Puppet Show Dress

Oliver + S, Puppet Show Dress by Babes in DeutschlandThis is another Oliver + S pattern, the Puppet Show Dress this time, I’ve already shared how obsessed I am with this brand, their dresses are just so cute! Especially for the younger years, what little girl wouldn’t love the darling peter pan collar and puffed sleeves! Continue reading


Oh the Places We’ll Go: Kaiserslautern Fair

Kaiserslautern Fair, Germany by Babes in DeutschlandMoody skies, twinkling lights, and the company of my little family made our weekday trip to the Kaiserslautern fair a charming experience. Jon and I haven’t been to a fair in years, the kids had never been at all, so we decided to remedy this childhood injustice and take them to their first! I love showing them new things, the wonder and awe of the lights, sounds, and smells! Both kids probably have whiplash from yanking their heads around, side to side, up and down, trying to take it all in! Continue reading

Cloud Dough Beach

Cloud Dough Beach Sensory Bin by Babes in DeutschlandThere has been much talk of Hawaii over here again lately. I don’t think Aurora will ever forget those beautiful white sand beaches that we called our playground. But, when the beach is miles away, cloud dough is the next best thing! We’ve made this stuff a few times before and it’s always so much fun to play with, therapeutic even! Continue reading

Fall Blessings

Babes in DeutschlandWe’ve slowly been checking things off of our fall bucket list, we’ve picked apples, traversed a corn maze, and and I’ve sewn the kids Halloween costumes, but there is still so much that I want to take in this autumn! I suppose we’ve also road tripped and baked lots of fall treats, we’ve had potlucks and bonfires and worn layers for the first time in years, but I am just so entranced with all of the German, autumn magic that I just want to do everything at once. I suppose this is what three years in Hawaii will do to you! Continue reading

Book Report Dress

Aurora and I are working on a very exciting, Halloween themed, multi-day science project, so while that’s under construction, I thought I would share a few more sewing projects that I made with my mother in law, Anna, over the summer. I am really enjoying sewing kids clothes, not only can they be sentimental and beautiful, but they’re also immensely practical!

I’m sure I’ve already gushed about my love for Oliver + S patterns, they are seriously adorable! Modern sewing with a bit of a vintage feel in many of their styles, they even have patterns for adults! I haven’t taken the dive yet and made anything for myself, it seems much more complicated fitting and adult body… maybe someday I’ll get brave enough.

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Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Healthy AND delicious double chocolate chip muffins, by Babes in DeutschlandThe first thing I’ve gotta say, is don’t let the word ‘healthy’ fool you, these muffins are DELICIOUS! And I’m picky. Like really picky. They’re rich and moist and mostly guilt free! They’re the kind of chocolate that I don’t mind sharing with the kids, or eating for breakfast (lunch and dinner too 😉 ). Continue reading

Oh the Places We’ll Go: Mainz

Babes in DeutschlandI’m convinced that fall is prettiest in Germany. Roads wind around great hills covered in deciduous trees in the prime of their seasonal display, and the sky has a magical quality to it each time the sun rises and sets. Sunday, we were blessed to take in all of the autumnal delights with our friends John and Judi in Mainz. Continue reading

Bargello Wave Quilt

Bargello wave quilt by Babes in DeutschlandThis post contains affiliate links, thanks for supporting us!

I adore Grayson’s baby quilt, his grandma, our friend Lanae and I spent countless hours cutting and piecing the top. Cutting, sewing and bonding was about all we did during the weeks of my visit to Nebraska when I was pregnant with Gray. So many decisions we made, concerning which of the twenty fabrics involved to use in which row, and how to cut the pattern down to a manageable size. I think we did pretty well. Lanae and I aren’t the pro quilters that my mother in law is, but I’d like to think we helped make this quilt the work of love and art that it is. Continue reading

Explorer Vest

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Yesterday I shared the kid’s Halloween costumes, they’re going to be a butterfly and a bug catcher this year! I’m really in love with how they turned out, and so today I wanted to share a little bit more about the making of Gray’s explorer vest.

I’ve sewn quite a few dresses for Aurora, so it was really gratifying to find something to make for Gray. Boys clothing is so much harder to make, I feel, it almost always involves collars and buttons, and those are two of my least favorite things!

Not only will this make a cute costume for him, but I’m sure he and Aurora will wear it for dress up and for going out and about too, all of those pockets are so useful, it will be exciting (and possibly scary) seeing what they decide to put in them! Continue reading

Halloween Costumes

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Here they are! I’ve thrown out several hints about what the kids were going to be for Halloween over the past few weeks, but no one guessed quite right. After much deliberation, I give you the explorer and his butterfly!

We had talked about nerding out and doing family fantasy theme costumes, but that just wasn’t going to happen this year, so instead, I scaled back the time investment and the budget and decided to work with what I already had. We had been planning on getting Aurora a set of fabric butterfly wings for Christmas, so I ordered them a little early along with the antenna and completed the outfit with black leggings, shoes and a shirt she already had. Yay for a cute, cheap, reusable costume! Continue reading