Monday, August 11, 2014

Double blogging

Apparently I have been blogging on two emails. I will be continuing on only one. 

Here is the link

Monday, July 28, 2014

Selfish sewing

Sometimes we need to put everyone else aside and be a little selfish! I did just that this weekend and made a shirt for myself. 

Pattern is from Go To Patterns and it is the Simply Lovely Dress. 
Fabric is a sheer simply silky print I got from Joann's. 

I did as a little length to it. And I realized afterwards I did the straps different. 

But I love the fit and comfort of it. 

I have plans for a maxi dress from this on another silky print, but this time a gradient dyed one. 

Have a great day and be sure to check the pattern out. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reversible jump rope

There is nothing better than 2 dresses in one!

I have previously made the jump rope tunic for Lily. This time I made a reversible dress for Avry. I have to say I LOVE it. Even hubby complimented me on it. 
I thinks favorite part might be that in winter it will be perfect for layering. 

I thought this would be perfect for some boarder prints I had. 

I had one hoarded for 6-7 years. It is an old daisy kingdom. 

The other print is a red ridinghood. 

She wore it as soon as I finished it. 

The pattern is from Oliver and S and they are one of my favorites. There is a simple one button closure at the back. 

Sorry no modeling pictures. But trust me it looks cuter on her than it does the hanger. 

Have a great one. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Under garments for young girls

Being a young girl has got to be hard enough without having to find appropriate clothes. 
Lily is 9, this year she joined an Allstar softball team, her shirt was a little large and I felt I could see inside the arm holes. With her age I thought it appropriate to get her a sports bra for comfort and modesty. These were simple to find. 
However, in the recent weeks I woke up a little and purchased the American girl changing young body book. I also got to thinking I was around her age when I started to wear a bra. On a recent trip to the store I was mortified with the bra options for young girls. It was either padding or lace!  
Not something my young daughter needs. 
It is the same thing if you check etsy. 
I knew I had to get to work. 

I have mention tumble and twirl or mountain ash patterns before. This time I used gymnastics training wear separates 1

Her patterns are very easy and especially simple to modify. I picked out some scraps of fabric and stsrted to cut. Before I knew it I had 7 cut. 

A little bit of fold over elastic 

And some small bows and embellishments 

A few days like this. 

Ok only 2, but this is the end result. 

I did some shirring down the center front of half. Oh and added a purple one as were. 

Simple, not so plain. 

 Appropriate for a young girl. 

Comfortable fold over elastic and my girl is all set for a while. 
Sewing these was hard on my heart. I had to face the fact that my girl is growing up. 

Not sure I am ready. 

Have a great one. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

The irony of children

When they you are one, life is grand
The adventures are endless
The fun nearby. 
As you grow beyond one 
Your told never to have one too young. 
Sometimes this works 
Sometimes it doesn't. 
As you grow older, you try for one or even some 
Sometimes your blessed with them
Sometimes you fight for them
Unfortunately sometimes you can't. 
When they arrive, everyone will have comments 
Everyone will have advice! 
Soon you will find your way. 
Just as you begin to feel they may never sleep
They do.
They grow bigger and their needs change. 
As they grow older they become like a small shadow 
Following you everywhere. 
Fingers under doors 
Fingers in your bowl
Fingers in your hands
They seem to have their fingers in everything. 
You will wish for moments alone 
To drunk your coffee, water or beverage all by yourself
In peace. 
To shower alone 
Go to the bathroom alone 
They always find you. 
Even when you hide in the shower to eat chocolate. 
As they continue to get bigger you bring them everywhere
Eventually, you may find yourself staying up late, waiting. 
Are they safe?
When will they be home?
What is going on? 
You warn them, don't have one too young. 
Sometimes they listen.
Sometimes they can't. 
They will grow into adults
Sometimes they will have their own. 
You find yourself wishing to share one more snack.
To be interrupted in the shower one more time. 
For them to crawl into your lap for a snuggle on last time. 
Yet no matter how big they are,
What they have done
Your baby, they will always be. 

Hope you enjoyed. 

*this was written by me. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Recent craftings

Been a bit crazy around here lately, sorry for the delay. I am however trying to get better and avoid those long stretches of nothing. Lately I am in dance costume mode, my oldest is on a competitive dance team this year, so for a few weeks or monthes at the begining of the year I am in costume mode. I make some of the dance costumes for the kids. This year one of the routines my daughter is in is Grease, I got to make these costumes for part of the group. Not because I made them but I think these are mighty cute.

I showed you Lilys finished birthday dress last time, since I have been working on one for Avry. It is a Bloom for all those non Ravelry people you can find the pattern on the designers blog here . I will however need a third skein of Sheeps Ewe .

Thats all I will share today, I have to cut 7 more pieces for the petti coats for the dance costumes.

~ thanks for reading , Kristen ;)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Day = New Begining

This year I am really trying to stay positive about things and potentially rid the negative. The negative just makes me feel, well yucky, and just leads to other non wanted feelings. I am also trying to eat better to make for a healthier me. So far so good (if we don't count yesterday, was a bit of a stressful day and not the best for me) when a bad day does come about, like anyone I try to deal, not always easy. But as I go to sleep, I know a new day is coming, which is a new beginning, its a second chance, a chance to try again and get to what I might not have the day before.
My next venture, well aside from adding exercise back into my daily routine is to get more organized. I was recently told about getting a free copy of Organized Made Simple for my kindle from amazon. I figured its worth a try, and best part is if I cant stick to it, it was free. We have so many plans, wants and needs for our home. Also on our agenda is to manage our money better, but then again who doesn't have that on their to do list. I was at first going to attempt Dave Ramseys Money make over but fortunate for us, we really don't have any debt. We don't use credit cards and only have our mortgage so we are pretty confident that we can attack this on our own.
I think our first big project to tackle will be the girls room. Need to take the mat type flooring out, possibly new laminate hard woods, Avry needs a bed, at almost 5 she is still in a toddler bed, and some paint. Not to bad if you ask me! Today I think I may just try to clean the room up so we can get her a new bed. Of course as we proceed I will take before and after pics.

For now I leave you with a quote I read "Be the change you wish to see in the world" ~Ghandi

Have a great day, make it a good one!

~ thanks for reading , Kristen ;)