CINO Junebug Dress


Let’s Dance! At least that is what it looks like Kylie is doing in this photo! 🙂


Showing off her new cowgirl hat with her new dress.


Just showing off her modeling pose.


In the middle of a spin but the look on her face it like, seriously Mom, what am I doing here!


The back of the dress.


The front.  I love, love, LOVE this dress!!

I loved making this dress! Anything designed by Jessica from Craftiness Is Not Optional will be fantastic without a doubt! Kylie picked out her fabrics and I think it came together beautifully! I can’t wait to make more! She already asked me for a sleeveless dress and top!   This dress will be released SOON! So go check out Jessica’s blog and try to be patient! 🙂  Waiting is the worst when I know you will be able to buy such a cute pattern! 🙂


Sewing projects…

Here are just a few of my recent sewing projects.  🙂  The girls love it and I have fun making them pretty things to wear.

All of the following dresses or tops are from Create Kids Couture patterns.   If you sew and have a little girl go check them out!  New patterns out all the time and each and every one is beautiful!

Felicity’s Simple Peasant Top

Cora’s Tiered Top (Sundress and Maxi Dress options too)

Ivy’s Criss Cross Ruffle Dress (Or top or maxi dress!)

Fairy’s Double Layer Princess Dress

Mia’s Reverse Knot Twirly Dress

Lacey’s Apron Top with reversible option

Joy’s Lace Twirly Dress

Harmony’s Twirly Lace Skirt

Violette’s Swirly Peasant Dress

Kylie showing off her dance moves!  LOL

So as you can see I have been doing a lot of sewing.  I truly enjoy it and it really  makes me feel good to make these beautiful outfits.  The girls aren’t always thrilled to go outside to take pictures after I am done but then they usually don’t want to take them off after we are done.  🙂  It truly warms my heart.  I am hoping to start selling made to order dresses sometime soon and many will be made with Create Kids Couture patterns.  The owners, Tiffany and Shannon are every day women like you and me and they just saw a need and taught themselves to do it.  I am so thrilled to get the opportunity to make items from their collection.



Little Bow Zipper Wallet PDF Pattern – Testing by ME!

I had a great opportunity to be a pattern tester for Michael Ann over at so I took her up on it and go the opportunity to sew up this cute little bow zipper wallet!  It truly took only about an hour to do and that is only because I was taking my time to make sure I followed each and every step to the letter.  I think next time it may only take me about 30 minutes to whip one together!  And there will be a next time…there will be plenty of these to go around!

I love how it came out!  I used some fabrics scraps so I didn’t even need to really cut any pieces off of the yardage I have laying around in my sewing area.  I just went to my scrap drawer and pulled out a few matching pieces and is a cute little wallet!  Mine came out at about 5 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches tall.  I even learned a few new things about sewing with zippers and putting together a cute zipper bag!  These types of bags always kind of scared me off because I always thought that I would totally screw them up because of the zipper.  Yes I have put in a few zippers in dresses for the girls but they still kind of scare me!

This is what the inside looks like!  I love it!  🙂

And the backside too!

I learned how to shorten a zipper with this tutorial, which I have never had to do before.  Super simple to say the least!  Now I will always have the right size zipper on hand!

If you have any interest in purchasing this pattern from Michael Ann just follow this link to her Etsy store:

It is only $5.50 and that is SUCH a deal if you ask me!  I can make tons of these for gifts and for the girls and seriously it is paid for after making just the first one!

Head on over to Michael Ann’s Etsy store and check out the cute items she has for sale and this wonderful pattern!

KCWC – Day 3

Today for the Kids Clothes Week Challenge I completed three items!  I am pretty proud of myself because I don’t think I have ever made so many things in one day..ever!  Well considering I have only really been sewing for under two years that says a lot for me.  LOL  I love how everything came out with the two fantastic tutorials that I used too!  I am so grateful for such wonderful people out there who create these tutorials for people like me to learn from and create wonderful clothing or household items for my family!  🙂  I can never thank them enough!

