New tennis dress

Posted in Leah, Sewing, Sports on May 6th, 2016 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah has been asking about getting a tennis dress, not skirts like she currently owns. So, Jen decided to upcycle one of her t-shirts and make a new tennis dress for Leah.

New tennis dress

Tennis is fun when you have on a new tennis dress.

Loving tennis

Follow the ball

Nice form

Keep your eye on the ball

She loves tennis (just like me)!

Shopkins attire

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on April 25th, 2016 by c-had – Be the first to comment

We have a love for Shopkins in our house. So, when G’Mom lovingly bought the girls (or, really Jen!) Shopkins fabric, the girls were ecstatic. Molly immediately requested jammie pants, while Leah wanted a new hoodie tunic.

Shopkins sewing

Molly was so excited about wearing her Shopkins jammies that she got her jammies on hours before bedtime just to hang out in them.

Smile for Shopkins

Leah was so excited to wear her new tunic to school to show her friends.

Stand strong for Shopkins

A girl in a Shopkins tunic, with her favorite Shopkin.

Girl and Shopkin

An older girl in Shopkins pajamas, with her favorite Shopkin.

Older girl and Shopkin

Two girls, Shopkins attire, and Shopkins.

Sisters and their Shopkins

Silly sisters.

Silly sisters

A 6th birthday that’s out of this world!

Posted in Celebrations, Leah, Molly, Sewing on September 29th, 2015 by jen – 1 Comment

For many months, Leah was requesting a space themed birthday party. So, last weekend we made it happen. It was a very creative venture that led to some fun decorations, including an inflatable solar system and some sewn stars hanging from the ceiling.

Space party

Chad did his best at arranging the solar system. Obviously not to scale as that wouldn’t work, but at least planetary distance should be in order of the planets. And yes, they included Pluto as well, which Leah banished to the corner.

Solar system

As the guests arrived for the party, there was some space coloring.

Arrival coloring

Chad then read the kids a book - Fly Guy Presents: Space.

Story time

Next, all the kids donned disposable art smocks (made from trash bags) in order to paint the night sky. They were given canvases that I had pre-painted with glow-in-the-dark paint. Their first step was to stick stars onto their canvas in whatever constellation design they liked.

Painting the night sky

After sticking on stars, the girls painted the entire canvas black. Once dried, they removed the star stickers, giving them a black night sky with glow-in-the-dark stars.

Paint it black

Next up was Pin the Rocket on Saturn.

Pin the Rocket

We moved on to Outer Space Bingo, created with clip art from LemonadePixel.


Our snack included star-shaped cheese & crackers, rocket fruit kabobs, and Cheddar Rocket Crackers. (Sadly, no pictures of these. The cameraman must have had his hands full helping one of the 16 girls!) The outer space cupcakes with a lemon candy sun, Skittles planets, and sprinkle stars in the night sky were a hit!

Space cupcakes

And no party is complete without singing to the birthday girl.

Then it was on to the piñata. Leah is quick to tell you that her favorite planet is Saturn, so I made her a Saturn piñata.

Saturn piñata

Some of the girls had a big swing.

Big swing

Leah put all her effort into breaking this piñata. It almost broke apart here, but managed to barely stay together for one more hit from Molly.

Break it up

Then there was of course the scramble for all the toys and candy.

Grab it all

Last, we shot Stomp Rockets into the air. These were a big hit on a beautiful day. If you look closely, you can see both rockets in mid-air.

Stomp rockets

We were way too busy to open presents at the party, but Leah was ready to do so as soon as it was over. She received lots of very fun presents. This year’s featured gift - DigiBirds.


And if you didn't catch it in the pictures above, Leah was very excited that she was finally allowed to wear her solar system skirt (pattern by Little Lizard King), with a coordinating tank top in her favorite color! She and I collaborated on the birthday outfit (Mom was planning on a dress, but daughter insisted on separates, so we made it work!).

Birthday attire

Thanks to all who came to celebrate with Leah! We all had a blast!

