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After I had so much fun with family Christmas pajamas last year, I decided to go for them again this year!  I decided to continue the “tradition” (if it’s only 2 years, is it a tradition yet??) of choosing a fabric that has images to relate to something our family has enjoyed in that year.  When I was browsing flannels, I found this great camel print, which of course made me think of the Slugs and Bugs’ Camel Song! Our whole family loves this song, and even though we’ve been listening to this album on repeat at Christmas for years now, the camel song makes me laugh every time.  So, I bought the camel flannel (which is also fun to say five times fast…).

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The pajama pants for Husband and I were made from Simplicity 1504 (lengthened for him, modified for me), and I brought out my beloved Blank Slate Patterns Snuggle PJs pattern for the kids’ pants and shirts.  I bought (at a very good price) 3 matching long-sleeved T-shirts from Old Navy, and after putting one aside intact for Husband to wear, I cut up the other two to make matching shirts for the kids.  I wanted to use a fourth to make a Texana Tank for myself, but I completely ran out of time!  Thankfully, I had a RTW royal blue t-shirt on hand that coordinated!

Merry Christmas from our family!

 

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In my last post, I shared the “at home” part of Christmas 2014, and that section of the inserts ended on the front side of a Design G page.  We went to visit my parents for a few days, and this section documents that time, starting on the back side of the Design G page.

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I was on a mission to use my Christmas embellishments, so I added border stickers (Crate Paper Peppermint), Christmas ribbon (My Mind’s Eye??), and brads (BasicGrey Nordic Holiday) along with some cute little holly stickers.

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The visit continues onto another Design G page, where I added more of the same embellishments to tie everything together.

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This card was made using a One Little Bird cut file (and digital kit) I’d purchased a long time ago– I was excited to finally put it to good use!

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Baby’s first Christmas is kind of a big deal!  Of course, it took me several inserts to document B’s first Christmas, and I’ll share the first part in this post: our Christmas celebration at home.

I used the front side of this Design I page protector to highlight photos from Christmas Eve.

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[For most, if not all, of the other pocket inserts I’ve shared here, I’ve taken the photos out of the pockets and laid them on top of the page protector to minimize glare.  However, on this insert, I used Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine to sprinkle some splatters, and I guess I didn’t let them dry long enough before putting them in the pockets– those pieces are solidly glued inside with that gold!  Sorry about the glare on the top pocket here and on the next side…]

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I don’t have a huge amount of Christmas-themed product, so most of my Christmassy paper projects use similar lines: here, there’s a little bit of Crate Paper’s Peppermint collection mixed with little other bits and pieces.

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On the back of this insert, we begin Christmas morning at our house.  On each “title” card, the word “Christmas” is a rub on from an old Lily Bee collection (Christmas Town)–this continuity was accidental at first, but I like how it all ties together.  The other alpha stickers are BasicGrey Nordic Holiday (originally purchased for my daughter’s baby album/December Daily project)

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I also embellished this top card with some vellum snowflakes I’d cut with my Silhouette (a long time ago!) and some clear rhinestones.  These plus the gold Color Shine (which is keeping this card firmly in its pocket!) make for a sparkly, fresh-morning feeling, I think.

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I added some punched circles, brads, and labels to decorate the two photos on this side.

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The next insert is a Design G, and it is all about opening gifts at our house.  Our little man was so intent on getting that wrapping paper into his mouth!

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I had one more photo than would fit on this side, so I made a little flap with patterned paper.  Underneath, I added a bit more of the story.

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The other side of this page is about our time at my parents’ for Christmas, so that will be in the next post!

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It’s rather fitting, I think, that I would make a Blank Slate Bookworm Button-Up for our little book character this Halloween.  Our little man is quite the bookworm, too!  I anticipate that this shirt will get a lot of use this fall/winter after he wore it for the costume.

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The pattern is very straightforward, and it has a ton of options.  I decided to make view A, but I did change the pockets to simple rectangular slip pockets, rather than pleated pockets with a flap.

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I think the button tabs to hold the rolled-up sleeves are such a cute feature.

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I think this is a really versatile pattern, and wouldn’t it look cute sewn up with a novelty print for a fun twist?  (and…I have plans to try out the girls’ crossover back option with bow sleeves and pocket in the future!)

 

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Our 4-year old son played the part of Peter Pan this year. (Find the group photos HERE)

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We referenced the animated Disney character, the character description and illustrations in the book the kids read with Husband this summer, as well as the licensed costume I spotted at the Disney store one day when walking through the mall.

