Monday, January 19, 2015

Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Inspired: Seaside Summer Top by GYCT Designs

Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: GYCT Seaside Summer Top: BunchOBerries

Little Man has outgrown his Seaside Summer Tops that I made for him almost a year ago (check them out here) when I tested the pattern for GYCT Designs. He loves those shirts still and tries with all his might to get them over his head. Poor thing, they no longer fit over his steadily growing noggin! Each time I have to remove them into his 3T box for clothes that don't fit and each time he takes them right back out. It's cute.

So this is the perfect time to make him a new shirt!

Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: GYCT Seaside Summer Top: BunchOBerries

I had little man pick out of my solids. Partly cause I cannot get to the patterned fabrics and because they were sitting out in the living room... And of course he picks... Green and Orange! His favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is Michelangelo. So I decided to color block the ends of the sleeves and the end of the body of the shirt. I added a bit of growing room in length. The kid is eating more than Hubby and I combined lately! I'm just waiting for nothing to fit!

Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: GYCT Seaside Summer Top: BunchOBerries

Hubby says it looks like a Green Bay Packers shirt. Not at all my intention, but hey, if it works? Any Green Bay Packers fans? Hubby's best friend and Little Man's adopted Uncle is a fan so we can make it work. If you want to make it in the colors of your favorite team it makes a pretty neat game-day attire! :) Go Team!

Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: GYCT Seaside Summer Top: BunchOBerries

I wasn't sure at first, but the green fabric is a voile! It hangs so Beautifully! I like the extra look the orange gives. I just took 2.5 inches off the sleeve (not factoring in seam allowance) and added the orange. I cut the band twice as long to fold. I did it like a cuff to avoid hemming, and for the finished look.

This kid cracks me up! Almost every picture was a goofy one! He knew our neighbors were out too and he 'needed' to go say hi! And, he wanted to show off his new mommy made shirt, but he wouldn't say that. He just shared that right away when we got there, "Look at my new shirt my mommy made me!" It makes me happy.

This guy makes me happy.

Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: GYCT Seaside Summer Top: BunchOBerries

So check it out! GYCT Designs Seaside Summer Top is also good for girls with a dress option and several sleeve option!

And, guess what? This pattern is on sale for today (Monday 1-19-2015) as part of a new monthly sale going on over at GYCT Designs! It's $4 for today and today only! How neat is that?

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How To Train Your Dragon Toothless Inspired: Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs {pattern test and review}

Little man loves his Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs! I did not expect him to be so enthused and enamored with having the thumb hole in the cuff of his sleeve, but something is almost ninja about having the thumb through the cuff.... Add to it this awesome Toothless inspired outline, and it is a win for any 4 year old boy!

Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs - The Berry Bunch

I will admit. The cuffs were so confusing to accomplish, at first. I may have had to rip seams from them once or twice. But that is only because I got my right and wrong sides confused. OUSM Designs created this incredible helpful video, and I have to say that I wish I watched it first!

Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs - The Berry Bunch

Once you have the construction down with the cuff, it is so easy! And, it is surprisingly quick! Not as fast as a standard cuff, but still quick considering all seams are hidden within the cuff! Yay for clean lines!

Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs - The Berry Bunch

Speaking of being almost ninja like, this shirt requires showing off some ninja moves while taking pictures... With sound effects and all!

Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs - The Berry Bunch

Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs - The Berry Bunch

I have been meaning to create a toothless inspired shirt for little man since I started planning his birthday. I couldn't bring myself to create the freezer paper stencil for just any standard shirt. It needed to be awesome. When I signed up for this pattern test, I knew this was it. The sleeves on this shirt just fit in perfectly, the thumb hole just happens to be 'Astrid like' adding to the element of "How to Train Your Dragon" inspiration!

Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs - The Berry Bunch

The white and black fabrics are all re-purposed from my old clothing! Turning something old into something new is so much fun! The red was an interlock fabric that I already had on hand. Hurrah for not having to run to the store!

Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs - The Berry Bunch


I love the customize-ability with freezer paper. These free printables from Confetti Sunshine worked out perfectly for this shirt!

Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM Designs - The Berry Bunch

The diagrams for the pattern are easy to follow and clear. Printing is one of my favorite features as you can print only the size you want! It's amazing to be able to print only one size at a time. No cutting, taping, tracing and cutting some more. just trim, tape and cut! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Finish-Along: Quarter 1: Goals {2015 FAL Q1}

I am such a horrible finisher! I set these goals (more like carry over the list) and never work on a single thing! How do you stay, get, be motivated to work on your UFO's? I think I need some tips!

So... Here is my goal list (again) for this quarter!

1. Labyrinth Lap Quilt... I am still debating the backing for this, if I really want to use it...but I have nothing else...

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-Long: Labyrinth Lap Quilt

2.  My band shirt memory quilt... Still trying to find backing fabric for this... I would like a large print musical theme but that seems hard to find...

