Oh this weekend

Oh, this weekend was a doozy! I tell you. Saturday my very sweet hubs offered to take the girls on an adventure, so I could get some of my sewing done sans kids – he is a PEACH, I say!

Anyway, the morning started off with a BANG…or a blown out bag of Quaker Oats. Yes, peachy hubs was going to make the girls some nice piping hot oatmeal – when he went to open the GIANT sized Costco bag – the bottom broke spilling oats EVERYWHERE!! So, then Mr. Peachy Pants got out the vacuum and started sucking it up, when middle child started freaking out “DAD, YOU ARE BEING SO WASTEFUL!!!!” On the good note – my belly aching about them being wasteful is being heard.

So after that got all cleaned up and the kids (and Mr. Peachy Pants) fed – Mr. Peachy Pants was going to blow out the lint from my serger because my thread kept breaking. I mean I literally rethreaded this thing 10 times – I was getting really angry. And in the mean time my Curious George Middle child decided to mess around with the serger and (thank goodness I unplugged the thing) bent the crap out of it…I don’t know what she did but I was…more than a little frustrated by now.

I was able to fix the thing and rethread – but my tension was all off and I just didn’t have the time to be patient – I needed some space from that thing -so I did what any girl would do – took oldest child and went to Hobby Lobby for some spray paint.

I have been s.l.o.w.l.y…… updating and redecorating my house. I have a love/hate relationship with this house – but that is another story for another day.

So we found the color I needed to match the accent pillows on the couch – and then we got to work.

first I rubbed off all the dirt and cobwebs from it’s basement storage. Then I rubbed some candle wax over it – I wanted it to look OLD – not shiny and new…

Just up from the basement - I like it.....but it needs something???

Then we taped the glass….I couldn’t find my blue painters tape – so I made do with what I had – duct tape! SAWEET!! I also used papers from the kids’ school work – and some construction paper, which fit almost perfectly in the panes.  Recycle:)

taped up and ready

Next we got busy with the paint….I think my helper painted more of the air than the actual window….oh, well, she thought she was rocking the free world.

Then we let it dry…..and lastly I cleaned up the glass with some rubbing alcohol and a putty knife – I would have used a razor blade, but didn’t have one – so had to make do….

Notice pillow on couch - same color!! WOOT!! and yes that is cheetah fabric on the couch - my girls picked it out when I recovered that baby

and here is the finished product – well, I have to rearrange a little but – I am over the moon with how it turned out! and now want to paint all wood in my family room that color….and I just may.

The finished result


Reversible Headband Tutorial

Well, here it is as promised.  The headband tutorial – yeah.  I personally learn through pictures – so I have LOTS of them!

The fabrics

First choose 2 fabrics – they can be coordinating or not.  You will also need about a 6 inch piece of elastic.  I like to use a 1/2 inch – but in the tutorial I am using a 1/4 inch piece.  I like to use my rotary cutter and mat – but you may not have this and a scissors will work just fine.

Cut 3 inch wide 15 inch long strips of each fabric.  Cut one 1 and 1/2 inch wide by 13 inch long strip.  This is to cover the elastic in the back, and optional.   Sew the 2 good sides together.

sewing fabric together

Once these 2 fabrics are sewn together you need to ‘inside out’ them.  Also, fold the ‘like sides’ or the pretty sides together, on the strip you cut to cover the elastic strap.   This is easy to do if you have this fantastic quick-turn tool.  You can pick it up at any craft or fabric store.

Sewing the elastic cover…make sure you leave enough room the get the elastic through.

The quick turn tool...I actually broke the wood tool that came with it - but hey a pencil works just great!

If you don’t have these – I highly recommend getting them, they make the flipping so much easier.  You just insert it into the fabric. And use the wood (or pencil) to push and flip the fabric.

Turning the fabric with the quick turn tool



another picture of the turning tool....now I am thinking I mayhave to do a tutorial on how to use this fantastic time saving tool!detail stitching on sides

Once you have the fabric all turned inside out – you can do a little detailed stitch on each side of the fabric – if you can see it in the really bad picture above.

Next fish the elastic through the cover.

here fishy fishy...I like to use a BIG safety pin - goes faster.

Now it is time to put this baby together.  I don’t pull the elastic all the way through.  I just pull it until the end of the elastic meets up with the edge of the fabric.  Then the side you want on top of the headband you lay ‘looking’ at you on the table, and line up the edge of the elastic too.  Fold the headband sides around the elastic and sew it back and forth a few times.

The top fabric is 'looking' at us and the edges of the fabrics are all lined up

folded and sewing

Next pull the elastic through the other side – line up the edges and sew up the side.  Flip each side.

Flipping over the edges

Folded all the way over

And WEAR!!!  yeah, you can do it!!

Oh, so cutie cute!!