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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Finding Fabric for Free

I stumbled upon this amazing organization:

FabMo--Our volunteer organization diverts discontinued high quality designer materials from the waste stream. Our local FabMo effort is currently redirecting at least 25 tons or 300 cubic yards per year. These exquisite textiles are generally not available anywhere else and are well appreciated by teachers, students, artisans and craftspeople. There are many colors, patterns, weights and sizes (majority are a yard or less), plus trims, leathers & carpet samples. We also frequently have wallpapers, sample books, hardware, tassels, and more.

If you don't live in N CA, maybe you can ask local designers, fabric companies, furniture stores for scraps that they are throwing away for your next project!!

And if you live in Bath, might want to check out the Scrap Store. (Great for home projects, however, they do not allow the use of their materials for making things you might sell.)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Great Kids Music

I have been really enjoying singing lots of kids songs while Soleil is playing about. We have been playing Tate's songs that we listened to when he was home all day, and he has been enjoying hearing them again.
This is Tate's favorite.
Everything Laurie Berkner does is cute! This is really good for dancing to, and when you want something up beat.And this is new one that we bought this week. It might be my favorite!!!! It is so good musically and soft and serene.
Another favorite. This is another calm and sweet one.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Yard Sale/Boot Sale/Table Top Sale... we love them all.

We found this really cool marble run for 4.50. It made for a great Sunday afternoon!
And later on Tate's whiteboard....

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Reverse Applique Onesie

This was sooo easy. I found a tutorial for it here.
I got the long sleeved onesie/babygro at M&S here in England. They are thicker than other onesies so they can be worn as part of an outfit, rather than just under things.

1. Draw a design in light pencil, chalk, disappearing ink, or anything that can be washed out easily.
2. Turn your onesie inside out. Take a pretty piece of fabric and place it with the right side against the onesie front (wrong side up). Pin into place.
3. Stitch around design using embroidery thread. It doesn't have to be perfect, just follow your drawing and knot off at the end.
4. Take little, sharp scissors and cut the tshirt on the inside line of the stitching, but leave pretty fabric underneath.
You are done!!

This is a great project to make while you are watching the last episode of LOST that your husband refuses to delete off the DVR.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

My Desk

This is the pile next to my bedside. I was updating an inspiration notebook that I started Spring 2009. It has pics from magazines of:
Home Decor
Gift Ideas
Color Combinations

I was using my japanese masking tape (which I LOVE!) to tape stuff in.
And yes, to the left is my High School Musical Notebook that I have been using to take notes about schools and houses for the move. I have to re-cover it before I head into a real estate/principal's office!!

Currently, I am obsessing about the move.
Smaller, older house with lots of character closer to the artsy, urban center and the schools (Spanish Immersion or Open schools) I want for Tate.
Big huge house in the suburbs with neighborhood schools where Tate is 1.5 yrs ahead his grade due to the UK starting school early.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO CHOOSE!! What would you pick?