Matilda’s First Communion


Saturday was her big day!  After preparing all year (all her life really), Matilda received Jesus for the first time.  She kept saying, “I can’t believe I can take the Eucharist now!”  Then she asked if we can go to daily Mass this week.


And of course we celebrated after with a party and lots of food!

“This is the wonderful truth, my dear friends: the Word, which became flesh two thousand years ago, is present today in the Eucharist.” -St. Pope John Paul II


And I tried oh so hard to finish her Icon before her Saturday, but I’m kinda a busy lady and didn’t get it done.  One day soon though!

*For those asking about her dress, I didn’t get a lot of pictures because of the hustle and bustle of the day and the rain.  I’ll take more later.  I made the dress using an Oliver + S Pattern, the Fairy Tale Dress with tulip capped sleeves.  I would have liked to use a different pattern like Garden Party from Oliver + S or Olivine from Clever Charlotte, but I let Matilda pick everything.  She did a great job I think!  The silk sash really made the dress!


Clothes for Henry

*Warning: This is a sewing post.  If you don’t sew or don’t care about sewing, back slowly away from this blog post.*

A couple of years ago, I gave away all, and I mean all, our newborn through 12 month old baby boy clothes.  I thought after 6 kids, we were done.  Well God had other plans!  And of course, kid #7 is a boy.  I’m not so sure he’d like all of his baby pictures to be him in hand-me-down girl clothes.

I began shopping around online for cute, organic knit baby clothes.  I found plenty.  But none of them got along with our clothing budget. 🙂 I then started shopping for organic knit fabric.  Oh my goodness there are sooooo many cute prints out there, and all very affordable!


I found quite a few prints at Fabricworm.  The Birch Organic knits are so soft…perfect for baby pants!  The pattern I used is from Brindille & Twig.  This was my first foray into sewing with knit.  I don’t have a serger (but will one day darnit!) but was surprised to find that the stretch stitch on my Pfaff machine worked wonderfully.  I’m kicking myself for not sewing with knit earlier!


It took me a few tries to get good at sewing the pants.  I made another set at a bigger size (not pictured) that came out much better than my first set.  I love how the pants turned out!  They took me about 15 minutes to sew and look like they will fit over cloth diapers just fine.  I even made a couple of pairs for Stella (and fit her big ol’ cloth diapers)!  I’m sure they’ll end up on instagram at some point soon.  The pants pair well with solid color onesies or t-shirts.  Or maybe I can be adventurous and sew up some onesies!


I also made a few one piece outfits for the little man.  Jason hates one pieces with snaps, especially in the middle of the night while he’s changing diapers.  I happened to have an old Ottobre magazine (I really need to renew my subscription to this wonderful magazine!!).  This particular pattern was from the spring 2011 issue.  I made one change and sewed in a strip of fabric behind the zipper so that none of the zipper rubs against the baby’s skin.


The fabric I used to bind the neck, arm, and leg holes stretched a bit more than I would have liked.  Again, this is all because I’m very, very new at sewing with knits!  Henry will just have to deal with bell bottoms for a bit.

And I still have plenty of knit fabric left to make more pants for the growing baby!  Now I just have to break out my knitting needles and make a few cardigans for the fall/winter and he’ll be all set.


Shop closing sale!

I’m closing my Etsy shop, Sunshine & Mud.  Turns out homeschooling 5 kids and taking care of various pets added with general housework doesn’t leave me much time for an Etsy shop…especially if I want a least a little bit of downtime!

So if you’d like some awesome fabric for 40% off, use the coupon code CLOSE13 at checkout for your discount!


Is it still time for a resolution?

January is coming to a close, and I’m not usually one to make New Year resolutions.  But this year I’d like to change that.  It took me almost the whole month of January to figure one out.  Are you ready?  I’m going to finish up all the projects I have going and *gasp* only work on one at a time after that, with the exception of knitting afghans of course since they take so darn long.

What a great idea!
What a great idea!

Why a light fixture?  That is one of the projects.  I updated almost all of the fixtures downstairs, but there is one that is still sitting in my garage in its box, waiting.  Waiting for either me to give it a go or to call and electrician.  Perhaps I’ll call this week…perhaps.

quilt sandwich
quilt sandwich

So here’s the tally of what I have going: 3 quilts in various stages (the one above is almost done; all quilted up waiting for binding), a knitted baby sweater, a knitted afghan that will take forever but be awesome, a wooden table and chair set for the kids that is built but needs to be painted, reupholster a couple of chairs, hang chandelier above breakfast table, refinish an end table, plant a garden, and build two sets of bunk beds.  OK, that last one is for the husband to do, but I may help him.

I firmly resolve to complete these all within the year!  Yes, I have to give myself a loooong time.  Remember I have 5 kids that I homeschool, so give me a break!  My “carrot” for finishing all of this?  Why, painting the Kitchen cabinets of course!  It’s ok if you don’t think I’m normal.  Neither does my husband.

**Quilt above is Anna Maria Horner’s Birdcage on a Chain pattern using Joel Dewberry’s Aviary 2 fabric.  The light fixture is the Star Ceiling Mount from Ballard Design.

Oliver + S Badminton Dress

A few months ago, I hit up the clearance section of  I found these great prints for a steal!  So I decided to try out the Oliver + S Badminton Dress for Matilda.

Even though the finished product may look a bit daunting for a beginning sewist, the dress was really easy to whip up.  And as usual with Oliver + S, the instructions in the pattern are so detailed, it’s almost impossible to make a mistake.  I’m sure it could be done in an afternoon of uninterrupted sewing.

I can’t decide what my favorite part about the dress is.  I love the ruffled shoulder caps, but I really, really love the scalloped bottom.

Next I’ll definitely try the top/skort version of the pattern.  That one is sure to be a winner for little girls who love to hand upside down on the monkey bars!