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Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Kids Clothes Week- Day 4

Today I made one of my all time favorite patterns, The Aurthi by Tikatuly, for my 10 month old (Ack, 10 months already!! And did I mention that she’s been walking for a month now? Time needs to slow down!!!)  There are several different hem designs, lengths, necklines, AND it’s reversible. So many different options, and a great pattern to showcase a cute print. I also got to use those awesome KAM snaps again! I used an Alexander Henry print that I found hidden in the depths of my fabric closet. I forgot I even bought it…. perhaps that’s a sign that I buy too much fabric. Nah! You can NEVER have too much fabric!

Onto the cuteness!!  (excuse my grainy pics… I can’t wait until it warms up and we can get some nice outdoor pictures!)

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Here's the reverse side. It's so hard to get a good picture of a mobile baby!!

Here’s the reverse side. It’s so hard to get a good picture of a mobile baby!!

And the back. So cute, right?!?!

And the back. So cute, right?!?!

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Kids Clothes Week- Day 3

For the last few weeks, Linnaea has been obsessed with pretending to be a super hero. She grabs her blankie, tucks it into the collar of her shirt, and is off the save the day! Obviously, a super hero’s cape is an extremely important part of their wardrobe. So, mommy just HAD to make her a special one! And once Linnaea found out that I was making one for her, she insisted that little sister get one too.

Lucky for us, Peek-A-Boo Patterns has a FREE Super Kid Cape Pattern! So, that’s what I worked on today. These went today quickly and easily. Linnaea got to pick out what fabrics we used, and we finished it off with KAM snaps at the neck. (If you haven’t already discovered KAM snaps, I highly encourage you to go check them out! You’ll be putting snaps on EVERYTHING!!)

Here’s our super heroes in action!

I think the chevron looks great! Linnaea has an eye for fabric already :)

I think the chevron looks great! Linnaea has an eye for fabric already :)

My SuperGirls!

My SuperGirls!

Did you know that Super Hero capes can make you run faster and jump higher?

Did you know that Super Hero capes can make you run faster and jump higher?

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Fun, fun, fun!!!!!

 

 

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Kids Clothes Week- Days 1 and 2

Kids Clothes Week has begun! I spent yesterday and today working on Apple Loungewear by Shwin Designs!

I have to say, I am absolutely in love with this pattern. It was easy to follow and went together pretty quickly. I don’t think I’ll ever use another pattern for leggings. I am in LOVE with these. And they have a fold over, non-elastic, waistband! No threading elastic through casings!!!!

Enough of my ravings… onto the pictures!

How comfy does she look!!

How comfy does she look!!

And pockets!!! Gotta love pockets <3

And pockets!!! Gotta love pockets <3

What are you working on??

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Sewing Room Organization

Hello!! It’s been a while! Life with a (colicky) baby and a 2 year old can sure get hectic. I swear the time flies by faster than I can keep track of. I certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been over 2 months since I last posted, but it has!!

Anyways, in my little bit of spare time, I have been focusing on organizing my little sewing area so that I can get back to doing what I love- creating cute kids clothes! I thought I’d share some of my tips and methods to organizing everything in a small space.

Fabric storage:

I have this cabinet in my sewing room (Excuse the mess on my sewing table…) — sewing room

And here’s an idea of what it looked like before I got to work–

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YIKES!!! I had to get organized… I just can’t work in a cluttered space.

So, first things first, I bought some shelves to place in the cabinet. I decided to use THIS method to fold my fabric to display it in a way that I could see everything that I have to work with. It makes it SO much easier to pick and choose fabrics for each project.

Here’s what it looks like now:

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SO much better. (And LOOK, my ironing board tucks right in there too!) I was so overwhelmed with how it looked before But look at it now… makes me smile :) (Yes, I am a total dork, lol. Fabric brings me joy! Just ask my husband and our bank account….)

Pattern storage:

I have a couple different methods for storing patterns. The first are these lovely storage cubes that I found at the Dollar Store. They slide right on the top shelf and are the perfect fit for my paper patterns:

sewing room 3(Don’t mind the bin on the left- it’s filled with ribbon and trim…)

The other problem I ran into was how to store my PDF patterns that I’ve printed. This is still a work in progress, but I’ll explain what I’m working on doing. I bought a large binder and a bunch of plastic pocket protectors. I printed the first page (usually has a picture) of each pattern. Place each of these pages in a paper protector, and then slide your pattern piece (folded neatly) in behind them. This way, I can thumb through my patterns and see exactly what I have and have the pieces organized. Because otherwise, they can become quite the mess!

Also– I don’t bother printing up the millions of pages of instructions anymore. I downloaded Dropbox on my computer and on my phone, and I simply “drop” the instructions into Dropbox on my computer, and then I can read them on my phone as I sew. Huge paper saver!!! (And if you don’t already have Dropbox, get it! I love this program for more than just patterns!!)

Notion storage:

I have a couple different methods for storing notions. First, I have one of THESE drawers. It is perfect for fabric scraps, little containers of buttons, safety pins, etc… I keep all sorts of little odds and ends in there.

