Ring Around the Ribbon top

I hope everyone enjoyed the visit from Amy at Nap Time Crafters. Isn’t she just amazing?!?! Go give her some bloggy hugs for sharing a playdate with us.

So today’s show is brought to you by Rapidly Growing Children Miracle Growth Tonic.

Do your little ones ever have a shirt that is just a bit too short, mainly because they grow over night by like 3 inches and even though it fit YESTERDAY somehow, today….not so much? Well mine does all the time it seems and since I am not a fan of the Dora shirt too short look I figured out a super simple, fun way to lengthen an otherwise perfectly good shirt.

 So this one is sooooo sooooo sooooo easy and a great ribbon stash buster.

Take the too short shirt and decide how much longer it needs to be. For me it was only a couple inches so I settled on adding a total of about 3 inches in case The Elder A decided to do more of that overnight growing thing.

Mysteriously outgrown shirt

Next pick your color scheme with 3-4 different types/colors of ribbon. It helps if they are all the same width but they don’t have to be. Measure across the bottom of the shirt, to determine how many ribbon across you will need front and back and then, based on the number and width of your ribbons cut them to the desired extra length you are adding (plus seam allowance).

Decided color scheme

So mine look like this, pile of ribbon, all cut 5 inches long. I cut some extra just in case and plus there was just a bit left on each roll anyway. Fold them all in half and since we all know ribbon likes to fray you will need to seal the ends off somehow. I used my serger and just kept feeding them in a long line until I had them all sewn up. If you don’t have a serger just use a wide zig-zap stitch over the tops. You can also use something like Fray-Check but I personally am not a big fan of that stuff, it never fails to leave an oily stain on something.

Pile of ribbon

Cut 5 inches long

Serging the tops.

Pretty little ribbons all in a row

Ok so now just pin the ribbon to the wrong/underside of your shirt and sew them on. I used the stitch line that was already on the shirt to “hide” the new seam where I was attaching the ribbons. The trick is to only do a few at a time, lining them up side by side carefully. If you try to do the whole shirt all at once you will likely be off because the ribbons will shift and move on you as you sew the others on.

Pinned and ready to sew

Hiding the new seam line

See…I warned you about the shifting

Go all the way around and…..

Finished!! I have no idea why she is holding her shoulders like that. She said she was posing….who knows

That’s it!!! Done! See told ya easy as pie. (beware random rambling….)BTW where did that come from? Have you ever made a pie, from scratch? It is not in fact easy. (rambling ended)

 I also added a tiny color coordinating ribbon at the top, just for fun. You could do a ribbon bow or an appliqué or nothing at all.

 This top will also fulfill any garment twirling requirements your daughter might have on her clothing at the moment. Oh that’s just mine…huh well lucky you then.





So there you go, a quick easy fix to the weed like growth spurts our kids go through.

I hope you all are having a great summer, we are sweltering here in Alabama but what else is new? Oh wait I know!!! Get excited because next week I am going to do a new series, Sewing for Sisters. This is going to be in honor of my new little girl dropping in to the world at any moment. I am going to have an awesome guest post from a woman who knows a thing or 2 about raising sisters. Wanta guess who she is? Stay tuned more to come in a few days. Happy Sewing

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Guest post by Amy @ Nap Time Crafters

I think Amy from Nap Time Crafters is such an inspiration. She has amazing tutorials and even hosts major sewing contests like American Crafter. I am thrilled she agreed to blog swap with little olé me.  So without further ado check out her adorable top for her even more adorable baby girl. Take it away Amy.
Hi I’m Amy from Nap Time Crafters🙂 I’m a SAHM mom with 1 little girl- she’s almost 18 mos. now. Can’te believe how time has flown by! I hope you’ll swing by my blog for some fun Tutorials, the Friday Favs Party and a Giveaway every Saturday!
I’m so happy to be here today- I LOVE blog swaps! Donya is super talented and I love all of the cute things she makes! Today I have the Anchors Away Tee to share with you:)
Summer is just around the corner! This little tee is super lightweight, easy to sew, and has just a bit of nautical flair!
Nice and breezy and perfect for play!
Perfect for picking flowers
And just roaming around
Ready to make one? I’m thinking I’ll make one for myself next! This pattern is great for any age!

