Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Day 3 of Kids Clothes Week is here and I made a really easy and fun monster hooded towel based on the tutorial found here.

 My little one was the designer on this one.  I asked her basic questions: How many eyes?  3.  Hair?  Yes, red hair.  Teeth?  Yes, not pointy and only one.  Horn?  Yes, one gold one where the nose goes.  Perfect.

 A perfect little monster for my monster.  Raawwrr!!!

I'm not sure Mr. One Tooth will be bringing scary nightmares, though.  He's a nice kind of monster.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Today's dress was inspired by this tutorial.  I just fell in love with the fun design and wanted to try my hand at stamping on fabric.

I started with a comfy Old Navy shirt of which the top fit my 3.5 year old pretty well.

 Then I assembled some comfy jersey fabric recently purchased from Girl Charlee (love that shop!)
 I found a sweet acrylic stamp of a hedgehog and stamped them on a white knit with some soft black fabric paint applied with a foam brush.
 I cut my fabric to size and sewed it all together.  The sewing was a challenge for me because these knit fabrics are so fine they kept getting sucked into the feed dog, even with a walking foot.  I used a double layer of tissue paper underneath to add the structural support needed to allow these knits to feed properly.
 All done!  I'll take some action shots of my little one in it soon.  Right now she's sleeping.  :)
 Sweet!  Another project done!

Monday, April 22, 2013


I woke up early on this fine first day of Kids Clothes Week to work on a tutu project that's been on my list for a while. The inspiration came from here. A DIY tutu for my little one on the day of her first dance recital. Perfect.

Fabric is a mixture of tulle, chiffon, and a soft jersey knit.

My kitty loved working with me.

Sunday, April 21, 2013


I am so excited to start Kids Clothes Week tomorrow!  I created a little spreadsheet with ideas, links to pictures or instructions, which fabrics will be used, who the item is for and what size to make it in, any notions being used.


My basic checklist for each item on the day I work on it is:

#1 Photograph the fabric and notions
#2 Cut pattern and fabric
#3 Sew it!
#4 Photograph the item (still life)
#5 Photograph the item in action
#6 Write and post blog post
#7 Post on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter

I have a Kids Clothes Week Pinterest board set up HERE.

Super duper excited!  There are apparently well over 500 other people playing along for this challenge.  This will be my first time and I'm hoping my husband is truly going to be OK with taking care of things during my distraction...

Sunday, March 31, 2013


Here is another random Pinterest creation.  I saw this picture of an adorable mushroom available to purchase on le Train Fantome's shop on Big Cartel:

OMG, that is CUTE!!!!

So I decided to try and make my own version of this.

I wanted it to be BIG, though, so I could snuggle with it.  I have always had an extreme fondness for mushrooms and find their shapes and colors to be so pleasing to the eye.

To start with, I drew the shape on a big piece of paper.  I cut out the mushroom top from the stem so I had two pieces.  I also cut out another oval-shaped piece for the bottom so that it could be able to stand up better and make the stem more tubular.  I went through my fabric stash and found this fabulous yellow dot fabric I got at Ikea years ago and the stem was this white honeycomb knit fabric I got from who knows where.

I cut out the pieces and pinned the stem under the mushroom top and sewed across on the top/pattern side of the fabric.  I thought the fraying of the fabric at the edge would add another dimension to the design.  I did this for the front and back being careful to match up the back side with the front before sewing that.

Then I just put the right sides together and sewed around the sides and the top, leaving a four-inch or so section open on one of the sides for stuffing later, and NOT sewing the bottom closed. I pinned the oval shaped piece to the bottom, still with the right sides together, and sewed it closed all the way around.

Now it was time to turn it right side out and stuff stuff stuff.  My little girlie helped with this part.  Once it was nice and stuffed (not too full) I turned the edges in on the hole and just ran that through my machine.  Normal people would hand sew it shut, but I'm just not patient enough for that.  :)

The final dimensions on this are about 25-inches tall by 17-inches wide.  Sweet!  It's perfect for a good snuggle.

Here are a million pictures.  I think it'll end up being a pretty cool prop for impromptu photo shoots, and looks really cool on just about anything you put it on.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


The first randomly selected activity for my Random Pinterest project was actually a list of 200+ activities from the Play Create Explore blog.  A whole lot of wow and a little bit of overload here!

This list is GREAT!  Lots of really cool and fun things to do.  I need another random number generator to get some of these projects lined up on the to-do list.  Geez!

I went through the list and found one that spoke to me directly: an outdoor pretend play clothesline.  Here is the picture from the Play Create Explore blog:

I am all about getting my little one to help out with the chores whenever she can.  She sees it as a game and I can get some work done while also entertaining her, teaching her the importance of routine chores, and teaching her valuable lessons as well.  Total win-win.

We usually hang our clothes out to dry on the line.  So, for us this wasn't pretend play, this was real work!  I hung a new line a bit lower so she could easily reach it and she went right to work hanging up her laundry to dry while I hung up the rest.  Wow!  Thank you so much for the idea guys!  This has been a wonderful activity.

Til next time!



So, this yummy looking recipe was the first one to be randomly selected when I performed my Random Pinterest algorithm.

Here is the original post on the Budget Savvy Diva blog:  Tomato, Basil, Cheese Pasta Bake Recipe

I made fresh pesto from a huge $1 bag of basil from the Asian market down the street.  This is more of a Thai Basil rather than a Sweet Basil, but it makes a nice pesto.  We also use pecans from Costco (such a good deal!), parmesan from Costco that I shred and freeze, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  I usually make this pesto in bulk and freeze them in ice cube trays to use when time is tight (which is ALWAYS).

I followed the rest of the instructions as written, and it turned out delicious and made so much!  We served it with a caesar salad. We had enough for dinner for two adults and a three-year-old, lunch for two adults, and froze the leftovers for another full dinner another time.  Since I haven't eaten the frozen meal yet I can't swear to how good that tastes, but it should be just fine.

Here is our dog Penny begging for just a little taste.  No no Penny, this goes in MY tummy.