Making new home OUR home!!

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Hey so I guess it is obvious that I have been offline for a while now! I apologize as I have not gotten the Internet hooked up at the new house as of yet. I will just pop in here and then to add some quick posts when I can! I apologize as I will have to save some bigger project posts until I have easier access without time restriction or dragging my camera and phone and the cords to the blessed people I have to humble me with their wifi.

With that said, I thought I would share some quick projects that have taken up some of my time in the new pad. We just moved into a humble little cozy house outside of town with a bit more privacy and a little closer to my parents J. It has been a nice quiet transition thus far and also a great opportunity to change some of our routine here with the boys to give them a better quality of life than the former area we had been at.  Also I have a sewing room just off my bedroom! It still needs work, but with the help of a sewing desk from my Mama <3 and some storage containers it has begun. It will need flooring and some paint and also a little more light to really pop, but I am quite content working in there right now as oppose to my kitchen table as previously all my projects are put together!!

I now have a sewing room/craft room  this is the only picture I dare show right now. Still needs a lot of work so more to follow later

I now have a sewing room/craft room this is the only picture I dare show right now. Still needs a lot of work so more to follow later

So Alas, here are a few quick snaps—I apologize for the quality being so poor but I really could not find the time to fight with lighting.

My mum has always found things that I can work with, so to go with the colors of my kitchen (chosen to go with the clock she had gotten me for Mother’s Day) she found a fun table cloth from the dollar store to use for my kitchen curtains and also found its way into Hunter’s room to help break up the yellow on the wall. She had given me a set of black generic candle holders. I did a quick pain job and found candle sticks that went with the color scheme.

Pretty straight forward project! Sometimes it is nice to get away from the Singer every once in a while.

Pretty straight forward project! Sometimes it is nice to get away from the Singer every once in a while.

The table Cloth turned simple curtains!!  I realize they are not fancy, but we really are not a fancy people anyway haha. Silly is more our style :)

The table Cloth turned simple curtains!! I realize they are not fancy, but we really are not a fancy people anyway haha. Silly is more our style :)

My Clock and medallion for the kitchen wall!! Fun colors!!

My Clock and medallion for the kitchen wall!! Fun colors!!

 

 

Also from a magazine project I did my own version of a fun decorative medallion for our kitchen wall to interpret some more red in the kitchen.   Still a bit more work needed to be done to cover the kitchen, but it is a start.

Also some fun for the upstairs hallway. My mum had instilled the love and need for literature in our lives as kids, and that is something that we like to have fun with here in our home now.  Even daddy, who was never big on reading much but video game books enjoys reading time with the boys. Books that are silly are a big hit with Mr. M. Our favorite bedtime stories right now include, The Stinky Cheeseman, Smidge (a very hungry monster), The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Done’t Bump the Glump, and Terrible T, and a few others that are just plain nonsense. Handsome H has become a big fan of Dr. Seuss’s ABCs.  As a big Dr. Seuss fan, we began to  incorporate a lot of Dr. Seuss in the reading area.  My mum and dad had updated the shelving in their livingroom, so guess who got 2 nice size bookshelves for the reading area? ME!!!! They even painted them and did ombre paper for the cubby doors J They were a big hit as we could put the smaller puzzles and things that get a little tedious to clean up every few hours in the bottom shelves so  we have more control when they come out for playtime.

The wall and shelf view!

The wall and shelf view!

Really Nice Painting for the kids from Uncle Cam's talented GF! Thanks Jess.

Really Nice Painting for the kids from Uncle Cam’s talented GF! Thanks Jess.

Reading Area Seating

Reading Area Seating

Story Time Station!

Story Time Station!

 

We also have a lot more room for the boy’s book collection to grow over the years. Their own personal library. Some wall stickers and paper lanterns to add to the theme of bright and fun!!!  Also on the look out for a good deal on some Dr. Seuss fabric to change the Sesame Street bean bag chair to help along the theme. Lots of time spent here so its nice to keep bright. Also have curtains started with yellow and violet to keep the brightness from that window in!!  If we buy the place I would like to put in a light fixture on that side of the hall for more light in the evening, but for right now we are putting the little mushroom pop light to good use.

Projects for the boys are soon to come as well, thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest I found inspiration to get a plain lamp and add some dinosaurs to the post to make a fun dinosaur lamp for Mr. M’s room and I would like to get paint some monkeys from monkey’s in a barrel to hang on Hunter’s little green lamp to help liven up the room some more.

