Tuesday, May 15, 2012


I'm running a little late on the Instagram thing, but I'm there now! Want to check out my photos? You can find me at nanfran1...

You can also find me here...

Trying to motivate myself to get back on that thing before summer.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jeans to Shorts, a list of "fun" tutorials

Today you can find me at my sewing table tackling the boring job of turning our last year jeans into shorts for the summer. I'd much rather be sewing a quilt, but this is a job that needs to be done. To make me feel better about it, I searched out some favorite "Jeans to Shorts" tutorials to share. These tutorials are all creative and different in some way, making a not so fun job into something a bit more enjoyable.

Knot No-Hem Capri Pants Crafty Critique Also one for adults!

Mommy and Me (two pairs of shorts from ONE pair of pants!) Naptime Crafters

Re-purposing boy pants (with tutorial for the cool pocket) Make it and Love it

Love the ruffle one these from Secrets of a Super Mommy

Monday, May 7, 2012

Summertime Romper

Over the weekend I made a summertime romper for my 5 year old. I used THIS great tutorial.
I thought the tutorial was written very well, though I did have to adjust for my daughter. She made her romper to fit her daughter who is 4. C is small for a 5 year old but I ended up making the body a bit longer and the elastic not quite as tight in the back. She gives you good instructions on how adjust for any size.

 I fell in love with those adorable classic pleats in the front.

(C's attempt at a "scary" face)
The fabric I used is called Verona by Riley Blake. I can't wait for it to get warm enough for her to actually wear it outside. Summer's almost here!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Weekend Update

I haven't blogged this whole week. I refrain from making promises or goals about how often I'll blog because frankly I know I'll break them, and then we'll both be disappointed. This was a great week though! I've been super busy lately so besides a bit of fabric shopping for this gorgeous stuff, I haven't done much "creatively".

We are in the middle of soccer (and flag football) season at our house right now. Both my girls are playing on teams this season and P (picture below) won her first game today! She's the only girl on her team but she doesn't let that intimidate her. Actually, I think she's kind of lovin' it!
(this picture was taken on a beautiful Saturday, unlike today where I stood out in the rain and hail wishing the ref would just call the game already!)

And last Saturday my son scored his first touchdown in flag football! Unfortunately his daddy was at his daughter's soccer game at the time (schedule conflict) and I was quite nervous to tell him he missed it.

And lastly, this week my husband and I had more fun than we've had in a long time at this concert...

The Black Keys

I'm a huge fan! Yes, I quilt, I'm a soccer mommy, I'm a mormon, and I LOVE rock n' roll! I snagged my husband by playing guitar for him when we were dating (and teaching him a few songs). He was hooked.

Right now were are off to see the Avengers with the kid-o's. A fun way to end a pretty good week!