Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kindness of Strangers

The whole illusion that I'll be Stupendous Mom and get everything done and have enough time left over to bake, do yoga, and read has long since been forgotten.

Although I was called a Super Mom by a teenager, and I coulda hugged him.  I'll take Super Mom.

I was at Staples, getting ink cartridges, recycling old ones, and bringing in a box of paper work to shred, because heavens knows I don't have time do that crap at home.  My math tells me that shredders + curious babies = CPS and a Lifetime movie script.

So I'm juggling the box, and the cartridges new and old, and some other things like spiral notebooks and hand sanitizers, all with Gracie strapped to my front and my backpack containing my wallet slung over my shoulder.  This kid looks at me with a fascinated smile and asks, "Do you need any help?" and, honestly, I didn't, so I smiled back and said, "Nah, I got it."  He was like, "Man, you are like THEE Super Mom."  And I grinned.

Goddammit, I AM.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Domestically Crafty: The Sewing Project

The Materials: Cute fleece, zipper.

The Inspiration: The $20+ sleep sac by Halo.

The Tool: the 50-60 year old electric sewing machine.
 I'm going to be honest: I have never really ever used a sewing machine.  I'm a Liquid Stitch girl.  Or, if I'm feeling particularly sassy, I use Stitch Witchery.  The whole concept of learning how to use a sewing machine scared the bejeesus out of me.  But, as we are trying to save money and considering my grandmother's sewing machine was up for grabs, I figured I'd give it a whirl.

So of course I messed it up immediately.  I had to email back and forth with Sewing Goddess Jess in order to troubleshoot why my machine wasn't working.  Turns out I put the needle in wrong.  After getting that straightened out, I was a go!

Using the Halo sleep sack as a pattern, I cut out my fabric with about an inch or two extra.  It looked great!  I sewed the two together immediately:

And what I should have done was sew on the zipper first.  What followed was a sad attempt at getting the zipper on:

Note that there is no finished product I'm showing off.  Oh, it is technically finished, my friends.  But done well?  Unfortunately... no.  I feel the need to rip out everything and start again, this time sewing on the zipper before I sew the front and back together.

Despite my minor difficulties, I would highly suggest this to anyone who wants a simple sleep sac and doesn't want to pay $20+ for one at the store.  I paid about $7 for the yard of fabric, a few bucks for the zippers, and I had a ton of thread at home.  Clever use of the Hobby Lobby coupons could reduce the cost even further.  When I had originally purchased the items, it turns out I could make 2 of the sleep sacks for less than the price of one at the store.

Bust out those sewing machines, ladies.  It really isn't that hard to do a "well, good enough!" job.