Deer-ly Beloved

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I finished the shoes! Honestly they have been done for a while but I have been lazy.

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Have you seen more adorable shoes? Sadly the are a bit too big on him at the moment but I made them for a wedding next month so they should fit better by then.

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I wish I would have taken time to center the dots on the back but I can do that next time.

And there you have it! It felt nice to finish something since I keep starting new things and putting aside the old.

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Oh deer!

Say hello to the most adorable fabric you have ever seen. I plan on making some pretty awesome shoes for my little boomer with this. Stay tuned!

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This is what has been keeping me busy these last couple days. I bought the pattern for these awesome shoes here. The website boast that the pattern could be made in a couple hours. I started cutting out the pattern while my little booger took a nap. I got all the way to the point where you start sewing and had to stop because the booger doesn’t nap that soundly and my machine would wake him up. Once he was up and willing to play by himself I started sewing. Everything went together so smoothly and the instructions were so simple and clear. I have never been happier with a pattern before. All in all I probably took a little longer that two hours but I am a bit of a dawdler and always take a while to do things for the first time. I made the pattern size 6-12 months for my 14 month old son as it looked about the right size, however they are almost too small granted he does have large feet. I am really excited to make a second pair with the fabric I bought for this pattern. (I used scraps the first time since I was worried I would mess it up) I think I will have to make the sloe a bit thicker as I live in the sandhills, literally. I think I have more sandburs in my yard than I have grass. My plan is to take our broken tent and cut little sole pieces out of the floor and put that between suede layers. We will have to see if that will hold up to the burrs.

 

A skirt, a braclet, and a booger boo

I have been one busy lady these last couple days. I have been working on my first ever pleated skirt. And, as you can see, taking bad pictures. I have been trying to follow THIS TUTORIALbut since I am the kind of Imageperson who needs very detailed, step by step instructions, and most of the time have to see something being done to do it I had a bit of trouble and kind of improvised my own thing. Of course after finishing for the day laying in bed I finally figured out what she was saying, but I am not one to undo my work if I can get by with it. I do look forward to getting some zig zag patterned fabric in the future and giving it another go. I am also a lousy planner and live 45 minutes from town so I don’t have a zipper to finish it and also haven’t hemmed as you can see. I think once I iron it a little better I will like it a lot. I have started working on the shirt to go with it and my yellow heels which I am super excited to wear since I never wear heels.

I took a break from sewing tonight and decided to crochet a bit. I saw a bracelet on pinterest and thought “I know how to crochet, I can do that… you will not intimidate me, complicated looking bracelet.” Well, it may not intimidate me, but it has made me cuss a couple times. It is a broomstick lace stitch and since I of course don’t have the correct materials I improvised. Instead of a 33 mm crochet hook I used a sharpie. Ha, my good ideas are equally horrendous, but I will preserver. When I am finished I do not care if it looks like a dog chewed on it, I will wear it proudly, because I will not let this bracelet win.

But enough with that. Lets end on a good note. My son, who I like to refer to as Mr. booger boo, has been walking for a while now, yet refuses to walk when outside. Whether on grass or cement, wearing shoes, socks or barefoot. Today however I brought out a little bike toy that has a handle and he walked all around the yard, and even up the ramp to our house. I was one proud momma. Then he cried because he wanted the bike inside, so in came the bike which is when he learned to do this…. ImageNow, how do you put a stop to that kind of talent? Look at the future options. Stunt biker, circus performer.. okay I can’t actually think of anymore but you get the picture.

Basket Weave Sweater

For years I have been wearing my husbands old sweatshirts. They are XLs and while it was great having big shirts to wear while pregnant, I am very much not pregnant anymore so I finally decided to get out the old sewing machine and make them fit me. I had never refitted anything before. I tried to measure my body and draw an outline but it was still really loose and unfitted. After trying different ways to fix it I finally just threw in the towel and traced a shirt I have that already fits well. And, ta da.. a great fitting shirt.

After I finished that I thought it was too boring of a shirt so when I found this website I was very excited. I also really enjoyed seeing that the blogger was redoing a shirt that hadn’t quite worked out, as I was hitting a lot of stumbling blocks myself. It’s always great to see a reminder that just because something doesn’t come together right, it doesn’t need to be thrown out. With a little work things will come together.

So I followed her patter pretty much straight forward. Obviously I used a sweater instead of a tee shirt, although I did use a tee shirt for the weaving portion. Also I used Heat Bond Ultra Hold as my interfacing, seeing as I had some laying around. My experience with it was good, but for anyone going that route, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST! I got the whole weave done then realized that the paper was supposed to be on top for ironing and I had it on bottom. Luckily my husband, being the sweetheart he is, helped me to get it turned over with out destroying it.

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And there it is. My basket weave sweater. Notice that I sewed around the edges of the weave. The instructions recommended not sewing over the heat bond, but I am young and reckless so I did. I didn’t run into any problems although there was some glue build up on my needle I kept scraping it off. I haven’t checked the bottom of the machine yet but I’m hoping for the best.

The one thing I would change on this is that I would use two colors in the weave to make it stand out more. I think a dark blue or maroon would have looked really good with the gray. So, if anyone decides to try out this pattern I want to see the pictures! It is such a fun design.