May 222015

imgp2379We were living in our first house when my Mormon neighbor introduced me to Pinterest. I know my eyebrows attempted to invade my hairline when she spoke of “pinning” things to one’s “board”. She mentioned it was similar to pinning things to a clipboard at your house. My mind pulled up a really congested clipboard – something that would likely be seen within the chaos that was my life. At the time, I passed it off as some weird Mormon thing and continued on with my life.

A few days went by and for some reason, I saw others speaking of this Pinterest thingy. Isn’t it amazing how something recur with eery significance? That sentence would seem far more ominous if I wasn’t speaking of a website. However, I am not one to scoff coincidence so, like a fish going downstream, I logged in and felt around this strange site.

At first the notion of a blank canvas felt overwhelming. If one has the ability to search for something, what do you start with? Adding a few friends helped to see what they were interested in but needless to say, I didn’t see the addictive quality. That changed when I moved into a rural area and away from the modern conveniences of Walmart and fast food.

You mean I actually had to cook? All my favorite easy snacks were 30 minutes away!

So, I started the search for easy recipes even my picky husband would like and naturally found my way back to Pinterest. I found a few simple ones, ones that looked good enough to make my stomach rumble and somewhere in between I inhaled the addictive aroma. Without realizing it I pinned Star Wars pictures, Downtown Abbey fashions, recipes, fun crafts for kids, and Jane Austen paper dolls. Unfortunately, the place I went to organize the chaos of my life looked like a mirror of it instead. Everything crammed into one labeled category akin to a monthly to-do list. Letting out a breath, I organized and sorted my passions, ideas, and interests into categories – all done without buying over priced coffee.

Like the boys who used to play Magic the Gathering on the bus ride home during middle and high school, how about we get together and play pinterest!




(Windowing out to grab the link, I ended up pinning some sewing ideas for my kids. Man, I LOVE that site!) WHEN I am ready to tackle the maelstrom that is my sewing room, my kids might just get some cute DIY (Do it yourself) dresses.


 Posted by at 4:27 am
Mar 012014

Turning something old into something new!

Through her Facebook account, Costume Period routinely hosts auctions for vintage and handmade items of clothes (hats included). About a month ago (or so), I purchased this dress for my six year old daughter. As you can see…it is a bit big 🙂 Probably a size 10 adults. I don’t know, maybe a size 8? I am a 14 so everything looks small at that point lol.

1002163_737141432977192_1921171927_nIt was to be her Easter dress, especially after being confronted with really cute (and pricey) dresses at Costco.  From there, I put it on her inside out, pinned the top to her shirt to give an idea where I needed to cut the bottom hem and took in the  extra fabric at the back (since the front bodice already had darts) by  folding and pinning the fabric. After sewing, this is how it looked.


As you can notice, the bottom is really ruffly so when I removed it, I sewed it at the waist for extra fluff. This is a sideways picture but as you can see, one skirt became two, adding volume.


Ruffles, fluff, rhinestones, lace = happy daughters.

First thing that had to go were those lace sleeves, although I kept them in case I wanted to add them somewhere else. From there, I took in the bodice and pulled it up for modesty sake.  After she put it on, I still felt it was a bit low cut but I can fix that later.

That bottom half of the skirt I cut: I added yellow lace to match the vintage style lace on the bodice. It is easier, in my opinion, to add lace along a hemline than hemming it alone. The pink taffeta-ish (or whatever it is) probably frayed like my hair back East.  I turned it back and added two lines of lace:



And the ending result came out beautifully! Now, I have one happy little girl and a very proud daddy who took his daughter to the Daddy Daughter dance at our church tonight.  Add a bit of sparkle and a princess attended her first dance, escorted by the best man in the world 🙂

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 Posted by at 4:58 am
Feb 132014

As you might have read below, my eldest daughter wanted Frozen valentines for her class party. Since I am bringing my almost three year old to the party as well, I knew she’d want to pass something out.

I was rooting for Wall -E valentines but that little independent spirit chose Barbie, Life in the Dreamhouse. I don’t know if you know this but there aren’t any, at least in our neck of the woods. Plus, my fail-safe fallback (Pinterest) came up negative as well. So this mom did what any mom would do – Make them!

Here is what I came up with. The images are so-so but cute 🙂



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 Posted by at 6:34 pm
Feb 092014

My eldest will be participating in her first Valentines Day party at school. I can see how excited she is, especially when she had a hard time picking out a box of the premade ones at the store. Well, you might not have picked this up about me, but I am a rather crafty person so I said, “Hey, I have a great idea! let’s make our own!”

Needless to say, she gave into my excitement 🙂 *She always does, smart girl!*

Right now, like most young ladies, she LOVES Frozen and I wanted her Valentines to be unique – something no one will have at her school. I found Frozen paper dolls through Cory Jensen’s deviantart account and created the template in Microsoft Publisher. One version for girls and one for boys. You will notice a variation in the girl valentine I attached. That was our first draft for showing how they look folded.

Here is what we came up with. Remember, when you click on these images, it will show you the massive images to print out. They fold twice in the middle.

You’re more than welcome to use them! We plan on attaching a pencil…somewhere….to give away on the special day. Enjoy 🙂 I know my daughter will.
























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 Posted by at 9:30 pm