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Entries in G&G (5)


For My Easter Bunnies: Cynthia Rowley Pattern 1624 

I've been sewing random little projects over the past few years, hardly calling it a hobby or a skill of mine. Now that I have 2 little girls, it's time I started sewing for them. Patterns can be very confusing and hard to follow! The first pattern I used was not a simple pattern and took me awhile to work through. I used my seam ripper alot. I was intimidated, but I succeeded! So now I'm trying to continue to learn and grow my seamstress skills so that I can make beautiful things for my girls as they grow up.

I've learned that Joann Fabric sometimes will have Simplicity Patterns for ONE DOLLAR. I was lucky to hit this sale and picked up some adorable patterns. I just finished making this 2 piece shirt/pants outfit from Simplicity's pattern #1624, by designer Cynthia Rowley. I just love this outfit! I thought it would be perfect for spring/summer and especially Easter.





The finished product! Of course G wouldn't look straight at me and had to have a cookie in order to sit still. The pants are a little long, but overall I think the fit is nice and will last throughout the summer.

Fabric- Keepsake Calico Fabric- Flora Garden

New tricks, lessons learned.

How to make a narrow hem (without a special foot). Found this tutorial helpful.

How to attach and sew neck/armhole binding.

This was my first pair of pants! Easier to assemble, harder to get the right fit. 


Next week I'll pick another fabric and make one for G#2! Have any good sewing resources or tricks for a beginner? Please do share! Favorite pattern or fabric? Love to hear about them!


Happy Halloween 2013!

G&G were so adorable, but pretty difficult to get into their costumes. I totally expected this. They're still too little to have any idea of the candy that's involved in Halloween (15 months). The dressing up is purely for the picture op. I'm happy I put some thought into their costume (cute, warm, not trendy, not too girly), but not my time into making it.  I would LOVE to make their costumes, like my mom always did. But they just wouldn't appreciate it yet. I got both of their costumes off Ebay. One was $7.50 and the other was $21.90 total with shipping. Both were new with tags and the same size, and manufacturer. My ideal was $30 for both costumes so I met my goal!

A Thursday throwback to a 90's Halloween. I'm the Queen of Hearts! My mom was the best. My little sister is now 6' 2" and I'm 5'7", I love pictures like this of me actually being the big sister!


Daughters of the American Revolution Take 2: Saratoga

A few years ago I blogged that I was joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. For whatever reason it just didn't happen in Brooklyn. Now that we're living in Saratoga County- it's happening! Today I met with the chapter registrar and she was delightful. With my worksheet almost fully filled out, I just need to work on getting full documentation on my parents and my paternal grandparents (birth, marriage, death certificates).  I need to do this! I want to check this off my list and finally become a member of this prestigious group. For myself and my girls! My daughters are more fuel to the fire.

My American Patriot is Lieut. Samuel Merrill of MA. He settled in what is now Maine, specifically Salmon Falls, Saco, York Co Maine. More to be shared on him and his property.

Feeling very excited and motivated!


The Babybook

My girls just turned 8 months, and I've yet to add a single picture or word to their baby books. I've purchased the books (1 for each girl, the same book of course!). I've printed out pictures. I've been trying to keep up a milestone list/journal in my Google Drive of important events and firsts. But I just haven't found the right time to start making their firsts official. It's different with a blog or a google doc, I can change wording. Add or delete. But what I'm writing in their baby book is... definite and special. When they are all grown up I want them to find these books and love how organized and thorough their Mama was! These memory books can be a really great piece of family history.

My dad's baby book and the baby book my mom made for me are meticulously complete with records of baby and childhood. Dad's baby book even has notes/stories up until his college years! (filled out by his grandmother- verrry interesting details, like failing French lessons!) Reading my Dad's book was helpful to learn names of family and family friends, especially for recognizing names in letters and documents I found throughout my research. My baby book has all the details of my first words, foods, and major milestones- even the hospital bracelets and a lock of hair from my first haircut. I can only hope to complete such a detailed history of each baby in a complete succinct book. Right now I have notes, pictures, hospital bracelets, and birth announcements all over the place.

So until I have the time, organization, and confidence to fill out G&G's baby books- I made a photobook via Shutterfly of their first month. I know it sounds silly, the first month?! But with 2 babies and so much happening from the birth, home coming, family visiting, etc...there was a lot to pack into 20 pages. The next photobook I'll try and tackle the first year.

Click here to view this photo book larger

Click here to create your own Shutterfly photo book.


I can't find the power cord to my printer/scanner- I'd love to add pictures from abovementioned baby books! It's on my to do list once the cord has been recovered. Might not happen for a while- but they are precious pages I'd love to share! Did I mention that I really need to get organized? :)