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it’s like a mullet!

For Christmas 2015, I made my other SIL a Christina Clutch.  Remember this one I made for one SIL?  Doesn’t it look all nice and fancy?  It’s in black and white but it basically is black and grey in color IRL .
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The reason I say it’s like a mullet is because on the outside it’s all nice, simple looking and everything and then when you open it….it’s all party on the inside with minions!

I also made this one slightly different than the grey/mint one.  This one was made with pellon 809 and pellon fusible fleece interfacing, applied respectively, giving it more stability.

I really like this combination of interfacing.  I’ve thought about using their fusible foam but I haven’t tried it yet.  Maybe sometime soon.

Until then…party on Wayne! party on Garth!!

snuggalicious

My sister-in-law and I have a running joke, well more like I have a running joke, that I am going to buy her a snuggie because she’s always cold. I knew the general fit and look of a Snuggie but I didn’t really have a clue as to how I was going to make it.  I has wanted to make it for her for Christmas 2014 but because I didn’t know where to start I ended up chickening out and doing something else.

Around mid-November 2015, I had made myself a Marianne Dress.  I had found the pattern while perusing Indie Sew, which is where I get most of my patterns.  It turned out great except for the length, I had shortened just a tad bit too much.  It fit well, it was just about an inch or so shorter than I had imagined it was going to be.

But making the dress gave me an idea as to how I was going to construct the snuggie for my sil.  She’s about five times smaller than me so I just used the same size for the width and lengthened it.  Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of how I checked for length but basically I laid the fabric on the floor and laid down on/next to it to make sure that I have enough for the hem and everything.

From there I just followed the instructions for the dress.  Because fleece isn’t too stretchy I had to measure the neckline and cut my own neck band rather than cut what the pattern calls for.  Here is where I was measuring the neckline.  I just used a retractable measuring tape and clipped it to the neckline.  I think I saw somewhere that you take the measurement and subtract four inches to get the neckband length. So I think that’s what I did.  I don’t remember.  oops.  haha.
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Here it is all finished…and next to my Christmas decorations.
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A close-up of the neckband.  I sewed the seam allowance down so that it doesn’t pop up while she’s wearing it.  I think the length ended up being pretty good.  I really liked how it turned out, if I do say so myself.  haha!
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Here is sil wearing it on Christmas Day after opening it up.
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And my dorky bro who tried it on.  haha!
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Who wore it better?!?!!?!!?!??

My bro was wearing it more than my sil and so I ended up making one for him for his birthday.  But we’ll save that for another post.

 

i need an apron!

So I think I had posted a photo of me wearing my Starbucks Coffee Company apron and one of my old coworkers had said she lost all of hers.  I offered to make one for her and she said that it’d be cool to have one.  So I went to look for some fabric and started.

First I laid out the apron and cut along the edges and included a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
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I cut two pieces, front and back and cut a piece for pockets.
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Here is the apron string ends.
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All completed!
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A coworker from Old Navy asked me to make three aprons for Christmas gifts for her after she saw this post on IG.img_20140730_174351

This is the first one. Sorry about the blurry photos……
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A close-up of a small quilting to keep the pieces together.
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Apron strings.
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The second one is for her sister who survived breast cancer.
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She asked to include this ribbon somewhere.  I thought it added a personal touch.
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Some quilting to keep the pieces together.
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The apron strings.  She really liked this print even thought it was on flannel.  I thought it went well, color-wise, too.
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The last one.  I forgot to take photos of it at home so when I brought them to work I ended up taking photos of it at work.
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I was proud of my super straight stitching so I took a photo of it.
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Sweet stitch quilting to keep the pieces together.
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Here is a photo of the three recipients, her grandma, mom, and sister.
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So glad that I was able to help her with some handmade gifts .  Also, making aprons is fun!

241 tote aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y siete

While perusing pinterest I noticed this really cute bag.  I found that it was a Noodlehead pattern called the 241 Tote.

Paul and I were going on a cruise soon and I thought this would be a good bag to carry the essentials needed when we were docked. I taped the pattern together and cut out the pieces .  When I went to the fabric store I was drawn to the green/yellow batik print.  I had wanted something bright and colorful.  The yellow just called out to me.
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This was my first time working with pieces that were not just straight edges.  I traced the pattern onto the fabric and interfacing and then cut them out.  It was so tedious.  I vowed to never cut pieces that were not a straight edge.  But then I made this nightgown and realized that it’s not as bad as it was that first time and fell in love.

It was also my first time sewing a curve like this.  I looked up a bunch of reviews on the tote so I could get some opinions on how to sew this together.  Also, I was facetiming with my mom and niece.
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So I got the shell completed.  I love how all the colors play off each other.The yellows and pinks.
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Sorry about the blurry picture.  This was the best I had and I wanted to at least show the tote in full use.
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I really liked the way it turned out and I totally plan on making more.  However, I would probably make it about 15% bigger.  This was definitely a good size for the cruise but for everyday I would need it bigger.  I’m still in love with these colors too.  They’re just so bright and cheery.

columbus zoo & aquarium again

*around the fourth of july, my friend-k and i went to the columbus zoo & aquarium. you can read about the beginning of our adventures here.

rafiki! aka a mandrill.
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not sure if you can tell but this orangutan looked so sad. i felt so bad being there. seeing him like that. it kind of almost made me swear off zoos.
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and then we saw this orangutan. and i just about died.
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so we moved on…onto this cute otter. it’s called an asian small-clawed otter. it’s pretty cute and made some cute noises.
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next we saw this komodo dragon laying in the grass.  did you know that they are cold blooded and can’t regulate their body temperatures?  according to the sign at the zoo they are and so on sunny days over 60 degrees they’ll be outdoors and on cooler days they’ll be indoors.
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this guy was pretty fun to watch.  he’s a white-handed gibbon.
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and he’s a siamang gibbon. i got this great action shot while he was jumping from one rope to the next.
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these guys are west african crowned cranes.
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it’s a hard life being a kangaroo!!
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did you know??*
1.  the smallest kangaroo is the musky “rat” kangaroo at 9 in, 1 lb 1 oz
2. at any one time a red or grey roo doe can have an embryo waiting dormant in her womb, a joey growing in her pouch and a third joey at foot and still suckling
3. kangaroos are excellent swimmers
4. drought is the worst enemy of the kangaroo
5. kangaroos can reach a speed of 25 mph
6. the dingo is the predator of the kangaroo

look at that super cute koala!!!
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and just a few more.  just because.
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after drooling over the koalas we ventured into manatee land.
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the zoo and aquarium house three manatees.  they are (from top to bottom) stubby, wheezy, and pixie.
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stubby facts*: he was rescued in 1995 and lived at sea world (orlando) until 2005, his scars are from an pre-existing medical condition, and a portion of his tail is missing as a result of a boat strike.

wheezy facts*: he was rescued on 15 january 2011 (mah birthday!!!), he was found in the desoto canal in satellite beach, florida, and he was suffering from the effects of cold stress.

pixie facts*: she was rescued on 24 july 2010, at the time was estimated to be only a few weeks old, she was found alone in shallow water near daytona, florida, and she was the smallest manatee (42 lbs) to arrive at columbus zoo.

and one with all three of them in the picture.  (plus a random fish)
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after viewing the mantees, we walked into the “aquarium” portion and took a little break. plus friend-k had to feed baby-j.
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and that’s where we’ll stop for today.

*the following facts are provided by the columbus zoo and aquarium
edited with instagram, photogrid, and pixlr express

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