A DAy iN thE LifE Of thE McMAhOn FAmilY

Sunday, March 28, 2010


The other day I did a little refashion for Madelynn. This little tunic dress is a size 6-12 months but still fits Madelynn like a top.

I wanted it to work for spring and summer, so I cut the sleeves shorter and added a little ruffle out of a pale yellow shirt of hers that she has grown out of. You can't tell from the picture, but it's actually a double ruffle. I simply cut off the bottom hem of the yellow shirt and cut the hem open at the bottom (on the fold).

I also cut out a little elephant patch from the same shirt and hand stitched it in the corner of the refashioned shirt.

Instead of packing this tunic away, it now has new life!

And just for kicks....here's a picture of her wearing it when she was about 10 months old:

This picture makes me laugh-that little face is so squishy! (And, yes, that is my belt wrapped around her twice-I had so much fun dressing her up!)

Madelynn has outgrown many of her summer shirts and I hope to refashion some more!

Have a great week!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010


My house was beginning to look like it had encountered a natural disaster and a funky smell was starting to come from my neglected sourdough bread starter on the counter. The laundry pile was about to erupt.
If you have kids-you know what happens when they get sick-all your attention is focused on your poor sick little baby. And in our case...NO NAPS. Just when I was about to give up the daily 1:00-3:00 struggle...a miracle occurred. SILENCE. For two whole hours. I scrubbed, I cleaned, and took a deep breath. I even had to wake her because she was sleeping too long! Finally it seems our house is back to normal and Miss Madelynn is feeling herself again. I went to wake her and found this:

That's my girl- if she's not refusing her nap, she at least had to pick WHERE she took her nap :~)
This next picture is what happened one of the days she didn't take a nap:

We went out late in the afternoon and she fell asleep in the car. When we got home I set her down and she laid right there on the carpet next to the kitchen table and kept on sleeping.

On another note, here is a little project I did as a gift for my sister's birthday:

Can you guess what it's made out of???

It's a sheet I found at the Salvation Army for $1.50! I loved it because its so sunny and springy:~) I have a ton left so I want to make Madelynn some summer clothes...maybe even an Easter dress!

Have a wonderful weekend-I will try to blog more now that things are back to normal!

Friday, March 5, 2010


My Aunt-in-Law recently moved to a new house and I wanted to make her a little something to welcome her home. I found a small stash of vintage keys, a wire hook, and a ribbon in her favorite colors-and came up with this:

I also had an idea to put some buttons (I recently received a rather large jar of buttons my mom and dad won for me at Mother Lode Christian School's annual Jubilee-thanks mom and dad!) in a little glass vase tied with matching ribbon. I mean, who doesn't use buttons, right? This thoughtful little gift cost $0....that's right zero dollars! I found everything at home. I guess that's why my Aunt-in-Law calls me Miss Resourceful! (Jodi should love this...as her gift budget is $5! I love it!)

And here's a little teaser as to the theme I am going with in Madelynn's room:

I have finished her curtains, but am waiting to take the picture until I can raise her curtain rod-the curtains are dragging on the ground right now. Next I'll be working on a truly unique wall decoration that will cover the top 1/3 of her walls (Madelynn proof). And get this-its not going to cost me a dime!