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    How to make baby hair grow -10 Tips for Baby Hair Growth

    Children and babies are a little creature of nature. Every parent wants their baby to look adorable. Though, being parents may you wish to have your baby hair grow quickly and beautifully? Because beautiful long hair makes little angels more adorable.
    That’s why here, we are going to cover some fabulous tips which help your little one hair grow quickly and beautifully. But these tips are recommended to use for kids who are of six months or older. But if your little one is younger than six months, then may all these tips will not best to use on them.

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    Best methods to grow your baby hair

    1. Oil massage

      Select the best baby hair oil for hair growth and keep giving massage on your kid’s scalp with it. It will increase the healthy blood circulation in your kid’s head.

    2. Coconut oil

      Coconut oil is good to use as a baby hair growth oil. It contains vitamin C, vitamin B, iron as well as vitamin E. Coconut oil helps out to grow healthy hair in child’s and prevent hair fall in them; keep giving massage on your kid’s scalp using coconut oil. Then leave it for about thirty minutes for perfect results. Wash their hair with good shampoo after applying that.

    3. Aloe Vera

      If you are looking for the healthy growth of your baby hair, then aloe vera can be a great option. Aloe vera oil has a sufficient amount of vitamin E, C, and A. These vitamins help out to maintain the pH of kid’s hair. At the same time these vitamins also prevent hair fall. Apply aloe vera oil on your baby scalp and leave it for some time. Then wash it using a good kid’s shampoo.

    4. Gelatin

      Gelatin is an essential form of amino acids for both adults and kids. As infants can only consume milk, so it is difficult to include these amino acids in kid’s diet. The amino acid can promote hair growth. Mix the gelatin powder teaspoon with the teaspoon of hot water, cold water, apple cider winger, or hot water. Then massage it into the scalp of your infant, leave it for some and then wash with the shampoo.

    5. Dairy product

      No matter your baby is on solid food or breast food, these products can help your kids with hair growth. If your baby feeds your breast milk, then you can consume itself, then it will share with your baby with your breast milk. But if your baby is on the solids, then you can provide it by adding cheese, yogurt, etc. in their meals.

    6. Haircuts

      Being parents, the first haircut of their kids is a memorable moment of life. Normally, the first hair of the baby is safe in the box for preservation. Though if your kid has a problem with hair loss, then a small trim can be useful for hair growth.

    7. Use the quality shampoo

      It is difficult to choose any one baby shampoo from so many types of baby shampoo available in the market. Then how can you know which one will suit your baby, or which one will work best for the healthy hair and skin? Choose the baby shampoo, which has a very less detergent amount, and it is 100 % natural. The lesser chemicals your baby shampoo has, the better it will work for your baby hair and skin health.

    8. Argan oil

      Its popularity is increasing from many years. It is very beneficial for hair growth due to which many hair salons offer many products that have argan oil. Argon oil is useful for kids as it is for adults. It moisturizes the scalp to enhance the growth of thick, healthy, and silky hair.

    9. Healthy eating

      When your baby begins eating solid food or semi-solid food, it is essential to include nutritious food in their diet as much as possible. Vitamin D helps out in the growth of hair; therefore, you can provide them vegetables like sweet potato and pumpkin for kick start growth.

    10. Remove dry scalp

      Natural oils help to get the root of the hair loss problem among babies. Because most of the time, babies have the problem of cradle cap due to which they can experience hair loss problems. Formulated baby oil, which made up of natural ingredients, can buy, and even you can add castor oil to increase your baby hair growth.

    Extra tips to look over for baby hair growth

    • If your little one has the cradle cap, then brush it daily at the time of shampooing your baby hair. Use the soft hairbrush to massage your baby hair gently.

    • Make a feeding schedule for your baby in which add all essential vitamins and minerals for your baby healthy hair growth. Thiamine or vitamin B-1 or B-7, biotin, is crucial for baby hair growth. What’s more, you can also add vitamin A to your kid’s diet; it also promotes hair growth.

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    Secret of the Wings Birthday Party

    Our baby turned 6 this year, 6!!Its all going by so fast!! Being the creative type yes, the Birthday Girl is the princess who designs her own dresses. 😉 She didn’t want just any run of the mill party!!


