Pinterest Challenge |Pin 2 & 3 - August|

Today is the last day of August and I am happy to say that I have cross 4 pins out of the 6 I've listed as "wish to do" for the month. I have showed you the first one last week, and today I am bringing 2 more. Uhmmm? Didn't I mention 4? Well, yes! The fourth was done but my batery died and I have no photos to show you yet, I can't pass them to the laptop until later. And actually, I might get by the end of the day with 5 pins crossed, because i am hoping to make the maracas with G. today too. 

So, the second pin crossed from the list was making a fun dish for G. I tried, but I consider this a fail. It wasn't that much interesting or beautiful after all, but my little miss really liked to eat her sandwish in heart shapes, and she loved that I gave her goji berries. She is crazy about them and eats them mostly every day. There is also plum in it. 

Anyway, after the master fail I tried it again later, and apparently I was feeling more inspired for this, since I got her a much more interesting dish. She loved it! She was waiting for her peanuts only, and instead I showed her a butterfly scene, with a flower and everything. Again, you can see some goji berries. didn't I just tell you that she loves them?! In fact I have made a 3rd one already, earlier today, but the photos are still on the machine too. 

The third pin I crossed from my list was the big sister and little brother photoshoot. It wasn't fancy because neither one of us (hubby and I) aren't professionals, we just wanted some nice shoots of both of them together in a reasonable good quality. We took many, it's not easy to have them both staring at us at the same time, or having S. not crying without his pacifier, or one that's not blurry, but we did get a few nice ones. Most likely I will print a couple to add to their room deco when I finally have a little time to dedicate to it.

I am sorry I edited this photo, I am not so comfortable sharing photos online, when their faces are showing as you've probably noticed if you've been following for a while.

The fourth pin crossed, was the puzzle. I will blog about it later, if I manage to keep it in mind...


Glimpse of our last week #11

This is where I show you bits and parts of our week behind the scenes.

It was a lovely week. We took G. to several parks in different places. Enjoyed our relax time as always, with a less crying baby for a change. At home, G. has been entertained with the everyday "toys". Ever since she was a baby she loves to play with the clothes pins. She made a sculpture out of them this time. She loves to play with my buttons too, she didn't for a while, so she was super excited. I gave her a huge sheet, a brush and paint and she did a piece of art. hehe

We visited daddy at his work and G. was so exausted after a while that she fell asleep on the floor. She keeps spreading her toys in the floor and argues it is for her brother to play with her when he grows. She loves that swing. My favourite fruit. Having fun with her cousins. My love got me a new cell phone. She's 3 and we're back to slinging around. I am slowly sewing again. Can't believe it! The reason why she must sleep alone!


Pinterest Challenge |Pin 1 - August|

I don't have a lot of time until the end of the month to get all the pins done. I knew from the start I was hoping to do more than I could, but I still hope to cross a couple more before September comes. 

Today I am sharing the first pin crossed. I bought a bag of pom poms and allowed my daughter to use her creativity. I drew a start and a moon in a white sheet and asked her to paint it with the pom poms. She started by filling the star shape, but then she started painted elsewhere. That's fine, because above anything else, it kept her entertained for a little while, and she loved to do so. 


Glimpse of our last week #10

This is where I show you bits and parts of our week behind the scenes.

Another week. This one was mainly about my kids and spending time with them. Time flies by so fast and August in nearly over. G. will be back to kindergarden in September. 
We had my brother in law's birthday and G. made him a drawing of him as a birthday gift. My house is a mess, there are toys everywhere and I can't do anything because S. is still crying a lot most days and when he doesn't, I fully dedicate to the big sister and things like having us fed. But S. smiles a lot too and that melts my heart. 
I was able to do some sewing, a pattern test. We took G. to the beach at the end of the day and we've been in the park often too. I finally bought the paint for the crib and other accents for their room... 


