Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Stuff And Things

This is a post about a bunch of stuff and things that I've been meaning to blog about but haven't gotten around to it. I'll just conveniently place them all in one post cuz... you know... I'm lazy... or for quick reference! :D

First order of craftiness - I finally got around to making a sticker book for Logan:

Yup it's awesome. You may remember the one I made for my cousin Caitlyn. I used this tutorial both times. This time I decided not to fold the ribbon over the edges and glue it down. Instead I just used a full piece on both sides and glued them together. Much easier!

Second order of Craftiness: I made the above decorations for our bathroom door!

I stole... er... I mean borrowed the idea from here. Instead of painting the wooden pieces, I mod podged some pretty scrap book paper onto the pieces. Turned out fabulous!

Third order of craftiness - I finally got some new/old stuff listed on Tawny Bee.

Remember Laney's pretty yellow size two bonnet? I listed it. Lane has made her decision and she's going with the upcycled raspberry one that I made a few months ago. It's her fave. Of course, I don't have enough fabric to recreate that one, so I took it out of the shop. I do however have enough fabric to make five more of these pretty yellow ones with the gold and orange flower embroidered on the side. Yay!

And the second Lost Socks Keeper is now up as well. This one is patchwork! :D

The last order of craftiness is a sad thing :(

Canada Post workers have decided to strike Wednesday, midnight. I've thought a lot about how this will effect my business. There is a chance that I will get an order or two in the Tawny Bee shop during this strike. I wondered if I should put my shop on vacation for the duration.

I've finally decided to keep the shop open. If I do receive orders, there will be a note attached explaining the strike and why it is too expensive to go with another mail carrier (FedEx, UPS etc.) and an offer of a full refund if the person does not want to wait it out.

I got this lovely wording from Faye of The Bauble Bin

"*******The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has served the 72 hour notice of strike action which will begin at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2011.

TawnyBee will continue to accept orders but nothing will be shipped until the strike ends. If you decide that you do not wish to wait any longer I will immediately provide you with a full refund on your PayPal Account once you have contacted me. Using courier service is too expensive to be a viable option for me. I deeply regret not being able to provide my loyal customers during this period of time but there is little that can be accomplished until the Postal Strike ends.

Tawny from Tawny Bee

Bleh. I hope this doesn't effect my shop in a negative way for too long. But I also understand a worker's right to strike to improve job security, conditions and safety and fully support Canada Post workers while they work through a new contract.

So, lots of stuff happening around here this week!

I hope you are all enjoying your Tuesday! :D

Monday, 30 May 2011

Macrame Monday: Headband Finish!

Awww... doesn't that macrame headband look so cute? Yes, I finally got myself a display head. She's happily displaying my finished macrame headband today on my cutting table. :)

So I guess I should show you how to finish your headband.

Go grab your headband project and meet me back here!

Step One:
Remember all those knots you put in the first part of your project? Well, I put a few more horizontal clove hitch knots in the centre and then worked backwards, putting in the same knots as I did in the first part, only going the other way. So first, put in some more vertical clove hitches, then a diamond and then finish off the X. End with some horizontal clove hitches to make the pattern nice and even.

Step Two:
Remove the project from the dowel by sliding it gently off. Then leave about two inches of cording at the bottom and trim the rest off. Cut some ties out of matching fabric (or contrasting fabric if you like). Make sure they are enough to be able to tie the fabric around your head when sewn together.

Step Three:
Press your ties in a "hem around all edges and then in half. Pin them on each side of your headband.

Step Four:
Sew across the tie where the macrame in pinned and down the side and across the bottom to finish the ties.

Step Five:
Try on your headband. Oooh pretty!

My pictures aren't so good. It's been raining or gloomy around here for days, so I had to take some yucky ones.

But it sure looks pretty on my new model. Do you think I should name her? Hmmm.... Maybe I'll have a contest later.


