Our brand new old couch from the DI


Here it the couch I really disliked, the cushion were needing stuffing and the material was not fun to sit on. So I decided to recover the couch and make it look amazing and more comfortable.


I take a lot of pictures during the process of taking apart furniture to reupolster, it helps me remember what to do next. I’m just showing you the fully stripped down couch before I started recovering it. I did staple on new layer of 1/2 inch foam over the old stuff to help make it look new again.


And this is the end result of the whole process! It took me a couple of months to take apart the whole thing since I have two boys I only worked on it an hour or so a day. The two blue pillow that go so well with the couch I found at the local thrift store for about 6 dollars for both.


This is a close up of the pattern on the material. I was able to get this material for really cheap on fabricguru.com, I have plenty left over to make and redo a couple more smaller projects.


It’s my Birthday Month

I’m only posting about my birthday because my amazing husband has started some kind of daily gift giving.

Day 1


A fantastic cutting board since all my tupperware ones are crapping out!

Day 2

A way to hang up my favorite mirror without putting a huge hole in the wall…I love my husband! I just need to figure out where I want to have it hung up.

New Favorite Salad

I have been trying to find a new Cabbage recipe that actually was good…and I finally did! I’m super excited to be sharing it because I just love it.

Overnight Cabbage Salad

1 lg. head cabbage
2 pkgs. instant Ramen noodles
4 green onions
6 T. vinegar
4 T. sugar
1 c. salad oil
4 T. slivered almonds
4 T. sesame seeds
2 cooked and skinned chicken breasts or tuna
2 tsp. salt or season pkt. from noodles
2 tsp. Accent
1/2 to 1 tsp. pepper

Make sauce with vinegar, sugar, salad oil, Accent and pepper. Stir together and pour over salad ingredients mixed in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight.

I didn’t have green onions so I put 1 tsp of Onion Powder in the sauce, I didn’t have slivered almonds but it taste great without them. I only used one chicken breast, I feel thats enough chicken for the salad.

All Suited Up

At first when I decided to use this fabric (it was all I had in my stuff that would work for boys coats) I wasn’t really sure if they would work with the other suit items I have made. But I have totally fell in love with them when I put them on my boys. These coat look fantastic with a suit or jeans and a T-shirt.

These are my boys that I just Love trying to find items to sew for them. Every time we had a fancier event to go to my sons would look terrible until I found a few patterns and fabric to make them look handsome.

I had to bribe my son with a Grahm Cracker so he wouldn’t cry through the photo shoot.

I really love how handsome my older son is with his long coat and british style cap.

I had so much fun making the Vests, Pants, Coats and Hat to help my sons feel like we are going somewhere special everytime we step out of the house.

I used a Simplicity Pattern 2526 for the Coat making a few modifications.

I purchase Dritz Half Ball Cover Buttons 3/4 of inch big and covered them with the same fabric as the coat.

This is where I made adjustments in the pattern, I lined the inside of the coat with black fabric to give it that finished professional look.

To make the coat warmer since I didn’t use fleece on the outside I attached it inside the coat inbetween the outside fabric and the Black lining. To make sure the fleece didn’t move while sewing I used Elmers Craft Bond Spray Adhesive. I did this with the sleeves, front and back of the coat. It has made it warm enough to wear during the winter and light enough to during the spring.

I also used Simplicity Pattern 2526 to make this hat using a black fleece faric for the outside and lining of the hat. I stablized the hat by sewing a canvas fabric between the main fabric and lining again useing the Elmers Craft Bond Spray Adhesive to help stay in play during sewing. I also added in a fun fabric on the band to make my son shine to it that much more.

I also have loved vest and to make them for my boys has been alot of fun. I used another Simplicity pattern 4762 it has both boys and men vests. I used a suiting fabric for the front and a regular black lining fabric for the back. I feel that my boys look handsome and sleek in these vests.

