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Apple Tree Sewing Patterns Review

Crafting

It was love at first make when I first sewed up Apple Tree Sewings Bunny Hug Hoodie. Since then I have made two for Mr. T and L’il Miss. Mr. Moo has three. Apple Tree has many other wonderful patterns as well, a few of which I have tried and love. I have made the Grow Along Pants, the Grow Fonder, the On the Grow Romper, and the Grow On Romper.

Below are the four most recent Bunny Hugs I’ve made. Are they not just the most adorable things ever?

MY THOUGHTS ON THE BUNNY HUG PATTERN:

The pattern is super easy to follow with plenty of pictures to guide you. It takes very little time to whip one of these up once you’ve got it cut out. I spent roughly 6-8 hours sewing on Thursday and managed to make three of these, three Grow Fonders, and some things for myself. My kiddos are also in love with these hoodies, as is my husband. I would highly recommend this pattern to anyone who makes children’s clothing.

You have a variety of size options (more-so if you buy the bundle with the older sizes added). It is available in 3-12 months, 9 months-3 years, 3T- 6, 6 – 8/9 and 8/9 – 12/13. For Mr. Moo, I made the 9 months-3 years. L’il Miss got he 3T-6 and Mr. T the 6-8/9. I love that they can wear it for a few years, or until it wears out! 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THE GROW ALONG PANTS:

If you’re looking for a pants pattern for your kids, look no further! This pattern is awesome for so many reasons. You have a few options when you make these. You can put in the reinforced knees to extend the longevity of the pants. You can just sew a plain pair of pants. Or you can choose to do a reversible option. I have yet to try the reversible, but the other two options are super simple.

The best thing is these pants grow with your child, much like the Bunny Hug. Mr. Moo’s (the tractor ones) are size 1-3T. L’il Miss and Mr. T both have the 3-6 version. You can see the difference when they have them on, it’s a looser fit for the smaller kids, and a tighter, legging look for the older.

Another pattern I would highly recommend and the kids also approve of!

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THE GROW FONDER PATTERN:

In the search for nice tee shirt pattern for the kids to wear in the summer, I found the Grow Fonder. I’ve made them tons of raglans but was looking for something a little different. This pattern again comes with different options and size ranges. You can choose your sleeve length, regular neckband or cowl neck. I made each of the kids a cowl neck, and one regular neckband for L’il Miss (I don’t have a picture of that one because she was sick this week and didn’t feel like having her picture taken.)

Once again Mr. Moo is in the size 1-3T, L’il Miss in 3-6, and for this one, Mr. T is also in the 3-6 which is a tad short on him due to how tall he is. Unfortunately, the pattern doesn’t go any larger at this point. Though I imagine it would be easy to add some length. The rest fits him perfectly as he’s so skinny.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THE ON THE GROW ROMPER AND THE GROW ON ROMPER:

Make all the clothes!

I’m combining my thoughts on these two, mostly because they are similar in a lot of ways.

The On the Grow Romper is the one that looks most like overalls. I love this. These will last the kiddos so long! Only L’il Miss and Mr. Moo got one of these, and they are both at the smaller end of their size ranges so they have lots of room to grow. There are drawstrings on the inside to ruche the sides up and make it smaller. There are two snaps on the shoulders to allow for some adjustment, and an option to add a third. I added the color blocking to mine, that’s not in the pattern. It is super easy to do if you so wish.

I have to say, these look so comfy that I want a pair!

The Grow On Romper I love even more than the other. Mr. Moo looks so adorable in his, the picture does not do it justice! This also has the drawstring on the inside. You can choose to add snaps through the inseam like a sleeper. I added the snaps to Mr. Moo’s to make it easier to get on and off. I love the little hood, though it does hang slightly off to one side due to the crossover. This one I lined with minky, mostly because I forgot to cut it out of the black french terry and had none left when I realized it, and partly because the minky is so soft I thought it would be super comfy.

