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the car bags

this summer, we all went on vacation to the midwest…minnesota and wisconsin, specifically.  it was a ‘high agenda’ type of vacation. we were stuffing in visit-time with grandpa, a work-y reunion for my husband, lots of meet ups with old friends, and a trip to my hometown of duluth to see grandma, aunty and uncle.  needless to say, there was much driving not to mention flying.  and, you know, kids are soooo awesome about sitting while fully strapped in for hours on end.  so i tried to be pretty prepared.  i made these ‘car bags’ that are really just single-strap bags made with heavy-duty interfacing so that they stay upright on their own, for the most part.  i added a fancy front pocket so i could rotate some eye-catching coloring books or truck books (more likely) to minimize the whining and hassling that inevitably occurs every time we get into the car.

they ended up being pretty handy and easy to tote into grandma’s house and the hotel, as well.  a transportable play station for the unplugged, kind of thing.  (that is, as long as i stayed diligent with repacking and resorting everything so that it was sure to draw them in. a practice no longer employed at home.)  the single strap included snaps so it could be unsnapped and hung over anything we pleased.

{i’m completely smitten with this canvas elephant fabric, believe i got it from sew mama sew.}

 i also threw together two crayon roll/paper pad combos that turned out to be GREAT for keeping little people occupied at dinner time in restaurants.  in our experience, dinner in a restaurant can be a wicked combination of both humiliating and also exhausting…it’s something we almost never do at home. so, a tiny solution to that problem was awfully welcome.

that’s not to say that two crayon rolls and upright fabric bags got us through every pickle but there could have been more, let’s just say that much.

it was a great trip and well worth the hassles that accompany traveling with little people, made a little bit better with a slice of mama-made, to boot.  and, of course, i wouldn’t miss a chance to see the three boys i love the most in the world next to the lake that takes my breath away.

 {lake superior}

 

 

kid clothes week challenge wrap-up

i have been so focused on preparing for classes and working on the website that i had kind of lost my sewing mojo. so sad, isn’t it? iI was even considering opting out of the Elsie Marley kids clothes challenge week , which i’ve done a few times before.

but at the last minute i went for it.  i decided to jump in the ring after the new book,  sewing for boys arrived at my door unexpectedly.  my mother confessed ‘she couldn’t resist’…she saw the book and knew i had to have it.  that was sweet, huh?

{here’s a close up of the beautiful welt pocket, of which i’m exceedingly proud.}

often during KCWC i’ve focused on making LOTS of things and this time the book inspired me to take a different approach. i set a goal of only making one thing….this cute little jacket up above.  for the little guy who so rarely gets something new.  the pattern is easy to understand and the book is straightforward but, you know…it’s a jacket so i didn’t want to rush and mess it up.  i took my time, tracing and cutting the pattern one day and cutting fabric the next.  no pressure to GET IT DONE just an easy, peasy enjoy-yourself kind of pace.  in the end, i did finish before the week was up and remembered the joy of making things. who could ask for more? even better, the jacket made elsie marley’s blog, which is a super gushy great feeling.

with my bit of extra time, i made both boys hats…that match. they are so cute (the hats and the boys) how could i stop myself?

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