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I'm Krisha - a Scandinavian mama and physician, a crafter, and an avid coffee drinker - trying to nudge my family towards a greener lifestyle!

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Saturday
May182013

unfinished business

A few weeks ago I stumbled over the link up,  finish it up Friday, at this site. Its been whirling in my mind for some time. As you can see I do have quite a lot to finish up! Some of these projects are really old! The granny squares are more than 10 years in the making. Being a pack rat and a “see’er of possibilities”  these projects were never chucked. Although to be fair I have had a real clean up around the  house lately and some projects really got x’d. I finally have come up with 2 good questions to ask myself when faced with old projects or items that could turn into a project; do I really want to spend time on it? Do I really WANT  the finished result? The clearing up in the old projects and organizing them in one space make me feel very much closer to the finish line!

 Now I am left with this lot, plus all the new fabrics I bought recently.. 


I do hope to link up with something finished ..soon!

Do you have half-finished projects stuck away in your nooks and crannies? 

Wednesday
Apr172013

yellow and lilac

 

 

Looking around the blogs it seem Spring is late all over the Northern Hemisphere this year. It has been very cool here in Oslo. I am not complaining though. I like a slow Spring. It gives me time for the proper transition between seasons. The cleaning and putting away of the winter gear, taking out the summer clothes, and, best of all, making something new just for Spring season. I have tilted completely on the combination of yellow and lilac and, with the Oliver+S book Little Things To Sew in my hands, I found some left-over fabrics and made this little ear hat for baby A. She loves it! The pattern is actually a little bit too big for her so I will have to take it in a bit to have it properly protect her little ears on cool Spring mornings. We both just adore it though. I think its the perfect "piece" for her going  into spring beautiful yet very functional.

 

Or maybe  it's these lovely potato flowers that are causing my color hang up? Yes I am growing potatoes in flower pots in my living room. It is all part of my grand vision for homesteading on the fourth floor - a small step in the direction of urban farming, if you will. I am planning herbs on the balcony and maybe some gralic and a potato tower in the courtyard? I  really want to try out a few different things this year all in the spirit of learning good planning for next year. How is your Spring getting on?

Thursday
Feb142013

new outfit

I can’t help it i love matchy matcy children's clothes. and I had such a blast making this matching smock and pant suit for Baby A. The smock I s an adaptation form an Oliver + S pattern in a book of theirs. The pants I made simply buy cutting from an old pair the fit just great. 


It is such a wonder full comfy fit- and there is plenty of room to grow - which is very important to me. I get so attached to the kids cloths and want them to last for as long as possible for sentimental reasons. Lately though I have also began to think about how we are constantly tricked into consuming and the actual cost of that consumption. Think about it - we now buy true fashion for our kids and we are tricked to believe that we have to buy new clothes for every inch they grow- now let me tell you as a mother of three. A kid can wear a sweater  from the selves being rolled up x 3 until it is just that thad to short.  If you wash properly it will last for  at least 3 kids worn that way. But the H&M s and GAP sell stuff so cheap that buying new when something are lightly stained or needs a repair. becomes the “smarter” option. Meanwhile all this stuff we buy for our kids  are made kids in factories in India and China - is that really justifiable? Can we really not stand our kid wearing a stained shirt or patch up a perfectly good pair of jeans?  Does our need for convenience justify the increasing human and environmental cost of our by/ throw culture? I some times think of us all here in the west as little sun kings demanding privileges that history will judge just as harshly as we judge the actual sun king!


Now I know that making one outfit wont change the course of our world, but making it makes me feel that I can find ways not to be a blind part of our consumerist society. I can choose to not spend time in stores.  It makes me think that the circular economy is possible. It makes me daydream about exchanging “favours with friends”   - And even if you don’t like crafting there are tons of alternatives to the store bought kids clothes; Etzy for one. And you do not need all that many clothes for your kids - seriously you really do not need 5 dresses for a 2 year old. Granted its fun to have 5 dresses but in my mind I can no longer justify it - I think the total cost is to high.


