Friday, May 31, 2013

Flashback Friday- the {Kindergarten} Graduation Edition

Both of my boys are graduating this week. My oldest from 12th grade and my younger son from 8th grade so I thought I would gather up both of their kindergarten graduation pictures for this week. Here is Erik (and little Super Sam) in June 2000 the morning of kindy graduation. It was a fun little ceremony and afterwards we went and saw Shrek. Good memories are attached to that movie. 

Four years later, in the same auditorium, we were at Sam's kindergarten graduation. Our school is in a new location so this years' graduations will be in a new auditorium. We celebrated Sam and his 8th grade class last night. There were 2 students given special awards for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and this boy was one of them. Yes, that was a proud parent moment. Next we will be celebrating Erik and his class and we are equally proud of him too!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Not So Much Work in Progress

Today's post is mostly for my memory keeping :). Last week Erik was gone with his class on their Senior trip and Sam was gone with his 8th grade class to Ecology camp. They both had a great time away! I kind of had a mini vacation having 4 kids at home instead of 6. I sure did miss the boys but there was less laundry and cooking to do. I was able to clean 4 closets and washed everyone's blankets and bedspreads and a few other little jobs that always seem to be pushed aside. Sam came home from his class trip a day early as he had a 3 day basketball tournament that we had to travel to. It was the AAU season finale. There were over 1000 teams that competed in the tournament. The main part of the tournament was held in a convention center where they created 50 basketball courts. They also used about 15 or so other locations so there were probably close to 100 courts. Between the blue courts and the horrible lighting it was hard to get a decent photo. needless to say it was basketball heaven and we had fun. I had put together a hand sewing project but it never made it to the car so I went for 5 days without sewing. Even if I had taken the hand sewing there wasn't any time to work on it. I had 2 nieces, a nephew, and friends playing in the tournament as well so it seemed we were always on the go. 

I started working on the borders for my Christmas quilt last week and it took me yesterday and today to get them on, reminding me that I don't really like to add borders.

I have some Ruby (by Bonnie and Camille) flannel that  I am going to piece for the back, then baste, and I will have almost 6 months to do the hand quilting as I would like to have this finished for Christmas. Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vintage Strawberry Gown

About 1 3/4 years ago i walked into my local quilt shop and spied this Robert Kaufman super soft strawberry flannel print and knew I wanted to make a gown for my Strawberry girl. I bought the fabric then began my search for a pattern. My search ended with a vintage Simplicity 9043.

I bought a size 2 pattern, which i thought would work perfectly, but it was too long. I could have easily brought the hem up but instead it fell into the depths of my daughter's pajama drawer along with the vintage lace and buttons I used to make the gown.  

Fast forward to May 2013 and the Vintage May series with Craftiness is Not Optional and Skirt as Top. I loved this series last year and loved it every bit as much again this year (today is the last day with a round up so a great day to check out what those girls and their guests stitched up). I had wanted to sew up one of my vintage girls dress patterns this month but was never able to find the time. But, this series triggered my memory about the gown in the drawer. 

We pulled the gown out earlier this month and it has been my daughter's new favorite thing to wear. It has been keeping her warm and snuggly through some cool spring weather we have been having. Sewing a vintage pattern is definitely one of my favorite things to do.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

And Sew On- the May Edition

This week one of my blogging besties, Kristy, has started a weekly (don't quote me on that, I am not sure of the frequency) link up for your paper piecing pleasure, I mean progress. You can link up a fabric stack you have pulled to do some paper piecing, a project you have in the works, a completed paper pieced block, or a completed project. I think anyone who reads Kristy's blog gets hooked on paper piecing. She comes up with inspiring projects and I think her paper piecing patterns are some of the most user friendly around. I am not just saying that because she is my friend; I am saying that as a relatively new paper piecer. Her patterns are always adorable and not so overwhelming that you feel like you can't do them.

It took me most of this month to decide on fabric for this block. I did end up failing on the contrast of the iron to the background. I thought since the background was cream the white iron would stand out, but it did not. I might go back and outline the iron with some black thread to help define it. It was a fun block to put together and I am excited to turn these blocks into something when the Block of the Month finishes in October.

