Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Teacher Tool-Belt

My youngest sister is a teacher, and a good one at that! It takes a great deal of patience to teach 25 second graders everyday, and I don't know how she does it. But she does, and she is so kind and compassionate to those children. They are so lucky to have her! Okay, had to say my spill, but this post is really about a little project that came about after talking to her about her typical day. She was telling me about all the stuff (i.e pens, markers, scissors, keys, post-its, etc.) that she has to carry around and how inconvenient it is, especially if she's wearing pants with no pockets. At first I joked that she should carry a fanny pack, but then an idea hit me. How about a cute apron with pockets for all her stuff? Then I thought not just any apron ~ I'll call it the teacher tool belt! It's kind of modeled after a waitress apron, and I used a canvas fabric so that it could withstand the weight of all of her stuff. To jazz it up a little, I embroidered her name in the bottom right corner.

Pardon the grainy photos, my battery was dead on my good camera so I used my old point and shoot!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Dining Room Makeover Update

Black Dining Room

I've been trying to pull my dining room together for the past few weeks but it has taken a back-seat to lots of In Bloom orders (for which I'm very thankful!). It is currently a disaster, I still need to make the curtains (the fabric shown above - it's not really that yellow), finish up my driftwood mirror, find a sideboard, and figure out what to do for the artwork. I thought I'd make a design board so I can visualize it a little better and finalize some decisions. Here are the things I'm trying to decide on:

1. Artwork - I love the marbleized prints  and the Walter Anderson paintings. But I could also see large green botanicals.

2. What to do about the table - we currently have a gate-leg table very similar to the one shown above. I love the style and how it looks but if we put seats at the end of the table one has to straddle the leg and I think that's odd. I don't know much about gate-leg tables, is that how it's supposed to work or am I doing something wrong?

3. I need to find a sideboard or buffet type piece. I LOVE the one shown above, it's from Wisteria, but unfortunately it's not in the budget. So I've been scouring the consignment stores around town. So far, no luck.

4. I'm trying to find more dining chairs. I'm really looking for an X-back chair or something similar to the Thonet bent-wood cafe chair.  I would probably paint them all white.

5. And finally, deciding on and finding a rug. The one above is gorgeous, I am seriously in love with the color. I'm wondering if I could find a wool rug with a design that I like and then dye it myself a fun kind of outrageous color? Hhmm... I will have to think about that. I can also picture a kilim rug in a bright raspberry color, that could be kind of fun, and would still look cool with the artwork.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Eating Outdoors

There's nothing better than eating a candlelit supper outside, with my family when the weather feels nice.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Farm Day Dress

Here in Mississippi we've had the loveliest cool snap and boy have we been taking advantage!!  It's been so nice letting my girls play outside as long as they like and not worrying about the sweltering heat. I know this awesome weather will probably be gone next week and we will be back to 100 degree days, but for now we are making the most of it!

The cool weather reminded me of these dresses I made the girls last Fall.  I call them the "farm day dresses" because I feel like they should be exploring a farm in them.........or mabye even a pumpkin patch (that would have been a really cute photo shoot ~ oh well!)


I made Cella's dress with a kangaroo pouch pocket so she can stash all her stuff, and little E has two pockets that she doesn't really use right now.

The pockets are made from a fabric I found in my mom's old fabric stash........and this is hilarious, she used this vegetable print fabric to make herself a wrap skirt in the 80's. (You know wrap skirts were the big thing, among other terrible fashion trends.) It really cracks me up that a grown woman was wearing a vegetable print wrap skirt! (I love you mom!)
Speaking of horrible printed wrap skirts and since I've already embarassed one family sister, in this same time period was in kindergarten and loved her teacher so much that she asked my mom to make her a wrap skirt to match her teacher. And guess what the fabric was? Cow print!!! She also had a vest to match. It was awesome and we have pictures.

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