a pretty cool life.: October 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

An October tradition

Our annual trip to the pumpkin patch is one of my favorite times of year.

I won't lie.  We totally go for the food, too.

Does that sign say don't climb on the pumpkins? 


And this is my little comedian when I asked him to take a picture for our Halloween card.  Just.  Darling.

And after we've enjoyed our time skipping through the fields of pumpkins, holding hands and smiling for portraits as a family (ha), I get real.

Ah, the fabulous fall favorite, Home Depot.

And if you wait long enough to get real, you can save some money.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Calling all advertisers!

I couldn't believe it when I looked at the calendar yesterday...we're a mere two months away from Christmas.  Yikes. 

How does time fly so fast??

So...in my effort to keep this Christmas as handmade as possible, I'm looking for super cool creative businesses, crafters, and bloggers to advertise for the holidays.

If advertising here sounds good to you, email me at cls1981 at att dot net for more info on my affordable rates.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Another use for my beloved freezer paper

Do you have a roll of freezer paper that you bought for stencilling projects like this?  Another great way to use it is for tracing and cutting pattern pieces. 

For the longest time, I wondered how I could make multiple sizes from a single pattern.  I was also so hard on them that between pinning and cutting, patterns were becoming one time use only. 

Fine if patterns are on sale for 99 cents, not cool otherwise.

Then I realized if I traced the pattern pieces onto freezer paper, I could make different sizes for each of my boys and leave the original pattern intact.  I trace the pattern as many times (and sizes) that I need, then I iron the freezer paper pattern directly to my fabric and cut around it.  Easy peasy and the original pattern is still as good as new!

And as a bonus, the freezer paper pattern pieces are repositionable and reusable--just peel them off and iron again!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Baby kimono jammies

I made these itty bitty jammies for good friends who had their first baby girl. 

The blue floral is from vintage sheets, of course. :)

Welcome to the world, baby Hailey!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Do you have one of these?

You should. 

Since I have a serger, I have a boatload of thread cones already, and this is great way to save (time and money!) on constantly changing spools of thread.

JoAnn's has thread on sale this week...so go stock up!


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