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Waverly Contest Entry

3 Sep

Click here for your chance to win

Here is my entry to perhaps win the $100 gift card to JoAnn Fabrics and some more excellent Waverly fabric.

The winner had to make the most unique project and I think we came through-



First Jared took an old wipe off board and covered it with the lovely Waverly fabric.  It was perfect fabric for the job since it is very thick and sturdy and withheld being stapled to the board.

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And yes, watching “The Big Bang Theory” does help make these sort of projects more fun.

We attached shutters with hinges that I had bought two summers ago at a garage sale (2 for $1), so glad we found an awesome purpose for them.

I added a couple flowers to the top right side of the puppet stage to spice it up a bit and to incorporate actual sewing.

First fold fabric wrong sides together and then cut it this way:


Then sew the straight line with a basting stitch and pull one thread to gather the fabric:


Wrap the fabric around your finger to form a beauty of a flower


then I hand sewed the flowers to the fabric:


Don’t you want to perform a puppet show here???


Aleah took this picture of me and Sophi doing a puppet show


I am so glad they chose this print to send to me because it will look wonderful in our toy room and it looks great for outdoor showings of our new puppet theater.

One of my favorite parts of this theater is that it folds flat, for easy storage for those few minutes when we are not practicing our puppeteering skills.


So good luck to me and now good luck to you-

Don’t forget about your chance to win.

The grand prize for the Facebook contest is $1,000 in Waverly fabric and a $250 JoAnn gift card!!!

Head over to entry your project- click me!

And you should go and like their facebook page too.

I would absolutely love it if one of you won!  And A big happy 90th anniversary to Waverly Fabric.

This little guy would sure love it if we all won


Sewing School Giveaway Winner

18 Jul


And the winner of this Wonderful sewing book …….

chosen by random Aleah selection is….

this comment:

“Caitlyn, it’s impressive how you and Aleah did that project while the other little ones were napping. I love the pin cushion – every sewer needs one, and it was easy for Aleah to make herself. I’m thinking I need to get this book, especially since Zoe is really into sewing. Thanks for sharing your creative life with us!”

Congratulations Becky Trip- If you get your address to me I will be sure to mail to book out to you ASAP- maybe in between naps again =)

And for those of you who didn’t win a book-  I hope to have another giveaway soon.

Sewing School 2 Giveaway

16 Jul

Here we are with a book giveaway.  Get excited, get very excited.  Just leave a comment and you might get this book!

Part of this book is teaching kids the steps to getting organized and safety procedures involved in using a sewing machine.  Some of the first project this book involves is crafts to get you ready to be succesful in your future sewing adventures.


Aleah wanted to make a pin cushion to get her prepared to be a super sewing girl.



The only thing we changed is instead of using stuffing for the filling we used rice so it can double as a bean bag for games when we take out the pins and need a bean bag like item.


There were MANY cooler things we could have made but we squeezed this project into the time where Hudson AND Sophi were napping.  All the while hoping they would stay sleeping long enough for us to get this finished.



Love this girl and am proud of her sewing skills and goofy faces


Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for stopping by!

Sew Red

21 Apr

I was contacted by the marketing coordinator for the book “Sew Red.”


It is a wonderful compilation of sewing projects and I am itching to try ALL of them.  And it just hit the shelves a few weeks ago!  How cool are we to be able to take a look at this book?

Look at all these projects ranging from dresses and shirts to quilts and purses.



This book includes 30 renowned sewing and quilting designers are featured including Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Suede, to name a few. In addition to their styles they offer commentaries on their experiences with heart disease and tips and tricks to lead heart-healthy lives.

This book is dedicated to raising awareness in preventing heart disease.  Did you all know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US?

I may have a book giveaway for this in the very near future, if all the stars align.

I usually like to have one project to show from the book to show you, but I am afraid this kid will be born before I get my act together so I am just going to show you this incredible book and hope for the best.

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Go and buy it and hopefully soon I can have a book giveaway so you can give the extra book to a friend.

What a great cause of preventing heart disease.  It even has healthy recipes and helpful ways to keep your heart healthy-


Thank you to Cassandra the marketing coordinator for thinking of us and to Laura Zander for making such a wonderful book.

Super Capes

27 Mar

There was one morning when we didn’t have ECFE to occupy us so to make morning a bit more eventful we made super hero capes.


I was looking through my fabric and found this silver/shiny stuff.  Pretty out-there huh?  I love having a solid stash of fabric that meets most of my random needs.

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Aleah and Sophi chose the fabric for the letters and crowns on their capes.  Aleah loved the cupcake fabric and needed to have the star below her A too.


Whenever they put their capes on they run all over the house.  What fun is a cape if it’s not flowing in the breeze.

I bet I didn’t even use a yard of fabric to make these and it took about an hour, mostly because of my helpers =)


Nap Mat

22 Sep

The preschoolers take a nap each day after lunch.  The requirements for the mat for them to sleep on was that it had to be able to fit into a 2 gallon ziplock bag.  Yeah, I definitely did not follow that rule, but goll darn Aleah is going to have a comfy place to take her naps at school.

Aleah’s mat sitting in school

I searched online for what a nap mat should look like and this is what I came across:

this cost $20 and I’ll give you another $20 if you think a kid could get a good rest on this sucker

I found this at target’s website and it was more of what I was thinking but it was $45!  That is crazy!

So I decided to make one for Aleah myself.  I made it in one afternoon nap time and then after bed time for a few hours.

My grandma made me a beautiful blanket a few years ago. It is VERY thick so not that great for laying on laps but perfect for the padding of a nap mat! (don’t worry she won’t mind its new purpose)

I tied together the blanket with some yarn so it wouldn’t bunch up weird

The blanket it two sheets thick for her body and four thick for her head

(I suppose I could tidy up my sewing room a bit)

Roxy thought I made her a new kitty bed.  Sorry cat.  This one is for Aleah, but thanks for trying it out!

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Even Sophers had to try out the comfy flannel spot.

The whole family survived the first week of school.  And I think it made it a tiny bit easier to send her to school knowing she had a cozy place to rest during her afternoons away from me.

Curtains and a Dress

4 Jun

Let’s just say I was inspired by a certain movie, except backwards =) I did the dress first AND THEN the curtains

 I kinda felt like Maria from the Sound of Music

I bought enough fabric to make Aleah this dress back in November and loved it so much I decided to head back and make curtains for the kids play room:

The curtains really tie the room together

Not impressed by my picture taking, thanks for humoring me babe

What a trooper, if I got paid to do this whole blog thing I would have to give her a BIIIIG cut of the dough