Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Happy Easter!

Jesus is Risen! Alleluia!

I hope you all had a joyous Easter Sunday and that the blessings continue to flow through the Easter season. We had a truly blessed time filled with grace, family, and sunshine.

Patience with the camera disintegrated very quickly...

This snapshot brought back memories of another scream-filled photo-op.

Both were definitely, how-can-I-do-anything-but-smile-crazily-with-all-this-screaming moments.

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Little Purse for Easter Sunday

I made this little purse for Monica as an Easter gift. I used two fat quarters (Monica chose them quite some time ago, so she forgot about them, which made for a nice surprise), a little over two feet of grosgrain, some interfacing and a magnetic clasp. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and Monica loved carrying it to Mass and brunch!

The original tutorial does not have instructions for the clasp, but I like having the option of at least sort of closing bags. The flower on the front was made from the strap, but only after I had sewn it all together and realized I skipped the "cut 7 inches from the strap to make the flower" step! The seam ripper is my best friend.

Click here for the tutorial at If I Can Do It You Can Do It.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

On My Way to Being Broken In

I have some friends who turned me on to this great blogger.

Here's a really beautiful, so-real piece about motherhood she wrote sort-of recently. I'm not so "broken-in" yet, but I do remember, very vividly, those days with just one babe. Simcha hit my feelings spot-on.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Men's Dress Shirt...Presto Chango!...Toddler Sundress

Another reason for the blogging hiatus...

My friend Claire shared this tutorial for a toddler sundress reconstructed from a mens' dress shirt. I am a real newbie when it comes to garment construction, so this did take longer than it would a more accomplished and experienced seamstress. I also chose a white, translucent shirt that I felt the need to line with that turquoise fabric that you see at the neckline. That was the most challenging part of the project because there are no instructions for that and, once again, I'm a newbie. But, I'm happy with the way it turned out. I may make another one later in the summer...

Thanks to Maureen for the pocket idea (made from the wrist cuff of the shirt and some pleats). Otherwise I would have spent way too much time and energy sewing those knife pleats all along the hem...Oy!

Pics...I wish I would have taken a picture of the shirt, pre-recon. It's fun to see the contrast! Here's the tutorial if your so craftily inclined...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Budding Business

One reason that my blogging took such a long hiatus is that I bought a sewing machine and I've been using it!

I recently sold about 30 flannel blanket and burp rag gift sets to two brick and mortar kids' stores . It was a lot of work in a short amount of time, but I had fun with it, mostly with choosing the fabric, actually. I love color and pattern and the world of textiles!
Here are some pics of some product. I don't have the best camera, nor am I the best photog, but you get the idea. You can check out my work here and here if you're local. Cheers to the beginnings of Sprout Designs!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Catchin Up

After a long hiatus, The Good Life is back. I can't promise profundity or ready wit or more than 100 words at a time, but hey, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

I'm going to do some back bloggin', and I only have enough energy to go back to December. I call this montage The Essence of the Holidays.

Alright, the kiddos are cute, and they didn't fuss the whole time. They're generally happy little people.

Thanks to Arwen for encouraging me to get back to the blogosphere, no matter how humble the post. :)