Monday, July 27, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe: Kids Part 2 {Girls Printable Wardrobe Planner}

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Let's face it. I am not that great when it comes to figuring out the little girl's clothes. Planning her wardrobe? I seem at a complete loss. But I have a printable version like my little boy's printable planner, but for girls. 
Missed some of my other capsule wardrobe posts? You can read up on them here!

Check out the girls version here: Wardrobe Planner for Girls - Fall/Winter

This one has been a greater work in progress. Maybe because she is still little, potty training with regular accidents, and has to change her clothes 3-4 times daily. Really?!? What is up with that? She is so darn picky when it comes to her clothes! The child will pick something out and screech bloody murder to get it off with no idea why. This, of course, is when I can manage to get her into clothes in the first place.

But, aside from her strange wardrobe aversions (which I have yet to discover the specifics), I have created this bare bones idea of what a little girl needs in her closet. 

I may need to change the numbers to double just to account for her accidents, carrying extra clothes and daily wardrobe changes.

After going through her clothes (so far, I'm not even close to being done!), taking away what she refuses to wear, and boxing up what doesn't fit...

What I still need to create:

2 pairs of pants: Skinny Jeans by PAB (affiliate links), she loves her bootcut jeans from Old Navy - Looking for a pdf!
1 mid-heavy weight sweater: (haven't decided yet, suggestions?)
1 fancy dress: Holly and Ivy by GYCT Designs (affiliate links)
2 long sleeve: Tinley Tee and Rival Raglan by GYCT Designs (affiliate links)
(maybe) Blazer/dress jacket: Winter Wear Designs Phresh Blazer

Really, that's it. I could hold off on the dress and the sweater. I would like to do the blazer because it's nice to have, and she loved her old one (which she outgrew so fast!)

Honestly thought. I have 4 drawers of clothes filled (mostly shirts) with sizes 12 months to 3T, a closet filled with dresses 24 months to 5T, and a drawer that is for pajamas alone sizes 12 months to 3T. Granted some of the clothes don't fit yet and some of the 12 month stuff no longer does fit! I just need to be more diligent with taking things out that she doesn't wear and doesn't fit. So far I have removed a small diaper box of clothes... Just need to keep chipping away! :)

Share your thoughts:

Do you just shop/sew for your kids clothes? Or do you put together a plan before you start sewing/take a trip to the store?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe: Moving on to the Kids {Boys Printable Wardrobe Planner}

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So I have mentioned quite a bit about building a capsule wardrobe.
Read about what I have learned here, what I have been thankful for here, and my more recent post here.

After the joys that my capsule wardrobe has given me, and the release, I have come to conclusion that I need to be doing this with my kids clothes too.

I made a Capsule Wardrobe for Boys printable set to help me stay organized. Once I figure out girls clothes, I will work on one of those too!

I sort of started this not that long ago, which makes this part easy. But at the same time most of my son's clothes do not fit him. ( I haven't quite figured out the little lady's wardrobe yet, that will come later). So, he is in need of clothes.

Honestly though. I wait until last minute to that boy's laundry. And then there is a pile up because there are just so many! I am hoping that this will help with the laundry like it did with my clothes!

step one... Take everything out of the closet that doesn't fit. Just like if you were to do your own closet.

step two... categorize what you do have

step three... figure out what you need

step four... decide on patterns to use, fabrics to use then...

step five... sew!

Easy right? yes... well... easier said than done. I needed to go through clothes when the little was not watching and then promptly remove them from (or put them up in) his closet so as not to entice their little grubby hands to grab, play, and throw across the room.

But, in an attempt to organize the sewing that I need want to do I created this worksheet to use. Complete with outfit planning! It has a spread sheet to organize your sewing and write down the patterns you wish to use (1 with numbers of items and 1 without) and 6 sheets for planning the outfits and spaces for fabric swatches. taking into consideration that you may or may not need all of them. They can be reprinted for further planning purposes

So far what I have decided to sew?
2 GYCT Designs Rival Raglans, 1 Long Sleeve and 1 short sleeve Tinley Tee, Denali Jacket and Jean & Jamey Jammies (affiliate links)
Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop long Sleeve Classic Ringer Tee, skinny jeans, A&AWinter PJs (affiliate links)
Brownie Goose Butler Britches
Shwin Designs Number 9 Trousers
Momma Quail Patterns Timmy Top or Shwin Designs Maxwell Top
P4P Lumberjack Shirt as a jacket
Winter Wear Designs Aviator Pants

Any Suggestions? Maybe you have some pattern you love? ;)

check out my printable pages here! I have 2 different charts. one with numbers and one without so you can create more of what you want. I have up to 7 spaces so you can write down the pattern you wish to use. Then there are 6 outfit planning printables too. I don't think I am going to be using these much, but it was fun!

