Tree Time

We finally got around to planting a tree in our backyard! It's been bare for quite sometime and we really needed the shade it will provide. We made the trek to both Lowe's and Home Depot looking for Root Stimulator, Soil Conditioner, buckets, shovels, tree food, and a bunch of other stuff I don't know the names to. I'll leave the gardening to my husband and his green thumb.

Who knew planting a tree required more than a hole, dirt and water? :)

The husband arranged his supplies and got to work while I entertained the Little Man. Our older kids weren't home and that tree was going to call it quits if we didn't get it in the ground so were on our own. I was itching to get my hands on a shovel, but I wasn't allowed to since I had on sandals.

How very convenient huh?

I can sew, green just ain't my thing.

Anyway, so I was untangling the darn water hose when I hear my husband calling out for me to turn around, but quiet enough for me to know Little Man was doing something I shouldn't miss OR interrupt!

Awww....my baby, he's so freaking smart. And STRONG! I love that he wanted to help and didn't give up even though it was heavy for him. We thought he deserved a dip in his kiddie pool as a reward* for being such a sweetheart for helping daddy.

Life is good. :)

*Yeah, about that. Mom here was having a panic attack at her kid holding that dirty, rusty, possibly very sharp shovel in his little baby hands that I bribed him with the pool to get him the heck out of there. Hello, my name is Paranoid. :)


Woot! Woot!

I feel this huge relief now that I can finally share some REAL photos with you! This particular dress was one that had been sitting on the shelf for awhile. I knew that I wanted to make it using a onesie, but had no desire to shell out 10 bucks for a pack of onesies, when only one was needed. Of all places, Wally World came to the rescue. It turns out they sell single onesies, so no more excuses! I snatched up a white and pink and a little pair of lounge pants, I think it took me two days to finish. YAY me! My cousin had been wanting something girly, so I hope she loves this for baby Annabella as much as I loved making it.

Let's get to the good stuff shall we?

Make it and Love it has to be one of my FAVORITE websites. It's like, nonstop, everyday, a new something I have to make or bake! Well, it feels that way haha!

So with my new onesies in tow, I got to work. Presenting.......The Sweet Pleated Dress!

Ain't she a beauty?

Well, since I was in such a crafty mood, I also tackled this shoe pattern I bought from Etsy seller Sweet Pea Patterns. I don't see the Angelina Ballerina listed right now, but there are plenty of other styles available. I am in LOVE with this shoe! Easy peasy pattern and I can't begin to describe the pride I feel for creating these tiny little babies.

Wow. My first shoes. Wow....

Here they are together.

Remember the pink onesie? I cut out some felt letters, used some Heat n Bond and then applied them to a circle I then appliqued to the front. Last minute I also appliqued a little heart to the booty of the lounge pants with a little zigzag stitch.

Lots of goodies, lots of fun. Happy can't begin to describe how I feel. :)



Finally, some finished projects!

Well now, that was a break I didn't plan on happening. Funny how time passes so quickly. I kept telling myself tomorrow, I'll update tomorrow. That's almost a whole month of tomorrows YIKES!

Ok, so moving on. I uploaded some photos of projects I had finished up, but unfortunately they are cell phone pics. The good news is that all other projects I'm working on have been photographed with my Nikon. Yay! Cuz these cell phones pics are just so BLAH.

First up! I made a floor cushion for little man using this tutorial from Living With Punks. Go on, go check her out.......aha! You're hooked now aren't you? Did you get to peek at her recipes too? YUMMY! I used this dinosaur print I had been eyeballing for days at Hancock Fabrics (yes days, I'm there every chance I get haha). The floor cushion tutorial gave me an excuse to snatch it up and voila! Dino Seat for little man:
I definitely need to work on my piping skills. Overall it was really easy to follow and little man loves it, so it's a winner!

Let's see, I also got to work on a couple of diaper covers using this tutorial from Dana at Made. I love her stuff, I have more than a few tutorials of hers I plan to tackle. I can't help how easy she makes it to follow her patterns.
Isn't she a beauty? I made her as soon as Dana posted her tutorial to go with a dress I had made using the Itty Bitty Dress pattern from Made By Rae.

CUTE! I sent this to my newest niece and I can't wait to see her in it!

Gosh, these pics really are horrible. The good news is that this is (hmmm, I just saw my foot in the pic above, glad my toes were painted!) most likely THE LAST post with cell phone pics. I won't lie, it's a bit embarassing, pic after pic, so grainy and the colors come out awful.

OK, back to our regular posting. I made another diaper cover, but this time with RUFFLES! Who doesn't love ruffles???

I made the ruffles using this tute from Char at Crap I've Made (funny, funny name) I used bias tape on the legs to hid the edges of the ruffles. I have plans to do this many more times, I didn't think cute could get any cuter!

The dress on the other hand, was a disaster. It was supposed to be another Itty Bitty Dress, but I cut wrong, then I was going to make it into a gathered skirt, but it was way too long. So I tried covering the waist with bias tape to make into a mini pillow case dress (?) BUT it didn't go over the little girls head. SO, I chopped off the top and made her an elastic waisted skirt. And it's adorable! Sorry, no pic. But trust me, it's a keeper.

And now, to end the torture, the last cell phone pic! hahaha! The Snappy Toddler Top from Prudent Baby is heaven. I picked up this fabric on a whim and it works great for this top.
This was my first attempt at buttonhole making, it was much easier than I thought.

I've got a GREAT little project in the works that I am really excited to show you the outcome. There are a few more things to finish up and then I'll let you in on the secret. ;)