Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Montessori Inspired Home

Recently I purchased the Montessori at Home! ebook.  I purchased this book for the activities, but it appears to be a lifestyle change.  I now have both of my boys doing practical life exercises, with Damon cracking eggs and peeling carrots and Evan pouring his own water and setting the table.  I also made a few changes to our home in order to accommodate my little guys.

The kitchen before...

 And after...

I am working on hanging more artwork at their height.

A place to hang their coats.

Our creative area.  Sometimes they like to eat here as well, especially Evan.

A few bins I put together from the book.  One is filled with rice and lavender, the other with spices, seeds, and rice.

Monday, April 14, 2014

More Sewing

Here are just a few more completed sewing projects.  I had to make another of the Esme Top.  And with some fabric to spare, I was able to make another variation of Colette's Sorbetto Top.

 Damon's Easy Linen Shirt from Sewing for Boys was handed down to his brother, so he requested a new shirt.  He chose the fabric.  Once again, plenty of room to grow!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beginnings of a New Wardrobe

After several unsuccessful attempts at buying thrift store clothing, I've given up and am now working on my handmade wardrobe.  This is the Esme Top from Sew Liberated.  I was in love with this one before I ever finished it.  It is linen, and purple!  I saw the stripes and it reminded me of the one on the pattern cover so I knew it would be perfect.  I sorted through my button stash and came up with some lovely coordinating buttons.  I was a little hesitant about the video instructions and limited written instructions, but it turned out very helpful.  Maybe because I am a self taught sewer, this allowed me to learn a few new tricks.

 I took these photos in our abandoned room, the room we hope to turn into a bathroom at some point.  We close it off to keep it warm upstairs since our house has no insulation and in addition to this cold winter!  Of course, every time we open the door, these two little guys have to follow and sing as loud as they can to hear their echo!

 And then there is this one, the Sorbetto Top, and it is free!  As you can see, I made a few modifications and I added sleeves using this free pattern.  I will be making a few more of these.

The last one is a bit of a failure, the one I was working on in my last post.  I don't think this particular style works for my body type.  I just don't have the curves to fill it out, even after making some modifications.  But I do like the the alterations I made to the back.  Sadly, this one will stay in my closet.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Our Favorite Pancakes

I woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning, but the morning sun in our kitchen is always pleasant.  This happened to be the perfect morning for pancakes!  I make these routinely.  It is by far our favorite pancake recipe and I am always guaranteed leftovers.

I set a goal to make a handmade wardrobe over a year ago, and I decided to do some sewing before spring arrives and I run out of time!  The shirt I am working on right now is from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.  I am using the Keyhole Blouse instructions, minus the keyhole.  The fabric is one of my lucky thrift store finds, making this an authentic vintage shirt!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Our Vacation at Home

This year, due to our extremely tight budget, my husband and I enjoyed a staycation.  I was inspired by this post from Dating Divas.  We went with the French theme, so we enjoyed sprouted flour crepes with ham and cheese as well as apples and ice cream.  I found these printables as well and Damon and I enjoyed cutting them out and setting them up.  We had our own little Paris in our home.  I learned alot from the weekend, and I think this is something I will try to do more often for our family.  It is a great way to explore another culture from your own home.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Fresh Start

Finally, in our new home.  This has been a long journey and I am so happy we are made it.

My first priority is setting up play areas for our boys.  It is so important to have their art and craft supplies in an organized space, and as I was working out a little corner in our dining room I decided it needed a fresh coat of paint, something welcoming and warm, but most importantly, kid friendly.

To give you an idea with what I am working with...

There are many busy days ahead, full of home repairs, and fresh coats of paint, of course!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Setting the Table

This Thanksgiving was very special, it was the first Thanksgiving I've hosted.  I did a little thrifting and purchased new dishes for the occasion, and pulled out my most festive fabric to make new napkins.  The meal turned out amazing and the turkey was cooked perfectly.  It was a wonderful day to enjoy this years harvest in the company of family.