Friday, December 19, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama

Christmas #1 Holiday Gifts

Here's a quick round up of homemade Christmas gifts already given since we celebrated an early Meanie Greene Christmas on the 13th.

1. "Pups" Hybrid Fitted with matching shirt. I am testing out this shirt pattern before I add it as a new item to my shop. I need to figure out how to adjust my serger better since at the moment I am too fearful to change the adjustments from the diaper soaker/hybrid settings (since we all know how finicky sergers can be!). On my list for future sewing room equipment I would really love to have a Babylock or something that has self threading and self regulating tension. Oh a girl can dream!

Back to the gift. I made the shirt using this pattern found on Etsy and the hybrid using this pattern

2. I made this adorable NB-6 months lounge set for my new nephew.  The printed sweater fabric is a lycra/jersey with a nice stretch and was custom made from this site.  I am addicted to buying custom made fabric and sadly that is where most of my profits go from diapers sales (that and perfecting cloning... I have decided I need a few more of me around the house).  With a $25 a yard or more cost I don't even blink an eye when buying $8 a yard fabric at Jo-Anns now.  My how times have changed! 

For the lounge set I made the long sleeve top using this pattern from Etsy and the circle bum pants using this pattern.  Circle bum pants are great for babes with big cloth diaper booties.

3. Yes! Another "Sassy Elsa" dress!  Practice makes perfect and this one turned out well. I still need to work on my zipper sewing but at least this time it was a matching zipper instead of a random mismatched zipper from my supplies.  This dress was paired with silver sparkly shoes from Target, a cream colored shirt also from Target and a fake clip-on blond hair extension that I braided and sprayed with sparkle glitter and glued sequined snowflakes to it.  And as a bonus I made 2 pairs of "Frozen" inspired undies to match. I bought some fabric from this site and other fabric from this site. Both custom fabrics, of course.

For the "Sassy Elsa" dress I used this pattern and for the undies I used this pattern and delicate fold-over elastic (FOE) I found at Jo-Anns. 

4. I also made each diaper-wearing kiddo a Christmas diaper.  The larger AiOs were made using a pattern that I created and the last NB/small Ai2/cover was made using this pattern. And I made a front snapping trainer for a potty training nephew using this pattern.  It's been fun sewing up Christmas gifts this year. I have put in a TON of hours behind the sewing machine this year and the more I have sewn the easier it is to finish up projects.

Now time for round 2 sewing!  I am hosting "Christmas Tea" at my house on Christmas Day.  I have a "Traveling Anna", "Merida" and "Rapunzel" costumes to finish, more undies, "Frozen" ornaments, and lots of cooking to do over the next week.  Plus customs from the last diaper stocking.  Not enough time in the day/week/year.

Have a great day!

shelby g

Friday, December 12, 2014

Timberframe 1

Very excited events happening over at the Meanie Greene household this early December. Mr. Meanie has been busy pulling 40 foot spruce logs out of our woods and we have a growing stack of gorgeous logs (soon-to-be beams) for our timber frame structure. Mr. Meanie has begun shaping the sill beams form hackmatack (which is shown in the above image). It looks like a lot of work (and he assures me that it is) but he has found some modern chainsaw mill set ups that allow for him to shape the logs a little faster.  

When ever I talk about our "L" timberframe construction I forget that not many folks know what an "L" is. Nor do the know what a "Big House" or "Little House" is in New England homes.  The "L" is technically the "Little House" which connects the "Big House" (main house) to the barn. Probably at one time it was more like a shed structure but then became a kitchen/bathroom/laundry room/entry way as modern technology was introduced.

This is the structure that we are planning on tearing down and building anew using historic timberframe technology.  I will invite Mr. Meanie as a guest poster down the line so he can explain better but timberframe is not a stick build structure which is prevalent nowadays.  Timberframe is a post & beam structure, will have hand hewn beams connected by notches and wooden pegs (not metal staples or nails).  This will give the structure more flexibility over the years and also longevity. When the frame is complete we plan on having a frame raising party so friends and family can play their part in helping us pull our structure together. It'll be pretty cool.

