S was a very happy nine year old boy, who FINALLY got a Nerf gun…
… and a premium pass for his favorite game, Minecraft.
Happy Birthday S!
at Mayu’s Cafe!
: head chef :
: aprons :
: chef hats :
: signs :
: and the wait staff (who did an awesome job) :
: …..but best of all, a delicious meal was made and devoured by some of the sweetest local chefs :
and happy birthday to our dear M. This little one is turning 7 !!!
I made (kind of) one present.
I purchased a MYSIG bed canopy at IKEA and replaced the scalloped trim with sheer polyester fabric and some ribbons.
The whole thing is fastened to the wall with one hook and is easy to assemble and store
another favorite gift this year …..having her brother wait on her
all most of the day
Happy Birthday M !
when some dear friends moved to Boston this year, they insisted on gifting us Santa’s Ski Slope. We declined the gift more than once….in the end, just before they left California…… they handed us a birthday gift for S.
Santa’s Ski Slope.
Thanks guys. We LOVE it!!!
(Santa and his friends travel to the top of the ski slope and then ski around the tree)
M and S waiting for the okay to go look under the tree
we enjoyed the same Thanksgiving menu with some improvements to the stuffing (more herbs and garlic).
I only made one gift this year:
A saddle for a horse for M (which she picked out sometime in the summer)
when I started I thought the project would take one night….
I finished the bridle this afternoon (and honestly M has some more much needed changes/improvements/additions)
this year S is very lucky to have 2 great teachers who job share his grade 3 class. Ms. M and Ms. S are seamless in their management of the class and in their lessons. It has been a great fit for S.
This was made with a very heavy cotton sateen, and lined with a floral cotton lawn. I fused the two fabrics together and then cut the pieces. All seams were finished with bias tape made from the interior fabric
I spent a day searching for bag handles…. and although I found some leather ones at Britex, they were far too expensive to purchase for 3 bags. So I decided to make them……
I am so happy that I did. They are not perfect yet, but ……
This bag was made using the same method, but the exterior fabric has a water repellent coating
M has one of the kindest teachers at the school. For Ms. S…. the class wanted to be involved so….
I stitched a red line down a light blue pinstriped cotton and had the students sign their names in pencil…… I then went over their names with a fabric pen
(after I stitched the red line, I ironed freezer paper to the back of the fabric. This makes it a little easier to write on the fabric)
this bag was truly a pleasure to sew
to Alton Brown that is, for getting me through my first ever Thanksgiving feast.
It all started about 3 weeks ago when M asked me why we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving?!?…. but we do…just never with a turkey.
things I’d recommend:
- brine your bird (I did mine for 20hrs) used A. Brown’s recipe
- buy a brining bag…….(this way you can keep your turkey in your fridge)
- use a digital alarm to gauge the temperature and Do Not Open the oven when cooking
( again- I followed Mr. A. Brown’s recipe throughout )
The stuffing and mashed potatoes were made the day before (thanks sis) which allowed for a more relaxing Thanksgiving morning.
Thanksgiving morning I blanched all the vegetables and then warmed them on a high heat in a pan with clarified butter and seasonings.
(I like cooking with clarified butter which I separate in the microwave…. you can cook using a high flame, without burning your food)
M made these pumpkin cheese cake bars. amazing.
we also made an apple pie and here are 2 tips worth sharing:
-bake your apple pie for the first 30min on the floor of your oven (if it’s gas) by putting your pie plate on a cookie sheet lined with parchment
-drain your apples an hour before cooking and then reduce the juices to half on the stove before tossing them with the apples again
no soggy bottom crust!
again credit goes to Alton Brown (although I didn’t follow his recipe because I already had a family favorite)
we also had a very polite visitor from Canada…..(nothing like that mayor in Toronto)
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving celebration too- (with or without the turkey)
this year both kids picked costumes that involved more sewing and less crafting. yay for me.
(with a lot of weaponry that we CAN NOT take to the school parade)
I was thrilled to try and tackle the Ninja costume again, and this time I added some shoulder forms, a katana gaurd/holder,
and an improved mask (i used heavy duty interfacing making the eye area firmer and easier to wear)
Merrida (from the movie Brave)
I was also happy to try and make another fitted full length dress…(It is times like this when I dream of dress forms…….trying things on multiple times while I make adjustments is kinda torture for everyone involved)
…but worth it.
The dress bodice and skirt were cut on the bias and as an added challenge I cut the skirt portion in one piece.
I really did not want to add any arm details (the straps took forever and look……) but M insisted so we made a small compromise and left off the lower portion
the cape is made of a beautiful velvet and only reaches her knees because I could only bring myself to buy 1.5 yards. I lined it with an anti-static polyester. brilliant.
the blouse was quick but made of a non-stretchy polyester so will only fit for a couple of months (seriously)
all expensive fabrics were hand picked by M
I hope you had a wonderful Halloween too!
Happy Birthday R!
thank you for, "pretty much the best party ever!"
is for a dear friend that is always there to help with; a pick up, a drop off, some playtime, a snack………
I am we are very lucky to have her as a friend.
fabric : Bird Song by Etsuko Furuya
with the start of gymnastics, I’m tackling the leotard again.
I love red and white stripes, and for a leotard it is perfect. I’ve been using a plastic swimsuit elastic, I find it thinner and softer to work with and less bulky when I fold and topstitch the neck, arm and leg openings.
The pasta was a hit, M loved making it. S loved eating it.
for a 6 year old, it takes much longer than 30 minutes.
skirts for M:
These two blue skirts were made from the same pattern which came from the bottom half of a dress M had.
M loves pockets so I added a couple to the second one. Both are made from a knit fabric with a little stretch and have wide elastic waistbands.
….and for under her skirts…
S really didn’t want much this year….so I made a sweatshirt.
This is attempt one….
and well…the pocket is off (should be more toward the center and a little higher) (S assured me he doesn’t care)
….still I’ll try and make a couple more this week. (and I can because the kids are back in school!!)
S requested that his bag be black and black….( I made him pick something other than black for the interior….partly because I didn’t have black cotton on hand and partly because I felt it was a little dark for grade 3) and most, most, most importantly include a skull and cross bones.
I think we’re both happy.
M took days to pick her fabric….
the handles are from a piece of leather I had, and the arm straps were made from a thick fusible interfacing (it’s actually a little stiff, I prefer batting rolled or layered and then inserted into the strap)
FYI : I haven’t used purse zippers much because I thought they were expensive and they were not available at the discount fabric store I usually go to…well, for both bags I used bulk coat zippers for $1.50 and turned one of the pulls around to make a purse zipper!
M’s bag has the water bottle inside as requested……centered so that her bag isn’t lopsided as we walk to school.
auntie’s new smore recipe…
sleeping with the cousins…