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Mar 9, 2015 - Homemade Clothes, Sewing    No Comments

Sewing Spree

These are a few of the fabrics that I bought this weekend to work on this coming week. These fabrics will all become something for my daughter to wear for this spring/summer. The lack of modest shorts or comfortable, cool (as in temperature) capris at the kids consignment sale that I went to recently, made me decide that I need to make her some things for the spring and summer. I had planned on doing this last year as well, but I never got around to it. So, this week begins a sewing spree.

I plan to cut out the patterns today and tomorrow and start sewing tomorrow night or the next day. To me, cutting out the pattern is the worst part. Call me crazy but I just can’t stand doing that part of a sewing project. 

What are you working on this week?  

Nov 8, 2014 - Homemade Clothes, Sewing    No Comments




This week, I have had my sewing machine out.  You know what that means…it is going to stay out for a while and I am going to get a few projects done while I have it all out.  I love to sew.  I HATE getting it all out and therefore, I do not sew as often as I would like to.  I have so many projects unfinished and a few in my head that I WANT to do, but I am too lazy to get it all out.  I admit it.  I am lazy when it comes to this task.  Does it take that long to get it all out?  In the grand scheme of things…not really.  It is just a chore.  I tell my husband…”One day, when we have that extra bedroom (in a new house), I will leave my sewing machine out all the time so that I will actually use it like I should/want to.”  It is the going joke when we need a little extra space for something…”If we just had ONE more room…”  :)  One day…

So, I volunteered to make 7 bonnets and 7 aprons for the girls in my son’s first grade class to wear at their Thanksgiving Brunch in a couple of weeks.  What possessed me to take this on?  Knowing that sewing is a dying art these days and that I might be the only parent who was able and willing.  So, yeah, I said “yes”, of course.  If you want something done, just ask someone who is busy, right?  I got them done in just a couple of sittings but I am glad they are done and off of my “to-do” list.  :)  They weren’t hard, really, and they turned out very cute.  My daughter, after watching me make all of these, wants a less traditional set.  She wants a purple bonnet and a pink apron…  She has put her order in.  I will fulfill that at some point.  First to make a few outfits for her, a Christmas present or two and some PJ pants for both my son and daughter.  My husband wants PJ pants too….he keeps asking for them…so, my sewing machine will be out for a little while longer…  :)

Disney Shirts and (Randomly Enough) Manatees


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Last week, my family and I spent time at my parent’s home in Central Florida.  They live about an hour and fifteen minutes from Disney World.  We have only taken the kids to Disney once, a couple of years ago…so, we decided to spend a day in the Magic Kingdom this past week while we were in town.  Needless to say, the kids had a blast.  We did too.  :)  Before we left, I made these shirts for the kids to wear while at the park.  They chose the silhouette they wanted and I went to work.   Harrison wanted Donald Duck and Darcie wanted Princess Aurora.  They picked the shirt and paint colors.  :)  I used Freezer Paper to cut out the design and then ironed the design onto the shirt.  It took several layers of paint just because the shirts were such dark colors.  They were amazed when I pulled up the design stencil off of the shirt.  Fun times.

On the ferry to Magic Kingdom…



And just for fun, here are a few pictures of some Manatees we saw while in the area as well.  If you haven’t ever seen them for yourself…it is worth the trip.  :)  If you ask real nice, my parents will take you out in their boat for free as opposed to the hundreds you could spend with a diving boat.  :)




Apr 5, 2014 - Homemade Clothes, Sewing    No Comments

Maxi Skirt



Just Google “Maxi Skirt Tutorial” and you will find multiple places for you to view a how-to video/blog post on ways to make a simple maxi skirt.  After finding one of these tutorials, I bought some fabric to try one of these skirts before I went online to buy some really cute material to make a few more.  it sat longer than it should have before I made it…I won’t admit to you how long…

These are great for the hot weather that is coming our way soon…or you can make long ones for the winter weather.  This one I actually made for my friend and she says it fits great and that she loves it.  Yay!  She is just a little smaller than me in the hip area (we swap clothes at times) and so on me this fit a little more snug than I will make mine.  It actually only probably needs an extra inch but it was super simple to make and I hope to make me (and her) a few more.

