7.22.2012

Shorts and a sneak peek!




shorts on the line button

Brandi and I are doing the Shorts on the Line sew along over at imagine gnats. I set out sewing a pair of knit shorts for the twins that I babysit but when I got done drafting my pattern (using an existing pair of shorts), cutting, sewing, and admiring, I realized that they were big enough to fit JJ. Oops! I guess I needed to use a bigger seam allowance. I have this terrible habit of only using 1/4" seam allowances even though I really need 1/2" or 5/8". They turned out cute, though!


They're made from a t-shirt that I wore to work in Mexico when I went to build houses. I used part of the sleeve for the waistband and did a bit of a yoga pant style fold-over waistband for them. I also used the hem on the bottom of the shirt for the hem on the shorts to save some time!

Of course we got some shots of our little model. I may be a little biased, but I think she's the cutest 2 year old ever!




We're also doing a swap over at Pink Stitches and since I'm posting this, I figured I'd share a little sneak peek. :)


I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend!


5.27.2012

Circle Skirts, Rompers, and Headwraps, OH MY!

Since I finally found all the parts for my sewing machine, I've been trying to attack a number of projects on my list. Not easy since I have a lot of yard work and unpacking left to do, but I'm working on a balance there.

I am a part time nanny for 4 month old twins and a 3 year old. They are sheer delight. I love spending time with them even though it's insanely exhausting because someone is always demanding attention. Twins are not easy! But I still love spending my days with them. :) Their parents are super sweet too. The mother is the organist at my church and I've known her for a number of years. The father, I've known since I was in high school and he helped out with the youth group at one of my former churches (one of about 13, if my count is correct; being the musician's and pastor's kid definitely gets you a list of churches you've attended). Anyway, onto what I made them:

 Two circle skirts and a tie from bandannas! I picked these bandannas up at Pat Catan's for $1 each and I knew I had to make something for these kids. The girls are fraternal twins so they don't look alike, but it's still fun to dress them alike. I wanted to give their older brother something cute to match with their outfits so this is what I did!

 I sort of used a tutorial/pattern from Dana from MADE. I love all her tutes and patterns. The pattern she has is a little too small for these girls since they're 4mo and hers was for 0-3mo. But I added some length and took a little extra off the middle and it worked great for me.

 The tie was created using this tutorial on Sharing the Wealth. It's a really good tute and I loved how the tie turned out. I only wish I had gotten the points to line up a bit better. Oh well, there's always next time! :)

 I really love how they turned out. I just did a little zig zag stitch on the edge to finish them off, but in hindsight, I could have left it without cutting because they would have been the right length and then it would have been a funky hem-line.


I also whipped up a romper for my little cousin's first birthday! I used a pattern/tutorial that was Brandi's but had to make a few adjustments and did a few things differently, too. I really only used the pattern/tute as a guide on this because the measurements for it were too small for the waist measurement of my cousin. Nevertheless, I think it turned out SUPER cute and I can't wait to see her in it!

 I used a vintage sheet for the fabric. I cut it on the bias so it has a bit of stretch to it. It's also likely a little big for her, but that means she can wear it a bit longer.

 The bias tape was from my Grandma Stevic's stash. She had the same birthday as my cousin Rob who is uncle to the sweet girl who will get this gift.

 Detail of the hem on the legs.

Such a cute project! I can't wait to give it to her tomorrow. :)

I also finished up a very special order and got it listed in the shop. My dear friend Theresa in New Zealand (!!! need to visit her !!!) wanted a cloche hat and headwrap after she saw one of my previous blog posts (during our winter here, which is just starting there - WEIRD!). I was in the process of moving so I was slow going on the project and just finally finished it.

 She wanted chocolate brown and cream. I got these yarns from Hobby Lobby and they're both all cotton. I love the feel of them!

