September 16, 2014

A New Sweet Simple Dress.

I have a new niece that was born a couple months ago.  She is very darling with lots of dark hair and chubby, chubby checks.

Well, kind of last minute I decided I wanted to make her a dress.  My husband was going down for a visit and to participate in her blessing.  When I had some free time one afternoon while the babies were napping I quickly sewed up the sweet simple dress size 6 - 12 months.

I also cut out and prepared some cute pockets to add to the dress ... I did them in blue and ultimately decided they looked a little too bold.  So they got tossed.

See what I said about being adorable...and those cheeks?  
The blue ruffles really make her eyes pop!

September 10, 2014

All Ready for the Wedding

A couple weeks ago I was contacted from someone local who had been shopping in the shop where I sell my bow ties and suspenders.  She had been searching the world around for orange gingham bow ties and had come up short.  

We chatted back and forth about ideas and where to locate the correct fabric (orange gingham, we learned, is not that easy to come by). 

 I ended up buying this orange gingham from Online Fabric Store-- which ended up being exactly what we needed.

She asked if I could also add a coordinating strip of fabric around his fedora she picked up from H & M. It had a navy blue strip, which was easily replace with this orange one.

They turned out so cute.  I hope these young boys rock it at the wedding!

These bow ties were made using my Gentleman's bow tie pattern.

September 8, 2014

Easily Changeable Burlap Wreath

I finally made a wreath for our front door.  My first one ever.  I spent a lot of time last year, especially during the holiday season, talking about going out and buying a wreath for the door.  Then when push came to shove, I'd show up at the store, with my coupon, and declare them too expensive or too not my style.  

Well, this year I finally mustered the courage and jumped on the wreath train.  That's a thing, right?

I started the activity with this freshly lit candle and it really set the mood to bring on the Fall season (something I usually never wish for-- I love Summer.)

Plus, I already had some burlap material on hand, so I was halfway there.

Here's how I did it.

STEP ONE: I bought this wire wreath for $3 and three fall colored, flower arrangement leafy things for $2 each. Then I rounded up my burlap material, hot glue gun, and scissors.

STEP TWO: Cut the burlap into three inch wide stripes.

STEP THREE:  Hot glue the burlap to itself around one wire.  Then weave the burlap over and under the wires to the top.  Then pull the burlap up and twist and puff as you go.

STEP FOUR:  I folded the burlap like so (left picture) into wide stripes so I could pull it in and out of the wire.  As I fed it through I tugged and pulled and twisted the burlap as I went. 
 Just play with it until it look good to you.  I went up and down, in and out of each section about four times, before moving to the next section.

Since I made my own burlap ribbon all the ends frayed, which I really like the look of.  If you buy burlap ribbon you won't get this effect.

All done!  Easy.  This is easily a 30 minute or less project.

STEP FIVE:  The last thing to do is add your decorations to the side.  I am planning on changing up my decorations to match the season, so I didn't permanently put anything in place.  I just poked the leafy things through and wired them to the back.  The flower came with a alligator clip, which was very handy!

Lovely, I love how simple this was and how charming it looks.

Thanks to my cute door holder so I could see it properly.  It will be resting between our front door and glass/screen door.

I'm already dreaming up my Christmas plans for this wreath.

August 15, 2014

How to easily alter your Jeans into Shorts

Do you ever buy clothing without trying them on?  Often, says I.  Mostly, I know my size, so we're good.  But every once in a while my laziness causes problems-- like when I buy $12 Gap jeans that are equal parts too short and waaaay too tight on the calves.  Sometimes when stores say "skinny jeans"  they mean stick jeans.

But all was not lost, I'm always in the need for shorts.  I like them long, to my knees, and purchasing long jeans is near impossible.  So turning jeans into shorts is really my best option, anyways.

It really is quite easy.  I did this yesterday after while the babes were napping.

STEP ONE:  Determine desired length of shorts.  Add 2 " and cut off bottom of jeans.

STEP TWO:  Turn shorts inside out and fold up jeans 1".  Iron in place.  Repeat, again, by folding 1" more and iron.  Pin in place, if desired.

STEP THREE:  Grab coordinating thread and for greatest success a denim/jean needle.
I used yellow thread, which I had on hand from IKEA.  While sewing around, it probably broke about 17 times-- so that was not thrilling.  For best results by strong thread!

STEP FOUR:  Sew using a triple straight stitch for added security.

STEP FIVE:  Sew around the top of the fold.  You can stop here with just one row.  But I always like to go twice, for a double needle look.  Just line up the first set of stitches in the middle of the left point of the sewing foot.

STEP SIX:  Press everything really well!

STEP SEVEN:  Using sand paper go around the bottom edges of the shorts and rough them up.  I used the sandpaper sizes 150 and 340.

All done!  Now enjoy those new professional looking shorts! 

August 13, 2014

Apple Blueberry Crisp (gf + df)


A couple weeks ago I went blueberry picking early in the morning with some friends.  I had never seen such gorgeous, juicy, huge blueberries.  They were a sight, for sure.

I picked a large bucket and happily returned home. Almost every day for the next week we found blueberries sneaking into every dish I was making.

I wanted to make a yummy gluten and dairy free treat and modified THIS recipe, by adding blueberries and doubling the toppings.

We brought it to a party with friends and it was well received by all.

I didn't serve it with ice cream, (though that would have been delicious)-- trying to keep it dairy free.  But, it was so tasty, it wasn't missed.


August 11, 2014

10 BEAUTIFUL Master Bedroom IDEAS

About three month ago we moved into our first home.  It is such a blessing.  We absolutely adore the house and have enjoyed working in it each day to make it our own.

Last week we worked the entire day and removed some really outdated boarders that were in the dining room, kitchen, living room, and bathroom.  Yikes it was no small task.  But what a difference it has made!



Well, now we're on to paint.  The first thing, for sure, that we need to paint is our master bedroom.  It is ceiling to floor PINK!  It's gotta go and SOON.  So, I've been rounding up some ideas for paint and design that have caught my eye.


1. This room is beautiful with it's soft blues an bright whites!

2. This room with the black and white with the grayish-turquoise is divine.

3. This room has lovely cheery orange accents which I enjoy.

orange bedroom accents

4. Another room, a little less subtle with orange accents.

5. This one is very soothing with browns and neutral colors.

6. Oh, this one appeals to me.  I love the colorful accents.

Mixed, Matched, Perfect

7. I love the blues and yellows together, shown here.
Everyday Easy

8. This room is lovely.

 Sherwin-Williams Paint Colors. Sherwin-Williams Rainwashed SW6211. #SherwinWilliams #Rainwashed SW6211

9. This room is cute with those darling curtains.
Such Great Heights

10. The grays and blues of this room are simple and cute.

Aren't these gorgeous?  Which one is your favorite?  I can't decide.