Friday, December 26, 2014

Fall Activity Day Crafts

After General Conference, we had the girls each prepare to briefly share about their favorite thought or talk from Conference.  We ate treats and munched on popcorn to help them feel more comfortable and then decorated this quote from President Uchtdorf.

In November, we made thankful trees.  Each day until Thanksgiving they were to write on a leaf something they are thankful for and glue it on the tree.
We also did this in our family and my kids loved it!

I used my silhouette to cut out all the flowers, leaves, and tree trunks. 
The tree trunks are two trunks slid together and held with tape; one trunk with a small slit a couple of inches long from the top and the other trunk has a slit starting a couple of inches down from the top and goes to the bottom {that probably doesn't really make sense typed out, does it}.

Other activities we've had over the last few months:

Physical fitness activity with several stations of physical things to do as well as a discussion about being healthy and safe when exercising, stretching, cooling down, etc...
Examples of some stations: dribbling basketball, shooting basketball, jumping jacks, jumping rope, sit ups, push ups, planks, dribbling a soccer ball around a cone and back, lunges, moguls/ jumping the line, etc...

The other leader and her husband built frames and stapled chicken wire to them so that the girls could paint them.  We gave them a few small clothes pins to hang pictures & notes on them.  Sure wish I would have thought to take a picture.

Our Christmas activity was watching the movie Christmas Oranges (the movie showing the illustrations from the book) and bringing treats to share and eat while watching it.  After that we had an ornament exchange {under $3) and read right/left stories to pass the ornaments around the circle.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lily Bird Studio Pink Dress in Spotlight

Lily Bird Studio pattern testing of the Pink Dress pattern July 2014.
Size 9, tunic length.
Fabric is Michael Miller Spotlight.

Happy Ever After Fabric Doll

 For my sweet niece’s first birthday, I used the Riley Blake Happy Ever After Princess Pocket Pillow Panel to make a little doll dress up quiet book.
I keep wondering if my little K* isn’t too old for one also, it’s so cute!  I bought a few panels, there’s a brunette also, and a couple of the prints so there will be a few more of these in the future.
All the fabrics are from the Riley Blake Happy Ever After line except for the pink flannel I used on the back of the dresses, it’s from HobbyLobby.
Sorry for the badly lit pictures, I had just finished sewing on the button (I waited ‘til the last minute for that little detail for some reason) and we were headed out the door to the party.

Grrrr….  That little pucker in the middle bugs me, but I’m trying to get over it.

A super cute version can be found at On The Mend.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Oliver + S Bedtime Story PJs

Oliver + S Bedtime Story Pajamas pattern.
Size 8, made with short sleeves.
Fabric form JoAnn’s.
Matching PJs for my sweet K* and her cousin M*.

Oliver + S Patriotic Ice Cream Tunic

Patriotic Oliver + S Ice Cream Tunic.
Size 8.
Fabric is Robert Kaufman Freedom, blue stars on white.
I added a couple of inches to the length after sewing it up, the seam is disguised by the red ribbon.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kyoko in Blossom

For K*’s Easter dress this year, I used some fabric I’ve had in my stash for a few years and ModKid’s Kyoko pattern.
A pattern I’ve had for several years and am just now getting around to making.  Why did I wait so long!  I LOVE it!!  I think I’ll try and make a top for K* soon.
The main fabric is Blossom from Annette Tatum’s Little House Collection for Free Spirit.  The solid pink fabrics and ribbon are from JoAnn’s.  I made a size 7, K* is 8 1/2.
Changes I made:
The skirt is a little fuller than the pattern calls for, basically two widths of fabric and an inch or two longer.
The sleeves are shorter.
I lined both the bodice and skirt and attached some tulle to the skirt lining to add to the fullness {and twirling fun}.
The ribbon ties are also longer.

This picture is actually an iPhone pic from Easter day.
We’ve been super busy after school each day since I finished it, so I finally just took a few pictures quickly after church today {Mother’s Day}, nothing fancy like the birthday party dress, and called it good.

This iPhone picture is from the day I finished it. The dress was done on Friday before Easter.  Saturday morning I finished the sash, so this was the first look at it all done on K*.  It was the day before Easter, but somehow since the sash was all I had to sew that morning, I felt like it wasn’t the last minute like many projects end up being.


Sleepover PJ Pants in Sam I Am

 Pajama pants for my Sam.

