A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Craftiness Runs in the Family

 When we moved, a Huge Pile of Fabric ended up in my bedroom.

It's been 7 months.

I finally decided it was time to make the sewing stuff fit into the Sewing Room.
In the process, I remembered that I like to sew.

Summer jammies for Furby

A t-shirt for Hannah from a cute Europe knit from my friend Meg.

Pastel tank (also for Hannah)
The bear was made in December, from leftover fabric from one of Hannah's hoodies.  
It still needs the side seam sewn shut.  
I'll probably end up paying Brianna to do it.
I hate hand sewing.

I made this outfit for Hannah before we even knew who she was.
At the time, we were hoping to fost-adopt a sibling pair.
It's such fun to see her finally wearing the things I made while we were waiting.

I got in on a ribbon co op recently, and bought some really cute ribbon to make Hannah lots of new bows.  She has an embarrassing number of bows now, but I feel better making them than buying them.  

Cat in the Hat ribbon and Cat in the Hat fabric??

She'll have something to wear to kindergarten for Dr. Seuss' birthday in March.
The schools tend to make a Big Deal out of it.
(Can't believe I used to use this pattern to sew for Brianna!)

Last week, Brianna and her friend L made bottle cap necklaces with 
pictures of the two of them inside.

Bri got the crafting bug from me.
Her kindergarten teacher called her artwork "vibrant" and it's still true today.  
My inclinations tend toward sewing, beading, bow-making, scrapbooking, and the occasional bit of quilting.
Brianna, on the other hand, tends toward knitting, crochet, beading, and origami.

But we both love to create.  

Last weekend, I took her to JoAnn's (craft paradise for both of us) and bought her her first latch hook kit.  

She took to it instantly.  I knew she would; she loves all things yarn.  

It's coming along nicely.  But it's not going to take her nearly as long as I had hoped, LOL.

I had an inspiration.  After 14 years of homeschooling, we're changing things up next year.  And one of the things I decided to do is have Brianna do ART as her "elective."  (You know, that whole "train up a child in the way they're inclined" bit?  I catch on slowly.)  I handed her a beading catalog and a pen and told her to mark the stuff she likes.  

The curriculum I've selected for next year will take us around the world in the comfort of our own home.  For each country we learn about, the children will need to do some sort of project to share with the family.  They can choose whatever they want.  I'm foreseeing international crafts, jewelry in the colors of flags, maybe even doll costumes based upon traditional attire.  

For the first time in several years, I'm really looking forward to the start of next school year!

In the meantime, I hope to spend a good bit of time in the sewing room this summer.
My fabric stash is out of control, and needs to be sewn into cute things for the kids.  


  1. Ugh you and me both sister! I NEED to sew up so much stash it is not even funny!

    Glad to hear Bri has inherited your love of crafting and sewing. My thirteen yr old (wow ALMOST 14 yr old!!!!) has followed me along the crafty path and I am loving it. Our summer includes more one-on-one sewing/crafting time with her!

  2. If only it were one stash that was out of control...if only it was just the stashes...

  3. Super duper cute stuff! I love the hair bows. I wish Ahnalin would still wear them, but she is convinced I am trying to kill her if I put a bow in her hair now. Ugh. Well, that may be a bit of an exageration but not much. And my stash, um, yeah. Way out of control. I stopped buying fabric at the end of last year, and have been sewing what I have. I gave a bunch away, and yet people keep giving me more fabric. Crazy! I need to post some of the new things too. Happy sewing!

  4. I have zero craft talent or inclination..my girls however love crafts...so much we had a special craft room in our house for all their stuff...sometimes they asked my husband for help!! they would love to be in your house!! good for you and your daughter...the crafiness helped all my girls...even in college!