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These are books from our “On Our Shelves Sunday” Posts

Storybook inspired sewing: Once Upon a Thread

That seems to be the theme, as of late, of several series around blogland.

I did sew this (in time for KCW), but it has been dark and pouring here for days. I managed to take these photos in two photo sessions (hence the different hairstyles), just not post them in time.

I also had in mind when I sewed this up, No Big Dill’s Once Upon a Thread series!

 I love love love when Katy does this. I have sewn along every year {check out here, here, here, here, and here}.


This time I chose another Elsa Beskow book. Her old fashioned books translate so well into fabric. At least I think so.

::Princess Sylvie::


::You can see the raindrops on her dress in this one!::


My children are such good sports about posing in the rain. I think maybe it is because they were born out here in rain country. It is very natural for them.


Anyhow, onto the outfit details. I used one of my favorite patterns from Mouse House Creations: The Caroline Party dress {affiliate link}. I have used this pattern quite a few times before (here, here, here, and here), and they all look unique. I wanted this design to reflect the essence of the illustrations and story.


Princess Sophie is about a little girl in a blue dress. While out in the woods she befriends a bear. A lot of Elsa Beskow’s books include children in the woods making unlikely friends.


When we went out for the second time to photograph this outfit we saw a beautiful Buck in our yard, just sitting there. He sat there when we approached him, and didn’t get alarmed until I raised my camera to catch a photo of him. It was then we noticed that he was hurt. He limped away into the forest, but my own little princess was so saddened that she thought about him the entire time we were out there. It actually felt like we stepped into on of these books.


I made this dress from a scrap of blue cotton fabric I had in my stash, along with a strip of left over lace that I had dyed blue, and a bed sheet that was given to me by a friend. She said that it was her Grandmother’s and about 35 year old. I think that is close enough to vintage for this dress.


It is fully lined, and has a blue zip in the back (I didn’t have an invisible one, but like it just fine).


There is so much inspiration to be found in books. The hardest part is narrowing down which one to run with!

What book would you sew a garment from?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, in honor of my husband’s Birthday (yesterday), we have a book that was Jim’s favorite when he was a child:


Mouse and Tim

by Faith McNulty

This is such a sweet story about a boy finding a tiny mouse to care for after his Father swept out the barn. But what is even better is that it is written from the boy’s perspective, and then the mouse’s on every page. Brilliance.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, I checked out a book that I had forgotten about:



by Goscinny and Sempe

I was looking around our local library, and spotted this one and instantly remembered how much The Bee loved this series. I brought it home so that Falafel could enjoy it as well.

It was originally a French book written in 1959 (by the same author that wrote the Asterix series), and has been translated to English. In a nutshell, this is the story about a little boy and his classmates and all the mischief they cause.

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week Falafel and Jim are reading a book together:


Tucker’s Countryside

by George Selden

They read (and loved) Cricket in Times Square together. This is by the same author with some of the same characters.


What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is a book from a series that The Bee read when she was younger…


Hank Zipzer

By Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Yup. Fonzie wrote a book series. I have been revisiting old favorites of The Bee’s for Falafel to read. I love that they can have that common link, even though they are 6 years apart. The Bee is always up for a literary discussion!

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, I found this book at the library and had to check it out:


The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math

by Sean Connolly

Mwwhahahaha. A math book that is disguised as fun games.

Actually, I got it because Falafel loves math, and loves games. It seems like the perfect fit. I have only had time to thumb through it, and I think it looks great, so far. I can’t wait to try it out. Ahem. I mean I can’t wait for her to try it out!

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves today, we are reading a book in a series:


Adventure According to Humphrey

by Betty G. Birney

Our Falafel loves animal books. And this one is written from the perspective of a hamster. The stories are actually quite fun and interesting. I love them too!

What are YOU reading today?

Sew Many Books: and a Giveaway!

If you are hopping over from Nap-Time Creations, WELCOME!

Today is my turn to share my creation for:

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Sew many books is a series where you sew kids clothing inspired by books!

When I was thinking of books we love, my mind wandered to the early years when our children were small. There were so very many beautiful picture books that we treasured and read over and over and over. And even though our girls are 8 and 14, and we read many many wonderful books now, I couldn’t shake the nostalgia I was feeling for all of those books that came before. The ones that reeled us in to reading in the first place. Our foundation books.


Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone is one of those books. It is happy and colorful. Everything I have always thought childhood should be.


I was a little hesitant to put my 8 year old in this vibrant outfit, but she LOVES it. It seems to fit her personality rather well. She insists on wearing the pants and tunic together, but she could mix it up (and tone down the circus vibe) by wearing them separately if she wanted. I don’t think that will happen though.


Details: I did a lot of embellishing with this one. The front was made with basic shapes (just like the book). I thought the red outline with the two-triangle collar looked like a little house. The neckline is squared (get it? bear in a SQUARE). I used the Noelle Party Dress as a base (by Peek-a-boo pattern shop) and made my changes.


I added snaps to the back and stripey pieces to the shoulders.


And cut out shapes on the pockets. I used the same method I did for this pouch and this bag. One circle…


and one square.


This past year, I actually made this chair. As you can see, it is embedded in me. Subconsciously, this combination of colors came bubbling to the surface.


I have to tell you, this whole outfit was made using Riley Blake Fabrics (even the polka dotted lining!) that they generously supplied me with. HOW AWESOME IS THAT??!!


If you would like to enter the giveaway, you can do so on the Rafflecopter below!

Thanks so much, Emily, for including me in this series!!

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On-our-shelves Sunday

This week, Falafel is reading this to me:


The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo

The Bee read this one years ago, but I never have. She has always zoomed through books much faster than I could keep up. When Falafel told me that she chose this to read for homework, I asked if she could read it to me too! I am glad she is. So far, so good.

What have YOU read this week?

On -Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have an inspirational book on our shelves:


The Best that I Can Be

American Girls Books

This book has inspirational¬† words along with quotes from the different American Girl stories to encourage young readers. And who doesn’t need some encouragement every now and then?

What are YOU reading this week?