Category: Holiday

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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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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Sew What Do I Wear? Holiday Edition

sew-what-do-i-wearToday I’m joining in on a blog hop with Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates

The holidays are fast approaching!  And I don’t know about you, but I love photo cards!  So holiday cards are a great reason to get some family photos taken.  And the tricky thing about family photos is figuring out what to wear!  And getting the kids to look at the camera and smile (normally).  I can’t help with the second part, but the first part I can!!!  I think for family photos this year you should sew a Timeless Tunic from Patterns for Pirates!

Timeless TunicHow cute is this dress?  Normally I love to sew with knits, but I saw this floral denim and I just had to have a dress made out of it!  I love this style!  Not only is it perfect for family photos, but also for holiday parties. 

Sew what do I wear? Timeless TunicThere’s a pretty good chance I’ll wear this to our holiday family reunion as well.  There are 3 sleeve lengths included with this pattern so you can make it fit whatever kind of weather you have in your neck of the woods.  It also comes in shirt length, tunic length or dress, so mix and match! 

Sew what do I wear? Timeless TunicI went with 3/4 sleeves and dress length.  Paired with leggings and boots it’s such an easy outfit!  It’s comfortable and looks great! I have a red infinity scarf that will look great with it, too!

Now I just need to get the girls ready and get those family photos taken!

If you’re still looking for more options be sure to check out the other ladies on the blog hop!

Nov 14 – Wild & Wanderful/ What Does She Do All Day?/
My Creative Room
Nov 15 – Sew A Piece of Joy / Red Stitch Blue Stitch/ Sewn Of A Stitch
Nov 16 – MaMoose / Rebel & Malice / On Wednesdays We Sew
Nov 17 – It’s Liesel / Stitching and Making / The Kisses Co
Nov 18 – SewSophieLynn / I’m Just Like Mommy/Lady and the Gents / The Crunchy Mommy

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A Whimsical Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!!  My girls are so excited for trick-or-treat tonight.  They thought long and hard about what they wanted to be for Halloween this year and Pumpkin changed her mind about 100 times but in the end they settled on a fairy and a butterfly.

Fairy and butterfly Halloween costumesCupcake, not typically a girly girl, requested a fairy costume.  Not just any fairy, but a pink fairy.  With a wand and wings.  Pumpkin wanted to be a monarch butterfly.

Fairy and butterfly Halloween costumesI used the same patterns for both costumes, which made my life a little easier as I didn’t have much time to get these whipped up after our vacation (which I’m still trying to finish a blog post on!!).  The dresses are the Tinkerbell dress from Made for Mermaids.  The wings are the Wonderland Wings from Peek-a-Boo Patterns

Butterfly costumeOH, she’s just the cutest butterfly I’ve ever seen!  She just loves this costume.  From the moment I finished it she’s wanted to wear it nonstop.

Butterfly costumeI modified the wings pattern just a bit because the accent pieces are only on one side if you follow the pattern directions, but I needed the the orange on both side.  So I appliqued the accents before assembly rather than “quilting” them into the wings and they turned out great.  I also used one less piece of fusible heavyweight interfacing because I didn’t like the way Cupcake’s wings turned out with it.  I also added some heat transfer vinyl dots to give it more of a monarch look.

Fairy costumeDespite the specific request for an all pink costume this kid was less than thrilled about the result of her fairy dress and wings.  It’s too pink and the wings are too small.  She does like how sparkly the wand is, though!  Ugh, 6 years old, going on 16.

Fairy costumeShe eventually warmed up to the costume and flew around like the beautiful fairy she is. 

The Tinkerbell pattern only has a pattern piece for short sleeves, but because we live in the Midwest I wanted long sleeves, so we wouldn’t have to layer.  Well, so I wouldn’t have to color match their layering.  So I used the Harper pattern, also from Made for Mermaids to extend the sleeves.  Turns out it’s supposed to 62 degrees tonight, so layering shouldn’t be necessary! 

Fairy costumeThe wands are simple, made from a dowel rod and a wood cutout from the craft store.  I painted them, glued them together and added some ribbon accents.  Despite the fact butterflies don’t carry wands Pumpkin insisted she have one, too, and who am I to argue? 

In the end I’m really happy with how these turned out given the time crunch I was in (and the fact I had to keep going back to the fabric store for more fabric, then supplies for the wands, then pom poms for the antennae!).  And I’m sure that after tonight these will be put into regular rotation in the dress up wardrobe.

 

Happy Halloween!!!

 

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Peppermint Melt Cookies

Fall rolls around and people get all pumpkin crazy.  Now, I love the pumpkin things, too, but it’s when the pumpkin goes away the peppermint appears and that’s when I get crazy.  I’m peppermint crazy!  That’s why on a Sunday afternoon, despite having done a lot of prep work in the kitchen all day I decided to whip up a batch of Peppermint Melt Cookies.  Even if it required a second grocery store trip to pick up some candy canes and powdered sugar.

Peppermint Melt Cookies #dessert #baking #cookiesThese little Peppermint Melt Cookies are a sweet little treat.  They melt in your mouth, hence the name.  They are crumbly little bits of peppermint deliciousness.  These are the kind of cookies Santa would love to have!

Peppermint Melt Cookies
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For the cookies
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 1 1/4 cup flour
  5. 1/2 cup cornstarch
For the icing
  1. 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2 tbsp milk
  3. 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 2-3 drops red food coloring
  5. 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  6. crushed candy canes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the extract. In a separate bowl combine the flour and cornstarch. Add the flour and cornstarch mixture to the creamed mixture while beating a little at a time. Once combined cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place them on a lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream the butter. Add the milk, peppermint extract and food coloring and mix until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. Spoon the icing on the cooled cookies and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
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Peppermint Melt Cookies #dessert #baking #cookies