On-Our-Shelves Sunday

The book I have chosen to highlight this week should come as no surprise to you:


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Caroll

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Yesterday I showed you my Alice-inspired creation. Tomorrow I will share what my daughter came up with!

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

150 year old Alice and a Giveaway

Today I am participating in Sara’s (from Made-by-Sara) series to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland.


For my Alice in Wonderland inspired creation, I decided to hop back into my own childhood and recreate my very favorite dress that has always reminded me of Alice.


Me circa  1979  wearing my favorite dress

This dress is a Gunne Sax and it was the most luxurious piece of clothing I have ever owned. Ever. I do still have the original dress but it is very fragile now and worn. A lot of stitching has come out and the zip is falling off. A new one was in order!


Meet Alice. She has many adventures in a fabulous book written by Lewis Caroll 150 years ago. She falls down a rabbit hole and meets all sorts of strange and wonderful characters.


I tried to construct it the same as the original, which proved to be an entirely new experience for me. Each piece was individually lined before putting the bodice together. It was like sewing a puzzle. And all that lace. MY GOODNESS THERE IS A TON OF LACE! I actually ran out. Twice.


I started with the Noelle Party dress by Peek-a-Boo pattern shop *affiliate link* and started to cut it up into pieces. I knew that bodice fit my daughter well, so it was a good base.


Let me tell you, that collar? Pain in the butt to get right. In the end it turned out slightly different than the Gunne Sax, but we both like it. My girl said that it doesn’t choke her, so that is a plus right there. She can wear it up or folded down, depending on her mood.




This story is timeless, and has spanned decades, but Alice’s character will always be from this old fashioned prim and proper England, dressed in blue, that this story put into my head oh so long ago. I love seeing how both my girls absolutely still love all the frill and lace and soft textures that vintage-inspired dresses can have.





It is a pleasure to celebrate this classic story’s anniversary with all of you!


The world has gotten curiouser and curiouser since it has been written. And that is not a bad thing.

Now for some fun for you! Enter below on the Rafflecopter for a chance to win 7 patterns!

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Come back tomorrow when I will share what my oldest sewed up for the celebration, and in the meantime, you can hop on over to  Huisje Boompje Boofjes  and  A Jennuine Life  to see what they made!

*Edited: Come back MONDAY to see The Bee’s creation, but tomorrow to see what we are reading this week. Bet you can guess!

Sneak Peek at what is next


Right now there is a fun series going on, hosted by Made By Sara. I’m up tomorrow. I couldn’t help but show you a sneak peek today, though.


Come back tomorrow to see more!

S is for Sewing ebook release

I was fortunate enough to be one of the bonus pattern contributors for the new “S” is for Sewing ebook!


The fabulous Sewing With Boys ladies have put this together just in time for you to start sewing for back-to-school. You get 4 patterns (not just for boys) PLUS several bonuses!

Check it out here.

Summer is the time for travel

Since many of you will be taking vacations this Summer, I thought I would do a small round up of helpful DIY’s and Travel Tips.


DVD travel case tutorial


Disc Visor Organizer


Travel Zip Pouches

What do you find helpful when you travel?

Brazi dress for me

I recently sewed up a Brazi Dress for myself. This is my very first time sewing up this pattern.


I think it is a good first attempt, but I am going to sew up another one a little differently. I used foam bra cup inserts for this one, and because I am a full-busted gal, it turned my boobs into pointy bullet shaped, low hanging objects.


Not the best look. Also, I feel like I am going to take someone’s eye out with them.

I went on a FB group with other Brazi fans, and problem solved with those ladies. We came up with- taking out the cups, shortening the straps just about an inch, and using fabric with only 2 way stretch instead of 4 way (which is what I used for this).


One thing I love about the design is the cool back. And the fact that I don’t have to wear a bra. I also love how very comfortable it is.


The construction is also really brilliant. The inside is neat looking and it goes together quickly.

I wasn’t asked to review this pattern, but I felt compelled to share it with you. Definitely one that I will give another try in a sturdier material!

What have YOU sewn today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have an oldie but a goodie on our shelves:


Don’t let the Pigeon Stay up Late!

by Mo Willems


Our summer has been filled with days, and uh nights where we have been letting our little pigeon stay up late. And boy do we pay for it. Ha! But that is what Summer is all about, right?

What is on YOUR shelves today?

Summertime rules


This year I wanted to bring a little order to our Summertime “downtime” instead of having a media free-for-all and me cleaning up after everyone.

So I made some rules.

  1. Kids are required to exercise for 1 hour per day. Whatever they choose. Just move for 1 hour, m’kay?
  2. Kids are required to do 1 hour of chores per day. Whatever needs to be done, they do it (which includes leaving their rooms tidy).
  3. Kids are required to play 1 hour of their instrument. In this case one plays fiddle and the other piano.
  4. Each girl will get a total of 10 hours of media time per WEEK. They may choose to divide up the time however they want, but once they run out, that is it.

We have put these rules into effect for the last few weeks, and I have to say that I love it. The girls know what is expected of them each day and they do it. No asking me a thousand times for permission to watch movies all day, or for more computer time. No one says they are bored!  It is awesome. It also takes some of the housekeeping pressure off of me, since it is like swimming up stream when they are home, usually.

Do you have Summertime rules? What works for you?

Summer in full swing


Summer is indeed in full swing, and we are running.


Some of us more literally than others.


Falafel has been keeping busy with track camp most days, and then going to the community track meet at night (like last year here and here), which has just begun.


I helped to teach a softie sewing class to kids ages 10 and up at our local library (which I, sadly, did not get any decent photos of). It was two hours of sewing fun~ and I was worn out at the end. Those kids were so creative and excited about sewing. It was fabulous to be a part of.


The Bee has a week-long fiddle workshop coming up which we all will be traveling to. So we are preparing for all that comes with that!


Plus all the “normal” lessons and activities. We all want to fit in everything we want to do while there is no school. Although, I think I am going to need a vacation from our Summer vacation, for sure.

Are your Summers busier than the rest of the year, or more relaxing??

Photo fun with my teen and her wedding gown


A week ago we went to our town’s annual Rotary Auction. While there, my teen spotted this wedding gown in the kid’s dress-up section, with a label attached saying it was from 1945. Well, she offered the lady .50 cents  for it (since it was the end of the day), and we took it home with us. When I asked her what possessed her to buy a vintage, yellowed, wedding gown, she said it looked like a princess dress and knew that we would have one heck of a photo session with it.

That girl knows me so well.








I know that won’t be the last thing she does with that dress. She has been talking about taking the sleeves off, since they are super tight on her (she can’t even lift her arms up).

What about you? What have you bought purely for the fun of it?