Mr. Moo calls it his ‘Zebra’.

Both of these patterns I would recommend.

In Closing:

And with that, I will leave you all with some pictures of the most adorable model ever… and urge you to check out Apple Tree Sewing for some amazing patterns!

Homeschooling life…

Homeschooling

I’ve had a brief hiatus from blogging and homeschooling due to a family tragedy, but now I’m back!

We just purchased the next four Life of Fred Math books from Christian Book Distributors and have started in on Cats. Mr. T loves seeing what trouble Fred finds himself in.

Also, we are starting the Exploring Nature With Children year-long curriculum since my kids absolutely love being outdoors.

Life of Fred

Other than that our homeschool days have been filled mostly with playtime, little arts and crafts were thrown in there. We made some super cute facecloth bunnies for Easter. Daddy made the kids a giant cardboard castle. And we’ve been taking it pretty easy.

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Of course, there has also been some time for photo filters with the two youngest!

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What have you filled your homeschooling days with these past few weeks?

 

Sometimes, we just play in mud!

Homeschooling

Has your homeschool day ever not gone as planned? That’s how a lot of our days are lately. We always have the best intentions but sometimes it’s just not worth the fight or stress. This has left our school days kind of low-key lately.

We’ve found some more William Joyce books at the library so we’ve spent a lot of time reading. Mr. T has also fallen in love with The Curious Garden by Peter Brown.

After reading it the first time he is convinced we can grow a grass staircase in our garden. Should be an interesting experiment, and I’m not quite sure how he plans on accomplishing it.

The kids have also spent some time playing the Teach Your Monster to Read app put out by Usborne, who also make some of our all-time favorite books. Mr. T’s reading has really taken off since he started playing.

But, most days…. we just end up outside playing in the mud with rocks and sticks, and visiting the chickens. The kids love to dig in the mud patch which was left behind when we took down our pool. Mr. T has been telling me he’s digging a mining shaft. Mr. Moo and L’il Miss just love to find rocks and acorns to fill their toy car or the tricycle. We have a willow tree in our backyard which has provided the kids with hours of entertainment, and mommy with much shady relaxation. In a few weeks, the yard will also be filled with various bird songs. The Cardinals are already out singing, as are the chickadees and goldfinches.

As much fun as these days are, they do tend to provide a lot more laundry for mommy to do… yay!

How do you handle days that don’t go the way you’ve planned?

French Macarons

Cooking

Have you ever attempted French Macarons? Or tried one? They are ridiculously delicious! This is another one of the desserts I learned to make from one of the Craftsy courses.

My husband absolutely loves them. So today I decided to whip up a batch and surprise him.

Of course, I had some help!

First, Lil Miss and I weighed out all of our ingredients. This is a recipe that can go very wrong if you don’t weigh everything accurately, and sometimes even when you do! 😳

Next, we layered our icing sugar and almond meal in the food processor and pulsed it until blended.

Up until this point, Mr. Moo had been napping. Of course, once he woke up he had to help too. My mother-in-law got this adorable Cars apron and chefs hat for him because he is obsessed with vehicles and cooking!

Next, we whipped our egg whites and cream of tartar until it resembled foam and there were no liquid eggs. Then we rained in our sugar slowly.

It takes quite a while to get this beat to stiff peaks. The kiddos started to lose interest around this point. Which was really for the best.

After the meringue is whipped it’s time to gradually fold in the almond meal/icing sugar mixture. In the course, you are taught to do this in three increments using a J-fold. Then comes painting the mix up the sides of the bowl a few times until it slowly slides down the sides.

Pop the mixture into a piping bag and pipe your circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Typically I use a template under my parchment, but today I freehanded it.

