Category Archives: Crafts

Things Mommy has made or is making.

Hanami by Straightgrain


hanami button

Welcome Straightgrain readers.  Thank you for stopping by.  When An asked if I would test out the Hanami pattern, I had to say yes.  An creates some beautiful dresses and I am so blessed to test her patterns.  While I only have a little boy at home, my friends girls are luck to get a free dress from me for modeling it.

Hanami Dress Hanami Dress

Hanami Dress

I love the cross back and her sleeves are perfect.  This dress is comfortable to wear and great is so many way.  I love that An designs her patterns with options.

Pattern Tester + Giveaway


Sadly I have not done a lot of sewing lately.  My priority seems to be C1, which is good, but it leaves little room for me to be me.  The only sewing I’ve done lately is being a pattern tester for StraightGrain, a wonderful blog about sewing kids clothes.   She was recently on the hunt for people to test some patterns she has been working on, and I was lucky enough to try out both of her new dress patterns.  Her first pattern I tested was the Bubble Dress.  If you know me at all you know I love bubbles, and this dress is just as adorable.


The brown version has a collar on it, which is hard to see in this picture,  but the floral one is just so wonderful and shows off the bubble quite nicely.  I love this dress.


Next up she asked me to test her Tinny dress pattern.  This pattern is so versatile and has so many options.  There are 4 different collar options, 3 skirt options and 2 sleeve options.  She has a wonderful invisible zipper tutorial in her instructions and on my version, I added the pink belt for an extra touch.  This is only one of the many combinations you can create with this dress pattern.IMG_20130515_094555 StraightGrain patterns are very well written, very clear to understand and are simply put wonderful.  If I were you I would go to her shop right away and buy one of her patterns.  They are a great deal and a wonderful addition to your pattern collection.  And because I hope to be blogging again more regularly, looking for more readers and because Straight Grain is so wonderful, I will be giving away one Tinny Dress pattern. I will select a random winner on the 23rd, so all comments must be submitted by midnight of the 22nd.  I know it’s been months since I’ve posted anything, and so this is a way to wake up any readers who may still be out there.  Also, I just want to thank my dress models for allowing me to try these dress on them.



I applied to be apart of the 7th annual Hyde park arts and crafts adventure, and I was accepted. This will be my first ever booth and I’m very excited. I have a small inventory of things that I have been trying to sell on etsy, but now that I have to fill a 5 x 10 space of stuff, I really need to get cracking on sewing things up. For a while I might just be posting pictures of things I’ve made that day. I won’t be updating my etsy shop, so if you see something you want, just send me an email and I can sell it to you instead of putting it in the ‘adventure’.

*what I started with before I was accepted.

I have 5 weeks to make enough stuff for this two day adventure. Between sewing lessons, being a wife and a mother and helping watch kids before a friend moves, I am only able to make one thing per day, usually.

If you have any suggestions of things to sell, I’m all ears. I’ve been mostly been working on boys and girls clothing type items, I need to start working on bags of sorts and other generic type things that are not size related.

I’m excited for this, but I’m also stressed about making enough product. Wish me luck and keep an eye out for updates of what I’m making.

*what I currently have so far.

Swim Shorts


I found this cute fabric at my local shop and didn’t really know what kind of fabric it was.  To me it felt like male swim shorts, so I decided that’s what I was going to do with it.  So, I had to buy some mesh like fabric as well.

I’ve never made swim wear before, and didn’t really know what I was doing.  I thought that if I could make shorts, and I could make a diaper cover, then I could make swim shorts.  So, I made the outer layer into basic shorts (no pockets, but I should have).  Then I took the grey mesh and made a diaper cover pattern out of it.  I fit the underwear lining into the shorts and made a casing for the waist, to hold the two together.  Ta-da, swim shorts.  Super easy and so far have worked great.  Maybe soon I can do a tutorial or something for them.  Let me know if you would like to see a tutorial on how to make boys swim trunks.

New Shirts


I’m expanding my homemade wardrobe, and I love it.

This shirt i started making not long after Hubby and I got married, 4 years ago.  I learned to sew as a teen, but after leaving the house, I didn’t get my own sewing machine until I was married.  I knew some, but I wasn’t very good.  I cut out the pieces for thus shirt, got to step one of sewing and gave up, because something didn’t  work.  I don’t remember, but I think it’s that I didn’t know how to sew knit fabric.  I pulled it all out again and finished it up in a few hours, almost without a hitch.  I’m glad to know that my skills have expanded over the years.

This was fun to make because I just made it up as I went.  nothing fancy at all.  I’ll have to write up a tutorial for this.  It seems to be my favorite shirt right now, but the weight of the fabric is best for fall weather.  I like the color as well.  It’s exciting having a hand full of homemade shirts in my closet.  Now if I could learn to make my own pants.

Summer goals


I found this great idea HERE, and liked the fun way to remember the fun things we wanted to do this summer. The original idea was to have your kids do chores in order to pick an activity, but C1 is a bit little to have regular chores.

Some of the things listed on our summer fun list is:
Swimming pool
Make crayons
Children’s museum
Hotdog stand
Field museum
Self family pictures
Navy pier
Movie day at home
Play group 4 times
Play with grandma and grandpa
Visit cousin in WI
Art institute
Sox game
Botanical gardens
Play group 4 times
Taste of Chicago
Face fountains
Go fishing
Cold stone
Six flags
Get a fish

We have just about done them all and a few of them wont get done this summer, but that’s ok.

I liked this idea so much, I decided to do a list for crafts and me things I wanted to get done this summer.

On my list:
Pillow cases
Catch up on farmers wife blocks
Learn to play 1 hymn on the piano
Jog a personal 5k
Yoga mat – gift
Sewing lesson
Pin cushion on machine
Swim robe
Be attitude quilt top
Finish a book
Pillow shams
Baby snuggle wrap
Jenny’s garden quilt
Donation quilts
Art smock
Makes ties to sell in UT
Scan photos for dad
Cut squares for space invader quilt
Circle jean quilt
Quilting practice quilt

I think I will continue this format for each season of the year to help me break down my 101 in 1001 goals.
I also get a bonus this summer because I get until the end of September.



Flower shirt


I was running low on my boy fabrics, so I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some more. On my way to the check out I walked past a maniquine that was showing off a pattern for a shirt. I liked the neckline of the short, so I bit. I bought the pattern on a whim and made my way home. I picked out the knit fabric that I wanted to use and got to making myself a shirt.

I love quite a few things about this shirt; the neck line is flattering on me, it was super simple to make, and it doesnt have sleeves, but still covers my shoulder. I tried it on when I was done to show Hubby and he thought It looked a little big around my middle and didn’t look good.

I ended up adjusting the sides by taking them in even more. I am really enjoying my new shirt. It close to the first time using knit fabric and it the only shirt I’ve made myself that fits well.