Thursday, April 25, 2013

KCW Day 4: The Teal Shirt

Today's been busy, so I kept the KCW sewing simple. Last night I picked up a handful of really nice t-shirts at a free clothing swap I participated in. I scored a few fun things for myself and a few super soft tees to cut up and refashion for Olivia.

The original t-shirt I cut this one from had words on the front, but since I was using the existing hem, only a bit of the words ended up on her little shirt. So instead of keeping the words on the front, I used that piece as the back and I really like the way it turned out. You don't really notice them at first, but it's a fun extra detail that makes it look just a little more posh. And you know we're all about posh around here. (What?)

Okay, more details below...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

KCW Day 2: PJ Shorts (now on Olivia)

Several of you asked to see the pj shorts on Olivia. Ta-da! More pictures below...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

KCW Day 2: PJ Shorts

Kids Clothes Week Day 2 here at The Red Kitchen was a big success. I finished... drum roll please... 6 pairs of pj shorts! Woot! All of them are made from vintage sheets I've thrifted over the past couple of years and all of them were made using Dana's Basic Kid Pants pattern (free on her blog). I just shortened the pattern to make shorts instead of pants. And I only used the "back" pattern piece because, well, these are pjs and I'm lazy.

Want to see them all? Let's go...

Monday, April 22, 2013

KCW Day 1: Poofy Purple Shirt

So, guess what? I finished writing my book! Woot woot! I still have to send in a couple other things, but for the most part I am D-O-N-E done! Next we'll see what the editing process is like. I honestly have no idea. Anyway, the important thing is, I finished in time to join the rest of sewing blog land in Kids Clothes Week!

Last night I stayed up way too late cleaning up my messy sewing area and planning out projects for KCW. Olivia still fits into a lot of her shorts and capris from last summer, but she only has, like, 4 t-shirts. I guess that's what happens when it's cold cold cold and then out of nowhere the weather decides to skip spring and go straight to HOT. Anyway, the kid needs more tees something bad. My plans for the week basically include sewing her a bunch of t-shirts and pj shorts. Exciting, I know.

Today's project: this poofy purple shirt...

Monday, April 15, 2013

My Daily Routine (free printable!)

Like I mentioned yesterday (and many times before), we really thrive on structure around here. And if we can check something off and see what we've accomplished that day, all the better! To help keep us on track, I made this simple daily routine check list for Olivia. Though, now that I've made it, I'm thinking about using one for myself too!

Here's the version I made specifically for Olivia:

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Summer (Preschool) Plans

Here's something. Lately I've been thinking a lot about the idea of homeschooling Olivia. Not for the reasons you might think. I actually really like public school and have a lot of faith in the public educational system. Other people don't and that's okay. Anyway, she still has another year of preschool before she would start kindergarten, so we'll have lots of time to try things out both ways and see what we think.

One of my very legitimate concerns about doing home school is that (ahem) I kind of have a really short attention span and a bad track record to go with it. Bryan and I have both acknowledged the fact that homeschooling is the kind of thing that I may very well be excited about for a month or a week and then totally lose interest and stop planning things for it like I should. I have a lot of other legitimate concerns about it, but I won't bother mentioning them right now.

Olivia's summer vacation is coming up and I thought this might be a great time to do a watered down sort of test run of trying out home school. To prove just how watered down this summer is going to be, I planned it all out this afternoon. Impressed? :)

Basically, this is how it went down. After dinner I asked Olivia what kinds of things she wants to learn about. We offered some suggestions and she gave quite a few of her own. Then, while she and Bryan played, I sat down with our big wall calendar and assigned a theme to each week. Then I went through and planned an activity for each weekday of that theme. (Bryan also offered a lot of great ideas.) Some activities are cooler than others. And apparently we're going to be at the zoo a lot. But whatevs. This is not the mega-stress-about-it test run. This is the home-school-is-fun-and-will-hopefully-help-us-not-be-whiny-and-cranky-all-summer test run.

In addition to all the random activities we planned out, we'll also aim to do the following every week day: