Little Pig Party

 

Our sweet little guy turned one in March and my daughter was kind enough to let me host his first birthday party at my house. (Thank-you daughter for your complete trust in me). I did have a couple of requests though – no pink and nothing girlie-girl. Well not being a fan of trucks, trains or planes especially for a one year old, I decided to pick out a theme that would be suitable for his age but something his dear, sweet little sisters could enjoy as well, so on that note . . . (may I have a drum roll please………..)

pig party1Can you take a wild guess what kind of a party I gave? If you guessed “The Three Little Pigs” you are correct!! Yikes, pigs are pink so I had to take this theme party to the next level, color without too much of those pink pigs.

pig party31The welcome wreath to greet the three little piggies who will be gracing my front door to enjoy a fun and festive day. You are cordially invited to:

Julian Everett’s first birthday

My daughter told the littles to get ready for the party and the 4 year old said, “We haven’t got our invitation or our party clothes from Mimi yet.” As some of my readers know, hubby and I like to drop their invitations and party clothes off at their front door, ring the doorbell and run. We called it ding-dong piggies this time. They waited patiently for their packages and they waited and then they waited some more. If they only knew the trouble I had with one of their dresses. I had to rip out a seam and my hand slipped and oops, I ripped the whole bodice. I was so angry that I decided a trip to the library would calm down my nerves. Heehee any excuse to go to the library works for me. This will teach me to quit waiting until the very end and quit working under pressure.

pig party25The very much awaited packages finally arrived to 2 very excited little girls.

pig party27pig party28pig party29The presents were wrapped to look like bricks and I put on pink twirly suckers for pig tails. I was totally smitten with their invites, each invite had the pig number on the card to represent the birth order of the littles. When they got to our house the oldest said to me “I’m piggy number one.”

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Let the merriment begin!

piggy party46Party outfits, piggy headband with ears and my favorite, piggy noses or should they be called snouts?

pig party26I made Gianna, the oldest, the wolf outfit, the blue with white polka-dots is an American made fabric that I had bought at Joanne Fabric. (I just had to add that little tidbit just in case anyone is interested in only American made). I made her a twirly skirt with an embroidered wolf apron that is attached to the skirt and I appliqued a white shirt.

piggy party45The younger of the little girls is Giavella, who is just the sweetest little pig all adorned in her piggy ears and her pig tails. I embroidered the three little pigs on her dress. Her dress is from McCall’s 6688, which by the way is an easy pattern to sew.pig party6pig party30The birthday boy is a blond hair, blue eyed cutie who received an appliqued t’shirt with his initial on the house and a wolf going down the chimney.

pig party32Oh my, will you just look at my sweet littles, they just melt my heart. I am soooooo unbelievably blessed to be their Mimi. The Lord knows the desires of our hearts and he knew my hubby and I wanted to be Grandparents in the grandest way.

My youngest son helped with the decorating and putting up the streamers. I think he should go into business hanging up streamers because he did such a fantastic job.

pig party11As you can see I respected my daughter’s wishes and didn’t have a lot of those pink pigs. I focused on color and the Disney pigs. I painted the canvases if anyone is wondering. The banner is illustrations I found off of the web. pig party23

pig party35piggy party39pig party34A co-worker had pulled these plaques out of the garbage and I painted them white and added these Disney illustrations. The pink piggy banks I bought at Target for 25 cents. I bought 6 of them and I didn’t “break the bank.” Heehee, no pun intended!

pig party 41I also pulled this frame out of the garbage at work and just added another Disney illustration, as you noticed all the illustrations are vintage. I bought the pink twirly pig tails and the gummy pigs off of Amazon.

pig party19Another co-worker pulled out some foam boards out of the garbage at work and I was able to cut them out and paint them into pigs and the big bad wolf, I painted the pigs a peach color and attached them with string and put them on the treat table.

pig party22Hubby had Walmart make the cake and it turned out so sweet and the cake was actually delicious. I am a sweet hog so any type of cake, cookie or pastry is fine to me.

