Shabby Apple Inspired Dress

As I was browsing over the lovely dresses at Shabby Apple, I stopped at this one, I thought, hey, I have a green t shirt I haven't worn in years and I happen to have some navy striped fabric leftover from this project. I can make myself a dress like this!

And I did it! It isn't identical, but I wasn't trying to copy the dress at shabby apple, just use it as inspiration. I am really happy on how it turned out, very cute and comfortable, best of all, it didn't cost me anything!!:

I started out with this t shirt from Forever 21, which I got years ago, But I never liked the turtle neck and it was to tight in the stomach:

I used my seam ripper and took off the turtle neck and the bottom part under the empire waist:

I made a elastic skirt. You can use this tutorial for more detail.

I measured my waist and cut the elastic to fit. I cut fabric double as wide as the elastic and sewed the seams:

I sewed my elastic:

I attached the elastic to the skirt (right sides together) I made sure the seam on the elastic lines up with the seam on the fabric:

I made some pleats, stretching the fabric as I pinned the pleats:

I sewed the fabric to the elastic, while stretching the elastic:

Then I inserted the t shirt into the skirt part (right sides together) and sewed the elastic to the shirt:

I measured and determined how long I wanted the dress to be, I cut off the access:

I ironed the hem about one inch:

And then folded over again and ironed:

I sewed the hem:

For the neckline, I trimmed it up a bit (for easy access for nursing) then I made a thin braid with some of the left over fabric from the bottom of the shirt:

And hand sewed it onto the neckline:

Then I made a thicker one and hand sewed it right underneath the thiner braid:

Like so:

Thats it!!

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Day at the Park

Nicholas loving the swings

We finally had a sunny day, So we decided to take advantage of it, We had a "picnic" at the park today. We went straight from story time at the library, so we picked up lunch at Sonics and headed to the park. It was lovely. Here are a few pics I took:

Love this pic, lovely beautiful blue colors

Nicholas in his stroller

Beaded Elastic Belt

I made this elastic belt, after failing to find anything at the mall. There are so many black, brown belts out there, But I couldn't find a single white wide belt. So here it is.

I used scraps of elastic I had left over:

I sewed the pieces together:

I folded the elastic and sewed it on the edge like so:

I also attached snaps (not pictured)
Then I used Modge Podge and spread a thick layer:

I sprinkled some glass beads:

I waited till the modge podge dried, then I spread another layer right on top of the beads:

I let the modge podge dry over night:


Pasta Fresca

This is my sons favorite dish, he can smell when I am making it because of the fresca sauce. Noodle Co used to make this pasta, but they stopped :( So I started making it now atleast every other week.

Click here to print the recipe. 


    • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 1/2 cups pre-cooked penne or rotini pasta
    • 1/4 cup cubed roma tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon diced red onions
    • 2 dashes kosher salt, and
    • cracked pepper
    • 1 ounce baby fresh spinach
    • 1/4 cup fresh garlic
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 cup sweet white wine
    • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Prepare fresca sauce: 1/4 cup balsamic vineger, 1/4 cup of white wine, 1/2 cup of olive oil, 2 tsp salt, 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
  2. In a very hot sauté pan, add: extra virgin olive oil, pre-cooked pasta, roma tomatoes, diced red onions, kosher salt & pepper.
  3. Sear noodles, stirring occasionally until steaming hot.
  4. Add: baby fresh spinach and fresca sauce.
  5. Toss to combine, serve with freshly shaved parmesan cheese.

Simple Elastic Skirt

I have made a ton of elastic waist skirts, with pockets, without pockets, with ruffles without ruffles and so on. This is a tutorial on how to make a simple elastic skirt. It is very easy and quick to make, in fact I made two of these during the children's nap-time (one for me and one for my sis)

First measure your waist and cut your elastic:

Determine how long you want your skirt. I made my 22 inches long (including the seam)
To determine the width of the fabric. You need to take the measurement of the waist and times it by two then subtract six.

For example:

I cut my elastic at 32 inches, so that times two is 64. Then I minus 6 inches. So I cut my fabric 58 inches wide. This little formula works for me.

Then take your fabric and fold in half with the right sides together:

Sew the edges together:

Iron the seam that you just sewed open:

For the hem, fold a half an inch and iron:

Then fold over an inch and iron:

Then sew the hem:

OK, now the skirt part is done for now, Now grab that elastic you cut and fold in half and sew at a half inch allowance. (Don't forget to back stitch):

Then open the elastic and sew both side down like so. (Don't forget to back stitch):

OK, now with the elastic and fabric with the right sides together pin the two together. Line the seams of the elastic and fabric:
OK, this is the tricky part. When you sew the elastic and fabric together, YOU MUST stretch the elastic. Other wise you will be left with to much fabric and not enough elastic.

All Done:

I love elastic skirts, so comfy and playful. Especially since I haven't lost all the baby weight, they are very forgiving.


Sugar Cookies

My favorite cookie is the Sugar cookie, its chewy soft and so pretty with the sprinkles.
It is not only my favorite, but my kid's favorite as well, until recently I could not find a good recipe. So I just bought the pillsbury frozen cookies. Well my friend gave me the recipe, and it is everything I have been looking for: soft and chewy.

You won't be disappointed with this one :)



2 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 CUP of unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract 


Preheat oven to 350 

Mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. 

Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well mixed. 

Drop teaspoonful on a un-greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with sprinkles and bake for 9 minutes.

Nicholas is 5 months old!

I can't believe it is time for the 5 month update. I wish I could slow the time just a bit, but I can't, so I have to try and enjoy every little moment with my little children.

So, the big news is the Nicholas got his two bottom teeth!!! YAY!! I didn't even know he was teething so bad, he was just drooling a lot, then I stick my finger in his mouth and he bites me. I was very surprised to see his two teeth cut through.

He is jumping in his jumper and loving it, he is no longer a little quiet baby, he jumps and screeches, or if Emily is playing, he will watch her and yell at her.

He still sleeps very well. He goes to bed at 10:30pm, and wakes up at 8:30am. (I nurse him during the night, we co-sleep, so I don't really pay attention to the clock, whenever he starts whining I nurse him) Then he naps again around 10am-11am. Then his long nap time (2 hours) is sometime around 2pm, and then he also takes a nap around 6pm. So in total he takes 3 naps a day.

One problem I have with him, he is a biter while nursing, I read about it online, they say to unlatch the baby and say no and then re-latch again, well this has been happening for about one week now, and he still bites me while nursing. Anyone else have a problem with this? And how did it stop?

He started taking a pacifier, which keeps him quiet in public places.

He loves going on walks and usually falls asleep from the motion of the moving stroller. He loves swinging on the baby swing outside.

Still using cloth diapers. I started giving him mashed banana, some baby oatmeal, he loves the food. He is a big boy with a hearty appetite.

My little baby boy is growing to fast..... till next month.