So Alas, a quick glimpse right. Very quick haha, I am saving my craft room for a later day and will do a before and after shot too just to see what all was really done with it J I have yet to decide on flooring and paint. I get so stressed with stuff like that—there are really too many options (you should see me try to decide one what to eat when we are out at a restaurant. I know, Real World  Problems ehhh.

Well thanks for popping in and taking a look at the new place. I will update as we update haha. Remember to stay silly.

Chels

 

Oh and my little Handsom H has turned 1 year this month! Time really goes by so fast!! He had a great party and was spoiled by family and friends. He was a ringmaster to his own circus. I made this little tie for his photos however it was misplaced ;P sometime before the party was not put to use that day!! It will go in the tickle trunk with the other dress up items I suppose haha.

This little tie will debut for Handsome H's 1st Birthday Photos this week :)

This little tie will debut for Handsome H’s 1st Birthday Photos this week :)

My little Handsome H!! A little over 12 months old and now walking!! He is really starting to get back to napping with all the energy he goes through now . . . I really don't blame the poor fella <3
My little Handsome H!! A little over 12 months old and now walking!! He is really starting to get back to napping with all the energy he goes through now . . . I really don’t blame the poor fella <3

 

A little more color!! Yes please!

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Well, decided to finally get the seat covers for my kitchen chairs a little makeover! So I traded my dandy Singer for a friend’s father’s staple gun (say that 10 times fast eh). It was supposed to be a quick project– in my head I was determined to get it done in less than an hour! NO SIR!

There was really only one minor snag in the process, however, this snag caused about a half hour or more set back! You see, these chairs have been recovered multiple times before.  Each time leaving the cover from before attached and working over it. Also, in addition to the 3 layers of fabric I had to remove, each layer had double the staples! At one point I counted 23 large staples on one cover (2nd layer in). Woahhhhhhh!! I jabbed my hand a few times taking these little metal pieces out! But I did it!! The results were well worth it! I love the colors and how it really pops on the white chair bases!

The New

The New

The Old

The Old

Done Now off to repaint the chair frame itself.

Done Now off to repaint the chair frame itself.

The Oldest (original chair cushion)

The Oldest (original chair cushion)

Well that is it for the chair makeover for now! Hope everyone’s projects are going great!!

Stay Silly

Chelsea

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration time

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Hey guys, 

Sorry again for the lack of inactivity, we have been pretty busy here in this home. Getting ready to move into our first little house! Hoping the winter is great there, as we could potentially buy in spring or summer and become official home owners! Hellllloooo Pinterest! Hahaha. Another deal breaker was a little room just off our bedroom will make a perfect sewing area!! Finally I can say goodbye to my kitchen table for sewing! The boyfriend will not have to growl at the fact that my serger or machine and fabric is all over the place!! Excitteddd! So with all that going on, I am sad to say that my internet may not be available to possibly September or October, so my posts (as slack as they are now) may become even less– but no worries, I will definitely be more organized and better able to document projects to come back with :) 

Alrighty– so wanted to do my inspiration post up first. So here we go

Today’s first stop is at Blue Susan Makes –http://bluesusanmakes.blogspot.ca/

Lots of fun and a great place to stop in for a cup of tea and a drool bib– seriously though, great content. She has a post in June on a little superhero party– it was amazing and looks like the kids had a great time training!! This is a great one to save if you have little boys! 

Next visit was with We Lived Happily Ever After http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/02/despicable-me-stuffed-minion-tutorial.html  

I loved this tutorial it was cute and straight forward! Sad to say however, I also bookmarked this one for myself lol. I loved this movie so much that I had to go to get a Happy Meal just for the toys! Shhhhhh we will keep that between us!  And the Recipes! Woahhhhhh Yum. Tried the Royal Icing — never going back– this one is truly a keeper. Beautiful blog :)

The last one I checked out today and am still caught up in reading is Claire from Fellow Fellow @ http://fellowfellow.com/   It just makes you warm and fuzzy looking at her DIY menu http://fellowfellow.com/category/diy/  WOW. All I can say is WOW

 

Hope you get to take some time to check out these lovely sites! I guarantee, not a second will have been wasted! 

Take Care and remember to stay Silly

Chels

Not completely Gone!!

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Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates! Been pretty busy and will be moving here shortly. So I have been trucking along with some finishing projects and trying to beat the sticky heat with my little men! I promise I will get a better update within the week as well as do another inspiration hotspot post!! 

