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  • Home Decor,  Projects

    First Birthday Party Crafts: Expectations and Reality

    I was looking forward to putting together a small party for my son Jacob who turned one (already?!) at the beginning of this month. I love Pinterest for gathering inspiration, but browsing Pinterest can give you some really high expectations for what a child’s birthday party should be like. However, Pinterest-style parties can come with $$$ price tags (have you seen the kid parties that cost more than small weddings?!). Additionally, those plentiful Pinterest crafts can take a lot of time – time that is more valuable than money. I know, I run a craft blog: I should want to craft all the things! I just haven’t been able to get…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    The Microwave Incident – Microwave Apple Crisp

    Right before the microwave incident occurred, I joked with my husband that what I was about to do was going to kill our poor old microwave.  I really didn’t believe what I was going to do was going to hurt it, honest. Honest! I had a ton of apples on hand that I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat before they went bad.  I had purchased a giant pack of “imperfect” apples that were in various states of freshness and quality.  It was a warm night and I didn’t want to heat up my oven, so I turned to my microwave as a keep-cool option.  Who knew that microwaving…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew Bar Stool Slipcovers Tutorial

    To fulfill my dream of renovating my kitchen on a budget, I tried my hand at making custom slipcovers for my new-to-me bar stools for the breakfast bar we are creating.  I didn’t buy a pattern to  make these.  Instead, I used my handy measuring tape and dove right in and figured things out as I went along. Each chair took approximately 2 infant nap times to cut out, sew, and staple – nap times are how I count time in my life now, apparently.  Overall, I’m pleased with the results and am happy to share my process with you.  This tutorial will show you how to recover a bar stool that has a…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    1950s Pass-Through Kitchen Renovation Project

    Welcome to my kitchen renovation!  My kitchen is original to the 1950s bungalow, meaning that structurally the cabinets are pretty sturdy but they are bulkier in appearance than most modern kitchens.  The previous owners we purchased the home from had painted the wooden cabinets white – I’m thankful for that being done already.  The kitchen footprint is pretty small so the white gives the illusion of the space being bigger than it is. My kitchen has a fairly small U-shaped layout.  When there are two cooks in the kitchen, we are always bumping into each other.  Here are a few photos of what the kitchen looks like right now to give…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Tea Bag Travel Carrier Sewing Project Reveal – Tea for Two Swap

    My latest completed sewing project is an adorable tea bag travel carrier.  It would be great to throw in your purse as a pouch for up to 4 tea bags.  I’m a member of a Facebook quilting group called the Quilt Cave and we did this project as a swap.  This is the tea bag holder that I’ll be sending to my partner – I hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it! This project comes together quickly and is a great stash-buster.  I used a variety of green and blue fabrics.  I’ve had a stash of these kimono buttons for a long time, so I used them…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    Knitting a Baby Hat with Bulky Yarn

    I recently completed my first non-flat knitting project: a knitted baby hat for my infant son.  All the tutorials I found referenced using thin yarn, but I have a ton of bulky yarn in my stash that I needed to use up.  One in particular is the nearly the same shade of blue as my son’s eyes and I knew it had to turn into a baby hat for him no matter what. I’ve never used three needles at once for circular knitting and I wasn’t ready to take the plunge yet (baby steps!), so I searched for instructions for a hat that would be knitted flat then seamed at the…

  • Projects,  Taming Craft Room Chaos,  Videos

    VIDEO: Craft Room Tour

    In 2015, I posted a craft room reveal on my blog. My craft room lived in the smallest room of the house.  I loved the layout of the room, but I wanted to have more room to grow.  By 2016, I had a knitting machine and a desire to use more of my sewing machine collection more easily.  The room was just too small for the equipment I had in there.  I also wanted to move my office (basically just my computer and printer) from the dreary basement into my craft room too. Welcome to my new craft room!  I had a spare bedroom in my house so I converted the…

  • Reviews,  Sewing

    Sewing Machine Showcase – Singer 301

    My Singer 301 sewing machine has become my favourite sewing machine for piecing quilts.  It’s one that I would recommend to any quilter looking for a solid straight stitch machine. I never really sought out the Singer 301 – it wasn’t on my list of must-haves.  I had read great things about the machine, but I didn’t think that I actually needed to seek it out because I had machines that could do the same things that the 301 could.  So why did I add this machine to my collection? The Back Story of My Singer 301 I wrote a post recently about my two Singer Featherweight machines.  My first Featherweight was missing…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    TV Show Marathon Fabric Gift Basket

    Last night I attended my friend’s 30th birthday party.  The party decor and food was themed based on in-jokes from the Friends TV show.  For her gift, I wanted to give a little something that matched the theme.  I decided to put together a simple gift basket for someone who would want to binge watch Friends.  What is a TV show marathon without popcorn? I made my TV Show Marathon Gift Basket using the One Hour Basket pattern by Hearts and Bees. I chose a cheery gold and yellow polka dot for the exterior and a ditsy buy real antibiotics orange floral print for the lining. I didn’t have the…

