DIY chalk cloth table topper


Well, this one has a long story behind it, but I'll keep it short.

I had to try sewing with some chalk cloth a long time ago.  Perfect table topper for our play table.

 How to:
1.  Lay down chalk cloth right side up, lay table top down on top of it.
2.  Trace with chalk around your table.
3.  Cut out.
4.  Prime the chalk cloth by rubbing chalk all over it and wiping off.
5.  Sew 1/2" double fold bias tape around edge using a denim needle (the chalk cloth is pretty thick).
6. Done!

It's really been nice having it, the topper doubles as a table cloth and protects the table.  And what kid (or adult) doesn't love chalk?  I do!

Sources for chalk cloth:
Oil Cloth Addict on Etsy

More info about chalk cloth from Oil Cloth Addict

star twirl skirt


Stars are in.  It's true.  Well, at least at our house.  I could not stop myself from getting this star knit fabric from  I had pinned this skirt from J. Crew.  Of course by the time I thought it might be on clearance or something it was all sold out.  Sad face.

So I was going to make a Figgy's circle skirt with it, but the order got messed up and I only got sent a half yard.  We made it work by just doing a two tier gathered skirt with a knit waistband.  So the waistband is a little loose, I forgot that particular fabric stretched and kept on stretching, not great for a waistband.

It's still cute.

Aurifil Winners


Hope you had a fun weekend, we spend the day at Valley Fair yesterday, and this little crazy girl turned 4 in the middle of last week and loved every minute!
And the winners of the Auriful giveaway are:

#34 B Greene
#53 Eileen C (email me Eileen, I don't have a way to contact you!!)
#68 Lorena
#94 Kristine
#126 Nana-bob

Thanks for entering, I'll be in contact soon winners!

printstagram goodies


For all of you loving instagram lately, here's just another reason why you should.  I recently ordered a few goodies from Printstagram.  Got them in the mail the other day and I was so excited!!  I think it's a great deal.  I rarely print off pictures anymore, they just sit on the computer mostly.  Printstagram is a great and super easy way to get the pictures you love printed.  Simple.  Love that.

So I ordered a set of Instagram stickers and some of the Miniprints.  They are to die for!! the little stickers are so cute.  I can see myself using them for all sorts of things.  Of course I'm going to have a hard time sharing them with my kids so I'm sure I'll be placing another order soon.  (PS. You can find me @noodlehead531)

Just thought you'd like to know.  Oh and don't forget to enter the Aurifil giveaway from the last post, I'll be closing the giveaway at the end of the day and will be drawing winners tonight.  

Zakka Style Sew Along: Sweet Memories Photo Frame


Welcome to Week 21 of the Zakka Style Sew Along! The sew along is being led by Lindsey and Amy. They have invited 24 bloggers to sew the projects found in Rashida Coleman-Hale's book, Zakka Style

Zakka Style Sew Along

Today I'm sharing the Sweet Memories Photo Frame project designed by Ayumi Takahashi.  It's a super big honor to be sewing up Ayumi's design.  If you've been hiding under a rock, you can find Ayumi's blog Pink Penguin right here.

I was really surprised by this project!  It was fun to make, my girls picked out the patchwork fabrics and it didn't take more than an hour to make.  Luckily I had all the supplies on hand.  If you're not into much crafting, you'll need chipboard and spray adhesive and a glue gun.  I think it's the first time I used any of those supplies in a year or more.  

So that's a good thing for those who don't want to sit at the sewing machine all day.  It requires a fair amount of hand sewing, so it would be fun to take along on a road trip and then bring home and finish later.  

Okay, don't stop there! You have a chance to win a pack of awesome threads from Aurifil. I've been using Aurifil for almost a year now, and it's amazing. I've got 5 packs to give away

Just leave me a comment to enter! [Giveaway now closed, thanks for entering!]

  • One entry per person.  Please leave your email address in your comment. You can leave it in a format like this if you wish: anna [at] gmail [dot] com, it's up to you though, if you have your email listed in your blogger profile, that works too!
  • I'll close comments on Thursday August 23rd and pick winners.

And if you are making the Sweet Memories Photo Frame this week, don't forget to post a photo of your finished project in the Flickr pool and link it up to Lindsey's blog, LR Stitched, for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. WOW!! Can I enter Lindsey?  :)

A big thanks to the Zakka Style Sew Along sponsors as well: 

Now get sewing!



Yep, made my first Washi Dress.  I seriously had to make it, like. right. now., so I didn't have to watch everyone in the entire sewing community make one until I fooled around enough and eventually made one in twenty years or so.

Firstly, it is so comfy.  The shirring on the back makes this probably one of the most comfortable garments I've ever made.  I have pretty wide shoulders and usually a lot of patterns are pretty snug, but this is perfect.

Secondly, I love the little sleeves.  They're really similar to the dress that I made here, so cute, and give just the right amount of coverage!

