Sunday, April 20, 2014


My baby is one, y'all.  ONE.   I really can't believe it.

Sugar crash happens quick.  We went from this... this in no time at all.

We said we weren't going to have a big birthday bash.  We said we were just going to do a cupcake or two and have some family over.  We weren't going to be those parents that went crazy for a birthday party that the recipient will never remember.  Um, yeah.  We partied our tails off this weekend.  I'm exhausted.

I had some really grand plans for the birthday party considering we weren't going to do anything big.  It just sort of snowballed.  I didn't get to do everything I wanted to, but I sure did have fun decorating for the party.  I made some garland by sewing card stock circles together, one after the other.  A friend made a bunch of those tissue paper poufs.  I bought a few things at Hobby Lobby.  I had a table for dyeing Easter eggs and a huge spread for all the party guests.  Aaaand, I didn't think to take a single picture of the set up until the party was long over.  It was Pinterest-worthy, I promise ;)  You'll just have to trust me.  This is just the aftermath.

I did want to share the banner I made with pictures from baby Jane's first year.  I was pretty proud of it when it was finished.  I had a photo from each month, including a few half-month pics.  I mounted each photo on a piece of card stock and then cut some triangles from scrap booking paper to look like bunting.  I have to say that it was pretty cute.  I think I may just have to keep it up for a while.  I may have enjoyed it more than any of the party guests.

Between birthday and Easter this weekend, baby Jane may just expect cake every night.  Hope you all had a happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Circle Maxi Skirts

My half circle leopard print maxi skirt from Jungle January is in heavy rotation these days.  Despite not being a leopard print kind of gal.  I get a ton of compliments every time I wear it.  I think it has something to do with all that swish when I walk.  It really does have a satisfying swish.  Anyway, I decided I needed another half circle maxi in my life.   In plain old boring black.

  It's impossible for me to twirl and make a normal face at the same time.  Again, I used this post from By Hand London to make my pattern.  Out of all the circle skirt formula posts out there, this one made the most sense.  I used a rayon knit I found at Joann's.  It seems to be pretty decent quality and really soft.  I was a little worried that it was a tad see through.  There is nothing worse than seeing through a skirt when the light hits it.  So I sewed a separate short tube skirt and attached it at the waist.  It took a little bit of engineering but I am super happy with how it turned out.  I don't have to worry about any issues with the fabric being see through or too thin.  No VPL.  I used the same wide elastic for the waistband as before out of laziness.

After making the black version, I decided I wanted to try a quarter circle maxi as well.  Making the pattern took longer than sewing the skirt.  It was a really quick project.  I used another rayon knit I found at Joann's with a funky print.  I did have to cut the skirt in two panels, so I was careful to keep the print straight at the front and back when cutting it out.  I used the same wide elastic for the waist but this time I covered it.  I am much happier with this waistband than the plain elastic.  It looks much more finished to me.

And guess who got a pair of leggings with the leftover fabric?  This sweet girl.  I used this legging pattern again- same one I used for my crawling baby pants.  It was another super quick and easy sewing project.  And a great way to use up leftover scraps.  I may be addicted to making baby leggings.

There was a bit of tickling going on in these photos.  She's ONE by the way.  As of this past Monday.  I can't believe it.  We are having a party this weekend so I've been spending my spring break getting ready.  I hope everyone has a happy Easter!