Here are the tutorials you will need to check out in order to make this macrame headband:
Measuring and Project Start
Horizontal Clove Hitch
Diagonal Clove Hitch
Diagonal Clove Hitch Pt. 2 - Diamond
Vertical Clove Hitch

Stay tuned for the next Macrame Monday where I'll have an adventure into Micro-macrame jewelry!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturday #9

I blame Netflix for all my problems as a mommy this past month.

Yeah, Netflix, I'm calling you out!

My son loves to watch Netflix.

(Please don't go getting all uppity on me because I let my kids watch TV. It's sometimes my only saviour from going completely insane).

He gets to choose out of the animation section. He used to only watch Sponge Bob over and over again. So much Sponge Bob that we could actually recite most of the dialogue in every episode. Ack!

He's now broadening his horizons by watching The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!

There are only 6 episodes...

And Logan is hooked...

*grumble* *grumble* insert non-threatening threats to Netflix *grumble* *grumble*

Logan's love for the Cat In The Hat, thank goodness, has spilled over into his real life. We went to the library and borrowed the original book, plus Green Eggs and Ham.

We have dubbed his wagon, the Thingama-wagon (after the Thingamajigger on the show). We even sing the song (with slightly altered lyrics) from the show:

Go, go, go, go on an Adventure
The thingama-wagon is up and away
Go, go, go, go on an Adventure
We're flying with the mommy in jeans today!

Everyday on the way to school while I pull my Thing 1 and Thing 2 happily fighting in in the Thingama-wagon. (I'm actually thinking about decorating said wagon in true Cat In The Hat style).

Way to go Netflix! You've got me singing! Off key and raspy at 8:00 in the morning.

*grumble some more*

So we made this door wreath yesterday. Yes, it's a Cat In The Hat wreath.

I got the foamy Dr. Seuss stickers from Michaels. $16.99! ACK!.

Way to go Netflix! Now you're got me spending waay too much money.


And I ordered this fabric.

Logan thinks I'm going to magically turn this fabric into curtains for his room.

Way to go Netflix! Now I gotta somehow become some sort of genius sewist.


And we bought these hats for my Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Way to go Netflix! Cat in the Hat merchandise just puked all over our house!



Actually I really don't mind Logan's new obsession. It's nice to see him interested in BOOKS again. Yay for Dr. Seuss!


I'm sharing this confession over at All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something. Join in the fun if you dare!


Friday, 27 May 2011

Young Mister Logan Had a Farm

Well Logan doesn't quite have a farm, but he went to a farm yesterday on a preschool field trip.

We weren't sure how he would react going on the bus by himself, so Terry went along. And they both had a terrific time.

He gently petted a baby sheep. And he was so excited to pocket a handful of soft sheep's wool from the shearing pile because he thought mommy would like it. Unfortunately, it got lost somewhere along the way, but he was right! I would like it :)

He checked out some goats. Apparently, they tried to eat the buttons off of daddy's coat.

He ate lunch on a picnic table with the rest of his classmates.

The most amazing thing about the trip was this:

My boy is confident enough to go for a pony ride! :D You have no idea how happy I was to see these photos. This would have been unheard of before school started. Logan wouldn't have even gone near the pony, let alone allow someone to put him on one and lead him around. I'm so proud!

Awesome... so... very... awesome.

Thursday, 26 May 2011


Can you believe that when I was looking through my photos, I realized that there were even more projects made with the Brick Path and Inkwell fabrics that are in my Sew Mama Sew giveaway?

I used the Brick Path for bookmarks.

And I couldn't show you this Kobo Kozy because I was saving it for Tuesday's How To. Made with Inkwell.

And then to save it for all time, I put a patch of the Brick Path into my sewing machine cover.

And if that weren't enough, I also made some place mats for Logan and Lane.

I need help!

So without further ado, here is the person who is going to make me quit cold turkey by taking these fabrics away.

Thank you Helen! I will send you an email shortly. I'm sure you will give these fabrics a good home - away from mine! hehehe

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

I'm Gorgeous! ... D'uh...