I used the Simiplicity pattern 2526 the same as the coat and the hat to make these really simple suit pants. I used a suiting fabric and iron in the crease line to make them look like men suit pants. I made it really easy on myself by just using elastic for the waist.

Kids Duffle Bags

I decided to make these Duffle Bags for my two boys after realizing I didn’t have a bag

just for them, for traveling. I found the pattern

 from http://smallfryandco.blogspot.com/2011/07/kid-size-duffle-bag.html ,she made it

really easy to under and do a very simple duffle bag any size you want.

I was excited to realize that I had enough pok a dot fabric left over from making my children there stuff chairs.

I love how fun the fabric made the bags. Of course I couldn’t leave the bag plain so I borrowed my

sisters applique sewing machine and found some way cute applique’s on Esty.com (people are very creative).

The names on the bags helps me remember which clothes are which kid

without digging through the whole bag.

My oldest son is really into train right now and that really won him over, he carries it around the house putting his toys in it.


Infant Suit Roper

During the months before Christmas my Mom asked me to make vests for all the grandchildren, since both my children are boys I was more then willing. While making those vest I had inspiration to make a Infant Suit Roper for my sisters baby boy that is due at the end of January. I used and Easy McCall’s Pattern 5153 of Infant ropers and started modifying with tracing paper. I had to add the pants look by cutting the pattern in half and adding seams allowances on both connecting ends. I used an adult blue dress shirt to make the top part which turned out pretty good, I wish I was good enough to be able to have added a collar. On the the vest I used a major modification of the Simplicity pattern 4762. I actually attached the vest top and sides to the Roper so there was only a one piece garment for easy putting on and taking off.

On the back you can see I put the back of the vest on the outfit to really have it look complete. I had some stress putting this together but I love how it turn out. I really wish I would have had this idea when my little boys were younger. I probably will be making more for other baby boys coming into the family until then I have time to modify and make it even better.


Yes I’m thinking about Christmas Already

Pillow Forms

Finished Chair

Since I decided that I would try to make part of our Christmas gift for my children I needed to start early. I remembered a chair pattern my mom made for my sisters children one Christmas and thought it would be so much fun to make. The pattern I finally found it, its a McCalls Home Decorating 9665. In the pattern it shows you how to make the pillow forms to stuff the chair and also the chair cover itself. It will be really easy to take the chair apart and throw it into the washer when it gets dirty. It only cost me about $30 dollars to make these since my mom had the pattern, I had the Fun colorful fabric laying around just waiting to be used. I took my moms pile of stuffing bags to fill most of the pillow forms and then I went to Joanns and pick up 6 bags of shredded foam for the seat of the chair. Now I just have to wait until christmas to see the happy faces when they sit in there very own chair. Now what will I make next?

Making the Move to Cloth Diapering

I decided a couple of months back to make my own cloth diapers for my children. I felt was spending a lot of money on diposable diapers, I am not a big fan on how they smell. I researched online for the best option on cloth diapering. I read a lot of blogs and sites that sale diapers and material. After researching all the fabric options I used a White PUL as the outer fabric a really soft Bamboo Fleece as the inner fabric and Zorb for the soaking inserts. I ordered my Fabric from Wazoodle.com which has all the fabric you can think of for cloth diapers. I found a pattern and book of instructions at my local Joanns Store Called “Cloth Diapers Made Easy” by Babyville Boutique. I made a pocket diaper since that was the one that appealed to me the most, I have not be disappointed. I am so glad that I have made the change over, feeling so much better about what I’m putting on my childrens bottom.

Cloth Diaper

Cloth Diaper

Halloween Decoration

I purchased this entry table at a yard sale this summer and I am super excited that I did. It has given me a place to put decorations that are almost out of the way of my kids, plus it look great for those that come and visit. Here is what I did for Halloween. I got the Sock Skeleton idea from marthastewart.com there were really easy and fun to do. I had the spider web fabric hanging around and added scallops and fringe to the edge…it turned out fun and added the Halloween feel to our home.

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