Sew the Show Friends: The one with Phoebe’s husband

Alida from Alida Makes is hosting another Sew the Show, and this time I just couldn’t resist. It is one of my favorite shows of all time. One that I have watched when it first came out, and then on re-runs for YEARS.

I think it is safe to say that I have watched every episode at least twice.

I am talking about Friends.

Because that show spanned a decade, there are soooooooooo many different looks to choose from. Plus, the myriad of different characters make it hard to choose. I have hair much in the style of Ross, and originally thought about that episode when he wore leather pants, as my inspiration.

But the thought of me in leather (fake or real) didn’t look pretty in my head.

So I thought about one of my favorite episodes. Do you remember that one where we found out that Phoebe was married to a gay Canadian in the Ice Capades?

I know this outfit isn’t typical for Phoebe’s character, but I have always loved it.

For my outfit, I didn’t reproduce it, but kept some of the elements the same. I made it tunic length, it has a bold pattern, and I gave it a sixties mod vibe (at least I think so).


**I actually very rarely EVER show my legs, so put on some sunglasses and have a gander, cause these powdery appendages will be covered by some yoga pants the next time I wear this. It’s like staring into the sun, people.


Let me tell you a little about this dress. Do you recognize that fabric? It was black and white, and I used it here for my niece’s dress. Well, I threw it in a purple dye bath, and I LOVE the results!


*my oldest who was photographing me asked me to “never do that pose again”. Ha! It’s fun to embarrass my teen. And so easy.

As for the pattern, I used Sew Mama Sew’s FREE pattern for the Adelaide Tank. I made a few changes (as I do). I lengthened it to tunic size. I also decided to hem the edges instead of using bias tape. And lastly, I added pockets. I love me some pockets.


I noticed some of the other sewists in the link party posing with their giant cups of coffee (from Central Perk, of course), and I thought it felt like we were all sharing a virtual cup together.

Here’s to Friends!

Meet “Phil”


I really wanted to sew a softie to donate to the Sew Mama Sew Foster kid Softie drive, but I was running out of time (they have to be received by April 30th!). Every time I made one, it just wasn’t what I wanted, and I ended up giving it away to a friend. Yesterday, I sat down, drafted, and sewed up this guy.


Meet “Phil”. I call him this because he is FULL of love.


And these are his banana pants.


Under his Banana pants are these very stylish stripey “strong-man” style PJs. I think he looks pretty cool.


I wanted to make a boy because I really rarely ever do. I suppose it is because I have girls.


His shaggy hair is my favorite part. I made it from fake fur.


I mail him off today (squeaking in under the deadline). I hope he makes some little person very happy.


What have YOU made today?

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015 Sale

Today I interrupt On-Our-Shelves Sunday to bring you an offer that is almost gone:

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Swinging in Sunshine





There was a time in my life when I could swing like that. There was something so freeing about it, almost like flying (even though your butt is plastered to a seat of something secured by chains).

Now, though, it totally makes me sick. I think there is a time when we go from shooting for the stars to planting our feet firmly on the ground. I’ve come to that place. I don’t even miss flying because I get to watch my kids do it so joyfully, now.

Anyhow, we are back to having rain and cold the past few days, but that sunshine last weekend is still with me in these photos.

Are you still flying or are your feet planted…or are you somewhere in between?

Lady Luck

My girl LOVES all critters big and small.


She was finding ladybugs (a whole bunch of them) and picking them up until they flew away (after they peed on her).


I was just enjoying this incredibly beautiful weather we have been having.


And I was actually chuckling to myself as I was watching her. She loves ladybugs, crickets, roly polies (potato bugs), and just about every other creature….EXCEPT SPIDERS.


I just cannot wrap my head around what exactly freaks her out about them. To me, they are all equal on the freak-out scale.

To each their own, I suppose.

How about you? Do you pick up ladybugs?

Wonky Lamb number 2

I made another lambie from the book Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction. This one found a home with another of our little friends who celebrated her birthday recently.


I enlarged the pattern about 1/2″ all around and it made him much larger, but just as wonky and cute, right?


I am still working on the construction part of this kind of stuffed animal. It is so different than what I normally do and is taking a bit of time for me to wrap my brain around it.


His back legs make him look like he is sitting. Let’s pretend it was intentional. Ha!


I am having fun with these stuffed animals. I love to learn new skills.

What have YOU learned today?

I’m a Sewlebrity!

If you are visiting from Sew Can She, then WELCOME! If you have been here before, then WELCOME BACK!

I had the honor of sewing up this fantastic Tied Belt for the Sewlebrity Sewalong:


This is a great belt for either casual wear…


Or dressing up!

You can find the pattern in the book Just for You: Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers: 24 Simply Stylish Projects

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BTW this is the kind of photo you get when you are the model, photographer, and stylist all in one, and your remote for the camera is broken, so you can had to set the timer and run back and forth. Ha! Barely in the frame there that time.

