Posts Tagged 'Ollie'

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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our very own farmer’s market

Gardens are crazy!! One day you might not harvest anything while on another day you get 8 yellow squash!! That’s a lot of squash, folks!  We’ve been enjoying fresh lettuce, eggplant, cucumbers, basil, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, and zucchini also.  Still waiting on our tomatoes to turn red and cantaloupe to get a little bigger.

Gardening with a one year old is interesting.  There’s a lot of  “don’t put that rock in your mouth” and “did he just eat a squash bug?” type conversation.  Not exactly relaxing but, definitely entertaining.  He does love helping though and it does wear him out!!

Yeah, that’s me! One sweaty mama with a baby on my hip and a basket full of goodies!!  Ahhh, life in the country is good! How about you? Any gardening this year? Would love about it! -amy

fun on the fourth

We had a great 4th of July!  But, before any parties were attended I had some projects to finish.

I made these cupcakes for our cookout with Will and Kathleen.  Yes, I did take some liberties with the holiday colors!  I like turquoise and pink for the fourth!!  Randy said if I was President that would be my first act-change the nation’s colors to turquoise and pink!  And then redecorate the White House!

I also wanted to finish up these shorts for Ollie.  It’s kind of hard to tell but, there is a small paisley print in white on the chambray fabric.

I still need to add some cute buttons to the pockets.  Funny story, after we took these pictures I was putting Ollie in his swing and noticed he busted the seam on his shorts-his whole diaper was hanging out!  It was kind of funny!  So, we went back in and I sewed them again-this time with a smaller stitch, hopefully it will hold up to this wild man!!

After Will and Kathleen’s, we went over to  Ashley’s,  Randy’s sister.  There’s Ollie having a snack with his sweet cousin, Abby.

His other cousin, James cooling off with a drink while Randy tries to give Ollie some yummy potato salad.

Ollie with his color coordinated sippy cup!  That was just a coincidence-I’m not that kind of Mom!

It was a fun day and we were all exhausted when we got home around 10:30!!
Yeah, we are party animals!! Hope you had a good fourth as well! -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.

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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write on, dude

Oliver, Wesley,  and I have been spending a lot more time outside lately.  I have been trying to think of fun stuff for us to do on the porch that will entertain Ollie and keep his attention.  He’s a very busy boy so, this is a challenge.

the table "before"

This is the first project that popped into my head.  I had this coffee table outside, it was already painted this funky green.  I thought why not make it into a chalkboard? I mean, all the cool kids are using chalkboard paint, I should too!

border taped off

So, I started by taping off a border about 3-1/2″ from the edge.  I actually did use a ruler and measure this, this may come as a shock for those of you who know me really well.  I usually just “eyeball” things!!

I, then, just started brushing on the chalkboard paint.  First, in one direction, then the other direction.  I did about 4 light coats altogether.  It didn’t take very long at all to dry.

Then, I just had fun and started drawing!!  I think this project is actually more for my entertainment and Wesley’s  than Ollie’s.  He does like to put the chalk in his mouth, though.  I’d love to hear about your plans for this summer to keep your children outside and entertained!! -amy


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