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January 19, 2012

Towels-Hanging in the Kitchen

Thankfully my sister is not a blog stalker because I made her some hand towels for her kitchen. Her and I complain that the "craft show" towels are often "old lady" and don't match our kitchens. So I offered to sew some for her since I don't crochet.

I found some tutorials online (here and here) and in the end modified both to make my own creation I call the "modified beanie." The first project was a touch challenging because I had to use my button foot on my sewing machine to put a button hole in my towel. It worked awesome but I was unable to make it happen again so I just went with a different pattern.

 

The modified beanie pattern is my favorite, because it was the quickest to make. I used a lid to my medium size pyrex bowl to cut a nice semi-circle pattern. And I had leftover elastic in my sewing box. 

I need practice with this because my sewing isn't all that straight and I struggle sewing the towel together before adding the topper. But that's okay,they are functional and I have six more of my own to make as soon as I wash the towels and fabric. 

 

January 11, 2012

Christmas in the Thumb 2011

My sister was in Michigan for Christmas so we made the trek north on Christmas Day to see everyone.

The amount of presents was enormous. We began the festivities around 2:05 p.m.

 

 

We took the first intermission at 3:05 p.m. We had potty breaks, dessert and beverages. 

 

We took the second intermission at 4:30 p.m. and Avery was kaput by then. 

 

The gift opening stopped around 5:20 p.m. But the festivities didn't stop there. We played games and had more snacks. And then after all of that we opened MORE gifts for Rachel's birthday. I'm exhausted just typing about it! 

Here are some additional photos of the holiday event! 

 

 

 

Avery just applied chap stick and then I took this photo. I think I need to suggest to her mom that Avery needs clear chap stick. 

 

Her last and favorite Christmas gift was the baby stroller. 

And after it was all done, Avery asked me to build her a tent. Since all of the chairs were being used at the table for games, snacking, coffee and visiting, we had to improvise. 

 

January 09, 2012

Button Tree Home Decor

Pinterest lead me a beautiful button tree. I set out to make one for my new bathroom. I had a hard time finding buttons and would pick them up wherever I saw some: Wal-mart, Joann's, Michaels, Meijer. I had a small collection going and had my husband cut me some of my pallet wood to create the piece.

It measures approximately 18" x 22". I made sure my pallet wood was nice and flat and held it together with screws and two vertical pieces on the back. I sorted my buttons into piles - brown and green/blue and laid out the design on the boards following the idea I found on Pinterest. I glued the buttons on the wood one-by-one with tacky glue (this task took about an hour). I let it dry and hung it in my bathroom.