Thanks for checking in! Just trying to stay above the silly here at Chellybeancrafting! 

Have a good night all

Chels

Hmmm . . . Harem pants!! I think so!

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Hi, it’s been a busy start to the summer weather for sure in this home. I have also been working my sewing machine into a frenzy. I have definitely been making up for a lack of handmade things for the boys!! Loving every minute of it, as well as how things have been working out start to finish. Which we all know won’t always be, so feeling pretty blessed for the streak that I am on!!

So on with the content right? Sure, I would hate to get stuck listening to me babble on too haha.

Well I have been looking for a practical pattern for Hammer pants for a toddler. I didn’t want the Hammer Pants exact as I wanted to keep the legs as skinny as possible to avoid more than the necessary tumbles. So I get notifications from Craft Gossip and BAMMM there is was in my newsfeed on FB. Woo hoo right? Yuupeerss!  Check out her pattern here: http://www.suburbia-soup.com/2013/05/harem-sareoul-mc-hammer-you-call-it_22.html    Happy Sewing ;)

Myles hammer time

This was his idea of showing the back of his pants haha!

This was his idea of showing the back of his pants haha!

Enjoying his freezie!

Enjoying his freezie!

 

Well off again to enjoy another beautiful day with my boys and also have to get a little sundress done for our neighbor’s little girl!! Exciting! Check in a couple of days ofcourse!

Stay Silly

Chels

 

Let’s share some more inspiration

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Alright, as we decided last week, I am going to do 1 of these posts once a week!  I think that instead of boring you with a million projects I have planned I would make time each week and share some of sites I have gained some inspiration and how to’s!  It’s always nice to share information, why not ideas! These sites range from shops to fellow DIYers, and ofcourse some amazing seamstresses!

Let’s indulge ourself shall we?

First Stop:

http://www.itstaylormade.com/

Taylor Made is a really fun website featuring her shop at Etsy as well as brilliant posts and DIY tuts! I enjoy catching up everytime I pop in and see what I have missed! Her shop has some pretty dandy Hand Dyed onesies! If only my boys were still in onesies! I am tickled by hand dyed items! Especially something so cute as a onesie!  Please stop in to her website and drool!!

http://www.petitapetitandfamily.com/  I don’t think this woman is capable of doing anything less than PRETTY!! One of my recent favs was her version of Roly Poly titled 4 Seasons! Dip Dyed and reversable! WOW! *drool*

Then Stop here:

http://www.unoriginalmom.com/

Just Wow! One of my favorite posts thus far (I have yet to read through all yet–but will make it) is her:

Book-Themed Baby Shower Favor and Game   That’s not all,  she has organized a ‘Winners Circle” for tried tested and true DIY, and recipes, and even cleaning and household cleverness!

So I think I have time for one more today. Lets stop in and visit http://theweedas.blogspot.ca/

Well this one is so fun to read and very inspiring, from recipes, sweet little hair braids, and jean upcycling!  Her April Spring Showers post was refreshing to read! She is a great writer and her family just seems the sweetest! Also side note, he has a great tutorial and re adjusting shorts/pants for kids who have issues keeping their pants up (making it frustrating to play). Definitely a great share!

So we will leave at just one more! This is a great read for the aspiring sewer     http://www.nicoleathome.com/  I spent a better part of an evening here just the other day! Tutorials are very well done, and her project list is drool worthy :)

Well I hope you enjoy the shares, more coming next week!

Stay Silly and don’t forget to share the silly! Also wishing all the Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day

Chels

Baby Short Sleep Pants

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Handsome H needed some cooler pants for bedtime as its starting to get warm even through the nights in this home. The last week I have had to strip him down to a creeper for bed as even his poor little footsies are like furnaces. Poor fella gets it from his daddy and brother, while I always find my feet and arms get chilly at night when I am not moving about. So I thought today would be a great day to fix this issue. I had two cute fat quarters I bought about 6 or 7 months ago to do a pair of lounge pants for him, and felt guilty when I found them in my stash still untouched :( Well time to rectify the wrong right? Ofcourse!!

Handsome H and his handsome short sleep pants!

Handsome H and his handsome short sleep pants!

Ok, so I am sure you are wondering why the two different prints for the legs– haha I cannot help but give in to the urge when I want to do both, but do not want to pick one first, so I decided to do both in the first pair! You see, I am that person who will mix two types of  cereals for breakfast when I get anxious with the decision to choose.  It goes further than cereal to be honest, but it is probably the smallest example to share haha!

