Archive for October, 2011


I think everyone knows how amazingly green and thrifty it is to use the library. If you are obsessed with books (as I am) and wish to pass on your obsession to your children, the library is the way to do it. Where else do you get to read books, magazines, see movies, listen to music– for free?!

Did you know that you can also get your hands on titles your library doesn’t own? Yes! It’s called Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Your local library can get in contact with libraries all over the country to request titles you would like to read, and have them shipped to your local branch for free, or a minimal fee. So, literally, you have the world at your fingertips, and it’s only an ILL form away.

I am totally addicted to ILL and have been known to have multiple requests out at once (very useful for those writing research papers). Among the books I have requested using this system are cookbooks, parenting books, scholarly lectures, crafting books, you name it. The policies vary from branch to branch, but here is this Wikipedia article on it that explains the basics of the system.

Try it soon. Browsing the catalogs and browsing through Amazon for books to request might become your new hobby.

Linking at The Green Resource via A Delightful Home.

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I made this dress back in June using Jess’ fabulous tutorial


I love this blog and I look forward to a future sew-along from Craftiness Is Not Optional.

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This is what it’s looking like, so far:


It still needs a lot of adjustments. The waist is too low:


And I think I’ll have to take the whole thing in just a bit more. I still have not decided if I’m going to give it sleeves or not.


And the pleating has been incredibly painful to work with. But, overall, I am very pleased with it, so far!


I think I’ll shy away from pleating in the future, unless it is to make this lovely number. Gorgeous!

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There is a very special giveaway going on at What Kate Wore for a chance to win a pair of London Sole shoes. It’s very exciting! The shoes are fabulously basic and would really add style and comfort to a lot of outfits. (And if anybody enters and wishes to mention that Ledys sent them, it would be great 🙂 )

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This is the flyer I designed for our church’s fall activity:


I love how it turned out: eye-catching but simple.

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Halloween Countdown

My eldest daughter is entering that stage where she wonders about time, but doesn’t understand it. When we started putting up Fall decorations, she thought that Halloween was coming “today.” I figured it was time for a countdown.

This is what we did:


We got the branches at Hobby Lobby (with the 40%off coupon they were about $4. Had we a backyard, they could have been free, hehehe) Anyway, I drew a sheet of Halloween figures. At first, they were going to be made into felt figures; then watercolor since that would be faster. Finally, I just handed the sheet to my child who promptly colored it (I thought it was hilarious that she made most of them orange. She gets seasonal color, I guess!) Then, I made copies, laminated them, and each night we put one up and read a Halloween/Fall-related book. Easy and Fun!


I tried to get up a download of the files, in case anybody was interested, but I don’t have all the blogging shortcuts figured out yet– this is the best I could manage:


It may be too late for a countdown, but the kids would have fun coloring it 🙂

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Linking at Passionately Artistic.

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I had bought half a yard of this fabric– don’t ask me why. As you can see, I am awful at estimating.

Anyway, it occurred to me that I could sew my daughters some of those dresses that are made by adding a skirt to a store-bought tee.



The skirts are both too narrow, but it was such a fun, playful fabric:


I learned my lesson, though. No more half-yards for me!

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Easy Burlap Wreath

Loving thisawesome burlap wreath from Where the Heart Is. Here is a picture of mine:


It is one of the easiest crafts ever, and such great results! (Please, excuse the Ariel sticker and art– my daughter “decorated” my door and I did not have the heart to take it down.)

Linking at Skip to My Lou’s Made By You Mondays.

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I have my sights set on making this! Isn’t it gorgeous? I cut my fabric last night and am all set for sewing. I’m a bit scared of the chiffon pleating… We’ll see how that goes. But my fabric… Oh, my fabric is beautiful. Here’s a peek:


I made my patterns with heavy kraft paper this time. I liked it.

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My eldest daughter, who is three (though she is sure she is my contemporary), announced that she wanted a “pink polka-dotty nightgown.” Blown away by the specificity of her request, I decided that I had to make it happen!

It was very easy to put together. I’m not exactly sure what the fabric is (some cotton I found at the fabric store). It wrinkles very easily, but it was the only pink polka dot fabric in the place.

The bodice is lined with the same fabric. It has three white buttons on the back. My favorite detail, though, are the ribbons in the sleeves– so girly and playful!

She loved it. (sigh) Mission accomplished!



Linking at Skip to My Lou Made by you Monday

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