    Let me just preface this with saying, we don’t do great, big birthday parties in our family. Don’t get me wrong, we make a big, huge deal about birthdays, but we don’t do ginourmus, invite-everyone-you’ve-ever-met-destination birthday parties. I’m not putting that down, I’m just saying its not us. 🙂 We keep our parties smaller, 6-8 kids, only the close friends she actually plays with. That can be hard, don’t get me wrong. Its hard to not invite the child she used to play with but doesn’t see anymore, kids of my friends that she sees once in a while, you know how it goes. Our schools are quite overcrowded, she has 35 other kids in her class so we can’t invite everyone in the class. All that aside, a smaller party with close friends only just works best for us.

    This, however does not mean our parties are simple, stress-free and easy on mom! 🙂 Also, my kids tend to be somewhat ahead of the trend when it comes to parties. They don’t pick a theme that is stocked in your local party store. They often don’t pick a theme you can find online. Like when our son wanted the Olympic Birthday, or the year he wanted a lightening theme (lightening???) Or the year our daughter said she wanted a garden party with flowers and a fairy with brown hair. (She was turning 3 that year.) This past fall, on the heels of the release of the newest Tinkerbell movie, she announced she wanted a “Secret of the Wings” party! I was thrilled! I could just hop on down to the Party City, pick up all the party paraphernalia and be on our way!


    Imagine my surprise to find nothing at the store in connection with the new movie! No Periwinkle anywhere, just standard Tinkerbell stuff! I went home and searched online. Not. A. Thing. How is this possible?? I know my child isn’t the only one who adores Tinkerbell. There are party plates, cups and napkins for every other random kid television show, but nothing for the new Tinkerbell movie! I told my daughter about our predicament and she shrugged her little shoulders and said “I guess we’ll make our own.” So we did!

    Her vision was to turn the house into the Winter Woods (the place where Periwinkle and the other frost fairies live.) While she loves Tink, she was quite taken with the newest fairy and wanted Peri and her winter wonderland to be the star here. Everything should be snowy, frosty, with blue and silver. (Seriously, no pink!?!?!? Shocking!!!) She wanted each girl to have a pair of fairy wings that sparkle, just like Tink and Peri’s in the movie, and a pair of Peri’s shoes. (Which are just like Tink’s except that they are blue.)


    Oh, and she wanted a 6 tiered cake, one for each year. The cake should be frosted in white with pale blue, shimmery snowflakes all over it. At the top of the cake, she wanted figurines of Tink and Peri, holding a snowflake, with a candle in the shape of a 6 at their feet. No, I am not kidding, this is what comes out of her brain. Let’s just tackle that cake, first, shall we?

    I’m not a cake decorator. I can’t make a rose or even a basic border. Here’s the thing. For some reason, our kids want their cakes made by me, and you know I love that. 🙂 I can fake it for birthdays, and I’m a big fan of Cake Boss and Cupcake Wars, but people, this is not my area of giftedness. At first, when she mentioned a 6 tiered cake, I told her that was for a wedding, not a birthday. But then when she explained it was 6 tiers for a reason; one for each year of her life. Well, I appreciate that kind of creative thinking. I brought up the idea of making a big, cupcake display with 6 tiers, but she had cupcakes last year at her Pinkalicious party and she really wanted a real cake. At the suggestion of a dear friend who is a pastry chef (but who, unfortunately moved to Australia so there was no chance of her making the cake FOR me) I went to a store in town and bought 3 cake dummies for the 3 bottom tiers! Cake dummies are pieces of pre-cut styrofoam that you can decorate to look like a real cake! Ha!!! Armed with my 3 cake dummies, a recipe for marshmallow fondant, a snowflake cookie cutter and a promise from my girl that next year she would NOT ask for a 7-tiered cake I felt like I was set!! I really only had to bake a 3 tiered cake and how hard could that be?  So. . .

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    he was thrilled, and that’s all that matters, right? Right??? (Don’t mind me, I’ll just be hiding under the table. Mortified.) Yikes.

    On to something. . .else.

