Niece’s 1st Birthday Dress…

Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love being an auntie!  Joey and I do not plan on having children of our own and my siblings aren’t married, nor do they have children.  On Joey’s side, his sister, had a baby, Allison.  And she is the cutest little thing I have ever met.  Thankfully she lives in the house next to ours so we are blessed to see her quite often.  I asked my sister-in-law if it would be okay if I made her birthday dress and I can’t even get enough of it!

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Cute Little Table Runner…

It has been cold here in North Dakota…I’m talking bitterly cold here lately!  Highs in the -6 or -7 degree area…oh the thought is just bone chilling!!  What else is there to do when you are stuck in the house?  Sew of course!  I’ve been sitting on a pattern I had found in Devil’s Lake Quilt Shop.

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Baseball Table Runner

Every summer you can usually find me and usually my husband hanging out at the FM RedHawks baseball field!  There’s just something so relaxing watching baseball on a hot summer day!  Well there is a gentleman who I had met working my part time job many years ago and we became pretty close.  Every year he gives us oodles of tickets to the RedHawks games. Now this guy is very well off and never wants anything in return.  Last year I gave home some of our homemade salsa and jelly.  This year I made him a baseball themed table runner.  As a bachelor, I really hope he likes it! 


I found the fabric and pattern at this really cute fabric store in Devils Lake, ND this past September.   


I didn’t realize how wide this was going to turn out until I started piecing it together and thought it looked odd.  With some minor tweaking I made it to more my liking/size.  I used the invisible thread again as well as the basting spray when layering, just love it!  I hope Mike does too!!

Dr. Seuss Dress…

Last week or so I made this adorable little fish for my niece for Christmas. I have decided that we should have a theme for her for Christmas and went to work finding a pattern to see a amatchihg dress for her fish.  I settled on a Dr. Seuss theme.

I found the picnic dress pattern from the Cottage Mama here: http://thecottagemama.com/2012/07/summer-picnic-dress-free-pdf-pattern/

I found my  fabric and ric rack at http://www.fabric.com.

The dress sizes were either 12 month or 2T, so when cutting out the pattern I drew a line in between the 12 month and 2T lines for something that will be a suitable size for her in the spring/summer.  

The pattern was easy to cut out from the 1-yard of fabric I purchased.  It took me roughly 45 minutes to prep and cut all the fabric.  I didn’t quite have enough fabric for the bottom ruffle as outlined in the directions for the gathering technique described, so rather I used what I had and made pleat like portions for the ruffle.

I also put my pieces together differently than as directed.  I completed the bodice and yolk parts as instructed; however I attached the ruffle first before sewing the front to the back of the dress.  I had no problems attaching this way.  I als,o had extra ric rack from the top so I added ric rack to just above the ruffle.  Now that I think of it, adding a pocket to this dress would be so adorable!  


My aunt was an elementary school librarian before she passed while I was in my senior year student teaching of my undergrad degree.  She was my inspiration for becoming a teacher and highly influential.  Growing up she insisted on giving books for Christmas and really is my reason for loving to read as much as I do now.  I am determined to be that “educational” auntie for my niece Allie!  So with her dress and fish she will also be getting her very first set of Dr. Seuss books.  I can imagine now hanging out this summer reading to her in the grass under the sun with her picnic dress on!


Overall the pattern and directions were really easy to follow.  The dress itself took me around 2.5 hours from start to finish because I’m slow and wanted to take my time.  I’m also pretty proud of the nice straight lines I top stitched, certainly getting better and better!!  I love the tie straps so that are flexible for the summer as she grows!  My mom pointed out that she could wear with some cute leggings and a sweater during the cooler parts of spring/summer.  I hope my sister in law finds this as cute as I do!

A little gift…

I have an odd situation for my job.  My “home” campus is 4 hours directly north and I am located at a different college.  It’s crazy how one gets used to phone and email for communication and not actually walking down to ones office for questions.  I have incredible students and I wouldn’t change my “situation” for anything in the world.  But there is someone very special at the “home” campus who continuously answers any and all crazy questions I can come up with.  I wanted to do something special for her.  I also realized I had ordered 5 hand-sanitizers from Bath and Body Works…apparently I wanted to REALLY get prepared for cold/flu season on campus, haha!

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It’s Fishy…

I don’t know about you, but I think about Christmas all year long and shop too!  I’ve been struggling what to give my one and only niece, Allie.  At Christmas she will be just over 11 months and yes toys are a slam dunk I wanted it to be more personal.

I naturally took to Pinterest for inspiration and found this adorable pattern here: http://lauri-nananews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/august-16-little-fishy-pattern-and.html

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Quoteable Pillows

Joey asked me recently as I was down stairs putting my latest project together, “Harm, haven’t you made enough pillows?”  I looked at him bewildered and said, “Ha, you can never have enough pillows!”  It’s still freezing in No. Dak. lately and there isn’t anything we can do outside yet.  We can’t mow the lawn, can’t plant, can’t weed, can’t play in the sun…we are limited to the indoors still.  So of course, I keep not only a clean house, but have to do something while hanging around so my go-to is always cross-stitching.

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Wedding

Wedding DaySeptember 1st, 2012
Our Wedding Day!

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