The Life of Jennifer Dawn: November 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Life of Jennifer Dawn Presents...

Do you remember the cape I made for Lydia Grace's Little Red Riding Hood Halloween costume?  Here's a picture...

Well, I don't know what I was thinking when I bought the material for that cape, but I ended up with yards more than I needed.  I have been racking my brain with what to do with all of the red and white polka dotted fabric I used for the lining and the bright red felt I used for the outside of the cape.  (Oops...I just gave myself away.  I didn't use wool for the cape.  I cheated and went for a  high quality felt instead.  Hey, it was so much cheaper.)  The point is that I have way too much left, so I had to come up with a solution...  

It's a CRAFTY CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN!  I am going to use these fabrics to make 12 Christmas crafts and handmade gifts.  You know the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas?  Well, I have the 12 Crafts of Christmas.  On December 1, the first creation will be posted followed by a tutorial for it on December 2.  The rest of the days leading up to Christmas will alternate between a craft and its tutorial.  Sound like a good idea?  Great!  Because I would love for you to craft and create right along with me.  Go find some fabric and felt that you have way too much of and look for the first craft to appear on December 1! 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Little Beauty Likes to Sing...

Lydia Grace loves music...
Let me rephrase that...
Lydia Grace LOVES music!!!

She also likes to sing, and she decided to serenade us on Thanksgiving while we were over at Mimi and Papa's house.  Here is her rendition of Tale As Old As Time from one of her favorite movies Beauty and the Beast.

As you can tell from the video, we all loved it--especially her Mimi.
Now go sing and dance with the little Beauty in your life.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Everyone Told Me...

to enjoy every minute...
because they grow up so fast.
Well, everyone was right!

I can't believe how much Lydia Grace has grown in a year...

I guess I am feeling a bit nostalgic...

 I miss the baby that she used to be...

But I am so thankful for the beautiful little girl she is becoming.

I have much to be thankful for and guess what?!
 I am enjoying every minute of it!

*The first photo in each section was taken by either Tim or myself.  The second photo in each set was taken by my friend Lori Johnson who is a master with a camera.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award

Amy at Naptime Crafters has passed along the Stylish Blogger Award to me.  Thank you so much!
The rules for accepting this award are:
1. Link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass it along to 7 other stylishly great bloggers.
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their award.

7 Things About Me:
1. My husband and I met during my first year in college.  We had CHEM 1 together.  He often jokes that we had "chemistry" from the start.
2. I am a mother to one special little girl.  My husband and I are praying for more children, but in the last couple of months, we have had two miscarriages.
3. My favorite color is PINK, and I love all things girly.
4. I have a sister who blogs over at Skinny Jeans.
5. I love all manner of crafts.  My mother and sister are very crafty too.
6. I teach 4th grade and work very hard to juggle being both a good teacher and good mother.
7. I am a Christian and love GOD with all of my heart.

7 Other Stylish Bloggers:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ruffle Skirt Tutorial

Want to make your own Ruffle Skirt?  Here's how...

*Sewing machine
*Basic sewing supplies (pins, safety pin, scissors...)
*Two pieces of coordinating fabric
*5/8 in.elastic

1. Cut out your fabric according to the chart shown below.  You will have two rectangular pieces (main skirt piece and ruffle piece).  Each piece can be cut from the same fabric or from two coordinating fabric pieces--your choice!  You can also go ahead and cut a piece of elastic and place it off to the side.

2. With right sides together, sew the two shorter edges together of both the main skirt piece and the ruffle piece.  I went back and did a zig zag stitch along the seams to neaten things up a bit.

3. Hem the bottom of the ruffle piece by turning it under 3/8 in. and then another 3/8 in., securing it with pins, and sewing it in place.  Create a waistband at the top of the main skirt piece by turning it under 3/8 in. and then another 3/4 in., using pins to secure it, and sewing it along both the top and the bottom.

4. When you sew along the top and bottom, stay as close to the edge as possible.  Leave about 1 1/4 in. gap along the bottom of the waistband in order to be able to feed the elastic through later.  (You can see my elastic opening in the picture below.)

5. Sew a running stitch along the top of the ruffle and pull the strings to gather the fabric.  Once the fabric is the same length as the bottom of the main skirt piece, evenly distribute the gatherings around the ruffle piece.  With right sides together, pin and sew the ruffle onto the bottom of the main skirt piece.  I like to go back and use a zig zag stitch to neaten up the raw edge.  Lay the ruffle out correctly, press, and top stitch right along the bottom edge of the main skirt piece.  This helps the ruffle lay better and gives the skirt a much more finished look.

6. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic.  Feed it through the entire waistband.

7. Sew the two ends of the elastic together with a zig zag stich and stitch up the opening you used to feed the elastic through the waistband.  I cut very generous pieces of elastic because I like to overlap the ends at least an inch when I sew them together.  Tip: If you find that the waistband is too big for your little one, simple cut some excess elastic off and stitch the ends together before sewing up the seam.

8. Now you have a lovely ruffle skirt for your own sweet princess.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ruffle Skirt

Here is my latest sewing creation for Lydia Grace...
It's a sweet, little skirt with a ruffle.  I will be posting a tutorial on Tuesday, so be sure to come back and visit.
I am also working on a very special shirt to go with the skirt.  It's not done yet, but I have the pieces cut and laid out.  When it is finished, it will be perfect for Lydia Grace to wear on Thanksgiving.  I saw a similar one at the craft fair I went to this weekend, so I came home and worked on figuring out how to make my own.  Here is a sneak peek...
 Now I just have to finish the matching shirt byTurkey Day.

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Day in Snapshots

I saw this (click here) awesome idea at Mama Manifesto.  The premise behind it is to capture the essence of the day by taking snapshots of all of its simple, beautiful moments.  Now I know that they suggest doing it on the tenth of each month and capturing one shot per hour for ten hours, but I changed the rules a bit and did my own version.

Tim had some things planned for his Lydia Grace and I spent a wonderful day together.  Here was our Saturday--a peek straight into a day in The Life of Jennifer Dawn.

7 am: Started sewing another T-Shirt Dress for Lydia Grace.

8 am: Made a healthy breakfast of omega-3 eggs, whole grain cereal, yogurt, and juice for L. G. and me.

9 am: Bathtime!

10 am: Playtime while mommy gets ready!  One of the many luxuries of the weekend is that I don't have to be showered, dressed, and on the way out the door before seven in the morning.

11 am: Getting some snuggles in as I try to wrangle us both out the door to meet a friend at the mall for the Santa Parade, lunch, and shopping.  Nothing like going to the mall to get you in the holiday spirit.

11:30 am: Running late as usual...the parade was starting at this very moment.  Where were we?  Answer: In the car just pulling out of the subdivision.  We had a good excuse for running late though.  There was a milk disaster on our way out the door.  We were not going to cry over a little spilled milk though.

12 noon: Lunch!

1 pm: Taking a ride on the Santa Train.

 2 pm: Naptime in the car as we picked Mimi up and drove to a craft fair being held at the Expo Center this weekend.
3 pm: We saw so many cute things at the craft fair.  I may have to try to make one of these for Lydia Grace.
4 pm: You just have to splurge every once in a while.  There were so many yummy things to sample at the fair.

4:30 pm: Leaving the fair with a Stampin Up' coloring pad compliments of Mimi.

5 pm: Dinner at Mimi and Papa's.  Papa is recovering from surgery right now.  I am sure that seeing Lydia Grace was some good medicine though.

6 pm: A spot of tea with my mother.

7 pm: Home Sweet Home!

8 pm: Bedtime for Lydia Grace!

What a great day!  What did you do today?