Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Iron Craft #26: Time Crunch

This week's challenge:
"Anyway, this last challenge of the year always comes at what is for many of us the busiest time of year. With that in mind, we are going to ask you to take a little time for yourself and do a quick project, something that can be done in one hour or less." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Now that the busy holiday sewing season is over, I sat down and started working on things that have been neglected until after I was done sewing all the holiday stuff.

I was badly in need of some new ... ahem... intimate items....

So I made me some panties! :D

And I'm gonna show 'em to you!

(No worries if you're afraid to scroll down - I'm not actually in them)

These are super simple to make and only take about 15 minutes each. So I got 4 pairs out of the deal! I had a pile of lingerie fold-over elastic and cut the pattern from a pair of my extra comfy underwear.

So there you have it! Another year of Iron Craft completed. And I completed every challenge! :D


Want to see a look back on Iron Craft 2013?

Of course you do.

Top Row Photos (from Left):
1. Iron Craft #1: Cotton Cafe Curtains
2. Iron Craft #2: Orange Draft Dodger
3. and 4. Iron Craft #3: Hearts and Flowers
5. Iron Craft #4: 1940's Bomb Girls Inspired Dress
6. Iron Craft #5: Green or "Green" Potty Training Pants

Second Row Photos (From Left)
1. Iron Craft #6: Peep, Peep, Peep (2 Broke Peeps)
2. Iron Craft #7: Ethnic Crafts (Chinese Teardrop Purse)
3. and 4. Iron Craft #8: Playtime (Fairy and Forest Houses)
5. Iron Craft #9: I've Got a Notion (Ribbon Pouches)
6. Iron Craft #10: Home is Where the Heart Is (House Quilt Blocks)

Third Row Photos (From Left):
1. Iron Craft #11: Rainy Days (Tree Painting)
2. Iron Craft #12: Picnics (Deck Furniture Covers)
3. Iron Craft #13: How Many Laney Bugs High are You?
4. Iron Craft #14: Vive La Iron Craft (Cream Puffs)
5. Iron Craft #15: Good Night (Jammies)
6. and 1 in Fourth row. Iron Craft #16: The Way Back Machine

Fourth Row Photos (Starting at #2 From Left):
2. Iron Craft #17: UFOs (Bee Quilt)
3. Iron Craft #18: Shiny, Shiny (Monster Purses)
4. Iron Craft #19: Monsters and Witches and Ghosts, Oh My! (Paolo and Stella)
5. Iron Craft #20: Black and the New Black (Table Mat)
6. Iron Craft #21: Cheers! (Ethanol Cross Stitch)

Fifth Row Photos (From Left):
1. Iron Craft #22: Diwali (Lightening Bugs)
2. Iron Craft #23: Snow Day Snowmen
3. Iron Craft #24: Holiday Clothes
4. Iron Craft #25: A Look Back (Another Ethnic Crafts Project: Caroling Dolls)
5. Iron Craft #26: Time Crunch (Underwear)

Wow! Those were a lot of awesome crafts!

Some things I've learned while doing Iron Craft this year:
1. I like colour! Do you see those photos? Not much bland colour in the bunch.
2. Because I like colour, Black is the New Black was the toughest challenge for me
3. The challenge I'm most unhappy with is the Shiny Shiny challenge. Those monster bags didn't come out as shiny as I'd hoped. The kids love them though, so they are a hit in that regard.
4. My most favourite project? Hands down - Paolo and Stella. Oh my gosh, it was so difficult to part with this silly cross stitch. But the zombie conjoined twins have found a new home with my sister who loves them just as much as I do.
5. My second most favourite project is my tree painting. It's super special because I learned that I could paint (sorta) and it hangs over our bed so I get to look at it everyday.
6.  My little Lane loves to photobomb every Iron Craft photo shoot hehehe
7. I really took these challenges as a way to slow down and really plan some things out and that resulted in the best crafts I've done this year. I had a chance to think about things that I wouldn't normally do, or things that I've been thinking about trying but never get around to.
8. I invented the pattern for potty trainers for Lane and for the "Green" challenge and now these suckers are my biggest source of income and have been getting rave reviews from parents who say that potty training is so much easier now that they've tried these trainers. So there's that :D

Here's to another year of Iron Craft! I can't wait!

