Tuesday, April 24, 2012

KCWC Day 2: Fabric

Today's hour came in 5-10 minute snatches throughout the day.  A whole hour to sit down and do something I want without interruption sounds divine!  I didn't make as much progress as I'd hoped, but I did manage to:
  • add seam allowances to the patterns I traced yesterday,
  • pick out suitable fabric, and
  • launder the fabric.

The floral flannel and orange stretch terry are for Miss M's swimming cover-up and the plaid flannel and red stretch terry are for the Little Mister (with some tan flannel thrown in for good measure).  The flannels are from Black Friday at JoAnn a couple years ago and the terry cloths were in a box of knits I got at an estate sale last year.  It's nice to use up some of my stash!

Monday, April 23, 2012

KCWC Day 1: Tracing

One hour?  Not exactly.  More like 40 minutes.  Forty very interrupted minutes!  Still, I managed to trace the popular Hilda-Tilda pattern from Ottobre 6/2007 (#27) in two sizes!  I didn't get to add the seam allowances yet.

Neither of my kids need much in the way of clothes.  They could each use a pair of shorts, but they're set in the t-shirt and jeans department.  So I decided to start with swimming cover-ups.  His and hers.  Pretty much exactly like LiEr at Ikatbag just did (great timing!) only I'll be using Ottobre pattern pieces.  And making a few changes a la LiEr since I like how she did the lined hood and the neck slit in front.

I don't have fabric picked out yet.  I have plenty of options for Miss M, but I'm limited on my choices for Little Guy. I guess I'll have to decide tomorrow!
It'd be nice if the postman would deliver the new issue of Ottobre tomorrow so I can trace a pair of shorts.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Dyeing Easter Eggs with Food Coloring

Last week was a crazy week.  We drove a total of 18 hours and almost 1500 miles in just 4 days (with a 2-day break in the middle).  None of which was planned in advance!

An effect of our out-of-whack week was that I was completely unprepared for Easter!  (Thank goodness I wasn't planning to sew Easter clothes this year! Or do Easter baskets either.)  So even though I had planned to color eggs with the kids, we didn't actually get around to it until the Monday after Easter.

I didn't expect it to be so much fun!  The last few times I colored eggs, my stepmom hosted and I think she used the egg dyeing kits.  I didn't remember the colors being so vibrant.  I didn't pick up anything special, so I figured I'd just use regular old food coloring.  I simply followed the instructions on the back of the food coloring package: Mix together 1/2 cup HOT water (it said boiling, but I just used very hot tap water), 1 tsp. vinegar, and half a bottle of food coloring.  I had two open packages of food coloring...both so old that I can't remember when/where they came from!  I figured it was about time to use them up!

The dye was very strong!  It didn't take long at all to get a rich, vivid color.  I put Little Guy's eggs in a wire whisk and let Miss M use a spoon -- and some careful supervision!  Don't you love Little Guy's funny expression?  That's the face he made when he took his first bite of hard boiled egg!  (Needless to say, I finished his egg for him).

I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord!
"[A]nd if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive" (1 Corinthians 15:17-22).