    We found some wonderful cups and plates, and worked some magic with ribbon, tulle and plastic tablecloths. I snagged a bunch of those little snowflake ornaments on the after-Christmas sales and we picked up some little blue flowers and pretended they are periwinkles. The pictures, by the way are courtesy of the birthday girl herself, she’s quite the budding photographer. 🙂

    A Home Made - Secret of the wings party

    In the end of the movie, Tinkerbell arranges for flowers (periwinkles) to fall from the sky with snowflakes, naturally this was part of the vision. So with a little fishing wire, glittery snowflakes and silk flowers, we tried to make it happen. I also grabbed all her Tinkerbell dolls and hung them with fishing wire as well. I was hoping it would look like the fairies were flying around her party in a whimsical kind of way, not like “Who hung the dolls from the ceiling?” in a creepy kind of way. I’m still undecided.A Home Made Secret of the Wings Party decor

    Here’s the finished product, complete with balloons and streamers. How do you like the step-ladder in the corner? Its the details that count. 😉

    A Home Made - Secret of the Wings Party

    As requested, each girl got a pair of fairy wings. That sparkle, like Tinkerbells. We made them out of wire and iridescent wrap. I used this fab tutorial from the fabulous Train To Crazy blog. I am kicking myself for not getting a close up of the wings. They were pretty easy to make and just like real fairy wings, no two are alike. 😉

    Periwinkle’s shoes, however took some time. My first thought was to sew little slippers for each girl. But I had to do the one thing I hate to do; admit I could not do it all. Grrrr. Of course you can purchase the dress up shoes, but yikes, that can get pricey, and didn’t fall under my birthday budget of less than $100. Finally we found little ankle socks. We dyed them light blue and sewed on little pom-poms we made.

    One thing I do love about our birthday parties is doing all the prep work together. The kids love it, I love it and I feel like it makes the whole thing more special because its their vision and they helped realize it. It is a LOT of work, but it is so worth it. 🙂

    The little frost fairies snacked on snowflake and butterfly shaped sandwiches, fresh fruit and the usual kid-favoured snacks. The sipped hot chocolate with whipped cream and snowflake sprinkles, and no I didn’t get pictures of any of this. 🙂

    We played games, pin the wings on the fairy. We pulled out a poster of Tink and traced her wings onto vellum, cut out the wings and ta-da! We also played “Help the Animals into the Winter Woods. In the beginning of the movie, Fawn is doing just that, so my daughter came up with the idea of a game. We used her little beenie babie typed stuffed animals, and each girl had a turn to try and toss them into a pile of snow (tulle) which represented the Winter Woods. They chatted and laughed and played and you could see all those adorable pictures if I wasn’t a paranoid mama with my silly rule of no  pictures of my kids on my blog. 🙂 So picture in your head. . .adorable kids. . .fairy wings. . .smiles. . .

    As always, the most important thing is the birthday child, and  you can imagine my absolute delight when she pronounced her party “PERFECT!!” She said it was exactly what she wanted, and who can ask for more than that?

    A Home Made - Secret of the Wings party kids table

    Which comes down to my big reason for posting this party. See, I don’t think I’m one of those amazing moms on Pinterest that put together these amazing parties with amazing pictures that seem to come from a magazine. I’m just a normal gal who likes to sew and get creative. 🙂 This party is not perfect, glossy and professional  no one will think I spent hundreds on a party planner. But to the birthday girl, it was perfect. The time we spent together sticking fondant snowflakes on a leaning cake, hanging flowers and fairies from the ceiling, and making pom poms for shoes was time well spent. She knows that she is not limited to what is sold in stores and that she can make anything happen. And she thought it was perfect. That’s all that matters. So I decided to post this (lumpy, wilting cake and all) to encourage that mom who thinks she “isn’t crafty enough” because you are. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest Perfect to be a perfect. 🙂

    A Home Made- Preparing for the Secret of the Wings party


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    The Puffle Skirt!

    close up of flounce skirt

    I’ve been playing around with the idea of kind of a bustle skirt for my daughter for a while now. I think it might have been inspired by one too many screenings of Beauty and the Beast, to be honest. I know, her dress really isn’t a bustle, but its bustle-like. I kept visioning a super puffy bustle-ish skirt with an underskirt peeking out underneath. Something a little funky and fun.

    My daughter likes an outfit for every holiday, so I decided to work on her Thanksgiving ensemble and put the idea to work. I’m really pleased with not only how it turned out, but that it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. Truthfully, the tutorial look longer to write than construction! I showed my daughter the finished product and she said “OhMyGosh!!! Its FABulous!!!”

    OhMyGosh, I love her!! 🙂

    It has a drop waist, and bustles at alternating heights. The underskirt peeks out underneath. The bustles are created with buttons and elastic loops sewn inside the skirt which gives you lots of flexibility; the skirt can be worn long, with no bustles. You can bustle one side, or every other bustle, there are lots of fun options. AND you can remove the bustles for easy washing (and ironing.)

    flounce skirt

    I’m new to writing tutorials and so I hope that this is easy for you to follow. Please, email me if you have any questions. As I wrote the tutorial, I realized I don’t have many photographs at the more difficult parts, which would frustrate me if I was trying to follow it. I’m sorry for that and have made a mental note to take more pics in the future!!!

