Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sewing is Fun by Edith Paul

I found this cute, old book at a local book sale. It's an introductory book for kids who want to learn how to sew. It has a few easy projects, like the pin cushion pictured below. It also has a 'how to use a sewing machine' section. I'll let you know if it's any good for my kids. If I can bring myself to share my one and only decent machine.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

All You Can Sew for Children Books

Here are the books "All You Can Sew for Children." They include a number of patterns, all of which are quite vintage in look and feel (which you would expect from books published in 1971). They show the pattern pieces on a grid where each square represents 1 inch. The patterns vary in the sizes provided. Some patterns are strictly for toddlers while others are in the tweens range, no little baby patterns, though some size 1 or 2. Some pieces are understood--they talk about the armhole facing and you need to know that you have to make your own piece for that from the armhole of the top pattern. There are many dresses, an overcoat in each, a bathing suit for preschoolers in the first book, and some outfits for boys. Just cute. I'm going to try a cute little sun outfit for my older daughter. If I have time and clean up the area a bit first!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sharpie Tie-Dye Redefined (Easiest Tie-Dye You'll Ever Do)

I saw this great craft for Sharpie tie-dye from The Crafty Crow. I happened to have everything needed (well, except for the eye dropper). I had the Sharpies, the rubbing alcohol, and some fabric to try it out. If you check out the link and look at the instructions, it says to draw on your fabric with some Sharpie colors. Then center the drawings in the middle of a cup and rubberband around the top of the cup. This keeps the fabric from moving and any dripping alcohol ends up in the cup. Great! Except I wasn't really satisfied with just doing little circles. So I tried something different. This is my result:

I think it looks pretty cool. It's much more like real tie-dye. All I did was place random splotches of Sharpie color in random places all around the fabric. Then I poured enough alcohol on it to saturate the whole thing (really wet with alcohol as you can see from the pic below). Then I scrunched it up and squeezed it a bit. The more you squeeze it the more the color transfers to other areas. I didn't squeeze mine very much because I was OK with the white and didn't want everything to turn brown. That alcohol is strong smelling and I recommend doing it outside. I didn't and I'm still here to tell the tale, but that's just me. I did move it outside to let it dry.

It's a really easy craft. I don't even think the Sharpie color stained my hands.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Yum Yum! Banana Bread

I'm not a baker, but when I get in the mood--I'll spend a whole day destroying the kitchen. This day was the same day we made butter. Homemade butter on fresh banana bread! Recommended. I made 2 loaves (four over-ripe bananas were starting to look really bad in my fruit dish) and then a batch of blueberry muffins. That stuff disappeared!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Making Butter!

I know everyone else has already done this--but it was a first for me. From 3 Ring Binder, I found out about this video from a weekly science experiment. He shows all you need to know.

I used some baby food jars and heavy cream (I only left it out 4 hours--I got impatient). I filled the jars about half full.

The shaking! Took a few minutes.

This is when we knew we had butter.

Drain out the butter milk (note to self: save for pancakes).

Then we put the butter in a dish, mixed it with a bit of salt, and ate it on pancakes!

The kids enjoyed making it (once).

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!--Kid's Make-Your-Own Pinwheel Craft

The kids and I actually followed through on a craft! Thanks to Allsorts for the pinwheel craft. We went to the craft store and the girls decided on their fancy scrap paper (8 1/2 x 11). Tie-dye was the most popular. Both girls made a 4 petal and 5 petal pin-wheel.

This is how ours turned out: