Monday, December 31, 2012

Baby blue for our sweet boy!

I've had this fabric for a few months and finally got around to making this outfit.
The longalls are made of baby blue corduroy
and the shirt is a baby blue cotton plaid.
I used Creations by Michie' pattern #137, the Jon Jon pattern.

For the shirt, I used Creations by Michie', Diaper Shirt and Shorts, # 118,
and cut the sides a little more straight down, rather than flared out.

 I have used that pattern so much,
and I've been making the 24 month size for Reid since summer.
Thinking that he was probably outgrowing that size,
I used the same pattern, but made the seams 1/4" instead of 5/8".
That did the trick! He has room to grow in this one.
I guess that makes it a 24 1/2 month size???

It is nice and long, so I just rolled up the pants a bit
and it looks cute that way because the lining matches the shirt! :)

We watched our sweet boy this afternoon so that
his mom and dad could go out for an early New Year's Eve linner.
(That's what we call a meal between lunch and dinner time!)

He is so much fun, and VERY BUSY!!!

Happy New Year to everyone!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Grandma's Secret Spot Remover

FYI-"Craftmom" wrote me a comment saying that if the crayon was washable,
the original blue Dawn works great to get crayon out!
Since I wasn't sure what kind of crayon it was,
I decided to try my little bottle of
Grandma's Secret Spot Remover that I picked up at Hancock Fabrics.
It worked!
It is probably original blue Dawn in a different bottle! Haha!
This is what it looks like:

I used it the other day to get a little spot of black grease out of something
 and it worked for that too!
The little bottle was only 3 or 4 dollars.
You need some!

I've been working on a little outfit for Reid that
 I will post as soon as I get a picture of him in it!
Coming soon!

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Uh oh...crayon!

At the Christmas Eve church service Reid got hold of a blue crayon
and got a little bit on his outfit.
Of course, it got on the white smocked insert instead of the red corduroy!
It's just a little bit between the reindeer and the sleigh...
It looks more obvious in person than it does in this picture.

Has anyone successfully removed crayon from white fabric?
I'm scared to try anything for fear of making it worse.
Please let me know if you have tried something that works.
I did check for tips on Google and found a few ideas,
but would rather try something that one of you has tried.
Thank you!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!


And Oh By Golly Have a Holly Jolly Christmas This Year! :)

Wishing you and yours a joyful Christmas,
and hoping your new year is filled with blessings!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Little Red Wagons

I stole another idea from Michie's blog ...

I used Creations by Michie' pattern #134, Baby Romper with Yoke.
The fabric is pima cotton gingham.
The plate I used is Little Red Wagons, by Mollie Jane Taylor.

I got the idea while clicking around on Michie's website one day,
but now I can't find the exact page that I found the picture on!
However, I did find a picture of a similar outfit in Jon Jon form!

Can't wait to see this on our sweet grandboy!
I will post a picture of him in it as soon as I get one!

Yes, I know it looks like a warm weather outfit, but guess what?
It is STILL 80 degrees here!
Expecting a cool front Monday...
it's a little hard to feel Christmasy when it's hot and humid. :/

Off to wrap gifts!
I'll put on some Christmas carols to help set the stage...
And turn down the A/C? And light a fire in the fireplace?
Maybe that will help...

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Down Candy Cane Lane

Last year, for Reid's first Christmas, I made the outfit below...

The pattern is Creations by Michie', Classic Bubble, #115.
The plate is Down Candy Cane Lane, by Junebug Designs.
The fabric is red Imperial microcheck.

Our happy boy by the tree!

All My Children...

All bundled up with Mumsie and Popsie at church on Christmas Eve, 2011...
It actually got a little chilly last year!

This reminiscing is making me excited for this Christmas season!
It is almost upon us!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Drum roll please...

Reid's Christmas outfit is ready (minus a few details) ahead of schedule!
I'm so proud of myself for finishing a little early!
And here it is...

The pattern is Little Formalities, by Little Memories, View B.
I must say this pattern took some concentrating.
I had to think really hard, turn off the TV, and follow the directions really carefully!
I'm sure now that I've made it once it wouldn't be so hard to make it again.

I made little covered buttons, which oddly, I have never done before!?!
They were really easy and I wish I'd tried them before.
I just bought the little Dritz brand covered button package and voila!

The plate is Waiting for Santa, by Junebug Designs.

Can't wait to see my little GRAND boy in his outfit!
Christmas card photos will be taken next weekend. :)

I just have to say thank you to Michie' for mentioning my blog on her blog.
My goodness, it's like being on Oprah's Book Club list!
I have had far more views in a week than I had in the 4 months since I started this blog!
So thanks, Michie'!
I am a bit of a blog stalker on
You are an inspiration!

I know y'all are busy working on Christmas outfits...
Send me pictures when you finish!

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Our Cowboy again!

Just wanted to show you the cowboy outfit with the shirt under it. :)

Yee Haw!
Have a happy weekend!

Friday, October 19, 2012


We finally made our trip to the pumpkin patch yesterday!
Here's my little pumpkin with his friend, Clara.

Please see previous post for plate and pattern information!

And it finally feels a bit like fall here!
Happy Fall Y'all!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Before Pile

Don't you just love looking at your pile of materials before starting a new project?
I do. I love a nice crisp pleated panel.
I love nicely folded fabric.
I love looking at the floss all ready to be hand stitched into something wonderful for someone I love.
To me, the before pile is as much fun as the completed project.

This is the before picture of Reid's Christmas outfit.
The after picture will be taken in about a month.
The outfit has to be ready by then so his mommy can take pictures and order Christmas cards.
I'm so excited to start! :)

Have you started a holiday project?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cowboy Reid

It is still in the 90s here. No fall for us yet.
We did have a couple of nice days last week...
not too humid and probably in the 80s.
Still, Reid needs some fallish clothes that are not too warm.

The Jon Jon is Michie's pattern #137 again!
Definitely getting my money's worth on that pattern!

Last year I saw a little outfit online with a similar applique'.
I printed out a picture of it and made my own pattern.

The Jon Jon is lined in bandana fabric.
I decided for cooler days he might need a shirt underneath, 
thus the bandana shirt.

I got the boot and bandana fabric at Quilt 'n' Sew here in Katy.
I wanted a high quality cotton so that the red wouldn't fade.
Fingers crossed.
I used Michie's Diaper Shirt and Shorts pattern #118 for the shirt,
and cut the sides straight down rather than flared out.

Reid wore the Jon Jon today without the shirt.
Here's our little cowboy!

It's getting harder to get a good picture of this little guy.
He is so busy!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's Reversible!

The black and white checked Jon Jon is reversible!

Vrrooommm! Vrrooommm!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Black and Red Jon Jon

As I mentioned, we don't usually have fall weather in Katy.
We may have a few really pretty days, but it is typically not cool outside.
Because of that, the usual fall clothes don't work here in October and November.
This is a Jon Jon that I made for fall.

I got the applique' idea off of a brown and tan outfit I saw at a store online last year.
I made my own applique' pattern.
I don't think it's illegal to copy an applique' unless you are selling the clothing.
If I knew the rules for sure, I would attach the applique' pattern.
I changed the colors on my outfit, and added the bone.

I've been adding pockets to the back of some of Reid's Jon Jons to give them a little pizazz.

A boy never knows when he might need some dog bones!

Once again, the pattern is Creations by Michie', pattern # 137, Jon Jon.
The pattern sews up so quickly that it is one of my favorites.

I don't have a picture of Reid wearing this yet, but when I do, I will post it!
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ring Day

On Friday, our son got his Aggie ring.
It was a very special day for our family.

My husband and I graduated from A&M in the Class of '80.

Daughter #1, Brittany, and her husband, Chris, are Class of '05.
Daughter #2, Allison, is Class of '09.
Our son, Thomas, is in the Class of '12. He is our baby.

All 3 of our children (and their parents! and our son-in-law!)
will have degrees from A&M when Thomas graduates.

Baby Reid will be in the Class of '33. Whoop!
He is so proud of his Uncle Thomas.

The A&M Jon Jon that I posted 2 posts ago is reversible!

Reid can wear the football side, or this side,
when the occasion is something other than football!

Reid had such a fun time running around Aggieland!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pumpkins for Sale!

Don't you love fall?
Are you working on some fall clothes for your little ones?
Reid's outfit is all ready for this year's visit to the pumpkin patch!
My friend of 22 years, Dana, teaches with me. We played hookie one day last year
and went to the pumpkin patch with our daughters and our grandbabies.
We had so much fun that it will be a tradition now!
In a few weeks I will post pictures of our great pumpkin adventure.
For now, I thought you might like to see the outfit!

I used Creations by Michie's Jon Jon pattern,
and the plate is Pumpkins for Sale, by Little Memories.

It doesn't feel like fall around here yet, but here's hopin'!

Monday, September 10, 2012

A little lavendar...

I do love lavendar.
This is one of the first dresses I made
when I started smocking again a couple of years ago.

I used Chery Williams' bishop pattern and lavendar broadcloth.
I don't know which plate I used.
 I was looking through my plates and can't find one exactly like this.
Sometimes I start one plate and change my mind in the middle!
It is a pretty simple design though, so if you are a smocker, you could copy it.

The sleeve...

It's hard to match DMC floss to lavendar Imperial broadcloth and batiste.
It's like they need to add a few shades of lavendar.
I never find exactly what I want!
I would really like a lighter lavendar rather than purple.
Maybe I should investigate other brands of floss!

If you are making pretty things, send me pictures! :)

Happy Sewing!