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Another Sienna Dress

February 15, 2011

This pattern is definitely worth the money….I have used it over 8 times.

I wanted to make Eva a comfortable dress she could wear to preschool this year.  I used my new Silhouette SD to cut a freezer paper stencil for the love bug.

The bottom of the dress is different than the original pattern, but I wanted to have   twirl bottom.  If you want a basic guide to how I did it- measure the bottom of your dress (before you want the twirl) and then use the tutorial from MADE on how to cut the circle skirt part.  Use the measurement of the bottom of the dress as your “waist.” I did have to play around with it a little, decreasing the waist measurement 1-2″  because of the stretch of the knit I was using.

I also added a large two hand pocket in the front because she loves pockets. I used one of her dresses as a guide for the pocket size and placement.

If only I could get a more cooperative model 🙂 Boy, getting this picture was more work than making the dress!


Ruby Lou Doll

February 14, 2011


Sew Much Ado has this adorable pattern for the Ruby Lou Doll. I have never made a doll before, but after almost a year of eyeing this pattern up, I decided to buy it when she had a pattern sale.  It was a great pattern, very easy to follow for the beginner doll maker. Even the embroidery was not to difficult, for never having done it before.

I made this one for my neice’s 2nd birthday. My daughter had a hard time giving her up (I had to promise her one). So I see another Ruby in my future really soon.

MCP 52

January 31, 2011

Photos touch me…it just amazes me how a moment can be captured forever.

That said, I am not very great with my camera (Nikon D40). I have had it for over 3 years now and mostly use it on the automatic mode.  I really do want to learn to take better pictures this year. My kids just love having their pictures taken-NOT! In the past this has kept me from picking up my camera, not anymore. I am going to photograph anything AND my kids, even if they don’t like it!

I love this idea by MCP Actions, seems doable,1 picture a week. They give a suggested theme to help guide you. This is just what I need to push myself to take more pictures.  I have missed the first month, but they say join anytime.

Yes, I am still sewing. Just need to actually photograph what I sew. See it’s a work in progress.

2 New Dresses

October 30, 2010

I am not normally a huge pattern fan…..but when I came across patterns by Portabellopixie they were just so cute I had to try them!

This is the Peasant dress from the Claire pattern.  I had saved this main fabric for something special and decided to finally cut into it. Do you do that? Save your favorite fabrics?

This is the Round Apron Dress from the same pattern Claire. I think I like this version better with the elastic around the neckline and sleeves, I still haven’t quite figured out elastic thread from the previous dress. 

The pattern was very easy to follow, I would give it a thumbs up! It also has a knot apron dress and peasant top all in the Claire pattern. Lots of options for one pattern!

Pumpkin favors- Easy kids craft

October 27, 2010

If you are looking for a last minute craft for your kids this is it!


Coffee filters, orange markers, brush, and green tape (I used colored duct tape)

Enlist your kids to color all over the coffee filter ( I used standard sized ones, but commercial sized ones would allow for a bigger pumpkin). The great thing is any age kids can do this….scribbles work just great! The more you cover the filter the more colorful pumpkin you will get.

Now let them paint water all over the coffee filter. It doesn’t matter if the whole thing gets soaked. After they are finished I would lay them on a paper towel to completely dry.

Now that they are dry, put in your treat, gather and twist the tape around the top. Wasn’t that easy!! I put pieces of fudge (thank you Costco) that were wrapped in saran wrap. But I have been tempted to try this recipe from V & Co. if you want to make your own.

These would be cute as Thanksgiving crafts too!

Oliver inspired

September 15, 2010

This owl is my daughter’s new attachment. Let’s just say the start of preschool was an adjustment for her, but this little owl helped her get excited about school. “Oliver” is the preschool mascot, he takes turns traveling to each child’s home.  Eva was devastated when she wasn’t the first one to take Oliver home, but three weeks later it was her turn. She kept telling me “You said I would have a turn.” I wish I had a picture of her smile when she walked out of preschool that day.

Oliver is from Build-A-Bear and all his clothing and books were in his original box, which was breaking. I had seen this tutorial for this cute backpack awhile ago from Tiny Seamstress. Now Oliver has a new bag for all his stuff.

I was also a little worried about how she was going to “give up” Oliver after his stay at our house, so I made her a shirt to wear to school that day. All went well, no tears, and she now looks forward to seeing Oliver at preschool!

Fancy 4th of July

July 1, 2010

After seeing this skirt on Crafterhours skirt week challenge, i knew it would make a great 4th of July skirt.  It was made using Pink Figs Nie Nie skirt  pattern. It was time consuming, with all that gathering.  BUT 2 things that helped speed up the process were not hemming the layers (i did a rolled hem) and using the serger to gather. And just incase you were wondering the tulle is a nylon chiffon (so soft and no fraying) and i did make the attachment for that layer out of fabric.

With the left over material i made a matching shirt (and i one for myself too). Hopefully she will be a good little model on the 4th and i will have some real pictures to show.