January Recap


Is it really time to recap January already? I usually don’t do this but I was somewhat surprised to see that today was the last day of the first month of the year. My birthday month, the month to break resolutions, the month with a wide variety of weather: warm, icy, mild, windy, wet, foggy, etc. etc. But for me the attribute that stands out the most this month is: PRODUCTIVE! Yes, January has been a very productive time in my sewing studio. I’ve come across this post and started buying up all the long & short sleeved tees for both my girls to pimp refashion into easy, breezy, beautiful dresses. What’s so awesome about this project was that not only could I knock out several of these in a week but also the fact that I could use up larger fabric scraps from my stash. Especially for my 16-months-old all I needed was a seven inches!!! That makes room in my stash and gives me an incentive to start shopping the newest spring fabrics that are out there. Also, I am way ahead of spring & summer clothes shopping for both girls. All my six-year-old ever wants to wear are dresses & skirts anyway so this project is a match made in heaven.


So far this is what I’ve finished.

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Matching Liberty London dresses, one with a collar! My first time ever sewing a collar on a dress, the little one with a placket & three bottons (also something I don’t typically do!) I especially love the pleats on the baby’s dress. I think they are so preppy.

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Here is another view of the navy t-shirt dress with Liberty fabric. My husband preferred it without a collar and although I like it simple and clean as well I wanted to push myself and draft & sew a collar – just once.

I’ve decided to not let the girls wear their dresses before the end of winter. They have too many cute clothes that need some wear this season. One exception will be the Valentines Day dress I’ve already finished for Seda.

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I’ve used this turquoise and red Hamburger Liebe fabric from Germany.

This pair of matching dresses has already been worn and washed multiple times since I made them two weeks ago for our MLK day photo appointment at JC PENNEY.  They wear easy, wash easy, no ironing, no nothing! Easy, breezy, … you get the  point.


And how about these two peasant dresses for Stella I’ve whipped up this month?


This polka-dotted cuteness she’s worn several times already. It’s the softest denim I’ve ever sewn with.

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And this above version is so light & sheer. My favorite from Anna Maria Horner’s 2013 Field Study line. I’ve made a dress for Seda from it last year. She’s worn it all over Europe. Hoping she’ll still fit it this summer. She loves ‘being twins’ with her little sis’. 🙂

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I love dressing up my girls and taking hundreds of pictures. Unfortunately, the little one couldn’t care less about having her picture taken. Needless to say this picture below is not making it on the family wall. Who wants to look back in 20 years and say: WOW! That’s a HUGE cell phone!! She didn’t smile ONCE in this hour-long shoot.


Good thing I purchased the photo session on Groupon. The $25 bucks I’ve spent still yielded ONE decent shot of all three kids:


We got the above printed on canvas (On the final version they managed to cover up the phone in the corner.) :- Also we got a bunch of super cute individual shots of the older two:



The baby wanted to be ‘behind’ the camera if you know what I mean. I think she believes the camera, iPad, iPhone, AND the remote are all hers! 🙂 That little thing got us ALL wrapped around her finger. But who can say no to this?


I’ve tried to get a cute picture of the girls with daddy this past weekend but managed only ONE so-so shot.

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The baby preferred running around and terrorizing playing with the ducks. Oh well…

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This one is a tom boy I am certain of it. She competes with her big brother in activity level and dribbles the ball down the field like no other! Seda at this age was perfectly content watching the happenings from her beloved stroller with snack in hand. No need to get out climb, run, etc. etc. She had barely a scratch until she turned three. This baby is already completely scratched up, bruised up, banged up … It’s crazy. I thought it was going to get easier with the third one….

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Anyway, in other news I’ve now decided on the final fabric combo for Stella’s first quilt. I am staying with the coral hues but added this mustardy yellow to it. It’s Anna Maria Horner’s XO’s – how could I resist.

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I am hoping to start that once the Valentines heart hangers (see inspiration here) for the kid’s classmates are done. I’ve also got another birthday present to sew. It’s a shame I can’t sew anything for one of my son’s friend’s birthdays but for my daughter I have endless ideas. I am definetely sticking to matching doll & girl outfit. Seda told me I didn’t have to make a doll quilt. She said correctly that it would take too long. She is so sweet. And thoughtful. I wonder who she got that from? Oh yes, her daddy of course!! 🙂



Reading, Sewing and a year older!

