Thursday, March 28, 2013

1-Hour Burlap Kitchen Curtains Tutorial

 

Okay, so it may have taken me a little more than an hour to make these, but that's only because I had to chase a one year old around in the process. You can definitely make them in under an hour without any distractions. :) 

This tutorial is for a double window. I used a burlap table runner (that I had from Walker's birthday party) that was about 18" X 15' from Hobby Lobby in the wedding section. I was going to use the Stitch Witchery no sew tape, until a lady at the store convinced me I could sew with burlap without any problems and she was right! Anyway, here is how to make the curtains.


1. Cut the burlap in half and pin your raw edge up about 1 inch.
(Burlap ravels terribly so be careful!)

2. Sew along the raw edge.


3. Fold your sewn edge up about one inch and pin.

4. Sew along the inner folded edge.


5. Now, fold your top edge down about 2 inches (or however much you need to fit your curtain rod) and pin.

6. Sew along the inner folded edge and your done!

7. Repeat process with second piece.



Let me know if you have any questions!

Women Living Well Wednesday
Thrifty Thursday

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Crocheted Bow Tie and More Vintage Patterns!

I made Walker this bow tie to match his Easter outfit and I can't wait for him to wear it! All I did was crochet a single crochet rectangle and wind yarn around the center. I think I'm going to hot glue a clip to the back so it will come on and off easily. 



Also, I finally got my 13 lbs of vintage crochet patterns that I won on EBay!! It was like Christmas opening the box. I was soooo excited!! It had patterns from the 1930s-1980s. Anyway, I thought I'd share some of them with y'all.

I really like both of these tops. The blue one is knit so I couldn't make it, but do you think I could pull off the crocheted one?

I also like this skirt. I might have to make it for the summer, 
but what would I wear underneath it??

These are knit and I would probably never make them, 
but I thought they were too cute not too share:

I'm thinking of making the panties potholder. 
What do you think? 
Do you remember your grandmother having these? 
I think these patterns are from the 40s.

I love both of these patterns! The robe isn't very practical, but sooo cute! I will be in so much trouble if I have a girl one day because I'll want to make her everything!!

Sweet little dress:

I really like this jacket and pants set, don't you?


What is your favorite pattern? 
Have you ever worked with a vintage pattern before? 
If so, do you have any tips for me??

Hookin' on Hump Day
Yarn Along

Monday, March 25, 2013

Upside-Down Prayers for Parents - A Review


Upside-Down Prayers for Parents by Lisa T. Bergren is a 31 day devotional about entrusting your children and yourself to God. We  normally pray for protection, success, and an easy road for our kids, but this book challenges us to look deeper and pray for the things that matter most in this life. Here are a few of the chapter titles:

I pray you'll get caught doing things wrong
 and find the good and true path.

I pray you'll fail in things that don't matter
 and learn to seek what matters to God.

I pray you'll have to forgive someone who doesn't deserve it
 and find the peace that forgiveness brings.

I pray you'll have to wait
 and learn the value of patience. 

I pray your beliefs will be challenged
 and the roots of your faith will be strengthened.

I pray you'll be confronted by your shortcomings
 and recognize you need a savior. 

None of these things are fun, but they all produce fruit in the Christian walk and help to make us more like our Savior. This devotional not only focuses on praying for your children, but also for yourself. It's a very challenging and thought provoking read and I would recommend it to all parents. Click here to read chapter one. 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. 

Gardening Journal - March

I can't believe it's almost April. It definitely doesn't feel like Spring around here. We had some really nice weather a week or so ago and then it's been freezing and snowing ever since. I'm hoping that after this week we can move on to some warmer temps.

I transplanted my tomato seedlings into larger cups and they are doing very well. 
I have 70+ plants this year. 



This flat is planted with lots of random flowers, herbs and some jalapeno peppers. I've never grown herbs or many flowers from seed so I'm excited about them! They are going to be transplanted into larger cups next week.  


 Here are some of my bell peppers. I ended up planting 50 plants. 
(What was I thinking?!?) 
I gave half of them away so now we only have around 25 which still seems like a lot.


We planted onions, peas and potatoes outside last week. We also planted the bok choy and cabbage plants that we grew from seed. I'm not sure what is going to make it since it's been so cold this past week. I guess we will just wait and replant if we have too. We are planing in four foot sections with a row of newspaper and grass in between. Has anyone ever tried this before?


Hopefully next month's post will be cheerier and brighter! 
What have you been growing?

Homestead Barn Hop

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Baby Bonnet and Mitts Plus More Vintage Patterns!

 I'm currently working on a baby bonnet and set of mitts for a baby gift. I'm mostly finished I just have to do a couple more things with the mitts. 


I made the bonnet and detachable bow without a pattern so I'm pretty proud of it!


 Also, I found several vintage knit and crochet books for .25 a piece at my favorite used bookstore this week!! Here are a few of my favorite patterns. 