  • Lightweight cotton: I used 1/3″ yard for an 18 mos size
  • Scrap of contrast fabric
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • Double sided fusible interfacing
1. Cut out your pieces. I used a shirt in a similar style as a guide. This shirt is gathered (by the elastic) so make   it quite a big bigger than your usual shirt. My armholes ended up slightly snug- make sure you make the sleeves and armholes really roomy. My sleeves are cut on the fold along the outer straight edge. 

 2. With right sides together sew 1″ in along the  bottom edge starting on the left.

 3. With right sides together sew up you side seams

 4. Fold the bottom edge of your sleeve over twice to form a casing. Stitch most of the way around- thread your elastic through and then sew up the gap you left. Make sure the sleeves aren’t too snug- babies and toddlers have bigger arms than you’d think:)

 5. With right sides together sew your sleeves into the shirt. Make sure you line your seams.

6. Fold the top edge of your shirt and sleeves over twice and stitch to form a casing- leave a small gap. Thread your elastic through and tighten the elastic enough to form a neckline. Secure the elastic and stitch your gap shut.

 7. Hem the bottom of the shirt. I used my double needle, which gave me a really clean professional look.

 8. I just discovered how to use my cricut on fabric!! Couldn’t be more thrilled:) Take your double sided interfacing and fuse to the WRONG side of your fabric. Smooth onto your cricut mat with the fabric facing down. Mine cut out perfectly using 2 for speed (low), 4 for pressure (high) and 5 for the blade depth. I know the silhouette sells special interfacing to use with their machine, but you might just try your run of the mill wonder under first.

 9. Peel of the backing and iron your applique to the shirt. I had my anchor over on the side and part of it wraps arounds to the back. Use a zig zag stitch to go all the way around the applique and keep it secure.

Anchors Away!

I am THAT Mom

So if there were ever any doubt, it is official, I am “THAT” Mom. You know the Mom that tries, and often fails, at overachieving and doing everything humanly possible for herself and her kids. I have made all of bedding, her coming home dress, custom hospital gowns for myself and more than enough Big Sis t-shirts for The Elder A.

So I should have been happy stopping there, yes? Of course not. The other day as I cleaned up my studio (which I should post pics of soon, anywho) I found a stack of those little button Newborn tees that babies wear in the hospital and basically until the cord stump falls off. I have no idea where they cam from but of course they were just BEGGING to be customized. So….yea….more custom stuff for the hospital stay. See “THAT” Mom.

Custom Newborn tee
Another custom tee.

The giraffe thing was started by The Elder A, she has tons and tons of stuffed monkeys and she decided her baby sister should have giraffes as her “thing”. So that explains that.

Oh and why should the kiddos have all the fun?!? Just for good measure Mom and Dad get custom pillow cases, so no one confuses our awesome foam pillows with those things hospitals claim as pillows.

Mommy and Daddy get some swag too!!

Annnnnnnnnnddd, (this may be a Southern thing but) when a baby is born in the hospital we hang a wreath on the door, gender specific and usually with a name and birth details (weight, height, time…..) So of course I am making one of those too, a ribbon wreath with little giraffes (tutorial to come later). Someone save me from myself……please.

Ribbon wreath supplies


One Month Later…

It has been one month, almost to the hour, that the storms that changed so many lives began to roll into Alabama. Almost as a sorrowful reminder, I sit typing this to the sounds of thunder and impending rain. Over the past few weeks so many others in places like Joplin, MO and parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas have seen the devastation we in Alabama have been living with for the past month. Much has changed but much remains the same. Roads are no longer lined with trees, now just vast open sky above. Houses still have bright blue tarps across roofs and windows, trying to keep out the rain, wind and painful memories. Business remain closed, some possibly never to reopen. People have gone back to work, children are finishing school for the summer and though the evidence is still all around us life is moving forward……because it has to.

We can never get completely past the events of last month, nor should we. Those storms changed us all…permanently …deeply and forever but changed us for the better I pray. I know I am more grateful for all I have now than I was 4 weeks ago. I try to be kinder, more respectful to people because you never know if someone you are standing with in line at the grocery store has anywhere to take the items they are buying. Is there house gone? Did they loose someone that day? We are all picking up the pieces, some have heavier pieces to carry than others, but we are all broken in a way.

