Save your Toys and Toes with a Pebble Bag

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One sweet, cherubic-cheeked child = 5011 bits, bobs and playthings strewn about the floor. Perhaps you can relate? When Girl Wonder was little, maybe 5 or 6, it didn’t matter one lick how many bins and baskets I had artfully arranged to collect her debris. Puppy Playhouse pieces (do they even still make those?) would… [read more]

Making a Waldorf Doll


My daughter turned 2 in October. For a long time, really since I was pregnant, I had my eye on those neat Waldorf dolls. I saw them talked about and featured on so many different blogs, talking about the natural fibers and beautiful simplicity. The ones that struck me the most were people talking about… [read more]

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Fat Quarter Summer Top

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The other day I bought an adorable black and white polka dot top from Jcrew for myself.  A little while later, I saw this fabric at Joann’s and decided Penelope needed a summer top so we could be the matchy-matchy queens that we are.

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The $4, 5 Minute, Napkin Dress


This is one of those project ideas, like my dishtowel dress, that could easily go either way.  Into the absolute-genius-category or the what-in-the-f-were-you-thinking-category. You can be the judge for yourself, but I am pretty pleased with how it came out. I bought some napkins at World Market, for $2 each.  I used one napkin for… [read more]

The Great Felt Food Exchange

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This Easter, Penelope got lots of goodies in her basket.  We did our Easter tradition of a new swimsuit and towel and she also got a ton of felt food. I participated in a Felt Food Exchange with 11 other friends.  My friend Kristy, from the blog Where Do Butterflies Sleep, coordinated it.  Each person… [read more]

Inspired to Sew


I haven’t done much sewing in the last several months.  I really can’t even remember the last thing I sewed, it was probably around Penelope’s 2nd Birthday. With being pregnant and on bed rest, then miscarrying, I was barely keeping up with work and parenting.  Sewing went to the back burner, for sure. But then I… [read more]

Zipper-Free, Removable, Pillow Cover DIY


I can’t even tell you how long I have been working on these pillows!  I bought fabric months and months ago! I bought the fabric at a local shop that did a Groupon. So I got everything 50% off. First I started with these.  I love the texture and feel of these pillows and of… [read more]

$2 Dishtowel Christmas Pillowcase Dress


Yup,  I made my daughter I dress out of dishtowels. It is one of those things that could go very wrong or very right.  I wasn’t convinced it was right, until she tried it on and then I felt pretty damn good.  But Penelope would look cute in a potato sack, so I am not… [read more]

Recycle, Reuse Refashion: Infinity Scarf for Mama


While I was making some new scarves for Penelope, I did a scarf refashion for myself. I have had this big, chunky scarf for almost 10 years and I love it. It keeps me so warm!  But it was huge and it had some stains on the ends of it. So I cut off the… [read more]

DIY Baby Infiniti Scarf


I was so excited when the cooler weather arrived because Penelope and I love to wear scarves.  Last year she wore a scarf of some kind, pretty much every day.   As I started pulling out her scarves, I noticed a couple of things.  The original one I made, was a regular, long rectangular scarf.… [read more]

Easy DIY Baby Gift


One of the blessings of being a woman of childbearing age myself, is that I know lots of other women of childbearing age, that are busy bearing children.  And that means I want to give lots of gifts and go to lots of showers. I mentioned on the MBL Facebook page, that I love kids… [read more]

Bean Bag Chair Cover Tutorial


I searched and searched online and could not really find a great bean bag tutorial.  The best I could find was this, and it helped me understand the concept of making a spherical shape, but I still didn’t really like it. So as usual, I just winged it and did whatever the hell I wanted to do,… [read more]