pig party13My daughter made the piggy cupcakes, she did a wonderful job  and they were very tasty. She also made chocolate covered bacon with pistachios, which I could not leave alone. Who would ever thought such a combination would taste so good.

pig party24Hubby and my son made the houses for the party, and they were a very big hit with the littles.

pig party5The house made out of straw was shredded paper that I got at work and the sticks were collected in the woods. FREE, FREE, FREE! I love that word! We used a spray on glue to hold the shredded paper.  My husband and youngest son, Corey, did a very good job on making the houses!

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The brick house was paper that I ordered off of Amazon. I was going to paint the bricks on but time was running short. Where does the time go?  I know I was lacking in that department.

pig party33I bought these houses for Velly’s second birthday. she had a nursery rhyme birthday party, who would of ever of thought I would be using them this year for a prop. The brand of toys are made by Melissa and Doug, highly priced toys but they are usually educational and don’t fall apart easily.

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We bought some buckets at the Dollar store and spray painted them pink and  painted pig faces on them, but my new dilemma was what to throw in the buckets?

piggy party43Pink piggy felt bags, now on to the ultimate game of Piggy Buckets. This game is going to become BIG, I know people will be clamoring to get at the paten for this game. My phone will be ringing off of the wall real soon.

pig party40We also put on puppet shows, my talent for acting will also go world wide, I will become a celebrity, have my name in lights and make a ton of money, so that I could make more pig buckets!

pig party12Well at least some people take me seriously and know that I have true potential.

pig party10I was so good at saying “little pig, Little Pig, let me in” that Velly was not going to let that Wolf in the house, or her Momma has taught her so well not to open the front door to any strangers.

pig party4That’s me as the pig now, I am so good that at any moment I could play another role. I was really demoted and another actress, whom I’m not even worthy enough to wear her shoes stepped into the wolf role.

pig party9Books were read about the “Three Little Pigs” and any other version with the wolf .

pig party15My voice is so mesmerizing that even one of my dogs had to listen to the story. She ran and hid when I started to growl like a wolf!

pig party16Pin the tail on the Pig.

pig party17Velly decided she would rather wear the bandanas as a babushka and not wrap it around her eyes. She is so in tune to fashion that I think Ralph Lauren will want her on his fashion team. Such glamour, such magnificence, “Okay Velly we’re playing pin the tail on the pig can we have the bandana back?”

pig party7We started out a game of herd the balloon pigs to the fence and it ended up with our sweet littles in a frenzy of slaughtering the balloon pigs. 

pig party20Last but not least there were the presents to open. I just love polka-dots and when I saw this at the Dollar General I knew the paper would tie in with all the decorations.

pig party 2As usual, Momma has to open the presents and baby’s more interested in the box . I hope you enjoyed our party and you were able to capture the joy that we have for our littles. They say laughter is the best medicine to make you healthy , wealthy and wise. If that is the case :

pig party8My family is the healthiest, wealthiest and the wisest!   

 

Snowman Party

snowman party19This past Saturday hubs and I decided to give our littles a snowman party and the good Lord blessed us with the perfect snowy day, 3-5 inches of perfect. While I was inside putting the finishing touches on the perfect day, hubby was outside trying to snow blow the perfect snow off of the sidewalk. The good Lord’s perfectness turned into a little work for the hubs! HeeHee.

