It’s Beginning to Look…

Like I don’t blog here anymore ūüôā
All joking aside, another year down, another triathlon or two in the books.  I love training for those races, but man, it eats up my sewing time.

The family update: My family and I have had a fun summer and fall! ¬†We’ve taken several family trips, had a few local getaways camping and to hot springs, and enjoyed our Montana summer and beautiful fall. ¬†My oldest boy¬†started kindergarten this fall¬†and has already lost his first tooth!¬† My youngest started sleeping (through the night) at the end of the summer, has been at the same Montessori preschool this fall, and¬†is becoming quite the entertainer. The sleeping has been a huge change for us. ¬†I think it had been 5 years since my husband and I slept through the night. ¬†I am finally feeling like a human again without the aid of high amounts of caffeine to function!

Besides the gym bag, I really haven’t done a whole lot of sewing. ¬†I trained for another Ironman 70.3 that was in June, followed up with some local races, and just haven’t made the time for my sewing. ¬†Not that I don’t have numerous projects that I want to get done. ¬†No excuses, I just haven’t gotten to it. ¬†Here’s what I have been up to:

I made a toddler backpack for G’s first day of preschool back in February. ¬†The only modification is the zippered pocket on the front. ¬†img_2207 img_2211

A Peek a Boo Lullaby Line baby gown for a gift.  img_2483 img_2482

And I am currently working on a quilted tree skirt for Christmas for our tree. ¬†It’s my own design, with inspiration from Pinterest. ¬†It has 8 blocks of quilted trees on a white background. ¬†The backing will be red, as will the binding. ¬†I love how it’s looking! This is just a teaser until I get the whole thing done ūüėČimg_2787

And with that, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Cheers and happy crafting!

~Ingrid

 

 

Pajamas!

Hi ladies and gents,

I realize it’s been awhile. ¬†The thing is, I’ve been sewing. ¬†I just haven’t had time to post about it. ¬†Fear, not! ¬†I am back…

I made my kids some pajamas for Christmas, and they love them! ¬†I think that’s what inspires me the most about sewing for other people–seeing the excitement they get from something I made. ¬†It makes me happy.

These pajamas are awesome. ¬†I used Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop‘s Alex & Anna Winter PJ’s pattern. ¬†It was easy to use, especially since it’s a PDF download. ¬†And it comes in a huge range of sizes!

Finished jambesThe¬†monster knit fabric and ribbing was from JoAnn’s. ¬†They didn’t have actual ribbing, so I bought a knit with good stretch for the cuffs and neck.

ShirtThe best part about these pajamas was that I got to use my serger for the ENTIRE project. ¬†I’m pretty sure (two months later) that my regular machine didn’t even touch a seam, except to sew on the label.

cover stitchI even got up the nerve to use the cover-stitch on my serger for the hem (i.e. read the manual to use that stitch!). ¬†It top-stitches on the outside, and serges on the bottom to create a stitch similar to using a twin needle. ¬†It’s freaking awesome!

And the sizing was spot-on!  No adjustments needed, as demonstrated by my two models:IMG_1108

After seeing how well they fit, I promptly went out and bought more knit fabric to make a couple more pairs of jammies!

Cheers!

Ingrid

Craft Table Tutorial

Well, after months of Pinteresting all of the web’s fabulous craft tables, I finally made my own! ¬†I had an idea of what I wanted, it was just a matter of getting it done (and having someplace to put it).

On my wish-list:

  • Storage
  • Counter height surface
  • Laminate counter top to pin and cut fabric
  • Big enough to fit my large cutting mat for quilting

On John’s list:

  • Roll away or fold-away in case we have company and need to actually use our guest room

I managed to get everything on BOTH of our wish lists, without compromising on size. ¬†I am loving it! ¬†And loving my ingenuity!!! ¬†There were no directions out there, so here is my “craft table tutorial”.

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Materials:

  • Laminate counter top to the dimensions that you desire.
  • 2 cube storage shelves. ¬†Mine are 2 wide by 3 high.
  • 2 pieces of scrap wood that are relatively flat and about the same width as your storage cube pieces.
  • Wood screws
  • Brackets or clasps

I ordered the countertop from Ikea. ¬†I was going to have one custom made, but thought I would give the pre made one a shot…the price was right. ¬†I believe I got the cube storage shelves from Target, but any big box store will have them.

Assembly:

As mentioned before, I wanted the table to fold or roll. ¬†I thought about how I would make that happen, and decided it would be easiest to have the countertop come off, when needed. ¬†Here’s how to achieve that with clasps or brackets similar to what you’d find underneath a dining room table.

Lay out your counter top, wrong-side up.

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Mark where you would like to have the “legs” of your craft table by placing the top piece of the storage cube on the countertop.

As you can see, I am measuring the placement of the unassembled storage cube.  Draw a line along the innermost edge of the storage cube.countertop with board

Place the piece of scrap wood along the line that you just drew.  Screw into place.placing bracing

I didn’t have a piece of scrap wood, it was decorative trim. ¬†It was basically the same dimension on the fat side of the trim as my shelving unit, so I used it.