Have you checked out Rebel and Malice? She has started a capsule sew along for kids fall outfits for back to school!  There is a facebook group and some other planning tools available too. You don't need to sew, you could use if for purchasing back to school clothes too!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Building My Capsule Wardrobe: Month 3: Round 2: Time for a Fresh Start

When I set out on this adventure of limiting my wardrobe in the Capsule fashion, I was confused as to the limitations of having that set wardrobe for only 3 months.

Why only 3 months?!? It made no sense. 

Of course, in the southwest desert we only have 2 seasons. 
1.   Hot 
2.   sort of not Hot. 

Based on this I figured I would really only need to go through the process twice. Once for hot (which I started 3 months ago) and once for the not so Hot season. 

I was wrong.

We are HOT right now. My warbrobe is no longer sufficient. I'm not comfortable, it's humid from the monsoons; still fairly dry though, I'm not really complaining! But the colors do not match my mood, my feelings, or how my body is feeling at the moment. 

And, guess what!?! It's been 3 months! Those people that do it for 3 months? Yeah... they are brilliant.

I am not going to attempt sewing anything new. Maybe a new skirt, but that is very doubtful. Not right now. I'll be sharing why in a little bit. But, not today.

I have set up a new capsule wardrobe and traded out some items to be more fitting to my mood and the monsoon season. But have keept some items.

I have to say though that this has been a great experience for me. I have taken boxes (and I mean LOTS) of clothes to goodwill. I was going to try the second hand store but really, I didn't want to bother. I just wanted them gone. And, I didn't even worry about turning them into clothes for kids except for the ones that had holes in the hem and shoulders. I love having more room in my closet, more room in my drawers and less laundry to have to worry about.

I think I am going to be limiting the kids clothes too! I'm tired of having tons of their laundry to have to worry about. Aside from the potty training little girl. That laundry is pretty much unavoidable.

So... Here is the list for my new wardrobe... 

5 camisoles
4 tanks
4 shirts
2 blouses (1 sleeveless, 1 with)
1 cardigan
2 capri
1 pants
3 skirts
3 dresses
2 necklaces
27 Items

I decided not to count shoes. I am sticking with a sneaker, ballet flat, and flip flop.

I'm seriously in the middle with clothes right now and the heat with the monsoon has limited in what I am comfortable.

I'm incorporating some more browns and more blues, but still have some pink accents in there a little bit.

This is definitely going to be changing soon, but I am holding on as long as I can to these items! ;) I am hoping I can make it another 3 months!

Happy Organizing!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mystery Challenge: Moments and People Throughout History: Round Up

Back in the end of May/beginning of June (yes, it was that long ago) a group of bloggers had ourselves a mystery challenge where we shared a crafting prompt that followed a theme...

Well, this round of the Mystery Challenge had come to an end.

If you just so happened to miss some of these amazing women's creations, never fear; a round up is here! 

Mystery Challenge: Moments and People Throughout History: Round Up
The Berry Bunch - Frank Lloyd Wright │ Sew Not Perfect - Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy │ Create 3.5 - George Sand

Mystery Challenge: Moments and People Throughout History: Round Up
Zoe and Ted - Suffragetes │ Pen Seb Rox - Piet Mondriaan  House of Estrela - Woodstock/Fall of the Berlin Wall  

Mystery Challenge: Moments and People Throughout History: Round Up
Super Stay at Home Mommy - Madame Tussaud │ Gloria June - Florence Nightingale │ Keep Calm and Carrion - Jackie Kennedy │ Sofilantjes - Andy Warhol

Mystery Challenge: Moments and People Throughout History: Round Up
Busy Little Bee - Marie Antoinette │ Pienkel - Bianca Jagger │ Huisje Boompje Boefjes - Anne Frank

Mystery Challenge: Moments and People Throughout History: Round Up
Taking it Up a Notch - Queen Victoria │ Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug - 1964 New York World Fair │  Kelly's Sewing Creations - Steampunk Mary Queen of Scots │ Pretty Little Blog - Moon Landing

Mystery Challenge: Moments and People Throughout History: Round Up
Sew Starly - Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II │ Hibbadoray - Amelia Earhart │ Sew Far North - Countess Markievicz (1868-1927)Made By Sara - John Dillinger/Roaring 20's 

Mystery Challenge: Moments and People Throughout History: Round Up
Country Bella - 1900's World's Fair/Art Nouveau │ Lulu and Celeste - Rosie the RiveterSew Domesticated - 1960's/Civil Rights Movement │ Rebel and Malice - French Revolution/Joan of Arch

So many amazing, talented bloggers. I feel honored to participate with them in this fun challenge of our craftiness. If you missed some of them, go back and check them out. If you forgot some of these awesome ladies projects, go back and view them again!

