McCalls’s M7120

McCall’s M7120 dress pattern. 

This pattern is one of the patterns I chose for my summer sewing project collection.

I never used to like the high low skirt look  but now I’m starting to appreciate it. 

I picked view D. I used a lightweight chambray that I purchased through

I opted to not make the fabric belt. 

Here’s how it turned out:

I ironed the dress a couple times with steam but it still came out pretty wrinkly. I guess the fabric itself wrinkles easily. 

I figure wrinkled dresses are part of my style anyway.

Can’t wait to wear my new dress!

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Gathered skirt using fabric with a border

I finally finished my gathered skirt!

I found this beautiful fabric at Joann’s. It is from Gretchen Hirsch’s fabric line.

I love the white polka dots against the yellow background and the pink roses with the green leaves are so pretty! The colors just POP!

Most importantly, it has that vintage vibe that I love so much.


I found a tutorial on Gertie’s blog for better sewing on how to make a gathered skirt.

(find it here: how to make a gathered skirt by

By the way, Gertie is Gretchen Hirsch. This fabric is from her fabric line! So following this tutorial with this fabric was perfect! I used this tutorial specifically because it works well for fabric with a border.

Gertie also has another tutorial but for a wrap skirt. It uses this exact same fabric. You can find the tutorial here: Border print wrap skirt by Gretchen Hirsch

And now, I shall unveil my (eh-hem) masterpiece! Here it is! My finished gathered skirt!

Can’t wait to wear it!


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Adventures of Shark boy

So…I started my blog back in 2013. Back then it was

Well, last year, I took a leap (well, a leap for me) and I bought my own domain and started my own website:  (this one )

So back to my main point since I tend to digress… I started my blog back in 2013 and back then, it was more of a mommy blog. A gratitude blog. Stories about my children and their milestones. I love reading those old posts because they remind me of such great memories with my kids and their wonderful milestones.

So I would like to share some of my old posts and mix it up by adding updates.

Kind of like- a blast from the past back to the future.

So here we go…

It’s sharkweek. Well, actually I think it’s more like shark summer, because every summer since josh was 5 years old, we enjoy watching shark documentaries, visiting the sharks at the aquarium and of course, buying new shark toys. Hungry Sharks, Hungry Sharks World, Jaws, shark week on discovery channel, Sharknado…

Total shark overload.. hashtag TSO


Here is a re-post of the beginning of the #TSO  (you know, total shark overload).


Originally posted in July 2013


Joshua has been very interested in sharks lately. Here he is swimming in the pool with his shark mask pretending to be a shark.




I think these interests make great teachable moments. For instance, in the area of arts and crafts. Crafts can be geared towards your child’s interest and make great learning experiences.  Joshua made a shark puppet. He was so motivated to make it by himself and cutting those shark teeth were pretty challenging for a 5 year old.


Josh made the shark puppet all by himself. He cut the papers and glued them to the paper bag. I made the little fishies.

His interest in sharks is pretty much what prompted our visit to the aquarium. His main goal was to pet the sharks. It was a very educational day and of course, petting the sharks  was the favorite part of his day.

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His imaginative play has also been geared towards sharks.




We even took a last minute beach trip.


Maybe he’ll grow up to be a marine biologist.

Enjoying every single 5 year old moment,

Sweet Monday


Aww… I love it!

Now here’s my update.

3 years later, at age 8, Josh is still loving the sharks. He had his 8 year old birthday at Legoland with his mommy and daddy. While there, we visited the Legoland sea life aquarium.  Great place.


Here’s Josh posing with the white tipped reef shark.

Josh is such a shark aficionado that I just asked him what shark that is in the picture and he named it right away, saying it as if it’s common sense, everyone should know that.

Here’s Josh with his newest shark toys. He was specifically looking for a submarine/shark set and low and behold, we found one.

And of course, visits to the beach make him feel closer to the sharks.

It’s a sharky sharky life for this 8 year old boy…

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“Children see magic because they look for it.”
Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

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Eiffel tower fabric? Oui oui…


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I bought this crepe de chine fabric from



I really like this fabric. It has a nice drape and I think it’s perfect for making blouses and flowy dresses.

I guess thought so too. Look what I found! A dress using the same fabric!:

Eiffel tower modcloth dress


I think a dress is perfect for this fabric. However, I made a blouse with this pretty Eiffel tower fabric.

I drafted my own pattern for this. It took alot of research and a lot of work, since it was my first time, but I really wanted to give it a try and I am happy with the results.

Happy sewing,


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DIY Zipper Pouch

My son needed a zipper pouch to hold all of his school supplies for summer school. Rather than going to the store for that one item, since we already have all the school supplies he needs on hand, I decided to sew a zipper pouch myself.

I saved a little money by using what I already have- fabric remnants and a zipper. A zipper pouch is a great way to use fabric remnants because you don’t need that much material. I found some fabric remnants and cut them to the size I wanted. I also did some upcycling by using a zipper from an old dress. I used my trusty seam ripper for that task and it did the job.

I went on a Pinterest search and found a zipper pouch tutorial by ( zipper pouch tutorial by

A great tutorial.

