Tuesday, June 22, 2010


made from a pillowcase and some bias tape, with a zipper on the side. No pattern; just gathered some strips of hemmed fabric and sewed on a tank top shaped front.  

Next up is a ruffle-ness dress!

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

on the line...

I think using dye is fun, but i dont like that you have to use a whole box of it thus wasting so much color or having to do a bunch of stuff the same color. 

Thats my Saturday thoughts of the day.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Make A High Chair Cover

Our high chair is a sturdy old thing. It has made it through two soon to be three babies, but the cover was just not doing it for me. 

It was the cover that came with the chair and it was well loved, pilly and just done. So I trudged all of us up to Joann to attempt to make a new one without a pattern or a clue. and You can do it. You can. Really.

It actually turned out to be a quick and easy project!

What I used:

ric rac- on hand
oil cloth (yes. Joann sells oilcloth now!) for 50% off with coupon
canvas- was 50% off right now
bias tape. i bought extra wide double fold because its the easiest to work with with a 50% coupon
ribbon for ties (and then I sealed the edges with a lighter)
thread- 0n hand
batting- 5 dollars

I then traced around the previous cover giving each section about an inch extra all the way around and without even having to cut the cover apart, i visually dissected each section until I had all of the pieces that made up the cover, then sewed it all together. I sewed in the padding and added ties, and I might add the hole for the belt (which is a large button hole) but for now, I think it's fine. I doubt she will be standing any time soon, trying to climb out.

The oilcloth was a lot easier to sew with than what I have bought before, not as thick, but it is still washable and wipe able. I bought a darker pattern so that it would hide messes better. There was a cute polka dot print but the background was white, and all I could think about was spaghetti night. 

 I bought too much oil cloth, so I plan on making some reuseable baggies and a bib or two. 

Now YOU try it!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

vintage lace dress

I admit lately, I have been seriously lacking in the creativity department. My priorities have been elsewhere, which was perfectly fine, but when I did get an opportunity to sit down for fun, all I ever heard was crickets. 

I think yesterday's little outfit sparked something back up again. I was kind of off today, so I thought I would spend some time sewing. I got out this vintage lace that I have been hoarding for something special, and designed a little dress.  

It turned out exactly how I pictured it in my head :) The front and back have pleats with the same trim. 

This lace and trim is just gorgeous. I was scared to use it and not like the project and be disappointed for getting it out, but I am very happy I went for it.

I have a ruffle diaper cover that will go perfect with this too!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Baby Girl Outfit

Sorry if it is getting monotonous with posts of outfits I have made, but I wanted to post this one because it was so easy to make.

I made the onesie from one I had here already, dipped a pencil eraser in black paint for the necklaces and then dipped the end of a paint brush in for the other size of the necklaces. I also glued on some rhinestones to give it a sparkle and then added a ribbon bow.

The tutu was a no sew tutu that I have done before. Easiest way to add some flair to a onesie, for sure!

The headband is from my sister in law. We even have matching ones! Yeah, we are pretty cool like that.


I love love love black and white clothes for myself, but especially for Ellie. I was so excited to see Carter's has now come out for a black and white line. Its about time!

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Let's talk furniture.

The other night, driving home, I started thinking about our furniture. Namely, our sofas

Isn't it fun to look around online and dream? Be inspired? Or better yet, find a great deal?

We got a great deal on our couches five years ago, but they aren't my favorite piece of furniture in the house. My husband and I both agreed though, that buying couches while our kids are so little might not be the smartest thing. We bought leather before our first was born, because of
 kids. They are so easy to wipe down. And our couches tell a story already. Sharpie on one from Jackson when the boys wanted tattoos, marker on the back because of Jaden learning how to color, a scissor mark  from when Micah sat down with a pair of scissors in his pocket, and a white pen mark from one of my scrapbooking sessions. Sadly, this is all on the same sofa! 

All of these marks are subtle, but tell a story of our lives. Kinda makes me love the ones we have, after all!

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Another repurpose for a reused shirt.

Remember this shirt?

Today, it got another new makeover. 

Shirring + 3/4 sleeves = new shirt for Me! It needs to be ironed, but its nice and long and comfy but still lightweight that its not too hot to wear. I give this a thumbs up!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

pillowcase dresses

Every since I saw pillowcase dresses, I wanted to make them for a little girl. Now that I have my own little girl, I can make as many as I want for her :) 

My mother in law gave me a couple of pillowcases and I couldn't wait to make some new dresses for Ellie. You can do so much with pillowcases!

Here's the first "traditional" pillowcase dress. Pretty easy. I added the trim to the bottom.

The second one I made was from this pattern on Etsy.

And she's thinking she can sit now!  She's getting stronger and more balanced with it every day!

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