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~This is for a co-worker’s god-daughter. Love the  soft pretty pink! We are in the midst of yet another polar vortex or some such mess. It is cold, gray, dark and oh so windy. I can’t wait for the light to brighten.

What are you working? I am working up my nerve to sew this sweet little day gown  and I can’t lie, I’m a little nervous.

 

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~ Sewn with love for my precious niece Caroline. Love her!

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~I love a bishop dress with a little cardigan~

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There is something so precious about a bishop dress. I LOVE them. My goal is to learn how to smock and pleat..insert shudder… Oh Lord.  Maybe one day, but in the meantime I will make bishop dress’. I  used The Scientific Scientist Bebop Bishop Pattern.  I love the small print of this Densyse Schmidt Croquet fabric.  My buttonholer gave me fits and I had to scrap the buttons. I made buttonholes  The Old Fashioned Baby way. Oh me, nerve wracking. They are not perfect, but they will do I suppose.  The sweater is  The Vine Lace Cardi.  I love, love, love this sweater. All we need are a pair of mary- janes and a pair of tights and a baby.   ~ Swoon~

Hello! Hello! I wanted to share some big news…

Oh dear, has it been almost a year? I don’t know what to say really. I can’t quite explain why I fell off the blog wagon.

Life is busy and full. There are not enough hours in the day to get it all done.

I am still doing the things that I love to do. I will always make and create even if I do not document it. It’s just in my blood and

I am very restless when I don’t have a project going. That brings me to my announcement….

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Please come visit my new blog/shop!!

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So, it’s kind of empty right now however, I am working really hard to create some beautiful classic pieces with some great fabric choices. It’s going to be great. You can see some earlier items I made in my flickr. I may add some other things along the way, bags, quilts, knitted items… we’ll see.

My kids are older and I can’t sew for them like I want, so I figure this is the next best thing. I LOVE sewing for kids and I have a ton of ideas and items I want to make. We’ll see how it all flows.

I hope you will visit and if you have ideas I am all ears.

~Simple sewing~

   ~I tackled this pattern yesterday. Honestly it only took a couple of hours. Very easy to put together.

I made this for my precious little niece Caroline, who is probably have way to 20 by now, I haven’t seen her in a few weeks.  Each time I see her she is so much bigger. Her little eyebrows and eyelashes have come in.  She is more beautiful each time  I see her.

This was fun to make.  I intended to add the ric rack and a grograin polka dot ribbon, but this pattern just did not work for that.  It is made with  a lining and perhaps I could have figured it all out, but not this go around.  The last jumper I made really allowed me to add those little extra’s very easily. I am sure I could do it with this pattern~ maybe not just the first time around.

I do think this is cute, but maybe a little boring??  I was thinking of doing an applique heart  or a crochet heart ?  Then again, maybe simple is the way to go. 

~A. if you see this, let me know what you think!!

Have a good weekend!!

~Sewing for little ones~

Unfortunately I am sick, but I won’t let it stop me.  I am still sewing..

This is the cutest little pattern.

My version:

~Cute! But, I think it’s too big and not really proper for Feb. weather… is it?
Too white I think.

Love the little hem design.. can you see it?
I love gingham!!

Here is another that I tried.. it came out more like a top because I used home dec weight fabric and it just would not shirr. I ended up shirring with elastic, and it works .. kind of.

Next up is this pattern— for a girl of course…

I love pink and orange! hopefully it will fit. Sewing for little ones that are not yours, is tricky… you forgot how tiny/big they are.  It’s been almost 7 years since my littlest was a baby. How quickly time goes by..

Now, back to my chicken soup…

~did a little sewing~

 

So, if you remember in my last post~

I wanted to try to make an outfit like my little niece Caroline had on.  My sister said I could totally do it..

So, I did some sewing yesterday while my littlest was ill..

I think I am in LOVE!

~try not to notice my plaid does not  match up~

~and all of the little strings I missed~

~so hard to get a good photo…

The winter light is killing me… I am ready for Spring!!

~What’s been going on~

-We’ve had some sickness going on…

-Computer crashed, big time…

-Lost all of my hard-drive pictures, I am so mad.

-Cooking  ginger garlic chicken soup for healing…

-New project in the works… courtesy of my sis..

-Thinking now I am getting sick…

~next project~

 I hope things get better around here quickly~!!

~Recipe for Ginger Garlic Chicken Soup~

I just kind of made this up, but this is what I did:

Place 1 package of chicken thighs in cast iron skillet to brown/cook.

Prepare 1 package of wild rice as instructed (I think it was 1 package wild rice to 2 1/2 c water, dash of salt, bring to boil for 1 hour).

 At the same time– Saute 1 onion in a pat of butter and a splash of olive oil.

Add 1 cup of mushrooms (or as much as you prefer)

Cut baby carrots into smaller bits, add to the saute.

Cut 4 or 5 stalks of bok choy into small pieces, add to saute.

I have garlic ginger paste (from a Mediterean Store) add 4 or 5 tablespoons to the saute.

Add 2 quarts Chicken Stock.

Simmer low heat.

When the rice is done, add to the soup.

When the chicken is done, chop and add to soup.

Salt and Pepper to taste.

That’s it!

Everyone loved it and it made me feel better right away!

If you make it, I would love to know if you liked it!!

~Baby Shower check!~

So, I spent all week in suspense.  We had the shower for my sister… yay! Now I can show what I have been working on.

