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you say it’s your birthday

Ollie was invited to his first birthday party this weekend.   His friend from church, Sammie Jo, was turning 2!!  I wanted to get her something really special for her birthday and I thought about making a lot of different things-super hero cape, apron, appliqued t-shirt.  But, in the end, decided to make her a pillowcase dress.

I picked out a really fun Amy Butler fabric called Passion Lily and I already had the lining fabric which is a very small pink stripe.

I really just figured this out as I went along. There are tons of tutorials online for pillowcase dresses but, not many that show how to line one.   I couldn’t figure out how to do the casing with it being lined.  What’s a girl to do?  Call her mom!!  After I explained what  I was doing, she had the answer!

For those interested, as you sew the armholes together, just leave an opening at the top for the casing.  I was trying to make it a lot more complicated than that!

I really like the way it turned out!  She even wore it to church on Sunday and it looked so cute on her!! Wish I would have had my camera with me!

It was a pretty quick sewing project and was fun getting to make something for a little girl! Thanks Sammie Jo for letting me sew something girly for your 2nd birthday!! We both had fun at your party!!-amy

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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


I wish I was more like Gidget

It’s that time of year.  Bathing suit season.  I wanted a cute one but, kind of a modest cut one with maybe a retro feel to it.

Like one of these from the movie, Gidget goes to Hawaii.  Love the v-neck, the buttons, and their tiny waists!

Or this one from Modcloth.  But, I couldn’t justify spending $90 on a bathing suit! But, I do like the blue and the polka dots.

So, I found this at the Goodwill for $3.99.  (Now, let me say this,  I’ve never bought a bathing suit at Goodwill but, I made sure this one was in good condition.  I also washed it in hot water when I got home.)

I liked everything about this suit except for the pearl and gold buttons! They made it seem a little less Gidget and a little more old lady! (It’s actually more of a navy blue in person.)

So, I found some new buttons at Walmart for $1.50.  I just snipped off the old buttons and sewed on my new ones.

Much better and more my style! And only spent $5.50.  Now, I just need a pool and maybe a cute coverup!  Have you done any refashion projects lately? Leave a comment and tell me about it! -amy


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

paint the town blue

It’s Vacation Bible School time in our neck of the woods!  Every year it has a different theme.  This year’s theme is Big Apple Adventure.  So, we’re headed to New York City to learn more about Jesus and how we can connect with Him through faith, hope, trust and love.

We have been working on this at our house.

Randy had already done a great job jigsawing out the pieces and screwing everything together.  Then he brought it home for us to paint.  We were just getting started in this picture.  I drew on it with chalk first and then painted over it.


Wesley helped with this project.  He is very creative and always has good suggestions.  He also helps me keep track of Ollie and helps keep him out of the paint! This is one of those projects that I could spend weeks on-thinking of little details to add and tweaking things here and there!  But, I just had a few days to work on this so, check back tomorrow to see the completed backdrop in place and ready for VBS! Let me know what you were up to this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! -amy

with a little help from my friends

Some of you may have noticed that I have a new button in my sidebar on the right.  It is for Charity: Water, an organization that provides clean and safe drinking water to those in need by building wells in their villages. After looking at their website, I learned that usually it’s the kids or mothers  that have to go in search of water for their family.  Some have to walk  many miles to find it. And unfortunately, when they do find some, it is dirty and full of bacteria and other harmful things.  This also keeps the children from attending school and the mothers from taking care of their family.  They said that “90% of the 42,000 deaths a week that are from unsafe drinking water are children under 5 years old”.  Their little bodies aren’t equipped to handle all the bacteria from the dirty water. Can you imagine sending your child on a walk for water,  alone?  Think of all the dangerous situations these children come into- it’s very scary!  Can you also imagine your child asking for something to drink and all you have to give them is a glass full of brown water or, worse, nothing at all!  It breaks my heart! But, there is a way we can help! This is where you come in!  And it’s absolutely FREE!  You just click on that Charity Water button on my sidebar.  It will direct you to complete an activity.  Sometimes, you just watch a short commercial or vote on something.  Very simple.  Then, if you share it on Facebook you can earn extra points.  All these points add up to equal gallons of water going to Charity Water.  It feels good knowing there’s a way to help people even if you’re not able to give monetarily right now. Also, in my Etsy shop, half of my sales of my handmade items are going to this charity.  You can find these bracelets there now and I will be listing more later this week.  They are $8.00 with $4.00 going to Charity: Water. (Just a side note, I am not getting paid to talk about this charity and I will not receive any type of kickback for having the charity:water button on my blog.  This is simply a personal choice to support them.) Thanks so much for reading this, I hope you can help out and help change people’s  lives forever! -amy

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