Super Stay At Home Mommy!

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

Elsa Dress!!

Elsa Dress Collage

I’m BAAAAACCCCKKKKK

Sigh, I don’t know what is going on with me! I WILL get back into blogging…. This is step one.

Anyway– My most recent project that I wanted to share with you all was this beautiful Elsa dress for my daughter

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Not only was it a pretty quick and easy sew, the pattern was FREE! This thrifty mom loves free!! Get it from Peek-A-Boo pattern shop, HERE!

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Using my Joann’s coupons, I raided their section of Frozen fabric (yes, there is an entire section of it at my store). We also recently got a fabric section in our Walmart that I took advantage of. All together, this dress cost a whopping $12!!!! So exciting! That’s cheaper than the lesser quality dresses you find at the store.

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My little Queen Linnaea is thrilled, and would live in it if I let her! Happy kid= happy mommy ❤

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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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Traveling With Your Toddler

 

We got back from our road trip to Missouri late Thursday night, and I learned a LOT about traveling with a toddler. I’d like to share a few things with you in the hopes that your future travels with a little one will be successful!

  • Bring a portable DVD player- This one was HUGE for us. Linnaea doesn’t typically watch a ton of TV, but the DVD player and her favorite movie was a life saver for us. It really helped distract her from the fact that she had to sit in her car seat for 14 hours.
  • Bring Snacks- I kept a supply of Linnaea’s favorite snacks in the front seat with me, that way I could hand her things as we were driving.
  • Bring your little one’s favorite lovey- Linnaea is attached to her blankie. It’s SO important to grab whatever toy/stuffed animal/pacifier/etc that your child is attached to.
  • Coloring books- To keep things clean, I handed Linnaea a coloring book and would give her a couple crayons at a time. I switched out colors occasionally, and she was happy as could be.
  • Fun kid’s music- Bring along a CD of fun songs that your kids want to listen to
  • Stop to stretch often- Your toddler will be much happier if you let them stretch their legs often. We stopped at several rest stops along the way and took short walks with Linnaea.
  • Bring along new/different toys- We were able to borrow a few toys from a friend, and these were a huge hit! Linnaea showed interest in them longer because they weren’t the same old toys that she’s used to playing with daily.
  • Bring a small stash of medicines- Tylenol/allergy meds/band-aids/etc…. We learned this one the hard way. When we got to Missouri, it turned out Linnaea was teething and we had to go find teething meds. It would have saved us some hassle if we would have packed a few items.
  • Change of clothes- Put a change of clothes in the car. Linnaea got car sick along the way and we were left digging through the trunk for her clothes. It would have been much easier had a tossed an outfit in the back seat.
  • Diapers- Keep a stash of diapers/wipes/changing pad easily accessible. Or, if your kiddo is potty trained, make sure you are stopping frequently for potty breaks.
  • When to travel- Make sure you are positive that your child will sleep through the night in their car seat before deciding to travel at night. We thought night travel would be easiest because we assumed Linnaea would sleep the whole way. Boy were we wrong. She only slept one hour the entire way to Missouri. That made for a rough first day there. On the way home, we traveled during the day and she did MUCH better.

I hope you’ll find a few of these tips helpful! And, please, let me know if you have more to add!! Happy travels!

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Toddler Sundress

I’m still working on making Linnaea a few things to take with us to Missouri and THIS toddler sundress is one of them. It took me about an hour to whip up yesterday during her nap time and I couldn’t be more in love with it. It’s simple and adorable! I used an old sheet I got at Good Will for $1 (although I only used about 1/8 of it), and a fat quarter from the goods I scored at Tuesday Morning. Another 25 cent outfit 🙂 Cute AND affordable, gotta love it!

 

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Romper!

We are heading to Missouri to visit my parents soon, so I wanted to make Linnaea something comfy and light to wear in the heat. I found this awesome pattern and tutorial for a romper at Fabric.com, and just HAD to make it! To make things even better, I made it out of an old sheet that I got at Good Will. The whole little outfit cost me about a quarter. You can’t beat that!

Just adorable, right? And it only took me an hour or so to make from cutting to finished product. I love it!

With the cute little sash around the waste.

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Kids Clothes Week Challenge

This past week I participated in the Kids Clothes Week Challenge (KCWC) via Elsie Marley. Basically, we were challenged to work for one hour a day, for seven days straight, on making children’s clothes. I got several things accomplished, and wanted to share with you!

Leggings made from old t-shirts. I got this tutorial from Rookie Moms.

A pair of long shorts. I've had terrible luck in the past with shorts patterns, so I actually spent one hour of my sewing time creating a pattern for these. Some day, I'll add more sizes to it and post if for everyone to download.

And of course, the poodle skirt I showed you earlier this week. You can find the tutorial here at SuperStayAtHomeMommy!

