Ella’s Seventh

My sweet niece Ella turned seven last week. This girl has a special place in my heart. She was born just a few months before Axel and they grew up like siblings. They fight like siblings, but they also love like siblings. They take care of each other and watch out for each other.

When Ella was 2 she used to call me “Auntie Mommy.” How sweet is that? I wanted to make Ella a dress for her birthday but with VBS and the planning and prep that went into it, I just didn’t have time. Axel thought she would like make up which got me thinking jewelry and so we gave her a scrabble tile pendant from Maybe Kinda Crafty. As luck would have it, the scrabble tile actually had the letter E (for Ella) on the back so it worked out perfectly.

I know you can’t see the actual pendant, but it is bright and colorful, just like Ella.

Happy Number Seven Elle Belle!!

 

Tag It

My handmade clothes have tags now! Yeah. I spent a long time trying to find someone who could make them just how I wanted. I thought it would be super easy, because I wanted something super simple. No such luck. So I just figured out how to make them myself! Thanks to my awesome techie hubby who is always so patient with me when I’m trying to figure out computer type things.  I did order some care labels to put in them as well and they are probably waiting for me at the post office right now. So professional!

The Gabby

I can hardly contain my excitement over this dress. I searched etsy for days looking for the perfect dress pattern and finally came across one from So Tei-Tei that I knew was perfect. It took me a couple tries to figure out some of the pattern directions, but in the end I love the result. I also learned a few tips to help me with my other dresses.

(Miracle's goofy smile is a result of her not wanting to model a dress that has so much green in it. Diva!)

This particular dress was made for a little lady at my church and I choose the style and fabric out just for her so I figured it appropriate to name it after her as well. There are more pics over on my facebook page as well as ordering information if you are interested. I’m always available through email or just by commenting here too!

There really isn't a front or back, so you could tie the bow on either side.

Mother’s Day/ Teacher Appreciation Gifts

For Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Appreciation Day I whipped up a few of these wheat hot/cold therapy sacks. They were pretty simple to make and fun too. I added some chamomile scented oil to make them smell oh so nice and relaxing. I love that you can use them hot or cold. I really needed an ice pack shortly after I made them and I may have borrowed my mother in law’s gift before I gave it to her. It is so great because you can mold the sack to fit around the area where you need it!

Everyone loved them, and the comment I heard the most was “I’ve always wanted one of these!” It seems to be something people would love to have but don’t normally get for themselves. The perfect gift!

I made the bags and found the attached poem/directions on a tutorial over at Brassy Apple.

Gift Guide Posts

I have my first few posts up over on The Handmade Gift Guide. If you have an extra minute, click on over there and check them out!

Extreme Couponing

Handmade Gift Ideas: Sweet Dreams

Teacher Appreciation Week

Dresses and Ties and Hats – Oh My!

I did it! I finished all of the kids things for their Easter outfits. It came really close though. The last flower pin for the last hat was finished in the van on the way to church! It was all worth it though. The kids loved their things (Axel is extremely hard to please) and everyone else loved them too.

Miracle's Dress and Newsboy Cap

Evangeline actually wore her hat all day, until picture time that is!

Axel loves that his hat is reversible. He kept changing it all day.

There are more pictures on my facebook page if you would like to see them! (and some pricing info too if you want to order one for your cuties.)

In My Easter Bonnet

In high school we had to do a project for choir where we went to the elementary school and sang some songs with the students. One of the songs that we did was “In My Easter Bonnet.” At least I think that was what it was called….I don’t really remember much about the song, but I do remember that my bestie Emily and I went to Wal-Mart and asked them to donate the artificial flowers that had fallen off the stems for our project. They looked at us like we were a little crazy but they did give them to us. We stayed up late into the night gluing the flowers onto the bottoms of Styrofoam bowls and tied ribbons to them for all the kids to wear as Easter bonnets. Haha. Good times.

Anywho, check out these cute bonnets! Whether for Easter, special occasions, or just keeping the sun off your little one’s precious skin there are so many cute styles. I am loving the ones with the extra large rims and the ones that you don’t have to tie. Check out some of the shops for boy styles too. (Click on the picture to get to the listing.)

My Kids Drawers

Tea With Alice

 

Bows and Giggles

Susie Q

bella sol bebe

Pretty Baby Bowtique

Mulberry Shop

4 Penny Girl

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