I love how reading blogs takes you all over the world. You get to peek into other mom’s lifes. See how they live with their children, how they create … I love looking through their lenses. They take breath-taking pictures. It’s so interesting to see how winter is so different in different parts of the county. From snow storms to beach days, from fog to rain to dry, sunny Texas-like weather. It’s all happening this month in the blogesphere. It’s gorgeous. I also enjoy seeing the cozy, candy-lit homes of European bloggers. I keep adding to my blogroll everyday. (See full list here.) What’s great is how supportive bloggers are of eachother. Today I’ve discovered Rosy Little Things on Probably Actuallys blog. I love the foggy winter pictures of Oregon with all the beautiful hand-knit baby sweaters & the floral print Alicia’s little girl is wearing. So beautiful. I’ve also been reading Whitney Deal’s blog: Darling Dexter ever since I saw it mentioned on Oliver+S. Again beautiful pictures & really exceptional eye for kid’s clothes. Again on the Oliver + S blog I’ve come across My Cakies last month. I love bloggers from California. You and Mie is another new favorite of mine from Cali! Their pictures remind me of my home of 7 years… Oh California dreamin’… I miss the beach SO MUCH!!! In other news, yesterday was my birthday.  I gave myself a little break from everything. I slowed down. It was perfect! Outside it was cold cold cold and grey! I can handle the cold with blue skies but that deary grey makes me just want to cuddle up on the couch … Naturally we couldn’t go to the park in the morning. But half way through the morning it dawned on me that this is exactly what I needed. Once the baby was napping I realized how great the gift of quite is. I could actually THINK! I could BREATHE deeply. So nice for a change. Even after the older kids came home from school we took it easy. I can’t remember the last time we build these block towers together …

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All of us. Priceless! We are on-the-go and active way too often. It’s the simple quite that I am enjoying these days. I hope that’s not a sign of me getting old – or is it? 🙂 I don’t feel old. Actually, I feel very energetic & healthy! Thank goodness for that. This is me last year on my birthday:

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Seda took this picture of me when we were feeding the ducks after school. It was a cool but sunny and bright day last year. This year’s pic is taken inside. In our cozy living room in front of the fireplace.

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I just love how Seda takes pictures. It’s and art really. Not everyone can do it. I love her patience with it too. Taking better pictures is on my list of improvements this year. First I’d like to trade in my old Canon for a newer model. And then I am going to READ the manual!! I hear that there are a few simple steps like shutter speed etc. that can improve the quality of the picture dramatically. More research to be done here still! Anyway, I better head over to my sewing table and hop onto the turn-a-t-shirt-into-a-dress train that I am on this week. 🙂 After all baby has just under another hour of sleep left … Have fun, stay healthy! Love, Yasemin photo 3 (23) photo 1 (27) P.S. These piles of new solid tees are awaiting me today. One is for Seda in size 7-8 y and the other is for Stella in 24 m. I purchased them all at the Children’s Place Outlet for less than $4 each! Score!! They are super soft & long-sleeved. I usually cut the sleeves to 3/4 length which I prefer. My original idea inspired by this post was to turn the girl’s old tees into dresses but let’s be honest: Who wants to spend time & use beautiful new fabric to turn and old t-shirt into a dress? I prefer these crisp – not too expensive – ones. At least the precious time I spent in my sewing room will be well worth it afterwards. Plus the baby’s worn t-shirts and onesies are so gross from food stains … Yuck! … January 27th: Update Here’s one of the many t-shirt dresses coming out of the oven these days :-): LibertyDressWithCollar I considered keeping it simple – at first – but went with a collar and fabric covered button addition in the end. TshirtDressLiberty   Well, my muse liked the details and can’t wait to wear it. As you can probably see I haven’t even hemmed it yet. Just wanted to get the picture out of the way while the weather was pleasant. This has truly been a roller-coaster-winter. SedaNewLibertyDress

Work in progress

I had to share this as it is ‘evolving’. I absolutely adore this little polka dotted thin & soft denim fabric.

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I purchased it at Hobby Lobby. It was $12.99 a yard. I only got a yard since I didn’t have a certain project in mind for it yet. I just knew it would look cute on anything for the girls. And does it ever look cute! It’s adorable actually & so easy to work with. So easy to add little details too!