Then, back to my little cabinet, I placed this on the inside of one of the doors (another great dollar store find, I think I will probably grab more to put on the other door too!)

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It’s perfect for my scissors, rotary cutter, needles, zippers, bias tape, elastic, you name it! And all those little packages are organized and out of the way. How handy is that!

So, there you have it, a few little secrets to organizing a small space. It’s still a work in progress, so PLEASE send me your ideas!  I’d love to see more!! And, as always, have fun!

 

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The Liebster Award!

I woke up this morning to a nomination for a Liebster blog award from fellow SAHM over at Creating My Niche! Thank you!!

An award! Woohoo! I am so excited…. but what the heck is a Liebster award??? Basically, it’s an award to recognize small bloggers (less than 200-300 followers).  So, in order to official “accept” the award, I need to do the following: List eleven random facts about myself, answer eleven questions given to me by Creating My Niche, and nominate eleven small blogs.

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Here goes….

Eleven random facts about me:

1.) I played rugby in high school. I always love to throw that one out there because not many people can say they played rugby. It was tons of fun, but I still deal with lots of knee and shoulder pain from old injuries.

2.) I was the Fair and Rodeo Queen for my county in 2004. Yeehaw!

3.) My husband and I ran away to Vegas to get married. Yes, Elvis was there

4.) I hate, hate, HATE spiders. I couldn’t tell you why. I just hate them.

5.) I have 6 nieces and one adorable nephew. I love being an auntie.

6.) My guilty pleasure…. Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, and Dance Moms. Why? No clue… My husband makes fun of me because I spend half the time yelling at the television because I can’t stand the girls or the shows. Ha!

7.) When I was younger, I never really wanted to get married or have children. Now that I have both, I can’t imagine my life any other way. Love it!

8.) Both of my daughters are named after flowers. Just not your typical “rose” or “daisy”

9.) I’m a choco-holic! Especially dark chocolate. YUM!

10.) Before having babies, I worked at a couple different animal hospitals. I may actually like animals more than I like most people…. lol!!

11.) Some day I’d love to start my own small business. Probably just out of the house… Decorating cakes or making clothes or homemade cosmetics. Some day :)

My Eleven Questions From Creating My Niche:

1.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy/do? Lame, but I would pay off all of our debts…. Then I would buy my parents a vacation home really close to us so that we could see them more often :)

2.  What is the first movie you saw in a theater? hmmm…. I have no idea. I can remember seeing The Lion King at the drive-in when I was little, does that count? lol.

3.  What is your dream car? A horse… LOL! I’m not much of a car person, but think it would be really cool if my hubby bought an old Camero and fixed it up for me (hint, hint)

4.  How would your closest friend describe you? Kind, quiet, silly, and caring

5.  What is your most cherished possession? Pictures. I am a crazy picture taking lady. I would be devastated if I ever lost them.

6.  What does “happy” mean to you? Happy for me is being surrounded by my family. Watching my girls grow. Being in the loving arms of my husband. My family is my happiness.

7.  If you could pick it, what would be your last meal? Tough one! I’m a food lover…. Let’s see, how about a juicy steak with a side of risotto, spaghetti, pizza, and lasagna. Oh, and a chocolate souffle for dessert. LOL!

8.  If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would you pick and why? Gordon Ramsey… to get some cooking lessons! (I know, I know, I should have picked someone more inspirational. But after the last question, all I can think about is food!)

9.  What is your favorite junk food? CHOCOLATE! Oh, and Doritos. Love Doritos :)

10.  What song have you listened to most often in the last few days? The classical music we have playing in Linnaea’s room.

11.  If you were stranded on a remote island, what three things would you want with you (besides food & water)? My family, Kindle, and toilet paper! haha…

My nominees are: (I follow a ton of blogs, but these were the only ones that met the requirements. I love all of them!)

1.) Robbyn’s Nest

2.) Dresses & Me

3.) Mom’s Place of Sanity

4.) When Harry Met Celery

My Eleven Questions for my nominees….

1.) What is your favorite childhood memory?

2.) What was your dream job as a child?

3.) What is your favorite food?

4.) If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

5.) If you could travel back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

6.) If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

7.) Beach or Mountains?

8.) What is your favorite season?

9.) What is your favorite movie?

10.) What made yo start blogging?

11.) Describe yourself in 3 words:

Yay! We’re all set… Can’t wait to read your answers! And thank you again, Creating My Niche, for the nomination!! Now go, check out her blog! And don’t forget to take a look at my nominees blogs too! They all have lots of fun stuff to share!

 

 

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FREE Girls Sewing Tutorials and Patterns!

Unfortunately, I have had NO time to do any sewing. It’s amazing how hard it is to find a moment to sit down and work on a project when you’re busy snuggling a 6 week old and chasing around a 2.5 year old. I have found myself daydreaming about sewing, and imagining what my first project will be when I can get back to my hobby. Like many others out there, the first place I search is Pinterest, and my Pinterest sewing board has become over-filled with TONS of great free tutorials and patterns. I figured, since I can’t sew right now, I’d take this opportunity to share some of them with you!!

