Friday, March 30, 2012

Tulip time

The girls and I spent hours last fall planting tulip bulbs and I think it paid off!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Farbenmix Zucka

I recently bought a new Farbenmix pattern and made up a skirt for each of the girls. Farbenmix Zucka is a skirt pattern. The word zucka in German translates to sugar. Or so the pattern tells me. I mean I don't speak one word of German so I guess it could mean ugly and I wouldn't know! This pattern is very cool and offers lots of opportunities to add in ribbons and laces and trims and ric raks and tags, which is right up my alley. I really want to purchase an emroidery machine which would make these skirts even better!! But I digress... Both are in size 134, which makes it a tad longer on Nin than KK. KK Zucka back Zucka back pocket with tag, ribbon and random stitching Zucka little Farbenmix tag on the front Zucka bottom hem and the ruffle hem on the top layer Zucka Nin Zucka back Zucka back pocket with tag Zucka front pocket with ribbon and fancy schmancy stitiching Zucka tag on the front with up close of hem Zucka twirl! Zucka There are certainly lots of pieces in these skirts, but they are worth it!

Hairbows R US

Every now and again when I come down with Crafting ADD, (it's a real disease, I'm sure of it) I like to spend some time doing different crafts.  This week I was at home for 2 days with a sickie who slept quite a bit so I brought my ribbon upstairs and set to work making some hairbows. 

I had stitched up quite a few hair stitchies on my embroidery machine so I wanted to make some bows to match.  Because that's what I do when I am bored.  I make random hair stitichies when I have a few extra minutes and then when I want to make hairbows, I have a large stash to choose from!  I know, I know, I lead a fascinating life don't I! 


Lemon squeezy





St. Patty's Day

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


It's been awhile since I have posted about what's going on at the top of the hill!  So here goes!

I am always looking for new lunch ideas and love seeing pictures of what others pack in their kids lunch boxes!  I decided the other day to take a picture of my girls lunch!  Now, they eat cold lunch most of the time since you never know what is in those hot lunches that the school serve, especially since we don't eat high fructose corn syrup and you know those lunches are filled with that crap.  My girls prefer lunch from home anyway. 

I do have to make a few changes for each of them.  Kk doesn't eat strawberries (the seeds get stuck in her teeth and bother her ortho appliance) and Nin doesn't like grapes.  Kk loves pb and j, Nin doesn't, that kind of thing.

KK has pb and j sandwich, strawberry yogurt, grapes, carrots and celery with pb. 

Nin gets a couple spoonfuls of cheese ball (which strangely, she is in love with!), crackers, celery and pb, strawberries/grapes (she left the grapes but ate the strawberries), carrots/cherry tomatoes and cottage cheese. 

Finally got the tree in the back yard cut down.  Ahem, 4 years later.... 

Yes, that would be my Nin out there helping cut down a tree in a skirt....

These portions of the stump are going to be used as seats in the girls new play garden.  I have wanted to cut down thise tree and make the back corner a play garden with seating, tall sunflowers for shade and let the girls grow what they want.  I also imagine a metal archway into the corner that they can use to grow a vine type plant, maybe some type of pea...  We are one step closer!!

I meant to start the broccoli, onions and cauliflower seeds but I got carried away and pretty much started everything....  Oops! 

4 o'clocks

Broccoli and cauliflower.  The little guys on the left hand side are tiny basil plants.  I may have over done it with the basil.  I have about 40 basil plants in 2 varieties....  But we love basil so I may plant about half of them!

Tulips already!  What a winter we have had.  Barely any snow, which is highly unusual, barely any rain and barely any cold.  So my tulips thought it was spring in February this year.....  The girls and I spent hours and hours planting about 60 new bulbs and digging up all the old ones to seperate and re plant.  We have about 8 or 10 different types planted in no order, just randomly dropped.  Hopefully it's pretty!  And all of our hard work doesn't get killed by a late snow fall! 

And look who woke up and thought it was spring!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  The girlies are all decked out in green today and will be tomorrow too!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

S'more baby clothes

Like what I did there!  Ha!  Now that the embroidery machine is back up and running I have been making appliques on most of the clothes I have made.  I have to catch up for lost time!! 

I made baby Avie another tunic from Ottobre 1/2012.  Since this one was to have an applique and I somehow got it in my mind that I wanted it to be tiered, nothing else would work.  I initially looked for a dress from a recent Ottobre that was already tiered.  Either it was too late at night or my mind was playing tricks on me since I couldn't seem to find the dress I knew I saw earlier.  I even remember the colors!!  Since my mind was already set on a tiered, envelope neck dress, I just modified the tunic pattern I just made her.  Which, honestly, would have been easier to do that then spend an hour searching all my old Ottobre's. 

I really love this little dress!  It is very sweet and girly and fun.  And, I even made matching leggings.  They are capri length with ruffly FOE on the bottom edge that is a perfect coordinate to the top!  Seeing how I have like 9 million yards of FOE on hand at all times, I was sure to find something to match!

Since I can't make Avie something without making TheoRama something, I kept the green out to test out the new gator alphabet applique that I got as a gift at Planet Applique.  Very cute indeed!

These little appliques are a great way to use up scraps.  For example, the green and white stripe above is from a Target baby blanket that I bought about 3 years ago.  Now, it's probably going to take 50 more years for me to use up all my scraps, but we all have to start somewhere! 

Friday, March 9, 2012


Even though it is Stash Game month over at Sewing Mamas, and upcycles don't earn me very many points, I still found myself cutting out multiple skirts and dresses this weekend.  I cleaned out some of my t-shirt stash, used a few scraps and made up some items to sell.  I consider that a win-win!

The skirts are just simple circle skirts with a yoga waist attached to the top.  Circle skirts are very fun and twirly and loved by my girls. 

Who doesn't love M&M's? 

Cute little Ooga's!! 

I only got around to the one dress before I got distracted by shiny things....
Freshly squeezed lemonade, doesn't that sound yummy!