Tuesday, September 18, 2012

crazy 8 wreath

I've finally learned.
I'm starting on Christmas decor projects now instead of in December.
(Ladies and gentlemen, she can be taught!!)

I've had this honey bun of Crazy 8 hanging around for a while.  


almost sold it in my Etsy shop.  Almost.  It's discontinued, and would probably have been snapped up by some poor quilter who ran out of fabric for his/her project.

But it matches the table runner for my front table, so I decided to make it into something.  (No pic of the table runner today; it's in the attic with the rest of the Christmas stuff.)

I've always wanted to make this adorable wreath tutorial from Moda Bake Shop.
It's no-sew, it's fast, it's totally adorable.  Instant gratification!!
I happened to have a 14" wire frame lying around.  Who doesn't? ;)


The project involved a lot of tying.  
And a lot of lint.
And two episodes of Friends, two Seinfelds, and one Big Bang Theory.


But look how pretty!
And so painless.


Do I have to put it in the attic?  Can't I just leave it out for a couple of months?
I love all of the fraying selvage-y goodness.

Moda Bake Shop

post signature
Pin It!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

my photo setup

behind the scenes

My light box is not permanently set up, so I have to compete with the LPS scenes for coffee table time to do my product photos.

(Just in case you don't have little girls, LPS stands for Littlest Pet Shop, which is code for Thousands of Tiny Animal-Themed Plastic Trinkets that Take Over the Whole Dang House.)

Usually I have to move books, laundry, and maybe some random decor as well.

I wonder what other Etsy sellers are cropping out of their product shots?
post signature
Pin It!

Friday, September 7, 2012

instafriday linkup

this week in pictures:

this is my office today... :)

Labor Day weekend at my in-laws house, aka My Favorite Resort With Amazing Food and Free Childcare.

this is the life... :)

I didn't work the whole time.  :)

#knitting #picframe

Playing with yarn and PicFrame on the way home.  
(btw: this was my first time working with Colrain and it was simply divine!)

lunchbox note ideas

Back to school: lunchbox notes.  
(This is Mr. Happy Heart.  You'll hear more about him later.)

3 thread ultra stretch mock safety stitch serger

New stuff for the shop!

Trying not to get pasta on the computer.

reusable snack bags

Working within my advertising budget of $0.00!

What have you been up to this week?

life rearranged

post signature

Pin It!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

what a summer!

What a wonderful summer we had!  So many crafty and worthwhile pursuits with my sweet girls.

chevron scarf update #knitting


This might be their best clubhouse yet!  Love the paw print flag! #mykidsrock

Clubhouse building.

I did not know my 5yo could play the lute! #mykidsrock


"please take me for a walk, mommy" - Brisco Fuzzypants


shop restock coming soon! #etsy #buyhandmade hoopdeedoo.etsy.com


"quilting" with fabric scraps and painters tape :) #mykidsrock

Quilting. (with painter's tape, mind you.)

this makes me soooo happy :) #mykidsrock

Learning to sew.

They finished well!  I've never seen them work as hard as I did today.  So proud! #mykidsrock

Helping others.

And now they are back in school, and my youngest is in all day kindergarten.  It's very weird suddenly having 7.5 kid-free hours 5 days a week.  Everyone keeps asking me, "What are you going to do with yourself now that you have all that free time?"

Oh, I bet I'll come up with something. ;)

shop restock coming soon! #etsy #buyhandmade hoopdeedoo.etsy.com

post signature
Pin It!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

little pattern weights

I used up some favorite scraps the other day to make some cute little weights.  I needed them to help hold down fabric while it's being cut, hold templates in place, etc.


{fabric: alexander henry apples and pears, unidentified heart print scraps, fusible fleece}

This is definitely one of those patterns where you don't really need a pattern, just an idea, and I must give credit where credit is due: Oh Fransson (aka Elizabeth Hartman).  I love the blog, and her book The Practical Guide to Modern Patchwork.  Practical?  So very HoopDeeDoo.

To fill the weights, first I tried to use those glass flat-bottom marble thingies you use in home decor, because I have a lot of them for some reason.  They aren't heavy enough.  So I went with the pennies.


It strikes me as a little sad that pennies are not worth enough as currency to buy something and are now essentially filler.  Poor Abe Lincoln.  Don't take it personally.


And they do an excellent job of  holding the aforementioned book open to the pattern I've chosen for that lovely fabric you saw the other day. :)

{find the tutorial here.}

post signature
Pin It!

Friday, June 29, 2012

On Barf, Birdseye, and Burp Cloths

Why I Prefer Birdseye 3 Ply Prefolds for my HoopDeeDoo Burpcloths.

{warning: super grody baby talk ahead!}

I've had some people ask about the burpcloths I'm making for the shop, so let me address it here:  I use 3 ply birdseye weave prefold diapers, which are lighter weight.  Many boutique burp cloths are 6 ply, but I don't use them anymore.


{fabric: ikea}

They don't fit the HoopDeeDoo philosophy of pretty + practical.  

