While picking up a few groceries, I noticed Walmart had some basic onesies for $3.00. As is they were pretty simple and cute. I picked up a yellow one and decided I’d play with it a bit and try to make something a bit more unique.

My supplies:

DISCLAIMER: I do not know the ‘right’ way to sew. So this tutorial won’t be all that easy to follow…basically I just wing it and hope it doesn’t come apart.

Step 1: Make the base ruffle. I cut a strip of fabric (from this skirt) about 3 inches wide and 14 inches long. Next I folded it over and sewed the edges together. Next I put in a gathering stitch (the longest stitch your machine will make) and gathered the fabric into a ruffle.

Step 2: Sew the top of the ruffle to the top of the onesie.

Step 3: Sew the rest of the ruffle down. I actually took a pencil and drew where I wanted the ruffle to go, then sewed it down.

Step 4: Originally I was going to sew a piece of a vintage sheet on top, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it so I changed plans.

Step 5: Cut an old t-shirt into small circles. Mine were about an inch in diameter. Fold the circles in half two times, stitch onto the onesie.  I did mine in groups of about 5.

Step 6: Add more circles and buttons to the middle. I piled 5 circles off-centered on top of eachother, then added a button. I sewed all three down, starting with the middle one.

I liked it hanging up.

On Baby Sister I can’t decide if I like it or not. For a $3.00 Walmart onesie it is fun. However, I am not super crazy about it. It kind of reminds me of a clown or funny lion.

When it was finished I sat down with Oreos & milk and thought about what to change on it next time.

So this is my first attempt. I am headed back to Walmart and will try v2.0….changing the following:

1. Make the whole bib part MUCH smaller. It looks too big on her now.

2. Use my mom’s serger to make the base ruffle

3. Use colors that don’t resemble an animal

4. Something different in the very middle…the buttons and circles just aren’t quite right

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Well, maybe that will give some of you some ideas for dressing up a plain onesie….

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  • Jill R - Cool post. I love that you shared your thought process. I also love the oreos and milk in a cup and saucer. The model is adorable as always, showing us her signature “face” in her first photo. So funny!

  • Elissa - hi! just wanted to leave a comment to tell you that i’ve just discovered your site yesterday and i can’t take my eyes off it! lion or no… you could make ANYTHING look good with your pictures. SO INSPIRING… all of it! blessings to you! i will be back for sure!

  • Seamingly Sarah - I love that you tried something new and just winged it (I had to think for a minute if I should write winged or wung?) It makes me feel empowered to go try something new as well! Thank you!

  • Jo - I agree. Your the mom that could wear the most horrible thing/ or your kids and they make it look super cute. I AGREE!!! Sister’s signature face is the best! :) i like the onsie!

  • Margie - I love to dress up plain onesies and make them unique, your tutorial is giving me some new ideas! Whether you like the onesie or not, one thing is for sure….your baby girl looks adorable in it :0)

  • Rachel Ridd - her little face is adorable.

  • Ange - Please share when you make the new one!

  • anne c - lol! I love that look she makes in the first pic! I think the onesie is cute! Kate would be trying to pull all of the ruffles off, but I might try it anyway.

  • Jeannette Swan - Are you kidding me! I have to get a sewing machine – I want to try so many things like this! Again – you are amazing – and baby girl is adorable!

  • Kari - I love the picture of Breese on the bed with that outfit!!! TOO CUTE for words! That expression is priceless!

  • Allison - Her expression is just super cute! I love it!!!

  • Robyn Farmer - Girl, you crack me up! I love the face she is making in the pic with the pillows. She looks like her mommy.

  • rachel denbow - I bought that onesie in brown to do a project! HOpefully next week. I loved your idea here, though, and know what you mean about needing a 2.0 version. My latest peter pan collar bib was kind of a hot mess.

  • amanda torres - I’m not sure what’s cuter…’that’ face or the cankles in tights. I could just squeeze her up tight!

  • Kara - I dont think ur daughter could look anything but ADORABLE!!!

  • robyn - Hi Ashley,
    Love your onsie idea! I come from a long line of seamstresses and had to speak up. Give this a try for your ruffle: sew 2 rows of gathering stitches and pull the bottom threads when you gather. You can distribute your gathers easily and if a thread breaks, you still have one to work with. (Then you don’t have to borrow your mom’s serger and can jump right on the 2nd try) Love seeing your creativity evolving! This idea could go on a Mommy t-shirt too, with flowers and pearls and….. Have fun!!

  • ashlee - cute idea! Im thinking about doing something similar on an actual bib…they are so boring!

  • Amanda Weber - I wish I were half as creative as you! I would have the hardest time making anything that resembled that. Little sister is too cute… love her signature face!

  • Cate O'Malley - Love the shots when she crinkles up her nose – too cute for words!

