Jack Changes Everything: Meet our Miracle

Cape Elizabeth, Maine – I noticed a missed call from my brother, Tim, in the middle of the work day. As I picked up my phone, he texted. “Call me. 911” I called immediately. He could hardly get the words out. His wife, Kelsey, was having an emergency C-section. He was in a taxi, rushing … Continue reading

FROZEN: Antarctica at your fingertips

We didn’t set out to study Antarctica. We stumbled onto it through a book, which is my favorite way to discover anything. And if you don’t have a copy of MAPS  by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski, do WHATEVER you must do to add this book to your collection. It’s a children’s book, but honestly I’ve come close … Continue reading

Welcoming Fall!

Portland, Maine – It’s Fall, Y’all! Okay, no one else in Maine is saying it quite like that… but the excitement of leaf peeping, pumpkin hunting, and all things Autumn is here. I was seriously daydreaming about whether I could travel the globe to spend an entire year in Autumn – an entire year. For … Continue reading

Fall is Coming…Fire Up Your Sewing Machine!

It’s pumpkin time! Okay, not exactly… but back-to-school means one thing only: START your fall sewing RIGHT NOW! If you’ve been with me for a while, you know the temperatures barely need to dip to get my creative juices flowing. There are so many wonderful things to be sewn between now and the new year! … Continue reading

Sleds for Snow Covered Hills and Comfy Knits!

We are making the most of our long visit with winter! Building snowmen and acting the part : ) And sledding, too! Inspired by this most treasured winter past-time, here’s a sewing project that brings sledding indoors. For the pants I used the Easy Fit Pants from the Scientific Seamstress. I simply added the strap and … Continue reading

A Quiet Patch of Comfort

The big boy bed project left us lots of yummy scraps of all that wonderful Doohikey Designs fabric. This is from their Fox Trails line! What better way to use those scraps than a patchwork quilt for Baby Q! The first step was to prepare the scraps by cutting them into squares the same size. … Continue reading

An Explorer Must Look the Part!

My 3-year-old and I love to imagine that he is the greatest explorer that ever there was… He’s got the curiosity, energy and enough questions to spark a lifetime of adventure… and now he even looks the part! This ‘Explorer Vest’ pattern is from one of my favorite sewing books, Oliver and S: Little Things to … Continue reading

Sweet Dress-up for Christmas Eve

Baby Q. will be turning one this week! That milestone is all at once happy (he’s a big boy) and sad (where did my baby go?) But there is something in my closet to soften the blow for Mommy. I started sewing clothes for C right around his first birthday. So Baby Q has a … Continue reading

Sewing Up Christmas for a Boy!

It can be hard to come up with ideas when it comes to sewing for boys. Here is the first Christmas outfit I made for little C. when he was closing in on his second birthday. The applique was done with a regular sewing machine. If your machine has a zig zag stitch then you … Continue reading

A Fall Coat for My Littlest Pumpkin

This pattern whips itself into a jacket in a matter of hours. It’s the Casey Jacket from Children’s Corner, inc. I’ve been carrying around this fall tree fabric for about three years! I was not sure if it should be overalls, pants or a backpack. But suddenly, while I was pregnant with sweet Baby Q, … Continue reading

Sewing for My Plumpkin Pumpkins

I’m a little behind schedule on the holiday clothing production – so when I made Baby Q’s Jack O’ Lantern longall, I made it reversible so this outfit can last through Thanksgiving. It’s a decision that gave a certain neurotic mommy great peace of mind. This is my favorite Johnny Pattern from Children’s Corner, Inc. … Continue reading

Following Baby Q’s Lead

The best thing a pediatrician ever said to me was to follow my children’s interests. He said to pay close attention to what piques their interests and then immerse them in as much information and related experiences as those little sponge brains can absorb! In my house, that extends to what I am sewing for them! … Continue reading