I mentioned earlier this week that I completely ran out of time to make the kiddos’ Easter outfits this year. Bummer. I really enjoy making their holiday outfits because, hmmmmm, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s a good excuse to make them something new? And justifies the purchase of new fabric? However, this year I found some really cute things at the store last minute while shopping for something else…..and just went with it.
However, I couldn’t find Connor a tie to wear with his shirt and vest. Well, I couldn’t find one that matched while out shopping that day. Yeah, we could have skipped it altogether but there are only so many years before he actually cares what he’s wearing. So for now, he lets me decide. :)
So, I made him a bowtie. And the little man loves it!
And it’s not a real bowtie that you tie……..it’s totally the cheater version. With a velcro closure. But most important…….it’s SPEEDY QUICK to make!
Have I ever told you that Connor is kinda nutty? And has this bubbly giggle that is completely contagious? All I wanted him to do was stand here and let me photograph his little bowtie…..but the kid couldn’t keep a straight face. Soon after, we were all laughing. Ahhhhh….this kid. I hope he never loses that sweet laugh!
However, he thinks the bowtie is super cool because it’s, hmmmmm, I’m not sure why he thought it was so cool. Probably because it was something different than the normal straight tie that he wears to church. And you know, bowties on a little boys are kind of darling!
Yeah, this simple little bowtie came to the rescue for Easter this year. In under an hour.
And gosh, I love that little face!
Would you like to make one too?
Did you try loading my site yesterday? And this morning? Yeah, it was down. Boo.
Technology is so unpredictable. Apparently, the host I use had over 1 million sites down for a lengthy period of time yesterday and today. Yeah, no bueno. I pay for a dedicated server because of the amount of people that visit this site (otherwise, pages wouldn’t load and the site would crash). So when something goes wrong with this paid server, I get the hives. And buy milkshakes at Freddy’s. And check my site incessantly while waiting in the pick-up line, while the kiddos are eating lunch, and during naptime. But hey, technology is unpredictable……so it just happens. Ha. But hallelujah…..it’s fixed!
This little glitch did, however, throw me off a bit. I was going to share something for the little boys today but since I want to make sure the site is healthy and running smoothly for today, I’ll save that post for tomorrow. Deal?
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In the meantime, how are your Easter plans? Are you leaving town? Having company over? Just keeping things low key? Forgot it was Easter weekend all together? Or maybe you don’t celebrate Easter at all?
Whatever the case, maybe some of you are scouring the internet today, looking for a quick project to sew for the kiddos before Sunday rolls around. Or maybe you were wanting some new spring clothing ideas that you could work on this weekend. In case you were poking around for ideas here, let me round up several of my favorites!
Hope that’s helpful!
In my mind, it’s still February. And I still have like 2 months to make the kiddos an Easter outfit. My mom made us a new Easter dress every year and it’s one of my favorite memories. She also bought us those awful 80s white hats that the stores would sell around Easter time. You know, with a hideous white silk flower or huge white bow. Yeah, awful, but at the time……I LOVED those hats!
Well, I had every intention of making the girls dresses and Connor a rockin’ cool vest and tie this year for Easter. Did that happen? Nope. But I did make Elli a little skirt months ago that I completely forgot about and just found and finished up. I could have made Chloe one too, made Connor a simple tie, and called it an Easter sewing success! But over the weekend, I found the cutest little dresses at Osh Kosh and I couldn’t resist. And the girls REALLY wanted to match, the dresses were right in front of me, and the sizes were exactly what we needed…….so I just went with it.
However, this little skirt must be shared because I love how it turned out. And Elli can wear it for whatever occasion she wants to…..because there are plenty of those.
This bubble skirt is made from a lightweight chiffon and is so flouncy and fun. (And can easily be made in teen/adult sizes…)
The waistband is a wide elastic, so it’s comfy and easy to wear (and more simple to construct than a fitted waistband).
And ohhhhh, that bubble along the bottom! It makes this skirt so bouncy and twirly……which Elli loves!
There is a lining underneath to keep things hidden, but it also holds the bubble hem in place.
Oh, sweet Elli, you are still so fun to sew for. And so easy to please.
I know the time will come when you hate all of my ideas and clothing suggestions. But give me a few more years before that happens. Deal? (Sorry mom…..I remember being such a brat about those turtle necks you’d buy me for Christmas. Yuck!)
And even though I didn’t get one made in time for Easter, I’m pretty sure Chloe needs one of these Bubble Skirts too. She’ll adore it just as much.
Would you like to make a Bubble Skirt too?
They’re easy to make in teen/adult sizes too…
So excited to have Cami from Tidbits here again today, sharing this quick 5 Minute Wreath Tutorial. Really, who doesn’t have 5 minutes to pretty up a little nook/wall space in the home!
