January 15, 2012

Cool Weather Crafts

During the cool weather months I tend to spend most of my time indoors and enjoy passing the time with a few hand crafts. The one I have been enjoying most this year is a simple crochet flower. These will be cute Valentine's gifts for my girlfriends!

Here is the pattern I used:
  1. Chain 24 then sc in 6th chain from hook. Chain 3, skip next chain (alternate) then sc/ch 3 to the end. (10 chain spaces made.)
  2. Chain 1 turn, sc, ch 2, db 3, ch 2, sc.
  3. Chain 2-5 sc, ch 2, dc 4, ch 2, sc.
  4. Chain 6-10 sc, ch 2, dc 5, ch 2, sc. Leave 10" to sew together.

Thanks Aunt Chris for the pattern!
Step 1 & 2
Step 3 & 4
Sew together.
Finished, front.
Finished, back.

January 2, 2012

Apple App Review

Hello Blog Readers,

Krista here. My sister, Marissa, found this amazing app! I just had to blog about it and let you all know! Its called "Go Try It On" Here is what the app looks like when you search for it.

Go Try It On Logo
Basic Idea: The idea of this app is to critique others outfits and have your outfits critiqued as well. You can upload pictures and other users will give you advice such as suggesting a different belt or shoe choice. I personally love it because it allows me to see what other REAL women look like, and think about my outfit. I'm SO over magazines that are only made for 6 foot 100 pound women.

Main Screen

Main Screen: When you first open the app it had four main options to click on; upload, to-do's, featured stylists, and browse. Obviously "upload" is where you can post your own photos. To-Do's is the area where people who have chosen you as one of their stylists can ask you to take a look at their specific outfit. You can either click "wear it," "change it," or leave a comment.

Other Great Features:
  • When uploading a picture there is a blur tool that can be used to blur your face. This helps ensure privacy.
  • When you find another user with a style similar to yours you can ask them to be our stylist.
  • This app can connect to Facebook if you please!

January 1, 2012

Paul's Present

Paul and I are on a Christmas budget this year, so I decided to bulk up his Christmas gift by making him a pair of fleece pajama pants. (I got the hint that this would be a good gift when he started wearing mine around the house, even though they were too short!)

My pajama pants

I used my pajama pants as a pattern, since I already knew that they were wide enough around, and added about 5-6" to the bottom. First I folded my pants so I could lay and cut out each corresponding panel, at my mother's suggest. Since she wasn't with me in person she recommended this website for help with the panel concept.

Cutting the pajama fronts.

The fabric is folded in half, so I cut both right and left front panels at one time, as seen above. This panel piece should NOT be on the fold and DON'T FORGET to add extra length if necessary.

Cutting right and left back panels.
Front and back panels, cut.
Once I had all four pieces cut out I sewed the right front and back panels together at the inner seam, right sides together, and the left front and back panels together at the inner seams, right sides together. Then, with right sides together, I sewed the right and left legs together at the inseam. Next I sewed the outer seams closed. About 2 1/2 inches down from the front inseam I made a small button hole on each side of the seam with my sewing machine. To finish the project I made a one inch casing around the top of the pants and used the button holes to thread the draw string through and hemmed the pants.
Me and Paul in our pj's!