Category Archives: sewing

September is National Sewing Month!


The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

Sewing and I have a love/hate relationship. At times I love it, and at times I hate it. Well hate is a strong word. Let’s just say I have to be in the “mood” to sew.

It can be fun and very gratifying to see a finished project that you made with your own hands. But as with anything else, sometimes it can be frustrating, especially when the projects don’t turn out the way they should 😉

I decided to take advantage of the month of sewing and try to finish a few projects I have sitting around the house. I have some outfits for Chase, and I have material to sew bedding for both Chase and Xander. So I have plenty to keep me busy. I’m sure I won’t get to them all, but if I can knock out one or two I will be pleased.


I guess I’m going to have to dust off the sewing table and remove the dust cover from my machine before I can get started. Wish me luck!

Tiered Skirt “How To”


It has taken me a year to make this outfit!

Last year I decided to make this cute shirt and skirt for Chase’s Kindergarten graduation/Easter outfit. I spent many hours online searching for a good pattern or tutorial for a 3 tiered skirt. I finally found one I thought would work and got to started.

Chase and I spent quality time in the fabric store picking out about 7 different types of fabrics that we thought went well together. After tweeking a pattern I already had to make the top, I was ready to tackle the skirt. After much thought, planning and measuring I finally had each tier cut out and sewn. After sewing the waistband and the first tier together I had her try it on and we came to the sad conclusion that it was not big enough 😦 So I had to rip it all out and add more material pieces to both the waistband and the skirt tiers.

Needless to say it didn’t get done in time for the graduation or Easter, and I had lost interest in it due to my frustration and disappointment. 😦

This spring I decided to renew my sewing project with zeal and conquer this skirt.
I had already added extra pieces of material to each tier and sewed them all together, only to find that they still didn’t have enough for good gathers.
We wanted this skirt to be full and have lots of “twirl factor!”

Which meant I needed to add even more inches to each tier.
Finally, I got it to where I wanted it and finished in time for Easter this year.

I will be sharing my calculations on how I made this skirt with you. It took some time to figure it all out because I had added some pieces here and there more than once.

And . . . I waited a couple of months to sit down and document it, so unfortunately it’s not all fresh in my mind  –

BUT. . . I think I have it figured out!!!!

Click on the “Twirl Factor” picture below for more


“Get it Done” Wednesdays nearly “Done us in!”


Hey all!  We are finally getting around to posting our “Get it Done” Wednesdays projects. It nearly killed us but here we are – better late than never, right?

I, in my usual fashion, waited until the last minute to carry out my project. I started it last night, but left most of it for this morning. Hey! It wasn’t like I was doing “nothing,” I have been working on getting some of my 7 year old’s birthday party stuff in order; invitations, planning, etc. At least I got my project done! You see, I knew this blog was a good idea to get me moving!

In Amy’s defense she finished her project in ample time, but just didn’t get the final picture and writing done. And, with her 7 year old’s birthday party to prepare for and throw tomorrow, well . . . you know how that goes. Good luck Amy! I’ll be following your footsteps with my own birthday nightmares soon enough!

And, as if that wasn’t enough, we have been experiencing some technical difficulties with getting the text and pictures to be where we want them.

Let me just say, “@#$%$#%&”

There, now I feel better (until I try to go in and fix it again!)

Well . . . you’ll see when you get there.

Bear with us, please, we hope to know what we’re doing at some point . . .

But Wait . . . There’s More!


Hello everybody! Amy and I have been putting our brains together over this past week to come up with some fun ideas to get us motivated and ready to move.

We are excited to share with you our weekly posts:

To help us in our endeavor to eating healthy and getting into shape (check out our “Off Our Bodies” page) we felt we needed to come up with a way to help make our transitions as easy as possible. Which translates to FOOD/MEALS.

So every Monday we will share a recipe we have found on

Of course, we will add different categories of recipes as we find them so check back weekly, as the page will continue to grow!

Next, to aid us in getting into action with our neat and nifty ideas we have rolling around in our heads, we have incorporated our

Every wednesday, we will each choose a project that we have either started but haven’t finished, or start a new project that we have had on our “To Do” lists for quite some time and we’ll share them with you on our “GET IT DONE” WEDNESDAY page.

We are charging you with this same challenge for you to share with us. So be thinking about your project and check back with us on Wednesday and

Let’s “Get it done!”

And finally, to keep us on task with our healthy habits we will be checking in on Fridays for FAT BE GONE FRIDAY (FBGF). This will be posted on our 

 page where we each will have our own personal pages with our own personal goals and experiences posted.


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