    So here it is, the Puffle Skirt:

    You will need:
    Fabric!! I used 2 yards of fabric  (one each of two coordinating fabrics one for the underskirt and waistband and one for the overskirt.)
    6 small buttons
    6″ of 1/8″ wide or corded elastic cut into 1″ pieces
    1″ elastic for the waist band, cut to to fit your girlie’s waist
    rotary cutter or scissors
    needle, thread and a sewing machine

    First we’ll cut the fabric.For this you’ll need the waist and length measurements. You can measure the child, or a skirt that fits well. For the length, measure from where the skirt will rest on her waist to the length you want the skirt to be. My daughter’s waist is 20″ and my desired length is 12″.

    There are diagrams below for each part, in case you’re a visual person like me. If you’re a math person, well, I’m not, so I’ll apologize now. 🙂 I put my measurements in red on the diagrams so you can get a feel for the “formulas.”

    The waist band: Cut a rectangle 4″ in length by your waist measurement + 5. So for me that was 4×25″

    waistband diagram

    The Underskirt: Cut 2 panels, the width will be the waist measurement doubled, and the length will be your desired length minus 3.25 (taking into account the waist band and seam allowances) For me that would be two rectangles, 20″ wide x 8.75″ long.

    underskirt diagram

    The Overskirt: I wanted the overskirt to be a really full A-line for the bustles, but didn’t want all that bulk at the waist so it’s made up of 6 panels that are a trapazoid shape, basically a rectangle that is wider at one end. So to figure out the size of the panels, we need to do some math. (eek!)

    panel diagram

    The width of the top of the panel will be the width of your underskirt plus 2″ divided by 6. (We want the overall width of the overskirt to be the same as the underskirt so we’re adding the 2″ to account for the seam allowance when you sew the panels together to form the overskirt.) So for me its 40″ plus 2, which is 42″ divided by 6. The top each of my panels will be 7″ wide. 

    The bottom of the panel will be the length of the top of the panel doubled. The bottom of my panel will be 14″

    The length of the panel is your desired length plus 6. This takes into account your seam allowance, waist band and added fabric for the bustle. The length of my panel is 14.5″

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    I went ahead and marked out my measurements on tissue paper to use as a template for cutting the fabric. I also cut out the panels side by side, with every other panel upside down to save on fabric.

    Now you should have 6 trapezoid panels, a waistband and 2 rectangle panels.

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    Lets start sewing!!

    The Waistband:
    All the seam allowances are 1/4″ and are figured into the measurements. Start with the waistband; fold it right sides together and sew a straight seam down the short end.

    Press the seam apart. Sew a zig zag stitch along one long edge. (I prefer to finish the raw edge with a zig-zag stitch rather the fold over twice method, I feel like its less bulk in the waist.) Then fold over the zig-zagged edge 1.25″ and press.

    I like to sew a seam around the top of the casing for the elastic. I read this in the first pattern I ever attempted, it said it gives the skirt a very finished look, and I like the look of it. It isn’t necessary to the construction of the skirt. If desired, sew a seam all the way around the top,  about an 1/8″ from the folded edge.

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    Sew a seam along the zig zagged edge to create the casing for the elastic in the waistband. Be sure to leave a 2″ opening so that you can insert the elastic once the skirt is complete. Lock in your seam by going back and forth at the beginning and end of your seam.

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    Find the middle in the front and back of your waistband and mark each with a pin. I like to put the seam at the side, and mark the middle from there. Set the waistband aside.
    The Overskirt:
    Next we’ll sew the 6 panels together for the overskirt. Take two panels and place them right sides together, lining up the edges. Sew a seam all along the long edge, from the narrow to the wide ends. Continue with another panel making sure to line up the panels right side together. Once the last panel is attached, sew it to the first panel.
    You’ll have a big “tube” with one narrow end and one wider end and a very full A-line! Go back and zig zag all the seamed edges.

    We’re going to hem the bottom of the skirt (the wide end). Normally you would round out the corners where each panel meets, but for this skirt I wanted kind of a funky feel so I left the corners and kinda-sorta did a faux miter at each.

