Oh, Where are my Kitchen towels?

I keep coming into my kitchen in the mornings and can not find event one kitchen towel. I go looking for them before I get a new one out of the drawer. Where do I find them? In my daughter's play kitchen! My daughter has confiscated them.

In order to keep my kitchen towels in the kitchen and not in with the toys, I decided to make her some of her own.

Step one, let my daughter pick out her fabric. I had some leftover fabric she was able to pick from. Then sewed some ribbon to the 19" x 14" rectangle fabric. Next fold the fabric together right sides touching, lining up the ribbon. Next, sew the three open edges together with a 1/2" seam allowance, making sure to leave a small hole so I could turn it right side out. After turning the towel right side out, press the towel with an iron and sew 1/8" from edge around all 4 sides. Voila, I have the perfect kitchen towel for any little play kitchen.

To learn more about my daughter's play kitchen, check out my post Child's Kitchen and it's Update.

Can you sympathies? Tell me about it in the comments.

The Magnificaent Thread Catcher

I do a lot of little projects that I don't always post about because they don't have much to do with Reinventing the Home. However, this one time I am making an exception about this thread catcher because I believe the author did a great job writing the pattern.  The pattern is on Sew Mama Sew and it is called Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Pincushion and Thread Catcher. The directions are well written and easy to follow along with pictures for every step.  I have not come across something so well written thus far in my 10 years of sewing on a regular basis. 

Antique White Desk

Sometimes I have to do project quickly and I forget to take a before picture, this is one of those times. I deeply wished I had taken a before picture because the transformation of this desk would have taken you breath away. The whole desk was the dark wood color of the top. It is amazing, what just a little paint of the right color will do. 

Yikes! My Toddler has a Sharpie.

I had one of those heart wrenching mornings where I walked down from upstairs into the kitchen and my toddler had draw with a sharpie all over my kitchen island. Frustration and panic displayed all over my face. What was I going to do? 

Now my island is a dresser that I made into a kitchen island, for more information visit my blog post Update: Dresser to Kitchen Island.  After I calmed myself down, I realized nail polish remover would take the sharpie off. However, I was a little concerned about it taking the finished off the island or not taking the sharpie off at all, since my nail polish remover was non-acetone. I decided to go ahead and try anyways. 

The nail polish remover worked wonderfully, it did take some of the paint off but not too bad. I do wonder if I had finished the island with anything other than wax if it would have worked as well though. It even took the sharpie off the laminated top without leaving a fog mark.