Monday, April 27, 2009

Vintage Necklaces

I am getting rid of quite the collection of vintage necklaces on etsy. Some recently aquired, and some my own that have been hanging around a while only being worn a number of times. These are my favorites. The owl necklace actually can flap it's wings.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Gavi came over today

Ella's friend Gavi came over and spent the day with her while Gavi's mom was at work. They had a blast. Ella loves Gavi so much. There is quite a bit of an age difference, but Ella's mom doesn't hang out with any other moms with girls.

I took pictures of them in the play area by my house. I have about 200 more photos. I always get carried away. Good news is I finally got some great pictures of ella in her Halloween costume. I can't believe she still fits in it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ella's Easter Dresses

I made 2 Easter dresses for Ella because they were so easy, well actually I made 4. These 2 dresses are reversible. The other side is vintage sheet prints that are equally cute. Candace would be proud. Every mom who owns a sewing machine should make their little girl this dress.
This is the pattern I used. Instead of cutting out backing, I cut out 2 fronts, and 2 backs. Only 4 pieces!! Sew the sides like they are 2 different dresses, and then you put the two together and sew around the top. Flip it right side out (this can be a little tricky). Top stitching optional. Then hem the two together. Last add buttons.

If I could go back, I would use big sew on snaps and sew them on first (that way there would be no show of stitching on the button. I put a button on each side, and it's a little tricky to button)

I actually think it is just as much work to make it reversible as it is to make this dress period. This should be a two hour sewing project even for novice seamstresses.
My nephew Sam has a matching tie. Made out of some cleverly wrapped together fabric and elastic.

Happy Late Easter Everyone!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Can you see the lady in the crowd I found this face?

I wanted to show you where I got the inspiration for the faces of these nesting doll pillows. I wondered, "what did Russians look like when they first started making these dolls?". So I googled paintings from that time period and found these.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Nesting Doll Pillows

It's been a long time soming, but I finally finished these pillows I've been working on. What do you think? They are really big. 1 foot to 1 1/2 feet tall!

Thursday, April 2, 2009


SparklePower is having another amazing giveaway. She keeps raffling off this poster that I love. Check out the giveaway at Petit Elefant's Blog. This blog is pretty amazing also.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ella's first painting

Ella really wanted to paint with me today. I went and painted the set of Savior of the World without her. If you go see it I painted the rock, the door, and the Ship (Not that I want any credit or anything).

We painted afterword outside, which is something i wanted to let her do for a long time. She's no Marla. I guess I need more help from Marla's dad on how to coach my kid into awesome abstract painting. Marla was 3. Ella's 2 1/2. I guess we still have time.

Anyway, she had an awesome time. She put so much pink into that paint, that the paint ran purplypink everywhere. She also kept saying "tada" like she was putting on a show for us. I put more pictures on flickr.

P.S. If you don't already notice, that is a very big girl still wearing a diaper. What you don't know is that this is a very stubborn girl who's still wearing a diaper. Any suggestions would be great.
Also I don't want to hear you are a better mom than me in this category, because I already know it's true.