Labors of Love

It started with a red ball gown in a prom store in February.  We loved it.  She loved it.  I was willing to overlook the price tag, but the style was discontinued and they didn’t have her size in stock.  I was heartened, a simple ballgown would be easy to find.  As we loaded in…

Elizabeth Schuyler, Pleasure to Meet You

Ah, Hamilton.  For the last four months, the Hamilton soundtrack has been on repeat at our house.  It started with my cousin insisting I listen and on our trip to New Orleans, I gave it the time it deserved on the plane.  I was hooked.  When I came home, I started playing it in the…

Peace in Pieces

I’ve always been a bit of an old soul. When I was not quite 21, I’d head down to a local bowling alley that had a swing band play on weeknights on their outdoor patio.  I’d sing with the band.   “Don’t get around much” and “Tangerine” were my favorites.  Yeah, they’re old.  That was…

Boxwood Joggers

So, I wanted this to be another entry into my “Great Things to Sew” series that started with the Vivie dress a few weeks ago.  However, I’m not sure that this is a great thing to sew. Last spring, I bought the little girls joggers before our Disney vacation.  They were lightweight and soft and…

Stars

For some reason, I’ve had the lyrics of “I Sing the Body Electric” from Fame stuck in my head. I’m not sure if I sang it in choir in 1992 or 1993. We sang it at commencement. I think it might have 1992 and my school might have done Fame as the spring musical. That…

Great Things to Sew: Classic Panties from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop

I bought a serger on Prime Day, too. Prime Day was good to me this year. My interest in sewing clothing has been piqued this year and I’m looking forward to turning out more professional looking clothing items and the serger is a part of that process. I decided to be brutal while sorting my…

Framed Fingerprint Trees

Once upon a time, Big Daddy and I were pretty broke. Christmas would spring up on us and there’d be a panic while we tried to find affordable gifts for our extensive gift list.  One particularly lean year, I framed pictures of the Princess taken at my parents place Up North and cross stitched them…

Journal Strap with Pen Holder

My sewing machine has been been giving me longing looks from across the playroom. I’ve been in this phase of…well…brain overload. I want to do everything! I want to do everything so badly, it paralyzes me a little bit and I end up playing Candy Crush because there’s not enough hours in the day to…

Crafting with Ornaments: Garland

I admit that I kind of have a thing for using Christmas bulbs in my decorating. It started many years ago when Big Daddy and I were newlyweds. We didnt have a lot of our own decorations and we didn’t have a lot of money. I’d bought some boxes of plain glass ornaments to hang…

Summer Planning

I know this is going to sound a little crazy and a little Type-A (or maybe a lot crazy and lot Type-A). I have definitely had summers where I felt like we just didn’t DO anything.  I’m sure we did SOMETHING.  In fact, I KNOW we did something, but it felt like I missed a…