  • Reviews,  Sewing

    Sewing Machine Showcase – Singer 99

    Last year while thrifting I picked up this vintage sewing machine with case. I was instantly drawn in by the case, which had this beautiful Singer handle and a two-colour design in beige and brown. I couldn’t resist bringing this machine home with me. The Singer 99K is the 3/4 size version of the Singer 66K that I already have in my collection.  I love having both of these machines because the 99 is like the little sister of the 66.  My 66 is in a cabinet while the 99 is fairly lightweight in comparison and is portable.  The base serves as both the base of the sewing machine and the…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Easy Infant Gnome Costume

          This year I celebrated Halloween with my baby at home rather than going to any kind of event.  I wanted to share a quick photo with you of my son’s costume.  I was busier than I thought I would be in the days leading up to Halloween and didn’t have time to put together a complicated costume for my infant to wear around the house on Halloween.  Instead, I opted for a quick and easy gnome buy prednisone for my dog costume which I put together in less than 10 minutes. I turned my baby into a gnome.  Aww! I already had a bib on hand that…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    Pillowcase Ottoman DIY

    I originally had a very cute but not somewhat uncomfortable wooden rocking chair for the corner of my nursery.  I lucked into this great garage sale find and was able to complete my nursery: a used glider and ottoman set for $10!  Score! My baby room is mint and grey, but when I brought home the navy glider, I was shocked at how nice the navy looked in the room.  I originally thought I’d have to buy a dark grey fabric, but I decided to keep the navy.  The only problem was that the ottoman did not have a proper cover, and was quite dingy: I have never reupholstered furniture before, but this project was easy…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects,  Sewing

    Homemade Baby Boy Gifts – Blankets and Bibs

    Recently one of my friends gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Flynn – his birthday is only a few days apart from my son’s, which was pretty exciting for us to see who would pop first.  I wanted to make him a few special items so I settled on a set of bibs and a knitted blanket.  I decided on a navy and grey colour scheme based on the prominent themes in my friend’s Pinterest baby board (thanks Pinterest!). Knitted Baby Blanket I chose a 50% acrylic, 50% cotton slub yarn by Lanatex Yarns in Indigo Blue.  It was knitted by machine on my Singer 360K knitting machine using the…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Reviews

    Singer 360K and Singer HK-100 Knitting Machine Unboxing

    As a fan of vintage sewing machines, I’m always on the lookout for vintage machines while out thrift shopping.  Earlier this year, I came across a set of mangled boxes in my local Salvation Army that featured the word “SINGER” prominently.  It caught my eye since the bulk of my VSM collection are Singers.  However, the main box was long and thin – no way was this a sewing machine! Upon opening, I realized that it was parts for a knitting machine, which I knew absolutely nothing about.  Usually my knitting is done by hand, not by machine. I ended up taking the boxes home with me, wondering what I was thinking…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Projects

    Mint and Grey Nursery Reveal

    I’m happy to announce that on September 1st, at 9:24AM, my son Jacob was born, weighing in at 7 pounds 6 ounces.  This is why it has been so quiet on this blog for the past few weeks – juggling a newborn as a first time mom definitely has its challenges!  He is just over two weeks old now, so we are starting to settle into a routine. Obligatory newborn photos below! Welcome home, Baby Jacob! ❤️ A photo posted by @pangepange on Sep 4, 2016 at 8:53am PDT My husband and I decided to turn the smallest bedroom of our three bedroom bungalow into Jacob’s nursery.  This room was originally my…

  • Paper Craft,  Projects

    Origami Stars

    I wanted to make a jar full of origami stars. I decided to use origami paper to make the process as smooth as possible, as opposed to cutting printed paper I had on hand into strips.  I found an unexpected source for inexpensive origami paper precut in strips: online vendor AliExpress. I bought two types, one in a floral print and one in a glow-in-the-dark “love” typographic print.  They took almost two months to come, but they were worth the wait. These are my origami stars.  They are tiny and adorable.  I made all of my stars during my commute to work on the train over the course of a few days (approximately 80 stars…

  • Before and After,  Projects

    Light & Bright Closet Makeover

    My master bedroom closet is definitely not a Pinterest dream closet; for starters, it’s only 3 feet wide, which is smaller than what most pre-fab closet systems are designed for.  I had a standard clothing bar and a single shelf.  On top of that, the door swings out in such a way that the ceiling light in the middle of the room is blocked by the open door.  Together, this makes for a tiny black hole that clothes get lost in.  What to do?! I knew I would need to do something to make my clothes more readily accessible.  I wanted to actually see what was inside.  With a few supplies from the hardware store, I was able…