Who do you know that would polish shoes in the middle of the nicest carpet in the house?
My husband, who on a side note feels really bad about the black stain on the carpet, ARGHHHHH!
Now to soothe my frazzled carpet hating nerves lets talk about sewing, ahhhh much better. I have three daughters and it is really important to me to teach them to sew. For a lot of years it seemed like sewing was a dying art, but I feel with sewing blogs and shows like project runway it is making a bit of a comeback. So I am trying to do my part in the “come back” by teaching the next generation to sew. So far my eleven year old has made a couple of skirts. This is her latest.
I found the tutorial for this skirt at no big dill. When I saw it I knew it would be a great beginner project because it involves sewing a million strips of fabric on with a straight stitch. I decided to add some lace along with different white and cream scraps I had in my stash. It took quite a while for her to do because she would work on it a little at a time and honestly sewing a straight stitch over and over can get boring, but we had a nice time. Usually while she was sewing I was cuting something out and we could talk while we did it. It was EXCELLENT mother daughter time. All the strips are cut on the bias so there is no need to hem them, but it does lead to the skirt having a little bit of a messy look, but it is still very cute, in fact this picture really doesn’t do it justice. The jacket I found at a local thrift store for one dollar! It was long sleeved with a hole in the elbow. So we just cut the sleeves off and it is better now (I promise one of these days I am going to remember to take before pictures). Here is the back view.
My six year old is not quite ready for cutting and sewing, but she did help me out with this little project. Her kindergarten quilt. She has an amazing teacher who does quilts for all the kids in her class. Every month she has them do handprints on quilt blocks with finger paint matching a theme for the month, thanksgiving had little handprints turned into turkeys etc. They are so cute, even though none of the fabric matches :). I know that is a lot of work so I volunteered to help sew them up. We had so much fun laying out the quilt, then my daughter would bring me the pieces and I would sew them together. It was actually really helpful and she had so much fun doing it.
Lastly I feel that since I am always complaining about the LONG winters here I should share some pics of why it is worth it. Since it is finally spring we decided to go to one of the millions of lakes (I am not kidding there are tons) that are withing a 1/2 hour drive. We went to my favorite, the biggest in the area, and the most beautiful I have ever seen Flathead Lake. We went to one of the rocky beaches because if there is one thing kids love it is throwing rocks in water.
So just one visit to the many beautiful places like this that are so close and I have to admit that the winters are worth it, of course I am sure I will still be complaining my head of next year 🙂