Wednesday, April 16, 2014

scrumdilly style: day 7

 So here is the final day of my mini capsule. Items 5 and 6. I think I'm pulling some kind of peasant look but there ya go. I love the skirt and will be wearing it more often. The grey dress (ahem top) will be worn as well but probably only with jeans. I have pics of another mini capsule round to post as well along with two other cloud diys. I hope I can get back to some craftiness soon! Happy almost Earth Day!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

where did this week go?

This was once of those weeks where I worked six days and lordy am I pooped! I did my usual school gig with an additional assistant day plus I taught a terrarium class and then we had an all day event in our little downtown plaza. Pooped I tell ya! So I'm just gonna sit back, post some photos and then enjoy a wee bowl of peanut butter ice cream before attempting to sleep without a pillow as my neck is still out from last week's conference excursion.
a group made terrarium

because pencils always make me smile
experimenting in the classroom
working on capsule photos
terrarium fever
adding a giraffe in honor of the boy-o's birthday.
because pink people! and purple...and blue! 
our school week was full of sun
gathering materials for children's day in the plaza
flower-palooza
the big bin-o-fun! 
         Mostly I did a lot of standing. Standing in the classroom, standing in the yard, standing in the library as I taught my terrarium class, standing by the play pool, standing in the plaza. All kinds of standing and walking, and standing some more. Did I tell you how one of my kiddos photobombed me in my classroom as I was attempting a timer outfit shot? Oh my! The laughter! It turned into an impromptu photo shoot then dance party. My face hurt from cracking up so. Yup, this was a busy week and tomorrow I need to prep my classroom for the week...we're doing gardens and spring...it's going to be fun!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

scrumdilly style: day 6

Day 6 was a good day. Woke up early enough to remember I wanted to go to the Farmer's Market. It was chilly and overcast and I loved it! I wore items 1, 7, and 8. This is an outfit I will wear again again...actually this is the second time I wore it...remixed...this time with oxfords, sweatshirt and scarf. Hmmm...does this count as a different outfit?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

scrumdilly style: day 5

 I have to admit that this is probably my favorite of the bunch. Who knew an old lady house dress could cute up like this? Well...I knew but now you know! Here I am wearing items 1 and 4 with a remix of my nifty thrifted black skull Alegrias and all time favorite leggings that I fear are going to fall apart as they are more than fifteen years old. I'm heading out to a conference for three days and am of course packing an utlra-mini wardrobe. I won't be able to take pics while conferencing but I will try to do a fashion re-shoot for ya when I return. I will also really try to get to that darn pink room which I had gotten to sort of but then it kind of imploded all over again. As long as it is finished by August I will not freak out....too much.

Don't forget I am giving away the happy patchy cloud I made. Enter for a chance to win here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

scrumdilly style: day 4

So here I am in items 5 and 8. I think I have already talked about the love hate thing I have with this dress/top. I love it, the idea of it, the color, and neon pink zipper in the back, and the fabric. It;s all fun and so very late 80s but when I put it on and actually see myself in it I feel like the frumpy forty-something year old I am. Well poop...either way I wore it and it was super comfortable and I at least pretended I was a bit er a lot less wide than I really am. That wideness always startles me. Actually, this photo doesn't look too bad...it is the final day ensemble that has me thinking I must have inhaled something in my sleep to think it was a good outfit idea. Oh and the shoes! Lookie the shoes! Pair number two of my nifty thrifted allegrias.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

diy: patchwork cloud {plus a giveaway}

I whipped up this patchwork cloud for the march bed in under an hour. It's really easy to do! The hardest part is choosing your fabrics. I went with vintage linen pieces, most of which were a gift from Tara and I left the quilting threads long to create a raincloud. They are not very easy to see here but they are there. This is a really loosey-goosey diy and can be adapted in any number of ways.
 
Think about where you are going to hang or display your cloud. Make sure your fabric choices will showcase nicely with your wall color. I went with white because the bedroom is really dark and the aqua colored walls make it seem even darker. I was hoping the white would show up better and brighten things all around. If you have any fat pieces of lace or trim around, add those as well. The contrast in textures is really nice to have. Along with my vintage linens I have some vintage floral seersucker. I love the texture of the seersucker!
I wanted my cloud to be a bit larger than the paper I had on hand so I taped two sheets of 11"X17" paper together with packing tape. I drew a cloud shape until I was happy with it then cut it out. Ta-da! A pattern!
Next up I cut my fabric pieces into smaller bits all about 3" tall/long and anywhere from 2" to 6" wide. I adhered my fabric bits to the pattern (beginning at the bottom) with my trusty craft glue stick. Just swipe it onto the paper and press your fabric on top. This is really just to hold it in place until you stitch it all together. You could pin it all in place if you prefer to do so. Once I had one row adhered to my pattern, I popped it into my sewing machine and did a quick zig-zag stitch (set at 4) across the whole thing. Repeat with the glue, add more fabric a few inches above the bottom row, stitch and repeat.
Once I had covered my whole pattern, I flipped the whole mess over and trimmed away excess fabric. Popped it back into my sewing machine upside down so I could see where to stitch and stitched all the way around with a running/straight stitch (also set at 4). When the cloud shape was too wide on the right to move nicely through the machine, I rolled it up and continued on.  After stitching around the entire cloud I flipped my cloud back over so that the right side faced up and "quilted" the top pieces by vertically stitching along the cloud at various intervals. This serves two purposes, one to anchor down edges of overlapping fabric scraps, and two to add a textural element to the piece. The quilting threads also made for happy "rain" along the bottom of my cloud.
 
Trim threads where you want them trimmed and hang in a happy place (I used washi tape looped onto the back along with a length of yarn clipped to a wire)! I love my cloud and will need to make more I think. If you would like a chance to win this bit of happy, leave me a happy comment below. You have until Earth Day to leave a comment!