Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Summer Dresses

The warmer weather has finally arrived to stay. (ok, at least we hope!) MacKensie is growing like a weed, and I’ve been busy sewing summer clothes for my little monkey. I finished this pink embroidered sundress and diaper cover last week. It is a tiny bit too big, but with the rate she’s growing, she’ll fit into it in no time.
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The fabric is gorgeous, and the pictures don’t do it justice. It has a sheen to it, even after being washed, almost like a polished cotton. Can you believe this fabric was a curtain?  I found it months ago at a local thrift shop for a dollar, and couldn’t believe my luck. The previous owner had simply made a wide hem at the top for a rod to pass through, so the design on the fabric wasn’t affected at all. I still have enough left to make her another dress when she outgrows this one!  Sewing for MacKensie is so much fun, that I have to pace myself, or she’ll have enough Nanny made clothing for three little girls!
Next time I’ll show you the red gingham dress and ruffle bum diaper cover I finished the other day.  And after that, the angel tops, and after that…….


I'm linking to these fabulous parties!

Share The Wealth Wednesday, at Laugh Love and Craft
Create and Share, at Trendy Treehouse
We Did it Wednesday, at Sew Much Ado
Penny Pinching Party, at The Thrifty Home
Inspiring Creativity, at Dragonfly Designs
Wow Me Wednesday, at Ginger Snap Crafts
Creative Me Link Up at Southern Institute
Tickled Pink Friday @ 504 Main
Friday Flair @ Whipperberry
Simply Creations @ Simple Home Life
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Inspiration Friday @ At the Picket Fence

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lovely in Lace

If you have been keeping up with the fashions on Pintrest, you will have seen several versions of the lace skirts that are popular this year.  I love them, but unfortunately my figure doesn’t.  So, what was I to do but make one for my daughter.
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It was very easy to make, just time consuming.  I drafted a simple pencil skirt from her measurements, cutting both front and back on the fold. I used a soft cotton lycra knit in a soft ivory colour with a  2.5” wide lace, sewn flat to the skirt fabric. Because of the amount of stretch in the fabric, the skirt didn’t need a zipper.(yay!) I had planned to make a casing for an elastic waist, but instead I just turned down 2.5” and hand stitched it in place.  Easy-peasy.   I’m very happy to say that the skirt fits perfectly, and I am sure it will be worn often. 
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The waist is straight, it was just lying wonky.  I have a feeling I will be making more of these soon!


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We Did It Wednesday, at So Much Ado
Rock 'N Share, at The Shady Porch
What I Whipped Up Wednesday, at Sugar and Dots
Inspiring Creativity Wednesdays, at Dragonfly designs
Will Craft For..., at Tales of a Trophy Wife
Share the Wealth Wednesday, at Laugh, Love, and Craft
Wow Me Wednesday, at Gingersnap Crafts
Make it Wear it Thursday. at The Train to Crazy
Create and Share, at Trendy Treehouse
We Did it Wednesday, at Sew Much Ado

Thursday, May 3, 2012


After almost five months, my son was finally reunited with his baby daughter! After many visits to our lawyer, and one court order, access has been set until July, when the custody and access will be settled for good. We are all beyond happy to have our sweet baby back with us. She will be with us several weeknights and alternating Saturdays.  It has been a long hard fight, and it isn’t over yet. I’ll never forget the look of despair in my son’s eyes, as he tried again and again to see his baby. Hopefully those days are behind us! MacKensie is now 8 months old and is adorable.

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Holding his baby for the first time in 5 months.

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MacKensie was understandably shy at first. She loves playing with Daddy’s phone.

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And here she is a few short visits later. All smiles and giggles. She sure loves her Daddy.

Now that MacKensie will be spending more time with us, (in a few weeks she will be spending a few days at a time) I have been busy sewing her summer wardrobe! I will post the little dresses I have made for her in the next few days.

I have missed blogging so much!  But with the stress and heartache I just couldn’t bring myself to write cheerful posts. I hope to blog at least once a week now. Even if it is just to post pictures of our little sweetie!

Thanks for stopping by!