Category Archives: Kids

Sam-e-o’s upcycled bibs

A new member of the family joined us in January. Samuel Henry. He’s adorable, of course. He also inspired us to make some bibs. We had plenty of shirts from when the boys were little. We decided to use them … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day- an up cycle tradition

Each year, for the past four years, we have made the girls Valentine outfits for our annual,  “Cookies and Cocoa” party that our wonderful friend Michele hosts. In 2010 we made “cupcake” skirts. This was back when we were just … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas-Part four: Bean Bag Chairs

The Spiehs’ girls have always wanted bean bag chairs.  Well, “always for a long time,” as Ava puts it.  To be honest I dreaded this project because I thought it would be hard, tedious and boring.  However, it was just … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas-Part Three: Peace Sign Baskets and Pj’s

Carol and I really enjoy making gifts for each other’s kiddos.  The girls, and sometimes boys, are very interested in what projects we are working on and love it when we make something for them. For Christmas this year, Carol … Continue reading

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I love my red shoes. . .

We are excited to share our latest project with you.  Instead of fabric and a sewing machine this project involved a big wall, paint, and children’s literature. Intrigued? I have always wanted to tie a room around a piece of … Continue reading

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Make-it Monday

As we mentioned in an earlier post we love having our kids home in the summer.  The flexible schedule and summer fun activities are a refreshing change to the strict school-year routines.  We had the joy of having Ava join … Continue reading

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T-shirt to skirt; a “love”-ly up-cycle

This past Valentine’s day we went, once again, to our dear friend-of-citymade, Michele’s, “Cookies and Cocoa” party. It’s an annual tradition that we all look forward to. And, as part of the tradition, Melany and I endeavor to create pretty … Continue reading

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More from handmade Christmas: Sophie’s house

Carol here. I have made several of these little doll houses. They’re a bit time consuming, but each time I think I improve ( I hope) and  the result is always satisfying. This one was made for citymade niece, Sophie. … Continue reading

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When life gives you dragon spikes…make a tail

One of the phenomenons that happen at citymade is what we call a, “doomed project”.  This simply means that a project appears to be doomed from the beginning.  We seem to be powerless in these situations and the fabric usually … Continue reading

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Three Princesses and a Dragon

Halloween is less than a week away, normally this means that Carol and I are scrambling to fulfill the requests of our children’s costume ideas. This year, somehow, we are ahead of the game and are already enjoying the costumes. … Continue reading

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