Not that I would know anything about that. *whistling*


Anyhow, I made mine from some quilted faux leather, and made my piping and the bow from this strange green fabric I had in my stash. I chose to make my belt a little larger than my waist so that I could have the option to wear it on my hips.


I  love the way it turned out! It is constructed in a way I didn’t expect, but really like. I did choose to alter it just a little by doing French seams on the ends because my quilted fabric was unfinished on the back, which made the ends fuzzy and white after I cut them.

A HUGE Thank You to the ladies over at the Sew Can She blog for having me as their Sewlebrity. It was nice to get all dolled up, even if it was in my own yard.

Time to Travel Blog Tour

I love going on tour…from the comfort of my very own home.


This time I sewed a few items from the new ebook that will be released today: Time To Travel!

I was lucky enough to test the first one. I had so much fun making it, I made two.


Ready, Set, Go Wallet


This is a great little gift idea, and of course BOTH of my girls wanted one. The great thing is, I made this one using an old pair of jeans, and some sweet quilting cotton. Look at that fox. I love him, so.


This one I made from mattress ticking fabric found in the utility section of Joanns.


But the inside is PRETZELS!! I think this one is my favorite.


As you can see, there is a place to hold dollars (real or play) and plenty of compartments for cards and photos.


I did this one with wider bias tape, but really the pattern is flexible. Before this, I had never sewn a wallet before. It was quite addicting.

Next, I sewed this up for The Bee:


The Swansea Bag


I had a little fun with mixing this one up a bit by adding extra large curtain grommets (these things are HUGE) and jumbo furniture piping.


Even though the pattern comes with detailed instructions on how to do French seams throughout the whole bag, I also chose to line it with lime green sock monkey fabric for a contrast. The wood grained outer fabric was a little too washed out, so I thought it could use a pop of color.


This one is the adult-sized bag, but there is also a smaller kid-sized bag in the pattern.


As you can see, it is a perfect sleepover/camp bag for my 5’5″ girl.


I think the next one I sew up will be in a heavier canvas to hold up to the outdoor adventures we will have in the Summer!

Now on to the fun part…the prizes!

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*If you buy the eBook and win the giveaway, we will either refund your money, or send the copy on to a friend of your choice.

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Check out the other bloggers on the Tour!

April 20: Rachel at Once Upon A Sewing Machine || Michelle at Falafel and the Bee

April 21: Becca at Free Notion || Heather at All Things Katy!

April 22: Chelsea at GYCT Designs || Ula at Lulu & Celeste

April 23: Stephanie at Swoodson Says || Sherri at Thread Riding Hood

April 24: Meriel at Create3.5 || Sara at Made by Sara

April 27: Melissa at Oh Sew Boy! || Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

April 28: Teri at Climbing the Willow || Ajaire at Call Ajaire

April 29: Jessica at The Berry Bunch || Dana at Sew Thrifty

April 30: Stacey at From-a-Box || Maegen at Mae & K

May 1: Kelly at Handmade Boy || Roxanne at Pen, Seb & Rox

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is #7 in the series:


The Guardians of Ga’Hoole

The Hatchling

by Kathryn Lasky

My girl is ripping through these quickly. She said that she still prefers The Warrior Cats, but this fulfills her need to read anthropomorphic epic adventure stories. She has even listened to a few of the audio books.

Unfortunately, there aren’t as many books in this series. Any suggestions once she is finished?

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

Little Lambie

Ever since sewing up the entries for the Sew Mama Sew Softie contest (including the winning fox!), I have been bitten by the softie-making bug. I even took out another book from the library so that I could learn new techniques and play around with different materials and designs.

I can’t stop thinking of stuffed animals!

One of my criteria for experimenting with new softie patterns, though, is to only use what I have in my stash.

Years ago, I had the desire to sew stuffed animals, yet didn’t even know where to begin. So I bought some safety eyes. I thought this would somehow inspire me, or impart some knowledge by osmosis of what the heck to do, if I just had them. And there they sat in my stash for many many years. When I went to look for them this week, I couldn’t find where I put them. I assumed I had gotten rid of them years ago. When I started this project, I decided to look just one last time before breaking down and buying some more, and I FOUND THEM!

I finally got to use these things.


I used the Ram pattern in the Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction
book, and omitted the horns, and changed the tail a bit to make this lamb.


I originally wanted to donate this one to the soft toy drive, but used it as my muslin, since it is far from perfect.


Coincidentally, a friend of ours just celebrated her 10th birthday, and happened to be over our house while I was making it. It was love at first sight.


So this nice little wonky, wobbly, newborn lambie has found a home and someone to love him.


I think she named him Nugget.


I may try this again!

What have YOU made today?