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{this moment}

Adopted from the Soulemama blog,

{this moment} – A Friday ritual.  A single photo-no words-capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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clothing a crazed toddler-part 2

Okay, maybe he’s not crazed!!  But, definitely a handful!!  This is my second pair of shorts for little Ollie.  I was thinking the fabric combo was going to end up looking like he was wearing clown pants but, they ended up looking like board shorts-much better!

He’s in deep thought in this picture.  I don’t normally tuck in his shirt but, I wanted you to be able to see the waistband and pockets.

I went with a flat front for these shorts with elastic in the back only.  I think it looks a little less homemade this way.  I also used my pocket pattern from the first shorts but turned them the other way so they were wider.  I added the turquoise buttons just for a cute detail.  I think I am going to add buttons to the first shorts too.  It’s such an easy way to make them a little special.

Ollie wasn’t feeling too good in these pictures-the reason for the half smile!  Right now, I have one more pair of shorts in the works.  They are a blue chambray printed fabric with yellow pockets on the sides.  Better get to work, this boy can go through several outfits in a day!! Have a good one! -amy

this weekend

This weekend I did a little bit of sewing.  There are so many tutorials and cute images online for girls handmade clothes but, not  very many for boys.  However, I started with Anna Maria Horner’s quick change trousers pattern from her latest book, Handmade Beginnings.

I used the 12 months size and he still has some growing room.  I just shortened the pattern to make shorts. ( your probably saying, “duh, Amy”)  I also chose not to make them reversible so they would be cooler for the summer.   Then I  looked at a tutorial from Made that showed me how to do the pockets.  I didn’t use her pattern though, only because I’m too lazy to hook up my printer!  I just drew my own.

Sewing for kids is fun, because basically, they look cute in anything!!

Almost finished in this picture.  I still had to sew my top casing for the elastic and hem the legs.

I think he likes them!  I like that the patterns are super crazy and the brown stripe reminds me of the 70’s!  I really  like them paired with the orange tee.

I am definitely going to make some more!  This project would really only take about 30 minutes, if I had done it all at one time.  I’m thinking of other variations already-different fabric combos, different style pockets, but, same cute model! I hit the jackpot the other day at Goodwill and found a lot of great cotton fabric to use for future shorts.  Did you get to work on anything fun this weekend?  Do you have any favorite patterns for little boys?   Leave a comment and let me know! -amy

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{this moment}

Adopted from the Soulemama blog,

{this moment} – A Friday ritual.  A single photo-no words-capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

I will survive

Here is the finished vacation bible school backdrop!  I’m not sure why this pic came out so fuzzy. ! It’s a little homemade looking but that’s okay! We have three more days left of VBS and I’m trying to keep up!  We have 9 preschoolers in a room thats about 8 ft by 8ft!  Never a dull moment, to say the least.  Tonight, we took turns washing each other’s feet to show love to one another.  I wasn’t sure if they would like it or not but, they really got into it!  They didn’t even make a mess with the water or anything! It was really sweet!

During the day, Ollie and I have had fun playing in his tiny little pool that we got him this weekend.  It’s the perfect size for him and was only $4.99 at Target! Yay!

Of course, it’s plastic and shaped like a whale! Not exactly attractive, but, fun ,nonetheless.

Here’s Ollie topping it off with a little more water!  It’s only about 2 inches deep! Perfect for splashing around.

Then, it’s time to get out! Don’t want to get a swimmer’s cramp! Hope your week is going swimmingly-sorry, I couldn’t resist! -amy

{this moment}

Adopted from the Soulemama blog,

{this moment} – A Friday ritual.  A single photo-no words-capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

DIY sand and water table

I really wanted Ollie to have a sandbox but, I didn’t want a plastic one and didn’t want to build one since we’re renting right now.

I saw a sand and water table at Target.  However, I knew I didn’t want to pay the $60 price tag that came with it!  So, this is what I did.  I bought 2 dishpans for $3 each and 1 bag of play sand for $4.  I filled the other dishpan with water and we were in business! But, it was still on the ground so, I had to think a little more-do you hear the wheels turning?  I took an old wagon we had and decided to give it a face lift and a new job!

First, I gave it a base coat of my favorite turquoise. And the wheels looked a lot happier after they became  bright orange!  Then, I just started having fun with a few other colors-white, red,and light brown.

The top edge of the wagon got the stripe treatment and the sides got some polka dots.  I just used different size brushes to have stripes of different widths.  It’s definitely not perfect! You could always use painter’s tape or mark off lines if you didn’t want to freehand it.  For the polka dots, I used a very small brush and kind of twirled it in a circle and then filled in the middle.  They aren’t perfect either-I’m okay with that!  I’m more of a “let’s just do it and see how it turns out ” type of person.

So, for a whopping $10 we have our very own customized sand and water table and it’s portable! Another idea I had was to find an inexpensive coffee table and jigsaw holes for the dishpans to sit in.  It could be painted as well!  The ideas are endless really-if you just look at things you already own a little differently! What have you repurposed lately?  Would love to hear from you! -amy

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