I understand directions better by reading them, but for those who prefer a video tutorial, Mellysews post also contains a link to her youtube tutorial.

Watch the mellysews zipper pouch tutorial on

Her tutorial lists the supplies needed, which is a 9 inch zipper, two 9 x 7 outer fabric pieces and two 9 x 7 lining fabric pieces.

However, you don’t have to use 9 x 7 fabric pieces or a 9 inch zipper. You can use your own size of fabric material and zipper length, which is what I did.

Here’s how mine turned out.

What a fun and quick sewing project. Great for a beginner or someone who wants to learn how to sew in zippers.

Happy sewing,


“Americans make more trash than anyone else on the planet, throwing away about 7.1 pounds per person per day, 365 days a year. Across a lifetime that rate means, on average, we are each on track to generate 102 tons of trash. Each of our bodies may occupy only one cemetery plot when we’re done with this world, but a single person’s 102-ton trash legacy will require the equivalent of 1,100 graves. Much of that refuse will outlast any grave marker, pharaoh’s pyramid or modern skyscraper: One of the few relics of our civilization guaranteed to be recognizable twenty thousand years from now is the potato chip bag”.
–Edward Humes, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

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Yellow cupcakes 

I found a great recipe from for yellow cupcakes. These cupcakes are delicious!

Here are the ingredients that you will need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large egg

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In another bowl, mix the milk and vanilla; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after adding.
  • With mixer on low speed, add half of dry ingredients, followed by milk-vanilla mixture, then remaining dry ingredients. Do not overmix or else your batter may become even too hard.
  • Divide batter evenly in cupcake liners.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cupcake comes our clean.
  • Cool cupcakes 5 minutes in tin, then remove and cool completely on a rack before frosting.

Visit for this delicious yellow cupcake recipe.


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Fresh out of the oven. Yum…

Happy baking,

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Farm animal cupcakes 

I was given the honor of making birthday cupcakes for an adorable 1 year old birthday boy (my friend’s son). The theme for his birthday party was farm animals.

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Here’s how my cupcakes turned out:

At the birthday party, we laid all the cupcakes out on a table. The tablecloth was a red gingham. Great choice for the farm theme. I had died some coconut flakes with yellow food dye to look like hay. I spread the “hay” out on top of the tablecloth  and placed the farm animal cupcakes on top. It looked just like a farm!

Here are some links with tutorials on how to make these fun cupcakes:

How to make farm animal cupcakes with Betty Crocker

pig cupcakes by

Farm cake and farm animal cupcake tutorial by

fluffy sheep cupcakes by


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Maxi dress using a tank top pattern

I bought a bunch of patterns for some summer sewing- McCall’s sewing pattern haul for summer.

One of them was a pattern for this tank top:  M6359


Since I’m not a good follower of directions, I seemed to have overlooked that this pattern is for knit fabrics… oops.

But I’m a rulebreaker.


So I used a crepe de chine fabric that I bought from


I upcycled the lace from a shirt that I had in my pile of clothes I no longer wear. It was just enough for the top part of this dress.

I also extended the pattern so instead of being a tank top, I hacked it into a maxi dress:

It’s a good idea to follow the pattern directions for what fabric to use, etc. but sometimes you just got to be creative, break the rules and come up with your own style.

“It’s a good thing”

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form : Graphic Works

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Almond vanilla yogurt cupcakes

Did you know that you can substitute greek yogurt for sour cream in a baking recipe? I didn’t… until today when I realized I didn’t buy sour cream for my vanilla almond cupcakes.
I’ve made these cupcakes before and they were a hit. My 8 year old son liked them so much, he wanted some without frosting on it. Now that’s gotta be some good cupcake mix if you don’t need frosting on top!
I need to make 50 cupcakes for a first birthday party. I will make this recipe and a regular vanilla cupcake recipe.
On a side note, we’re going to do a weight loss challenge starting July 5th at work and making these cupcakes is NOT HELPING!

Here’s the link to my vanilla almond cupcakes recipe with sour cream.

If you want to make these cupcakes using greek yogurt, here’s what you do:

Gather your ingredients.



1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup of Greek yogurt

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  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a hand blender, blend the room temperature butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs, one egg at a time, while beating.
  •  Add the vanilla and almond extract and stir. I also added a couple drops of red food coloring because I’m making 50 cupcakes and I want to make sure I know which cupcakes are the vanilla almond cupcakes. Plus, it’s a farm animal theme and I’ll make these cupcakes into little piggy cupcakes (see the finished piggy cupcakes here!)

  • Mix in the flour and greek yogurt into the batter alternately, starting and ending with the flour. Be careful not to over-mix or you’ll end up with hard batter.
  • Place liners in a cupcake pan. Fill liners until 1/2 way or 3/4 way full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes.


  • Let them cool and decorate.


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Dollop of Daisy Brownies

I made these brownies from brownie recipe from

It has Daisy Sour cream in it…yum.


These brownies came out very moist and cake like. They were delicious. I didn’t add the pecans for personal preference.

I prefer a more dense recipe for brownies but if you like cake like brownies, this is the recipe to use.

I put some vanilla frosting on top and it was extra delicious! Almost like a cupcake. In fact, I will use this recipe again but for cupcakes.



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