Saturday, April 26, 2014

Early settler costume


This week my daughters’ school celebrated its 150th birthday.

On Thursday evening,  each student took part in the school musical which featured the school through the various decades. 

In addition to a musical choir number, Lily had a couple of speaking roles. She needed to wear a pioneer / early settler costume.  She wanted to look like the historical American Girl, Felicity. 

This was a very thrifty costume. I scored about 6 yards of the calico fabric for a few dollars at a thrift shop and the size 3 pale pink cowgirl boots were 5$ at Value Village. I found the dress pattern (size 8)  at the Salvation Army for one dollar. I modified the sleeves.

1978 Style Pattern






The entire costume came together  for under $12 (a little why I sew moment!).

The musical was an enormous success.  So many memories were made that night.

Have a great weekend,


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter countdown



Evangeline Hope is calendar focused – she checks the calendar each day and needs to know how many sleeps between various events.  

I wanted to make her a countdown calendar for Easter. I was inspired by one that I saw at Pottery Barn kids. (It was a Peter Rabbit linen banner that incorporated a carrot and little pockets. You could easily make one of these if you had a bunny tea towel.)


I used scraps from my stash and made the pompom from leftover wool.  Our calendar counts down the days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.  The carrot is a plastic one from a candy pack.  Surprises  candy or non-candy can be put into each of the pockets. My husband suggested one of our Olive Wood crosses and a  stone  in the last pocket .  In 2007, when I was pregnant with Hope,  we had a chance to visit Israel and the Sacred Cave at the Holy Sepulchre.  


For those celebrating, wishing you a blessed Easter and Passover season!  Did you have a chance to catch the moon over the past few nights? amazing.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter preparations


I fooled the girls with this little bunny.  They thought it was chocolate, but actually it was an old resin sprinkler that a neighbour gave us years ago.   I saw the idea of spray painting objects glossy brown and wanted to give it a try (I used Rustoleum  Gloss Espresso Brown spray paint). 

This is what he looked like before! It is amazing what two coats of spray paint can do.

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Our American Girl dolls now have new Easter dresses, bonnets, and baskets.  The girls made the baskets using mini peat pots -  Kim K has an excellent tutorial for peat pot Easter baskets.  The doll size version uses the mini seed starter peat pots.  The American Girl bonnets are a historical pattern (Kirsten’s bonnet) and the dresses are the tea party dress from the book Little Things to Sew.



Spring has finally arrived! 

Have a wonderful weekend and for those of you will be commencing  Easter and Passover celebrations in the coming days, I wish you a meaningful one.