Sunday, September 14, 2014

Smurf-in Hoodies



 When I took my five-year-old grandson shopping for fabric to make him a fleece jacket, he choose a color that I'll simply refer to as "Smurf Blue." I tried to talk him into another color, but he wouldn't budge. This is what he really, really wanted.  I let him carry the fabric to the lady to cut it and you should have seen the huge smile on his face. He really loved this color!  He was in heaven smiling all the way to the front of the store to have the cashier ring up his fabric. 
Not only did he get to pick the color himself, but he also wanted to help me make his jacket. I had to get pretty creative coming up with jobs for him to do. I cut the fabric out and let him be in charge of pulling out the pins and putting them into my owl pin cushion.  I also let him help with the foot petal, which was his favorite part. Here's a photo he snapped of himself helping with the foot petal:

Oh this boy is so funny!  He actually got really good at knowing when to stop the sewing.


We didn't just stop with his jacket, we made one for his cousin too, and then another one for his five-month-old little brother.  If I recall the Smurfs cartoon, there were always more than one working and playing together.  So, here's another "1980's Cartoon Inspired" piece for Project Run and Play season 10. 




Enjoy these three cute grandsons of mine in their lovable, goofy, adventerous Smurfs inspired hoodies. xoxo Grandma

Linked to: 2 Crochet Hooks, Project Run and Play

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Retro Repin Party #9

Hey Everyone! Welcome to our fun Retro Re-pin Party!! Thanks for joining us! This wouldn't be a party without YOU and we appreciate everyone that pins and re-pins with us!
Retro Re-Pin Party
This party is all about bringing those older pins back into the lime light and making them new again! For this we need your help - remember to repin!
Meet your Retro Repin hostesses! With such awesome hostesses on 7 blogs, that's 7 times the exposure for your pin! WOOHOO!!
Please consider following your hostesses!
 
Kristina and Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks: Blog/Pinterest
Dee @ Meatloaf and Melodrama: Blog/Pinterest
Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers: Blog/Pinterest
Joy @ xoxo Grandma: Blog/Pinterest
Becka @ Probably Crafting: Blog/Pinterest
Felicia @ Nifty Thrifty Family: Blog/Pinterest
Leslie @ The Crafty Side of Sarcasm: Blog/Pinterest
 

*~* Are you all ready to party?!? ~

This is a Retro Re-pin Party so works a bit different than the usual link party. Please do NOT link up your blog main page, a blog post or your pin boards - link up one of your Pinterest pins and PLEASE - Family Friendly posts only!! If the link is not to a previously pinned post, it may not be pinned.

Very simple rules for this party:

1. Add up to 2 pin links to your pinned posts - the older the better!
2. Repin at least 2 other pins because that's why we are here!
3. Link back to us if you would, it's the nice thing to do!
4. Come back next week and repeat!
5. Spread the word, the more the merrier!
Note: By linking up to this party, you give the hostesses permission to share your posts via social media with links back to the original source. If you have entered an email address into the link up too, an email will be sent when the party goes live. Your email will not be used in any other way.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

This Outfit Takes the Cake


Name your favorite 1980's cartoon!  Ready, go! I bet you all have your favorite. Do I remember 1980's cartoons?  You bet I do!  Although I didn't watch as many Saturday morning cartoons as my children did, I still admit I watched a few as I fixed breakfast.  My favorites were the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake.  




Project Run and Play just launched Season 10. The first week's theme is "1980's cartoon inspired." So, here's what I created with Strawberry Shortcake in mind.  Using Strawberry Shortcake's friend Raspberry Torte as inspiration, I sewed a pink and raspberry floral skirt onto a white knit bodice. Since all the characters from this cartoon had stripped leggings this outfit needed some too.


To make those leggings, I refashioned some pink and white stripped leggings by removing a solid pink band and inserting stretch lace into the bottom of the leggings. To top off the look, I used THIS free pattern to make a coordinating floral baseball hat with bright pink and white accents. If you recall, Strawberry Shortcake and her friends always wore hats but I wanted a hat that was more contemporary instead of a 1700's night cap or a visor style from the 1980's.


Yup, I guess you could say this outfit takes the cake! At least this three-year-old liked all the pink...YEA!    xoxo Grandma
Linked to: Nap-time Creations, Lou Lou Girls, Project Run and Play

Friday, September 5, 2014

Blog Hop - Why I Blog and Create

I was recently asked by Gina from Gina's Craft Corner to participate in a blog hop and answer a few questions about my blog. On Saturday my house will be brimming full of my family with the arrival of three more grandchildren.  So let's get to it before things get too busy over here!

Question #1:  What am I working on?
Geesh... what am I not working on?! Let me just share a few of my favorites. On Saturday night I finished a Halloween costume for my oldest granddaughter.  I let her pick out what costume she wanted me to make because she is a very opinionated girl.  When I finished her costume (which was quite challenging because there isn't a pattern on the market for her request), she said, "Grandmother, I still want a Tinkerbell costume too!"  Oh my. Just one costume at a time, please!  I still have three more costumes to make. Thankfully, three of my grandchildren are still babies, so they  need a costume this year.  Did you hear me cheer?  Though, costumes really are my all time favorite thing to create.

