Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Survey Time!

I picked this up from Kaylah over at The Dainty Squid and since I have some free time, thought I would do my own...

1. Where is your cell phone:
Next to my right arm.

2. Your hair:
Still damp from my shower, unbrushed and some color of brown.

3. Your mother:
Is at work and hopefully having hip replacement surgery soon!

4. Your father:
Is my rock. He helps me find the balance in my life.

5. Your favorite food:
Hmmmmmmm this is a tough one. I am a lover of pizza, cheap Chinese food, Greek Food and, well, pretty much every other food. Right now, I'm totally craving chicken tortilla soup:

6. Your dream from last night:
A recurring dream...with all of my friends...the Log Ride at Knott's Berry farm, but instead of riding the log through the entire thing you walk...there were different Disney themed rooms...then we got to the part where you ride the log down a big drop and one of my friend's and I get in the log together. On our way down the drop, she starts to fly out (like a kite) but I catch her. Then I woke up....

7. Your favorite drink:

Your dream/goal:
To move out of my Mom's, get married, start a family, live in an old house that has tons of character and charm.

9. What room are you in:
The office where I work.

10. What is your hobby:
Photography, sewing, cooking, watching movies, playing board/card games, bike rides

11. What is your fear:
Bridges that cross over big bodies of water (think the Bay Bridge in San Fran) and heights in general

(credit SF Photorama)

12. Where were you last night:
Went to dinner with Justin and Sue and Spaghetti Factory, took Justin to pick up his car, watched Paper Heart with Sue (it was really cute)

(Credit NetFlix)

13. Something you are not:

14. Muffins:
Will never be as good as pie.

15. Wish list items:

Bullet Express

A new laptop

16. Where did you grow up:
Orange County, CA.

17. Last thing you did:
Types these words

18. What are you wearing:
A maroon sweater, jeans and brown shoes

19. Your TV:
Is at home and waiting to tune into The Middle tonight.

20. Your pets:
Oh Baxter, my Baxter

21. Your friends:
are all at work. I will most likely spend tomorrow night with them.

22. Your life:
Is fan-diddly-tastic!

23. Your mood:
Tired and fighting a cold.

24. Missing someone:
family far away that I haven't seen in years.

25. Vehicle:
Is in the shop because of freeway debris (see photo). Currently driving a black Dodge Charger that I have named Stealth since I feel like a mobster.

26. Something you’re not wearing:

27. Your favorite store:
Hmmmm M&L Fabrics in Buena Park or Target

28. Your favorite color:

29. When’s the last time you laughed:
Last night

30. When’s the last time you cried:
Christmas Eve

31. Your best friend:
they are all working right now.

32. One place you go over and over:
Work :)

33. One person who emails me regularly:

34. Favorite place to eat:
Hmmmm probably Rutabaegorz

(Credit: Their website)

35. Where do you want to be in 6 years:
Married with a couple kids living in an old house with tons of character.

Now it's your turn!!!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Hoodie For Izabella

A couple years ago I made a popsicle hoodie for Izabella.

Being that she was just over 1 at the time, she has since grown out of it. So this holiday season I decided to make her a new one...with owls! It came out super cute and here's how to make one for the little one in your life if you are interested. These can be made for adults too!

+ 1 hoodie (I try to get it at least 1 size too big so it lasts longer)
+ 3/4 yard of fabric (1yd for adults)
+ Thread (matching or contrasting and as many colors as you like)
+ Sharpie or Chalk
+ Iron set on cotton
+ Scissors
+ Cookie Cutters (or something to trace in desired shape)
**Please note that this is shown with a size 4-6 hoodie.
***Click on the pictures for a bigger version

1. Fold your hoodie in half length wise and lay your fabric out flat. Lay hoodie on top of fabric. Trace around just the hoodie with about 1 inch extra fabric for seam. (I used a Sharpie so you can see my lines, but you can use whatever works for you). I also try to place the hoodie at least 2 inches from the cut edge.

2. Cut along the line you have created and follow all the way to end of the fabric. Stitch the top and backside of the hoodie leaving the front open.

3. Open the hood sewn hood and press all edges in approx. 1/2 an inch.

4. If there is a draw string in your hoodie, remove it at this time.

5. Line up center seam of created hood and hoodie's hood. Make sure the backside of your fabric is facing the hoodie so your fabric shows. Pin the created hood in place.

6. When you get to the flat/bottom of the hoodie you can either fold the extra fabric up or trim it so there is just a little folded under. Pin this as well (Sorry! I forgot to take a picture of this part)

7. Sew along the entire edge of the hoodie and the bottom. You will want to sew pretty close to the edge. You can do either a decorative stitch with 2 different thread colors, or a straight stitch with 1 color...the choice is yours!

8. With the remaining fabric you will need to cut out "patches". I'm not very good at free-handing these types of things so I use cookie cutters or simple shapes I find online. You will need to cut out 4 shapes for a kid's hoodie and 6 for an adult's. I try to line my shapes up so the patch is a little different and features the fabric well...I also make the one for the front of the hoodie a little different from the rest.

9. Pin 3 of the patches to the back of the hoodie. I like to stagger them and turn them in different directions.

10. Pin 1 patch on the front of the hoodie. I like to do the left side, right where the heart would be.

11. Last, sew around the edge of each patch. You can do the same color stitch and color combo as before or completely switch it up! For this one I chose the same color combo, but since I'm working with flannel I decided to go with a zigzag stitch to protect the edges from fraying as much.

12. Clip all of your extra threads at this time. You can also try to thread the hood's string back in at this time (it depends on how precise you were sewing your fabric into the hood)

13. You're done! I haven't given Izabella her hoodie yet but when I do, I'll be sure to post some adorable pictures of her wearing it for you guys to see.