My own personal experience as a mom comes into play here.  Sorry to get graphic, but I had a baby with severe reflux, so I know burpcloths.  I tried them all.   I gave up on the puffy 6 plys very quickly.  A 6 ply Chinese prefold gauze weave diaper is great for liquids (ahem: urine) and keeping it "inside" a diaper, but it simply doesn't absorb thicker liquids as quickly (ahem: vomit).   So you get the dreaded runoff or smearing.  Pretty, but not practical.

I eventually just bought a pack of plain white birdseye 3 plys and used them forever.  They worked like a charm and took up less room in the diaper bag, but were kind of boring. Practical, but not pretty.

I always wanted the kind of burp cloths that I am now making for my shop.

{fabric: alexander henry.  find in the shop here.}

Yes, the thick ones seem so luxurious and pretty on the boutique shelf.  But baby barf ain't pretty, folks.  Young mamas in the trenches of reflux and sleep deprivation need absorbency and less barf on their backs.

Just keepin' it real.

Put yourself in  a new mama's shoes for a moment.  Let's say it's Mother's Day and you got a 5 minute hot shower as your gift, and you're disturbingly excited about going to church because it's the first time you've left the house all week, and your precious 3 week old horks all over that fat fluffy burp cloth which doesn't absorb anything so all of the putrescence streams down the back of your new Ann Taylor sweater set (ok, it's a hand me down from your mother in law, but new to you) - yes, it will be the end of the world.  I promise.  You will first cry the ugly cry, and then you will crack and start using hand towels as burpcloths until you can get some decent absorbent burpies, even if they are ugly, just as long as they suck up the vomit and fold down small enough to get into the diaper bag.

(Completely fictional story.)

{fabric: alexander henry.  find in the shop here.}

Anyways, to keep things both pretty and practical, I chose an absorbent birdseye cloth as the base and added a cotton fabric strip to pretty it up.  Prewashed on hot.  Machine dried on hot.  Cause new mamas want to know that the thing is going to survive some harsh treatment. 

Give me practical any day of the week.  But make it pretty while you're at it.  :)

{fabric: vintage.  find in the shop here.}
post signature
Pin It!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sewing Tips I Learned The Hard Way, All In One Day, Actually.

Public Service Announcement:

1.  Always wear shoes when sewing.  That way when you knock over a box of straight pins, you won't get half of them stuck in your feet when you are trying to clean them up.

2.  Pre-clean your sewing room floor before vacuuming.  Lint rollers can be helpful.  Vacuums do not like long threads.  And vacuum repair and brush replacement is pretty pricey.  (So I'm told.)

3.  Slow down when serging.  Although it feels pretty cool to use the serger at top speed, it does a better job of transitioning across existing seams if you slow down a bit.  Hitting a bump at top speed can break your thread, or worse, your needle.

4.  Glasses are not only super hot, but they protect your eyes from flying needles.  Um. yeah.

Now I'm going to go find a box of band-aids to keep in here.  Just in case.

post signature
Pin It!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Making my peace with blogging

So obviously I fell off the #marchphotoaday bandwagon.

I wanted to do it.  I had fun taking the pictures.  But then spring break came and I forgot to take all of the pictures, and when we got back to the routine, it was all I could do to just make sure the family was fed and clothed and where they were supposed to be at any given moment.

Photo taken at Pops on 3/14/12

I've been pondering blogging and my role in the blogosphere and my lack of motivation for it.  Here's what I've come up with:

1.  I don't need anything else to do.  If blogging feels like a chore, I'm not going to do it, because I have enough chores to do, so I should do one that results in my family having clean dishes or something like that.  

2.  I can't compete.  Reading other people's shiny happy blogs makes me feel like my house isn't clean enough, my blog isn't pretty enough, etc. etc.  Let me be clear: NO ONE is making me feel that way but MYSELF.  So I removed myself from reading most blogs I follow for a while.  It felt really good.  And the universe did not explode.

3.  I'd rather be sewing.  I only have about 5 hours a week to put into my etsy shop, so I'd rather spend all of that making stuff than wrestling with blogger.

4.  I've got other non-crafty projects that eat up huge amounts of time and satisfy my creative urges in a way blogging simply can't.  Like music.  I got to produce and sing in a bluegrass worship service for Easter with Rick Trevino.  It required tons of planning and rehearsal and resulted in one of the most joyful Easters of my life!  You can't say yes to everything, so when these kinds of projects come along, I just say NO to everything else mediocre so I can say YES to amazing!

5.  And, most importantly, the family comes first.  Read this amazing post my friend Jen brought to my attention today.  (Jen is a spectacular blogger herself, and hers is one of the few that made the cut, because, well, she's Jen.)

So, to sum up, I think I have made my peace with being a sporadically posting, bad photo taking, messy random blogger who can't write html and only occasionally responds to comments.  


(I'm much better at Facebook and Twitter, by the way)

My desk.  Scary, eh?

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
Pin It!
Related Posts with Thumbnails