No matter how old the kids are , our annual Easter egg hunt is something we will never out grow. What is really fun is that not only do our kids come home for the occasion, neighbor's children now join in and look forward to Easter at the Colgrove house. No one can put a price tag on how much fun it is to watch old and young alike, search for those eggs. The only thing I've seen that distracts from the fun is a grocery bag that keeps getting tangled up so they can't get an egg in the bag... this fabric bag solves that problem!
Little things can decorate the house for the up coming Easter holidays. As Easter approaches, warmer weather is supposed to come with it. Hopefully it does and a door stopper is a great way to make sure the door stays open and fresh air comes in! This door stopper is a great way to keep doors open and add a decorative touch at the same time!
Did you save all of your gift baskets from this past holiday season? I save every one of them! (Yes, my attic is a dangerous place because of my "saving") I then make liners for the baskets and make them into a totally new gift basket.
My favorite season for reusing baskets is right around the corner! Novelty prints with Easter designs are plentiful and once you add an Easter print liner that basket is perfect for holding so many things... breads, candies, eggs... you name it! It's a great way to decorate the house without spending a pile of money!
Have you watched How It's Made? I think, once you start sewing, you tend to look at everything that is sewn with a "How's that made?" approach. This past week I saw episodes on how yarn was made from recycled plastic soda bottles, how fabric was woven and how fleece was made... all very fascinating! Have you looked at plastic coated seats and wondered how they did that... the episode about how golf carts are made showed exactly how that is done and forced me to accept that there are some things we can't do at home... but there is always a work around if we want to make it ourselves. A covered cushion may not be as waterproof as a formed factory seat but I can bet it won't cost me as much either! Watching the videos is a great way to get a handle on how production methods are done.
I ran across a blog that no one should miss! It offers full information to draft and sew your own leggings... ok... not everyone should or does wear leggings but I know stretch pants are comfortable and a few adjustments can transform these simple leggings to comfortable pants that almost anyone can wear. If your afraid of wasting fabric... try making them for kids before experimenting with adult sizes!
Even the kids tend to get restless at this time of year. They are tired of staying inside as much as we are and restless for fun activities to keep them busy. Dress up is always fun for the young ones and it may encourage a love of sewing so never hesitate to bring the kids in on sewing costumes and having them weigh in on what trims and colors they would like in a dress up outfit... it's not going to be seen in public and they can be as artistic as they want!
One fun project that uses small scraps and that will keep hands entertained for hours is a magic wallet... simple to sew and fascinating mind candy to watch in the hands of a child... and many adults! And grandparents can mail them off in an envelope with a single dollar bill to provide entertainment!
Are you tired of winter? You aren't alone! It's too early to stat the seeds but I'm itching for signs of spring! Usually I barbeque year round, but this winter the grill has been hiding under feet of snow. .. and the weather report for the next couple of weeks doesn't sound like the snow will be melting away any time soon. I've decided I'll make a new grill apron and get my mind ready for that first spring time grilled hot dog! Maybe I'll make a couple and have Father's Day gifts all set!
More and more is coming across the news as town ban the use of plastic shopping bags about us being forced to bring our own bags. My kids are GREAT at bringing and using recyclable bags... me... well I have a tone of those reusable grocery bags that the are either in the trunk of the car or in the house by the door waiting to go out to the car when I need them. I love insulated bags and I love keeping green but I am lousy at actually remembering the bags. I've decided that the best way for me to reform my habits is to make more of the Compact, Fold Up, Fabric Grocery Bag to Carry in Your Purse. That way I can carry the bags in my purse and illuminate my excuse for leaving them somewhere... all I have to do is fold them up and put them in my pocketbook as soon as I empty them!
Many years ago when I bought my first embroidery machine, I took the time to embroider everything. That year I made all the kids duffel bags with their names and some kind of design that was "them" on it. I gives me a thrill when all these years later I see them pull out those bags and use them. They're easy to spot in any pile of bags and I always hear their friends ask where they got their bag... so I believe it was a hit and I suggest it as a great birthday gift!
Watching the news this past week, every report had something to say about propane shortages and higher prices... propane effects me so it got my attention but I bet they are hiking up the cost of other heating sources to go along with propane which leaves all of us on a tighter budget than we were looking forward to. The higher prices go the more I look for free. Free patterns are one of my most favorite freebees! With spring around the corner (I'm remaining optimistic that Spring is bound to happen eventually) a new wardrobe needs some attention and free patterns are a great place to start.