Monthly Archives: September 2012


I don’t know what heaven is going to be like, but if I were to hazard a guess I would say it might look something like this:
Me sitting next to a lake with my oldest and dearest friend.
I reach into a bag and hand her two pretzels.
She generously coats them in Nutella and hands one back.
She reads the good bits from the newspaper.
I make sure to point out the rotund man wearing a Speedo.
Nutella is applied to two more pretzels.
And so on and so forth for all of eternity…


We squeezed in one last summer getaway with our friends.  It’s off season at Pinecrest lake which means that cabin and boat rentals are discounted but the weather is still very pleasant.  We rented a cabin for the whole week, and we made the most of our time.  Lots of swimming, boating, hiking and eating.

The first day we rented a party boat and took everyone out for a tour of the lake and some fishing.

Our kids are used to boating on Grandpa W.’s boat but the mountain lake proved to be much colder than they were used to :)

This is our friends’ youngest child.  He LOVED the boat!  I loved his yellow hat :)  

There was lots of fishing but no bites the entire week.  We saw loads of people pulling in 4 to 5 lake trout in one sitting but we never caught one.  Attention span might have been a factor.

I like his impish little grin…

Steph had to keep one hand on her little guy the entire time!  Gravity is a concept that is completely lost on him :)

Most of the children slept together downstairs but the younger two slept upstairs with the adults.  E has gotten too big for her little porta-crib so she ended up sharing a bed with us.  Inevitably we would spend the night hanging off the edge of the bed while she spread out between us.

Mornings were slow.

Yummy breakfast.  Lounging around reading books, doing homework.  There was no TV or internet access and none of our cell phones worked.  Twice during the week the guys headed to the local inn to check emails and the news but other than that we were completely cutoff.

There is a beautiful path that skirts around the perimeter of the lake, so one day we packed lunches and went for a hike.  We guessed it was about a 3 mile hike, we found out later it was closer to 4.  The kids were real troopers!  The littlest two spent a lot of time perched on their dads’ shoulders.

Just one of the many beautiful homes around the lake.

E hiked a huge portion of the lake but towards the end she was getting pretty tired.  It was slow going.  She wanted to stop and look at every little thing :)

The last several days I even took a break from taking pictures.  It was so nice to just slow down.  I managed to finish two books, do a little crocheting and put together a puzzle I brought.

In other completely unrelated and random news:

I’ve decided that I love the high powered vacuum at the car wash.  They are just!  I vacuumed every square inch of the car, all three of the children, and almost offered to vacuum out the car next to me. 

I bought some Starburst candies from the Halloween section at Target.  They’re the miniature kind that come with two per package.  Whenever I open one and there’s two reds I always get this little thrill, but when there’s two yellows I feel kind of ripped off. 

Aren’t you glad to know that?

Fall Sewing for the Girl

I haven’t had the chance to sew for Miss E all summer.  Now that the boys are in school I have a little extra time on my hands so I made a few things for the girl.

I found this Fan Dress pattern from Anna Maria Horner online.  It’s a free pattern that I downloaded directly to my computer and printed off on my little printer.  You can find the pattern here.

I bought this fun large dot material and thought it would make a darling dress.  Sorry about the quality of the pictures my camera didn’t like focusing on the dot pattern.  I thought it would looks sweet with some tights and a little cardigan.

I added a little vintage lace doily to the waistline but the box pleats ended up covering it up more than I would have liked.

This is what it looks like from the back.  The backside is my favorite!  The two little overlapping buttons and the row of little pleats at the edge… really it’s a great pattern (did I mention it’s free?).

I lined it with some material I had left over from a dress I made her last fall.

When I sew for E, I sometimes feel torn about the style of clothing I made her.  Personally, I love a simple minimalist style.  Plain, muted colors with unique textures offset by some lovely lace or trim.  I wander through the fabric store with those items in my hand, but I always end up putting them back.  That look just isn’t right for my little girl.  She is anything but muted!  She’s playful, and colorful and she loves bright, pretty clothing… so that’s what I make for her :)   Who knows, someday I might squeeze in a “mamma style dress” but I know it will be the one I have to beg her to wear.

I also made another simple skirt.  Once again, I used Dana’s skirt tutorial and made the double layer version.

I trimmed it with some large pink rickrack I had been saving for the right project.  I’m not quite finished with this skirt yet.  I’m planning on crocheting a scalloped trim around the brown layer but I won’t dare attempt it without Stephanie at my side.

If you have been toying with the idea of sewing for your own little girl, this is the pattern for you!  It’s a breeze to make and it turns out darling every.single.time.

I’ve made her four of these skirts in the last year.  They get used every single week!  More often than not, when I ask E to go get dressed, she comes out wearing one of these skirts (in some cases two at one time).  I must admit I love seeing her running around playing in the clothes I’ve made her.

She always pairs her little skirts with the funniest shirts and accessories.

I also made her a handful of covered clips.  Aren’t they fun?

E has a lot of fancy flower clips but on a day-to-day basis I reach for simple snap clips to hold her hair out of her face.  Why not make them look cute?  I used this tutorial.  Warning, it does require a fair bit of hand work, so if you have and aversion to needles and thread this might not be the project for you.  I had a great time making them!

Lastly I made this little bear/doll carrier for her.  It’s a pattern from my Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew book.  I’m just crazy about that book! I’ve made several projects from it now and there so many more I would like to try.

I’m realizing that I’m in that perfect, magical window of time with E, where her whole world revolves around pretend play.  One day she’s a butterfly princess, the next a doctor or a mommy… it’s so fun!  I plan on taking full advantage of this sweet time and make her lots of little things to play with.  I know the day is coming when she won’t be so thrilled with all her handmade things but fortunately today is not that day.

Have a great weekend!  April