Anywho along with spending hours pinning on Pinterest we've also met with our contractor (who luckily lives nearby and knows exactly what we want as he has built a few timberframe structures himself) and we have also met with our kitchen design person.  Here's what she came up with:

We've already changed some things around but this is the most current image we have.  We are going for this look (but hopefully a little less costly!):

We'll see how closely we can get to what we want without becoming paupers! We would like a light/bright space, warm and invited, great place for our children to hang out (and when they are teenagers they won't be embarrassed about inviting friends over) and also I GET A SEWING ROOM in this construction. So hopefully that will allow me to cram all my disorganized sewing/crafty stuff all in one room and shut the door.

have a great Friday! Tomorrow our family celebrates an early Christmas, so Merry Christmas!

shelby g

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Elsa and Anna Tree

photo by Kim Beal

photo by Kim Beal

This week we held our 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Festival & Silent Auction at the Women's Health Resource Library (where I am a board member).  Although I don't know the exact figures from this fundraising event I have a good feeling that it was our best year.  There were 2 or 3 trees that went for over $100, which is amazing.  

So a little bit about this event: Every year we solicit 25 local artisans/crafters/business/community members to design a tree. The trees are pulled out of the woods with roots intact and planted in pots so technically if you keep watering them they will last until spring where they can be planted outside again.  

This year I did a "Frozen" inspired  tree.  Audrey seems to get a real kick out of listening to the Frozen sound track (clapping, giggling and dancing) so I thought it would be a fun idea to do.  I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Etsy scavenging other peoples ideas and I decided to make Elsa and Anna felt ornaments along  with paint metallic glass balls white and add Olaf faces and quotes. I added blue lights to the tree, lots of blue and white tulle, snowflake shaped ornaments and a ton of tinsel.  I think it turned out great!

Hopefully I will get a few more of these ornaments done before Christmas for the Frozen crazed nieces. We'll see! I have a growing list of Christmas sewing/crafts and I am not sure if there are enough hours in the day.

happy weekending!

shelby g

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Barn Thanksgiving 2014

Another Barn Thanksgiving has come and gone! This was our 4th year and it basically pulled together without any hitches. With around 26 close friends and family members in attendance we had a fun night of good food, drink, and conversation.

I really wanted to make a table arrangement with lemons and oranges; converting them to candle holders and but common sense got the better of me. I probably would have had to purchase $300 of lemons and oranges to fill the 30+ foot space of the table... and that seemed like a waste! Instead I opted for simple flower arrangements in glasses (that I found at TJ Maxx) that resemble milk glass vases.  Then I dug out the usual candle holders (that both my sister and I used in our weddings!) and same napkins and whatnot.  Maybe next year I'll change up the decor a bit but for this year it was great.  The kid's corner moved to the other side of the barn (so the children would not be crushed by the wood pile... good move!) and I think it worked out better over there. And the kids played so well together. We all commented on how we'll eventually be over run with children since there seems to be a new addition of children to the family each year.

What did seem like an amazing hit was Indiana Jones Greene our new kitty. The children LOVED him and he got a lot snuggling in (and some strangling... mostly by Audrey).  We'll have to get a new kitty every year just for entertainment purposes.

We are so pleased that everyone joins us to celebrate Thanksgiving. There is so much to be thankful for in our lives and often that is not reflected on enough.  Looking forward to many years of Barn Thanksgivings!

have a good night!

shelby g

Friday, November 28, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Around the Farm

Needlesstosay we've been busy. Just like October, November has been a busy month!

*First we got a kitty! Indiana Jones Greene is his name and he was just a wee 8 weeks old when we picked him up.  He is a love bug and Audrey is completely enthralled with him.  Fingers crossed that he smartens up and begins to run away from Audrey. Toddlers are not gentle!

*Jeff started pulling Spruce out of the woods to mill down for use as beams in our new timberframe kitchen that is going up in the springtime.  So far he's pulled 6 logs out of the woods and plans on milling them down in the next week.  We are still on the lookout for hackmatack which we don't have our our property. We will use hackmatack for the sills in the house since it is the most rot resistant. (so if you know where to find any please let us know!)

* Also we have met with a kitchen designer to help us figure out exactly what we want in our kitchen. We have it mostly figured out but are excited to see what the folks at EBS come up with.

* The Meanie Greene cloth diaper shop celebrated it's first birthday! With the help of over 20 WAHMs we had a huge giveaway at the beginning of the month and in a 30 day period I had 2 stockings of the store and made over 80 diapers during that time. Just last year in this month I was stressed out over sewing up 30 diapers.... I still get pretty stressed out but I love how my skills have grown over the year and am pleased to have customers.

* And Barn Thanksgiving! Oh my! We will celebrate Thanksgiving with 30 of our closest friends and family this Saturday. So we are busy cleaning up the barn and pulling the house into some sort of order.  I would love to do before and after photos but I fear you will all be appalled at how horrible I am at cleaning!  I am thankful every day to have people in my life who accept me for the crazy person I am.

What's up in your neck of the woods?

shelby g