This next part is fun! Slam the pan on the counter six times, then punch the underside twice on each end. Then let the pans sit for a minimum of 15 minutes to dry a bit before baking at 330F for 11-13 minutes. The first picture is what they should look like, with a few that cracked or went a little wonky. The second shows when something has gone wrong. Not sure what happened to those ones today, but they still taste good! 😊

The Macarons need to cool 10 minutes on the tray before being moved to a cooling rack. While they cool you can make your filling. I’ve done a rosewater buttercream, salted caramel, and others but today we went for a simple chocolate buttercream. You just pipe some on a cooled shell, and top with a shell of similar size. Here’s our finished macaron.

They were enjoyed by all!

Want to try a Craftsy Baking course? Check them out here. Online Baking Classes

Bridge to Nowhere

Adventures in Nature with Kids!

Homeschooling

Our homeschooling day today took us on an outdoor adventure… in the rain. The rain part was not planned. When I originally suggested the outing it was 10 degrees and had cleared up. By the time we actually left it was raining, 8 degrees and dropping. However, we continued on our adventure.

We went for a long walk and ended up at a little beach. Unfortunately, my phone died and we missed out on some fun pictures. Here are the few we managed before the battery died.

When we got home the kids filled daddy in on everything we saw: train tracks, dog tracks, bird tracks, funny rocks, ice rocks, logs floating in the water, a time capsule burial spot, sea grass, etc.

After some hot chocolate to warm up we moved onto some math with the second book in the Life of Fred series (I buy these from Christian Book Distributors). Mr. T loves these books! We read through three chapters. When we were through, Mr. T asked where a certain word was in the book. The word “mob” to be exact. A few minutes later he shows me this:

Gotta love it when he does copy-work without any encouragement or bribery. It’s usually quite a fight to get him to read or write.

Any tips on how to encourage a reluctant reader/writer?

Joyce's Books

William Joyce, a new favorite!

Homeschooling

Have you read any of William Joyce’s books with your kids?

Another homeschooling mama, My Little Poppies, recently posted on her Instagram about some of his books. We found a few at our local library and they have quickly become favorites. The stories are creative and silly and the illustrations are eye-catching and sometimes goofy. Perfect for capturing a child’s attention.

The first book we checked out was The Mischievians. My six-year-old, in particular, fell in love with it and we were reading it 2-3 times a day. Anyone who came to visit had to read it to him as well. He and my four-year-old searched for Mischievians around our house, made up new ones, and had hours of fun planning their own books like this. This led me to look for more of Mr. Joyce’s books.

The next two books we found were The Numberlys and Billy’s Booger: A Memoir (sort of).

I remembered seeing The Numberlys at a library event I had gone to where we viewed books nominated for the Caldecott Award. Mr. T loved this one as well, perhaps even more than The Mischievians. This book is shorter and is a fairly easy read.

Billy’s Booger was also much enjoyed by Mr. T because, well, he’s a boy and it has boogers in it. What I found most interesting about this book is that contained inside is a book Mr. Joyce wrote when he was in fourth grade. The story, or at least the majority of it, is actually true events that happened. The real beginning of an amazing writing and illustrating journey. Mr. T was incredibly inspired by this fact. He loves to draw and make up stories so he felt truly connected to the boy (Mr. Joyce) in the book.

We have a few more of William Joyce’s books on hold on the library and are impatiently awaiting their arrival. I would highly recommend at least these three books I have talked about, but most likely any of Mr. Joyce’s books. Especially if you have a child who is an outside-the-box thinker or very creative.

Have you read any of Mr. Joyce’s books? Which were your favorites?

All my adventures combined!

Adventures, Cooking, Crafting, Homeschooling

My husband and I recently decided it would make more sense to have one site for all of my writings. Instead of having a separate blog for each of my hobbies, we are combining them all in one place and just using categories to make it easier to find a specific topic.

Since I am no longer trying to manage a home business, it made the most sense to adapt my business website into a blog. So, that’s what it is happening! This site we will be under construction for the next few months while I figure out exactly how I want it to look. Please bear with us during this transition.

You may also notice that some of my posts will contain affiliate links now.

Ready for some adventure? 😊