  • meg duerksen - so unique.
    i think your mind must just go go go.
    never turns off.
    :)

    i just talked to the barn sale man. hope he’s able to handle us crazy women. ha!

  • Abby - oh this is awesome!! you have given me a bunch of inspiration….. now back to wishing for a walmart in OZ :)

  • paige - I just cracked up at “use colors that don’t resemble an animal.” ha! seriously, you’re way good to even come up with and create v1.0! adorable! i can’t wait for v2.0.

  • Ruth - I think it’s super cute. Perhaps if you bring the first round in more elongated than semicircle, it would seem more tuxedo with all the ruffles. For more “bib,” maybe just less ruffly in the middle? I don’t know….haven’t made one myself, but have daydreamed bout it! :)

  • Rachel C - That’s funny. She does sort of resemble a lion. :) I wanted to comment about 2 things in your “My Lovelies” section. #1 — I love those glitter labels. Those would look cute as decorations somewhere — very colorful! Also, that 911 call was hilarious! “We’re in our jammies.” So cute.

  • Casey - freaking adorable!

  • BriBedell - I do love it although it is a big large for the scale of your little one! I would cut up the onesie and sew it onto a shirt for yourself!

  • Kate - So sweet! You rock!

  • Anna Joy - this is a very cute idea! i had thought of a different ways of changing it when i saw it on baby sister and they were exactly what you had suggested. can’t wait to see 2.0 version!

  • Alison R - Great idea! I just love the look on her face in the first picture. Does the wrinkled nose mean she didn’t like it? So cute!

  • Holly Lesue - Really, really cute shirt.

    And the baby ain’t too shabby either!

  • Joye - This is seriously cute, cute, cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Lisa @ ElleBows - Looks like baby sister is a little undecided too! I personally think it’s fabulous!

  • chrissy - it’s easy to critic our own work but, you did a great job… very cute! :) thanks for the idea!

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  • shelby - wow! I wish I could make something like that! I have a sewing machine, but no sewing talent!

  • Becca - She is sooo beautiful!!! Love the onesie! I’ll have to try it soon! Where did you get her leggings? I’m having a hard time finding cute ones for my little girl.

  • Rachel - Aww, this is beautiful! I love it! And I’ll be linking.

  • Rachel - This is beautiful! I love the ruffles so much. Thanks for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

  • Holly - Amazing. Very creative.

  • Larissa - Even before all your planned changes, it is stinking cute!!!!

  • Brooke - I love this!!! Can you email me a picture so that I can link back to you and share this will everyone. Great job.

  • sarah - this. is. darling.

  • sisters4saymoreismore - I D-I-E for this!!!!!! i think you are genious!!!!!

    ~selina

  • Kim - I think it’s darling and I love the colors that you used. I may have to try this!!

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  • angie - What a cute project and beautiful photos too! I’ve linked to this tutorial from the Homemade Baby Gifts page on my baby gifts site and would love permission to use a photo as well- with attribution of course.

  • Theresa Eldridge - Ok, the onesie is cute but that baby is crazy adorable! Love it thank you for sharing!!! <3

  • Jess - I absolutely love this tutorial. Also love the changes you’re going to make for v2.0. :) So cute.

  • ~amy~ - This is absolutely a-dorable!

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  • Meghan @JaMonkey - This is precious!

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My oldest is six. A pretty handsome six year old in my opinion….pretty incredible in many other ways too. He wanted a small party with the boys from his class…a Lego and donut party that is. I like to make birthdays a big deal, but work on small budget so most of our party stuff is made at home.

The invitations: Lego mini-fig print outs with a few Lego pieces and party info included.

He spent a lot of time blowing out candles: breakfast the day of, school the day of, dinner the day of…and his party. I love how he is looking at Big Brother in the top picture.

Me: What do you want to take to your class for your birthday?

Biggest Brother: “I want a chocolate chip cookie, then frosting, then another cookie on top. I want the sides rolled in sprinkles. Then on the top I want a toothpick with a piece of paper that says ‘6’ on it”.

Me: Glad you know EXACTLY what you want.

His gift from his dad.

What I did with his gift from his dad…party decor.

Me: What kind of party do you want to have?

Biggest Brother: “I want to play Legos and eat donuts. For the donuts I want a tower with Lego men on it. I want one dozen glazed, one dozen chocolate, one dozen chocolate with sprinkles and one dozen sugar. Then on the top I want a rectangle donut with 6 candles on it. I don’t want the candles all crazy on it. I want them in a straight line down the middle.”

Me: Glad you know EXACTLY what you want.

Legos – check.

Donut tower built by Biggest Brother – check.

The whole gang came out to celebrate on the mantle.

I printed Lego Indiana Jones and Star Wars sheets for the boys to color while we waited for everyone to arrive. In case you are curious, 5 & 6 year old boys do not like coloring. They prefer to run around with Light Sabers and dart guns.

