Adventures of Supermommy

June 9, 2010

Tinkerbell Dress Mark One

Filed under: Crafts and Projects — Tags: , , , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 1:20 am

So, Kaylee will turn TWO YEARS OLD on July 16th.  It’s hard to believe.  We’ve decided to have a Tinkerbell themed birthday party for her because she loves Tink so much.  I thought it would be awfully cute for her to have a costume for her birthday, but the storebought ones just don’t look quite like what I want.  I’m all about re-purposing discarded clothes, so I figured I would give it a shot!

I do have two t-shirts that are a better color and that are in better shape, but I didn’t want to ruin either of them if it didn’t work out, so I took another of my old green shirts that had paint stains on it and turned it inside-out.  Personally, I can’t tell the difference from right-side and wrong-side of most fabrics, unless they have a print on them.

And so, after drafting a pattern and a few trials and errors, this is what I came up with (please ignore the red eyes):

Tinkerbell Dress part one

I am planning on taking pictures and making a tutorial for the next one-the “real” one- as I go.

I think that this would be adorable in any color, really.  Just leave the bottom hem straight and it’ll be a cute little sundress.

I’m also going to try to make her some fancy wings, though I doubt she’ll wear them.  She might.  I don’t know.

Oh, and some little slippers might be required as well!  Who knows?  I might get her some leggings that are the right color and crochet her a little ponchette to add to the dress to make the rest of the outfit from “The Lost Treasure”.  One step at a time, though, right?

See ya’ll soon, I hope.



April 30, 2010

Homemaking: The Lost Art

Filed under: Cooking and Recipes, Crafts and Projects, Rants — adventuresofsupermommy @ 8:59 pm

First, I would like to point out this blog entry by a friend of mine.  If you haven’t read it already, please do so.

All I gotta say is AMEN, Sister!  I might not have the punk style leanings, but I have found that when someone asks about something I’ve made and I tell them I made it, I get so many people that look like they’re going to fall over with surprise.

I mean, I took home economics in high school.  I’m shocked when I find out that it’s not offered everywhere anymore.  Yes, we might be turning out teenagers and young adults that know more about computers or fixing cars or whatever, but geez!  These kids can’t cook for themselves or sew a button on.  Example:  My sister in law.  She doesn’t really know how to cook Hamburger Helper. I was asked to sew a patch on her nursing (student) uniform for her.  She went to a fine arts magnet school, but she doesn’t know how to do the simple little domestic tasks!

America’s statistics for obesity are on the rise, right?  Fast food and convenience foods are to blame, right?  To a point, I think so.  I think a big part of it is that nobody is teaching youngsters to cook anymore, so we’re ending up with adults that can build rockets but not cook a decent meal.  I could be wrong, but I think there’s a little correlation there.

I don’t think my role as a housewife is one of servitude.  I would rather think of myself as a domestic goddess.  Not only do we eat yummy food that I cooked, I’m working on having some original and unique clothes for myself and my girls.  I will post some pictures sooner or later.

So, there’s my opinion.  Cheers to all the parents and domestic goddesses and gods!

April 21, 2010

Can’t Sleep

Filed under: Crafts and Projects, Rambling — Tags: , , , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 10:10 am

My brain just will not shut up.  It seems that over the past few weeks my long-dormant creative side has woken up and is making up for lost time.  Never mind the fact that I have chores to do during the day, and that I’m dog-tired during the day when I don’t get enough sleep (I do have to wake up at least once overnight to feed Aby).

I’ve recently found a website that isn’t helping with this. There’s just so many ideas on there that I can’t wait to try them.  From turning old t-shirts into dresses for the girls or myself, dresses made from pillowcases, things to make out of PVC pipe, a belt made out of ribbon scraps, tote bags…  it’s really woken up my creative side and given me a million and one ideas for other projects that I can make.  And most of it I can make from junk I’ve already got around the house or that I can get super-cheap if not free. I have a sewing machine, but I’m not the best sewer.  I know what I learned from my mom and in home-economics in high school, but that’s about it.  I hope to get better as I go along, so I’m going to pick the easiest projects to work on first, learn from my mistakes and keep going so I don’t get discouraged.  Wish me luck!

I even found directions on how to make your own laundry detergent that is gentle and super-cheap, without all the extra additives that makes brand name detergents so expensive.

I will clarify this:  I do recycle.  I’m not anal-retentive about it, though.  Recycling doesn’t cost us anything where we live, we have an extra trash can for recyclables that’s only slightly smaller than our main garbage can, and you throw it all in there (paper and pasteboard, cans and bottles, but not glass) and they sort it out themselves.  It’s no harder than throwing stuff in the trash.  So, while looking at all of this that’s not only earth-friendly–it’s cheap.  That’s the main point.  One income with two babies has us strapped, so whatever we can do to save money here and there is welcomed.  Who doesn’t want to save a little cash?  Even if we weren’t on a tight budget, I still don’t mind saving money.

I will post pictures of anything that I do get around to making if it looks good enough to not be embarrassing.

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