I started off with my go-to pattern from this book:

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The pattern I’ve used is this one for a nightdress on page 84:

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I’ve sewn so many night gowns & tunics from this exact pattern for Seda since she was 2. Now that the baby is getting up there I HAD to sew something other than a skirt for her as well. But not just a night gown. A little dress she could wear over long sleeves now & later with bike shorts. Super comfy & playful. I’ve adjusted the smallest pattern (2-3 years) by several inches in the length and the width as well. I’ve shortened the sleeves and added drawstring to make it look more like a peasant dress than a nightgown. The dress is still very roomy but I just love it oversize on my little girl. And how about those cute ribbons? The deer – oh dear! 🙂 Finally, I get to use them!

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And I added the tiny red pom-pom ribbon to it as well for a pop of color. Red makes everything so much better and goes so well with white & denim! The ruffle on the bottom is also my own addition. It’s not in the pattern. I just used a strip of fabric double the width of the skirt, gathered it by hand first and then attached it to the bottom of the dress. I LOVE IT! All it’s missing now is a tiny little red bow or maybe a button around the neck. I think that would tie it together really well.

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I had to share this one before I even hemmed the bottom. This is what I’m working on today. Hope you find some time to create.



Update: I finished the dress over the weekend & had Stella wear it right away! A-dor-able!!!


MLK Day weekend

First off, Thank you Dr. King for your contributions to humanity!

Friday started our fun-filled weekend. It was a weekend custom made for my sport-loving family: back-to-back soccer, basketball & futsol games! Friday night through Sunday night! Also, some great football watching on Sunday as well! But as much as I enjoyed the athletic part of the weekend I also enjoyed getting haircuts with Seda, shopping for kid’s outfits for the studio visit on Monday, topped off by a visit to the Dallas Zoo yesterday!

Friday afternoon: First haircut of 2014:

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Then off to a sunset-soccer game:

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Saturday morning basketball:

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Sunday shopping with only the girls:

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And, since when does Restoration Hardware look like this? Wow! I think I need to get out more often :-).

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Monday morning photo studio: Kids are ready to get their pictures taken.

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Well, not everyone is ready or HAPPY!

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And this one is always ready for the camera even if the camera man isn’t …

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Right after the studio a quick visit to Whole Foods Market to get re-energized. See, how happy the baby is now? 🙂

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And then off south to the Dallas Zoo! 

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The colors were gorgeous on this perfect holiday with temps in the upper 60’s and a clear blue sky!

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Stella loved her first visit to the zoo. The bigger the animals the better. Those giraffes were so cool! She kept calling them: doooogs … We’ll have to come back more often so she can get that straightened out. With $5 entrance until the end of February that should be doable!

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The giraffes were very friendly. We didn’t pay an extra $5 to feed them but they were happy to just reach for whatever else we had in our hands and came really really close anyway.

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All in all, we had a great weekend! So today, Tuesday, feels like a Monday to me with the kids off to school, and the baby napping already. The house is extremely quite and my PC decided to work for now …. Thanks Windows. 

Late last night, I’ve done some advance-cleaning in order to have more sewing / creative time at day light this morning. These days I am into turning simple tees into dresses & tunics for my girls. I was so pleased with the way these dresses turned out I started ‘shopping’ my stash for for fabric options for the next project.

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The options are endless. The next dress is going to have a circle skirt instead of the above bubble skirt.

I (heart) sewing! 🙂




This week in pictures

I’ve been following blogs from overseas for a while now. One thing that I notice that they all do is a post about their typical day / week in pictures. Not too much text. Just simple captions. No lengthy tutorials, descriptions, paragraphs, just pictures. They mostly use Instagram as a means to communicate with their followers on a regular basis and do post online weekly, bi-monthly or some even just one a month. They also do a lot of guest blogging. Hmmm? That has me thinking …

I use Instagram as well (mosbyfamily). I love how you can edit the pics there. You get a glimpse. Love that. Even the most mundane things look cool on Instagram. Like this selfie Stella took of her shoes! She used some filter… don’t ask me… I didn’t do it! 🙂

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I’ve been trying to remember to take pictures of things we do on a daily  basis. Most of us have a certain routine that we do (with small exceptions – of course). For us this week was sort of busy but only once the older kids came home from school. My mornings with the baby were pretty relaxed & nothing out of the ordinary. The weather was pleasant. A little too cool for the park early in the morning, a little too windy later on but still we could keep our routine going this week.

