8/27/2015

A Little bit of Sunshine Skirt



Do you know what happens when you have fabric stash that's just getting to large to fit where it belongs?  You start making clothes, even though you don't particularly like making clothes.  Especially clothes that aren't particularly special and you could probably buy said clothes for almost the same amount of money.

But you make said clothes because 1) using the fabric would make one small step towards bringing order to the craft room again, 2) it provides an excuse to buy even more fabric and 3) the idea of back to school shopping with two wild monkeys is perhaps even less appealing than making clothing. Please tell me I'm not alone in this?

I've made a couple of skirts lately that I'll be blogging about over the next few weeks.  This skirt was actually a really cheap and inexpensive one because it came from an old shirt from my hubby. (My hubby always seems to get holes in the elbows of his dress shirts....does this happen to anyone else?)

I throw any clothes that might have salvageable fabric into a big bag in a closet, promising that I'll use it sometime.  Well, some of those clothes have been sitting in there for years now...so it was time to finally make something with one of them.

Do you need a sunshine shirt in your life?  Lu loves the new addition to her wardrobe!


8/24/2015

And Just Like That, It Was Over.



Today--probably about when this post goes live--I'll be taking my first baby to Kindergarten.  This summer has flown by, and it's definitely bittersweet.  It's been a good summer, a quiet summer, a relaxing summer.  After our big home addition, we didn't have much of a vacation budget, so we mostly stayed close to home, swimming, playing at the park, catching frogs and snails, and taking day trips.  I LOVED the relaxed pace of things.  

The last few weeks have been busy though.  We visited grandparents and even went to to Pinecrest Lake (pictured above) with all of my husband's family for a few days.  Good stuff. Not so good for blogging content, but good for life.  

And just like that summer was over.

And I now have a Kindergartner.  For some reason, that seems easier to say than I thought it would be.  Ever since my kids were little I thought I'd be a weeping mess at the thought of my baby starting Kindergarten....but I'm not.  Yet, at least.

I remember when I graduated college.  I drove away from the dorms, and my boyfriend (now-husband) remarked that he was surprised I was so calm.  I told him that I couldn't really be upset, because I realized that I'd already moved on.  As good as the time had been, the time had passed.  As much as I wanted to savor all the good moments a bit more, the time I had had was enough.

People have told me that dropping your child off at Kindergarten is hard.  I'm sure that I'll get a little misty eyed.  What people didn't tell me though, was how awesome it was to watch your kid grow up. That I'd be so excited for her.  Nervous for her.  

 It's an absolutely amazing thing to watch your kid make goals and achieve them. 

Remember how I mentioned that Lu has been earning money for a doll she wanted?  She made it.  If there's one thing that I've learned about this kid it's that when she really puts her mind to something there's really no stopping her.  

And I just have to step back and let her do things her own way.  Even if it looks like she could use the help.  That's part of parenting though right?  Letting go...especially with the little things.



That doll came with a book.  A book that she decided she wanted to read.  And so she decided that she'd better start learning how to read better.  Suddenly she found the joy in reading, and she did it herself.  She loves nothing more than to cuddle up on the couch or in her bed and read...for hours if I'll let her.  Her skills have grown exponentially in the last few weeks, but what makes me most happy is to see her love of books, because I share that love.  (Hmm..we won't mention the times when I walked smack into walls and pillars coming back from the library at school...all because I was so eager to begin reading the book I'd checked out.)  I'm excited to see how school nurtures that love.


I look at her, and I see an elementary school kid.  She's ready...and I'm so excited for her.  I'm sending her off to school today with a snack and a napkin with some doodles on it.  She'll get a different napkin each day, until she decides that it's just not "cool" anymore.  So for now, I'll cherish the fact that she lets me write her notes, hold her hand and walk her to school, and do her hair (something she already proclaims that I'm not very good at--she's right!).


I understand though about the emotions that go into this day.  

Maybe you wish that the years didn't go by so fast.  I get it.  Time seems to be flying by, even if my pre-kid time feels like forever ago.  

