Christmas Jammies

Hello from the other side of the holiday!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a great, low-key holiday.  Just the 4 of us.  As much as I’d love to spend the holidays with our families it’s very important to me that my kids wake up in their own home on Christmas morning.  We’ve got our own traditions.  We have matching stockings, we bake and frost cookies for Santa, the girls get squeaky clean and then we track Santa in our Christmas jammies!  The girls have had matching Christmas jammies every year and this year was no exception!

And just like last year I made matching jammies for their dolls.  Well, coordinating, anyway.  I gave the girls a few pattern options for their pajamas this year and they picked the Dreamland Nightgown by Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  The little one is very much into nightgowns these days because, well, she’s very much into dresses.  And the big one insisted that I make the long version of the nightgown. 

And I decided to take it up a notch this year, mostly because I ordered way too much fabric, and make myself a matching pair!

I used the Beauty Sleep pajamas pattern for mine.  (I was planning on using the matching Alex and Anna Winter PJs for the girls, but again, they wanted a nightgown)  These are some comfy pajamas!!!  Especially in this Riley Blake knit!  Unfortunately the fabric was a tad too girly to make hubby a matching pair……

…maybe next year. 

 

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Tutorial: Sew a Fleece Pocket Scarf for Kids

I’ve got a quick and easy sewing tutorial for you! Perfect for the first day of winter! Cupcake has been wanting a scarf, so I had the idea to sew her a scarf with pockets on the end.  Like built-in mittens.  Because she keeps losing gloves on the bus.  So I grabbed some fleece and started working!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStart with a piece of fleece.  Cut two pieces 7″ x WOF (usually 59″) and two pieces 7″ x 8″.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStart with your small pieces.  These are your pockets.  Fold one short end down 1/2″ wrong sides together and stitch in place.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialLay one of your long (scarf) pieces down right side up then place a pocket on the end right side up, lining up the raw edges.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialRepeat on the other side.  Place the other long piece on top, right side down and pin or clip in place.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStitch around the entire scarf with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a 2″ opening for turning. (In the picture I left my opening on the short end, but the opening is better left on the long side between the pockets)

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialTurn right side out and stitch the opening closed.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialAnd you’re all done!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialCupcake loves her new scarf!  And I love that I don’t have to worry about missing gloves!  And Pumpkin loves hers, too!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialThe matching headbands are from a Made for Mermaids pattern. 

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialCold weather – check!  Warm ears – check!  Warm necks – check!  Warm hands – check!

 

Enjoy!!!

 

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Christmas Dresses 2016

I feel so ahead of the game right now!  I’ve already got the girls’ Christmas dresses done!  Wait, I still need to send out cards, sew their pajamas and do some shopping, so I guess I’m not really ahead of the game.  The Christmas cards are ordered, though!  We took photos over the weekend in their new dresses for our card, so I thought I’d show them off.

Christmas DressesHave you ever seen such cuteness? 

Oh, yeah.  Their dolls got matching dresses, too.  Both dresses are a mash up of two Made for Mermaids patterns.  It’s Pumpkin’s favorite combo of the Brooklyn dress bodice and Riley skirt.

Brooklyn Riley Christmas DressPumpkin and her baby, Rosie both got plaid flutter sleeves per request.  I lined the flutters because I don’t like to do a rolled hem finish and because I wanted them to look a little nicer than with an unfinished edge.  I topstitched with my coverstitch machine to give them a clean finish.  And I love the way they turned out. 

Brooklyn/Riley Christmas DressWhen I asked Cupcake what kind of sleeves she wanted she said plaid.  So she and Kit Kitredge got plaid sleeves.  Once she saw Pumpkin’s flutters she was having second thoughts, so I made a bow to fancy up her dress a bit and she was much happier.

Brooklyn/Riley Christmas DressBoth fabrics are from Girl Charlee.  I just loved this buffalo plaid and knew it would make adorable dresses.  And I was right.  And I kind of wish I had ordered more and made myself a dress, too!

dsc_4449Why is this Pumpkin’s favorite dress?  The twirl factor!  I asked for a twirl and she was on it!  Cupcake not so much……

Do you have holiday outfits picked out, yet? 

 

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Friday Fitness: Hot Chocolate 15K or Running with Bronchitis

I ran my last race of the year on Sunday.  I’ve always wanted to do the Hot Chocolate 15K, but usually have a conflict.  This year I was able to fit it into my schedule!  I was so excited!  And a bunch of my MRTT crew was there, too, so it was super fun and cold!  Hot Chocolate 15K

We had amazing weather last week, particularly on Friday (it was in the 70s!!) so when race morning rolled around and it was only 34 degrees, cloudy and windy it was a smack in the face!  Also a smack in the face was being diagnosed with bronchitis on Friday, after having felt under the weather for almost 3 weeks.  I struggled with what to wear because we hadn’t eased into the cold temperatures.  Thankfully I picked the right outfit for running. Not so much for standing around before or after the race.

Hot Chocolate 15KI had originally submitted proof of time when I registered for this race.  I ran a 10 miler at an 8:56 min/mile in March so I used that as my proof of time for a preferred corral.  That put me in corral A.  Granted it was the back of corral A, but the first corral none-the-less.  Because I was constantly coughing up a lung I wasn’t holding out hope that I would actually complete this race in my predicted time. 

When the gun went off I just started running at a comfortable pace.  I was just going by what felt good and trying not to look at my watch.  I was pretty consistent, too.  9:33, 9:47, 9:19, 9:29, 9:41 Just over half way.  But then my chest was feeling really heavy.  I found a pit stop just after mile 5, so I took a bathroom break, coughed up a lung, blew my nose about 10 times, coughed some more, then walked through the water stop.  After that I felt a bit better.  11:41, 9:32, 9:52, 9:55, 8:46 sprint to the finish.  

Chip time 1:32:26 (9:55 min/mile)

So about a minute slower per mile than anticipated, but I survived.  It took quite some time after running for me to stop coughing and make my way over the the gear check to get my extra layers.  I put on some dry, fuzzy gloves and a fleece jacket, but it was still just so cold! 

Hot Chocolate 15KI managed to eat my marshmallow and Rice Krispie treat before my chocolate hardened and once the rest of my crew was done running we didn’t stick around.  It was just too cold!!!  We had a nice hot lunch at Melt Bar and Grilled and then we headed back home. 

I didn’t meet my goal and I didn’t get to take my picture with the inflatable marshmallow (they didn’t put them up because of the high winds), but it was a fun race!  I’d love to do it again some time and hopefully be able to enjoy the after party a bit more!

 

I’ve taken most of the rest of the week off to try and kick this chest stuff, but I did run to and from our local Turkey Trot (3.1 miles each way) to volunteer yesterday.  I helped out as a start line marshal and a finish line people mover and got to see a bunch of my MRTT friends run a great race!  I’m still struggling with chest pain so I’m hopefully heading back to the doctor today to get this taken care of.  Until then I’ll (try to) rest.

 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and have a great weekend!!!