Monday, September 17, 2012

The Glad Game

     I don't know how many of you are like me and were obsessed with Hayley Mills as a child (Ha! As a child! Who am I kidding? I still love her!) but I am totally having a Pollyanna day!  I thought I would share some of my sunshine with all of you!  For those who haven't seen the movie, Pollyanna is a little orphan girl who goes to live with her rich but grumpy Aunt, but she is pretty much perpetually happy and drives everyone crazy/ makes everyone love her by always seeing the bright side in situations and playing "the glad game."

     So here is my version of the glad game today!

 21 Bibs cut, sewn, ironed and awaiting snaps to be ready for the Solana Beach market this Sunday.  1-5 pm for those in the area!  I love all of these fabrics and felt the need to ooh and ahh at every one of these as I ironed them.  Ed Emberley, Dia de los Muertos, citrus, floral, upcycled tie dye, organic foxes!
I bought these flowers at Trader Joe's! They are beautiful and I did such a good job of picking them out!

     I love my new yoga shirt! I wore it to the grocery store and am wearing it all day in preparation for class tonight.  I put it on and thought "look how cute I look!"  Something that doesn't happen every day or in many of my clothes after gaining 22 pounds in the last 5 months.  I do love my growing baby belly and spend a lot of time touching it and thinking about how cute it is, but getting dressed doesn't always go this well.

My bed is soon to have clean sheets!

      I am making No Knead Bread for dinner tonight! For those of you that haven't made it, super easy and delicious, you just have to remember to start it the night before, which I actually did! Woo me!
     We are having it with braised short ribs.  This is normally a special occasion meal.  The occasion here is that we were in Whole Foods (looking for pumpkin beer for Kyle) and they looked delicious!

     Blasting the Adele Pandora station on my awesome little speaker (birthday present from my super amazing husband) which makes "working from home" so much more enjoyable!  I don't have to carry my phone around with me from room to room and stop sewing to hear the good parts.
     Thinking about switching to the Jimmy Buffet station for the afternoon.  Both great for singing along too really loudly!

Three order/ gifts for friends packed up and ready to be shipped out! And I actually saw the mailman come today and was able to get him to take them! USPS online shipping is fabulous. 

      And probably one of the biggest reasons I am loving life today... It is only 78 degrees inside my house. This weekend in it was about 106 outside at my house, and without air conditioning in this old house, that means even with the fan blasting, it was about 95 inside my house all weekend.  

Even at night.

This made me very grumpy.

And most importantly! My life is filled with lots of love and wonderful family and friends!  This picture is from camping a few weeks ago, but it is how I feel today!

I hope you are all having fabulous days as well and that this is the start to a fabulous week!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Because I Love It! A Tutorial

     This blog (and my life) has gotten so caught up in the business part of this business! Taking the time this week to remember why I am doing it - because I love it! Duh!  So here it is, an actual post about sewing! The whole point of all of this.

     Now, I know you all know the different things I make (most likely because every time I make something new I show it off on the Facebook and the Instagram #gracefunlittlethings), but one of the things I have REALLY been loving lately are these little swaddling blankets!

I want to buy it! Take me to your Etsy shop!

I want to buy it! Take me to your Etsy Shop!

I want to buy it! Take me to your Etsy shop!
     These blankets are one square yard, flannel on one side, cotton on the other, bias tape around the outside.  Each one is different depending on which fabric (or fabrics, lets be serious) I am loving at the time, but I love them all.  I will be honest here.  I realize I am in this business to actually sell the things I make.  But when anyone at the farmer's markets actually picks up one of these blankets, my excitement at the prospect of a sale is tempered a little by my love of the blanket and not wanting to see it go.  I am aware that this is ridiculous, but it is the truth.
     They are perfect for wrapping up that new little baby to keep them warm, putting over them in the stroller on a breezy day (which we could really use in San Diego about now, btw), or as my wonderful friend Liz recently posted on FLT's Facebook page, lying out on the ground outside or at other people's houses for your baby to lie on and not have to touch the dirty, germy floor. Haha!

Keeping beautiful (and smart and strong) Penelope away
from gross germs and looking stylish at the same time!

    So, now that I have talked these blankets up so much, you really have two options...

     Visit my Etsy shop and pick one out for yourself - In the section titled "More Fun Little Things" but I  think soon to have their very own section.

     Make one for yourself!  Super fabulous instructions right here!


  • 1 yard beautiful flannel fabric of your choosing
  • 1 yard beautiful cotton or voile fabric of your choosing
  • 2 packages of Dritz bias tape in a matching or coordinating color, or 4 yards bias tape if you are buying it somewhere they have it on rolls and sell it by the yard
  • Matching or coordinating thread
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine or needle!

Easy Step by step:

Step 1:
For those of you who may be new to this, step 1 is always wash, dry and iron the fabric.  This way any preshrinking and machine washing weirdness will happen before you painstakingly measure, cut and sew, making your end product machine washable too! A must for baby items!

Step 2:
Put Flannel and cotton wrong sides together (so the good side of the pattern, or right sides, are showing on the outside for both of them.
A big table helps, but isn't a necessity, it does not need to be totally flat and spread out like this,
You can always use your bed too! Or your floor if it has less dog hair on it than mine!
Step 3:
To make it into a perfect square, instead of an imperfect rectangle, all you have to do is take one of the straight edges, and fold it triangle - like towards one of the side edges.
Cut off the long skinny strip on one end, and straighten up the other edge if the lady at the fabric store did a less than stellar cutting job on your fabric.

Step 4:
Start at any corner and put the bias tape along the edges.  When you open the bias tape, if you haven't used it before, you will realize how easy this is, even if it seems mysterious.  Just put the two layers of flannel and cotton between the two sides of the bias tape, right up to the fold.  Pin the tape in place at least 5 places on each edge, more if it will make you feel safer when sewing.

Ooh, pretty!

Step 5:
You have two options at the corner.  The best (most professional looking) option is to fold the bias tape so it overlaps and has a diagonal line right at the corner.

A little less pretty, but totally works!

The other option, and what you will have to do at the 2nd and 4th corners between the two packages of bias tape, is to cut the bias tape off at the edge of the fabric, and start it again going down the other side.

Step 6:
Put your pinned blanket next to your sewing machine, take a little break, grab a beverage, maybe check your Facebook.

Step 7:
Sew straight around all 4 edges.  Take out the pins! Cut off the little strings left at the beginning and end (if all went well, these should be on the same corner)!

Step 8:
You are done! Snuggle with it! Wrap your baby in it! Text pictures of it to your family and friends so they can reply with things like, omg! and so cute!

     If you did not already know, and if it was not too blatantly obvious, this is my first sewing tutorial! That was fun!  More to come soon with an apron I am making (actually making something for myself, just for fun)!

     As a preview and a warning, if you are ever in a fabric store and you think to yourself, oh, I didn't look at that pattern, but I want to buy this pretty fabric, I think I can guess how much I need of 3 different kinds of fabric, and your mom tries to warn you, but you don't listen to her, then you wait 9 months before making the project and realize you don't have enough of one of the fabrics, you might not be able to buy anymore of it at that point and will have to buy something new.

Moral of the story... Listen to your mother!