Crayon Tote Bag

This tote bag seemed like such a cute idea. My mom told me about an apron that she remembered seeing when I was a kid with little pockets for crayons. She had good intentions to make one for one of us kids, but never got around to it. I think I get my love of fabric from her and my love of sewing from my Grandma. But that's an entirely different (and much more boring, if that's possible) post. I thought a tote bag would be so cute since Miss A likes bags better than aprons. I thought it would be so cute with a pad of paper and coloring book inside, and truly it was. But what was I thinking giving a 18 month old crayon portability? Seriously! Within nano seconds she had colored on every surface in the house. Luckily it all came off easily. The bag is now hidden and to be used only under the strictest of supervision.
Pattern: My own design
Fabric: Micheal Miller Carnival Bloom and Moda Deb Strain dot.
On to other randomness:
Saturday we had a family "Chinese Cultural Day" of sorts. It started out with lunch at PF Changs and a matinee of Kung Fu Panda (a must see for all Jack Black fans). The only difficulty was when the boys began practicing their newly found Kung Fu moves on each other on the way out of the theatre. Other than that minor set back, we all walked away with a better appreciation of American stereotypes about the Chinese.
The boys are taking swimming lessons and loving it. I'm loving that the weather is no longer in the 100's, it's cooled down to the 90's. It makes it so much easier to sit during lessons when I'm not melting in the heat. I do however think G is drinking more pool water than necessary, but his teacher and I haven't been able to convince him to close his mouth. Well, he is his mother's child!

Just In Case You Were Wondering

With so many posts about what Miss A gets to wear, some of you may be left to think that the males in our house go naked. This picture should clear that thought up.However, it does prove that whoever does the shopping at our house needs to diversify a bit and buy something besides khaki cargo shorts. As a side note, this picture only shows roughly half of our khaki holdings. Sad but true.

4th of July

Miss A is sporting new shorts which I made the night before. Aha, maybe that's why I always have crappy holidays! I seem to get hair brained, least minute project ideas to completely push me over the edge. It happened while I was ironing the kids clothes. I thought, "I wonder why Gymboree only sold long pants with this line? I should make shorts. I'll do it now and forget my need for sleep. Everyone is in bed, I have time. It's only 10 pm." And sure enough by midnight the shorts are done and I'm already wondering why sewing is so much more important to me than the sleep I so desperately need.

Her shorts are the Oliver + S puppet show shorts. Easy to make and fun to sew. I love the "girly" cargo pockets. And I love that the fabric had been in my stash for quite some time, it makes me feel so thrifty. I don't even remember what I bought it for originally. But it's just some inexpensive red gingham. It turned out very cute I think. I love that the shorts look bloomerish, but not baggy. Well worth (in hind sight) the lack of sleep.