Simple good


My birthday was a good one. Thank you all for the lovely wishes (here and on FB).


We had a lovely dinner, and then went to the track meet (like here and here) where my girls both ran. I love cheering them on, rather loudly, and watching them try their hardest.




Running in her Brazi dress, because running should also be stylish.


I love this last photo. I instantly hear the theme song from “Rocky”.

Anyhow, it was a good way to end a good day.

A Rainbow for Katy

Today is a fellow blogger’s birthday, and Audrey from Skirt Fixation has gotten a bunch of us together to give her a virtual rainbow to celebrate her day:


If you aren’t familiar with Katy Dill, check out her blog No Big Dill. She is a fabulous seamstress and Mother of 6 (5 girls and 1 boy). Her photos are always beautiful and her posts filled with color. She inspires me to be a better sewist, and the little slices of her life she shares make my heart smile.

I have participated in Katy’s series Once upon a Thread several times (here, here, here, here, here, AND here), so far. Whew! It is, by far, one of my favorite series.

I also tested my sewing skills and joined her in her other series: Sewing all 26, and actually sewed something for every letter of the alphabet! How cool is that?


Sew… I sewed up another tankini for my girl, but this time, I rainbow-tized it in honor of the Fantastic Katy’s birthday!


I used the camisole pattern and the boy shorts pattern from the Coco Cay Tankini (both affiliate links).


I sewed on some ruffled elastic to create rainbows.


Sew happy.


I hope you have a fantastic day, sister Leo (yup, my birthday is coming up too). I knew I liked you!

Mad as a Hatter Pants


When The Bee heard that I was sewing something up for this series, she jumped to her sewing machine and whipped up these crazy Mad Hatter style pants!


My stash was full of small pieces that were perfect for this project. She sewed them all together into one large patchwork piece, and then traced a pair of pants that fit her.


She has worn them out several times, and has gotten such a wonderful response! People are asking her to make them some.




She also made this white rabbit necklace out of an old pocket watch. She gutted it, and inserted this picture that she drew.


She definitely had some fun with this!


I hope you enjoyed our contribution to the celebration! Be sure to check out the others in the series over at Made by Sara.


I am still blinking


Do you remember Archer the Fox?


WELL, I WON the Grand Prize!!!!

I am still hyperventilating about it...and screaming. I was up against some AMAZING stufties made by incredible people.

You can read all about it over at Sew Mama Sew!

And if you want to see my original post about Archer, click here.

SQEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I am going to go and dance around my house some more!

What a fantastic way to start the weekend.

I hope you have a good one too.

Easter ALREADY??!!

OK, with all my room painting and cleaning, I neglected any Easter projects I wanted to do. After all, EASTER IS TOMORROW! Really, is it just me that it sneaked up on?? So yesterday, I sat at the table and tackled the one I wanted to do most:


Egg Holding Buns!


I found this project over here on the Sculpey website.


They were fairly easy to make, and awfully fun. AND since I haven’t really done anything to prepare yet (and we are hosting) it felt good to get started with something so cute.


*Seriously: we haven’t even dyed eggs yet (that is today’s project- we are using the natural dyes we have used in the past). The eggs shown in this post were made by Falafel when she went to a friend’s house, and they were kind enough to let her take some home.


I ran out of white Sculpey (affiliate link) pretty quickly, so I just used two other light colors that we had.


Not perfect, but they work. And they are sweet.





Have you made anything for Easter or are you a big ol’ procrastinator like me?


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Falafel has a sprained wrist, and on top of that has gotten sick, so St. Patrick’s day just sneaked up on us this year. She is actually in bed with a fever, so no dressing in green for her (and I won’t pinch her for it). The Bee has plenty of green to wear and didn’t request anything special for her High School self, so it looks like I am off the hook.


I felt like I should at least wish all you folk that celebrate today a happy day, though..and maybe write you a limerick.


There was a young girl with a cold

who was only a mere 9 years old

she rested in bed

while her Mom played with thread

to make her a dress that is bold

There was a red headed teen

who loved to wear clothes that were green

she wore a belt that was cinched

so she wouldn’t get pinched

and had a grand ol’ time being seen

OK not the best limericks, but have a Happy day anyway!

Do you celebrate St.Patrick’s Day?

I give because I Love.

To celebrate LOVE, I have a giveaway for you today!

Remember the shirt I made a few days ago for Falafel?


She has decided (after only wearing it for the photo session) that she would like to give it to one of you!

If you would like to see the details of the shirt, read the post, and then come back to enter.

Just enter through the Rafflecopter below….

Winner announced below!

And Happy Valentine’s Day!

*disclaimer: I had trouble with the snap tool, and consequently the top snap is bent strangely and only sometimes closes. While I will work on this before sending it, I cannot guarantee it will actually work. Other than that this shirt is AWESOME and made with love.

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Punny Valentines

I wanted to keep the Valentines for school this year simple. Not candy. Nothing fussy or expensive. I usually tend to go a bit overboard, but this year I ran out of steam.

I looked around at what we had in the house, and landed on oranges. Yup. We have 25 of those!

I then went to my good ol’ friend, the internet  and found these adorable printable tags from Crafting in the Rain, and that was it.

I ran it by Falafel for her approval even though I knew she would because that girl appreciates a good pun.


Absurdly simple.


We always have cello bags in the house.



What are you giving out for school Valentines?