will say that I had a very hard time photographing this scarf, my camera is not doing quite right, and please excuse the dirty bathroom mirror, it is old and it shows!

Sunday has rolled around again, time to post our Sunday dresses!

 It always comes down to this, finished projects on Sunday.  This day is no different for me. These 2 dresses have been in the works this week in my spare time. First is “Rob’s dress” from Rob’s knit shirt, old denim jeans incorporated into the design for sleeves. The sleeves have elasticized cuffs. They can be either 3/4 sleeves or pushed up to right above the elbow…

  I am still very committed to my pledge and I have really enjoyed the process. Good stuff!!  

 Next is my old  Target pant dress, let’s call it … Balloon applique A-line dress~

  This is an old pair of Target cotton drawstring pants.  Embellished with denim, suede and green cargo pant balloons. Only item needed to complete this project was the little doggie buttons! I did purchase those from my fabric store.

 I have lots of fun sewing, however, I am way behind on Christmas. I was out today and I can feel the “energy” of the Holiday  season  building. I hope we all have a calm and peaceful  journey  ahead of us and to remember what is dear to us, home and family, peace and love.

Update on Fashion Rewardrobe, embroidered dress and pumpkin love….

So, I have gotten a little behind on my wadrobe refashion projects…  here is the leftover linen tablecloth from GW

I started out using a pattern, but for some reason my brain could not get it together. SO, after I struggled for a bit, I cut out lining from some pink cotton and sewed it all up my own way.

Em seems ok with that.. I added the ruffle and machine embroidered for the first time. I had a blast. I think it went ok for the first time.

 Yes, we think it will do…

We also had a little bake time this morning, with daylight savings kicking in, I feel like this day  has been going on forever! We took advantage of our eary arisal and got to baking. We had pumpkin muffins. To make this a little more healthy we used wheat flour, and added milled flax seed.  Crumble added for extra yum!

Handmade Holidays…. a brilliant idea?

It’s started. You know what we’re talking about: Christmas trees in department stores, not-so-subtle ads everywhere, a deluge of catalogs and the nagging feeling that you should get to work and at least think about holiday gifts. We have the answer for holiday gift-giving this year, or at least the inspiration and a few (100+) tools to help you get it done. We’re thrilled to present, starting tomorrow, our Sew,Mama,Sew! Handmade Holidays: 30 Days of Gifts to Sew!

Each day in November focuses on a particular theme; we will provide great resources and inspirational ideas for sewing holiday gifts. Every week throughout November we’ll also offer two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew!Winners will be randomly selected from all comments posted on the blog in the previous week.

Please help us spread the news about Handmade Holidays. Feel free to add our button to your blog or website (see below) and please enjoy our sneak peek at the themes below. Visit daily, find your creative muse and enjoy Handmade Holidays!

Sew,Mama,Sew! Handmade Holidays: 30 Days of Gifts to Sew
November 1 ~ Aprons
November 2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
November 3 ~ For the House
November 4 ~ Lunch Bags
November 5 ~ Tote Bags
November 6 ~ Blankets for Baby
November 7 ~ For your Purse or Pocket
November 8 ~ Whimsy
November 9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
November 10 ~ Ties and Belts
November 11 ~ Reading & Writing
November 12 ~ For the Table
November 13 ~ Placemats
November 14 ~ Kids’ Clothes
November 15 ~ Warm those Toes
November 16 ~ Gifts for the Crafter
November 17 ~ Purses
November 18 ~ For Baby
November 19 ~ Tech Gifts
November 20 ~ Gifts for Organization
November 21 ~ Pillows
November 22 ~ Fun for Hair
November 23 ~ Soft Toys & Games
November 24 ~ Sachets
November 25 ~ For the Kitchen
November 26 ~ Embellishments
November 27 ~ Gifts for Warmth
November 28 ~ Drawstring Bags
November 29 ~ Fabric Boxes
November 30 ~ Gift Compilations

All I can say is this is a brilliant idea, I have good intentions.. Really I do.  I am not certain how far I will get or how well I will do, but all I can do is try. I think this year  has brought great change in our family as we re-evaluate our beliefs and our goals as a family. It is important in today’s changing times to take time to look at the whole picture. We have made some changes that many people do not understand. However, it was right for us as a family. One such example is we have gotten rid of our Tahoe, it was not only expensive to drive, insure, and keep full of gas, but it is bad for the environment. I had started to feel pangs of guilt driving around in it. Don’t get me wrong, I truly loved that car, it was great. I am short and it is big, and I felt great out there and no one messed with me. I felt sad when we gave it up and I had to mourn my loss for a quick minute . I am now feeling lighter and my conscious is feeling better as well. As a family we have to really share, communicate our needs and plan well for our daily activities. We will have trying times I am sure, but right now it is good. I do wish we had alternatives to driving, but as of now, there are only city buses. I am not prepared to go there yet. But? maybe one day.

 That is just one example of some changes we are attempting, but I think it is time for us to also find a way to slow our consumerism.. I don’t think it is realistic to think everything has to be handmade, or that I would have the time to make everything handmade but, it offers a goal, a place to begin.. So, I can take my good intentions, the first baby step towards change.. isn’t that how change really occurs? One foot in front of the other until momentum is achieved.  So, I know I can make special gifts for my family and friends with love and sincerity and maybe they will be inspired by one action that will possibly start a chain reaction. Wouldn’t that be cool?