No Nanny Nightgowns

My good friend Cory, who normally nannies for me on Monday mornings, called out sick today. Get better soon, Cory!! None the less, I was able to get a sewing project in today. I know. It’s been ages since I posted a completed project. Yay, me!

I saw this and figured I could do it too. Guess what? I was right! My girls now have two new pillowcase nightgowns just in time for the weather to actually get hot!

I used two pillowcases (PZ’s is blue with white diagonal stripes and big illustrated bows on it and a scallop edged hem. Q’s is white with blue and yellow stars on it.) and some ivory stretch lace. Simple! It took me maybe an hour to make both of them.

You can see by the snorkle and Q’s purple scribbled up legs that the girls found plenty to entertain themselves with while I worked. Today was one of the first days that really felt like summer to me. A completely lazy day. I took the girls out of their pjs to put these nightgowns on them.

Speaking of summer. Look what I found in my garden just a few days ago. Maybe there’s still hope for my tomatoes!

Here’s hoping you’re having a least a few lazy days this summer! Happy August everyone. Now I’ve got to go snuggle my girls as we do a few puzzles and continue our Scholastic Treasures summer long marathon.

My Birthday!

My birthday was Monday. While I’ve decided I’d be a much happier girl if my birthday were sometime in October, I did have a very nice day. Lazy morning, pleasant jog, lunch at a local cafe with just me and my book, a little resale shopping where I found those cutie patootie vintage overalls pictured below on little Miss Q, and a wonderful dinner prepared by Hubs and enjoyed with good friends, lots of laughs, and a drink or two.

PZ was so excited to be able to blow up balloons all on her own (I tied them.) and then the girls took turns marking faces on each one. I had a gaggle of balloon friends at my birthday party!


My sister got me this great book by Joe Kaufman and Pip’s new book Meet Me at Mike’s. I’ve been loving sharing the Kaufman book with my girls. They’ve always got so many questions!

My friend Anne made this great vase and filled it with beautiful flowers from her garden for me. The yellow lilies have been filling my house with the sweetest perfume each evening. I got some very lovely accessories from the girls from Redux.

But the best present of all was from Hubs, of course. Tickets to see Adele and a night in a fancy smancy hotel! Yay! I also must say the carmel cake I made was delish! Cheers to me and all the other July birthday babes!

Portland Event – Alley 33 Fashion Event

Just wanted to mention this upcoming event. It’s the 1st Annual Alley 33  Fashion Event and I’ll be there volunteering backstage. I hope to see all you Portlanders there. Well, maybe not SEE since, like I said, I’ll be backstage. But at least feel the love from all you Portlanders as you watch and support some great local designers.

Event details are as follows -

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

33rd Ave. Alley/ SE Hawthorne Blvd

doors at 4pm- show at 6pm

Emceed by Alicia Wood

Featuring: R.A.W. Textiles, Make It Good Clothing, Una Rose Clothing, J. Calderon, Amai Unmai, Hello Amelia Designs, Carolyn Hart, Clair Vintage Inspired, Layers Squared, Lazy Lolita Designs, Michelle Is Well, Celeste Sipes, Sylvania, Moonwoods Eyewear, Jitterbuggin’ Designs, She-She Designs, Dress Up Alice Designs, and Sweet Cycle Clothing.

–Sustainability through Support of Local Production–

This is an all ages event with a separate Beer Garden provided by Gold Dust Meridian.

Please come join us as we re-shape the alley of 33rd ave. into an urban runway, bringing high fashion to public space.

Tickets Available starting June 23rd at Alley 33 on Brown Paper Tickets

Lucky in Loot – Thanks Ladies!

I’ve been very lucky the last few months. I’ve won several giveaways and been given some great handmade items. I wanted to send a shout out to say thanks to everybody and introduce my readers to some special artists.

First up is Anita from the Rhinestone Beagle. She sent me THREE awesomely cute toys for my dogs. There are only two pictured because I have one dog who is very gentle with his toys and one who is a crazy lady and she attacked the canvas bone before we could get a picture. Oops! Anyway, my older dog, Dudley Do-Right has been loving his play time with these two cuddly guys.  Thanks Anita!

Through Wild Olive I found out about this great little shop, darling u boutique. Everything at darling u is handmade by Annie Luu including these adorable hair clips, just great for my daughters, and this gorgeous lace headband that works wonderfully for me. You can’t really see it in my pictures, but the headband has green and white stripped fabric beneath the lace. Just lovely! I think it looks good with my bangs and its really comfortable, too. Thanks Annie!

Local crafty mama and pal Sarah Young of Happy Knits came to Quinby’s potluck party and brought these two neat-o badges. One for me (yeah!) and one for big sister PZ which was so great because PZ needed something just for her during Quinby’s big day. Thanks for being so thoughtful Sarah and making both PZ and me feel like We’re Number One!