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Stella and I took many walks and realized how brown all the grass around us has gotten, how bare the trees are but how beautiful the winter sky still is and so bright & blue!

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I am glad she discovered the camera app on my phone. Usually she calls people or just deletes my apps which can be very frustrating for me. She is also getting better at giving me my phone back once we are ready to get back in the car or whenever I feel like she’s wipes her little finger across my screen enough. Also, today is her 16 months birthday!! (Pictured here in the new bubble-skirt-dress that I am making for both girls this week. I got the inspiration to turn a simple tee into a dress here.)

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I can only snap a really quick pic before she reaches for my phone! 🙂 It’s too funny!!

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She is getting so fast on her feet now & so talkative too. We even noticed she likes to imitate the songs on the radio. Super out of tune. No wonder. She got that from me :-). Sorry Butch!

Oh, have I shown you my newest fabric treasures? What a steal these were and how cute are the polka dots!!!

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I purchased only very little of each  but I already know I am going back for more of the top one (thin denim with tiny white dots). I can turn another t-shirt into a dress adding the denim. Oh, my girls would love that!

All in all, a very nice week for our family.

Happy weekend everyone!


P.S. I’ve updated my list of daily online reading here. I’ve come across new European bloggers that I LOVE!




What a week

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Last week was packed. Back to school, back to EVERYTHING! It included lots of cleaning the house – 2 weeks of all five of us here took a toll on my obsessive organizing & cleaning. Well, time was better spent enjoying each other’s company and exploring our town, eating out, shopping, having company over etc. I can truly say that I felt like the cleaning lady of the house once everyone was out of the house Monday morning. It was hours and hours of sweeping, scrubbing, wiping, mopping, vacuuming, folding a DOZEN loads of laundry!!! I almost passed out.


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(Who needs a gym when you have two thousand square feet of wooden floors to mop?)

Baby Stella was under the weather and instead of sleeping more she whined more and wanted to be held – more! We couldn’t even do our morning walks to the park because of the bitter cold and wet weather. So no distraction here. I felt especially sad for my older two who didn’t get any recess ALL week. That’s got to suck big time. Couped up at school for seven hours! The weather didn’t improve until the weekend which didn’t really make a difference on Saturday because we had an early basketball game and friends over at 2 pm. No park time. Just more cleaning for me! 4 hours non-stop post game & before company arrived!!! Carpel tunnel syndrome is no joke!!

I prepared a classic three course afternoon tea with my all-time favorite finger sandwiches, homemade chai, fresh minty iced tea and scones with whipped cream (didn’t want to make another trip to the store for clotted cream- sorry). Good company & good food almost justified all the work ahead but not quite … By the time our company had left I was cleaning again and opted for a taco take-out for dinner. Had I cooked that night it would have been the straw that broke the camels back. No kiddin’!

This week had everything g in it from house work (see above pictures), errands – lots of errands!, cooking, tutoring (kids’s started German lessons back up! Yeah for that!!), lots of indoor sports (basketball & futsal):

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We had a teacher’s birthday on Wednesday who I made this infinity scarf for:

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Seda told me she wore it immediately and didn’t take it off all day!!! 🙂

And our neighbor’s daughter turned 11 on Friday. I made her this gift:

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Seda had been waiting for some clothes for her new doll since Christmas so I started on those:

Exhibit one is an everyday skirt with adorable ribbon sewn to the lower part of skirt. Polka dots for extra fun.

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Exhibit two is my first attempt to make a coat! No collar, no belt, but a cute golden bottom! Made from a left-over Henry Miller fabric I had in my stash’photo 1 (13)

And while I was at the sewing table I felt like making more of these just to have in my stash for last-minute birthday gifts:

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And these little hair bow ties inspired me to start my own flickr page. I posted & tagged the oliver+s group there. I love how easy these are to make & that the instructions are free. Thanks Oliver + S! 

And unfortunately a computer crash!!!! That’s also the reason why I am using my son’s kindle to write this post. But on a positive note – a very very positive note: I finally had an email exchange with the graphic designer who is going to be doing a logo for YaseminTea!!! This feels like a late Christmas gift to me or better yet an early birthday present. It was a long time coming … say since September 2013! Two unexpected set-backs from two different designers later we got a line of communication!!! I am over the moon about this recent progress and cannot wait to add a professional look to my site and a cute label to everything I sew. Fingers crossed I’ll have a working computer soon and a fresh look to my online appearance. 🙂 Stay tuned.