Repeat the process for the other end of the craft table so that you have two pieces that will brace your shelving units:

Bracings

Assemble the clasp units onto both the bracing and the shelving unit.  Follow the instructions that came with your clasp if need be.  I used 4 clasps for stability.

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4 clasps

Your removable countertop is now finished.  Assemble the shelving units using the instructions they came with.

Shelving unitYou can see the half of the clasp that has already been attached to the shelving unit (above).

Move your craft table to the desired location prior to assembling it.

Attach the countertop, and begin crafting!  finished table

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I am happy to say that my husband had no part in the “wood working” on this project. ¬†I can’t remember where he was, but the kids were in bed early, so I pulled out the saw and the drill and got to work!¬† We women can do this stuff, too!

Cheers!

Ingrid

Junk in the Trunk

Our family went on vacation last week.

We had a grand time in Harrison, Idaho biking around Lake Coeur D’Alene for my mom’s birthday. ¬†There is a Rails to Trails system from Wallace to Plummer, Idaho–it was so fabulous! ¬†I wish we had something like that closer to home.

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Bikers

We then headed over to the Oregon Coast to where John and I got married.   Our kids had a blast on the beach playing, making sand castles, and stomping in puddles.  We stopped by Nehalem Bay Winery and bought a few of our favorite bottles to take home with us.  We hiked.  We had great seafood.  And it was so good to just get away.

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On the way home, we stopped in Portland for a few hours.  I got to take a tour of the new dental school that is being built on the waterfront.  It really is fabulous.  Those students will be spoiled with all of that new equipment!!  (I am only slightly jealous, as part of the reason for our vacation was an equipment install in my office!) After Portland, we gunned it to Spokane and stayed with some good friends who had moved there last year.  Good company!

Vacation was awesome, but man am I glad to be home!  Our youngest might have screamed a lot in the car.  And both kids might have gotten car sick on one leg of the trip.  Regardless, it was good to get away!

Our junk in the trunk (a whole SUV full of diapers, bags, toys, etc) reminded me of a project that John helped me with about a month ago.  A pinterest hack, if you will.

Did you ever see those trunks made into lateral filing cabinets on Pinterest?

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I really wanted to make one. ¬†Find a trunk at Target, get some rods for it, and voila! ¬†A new filing cabinet. ¬†As I was pondering this project, I was also in the middle of some spring cleaning. ¬†Of course I saw our old trunk sitting in the living room and thought,¬†“Bingo!”

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We went to Lowes and found some cheap metal rods and decorative wood pieces that would work to slide them into for the supports.

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John screwed the wood pieces into the existing wood supports inside the trunk.

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I helped putting the rods in. (It’s not very pretty, but it stores files!)

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And it was done!

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Not quite as cute as my pinterest find, but it’s a filing cabinet! ¬†And I am already using it! ¬†Best part was that it cost less than $8!

Cheers!

~Ingrid

 

Spring Top Sewalong

I have been reading Made By Rae‘s blog for several years now. ¬†She always has some awesome projects going on, patterns to download and tutorials to follow.

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This year I decided to participate in the Spring Top Sewalong! ¬†It’s basically an excuse to sew a new top for yourself‚Ķ.not that I need an excuse‚Ķ.but it definitely gave me a goal!

I have had this pattern in my stash for a year or so, hoping to get to it someday:

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I really liked both the short and long sleeved version, as well as the skirt. ¬†I could see myself wearing something like that to work, if I weren’t sitting with my legs spread-eagle every day while I work on patients. ¬†The skirt–not so practical for me. ¬†The blouse–it’s a go!

I ordered some tan lace from Fashion Fabrics Club¬†that would go with a floral fabric that I purchased from¬†JoAnn’s. ¬†I have used Fashion Fabrics Club before, and even ordered the silk chiffon for my wedding dress from them. ¬†The prices are reasonable, but the shipping seems to take forever (yes, I am spoiled by Amazon Prime).

The pattern itself was easy to follow and simple to put together. ¬†I did French seams and serging on raw edges to finish my seams. ¬†(The floral would have freyed if I hadn’t done something to finish the edges.)

New look pattern

The fit is pretty darn good.  I probably could have gone a size up just for a bit more room, though.  (I am still adjusting to my post-babies-figure and sizing, even though my youngest is over a year!)

Spring blouse

Future adjustments to the pattern: give myself a bit more ease in the sleeves. They are a bit tight if I bring my arms forward.

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However, I like how it fits and have worn it several times already!  All-in-all a great top and fairly easy to make!

~Ingrid

I’m here!

After months of contemplating whether or not I should start a blog, I decided to try it. ¬†For a year. ¬†My goal is one post a week. ¬†It should be doable, even if it’s just an update on the family or kiddos. Perhaps I should have used Facebook for the platform, or an easier site, but this just felt right. ¬†A blog with a little bit more going on than I know what to do with! ¬†I am excited by the challenge. ¬†With that said, I had better work on a real post for the week!

~Ingrid~

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