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Labyrinth Costumes for the Whole Family

Labyrinth Costumes for the Whole Family

Since my children were very small we have dressed them up for Halloween in a coordinating theme.  Sometimes Michael and I even join in on the fun and dress up with them.  The kids get really excited about the planning, secrecy and implementation of our Halloween Costumes each year.  We have been characters from Scooby...
Learning How to Embroider

Learning How to Embroider

When I was a teenager I would use floss to sew designs on bags, jeans, and just about anything else I could think of.  But I never truly learned how to properly embroider.  I never used a pattern and my masterpieces were not high quality.  Ella, on the other hand, has taught herself how to embroider...
Harry Potter Costumes :: Halloween 2014

Harry Potter Costumes :: Halloween 2014

Ever since our Harry Potter Family Movie Night Party a few years back I’ve been wanting to make Harry Potter costumes for the kids.  Well, not just the kids…for all of us!  This Halloween I made it happen, and created costumes for our family of six to represent the characters from Harry Potter!  I put...

Day of the Dead :: Sugar Skull Skirt & Fun Activities

Today is what is known as Dia de  Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” in Mexico.  This is the time that families come together to pray for friends and family members who have died.  It is, in my opinion, a beautiful way to celebrate and remember those who are no longer with us.  Sugar skulls...

Ella’s Monster Doll Tutorial

For Christmas Ella wanted to make a Monster doll for her cousin, so she took the initiative to figure out to make the doll herself and with very little help from Mama she created an awesome felt doll!  While working on the doll she decided that she wanted to blog about the process, so I...
Sewing Inspiration

Sewing Inspiration

I try to find time to sew whenever I can…but I’m very much a “rookie” seamstress!  Here’s a few of my favorite places to find patterns and fabric!  I hope this post helps other folks out there with your sewing! My Sewing Inspiration & Patterns :: SouleMama Bend the Rules Sewing by: Amy Karol  Oliver...

The Pie Safe

This pie safe has been in my mother’s family for five or six generations.  It stood in our kitchen when I was a little girl, and now it is in my dining room, holding my precious sewing and crocheting work, and also Ella’s sewing box.  I’m hoping this pie safe will inspire me to “find”...

Sewing Projects Fall 2012

This fall I spent quite a bit of time with my sewing machine.  It was hard to carve out time to spend sewing, but I’m so glad that I did!  I worked on several projects that I was quite pleased with! My Sewing Projects :: I made ties for my boys (and my nephew) to wear...

Sewing Neck Ties for the Boys

Michael’s brother and his fiance Jenny (now his bride) had a grand wedding in September, and I got it into my head that the boys needed to have ties that coordinated with the wedding party.  See, Michael and Ella were in the wedding and were going to be wearing pink accents with their outfits, so...

Ella’s Sewing Class at Sewn Studio

Ella took her first sewing lesson this past weekend at Sewn Studio in Oakley.  I love love love this store (see this post I wrote about my first visit to the store).  They carry high quality fabrics with some fabulous unique designs!  Ella loved this sewing class, and came home with a very cool new pillowcase. ...
The Year of the Handmade Valentines

The Year of the Handmade Valentines

Nearly every Christmas the kids and I work together to make the Christmas cards that we send to family & friends.  It’s a huge undertaking, but it’s always fun to work with them and let them get creative.  And each February we have a craft day as a family and make each other Valentines.  But despite...
Ella's Embroidery

Ella’s Embroidery

This week Ella used her new-found sewing skills to learn how to embroider.  I bought this very simple embroidery kit at Sewn Studio in Oakley.  She finished it quite quickly with no help from her mama and she was so pleased with herself.  She even added her name to the bottom of it in stitches...