My heart weeps for those in Joplin and places like it that are just beginning to understand what they have been though and what it is going to take to come out the other side. I pray they can find the resolve to carry forward as so many here have begun to do. I pray for peace for them, hope and that they can feel our thoughts and prayers in the darkest of nights. They, like us in Alabama, will rebuild and recover and always remember how fragile life really is and make the most of the days we are given. Please continue to pray for everyone who has been affected. If you are able, volunteer somewhere, donate to The Red Cross or The Salvation Army or another local charity sending aid. We are all neighbors when tragedy strikes and our neighbors need our support and love, I pray you will find a way to give that of yourself.

This is a story of a friend of mine, whom I had known for 10+ years. She did not survive the storms in Pleasant Grove but her memory and legacy live on in her beautiful baby boy Tucker. God bless all and take care.

In the chaos after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove, 7 week old William Tucker Lowe was separated from his father. Minutes after we showed baby Lowe’s photo on air, he was reunited with his father, Josh Lowe. Tragically, the baby’s mother, Carrie Lowe, did not survive the storm. Josh says he will spend a lifetime telling his son about Carrie, who died a hero.

via Baby Lowe: how he and his dad are doing now.

Bananas for Muffins

So I have said before, it is HOT inAlabama……like Satan’s living room hot. So being 700 months pregnant, I have gone on a strike of leaving the house, like not even to the mailbox. So that means lots of painting, crafting and baking with The Elder A. Sunday is our usual day to bake/cook something together. Yesterday we decided to make muffins.

Lately I have been obsessed with eating bananas, mostly because it helps keep my legs from cramping like I have run the Iron Man (aahh the joys of pregnancy). I eat at least 2 a day. The Elder A has become obsessed with pomegranates, specifically dried pomegranate seeds that resemble raisins.  So I thought why not combine our 2 loves into some tasty muffins….and voilà.


So here is the recipe which is a combo of an old family banana bread recipe with some changes/ideas from recipes looked at online. Give these a try with your favorite ingredient added in, try cranberries, golden raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips if you are feeling sweet…whatever you are in the mood for or have on hand. Happy baking.

 Banana Pomegranate Crumble Muffins


1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour (I know some people like to use wheat flour but for this you need white, all-purpose flour otherwise it won’t rise properly)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon, depending on your personal taste preference

Pinch of salt

3-4 mashed overripe bananas, mashed

¾ cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup melted unsalted butter

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup pomegranate, raisins, walnuts or other ingredient of your choice, we of course used pomegranate (you can always add more if you want)

Crumble topping (optional)

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter that has softened to room temperature

Muffin Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and lightly grease 1 regular, 12 muffin pan or 2 mini muffin pans.

  2. 2. In a large bowl combine 1 ½ cup flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another large bowl combine bananas, sugar, egg, melted butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Combine the wet and dry ingredients into one bowl and mix until moist. Don’t over mix this or it will dry out the muffins. . Lastly gently fold in your ingredient of choice i.e. pomegranate, walnuts, ect.

  3. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans.

Crumble topping directions:

In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the crumble topping. The best way to do this is to use your hands. This was The Elder A’s favorite part. Combine until it resembles course breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the muffin batter in the pans and lightly press into the batter, just to make it “stick” when they bake.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. I like to remove mine from the pans immediately to cool, yes you will likely burn your fingers, but if you don’t the muffin bottoms tend to go soggy while cooling in the pans. Just a personal observation….if you like soggy muffin bottoms that’s cool……gross, but cool. 🙂

Ta-da!!! As you can see 2 of them were already eaten before I could even take a picture.

Gobble these up as soon as they cool and once they are gone make some more trying a new favorite add-on ingredient. Hope you enjoy and stay cool bloggy friends.

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The Girl Creative

Mix it up Momma

So I love, love, love Jessica over at Me Sew Crazy. She is just adorable and makes the most fabulous collections for her little girls each season…and at this point doing it all while PREGGERS!! (oh to have that kind of time management skills)

She is currently doing her Pattern Remix series where she encourages us fellow sewtastics (you like that I just made that word up) to take another look at a favorite pattern and mix it up a little. I have been known to remake an old something into a new something “better” so I took her challenge to heart and decided to do some selfish sewing and remake a pattern from another one of my bloggy goddess, Mad Mim. Mim has this amazing pattern for her Turn About the Room dress that I have wanted to do. But one look in my closet will tell you, I need another dress about as much as I need another doughnut…..ooooohh doughnuts. (focus Donya) So what’s an 8 month preggers to do? Whack off the length, get rid of the sleeves and call it D.O.N.E

Ignore the wads of pulled up hair and messy makeup....I told you it is HOT in Bama people.

