Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Worth Our Time

      I want to share with you about the 3 DVDs that we have been watching over and over . They are fun to watch and also full of useful information. I also add a You Tube link, make sure to check out,is worth! 

                      Making Herbs Simple: Volume 1       Homestead Blessings: The Art of Herbs      Homesteading for Beginners Volume One DVD

  1. Making Herbs Simple by Shoshanna-Vol.1 . I have learn so much from this DVD !Shoshanna is so enthusiastic and funny.  From her DVD I specially love the up close detail of the wild herbs, the explanation on what to do with those herbs and the many different ways to prepare it. I was so excited to know that Yarrow is still been use for remedies and that Plantain is so easy to find around my neighborhood. Excellent for beginners.
  2. Homestead Blessings -The Art of Herbs . This DVD  is so fun ,you get a tour of their herb garden ( always a plus for me since I love gardens ) and learn  many fun ways to use herbs. I love learning about Comfrey and it uses for the garden, about vinegars,teas,drying herbs...Excellent for beginners.
  3. Homesteading for Beginners- Vol.1.  This DVD is so fun to watch, we make popcorn and enjoy seen this young family planting,harvesting and enjoying their farm. I love the family working together and seen how the kids are very involve in all that they do. I specially like the care and processing  of the chickens. This is for beginners too. Aldo fun you will learn a lot from it and your family will be inspired !

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dress turns into Nightdress/ De vestido para camisola

          When I was a little girl I had the most beautiful clothes, my mom could sew anything, she made up her own patterns just by look at  pictures in a magazine.

 I love sewing to my little girl too,but making my own pattern...well let's just say lots of fabric have been waste around here. But doesn't mean that I have give up in the idea of trying (ouch!).So here is one little project that I decided to try, my mom sent this lovely outfit for my daughter (she never asks me for measurements). The little top is so cute, and LOOKS quite easy. So this is the documenting of me trying on making my own pattern again.

Look at the details,cute right? Simple enough right?

Here I go...I start by getting some of this lovely lace(English lace?).Any sewing store carries.

I measure the chest , cut the lace, measure the sleeves ,cut the lace .Then gather and attach everything.(Easy right?)  

Now the bottom edge of the sleeves, what do I do with it? Well no need to panic, just attach to the body.

Now the body looks really wide(but I measure!)...Do I have to gather the body too? I guess???


After all the sweat ...I got the only left over piece of my favorite  little roses fabric and use to make the skirt, was just the perfect size too. So far not waist of fabric, Yeah!!!


Here is the finish product(don't look too close).It will be a little dress used in the house only,a sweet nightdress due to some unexplainable technical problems.But  I am proud to have made something that was inspired by my mom's sewing's. I must say, I still will be wasting lots of fabrics before I can become as accomplished . But doesn't- hurts very- much to try, right?

Minha mae sempre fazia as roupas mais lindas para mim quando era pequena,Ela olhava numa revista e podia copiar qualquer modelo de vestidinhos.Agoro tento fazer o mesmo para a minha filha.Porem sem muiro susseso.

Aqui mostro minha tentativa em copiar a blusa que ela fez para minha filha. Fique feliz com os resultados , porem nao sera algo que ela ira usar fora de casa, sera uma camisolinha.