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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



he’s a genius

We have a very advanced child!  Here is Ollie reading.  Oops! Turn it the other way, Ollie!

And here he is making a phone call or maybe he’s texting, it’s hard to tell.  But, he’s definitely a genius!  Seriously, a lady in Goodwill one day was bragging to me about how advanced her son was.  I think she said he was reading at a 3rd grade level and may start applying for college soon.  He was 2 yrs old.  Unfortunately, her son wasn’t there to show off  his amazing skill, so I  just had to take her word for it!  Then, I just smiled and went on my merry way.  It was pretty funny though!!  Hope you have a great day! -amy

Bright and White

I thought I would give you an update on the living room project.  You can see the before here.  I still have a little painting to do but, here are some pics of the space now.

Randy made our couch (he’s a blacksmith, in case you’re new around here).  I covered the cushion with a dropcloth from Lowe’s.  It’s held up really well through multiple washings and bleaching.  I also made the patchwork pillows and the polka dot pillow.  The yellow pillow is from Target last year.  The enormous painting is called “Big” and the artist is Meredith Pardue, a good friend of Randy’s.  It really needs to be moved up about 6″ but it is sooo heavy!  That’s as high as I could hang it by myself!

This is the other side of the room, opposite the couch.  I found the chair at Goodwill for 4.99 and reupholstered it.  My mom and I just made the flag garland while she was visiting.  The lamp, also found at Goodwill was 2.99, and the shade is from Target.  The turquoise chest was actually free from a friend at church.  It was originally brown, of course I painted it turquoise!

Randy made this cute giraffe for Ollie as a Christmas present.  Our living room is part playroom and craft room also!

This is Ollie’s toy cart.  It was originally black and 4.99 at Goodwill.  Are you seeing a pattern?  And three cans of spray paint later, it’s yellow!  All the storage bins are from Target.

This is opposite the window.  I have to say this area is never this neat and tidy.  I usually have the sewing machine set up on the desk with fabric and sewing stuff everywhere.  The white cabinet was originally hanging in the bathroom, but I really needed storage out here more.  Still can’t decide if I want to paint the cabinet or just leave it with it’s chippy paint.  The office chair, that I recovered in two different fabrics, was 2.99 at Goodwill.  It was originally from a local hospital.  I just found the floral painting at, you guessed it, for 1.99.  The yellow and black tile was from an art fair 10 years ago.  It says “magic circles” under the spinning girl. The artist is Asia Wallace.  So, that’s our living room, on a good day, just picture it with toys everywhere and that’s more like reality! Thanks for stopping by! -amy

this weekend

My mom was with us for Easter weekend.  It was fun, even though I did feed her hotdogs for  lunch on Sunday.  I hadn’t really planned ahead on that meal!  Oops!  She did get to spend a lot of time with Ollie and Wesley though.  We, of course, had to hit a couple of Goodwills this weekend.  I found my skirt and shoes that I wore for Easter there.  Mama found her cute overalls and turquoise top.  Ollie got a cute vintage Easter romper(which I managed to not get any pics of ).  Our church was packed today!  The service was really great and they had the wooden cross out front covered in flowers.  It was really pretty! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend as well!


Furniture facelift



I found this chair awhile back for $4.99 at Goodwill. It desperately needed a new look! I love all the chevron patterns that are out right now and decided on one by Heather Bailey. The old fabric was a pain to rip off but definitely worth the extra work. I pinned my fabric around the chair with the wrong side facing out. Then, I stitched it kind of like a slipcover. Last, I stapled the fabric under the seat and then put the arms back on. Voila. New chair!

Sew Happy!


So, I’ve seen some really cute vintage sewing machines on some other blogs and have been a lil jealous of them. I was thinking to myself how great it would be to find a turquoise vintage machine! It would be like my dream machine. Well, I  was in goodwill the other day, and lo and behold, that aqua beauty was just waiting for me to take her home! She makes me so happy! I think I’m gonna give her a name. Peggy? Mildred? Martha? I’m gonna have to give this some thought.                                        

Stitch in time



I found this great book yesterday at Goodwill. Needleplay by Erica Wilson. It’s obviously from the seventies but there is so much great information on embroidery and how-tos for different stitches. This is something that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile now so I’m glad I found it! That embroidered chair is just crazy and I love her embroidered jeans! Now I’ve gotta go and find something to embroider. Happy Monday to you-amy

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