Lots o' Dots

This was a FUN dress to make. The pattern is very basic and allows for alot of creativity. I added an extra panel on the skirt and some applique.

I did find that the pattern is sized about a size too small. I made a 3T for my daughter and store bought 2Ts fit her with room to grow. Also, if you are interested in trying out the pattern, let me know. I used a much better method to construct the bodice then what is directed in the pattern.

Now if only my princess would wake up from her nap so that I can try it on her!

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On My Desk

Polka dots are on the menu for my version. I can't wait to see it on my baby girl!



P1040728When my little guy was ecstatic about wearing my backpack the other day I knew it was time to make him one of his own.

This was my favorite kind of project. It only took me about an hour and I used materials that I already had in my stash. I LOVE decreasing my stash because it allows me to be justified in buying more fabric. Right?



Easter Outfits

PICT9086_edited-1Our handsome boy didn’t get anything handmade this year, unless you count the tailoring I had to do to make his pants three inches shorter. Yes, three inches. We had to buy a size 5 suit so that the jacket had some room to grow. He is still wearing size 3 pants though. Yep, short squatty legs. All his height is in his head. Ha!Handmade or not, I’d say he looks like quite the stud, wouldn’t you?

It would be sacrilegious for the little princess to be without a PICT9088_edited-1handmade dress on Easter, though, at least at my house. I took an old dress of mine that I made about 7 years ago and probably only wore once. It was still hanging in my closet because I loved the material. I was staring at the dress a few weeks ago, contemplating getting rid of it, when I realized I could use it to make an Easter dress. Perfect! My favorite part of the outfit is the flower that I whipped together about 30 minutes before we had to leave for church. (Do you procrastinate like I do?) It is inspired by the Frayed Flower tutorial over at Maize in Montana.




Easter outfits are rip, roaring, ready to go.

Our 4th year video is finalized.

Eggs are hard-boiled.

Time for some sleep.

Good night.


Easter Egg Tree

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I saw a few of these last year on some of the blogs I browse but didn’t get around to making one then. So this year when the hubby pruned our trees I was quick to snatch up the discarded branches. The eggs were already in my stash of Easter decorations. (I say that like I have a lot. I really only have these eggs and a “Happy Easter” plaque. Sad. I know.) Super simple and it adds so much to our living room. I am going to miss it when Easter has come and gone.

It wasn’t until yesterday when I read this post from Baroque Babies, that I learned that this is actually an Easter tradition from Europe. How fun is that? I love decorations with just a bit more meaning than, “I thought it looked cool.”

imageThis shop in Austria is pure eye candy, don’t you think?

image Of course, it’s only appropriate that Martha has her version of this tradition.


Sew Mama

My mom taught me how to sew. What I remember the most about the projects was her patience. Patience as I once again “forgot” to follow the instructions and ended up ripping seams out. Patience as I burned an iron mark onto the pants I was making for my brother’s Halloween costume. Thankfully, he was going to be Aladdin. The poor boy version of Aladdin. A burn mark fit right in.

I also remember many times in my childhood when I would go to bed to the sound of the sewing machine whirring and wake up to a beautiful creation hanging up waiting for me to try on. I loved wearing the dresses my mom made for me. From my baptism PICT8945_edited-1dress to my prom dress. Loved. It.

Add my sweet daughter into my life and not only do I get to use my skill to sew for her, but my mom gets to continue to share her talent.

What a lucky little princess!

Thanks, Mom, for bringing me a lifetime of creative happiness. I owe you. Big time.