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Easy Ribbon Wands

I thought ribbon wands would be a fun craft project for the girls and a nice addition to the little “photo shoot” we do with their new mama-made dresses each year. The girls had fun playing with them and even got to choose ribbon from my stash to coordinate with their dresses. These took just a few minutes to make! Here is how we made them: Cut dowels into three pieces- each 12″ long. Sand…

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Women’s Ruffle Shirt to Toddler Dress

I ran out of steam and went with something simple for the last dress.  I turned a sleeveless, women’s turtleneck made of ruffle fabric into a toddler dress. This project was fairly easy and, most importantly, quick. I was tired of procrastinating! I used the Uptown/Downtown dress pattern again. This time, however, I removed the foldover elastic from the arm holes of the original shirt and reapplied them. It wasn’t as clean as the sparkly…

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Hot Mustard Recipe- perfect for cheese and crackers! Continue reading...

Hot Mustard

I have a confession: I have been holding out on you guys. This is one of my most popular recipes and I haven’t blogged about it yet. I will warn you, though. Everyone who asks me for this recipe becomes addicted and begins make multiple quadruple batches for everyone they know. This hot mustard recipe is also sweet. You can adjust the “hotness” with the choice of hot peppers used. We plant a hot pepper…

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Men’s Dress Shirt to Girls’ Vintage Style Dress

Ever since THESE dresses, I just can’t seem to get over that whole retro, vintage style. I love the 1940s/1950s era of fashion! I wanted to do a “shirt dress” style, but decided to upcycle/refashion one out of a men’s dress shirt. (There are also a few aqua polka dot details just for fun!) It even has a built in pettiskirt to make the full skirt pouf out. I don’t have a full tutorial for you, but…

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Turn a women's strapless dress into a little girls' halter dress. Continue reading...

Women’s Strapless Dress to Girls’ Halter Dress

This dress was the least drastic transformation, but it required a lot more work than most of the other dresses to do it properly. It started out as a women’s strapless dress, so I just had to remove the cups, take in and reshape the chest and sides, then add halter ties. However, it is fully lined and I ended up ripping the whole thing apart so it wasn’t as easy as it looks. It…

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Sparkly Womens Tank to Girls Dress Top

This dress was so simple to make, but my daughter loves it! The top is sparkly, the bottom is silky, it has a nice drape, and it is comfortable. The outside is made from a women’s sparkly tank and  the lining is made from a women’s T shirt. The top was constructed using the Uptown/Downtown Dress pattern. This pattern is great for knit fabrics! I have used it several times just to save myself the hassle of…

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1950s Retro Dress

I am a little behind. That is the story of my life. I ran out of steam and didn’t finish the Easter dresses in time for Easter this year. I decided a happy mom spending time with her kids was better than a grumpy one frantically sewing. So, I finished them when I felt like it. The last one didn’t get done until July 30. And that is OK. My “theme” this year was “upcycled”…

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Gardening and Birdhouse Quiet Book Pages

Last two pages! As cute as the farm scene pages are, my favorite page in this book is the gardening page. We start our own seeds and the kids get to help sometimes, so it was something else I really wanted to include in the book. I made a little seed box with hand embroidered letters and sewed on some seed beads as if they had spilled. #keepitreal The flowerpot turned out unintentionally patriotic. I…

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Farm Animals Quiet Book Page

On our little farm, spring means lots of new baby animals. I wanted to reflect that in the spring quiet book, too. I came up with this little sunset farm scene and tried out some different applique techniques. I hand embroidered the fence and some details, then sewed on the barn. The barn doors are held shut with a round button and a loop of narrow elastic. Inside the barn are some “animal pens” made…

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