I made a decision to change from my hexagonquilt, to a string quilt.  I honestly was feeling uninspired for some reason. I also was seeing some flaws with my handsewing that was beginning to make me crazy.  Plus it has been a while since I made my last quilt so I was itching to get back to what I know I can do. For the fabric selection… it is a mix of  fabrics. My sister picked out her main fabric.. the lindley yellow check and a blue floral “Lucinda” from Covington. Originally to work off of the colors, I chose Tanya Whelan prints from the Darla collection. I love that line. It is very soft and girly. However, I felt like I needed some zip. That is where the Good Folk fabric came in. I just love the colors and the way they all seem to work off of each other. I was inpsired by this and thisquilt. I used a 2 inch white kona cotton strip in each block. I chose a large block to show the fabrics off. To finish the quilt I used this tutorial I like the idea of a handwritten label for my niece’s first quilt.

To finish it all off I made a little coordinating envelope quilted pillow. Love the back!

 


I will still complete the hexagon quilt, I just have to be inspired again..  I encourage you to make a string quilt.  It is kind of magical when you trim down your block. The whole thing just transforms.

  ~ love love love this itty bitty dress pattern!

 

I also made the itty bitty baby dress from Made by Rae  Omg!!  I love love love this pattern. I love it because it reminds me of when I first learned to sew, my daughter was just a few months old. I really wanted to be able to make her clothes. I signed up for a class at our local college. My husband bought me a little Viking and it was a workhorse. We got to pick out a pattern and we worked our way through it. I picked a dress and it was a lined bodice with a gathered skirt. This pattern just brought me back to the beginning. It made me so happy!


I ended up making bloomers from a pattern I had at home. I love the fabric I used the Anna Marie Horner Good Folks collection. Wow~ what a great line! I can not say enough about the fabric. I love the weight of it. I love the way it sewed up and how it look after I pressed. It has a very rich feel to it. Love love love it.
If you notice it coordinates with the quilt ever so slightly.
Finished off with a few burp cloths using left over fabric scraps.

 One cozy blanket and that finished up the gift. I loved every minute I spent on these little gifts.. thinking about this little one who is yet to be born. Who will she be, what will she be like??   Right now it just does not matter.. I am just ready to meet her when her time comes.

 

more pics in flickr

~A Little bit of this and a little bit of that~

We are into a new month and I feel so behind!  Hello July! Happy Birthday America, we love you and we are thankful for you~~!

  ~ I have taken a break from the cute little hexagon quilt. I just needed a break.  You know how it is when it is full steam ahead and somewhere along the way it kind of wears down a bit..  I have no problem with that, I just move on to a new project.

This is a baby slip, I can’t give much information yet as I am so fearful I will hit a wall and run out of ability.   I will not be lying by saying this project will stress me to the max, but in a good way..

~ I will be learning many new techniques that I have never done before, but if not now then when?   So, I will continue on. I  started with the easiest component and I will try to work my way up.   One guess who this is for??

oh well, I am excited can you tell? Well wouldn’t you be?

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Here she is at 30 weeks.  I got the pleasure of going to her 4d ultrasound.  The miracle of life it is really awe -inspiring.

  ~ if you crochet, then you must try the Tiramisu Baby Blanket from Alicia of Posie gets Cozy I just love this pattern!   I used Lion Brand Organic Cotton I have to say I am very surprised how much I loved this cotton yarn. Really really nice yarn, I can’t say enough about it. It has a really nice feel to it. I used this ribbon from Farmhouse Fabrics . I think it is the perfect finish to a cozy little blanket.

I also want to mention this pasta I made for supper the other night~  (sorry for the blurry picture)

  ~ this recipe is from Heather of beauty that moves~ my gosh, it was so good. I have a really picky 6 year old and she ate 2 bowls full. All I can say is YUM!  It was a hit!   She also has an amazing giveaway going on right now.. go quick and check it out!

 

I have one more little bit to talk about…

A  long while back I won a free episode of Bommerang from Blair of WiseCraft I’m so sorry it has taken me so long to talk about this.. We chose the episode of Jacques Costeau and it was just  wonderful. We have had some major computer problems that resulted in a new motherboard~

but trust me it was so cool! You have a choice to either download to your computer or MP3 player, or you can purchase the CD. We went with the computer download, but after doing that I should have done the MP3 player. My daughter is 6 and she is a girl on the go.  The cd would have been a good choice for us as well as she likes to listen to the NPR/Classical station when she goes to bed.  (They share the same station.)

I love the format, it is presented by kids for kids. It is part humor, much education and really well done.   Now that I am pretty sure our computer problems are behind us, I need to go get another episode.  Thank you Blair! Please forgive my tardiness!

Wow,  such a long post for me, thanks for hanging in there! See you soon!

Wow, long post, who knew I had so much to say, thanks for haning in there!  See you next time!

~A little bit of baby bedding~

Wow, major computer issues~ Major! Oh well, apparently I am back on..!

Ok, now to my post …

15 years ago my stepfather made a baby cradle with the hopes of having many grandchildren to grace it. We welcomed our first daughter soon after. She slept in the hand made cradle for the first few months of her life.  It was wonderful literally having her right next to us. Over the years it traveled to Indiana for another little one, then back to us in 2003 for our second daughter. Once again when our little baby was too big we packed up it and returned to our family.  Packed away until it is needed again.   In January when my  sister told us she was expecting  and soon after my mother brought out the cradle for baby Caroline she also brought out the cradle bedding.   It is practically fifteen years old and not only was it showing its age, it is not exactly heirloom quality.  No worries~

 I knew just what to do! I did what any good aunt would do, I started sewing.  Now baby Caroline will have just a little bit of bedding to keep her cozy.  I hope she knows how much her Aunt Jen loves her already!

 ~ coverlet made in with the floral fabric, reversed in the pink check made with a tan-ish ruffle

  ~ the bumper is the pink check with the floral piping..

Now, if I could just find some organic flannel for the cradle sheet I would be good to go.. any ideas? I just want an off white ~or  cream color..