Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

Sewing: Easter Dresses for the Girls

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Easter came and went so fast. I can’t believe it’s been over a week since that glorious day. We kept festivities simple with new Sunday Best and a basket of candy for each kid (minus J – she’ll get one next year ;)).

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I made dresses for the girls and bought Felix pants and a polo. It’s kind of unreal how Felix’s pants match the fabric I picked out for the girls.

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I found this great polyester (I’m assuming it’s polyester) in the fabric district in L.A. last month. It’s very drapey, but with how light-weight it is it’s completely opaque. I’ve had trouble finding fabric with good drape and opacity these days. The print and colors aren’t what I would normally gravitate towards, but it’s growing on me. I like the little tulips and the unexpected blue. I love dressing girls up in blue. Little known fact: Pink used to be a boy color and baby blue was a girl color because they were the pastel versions of red and blue. Red being viewed as more masculine than blue. I don’t think color should be relegated to just masculine or just feminine. I like mixing it up.

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Back buttons and pleats for Juniper’s dress

For the dresses, I made up the patterns. I drafted both dresses from clothes that Penelope and Juniper already had and fit. I kept them simple with pleats instead of gathers (whoever says gathering is easy is crazy). I wanted them to be simple enough that they could be pulled over, but with some thinking, that wasn’t going to happen with a woven fabric. Some kind of fastener had to be involved. Due to the fabric’s drape, I decided buttons were the best fit. I hate putting on buttons. Executing the button holes was a breeze. I’ve got an amazing automatic button hole setting on my machine, so I would set it then let it do its thing while I sat or left the room to take care of something else. It was sewing the buttons on that was a pain.

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Front pleat detail for Penelope’s Dress

Overall, the buttons add a sweet element, particularly to the simple silhouette of Penelope’s dress. Both girls have to have help getting dressed, but closing a button isn’t a big deal.

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Back button detail for Penelope’s Dress

The fabric has been a dream to work with. Now I want something in my size. I’m still trying to decide what to do. I’ve got about 2 1/2 – 3 yards left so the possibilities are nearly endless. Culottes? Wrap skirt? Pleated dress?

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Also, I think I have the most beautiful children. I might be a tad biased.

Last-Minute Happy Easter Printable

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How did Easter creep up so quickly? I can’t believe it’s already here. Our celebrations this year (as with everything this year) are going to be simple. An easter basket filled to the brim with candy that Penelope and Felix have to find. No dresses, no decor, just keeping it simple.

There’s something to be said for that. I love the idea of going all out for celebrations; but when mental health lies in the balance it’s all about simplifying.

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In collaboration with Brittany of House that Lars Built, I made a little printable easter banner. The printable is available in three sizes: 2″ wide (above), 10″ wide and 16″ wide. You can use the banners as inserts in candy-filled Easter eggs, as a little banner above Easter baskets or as a decoration at the breakfast table.

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Photo by Trisha Zemp

Brittany styles the banner with a mossy basket and paper flowers. To learn more about how to make Easter Awesomeness like this, check out her awesome DIYs here and here.

Want to learn how to do your own calligraphed banners? Take my brush lettering class online right here.

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Photo by Trisha Zemp

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I ended up using the artwork as a little printable for an activity I co-hosted for the ladies at church. We had a simple devotional about the real meaning of Easter with a little social afterward. The candy-filled Easter eggs were a sweet takeaway. The event was very simple, but just what I needed.

Lately, I’ve been enclosing my Easter eggs with washi tape to make sure they don’t randomly split open. I’ve gathered quite the collection of washi tape over the years (which I’ve now finally organized in a cute dispenser!), so it’s great to put it to good use. My mom and grandma used to tape Easter eggs shut with regular tape which was perhaps a little too effective. The sticky residue of clear tape lingered year after year. The washi tape is a nice solution because it’s easier to remove and doesn’t leave any stickiness behind.

So what will you do with the Easter banner? I’d love to hear/see what you plan on doing with the artwork!

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*This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering any files is NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!
*Tape dispenser provided by We R Memory Keepers.

 

Easter Sunday Printable

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I had an Easter candy box printable in the queue to finish up and publish for you, but I wasn’t really excited about it. Maybe I’ll scrap it or maybe I’ll save it for next year.


This year I’m switching it up – a religious art printable. It’s a simple message for any Christian-based church-goer.

It serves as a reminder for me to stop and think of the big picture. I tend to get caught up in minutia very easily. This will have a permanent home in the office where I tend to waste my time most on minutia.

 

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So what kinds of plans do you have for this Easter? I’m busy working on Easter Sunday outfits, but I think I’ll just be doing candy and dollar store toys for the kids this year. Nothing too fancy.

I’m already going a bit nuts trying to get our easter outfits done. Not that Penelope really cares about that, or even is at all excited about her dress. She saw the blue fabric and told me immediately that blue is not her color. Hopefully she’ll change her tune when I show her the finished piece.

Easter: DIY Grass and Surprises

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Easter is just around the corner. I can’t believe it’s already here. Have you seen all of the fun things you can do to celebrate? I’ll be including a list of a few of my favorites, below.

One thing that I don’t much care for about Easter is the fake plastic grass. YUCK. If you know me personally, you’ll know that I have texture issues, and the texture of plastic grass drives me a little batty. The crinkle paper filler isn’t my favorite, either, but I can’t seem to find it in the colors I like or want. Also, I hardly ever have the right color on hand for anything.

I do, however, have a lot of tissue paper always on hand. Instead of plastic Easter grass, I will be cutting up mounds of tissue paper. Buy your favorite print or color and cut small strips using a  paper cutter or simple scissors. Since it’s grass, there’s no need to worry about straight lines.

Creating a large collection of Easter grass takes very little time. Promise.

Last night I got together with a few friends and we made surprise Easter balls. I made one for Penelope and one for Felix. Felix is a bit too young for it, but I’m sure he might get a bit jealous seeing Penelope unwrapping her surprises all by herself. What are your plans on celebrating Easter with your kiddos? Below are some fantastic DIY projects for kiddos grown ups alike.

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Easter Egg Dying

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Today my sister & nephew came over to visit & dye easter eggs with us. It’s been at least 8 years since I’ve done it & both Em & I had no idea where to start. So, thanks to Not Martha (via Designmom) we got instructions for dying Easter eggs & they turned out perfectly. I don’t ever remember getting my Easter eggs this saturated when I’d dye eggs back in the day.

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This Saturday our little family will be celebrating Penelope’s THIRD (!!) birthday with a pink & yellow dinosaur-themed brunch. It’s going to be a small affair, but my mind is going wild with ideas on how to make it a fun/special day for her. Just today I thought it would be so fun to have dyed hard-boiled eggs. Get it? Dino Eggs!

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I know I’m biting off WAY more than I can chew –as usual– but I just can’t wait to see the surprise & excitement on her face when she sees her favorite things in one room: dinosaurs, aunts & uncles.

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