Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Project: Finish!

It's getting incredibly close to moving time--the movers will be here the middle of next week! I went through my pile of mending/items to be finished and got them all done this morning! (I'm still working on my birthday sewing projects, but I'll tackle those in a little while, only two little things to go!) The biggest thing I had to do this morning was a jean skirt refashion for Munchkin. I'm glad I got it done now because when I was getting her to try it on to see how it fit, it's not too big like I thought it would be! So now she has another skirt to wear this summer! Woohoo!

Jeans to skirt refashion, of course with as much pink as possible!
I'm glad that I'm finally using up this pink polka dot fabric, it was originally intended to be a shopping cart cover for Munchkin (that'll tell you how old it is...) and I never got past cutting out the pieces, so I've been trying to use them up however they'll fit in something! The ruffle came from being frustrated at trying to hem it otherwise and of course it added more pink that Munchkin loves. It's from my birthday projects and there's plenty left over, so yay for that!

Other things finished today that I didn't take pictures of: Munchkin's Minnie Mouse skirts that MG made for her got the buttons for their adjustable waists and a few of our reusable shopping bags that ripped got stitched up. 
I'm so happy to not have those things get packed and have projects looming over my head when we move in now!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Jamberry vs Nail Polish

Wifey at Wife Of A Sailor has recently become a consultant for Jamberry Nails. She generously offered samples and I jumped on that! Who wouldn't love a manicure that lasts longer than nail polish and in more designs than even some of the most talented nail artists could do? All at home? I want to try that! My sample arrived yesterday and I got a chance to put them on this afternoon. As always, I'm totally honest. I had issues applying these. I think I just have oddly shaped fingernails (and one of my nails I knew would be an issue, I *think* it's funky due to slamming my fingers in a car door as a kid, but it might not be) but I don't think these are going to last the 2 weeks that they claim they can last. I also had issues with trimming them. I can't get them to trim without being jagged (my scissors are the problem here, I'm sure) and I don't have a file (WHA?!) so I can't file them like is recommended. I want to love them, and I absolutely LOVE the designs, I'm not even sure how many pages I dog-eared in the catalog and I know there were a few pages that I wanted more than one design shown! (My favorite? The Mommy & Me options!) I have a few more strips on the sample sheet left, so I'll continue to give them a try and see if I can figure out how to make them work for me.
The sample challenge is this: see how well Jamberry holds up vs regular nail polish after 7 days. So I actually ended up doing 2 nails on each hand with a Jamberry wrap (since the first one I did is my problem nail) and the other 3 with Essie nail polish. Nail polish typically lasts 3 days before showing major wear/chipping for me, so we'll see what the end of the week looks like. This week isn't going to be a week I can pamper my hands either. It's the week before the movers come and we've gotta get busy making sure we're ready for them and to get out of this house the following week. *insert minor freak out that it's getting insanely close to moving time!*
Here are my starting pictures:
Chevron and lace. The lace is on my problem nail, so I don't expect it to really last long.

Other hand! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hip to be cool

I don't know if I've mentioned it, but as part of our PCS trip, we're going to Disneyland!! We're SO incredibly excited and I can't wait to get there. The kids are super stoked and keep taking about who they want to meet. I've been looking up tips/tricks/ideas for doing Disney with little ones and one thing I kept seeing was to give kids their own way to have snacks and other little things. Backpacks are ok, but require adult help to get into/out of, so not as great as I'd like. Fanny packs/waist packs see to be the best option. They're accessible by the wearer and aren't in the way on rides, so they can stay on all day long! I couldn't find any that were really cute and even the not so cute ones were kinda pricey. So I turned to Pinterest and one of the very first pins was an awesome tutorial/pattern for "hip pouches". I had most of the material needed, so I didn't spend much and I used up some of my fabric stash!!
Here's the pin:

And here's my finished projects!
Munchkin's bag! She was SO excited that it was pink! 

Lil Man's bag. I thought this fabric was a great fit for him since he's super excited about Cars Land! 

He was SO excited to show it off! He wants to wear it everywhere now and got mad at me when I made him take it off! (This is his "Cheese!" face...I have a lot of pictures like this!)

So I noticed *after* I had finished Lil Man's that I put the zippers in opposite ways. Which may actually work out because Munchkin is definitely right handed and Lil Man is showing signs of being a leftie like me and I think that I managed to get them in accordingly. So we'll call it a custom design feature. They're also the first two zippers I've ever done, so they aren't perfect, but they work and aren't TOO bad! There's lots of room on the waistband too, so they'll be able to use these for a long time. Oh...and the buckle that looked black in the store? Yeah, it looks more navy at home. Oh. Well. The package didn't have a color listed and everything else looked black. At least it's not up against the black of the fabric!!