Monday, March 2, 2015


 One of my favorite Halloween costumes I have ever made was Hedwig for my older son, Cole.  Although the costume was a ton of work the time was totally worth it.  I used products by Bella Blvd  in neutral tones to mimic the colors in my sons costume.  
I love that I could finally use some of the feathers I've been holding onto specifically for this layout.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dress for Success -part 2

So started by making the top of the dress.  This pattern is designed so the whole top of the dress is lined which is awesome.
Next I started working on the pockets.  To guarantee I had the pocket centered I found the middle and pinned from there.  Then I added the piping before sewing the pocket panels into the bottom skirt.
Now the bottom of the skirt is complete.
I added a crocheted heart by Bella Blvd to the top of the dress instead of a button which is more typical but not nearly as cute.
The finished dress.  Now I can't wait to get started on the matching doll dress.  
I was able to cut out both the dress for my niece (size 5) and the doll dress using one yard of both patterns. Fabric by Riley Blake designed by Bella Blvd.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Challenging Myself

 Project Linus is an amazing organization that donates blankets to children in need.  This is the second year I am completing a challenge quilt for them.  This is on top of spending an entire day sewing at a Blanket Day that is held in Wisconsin.  My goal this year was to not only donate my time and complete my challenge quilt but to one up myself by bringing one additional quilt to donate.
 This quilt is composed of coordinating fabrics from my stash.  I cut them into two, three and four inch strips and then sewed them together randomly.  Well, as randomly as I can manage because it seems the second I try make something random it takes on some semblance of a pattern.
 So on a Saturday in February this is how far I got with my bonus quilt!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Spreading Some Love

Valentines are probably one of my favorite things to make with my boys.  This year they both decided to make the same ones but because my boys go to different schools and one son's school has a strict no candy or junk food policy we had to vary what we put inside them.
 I found the vase shaped goodie bags in the wedding crafts section of my local Walmart.  They were only $3.50 for 100 of them.  I found the clip art online and then added text blocks.  I did make them  sign each card but we skip putting classmates names on them to make handing them out faster.  Of course this only works if your one son doesn't accidentally give someone more then one and then runs out.  My older son chose to put Swedish Fish in his.  He felt five was enough.  I think that was because he was hoping to eat the left overs.  
 My little one loaded his fishbowls with colored goldfish.  Since he is only in kindergarten it was a great counting activity for him.
Then because I work at a school in several difference classrooms I went with really simple and useful pencil valentine with cute sayings about being sharp or being all write.  I printed them on plain white card stock and attached pencils with washi tape by Bella Blvd(purple and blue) and Target brand(red).

Friday, February 13, 2015

Dress for Success

I am always on the hunt for new patterns and although there are a lot available online that I can print at home the fact that I have to print them out and tape them together can be very frustrating for me.  Probably because I'm itching to get sewing already.  So when JoAnn Fabrics runs a sale on patterns(5 for $5 on Simplicity patterns this time) I am typically there the first day to see what I can find.  I fell in love with this pattern.  I know what you are thinking.  I have two boys.  Thankfully I have two beautiful nieces too!  Both of whom got similar dolls for Christmas.
 So I let my niece pick out the pattern for the bottom and at her dad's request to steer away from pink (I guess he already sees enough of that in his life) we decided to go with the yellow for the bottom. Fabric by Riley Blake designed by Bella Blvd