Isabella Dress

Say hello to this gorgeous little number! I got to be a tester for it!

Isn’t it darling? It is the Isabella Dress by Ollie and Annie. The pattern comes as a dress or tunic length. The front and back skirt have pleats and the back closes with 5 or 6 buttons. ( depends on the size you make) It has NO BUTTONHOLES, though. Instead it has loops! Buttonholes don’t bother me much anymore, but the loops were a chance to add a little bit of fun to the back of the dress. The bodice works well with a top under or as is.

For my fabric I used a sweet fat quarter I had won in a giveaway and a sheet in my stash that just wasn’t soft enough for me to want to sleep on, but perfect to make a skirt where a little stiffness is appreciated! I had a covered button kit that I used for the buttons down the back. The pattern calls for 7/8″ buttons which I didn’t have. Mine were 3/4″ which is pretty close, but I adjusted the button loops slightly smaller to make sure they stayed good and closed.

I had no trouble sewing this up at all. The directions were very clear and well written. (Some of the best I have run into!) Pleats are something I have never done before. They have always seamed a little fussy and intimidating, but this pattern has a pleat guide that made it really easy. I think the pleats turned out lovely! The fit on the bodice was perfect. I went by the chest measurement. I was a little unsure if it would work since Abigail is mostly in size 24months clothes. I was worried it would be too short, but the skirt on the dress was a perfect length. Extra length means it will fit longer!

Today only you can get 20% off the pattern with the code: Isabella20 .

As you can see fall is on its was here. The goldenrod and asters are in bloom!



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Healthy Living E-book Bundle

Coming in about 2 weeks…Can’t wait!




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Goat Humor

I can’t count the number of trees, flowers, and shrubs my goats have destroyed in the last five years. We got a new fencer this summer and it seems to be keeping them in now. Let’s hope for the best!


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Busy Season

Summer is always a busy season for us. We usually have a good size garden, meat animals, and some ministry/Bible conference stuff, and the county fair to fill our time in the summer.

These got even taller! The woodchuck knocked over a bunch of them and ate the tops, so it was a small bean harvest. 🙁


My garden has done well this year and I had little trouble with it until a tree crushed our garden fence earlier this summer.. This left great access for our local wood chuck family. They happen to LOVE things like lettuce, bean plants, dill, cucumbers, peas, cilantro, and carrot tops. I do not love them, though. In fact, I could truthfully say that I passionately dislike them! I tried to get my furry enemy out several ways, but they just didn’t work until last week when it abandoned its three burrows for no particular reason that I could see! YAY! Richard cut up the tree, so I can repair the fence. I also have plans to repair some spots where the rabbits can get under, and I need to figure out what is eating my tomatoes now…but there is NO WOODCHUCK.

Earlier this month was our county fair. I always enter lots of sewing stuff and photography. This year we also did a homeschool booth for our local homeschool group and a personal homeschool table. The kids competed against their cousins and the pastor’s kids. We got 3rd place out of 3 people. Ha! Can’t win them all. 😉 It was our first year, so it was all for fun. Watch out for us next year. We will be prepared. Muhahahaha! Richie and Lillon showed zinnias and each sewed a pillow. Our whole family enjoyed the demo derby. It is a family tradition for the Sunday afternoon of the fair. After we go home from the demo derby we know the fair is over until next year.


One thing that I am excited about is the new farmer’s market that just started in town. I was even more excited when I found out that vendors could sell for free the first season. I think it started at the end of July, but our first week was last Wednesday. I sold hair bows, headbands, and girl’s gingham aprons. I will try to get some pictures up soon. Richie and Lillon sold zinnias and basil. A couple friends of mine were selling there, too, so we didn’t get lonely.The first market was pretty slow. I sold 5 things, but the kids did okay with their stuff. They want to go again! The local extension office had someone make salsa from the things the vendors were selling. It was so good that I had to go and buy stuff to make my own! Nothing beats garden fresh salsa!


Richard has been speaking quarterly at Berean Bible Church Chippewa Falls, WI for their Timothy Sessions. They have a marathon of preaching and several younger men doing it.  If you know of any young men who would benefit from some preaching practice and some learning please encourage them to join in! If you would like to hear Bible teaching online, Richard has a podcast( see top right corner of this page) or you can listen to the messages from the conference HERE.

I thought I would end this post with a pictures of my turkeys. They were hanging out at our campfire and would not leave us alone!



