A gift…

A few weeks ago I made a pillow for my mother-in-law.  It was a spur of the moment thing.  I am making new slipcovers for my dining room chairs and had a scrap piece of fabric that was the perfect size.  I dug through my stash and found the lace trim.  At first, my plan was to cover the entire front with the trim, but after making a few rows, I envisioned something else.  I embroidered the phrase “I hope you dance…” on it because that song is one of her favorites.  It has a lot of meaning: she and my husband danced to it at our wedding; soon after that she began living on her own for the first time in many, many years; and after living near us since then, she is starting a new adventure again by buying a house near the beach many miles away from us.  Through various trials and tribulations, but also a great many joys, the words of this song serve as a reminder that this world has so much to offer and we need to live life to the fullest.

I think she is going for a neutral-colored-textural feel in her new bedroom, so I thought this would look nice.

I (of course) didn’t take pictures during the process because I didn’t know where I was going with it.  I have already sent it to her, so she did me a favor and took pictures for me to post.



And one that shows the lace detail/texture a little better:


“MaRGe” – I hope your prayers get answered and when nothing seems like it’s going right, just turn the music up and let go!

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Dress for Baby A

*Edited with  pics of Baby A at the end.

A week or so ago, I came across this dress on Pinterest.  I loved it and wanted to make one for Baby A for the 4th of July.  Well, here is my version:



I hope to get some pics of her wearing it posted soon.  I just finished it an hour or so ago and she has long been asleep.  The ruffles don’t show very well in this pic, but are very evident in person.

This dress was super fun to make.  It challenged me.  I have only made a couple of clothing items and each time I had a specific pattern to use.  Cami over at Tidbits said it was more of a “how-to” than a tutorial.  Whenever I would reference her post, I couldn’t help but think of the first Pirates of the Caribbean when Barbossa says “the code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.”  Anyhoo, her “guidelines” were great and the idea fabulous.

This was my first time sewing with knits.  I have put it off because I was intimidated, but it was not as hard as I had thought.  I will probably use them much more often now.  I really like that you don’t have to hem everything!  I hope to make another dress using this design again soon.  I will definitely use different colors of fabric for the ruffled part though; more like what Cami has done (check out these other versions of the dress).  I also just winged the sleeves.  I was really putting too much thought and stress into it until finally I just started cutting and eyeballing it.  I think it worked out well.

I’ve made a couple of other things for A in the last couple of weeks and hope to post pics of those soon too.

See ya on the flip side!


Action pictures!  This little one is no poser.  She is full action all the time.  If she sees me with the camera, she runs towards me as fast as she can saying, “Cheese!”  As soon as she reaches me, she turns around and rushes back to whatever it was she was doing.  I’m getting a lot of pics with her head cut off.  Doesn’t she know her Momma loves to take pictures?  She’s gonna have to learn.

The dress fits very well.  However, she inherited her 98 percentile head from both sides of the family and I will need to make the neck hole slightly larger next time.  It will work through July 4th, but probably not much longer after that.  Without further ado, the “business in the front, party in the back” dress:

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