A New pair of pants

I have been really enjoying making Ellie clothes. I’m still quite terrible at it. When you look up close, my seams are crooked and my fabric often catches, but Ellie doesn’t seem to mind and boy does she look cute in pretty much anything anyway. Plus, practice makes perfect, and I’m set on becoming a  better sewer and seamstress. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at pants for a while now. Specifically the quick change trousers that I see around the web so often. But, I can’t seem to get up enough courage. However, a couple of days ago, Ellie and I were thrifting, and we came across this elephant dress. (I wish now I had taken a photo of the dress, before I cut into it). It looked as though someone had taken an elephant onesie, cut it up and then sewn the cutest elephant cotton onto it, to create a very large dress. The onesie part was just not my style, but that elephant fabric on the skirt part was worth the $3.00 we paid for it. I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could turn this ugly dress, into adorable pants. It took me awhile to figure out, but I did it! The pants ended up a bit lopsided, but they were darling on Ellie and perfect for California play on these warmish spring days and cool afternoons.
sand play
cutie pie
one leg up
and then point down

(and yes, those are rainbow leg warmers under the pants… because). ;)


We had a really nice weekend. The weather was warm and breezy. Jeff had a slow work week, so we got chores done on Friday, which meant more time to enjoy the weekend. Saturday was a special bacon and egg breakfast, with homemade biscuits and fruit! (Those darling napkin holders are from here.) We took a little walk to the seals and then met up for an impromptu afternoon at the beach with friends. Sunday we walked downtown, rode bikes and I got in a little painting and crafting. A quick but very nice weekend. I’m looking forward to next weekend. We are hosting a little Easter/Spring brunch for my family and I’m sure it will be a fun day!

Portrait Project

eloise: you want to be big so bad and do everything on your own, but then there are those times when you just want to be carried and cuddled and you tell us, “I’m not ready to be big. I’m still little.” Yes you are my child. Don’t grow up too fast.

-joining Jodi for the 52 Project!

Weekending ( and a little recap)

Last week we celebrated my Mom’s birthday and had ourselves a boiled dinner. Usually Jeff’s Mom cooks the St. Patty’s Day meal (they’ve been out here twice during the season), but this year they weren’t with us, so I called her up instead, wrote down the Langille instructions and went to work. Of course, Jeff helped me a little bit and Ellie helped make Irish soda bread as well. It was a delicious dinner. The next day we surprised my mom for her birthday and brought her a painting I’ve been working on. It’s the largest painting I’ve ever done. I kind of feel like it’s not quite finished, even after I decided I was “finished”, but my Mom seemed to love it as is. When we were kids, she always had a full row of potted African Violets on the kitchen counter. So of course, I thought African Violets would be perfect in a painting for her.
irish soda bread
soda bread
birthday painting
gramma's 59
As for this weekend, we spent Saturday doing chores. Grandpa came over and spent an afternoon walking the beach with us. (Gramma was out-of-town for the weekend).
flowers and good reads
library books
new bunnies
ellie plays
rocks and sticks
grampa and ellie
swing higher
crazy ellie
The beach was a lot of fun. Because of the warm weather, there were lots of people out and about. Sunday we visited with old friends, spent some time working in the garden and ended the evening early. Looking forward to all that Spring has to offer!! Happy week and Spring to you my friends!!


A St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Our third year going (here is last year and the year before, because it’s so much fun looking back). A Birthday Party for Ellie’s best friend (who happens to love Peter Pan too, thus the “hook”). And a Sunday, to catch up on chores and enjoy some fantastic sunsets.


fun shamrocks
rainbow pocket
fun times
wells fargo wagon
green pig
purple bug
cute dada
bday present

Portrait Project

eloise: Today we went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. This was your third year going but, the first year you were truly excited about the whole thing. I made you a little lucky clover top (you requested a rainbow pocket) and turned a large tie dye shirt into a fun and funky skirt for you. When we got downtown, you anxiously jumped around in your seat and then exclaimed, “I’m so excited for this parade! I’ve been waiting so long.” It was a whole new experience, going with our little girl (instead of our “baby”).

-joining Jodi for the 52 project!