I won this beautiful Ahoy dress from ShabbyApple.com through Evelyn’s blog, Oh My Word! She has a great eye for all things lovely which, I’m sure, is why I am so in love with the color of my new dress. It’s super comfortable and fits great. Thanks Evelyn!

Amy over at Salamander Dreams made me this gorgeous notebook. It is made up of little envelopes so I can keep track of memories, pictures, coupons, etc. Very versatile, this notebook is handmade and tied with a yellow ribbon. So pretty. Thanks Amy! It works great!!

 

I also got this wonderful vintage sheet flag garland from Candace at Sparkle Power. She writes one of my must read blogs AND creates beautiful crafty goodness like this. I love that she uses upcycled vintage sheets and the garland really made Quinby’s fairy princess food table extra festive. Thanks Candace!

While I’m at it I should mention the two great handmade gifts Quinby got for her birthday. The first is this fantastic fairy dress that her Nana knit for her. I’d picked out a cute green vintage dress for her to wear for her birthday, but when we opened this up, she immediately wanted to change. Thanks Victoria! It’s so great to have such a talented mother-in-law!

Second is this funky fresh kitty cat our friend Yancey made for Quinby’s birthday. He’s so cuddly and has already become one of her favorites.  Yancey is also a very talented artist. Check out her work here. Thanks Yancey!

Fairy Princess Party or Quinby’s Birthday Party #2

Quinby turned three and we had a fairy princess birthday party for her last Saturday. It was nice because it was one of the first smaller parties we’ve done. (PZ always wants to invite EVERYONE. No joke, she actually invited an old man we met on the bus when we were visiting Seattle last year. She was genuinely disappointed and confused when he didn’t show.)

I had the idea to do a wigwam type natural structure in the yard. Hubs made it for us out of our apple tree branches, bamboo, and some scrap metal. We’re growing our peas on it, which I love! I added the parachute we used as a shade for the trampoline last summer. I’m glad to find a second repurpose for this. The structure made a great fairy tea house once I put some tables and chairs out beneath it and is something we can keep up year round.

We made these tissue paper flowers with pipe cleaner stems and dotted them around the yard and food table. I love how big and colorful they turned out.

Hubs and I had a glue gun date finishing up these star wands and making these clothespin fairies. (He did the hair!) Each girl got a different color ribboned wand as a take home gift and I placed the clothespin fairies all around the wigwam and surrounding garden. Right before the little girls went home, I had them search for a fairy to take with them. They hadn’t noticed them before so it was really cool to see how the little hidden fairies put a magical shine on the whole party. It was also cute to see how many of the fairies actually resembled the little girl who had chosen it.

My girls and I made some bubble wands out of chenille pipe cleaners and beads from my stash and I made bubble solution using this recipe.

  • 3 oz earth friendly dish soap (I used Mrs. Meyers)
  • 1 oz glycerin
  • 24 oz distilled water
Add all the ingredients together and let them sit uncovered over night. I put mine into little colored glass jars with cork tops and each fairy princess got to have her own with the bubble wand of her choosing. 
The cupcakes actually were repurposed from the Coca-Cola cake I made for her a few days before on her actual birthday. I made two sheet cakes and had one left over for the fairy princess party. I simply used my biscuit cutter to make cake rounds, put them into flower cupcake papers and put a sliced strawberry on top for garnish. The cake was just as good the second time around!
The food could probably be a post in and of itself. Remind me and I’ll do that later in the week! I got all my mismatched china tea cups and saucers, little rose covered plates, strawberry sugar bowl, lemon tea pot and china serving trays from Goodwill and yard sales a few days before the party. I think all the little three year olds and even the big five year old girls had a great time drinking from the little china cups.
Quinby’s wings (first picture) I made using two wire hangers, contact paper, and flower petals from our garden with two pink satin ribbons to secure them to her body.
When the girls weren’t running around blowing bubbles or daintily (yeh, right!) sipping tea, they played on the see-saw I scored at a garage sale at the beginning of the summer. They also jumped on the trampoline (no wings on the trampoline was quickly established as the rule), made fairy rhythm music on our permanent banging wall, and of course opened presents! I’ll tell you about the handmade ones later on in the week. Over all I think the party was a success. Now, what to do for MY birthday? It’s only a week away!

 

What My Week Looked Like – Orcas Island

 

Its Crazy Around Here!

This is pretty much what my week has been like. Crazy! We had the 4th of July and two birthday parties for little Quinby who is now the BIG 3! I did a lot of fun crafty stuff for the two birthday parties which I’m hoping to share with you next week. I’m just waiting for all the good pictures to come in. Have a great weekend!