my life in pictures and words

Baby Blanket + Wet Bag

My cousin had a baby boy last year and for his gift, I made him a blanket. Similar to his cousin’s but with dinosaurs. His mom’s baby shower was themed with dinosaurs. I found these really cute dino prints that weren’t too baby and that coordinating hexagon print had the perfect colors.

All sewn up!

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The light blue minky is the backing.

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I also made these single layer wet bags. I found this cute dino print in the baby section near the cloth diaper materials.

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I included two books that were on their registry and one Berenstain book dino themed. I love handmade gifts. =)

Red Rock Canyon

In January 2017, my bro-M and sil-S came to visit for a few days. One of the places they wanted to see was the Red Rock Canyon. We hadn’t seen it yet so it was nice to get out and experience something new. The trail is a bit long but there are great sights to behold.

I made Paul take a selfie…hahaha!

bro-M and sil-S.

It is very pretty and there are quite a few hikes you can take that start within the canyon. People also bike the trail you drive. #motivated <—i am not. lol!

Ladies Ayda and Molly Top + Dress Tester

Last year I got the chance to test a few secret patterns for Sew Caroline; she was collaborating with a fellow pattern maker.

Katie Skoog of Simple Life Patterns and Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns have collaborated to bring you Mommy and Me patterns! She has taken a few of Sew Caroline patterns and downsized them to fit your kiddos and we have upsized a few of hers to fit ladies!

This is the Ladies Ayda Top + Dress.

This is the Ladies Molly Top + Dress.

Making these woven tops has me wanting more.  I wasn’t too sure if I’d like the collar on the Molly but it turns out that I really like it.  The button placket in the back was also really fun to make.  It was my first ever!

Christmas 2016

I made a few gifts for Christmas 2016.  Here are some of them

This mermaid tail blanket for my niece.  I think I might’ve made it too long but hopefully as she grows she’ll still want to wear it.  I had to do a self draft based on a few photos I had screenshot from around the internet.

This is her the night she opened it up!

For my brothers, I made these key ring chap stick holders.  They really like Natural Ice chap stick.  And for all the moms on my list, I made these first aid kits.  I included chap stick, neosporin, bandaids, advil, candy, alcohol wipes, tissues, and gauze pads.

I got this idea from seeing a bunch of quiet books and latch boards.  I thought about marrying the two and this is what I came up with.  I LOVE this!  I call it a busy mat.

These are I Spy bags.  I might have filled up that truck one a little too much but it still works.  haha!

These are blocks.  I actually learned a lot while making these and even made a few more since.  They’re super cute and the different textures of material offer more than just something to play with.

These were zipper bags I made for my new coworkers.

The left photo shows a stand mixer cover that I based on the one I had purchased for myself before I started sewing.  The right photo is a lunch bag that my brother ordered for my sil for her birthday.  I just was unable to get it to her until Christmas.

I had a great time sewing all these gifts.  I wish I had gotten to sew more in 2017 but I didn’t.  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make more of them in 2018.


This was another swap I participated in sometime in 2016.  The swap was to use Jeni Baker’s Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial.  My partner said she loved motorcycles and Tula Pink prints.  So I found some super cute prints and got to work.  I felt like making just two wouldn’t be even enough so I made three.

This is the one that I received.  She went out of her way to include a bunch of different prints and made it two sided!  I love the colors!!

These are also some other items she included in my package.

It was super fun shopping for fabric and making a new bag.  I learned a few techniques that have helped me in my projects since.

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