What I did was I measured the size by a skirt I own now and cut the fabric out around it so that it was similar in size.  I made a band at the top and then sewed the sides together.  30 mins tops.  And, my next one should not take that long.  I used about 1 1/2 yards of fabric.

Happy sewing!

Oct 3, 2013 - Homemade Clothes, Sewing    No Comments

Another Sewing Spree….


I have six new patterns, several new yards of fabric and a sewing machine that is collecting dust….all this comes together and means that a sewing spree is in my immediate future!  It started by finding four $1/yard fabrics at Walmart one morning.  Then, I took them to Hobby Lobby, matched them with some solids and then I was ready to sew SOMETHING!  My family and I then went to a local flea market one day and I bought 6 new little girl patterns for dresses and such.  So, sewing is in the future.  :)

I have been out of the crafting mindset this week, for the most part, because my 3 year old daughter has been fighting and recovering (not so well) from her first (I hope only!!!) UTI.  I feel like I have spent more time in the bathroom this week than in any other room in this house.  AHHHHHHHH!!!  Sorry, I just had to get that out.  :/

Also, my only living grandfather (only living grandparent, actually) is not doing well and I will be leaving Saturday to go and see him for the weekend in Florida.  This fact, along with being in the bathroom all week with a three year old,  have prevented me from mentally and physically, working at my craft desk this week.  Hopefully next week will be better!  :)

Anyway…Saturday is National Card Making Day!  I will miss working at my desk this weekend, but I hope you all take advantage of a little time that day to make a few cards!  Have a great day and remember, it is always homemade!





Jul 25, 2013 - Sewing    No Comments

Darcie’s New Outfit and Trophy :)


Well, this picture was for two purposes…

1.  (Most Importantly) Darcie said all 66 books of the Bible in order to one of the elders at church before she turned 3 which in turn gets a her a trophy for her accomplishment.  She did such a great job and was so proud of her trophy (and her accomplishment, but mostly her trophy :-) )  So, here is her trophy she so proudly represented.

2.  Secondly, this picture was taken for you all to see the cute outfit she has on as well.  The skirt is a pattern I have made before but this one is in different fabric than the previous one I made.  Very cute and a simple pattern.  The shirt is from the book I reference a lot when new clothes show up on the blog  :)  The title of the book is “Little Girls, Big Styles”.  This shirt involved shirring, which was something that I feared to try but it was so easy!  Do not be afraid of this task!  It was so simple and gave the middle of the shirt some character.

Hope you enjoy and remember, it is always homemade.


Jul 10, 2013 - Craft, Sewing    1 Comment


Yes, yes, I have been…

Sorry for the absent of posts for the last couple of weeks.  I have been working on some projects but I have been busy and out of town for the last couple of weeks, the blog has been the last thing on my mind.  I thought about it but didn’t have time to do anything about it.  Hopefully I am will be back on schedule this week and the following weeks to come.

My hubby was out of town for a week, during which I had a friend and her two kids visit me….then he came back into town on a “red eye” flight and we left the following day for a road trip to Florida where my parents live….so, here are a few things that I have been working on while I have been AWOL from the blog…


Sewing….which I have several more things to sew in the next week or two or three….  :)


Planting some mature tomato plants given to us by a friend.  These have a few tomatoes on them already and we are already picking some ripe ones from our other two plants.  Yum!



While my friend was here visiting, we made some 4th of July shirts for our kids….so cute!


Made a couple of bows for my daughter to replace the white bows she has been wearing that are no longer white!  :-)  Made these while I was in Florida.