 This is a Micah Makes pattern. I tested it and have loved it so much that I keep making it for other people (my mom, the dog groomer, etc.). It's called the Hugs & Kisses Headwrap. If you don't know about Micah Makes and her patterns, you better get over to her site and check her out. I LOVE her patterns. I have a few of them and covet all the rest. She's super sweet and a really great pattern-maker.

The pattern for this flower can be found here and the pattern for the cloche is here. Although, I don't really use the cloche pattern except to remind me how to do the brim.

So, that's what I've been creating this week/weekend. I hope that you in the States remember those who served this weekend and not just to turn the bratwurst and those elsewhere, I hope you enjoy your weekend and have a great week. :)

Happy crafting,
Meig

5.25.2012

Photo Friday: My week in Instagrams.

I've never done one of these posts before, but I figured I'd give it a whirl this week. :)

My week in Instagram.

Betty Boop Pencils that remind me of my Grandmother on her would-be birthday (5.24); Chicken Caprese Open Faced Sammies for dinner. YUMS.

Walking; Painting; Hanging out; Reading

Twin skirts and a tie for big brother; grass I grew; my new favorite accessory.

5.21.2012

Keeping It Simple

I was a guest poster on my friend Jennifer's blog a few weeks ago with her Keep It Simple Sunday series. I thought I would share my post here so you, my readers (and my archive) can have a read, too. :)


Hello everyone! I'm Meig. I blog at Global Odyssey about my life full of crafts, pets, love, faith, and travels. I also am half of Crafty Girl Squared where we share crafts, sewing, crochet, and a strong friendship. Please go check out our shop where everything is 45% off!! :)

Jennifer has asked me to talk about how I keep things simple. Well, anyone who knows me knows that there is very little that is simple about my life. What is a seemingly short story about a trip to the grocery store often turns into a comedy routine about trying to find the vinegar and getting run over by an old lady. Nevertheless, I strive for simplicity. I try to cook simple meals and I try to live my day in a simple routine. Often, I'm terribly swayed from my attempt, but sometimes I succeed.

Today though, I want to share with you about what brings me peace, joy, and centers me. Two years ago I took in a stray dog 'for the weekend.' That weekend has lasted two years and I couldn't be happier about that. He has taught me so much that I would have missed in my buzz-filled life were he not around.


Before Raj, my life was constant go, go, go. I never took a breath until I got overwhelmed by all the things I said 'yes' to and stepped away from it all and hid out in my house. That's not healthy for anyone. No way. But then along came Raj. Unlike my cats, he needed to be walked every day. He needed to be let out every 8 hours. He needed someone to sit at home while he ate because he was afraid to eat if he was alone. He needed me. What I didn't realize is how much I needed him.


On walks with him, I have rediscovered my love of nature. I have stopped to smell the flowers. I have taken time to enjoy the simple things in life. I have learned to take breaks and say 'no' a lot more often. I let him remind me that life is beautiful and all I have to do is open my heart to see that.


I have begun reading a lot more about dogs and how they think. They're a lot more simple than we humans are. They don't really have an emotional attachment to things, that's not to say they're not emotional, but they see things logically (i.e. if I pee on the floor I get scolded, ergo I will not pee on the floor). This has caused me to think about things in my own life and how I can simplify them and eliminate the negative energy and focus more on the positive energy.


I am blessed, truly blessed, in so many ways. I have a loving family and a great network of friends that I could not be here today without. I am taking a cue from my sweet, loving, and kind pup and trying my hand at living simply. Enjoying the moment. Taking it all in. Embracing my blessings and finding joy in the every day.


I hope this day and every day, you all find a way to find simplicity in your life and a way to live more simply.


5.16.2012

Wordless Wednesday

Peony from my yard. After lots of weeding and ivy extraction, the plants are coming alive. :)

4.14.2012

Nursing Covers

I've been a very busy bee these last two days. I have checked a number of projects off my list. Yay!