Friday
Aug312012

Retro apron for Baby A


I made this cute retro apron for Baby A this week. It is a super easy 70's pattern that I found in one of my Mom's old binders. I love the way it looks like a dress from the front but stays completely out of her way as she tries to master walking. And the cross over buttoning makes it easy to put on and off.  It was very easy to sew, so even if I just spent half an hour here and there in the evenings, I was able to finish it in a few days.  I will definitely make a few of these  to cover up her woollens in the winter. That way she will look dressed while staying warm and comfortable!

Is there anyone out there who knows how to convert an original pattern into a PDF file that keeps the right proportions?  If so (and it's not to complicated) I can definitely share this one!

Saturday
Jun232012

New in my kitchen

Four new crafty things emerged from my kitchen this week - something colorful to wear, something colorful on which to sit, some colors to stream and some colors to color ...

 We recently celebrated Lini-Beans birthday - she's nine- I cant believe it!

I made her this ruffled camisole as a,gift, with a free pattern from Oliver + S. The fabric is from Liberty. Such a luxury to sew with. It's light, smooth and supple with a beautiful drape to it. I had to add an extra row of ruffles because I had cut one a little too narrow - so rather then making the whole camisole a bit shorter, I cut one more frill and adjusted the others. A happy accident in the end - I think. 


This new-to-us couch is a total recycle - we got it from the attic of our apartment building after a resident from long ago left it in the common space assuming someone would take it or throw it away.  The covering throw was made in Cape Town, SA from recycled t-shirts.  The bunting I made the night before the celebration of Lini- Bean's B-day. I really needed someting festive for the morning party in the kitchen, and since I have banned all plastic in the house (no baloons) I had to come up with something.  I always thought making bunting was so hard, but I whipped these up in no time!

New water colors. To seldom I find the time to do this with the kids, but we so enjoy when we do find the time!

Saturday
Jun162012

cloth diapers & day care

Baby A is 16 months now -16! I can't quite believe it. Nor can I really believe it's been so easy to use cloth diapers for that time. I am really kinda sorry I did not get into it with the other two, but in the words of Maya Angelou - "you did as you knew how - but when you know better you do better."  This is a quote I actually take great comfort from on a daily basis.

But I digress.  What I wanted to write about is that cloth diapering  actually is very easy, even for the people working at Baby A's daycare.  Baby A started day care in early April, and so we are now more than two months into it. The staff were apprehensive at first about cloth diapering, but generally curious and positive.  We managed to get a good routine going quickly.

We use two types of cloth diapers at our house - a gauze-like folding diaper and "pocket" diapers made of fleece and PUL.  For the daycare, the folding diapers demanded too much extra work - folding the diapers, pinning them onto the baby.  The pocket diapers work out just fine for the daycare staff.  

She only spends about 6 hrs in day care and so if we change her right before we drop her of, they change about 2 diapers there. I bring a bright yellow  wet bag that I leave in the corner at their changing station. I line the dipers with thin rice paper so if there is poo, they can just shake it out into the WC then  stuff it into the wet bag. I take the wet bag home, along with the other stuff I bring back and forth, and the next morning I return with the empty wet bag and two clean and lined diapers.   Easy!

As for the other type of cloth diaper - the gauze version - as you see pictured, this is still a good staple in our house.  I recently had to make a new set of "over-panties" that cover the diapers, but, as you see, the fabric choices afforded me the opportunity to have a new color in our house - NEON PINK!

Cloth diapers are a really not more hassle than paper - just a different way of doing things.  In many ways, cloth is easier - no more emergency trips to the gas station on Sundays for extra expensive diapers that don't fit, for example.  And, cloth, of course, is a choice for the environment - no (non-human) waste, recylcing every day, no trash cans filled with diapers, no plastic, no chemical "odor treatment" that actually makes it all smell worse.