Saturday, April 26, 2014

Kaylee playing golf with the pink golf clubs.

I took Kaylee up to the driving range at Winghaven.  While Sophia was taking a break from swinging, I taught Kaylee how to play.  Then daddy came and helped too.  As I look at this picture I can clearly see this kid's driver is taller than Kaylee but that didn't stop her.

We just choked up on the club when I showed her how.  Daddy had her stand back farther than I did.   It didn 't matter at all to her. She was golfing.

First time Sophia swinging her brand new pink golf clubs


Mommy took Sophia up to Winghaven Country Club to learn how to use her new bright pink golf clubs while it was sunny out today.  I set my old  beat up putter at her feet and demonstrated to her how important foot placement is in driving the ball. I haven't played in more than 7 years but it all started coming back to me as I taught my both my daughters today. 
I taught my little girls how to grip the clubs and foot placement.  They were surprised mommy had tees in my golf bag.  (It is sweet how they are so surprised at the simplest things like mommy having a supply of wooden tees in case we broke one.)
I told Sophia to put her toes behind the putter just like putting her toes on the line in dance.  I told her we had lots of time to learn so no need to rush.  I couldn't take pics of me showing her how to swing obviously.  These photos show how I let her start taking a few swings on her own.  I gently coached her into cleaning her swing up as we went along. 
With each swing she got better at not turning the club face and controlling her swing.
At times she missed because, well this photo shows it all. She bent over too much reaching out.
And then she made contact and wham!  The golf ball flew.  She was SO excited!  
Mommy, I am ready to try again. Line up and.....
Line up and backswing.

And then her daddy arrived and helped too.  I actually caught this one on her backswing with her dad.
Daddy placing the golf ball on the tee.
Daddy helping refine her swing.

Painting smock designed and made by big sister Sophia

What is a little girl to do when she doesn't  have paint smock like big sister?  Ask big sister for help. "Mom, I will just make Kaylee a paint smock so we can paint with watercolors."  Sophia ran into the kitchen and recycled some grocery bags by cutting the bottoms out.  She grabbed the stapler and stapled the skirt to the top and then stapled the back so it wasn't too wide. 

She stapled and stapled.

All the way around she stapled.
She told Kaylee put your arms through the bag handles like sleeves and then she grabbed some plastic gloves and put them on Kaylee's hands.

Here Kaylee is modeling her proud smock dress made by her sister Sophia.  
Kaylee informed me that her smock was white with red polka dots and a blue skirt. 

I better be careful.  These two might get dangerous if they get into my fabric stash in my sewing room. Yikes!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kaylee painting a Doc McStuffins picture

I let Kaylee do some painting today.  She was having a blast.  Paper towels all around her to clean paint brush and messes up.  She is having so much fun.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How do you catch a Leprechaun? -build a trap

Making a leprechaun trap. The girls told me they were going to snag the Leprechaun's pot of gold and keep him as a pet. Sophia even drew and colored and cut out fake gold to lure the little Leprechaun into her trap she set.
My girls snagging the goods that the Leprechaun hid in the trap.  He got away this time and left some stuff in his place.  Better luck of trapping him next year girls.  I serged some Leprechaun plaid skirts and some little shamrock hair bows for my girls. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Piano Bag for Piano Books

Piano Bag for piano books

I made this piano bag for Sophia to carry her piano books to piano lessons. She wanted a backpack.  
I decided to make it a backpack which converts to a cross body and or tote bag.  She absolutely loves it and can't wait to take it to her lesson.
I had to figure out how to secure the single strap but provide enough support to carry the weight of all the music books she has. This was the result. Here the strap is fully extended for a tote bag,

Here the bag is slid through the support strap which changes it into a backpack.
The inside is fabric printed as sheet music.
Here is another view of the tote bag piano tote I designed and sewed. The tote is large enough to hold piano books which are larger than a normal book or notebook.  No pattern was used in this design.  This is my own original design.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

American Girl Store

Sophia requested to go to the AG store after school Monday as a reward for her two shots on goal at her soccer game..  I didn't know she wanted to get her doll's ears pierced but it made sense because Sophia had her ears pierced several weeks ago.

Kaylee took her doll to have a new hairstyle.  She chose a sweet little side braid which she is so excited about here.  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Random sewing projects

I have been sewing everything in sight lately.
 Sophia insisted on having a tote bag made from the sparkle star fabric above.  The only problem with that was it is light sparkle organza which doesn't lend itself well to making tote bags like a nice cotton or duck cloth fabric.  So, I lined the tote bag and used the sparkle pink and purple organza as an overlay over a nice cotton fabric.  It was super easy to sew on my serger and I completed the whole project in about two hours.  I made a braided handle with the colors of the bag.  Sophia was really excited about her tote and used it to trick or treat in her Sofia the First costume I made for her below.

So I have a little cruise coming up next week that I will be dressing up and wearing a few formal cocktail dresses for in the evenings.  I needed some fancy wraps to go with the dresses I bought.  I have been searching for awhile for the perfect wrap but couldn't seem to find the right thing for each of my fancy cocktail dresses, so I went to the fabric store and decided to sew what I wanted. I serged this iridescent sequined fabric above to complement one of my cocktail dresses.
I also serged a more casual white scarf/wrap with iridescent thread to use with my less formal dresses. 
I made it plenty wide so it could be used as a scarf or a wrap.
The last item I serged was a ruffled scalloped edge scarf/wrap to cover up with as well. This picture does not do it justice, but in person, it is so fun and ruffled. What girl doesn't love ruffles?  I certainly do and my  little girls wanted to know which wraps they could have.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sophia learns to sew during ICD fall break

 While Kaylee was at preschool today Sophia and I spent some quality time together shopping, having lunch, and learning a new skill.  She asked if I would teach her how to sew when we stopped in the fabric store today.
 I told her she could pick out a fabric and I would teach her how to make a simple skirt.  She chose this whimsical spooky cat fabric.  She was SO excited.  The photo above is her wearing the spooky skirt she sewed this afternoon. She actually remembered how to thread the sewing machine.  I better watch out.  She is going to want to play with my serger next. I am so proud of her.
She chose a fun whimsical fabric for her sister too so as she stated, "Kaylee needs one too so she won't be jealous." 
  I quickly serged a little fun spooky skirt for Kaylee too.