I've been on the lookout for an openwork crochet top pattern and thought this one might work over another tank:

 I really want to crochet a skirt for myself, but patterns that I like are a little hard to come by. This knit skirt could work, but I'm not much of a knitter (yet):


I like this openwork dress for summer:


One of my favorite books is this men's sweater one from the 50's with hand drawn illustrations. Too bad I don't knit and my husband doesn't wear sweaters. 


Like I said in an earlier post I'm waiting on a big pile of vintage crochet books that I won on EBay to come in and I will definitely post my favorite patterns when they get here!

Which pattern is your favorite?

Yarn Along
Hookin' On Hump Day

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy One Year Walker!!

Walker is one year old today! Happy birthday to my baby boy!!
I can't believe he is a year already. 


He's still wearing a size 3 diaper and 18 months clothes. I think he weighs somewhere between 21 and 22 pounds. He nurses 3 times per day and eats solids 3-4 times per day. We've started giving him whole milk once a day, but so far he's not a fan. He naps twice per day.

Can you believe this is the same little guy??


 He can say "mama" and "dada" but he doesn't always say them at the right times. He's into everything and can take about 3-4 steps by himself. He LOVES his walking toy and he also likes to play "ball." He's mastered waving "bye bye" to people. Also, we've taught him to raise his hands when we say "Big Boy" and "Praise the Lord." It's pretty dang cute. :)

We are having a party for him in a few days:

Wow I still can't believe he is one!!!

Mommy Moments

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

One Year Ago - The Day BEFORE Walker was Born


What a difference a year makes. This picture was taken one year ago today which was the night before Walker was born. I was 41 weeks pregnant and going in the next morning to break my water. 

(You can read Walker's birth story here.) 

I remember being so mixed with emotions. I was excited, stressed and scared. I wanted a natural birth and things weren't going my way. I remember pacing up and down our short hallway freaking out and telling my husband how I needed his help and all kinds of other randomness. Poor guy. 

My feet were swollen. My belly was swollen. I was having contractions. I was sick of being pregnant. I knew, however that it would soon all be over and I would be holding my sweet little baby in my arms. 

Fast forward to today and I have an extremely active and entertaining toddler. 
What a difference a year makes.

Mommy Moments

Yarn Along - A Wrap and Vintage Patterns!

It's time for another Yarn Along! I unraveled the butterfly stitch scarf I was working on last week because the yarn was just too bulky and I can't stand to do a project that isn't practical. It was fun learning a new stitch anyway. 


This week I'm working on a wrap that is worked in a simple v-stitch. (Pattern here.) Women don't wear wraps much these days. I guess because it's easy just to grab a zip up jacket instead, but back when people dressed up more wraps and shawls were very popular. They are much more elegant than a zip up jacket or a knit cardigan in my opinion. 

Anyway, I'm also reading a book called "Upside-Down Prayers for Parents." It's a devotional that focuses on character development and praying God's will into our children's lives. So far it's been really good. I should have a review up on the blog soon.

Also, I found an old Needlework & Crafts magazine at the thrift store yesterday and I've LOVED looking though it! Here are some of the patterns that caught my eye:

 I like this "gigantic knit" parka, but I think I'd tone down the buttons a little bit:

 Aren't all of these dolls so adorable? I might have to make a few of them someday. 
I just love them all!!

I love finding vintage patterns. I bought a lot of knit and crochet books on eBay this week so I might post some more pictures of more patterns soon. 

Which pattern is your favorite?

Friday, March 8, 2013

1948 "Sewing for Smartness" Video

I thought y'all might enjoy this video from the 1940s about sewing with patterns. It's pretty entertaining. If only we took sewing more seriously these days. 

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Yarn Along


I'm participating in another Yarn Along this week! I made a granny square baby blanket for a friend last week, but forgot to take a picture for a post. Anyway, now I'm working on a butterfly stitch scarf. I was trying to make a lighter scarf I could wear for spring, but since the yarn I'm using is bulky I'm not sure how springy it will be to wear. What do you think? I really just wanted to try a new stitch out and a scarf is the perfect project for that! 

I really want to make a vest next, but I can't find the right pattern. I'm thinking of making my own pattern, which could end disastrously. Anyway, here are a couple of patterns that I'm looking at:

This one is rated for "experienced" but the reviews say it is easy. I read through it and can't seem to figure out the beginning part??

This one is knit (which would take me forever to finish!!), but I like the pattern. It's just a rectangle with two holes for arms. If I did it in crochet I'm not sure what stitch to use? Any suggestions? I was wanting to do an "airy" kind of stitch so that I could wear it this spring. 

Anyway, I've also been reading a book called "We Took to the Woods" that was written in the 1940s and is nonfiction about a family who lives in the Maine wilderness and how they survive. It's really entertaining and I highly recommend it if your into the back to the land movement at all. 

Until next time!
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