Maybe you're worried your child isn't ready.  I understand that too.  Lu could have started Kindergarten last year, and we opted to wait (her birthday falls on the cutoff).  It was one of the most difficult decisions that I've ever made. Last year at this time I was struggling with "what-if's."


So if you're struggling today, or tomorrow, or last week, know that I'm thinking about you.  I'm sending hugs your way.  You aren't alone.  I'm not alone.  

And just know that this "watching your kids grow-up thing" is pretty darn awesome. Maybe today's not that day for you.  But soon, yes soon.

Here's to a great new school year!

And because yes, I usually write about making things, don't worry I do have more in the pipeline.  Like this simple skirt that I made for Lu last week.  I can't wait to share it with you.



8/17/2015

TUTORIAL: A Shirt Dress AND A Basic Apron




Alright guys!  I promised you a little greater look into Lu's strawberry shortcake dress and the aprons we made for her birthday party.  Nothing too high tech here, but I'm hoping someone finds it useful.  This post is a lot less detailed than most of my tutorials, mainly because I imagine that there's probably a lot of these tutorials already out there on the web.  If anything isn't clear though I'm happy to answer questions in the comments section.

8/11/2015

Lu's Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Bash!


Each year I share with you some pictures of Lu's birthday party (do you remember last year's tea party?), mainly because Lu's birthday dreams are always so involved!  It seriously wouldn't surprise me if this kid is a party planner someday. Unfortunately for her, Mom and Dad are very thrifty, so most of her ideas are met with questions like, "Well, how do you think you could make that?"

By now she's gotten pretty used to our comments, so her ideas come with elaborate "how to" plans that leave me thinking "AGHH!!! I've created this monster!"  Ok, not completely, but you get what I mean.  Last year Ellie asked for one thing on her 3rd birthday--homemade dolls--when Lu was her age she asked for a princess dress up area, Ariel's boat, Belle's Market, and dress up clothes for about every Disney princess.  This kid LOVES parties, and has this habit of turning small parties into something much bigger than I originally intended. It's really ok though, because we've shared so many great times with these party projects, and I hope she looks back on these projects fondly as she grows up.  The projects have been great summer boredom busters!

This year Lu wanted a Strawberry Shortcake party with just a few friends.  She wanted the activities to be sewing and "baking."  Every kid got an apron (with a strawberry that needed its' seeds embroidered on) and a sewing kit  (the strawberry baskets below using my silhouette cameo) filled with a citrus pincushion or strawberry pincushion, embroidery floss, and an embroidery hoop.

I made her a strawberry shortcake dress, and we also made a strawberry pinata which we filled with assorted fruit candies.


Once the girls made their aprons, it was time for them to put together strawberry shortcakes for dessert.  The kids got to cut up their own strawberries, and go crazy with sprinkles and whipped cream.  There was also raspberry lemonade and blueberry muffins to snack on.  

I'm thinking that I'll write up a quick post on the aprons sometime soon, but until then I'm going to go take a little bit of a rest.  This party planning stuff is exhausting!
I hope you all have a great week!  Are you preparing for the start of school again? I'm sad to see summer come to an end!












8/04/2015

A Wrap Belt...And More Sewing for Me....



Hi all!  Today I'm over on Make It and Love It sharing how to make a reversible belt. Do you have any clothes in your closet that you don't like to wear because you don't think it's too flattering for your midsection?  I know I do, and these belts were my solution.  They are such a confidence booster!  And of course, once I started making one I just couldn't stop...So I made three!!! For a total of 5 different design possibilities (plus more depending on how you tie it up!)  So head over to Make It and Love It for the whole tutorial (and to see the other two belts!).

It's not too often that I sew things for me, but it does happen every once and while.  It's so easy for these posts to get lost within all of my other posts!  So if you're looking for more projects for yourself, here are a few that you might be interested in.

Do you remember these?

Easy Fabric headbands:



And this purse tutorial?

Hmmm...I think I need to sew for myself more often...  Sigh.  It's ok though, because I do love making things for my kids and house.  And next week I'll share with you all of my daughter's fruit filled birthday party.  I can't wait! It will be super fun, I promise.

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