The Party started out that morning with delivering the party invitations and their party clothes-Thank God that they only live 5 minutes away to be able to do this. When hubs got to their house he had to give me a call (what did we do without cell phones?) he forgot the process. “Do I ring the bell and hand it to them or do I ring and run?” asked the dear man, “You ring and run!” says I. Oh boy the day was getting off to a rough start. 

snowman party Well at least someone found the packages interesting even if it was the dog.

snow party presentsNo I take that back, two little girls and 1 dog found the boxes interesting. Aren’t they just so cute with their curlers? Reminds me of my own sweet daughter when she was young. This is just a fun way to deliver invitation to your littles. snowman party4snowman party1My daughter called and asked if she should pack their snow suits for the snowball fight, “no dear, even that will be held inside.”

snowman party 3Our sweet Gianna posing in her new snowman outfit and her little top hat. Aren’t LaLa loopsies the greatest? They are the sweetest dolls.

snowman party 2For Giavella’s outfit I made the skirt with an attached apron and an appliqued shirt along with a pair of ruffled pants. Little girls are just so much fun to sew for. I don’t know what I am going to do when the littles get older and don’t want anymore clothes made for them. (Maybe my daughter will give us a dozen more little girls-weelllll Miss Clavel has 12 little girls in 2 straight lines, so why can’t I?)heehee.

snowman party27As you could see in this picture Velly has already tore off her top hat and her socks. Wouldn’t it be funny if we as adults went to our friends house for a party and  took off our socks and then at the end of the night put on our pajamas?

snowman party 5Here’s hubby starting to help bring in the littles, as you could see Velly is staring off into the distance at a sight that is so mesmerizing. Whatever it is has her enthralled!

snowman party 6It’s the SNOWWOMAN QUEEN! or maybe it’s a woman who is off her rocker and this snowman theme has gotten a little out of hand. No, it’s just me, Mimi.

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snowman24Before the party started we decided to get some family photos, what better place than outside in the freezing, snowy perfect snowy day!

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snowman party20Can you guess what my color theme was? I love the Teal and red mixture. I did everything in about 2 weeks, talking about a heart attack waiting to happen. I dreamt about snowman, I dreamt about shopping for snowman, I dreamt about snowman therapist. (Pretty bad huh?) I started to repaint any snowman I had, I made the wreath out of a pool noodle, wrapped it with teal yarn, hubby cut out a snowman and I painted. Tada a new wreath.

snowman party10snowman party41snowman party 31Hubby made these darling chairs for the littles, and I just threw on a coat of paint. Aren’t they sooooooo sweet? Thank God that I Have a hubby that gets into the parties with just a minimum amount of nudging. Could you imagine 12 of these in 2 straight lines?( Remember Miss Clavel has that many and the youngest is Madeline so why can’t I?)

snowman party28For now our youngest is Julian, whom by the way is teething and has turned into a Momma’s Boy. Sweetness is not pouring out of him right now. The poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sums up our little fellow, “When s(he) was good, s(he) was very good indeed, and when s(he) was bad s(he) was horrid.” He was able to entertain himself and his Momma didn’t care as long as he wasn’t fussing.

julian in water Doesn’t everyone find happiness in the dog bowl?

snowman party9snowman party18snowman party11The baby might not have been to sweet but we had a sweet table to compensate. Hubby bought the cake and the containers of white cotton candy (my favorite) and the white cheddar puffs to look like snowman balls. I contributed with finding the chocolate snowman heads and the chocolate coal for  snowman buttons. ( I should have made cookies to look like buttons, maybe next year). I made up some popcorn balls and cupcakes to look like snowman and cookies with snowman on them.

snowman treatI found these individual cupcake servers that I put at each table setting along with one of the cupcakes that I made, the littles also got a container of cookies placed on their plates. I think they got pretty sugared up!

snowman table settingI put together a hot chocolate bar, nothing better to cozy up with but a warm mug of hot chocolate. This is a fun and inexpensive idea and if you only had adults you could add peppermint schnapps, Bailey or Kahlua.

snowman party 14snowman party15snowman party7I had to show my table setting, hubby bought the snowman dishes for me about 10 years ago and he bought enough just in case our family should ever grow. We are growing! That’s my oldest granddaughter in the background, Pippa Mae, she is the sweetest 4 legged, furry grandchild that anyone could ask for. HeeeHeee

snowman party22My ceiling in all it’s snowman glory.

snowman party8Hip Hip Hooray we’re having a snowman party today!

