Friday, December 31, 2010

My First Dress for Kate

**UPDATE**

So I originally thought the buttons would go in the back, but it looks much cuter on Kate with them in the front:

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So, I made a dress for Kate. I cut up one of Matt's old shirts and used the buttons/button holes and made a bodice, too. I saw a tutorial on making a dress out of a men's shirt, and got my idea from there. I changed it quite a bit (as usual :0 ) and added floral material. It was a lot of piecing together more than anything. I just kept measuring it on Kate after I got her initial measurements. Here it is:

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The biggest challenge was designing the dress; I think this sewing thing will get easier once I learn to read patterns (or will it get harder?)!

Peace of Christ to you,

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Scripture Projects

I love Deuteronomy 6 and believe that we should remind ourselves of scripture throughout our homes, so I made these two projects today:

For Kate's bedroom:
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Just purple material and felt flowers. And I actually wrote on the glass with a dry/erase marker.


For our living room:
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Again, material and felt. Obviously, I enjoy "repurposing" things!
Peace of Christ to you,

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Keagan's Woody Vest...so far

Preparing for Keagan's birthday party is FUN! I'm doing a Keagan's Roundup theme--namely Toy Story gang style. I am making this Woody vest to surprise him. I hope he'll love wearing it as much as I love making it! I'm not finished yet; I'll post more pics of it once I'm done.

I printed off a template online. It wasn't a true "pattern" and was actually meant for felt, but I wanted to use fabric and sew it, so I just kind of did it how I thought it'd work. Hopefully it'll be fine! ;-)

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Peace of Christ to you,

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Story 3

Christmas was merry indeed. :) Lots of family, food, and smiles. I'm so blessed to have a wonderful family!

Mom read the Christmas story to the kids--probably my favorite part!

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Caleb enjoyed his first Christmas!

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Keagan got Woody and Kate got Jesse, so it's been very Toy Story-ish around our house! It's not seldom that you'll hear: "Momma, play Woody!" lately. I got lots of sewing goodies and can't wait to use them! I also got a new cookbook that I've already delved into and am loving! Caleb got lots of goodies, too, even though he has no clue! Here's a last pic of him. His brother and sister decided he needed some of his toys in his bed. You can see how delighted he is, right? :)

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The blessings were lavished and I'm so grateful!

Peace of Christ to you,

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Strep and Gifts (aprons are the gifts, not the strep!)

I've been down with strep throat this week, and let me tell you--it has really cut into my sewing time! I'm on day 3 of not being able to sew at all, and it's just no fun!

But on a happy note, I'm so glad I can finally show these gifts since I've given them to my sweet friends now. The pink aprons were for my friend Tera and her adorable little girl, Anna. And the Wizard of Oz apron was for my fantastic friend Gwen who incidentally has always LOVED Dorothy's choice of attire. They were such fun to make. I was worried I wouldn't be able to make Gwen's look like a shoe, but she didn't say, "What's this?", so I figure she got it! :)


This was my first shot at pockets:

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And I squealed the whole way through on Gwen's:

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After clearing it with my very understanding friends, I still went to our traditional Christmas party, this time sporting a stylish face mask. While eating at the table, Tera looked at me with hilarious eyes and said, "Cara, it's getting to where every time I think of you, I just laugh!" (I'm still trying to figure out if this was a compliment or not!) Just kidding. She's referring to a plethora of funny, unusual mishaps that seem to only happen to me. Things like: a receptionist taking my blood, my toddler--very seriously--asking Tera, "What the crack is?", spanking my son for injuring the cat while he insisted he did not...then learning that my husband's work boot was responsible--but chalking it up to "Oh it's okay; he'll do something later to deserve it anyway" and the like. And there I sat having dinner with a face mask on. :) I digress. What can I say? My life was clearly meant to bring comic relief.

Anyway, Merry Christmas, everyone! I'm going to have fun with or without puss on my tonsils! :)
Peace of Christ to you,

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Paved Roads and Buttoned Flowers

Tonight I made a few more Christmas presents (for people with no access to my page!)--a car mat and hair clips.

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The hat is Kate's that I decorated with an embellishment, too. I'm so happy to be on Christmas break so all I have to do is sew and be creative!

Oh wait, and I still have to throw a bottle at Caleb every 3 hours or so...and would you believe my kids mope around the house saying, "I'm hungry"? Sheesh. Don't they know I have important things to do? ;)

Also, (this is random, sorry) please pray for Keagan; he's been throwing up all day and still is doing so. Thank you.

Peace of Christ to you,

Friday, December 17, 2010

A touch of plaid and a bit of buttons

I've been having the grandest time on my Singer! I'd love to post all of my projects, but I can't until after Christmas! But here are a couple of things that weren't gifts, so I can show them!

I got this skirt on clearance at Wal-Mart for $3. I had a pair of plaid maternity pants that I (surely) won't need ever again (snip snip) [wow, I just saw the hilarious pun in that!], and I cut a band from them to add to the bottom hem. It was fun!

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And I made this hat at my friend Juleah's house with a vintage sweater from her collection. We had such a blast!

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Can you tell I'm having fun?!

Peace of Christ to you,