Thirdly, the flexibility.  I'm pretty sure anyone who makes one will want to make multiple versions and put on their own little washi parade.  I think I'm going to plan on making a sleeveless version for wintertime to wear to work with a cardigan, maybe a tunic or two.  I really am a pants kind of girl.

I made this in a medium.  I tried muslins in both medium and large sizes, but I'm glad I went with the medium.  I might even try doing an SBA on my next one.

Fabric is Summerlove by Art Gallery.  a leetle  bit wrinkly, but it'll work!

romp it up!


Yep yep.  Made a romper for the big girl.  You have no idea how many times I had to explain to them what a romper was.  It was pretty funny.  And we may or may not have made up our own song to go with the romper.  Of course after taking Shelly's lovely Romper Revamp class I had to make one.  Although I will say that I was almost satisfied just watching her make one as I am with making my own.  Hmm.  Anyway, I dug through my bin of knits and found these.

I think Natalie looks so pretty in gray, especially with her blue eyes.  The buttons are vintage.  I love how soft and stretchy knits are, plus I think it'll get worn, fingers crossed.  I made a size 6/7 and was surprised that it fit so well, I was counting on it being a little large, but I'd say it fits exactly perfect.

I also opted to not make the hem ties.  I knew with the solid knit I was using that it would just be too much of a struggle, plus it made that part go extra fast!  I just extended the shorts to make up for the difference in length.  No hemming either, raw edge all the way!

Definitely thinking about making another one!!

Kids Romper Revamp: Crafty blog tour


I know, I'm sure you're thinking oh great, she's reviewing a sewing video class, big deal, I'll just skip this in my reader today and move onto a more exciting post.  Stop!!  Really, I think you'd be surprised about the class just like I was.

Shelly asked me to hop on the blog tour for her Kids Romper Revamp class on Craftsy.  What's this's Craftsy? and who's Shelly you ask?  Well, Craftsy seems like the next big thing.  There are a couple similar based companies, but I think this concept is incredible for sewing!!! Hold on and I'll tell you more in a sec.

This Shelly lady is none other than the owner of Figgy's Patterns.  Seriously love Shelly.  Even if she hadn't asked me to do this I would have purchased the class anyway.  She's that cool, and her style is even cooler.  I absolutely love her patterns.  And the thing is, she knows a ton about sewing for kids, a ton.

Okay, now onto the Kids Romper Revamp class review.  I've never taken an online class before, although my friend Vanessa also has a class offered, so I've heard of Craftsy.  Signing up was quick and painless, and looking around at all the other classes was really amazing, there are a lot of great ones, plus more coming all the time, so that's exciting.

This is what I think is the best part of an online class, the incredible amount of detail they put into every step/lesson.  Not only do you get the pattern (which itself is worth the cost of the class)  by the way you can purchase the class for 50% off with this link: Kids Romper Revamp Discount

but you can watch the videos anytime, at any pace.  Plus there's really great features like being able to ask a specific question and have Shelly answer it for you.  Perfect.  The one thing that I thought of as I watched the videos was that this is an amazing opportunity for anyone who is new to garment sewing.  Or even sewing in general.  Shelly gives some amazing tips and tricks that you can only learn from someone who's as experienced as she is (there's a great one using a bobby pin, and you'll just have to take the class to find out about it! I'm such a tease).  I learned a bunch of great tricks and I wasn't expecting that!  So if you didn't learn to sew from your mom or grandma or dad or whoever, and you got the sewing bug and want to devour as much information as you can, I think you have to take this class.  Really.

So you get a free pattern, two actually, it includes a dress version of the romper, unlimited access to all the lessons, answers to any questions you have, and the class feels like you're sitting right there with Shelly just absorbing all her knowledge.  Great deal.  So here's the discount code link again: Kids Romper Revamp Discount

Thanks Shelly, I was super super impressed by this and plan to take more classes!!

all's fair...


Just trying to keep it real here.  It hasn't been easy.  Working full-time has really been difficult while trying to keep up with my family as well as fitting in time for me and this blog.  I wish so much that I could change the situation, but I can't.  I'm not complaining about my job, I actually very thankful I have one and that I can provide for my family.

It's just hard I guess, that's what I'm sayin'.  I know very few bloggers that work full-time and have kids, it's kind of a strange club.  So I'm not sure what this post really means, but I'm doing my best with what little time and energy I have.  And if you're in the club, I'd love to hear from you!

I've also been questioning a lot about what I do and don't do, what I feel like I should be doing, what I wish I wasn't doing.  Makes me want to run away and go live in a cabin somewhere in the middle of nowhere (as noted here on instagram).

And then there's lice, we've had two rounds of it now.  Talk about being random, but seriously, I will be shaving heads if I have to.  Two beautiful shaved headed girls, 'no it's not cancer' i would tell onlookers, 'just lice'.  Now that would go over well.

So anyway, I just haven't been feeling myself lately, and I'm sure that'll change just like the seasons.  ps. can't wait for fall!!!

Oh, and by the way, these are all pictures I took with my phone at our County Fair a few weeks ago, I can hardly stand the cuteness of the animals and had to share.

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