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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to make an easy Tutu.

This is an easy one seam tutu. That's all the sewing that's required one seam in the elastic. After you have measured the waist and sewn the seams together all that's left is cutting and loop tying. Here are the 3 colors i have chosen for my daughters. She is 6 months old. so her waist is pretty tiny. About 10 inches of elastic. I only purchased a yard of each color. I cut the tulle into 4x10 inch strips.
I found that it was easier for me to add one color at a time. Then go back in and add the next in order Pink yellow orange, then repeat.
This was you can decide if you want to mix or layer the colors. You simple shift the knot a litter higher or lower around the elastic depending on where you want them. Personally I like the layered look a little better. Here is the finished product. Here is what it looks like on my little one. I tied a few scraps on a headband for a little flair.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Elizabeth's Nursery

It's not as if I have let the past year go by with out completing any projects. I have let the year go by taking little to no photos of the items that I have completed. I was simply to tired to take them or I just forgot. I finally got around to completing most of Elizabeth's nursery. The one thing that I hate I haven't gotten to yet is her Quilt. I have purchased the fabrics for it but I am having a problem with execution. Time gets interesting to manage with a 5 month old around. She is on my lap as I type trying her best to get to the keys. I was really fortunate to receive her crib from a dear friend that no longer needed it because her little one was ready for a big boy bed. Brinda was nice enough to donate the bookshelf so we didn't have to purchase one. I had been holding on the $15 chair from the local H4H Re-Store. I decided to recover it in a light grey Duck cloth. The side table I pick up at the local thrift shop for $7. I painted it and added the trim around the top.
Her dresser that I picked up from the Garage brothers from use to hold my fabric but they have been given the boot! I did have to change the drawer pulls because the originals were a little to sharp for little hands. The rug and crib mattress are pretty much the only new items in the room. I even managed to get out of making her mobile. Nikki's husband Steve made the ceiling paper poufs for m baby shower they hosted and I thought they would make a great addition to her room. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. So that most likely means she will turn 3 and want all my handmade work changed to pink!!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Over a Year!

Wow! It's been over a year since my last post. And this one will be short. My 11+ pound dictator is asleep in the next room and I am stealing this time from some important task....like the piles of laundry in my bedroom! I never got around to posting the nursery Items that I made for Maria. Here they are. I promise to put Elizabeth's nursery next. And soon.... Here is the Quilt for her little boy. The bumper. The crib Skirt and the last is the window valence.

Monday, November 26, 2012

1st Annual Holiday Market at Waverly Place

This time of the year is so busy. I always seem to add more to my plate than what seems reasonable This year is no different. You would think that my erratic yoga teaching schedule, Etsy shop and baking I would be busy enough. But NO! I have to add a half marathon and dinner guest to the list! I also managed to add Bronchitis to the list! (running in 35 degree weather was against Dr's orders) Hooray for antibiotics! If you have visited SarenaVictoria.Etsy.com and thought that there were slim pickings then I am here to explain that the reason is below.
I took a lot of product to the market place. I've not found the time to photograph most of the product that I have had on location but will try to get that done soon. I would love to see you in person so if you have time and are planning any shopping in Cary, NC. Please stop by and say Hello! We would love to see you. You can also find some of our Yoga related items in person that would make great gifts at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts Center. They have scarves, yoga blankets and slings. And Very soon I will be adding legwarmers to the mix! Its getting chilly!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Porters Dog Biscuts from Spent Beer Grain

Most of the grain from Kit's beer brewing goes in the compost. But some of it goes in freezer bags or straight to the kitchen for "The Porter's" treats. I like to make them rather than buy them not so much because I am a crazy Dog lady! I'm so far from that but because a few years ago when we purchased the last few bags of treats from the big pet store the bag was full of those little res bugs! Yuck Out went the bag. and in came a friend with this recipe. Even if you dont brew as someone for the spent grain if you know a brewer.
Here is what you will need. 8 cups of spent grain 4 cups of whole wheat flour 3/4 cup of extra flour for rolling 2 cups of water 2 cups of peanut-butter
Heat the water and peanut-butter in a saucepan. It turns into a thick soup consistency which makes it easier to blend.
mix the grain and flour together and dump on to counter.
Make a well and add the peanut-butter soup
Once it has cooled mix together to form a ball. I usually cut into 2 half's for easier rolling
I use pretty small cookie cutters because it easier to train him with small rewards and they dry out a lot quicker. Use what you have on hand, remember the bigger they are the longer they take to cook.
Let them bake for 2.5 hours at 325 F. Then lower to 180-200 for 3 hours or until completely dried out. I leave them in the oven with the door closed overnight before placing them in an airtight container. Remember the have to dry out completely or they will mold.
You will be left with one happy dog standing at you from the doorway.....Waiting!

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Grandparents Vinyl Dining Chairs

The Grandparents, Eleanor & Raymond
I took my 2nd trip to northern Minnesota. To celebrate The Grandparents 70th Wedding Anniversary. Could you imagine being with the same person for 75 years and still being happy with each other. It was a lovely and rare thing to be a part of and witness. However the occasion did present a dilemma. What do you get the couple that has been able to collect what they wanted for 3/4 of a century? The idea came from my brother in law Jesse and his "Sweetheart" Sheena. (that's the title my mother in law gave her during introductions at the party)
On a recent visit Grand Eleanor expressed to them an interest in having her kitchen chairs recovered. She said that there were too many butts with hunting knives in there back pockets that damaged her vinyl. Sheena found a great fabric shop not too far from her place in St Paul where we picked up a great print in blue and white. I wish I had taken note of the name. They had wonderful selections of fabric...oh well. I'll up date If I remember. We took the seats off and gave them a little more cushion at Ray's request. The actual seat was pretty small so we only purchased a 1/2 yard per chair. The stuffing was covered in batting before the new vinyl went on to smooth over any lumps.
Did I mention that it only took Sheena and I a little over 2 hours. Using borrowed tools, In one of the most old-fashioned organized garages I have ever seen( that was a big help). We were all done with the taking apart, washing( Thanks Sheena, cat hair and I are not friends) stuffing, stapling, and re-assemble in time enough to get ready for the party.
See Grandpa Approved! I cant mention this quick and impromptu project with letting you know that Ray has an 8 track in his garage and as soon as Sheena went for her I phone to turn on Pandora, Ray powered up the 8 track full blast with the sounds of Buck Owens...Wow
I also have to mention that the Grandsons were drinking beer in the sauna and making brief trips to dunk themselves in a cold lake while there "sweethearts" were working on their grandparents chairs. Apparently Grandpa's, I'm here to do my ladies bidding(his words) attitude didn't get passed down that far.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Handmade Custom Nursery

Grey and yellow go so well together. When I see them I just smile. I made the quilt and received a request for a skirt to match. I think I may have to do these colors again.
Brittney picked these colors out for her lovely daughter Harper. There is a 3 piece crib skirt to go with the quilt.
She really wanted black out curtains so that nap time wouldn't be interrupted. So I simply trimmed the bottom to coordinate it with the valance.
The nursery has a on-suite and there is a valance to match. Brittney also picked out this fun loopy fabric to make a shower curtain.
Here is a close-up of the little peacock print. It is really, really cute!
If you think you would like some custom handmade items for your nursery, in place of the standard that you get from the big box stores, please contact me on my Etsy page. SarenaVictoria.etsy.com