Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Day

The haul from Santa. They got makeup in the stocking which was actually on Reese's written list.

With our cousin Ansley.

American Girl Dolls from Mimi were a hit!

New bike....

times two!

We got a nook tablet to share, hasn't been fought over yet. Crossing my fingers. :)post signature

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


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Saga Annual Christmas Fashion Show

It's that time again, and this year I actually made something for the show. Last year I didn't get around to it. Although I must confess, I made these green outfits yesterday...the day of the show! Talk about last minute. I was in charge of organizing the event this year so I had to made something! The girls really wanted another outfit too. They love the red knit outfits but they are so cozy I think they consider them almost pajamas! They wanted something fancy.

This is Katie's Skirt again, I taught a class on this last month. I have made so many of these but yesterday I reminded myself that this is not a pattern to try when you're in a hurry. It doesn't matter how many of them you have made! It looks good but it gave me a time, didn't really line up and I had to shave some hem off to make it match. The shirt applique is a design from planet applique. It's a great quick design because it is supposed to look shabby and has no satin stitch.

This is a Children's Corner Mary De that I turned backwards and used ribbons for the closure instead of buttons. I did shave a little off the original neckline so that it would lay flat against the back of her neck but that's the only change. Very easy.

You have seen these...Reese slept in hers last night. They are just too soft!

So glad to have that behind me! It is already the 13th so the girls will be wearing these every other day!!!! Our Christmas outfits from last year still fit too so the rest of their wardrobe will be on vacation for a few weeks. :)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Sewing

I love how an applique can make an easy outfit! Added this snowglobe to a plain t shit and paired it with a hot pink skirt from last year and we have a cheap and cute Christmas outfit! This is from Planet Applique.

Made my first Christmas's only the 8th!!!! Better than last year! I didn't make any! This a a precious knit from chez ami that a dear friend had left over from last Christmas! What a treat! I made them yesterday using McCalls M6155. It was an easy little pattern, although I did change the construction a little bit and used my serger more on the second one instead of double hems. They are comfy and cozy. The pattern runs a little big I think. I made them the 5 and added length to the leggings and the long sleeves for Abby. Reese has short sleeves because I ran out of fabric....same reason Abby is wearing tights! ;) The back has buttons. A successful project I think and they may double for pajamas, just such soft fabric. Check out Chez Ami fabrics, often times they have great clearance prices at 2$ a yard. I may be sewing with more knit after this project. Usually that is one of the few things I buy instead of make....with jeans, coats, socks and underwear!
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Winter Sewing...and good intentions

Beginning my Christmas sewing...always too late. I really wanted to be done by Thanksgiving
...then, I was sure I would do it this weekend. This T-shirt for Reese is all I managed. It looked really cute with her red corduroy pants though. I had to wash it so she could wear it to school today. That's always a good sign for Reese.

Getting Christmas inspiration...trying to plan.

Maybe I will get to it today...

Made this cute Taylor for someone as a special order. It was a fun project. Why can't sewing for my girls be this quick? They require so much fabric these days! Not really a cheap hobby. I guess it could be, but it's really not the way I do things. :)

I made this tissue cover in a club class at Sew n Sew last month. It was a quick fun project. I love to take a club class (for owners of the Viking Machines they sell there) because they are a quick way to carve out sewing time for me. And I come home with a cute, original pattern that I can make easy gift with. Most of the time I keep them for me though!

These were club projects from two different months that coordinate. First the laundry bag and then the matching lingerie bag. It is divided which is such a cute idea.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Historical Tea

Today was the Historical Teas at school. Abby was assigned Virginia Dare, who was the first English child born in America. She had to research it, write a short speech and memorize it. It was just 3 sentences. They had to be in costume and were graded on it.

All of the classes went to the gym first and sang some sogs and demonstrated square dancing. :) Too cute.

Then we went back to the classroom and they all gave their presentations. They were all great! No one was nervous, I was surprised.

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