Friday, October 25th, 2013
It’s Kids Clothes Week again. I’m barely participating. I didn’t even make two jackets during this week I just the second of two so shhh, k? A couple of weeks ago I took the girls to the fabric store and let them pick out fabric for cozy fall jackets so I could test the Meridian jacket (and cardi) pattern for Rachael. Remember the Roly Poly pinafore (with pictures of B pre curls!)?I love testing Rachael’s patterns, they are easy to follow with clear instructions and always turn out a great looking product. The girls get so many complements on their jackets in spite of but also sometimes because of the prints they selected. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
I love apple picking. I would love it more if the apples were less expensive than they are at the grocery store but, still, there’s something about picking the apples right from the tree. Something so wonderful that we always end up with crazy amount of apples. Crazy amounts! Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, October 6th, 2011
So the very day that I knowingly sent Chase to school in a pair of tights with a hole in them I went out in search of more. I planned to order some from LL Bean because I was really happy with the ones from last year and they offer free shipping but last year I also bought them on sale and that made me happy. Ordering tights not on sale? Way less happy.
Then my friend Jill gave me a tip about Mondawmin Mall so we went to check it out and discovered that there’s a Marshall’s over there! And so we have tights for days now. Five new pairs for five bucks a piece! And not crappy, I shrink in the wash, tights from Target. Nice tights by Trim Fit and Stride Rite. The store had good selection and all kinds of stuff. I picked up an enormous pair of footed pj’s (by Absorba for nine bucks) in 6x for Christmas per Chase’s request.
I’m going to keep Marshall’s in mind for birthday presents too. They had a good assortment of Melissa and Doug puzzles and toys at good prices. I love our independent toy store but sometimes you need something quick and in a hurry, very close by and, sorry, but did I mention cheap? Anyway, it’s nice to have options.
While I’m thinking about it, another place around here to get a good birthday present at the last minute is Amazing Spiral. They don’t have a huge selection but what they have is well edited and it’s just a few minutes away in the Rotunda. Anyway if you live near me I’ve probably already told you all of this and if you don’t live within spitting distance you probably don’t care. I’ll get this blogging thing figured out eventually. Meanwhile, if you take away one thing from this post it’s to never, ever buy tights from Target ever again. However desperate you are. Whatever you tell yourself to rationalize the purchase even though you know better… don’t do it it’s not worth it. They WILL rip and they WILL shrink too. Trust me.
Monday, August 29th, 2011
Another quick pair of pj pants. We never seem to have enough jammies and this particular pillowcase screamed pyjamas. I cut out 4 more pairs today and started sewing. That will be 3 for each girl (with camis or tees) plus whatever else is still hanging around. Seriously, we have more a problem with jammies than socks. I can’t figure it out but hopefully these will keep us covered because I’m ready to move onto dresses. I looked through a couple of Burda magazines today and think I’m going to try to work up a simple dress but add a pinafore or apron and an underskirt… should be interesting.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
I took all of these pictures of Chase picking flowers in the grass wearing these boots she picked out but later, after all the playing was over, I took some other ones. And I think they might be more revealing of the truth. That girl is, um, spunky. 4 going on 14. The kind of sweet little girl who says things like “relax, I’m going right now!” when prompted to do something for a second, third or FOURTH time. She’s full of cowgirl spirit.
I think that those boots and that spirit are going to be my inspiration for a back to school dress. I have some lovely fabrics from Moda and this too. I finally got down to G Street with my Living Social voucher in tow. It doesn’t take long to spend 50 bucks at the fabric store I tell ya. I still *might* need a little gingham in a nice grey or some other neutral. Looks like it’s going to be the fall of prairie chic.
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Chase took her slippers with her to school today. They’re still very popular. And while she was gone I finished up Avery’s. I like them even better than Chase’s! You could probably make three or four pairs of these from a single adult sized sweater. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
So, if you don’t care about my slippers but are interested in my short term memory loss you can skip straight to the bottom. If you want to know what I’ve been doing instead of the laundry then read on. But I still won’t tell you where I went yesterday because I don’t want you to yell at me. I’ll just say that I came home with a pile of wool sweaters and a half baked plan about ways to use them. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
After a longer-than-just-summer-break hiatus she’s back in the saddle. It was a whirlwind day for her today. First she told me to leave, then she cried when I came to pick her up because she wasn’t ready to go and finally she cried as soon as we got to the car because she said she wanted to stay home with me this morning and somebody took something from her during the day. After we had a treat and talked about it a little she decided she was ready to go back tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, November 12th, 2009
I have a lot of things to share with you today friends. Like this dress I picked up yesterday at Target. I always peruse the clearance rack you know, just in case. I LOVE this dress. I really want to copy the design with some fabric I have in my stash. I just love it, it’s soft and flowy and it’s fully lined. Did I mention that it was on clearance for 6 bucks?! It would have cost me more to buy a pattern and fabric. Excellent deal. The sleeves are kind of longish for short sleeves but it is November so she wore her poncho over top. She loves that thing. Read the rest of this entry »
Monday, October 26th, 2009
And no one will ever see that plumber’s butt again, cute as it might be. We’re in some kind of size limbo. Chase is stuck somewhere between a 2t and a 3t for pants. Somehow a 2t is too small and a 3t just won’t stay up. Well, no more! Now I can cinch them up tight.
These were quick and easy to make. Just the way I like it. I’m not really supposed to be working on any projects because a) I have to finish up Chase’s costume in time for the big day b) I have last minute party details to think about and c) There are some personal finance matters that I have to attend to. Booo. That’s all I have to say about that. But I let myself make these because they really only took 20 minutes inclusive of the time it took me to run into Joann to grab the webbing. Read the rest of this entry »