Make a Skirt a Day: Book Review

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Pattern drafting is something I have enjoyed playing around with since I was a teenager. Many, many months ago – right when we first got to California – I was sent a review copy of Nicole Smith’s delightful pattern drafting book, Skirt a Day (affiliate link – items purchased through this link may earn this […]

Clever Food Storage for Your Fridge

Economical food storage that maximizes shelf space My mom is a very resourceful person. You have to be when you raise ten children in eight different countries. She can fit more dishes than you would ever think possible into a dishwasher, and have them all come out clean. She taught me how to get stains […]

Quirk Books: Home Economics, Bento Boxes, and Tiny Food

We’ve been enjoying these fun reads from Quirk Books. I thought they would be interesting and haven’t been disappointed – maybe some of you will like then too! Quirk books specializes in quirky reads, and I find them to be a lot of fun! Home Economics takes vintage homemaking advice and republishes it for the […]

My Cloth Diaper Solution

I’ve been using cloth diapers since Emma was nine or ten months old, and and after four kids and six years’ worth of experimentation I’ve finally found a solution that works really well for us – day and night! After trying nearly every kind of cloth diaper available (pockets, all-in-ones, prefolds, flats, velcro, snaps) and […]

Use Fleece to Patch Clothing

I’ve written before about using fleece to patch clothing, but it’s such a favorite with my kids that I thought I would mention it again – and this skirt post has been sitting in my drafts folder for two and a half years! The skirt pictured above had a hole underneath the pink star. Odd […]

Cloth Kleenex: Easier on kids’ noses!

As regular readers of this blog know, our house has been sick a LOT lately! I cut up an old pair of flannel pajamas into square-ish shapes, serged the edges (a zig-zag stitch prevents fraying on a regular sewing machine, or you could always get fancy and hem them), and created instant cloth Kleenex (also […]

Emma Designs Tutorial: Doll clothes from cast-off tops

After the success of the doll shrugs Emma designed, I followed her instructions to make some pants from the sleeves of a couple of other tops that were in my cast-off-clothing-for-sewing-experimentation stash. They turned out nicely, so I made another pair (stitched in orange thread for visibility) for Johnny’s doll and included pictures. I don’t […]

Emma Designs: repurposed sweater to doll shrug tutorial

Emma asked me to cut the sleeves off an old sweater I had in my “clothing to repurpose” stash. I obliged, and she took it off to play with her dolls. About twenty minutes later, she asked me to add a button to the front and a button to the back to turn it into […]

Sorting change

Our first morning and Mike’s mom’s house in Vegas, we came downstairs (at some absurdly early hour, since the kids were on East Coast time) to find the following note: The kids enjoyed helping us roll the container of change above, as well as a second container with a similar amount of money. Any guesses […]

Review and Giveaway: Box Tops for Education

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Patricia! Box Tops For Education started in 1996, but I never knew much about the program – in spite of clipping them to donate to various schools over the years. I’ve always felt that Box Tops were a nice way to get even the youngest students involved in supporting […]