What a summer! I keep thinking about things to share on my blog so there is a lot here -- now that I have a few minutes between driving lessons and lunch.
I've been teaching Kindergarten (we're year round here in my corner of California) part time, which has taken up a lot of energy, co leading Brownies, lots of orthodontic appointments for my 7 year old and my oldest is off to college! We've been busy going to parent orientations, getting stuff together and making sure she has her driver's license before the 'big day'. I'm really excited for this stage of her life! I think she will find it so much fun.
So my oldest is starting college and my youngest is starting Kindergarten. Wow.
I finally recovered the ugly office chair. You can see the 'before' here: http://materialmama.typepad.com/blog/2009/07/recover-projects-before.html
It was actually quite easy! An industrial staple gun and some great outdoor fabric from Harts in Santa Cruz (in my opinion the best brick and mortar fabric store ever!) and I was good to go:
The trifecta purchase of Kindergarten, Eric Carle and Fabric. I found these on Fabric.com . (Search for "Brown Bear"). I had made my daughter's "Brown Bear" dresses a few years ago. I'm sure I podcasted about it at the time. Well now you don't have to go to all the trouble, you can pick up some of the fabric at Fabric.com . They do take PayPal (as much as I hate that company).
They also have the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabrics!
Using the fabrics I got, I made these sleep pants. I made these for the "Teddy Bear Sleep Over" we're having in Kindergarten. I still need to take them in a bit and hem them but they are super comfortable!
If you don't find them at Fabric.com then check out Eric Carle's shop directly.
What's so great about Chez Ami? Besides the prices (7.00 for two yards)? It's very high quality and lasts, much unlike a lot of other fabrics. The stuff I make takes a beating when being worn then again when being washed. Their Lycra is really great for making swim suits or using microbeads to create a fun 'squishy' pillow.
Fabric.com has some free patterns you might want to try out:
Bubbie's Apron Nancy Dress
Fabric.com Coupon Corner