This post is playing double duty- I am linking up to Kristy's Friday linky party and then I am also linking to the monthly block of the month post where you can check out how other people have interpreted the block.
                                                                 Paper Piecing Party

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May Flickr Friend at Project Run and Play

You can find me over at Project Run and Play today showing you how I added interest to a simple dress by adding some texture. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Strawberry Roller Skates

When I first saw the Oliver + S Roller Skate dress and tunic I thought it was a pattern that all my girls would love and I could make many times. The original pattern is fully lined but for this tunic I wanted it as light as possible for summer so it is not lined and the seams are serged.
The armhole is a very curvy piece so I shaved a portion off at the top of the shoulder to make it easier to finish the armhole with lace. 
I drafted a peter pan collar then made it with some scraps of eyelet fabric. I created a buttonhole in the  center front and used bias tape to form a casing on the inside of the tunic. I was out of elastic so I used some twill ribbon threaded through the casing to tie the waist.
For the button I used a scrap of a bee print I bought at Superbuzzy a few years back.
I have a feeling this tunic will get a lot of wear this summer; the best part is it cost about $3 to make. I love it when I can make something for less than what I would have to pay at the store. linking up to The Train to Crazy for Make It Wear It Thursday.
          Linking up with Frances Suzanne and their Flip this Pattern series.                                                                                

Friday, May 17, 2013

Flashback Friday: No More Homework, No More Books...

                                                                      March "05
We have always had a daily homework routine and the kids are always glad when summer comes and they get a break from the daily grind. I am also glad for a break from the school routine during the summer but by the time school starts up again in August , I will be ready for that, too. With one and a half weeks of school left we are in the final countdown. Happy Weekend to You!! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WIP's, PIP's, and IP Things in General

This time of year, the last month of the school year, is always incredibly busy. There are so many end of year activities, projects, birthdays, and out of town basketball tournaments. We were out of town this past weekend and i took fabric,my rotary cutter, and mat to start cutting fabric for my next quilt but there was never time to start. I even took a couple of quilting magazines but they were not touched. We did have a fun weekend and enjoyed our time out of town. I cut the pieces for May's do.Good Stitches blocks last week and made a start on stitching them together then finished them on Monday. Wendi asked for gender neutral (no pink or purple) Road to Tennessee blocks. My gender neutral blocks always seem to say "boy".

Having one graduating from high school and one graduating from 8th grade has added to the chaos this time of year, too. There have been applications, announcements, trips to plan, letters to write, and all sorts of miscellaneous tasks to complete. I mailed the announcements today so one by one things are being checked off my list. 

Today I brought out this old WIP and finished adding the sashing. These are my HST blocks I completed last year while doing Jeni's block of the month. It keeps falling to the bottom of the list since it is a Christmas quilt and won't be needed until late November/ early December. I used a gray dot from Riley Blake's Willow line for the sashing and little black stars for the cornerstones.

I started woking on my summery Christmas quilt because I plan on doing some hand quilting which will take some time. It is now ready for borders, then sandwiching and basting. I made myself a deal that when this quilt is ready for hand quilting i can start my next quilt. I will be using Field Study by Anna Maria Horner and the quilt will be for my mom's birthday in {early} July. 

I am not sure what i want to use for borders. I was going to use a red stripe cut on the bias for the binding but now i think i might use the green scallop for binding. I want to use red thread for the hand quilting so i am leaning towards the gray dot, kind of. Yep, I am non committal at this point. Decisions, decisions are holding me up so I jumped over to making a dress.
This is my dress pile in progress. I cut the floral linen on the bottom into a dress and the strawberry print into a tunic. I am all ready for the next time I have a few minutes to sew! Happy Wednesday!! I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sew, Mama, Sew Give Away Day Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the Give Away! I wish I could send all of you a prize. The winner of the Give away is Mel from Heart and Homemade. I have sent you an email.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Flashback Friday- Mother's Day

I am very blessed to have a crazy, busy, full life. I am thankful to be a mom (although there are days that i feel like running away from home) and i owe it all to these little people that make my world go round :). Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!! Enjoy your weekend. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Kite Tails Dress

This is the perfect dress for my girls, cute and comfortable. It is the Roller Skate dress by Oliver + S. I think it may have taken me longer to trace the pattern and cut it out than it took to sew it up. It was a fun sew.

My daughter loves it and hasn't wanted to take it off since i finished sewing it.

The girls' (and my) favorite part is always a fun button. For this dress I used a scrap of Children at Play. The dress fabric is from the Glimma line by Lotta Jansdotter. Linking up with The Train to Crazy for Make It, Wear It Thursday.   

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Handmade Birthday

My Baby who just turned 2 loves carrying around her dolls so i made her a little carrier for her birthday. When I was initially planning this I wanted it to look old fashioned and had planned on using a black or navy ticking fabric for the outside. I thought my local JoAnn's carried it but when i went to go buy it, no, they only had red. So I ended up with this black gingham home decor fabric. The small rose print is a Lakehouse print.