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Kid’s Clothes Week: Days 3,4,and 5

The goal during KCW is to sew an hour a day for your children. I am not sure if I made an hour or not on Wednesday, but I picked out the pattern and fabric. I also cut it out. The material was from a dress I had picked up to use a LONG time ago. It takes a little longer to cute out something from an re-purpose item, but sometimes you make it up during the sewing stage. I was able to use the original hem on the skirt, so no hemming again! Yippee!

My pattern is the Miss Madeline dress from the Handmade Dress. I won the pattern in a giveaway. I was quite thrilled. The pattern is a pretty simple peasant dress. It sewed up fairly quickly. I sewed most of it Thursday and worked on the waistband and elastic today. The skirt on mine might be a little wider than the original since I used the existing skirt and it is cut on the bias. This makes the drape really nice! My only problem was that the original brown trim on the dress was not usable. It had faded in some spots. I found a pair of brown pants in my re-purpose pile that matched nicely. Unfortunately, I realized after I had sewn it on that it was a bit too heavy and doesn’t look as nice as I had hoped. It is a play dress so not a big deal. Lillon is quite pleased with it and had a ball posing for the pictures! She wanted to wear the necklace she purchased recently some money she got from Great-Grandma her birthday. I think she looks irresistibley sweet in these pictures. It makes my Mama heart swell up with love!


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Kid’s Clothes Week: Days One and Two

It is hard to believe it has been so long since my last blog post. I keep thinking of posting, but I ran into a series of “difficulties”. My nicer camera died- a “lens error”. *sigh* Now I have to use a small, cheap camera that my Mom gave me when I was pregnant with Richie over EIGHT years ago. I am thankful I have something to take pictures with! My battery charger also died. No pictures with the cheapie camera for a while, either. Yeah,  I am a little slow so it took a long time to get a new one. After a trip to Walmart, I have a new battery charger and an ancient camera so I am good to go! You don’t want to hear me boohooing anyway. 😉 On to the sewing!

The theme for Kid’s Clothes Week this year is “Kid Art”. I didn’t follow the theme. I think all sewing is an art. I just made a list of things my kids needed and went from there. Abigail needed some warmer pj’s. I didn’t realize we were going to have such a cool summer, so I thought she could get by with just a onesie most of the time. The weather did not cooperate ( thankfully!) and it has been BEAUTIFUL- mostly between 70 and 80 degrees. I am in heaven!

For the Peachy Pj’s I used two different patterns. The shirt on the pj’s is made from the Fast Stash Onesie pattern. It is a pretty basic pattern and after the first one went together pretty quickly. The bottoms are made from the Leena’s Leggings pattern. It is FREE. Can it get better than that? I added cuffs to the bottom for longer wear. The peachy fabric is something I picked at an estate sale in a box of sewing goodies. Estate sales are wonderful for finding fun sewing stuff! For some added fun I took a monkey I cut from a worn out stained t-shirt and stitched it on the front. I am in love!

Lookin' good in the Peachy Pj's

"Do we have to take pictures?"


For the purple pj’s I used the same patterns but changed things up a bit. I hacked the shirt pattern up and turned it into a long sleeved raglan. The fabric is a wonderfully soft t-shirt that has been in my re-purpose stash for too long. I wish I had pj’s made out of it! I used a purple thrift store t-shirt for the leggings. It made for a really quick sew since I was able to use the t-shirt hem for leg hem. NO HEMMING! Yay!

Snuggling with Teddy

Too cute for words!

Also sitting in my re-purpose pile was a tube top I picked up for just such a purpose as an adorable baby t-shirt. This was also a hack of the Fast Stash pattern. I just shortened the pattern so it didn’t have the snap bottom on it, and re-used the pretty, wide hem on the bottom of the boob tube. The bra lining had enough fabric to make the collar.

No more Pj's!

This is my favorite thing I made up this week. The coral color makes me smile every time I look at it.  Abigail wore it to a party already! We had a cookout last night with friends for some visiting missionaries to South Africa. They were so nice and had a baby Abigail’s age. There ended up being a whole pile of kids there. The adults were vastly outnumbered! I have a dress on the cutting table for Lillon, so hopefully I will get that up here, too! I also am hoping to give some updates on my critters and garden soon.
kid's clothes week

Are we done, yet?

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Pattern Testing: Puffer Shorts

Well, it isn’t quite shorts season here, but hopefully summer will come. I am beginning to wonder if it will ever warm up! I had an opportunity to test some shorts for Abigail. She will need some if/when it warms up. 😉 ( Note: I tested these last month.It has warmed up this week! Yay!)