And, before leaving for Florida, I made a last batch of Amish Friendship Bread, Banana Nut Bread style..  :)

Hope you guys enjoy the projects, and hope to see you again SOON!  I promise to warn you the next time I go AWOL.  :)  I am decorating and coordinating a wedding next week, but hopefully I will get a couple posts in early in the week.  Just FYI

Have a great day and remember, it is always homemade.

Mar 29, 2013 - Sewing    1 Comment

The Pile Is Shrinking…



This morning I am waking up alongside my hubby in San Antonio, TX.  We left Alabama Wednesday night and flew to San Antonio yesterday morning.  Thanks to my parents and sister, our kids are probably not going to miss us much because they will be spoiled for the next 6 days by their G-parents and Aunt.  I am sure they are having a blast, as are we!  :0)  So, today, for the second week in a row, there are sewing projects instead of scrapbook layouts.  Hope you can get over that and enjoy the clothes I made for my kids.

Have a great day and remember, it is always homemade!



Mar 1, 2013 - Sewing    No Comments

Sewing Projects

So, this week and last, I have dedicated to a few sewing projects.  I only made three of the four I had planned but the last one is cut out and ready to sew….whenever I get the chance.  :0)  The picture above is an outfit for my daughter.  I made the top in December and have FINALLY made the pants to go with it.  Pathetic, I know….


This skirt is from the same book from the outfit above (Little Girls, Big Styles).  This is a two tiered  skirt.  Very cute, very simple.  I really liked the way it turned out and she loved wearing it this past weekend to worship services on Sunday.  All the fabric above in both projects came from Hobby Lobby.  Just in case you were wondering….  I really like their fabric and it is always on sale.  The fabric is arranged with matching fabrics together which is really nice as well because then you aren’t looking all over the department for something to match with what you already picked up.  It is basically already done for you!


Well, last, but not least, something for ME!  A cosmetic bag.  I saw this bag on Kristina Werner’s blog a few months ago.  Her link is in my blog roll.  It was super cute and the link for the tutorial is HERE.  This blog is full of very easy patterns for various projects.  I have made a few things from this site.  She gives very detailed tutorials along with pictures for all steps.  I was a little nervous using a zipper in this bag.  I haven’t inserted a zipper in over 15 years.  But, it went very well!  I made this bag for about $7 total.  You need 2 fat quarters, a 14 inch zipper and iron-on vinyl (Hancock Fabrics).  I bought the zipper and the vinyl at Hancock and used a coupon on both and got them both for a total UNDER $5.  I was super excited.  The vinyl is not cheap but with a 40% off coupon it is much better!

I hope you enjoyed the projects.  Back to scrapbooking layouts next week!  Have a great weekend and remember, it is always homemade!

December/January Sewing Projects

I had several things to finish in my sewing pile last month.  I made a few dresses for my daughter, a couple of bags and an applique project for a friend.  Here are a couple of the things I made…I still have a few to go!  :0)

 This dress and pants outfit above is one of the most favorite things that I have made for my daughter thus far.  This material (minus the plain blue) was actually a sheet I bought at a thrift store back in the summer.  My sister and I went thrift store shopping one afternoon while we were both at my parent’s house this summer and we got some awesome deals.  Do not underestimate a thrift store!!  This sheet cost $1 and the blue material for the pants cost me $1.50.  So, this outfit cost about $3 total if you count the thread and such.  If you have a daughter and you want some simple patterns for “boutique style” clothing you can pick up a book on Amazon called “Little Girls, Big Styles”.  I bought it for about $15 and it is worth every penny!  Check it out!


This bag was a gift for my friend for Christmas!  How cute did this turn out???  I loved it so much I made me one with different fabric and colors.  This was a Pinterest project that really turned out nicely.

 I hope you enjoy the projects for today.  I am ready for my normal schedule to start on Monday!  Join me then for a really cute card and sketch!  Remember, is is always homemade!