Simple Bounty

Finding Beauty, Grace and Sanity in a Busy World

Spring Sewing Underway March 28, 2011

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 2:28 pm
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It’s been a long time since I’ve posted sewing projects. I made a few simple tunics for Bridget this winter, but other than that, the machine has been quiet until the last couple weeks, during which time I’ve managed to make four peasant shirts/tunics, a petal knot dress (the first since last spring), and a couple other experiments. I have also started on a couple tops for me. Ooh, yes, I guess I did make myself a couple new skirts this winter as well.

But anyway, here are the peasant tops. I just based them off of the bodice of a dress pattern I already owned, but there are also some tutorials out there if you do a search. They are super simple and quick to make. I am really hoping to do little more than buy the girl a few pairs of shorts this summer.



(Momo’s Wonderland collection, Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane, Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks, Sandi Henderson’s Ginger Blossom)



And this is the latest petal knot dress. Sandi’s pattern is still such a favorite. The fabric is from Momo’s Freebird collection. I just love the colors.


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Christmas Banner November 16, 2010

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 2:07 pm

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I got the basic idea for our Christmas banner from Life in Grace. I liked the casual look of her raw edges, and hey, not having to sew around each flag means less work for me. So, if you want to do something similar, take a look at her instructions, or follow what I did:100_6709

I used canvas for the flags and cut each piece 7.5 x 11.

Next, I drew a simple tree silhouette, traced the outline onto my fabric pieces, cut each, and then fused them to the canvas with Steam a Seam.

Then I stitched around each tree with a straight stitch for added interest.

I have 3” tall cardboard letters I found in the scrapbook section of the craft store. I traced the letters onto felt, cut them out, and glued them onto the trees with felt glue.

After that, I folded the top of the canvas under one inch at the top and sewed a channel for the ribbon to run through.

I was lucky to find these fabric covered brads on clearance a couple weeks ago. Aren’t they cute? I didn’t know what I would use them for at the time, but for $2.50, I couldn’t pass up buying the last package. And there was just the right amount to top our trees! You could also sew buttons on if you don’t have any decorative brads.

Last, just pin a safety pin to one end of your ribbon, and string it through the channels, and it’s ready to be hung up!


Christmas Crafting Inspiration November 10, 2010

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 9:19 pm

100_6678Yes, despite two months of silence, I am in fact still here. In recent days, I’ve been scouring the internet and pouring over crafty flickr pools for inspiration to beautify my home for the holidays, and I thought I’d share some of my finds here.

I’m happy to say that I completed project number one this afternoon. Instructions for this lovely fabric wreath can be found at Piccadilly Peddlers. The whole project took about three hours, and honestly, if you can trace a measuring cup and wield a hot glue gun without burning yourself too badly, you can do this. And what’s more, you can do this with your kids, even toddlers. Jonas had a great time stacking up the pieces of fabric for me to put the brads through, and later choosing the pieces to hand me as I was gluing them onto the wreath.

Next up for me is felt and fabric ornament making. I’ve long felt that our home at Christmas lacks a cohesive theme to pull things together. It’s a mish mash of little things collected over the years from here and there – or given as hand-me-downs from my mom – and I’ve just never been completely pleased with how our home looks over the holidays, yet I haven’t been willing to shell out a lot of money for a makeover. So, this year I am attempting to make a lot of little things, that will hopefully bring it all together a little better. I think color is key, and I’ve always been drawn to the combination of red, turquoise and white. So, I’ve got some felt, fabric, ribbon, ric rac, buttons, embroidery floss, etc. in these colors, with a little light pink thrown in. They will soon become ornaments for the tree and beyond.

If you are looking for ornament inspiration, take a look at the following links:

Saidos da Concha’s how to on making felt ornaments

Birds of a Feather Felt Ornament

Felt Gingerbread House Ornament

Felt Bird Garland

Pine Cone Elves

There are lots of other things on my creative list including a few gifts for the kids, garlands, and mod podge blocks with festive sayings that I’ll share in the coming weeks.

Happy Christmas crafting!


A Post For August August 30, 2010

Filed under: Family Life,Food,Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 3:53 pm
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I’ve never been one to mourn the end of summer. I always welcomed the beginning of a new school year and eagerly awaited the feel, smell and activities of autumn, but I have to ask: how is it that this month is already at its end? And the summer nearly too? And how is it I haven’t blogged in about two months?