These Puffer Shorts are from Whimsy Couture. They work great is shorts or under a dress. I love that you can have fun with your fabric choices and have lots of color or just a little bit. I think the pockets on the outside are just awesome! A bonus is that they fit over cloth diapers. Abigail is wearing cloth diapers under them in the pictures. I am always on the look out for clothes that fit well over cloth.

The instructions were super clear and I really liked how they turned out. Abigail looks a little less than impressed in the pictures, because it was COLD out that day…and everyday. She also did not want to stand still! Most of the pictures were taken on the run. She has a blast whenever I turn her loose outside.

While Abigail could care less everyone else gave her new outfit their seal of approval!

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Spring Farm Updates

Spring has finally come to the farm! This year we got turkeys and chicks again this year. They were tiny and cute a few weeks ago. They looked like this:

Soft, Fluffy, Cute!


In just four short weeks, they look like this:

Turkey Poults

These are my turkey poults. They are a blast at this stage. Turkeys are much more personable that meat chicks. These ones have been following us around as we work on various projects. Here you can see them eating asparagus! If one of the kids goes running across the lawn, seven turkeys can be seen running along, too! It is a good thing they get less cute as they get older.

This turkey is looking at her reflection in the window.


Abigail really enjoys the critters on the farm. We were working on pitching last year’s manure out of the goat pen. You can see the turkey again hanging out where all the action was!


My Menagerie


Speaking of manure, I am glad to have Richard around to do the grunt work! He has been abusy guy helping with the manure, setting up my clothesline, and trying to get the rototiller back into working order. Hopefully, I will be planting my main garden soon. In the mean time, I have been busy with things like lettuce, beets, carrots, and radishes. My radishes will be ready in a few days! Yippee!


Grunt Man



Our place has lots of apple and crab apple trees. I look forward to when they bloom every spring. We have three full size apple trees, two smaller trees that I planted recently, and six crab apple trees! That is a lot of beautiful flowers! Their scent hits you when you walk out the door.


Crab Apple Blossoms



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Just Peachy ( or How to plant a tree in a hundred easy steps)

My birthday was recently. ( okay, maybe not. It was 2 months ago, but the tree just came recently.) My Mom asked me what I wanted and one of the things I requested was a peach tree. Growing peaches is pretty iffy in zone four, but I decided I want to give it a try. The tree I got was “Contender”. It is cold hardy to zone four, though we will see if that just means “will be alive when winter gets through” or if it means “it will thrive and bear fruit”.

Contender Peach- Will you grow for me?


The first step in planting my new tree was finding a spot. ” Richard, where can I plant a tree where it won’t get run over or mowed over?” He waved in a general direction and said, “Over there somewhere.”  Hmmm…okay.


Step two was gathering tools and children. They wanted to help me. I rarely refuse help!

Children and Tools gathered


Step three: Dig a BIG hole. Richie enjoyed helping me dig the hole. The girls made sure it was deep enough.


"Is it deep enough, Mom?" Not quite...


A little deeper…


"Now, Mom?"


Yes, that looks good. Now where did we put that tree?

Step four is the part we have been waiting for! Put the tree in the ground. This is where those extra hands come in errr…handy. 😉 Richie held the tree straight for me, and we started step five…


My littlest helper


Add lots of dirt and water! The wheelbarrow holds dirt and aged manure. We alternated dirt, manure, and water.


LOTS of water

Ta Da!


Impressive, huh!


Okay, not quite done! We didn’t get it mulched. It started pouring rain. I packed the kids and tools and made a mad dash for the house!


I have to add this picture, because it is just too cute to l eave out!


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SewMamaSew Giveaway Day

One of the funnest days in blogland is here! It is the SewMamaSew Giveaway day! This year I thought I would join in the fun and giveaway some fun things. I couldn’t make up my mind what to giveaway, so I have THREE options! There will be two winners.  This year I will be limiting the giveaway to North America since I have no clue what shipping is internationally.

You can win by leaving me a comment saying which prize you would like to win. For a second chance you may leave me a comment letting me know how you are following me.

You can follow with FACEBOOK, PINTEREST, Feedburner, or email. ( last two can be found on the sidebar)

When you are done entering, click the SewMamaSew button at the top of the page to find LOTS more giveaways!

Option ONE Vintage Sewing Lovelies(needle book, wooden spool, snaps, seam binding. doily not included):


Option TWO Vintage Kid’s Patterns ( size 2)


Option THREE Dress/Slip/Tank Pattern(xs-xl) and Coloring Bag:

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you come back and take a look around when the giveaway is over. Winner will be picked on May16th after 5pm Central Time.

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