Monday, November 12, 2012

Upcycled dress for Katrina

It's been awhile since I did an upcycled dress for Katrina, but yesterday I noticed that she had barely any dresses for cold weather.  So I went through some old shirts and sweaters of mine and picked a couple to make into dresses.  I only finished one last night.  It's not my best upcycle project ever, but it's cute enough.
First I took this old shirt of mine that was cute but a little short.
 Then I took this shirt, which was again really cute, but had a grease mark from Adam's bike on the bottom.
 And this is what I came up with!

I decided to not take anything off the sides of this dress and just use the tie at the waist to cinch it.  I kind of wish I had take some off anyway so I could have had the white be a ruffle instead of a band of white.
 I woke Katrina up to have her try this on.  Whoops! Naughty mommy.  But I really wanted to see if it fit.  I do need to take a little off the shoulders, but you can't really see the problem in this picture, and it's not crucial to the fit.  I still might take the white band off the bottom, and sew the sides more so I can make the white into a ruffle.
In fact, I'm definitely going to do that!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas Advent

So Adam and I are looking ahead to December and planning what activities we want to do.  We actually did this last year, right after Christmas, because we were lame and didn't do nearly as many things as we wanted to do.  So we came up with a list.

I thought I would share it to give other people ideas.  We're going to put it together into some sort of advent calendar and the kids will have fun picking out an idea every day.  We organized it into a schedule that works well with the things we have planned throughout the month.

1. Put up Christmas lights
2. Go through toys and pick some to donate
3. Make Christmas ornaments
4. Sing Christmas Carols
5. Make snowflakes or snowmen
6. Watch a Christmas movie
7. Find or make a new Christmas tree for mom's collection
8. Visit Santa Claus
9. Bake Cookies!
10. Go to the bookstore and buy a new Christmas book
11. Write letters to Santa
12. Make  Christmas Craft
13. Watch a Christmas movie
14. Ward Christmas Party
15. Do a service project
16. Write letters to family we won't see at Christmas
17. Look at Christmas Lights
18. Bake/Deliver Treats for Neighbors
19. Bake/Deliver Treats for Home Teaching/Visiting Teaching families
20. Watch a Christmas movie
21. Make gifts for family
22. Do something nice for a sibling
23. Play a game together as a family
24. Family Christmas Program