Her two older sisters each have a bla bla doll and those dolls get so much love from all the girls so Baby received one of her own for her birthday.
The eyelet and handle straps were a stark white so I gave them a little tea soak to take a bit of the starkness away. I used a red raspberry tea which gave the eyelet a slight tinge of pink-brown.
This is mid construction. I interfaced the bottom and sides for sturdiness. There are 3 sections of boning in the hood and around the top edge of the carrier. The hood seemed to add a lot of weight and kind of makes the front section sink a bit. My 3 year old wants a carrier, too, so I think I might make hers without the hood. I can't decide as the hood does add a bit of charm. 

The inside is lined with a toile print by Oliver + S. I didn't have enough so the bottom inside is lined with anotherHolly Holderman for Lakehouse print.
The Lakehouse print is covered up with a "mattress" so  the dolls are comfy cozy. I do want to make a little pillow and doll quilt to go in the carrier.

A detail shot of the trim.

This project took longer than I thought it would mostly due to the boning but it was fun to sew up and I will be making another one.
I have missed doing paper crafting so this next project was a very fun one!! I bought the "paper dolls" from Olliebird and think they are such cute illustrations. Both of my little girls love to play with blocks so these were right up their alley.

Even the twins, who are 8, fell completely in love with these blocks. It is fun to mix and match the faces, legs, and bodies. I think the fox was voted everyone's favorite. I used 2" wood blocks and covered 3 sides of the blocks. The twins want to punch out some shapes and colors to adhere to the blank ends. It was simple to Modge Podge the characters on. As the website recommended I had the prints professionally printed and the paper has a super soft almost suede-loke feeling. I did not Modge Podge the top layer but if they start showing any signs of wear I will layer on the glue. 
It was a fun party day and the birthday girl loved all her presents. I think her favorite part was when everyone sang her "Happy Birthday!! We started singing it to her a couple or maybe even 3 days before her birthday and it never got old...she lit up and smiled every time the song was sung. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday, Notions, and Sew ,Mama, Sew Give Away Day

I am happy to be participating in Give Away Day with Sew, Mama, Sew. It actually lasts all week long and if you click over to Sew, Mama, Sew you can blog hop through the thumbnails to check out all kinds of goodies that are up for give away. Lots of bloggers participate.

I am giving away 3 fat quarters. I have a notion theme going on with 2 pieces from the Sew Happy line from Robert Kaufman and the 3rd fat quarter is from the Hoodie Collection from Blank Quilting. I had to throw some pink into the mix so there is also a mini charm pack of Marmelade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and a handful buttons because I love them.

I love all shades of pink with my favorite lately being a very pale peachy pink with coral, yellow. and a dash of aqua. For a chance to win leave me a comment and tell me your favorite color or color combo. No reply bloggers can leave your email in your comment if you would like a chance to win.  I will ship international. Comments will close this Friday May 10th at 5 p.m. PST. The winner will be chosen at random and announced no later than Sunday May 12th. Thanks for dropping by and good luck!
 Edited to add: I usually love to reply to every comment I receive but that is not possible with this give away. Please know that I read every comment and pop by your blog if it is linked to your profile. One of the best things about blogging is the friends I have made. Thanks for stopping by!!                                                                                                                        

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Flashback Friday- It's Official; Bye Bye Baby, Hello Toddler

Next week my Baby will turn 2 which will mark the end of an era.

Her age will no longer be counted in months but will be referred to in years.
The growth and development that happens over the first two years of life is nothing less than amazing.
Infants are completely dependent for all of their needs. Everything they do is pretty much reflex. They sleep, eat, fill up their diapers. Sleep, eat, fill up their diapers.

Then, little by little they gain muscle strength and control. They begin to hold their head up and move their hands with intention.

Before you know it they can sit up {with a little help from a Bumbo} and start gnawing on everything they can reach.

They become engaged in conversation and capture you in their world. Everyone wants to make the baby smile because it fills up your heart and makes you smile too.

They add a little cereal to their diet along with the formula.

Then they get some teeth 

When you are the youngest of 6 you want to keep up with your brothers and sisters starting at a very young age.

In order to catch up with those brothers and sisters you decide crawling is not fast enough; so you begin the journey to walking. 

Along the way you discover that not everyone likes to share.

You keep right on eating, sleeping, growing, learning... 

Then one day you can stand all by yourself.

The next day you are driving a (Princess) Jeep. Mostly because your sisters insist on pulling you along where ever they go. You are o.k. with that though because you want to keep up with them.

There's more eating.

More growing. 

More playing.

More learning.

There are things that are special to you like a blankie.

More growing.

More learning and discovery. Maybe a little mischief along the way.
Reading and stories open up even more learning and vocabulary skills.
Then little by little the baby infant and baby melt away...

And in her place is a sweet little girl...

who is now a toddler. Happy Birthday sweet girl. You are definitely the cherry on top of our family and we love you lots!!