We played snowman buckets and maybe some us got more exuberant, and we all know who I mean, maybe he thought there were car keys to a new car in bucket number 6.

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snowman party34We bowled the snowmen down.

snowman party36Some just stacked the snowmen pins and threw the ball.

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snowman party29mom snowmansnowman party30We had a lively game of, “build a snowman out of toilet paper” The things a person could do with toilet paper!

snowman party38We played snowman bags.

snowman party39We played a game that I made, it’s like ‘cooties’ only you assemble or build a snowman made out of felt pieces. First player to build the snowman wins. I painted a wooden dice with the body pieces, so much easier for a couple of toddlers to understand.

snowmanparty26I bought a couple of buckets at Hobby Lobby and made some snowballs for a good old fashion snowball fight. Sorry we didn’t get any pictures of the littles bombarding Pa’s head.

pin the snowman bodyWe played pin the body parts on the snowman. Sorry no pictures of the littles walking aimlessly around with a blind fold on their eyes. But we bought the game at Target, in the dollar section. Would be cute made with felt also.

Last but not leastsnowman party40Snowman presents!

There is nothing more fun then to give our sweet littles’ a gift so they could remember the fun that they had on their special party day. When Gigi (Great-Grandma) asked what the presents are for, my daughter exclaimed “the snowman came!”

snowman party23From my house to yours may your next snowy day be as delightful as ours.

 

Blame it on the Cake

A couple of weeks ago hubby and I went shopping at our friendly one stop shopping center Walmart “and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature cake with a tiny reindeer. More rapid than eagles I flew to my cart, tore open my purse and gave out a shout, “My phone, my phone, I need to call home.” My fingers shook as I punched in the number and awoke my daughter who was in a slumber. A party, a party, is what we need and my dear daughter quite frankly agreed. To the front of the store I ran with great speed to buy that cake that was a beautiful Christmas green. Now dash away, dash away, dash away all, now we have to go shopping at the mall!”

rudy partyIt was the cakes fault, it called my name in the store and practically begged me to take it home. I knew I should of walked away but all I could think of was ” my sweet littles’ would just love a reindeer party.” And that is exactly what we did!

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Reindeer outfits had to be made, Gianna Reindeer is sporting Rudolph while Giavella Reindeer is sporting Clariece. I bought a panel of fabric for Gianna’s skirt it had directions on it to make a soft book, well as you can see I needed a skirt and not a book! Ta-Da, soft book turned into skirt.

reindeer outfitA sweet table had to be made because sweet little reindeers’ can’t have just cake, they need an assortment of sweets.rudy 14rudy 9Reindeer surprises had to be bought.

rudy 13The main meal had to be planned.

rudy 12Thank-you hubby for volunteering on making all the homemade pizzas.

let the reindeer fun begin!

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rudy 8‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

rudy 10Mama in her ‘kerchief’ and pa in his cap,

had just settled their brains for a long winter’s nap.rudy19rudy 11More rapid than eagles, his courses they came,

and he whistles and shouted and called them by name:

Now Dasher! Now Dancer!

Now Prancer and Vixen!

rudy 16And then, in a twinkling I heard on the roof the prancing

and pawing of each little hoof.    

rudy 6She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work.

rudy 2His eyes– how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

rudy 7He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot.

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He had a broad face and a little round belly,

that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.

rudy 19“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Merry Christmas

CaptureAnd there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch

over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and

the glory of the Lord shone down on them, and they were terrified.

But the Angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news

of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a

Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord.

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and

lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12

For all of you who have lost the true meaning of  Christmas or are going thru hard times and your faith ,strength and joy have wavered or maybe you have romanticized on what Christmas should be and your ideal has taken the wrong turn-stop, take a breath for the true Consoler is here. Luke 2:10 says “Don’t be afraid…..I bring you good tidings of great joy.” We can remove all fear and find peace, joy and happiness when we go back to the foot of the manger where our sweet king of kings and Lord of Lords laid on this Christmas morning. From my family to yours may you and yours have a blessed Christmas.

