A Skirt…oh, and a pillow too!

Yeah, so I wasn’t creative with that title. 


But, guess what?  I made a skirt! 

I’ve never really been confident enough to stray very far from the whole “straight stitch only” thing.  And I certainly haven’t even considered making something that I thought someone else might wear in public.  I mean, I’ve made pillows, crafty things, and well…yeah, pillows and crafty things. 

But, the Lovely Daughter is in Color Guard at her High School.  They were told Tuesday evening at rehearsal that they would each have to come up with their own costume/outfit before competition today, Saturday.  That gave us less than 4 whole days to figure something out!

They are doing a show with an old fashioned 1940’s USO theme, so they needed to have outfits that reflected that time period. 

I had pinned this skirt (by Amy at ‘This Big Oak Tree’) on Pinterest and asked the Lovely Daughter what she thought.  I told her that I have never made a skirt before but Amy’s tutorial made it seem simple enough.  I was so nervous about making this.  I mean, she is a teenager.  I didn’t want her to be embarrassed by it.  But, we decided to take the plunge. 

So, we bought material at Joann…


and…I made a skirt.


I followed Amy’s tutorial EXACTLY but with the Lovely Daughter’s measurements.  Amy had photos of each step of the process.  I was so thankful for that.  If I had been using a traditional pattern and been told to purchase a zipper and add it, I would have been totally lost and confused.  But, because I could see photos of that, I felt like I could handle it.  

There were many firsts for me with this sewing project. 

My first skirt.

My first time adding a zipper.

My first time gathering material.

My first time adding a waistband.

My first time making a sash/belty thing.

My first time using a different foot on my sewing machine.

My first time using my sewing machine in our new house!  😉

I love it.  It turned out almost perfect.  Well, at least, exactly like I intended it.  But seriously, I would not have even attempted it if I hadn’t read Amy’s awesome tutorial. 


Since the sewing machine was sitting out and just waiting…I made a pillow tonight. 


Stay tuned for the pillow tutorial…it will be up soon!


The Pantry…

It has a long way to go.  But at least it is organized for now.  I’ll go ahead and post the photo now so you can see it.


better than it was, but not quite finished.

I’m not gonna lie.  When we first looked at this house, I was instantly in love with the kitchen AND THE PANTRY!  In our last house, we didn’t really have a pantry.  Our washer and dryer were in the kitchen behind bi-fold oak doors (blech!).  I had to stuff all the little appliances, food, paper products and other “pantry” stuff in the cabinets or in other closets throughout the house.  Soon after we moved into that house, we had to purchase a new washer and dryer so we purchased a pair that could be stacked.  That then gave me room to add shelves in that “laundry/pantry”.  It was what we had so we made it work.  And I hated.it.every.single.day.

I dreamt of the day when I would have a huge “walk-in” pantry with plenty of storage.  Oh, I had lots of ideas.  Lots of “Pinspiration”.  🙂

I mean seriously, look at that pantry!  It reminds me of an old-fashioned candy store!  Everything in clean jars!

This one is almost exactly the size and shape of our new pantry.

And I love Shelley’s Pantry at House of Smiths!

Soooo…back to our new pantry.

Now that we live in the country we have mice.  I had been warned.  I knew they were here.  I saw the “evidence”.  everywhere. in. the. kitchen.  Here is some evidence of them being in the pantry.

mouse hole

mouse hole.

So I had to clean out the pantry anyway, so I just decided that would be a great time to reorganize it.

On the top shelf, I put things up there that don’t get used often, but that I still want in the kitchen.  I bought 12 red “school lunch” plates a while back when our church was selling our old building.  I love them and just can’t seem to find a reason to get rid of them.  They make me happy!  I also went through my utensil drawer and pulled out everything that I don’t use at least every week.  I put that in one of the baskets on the top shelf.  In it are things like the cheese grater, corn-on-the-cob holders, candy thermometer, and things like that.  In another basket up there are all our plastic silverware.

On the next shelf down are all the canned foods, then the dry goods, like pasta, oats, brown sugar are in clear glass jars that I bought at The Walmart and The Meijer.  I see that there is a sneaky bag of Doritos there, but that is now in a clear plastic container.

I tied wire baskets to the shelves.


The top one is for potatoes and onions and the bottom one is for fresh fruits, and it’s in reach for the Little Man to reach the apples and bananas for after school snacks.  Also the little lime green buckets hold little snacks also.

And yes, I made my cookbooks look pretty!  Just because it’s a pantry doesn’t mean it can’t look pretty.  Right?!?


I also moved my Longaberger pottery canisters into the pantry.  I had them on the kitchen counter over in the corner by the stove.  But I never felt safe reaching for them because I would have to lean over the stove, sometimes even when cooking.  I was afraid I’d burn myself.  So they didn’t work for me on the counter.

In the baskets on the floor are the reusable/travel mugs and other plastic containers that don’t fit other places but need to be easily accessible.

I’ve had dreams of a nice, neat, organized pantry.

I want it to serve my family.

I want it to be tidy.

Knowing what’s behind the closed doors, when I open it now, I open it with a “flourish” and think (and sometimes say out loud) “Voila!”  I can hear angels singing in the background…AHHHHHHMMMEEEEEEEENNNN!

I’m sure I’ll still tweak it here and there, and after living with it for a while, we’ll have to see what works and what doesn’t really work for us.  But for now, I feel like that’s one item I can successfully cross off the “new home” list.

Pantry, check.