So on with the pants . . .  these were simple and took less than an hour to do, even with distracting tasks such as fetching snacks, building a puzzle, and entertaining the above 9 month old. Here is a brief run down of how this little pair were whipped up.

All that was needed:

  • 2 Fat quarters for pant legs
  • same amount for lining if you wanted to line them
  • elastic for waistband
  • pants for reference (same size you are making or 1size down or above is easier to adjust)
  • sewing supplies (machine, scissors, thread, pins)

Choose your pants for tracing–

I loved this pants for him as I did his brother, but they just are too warm for this season :(

I loved these pants for him as I did his brother, but they just are too warm for this season.

Then trace the panel onto the reverse side of your fat quarters. I did this with the fat quarters folded so I would have a nice fold for the panel. Repeat for the second panel- make sure you get a right and left side though :)

Here is what I ended up with !

Here is what I ended up with !

Looking pretty simple still right? Please tell me if anything needs correcting! This is a first attempt for me. I shortened the leg length for my pair here and made them a bit wider to help keep him cool enough for night! To do this all I did was add an extra 3/4″ to the bottom of the leg where it began to taper.

Next we are going match our two panels right sides together and line up the center seam (waistband and bum portion right to the center point- we will pin the edges and sew ONLY the center seam. Don’t sew down the pant legs yet!

Mark center seam to leg seam! This way you know where you need to stop before stitching the Leg Seam!

Mark center seam to leg seam! This way you know where you need to stop before stitching the Leg Seam!

Pinning the Center Seams!

Pinning the Center Seams!

Don't forget to trim your seam to 1/4" apprx. and press open!

Don’t forget to trim your seam to 1/4″ apprx. and press open!

Now that your center seams are stitched and pressed, we can now get to the leg seam– simple, I promise! Alright so here we are–

We are going to stitch from the bottom of one leg to the other!

We are going to stitch from the bottom of one leg to the other!

Basically we are stitching the little “V”! So we get this . . .

Leg seam stitched and ready to press open

Leg seam stitched and ready to press open

Lets get that seam pressed open and move on to our waistband! So this part depends of what we are using for elastic. I used 1/2″ elastic so I made a 1/2″ casing apprx. I did a lot of by eye measuring– it turned out fine this time, but I really need to get out of that habit!  So to do this– simply while your pants are still inside out, fold over the top desired amount for casing–pin in place and stitch closed, leaving a small space to insert elastic!

Fold over to make casing! I also pressed the casing before stitching.

Fold over to make casing! I also pressed the casing before stitching.

After casing is stitched, insert your elastic and close space left open on casing. Here is a really helpful tut for inserting the elastic in any waistband project– http://sewingnovice.com/2011/08/02/elastic-waistband-tutorial/

Alright so after this waistband business, we are moving on to the hem on the bottom of the legs:

I folded the legt bottoms in 1/2" as I wanted short pants, pressed the hem and turned the pants right side out!

I folded the legt bottoms in 1/2″ as I wanted short pants, pressed the hem and turned the pants right side out! And topstitched around the pant legs! 

If you are making regular pant legs I would suggest doing 1/4″ hem– up to you :) You are the artist of your work! Some people like a taller hem :) You can also do a contrasting color thread, fun stitch style or even add ribbon or ric rac!!

My Simple Hem

My Simple Hem

Now you have your little pants!

Ready to try on!

Ready to try on!

Hard to catch him still! 9 months with a big ol belly :)

Hard to catch him still! 9 months with a big ol belly :)

These were very simple, I hope my little tutorial and photos help a bit if you wanted to try them yourself! I am sure there are other similar tutorials online. I did another pair from a t-shirt a while ago as well, and the steps were quite similar! Although I think these turned out much better due to the fact that I have been sewing a bit longer now!

These pants could also easily have some fun adaptations. Would be easy to add some pockets. Lining would be great too for warmer pants, I would use fleece for winter pants :) You could really take this to all sorts of hights with extra notions and embellishments!! I would love to see pictures of your little pants! There are so many options in fabric for little pants– it could really become an addiction!

Well I hope that you can make sense of my directions. Haha sorry I must laugh out loud a little– I have a poor sense of direction. Thanks for stopping by Chellybean Crafting. Stay Silly

Chels

 

 

 

 

Another afternoon of sewing !

