The Long-Awaited Kimono

It’s been a while, eh? Now that Baby H has finally started napping  somewhat reliably and I actually have more than 5 minutes a day where I’m not brushing my teeth, showering, shoveling food down my gullet, or catching up on sleep, I might have time to blog again! 😮 [side note- I first wrote this draft three months ago; clearly the napping has been going swimmingly. I have one of those babies that naps anywhere from 30-45 min and occasionally over an hour. I can count on one hand the number of 2 hour naps she’s had. Somewhere out there, a friend of a friend of my husband’s told him that by 6 months, he could expect that our daughter would nap for 2 hours, 3x a day and I would have time to grow a veggie garden, clean the house, and cook elaborate homemade meals with all my free time. Dude, I don’t know who you are or where you are, but I hope karma does.]

I would also like to take this time to formally apologize to every new mom I know, who I quietly judged inside my head before becoming one myself. Forgive me. The best quote I have heard on this topic is “It’s awfully hard to get on that high horse with a baby in your arms.”

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We both know it’s going to be weeks months before you finish this, so I’m just going to make myself comfy…

I’ve had a kimono project in the back of my mind ever since I saw Holly Dolly’s. When I found a cute peachy floral fabric at my #1 happy place AKA FabricLand, I knew just what to do! Actually that’s a lie, here is the original fabric that I wanted to use, but it was like $20/m so I settled on the cheaper alternative.

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I wanted something that would be light for the summer that I could nurse discreetly in. It’s not perfect by a long shot, but the last item of clothing I sewed was a pair of PJ pants back when I was oh, 10 or so? And I hated them and never wore them (sorry, Mom). I used a tutorial from Elle Apparel Blog as a rough guide, laid out my fabric, and got to it!

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Why yes, that is a baby strapped to my body while I sewed. #babywearingforthewin

One thing this project gave me was experience using the presser foot on my sewing machine. I’m super impressed with my little Janome SUV 1108. It came with a ton of accessories that I am slowly learning the different uses for. It was a fun challenge figuring out how to do a rolled hem. Shout out to the people of the sewing sub on Reddit for their tips! The fabric was super fine and hard to work with, so I used spray starch to get it to “stick” and feed better into the foot. I made sure to practice on a few test strips until I got the feel for how to feed the fabric into the foot, and took my time- unpicking was tedious and not suited to the delicate nature of the fabric, so I really had to try to get it right on the first pass. I also used these tips from Megan Nielsen and this video from The Colorful World of Sewing to help me out.

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Test strips, test strips, and more test strips

Et voila.

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Just in time for the fall [Edit… winter] and for baby to start solids, my easy breezy summery nursing-friendly kimono!

-C

Value Village Chairs

Hi friends! I’ve been posting less frequently lately, in case you haven’t noticed… I got some advice about blogging that I really like, which basically says “Run your blog, don’t let your blog run you.” I definitely notice on some of the blogs that I follow when a blogger is just trying to come up with stuff to post about, as opposed to blogging only when they are really interested in or passionate about something- so I’m going to try not to do that, and post only when I have some (hopefully) great content to share. Quality over quantity, and all that!

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, I’m @cathyatdeardiy) you may remember seeing this picture of a recent Value Village find:

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I’ve been hemming and hawing about what to do with them- yes, there’s two!- and I think I finally came to a decision: milk paint! You may have heard of milk paint on Pinterest or from one of the people bringing it back from antiquity, Miss Mustard Seed. Milk paint is actually made from casein, a milk protein, and is one of the oldest kinds of paints there is. There are a variety of great posts that talk about milk paint and it’s various uses and finishes, like this one, so I won’t go into that here. But suffice it to say that since getting on the furniture painting train with Chalk Paint, I have been itching to try it!

Specifically, I’m thinking of going with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Lucketts Green. I’ve never seen this colour in person so maybe I’ll end up hating it, but since I don’t even have a place to put these chairs right now anyway, I’m hoping it will work out! Usually I’m a blue or a grey girl, so green will be a nice change for me, too. Here are a few shots from MMS herself to give you an idea of the colour.

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I’m going to reupholster the bases because they are pretty worn and not very comfy at the moment, and choose some fun new fabric for the seat. I had in my head a sort of linen-y or beige-y graphic print, but when I looked on fabric.com I found some other great options. I’m not sure if the green will be more on the yellow or the blue side, so I’ll have to wait until the paint dries! Which do you like? The top of the chair has a semi chevron-ish effect so I don’t want to go too over the top with a chevron pattern, but something with a similar geometric or other bold print might be nice. The middle one on the first row below is actually a text print… it’s too small for you to see it properly but I kind of dig it. I have ordered online from fabric.com before and had a good experience, and I really like the design boards you can create to see how different patterns coordinate!

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So that’s my exciting plan for the long weekend. That and doing some good ol’ Spring cleaning. I was looking back on my “boo-hoo Winter won’t end” posts and I can’t believe how much has changed in just one month! In Ottawa there are leaves on the trees and my tulips are up. It always seems like Spring will never come, but it eventually does!

Oh, and obviously I will be toasting to Queen Victoria with a nice cold bevvie. Cheers!

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