    I didn’t want the corners to be too bulky, so instead of folding the edge over twice for the hem, zig-zag stitch all around the edge of the fabric, the bottom of the skirt.  Then fold over 1/2″ and press. Press a straight edge at the bottom of each panel section. Stop just after the seam that attaches each panel as shown below. Do try to ignore the raggedy edge on this photo! I fixed it after I took the pictures, but neglected to take another photo. 🙂

    Then fold the next section over, starting again at the attaching seam. You should have a corner with its center at the seam.
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    Hem those edges and check out your overskirt! Woo-hoo!
    Turn the overskirt inside out, we’ll mark where the buttons and loops will go. We’re going to sew a button and two elastic loops on the inside of the skirt on each seam allowance, (that little 1/4″ flap of fabric at the seam that connects the panels of the skirt.) The loops will hook right onto the button, pulling the fabric its attached to with it, which will give us the bustle effect on the outside of the skirt. But sewing it on the seam allowance hides it so it doesn’t show. (sneaky, huh?) We’ll sew them in after the skirt is constructed. That way you can pin up the bustles first and make any minor adjustments if you feel like its needed. Also, please note that the button placement will be alternated on every other seam, because I wanted to make this skirt as complicated as possible cute and funky. 🙂 Depending on the length of your skirt, you might need to change up these measurements a bit. I don’t think that you’ll have to change much unless your skirt is several inches shorter or longer than  mine (my finished length is 12″) If your skirt is much shorter you may want to only add one loop measurement. Or if it is much longer, you might want to add one, or add a couple inches in between loops.
    Pick a seam to start with, (it doesn’t matter which one, we’ll mark them all) and measure 2″ from the top of the skirt.  Mark that spot. From the mark measure 4″ down and mark it then repeat another 4″ down and mark that spot. I used colour pencils so that when I came back to it I’d know to put a button on the red dot and a loop on the blue. 🙂
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    Go to the seam directly next to the one you just marked. On this seam measure and mark 6″ from the top for the button, then 4″ down from that mark and another 4″ down. The next seam will be the original measurements, 2″ from the top, then the next will be 6″ from the top. I hope I’m making sense, so you’re alternating that first measurement, where the button will go 2″ from the top, then 6″ from the top. But the loops are always 4″ apart and 4″ from the button. Once all the seams are marked, set the skirt aside.
    The Underskirt:

    This one is very simple: Place the two panels of fabric for the underskirt, right sides together and sew stright down the side edges to form the skirt.ahome made

    Zig-zag the unfinished edges and press the seam to one side.
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    Finish the hem with a zg-zag stitch and then fold the end over 1.5″ and press. Sew a straight stitch all around the edge of the zig-zag stitch and you are done with the underskirt!
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    Putting it all together:
    Grab both the under and overskirts and make sure they are both right side out. Bring the underskirt inside the overskirt, (so that the wrong side of the overskirt is facing the right side of the underskirt just as they will be when the skirt is completed) and pin together at the top. Put a gathering stitch through both pieces at the top of the skirt (the unfinished edges.)  Use your preferred method for gathering, I’ve put mine next for beginners, but feel free to skip to the next step. 🙂
    There are many ways to do a gathering stitch, I like to sew two seams 1/4″ apart and 1/4″ from the edge. Set your machine to the longest stitch length and about 1 on the tension setting. I use a different colour thread in the bobbin, because I am forever being interrupted and that way I’ll know which is the bobbin thread when I come back to the project. 🙂 I also sew the gathering stitches from side seam to side seam, instead of all the way around the edge. So I have two gathering stitches in the front and two in the back. Its a bit of an extra step, but then I’m never left with one side gathered more than the other.
    Turn the overskirt/underskirt combo inside out and mark the center. Turn the waistband upside down (I’m sorry, it is right side up in the picture) and put the waistband inside the skirt with all the unfinished edges together, so the right side of the waistband is facing the right sides of the skirts. Match up the centers of the waistband and the skirts and pin together. Then pin the side seams together. Now your skirts are pinned to the waistband at the side seams and the center in the front and back. Pull the bobbin thread from each side seam to the center pin until each pinned section of the skirt is the same size as the waistband. Pin together.
    Sew a seam all around the top of the skirt, through all three pieces. I sew right in between the gathering stitches. Finish the edge with a zig zag stitch.
    Lay the skirt on your ironing board as shown and press the waistband.
    If desired, put in a topstitch right at the folded edge of the waistband. I like this step, but I know some people prefer to skip it, personal preference here. 🙂 Remove the gathering stitch that is visible. ahome-made.com
    Feed the 1″ elastic through the casing and sew the opening closed. Holy smokes, you’re almost done!!!
    Pull back the overskirt layer, we’ll hand sew the buttons and little loops onto the marks now. I debated about using buttons and loops. Before I sewed them on, I grabbed each “loop” mark, pulled them up to the “button” mark and pinned all three together. I wanted to make sure the bustles looked right before I locked them into place with a needle and thread. At that point, I knew I could just put in a small stitch, sew the bustles into place and be done with it. And you can certainly go that route. But I chose a cotton fabric and I wanted to be able to take the bustles out in order to wash and iron the skirt. Also, the buttons give you more styling options, you can let them down completely and have a longer skirt, you can bustle only every other seam, or both loops on alternating seams and only one on the others.  
    Sew the button to the top mark on one of your seams. Remember that you’re sewing it right onto that seam allowance flap, don’t pull the thread through the front of the skirt. Repeat with the remaining buttons.
    Take one of the 1″ long elastic pieces, I think cord would be best but I didn’t have any and I had tons of 1/8″ so I used that and it works well too. Fold the elastic over, end pieces together and sew the end pieces onto the marks, forming a loop that loops “up” as pictured. Again, do not sew through the skirt itself, only on the little seam allowance flap. Repeat with the remaining pieces, sewing them to all the marks.
    Now you can just pull the elastic loops over the button and you have a “bustle!” Its not something that will come undone when your girl is playing, but easy enough to fasten and unfasten.
    Your skirt is done!! Now she can wear it and flounce around the house like a princess should!
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    The Wishing Flower Dress