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Hey again,

Hope everyone is having a great day today, and if you are working on a project, I hope you are having a great time piecing it together :)

Today I decided that I was tired of carrying my phone in my pocket  or throwing it loose in my purse. It is still in great shape as of right now, but I am nervous that the next time it may not always get away scratch free! So this is the quick solution and stash buster that I quickly got done up! I looked online and found a few patterns (mostly sized for Apple phones) that had to be purchased. Well I recently just bought a few pattern and knew that Jay would shake his head if I were to buy one for something so small and could probably sit and figure out myself!  So I started cutting and measuring by eye and here is what I had come up with!

Fabric used!  Plain with some small polkadots!

Fabric used! Plain with some small polkadots!

Two matching pieces right sides together and interfacing on top!

Two matching pieces right sides together and interfacing on top!

Two Pieces before stitched!

Two Pieces before stitched!

Ready for a 2nd pressing than pin and stitch together!

Ready for a 2nd pressing than pin and stitch together!

Finished! Simple, not fancy- pretty well made just made for me haha

Finished! Simple, not fancy- pretty well made just made for me haha

On a funny side note, I noticed how I have become much closer friends with my iron and interfacing!  See, I admit when I first started sewing, I preferred quick  projects that used little supplies and took as little time as possible! Now I enjoy taking on bigger projects, or ensuring that my smaller projects turn out much nicer than they used too! Interfacing really does help to make a project look nicely done, even if it is just a little phone case. Pressing your pieces will help them from bulking up and also give a nice clean finished look! These two small steps will also help make stitching in a straight line much easier! The interfacing adds enough weight so your outer and lining material isn’t slipping as much! Pinning also has become a much easier habit! Lots of neat little tricks to make any project just a little easier and helps set you up for success!!

Well thank you for stopping in again or perhaps even for your first time!  I must admit I am finding it much easier to do my blogging now!  Even if it is just to have a virtual space to document my own journey in making silly little items!  I used to cringe after re-reading my posts! Now, since I have visited ‘The Thinking Closet’ and read a really well written advice piece by Lauren on blogging tips, I am still working on changing a few bad habits (obviously not being less wordy yet haha sorry guys). It’s been much easier– drafting is becoming a very familiar territory!

Anywho, our lives must go on, so I bid you farewell for now! If you have any tips for beginner sewers ie: trial and errors or new habits you have incorporated I would love to hear in the comments!

Stay Silly my friends

Chels

Chef is in the House

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Well . . .

I have been wanting to do an apron and chef hat for Mr. M for a while now! Just waiting for him to leave the hat a top his little head long enough to make it more than a photo op! So basically these hats really have a similar hat construction, upon looking online at tutorials, they are all quite similar, the closing being where the adaptations really show!  However, if you really want some inspiration for fabric choices and a real practical closing for those growing little tots of yours: I found a great tutorial here at:  http://curlypops.blogspot.ca/2009/08/tutorial-how-to-make-chefs-hat-for-your.html

Now with Mr. M’s hat, his head measured at 51cm and I added 2 extra cm and really should have added a little more as I ended up with just the right amount for his one snap!  I figure though, not all is lost as he is only 2 right now and will really start liking more specific novelties, so this will be retired to his younger brother, and he will choose another fabric combination of his liking. Here are some shots I managed to sneak in!

Mr. M was pretty impressed with his fabric choice!

Mr. M was pretty impressed with his fabric choice!

Done

Done

Adjusting it! He hates his ears being covered haha!

Adjusting it! He hates his ears being covered haha!

I think he is the cutest little chef I ever did see!

I think he is the cutest little chef I ever did see!

As for the apron, that’s really just a sit and think kind of project. I can proudly say I managed on my own just fine for this one! Hahah, I know, I know, it could have been easier if I found one online, but I really felt at this point, if I cannot sit and complete a project of my own, there really is no hope for the career path I am launching  myself into!! He has been playing with a set of pirate pillowcases that my mom picked up for me to do something with. So I decided to use these! Well one- I still have another one that may just be turned into a sun suit for Handsome H! I free handed an apron shape and had lots left over to use for the straps!  It took about 45 minutes with all the pressing.

Pillowcase cut and ready for more pressing!

Pillowcase cut and ready for more pressing!

Straps ready for pressing!

Straps ready for pressing!

My Darling little Chef.

My Darling little Chef.

So that’s it for my little Chef’s ensemble! Hope you check out Curly Pops blog too, love to credit where it is due! And with this hat– it is well earned credit :)

Stay Silly!

Chels