Seeing a missing month in the archives bothers me, so I am finally forced to post. I don’t know why I haven’t felt like it this summer. I have almost blogged many times. Almost. And, I don’t know, I guess I just don’t exactly have heaps of time, and by the time I sit down in the evening, writing doesn’t sound all that appealing.

So, what have we been up to this summer? Not nearly as much outdoor fun as I had dreamed. We have been terrorized by mosquitoes the last couple months, and only recently have they begun to be tolerable. My garden and flowerbeds are overgrown with weeds and the tomato plants are completely out of control from lack of care. They’re growing like crazy. We’ve been getting daily handfuls of pear tomatoes for the last few weeks, but large tomatoes only here and there thanks to our resident chipmunk who has developed a keen appetite for them. I think for every one we’ve eaten, he’s filled his tiny tummy with five or six. The cucumbers have been abundant, so I’ve been doing a lot of this:


We’ve already devoured a couple quarts of our pickles and still have seven jars in the fridge. I’m not sure they’ll see winter, though.

And I’ve been doing some other lacto-fermented goodness with the bounty from our garden and the farmers market:


(Salsa and Sauerkraut)

This weekend I did some more of this:


I made most of our jam when I picked strawberries in June, but I couldn’t resist buying a big box of deliciously pinkish-red raspberries at the farmers market on Saturday. The result was Triple Berry Jam to add to our pantry stash. I thawed a bag of strawberries I had frozen and added a pint of blueberries from the store.

And all summer I have been doing a whole lot of this:

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This is cinnamon raisin bread from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and our everyday whole wheat bread for toast and sandwiches. I have tried many all whole wheat recipes and this one consistently produces the best loaf. I will have to devote an entire post to bread sometime soon. I don’t know what it is exactly about bread, but I could go on and on.

And lest you think my life is totally consumed with food and its preparation (which sometimes I do feel is nearly the truth), we also did quite a bit of this:

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But unfortunately, I haven’t done any of this since June:

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Though I was able to make myself three tank tops from this tutorial before the neglection (can that be a word?) of my sewing machine began thanks to a too-adventurous little girl whom I can barely take my eyes off:

So, that’s a bit of my summer. Maybe I’ll get around to posting more about my garden at some point. Remember my trepidation in the early spring? I have learned a lot, had some failures, but overall am pleased with my first year at managing a larger garden.


My Market skirt Is Finally Finished! April 26, 2010

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 8:20 pm
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100_5092It took me a month, but I finally finished my Saturday Market Skirt, and I really love it. One would think that the cutting would be the time consuming part, but gathering and arranging each tier took me a few hours, I would guess, if I were to add up my bits of time. Making sure like fabrics and colors were not stacked on top of each other nearly drove me mad a couple times! But it’s done, and yay!, it is super comfy, and cute (if I do say so myself), and it fits me perfectly.

I made a medium, and followed the instructions exactly, except I added a half inch to the waist pieces for a bit more ease. My measurements are 27.5” and 37.5”, for anyone trying to determine what size to make. It would have fit without the extra room, but I may have had to tug a bit over my hips. I also made a facing instead of using interfacing, because I didn’t have enough and didn’t get to the store. I did use interfacing to stabilize the button holes.

I could seriously wear this every day. Seriously. I’m hoping I’ll have time to make another before summer is gone. Though, I suppose I should make one for Bridger-Boo before I get too greedy with my sewing time. I’m thinking lots of pinks and greens and blues from Sandi’s fabrics.

Thank you, Sandi Henderson, for your generosity!



Every Girl Needs a Little Tiered Dress April 13, 2010

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Another summer dress done. I used the bodice from the dress pattern in Amy Butler’s Little Stitches and added my own skirt. The fabric is from Pop Garden, by Heather Bailey, left over from a quilt I made my mother-in-law a while back. Such sunny, happy fabric for such a happy little girl.



The Easter Dress April 7, 2010

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This is the round apron dress from Sandi Henderson’s Claire pattern. (The same pattern that has the knot dress). I love that each of her patterns has so many options. They’re well worth the money. The fabric is from Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley.

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