Monday, 30 December 2013

Happy Birthday Terry

Ah yeah... look at that big guy. He's father, husband, programmer, comedian, storyteller, chef, bear hugger, snorer, moose (just look at those antlers) .... and birthday boy!

Er... well... technically his birthday was yesterday, but we had dinner at Montanas with our awesome friends tonight. Logan was the photographer. I think he captured daddy's winning smile and easy going personality really well... not to mentioned Terry's mooseness.

Happy Birthday to Terry! I love you babe!

Friday, 27 December 2013

Happy Holidays from Team LT 2013

Seasons Greetings from Team LT.

We hope that you're enjoying your holiday with family and friends and many good wishes for a fantastic 2014!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Iron Craft #25: A Look Back

This week's challenge:

"Wow, only one more challenge after this for Iron Craft 2013. This seems like a good time to look back at the challenges from the past year. For this challenge you can repeat any challenge from the past year, it could be one you missed or one you had more than one idea for." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

So... I thought about all the things I wanted to make and remembered that I wanted to make this particular craft way back in April when the Ethnic Crafting challenge came out. But it really wasn't the time to make something so wintery.

Perfect for a look back though.

For the first Ethnic crafting challenge I made the Chinese-esque teardrop bag. This time, to make something inspired by a country other than my own, I went with these cute dolls. They are inspired by the Ukrainian nesting dolls that pop up around Christmas time.

They are the same shape as the nesting dolls, but they are stuffed instead and made into winter carollers.

They are based loosely on this pattern. (I didn't use the wool or tweed.)

This is the first one I made. Lane claimed her right away.

 So I made a few more. I intend to give them away to one of my friends for Christmas. And of course keep a few for myself. They make such cute holiday decorations.

I even made a Chinese one!

Then I made more! and more and more. I seriously have an addiction. I love them so much.

Logan claimed one already as well and makes his move up and down and he sings Christmas carols in a cartoon voice behind it. So funny!

I think they are a hit in this house. :)

****To check out a look back from the other Iron Crafters, please visit the Flickr Group****

Monday, 16 December 2013

Logan's Holiday Concert 2013

Tonight was Logan's turn to shine at his holiday concert.

The event was held at the Arts and Technical Centre which is near enough to our house to walk. And it was only -5C out today so perfect weather for a winter stroll and a peek at some of the Christmas lights and decorations that people have been putting up.

There's my handsome boy ready for his concert wearing his cool Christmas-ey duds.

Here is the the family (I think they look a little like Gru and his 2 minions).

The moon was so gorgeous tonight on our walk to the concert.

And look, I'm in this photo! Wha? I'm so used to being the photographer that I sometimes forget that readers of this blog don't actually get to see a lot of me on here.

Notice I forgot to bring shoes for Logan to wear, so he had to wear his huge winter boots on stage. Ooops!

And huge winter boots say "Hawaii" as well as anything doncha think?


Logan's teacher has been teaching for 49 years and the kids think she needs a break. So they always sing Hawaiian Christmas songs at the concert (or at least that's what the music teacher who introduced them told us). It was super cute!

Logan has been singing that Mele Kalikimaka song for weeks.

They even did some cool Hawaiian dance moves.

And here's a video if I can actually get it to upload *fingers crossed*

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Parents Day at Ballet

My little girl is obsessed with dancing... or Zallay as she likes to call it.

(That's not just boring Ballet but rather Zallay with a Zed which is 100 times more special)

And it was Parents Day at her ballet/tap class this weekend.

Oh boy!

Check this little dancing machine out!

She chooses to wear hot pink while most of the other little girls prefer the muted baby princess pink. My girl likes to stand out!

She galloped for our amusement.

She danced with twirly scarves.

And she showed us her tap dancing skillz.

The song playing for this particular dance was "Moose on the Loose." Cool.

ATTITUDE! I love this shot of her with her hand on her hip.

I was able to take more photos of her tap dancing because she was closer to me. My phone camera is being stupid  with the zoom and making most pictures blurry.

Check her out in full gallop across the room in the video. So precious.

Adorable! I can't wait for her little recital in the spring. She loves her ballet class so much!

