Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nursing Cover

I made my first nursing cover with the help of this tutorial. I was surprised by how simple it was, all you need is a yard of fabric, a bit of boning, and two D rings. I went one step further and mitered the corners of the cover. Here are two resources that will help you sew a nice mitered corner:

I used the straight folding template to press the fold lines into my fabric. Keep your fold lines nice and even and you'll have a perfect corner every time! This cover's going to my friend Kenzi, who's expecting a little girl this summer.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Photo Booth

Our friend Andrew got married this past weekend and had a photobooth at the reception...

Congratulations Andrew and Carrie!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Garden Gift

I made a set of garden markers for my friend Heather's birthday. I packaged the markers in a terracotta pot, finished off with one of the broccoli tags from my last post.

Happy birthday Heather!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Nothing says happy birthday like broccoli

I just finished a set of gift tags...

I've got a couple uses in mind for these little guys. I'll be sharing those projects with you over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Baby Blanket

Another baby blanket! This one was for my friend Kristie, who's expecting a little boy this summer. I used the same print I used for this blanket, except in blue. It's such a cute print! I chose a green animal print for the other side and a star stitch to finish the edge.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Footstool slipcover

When my grandmother moved a few years ago, my mom ended up with one of her footstools. The base was still beautiful but the upholstery had seen better days, so we recovered it.

My mom recently gave me the footstool. The fabric was still in really good condition, but I wanted something a little more neutral to blend with our decor, so I made a slipcover. I used two of my favorite value fabrics, burlap and muslin, keeping the total cost under $5.



Friday, April 9, 2010

Nest Place Card Holders

Another spring project...

My inspiration...

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To make each holder, I used a 4" bird nest and two 18" pieces of wire. I used 22 gauge brown cloth stem wire. You can get both items at your local craft store, usually in the floral department. I was able to make 8 place card holders for around $15. I added a few fake bird eggs for an extra touch, but you could fill them with anything.

Now come on over for dinner, we saved you a place at the table :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Garden Planters

I've been busy with spring projects...
No, not that kind of busy.

My mom, master of finding valuable items in the trash, found six of these white plastic planters, and gave me three of them for our patio.

I cleaned them up and gave them a coat of metallic spray paint, the kind that binds to plastic. Then they sat empty on the patio for a few months, until the weather warmed up and I felt motivated to plant something. I filled one of the planters with herbs: sage, oregano, mint, and basil.

With only four herbs, you'd think we could remember which one was which. True. But I look for any excuse to start a craft project, so I made garden markers.

It was a pretty simple project. I bought a roll of copper sheeting, copper wire, and a paint pen at the craft store.

First, I drew my shape and cut it out of a piece of cardstock. Then I taped it to the copper to keep it in place while cutting. The copper is thin enough that you can use regular scissors to cut your shape out. After I cut out all four shapes, I sanded any sharp edges. Using a mechanical pencil (without the lead sticking out), I wrote the plant names into the copper. I then went in with the paint pen and filled in the letters so that they would stand out.

Zach helped solder the wire to the back of each label and they were ready to go!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Leak Detectives

S: We filled up our swimming pool last week. Oh wait, we don't have a swimming pool....but if we did, the 20,000 gallon water usage on last month's bill wouldn't be as shocking. Hmmm, let me think, we watered the lawn. Once. For about 30 minutes. Oh, and I took a bath. That explains it right?
Z: You only took one bath? That's gross Sarah. Although you managed to smell flowery as ever all month. Conclusion: my wife sweats rose oil. Thankfully we have a responsible water company that informed us that our water usage quadrupled before we ever got the bill. The first point of trouble shooting was to turn off each water valve for every toilet and faucet in the house. If the meter stops running , then the leak is happening with a faucet or most likely a toilet, which can easily be DIY. If the meter continues running, this means the leak is located in the main line to the house, or worse in the foundation, which can easily require a professional. In our case, the meter kept running! We hoped it was in the yard line, somewhere between the meter and the house. A leak in the foundation is usually expensive....removing flooring...jackhammering concrete...$$$.
S: What puzzled us most was the lack of water, where did it all go?
Z: A leak in the foundation or wall pipes could lead to soggy walls or a wet spot somewhere around the foundation. Since we had neither of these, we figured the leak was in the main line between the meter and the house. We had just had a few inches of rain so it was hard to gauge where the ground was soggiest, but I discovered a small soggy patch in the lawn and after digging down several inches found a pool of water.
S: We still weren't able to locate the pipe, so we made an appointment with a plumber. The plumber never showed up, which was really frustrating. So we got back out there and started digging...and guess what, Zach found the pipe. Amazingly, the spot Zach chose to dig was directly over the leak, we just needed to dig a little deeper.
Z: How did I do it without a divining rod? Magic. Take that lazy plumber.
S: After purchasing $4 worth of supplies, Zach had fixed the leak! So in the end it was actually a good thing the plumber didn't show up. Plus Zach's lack of behind helps prevent unsightly plumber's crack.

Z: The double bend in the PVC was the source of the leak. I believe it had been installed under tension and eventually failed after 25 years. So all that needed to be done was to cut the pipe and replace that double bend.

S: We kept the water turned off as much as possible until we could fix the problem. Let me tell you how much I appreciate running water! I felt like I was on the show 1900 house. Ok, it wasn't quite that bad but still.