Rethinking Christmas Stockings

A few years back, we were in need of new Christmas stockings. Our family had grown, and we didn’t have enough matching stockings for the family. At the same time, I had been seeing beautiful miniature stockings online made from vintage grain sacks. I loved the simple red stripes at the top and I especially…


Vintage Reproduction 1940’s Overalls

  Winter was wanting to make herself some 1940’s style overalls. I ordered this printable pattern for her. She made the first pair out of some dropcloth that I had  (that painter’s cloth you buy from the hardware store to put down while painting) and made the second from some denim that my sister-in-law gave…


Polka Dot Dress Refashioned From a Maxi Skirt

  Last fall, my eldest and I were invited to someone’s house to check out the clothing she was giving away. Her mother said she had told her daughter to narrow down her clothing and wondered if we would like her hand-me-downs. This young woman is always impeccably dressed and we went over there a…


Personalized Bath Towels

Several years ago, it became rather obvious that the standard two-towel towel racks were not going to be enough for our family’s needs. We switched the towel racks out to some hooks that my husband found on eBay. We added a piece of molding to the wall first, painted it, and then added the hooks….


40’s Inspired Red Dress

    Winter originally made this dress for Christmas, using some fabric that was given to me by a reader a few years ago.  She was inspired by the dress Queen Elizabeth wears in “A Royal Night Out.”    She used a pattern she already had, but then made lots of changes, as she was…


Thrift Store Skirt Refashion

Last spring, when I was 8 months pregnant, I went through my closet and ruthlessly edited out clothing that I had, cough, outgrown before I became pregnant and that I figured was never going to fit me after my eighth baby was born. Before I took it all off to be donated, I offered it…


Baby Boy Blessing Outfit

Since we blessed Octavius in September, I thought short sleeves would be in order. I used the same pattern as I used to make a blessing outfit for Cyrus and Ezrom. This time, I used a linen and cotton blend fabric that I bought several years ago (at 40% off). For the bodice, I cut…


New Aprons

Note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here. The sewing for myself is always the last sewing to get done. I wear an apron often–while cooking, while canning, while baking, while doing dishes, and often while gardening. I’ve made my old aprons last a few more years than I had…


Cinderella Photo Shoot

  On Monday I received a phone call from a friend. Her nephew is a fashion design student and had a photo shoot lined up the next day, but his photographer had just cancelled. She asked if I wanted to come and take pictures with her. The location was Lake Las Vegas. I’d seen pictures,…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day 2014: Day Eight: Pajamas

Ezrom has been asking me for some traditonal-style pajamas for Christmas, so this gift is straight from his wish list.   Supplies: Flannel Pellon Iron-on interfacing 4 Buttons Elastic Thread Pattern (I used Butterick B5586)   Tools: Sewing machine Iron Sewing pins Scissors   Time: It took me 6 hours to make a pair of…


Winter’s Birthday Gifts

We started Winter’s birthday last week with presents at breakfast. That’s not how we have done things in the past, but I loved this change and it might occur a lot more often at our house. I did a silver and white theme using the back side of some green wrapping paper to wrap a…