Please head over to visit Jess at Craftiness Is Not Optional and Jen at iCandy Handmade!

The first two shirts are reglan tees made using this tutorial here at Craftiness Is Not Optional.  It went together super quickly and I know I will be making tons of these shirts for the girls and maybe even Zachary.  (Just not with the heart fabric for!) Unfortunately I had to take pictures tonight in horrible lighting with the flash and just on hanging on a hanger but you get the idea.  Once the girls try them on I will get much better pictures to share.  This one was made for Melody in mind.

 The next one was made for Kylie.  I love them both.  ❤

This nightgown I made using the tutorial here on iCandy Handmade.

I have had this fabric in my stash for awhile and figured it would look so cute as a nightgown.  So glad I decided to use it because it is so cute and I know the girls are going to fight over it!  🙂  Thank goodness I am making another one tomorrow so they can just take turns wearing them.  (They are so close in size now that they can share things like this without any problems.)

So that is what I have accomplished today for the Kids Clothes Week Challenge.  Three days down and five more to go.  I can’t wait to see what I whip together for the kids tomorrow!

Happy 4th of July 2011!!!!

Today we celebrated like we always do with a parade and a fun family and friend picnic!!  Lots of fun and the girls had a blast all day!  Melody kept saying, “This is the BEST DAY EVER!!”  It was pretty funny to hear all day long!  She loved Gram Gram’s options of ice cream for dessert this afternoon as we had about 10 – 15 options!  I don’t think Melody has seen that much ice cream in one place in a home ..ever!  We also let our Painted Lady Butterflies free today at the beginning of the picnic so that they can live out the rest of their adult life, which consists of a whole TWO weeks!  I did notice some butterflies mating yesterday and the day before so hopefully they will go lay their eggs and more Painted Lady Butterflies will be born in a few weeks!!

When we came home we started watching all of the 4th of July programs on tv and the girls enjoyed the music and the fireworks!  I took the girls outside after it got dark outside to light some sparklers too.  (I bought them last year and forgot about them so I saved them for today!)

I also had Peter help me wash three loads of laundry and put away all of our stuff when we got home today so it was a full and joyful day all around.  Peter just went up to bed because he needs to get up in about 8 1/2 hours to mow some lawns and I will be getting up to take the kids to the beach on the Farmington River for the afternoon.  Because of all of our time at the beach so far this summer I have built up a pretty nice tan so far too!  🙂  I usually just burn and that is it for me all year so I am grateful for a slow building tan this time around.

My latest sewing projects…

I haven’t been sewing much this past month while recovering from surgery as sitting in my sewing chair was painful but now that I am starting to feel much more normal I have started on a few new projects!  🙂  This skirt I made using some fabrics from Above All Fabrics during her remnant sale.

I love how it came out and Kylie is super excited to wear it too!

I made these tissue pouches using a tutorial posted here on A Lemon Squeezy Home.

I plan on having the girls give them to their teachers tonight at their MPact Graduation.

This skirt is for Melody’s girlfriend Paige for her birthday.  We couldn’t make it to her birthday party because I wasn’t feeling well so I told her mother that we would still bring her gift to the girls groups.  The next week it was horrible storms so we stayed home and then last week there wasn’t any group.  So tonight it is.  She gets to show off what she earned this year in Prims and she also gets a fun little skirt as a belated birthday gift.

Caterpillars – Days 1 – 9

I decided this year was the perfect year to do this project with the kids because the girls are old enough to read more books about caterpillars and butterflies and truly understand what they are seeing live and in person.  It has been lots of fun for us all so far and we are only on day 10!!  It takes up to about three weeks for a full transformation of our caterpillars into Painted Lady Butterflies.  I will be posting more updates on their progress as I have been taking a picture a day of their transformation!  🙂

Below are days 1 – 10