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Spa Day

I just finished working 7/12’s for the last 3 weeks so my daughter treated me to a day at an “all inclusive spa.” She is always so thoughtful and is always on top of things ( I suppose you have to when you have 3 small children under the ages of 4). My weary body needed to be pampered and loved. When I walked thru the doors I was handed a glass of wine with fruit in it, it was totally delectable along with relaxing. Nothing but pure bliss followed, my daughter scheduled me in for a pedi, mani, facial and to have my hair done. I enjoyed the serenity while I sipped on my wine and was able to relax as they provided excellent customer care with their gentle hands.

 

Did I mention the spa was called, “The Littles’?” I had to sit on the floor because I was so lathered up that I might have fallen of the chair. I never knew that lotion could be put in your hair for that silky feeling or so that when the curlers are ripped out of your hair it doesn’t hurt as bad, Heehee. My nails are all a different color and that includes my fingers and toes, hopefully no one will notice tomorrow at the play I will be attending with the littles. The littles’ kept telling me I was going to be “just beautiful”, they ooohed and aaahhhed over me that I thought they were doing a true transformation. I was transformed all right!

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Yes I drove home like that, I didn’t want my sweet little girls think that I didn’t like or appreciate what they had done for me. I knew that if I was stopped by the police I probably would have been thrown in a cell and it might of been padded. Heehee. I also wanted hubby to see the new look I was going for. Remember someone always has to start the trend! To all those who are tired and just need a little time to relax and let others work on you and bring you thru a true beautification process feel free to call “The Littles.” Appointments are only made thru their Momma!

Halloween Party

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This past weekend Hubby and I gave our littles’ a Halloween party, of course our adult children were invited. I believe they enjoyed it as much as the littles’ did, oh who am I trying to fool? I think I gave myself the party and I LOOOVED it, the day turned out beautiful and the party turned out perfect. The morning of the party I put their new Halloween clothes in a box and then on the front of the box I attached a vintage Halloween invitation with a Halloween sucker. On the card I wrote to them to put on their new Halloween finery and come to Mimi and Pa’s for a Halloween party. I left it on their porch and rang the doorbell and ran, I think that was called Ding-Dong Witch. HEEHEE.  

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My son and I decorated the dining room to look like a Halloween Ball that would be fitting for a couple of toddlers. I love when they come in and the 2-year-old says, “OOHHHHH.” Maybe she just says that when she sees the sweet table. I love knowing I have something in common with my littles, sweets, doing crafts and having a party. All the pumpkins hanging from the ceiling came from the Dollar Tree store, I just love going into that store. Everything is only a dollar, can you believe it? A dollar! The store is perfect for craft supplies for certain little girls who like to do crafts.

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whole sweet table

The cupcake holders on the sweet table I also got at my new favorite store, the Dollar Tree. We had cupcakes, taffy apples, rice crispy treats made to look like pumpkins, pumpkin cookies and my all time favorite Halloween food, caramel corn. (very healthy treat, it’s full of fiber).

liz with wineMy daughter brought over a Halloween wine made in Door County, Wisconsin to go with our meal that my husband prepared, except for the Italian tortellini soup, that was prepared by the Mimi of the house. Whenever we get together there is always a lot of appetizers and by the time we sit down to eat we are already filled to the brim.

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For the faint of heart we bobbed for apples, which was the first time for a few of us. It brought more laughter and giggles then going to a circus. I’m sure if anyone was looking into the windows they would have seen a pack of clowns. To be truthful I would have never bobbed for apples if it wasn’t with my family, nothing more gross than a pack of us putting our faces into a bucket with our mouths wide open, catching an apple then spitting it back into the bucket. Just for curiosity sake I need to find out where this game originated from and why. I love the picture of my hubby going into the bucket and my dog Oliver is watching the whole situation. Yea we must have looked awfully silly for a dog to stop and watch the comedy!

