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!Β In my house, that extends to what I am sewing for them! … Continue reading

Easy Peezy PJs!

Call me crazy (and many have) but it seems like my 3-year-old grows out of his PJs quicker than any other garment in his closet. Not only that, but the color fades quickly and the pajamas go from precious to plain dingy. ICK! So, my answer is to make his pajama bottoms and pair them … Continue reading

Jon Jon Sew-Along: Day 3

It’s Day 3 of our Jon Jon (a.k.a romper or longall) sew-along and today we are going to finish our project. For those of you just joining us, we are sewing the Johnny Pattern from The Children’s Corner.Β Β If you missed Day 1 or Day 2 of our sew-along, no problem! This sew-along will stay on … Continue reading

Jon Jon Sew-Along: Day 2

Welcome back to my first Sew-along! If you missed the first day, no problem, click here to catch up. We are making a romper from the Children’s Corner Johnny pattern. Easy to make and to customize, you can fill their closets with longalls. At $60-80 a pop in stores, you are going to love being … Continue reading

Jon Jon Sew-Along: Day 1

Welcome to my first sew-along! We are making a Jon Jon (also known as romper, longall, or shortall). To get started, you’ll need the Johnny Pattern from Children’s Corner. This is a great pattern and easy to customize once you get the hang of it! I’ve made them by the dozens, each one different, each … Continue reading

Now What?!

It’s hard to believe that summer is over! As usual, sending kids back-to-school produces a strange soup of feelings. You have the happy with the sad. Relief with the melancholy. Then there’s the happy-to-see-them-off paired with a flip floppy heart at pick up time because you’ve missed them so. The only other time I’ve had … Continue reading

Jetpack Super Power

Sometimes in life you just need a little extra umph. So, today, we are making a jet pack… or personal rocket engine, if you prefer. It’s fun and keeps my monkey’s interest in Space study alive and well. It also makes small bikes move at turbo speeds. Or so it seems. I found the idea … Continue reading

WARNING: This is addictive. Start slow.

Consider this fair warning. Sewing is like the thing you swear you are never going to do. At least for me, I never really aspired to have stacks of fabric around, lose threads all over the floor and a sewing machine (OR THREE). Never did I think vacations and little treasured moments of free time … Continue reading

A Message in a Binding

Okay, sewing peeps! This post is for you! Especially my new friends participating in the #talknt twitter chat on Tuesday nights. Crowley is now 3-years-old. And when Baby Q was born this winter I knew it was time for C to get his very own big boy bed. And if there is something I’ve learned … Continue reading

A Manly Swashbuckler Needs a Feathered Hat

It seemed like such a simple plan. Cut two pirate hat shapes out of craft foam. Glue together. Decorate. Wear. All went beautifully until we got to the ‘wear’ part. It ripped. Immediately. The satisfaction of Crowley stenciling the Jolly Roger on the front of that hat was gone. Ugh. Ugh. And ugh. So it … Continue reading