Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mini Craft Room Tour

Good Sunday Afternoon Readers,

I am constantly finding myself setting up random craft areas around my house. These areas tend to look disastrous to anyone but me. Spools and buttons sprinkle the carpet among strips of fabric and bits of ribbon. It looks really messy but that's just the way my brain works. I love to see everything all at once and piece my work together.

This past Christmas though, Mike set me up with a shelf from IKEA. He put up a some shelves and helped move around the furniture. I finally had a mini craft room. 

I do have a couple of knick knack shelves in our room. I like to switch the objects on these shelves around to whatever mood I'm in.

Those last two shelves are from my bookcase. I'm sure I'll soon fill these spaces with more craft supplies, but for now they are mostly a source of inspiration.
I think that it would be really cool to cover the back wall of the bookcase with a fun print or scrapbook paper. 

These rolls of fabric are smaller pieces that I go to when my project needs just a little something special. 

I've got a few piles of bigger sections of fabric stacked around or on top of shelves. These fabrics I use for my ongoing projects, or store fabrics that have been given to me. Sometimes it takes a while to get the proper inspiration for a print. 

I do have a sewing machine on a small table we bought at the thrift store, but it's not pictured here because of all the clutter. Sever sewing projects have taken over the space and I just can't bear to put the mess online for the world to see. 

To make up for not snapping a photo of my sewing area, I'll let you all in on one of my projects.
 This is a skirt that I've made out of some corduroy pants. I never really wore them. I cut off the legs at the base of the back pockets and slit the fabric up to the zipper. I sewed the flap down to avoid the "awkward bump". 

I then cut some brown fabric a little wider that the width than the pant's hip and gathered before sewing. When I tried on my new skirt I realized how mermaid like it looked. To salvage my work, I'll add some pretty sheer fabric to make it more A-line and I will also be sewing on some pretty trim.

I can't wait to show you my new skirt when it's finished!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Preschool Activity: Newspaper Hats

Thanks to The Honorable Mention Preschool Blog, my preschoolers and I made these sweet hats!

I "molded" the hats to my student's heads during play time. I set out fake flowers, feathers, and felt shapes. My preschoolers loved this craft and all I had to do was give them some glue and let them go to town!

You can check out a tutorial here. I highly recommend this project. It's very easy, quick, and a lot of fun for kids starting as young as three.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Recovering from my twins' miscarriage: Things I wish I had known

Hello Readers, 

As a quick introduction, this is a video I made about a week ago concerning the physical recovery I'm going through with my miscarriage. Some may frown at my openness and frequent blogging about my loss but I've already seen my story help other women.

I would love to write a book one day, but for now I'll just stick with talking to my camera.

P.S. Keep in mind that I'm also active on Tumblr. You can check out my link here and keep up to date on our pregnancy journey.