Daddy’s old pants into two new P J pants

Daddy has a tendency to rip his cloth somehow or it might just have been the laundry machine that caused the damage. So I could fix the hole in his pants or instead have fun with it and turn the fabric into something new. This time I turned his old P J pants into one pair of P J shorts for me and one for our little girl.

Who said girls can’t wear blue 😉

I used the following patterns to make the shorts:

How to Make Easy Women’s Boxer Shorts (With Free Pattern)

How to Make Baby Pants from T-shirt

For the toddler pants she is recommending a T-shirt, but you can also use the legs of daddy’s P J pants. I am a big fan of the TheCraftyGemini, she teaches you how you can easily make easy beginners project. You should definitely check her out.

Have fun sewing!

Crepes Sunday

If you didn’t already have breakfast, or you need an afternoon snack here is something you might want to try. >>>> Crepes… hmmmm with lots of chocolate spread or fruit or whatever you like to add on itIMG_20160403_084325

The trick is to have your pan on high heat and to flip the crepes fairly quickly. Honestly the first time I tried making these I wasn’t too happy with my work….. it looked nothing like a crepe at the end, but tasted good. So just as a warning this might take some practice.

Here is what you need ( makes about 15-20 crepes):

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the age of hiding things …

We are at a stage where little one likes to put things somewhere they do not belong. Its a fun time and yet … well lots of searching for mommy and daddy. Starting with keys going missing because young lady felt that they belong into the garbage bin and with that she made daddy run late for work…. also we might find some interesting items in the water can for the plants. The other day she also thought that daddy’s phone should be hidden in one of our kitchen draws, good thing it wasn’t on silent.

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Also as you can see in the picture the printer is a great place to store some of her wood toys, no wonder the paper doesn’t seem to come out while printing :)!

She is 16 months old now and its so much fun!

I feel like the more we say NO to things she shouldn’t be doing, the more fun she has doing it anyway. The word NO does not yet have a real meaning for her, I mean she knows what it means but she likes to pretend she does not. Locking everything up in your apartment wont help, because that little person is smart and will find a way around it somehow. Also that stage is so short that really do we need to buy those ugly locks and plastic clips?!?! We ended up leaving the things that are safe in the lower drawers and moved all the dangerous items all the way up, so she is not able to reach them.

 

 

organize your sewing tools

As I am setting up my sewing station in our new apartment I found this idea to help organize my tools. The original Idea is from a German website, you can check it out via the following link:

(Wandutensilo: http://wohnidee.wunderweib.de)

I adjusted the pattern a little and used old jeans for the project. All you need is a sewing machine , a zigzag scissor, yarn of course, fabric pins and a coat hanger. Cut the jeans so that the width is the same as the coat hanger inside, length can be as long as you like plus the part that you fold up where the pockets will be. Cut everything with a zigzag scissor, that way you don’t have to worry about sewing the edges. Now fold the jeans fabric, sew the sides (I did this part inside out) and then create different size pockets depending on what you would like to put in the pocket. You can use the object that is meant to go into the pocket to measure the width of the it. To attach it to the hanger I just used some nice pins, folded the fabric around the hanger part and pined it.

For this project you just need to know how to sew straight lines 🙂 easy peasy

Have fun!

Use oven heat for…

Once you are done baking you might as well use the heat for other things such as keeping the oven open to warm up your kitchen even more. Its a much more cozy kind of heat than using the radiator. When I was a child we used to have a masonry heater, lots of work to fire it up, but so cozy and comfortable.IMG_20160213_091451

You can also use the oven heat to dry your dish towel, make sure the oven is off! Either leave the oven open with the dish towel hanging on the oven door or if you have kids better close the door with the towel stuck in between.

New York we got a very cold weekend ahead, stay warm!

Ikea hack lamp DUDERÖ

 

We moved into a much bigger place (from 600 square feet to 1600 square feet) and the place needs lots of decoration, which is still a work in progress. We had a DUDERÖ Ikea lamp from our old place, however the paper cover started to look kind of yellow so I decided to cover the whole lamp in fabric. I used some leftover fabric (the polka dot one) and 3 of my husbands old work shirts. Continue reading

Finish first….

If you are like me, then your place has unfinished projects in every corner of your apartment. Lets face it, most likely those projects will never be done and you might just take them apart sooner or later.1450380756316-1979266449

That being said I now follow a simple rule…. FINISH FIRST, before you start your next exciting project. You might not even want to pause at all and work an all nighter if possible. That way you are using your motivation to its fullest.

The New Year can be a good motivation for you to finish all the old projects and then make a list of all the things you wish to make or take part in in 2016. With that, I am not just talking about DIY projects but everything else in your life.Make it count!

Now let me get back to finishing that scarf 😉

Steinwidder remade Fashion

I attended a presentation at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology  (Refashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing From Upcycled Materials ; a Book by Sass Brown, get the book on Amazon)  and one of the designers Sass Brown spoke about is Steinwidder . I love her designs and ideas reusing one of my least favorite pieces of cloth -socks that is-; turning them into something great.

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Also don’t we all have those lonely socks lying around where weSteinwidder, sock pullover, bild_3_gr w can’t seem to find the matching one. My pile of lonely socks would probably be a bit more colorful, therefore the sweater would look really funny. I will keep collecting and lets see what I will come up with, this looks like a project that would take some time.