Love – always,


Kids & Christmas

I have to say, I miss sitting in front of my PC to write down what’s happening around here… It’s been five days and I’ve been super busy – as expected. But not taking at least a few minutes to ‘reflect’ on the last few days makes me feel unorganized. Boy, but this week was packed! With my husband travelling one more time before the end of the year it’s been extra busy for me. It meant I had to be dressed and out the house with ALL kids by 7:30 am! I hadn’t taken the kids to school in a few weeks and didn’t realize how bad the construction on this relatively short drive had gotten. Oh, I so hope that everything will be fixed by the time school starts in January. I feel sorry for people who have to deal with traffic, construction etc. etc. on the road EVERY DAY! That can take a toll on a person.

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Once back home from dropping off the children, I had to tie all loose ends around here before they are off for the year tomorrow! All little packages have to arrive – now!!! Starting tomorrow afternoon I won’t have the freedom to spread out on the dining table and take my time wrapping gifts. Kids will be around and nosy!!! Last year I had to wrap the last packages inside of my closet. Trying not to let it get there this time. Talking about last minute gifts though, last night Seda’s present arrived in the mail.

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I ordered a photo book for her that I am so excited about. It’s pictures from six years of SEDA! All the cute faces she makes, all the fun places she’s already been to, all of the fun clothes she wears!!! Priceless. So far, my favorite gift under the tree this year. ‘The world according to Seda’. One page has all of the pictures she has ‘edited’ on my husbands Ipad. They are so funny. Makes me smile to look at them.

In other news, I am weaning off the baby. She’s 15 months now and that’s about the time I weaned her big brother & sis off as well. I really need to prioritize my sleep in the new year. 15 months of interrupted sleep cycles is wearing me down. The kids need me to be well rested in the mornings. I can’t justify coasting through the day. It’s been a couple of rough nights & nap times around here. But once this little munchkin finally settles down, she is so peaceful & I am so peaceful & PRODUCTIVE!! I just love my children – especially when they are asleep :-).

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Although, she is pretty darned adorable ‘awake’ as well! 🙂

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Oh, and here is the pouch I’ve made my friend Jen on Saturday. They came over for dinner on Sunday. It was so good to hang out. It’s nice that all our children like to play together as well. PLUS: The men get along really well, too!!! Yeah!

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And this is the present we gave Seda’s friend Chloe for her 6th birthday yesterday. I had no idea how many birthday gifts I would be making this month. Foolishly, I had been focusing on Christmas only instead. Next year I need to take into account how many birthday gifts I have to make / buy for December friends, too.

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Chloe has gotten a violet & yellow combo doll quilt & pillow. Unfortunately, there was not enough time for the ‘standard’ Yasemin Tea doll skirt. Instead I made the quilt extra large and also the pillow is huge & fluffy. Perfect for her American Girl doll.

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Unlike the other doll quilts I’ve made, this one does not consist of equal squares. I changed it up a bit. Each time I construct one of these little doll quilts the picture in my head of my king-sized dream quilt is becoming clearer & clearer… One day soon I wish to tackle this grand task of making a huge quilt pieced together only of my favorite fabric scraps. Some day in 2014…

On today’s to-do list: TEACHER’S GIFTS! I better get to them before my baby decides she has napped enough. Otherwise, I’ll be doing more of this:

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Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone. It’s almost Christmas!!



Winter Wonderland!

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Today is Friday. A school day. But with all the bad weather coming into the region last night, the school district cancelled classes today. Wise decision! It was nice to get the closure notice before we went to bed last night. I didn’t want to have to set my alarm just to find out that I could go right back to bed this morning.

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Last night, I couldn’t have even imagined how serious this storm would be. It wasn’t just freezing rain & snow as forecasted but a POWER OUTAGE!!! This time it hit only our neighborhood. Other parts of our little town weren’t affected. (Later on other parts of Dallas were affected as well :-() According to my little girl it was 2 am when we lost power. She knows because she has a night light in her room and if that thing goes out she has a free ride straight to our bed!! My poor hubby got a little crowded in the bed and slept laid on the couch instead. I was sure all would be back to normal by 7 am when everyone naturally awakens around here. But no. We weren’t that lucky. It took until 10:40 am this morning to restore power to our neighborhood.