Dresses:

Twirly T-Shirt Dress from The Crafty Cupboard

Olivia’s Best Dress from Emily Taylor Design

Maxi Dress from Life is {Sew} Dailyfree sewing patterns and tutorials

One Hour Sundress from From an Igloo

Racerback Dress from Crafterhours

Delaney Dress from luvinthemommyhood

Snappy Toddler Dress from Prudent Baby

Junebug Dress from Craftiness is not an Option

Let’s God Fly a Kite Sundress from The Ribbon Retreat

Coraline Dress from Craftiness is not an Option

Vintage Heirloom Dress from Sew Set

The Playdate Dress from Sew Set

Toddler Maxi Dress and Shrug from Cat on a Limb

Itty Bitty Baby Dress from Made by Rae

Easter/Spring Dress from Moda Bake Shop

Ruffle Halter Dress from Ellie Inspired

Sweet Tartan Dress from Skirt as Top

Summer Picnic Dress from The Cottage Home

Brooklyn Frock from Sew Set

Butterfly Dress from Sewing in No Mans Land

The Perennial Dress from sewpony

Skirts:

Pleated Skirt from Fleece Fun

Tiered Petal Skirt from Life is {Sew} Daily

Twirly Skirt from House on Hill Road

Layer Cake Skirt from Prudent Baby

Reversible Circle Skirt from This Heart of Mine

Pleated Pocket Skirt from Sew Set

Tiered Skirt from Sew Set

Layered Skirt by Made

Tops:

Tank Top from Happy to Craft

Girls Tunic with Tank Top from Tea Rose Home

Julia Top from Shwin & Shwin

Reversible Apron Top from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

 

HAVE FUN!!!

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Crib/Toddler Bed Sheets

Now that we are all moved into our new house, I was able to get the sewing machine out again! I’ve been wanting to make sheets for the baby’s crib, and finally got the opportunity to (and while I was at it I went ahead and made some for Linnaea’s bed too!) I used THIS awesome tutorial from MADE, and I am in love with them! I will definitely be making all of their sheets from here on out… It was super easy, and all you need is 2 yards of fabric, 1/4″ elastic, and your sewing machine! It took me just a couple hours to make 3 sheets. The trickiest part is the elastic, but once I got the first one figured out the other 2 came together really quick and easy.

Here’s what we ended up with!!!

These are actually for Linnaea's toddler bed. She LOVES fishies

These are actually for Linnaea’s toddler bed. She LOVES fishies

The picture doesn't do this fabric any justice- it's a really pretty yellow

The picture doesn’t do this fabric any justice- it’s a really pretty yellow

Pretty in pink!

Pretty in pink!

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Rag Quilt Tutorial

I have been dying to sew up lots of cute baby stuff, but we are currently in the middle of a move so my sewing has slowed down quite a bit. One thing I have accomplished is a rag quilt. It was so quick and easy! I was able to put it all together in just a few days during Linnaea’s nap time. I think it is just perfect for a baby blanket :)

I followed THIS tutorial– the only difference is that I used 5″ squares instead of 7″ squares.

 

Don't you just LOVE those bright colors!

Don’t you just LOVE those bright colors! (Please forgive my phone pic….)

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Burp Rag Tutorial

With less than 11 weeks left until the baby is due, I have really started sewing like crazy to get some things prepared for her arrival. I’ll be sure to share all my projects and the tutorials I used to make them. I’ve found that making things myself has been a HUGE money saver for us! I’m a big sale shopper (and you all know my addiction to thrift stores and up-cycling old things!), so I’ve managed to get all of my supplies at half price or less!

The first project I wanted to share was baby burp rags. A friend of mine shared this tutorial with me (from Cloud9 Fabrics) and I LOVE them! They are super quick and easy to throw together. I made 8 of them, and it only took me a little over an hour from cut to finish. And this is a great way to use up some of those spare fat quarters you have laying around! Each fat quarter will make 2 burp rags, and just 1 yard of flannel (for the back) is all you need for a set of 8. So, 4 fat quarters and a yard of flannel later….. This is what I ended up with–

There are 2 of each pattern. Just LOVE them!

There are 2 of each pattern. Just LOVE them!

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Low Carb Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner!

Alright, I know we’ve already passed up Thanksgiving, but it’s not too early to start thinking about some healthier option for your Christmas dinner!

Traditionally, most people have ham or turkey for Christmas (at least in my family we do!) Turkey and ham are both carb free, however, to keep it that way do not use any sort of sugars to cook your meat it– this means no honey ham! We don’t need to really add any more sugar to the holiday season anyways, do we? :)

Here’s so recipes for low carb sides to go with your meal:

Instead of mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower

And top those off with this low carb gravy

Who doesn’t love green bean casserole? HERE’s an alternative recipe

We can’t forget the cranberry sauce!

And deviled eggs are always a great, low carb go to.

With THIS recipe, you can even enjoy rolls!

And don’t forget my broccoli salad recipe! I made this for Thanksgiving, and used dried cranberries instead of grapes. It was a huge hit!

For dessert, try out these– Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pecan Pie

And the Atkins diet website has some great recipes for low carb COOKIES, too!

It IS possible to enjoy the holiday season without worrying about gaining those dreaded extra pounds!

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