I loved the look of a leaf tunic over a green collared shirt, so the first thing I made was a button-up shirt– and since by itself, it’s just a nice cotton top, I’m excited that B will be able to wear it throughout the rest of the fall and winter.  In fact, I’m going to dedicate a separate blog post to that shirt!

I used the Blank Slate Snuggle PJs pants pattern as the basis for the green leggings– I simply narrowed the legs so that they appear more leggings-like, and I left off the bottom cuffs.

The pièce de résistance of the outfit, in my opinion, is the tunic.  Husband did an amazing job of developing the pattern for this garment, which is supposed to look as if it’s been made out of large leaves.  A couple of years ago, a friend gave me a roll of upholstery fabric that was absolutely perfect for this project– there are stitched embellishments that look like leaf veining!

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I added a seam in the front so that the neck opening would be a bit wider and more comfortable, and I set some eyelets through which I threaded some fake leather thong as lacing.

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Of course, we needed some accessories to go with the costume to complete the look!  Husband drafted up the patterns for each of these sewn accessories:

A jaunty cap– I used more of the upholstery fabric and lined it with some of the extra green cotton.  I added a flat loop in which to slip a red feather.

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Elfin-looking shoe covers– these are kind of like spats: we slip them onto B’s ankles, and he wears his actual shoes underneath.  We found some vinyl “pleather” on clearance, and it was perfect for this!

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We used more of that pleather to make a sword holster!  We looked at some LARPing inspiration on Pinterest and found this basic design to be managable–both to make and for B to use.

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And of course, that leads us to the sword, which might be B’s favorite piece of the costume (although I think he really does love the whole outfit!).

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Husband whittled the blade out of some scrap wood we had on hand, and B took great delight in helping Daddy paint it (they used several coats of metallic craft paint).  Husband wrapped the grip in black electrical tape both for looks and also for comfort.

B is so excited about this little wooden sword, and he is quite the fierce swordfighter in his imaginary duels!

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When Captain Hook shows up, you fly!

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just look at that cute, mischievous face! so very Peter Pan…

 

 

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This past summer, Husband read Peter Pan aloud to our children, and after they’d finished the book, they also watched the Disney animated film.  Somewhere along the way, B declared, “I want to be Peter Pan for Halloween!” and upon hearing this, V exclaimed, “And I could be Wendy!”

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And thus our costume plan was born.  We had originally intended to make it a full-family affair, putting to use again Husband’s Captain Hook costume— and I was going to be Tinker Bell!!  But the lack of an event for adults (besides taking our kids trick-or-treating) led us to conclude that perhaps my time/money/energy would be better spent on other things.  However, I am so delighted that our family is still willing and able to do group costumes together.  (Here’s to many more years!)

In this post, I’ll share some costumes of our Peter Pan and Wendy together, and also with our Hook (who dressed up for the photo shoot!  yay!).  I’ll have a couple more posts coming up soon with the details of each of the new costumes!  HERE are the details about Peter Pan, and HERE are the details about Wendy!

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I sewed the Wendy dress and hair bow, the tunic, shirt, hat, and pants for Peter Pan, as well as using vinyl “pleather” to make the shoe spats and sword holster.  Husband designed the pattern for the leaf tunic, sword holster, shoe spats, and hat!  I’ll share all those details soon!

Of course, we need some action shots!

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about to take off!

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And then Captain Hook showed up, and Peter Pan had to do a little sword fighting!

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And then they had the idea to reenact the scene in which Wendy is tied to the mast of the Jolly Roger, and Peter Pan is fighting to rescue her– thanks to a convenient tree in our photo shoot location!

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Sometimes, simple is best.

That’s what I was thinking when I made this insert about a fun time my kids and I had at the mall playground.  I used to go to the mall quite a bit in the early mornings to walk with the kids in the stroller, and this was the first day that my son played in the little play area– and he was absolutely delighted with it.

I’d written a long daily card for the 365 album, but I had so many great photos and memories that I wanted to highlight this seemingly small event in an insert.  I took the journaling out of the daily slot and substituted a simple coordinating filler card with an arrow that ends up pointing right to this insert in the album.  The journaling is on a folded card that slips out of the insert to tell the whole story.

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I hemmed and hawed over embellishments, and in the end, I kept them super simple.  I added tiny word stickers (I’ve been watching a lot of Inkie Quill!) and stapled on a few little stars punched from coordinating patterned paper.

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Another sweet memory documented in my son’s 1-year album!

 

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