Monday, February 16, 2015

Ruffle Layer Skirt: Valentine's Day

I've been enjoying my week off from work, so I haven't been in the blog world as much, which is why this post is late. 
I still wanted to share the skirt I made for my girl for her preschool Valentine's Day party.

I used a tutorial from Dana from MADE. You can find it here
It was cold during the week so I paired the skirt with some red pants and a plain white long sleeve tee. I guess I could have added some embellishment or applique to the tee, but she needed the white tee for other outfits. :)

Hope you had a super loving Valentine's day!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Checking In

Hello. (random thoughts ahead)
Work things have been occupying my time lately, but part of that is over with so I am moving on to other projects. Some sewing related. I have completed projects to share when the weather gets warmer, as my daughter has 8 new dresses to wear, and my son has two new button-up shirts. What a feat already for 2015! 

I am working on a couple of other sewing projects as well. Valentine's day is coming up and I have a project to share about that. 

Hopefully the weather will turn warm soon. My son will be doing coach pitch baseball this spring season and I am hoping that he will learn a lot and enjoy it. Practice starts today. He hasn't played baseball for a year so his skills are a little rusty. We've been practicing at home though.

Fun stuff is yet to come!
Can someone bring me some hot chocolate? Thanks.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Random Kid Moments #5: Silly kids

Just some recent musings from the tiny people living in our house, late 2014 era.

While trying to get the boy to get ready for bed, and he was in no hurry to do so...

Me: If I were you, I'd hurry up.
Boy: If I were you...tread carefully here, son o.0...I'd be a ninja.

Well, that certainly wasn't going where I thought it was.

The next day for school he was looking for his black shorts to go with his black shirt he picked out from his closet, so he could be a ninja. I did inform him that ninjas worked hard to earn that status, and he should be a ninja student at school. We'll see if that works.


The boy and the girl were squabbling and I put in my effort by telling them to stop doing whatever it was they were doing. Then the girl started a little whine/cry. 

Me: Get away from him. Why are you following him around anyway?
Girl: Because I am his sister and that is what I am supposed to do.

Well, she's not wrong about that. :)


This week we had student conferences at school. It was the perfect time to talk about my son's behavior at school. It's been approximately 7 weeks since school started and we have gotten at least 5 notes sent home about something he has done relating to his behavior. Nothing super big, but even the little things need attention to prevent the big things later on. We all decided that he is a smart kid and has a good memory. According to his reading level chart he is almost done with the first grade levels. At the end of last year he was at level 5, firmly in the middle of first grade. His reading level now is a 6B. First grade goes to level 7. He has one more spot to go! 


While at work I got a phone call from daycare. Usually never a good sign. Usually means a kid is sick and needs to go home. Not this time. Nope. Something much more interesting happened with this phone call.

One of the daycare workers called to tell me that my girl had a bead stuck up her nose. A bead!! Also, that she said the bead had been up there for a while, and that my girl had told daycare that she told Daddy about the bead this morning. Wait. There had been a bead up her nose all morning, that Daddy knew about?! Something is not right about this.The girl was upset about it so they called me so I could talk to her. She then repeated the whole story. The daycare worker explained that she would try to get it out if I wanted and call me back. So that is what they did. It worked. The bead got out.

Once I got home, Daddy of course knew nothing about the bead up her nose at daycare. He was adamant that the bead was not up her nose while she was with him that morning. Turns out that she later changed her story. She found the bead at daycare, and with the help of two other little friends, the bead somehow got up her nose. She then got scared when she couldn't get it out and started crying, alerting the daycare workers. 

I had a conversation with her about the importance of telling the truth the first time. Hopefully she learned that lesson. And, that we don't put things in our nose.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Some 2014 Randomness

Leftover from 2014.  Happy New Year, Y'all!

Just because...

I came home from work to find my girl dressed like this. To which my sweet husband replies, "I have the hardest time findings things for her to wear that match." It was completely laughable after I got over the shock of "oh my gosh, that is what you wore today." Luckily it was a half day of school and she doesn't go on those days, so she was only at daycare. They are used to it by now.

My son is working on drawing his own comic book. Off to a pretty good start.

I altered, fixed, and finished some sewing projects for a friend of mine.

My girl had been wanting to grow this grass so she could give her pig a haircut. So we did. She told me she was going to give the pig a "tiny haircut". I misunderstood what she said. I thought she was only going to cut a "little bit" off. Umm, no. The poor thing has a buzz cut now. That is what she meant by "tiny haircut".

I got this fabulous box of fabric in the mail! The Ribbon Retreat was selling off all of its fabric and at the time everything was 65% off. I missed out on a total of 6.5 yards of fabric between ordering and cutting, but they reimbursed me for what was missing. A yard and a half is missing from the fabrics in the photos. I ordered two yards of fabric from a couple of the designs but only received 1.75 yards due to others ordering before me. That's ok. I ordered two yards just to make sure I had enough, 1.75 will be fine.