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We wrapped each other up in toilet paper, (keep it clean people, this was not bondage but mummifying!).Heehee. What a fun Halloween game to play. All that toilet paper wrapped around you made you warm and cozy, I either felt like taking a nap or having a hot flash from being too warm. At the end you had to roar and act like the Incredible Hulk ripping out of your mummy wrap.

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The littles’ painted pumpkins that I grew in the garden, threw spiders at the sticky cobweb (no I didn’t raise the spiders, they were plastic) and we dressed up some of our pets. There was a total of 8 pets in the house and my daughter left 2 of hers at home, yikes that’s a lot of pets that my family has! Why do humans have such fun dressing up their pets and then proceed to laugh at them? Thank God I’m not an animal, the shear humiliation would be too much for me.

Of course it wouldn’t be a party without PRESENTS! 

presents1presents2When my children were young I always bought them Halloween presents, well in all actuality I quit buying them Halloween gifts when the littles’ started appearing. Sorry kids but you have been replaced by smaller people. Once a tradition starts it never ends it just moves to the next generation. When the party was coming to an end, hubby and I bundled the littles’ up, got out their strollers and took them for a “moonlight Walk” it turned out quite cloudy that night so we called it a “dark and Cloudy walk” and we told stories about Halloween night as we walked. It really was a perfect ending to a perfect party. I hope my sweet littles’ went home and dreamt about all the fun that they had while visions of good witches danced in their heads!

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From my house to yours, have a happy Halloween

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…..If you ever go looking for your hearts desire

Don’t look any further than your own backyard.

-Dorothy

October!

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I’m truly smitten with October and everything this great season called fall has to offer. The fairs and festivals, outdoor fires, and of course all that comfort food, who could forget that! Of course my ultimate favorite is sewing fall clothing for my littles’. It is always hard to sew just one outfit, after you sew one then your head starts spinning and new ideas start to form – hence, multiple outfits appear! I love the colors of fall and how they could be put into clothing. OOOOOOOHHHHHHH, I love orange and black together and I just adore the old vintage costumes. Wasn’t Halloween fun back in the day, we went to a Five and Dime store and picked out a box costume with a plastic mask? I will admit costumes were a little bit simpler then they are now, and they cost a whole lot less back in the day. I better stop reminiscing and get back to the present, even though it is fun to remember those special moments and days that bring back such sweet nostalgia. Hopefully my sweet littles’ will always have fond memories of the clothes that their Mimi made for them, which by the way I enjoy doing.

   october 2013 041    october 2013 049Sorry that these pictures are so blurry, but I can’t seem to adjust the settings for them. I made them apple picking dresses but they ended up being “fair dresses” since their Momma and Daddy already took them apple picking. I made them shirts with an appliqued apple on them and that’s what they wore apple picking. Everyone knows that you need clothes with apples on them to be able to pick apples!

oct 2013 037My  favorites again, chevron, polka-dots, and banners at the bottom of the dress. I bought this material from Jo-anne Fabrics and I want to go back and buy some more. Remember a good fabric is like fine wine it never goes bad, so always have more of both on hand! I appliqued the haunted castle along with the tree and pumpkins on the apron. I’m not real impressed with my tree but it will do.

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I made the dress from McCalls 6387, I know that I use this pattern a lot but it is such a sweet dress and you could do so much with the apron.

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Another orange and black outfit, same pattern, McCall’s 6387, but I just looooovvvee the aprons that I appliqued. The cat and pumpkin are suppose to look vintage.  I made pants with these outfits, they are made out of a knit. I won’t lie and say that I liked working with the material, because I didn’t. I don’t know if it was to thin or maybe I didn’t have the right needle but it just seemed a little slippery this time.

october 2013 143Last but surely not least, our sweet little boy Julian, whom we so affectionately call Juju. He is growing so fast and often gets lost in all the commotion with his two older sisters.

oct 2013 048From my littles’ to yours, Happy Halloween!