Incredible Flying Machines

Washington, D.C. – Our trek to Maine continues with a stop I couldn’t resist: Washington, D.C.  I knew my nearly 4-year-old would love the National Air and Space Museum. The best surprise of all was when my 1-year-old’s busy brain morphed into a state of euphoric curiosity. His pointer finger was fully deployed as he … Continue reading

Bring your picnic basket and kids here…

Charleston, South Carolina – There are many beaches to choose from in the Charleston area. And the more you visit or the longer you live there, you find that there is something special about each one. Surfing at Folly Beach, bike paths and wide beaches at Kiawah, etc., etc. But there is only one spot … Continue reading

Picasso IS for Preschoolers!

I’ll admit it! About half way to the Cleveland Museum of Art, I wondered if I should turn the car around and abort the adventure. With a one-year-old and three-year-old, wasn’t I asking for a day of repeating the following: ‘Be quiet!’ ‘Don’t touch!’ ‘Please don’t put your mouth on the sculpture!’ “Do I have … Continue reading

However you can make it happen, GET HERE!

Pittsburgh, PA – We are on the road! As we spend some much needed Q.T. with our family in Ohio… our road trip isn’t a break from our regular adventures, rather an instigator for all sorts of new trouble! And so we find ourselves somewhere incredible: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA. … 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

Need a little post-holiday pep in your step? Done!

Charlotte, NC – Is your day-after-Christmas feeling a little day-after-ish? Here’s an idea to brighten this day… um, literally. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, NC (just outside of Charlotte, NC). Even having lived in Charlotte for years, I had never visited this spot. It was while I stopped into the Matthews Police Department to learn … 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

The Benefit of the Busy Travel Season

Whether you are visiting family far away or staying close to home, you can still enjoy this silver lining of crowded airports, full of passengers flying everywhere. Pack lunch, load your kids into the car and head to the nearest private airport. It’s tailgate time. If you can find a private airport adjacent to the … Continue reading

A Holiday Miracle Within Your Grasp!

Having noticed how much my soon-to-be 3-year-old enjoyed helping his daddy fix things around the house, I thought, “Wow, I should get C a tool bench for his birthday.” Soon, I settled on the perfect one made in France… completely of wood. Surely that’s better than adding another cheap plastic import to our toy collection. … 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