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Snowflake Sweater Dress

I'm not much of a sweater person.  They usually make me too hot or they are to itchy and I end up changing into a t-shirt in an hour or two.  When I saw this sweater at my favorite thrift store I fell in love with the beautifully knitted  snowflake and I couldn't resist picking it up.

I knew I would come up with some way to use it.
Turns out it was just the right length for a dress for Aiyanna.

First I had to do something with the turtleneck part of the sweater. As I was looking at it and trying to figure out what to do I realized there was a seam on the one side.

So I grabbed my little friend  aka  the seam ripper and took out the seam of the turtleneck.

Next I used the seam ripper to take the sleeves off.

I grabbed a dress from Aiyanna's closet and used it to get the length of the sleeves.

Then I laid the dress on top of the sweater and used it for my pattern.  I cut it out leaving an extra 1/2" seam on each side for the seam allowance.

Sew up the side seams.

All that's left is to sew in the sleeves. Pin the sleeve to the dress with the right sides together and sew.

And there you have it.

A lovely winter sweater dress!



Today, like many of you, I reflected on the many blessings of my life.
Wow! God has truly blessed me!!!
I thought I would share some of my list with you.

  • I am thankful for:
  • A holy God
  • Jesus choosing to take my place on the cross
  • A healed marriage
  • The two wonderful children God has entrusted to us
  • Barefoot Church
  • A roof over our head
  • Food on our table
  • Living in a free coutry
  • The freedom to worship God in the open
  • A car that runs
  • Clothes in our closet and shoes on our feet
  • Christian parents
  • In-laws that I truly love
  • A husband who supports and encourages me to follow my drreams 
  • Hearing my children laugh (always puts a smile on my face)
  • Our health  
  • The ocean (it's so beautiful)
  • The compassion my son has for those less fortunate (More on this later)
  • Friends (here and in blogland)
  • My sewing machines (really they keep me sane) 
  • KLOVE radio station
  • The internet-I know we have to be careful, but I also know there are sooo many wonderful things too.
  • Nap time
  • Movie night at home with the kids
  • The Bible
  • Music
  • My blog ( it's my creative outlet where I can share my ideas with people who have similar interests)
  • Singing (I love to sing!)
  • My camera (I also love photography)
  • The freedom to be myself
I'll stop there.  The list goes on but I don't want to bore you anymore.
I hope you had a wonderful day!!!!


Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

I {heart} pillowcase dresses!!!

Why you ask?
They are the most versatile dress EVER!
It can be worn year round. In the summer wear it as and when it's cold just add a shirt underneath.

It's a dress now and a shirt later.
It can be embellished in a zillion different ways: Ruffles, appliques, fabric flowers, monograms, etc.
It's a great beginner project.
It's a quick satisfying project that can be made in 30 minutes or less.
Most sizes take a yard or less of fabric.
You can use any type of fabric. Cotton, flannel, fleece, linen, silk, minky, corduroy, etc.

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Bias Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Cut your fabric.
For the width measure the child's chest x 2 = width to cut fabric
 measured from the shoulder to where I wanted the hem to be. Add 3" to this measurement and that's your length.

Fold the fabric in half width wise matching the corners. You are going to cut a backwards "J".
Cut it 5" long and 2.5" wide, as shown in the photo above.
With right sides together pin the long sides together.

Sew or serge.

Here's how it will look.
Iron your seams to the same side.

From the bottom, measure 1/2" and pin. Iron to set.

Measure and fold another 1.5" and iron.

Sew the hem.

Cut a piece of bias tape long enough to fit around the armhole. You can leave a little extra on either side if you want. If you are a beginner this is a good idea.

To shape the bias tape lay it on top of the dress next to the armhole. You are going to iron and turn/pull on the bias tape as you are ironing. This will curve the bias tape. You will need to do this a few times to get it curved enough to fit the armhole.

Here's how it should look.

Pin the bias tape to the armhole. Make sure when pinning the bias tape the shorter side is on top and the longer side is on bottom. {see picture}

Sew the bias tape 1/8" from the edge.

Now we are going to make a casing for the ribbon tie.
Fold up 1/4' and then 1'5"  and iron.

Sew the casing. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end.
Thread ribbon through  the casing you just made.
Step back and admire your work.

I'm A Guest!

Today I'm a guest over at

 I would love for you to come say hi. While you are there check out Tammy's creativeness.
 You'll be hooked!

Here's a sneak peek at my project!

Click {HERE} to go to the tutorial.


Best In Show

I love to participate in Linky parties!!!!
 It 's a great way to get your work out in blog land, see others creativity, and get inspired. One of the parties I participate in is

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One of the unique things about this party is that. you are competing with other bloggers for the Best In Show award.   Lamb chooses the top 10 and the voting begins.

This week I am honored to say I'm in the Top 10.

What are you waiting for?!? Go {VOTE} for your favorite!!!!

There's Still Time!!!

To whip up a couple of these cute TURKEY PLACE MATS for the kids. They are sure to be a hit!!!! 

  • Pattern pieces {HERE}
  • Fabric for feathers
  • Fabric for the back
  • Scrap of brown fabric for the body
  • Scrap of yellow for the arms
  • Scrap of white, black and orange for eyes and a beak
  • Red rick rack
  • Scrap of yellow felt
  • Fusible webbing (Wonder Under)
  • Fusible medium weight interfacing
  • Fray Check
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
Following manufacturers directions apply fusible webbing to the body, arms, eyes, and beak.

Trace the pattern pieces onto the paper backing.

Cut out and remove paper backing.

Apply fray check on the edges of the fabric pieces.

Cut out pattern piece A for the feathers and the back of the place mat.

Apply fusible interfacing.

Position arms and body on to the feather piece and iron in place
Apply eyes and beak the same way.

Here's how it will look.
Top stitch around the body, arms, eye, and beak.

Lay the backing on top of the turkey with right sides together.
Sew 1/4" from edge. Leave an opening so you can flip it.

Clip the curves.

Turn right sides out and top stitch 1/8" from the edge.

Draw lines as shown above to separate the feathers.

Stitch on the lines.
Cut 2 rectangles from the yellow felt.
1" long x 1/2" wide.

Pin them onto the turkey hands. Make sure they are arched a little.

Stitch in place using a tight zig zag stitch..

Hot glue on a little piece of red rick rack to the beak.

Add a fork and knife and let the turkey eating begin!!!