He LOVES them.  Who wouldn’t love something made with fabric that said your name over and over and over though!
He goes through all the variations: Sam I Am! {loud & proud}, I Am Sam, Am I Sam? and on and on.

 Fabric: Green Eggs & Ham Red Sam I Am by Dr. Seuss Enterprises for Robert Kaufman
I saw this fabric online and was happy to see it in person while in Utah visiting family {and fabric stores J}
Pattern: Oliver + S Sleepover pajama pants.  Size 12.
I really like the leg proportions {not too balloon-y} on the Oliver + S pajama patterns compared to some of the big name patterns I’ve used for him in the past.
Sam I Am font: Minya Nouvelle, cut out with my silhouette in vinyl to use as a stencil
Fabric paint: Tulip Soft in Red {Velveteen}.
I followed the directions using an iron to make the letters velveteen textured like and didn’t like how it started to make them curl, so I’d probably not do that step in the future.
White shirt from Target.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Scripture Case

No fancy pictures, just a quick shot on the ironing board.
I made this for my sweet K*.  It was supposed to be a baptism gift, but I didn’t end up making it until four months later, so it became a Valentine’s Day gift instead.  I had fabric selection problems and just a whole lot of other things, like life & settling into our new home, going on.
Fabric is Riley Blake’s Who’s in the Forest.  I bought it a few years ago and have a small stash of lots of the prints from this line waiting to be used…..
I used this tutorial from My Cotton Creations to make the scripture case.
I think I changed some of the cutting dimensions slightly, but I couldn’t tell you how I didn’t keep track and it was two months ago.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Birthday Party Dress in Oops A Daisy & A Coupon Code

The Birthday Party dress pattern by LilyBirdStudio.

This pattern is wonderful and comes in sizes 0 to 24 months and 12 months to 8 years.  Great, clear instructions.  A cute, sweet dress pattern that can be dressed up or worn just because it’s fun to wear a dress & twirl.

Fabric is Oops a daisy kaleidoscope by Keiki for Moda.
I bought this fabric a few years ago at a quilting store clear out and have been waiting to find the perfect pattern to make with it.
Initially, I wanted to make the sleeves out of the pink polka dot fabric also, bit it was cutting it close to have enough for the ruffle and belt.  In the end though, I think I like it better having the sleeves out of the same fabric as the main dress.
Hat from Gymboree, this year {2014}.
Slight changes I made to the pattern are: lined sleeves, longer belt, I used ribbon for the belt loops and the addition of a button placket flap.
I have also made the A line dress and recently purchased and have plans to make Bia’s A line dress & Laura’s dress & tunic.

LilyBirdStudio is offering 20% off with the code CRAFTYENDEAVORS.  The 20% is good from tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9th until Saturday, April 12th.  Go pick out a cute pattern to sew up!
You can buy patterns at  LilyBirdStudio.


Raccoon Stripe Quilt


{Another one, they’re just so easy and fast to make for a little quilt for a new bundle of joy.}


Raccoon and gray stripe quilt for a dear friend who is expecting a baby boy and moving away.


Fabric is Ed Emberley’s Picture Pie Raccoon print and Bella solids steel & white.

I just LOVE this fun & cute raccoon print!

Quilted with a zigzag stitch over each stripe seam.

Strips cut at 5 ½”, width of the fabric. Inspired by this.




And yes, another magic binding baby blanket.

Fabric is a cotton print Sweet Baby D#70284 from JoAnn’s and flannel.

I’m trying to think of/justify making something else out of this print.


Purple & Gray Stripe Quilt


Purple and gray stripe quilt made for my SS’s new baby girl.

Fabric from JoAnn’s.

Inspired by this.

Strips were cut at 5 ½”, width of the fabric.  The ruffled stripe is three widths gathered.

Quilting was done in simple straight lines on either side of each of the stripe seams.



Self-binding baby blanket in a cute birdie & flowers cotton print from JoAnn’s.


Monday, April 7, 2014

LilyBirdStudio A line dress in Glimma Rosey Cheeks


Pattern: A line dress by LilyBirdStudio

Fabric: Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter; Rosey Cheeks Kulla & Olavi (lining)

Pom pom trim and white button from JoAnn’s


Quick & easy pattern to sew up, simple & comfortable. I lengthened it a little bit to last longer and be a better length for school.