PJs, Sew Tired and a Family Christmas Gathering

PJs & Sew Tired:

Thanks to my friend Emily, I was able to try my hand at an Oliver + S pattern for the Little Chick’s Christmas pajamas. I can’t say that they turned out perfectly (hence the sew tired…I’ve pretty much reached my capacity for sewing lately) and I’m not crazy about the kimono shirt, but overall I think they turned out pretty cute. Hope the Little Chick likes them.

Oliver + S PJs

A Family Christmas Gathering:

We trekked up to my cousin’s house this past  weekend for our annual Christmas gathering. She truly is an amazing decorator. She has an amazing eye for antiques and just putting things together. Here are a few shots of her vintage Christmas collection:

Becky's decorating

Becky's decorating

Becky's decorating

The ladies have started a tradition of visiting the local antique stores while we are up there and this year proved to be no different. I found this really cool set of dutch children fabric (they are actually curtains) that I just couldn’t pass up for $5. A great find indeed.

dutch kids fabric

Saturday Words of Wisdom

I just finished reading the book Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World by Jill Rigby and while it is full of lots of little goodies (a great library read for sure), there was this one quote that has just stuck out in my mind since I read it.

Theodore Roosevelt said many years ago: “The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life.”

What a smart man and how true.

Visions of a Party: Part 2 & PSF

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Little Chick’s birthday party went off without a hitch. I had so much fun decorating and setting up all these little friends all over the house and her face when she walked in (my parents had kept her all afternoon) truly was priceless.

The cake (crazy, crazy full of blue dye) really was pretty good and she loved it!

cookie monster cake

The cupcakes were fun and turned out pretty cute (if you can’t tell it is Elmo, Grover and Ernie)

elmo, grover and ernie

I set up her little friends all over the house:

Big Bird,

big bird & his nest

Cookie Monster,

cookie monster and his jar of cookies


ernie and his rubber duckie

Elmo with his goldfish Dorothy.

elmos and dorothy

and my favorite Sesame Street Little People (which she plays with all the time!)

little people sesame street style

It really was fun and she was crazy funny all night long.

Merry Kristmas Dress

Here’s Little Chick’s Christmas Dress.

kitty dress front

The fabric is kitty kristmas by Alexander Henry. I got it months ago when our local quilt shop was having a sale. The girl loves cats and I just loved this fabric.

kitty dress close up

I tried a new Children’s Corner pattern this time. This pattern is Mallory and is basically the same shape dress as the others I’ve made, but has a bodice top, box pleats in the front and buttons up the back. I really love how it turned out.

Why I’m Really Beginning to Hate Mall Playgrounds

This morning Little Chick and I had to run to the mall. I thought I would throw in a trip to the mall playground at the end, hoping to wear her out so that she might nap (yep, still no nap!)

She was playing along just fine and starting to really enjoy it when I looked down at the far end of the play area and see a boy about 3 years old grabbing her and shaking her. As I start to get up and run down there I see him taking her whole hand and shoving it in his mouth. At this point it feels like slow motion; I just can’t get down there fast enough. I start yelling, “no! no! no!” and grab her and pick her up and she’s got these HUGE bite marks on her hand. I’m thinking, “where in the hell is this kid’s parents?” Finally his mom pops up and grabs him and makes him apologize (which I do appreciate), but then she takes her kids and throws them in the stroller and BOLTS! She honestly got out of there as fast as she could and never looked at us again.

I was so angry. If my kids had hurt another child that badly I would surely be mortified, but I would never, ever leave without making sure the other child was o.k. and would do anything possible to help that mother.

It all just made me really sad and I really didn’t know what to do. What would you have done?