I love making things for people, especially when I know that the things I make are appreciated and loved dearly. There are few people that I will willingly make things for, I’ve got to really love ya haha. One person, I do love making things for is my dear cousin who has thoroughly enjoyed and loved everything I’ve made her so far. I decided for her birthday I wanted to sew her a couple more things. With the excuse of it being a birthday present I bought enough fabric to make her two projects, firstly a Twirly Girl Skirt for Women and the Agnes both from Halla Patterns. I believe you can get both of these patterns for free if you join the Halla Pattern group on Facebook.
For the Twirly Girl Skirt, I bought some double brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics in the color: Saucy. Sadly they are currently out of this fabric which breaks my heart. I didn’t realize how much I loved it until I seen it in person and now I wish I would have bought some for myself. I keep stalking the site hoping they will restock it. This picture does not do the fabric justice at all, it’s so vibrant and lovely in person.
I was able to get her measurement while I was back in Michigan but also learned that she was expecting. So I knew I needed to pick something that would work for her now and with her expanding belly so that is why I went with the double brushed poly for the fabric. It has amazing stretch and it’s so soft like wearing your most comfortable pair of pajamas all day. With the pattern I chose the longer waistband option for the Twirly Skirt, hoping that it would give her comfort and a little support as her belly grows.
It was a super quick cut out and sew with only a couple of pieces to sew together. I think sewing them hem on the skirt took the longest out of the whole process. It is definitely something you can easily sew in a day with a few spare hours.
I used this as basically my practice muslin. I had her measurements but because she wasn’t with me I wasn’t 100% sure it would fit. Since both patterns were Halla Patterns I decided to cut and sew her size and send this one first to make sure it fit and that it wasn’t too big or anything. It’s so hard to judge by just looking at the finished garment.
It ended up fitting her perfectly! Maybe a hair too long since I was going for knee length but the fit was perfect! So now I am working on her Agnes we decided to do knee length dress with short sleeves. She picked the fabric for both projects so I know she’ll love it when it’s done. Fingers crossed the Agnes fits as good as the Twirly Skirt does.
For Little’s birthday, he requested a sea turtle themed birthday party. It was so much fun. For games we had the kids do sand art. I remember going to the fair once in Ohio and paying five dollars or something like that and filling a plastic sea shell bottle up with sand. I don’t remember what age I was but I remember having so much fun filling that bottle with my cousins all around me doing the same.
Like everything I tried to do this on the cheap so I found a blog online that showed how to make your own colored sand. I found this blog here and decided that it didn’t sound too hard and to try and make my own. Like it says in the blog I used Tempura Powder Paints. I found out they also sell Tempura Powder at Michaels when my paint was taking to long to arrive and I panicked and ran out to buy paint. So just in case, you don’t want to wait to start your project that is always an option. The first time we started we used regular play sand because that is all we could find. It really didn’t work. It was way too dark and the colors all looked muted and not what I was expecting. After a quick google search, I found some white play sand at Lowe’s. It’s this Quikrete play sand. Honestly, it’s way cheaper at Lowe’s than on Amazon but that is the exact kind we bought.
We didn’t really measure our color to sand. I just poured some in and colored it and I used way to much color because when our sand started to dry it got super clumpy. It wasn’t that big of a deal we just used a strainer to get the large chunks out and crumpled it up with our hands before the kids started to play. I love how it turned out though and would do it again. We have so much powder paint left to use for crafts for the kids. I bought the sand art bottles from Oriental Trading I bought the Under the Sea ones to go with our theme. I also bought the Funny Sand Art Bottles, they were smaller than I was expecting but the kids really loved filling the weird shaped bottles more than the sea creature ones.
The day of the party it rained so we had to do the sand art in the garage but the kids still had fun doing it.
In this picture, the sand is still wet. I think we got our sand too wet because it took a couple of days of sitting it out in the sun for it to dry. I was starting to get worried it wouldn’t dry in time for the party. A good tip if you are planning on doing this is give it a week to dry. That way you don’t start to feel panicked and rushed if the party is looming closer and you still have wet sand. I bought the containers they are stored in at the Dollar Tree.
Another thing I like to do is make a special treat to give the kids that are related to the theme of the party. I am totally “that” parent but I love throwing birthday parties. I like doing candy mold candies because it gives that wow factor without really doing much work. I bought the Sea Turtle Lollipop Mold and just used brown and green candy melts swirled together to give my turtles more dept and make them look a little fancier than just doing a single color.
I decided not to make suckers with my turtles and filled them just like normally would and just didn’t put a stick in it. I bought little pearl candies and crushed up graham cracker to make sand and I had a bunch of sea turtles laying eggs. The kids loved them and they are really quick to make. You just pop the candy melts into the microwave and I spooned the heated melts into the molds and then pop the molds into the freezer for a few minutes. The whole process goes pretty quick but it looks like a project that took hours to accomplish.