Friday, March 13, 2015

Doll clothes for Elaine's birthday

A certain SOMEONE around here has grown to love American girl dolls.  Since she asked for a birthday party luncheon at the store with some girlfriends, I thought new doll clothes would be a perfect birthday gift. 

So I spent a couple of months whipping up some cute doll clothes.  It wasn't a surprise gift - she knew what I was doing and even picked out most of the fabrics herself.  But I worked on them at night, so she wouldn't see the end result until her actual birthday.   

On her birthday Elaine's paternal grandparents came over and we went to her school classroom for her "birthday walk."  Everyone goes around in a circle and each child in the classroom says something that they like about the birthday girl.  Then, Elaine read a book out loud to her classmates, called "Even Aliens Need Snacks," by Matthew McElligot.  Then we had "galactic pudding," for her birthday treat.  It was extra special, because Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grand Dad, and little brother were all there to celebrate.

Then we had a special birthday dinner at home.  Elaine chose Publix sandwiches.  The next morning Elaine's friends came over and everyone piled into the limo daddy hired, to head down to Miami for lunch and shopping.  What fun!  Thanks to Lani and Rosalie for coming with and helping me to manage with all the girls!

It became kind of a clothing collection!  Lots of mix/match pieces and a few fun dresses. 

 White jean shorts with colorful tank top. 

A fancy dress with matching black shawl - just for special occasions!

A few simple dresses... this first is a Popover dress - pattern by Oliver & S

A dress with a matching jacket/shrug... (Loved this free pattern for chloe dress/jacket by Imaging Gnats). 

And some casual outfits...

These skirts are actually the bottom of some old kid's sweatpants that were worn out...  one for each of her dolls, right?!!! 
 It was so much fun making all of these clothes, and imagining my little girl playing with them!  
Elaine, I love you SO much!  Happy birthday, my darling girl.  xoxo  ~Mommy

teacher gifts

I made some potholders for the kiddo's teachers this year for holiday gifts.  (They were completed before Valentine's Day, so still count as holiday gifts, right)?!!!  Between classroom teachers, beloved extracurricular teachers, and a couple of others, I had 8 of these to make this year. 

So, I've been wanting to try making circular potholders for a while now...  and decided to make them extra crazy with lots of scraps.  Hope they like them! 

Here are a couple of "close ups!" 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Weighted Blanket

I made this weighted blanket for a little girl with sensory issues.  She is "girly," and loves the ocean and dolphins, so I used these blue-ish fabrics that said beach to me....and added in a little sparkle (top left) and a soft minky patch too.

 It's filled in a grid pattern with poly-pellets, so it is machine washable and dryable on low heat.  Mermaid and narwhals included!

I hope it is used and abused and well-loved! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Lainey's teacher asked me to make some puppets for the little theater they have in the classroom.  How fun!  I cut out some fun faces from a fabric panel by the amazing Suzy Ultman!  Then I just created the bodies and arms out of some crazy scraps.

I love how they came out! 

And I really love how they're used in the classroom.  The kids are learning about grammer and punctuation and writing dialogues... so they can use the puppets to act out the dialogues that they write!  

Monday, August 25, 2014

New dresses for Elaine and baby Kayla

So, as long as we're in the matching dresses phase, how about a set for Elaine and her little cousin Kayla?  We met Kayla for the first time a couple of weeks ago when her parents came to visit.  So good to see all of them!

I'm in love with this Melody Miller ruby star fabric - and just eked out the pattern in both sizes for the girls.  The pattern is a NO CLOSURE pull-on dress called bohemian babydoll by Elegance & Elephants.  

Here's a detailed shot of the bugs and pom-pom trim.... and the girls in their matching dresses! 

Thanks for coming to visit us!  xoxoxo

New dresses for Elaine and her friend!

Lainey picked out some knit feather fabric in a couple of different colorways and I made her and a dear friend matching maxi dresses for Summer. 

The best part about them aside from matching, is the cris-crossed cut-out back.  Which you can't see in the picture, of course!!!  Makes it a little tricky to put on - but adorable! 

The dress pattern is Malibu by modkid and can be found here.  Simple pattern with great instructions, and made really easy with fold over elastic!  I should probably make a few more of these... it's hard to find great knits though.    

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Contract

Next project:  sleeping bags for the kiddos. 

The contract: 


Please note the signature at the bottom.  The first block took me about 2 hours to piece.  It's going much faster now that I understand it though.....  Hopefully this will turn out great and be loved!