From Inspiration to finished Product

It has been pretty cold in Seattle and a lot colder than usually. I am sitting by the fire in the sun and enjoying the warm heat coming from the fire place. I am surrounded by 2 buckets of laundry waiting to be folded but I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces made by me with you.freya ladies finelys diy sewing black

Oh how much I love my Freya Ladies from FinnLeys. I wear the sweater all the time with a long sleeve shirt in Winter or 3/4 sleeve in Fall Spring. It keeps me nice and warm under my winter coat at the moment. 

When I tested the pattern for Finnleys, most of the girls would do these super cute colorful creations, which are fun and playful. My closet rather consists out of black or dark blue and I don’t wear much playful colors or patterns. Yes, I have some spring/summer colors floating around, but I tend to grab the black dress over the red one all the time. freya ladies finelys diy sewing black side view

I browsed Pinterest a bit and ended up finding some cool jackets with leather or pleather pieces. And I really wanted to incorporate that into my design. freya ladies finelys diy sewing black inspiration board

I never worked with Pleather before. The one I used is highly stretchy and reacts like any other Jersey. Took me a bit to figure out, that I needed to be to be more careful while sewing almost non-stretch with super stretchy fabric together. So one of the armholes is a bit more stretched than I usually like to, but I still love it! <3I started a second sweater out of sweater knit with my own piping, when I ironed the piece I forgot that I made the piping out of polyester and it melted away in the middle of the sweater. So sad, now I have to take the whole thing apart and do it over again!.

I’ll post pictures of the new one once it’s fixed. It might take a while because opening Serger stitches on sweater knit takes forever. Especially black on black 😀

These awesome pictures are done by Jennifer Burns from Trellis Photography. Thank you Jen <3 She also takes our family pictures!

DIY Tutorial: Paper Stars made out of Ads

Everyday when I open my mailbox it’s filled with paper ads. Credit card ads, Roofing companies, pizza deliveries etc. My stomach turns when I think about how much paper we throw away on a daily basis and how much it goes to waste. So why not use the paper ads and turn them into something fun and beautiful?!

Here is a quick and easy, especially cheap tutorial on how to add charm to your room.paper star reflecting santa in snow

This also reflects the last blog post I did on how to save money. I spend about 1-2$. And here are the the things you need:paper crafts , free, cheap, easy, stars

  • Your paper ads – use the carton ones, glossy, non gloss, doesn’t matter how much text, you will not know what it says afterwards. There are a couple election ads in there too 🙂
  • Exacto knife or scissors
  • Ruler to create the shape you like
  • Glue
  • Transparent paper, parchment paper, vellum paper

I created a star template and traced those on my ads,  cut out the shapes of the stars and then the inside. I used different sizes to use as much paper as possible and to minimize the waste. You can easily involve your kids on this too, it’s not that difficult.tutorial stars

Then I added glue to the outside and placed it on the transparent paper.

tutorial star

I put something heavy on the stars while they were drying, so they wouldn’t wave and stay flat.8After cutting of the outsides, I used double sided tape and put them on every window. Depending on the weather, the light creates a magical Winter Wonderland in our house.6

Or from the outside – we did get snow this week. I might have been a bit more excited about the snow than the kids. Almost couldn’t sleep and woke up our oldest a couple times 😀window outside displaying star

I also created these little villages out of paper for the windows. snow star,reflection

4 Ways to save on Christmas Decorations

ways to save on christmas Staying on a budget is difficult, but important. I’ve been home with the boys the last two months, so I’ve tried to stay on a budget and not spend money on new items, but rather recycle, reuse and repurpose items I have at home. And of course use items which are free to me or everyone…oh the endless possibilities..overview of the whole centerpiece

I decided I wanted a fun but urban and woodsy center piece for our dinner table, which I can move easily to our coffee table.tried branches

Here are my 4 ways to Save on Christmas Decoration:

FREE:

  • Moss from the woods (HELLO, we are in the PNW there is moss everywhere)
  • 2 different types of Evergreen
  • Succulents from my yard
  • Twigs/dried branches

succulents

Recycle: The main piece holding the candles and vegetation is an old baking pan, I would never use it for baking. The ribbon is from a gift I received a while back.overview of center piece

Reuse: The white ornaments, are from Depot which were gifted to me a couple years back too. ceramic star and metal star

Repurpose: The wooden star I bought at a sale a couple years back and gets repurposed all the time, some times standing behind pictures on our mantel, or filled with with ornaments or just having candles displayed in them all year around. You could say that the baking pan was repurposed as well 🙂thank-you

I spend maybe 2$ on the Metal Stars, which I bought at Michaels. I actually made it out of Michaels without spending a fortune, because I only bought the 4 stars and glue! Usually that doesn’t happen, right ladies?! 🙂metal star

Happy 2nd Advent to all my readers in Germany! Enjoy your day <3

To showcase…

I am so excited to show you these pictures. Elliott and I had so much fun taking these. The days here have been so hot, that I went out in the morning with the kids to get the photos done. Liam was sleeping in his stroller, while E was going wild.Taeschling Alleleikind sweing diy boys toddler

He loves his new Täschling, the pants are super comfy. They have the right amount of room to run around, jump, climb and just be a goofy toddler.

Taeschling sewing diy Allerleikind

I had to bribe him sometimes and tell him : “Put your tongue in”, “Look at me”, “No, take your arms out of the shirt”. I wanted to be stern, but I actually laughed the whole time.IMG_2899

Watching him being the “cool guy” as he calls it and being the loveable goof , made me realize how much he has grown in the last couple months. Made by Lili Taeschling 2.0 Gr. 104 (10)

He asks me tons of questions and tells me so many stories, that I am sometimes amazed on how much he knows. He now asks me to make him clothes, which used to be a struggle and a fight to try something on.

diy sewing pants

I speak German to the kids most of the time, yes I do slip a lot of English in, but for a tired Mama of 2 two with a full on speaking English household, it’s sometimes just easier. And I have to remind myself to keep on speaking German, because now E is picking up the language and using words in his sentences. It’s quiet entertaining to hear him build the words into his sentences.

close up diy pants

Just a couple of months and Big Brudi is turning 4. Amazing 4 years. Funny, my intention was to write about the Allerleikind’s Täschling and I completely let my Mama heart go sentimalitis.close up taeschling

In the next post I’ll talk about more Taeschling The pattern was provided by Allerleikind.

Elsa and Bob {Part 2}

In the previous post I’ve showed you the tutorial for  Bob the builder belt and today I am showing you Elsa. E’s little girl friend loves Elsa from Frozen (which girl doesn’t l<3ve Frozen) and so I sewed her a shirt with a long tulle train.elsa frozen diy tutorial

She was singing “Letting Go” the whole time, it was so cute. I made the shirt a little bigger because it was the end of winter and I wanted her to be able to wear it in Spring or Summer with Leggings. I’ve made the shirt a bit longer and added a big hem to the bottom.

elsa frozen diy tutorial back view

The tulle train was just added between the two pieces of fabric. Below you can see a detailed description on how to create your own

elsa frozen diy shirt

The shirt is super easy to sew and every little girl who receives it will love you forever. <3 elsa frozen diy tutorial front view

Let me know if you have questions & the cold never bothered me anyway..

 

Pattern for the T-shirt was provided by Made by Tara (available in German)