Monday, April 4, 2011

Elsewhere in my world...

I make and am attempting to sell... Hair Bows!!!!  I like making them and having no children of my own, I need to get rid of them!  Check out Amy's Black Cat Designs on Facebook to see what I am talking about!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge... I sent the emails!!!!!!


for those of you at home who are following... I emailed in the post links and photos.... and now I am panicking! 
  • I did not change the names of the photo files before I sent them!
  • What if I did not send them right?
  • My blog posts are stupid!
  • add other useless and silly worries here
  • and here
I need to go to bed!!!! G'night!

Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge... LOVE this Tunic Top

Do you remember this wicked cute picture from my previous post?
And I asked if you liked DiDi's shirt?  (DiDi is what the little on calls her big sister)

I am absolutely in LOVE with this shirt!!!!!!!!! and this picture of DiDi

Rock it Girl Friend!!!
I did not make the pants... she has three pairs of black leggings and they were perfect for this top.
Didi is very much into the punk rocker fashions, which make her mother M roll her eyes.  I think some are pretty cute and some are weird.  So this was my attempt to make a happy medium for Didi and M.  I just hope her dad will not hate me for making her a halter top!

requisite front gate pic... my neighbors must think I am nuts

the top laid out


This top uses embellishments in the forms of appliques and rhinestones!  Which Didi is so excited about.

I could not be more please about how this top turned out!  When I used to make my clothes without patterns, I would just hold the fabric up to myself and cut and sew and hold it up again.  It is more difficult with the kids clothes because I have to drive 15 minutes to reach the kids and they are not always available when I am creating (mainly because I am a night owl).

I am so excited to be entering it into the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge over at!

It is really amusing to me that either cat did not get into these pictures.  Pandora was getting in the way of the whole photo shoot and Chaos kept knocking this shirt down to nap on!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


I will be including some info about my friends and family but not their names and locations but it will be difficult to keep referring to them as she's and hers and her daughters and such... so here is a guide to nicknames and such

I will add more as needed and may change nicknames


Didi is what this little girl's even littler sister calls her, she is my technical goddaughter and the eldest daughter of M

Buggie is Didi's little sister, my honorary goddaughter and the youngest daughter of M

Monkey 1 - is V's eldest daughter and another "honorary" god daughter (I called her my god daughter in public once, when introducing her and she called me on it), and she is a tween.... enough said!

Monkey 2 - is V's youngest daughter and my technical god daughter.  (It is just easier to introduce both as my goddaughters).  She is a clown.  Monkey 2 and Didi are in the same grade, but Monkey 2 is 9 months younger.


M, L, K, R = I have 4 friends that get together once a week to touch base... they are M, K, L and R.  K, L, R and work with me at the school, so we see each other more than once a week!  L and I spend 6-7 hours a day together!!!!  M has two daughters.  If I come up with better nicknames I will let you know!

V is a friend from high school who also has two daughters.

A is a friend from college

Critters: (I'll give their real names)

Chaos - do cats grow into their names????

Pandora - the quieter, kinder of my two cats

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge.. Another Entry

I already have one outfit for the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge, but I have yet to submit it... nerves and all... but I have a second outfit too!!!!
Outta here!  It is really tough to photograph an 18 month old!
I am not sure if this one counts... I am supposed to use "Tie-Dye, Dyeing, Silk Painting, Fabric Painting, Batik, Marbling, Stamping, Transfers, Screen Printing, Felting or Embellishments" so I am counting on the flower as an embellishment?  Which she kept trying to take off.  It looks cute! Leave it alone!  Lol

Also, there are bandanna clothing ideas all over the web, so I do not think this is original enough, but here it is!

Last year my friends and I started a tradition (I hope) of camping on the 4th of July weekend.  There are five of us, but 4 of us work together, so getting time off for a joint vacation is literally impossible!  The friend that does not work with us "M" has two daughters who I am currently making things for because M says that she loves it and they will wear them!!!!  So for the 4th, both girls had matching red, white and blue outfits FOR EACH DAY!  I used to make tops for myself out of bandannas, so I thought I would try a dress...ta-da!  1 Red White and Blue outfit for 1 of the girls... I am working on making a matching one for the other girl, who is six so this design won't work.

I have no idea what she is doing...

I think she is done...

Aw... Didi is here!  (do you like DiDi's top???)

again, hanging on the front gate

cat getting in the photo shot again

fabric flower embellishment

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge Outfit

I LOOOOOOOVE, just ask my friends... I am always referencing Ashley's tutorials and such.

When I was in high school I was a sewing and craft maniac... I made many of my own clothes, made my own and my sister's prom dresses and more... then I went to college and I stilled sewed, mostly my halloween costumes... and then REAL LIFE happened.  I got a job (woo hoo), I got an apartment, I got engaged, I started grad school, I got un-engaged, I moved home, I still have a job, I am still in grad school... when am I to find the time to sew??????

I saw this Design Challenge and thought it was cool.  At the time, I did not have a blog.  With some convincing of a friend, I sewed and created a blog... and here it is...

That is my friend's daughter asking if she can have a french fry after her modeling appearance... or asking for her dad... lol.

Another friend decided, when this little girl was 6 months old, that Minnie Mouse was going to be her favorite.  WELL, I hate when she is (kinda) right.  The little girl only speaks of "Mickey", but that is close enough.

I fell in love with this flowered fabric and wanted to make a reverse applique shirt and Mickey's outline is easy and recognizable... so I jumped in.  I always have to buy items in outfits for kids... so I quickly made some crops and reverse appliqued them as well.  I may begin reverse appliqueing everything!  Its so much fun and I love how it looks.

When I showed her the outfit, she said Mickey!  We then tried to get her picture... what a circus!  So there is my outfit for the Little Blue Boo/ Dharma Trading Design Challenge!
Hanging on my parent's front gate

outfit without cute baby model

trying to get the applique on the pants while a cat looks on... get outta the picture!

Top detailing... I LOVE THIS TOP!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Daylight Saving

Did you remember to set your clocks ahead last night? Spring Forward, Fall Back and all?  If you are near me, we are now in Eastern Daylight Time (opposed to Eastern Standard Time).  What a pain in the neck!  Especially those of us, such as myself, already struggle with sleep and sleepiness issues, switching the clock back and forth throws a wrench in any progress we may have made.  I would like to start a petition to remove this practice from all of the US.  Some of the US does not even follow it, many countries never did or currently do not.  Let us join them!  That's my humble opinion!

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(I write this at 11:25pm my current time, when I should be in bed!)