And they send you some ribbon for free based on your order amount. Fun! I love that it arrived in two days. I ordered over the weekend, but they cut and ship on business days. On a Monday I got an email that my order was ready and by Wednesday it was at my door all the way from Idaho. Fantastic!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

2014 Christmas Photo Shoot

The kids had a short school day so it was the perfect day to take them to the mall to get their photo taken with Santa earlier this month. They did so well this year. No tears. I even got the girl to sit on Santa's lap. Big accomplishment. When I got them settled and walked out of the photo area I heard my son ask Santa if Rudolf was real. Poor guy. He didn't stumble looking for an answer so he must get that one a lot. 

This is what they wore. And they looked cute! 

Mall people were taking second looks, staring, some people made comments about my daughter's outfit, some asked where I got them from. They were impressed when I told them that I made it. One even asked if I sold things because she was looking for ties for her two sons. *snicker* Sell things. Job, kids, laundry people. 

Here is a little idea of what happens when I try to get my kids to cooperate during a photo shoot...

I started with just my son because he put on a Santa hat. My daughter went to go look for hers. She didn't find it. It showed up later.

He's cute and funny. Merry Christmas!

I go through all of this:

They're giving me mean looks because they had not been the greatest listeners while we were at the mall, and I had been fussing at them.

Ha! The faces and expressions. Bored son?

We will not cooperate.

Ok. It's getting better.

Or, maybe not.

LOL. I love these photos, even if it is not what I was going for.

The happiness is returning...?

Making silly faces can be helpful.

My girl in the top photo. ♥  One is looking good, the other not so much. We are getting to close though. 

To get to this:

There are my sweet kids. Thank you for the cute photo.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Extravaganza: Blue and Red

I am so loving the fabrics I used to make these two outfits for my daughter. They are just so fantastic! And she looks so cute in them.

Up first is the peasant dress with matching dark blue ruffle pants. The main part of the dress has little houses all ready for the winter on a blue background. I used some snowflake fabric on a red background for the accent pieces. 

The dress can be worn by itself, or with some leggings or tights, and even layered with a long sleeve tee underneath, or maybe even a sweater or cardigan for added warmth. The dress is a bit longer than I would like for the pants, but she'll be able to wear it for another year or two, hopefully.

I, of course, made my son matching ties. One with the houses and a red snowflake knot, and the other with just the snowflakes on red.

Here they are together sporting the different ties and hair bows. So many options to wear!

 Here is a closer look at the hair bows. A funky hair bow, and a regular hair bow/bow tie.

Which brings me to the next outfit for my daughter. The pattern is from Simplicity (1793). I've used it before to make two outfits for a friend's two girls. This time I used it to make one for my girl.

Stop the cuteness! Too much!. 

I shortened the top middle skirt piece a couple of inches, because the finished product seemed a bit too long for her. As she grows I can let it back out. I made the size 5 pattern for her and is not snug fitting at all. I added the zipper in on the side this time. I left it out on a friend's outfits because the girl's didn't need it. So my girl definitely has some growing room.

I used Dana's KID shorts pattern to make the pants.

The tie in the back is great for making sure you get the right length of straps for your child. The bow normally looks better, but I had washed this outfit already and hadn't ironed the ties at that point. She can also wear this top as a dress. There are so many options!

I turned the hair bow into a bow tie for my son by using the neckband from his ties and slipping the bow onto it. They all look so good on him. 

I happened to be shopping at the Dollar Tree for some easy Christmas gifts and found the cutest pair of knee socks. I turned them into leg warmers for my girl, and they happen to coordinate with the above outfits! Woohoo!

Peek-a-boo Santa. Found you! It's hard to tell close up that she has Santa leg warmers on, but if you are farther away from you can definitely see him. Santa is going down a chimney and waving. You can't quite see his hand.

The back of the socks have the back side of Santa. Love! If her boots were a bit shorter you see more of the chimney, but when these were socks the chimney bricks went all the way down to the toes.

They are just so awesomely cute! 

If you happen to see any more at the Dollar Tree would you pick up 2 or 3 more pairs for me? Thanks.

I am loving that there are so many options for these outfits: funky hair bow or regular, ties or bow tie, peasant dress with or without pants or layers, Simplicity top or dress, leggings, pants, Santa leg warmers... Mix and match!

All of the fabric came from JoAnn's except the dark blue ruffle pants which came from Hancock's Fabrics.

I did a Christmas photo shoot with the kids in the Simplicity outfit and the houses tie. It was the outfits I put together when I took them to see the mall Santa. They looked amazing. Post to come soon on that one.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Extravaganza: Red and Green

I dare you to sing this:
"Oh, Red and Green Christmas trees, and Green and White Striped Pants."
Catchy, huh?


Next up in my Christmas sewing extravaganza is, as the title says, lots of red and green.

This is a very festive outfit. Totally adorable.

I made my girl a A-line top from Dana's First Day pattern, and some ruffle pants using her KID shorts pattern.

She also has a matching hair bow and a green button for the closure.

I love the mini-ruffle on these pants!

A better view of the hair bow, and a closeup of my son's matching tie. I love that I made the red tree be the center for the knot. Handsome fellow.

This tie is the perfect length for him. Sometimes he even does some cute modeling for me. Thank you, son.

Another outfit coming up soon. :)