Until next time...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Round-Up: A Week to Beat the Heat

Thanks for following in this fun week! So many activities to do while you and the kids are facing these higher summer temperatures!

In case you missed them, check them out!

Kelly J Designs: Painting with Water

What do you do to stay cool?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Water Painting with Kelly J Designs: A Week to Beat the Heat

Last day of A Week to Beat the the Heat and I have had so much fun!

If you missed the previous days, check them out:
Mae&K Ways to stay cool
homemade snowcones with the wholesome mama!
fresh fruit popsicles with Create 3.5!
Ice and Water fun with HattieLu Handmade

Today we have Kelly J over at Kelly J Designs doing some painting with water!

We are beating the heat by painting with water!  This was a favorite summer activity of mine when I was a kid and now I'm sharing it with my boys.  You just need some cheap paint brushes, a bucket of water, and cement.  Paint your cement canvas over and over again as your water "paint" dries in the hot sun and disappears.  Or paint some toys, the house, or even each other for a nice cool down!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Water and Ice Activity with HattieLu Handmade: A Week to Beat the Heat

Day 4 of A Week to Beat the Heat is here! This week has gone by so fast, my goodness! With so many neat ideas to keep you cool during the remainder of these warm hot summer days, it'll make the rest of the summer go by so fast!

If you missed the previous days, check them out:
Mae&K Ways to stay cool
homemade snowcones with the wholesome mama!
fresh fruit popsicles with Create 3.5!

Today we have Hattie over at HattieLu Handmade for her water and ice activity!

"My Boys love the outdoors! If they could have their wish we'd be outside from sun up to sun down. To keep the boys moving and shaking, I came up with an awesome use for water and ice. Get ready to get messy while having a blast!"

So much fun! I cannot wait to give that a try with my kiddos. Well, at least baby girl. I know she loves to get super messy! :)

Check it out! Have fun and stay cool!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fresh Fruit Popsicles from Create 5.5: A Week to Beat the Heat

Have you been following along this week? It has been great fun!

If you missed the previous days, check them out:
Mae&K Ways to stay cool
Wholesome Momma Snowcones with Natural Flavorings

Today we have Meriel from Create 3.5 with some fun fruit popsicles!

We made ice pops! Homemade flavors are the best, customized to include family favorites. Today we have sweet tea with candied lemon, for a "sophisticated" ice pop that kids can enjoy as well as parents! The perfect way to beat the heat - and have a little fun, too!

Those sound so good. I think I will be putting some in my freezer! 

Have fun and stay cool! 

S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

The Berry Bunch: S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

Welcome to my stop on the Sewing With Boys: S is for Sewing, Blog Tour!

I love sewing for my boy. Half the stuff I make is for him. He loves it and will choose a handmade item over store bought any day; the other day he chose a handmade shirt over a store bought ninja turtle shirt!!! Husband and I were totally surprised, and I must say I was super stoked!

The Berry Bunch: S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

And, the Sewing With Boys team has done it again with another ah-may-zing EBook! (didn't see their first one, check out my tour post here) You can pick up your copy of the e-book here discounted 15% off for a short time!

My little guy doesn't start school until next fall summer (since we start in the middle of July) and I am not sending him to preschool mostly due to cost. So instead I have decided to homeschool him in preschool, but these articles are totally applicable even now. I can't wait to apply them to when he starts kindergarten next year.

My two favorites are Handmade Back to School Wardrobe and Back 2 School Photo Tips and Tricks

Building your kids wardrobe is almost a daunting task when left without a plan. But the article gives great representation, pattern options, and combinations that can fit into any boy's style. And since my little guy is outgrowing his current wardrobe, I am going to be (hopefully) planning to replace items in bigger sizes!

Back to school pictures have always left me... well... daunted. Maybe it's because the kiddos aren't going to school (yet) or maybe it's because my mom never really took pictures (well, at least once we moved to AZ from CA). But I have seen some co-workers pictures, online bloggers pictures and I always wondered how they planned and arranged the photo shoots. The tips and tricks in the e-book have definitely helped instill ideas and prep needed to take some awesome photos for back to school!

The Berry Bunch: S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

The E-book has 4 main patterns. I sewed up the Quadrilateral T for my little man. the pocket is awesome for little nick-knacks or small toys that he decides to bring with him (and there is always at least one).

The Berry Bunch: S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

I realized with the pictures I sewed the pockets on the wrong side. I will have to fix that tonight after he changes. He wont take it off today!

The Berry Bunch: S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

Like their last e-book. This one has lots of extras and patterns.