Boy, was I grouchy. No heat, no tea or any other form of caffeine, warm breakfast, light, etc. Kids were not too happy either. Their precious extra TV time that they would usually get on a day like today was cut. I am sure a grouchy mother was not much fun either. I had no idea how this power outage would effect our mood. The gas fireplace worked so we weren’t too cold. At least not right in front of it. But with outside temps in the 20’s it was COLD! I had been looking forward to a cozy day with the kids since last night. But without tea!!, hot chocolate, toast!! it’s not cozy…

My husband was upbeat as always. He showered with whatever hot water was left and thought he was going to head to Starbucks to get some breakfast. I just laughed. No way he was going to get his little bug free of inches and inches of ice… Yep! I was right. No such luck. Actually by the time he deiced his car the power came back on.

Then, energized by a hot cup of tea, he went on his merry way. Got some work done at Starbucks, had a hot breakfast and came back home by 2 pm. Only because the Starbucks employees kicked him out. All stores in the neighborhood closed early today. Thank goodness he made it back home safe & sound. Oh, and thank you Starbucks for the free pumpkin loaf. Since they were closing early they sent some home with my husband :-). So sweet. Tomorrow the forecast is actually looking even worse. We shall see what happens overnight. As long as we have power I am ok with that and at this time I like to take a moment to thank the power line men who fixed whatever was broken. I gotta say I never appreciated their jobs like today. Thank you for working on the coldest days of the year.




Now back to today’s sewing project:

With the power back on and nothing else to do I dedicated the afternoon to making a birthday gift for one of Seda’s friends. Unlike the many Christmas gifts I am sewing up in my studio this month I can post about this one. Sometimes I forget there are many birthday’s to celebrate before December 25th…

This little birthday girl is turning 6. She has an American Girl doll which makes it easy for me to sew for ’cause I just love making things for those dolls. Tomorrow they are planning on going to see the movie ‘Frozen’ together … only if it is not still FROZEN here at home of course :-).

I chose these fabrics:

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I used my super duper 6.5″ square quilting ruler and cut out 9 squares of three different fabrics. I think she is going to like it. I love how this one turned out. I was determined not to use Disney character fabrics although her family loves Disney with a passion. It would have been too predictable. But I didn’t want to go the pink & purple route either. Too typical girly. Instead I chose coral combined with these playful prints.

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The polka dots are my favorite. If I remember correctly from the selvage it’s organic cotton! Bam! It checks all the boxes. A perfect blanket for a little doll in frosty December. I am so excited about the binding. I hand stitched it. I could have just used store bought inexpensive bias tape. It would have been faster but I love making these gifts thinking that this girl might actually keep this one and hand it down maybe? I know I know. I am reaching here… But a girl’s gotta dream right?

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The best part about this project? I used fabric that I had at home, made the binding myself, used batting & backing, elastic and ribbon for the skirt … all from my stash. I didn’t have to go to the store for this present at all. I feel like this is the kind of gift that deserves the HANDMADE WITH LOVE stamp ribbon!

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Happy Birthday Megan!

And since it was so much fun to make a tiny pillow to match the quilt I went ahead and made one for my little girl as well. Now she can play dolls with her friend with quilt & pillow and all!

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Before I forget, here’s one more upside to this ice storm: Tomorrow’s back-to-back basketball games early in the morning are cancelled!!!!! Don’t tell the boys I am excited about this but I really really am! 🙂 It will be much more fun to make up these games when we are back in the upper 60’s. I’m just sayin’. It’s Texas. You never put away your flip-flops ’cause you never know. One day it storms the next day you are back to sweatin’.

Talking about tomorrow’s plans: We were invited to a friend’s house for dinner. We’ve been looking forward to this for weeks. It looks like it’s going to be too dangerous to drive though… We’ll decide in the morning.

This is what I’ve sewn up for our hostess:

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I think I am going to have to make one for myself as well. I love the size and how it lays flat unlike my stand up pretty pouches.

Either way, I am happy to have today off, no games tomorrow & enough food & craft supplies to make it through the weekend. My only prayer: Please power please stay ON! It sucks to be cold! There I said it! I am spoiled that way.

