Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Here come the crafts!

I spent the morning home waiting for the Direct TV guys to set up our satellite system and I actually found myself a little bored! Yes, the house is completely unpacked already (for those of you asking). Hubby and I worked our little hiney's off the last few days to get it done. Trust me, one does NOT want to deal with a Jennifer living it total chaos - it's not pretty!

But, I digress. I was bored and decided to pull out this:

Does anyone have any clue what this is? A sewing machine? Wow, what an interesting concept!

My mom actually got this for me as a Christmas gift one year. I've only used it a few times, but have always wanted to get crafty enough to make all sorts of dresses, curtains and pillows. With all the new decorating possibilities and the fact that hubby has hidden my debit card...I thought it was high time to become Suzy Homemaker.

It has been YEARS since I've sewn anything worth keeping. I made a few blankets for Baby Girl a couple years ago, but my job was quick, sloppy and simply a means to an end. Baby Girl was insistent on still being swaddled for sleep and nap at 6 months old, so in an effort to save my insanity, I QUICKLY machine sewed some new, larger blankets for her (as the stores only carried teeny tiny ones - she was just going to spit up and ruin the expensive ones).

Anyways, I pulled out this lovely brown/white fabric from a project several years back:

and I made these for the laundry room:

They are a little short in width, but they made a great practice project and they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself! Brown is not the color I will use for this room, but again, it was for practice and they will do for now. Certainly better than the yellowed and stained curtains that were there before!

So, off to the store I went to buy some navy blue for guest bedroom curtains and red for some pillows. I have other sewing projects as well, but I already have the fabric at home (as Hubby mumbles "thank goodness" to himself).
My mother-in-law is coming into town this week for 10 days, so in between cleaning fans and dusting blinds, I plan on getting in a lot of sewing while she helps watch Baby Girl. I'm excited and I can't wait to show off my finished projects!


  1. YAY for crafts. I actually pulled mine out last week too and made curtains for my kitchen and french doors and the curtains for Mini #2's room. We can be craft buddies.

    Also, I am so with you on the totally unpacked and not wanting to be with me in a chaotic mess of boxes. We were all unpacked within a few days and never would have known we had only been there a few days. I have some more curtains to make and other things too. Can't wait to see your finished products.

  2. It's craft week around here! Sewing is one of my favorite things to do. I have a website, that I don't really use much anymore since we are adding to our family, but it shows some of the stuff I have made. www.pinkpolkadotcreations.com I just recently learned how to make curtians also, so I made a few for our house. It's so much fun!

    As for the tutu, I found a video on youtube that helped me. I googled "how to make a tutu" and it came up. I just measured a ribbon, cut strands of tulle and looped them around the ribbon and pulled tight. I can email you the video link if you are interested! Have a great day, enjoy your sewing!!

  3. I need to pull out mine too. I have a ton of projects that need to be addressed. Wish I could say we unpacked as quickly as you did. I still have boxes from our move 2 years ago. It's a storage issue.

  4. I LOVE your mother in law! I bet you will have so much fun!

    I also LOVE my sewing machine, mostly because I'm too cheap to buy things and have furniture reupholstered when I can do it myself! Sewing dresses to smock for Sarah got me started.
    Great job on the curtains!