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 7

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on September 6th, 2015 by jen – Be the first to comment

Whoo loves sewing? These two cuties do!

Our final sewing project for the summer was making an owl stuffed animal. The girls enjoyed customizing their owls with their fabric choices and eye shapes.

Whoo loves sewing?

Mommy Sewing lessons were a great experience for all three of us. My hope is that it has inspired the girls and their creativity!

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 6

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on September 5th, 2015 by jen – Be the first to comment

In this lesson, the girls created sleeping bags for their dolls. They were not satisfied with just the sleeping bag though, so requested to make pillows to match. I think all four girls were excited about this one!

Sewing for dolls

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 5

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on August 27th, 2015 by jen – Be the first to comment

The girls made their own Fat Quarter skirts. They decided it was best to model along with their tote bags from the previous week.

Fat quarter skirts

Making these skirts with the girls required a lot more assistance with ironing and inserting elastic, so no additional action shots from this lesson.

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 4

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on August 26th, 2015 by jen – 1 Comment

Molly has really enjoyed learning to sew. She needs help some of the time, but I can give her basic directions and she takes off.

Enjoying the process

Leah is a very patient seamstress. She’s slow and steady, which is great for achieving straight lines!

Patient seamstress

The girls were excited to show off their custom Easy Tote Bags. The bags turned out bright and colorful (just like the girls’ new tie-dye shirts!)

Colorful totes

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 3

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on July 11th, 2015 by jen – 1 Comment

For Week 3 of Mommy Sewing Lessons, I worked with the girls to sew pillowcases. I pre-cut the fabric, so first was the introduction to pinning.

First sewing project

Leah was very diligent in her pinning.

Lots in pins

Molly was quick to sew the top contrasting band of her pillowcase.

Contrasting band

Leah was very focused on her sewing, even taking time to practice removing the pins. I needed to help guide her sewing a bit more than big sister though.

Very focused

We used the “hot dog” method of sewing a pillowcase, which involves rolling the main fabric inside the contrasting band. The fabrics are then pulled right side out.

Hot Dog method

This method is a fun trick to enclose raw edges of the fabric. Leah had fun pulling her main fabric through the "hot dog bun."

Fun sewing method

Molly was so excited to make her pillowcase that even pinning more fabric was fun!

Next step, more pins

The floor was the perfect workspace for Leah to pin her pillowcase sides together.

Floor workspace

After I serged the inside edges to prevent fraying, the last step was to top stitch the contrasting band. Both girls have slightly wonky lines, but they did great!

Last step

Molly and Leah were so proud of their first project. After proudly showing Chad, Molly ran to her room to switch the pillowcase on her pillow!

New pillowcases

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 2

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on July 6th, 2015 by jen – Be the first to comment

In Week 2 of Mommy Sewing Lessons, we reviewed cutting techniques and I introduced sewing on fabric. I gave them each two pieces of scrap fabric and let them cut and be creative. (Note also that a smaller, pink sewing machine arrived for the girls!)

Finally sewing on fabric

Now that there are two sewing machine, Molly and Leah can work simultaneously.

Sewing simultaneously

Leah was proud of her sewn rectangles.

She made something

Molly made hats for herself, Molly doll, and Coconut. She even created “Made by Molly Sellers” tags, just like Mommy.

Hats for all

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 1

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on July 4th, 2015 by jen – Be the first to comment

The girls expressed interest learning to sew this summer. So, I have started “Mommy Sewing Lessons” with them. I created a seven week lesson plan, gathering ideas and printables from several blogs. Since the girls' new machine was still on the way, our first lesson was with my Bernina.

Mommy Sewing Lessons

To introduce the basics of the sewing machine, we started with sewing straight lines on paper.

Sewing on paper

Molly is doing a great job of keeping her eyes on her project.

Eyes on the machine

After the girls mastered the straight lines, they moved on to practicing turning corners and angles.

Corners and angles

The finale of their first lesson was completing a Connect the Dots, sewing version!

Connect the Dots

They then requested more Connect the Dots to practice with. Looks like they've caught the sewing bug!