Way back in January I bought the book “Wee Wonderfuls” by Hillary Lang, along with some other craft books, and my very first project was Evelyn Inchworm. Seriously, like five minutes after finishing her I thought “How cute would it be to make a Lia bookworm!” So when Lia’s name came up in the giveaway drawing, I knew exactly what I wanted to make her!
Here she is – Lia Bookworm!! I love how her hair looks. So does Juniper… She has now made it very clear that her own inchworm neeeeeeeeeeeeeds hair ASAP. I need to sew another one anyhow, so each kid can have their own. You wouldn’t think they’d fight over such a silly little doll but oh my goodness they sure do. Flynn of course often turns her into a sword. Just like everything else.
(Like my poses? Juniper was my coach, haha!)
A couple of weeks ago I went to Goodwill looking for something I need for a super secret project. That never works by the way, going to Goodwill with something specific in mind. Never ever works. But what I DID find was this fantastic dress!
I fell in love with the colors and once I tried it on, I just knew I had to buy it. I was giddy with excitement and could not wait to show Shaun my amazing find when I got home from work! Luckily I have a husband that completely understand and accepts my oddness. Plus, he thought the dress was cute. In fact, he tried to convince me not to modify it saying “yeah it’s crazy looking, but you can pull it off!” But that collar thing REALLY needed to go.
I was able to turn the “wings” into sleeves pretty easily, but I screwed up the neckline in spots so I’ll redo that eventually. The waistline used to have that classic 80s prom dress point (Can you even tell in the before photos?) and it was driving me crazy so I straightened it out. Then all that was left was so shorten the skirt a bit! The giant flower from the bodice was only pinned on, so it was easy to stick in my hair.
I love this dress because it makes me feel fancy. (Look, I even got some lovin from my hero!) But not SO fancy that I’ll never wear it. I only wish I had enough extra fabric to give it pockets. Because dresses with pockets are the best.
I just want to take a quick minute and mention how much I LOVE that my children have such an awesome Daddy. One who loves them, and will play with them, and take care of them. I didn’t have that growing up. In fact, my father-in-law is the closest thing I’ve ever had to a decent father figure. Watching these three have an epic sword fight on our back deck made me incredibly grateful. I have been blessed SO much with the most amazing little family. Just thought I’d let you all know that.
I finally remembered to take pictures of Juniper’s big project! I love love love this painting. I love everything about it. The bright colors and textures are fantastic, and her silly drawings make me happy. When we were almost finished, she gave it a good hard look and declared that it needed flowers. I LOVE them. (Duh.) Flowers are her new favorite thing to draw.
She will often draw pictures of us each separately, but she’s got the attention span of a four year old (obviously, haha) so it’s tricky to get a drawing of everyone together. This technique worked perfectly. She drew and painted us each separately, over a few nights. Then I cut them out so we could glue them to fancy paper. She really wanted to make a cotton ball cloud like we did on one of her drawings from last year. I didn’t feel much like it but I’m glad I let her because it’s just so cute.
It looks great hanging on the gallery wall, and she loves having it up there. Just look how proud she. Adorable. I sure do love painting with this girl.
Here is the first little surprise I made for one of my giveaway winners, she just got it in the mail the other day so I can post it now! I was so excited when Sarah won because her family is super cool. Her husband got me my job, and they moved a few months later. I’m bummed that I didn’t get a chance to get to know them better! Anyhow, it was the perfect chance to finally do one of these adorable family cross stitch portraits. Aren’t they cute?! (Here is the tutorial I used.)
I’ve already planned my own family, sans glasses of course I’ll have to add those. I have the perfect spot for it on my gallery wall. (The little frame on the bottom right.) Juniper says I’m only allowed to work on it while she is around to watch. She got so mad when I finished up Sarah’s family while she was asleep!