Saturday, August 28, 2010

sew long time

school for kids + school for me + family + buisness makes Kristen a busy lady!!

Needless to say it's been an adjustment settling into our new routine. I've been collecting photos of everything Ive done in the past few months but Im just now getting around to posting it.

First off, Mandi was here last month. Her amazing madre got married and I was honored to of hung out with the girls the week of the wedding and help Lindsay with some sewing for the big day. Here's us

(this photo was taken after we danced our hineys off-HENCE the shinyness!)

I made Mandi a skirt for the occassion which started off as a potato sack skirt but quickly evolved into something else. A little free lance designing going on!

Feeling a little drab, I decided last minute to refashion a little something for myself. Here's the before...

(I'm terribly embarrased by this pic but eh...whatta gonna do?)

It's just a simple floor length black skirt that I wore once for my sister-in-laws wedding that's been chillin' in my closet. Here's the after...

I just took it in on the sides, took out the length, and added the lace and VOILA! My new favorite skirt!

These last 2 weeks, my etsy shop has been quite productive! My last 10 orders have all been my Darth Vader onsie. After becoming an INTERNATIONAL SELLER (Hey-o!) to places like France and The Netherlands I thought, "I need to jump on this Star Wars train!" that's where these new designs came from...

"The Stormpooper"

"Buns of Steel"
(get it? cause she's tough!)

I wanted the decal to say, "NICE BUNS!" but it didn't look good with the Jedi font

I have a few random onsies lying around that I needed to do something with so I started exploring the question, "what would I want MY babies to wear?) This one's not finished (the quote I edited on, it's not really on the onsie) It's not listed in the shop but I wanted to show you the direction Im taking. Also think MacGruber and The Target Lady...

Ron Burgundy anyone?

I did a few back to school items for the kids, not as many as I'd like but I have the whole year! Starting with Brody's new shirt...

You read that right, "you have baked beans- you have a party!"
He thinks beans is such a funny word, so why not? His teacher probably thinks Im a weirdo mom for letting him wear that shirt let alone MAKING it!

I just made Saylee a bunch of jumpers. It's been awhile since I did any and I love them so much. There easy, Saylee CAN'T take them off (she's a bit of a free spirit!) and they're good to wear year round. This one is my favorite.

just a basic red and white remnant I got at JoAnn's, I was inspired to incorproate the inverted strips from this, and I love how it turned out!

This one's pretty plain,another remnant, same fabric in black and white

Forgive me, I pulled this next one out of the dirty clothes to take a photo so it's oober wrinkled. I really like this print but I might change the button colors

Close up of the print and Im trying to add some variety the pockets

I recently hit up an AWESOME estate sale and found this vintage remnant for a buck. Im thinking jumper but not quite sure yet... don't you loves?

windmill lovin!

Had to share some of my other finds

vintage bias tape- these guys are so old, it's not even funny! a quarter each, this women had a box FULL of them, i could of bought them all.

Vintage picnic basket- $10

And this recent/latest project isn't finished yet. I haven't had time with school, etc. I still need to sew up the back and add the white trim to the bottom of the skirt.

I chose a linen because I was afraid that cotton would drape as nicely, because of that, it's a little heavy but I don't mind. Other than that, I think I'll really like it once it's on and done.

I'm hoping to post my projects from school as I make them. I have 3 garments to complete by the end of the semester (which apparently isn't alot of time) so im excited! I love school! I can already tell it's going to be challenging. I definetley don't know as much as I thought. My SEWING skills im sure are up to par but as far as knowledge in CONSTRUCTING an article of clothing from scratch (the real way!) I'm pretty much clueless!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

zero more days

We've had the countdown going all week. "mom, guess what?...6 more days until I go to school!"

Oh trust me Brody, i know...

I have such mixed feelings about school. On one hand, Im excited to gain a lighter kid load and encourage his independance but on the other hand,...all day?? Really?? That's seems drastic.
So today when I woke him up he marched downstairs and from the bathroom mid-stream I hear, "zero more days and now I get to go to school!"
and so he did.

On top of all his excitment, being a busrider was icing on his back to school cake!
He couldn't even wait for me!!!

I'm yelling through my tears, "wait for me! wait for me!!"

his new sweet Lakai's are a size 2!!! That is confirmation of a grown boy!

He waved goodbye and ran onto the bus without a second thought. I was crying behind my sunglasses worrying to myself, "who's he gonna sit with??" I was so scared for him.

and just like that, he was gone...

stupid bus!...

Saylee also started her 2nd year of preschool today. She is at a different school than Brody which I hope isn't too stressful for us. Last night we had to go to "meet the teacher" night at 2 schools and got a taste of the chaos. It was pure madness.
I have mixed emotions about Saylee's 1st day. This summer has been tough, and when I say tough I mean like "The Terminator battles Rambo with a side of The Icredible Hulk "tough. She regressed quite a bit this summer that I wasn't ready to deal with. She has been dying for some independance away from home. So i had more excited feelings than lonely feelings about her departing. PLUS- she's still in preschool and she's not gone for long.
Here she is, ready to go...with girafey

I had to document quickly her hair because it's been in her face for the last 3 months!!

I love this pic...

She had no issues, saying goodbye either. She just have me a kiss and said goodbye! I know she's going to knock our socks off this year with what she's going to be able to accomplish.

I love you Brody and Saylee! This year is going to be crazy! I feel like a mom who just entered the pro's! I start school in 2 weeks and Im hoping I can eat all that's on my plate, but with my appetite, it shouldn't be a problem!!