I had this really fun print but it would have been a bit “much” to do the entire top in so I decided to add a bit of solid white to give the eye a place to rest…a place other than on my ginormous belly. So I took Mim’s awesome pattern and made the bodice solid white, the neck drape in the print and the tunic skirt in the print. Oh and because it is ALREADY 92° in Alabama(it’s early May people, this is not fun) I decided to make the top sleeveless. I used my FABULOUS Mother’s Day present to do a cover stitch around the arm holes and a rolled hem along the bottom.

Umm yea my husband rocks face like that....Happy Mommy Day to me!!!

I think it turned out really cute and it is wonderfully comfy. I am actually planning to take this in my hospital bag to wear home after is born…that is if it isn’t dirty because I wear it ALL the time.

Thanks Jessica for inspiring me to shake it up a little and thanks to Mad Mim for putting these awesome patterns out there for all us Mommies-to-be.

What patterns do you love to remix? Show me what you have been up to bloggy buddies. Go over to Me Sew Crazy and add your creations to the Pattern Remix Flickr group.

Happy Sewing.


That day….

I know it has been awhile since I have posted here. I wish I could say it was because I was busy sewing, or cooking, or preparing for this new baby to come. Sorrowfully my absence has been one of devastation, heart-break and utter exhaustion. You have undoubtedly seen what has transpired in my home state of Alabama over the past few weeks. Our little corner of the South was ravaged by 29 separate tornadoes on April 27th. These storms took homes, businesses and lives, 239 lives lost in seconds. Over the past few weeks I had mourned the loss of friends, gathered donations for people who have lost everything they own and tried to figure out where we all go from here.

Dozens of Alabama communities completely wiped off the map. Leveled. Gone. Among them was my hometown of Pleasant Grove and my beloved college town of Tuscaloosa. The pictures do not begin to show the wrath of these storms. They tore though neighborhoods, schools, entire communities with no regard to whom or what was in its path. Leaving in its wake literally nothing. This is what it looks like when the hand of God himself touches Earth.

A neighborhood in Pleasant Grove a few miles from my childhood home

My old church. Nothing left standing but this wall.

Another neighborhood in Pleasant Grove

A major intersection in Tuscaloosa, AL.

A before and after of part of the damage in Tuscaloosa.

Life has forever been altered here. Not a day has gone by that I don’t think about that day. It will be a day that haunts many of us for the rest of our lives. I know how blessed I am that no one in my family was hurt. I haven’t yet fully processed what happened around me, maybe I never will.

Someone asked the other day “when do we turn the page from this?” The reality is the page has been turned; this is the new chapter of our lives here in Alabama. People talk about getting back to normal, there is no going back. This is the new normal. Things will be rebuilt, roads will be cleared and trees will someday grow leaves and shade the ground as they once did. But there will always be scars, visible, painful scars.

But just maybe the scars aren’t a bad thing. They exist to remind us we are still here. They may be painful and make us remember a tragic and horrible day, but with them we know we will never forget. We won’t forget those we lost and those we came so close to loosing. The scars will make us hold our loved ones a little tighter, tell them we love them one more time because we remember that in the blink of an eye everything could be wiped away. I hope I can embrace the scars and that each time I see them I will know we are stronger than the storm. We are a people who, in our darkest hours, rose up together and prevailed. We came together and lifted our neighbors from the rubble and we walked out, as one. We are a people of faith and we know this too shall pass. I have never been more proud to call Alabama my home.

If you pray I ask you pray for us. Pray for strength, hope and peace. Pray that we will remain resolute in our efforts to rebuild what once was. In turn we will pray for you. We will pray that you know and understand how delicate life is. How quickly it can be taken away and that you never let a day go by without counting yourself blessed in some way. God bless you and yours.

The pathway is broken
And The signs are unclear
And I don’t know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I’m gonna walk through the valley
If You want me to
-Ginny Owens, If you want me to