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-Long: Band Shirt Memory Quilt

3. This is baby girl's baby shower quilt.  No extra signers. I think it is time to just sew it up. She needs a momma made quilt. The blocks are back into the box I got them in... :( Poor thing. By this time I was finishing up Nikolai's first quilt.

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-Long: Baby Shower Quilt

4. This is my checker-board quilt. It is still hanging on the design wall. I need to clean up the craft room so I have easier access to this...

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-Long: Northcott Stonehenge Chess Quilt

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-Long: Northcott Stonehenge Chess Quilt


5. Jelly roll quilt... I still need to fins a good enough yellow... Separate the rows and add in the sashing...

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-Long: Jelly Roll Quilt

6. The Dinosaur quilt that was *supposed* to be Little Man's birthday present (last year). At least I have started the quilting! Sad thing? He says he is scared of dinosaurs now! Oh no! 

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-Along:Dinosaur Quilt


7. This circle quilt. It was supposed to be for the fabric challenge, but honestly, I know I am not going to be finishing it in time. I seem to sew so slow... But it'll be cool when it is done! I am not sharing what it is going to look like when it is done, but you are more than welcome to guess! ;) I just hope it looks as cool finished as it does in my head! LOL

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-long: Circle Quilt

8. These are supposed to be some Peasant Tops pattern by Tie Dye Diva Patterns (affiliate link) for Baby Girl. I was working on them, then got carried away with something else and I hadn't gone back to them and now, sitting in a manilla folder in the craft room. Better finish them before she cannot wear them! 

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish Along: Peasant Tops

9. This is going to be Little Man's Going to Grandma's/&or/Grandpa's over night bag. It is going to be the Dorothy Day Tripper by Swoon Sewing Patterns (affiliate links) ... 
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10. If I have enough left over I also want to make a Tiny Explorer Backpack by Diedelbug Handmade for him when we go to MOPs meetings, the Zoo, and anything else that seems to fit with learning and fun. ;)

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-Along: Dinosaur Bags

I hope to at least finish the Dino and labyrinth quilt... 

Linking up to the new Finish-Along host, On the Windy Side!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Monday, January 5, 2015

Establish a Budget: Free Budget Printable

One of my New Year's Resolutions, you can read about them here, was to start continue working on getting out of debt. 

Establish a Budget: Free Budget Printable: Berry Bunch


I've been working on the budget, more making it habit, for the last year and a half. It hasn't really gotten really nitty-gritty until these last several months where I really buckled down and started following the zero-balanced budget as suggested by Dave Ramsey. I really suggest that you read his book Total Money Makeover; and, if you have kids, read Smart Money Smart Kids which he co-authored with his daughter. Really great reads. I borrow them from the library every now and then to refresh my brain and discover something I missed. They also have sheets that you can copy and use for your own budgeting in the back of the book.

I will say, before my introduction to Dave Ramsey, I had no idea how to build a budget and (key) make it work. I had ideas and kind of categorized what I already spend, but had major difficulty going that next step into using that to plan out how I was going to spend my money. Since starting the envelope system I literally carry standard paper envelopes in my purse when I leave the house and only for the intent for something specific. But, it took a while to figure out how to document my plan

So I came with these printable pdf sheets to use for my Budget Binder. They are not very pretty but solely focus on function. Beside, the kids usually color all over them anyway.. :)

The Budget Binder Printable pdf sheets has 12 printable pages with fill in blanks for writing down info. I have columns that divide the months down by weekly and bi-monthly. You can pick. 

Included and brief:
1. Record of Accounts - a place to write account log in info. For those times you forget your password.
2. Income Tracker - this works best for weekly or bi-monthly incomes. I write down net and gross
3. Debt Tracker - Write down your debt balance after each month statement. Watch your balance drop
4. annual expenses - for those expenses that are easy to loose track of. Break down by month, or by paycheck to see how much to stash away to cover those yearly doozies
5. Annual expense account - have you bought a home and had an escrow account? This is what I use for a savings account solely devoted to paying those annual bills. I keep track of how much goes in each month and when bills are due to make sure I am on track. I basically treat it like an escrow account. write down the total amount the month it is due and go from there with the monthly amount to set aside.
6. Monthly Due Dates schedule. I don't use this anymore, but it's great for starting so you can see what bills are due when
7 Monthly Expenses Worksheet - Write down the total amount of the bill due, divide it amongst the regular number of pay days and deduct that from your pay. When the bill is due, you have the money to pay the bill.
8. Monthly Expenses Envelope. I write down the envelopes that I have, use the number of money left over after bills are paid and disperse into the envelopes until all money is in a category

I am sharing these budget printables with you for free to share the knowledge and basis to begin living within your means and Establish a Budget. 

What do you do. Do you have a strict budget? Or just enough to get by? Or are you like how I was a few years ago and new where the money was going but need that extra step to make a plan for where it will go in the future? Do you use a certain printable, or create your own?