Stay warm people.


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Just when you think …

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Last week was an unusually busy week for us. Until this week! Suddenly, starting Saturday we were crazy busy. Hope that doesn’t mean next week will be even busier?!! Here’s a recap:

Last Saturday, my nine-year old played his first-ever soccer playoff game. The moment the game started the atmosphere along the sidelines became heated and hostile. My son has been playing recreational soccer ever since he turned five. We’ve spent every Saturday in the fall & spring on the soccer field – first in Southern California and now in North Texas. Some teams we played against were friendly others not so much. But this past Saturday with this being the first playoff game for eight & nine-year olds it looked like people came to win! That is at any price!! Long story short we somehow made it to the semi-finals! Yeah! We had one day to rest  before we faced off the best team in the league. Half of this team trains 2 or three times a week with professional coaches. I guess they call that pre-select soccer … It’s no understatement that we were the underdogs and as it happens a lot in life we did really well – that is until half-time. Then the tides turned and this super duper team beat us 5:2… We were out of the playoffs just like that … 🙁

That should have meant the end of soccer for us for the remainder of the year. But not so fast!! Right after the game my husband got approached by the winning team’s ‘manager’. They wanted our son to play a tournament with their exclusive select team this weekend. They wanted him at practice twice this week in order to prep for Saturday’s THREE tournament games!!!  Just when I thought we could retire the cleats & shin guards for the year we had to get back in gear – again? I tell you these sports are really a family affair. They are all-consuming even on a recreational level. The time & energy you dedicate as a family is mind blowing!

Also, these kids have to go to school too! Hello?? Especially this week when Isaiah had three benchmark tests scheduled! First time for third grade. Needless to say I cancelled this week’s German lesson to give ALL of us a little break in the afternoons at least one day this week! With the temps finally dropping to low 40’s it is so nice to have an afternoon at home with the kids.

In terms of sewing & crafting or even holiday shopping I didn’t get as much done this week as I wished. However, I finally finished my first QUILT TOP!!!! 

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My teacher was right. The most time consuming part of this quilt top was piecing the nine rows together. All I had left to do was to sew together eight 32.5″ strips and voila! I have a finished quilt top! Now, I have to find time to go to JoAnn’s to purchase the batting!

The other progress I made this week in my sewing room was finally printing out yasemintea.com labels. I used Avery (#8938) Light Fabric transfers and printed www.yasemintea.com and YaseminTea.com labels in sizes 12, 14, & 16 (mirrow imaged) and ironed them on the inside of my pretty pouches! I’ll be giving those as gifts this season!!!

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(I couldn’t decide which I liked better: www.yasemintea.com or simply: YaseminTea.com??)

I gave the chevron pouch to my son’s classroom teacher for her birthday this week. She got a little gift card in the pouch as well. You know, a Target gift card never hurt nobody :-)).

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The second person on my list this week: Our wonderful, super-organized soccer manager mom. I filled a pretty floral pouch with some of my favorite things from Whole Foods. Hope she’ll enjoy all the little organic goodness!

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Talking about soccer again, we have a fun little party planned tomorrow evening. We are going to have a end of season party and make s’mores with the team! I decided last-minute to print some of the gorgeous pictures that one of the dads takes at all our games. I am also printing the scores of each game.  After all, we scored over 70 goals this season!!! Wow! What a season! Go STARS!

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I am planning on hanging this poster in my son’s room after the party.

The ‘photographer’ dad is getting this t-shirt from us. I found it on Etsy. The perfect place for unique gifts!

Photography Camera Smile T-Shirt  Digital Camera Tshirt Photographers Tee Shirt Mens Womens Ladies Youth Kids Geek Funny

Well friends, that’s all the time I have while my baby is taking her long morning nap. It’s chilly outside and supposed to rain tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed that we still get to play in this tournament. Would be sad after all the practice my boy put into it this week. Also, we would hate to cancel the team party. My daughter and I are especially excited about the s’mores tomorrow night!! So rain rain go away … 🙂

Love & Peace


A week in review

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Sometimes when I look back at our week I am in disbelief of all the action around here. This week feels like a typical crazy busy week in December: Frequent visits to the post office, shopping for the perfect gifts, wrapping gifts, printing pictures, eating holiday spiced goodies, receiving pretty packages from family in Germany … This all happened this week and it’s only the first week of November!