    I was so inspired by a post at The Next Bird, she had spilled some bleach on a pair of leggings and decided to “fix” it with a bleach pen. She drew a lily and then a gorgeous, intricate design on a shirt, with the bleach pen. I loved this idea and was instantly inspired by it. I wanted to make my daughter a little summer, day dress and I wanted “wishing flowers” on it. I pictured soft, lightweight knit fabric, a circle, braided neckline and an A-line dress with sweet, little wishing flowers blowing in the breeze.

    dress ahome made

    Wishing flowers are my daughter’s name for a dandelion when its in the white, puffy stage. Because, of course you’re supposed to make a wish and blow on the flower. This girl loves, loves, loves wishing flowers. She will ask me to stop the car if we’re driving along and we see one. And if they are in bloom at the park, she will bypass the swings (the swings!!!) to go make wishes (to the everlasting delight of the landscapers, I am sure.) I wanted to give her wishing flowers all year long so here’s what I did!

    I started with a large women’s tee. A very basic v-neck, one of those $8 ones from Target. For some reason (even though I am not remotely a tee-shirt person) I felt compelled to buy one in every colour just after I had my daughter. They’ve been worn maybe once or twice, I still don’t understand it. But, I have gobs of tees to refashion into fun, little, knit dresses for my girl so its turned out to be a good thing. 🙂 I don’t have a before picture, but I’m pretty sure you can imagine a v-neck tee in your head. 🙂 It is a lovely periwinkle colour and I thought it would be a super backdrop colour for my wishing flowers.

    This was done pretty randomly, no patterns or anything. I used on of her tank tops to measure out the armhole, which of course, ended up being too big because I did the neckline different and I had to go back and make it smaller once the whole dress was done. 🙂 Ah, the joys of winging it. 🙂

    So I measured across the front of her chest to determine how wide I wanted the front bodice to be and then I added a couple inches because I wanted to gather up the bodice to the braided neckline. I cut out front and back  pieces, using the measurement I took for the top of the bodice/dress. I also extended the sides out softly for an A-line finish. I left the bottom hem intact, planning to use it as the bottom of my dress.

    front and back cut outs

    I sewed the sides together and then folded the armholes under just a teeny bit and finished it off with a narrow zig zag stitch. The dress part was done, now on to the neckline!

    folded over edge and sew narrow zig zag on arm holes

    Then I cut three, long, long strips of fabric from the leftovers. I stretched and pulled on them and braided them together, pulling a bit as I went. (Do you like the piece of my hair caught in the braided knit? I thought that was classy, didn’t see it until I uploaded the picture!!)

