Wednesday, September 17, 2014

House Update: Foundation

The biggest project I've ever taken on, is building the home we plan to live in until we die.
Luckily, Rhett and I have done everything together, so this house has kind of become another member of our family.

"We're building our own home" can mean a lot of things.

On one end, there are those who literally build everything themselves, nail every 2x4, and in the end they're home is completely constructed from their themselves, friends and family.  
We are not that talented.

On the other end are those who hire a general contractor, designer, and supervise and make all the decisions on their home build.
We are cheap and trying to save money.

We are in the middle.
We are hiring all the structural subs and plan to do a lot  of the finish work ourselves once it has sheetrock.

I've learned a lot about construction so far and have been grateful for a lot of verbal abuse as a teenager dancing intense ballet that gave me thick skin.  Construction is a stressful business and I've found each sub wants to do his individual part his way, not thinking ahead for the other subs who will follow behind.  But I have the whole house in mind, down to every inch and so there were some arguments and I felt really manly disagreeing about how to cure concrete on the job site.

But so far most things are how we wanted/ designed/ envisioned.

And I realize we are a horrible client to build for.
We designed the house and have been planning every inch for almost 2 years, so we notice when a wall is 4" out of place, or I have a plan for this space so no you can't frame it flush with the other wall for your convenience.
I guess that is why we decided to be our own General Contractor.  
We're too invested and care too much about lots of details I guess.

Previous Posts:

Things are moving along, faster than I expected.  
Our goal was to dry in or have it waterproof before snow, and move in before Christmas.
Not sure if moving in will be reality, but I guess it's a nice goal.

SO...the concrete work.
Rhett really wanted to pour 9' basement walls.
I thought it would be nice to have a taller basement, but it wasn't a deal breaker for me.
It wasn't that much more to pour the extra foot of wall, so we went with it.

Watching the crew do the concrete work made me impressed anyone does this on their own.
Looked exhausting and I was glad to hire it out.

One of my favorite spaces (in my head) will be a patio off the basement. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Kid Project: Painting Peg People

Some of my favorite projects are creating with my kids.
When they get ideas and I can make their concepts in real life it's really fun and creatively fulfilling.

RJ is getting older and more interested in making things himself.
Our girls enjoy the dollhouse I made Ellie for Christmas more as they get older, and the peg people family is one of my favorite toys I've made them.  We have male and female dolls, but I guess RJ wanted a doll that was more superhero than human...

 RJ found bare wood peg people and wanted to paint  Link....from the Legend of Zelda.
He was Link last year for Halloween.

So now he is bigger, and wanted to do it himself, I helped by penciling in the features, and he painted a Link doll and a Zelda.

Here is peg Link! 

It's a simple project, but a fun way for kids to create their own toys.
This little doll is pocket size which is nice for little boys. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hook Board Shelf

I have quite a narrow entry way, so I've been trying to come up with something that doesn't take up much space to keep all the bags and jackets off the ground. I found these amazing hooks here. They're antique railroad spikes that have been bent into a hook. I found some scrap wood in the garage and threw this little shelf together one afternoon. I love how sturdy it is. I could probably to pull ups on it if I wanted to.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tutorial: Vest Construction

Today I'll be sharing the tailor's method for constructing a vest. It's incredibly fast, it doesn't require any hand sewing (unless you count buttons), and the best part of all is that it can be altered in about 35 seconds if needed. (For this tutorial I used a self-drafted pattern).
1. Cut out the pieces: 2 front pieces, 2 back pieces of both outer fabric and lining.
2. Press on fusible interfacing along the front outer edge of both front pieces.
3. Stitch the center seam of the back pieces. Leave a 4" opening in the middle of the lining.

4. Lay the front and back pieces face to face. Stitch around all edges except the side seams and shoulder seams. Clip the curves and corners.
5. Turn the front pieces right-side out and press.
6. Slip the front pieces inside the back section through the side seams.
(The outer fabrics should face each other and the linings should face each other.)

7. Pin the side seams and shoulder seams into place.
8. Stitch the shoulder seams and side seams. Clip the corners.

9. Now for the magic. Pull the entire vest right-side out through the hole you left open in the lining.
10. Top stitch or whip stitch the hole in the lining closed.
11. Stitch buttonholes and attach buttons.

12. All finished!
If the vest requires alteration in the future, all you need to do is open the back seam of the lining and pull the side seam straight out. Since everything is attached, you just stitch down each side seam once instead of having to adjust the lining and outer separately.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seersucker Vest and Trousers

Hello! I've done loads of projects this summer, but I'm just getting around to sharing them with you guys. I made this little seersucker outfit for my boy back in June and it has come in handy for weddings or the surprise family date that my man plans out for us.  I made the shirt out of an old sheet and I found the seersucker in one of my scrap bins. It's simple, cute, and best of all: washable!
In the next day or so, I'll share a great method for constructing a vest!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tutorial: Stuffed Animal Backpack Using A Fat Quarter

Eliie got this Velveteen Rabbit along with the book for her 2nd birthday a year and a half ago. 
 I don't think she touched it once because RJ loved it and never let it down, and Ellie was young and didn't seem to care.
1st grade starts this week and the first day is Teddy Bear Day where you can take your favorite stuffed animal.
So naturally RJ needed to sew "Rabbit" his own backpack to ride in for the first day of 1st grade.

{This is a moment where I kind of wish he didn't knew I could sew.}

But he drew me a picture of his idea and picked out a fat quarter of flannel.  
I had the nylon straps and buckle to finish it off.

On to school and I can't believe I will have a kid gone all day.
We will miss him!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A to Z Ribbon Retreat Series

Back To School A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The ribbon retreat has a really fun series coming the month of August!
Each of us are sharing an idea inspired by a letter and their fabric!
Check out the ladies starting tomorrow at the Ribbon Retreat and I will be over there toward the end of August to share my plan for X!
Yay!  An actual sewing project from Jessica. Shocker!

Back To School A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The Whole Line Up:
 "A" - Amber, Crazy Little Projects 
"B" - Becky, Patchwork Posse 
"C" - Christine, I Dig Pinterest 
"D" - Amy, Ameroonie Designs 
"E" - Bev, Flamingo Toes 
"F" - Kim, Seven Thirty Three 
"G" - Kimbo, A Girl and A Glue Gun 
 "H" - Meredith, Wait Til Your Father Gets Home 
"I" - liZ, Simple Simon and Co. 
"J" - Sky, Capital B 
"K" - Emily, The Benson Street 
"L" - Adrienne, Free Time Frolics 
"M" - Michele, The Scrap Shoppe 
"N" - McKenzie, Girl Loves Glam 
"O" - Janica, JaniJo 
"P" - Melanie, Find it, Make it, Love it 
"Q" - Elizabeth, Simple Simon and Co. 
"R" - Michelle, The Ribbon Retreat Blog
"S" - Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts 
"T" - Natalie, The Creative Mom 
"U" - Becky, U Create 
"V" - Kami, Sweet Charli
"W" - Terra, Mama Says Sew 
"X" - Jessica, Running With Scissors
"Y" - Lisa, Mabey She Made It 
"Z" - Jaime, Everyday Art 
Should be fun to gear us up for school starting!


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