First off, the children received a huge box in the mail from my sister-in-law, Julia.

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Although it was meant as a late birthday package it felt more like Christmas to us. With temperatures dipping and the evenings getting longer we turned on the fire place and had a gift opening ceremony in front of it! I wanted to be sure that we enjoyed every inch of gift wrap and every pretty bow and detail that my sister-in-law had lovingly put together for us.

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My sister-in-law is the best. She always puts so much thought and love into her gifts. Each kid got an absolutely age appropriate and fun gift that appealed to their interest at the moment. She always knows and understands. A mom herself she is also a preschool teacher. For me she is the PERFECT mom. Patient, knowledgeable, kind. I just love her. The way she is able to spoil my children from such a long distance is a talent on its own. I  feel so fortunate to have her in our family.

But back to the package. It contained not only the treats my kids like but also an educational book for each child which is perfect since my two older ones are taking Germany lessons at the moment. The baby got this cute picture book. She sent Seda a friendship bracelet kit and Isaiah a paper airplane set. She couldn’t have picked better gifts for them! Oh, she even thought about me. She knows how much I love these crunchy chocolate covered rice crispy squares called: Nippon! Yumm! And it is no secret that I LOVE tea! She sent me this Yogi-tea called: Gluecks Tee (Happy Tea). And happy I was as I brewed a cup of this delicious herbal blend of organic cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, orange peels & hops. Ahhhhh…

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This tea is perfect to get you in the Holiday spirit. It’s also ideal to warm you up after a walk in the cold, wet fall weather. The baby and I have been taking morning walks rain or shine. Coming back inside to a hot cup of tea is instant HAPPINESS! Thank you my dear Julia! You are a gem within our family! We love you so much!


In other news, I have spent every free minute this week trying to finish these rows for my final class this Sunday. Boy oh boy! I could have never imagined how tedious quilt-making would be. The measuring, cutting, sewing, pressing, remeasuring, RIPPING SEAMS! and finally sewing it back together!!!

Here is how far I’ve gotten as of last night.

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Of course, I should be sewing right now while baby naps but I felt like writing instead. Oh well, sometimes it’s best to step away from a project of this magnitude in order to see the wood for the trees. Instead of trees it’s: Tilt-a-Whirl, Candy Cane Triangles, Rick Racks, Half Square Triangles and don’t even get me started on those Flying Geese! Although they are my favorite once finished they are a lot of work! You mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2.5″ square, position the marked square on a rectangle, stitch on the line, trim seams to 1/4″, walk over to your ironing board, press open and repeat on the adjacent corner … Now you have only made ONE! You have to make 16! of these to yield 32.5″!!! This is seriously a test for my patience!

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Enough of quilt-making. This morning the baby and I drove to Trader Joe’s to get some grocery shopping done. I had skipped last week so you can imagine how long my wish list shopping list was … There are a few things there that no other store sells. For example: COOKIE BUTTER! Like it says on the label: All you have to do is taste it to understand! 🙂

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While there, I was also to purchase my daughter’s coaches gift. Tomorrow will be her last game of the season. We never get them anything as a team but I like to show them our gratitude with a little something sweet. Last season we gave them gift cards to our local cupcake store. Cupcakes make great gifts but who can say no to Belgian chocolates? I also loved the packaging. Hope they’ll like them, too.

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Oh, and while there I bought my all-time favorite Christmas cookie from Germany. Sugar glazed gingerbread cookies. They are not your average gingerbread cookie. To me they taste more like a pumpkin-spiced muffin! So lecker! 🙂photo 1 (2)That’s how great Trader Joe’s is! They are stocked for the holidays with the best from around the world. Perfect for gift giving and enjoying yourself!

While at Trader Joe’s I couldn’t help but stop by Half Priced Books. They emailed coupons for 20%, 30% & 40% off this week. I already took advantage of the 40% coupon on Tuesday and purchased this book:

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Today, I couldn’t find another craft/sewing book and instead got started on my Christmas shopping 2013 ! And this is what I used my 30% coupon for:

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Good for Seda! She loves to make things and loves Fancy Nancy. She is sort of a Fancy Nancy herself.

Now, I have exactly five minutes left to ‘tackle’ these Flying Geese before my baby decides she has given her mommy enough of a break napped long enough.

Of to another fun-filled, productive weekend!