    Braided strips of fabric

    I measured the length of the braided trim around her shoulders, where I wanted the dress to lay and made sure it would fit over her head. Once I had the length, I put a couple of hand stitches in each end of the braid and  then hand sewed the two ends together. I kind of tucked the loose edges in so (hopefully) it looked like the ends were braided together. Now I had a big, circle braid.

    sew end of braided strips together

    I wanted the connected part of the trim to be in the back of the dress. I found the front, middle of the trim circle and pinned it to the front middle of the dress, folding the edge of the bodice in just a 1/4 of an inch. I took my original chest measurement which was about 6 inches and divided it in half. I measured on the braided trim, 3 inches from the pin (on each side) and pinned the end of my bodice at that point. Hopefully this makes sense to you!!

    handsew trim to back neck

    Then I hand sewed the top of the bodice to the inside of the braid. I did it by hand because I didn’t want the stitches going through the braid and then being visible on the outside of the dress. I kind of gathered it up manually as I went, and since it was only a few inches on either side it was a quick deal. 🙂  I folded the edge of the bodice slightly under. This picture shows the inside of the front of the dress.

    hand sew braided strip to front neckline

    Now we have a fun, frolicky dress perfect for a hot, sunny day! But we aren’t done yet. . .

    finished dress, ready to bleach pen

    Get out that bleach pen!!!! I put a piece of cardboard inside the dress to protect the back, I didn’t want the design bleeding on the back! I drew out my design in white crayon so I had something to follow. I took a picture, but all you could see was blue fabric. 🙂

    drawing on fabric with bleach pen

    Then, using the narrow end of the pen, I followed my design. It isn’t an exact science and lets face it, I’m not an artist. 🙂

    bleach is working

    I let it sit until the bleach dried. It took longer in the middle where the was a lot of bleach. When it was dried I threw it in the wash, easy peasy!!

    close up of bleach pen drawing on dress

    My daughter loves it, I love it! It was a fun project that went just as I’d hoped!! I’d like some better pictures of the dress. When I made the arm holes smaller to fit my daughter, I found it didn’t fit as nicely on the dress form. That form is a 2/3T and its bigger than my petite, little 5 year old!!



    I would have liked the bleach drawing to be a little more precise, perhaps more refined. However my drawing skills are pretty basic, and the bleach just kind of comes out of the pen. But I think it looks fun and whimsical, which is what I was going for.

    close up of bleach

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    A Fairy Village

    I did kind of a silly thing. It was one of those things that seemed harmless, at first.

    I introduced my daughter to Pinterest. Yes. My daughter, the one with big ideas already. To Pinterest. No obviously, I didn’t (and don’t) just let her loose. But one night while we were watching tv, I hopped on to Pinterest and she asked what I was doing. She snuggled up and we looked together. She was hooked. She’s often asking if we can look at projects on Pinterest. I have, more than once, found her playing in her kitchen in the playroom, working on a recipe she “found on Pinterest.” Yeah, its bad. 🙂

    So one day, we cam across some beautiful fairy houses and villages. I’m sure you’ve seen them, there are such beautiful, organic, creations. This happened to be in the middle of Spring Break, we’d spend the previous 3 days at home. Sick. Strep Throat. Blech. So she was feeling (kinda) good, very restless and in need of a project. You know what’s coming, right?

    Our fairy village is not quite as organic as the ones I admired on Pinterest. My daughter likes bright, happy colors. I tried to lead her down the earth-tone paints with no success. She pointed out that, as we live in the desert its pretty much all earth-toned in our backyard and fairies would want something bright and happy. 

    We cheated a little and didn’t make our own houses out of things found in nature, the way you’re supposed to. We went to the craft store and bought birdhouses. 🙂 We spread out on the table and had some fun!

    As you can see, we spared no expense at the craft store. No miniature  $1 bird houses for her. 🙂 Thank goodness for my 40% coupon! We also picked up some teeny-tiny terra-cotta pots, a little wooden pinwheel, the sign and some miniature picket fences. We made a mess, sipped on smoothies and had a blast!

    She loved the idea of the heart-shaped door. Although she insists this house is for the butterflies. 🙂

    We used q-tips, dipped in paint to make the flowers on the roof of our fairy duplex.

    We used decorative glass stones we found in my craft stash for the sidewalks of our village. Fairies do not like to walk on boring, old rocks, you know.

    This was such a fun and easy project. Just perfect for an afternoon with your daughter!