Knock it off Series

This is probably my very favourite series from the sewing community! I wasn't going to participate this time, I haven't been sewing, but then it crossed my mind that I had just finished a knock off a few days ago. The Series are over by now, by I was able to add this project to the Flickr group before it ended, however, I am only able to blog about it right now. 

knock off 2014

This knock off was actually ordered by a costumer. Her little girl celebrated her 7th birthday on the 28th of July (same day nd age as my niece) and her mom threw her a Barbie themed partie. She wanted me to make her a tutu and a shirt like the one in the first photo but she requested a few things different. She wanted no bows in the shirt, the silhuette to be black instead of pink and an extra bow for her daughter's hair. 

I made a no sew tutu. I used the knots technique for the second time ever and this one turned out so much better. I might have to make a third for my daughter. She's been into Anjelina Ballerina and dances in her toes often... wouldn't she look adorable doing that in a beautiful tutu?

The t-shirt was my favourite! I searched for a Barbie silhuette online, this one was the one I liked the most, printed it, cut it out and used it as a pattern to cut it on my fabric. I added some interface to the fabric before I cut to make it easier, and then sewed into the t-shirt. Quick and easy with a perfect result. 

I have a friend whose little girl turned three on this very same day too and also had a Barbie themed party for her daughter. I wonder if she would have liked an outfit like this one... 


Glimpse of our last week #9

Yep! It comes a little too late this week again. Why? Well, my laptop went to the store to be fixed a week ago and they told me I would have it back the next day. Apparently the monitor they were sent to replace mine wasn't the right one, and because it was a holiday on friday, I only got it back yesterday! How I missed it!!!

This week went a little better than the last one. My sister borrowed me a monitor to check if my laptop was ok apart from the broken monitor. On the same day, we got a new tap in the kitchen and some new shelves in the kids closet. My daughter made art with some toys... hehehe... she said it was a birthday cake for me (although it isn't my birthday so soon). I drew for her and she painted and made some collages. She loved it by the way. Daddy did G.'s nails (hands and feet - lol). We went to the park, did I mention she loves the swings?! S. had good and bad days, in the bad days the sling was my best friend to keep him calm. G. enjoyed some time in the beach with my sister and her kids, when I joined them later that day, S. was able to be there for the first time too (of course he was not on the sand or sea, but still...). 


|AUGUST| Pinterest Challenge

This is where I post about pins I love and want to recreate, get inspired by to create something new, etc... and I hope to cross off, at least one pin per week. 

There was o Pinterest Challenge last month, you know why, right? But I decided to bring it back this month. I am not sure I will be able to cross them all out but at least I will do my best. There aren't no sewing projects this time. I need to keep things simple for me yet... - again you know why, I'm not going to tell again how much my baby is always crying... Because my daughter will be on holidays from day care until the end of the month, I need to make a few things with and for her... 
So, let's take a look at my pinspirations... 
#1 - make a puzzle with sticks (the pin teaches numbers, I plan to teach her her name) 
#2 - make a photo session with my two little ones

#3 - prepare some fun food dishes for her
#4 - make some maracas together

#5 - colour games
#6 - different ways to paint

And I have actually crossed one of these already. I will share all about it next Sunday, and who knows I might have crossed another pin from the list by then?!


Big Girls Briefs

Do you often forget to take pictures of a piece you plan to refashion before you actually cut it? It sure happens to me. I bought this t-shirt in a charity shop a few months ago and was just waiting for the opportunity to use it. I started cutting, and then I thought about taking the photo.

So, a while ago, I was one of Mama Nene's testers for her Big Girl Briefs pattern. I had been with the underwear sewing bug, and it was the push I needed to finally get something done. And that t-shirt was just perfect for it. For the front piece, I have used some scraps from a shirt I refashioned a while ago into a new one for my daughter. Can you see the little embroidered crown? A detail that was already in the original shirt and I thought it would be cute to use it. 

I tested the smallest size, which is 3 years, which is a little too big for my already 3 year old girl. So, although I really liked to use this pattern, I must wait a little longer until I make any new pairs. I plan to though. The pattern for this is awesome, I love the briefs shape. 

