7.28.2014

His & hers Sunday best


His outfit: shirt: gifted | pants | bow-tie | moccasins 

Her outfit: top | skirt | bag: Brahmin similar here & here | shoes: vintage find


It is getting so difficult to take a picture of Aiden sitting still.  This guy is moving and squirming everywhere, every minute!  I told my daughter to carry him and put him on his lap, and I managed to get one picture before he squirmed away.  He is going to walk any minute now but I'm in no hurry for him to walk, I already watch him every second of the day to make sure he's safe, can you imagine my anxiety when he starts walking?

7.24.2014

Random smidgens of our lives

my favorite fortune cookie yet.
 I love this picture, Aiden is smiling at me!  
(My dress from Oasap, sandals from Target)

We went to our friends' daughter's 1st birthday party where everyone participated in a color fight!  There was a "no throwing on the face" rule but that didn't stop people from throwing it in my face!  I specifically remember getting hit really hard right on my face twice, one slapping my cheek and the powder going all inside my mouth.  Jay won't admit it but I have my suspicions.  And this picture above?  I love my kids' matching pissed off faces. 


We went to the Orem recreation center for their grand opening of the indoor pool.  I don't know why I keep taking my kids without my husband to go swim, I am in a constant paranoia and watching them like a hawk, worrying that they'll drown or swallow water and have secondary drowning later on.  It's the most stressful thing that I keep doing for the sake of my kids!

Adi my photo-bomber.  My swimsuit from here.
My husband keeps saying, "Mrs. Santa had a brilliant idea of buying this dollhouse for the girls for Christmas but Mrs. Santa hasn't helped much with assembling it!"  But it's slowly coming together, we are 5 hrs. down, 35 more hours to go!

But aren't these dollhouse miniatures the cutest?  the gold bird cage is one of my favorites.  I got the miniatures here.


Went to girl's camp for our church(I am a Young Women's teacher to my amazing 16-17 yr. olds) for one day/
Creepy Tom.  That's what people called him but there was just something about him, I tell ya.

My mom, my sister, and our 6 kids and I went to the Tangent outlet mall to do some shopping.  Adi(on the left) was all red-eyed because I wouldn't buy her ice-cream at the Chocolate Factory.  $4 for a scoop of ice-cream?  No way.
Aiden enjoyed his rice crispy treats.  
My sister has two girls and a boy just like me in all similar ages!  It's so awesome!
Adi the photobomber.
(My dress from h&m, sandals from target)
Catching a movie with my sister late at night after we put our 6 kids to bed.  It's the only time we can have a girl's night together.  I brought Häagen-Dazs ice-cream & my $3 popcorn bucket to save money. We watched The fault in our stars and it was pretty good.  

The end.

7.23.2014

DIY: Turn a XL women's shirt into a girl's dress


Before:

I found this shirt on sale for $10.  I bought one for myself in XS and then saw another one in XL and immediately thought it'd make a cute little dress for my girls!

yeah, no, I did not put away those shoes around her to get better pictures.  You're talking to a mother of 3 little kids here, psh.  please lower your expectations. ;)



Before/After:




Instructions:

1. Cut off the sleeves of the shirt.

2. Get a little girl's dress to get the approximate sizing to compare to.

3. Place the sleeve of the girl's dress on the cut sleeve and roughly trace, matching the width and the length, adding about 1.5 centimeters extra on both sides.  Make sure the folded part is not cut(and keep the buttons on the cuff).

4. Cut the fabric following the trace to make smaller sleeves.

5. Cut the extra fabric off the sides of the body.  You will have to cut the arm-hole smaller too.

6. Sew the smaller sleeves back on. 

7. Using the extra fabric you cut off, cut off an oval shape similar to above.

8. Fold the edges twice and sew all the way around on all sides.

9. Ruffle the shorter curved side and sew it onto the top of the shoulder seam.

10. Using the extra fabric, make a waist-tie to use as a belt for the dress.  For a tutorial, click here.


After:

What you'll need:
-An oversized shirt
-matching thread
-needle or sewing machine
-scissors


Directions:
1. Cut off the sleeves of the shirt.
2. Get a little girl's dress to get the approximate sizing to compare to.
3. Place the sleeve of the girl's dress on the cut sleeve and roughly trace, matching the width and the length, adding about 1.5 centimeters extra on both sides.  Make sure the folded part is not cut(and keep the buttons on the cuff).
4. Cut the fabric following the trace to make smaller sleeves.  
5. Cut the extra fabric off the sides of the body.  You will have to cut the arm-hole smaller too.
6. Sew the smaller sleeves back on. 
7. Using the extra fabric you cut off, cut off an oval shape similar to above.
8. Fold the edges twice and sew all the way around on all sides.
9. Ruffle the shorter curved side and sew it onto the top of the shoulder seam.
10. Using the extra fabric, make a waist-tie to use as a belt for the dress.  For a tutorial, click here.


Estimated time: 45 min.-1 hr.
Budget: just the cost of the dress(mine was $10!)
Skill level: a very confident beginner