Up next: Logan's having his grade 2 holiday concert tomorrow night! Woo!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

And We Have a Winner....

My Sew Mama Sew Giveaway is now closed and I've drawn a winner.

Raspberry Tart was my favourite!

My best friend's mom handmade a Raspberry Tart cloth doll for me. It had about a bajillion handsewn yarn curls on its head. I loved her so.

I contacted miss Java Diva and her response was the cutiest wootiest:

"Hi, Tawny!
As soon as you said "vintage" I remembered VERY well & about teared up. I am beyond excited to have won your giveaway, it was one I wanted the most, Tawny!! I think you're the only one who offered vintage. 
Thank you thank you thank you!! And no rush on sending it out as everyone is so busy this time of year. :)"
A fellow vintage lover! Squee! Not that all the designer quilting fabric that was up for grabs for most of these giveaways wasn't nice, but I have a special place in my heart for vintage. 
(If you ask Terry he says my love for vintage just means I'm cheap and stuck in the past.... hehehe... but then I brought home Mario and Zelda fabric and he might have changed his tune a little bit.)

And guess what? The winner I chose is a sewing ninja! OH. MY. GOSH. When I read "Kimberlee the sewing ninja" on the signature line of her email I just knew that I would be internets BFFs with her! :D

Note to self: Make a New Year's Resolution to become a sewing ninja. Must start training ASAP. 

I'll be packaging up all of the vintage goodness I can cram into a box and sending it to the sewing ninja on Monday. I can't wait to see what awesome stuff she sews with it!

Friday, 13 December 2013

Lane's Nursery School Christmas Concert

Brace yourselves for a huge pile of adoraprecious!

Lane had her nursery school Christmas concert last night.

Here are some highlights:

Yup that's my girl. She really knows how to sit like a lady in a dress... in the front row. hehehe

Singing with snowflakes.

She made that snowflake in class.

Some of the songs had actions.

And jingle bells!

Are you all the floor in a pool of mushy goo because you just melted from a severe case of the cute? Me too!

At the end - still sitting like a lady :P

And a video, just in case you aren't overloaded with enough cuteness yet.


And tomorrow is parents day at her ballet class. Oh no! My heart can't handle it.


Thursday, 12 December 2013

A Bunch of Little Birthday Party Minions

I'm amassing an army!

A tiny army of little minions that will follow me around and do my biddiing.

I wish!

Instead they just demanded birthday cake and party favours....

Harumph... some minions these kids turned out to be.

Of course these photos were taken at Logan's 7th birthday party last night.

Happy birthday to my sweet, awesome, smart, creative, handsome, crazy little miracle man. I love you so much my boy!

I did what any parent would do on the morning of their son's 7th birthday - I bribed the kid to wake up and get dressed by telling him he could open his present from grandma. It worked like a charm - the boy was up and dressed in like 0.0934 seconds.

We decided to have his party on a week night at Kid City. If any of you have been there on the weekend, you know why this is. The weekend is absolute chaos with about a bazillion children running around in all directions and about a gagillion parties going on all at once.

On Wednesday evening, there was 1 party (ours) booked and no one... I mean... NO ONE was there besides us. A few people showed up to play while the party was going, but we had no trouble keeping track of everyone since we pretty much had run of the place.

Doesn't Logan look so impressed with his cake? Hah! His cake was a cute minions cake that we ordered from good ole Safeway.

Unfortunately I didn't get any action shots of the kids playing on all the indoor equipment. They were so busy bouncing in the bouncy castle (which is impossible to take a photo of anyways) and playing secret agents in the laser maze (which is another thing impossible to photograph because who wants their mom to interrupt their spy mission to take a photo with flash inside the laser maze room?)

Everyone had a super time and really loved their new minion sweaters.

There's my little guy's smile! What a sweetie!

Notice how Lane has to push her way into everything. Adorable. She was the supervisor throughout the party - running around everywhere and telling us where everyone was. She was bizeeee.

 And the best part?

It's all over. No mess at my house. No injuries or crying (well... maybe a few tears from me - my boy is growing up so fast *sniff*)

Catcha tomorrow for photos of Lane's pre-school Christmas concert :D