The Berry Bunch: S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

I sewed up the pencil pouch using leftover fabric from the first quilt I made for little man.

The Berry Bunch: S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

The knee patches are the perfect thing for this little guy as he finally wore out the knee in a pair of pants! It's the first time he has ever done this, but he is a boy after all! :)

The Berry Bunch: S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

obviously, that is not my best sewing but I was unable to push a needle through that by hand and I could barely get the leg onto my sewing machine. I wasn't ready to pick out the inseam threads but I think that might need to be the way to go to get a patch on that hole in his knee. Plus, the child wanted no design on it. Weird kid. LOL, but he is happy his knee wont show or get scratched if he falls again...

And, if you haven't freezer paper stenciled anything yet, there is an awesome tutorial which gave me an idea for little man's birthday... in about 5 months!

But for now... We were outside enjoying the after the rain...

The Berry Bunch: S is for Sewing {Sewing With Boys: E-Book Review}

Don't forget to check out these other awesome ladies and their reviews/creations from the e-book! Lots more to see and share!

July 13th
Pattern Revolution
Sewing Mama Raeanna
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

July 14th
Lulu & Celeste

July 15th
Huisje Boompje Boefjes
The Berry Bunch (your here!)
FABulous Home Sewn
House of Estrela

July 16th
Mae & K
Oh Sew Boy!
Wild & Wanderful

July 17th
Call Ajare
The Wholesome Mama
Rebel & Malice
Handcrafted by RED

Blog: Sewing With Boys
Etsy: Sewing With Boys and SWB S is for Sewing Ebook

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Snow Cones with The Wholesome Mama: A Week to Beat the Heat

Welcome to day 2 of the series A Week To Beat the Heat! 

Did you have fun yesterday trying out some of those activities by Mae&K? If not check out her fun ideas here! or day three with Create 3.5 here

Today we have Courtney from The Wholesome Mama!

Want a sweet treat to beat the heat? Head on over to find out an easy way to feed those taste buds and take a little edge off the heat this summer!
Homemade Snow Cones

Yummy! I cannot wait to try some of these!

Have fun and stay cool!

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Week to Beat the Heat: Kicking off with a Round Up from Mae&K!

It's the middle of summer. It's been hot. Here in the desert it has been in the 100's. Actually we got into the 110's for a few days! What a perfect time to have a tour of activities you can do with your little ones to help stay cool during these hottest months of the year! Plus, our kids out here start school in a week, so what a fun way to finish off summer!

Introducing: A Week to Beat the Heat

Kicking off is the awesome Maegan over at Mae&K with 5 ways to stay cool over the summer without a pool!

Some awesome ideas! I love seeing water play without a water table (we don't have one) and I totally haven't thought of just using buckets and bowls!

Check it out! and stay cool!

check out day two, homemade snowcones with the wholesome mama!
day three, fresh fruit popsicles with Create 3.5!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 Finish Along: Quarter 3: Goals {2015 FAL Q3}

We have finished Quarter 2 and already half way through the year? Oh my! How have your finishes been coming along?

Here is my list for this quarter. I am not expecting to finish all of them but I am sure hoping to at least knock out another 1 or two again this quarter! Yay!

1. Labyrinth Lap Quilt... I am still debating the backing for this, if I really want to use it...but I have nothing else...

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-Long: Labyrinth Lap Quilt

2.  My band shirt memory quilt... I found a backing by andover fabrics! It's perfect! There is no reason for this not to get done now! Ha!

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-Long: Band Shirt Memory Quilt

3. This is baby girl's baby shower quilt.  No extra signers. I think it is time to just sew it up. She needs a momma made quilt. The blocks are back into the box I got them in... :( Poor thing. By this time I was finishing up Nikolai's first quilt.

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-Long: Baby Shower Quilt

4. This circle quilt. It was supposed to be for a fabric challenge... I look at this and love it still. I need to finish it!

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-A-long: Circle Quilt

5. These are supposed to be some Peasant Tops pattern by Tie Dye Diva Patterns (affiliate link) for Baby Girl. I was working on them, then got carried away with something else and I hadn't gone back to them and now, sitting in a manilla folder in the craft room. Better finish them before she cannot wear them! 

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish Along: Peasant Tops

6. This is going to be Little Man's Going to Grandma's/&or/Grandpa's over night bag. It is going to be the Dorothy Day Tripper by Swoon Sewing Patterns (affiliate links) ... 
7. If I have enough left over I also want to make a Tiny Explorer Backpack by Diedelbug Handmade for him when we go to MOPs meetings, the Zoo, and anything else that seems to fit with learning and fun. ;)

The Berry Bunch: 2015 Finish-Along: Dinosaur Bags

Linking up to On the Windy Side!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side