Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas crafting, part 3 -- DIY raccoon scarf

I instantly fell in love with this orange flannel and minky fox scarf on Pinterest, and pinned it with the intention of making it for Monkey 3, my fox-obsessed teen (who ended up with this adorable fox pillow instead.)  Suddenly, it was Christmas Eve, and I didn't have orange flannel, I didn't have minky, and I didn't have any motivation to go to a fabric store on Christmas Eve.  I also didn't have a handmade gift for my sweet baby girl, Monkey 5 (who's really not a baby any more, but a bouncy, bubbly tween.)   I pondered my fabric stash, and a cute grey plaid jumped out at me, begging to be made into. . .

a cute raccoon scarf!


  

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas crafting, part 2 -- DIY fox pillow


Another last-minute sewing project!  I made this gift for my lovely 15 year-old daughter, who is completely obsessed with all things fox.  This sweet fox pillow was so easy, and so much fun to make!  I used this DIY Plush Fox Doll tutorial on the lovely blog, A Beautiful Mess, and crafted the pillow from all stash fabrics and materials.  I used a unique rust-colored diagonal corduroy for the body, gifted to me by my sister, and a thrifted upholstery fabric sample for the belly.  The face is made from eco felt scraps, from my stash.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas crafting, part 1 -- super-easy pajama pants

Nothing motivates me like a deadline.  I figured the perfect time to start crafting and sewing for Christmas this year would be December 23rd.  Totally reasonable, right?  I mean, I bust out so many sewing projects in the last few hours before Christmas, I wonder why I can't be that productive every day?!  *sigh*

Well, I'll ponder that... some other day.  For now, I wanted to share some sewing projects I completed for my Monkeys.  This project is an old stand-by for me...

Pajama pants for the little boys!


I had lost my favorite pajama pants pattern, so I was really, really glad I had picked up this vintage pattern (1984 - vintage?!) at the thrift store awhile back.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A long, loud Merry Christmas!


Overheard, by more than one child, and more than once today:
"This has been the best Christmas ever!"
My heart swelled a little more each time, and I have to agree.
Our day was long, loud, wonderfully chaotic, abundantly blessed, and blissfully simple.
Perfection.

Many blessings, many prayers, and much love to you all on this Holy Night of our Savior's birth.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Duffel, and the 1,400 Mile Journey

I am happy to report that for the first time since early October, every single Monkey in the ReFabulous household is healthy and well!  First it was the flu, then a stomach bug, and then a knock-out ONE-TWO punch combo of more flu and more puking.  ALL of the kids.  Well, except for Monkey 2.  Yes, the one with the weakened immune system.  Yeah, I don't get it either.  But anyway....  With the kids well, and a little sleep logged. . .

I'm finally able to reveal the story of...
THE DUFFEL.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DIY Teapot Trivet and Coasters Tutorial




This project was inspired by a tutorial shared on Etsy way back in November of '08, by Kristen Couse aka cakehouse.  I designed the teapot and teacup coasters for a Craftster swap.  Unfortunately, I didn't write down any measurements, or even keep my pattern (*palmtoforehead*) so I've tried my best to recreate this tutorial from memory and a couple of lousy photos.

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's Giveaway Day! Teapot Trivet and Coaster Set + a surprise!

This giveaway is now over.  Thanks for dropping by!  :)
Check out how to make this cute teapot trivet and teacup coasters HERE!

I've been promising to host a giveaway for months now (*cough*JUNE*cough*) so I was super-excited when I saw that it was time for the famous Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  A perfect time to make good on that long-ago promised event, right?  So I am giving away this handmade patchwork teapot-shaped trivet and coaster set. . . .




made from a selection of designer and vintage fabrics