DIY: Hooded vest

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If you have read through my blog at all, then you know I have a beautiful niece named Grace. I made her a couple diaper cakes before she made her appearance last June.  You can see the traditional diaper cake and motorcycle cake here.

This time around, for her very special, very exciting 1st birthday, I decided to make her a hooded vest…upsized slightly so she can grow into it for the Fall. ?? This was the third vest I’ve made of this style. Hooded fleece vest with a fun lining.  The other two that I sewed up for my own kiddos were a double fleece layer along with the lining. My inspiration? Once Upon a Sewing Machine’s tutorial. There were a few things I wanted to change Continue reading

Handmade Hooded Vest

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And by that, I mean machine sewn by my hands. 😉

Hello, everyone!  I apologize in advance for this post.  My original intention was to post a DIY tutorial for a hooded vest that I recently sewed up for my kiddos, but I could
not wait to show you!  So instead, this post is just to show you what is to come.  Don’t mind the impromptu pics with food and phones! They were happy so I snapped the shots. Continue reading

What a difference!

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Before I begin, let me start off by proclaiming my love for my husband.  I love him dearly.  And now that that’s out of the way…

I hate to admit this, but I need to be honest.  Sometimes I want to punch my husband in the face.  Not at all in the violent, full of rage type of punch.  Just the quick “why on earth are you slamming those cupboards?!” type of punch.  You know the kind I’m talking about, don’t you?

Well, last year I decided I was tired of being angry.  Tired of Continue reading

cakes for grace

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What is there in life if there is not grace?  Simple elegance.  Charm.  The favor of God.  It is a thing of admiration and aspiration in life, love, and religion.  It’s beauty.  It’s inspiration.  It’s everything you hope to achieve in this world when the day comes to an end.

Yes.  Grace is beautiful, and she is my niece.

My sister and brother-in-law are expecting their first child.  A daughter.  Everyone is ecstatic… especially my son who can not wait to have another baby to love on!  We recently celebrated Grace’s baby shower a few weeks ago.  Instead of buying traditional gifts and wrapping them up, I decided to purchase a Continue reading

lemons into lemonade — successfully flipping a DIY oops!

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I was on a mission… my first DIY project.  It was going to be amazing, useful, and completely homemade.  Who cares if I never bought wood or screws or nails before?  My concept was ready and list in hand.  I was going to walk into Home Depot like a boss.  And I did.  I measured out all the wood I thought I needed, grabbed a bunch of nails and, of course, snatched up a hand saw.

When I got home, my husband was thoroughly confused.  What on earth was I going to make with all those materials?  And then I told him…  A shoe rack!!!  I couldn’t contain my excitement.  It was going to be perfect.  A custom built, under-bench shoe box with two levels to keep all of our shoes neat, tidy, and HIDDEN.  It was going to go riiighht under there… Continue reading