Friday, February 18, 2011

Sew-a-Long Week 3 - Camera Strap

Camera Strap!  This week's challenge was anything photo related.  I have seen gorgeous camera straps (covers) that people make for their cameras and thought I may want to do it someday.  Someday became today.

I chose fabrics that I had in my fabric stash.  I would have loved to girl it up with colourful flowers and the like, but I thought I would be a little nicer to Richie and make it for him too.  I do realize it is still feminine, but I am pretty sure he will still use the camera.  Of course he is such a good sport I am sure he would use it even if I made it hot pink flowers:)

I do like it, definitely a step up from factory!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sew-a-Long Week 2 - Pajamas

I, again got pulled into the sew-a-long.  They are a wonderful bunch of talented women and this week's challenge was to make pajamas (or valentine related item).  I have been putting off making pajamas for my youngest daughter.  She does not have very many long sleeve pajama tops and we also do not have enough fleece pants.  The fleece pants are a necessity since we cloth diaper and she has sensitive skin.  They are very breathable and water resistant.  She wears them full time at home.

So without further ado, here is my project of the week:

They are different colors because I am repurposing a jersey sheet for the top (FYI: do not buy jersey sheets, they shrink and shift and are in general a pain).  The bottoms are made from fleece that I have had in my stash for a while.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sew-a-Long - Crochet Hook Case

Ladies I know, started a sew-a-long each week.  This week is week 1.  I was not planning on joining in because I already have so many projects on the go.  However, I couldn't help myself!  This week's challenge was to make a sewing machine cover or a crochet hook case; both of which I need.  I chose to do a crochet hook case.

I picked this project because I have been bringing my crocheting to work in a plastic bag, with my hooks all askew.  I must say that it was easier than I thought!  I love it.  I used a tutorial from Mad Quilter blog,

Here is my finished project:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine Cards

This time of year my darlings get to bring Valentine Cards to school for all of their classmates.  My children are not really into the common themed cards that you find in the store, so we (I) look for more creative ways to send Valentine wishes.  Last year we did some wonderful cards together, but they were a little more work than the kids liked.

I love this year's Valentines.  The girl's in my daughter's class will get a pair of socks with a card that says "We Make a Great Pair!!"  The boys in her class will get a little baggy of glow in the dark rocks with a card that says "You Rock!!"  So fun!  Best of all, all the items were at the dollar store so the cost was about $5. My daughter added Valentine stickers to the cards too.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dryer Balls

Well, I still have not taken a picture of mine.  However, I will write about them and hopefully add a picture later today!?  My Dryer Balls:

Somehow I ended up on a website that had pictures of hand wound dryer balls and I thought they were beautiful.  Silly I know, but I loved them.  I have always had a thing for straight edges and squares and in the last year or so my appreciation for circles and arcs has grown.

I looked at many websites and also pictures of them on Etsy and decided I would make some; this was a little daring as I have had sensitivity to wool.  Lucky for me it did not bother me at all!  This tutorial gives a good explanation of what I did:

Now to the benefits and background; my youngest boy has eczema.  It was worse when he was in diapers; he mostly suffered around the edges of his diapers and on his bum.  We cloth diaper in our home so I did some research and found Charlie's Soap.  I found glowing reviews, and of course not glowing reviews, but overall it seemed worth trying.   Unfortunately it did not help much with the eczema, but we found other benefits and have been using it for the last 3 1/2 years on all of our laundry.

One of the top reasons for using Charlie's is no fabric softener.  Our clothes come out soft and static free.  Even when I hang clothes to dry on my inside drying rack the clothes are soft.  Another plus is less waste going to the landfill.  I use one tablespoon of Charlie's in each load of laundry and it is packaged more environmentally friendly.  We have less skin irritation too (body pimples and other joys of life).  There are other perks, you can find them on the Charlie's site.

Now to dryer balls, I have tried the reusable blue dryer balls and was never impressed.  My clothes came out the same as when I used nothing.  Drying time was the same, clothes were the same.  It did not seem worthwhile.

My new wool ones are WOW, what a difference.  My drying time is shorter.  Old dry time for diapers: 55 minutes; new dry time: 42 minutes (I have not tried less, so am not sure if it could be shorter or not).  Normal load of laundry, old dry time: 42 minutes; new dry time: 35 minutes.  Also, the clothes are HUGE now!  I have no choice; I have to fold my clothes immediately because one load fills my laundry basket, it used to fit two loads. 

My only complaint so far, my drawers are too small to fit the new fluffy clothes.Y

UPDATE:  One of my dryer balls fell apart.  So, because I do love them so much I crocheted little covers for them.  Now they cannot come apart!  The kids also love these balls, the 18 month old throws them around every chance she gets!
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