Firefly/Serenity Kaylee Inspired Toddler outfit

1 10 2009


Please note the word “inspired” in the title. I tried very hard to make something more similar but man did I have problems. So I am a huge browncoat, and it’s exciting to say I saw the very first episode they showed on FOX the night it premiered and have been hooked ever since. That never happens, I usually catch on a season or two later. Like, I’m going to watch Fast Forward, really, I just haven’t had time! I won’t be too behind.

Back to Firefly:

Photo courtesy FOX and fan site Can't Take the Sky

Photo courtesy FOX and fan site Can't Take the Sky

I love the Kaylee character and I really wanted to make a few outfits for E inspired by Kaylee’s look.

I ran into a few problems right off the bat. There was this beautiful fabric I’d seen at Joann’s several times but on the day I had some extra money it was nowhere to be seen! And there was no way I was going to be able to explain the fabric I was searching for to anyone that worked there.


So sadly, off the top of my head I grabbed two fabrics I thought would work. And I think they did!

The shirt didn’t give me any problems except one – I used white thread. I didn’t realize it would show up so easily. Oops. It did give me the opportunity to see how messy my stitches were, in case I started to get cocky and think I actually knew how to sew!


The next problem was that I didn’t want to make a jumpsuit. That seems a little beyond me and who wants to put a kinda-sorta potty training toddler in a jumpsuit? So I had the brilliant idea to make a vest instead! You’ll notice you haven’t seen the vest, and you won’t. I made three different versions and none of them worked or fit right. It was getting to the point that I was so frustrated I wanted to quit, and I knew she wouldn’t wear a vest anyway. So what was I stressing over? I’m learning to let go of the things that aren’t going to be improved with my panic attacks/stress and that was one of them.

But I do want to find or make a heart and teddy bear patch, it really won’t be complete till I can do that.


It really need something, especially since the vest wasn’t happening, so with what I believe is Kaylee’s approval, E got some ruffles. S helped me set the ruffles properly, he’s so handy to have around. When I did it they were way way off! I will next time, however, put them higher up. I also used clear elastic for the ruffles on the pant leg and the gathering on the ruffles themselves.


Total cost: $6ish.

I’ve really enjoyed being inspired by Kaylee and I would love to make her “pretty” from the episode, “Shindig”, but that’s biting off a lot for a complete novice. Unless I make a sort of twirl skirt. We’ll see.

Next up: Z wants to learn how to make dolls or juggling balls or something small he can sell, which means I have to learn how to make something easy for him to learn how to make. Any suggestions?


Super Brothers

10 09 2009


These super brothers are S, on the right, my husband and T, on the left, his little brother. The photo was taken at E’s birthday party. I have no idea why they are wearing matching sombreros, mardi gras beads and Superman T-shirts. I really don’t.

There is quite a large age difference between the two and they always have seemed to have more of a father/son relationship than brother/brother. Sometimes S is the father, but sometimes it’s T. They really don’t have much in common, but they look out for each other and care about each other.

T, who has had his pilot’s license for something like 2 years now, has been accepted to the Air Force. We are all so excited and proud of him! He leaves for basic next week I think? Not so sure, as he wasn’t sure last time I talked to him.

I need to learn about the Air Force now. I’ve had close friends go into the navy, the army, the marines… this is a new one to me. I asked my mother-in-law what I could send to him and all she knew was, “no dirty magazines”. Damn.

E’s second birthday party – lots of images

7 09 2009
Super E!

Super E!

For E’s birthday last year, we got her a cute birthday hat. I knew this year there is no way she would wear a hat. Not for all the animal crackers in the world. So at 10:30 the night before, S and I whipped up this superhero birthday cape. I will post more about that later though…


I don’t know what this face is, but it’s the messiest she got with her cupcake. Such a fastidious eater. Daddy made her peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles and gummy bears. Daddy doesn’t like to sleep at night. He also likes lots of noise.


Daddy blew up this great pool we got for $7 on the Target 75% off clearance aisle. The outside of the box leads one to believe the pool is much much larger than it is. It’s the TARDIS of pools! Um, only backwards. Alright, nevermind.


It was big enough for rough-housing and I guess, in the long run, that’s all that really matters. Z and A had a good time in the pool; I thought it wouldn’t be large enough for them.



I made sure all the kids had enough bubbles, so between the sprinkler, the pool and the bubbles, everything was soaking wet. Here A is “sneezing” bubbles. Goofball.

No, she didn’t get charcoal for her birthday. I just never moved it before I took the pictures. Oops. Also, keep in mind, she opened her other presents at home that morning. Next year I will buy her less, her grandparents definitely have this covered.

Her very own potty! Mommy would really love it if she would use it right away, please? Unfortunately, I have a feeling she will take this slowly, so I will have to have patience.

E was very careful to read all the cards. Her uncle gave her these adorable purple shoes that are just screaming for a dress made by mommy.