Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Easter Garland

This post is brought to you by Baker Ross.

Easter is almost here, April 20th for those of you who are wondering, and that means I need to start decorating. Usually I only decorate the house during Christmas but since my daughter was born I have been decorating the house for almost every holiday at her request.




She loves to craft so we usually make all of our decorations together and she helps me hang them up. This fun garland was no exception. I love how the bright colors just pop, very summery.




Baker Ross sent me some great craft supplies and I used the A4 card stock and paper doilies to make the banner.




While my daughter counted the paper doilies I used my Cricut to cut out the banner letters. I then used my glue dots to stick them on my doilies. I love how each color has a different pattern. So pretty.




My daughter did a great job decorating the Easter eggs for our garland. Aren't they pretty?




I used some yarn I already had and taped each doilie on. Easy Peasy!




I think I am going to make a Happy Birthday sign next for my son's first birthday.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Break Vacation Recap

I just came back from our family spring break vacation. We went to Jacksonville, Florida to visit family for a week. We were all super excited to get away and we all had a wonderful time! I wanted to share with you some of our adventure packed 4 day itinerary. We had to let the kids recover for a couple of days at the beginning of our trip because the long plane ride and time change really tired them out.




On day one we took the ferry to cross over St. John's river. It was a very short ride, maybe 5 minutes, but the children loved it. On our way to Amelia Island we stopped by Kingsley Plantation to visit the historic site. I just want to warn you the drive to the plantation is a little scary. Its a long narrow road full of pot holes out in the middle of nowhere. It's a great site to visit with a beautiful river running next to the main house. We even got to see turtles burrowing by the garden.




Our next stop was Amelia Island. We spent three days in this beautiful beach city. The town has such great charm. My daughter is a beach baby and she was in heaven. Not to mention these beaches are covered in sea shells. We came home with a bucket of shells to make necklaces out of. I highly recommend the dole whip at DeNucci's soft serve. I also recommend Alvin's Island for your souvenirs. It's one big store that has everything you could possibly want all in one stop.




Our last stop was St. Augustine. This city also has a lot of charm as well as interesting history. We took the green train tour and it was well worth the money. Not only did we see the whole town, we got a lot of great history facts and we didn't have to do any driving.




The city is beautiful and has such great architecture. Mr. Tiffany himself made lots of stained glass windows all over this town. We visited the old jail, the old country store, and the pirate museum. My daughter also wanted to take the ghost tour but we ran out of time.




I highly recommend spending the whole day there so you can truly enjoy the city. That's it! Now I'm home tackling the huge mountain of laundry that we brought back. Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tropical Honey Smoothie

I am a big fan of smoothies, both for myself and the kids. I think it's a quick and easy way to get more fruit into our healthy diets. They also taste pretty darn good. I bought some Silk coconut almond milk recently because it sounded like a good combination. Since I had some tropical fruit on hand, thanks mom for cutting my pineapple, I decided to try out a tropical smoothie. My daughter suggested I add some honey, she is so smart, and it took this smoothie to a whole new level. This seriously was one of the best smoothies I've ever had!




 Tropical Honey Smoothie
  Makes 2 to 3 Servings

 1 Cup - Coconut Almond Milk
 1 - Frozen Banana
 1 Container - Greek Strawberry Yogurt
 2 - Pineapple Slices
 1-2 Handfuls - Peaches
 2-3 Tbsp - Honey

1. Place all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.




I added some sprinkles to my daughters smoothie because they always get her excited. Who knew sprinkles had that much power?!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Pattern Review Simplicity 1925

My daughter is a HUGE Frozen fan. She talks about it everyday and has seen it more times than I can count. I was lucky to find some Frozen fabric online so I decided to make her a nice summer dress. I went through my huge pattern stash and I found a cute Disney pattern that I thought looked pretty simple. My daughter LOVES this dress! I had to literally take it off of her back in order to take these pictures.




I made some changes to the sleeves and I added a bottom ruffle. I also chose not to include the slip layer to the skirt, I thought this would make the dress too hot in the summer. I was able to find a cute pink polka dot fabric at Joann that I thought coordinated well with the main fabric.




Simplicity 1925, part of the Disney Fairies line, was a pretty easy pattern to follow. I love the simple style and can't wait to sew the shirt/capris version.




For the flutter sleeves I decided to only use the smallest sleeve the pattern included. I thought the bigger sleeve would be too big and I was right. This small sleeve was just the right size, the bigger one would be too overpowering on a small child. I cut two fabric pieces for each sleeve so I cut four sleeve pieces total. I sewed two sleeve pieces right sides together on the outside curve. I turned it right side out and followed the pattern as directed.




The inside is fully lined which is a huge plus. I didn't have to worry about the seams or using the serger. Next time I make these sleeves I will be placing them in the middle of the strap. I followed the guides on the pattern but since I wasn't using the bigger sleeve piece underneath they were a little further back from the front of the dress.




For the bottom ruffle I cut four strips of six inches by the width of the fabric. I sewed all the pieces together into one piece, folded it in half wrong sides together, and then ruffled it. I sewed it on the bottom of the hem. I still have some Frozen fabric scraps left so I am planning on making some slippers and a pencil case from it.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sewing Pattern Roundup: Handbags


If you follow me on Pinterest then you know there are two things I can't resists; handbags and aprons. So today I thought it would be fun to do a handbag pattern roundup. To make things better most of these patterns are FREE! 




1. Blossom Handbag/Shoulder bag
2. Reversible Bucket Bag
3. 241 Tote Pattern
4. Fat Sack
5. Sweet Scallop Tote