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So excited to have Sara from The Aqua House here again today, sharing this DARLING Raindrop Pillow Tutorial. This makes me all sorts of excited for spring!
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Last week, while Steve had a day off and while Connor was at school, we completely emptied his room and decided to finally paint it. We have lived in this house for almost a year and the poor kid has had his mattress on the floor, pieces of wood for his bed stacked up in the corner, stashes of un-organized clutter everywhere…….and oh my, it was true chaos. But we were waiting to set up his room until we could paint the lime yellow/greenish paint color that was all over his walls and ceiling. Grrrr. When Connor got home from kindergarten and saw that his whole room was out in the hallway, he was THRILLED! He has been asking for months for us to finally start his room. Sweet patient kid.
While painting his room with grey paint, I decided last minute that he needed some stripes on one wall.
Are you afraid of stripes? Do your tape lines leak? When you pull back the tape, are you left with wavy messy lines? Yeah, I used to have the same problem. And it seemed that no matter how expensive the tape was or how hard I pressed the tape onto the wall, it was always a mess. But since figuring out how to paint super straight lines the EASY way, it didn’t take much time at all to paint these great stripes on one of Connor’s walls.
Go ahead and look closely, even though the wall are textured, those lines are razor sharp. :)
I only painted the stripes on one of the walls……but wow, it adds such a nice texture to that focus wall. (And no, we still haven’t decorated or put everything in place. That little plane is just propped against the wall and the ‘S’ is part of the word ‘SOAR’ that we had up in his last room. Once it’s done, I’ll show more details. :) )
Cute little razor sharp stripes……you’re definitely staying!
Need some help painting your lines?
So excited to have Kristin from Grandma’s Chalkboard here again today, contributing these darling Reversible Kid Bags. What child would not FLIP for one of these! :)
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Want to know what’s even better than a cute, brightly-colored bag sized just right for your little sweeties? Yep, that’s right, an equally adorable bag that is REVERSIBLE!
Let’s face it, a girl likes options. And I’m excited to be here today sharing a tutorial for that cute little bag, just in time for Spring.
Want to make one? Great, let’s get started!
We’ve been working on a few home projects this week, until late at night. Sweet little Connor has asked for almost a year now for his room to finally be painted…..and hooray, it’s almost done. Just a bit of touch up paint around the edges and we’re ready to actually set up his room. His mattress has just been laying on the floor and nothing has really had a place. So, it’s not really his fault when I ask him to clean his room and he just shoves things in little nooks and crannies, is it? There hasn’t been much order in his room…..so I guess we’re to blame. Ack, sorry buddy! But he is beyond thrilled to finally have a place for everything. That’s what the weekend holds for us…..moving everything back into his room.
I kinda go back and forth with what I’m working on and sharing here on the blog. A little bit of sewing, then some home decor, a bit of painting, then I get excited to make baby items, then a few kid clothing pieces, and then back to painting, etc. Oh gee……in some ways I’m very type A. In other ways, I’m very type, uh…….Z??
But I’ve been looking around for DIY Chandeliers and have found the cutest ideas around the internet. (Not for his room, but for other spaces in our home.) So, I had to share.
Some of them are far cheaper than purchasing a brand new chandelier or fixture. And sometimes that’s all you need to perk up a room or living space. Maybe some of these will spark an idea for you too.
Sassy Red Chandelier by It’s Just Laine
Fabric Garland Chandelier by A Beautiful Mess
Mason Jar Chandelier by Nest of Bliss
Beaded Chandelier by Gus and Lula
Paper Capiz Shell Chandelier by Brenna at Paper & Ink
Painting Old Chandeliers by Make It and Love It
Mason Jar Chandelier by Kara Paslay Designs
Bead and Ruffle Chandelier by Garage Sales R Us
Vintage Brass Chandelier by Craft and Couture
DIY Orb Chandelier by Ador By Melissa
Jute Cording Chandelier by I Love That Blog
Paint Swatch Chandelier by Hey Gorgeous Events
DIY Brass Chandelier by One Kings Lane
Ping Pong Ball Pendant Lamp by Poppytalk
Industrial Cage Pendant Light by Simplicity in the South
Steel Pipe Chandelier by Something is Done
Beaded Chandelier by Makely
Wood Bead Chandelier by Tatertots and Jello
Pom Pom & Hoop Chandelier by A Blog Full of Weldons
Work Light Chandelier by Likainen Parketti
Painted and Beaded Chandelier by How Does She
Wine Bottle Pendant Light Chandelier by DIY Network
Bead and Jute Chandelier by Simply Salvage
Mini Lamp Shade Chandelier by The Hometrotter
Hanging Bulb Chandelier by Ruffled Blog