Sunday, June 17, 2018

Walt Disney World in June

It was one year ago this week we made our first family trip to Walt Disney World. Yes Walt Disney World in JUNE!! It is currently 95 degrees in Wisconsin and this weather slightly reminded us about how insanely hot it was last summer on our amazing week in Florida. It was over 100 degrees every day, and it was HOT!!!

While we had an absolutely amazing time, and I can't wait to go back, next time I will do everything in my power not to go over the summer months. In all of our pictures you can tell we are covered in sweat.

Disney World being so amazing, you often only see the fabulous pictures, because for the most part it is amazing and fabulous. Below are four of my favorite pictures from our trip. They didn't make Facebook but they show the other side of Disney. The tired, exhausted, hot kids side! Which you will have any time of year.

If you want to survive Disney World in the insane heat here are things we couldn't survive without.
1. Stroller - we brought our UppaBaby G-Lite but rent one, if you don't bring one. Our 7 year old ended up riding most of the time while our 4 year old had to be carried, we could have easily used a double and we don't use strollers any more.
2. A Cooling towel 
3. Money for Water - we brought water bottles in every morning, but we ended up buying bottled water from the stands all over the park. It was just so hot and we just desperately wanted ice cold water.
4. A Fan spray bottle combo. I debated buying one from Amazon before we left and I didn't. The first morning we walked 5 feet into The Magic Kingdom and paid $20 for one. But it was so worth it. And our original one stopped working and my husband exchanged the broken one for a working one!

Disney World is truly an amazing trip. And our kids being 4 and 7 were a perfect age for it. The best part was seeing the magic through their eyes. For months before our daughter was talking about how she was going to dance with the beast. And she did, and that made it so worth it!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Adorable Maxi Dress Pattern

My five year old is Maxi Dress Obsessed!!! And maybe that is because I only wear Maxi dresses. Stores have a few child sized maxi dresses but not a lot, so I decided to seek out a cute pattern and make her one myself. 

After some debating on which pattern, I purchased this awesome pattern from Etsy. It's called the Bella's Dress and Maxi by SimpleLifePatternCo.

I made a size 6 for my very tall daughter and being a maxi dress, this calls for close to 3 yards of fabric for a size 6. I did not have 3 yards of the same fabric on hand and before ordering fabric just for a dress I decided to make a "practice" dress. I did not want to waste 3 yards of fabric and not have a dress turn out. So I picked 3 different random prints I had on hand to come up with the best combination to make a "practice" dress.

I LOVE this little practice dress!!!! The combo came together nicely and my daughter LOVES it as well. She tries to wear it every day! The pattern was so easy to follow and the dress was very easy to make! I was very impressed with this pattern and I can't wait to make it again.

I accidentally messed up cutting the skirt fabric so it ended up being a little shorter than it was supposed to be, but I like this length on her. I also did not have enough of the navy ruffle fabric, so I purposely made that layer shorter.

This is a fabulous pattern if you are looking to make a maxi dress!! (And it twirls, because every 5 year old needs a good twirl dress!!!)

Monday, June 4, 2018

Quilt Number Ten!

Quilt Ten!!!! This is probably the second quilt I ever started. I can't even tell you when I started this. I made the blocks for this at a local quilt shop in a block of the month club. The quilt shop is no longer in business and has been for a while. So this has been sitting in my closet unfinished FOREVER!!!

I quilted it right before Christmas this past year on my first ever experience using a long arm machine. I rented one from a different local quilting shop. I also quilted quilt seven and quilt eight at the same time. It just again took me forever to actually bind the quilt and finish it.

I had a lot of fun using the long arm machine. I was so intimidated by it, but it was so easy! I can't wait to use it again. But for the small throw quilts I usually sew, I can just do those on my machine at home.

I like the start quilting pattern I picked. It was completely different than what I would normally go for.

Again this is probably a quilt that will end up on my daughters bed. Simply because she loves blankets!! And she is a five year old hoarder!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Quilt Number Nine!

Quilt number nine is a throw quilt I made for absolutely no reason, so it means it's a quilt for me!! Until my blanket loving 5 year old steals it from me and it appears on her bed!

I made this using a Jelly Roll from Gingiber by Moda  called Savannah. I love the colors of it!

You can almost see, but the backing is a light yellow color. It took me a little longer to finish because I forgot to put my walking foot on my machine, and broke my machine. So I am currently borrowing my sisters sewing machine until I figure out a new one!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Quilt Number Eight

Quilt number eight I started three years ago before we moved into our current house. I knew which colors I wanted to put in my then 2 year old's room. Pinks and mint!

I gave it to her for Christmas this past year. And because she loves blankets, she was very excited about it. I quilted it at a local quilting shop, using their long arm. I love the heart quilting pattern!

I absolutely love the colors on this quilt. And I think it's safe to say this is my absolute favorite quilt! 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fireplace Built In Remodel

We recently had our fireplace redone! We have been in our house almost three years and I have been dreaming of these built-ins for my fireplace since day one!

I can't even believe my before picture any more!! This has been finished for about a month now, and I simply can't believe the change! My before! Can you believe it???

To the right of our old sad fireplace, was all of our internet boxes. After we tried to move them to a different room, I decided that instead of buying a cabinet to hide them in, I would just put in the extra money to have built-ins made. And since I was having built-ins built, I decided it was the perfect time to beef up the actual fireplace as well!!

When we were picking out everything for our new house, the fireplace options were seriously lacking. I hated the tile from day one. It wasn't what I wanted. I also did not like how the mantle was so small. There was dry wall on the sides of the fireplace. It just seemed small.

My husband and I are not blessed with the talent to build something like this, but luckily my mom has a cousin who does AMAZING work!! The only problem with hiring him is he is SO BUSY!!!! (I joked and told him to put me on his schedule for 2020 for something, I don't know what, but I want him to do something!!!) He has built custom mudroom shelving for us as well! And the other nice thing is he lets me paint the cabinets before he installs them. It saves me a bit of money by doing that myself and then I feel like I helped!

A couple in progress shots! It took him 3 days to install it with putting in the new tile, and letting everything dry before grouting! But it was SO worth it!!


Figuring out what to have him build was the fun part! I spent hours on Pinterest looking at different ideas. I ended up using this pin as inspiration. We have a very similar layout, so this pin was a great inspiration. Another big debate was what to put in for tile. I originally got a quote for porcelain tile to look like marble and then marble. After thinking about it for about an hour, I decided in this fireplace I was changing everything I didn't like about the current one So it was an easy decision to put in Marble, and I am SOOO glad I did. It made a HUGE difference and looks amazing!!! 

I am SO happy with how these turned out!!! I seriously can't believe this is my house!!! 

Decorating the shelves was also so much fun! I also had him add in an extra electrical outlet on each side of the fireplace so I could put a lamp on the top shelf. Our room is so dark at night that this has made a huge difference! 

A few more pictures, just because!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Quilt Number 7!

Quilt number SEVEN, was a Christmas gift for my new baby niece. It was finished about a day before Christmas, so I wrapped it and never took a picture of it! For this quilt I used two Jelly Rolls, but only about half from each pack. I had a really hard time finding only a pink and grey Jelly Roll, so I had to remove the blue!

I used 6.5 inch strips for this quilt and ended up making 80 - 6.5 by 6.5 inch squares. For my back I used super soft matching flannel!! It was so cozy, I wanted to take a nap with it!

Originally quilt number 7 was going to be a quilt for me. But that quilt was set aside to finish this one first. I might have finally finished that quilt a few months too late.