I loved the final piece so much, with the crown on the front and the pirate on the back... I can't actually wait until it fits her perfectly for her to start using it. I think I will save some of her stained t-shirts and see if they are ok to refashion into briefs. This is a very quick sew, and the perfect marriage for people who enjoys refashioning as much as I do. 


Giveaway Winners |Refashion Month|

I know it's been a while, |but sometimes life gets in the way| and I should have announced the winners already. For the big bundle winner, a random winner was picked, and if you are Brenda D. then congratulations! Just look at how many designers will give you one to three of their patterns. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And, from our flickr group a winner was picked by votes. I and some of the guests from this season have voted for our favourite and although all of them got some votes, there was a clear winner...
Congratulations Michelle!!!
Your shirt into dress refashion was a winner from the start!


Glimpse of Our Last Week #8

Yes, it comes a little late this week, but there is a reason. My daughter accidentaly dropped my laptop on the floor and the monitor broke. We do have an old computer in our house that I could use, but it's so slow and it's place isn't the best to sit with an eye on the kids, so I just haven't been online that often. Only quickly checked some e-mails and comments.

Anyway... this wasn't an easy week. G. is on holidays and although she spent the first days of the week away, then I had to deal with both kids at home on my own 24/7 and I just felt too tired. We started the week with S. going to the urgency room because he had some fever and they had him checked right away. They took his blood to check too but everything came back normal, we don't know what caused the fever. Sleep has been a rare thing here, so I often just lay down with him on top, that's one of the few ways he stops crying 8did I mention he cries a lot?). One of these days, as always, G. refused to nap, and then while playing, she just felt asleep on the floor. Shoes from yesterday hurt her foot, she cried and screamed like someone was killing her. The only creative thing I was able to do last week, was painting with G.... more about that in a next post. 


Refashioned baby Shoes

Here's a no-sew refashion for a change. I got my baby boy a new pair of shoes, do you like them?

One evening, pretty late, and while still pregnant, I looked at these shoes. They have been in the family for quite a while - as many of my kids clothes and shoes - these particular ones, belonged first to my nephew, then were passed on to his sister, then my daughter and it was time to pass them on to my son now. However, when I looked at them, I doubt keeping them. Time and storage have damaged them a little, they were stained (and wouldn't come out) and a little yellowish in the soles... check yourself:

I decided to keep them though, S. doesn't have that many shoes yet so, it'd be nice to keep this extra pair -for free. I used fabric ink to paint the black parts, and a fabric marker for the red ones. And I loved how much stylish they look now! They are still a bit too big for my baby, but I can't wait until they fit to have him wearing them.


Glimpse of our last week #7

Exactly a week ago was dad's birthday, so G. helped me - or should I say, I helped her?! -  making a heart shaped blue inside birthday cake for him. She enjoyed it so much, we didn't bake together for an eternity. S. is growing, he had an appointment this week, he suffers from reflux and it's been hard because he cries a lot because of it. I haven't done much. I was able to finish an order on the deadline time, but apart from that I could only sew two stripes left from my ongoing patchwork project, that is actually all, now I only have to add the lining... I guess another year?! - lol - I tried to get organized and cross everything from my list, but because of S.'s attention pleas, I couldn't. Due to the reflux, he met the bottle for the first time, and look, he smiles already! Oh, and my belly! It isn't looking pretty yet, but I sure don't look pregnant anymore. Besides, although it still is pretty dark and ugly, I feel proud, because I have two wonderful kids, as I always wished!


Refashion Month |Wrap Up|

July has come and gone. And I had 19 wonderful bloggers helping me keeping the series going, as I have been adjusting to having a new baby at our home. Without them, this wouldn't be possible this time, and I am thankful and happy it went so well, since my time was so limited this time around...


If you missed it, here's a wrap up of everything they have made and shared with us. Click the links below this picture to see what they made in their own blog, and enjoy. 

My personal goal with the series, each time, is to complete at least 4 refashions through the 31 days of July. This time, again because I just had a baby, I worked ahead to still be able to share refashions of my own with you. This time, I was even able to share a free pattern and two tutorials with you. Click the links below to take you to the original posts. 


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