Princess Party Dress

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I had the privilege of testing the Princess Party Dress by Mandy K Design. When I told my daughter that I was picked to test it she was super excited and requested a pink one....then an Elsa one....then an Anna one. I told her she needed to wait until I did one before demanding more.

I found some pink sparkly satin fabric from Joann's and knew that it would be perfect for her dress. I would not use it again though....it fought being sewn the whole time. But don't let that deter you from making one. It is easy to make (even with fabric that fights you). It has three rows of elastic on the back with very clear instructions on where to put it and how to do it. Without kid and dog interruptions it   would probably have taken about an hour, including hand sewing on the trim. The trim is an option not a requirement.


The dress comes with three sleeve options and the cape can be attached permanently or detachable. I went with the detachable version so she could take it on and off as she wanted. The cape attaches at the sides under the arms. She LOVES this dress and for once I didn't have to bribe her to take photos. There was a whole demonstration of what princesses could do.
1. Curtsey 2. Walk down stairs 3. Jump 4. Sing out a window

Her review of the dress "I love it! And feel like I could wear it forever"
Sparkles just seem natural for a princess 

I will be making more of these and if you would like to make one you can find the pattern on Etsy or on Craftsy. Also check her out at Mandy K Design on Facebook. Stay tuned for the Frozen versions to come.

Bethany




Favorite Blankets

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Both of my girls are blanket lovers....well one is actually more of a blanket hoarder and sleeps with about 5 every night. So when I saw a tutorial on See Kate Sew for an easy fleece blanket with bias tape binding, I knew I had to keep that one for future use. Especially since I am not a fan of sewing with minky fabrics. I can do it.....just really don't like to.

And that tutorial has sat in my "for future use" list in my head. Until a couple months ago me and the girls were at Joann Fabrics, and like a shining beacon (ok not really for me but for a 4 year old who loves My Little Pony, I imagine it was shining) sat a bolt of MLP fleece fabric. And then 1+1 registered in my brain I said "Yes".  It has become her favorite blanket.


The tutorial does not call for 2 lines of stitching, I just did it because I liked the way it looked. This kind of blanket has become one of my go to's for birthday presents for my girls friends.


She couldn't even wait for me to finish before laying on it. 
And as a lot of us know if one child gets something the other feels that they need something too. In this case blanket hoarder realized her sister was getting a blanket.  Luckily I had bought some Bubble Guppies flannel fabric in my stash. Back to the Internet and pinterest to look for something a little different then flannel on flannel. Again I found a tutorial on See Kate Sew for a flannel baby blanket with piping as an accent. Just what I needed!!

Took a trip to Joann's and picked up some yellow piping and pink cuddle flannel. And voila! Bubble Guppy blanket. I had never sewn with piping before and was a little nervous but it went well so I will do it again.





Both blankets have been very well loved. If you have never checked out See Kate Sew, I would highly recommend it. I also ask that if you like either of these and want to pin it for later, please use the original source.  

Bethany






Tye Die Ponies

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
This is my first post! I couldn't decide if I wanted to have the first one be about me or something else....let's be honest you don't want to hear all about me. So I am going to write about the tye die pony cakes we made. We had another snowy day in March and decided to make the cake mix the hubby brought home.

What it looked like when we woke up.





We used our Dala Horse pans from Ikea. Because if you can have a cake shaped like a horse, why wouldn't you?? You make the cake just like any other. It comes with directions on how to make different colors and the dye to do it. It can easily be done with a made from scratch cake too.

making the cake colors



After all the colors were mixed I just let the girls do what they wanted. The box has instructions as to what color to do when and how but there was no patience for that. 
Two very proud girls

Insert Jeopardy song while waiting for them to cook.......

VOILA! Two colorful and surprisingly tasty cake.


Thank you for reading my first blog. Bare with me while I get the hang of creating posts. 

Bethany

 
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