I got this pattern from the free downloadables at Fabric.com. I changed it up a little and added the tiers. This is my favorite thing I did this week 🙂

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Child’s Poodle Skirt Tutorial

I’ve been wanting to make Linnaea a poodle skirt for a while now– simply because a 1 year old in a poodle skirt is too stinkin’ cute! I couldn’t find an online tutorial out there, and didn’t want to spend the money on a pattern for such a simple skirt, so I had to get thinking…. I absolutely LOVE this circle skirt tutorial by Dana Made It, and it dawned on me that that’s pretty much what a poodle skirt is- a circle. Now, using this pattern, the skirt comes to the knee. So, all we have to do it add a couple inches in length (measure the leg to where you’d like the skirt to end, and use that as the length measurement.) Anyways, here’s how I did it:

To start, as I said before, I used the pattern from Dana Made It, and simply add a couple to the length. To make this skirt, I used felt. The beauty of felt is-- NO HEMMING! How great is that! It doesn't fray, so no need for hems.

Again, following Dana's tutorial, I sewed the exposed elastic along the top. We're almost done already!

Here's the iron-on poodle applique. I ordered online from Joann's. All we need to do is apply it!

Voila! We have a poodle!

Here's the finished product. How easy was that!

Adorable!

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From Trash to Treasure!

Recently, I snagged a couple little chairs and table on Craigslist for $5. I was looking for a little place for Linnaea to sit down and color, and this was perfect! There was just one thing wrong… The chairs were covered in cartoon characters (Dora and Spongebob, which we don’t watch here), and the table had a picture of a princess and was covered in scratches. Since they were going to go in our living room (the room Linnaea has officially taken over as her playroom), I needed them to look more presentable. So, I decided the easiest way to go about doing that was priming and painting the whole set. This ended up not costing me a penny! How did I do that, you might ask? Well, we had a little primer left over from a previous project. For the paint, I went to Ace Hardware on a weekend when they were offering a free quart! They do this occasionally, so keep an eye out and grab a quart next time you see the deal going on! You never know when you’re going to need some paint!

Here’s some before and after pics, I am quite pleased with how they turned out!

Before.... Even if we wanted to, we just couldn't leave the chairs this way. Linnaaea was terrified of the giant Spongebob eyes staring at her!

During... After a couple coats of primer

After! Her table and chairs set up in her little corner of the world 🙂 Total cost- $5! In researching online, I found that I saved anywhere from $45 to $100! (Depending on the set of table and chairs you get). Keep an eye out for deals, it pays off!

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Quiet Books!

I am so excited about this post! I have been working on 2 quiet books, one for my daughter and one for my nephew, for about 2 weeks now. They are time consuming, but SO worth it! I love how they turned out, and can’t wait to see what you guys make too.

I found the design, templates, and supplies list at Serving Pink Lemonade. She’s got it all organized, and makes it easy for you to make one too. I did make a few changes to some of her templates, and I’ll show you below what I added…..

Ok, I didn't actually change this one, but it is by far my favorite! The petals have velcro so kids can move them around and learn counting. Then, the little pot that it's in is actually a pocket to hold the petals. So cute, right!

"Serving Pink Lemonade's" design is actually a cute ballet slipper. I had originally planned on doing the ballet slipper for Linnaea's book, and a tennis shoe for my nephew's book. I decided I actually liked the tennis shoe a bit more than the slipper, so I did this for both books 🙂

The only thing I added to this one was a little personalization-- just put their initials on the mailboxes, which I thought was fun!

"Serving Pink Lemonade's" first page simply says "My Quiet Book", once again I wanted to add a little personalization so I did it this way. I also added the little pocket.

I had a great time creating this fun little books, and I hope you guys do too!!

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Easter Fun!!

I have been trying to just post once or twice a week, but with Easter quickly approaching, I wanted to squeeze in one more post this week. I don’t know about you, but the I don’t like the idea of stuffing my kid full of Easter candy. Instead, I have created a list of fun ideas to fill Easter baskets with. I also compiled a list of crafts and activities that you can enjoy with your kiddos!

Easter Basket Goodies!

-Coloring Books

-Crayons

-Books

-Sidewalk Chalk (Learn how to make your own HERE)

– Finger Paint (Learn how to make your own HERE)

-New Swimsuit For The Coming Summer Season

-Easter Outfit

-Bubbles

-Kite

-Playdough (Learn how to make your own HERE)

-Flubber (Learn how to make it HERE)

-Stuffed Animals

-Bath Time Toys

-Outside toys

-Fill Plastic Eggs With Tastey Snacks (goldfish, Cheerios, etc)

-Sippy Cup, or Character Cup For an Older Kid

– Movies

– Hair Clips/Bows (This is where I get mine- F&F Creations– She does great work, and will do custom orders!)

– Stickers

-Plastic Eggs Filled with Little Toys

These Worksheets

-New Toothbrush

-Toothpaste

The possibilities are endless! Let’s try not to stuff our kids full of sweets this year!

And here are some great crafts and activities I’ve come across– Lots of Easter fun!!

Felt Easter Birdy

Paper-Napkin Decoupage Eggs

Easter Egg Coloring Tips

25 DIY Easter Projects

101 Easter Craft Ideas

Temporary Tattoos on Eggs

Easter Egg Hunt Activities

Bubble Wrap Easter Eggs

Plastic Egg Animals

HAVE FUN!!!

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