I'm also working on outfits for Season 10 of Project Run and Play, and another easy refashion for a baby girl with a tutorial I'll show you soon.  

On Wednesday, I finished six different Christmas tags for a class I was asked to teach to a bunch of women at my church coming up in October.


About a month ago, I cut out several snowmen to sew, they haven't moved since I cut them out.  I'm not in the mood to think about winter just yet.  I'm giving myself another month to sew these because these snowmen will be part of my yearly donation to The Festival of Trees.  Here's a glimpse of the pattern I'm using:


Question #2:  How my work differs from others in my genre? 
Ha ha, do I have a genre?  Well, yes, I do, as a matter of fact. Are there any other grandmothers out there whose children & grandchildren all live far, far away that sew and craft for them and then blog about their experiences?  If so, please let me know because you'll have my empathy. 

Question #3:  Why do I write/create what I do?
I've always been the creative type, even when I was a kid. Now I'm enjoying being a creative grandmother.  I'm lucky because I have eight darling grandchildren.  I feel a little unlucky because they all live so far away.  I create "stuff" for them because it helps me feel like I'm doing something for my family and staying close in some small way. And of course, I visit them to hand deliver their gifts whenever possible.

Why do I write? My daughters encouraged me to share my creations on a blog. They all have blogs they follow and told me my creations would rival the ones they see online. I'm not so sure about that, but I've been having fun sharing what I make anyway. Its more fun to share!  

Question #4:  How does my creative process work?
If I'm making something for my daughters, I simply look at the things they have pinned on Pinterest.  I copy those ideas onto paper & print a copy so I have something to reference as I'm working on my creation.  I'll often sketch out my ideas too - which is where all that art training I got in college comes in handy.

If I sew for my oldest granddaughter, I'm learning it's smart to get her opinion because it'll save me from being disappointed that she won't wear what I've made for her - don't you just love opinionated three year olds?

If any of you who are reading this have other questions, just let me know by commenting below. I'm happy to answer almost anything at all! 

Now it is my turn to ask a talented blogger/artist to answer the same questions. So, here we go. 
Catherine from cathgrace, is an over the top talented woman in so many areas.  I am constantly amazed with her sewing and crafting skills.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mint Sweater Refashioned

I started this little challenge with the vintage pattern shown below, one men's dress shirt, an out-of-style cropped mint sweater and white left-over fur from some fabric chicks I made for Easter last year:



First, I cut the sweater down to fit a 2 1/2 year old and added a white fur collar.  This is how the sweater turned out. Pretty cute, eh?:
My granddaughter loved the sweater, but I never could get her to try on the refashioned shirt (sometimes she is stubborn).  Tomorrow I'll show you how I refashioned the men's dress shirt.  I think this whole outfit makes a perfect fall look.

xoxo Grandma
Shared at: Nap-time Creations

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Retro Repin Party #7


Hey Everyone! Welcome to our fun Retro Re-pin Party!! Thanks for joining us! This wouldn't be a party without YOU and we appreciate everyone that pins and re-pins with us!
Retro Re-Pin Party
This party is all about bringing those older pins back into the lime light and making them new again! For this we need your help - remember to repin!
Meet your Retro Repin hostesses! With such awesome hostesses on 7 blogs, that's 7 times the exposure for your pin! WOOHOO!!
Please consider following your hostesses!
 
Kristina and Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks: Blog/Pinterest
Dee @ Meatloaf and Melodrama: Blog/Pinterest
Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers: Blog/Pinterest
Joy @ xoxo Grandma: Blog/Pinterest
Becka @ Probably Crafting: Blog/Pinterest
Felicia @ Nifty Thrifty Family: Blog/Pinterest
Leslie @ The Crafty Side of Sarcasm: Blog/Pinterest
 

*~* Are you all ready to party?!? ~

This is a Retro Re-pin Party so works a bit different than the usual link party. Please do NOT link up your blog main page, a blog post or your pin boards - link up one of your Pinterest pins and PLEASE - Family Friendly posts only!! If the link is not to a previously pinned post, it may not be pinned.

Very simple rules for this party:

1. Add up to 2 pin links to your pinned posts - the older the better!
2. Repin at least 2 other pins because that's why we are here!
3. Link back to us if you would, it's the nice thing to do!
4. Come back next week and repeat!
5. Spread the word, the more the merrier!
Note: By linking up to this party, you give the hostesses permission to share your posts via social media with links back to the original source. If you have entered an email address into the link up too, an email will be sent when the party goes live. Your email will not be used in any other way.

Take a button!

2 Crochet Hooks



Friday, August 29, 2014

Super Cute PDF Patterns - Blaverry

Have you heard about Braverry patterns?
They are so so cute!  These patterns are a little nautical and oh so stylish.  Go ahead a click on this link to see the companies first 10 patterns.
Here's another link to show you how cute these patterns look once finished!
The best part is that these pdf patterns are now on sale thru Sunday...so what are you waiting for? Go ahead and use the following codes to get huge savings on these adorable patterns:
Here's the pattern I'm planning on ordering or maybe this one.  Which is your favorite pattern?
xoxo Grandma