Grow Your Blog

Thanks to Vicki for hosting the Grow Your Blog blog hop again this year.

2 Bags Full

If you already know me and want a chance to find some more great blogs, click over to check out the big list of participants.
For those of you visiting for the first time, my name is Mary Ann and welcome to my little corner of the internet.
This is me doing one of my favorite things. I love making things, especially with fabric and thread and I really enjoy sharing the things I make here on the blog. Sometimes I also talk a bit about the homesteading side of things. Besides my time spent raising my little people and sewing, I also keep chickens and bees and enjoy gardening, preserving food, and cooking.

In the last year, I have done lots of making and been able to find the time to share at least a little of it. I love to sew kid clothes and quilts and I love to make new things out of treasures dug out of the thrift store clearance bins. Also, this year I got a Silhouette Cameo machine so I have been having fun finding ways to use that toy as well!
You can see a few of the things I have been up to here below:
Bottoms Up pants testing
Zippy Keepers Pattern testing
Plum Princess Purse and Gloves testing
A Quilt for a friend

Right now, I am in a mad rush to sew lots of cute Disney clothes for the kiddos before our upcoming trip to WDW. Later on this year, I have plans to make a quilt for my nephew who is graduating from high school, sew up some spring clothes for my kids, and work up my nerve to start sewing for myself as well. I hope you stick around or come back later when I can share all of my Disney creations as well as show you the other things I make this spring! Just click the buttons on the sidebar to follow me with Bloglovin or feedly as well.
Thanks for stopping by.


Think Ruffles: my day!

Many thanks to Mdm. Samm from Sew We Quilt and Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy for organizing and cheering us on through this hop. I have loved seeing everyone’s ruffled creations and now it is my turn to share.
Here is what I ended up with:
A fabulously frilly and ruffly outfit for my little girl who loves to play in the mud but wants to look as girlie as possible while she does it!
I used a pair of pants that I had scored from the thrift store a while back. They were very inexpensive because they were missing a button but check out the brand!
I started with a skirt pattern from Octtobre magazine. It was my first time using one of their patterns and I was nervous. If you haven’t seen one you might be wondering why. Here is why:
This page has the patterns in lots of sizes for lots of patterns including the ones I needed. Fortunately they are color coded and when I stopped panicking and took my time, I ended up with this.
The ruffles in the back are made by cutting U shaped pieces of fabric and straightening them as you sew them on. I had to read the manual and rethread my serger 3 times but I got the rolled hem on those ruffles!
I used a spare strip of floral fabric and made a double ruffle to add the flower on the store bought t-shirt. I am proud of my free hand stem and leaves on the shirt. It was my first time “doodling” with thread on my sewing machine and I loved how it turned out. Lastly, no ruffles but I whipped up a quick pair of sweater leggings from a thrift store sweater and the Go-To leggings pattern that I love to use. The leggings will keep her warm enough until our South Carolina spring really gets rolling! I am thrilled with how this outfit turned out. I love it! My daughter loves it!
Even the chickens love it. They kept following her and trying to peck the ruffles.

Thanks for coming by to see what I made. I hope you come back again soon.

Be sure to check out the rest of today’s ruffles at the blogs below:
March 11th

Needle and Hook
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Blessings From Our Nest
Little House on the Dairy <–This is me
Just One More Stitch
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Just Sew Quilter

Mad about Ruffles — Think Ruffles!

I am super excited to be taking part in my first Blog hop from Mdm. Sam of Sew we Quilt. From March 5th through the 14, check out the hop to see lots and lots of ruffles. I have loved reading along with all of these hops from Mdm. Sam for a while. With a little girl who loves all things ruffled, I knew this one was too good to pass up. Stop by on March 11th to see what I dream up.

Grow Your Blog

Many thanks to Vicki at 2 Bags Full for hosting the Grow Your Blog blog hop!

2 Bags Full

For the folks who know me, click on the button above to find other bloggers who are looking to reach out and find a bigger audience. For anyone new here, welcome! I hope you like what you find and would love to have you follow me on any of the little handy buttons on the sidebar.

My name is Mary Ann and Little House on the Dairy is a blog I created originally to help me feel a little more connected to the world after we moved out to a very rural part of western South Carolina. Fairly quickly, we settled into life here and I found that this blog needed to evolve. It has become a place where I share my creations from my sewing room. I love my family and friends and they are great at looking impressed and are so kind with their compliments when I show off something I have sewn. Still, I am hoping this blog will give me a way to reach out to people who are a little crazy in the same way I am and we can inspire each other as we create things we love.

As for what I create, I love to sew and quilt. I sew a lot for my kids and I love using upcycled materials from thrift stores and hand me downs whenever possible. While I love reading blogs where people sew using gorgeous high end fabric, I love showing people that you can create something wonderful without spending a fortune.

Here are a few of the things I have shared here:
Advent Calendar from Felted Wool Sweaters


Sparkly Sweater to leggings refashion

A Perfect Refashion

Of course I get off topic every now and then so stick around to occasionally hear about honey bees, chickens, preschoolers, or any other wild animals I come across living out here at The Little House on the Dairy!