My friend Renee had her baby (he's perfect!) and wanted to know if I would make some nursing covers for her. Since they're just big squares of fabric with straps, I figured that wouldn't be too hard. :) She picked out the fabric and even found one that coordinates with the fabric I used for her baby shower gifts. I used this tutorial as a guide and for measurements. I did a few things differently based upon my preferences, but overall it's a great tutorial.


I got the wrong sized d-rings, but it's ok because they still work and that's all that matters, right? (This is why you go shopping with your pattern in hand!)


Overall, I love how they turned out! I put some triangles of washcloth in the bottom corners so she could use it for burps, spit-up, or other various cleaning needs.

I'm hoping I can sneak away for a few hours this week to deliver them and get me some baby time!!

I hope you're all having a great weekend. That's all for my sewing today, but I'll be back soon with some more baby gifts!

Leash Bag

Ever since Raj came into my family, I've wanted to have a bag to put on his leash to carry my phone, keys, some money and my ID. I usually wear sweats when we go walking and sometimes I wear my yoga pants which (unfortunately) have no pockets. I don't like weighing my sweats down with my phone, but it's not really a good idea to go for a long walk without it. Alas, I FINALLY made one. :)

I used this tutorial at Sew Much 2 Luv because I'm not very versed with zippers yet so I wanted something to follow along, but I learned a lot along the way. I am hoping to use up some of my zipper collection and make a few for the shop! :)

I got the bicycle fabric from the remnants collection at Jo-Ann. It is flannel, so pretty heavy duty. I didn't use fusible fleece like she did, I used medium weight fusible interfacing because I didn't want it to be too thick (especially since I was using the flannel).

The inside is made from the fabric that my Covert Robin sent my gifties wrapped in! I thought it was perfect so I used it!


The zipper is from a box of things I acquired from my grandmother. I am rather sentimental so I've been having a difficult time using those supplies because I want to keep them forever. Knowing that I can't, I'm slowly beginning to work through them. I used part of the extra length of the zipper for a little handle so I can connect it to his leash with a carabeener or the clip on his doggie poo bags. [These are the best bags ever, I must say - they're the Greenbone bags that you can get at Target (or Amazon as I posted a link to there, too) and the bags are biodegradable (faster than other bags), they're thicker and sturdier, and the dispenser is a lot more heavy duty than the other dispensers that we've had (and subsequently broken).]

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with my new leash bag and about to go check one more thing off my list of things to do today! :)


Covert Robin!!


the covert robin button


I got my things from my Covert Robin a week or so ago but haven't had the time to sit down and tell you about them! :)

Teresa sent me these two lovely things: a cosmetics bag and a lunch tote. She used this sweet laminate that has places around the world on it and I couldn't be happier!! She also wrapped it up in this lovely grey polka dot fabric! I love polka dots!!





I've used the lunch bag every day since I got it and it's perfect! I got so many compliments on it at work, too.

I'm super grateful for all her hard work! Since I'm talking about the Covert Robin project, here's a sneak peek at what I made to send to my person. I hope she likes it. I found this swap more difficult than others when trying to figure out what to send.


4.13.2012

Ruffle Clutch





I participated in another sew along with See Kate Sew and this time it was a ruffle clutch! Last time we did the Sweet Scallops Tote. So cute and simple!

I wanted to do something a little different with her idea and I've had this football team pillow sham lying around forever so I figured what better time to use it?


I snagged a fat quarter of football fabric and some white polka dot fabric and set to work on this guy. I really love how it turned out!




I added a strip of pleated fabric down the middle so it looked like the finger grips on a football. :)


So now I can carry this to watch the games at the local pub and feel a little girly in my jersey while cheering on my Cleveland Browns. :)


Thanks for another awesome sew along, Kate! :)

Make sure you check out Brandi's watermelon clutch!! She's so clever!

PS: If you know me in real life, you know I injured myself today with the sewing machine. This project is not the abuser, I was prepping some fabric for pre-washing and went too fast and got my finger under the needle. So I'm all bandaged up and kept right on trucking with this guy. :)