• Finished Quilts in 2010

    Click pictures for full details! Julia's Field of Blessings See Mom, I *Can* Make Snowmen in Texas! All Shook Up Pansies & Primroses Vintage Spring Vintage Baby A Bad Copy
  • Finished Quilts in 2009

    Click pictures for full details! Sunshine & Swimming Pools Loving Hands Boy Woogies Carina's Quilt Front Charity Quilt 1 Charity Quilt 2
  • Finished Quilts: Previous Years

    My sister's quilt Elena's Signature Quilt Cosmic Spiral Simona's Flower Garden ...And Everything Nice The Wool Quilt The Original Woogie
  • Finished Craft Projects

    Traveling Car Playmat Brown Bear Matching Cards
  • Finished Girls’ Dresses & Costumes

  • Quilt To Do List

    *Julia's "Baby" Quilt
    *Bethlehem Quilt
    *Kaffe Fassett String Quilt
    *Star Happy Batik Quilt
    *Red & Tan Single Wedding Ring Quilt (blocks made)
    *Batik Charm Square Quilt
    *Lingerie Quilt
    *Purple & Gold Mystery Quilt (just needs quilting!)
    *Eagle paper-pieced Quilt (@ half pieced)
  • Other Craft Project To Do List

    *Alphabet Matching Card Game
    *Apple/Pear Dress for Elena
    *Pillow Case Dress for Julia
    *Knit Dress for Elena (need to do post!)
    *Knit Shorts for Me
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Garden of the Gods

We didn’t plan much of our vacation to Colorado Springs — we knew it would be quick and we knew we were staying with my brother and his family and they’d lead us in the right direction.  But we did know that we wanted to see Garden of the Gods.  It’s pretty, it’s right in town and it would be a nice “hike” with the girls.

The Whole Family

And so I did the thing any insane Mom does that wants perfect pictures:  I shopped and sewed like mad the couple days before we left so that I would have the perfect outfits for the girls to be in amongst the red rocks.

I was able to luck out and find this great polka-dot dress for Julia at a resale shop:

Polka-dot Julia

And I found this great bubbles fabric (Salina Yoon Kids! by RJR Fabrics) at The Quilt Store, which I fashioned into this surprisingly sophisticated dress (New Look 6613 – I’ve made it before but it had a completely different feel):

Front of Dress

Back of Dress

As you can tell from the last dresses I made (shown here), I have gotten into the whole “big prints for little girls” fad that is out and about right now.  And I love that fad and those dresses, BUT I also recently read a blog entry written by Oliver + S with the principle that you should see the child before the outfit.  I really considered this principle when I bought this fabric, and I really like the outcome.  BUT, I can’t give up my big prints completely!  Instead, I hope to have a nice mixture of both styles.

By the way, I say I found that fabric, but Elena also saw it and proceeded to carry it all over the store!  And Julia loves the fabric just as much!  Every time she catches sight of the fabric or the subsequent dress, she keeps pointing and repeating “Bubble!  Bubble!  Bubble!”  I think she’s trying to label each and every spot!  Love it!


As for our hike around Garden of the Gods, it wasn’t quite as idyllic as we would have liked.  Elena complained about the torture of walking the whole time, and Julia insisted on being held by me and me alone.  (some serious Mommy-attachment issues).  Didn’t stop Daddy from trying to hold Julia and enjoying his baby girl and the scenery:

Daddy & Julia

And it was so bright I couldn’t see my camera screen and didn’t realize that many of my pictures ended up blurry ~ ack! There goes my perfect planning of the outfits for pictures!  Getting a good picture of the girls together is near impossible already, much less adding unexpected blur! (You can click to enlarge these blurry pictures.)

Blurry Girls 1  Blurry Girls 2 Blurry Girls 3

Nonetheless, both my girls and the scenery were beautiful, and they had a bunch of fun when we let them jump and play amongst and with the rocks.

Crawling Julia

Crawling Elena

Julia and her tongue

Balanced Rock


2 Responses

  1. […] I used a pattern piece from New Look 6613 – a dress I’ve made previously.  (Seen here.)  I’m so not a fan of winging it! I decided to just make this into a regular sundress and […]

  2. […] dress is New Look 6613 — a previous version can be seen here.  The only problem Elena seems to be having with the dress right now is that the straps are a tad […]

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