Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hoop Tent

I can't remember where I first saw this project - it is by no means an original idea - but I did sort of wing it, so there may in fact be original aspects to my end product.

As may be obvious from the lack of leaves on the trees and the long sleeves and pants on this 90 degree day, this picnic tent was made in early May.  With the sewing backlog to post, this got pushed aside.

It's simply a hula hoop with a king sized sheet strung on it and tied up with clothes line rope with loops and carabiner for easy set up and take down.  It was a bit windy this day, so we needed some rocks to anchor it, and found we were limited in direction we could face. 

Still a great spot for an after-pre-school picnic, though.  Look - even got myself in some pictures!  That resolution may not be a total wash after all!!

And just because I can't resist...

...dandelioned baby pig-tails.  Love finding forgotten photographic gems.  I suppose that's a primary reason for taking so many pictures.  Surprise memories.  My heart.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Double Dot Top

This new top is just a modified version of this peplum top I posted last month.

Here's the back, although it's hard to see a difference in this picture, I realize.  There are, of course, buttons...in a row...down the back.  Theme.

The main differences are the better proportioned flutter sleeves:

And the circle skirt (vs the gathered skirt):

The fabric is a printed dotted swiss that I picked up at Joann when I was pregnant with Lisi Loo.  Here's a close-up of the texture. 

(It looks pink, but it's actually white.)  I had just found out I was having a girl and saw this fabric as a baby sunsuit.  Needless to say, the sunsuit never happened and this has been sitting in my stash every since.  I'm happy with it's final home.


And so is she.

(These last four were taken with my phone.  It was just one of those days.  Gotta do whatcha gotta do days.)



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sailboat Jammie Jams

At some point relatively early on in parenthood, I discovered that, in a lot of situations, giving something ordinary an extra-ordinary name made it more appealing.  Not genius, I know, but it was a light bulb moment for me.

In our house, pajamas get on the body a lot faster when we call them "Jammie Jams!" (exclamation point is a required pronunciation detail).  These are Lisi Lou's new Jammie Jams.

It's hard to see in the pictures, but the little sailboats are pale pink.  I made the hem really big - hoping to prolong the fit.
They're made of a super-soft knit - and were actually already adult pajama pants that I cut up to make baby pajamas.  I couldn't resist.  They'll be perfect for vacation at the beach.

This is the only decent on-body shot I got.  My fault - photo-shoots at bedtime are always a bad idea - no matter how cute the jammie jams.