I'm precious in my new Dollar Store clips. I know ...

But one more clip would be better...

Yup, I was right! I'm Gorgeous!

But I'm not going to let it go to my head...

I believe in doing yoga to keep in shape as well. As long as I get to look at my precious face while doing so!

It's not all about the accessories folks!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

How Tuesday: Kobo Kozy

If you're looking for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway - click here.

If you'd like to stay, I'll show you yet another project I've made using the Inkwell that I'm giving away. Yeah... I really need to give this stuff away. No more projects using the same fabrics over and over!

Isn't this a terrific eReader cover? You may remember the one that I made not long ago for myself. I still love it, but I much prefer the opening along the side like this one has. But, I made this one as a gift, so I guess I'll have to follow my own instructions and make one for myself later.

Here is all the information you need to make your own.

Supplies needed:
- an eReader (for measurments)
- .25 meter of main cotton fabric or 2 fabrics if you want coordinating top flap.
- .25 meter of fleece for soft lining
- button
- coordinating thread

Time Needed:
- this took me about an hour. If you're better at math than I am, it could take you less time to figure out.

Skill Needed:
- Intermediate
- some machine sewing including buttonhole
- some math for drafting pattern

Step One:
- We're going to have to figure out the math for the pattern pieces. Take the measurements of your eReader across, length and thickness. For example: the Kobo is 4.75 inches across, 7.25 inches in length and 0.5 inches thick.
- the main panels will be:
length + thickness +1 (for the long sides)
Width across + thickness +1 (for short sides)

- You'll want to cut 2 main cotton panels and two fleece panels using this measurements. For the Kobo it was 7.25 +0.5+1 and 4.75+0.5+1 so 8.75 by 6.25 inches.
- For the flap panel:
length+1 by thickness+3.5

- You'll want to cut one piece with this measurement out of cotton and one piece out of fleece. For the Kobo it was 8.25 by 4.5 inches.

Step Two:
- take your two flap pieces, one cotton and one fleece and place them right sides together. Sew along short sides and one long side. Make sure if your fabric has a pattern that the long side you sew across is the bottom of the pattern. You can round off your flap like I did above. Clip corners and trim seams.

Step Three:
- Turn flap right side out and top stitch along the edge you just sewed. I used a fancy machine stitch, but a straight or zig zag stitch will work just as well.

Step Four:
- choose the main cotton panel that you want on the back of your cover. With right sides together, centre the flap piece onto a long side of your main cotton panel. Make sure the pattern on the panel is facing the proper way (with flap at the top). Baste it in place.

Step Five:
- place the remaining main cotton panel right sides together on top of the piece that you just stitched with the flap attached. Sew along both sides (not the long sides with the flap attached or the bottom long side!)

Step Six:
- Sew your lining fleece together in the same manner (right sides together, sew along both short sides).

Step Seven:
- turn your main cotton piece right side out and carefully place your fleece piece around it, right sides together. Make sure your flap panel is still facing inwards. Sew all the way around top edge.

Step Eight:
- Turn your project right side out and top stitch along the top, making sure not to catch your flap in the top stitching. Once again, I used a fancy stitch, but a straight or zig zag stitch will work just as well.

Step Nine:
- Turn your project inside out again. Stitch along bottom making sure to catch all layers in the stitching. Trim close to seam.

Step Ten:
- sew a buttonhole into the centre of your flap. And sew the corresponding button on the main panel to match up with the buttonhole.

And in 10 easy steps, you've got yourself and pretty sweet Kobo Kozy (or an "eReader of your choice" Kozy). As always, you are allowed to use this pattern however you see fit. Use it to make Kozies for yourself, your husband, cousin, local town crier, whoever. Make them for gifts, to sell, whatever floats your boat.

If you do decided to try one out, please link a photo of your creation in the Tawny Bee Flickr Pool, or email me (link in profile) with a photo, or link to a blog post with your creation in the comments below. I love to see what all of you are up to!


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