We had a few games planned. One was a bridge building contest. I divided up bags of Legos – each bag had the same Legos in it (took FOREVER to do). They ended up just mixing them together and doing team work. In case you are wondering, do not spend 2 hours dividing up Legos for 5 & 6 years….and they don’t care if the bags look cute on the skateboard.

My boys working together on their bridge.

Once built, we tested to see how many blocks the bridges could hold. The winning builder got a Lego sticker….which had a cute little Lego case holding them. Once again…no one cared about the Lego box holding the Lego stickers….no one but me. I thought it was a cute idea.

Sooner than later the Legos got dumped on the floor and the craziness began.

There were other kids at the party…I just don’t know if their parents want pictures of them on the blog…

When it was over I asked Biggest Brother if he had fun. He said, “It was the greatest party EVER.” I was thrilled…he enjoyed all the little things I did to make it special. I asked him what his favorite part was. He replied, “Playing with the Light Sabers.” In other words, the one part that wasn’t planned! Figures.

Here are a few of the make it at home projects I did for the party…

1. Freezer Paper Transfer t-shirt: You can find a tutorial online by doing a little google search. I used the font Rosewood. The shirt was 50% off at Hobby Lobby…cost me $2.50!

2. Party Favors: ‘Bubble Light Sabers’ and chalk….yes, I am that mom that sends home creative stuff instead of candy. I replaced the original labels with stickers I made.

Stickers: I found this graphic and added text, Legos, and ‘6’ to the inside for different projects. You can find Lego paper goods and party supplies online, but it can get pricey. I added my stickers to the cookie toppers, party favors, napkins, coloring pages, bridge bags and as confetti on the tables. To make them as stickers I used Label Paper (the full sheet instead of individual ones).

Big number 6: I cut the Star Wars box into a large number 6. Secondly, I cut tissue paper into small squares then hotglued them to the cardboard 6.

He is six. We had fun celebrating and I had fun trying to find ways to make Legos cute. He would have been happy to be shut in a room with all his friends and just his Legos. I know that. I, however, enjoy the details of a party and getting to do the things I love to make his day just a bit more special. I know he won’t remember stickers on bubbles or the same label design printed on coloring sheets. He won’t remember most of the little things I do. I do hope when he looks back at his childhood he’ll remember that I did the things I love not just for other people or for work, but for him too. I hope he remembers that his mom embraced the way God made her and used that to do little things to make his days special.

I like him. I really like him.

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  • Jill R - Love the last two pictures. What a sweet little guy. I admire a man who knows EXACTLY what he wants. 😉 That is great!

  • Amanda - So, I have been a blog-lurker for awhile now but I had to comment on the lego party pics and details. I too have sons (2 of them) and they are lego fanatics. The details you had for your son’s party were darling and I love how you recognize that HE may not remember all of the matchy matchy details, but he will remember the time and love you always put into his parties. You certainly have made his day(s) special. I think you are awesome!

    Amanda
    Queen Bee Designs by Amanda

  • Jill - so cute. got to love kids who know exactly what they want. the donut with the straight line of candles was a great call.

  • Shannon Phillips - Yay! Way to go Ashley. The party looked like so much fun and I love how you Ashleyized the details. Yes, that is a new word now “Ashleyize.” I am going to request that the big wigs at Websters add it to their dictionary. BTW, I am happy to see you in more photos these days.

  • Jo - Ashley- Your so creative!!!! I LOVE IT! I loved how he knew exactly what he was looking for! That’s so neat. :) Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • Naomi - The effort you put in is truly amazing. He will definitely appreciate it when he’s older, and he’ll be so grateful you have all these photos to capture it.
    The whole Lego party idea reminds me of another one I saw on another blog I follow, you can see it here http://wilkinsonquints.blogspot.com/2009/06/happy-9th-birthday-riley.html
    I think the cake is especially impressive!

  • ashlee - what an amazing party! you are so creative and I am so thankful you share it…my 6 and 8 year old boys just walked by and declared they want the same thing for their birthdays…thanks!!

  • Robyn Farmer - Love it! Love all of it! I feel the same way about the details. You put it perfectly.

  • Rach - Major cuteness! May God continue to shower your family with great joy!

  • anne c - what a perfect party! great job!! love the pic of you two…so sweet. you look like the proudest mommy ever and you should be!

  • Anna Joy - I love all your little details. I did the exact same thing for my son’s FIRST birthday. He’ll never remember but I will and I want to show him through pictures when he is older. You are so creative!

  • Barbara - I love the Lego party – especially the bridge contest and the doughnut and lego “cake.” I taught preschool and elementary school for many years and found that boy parties tended to revolve around whatever the “in” superhero was for that year and little else. Congratulations for making a party that was creative and fun and still all “boy.”

  • jenn - We could be soul sisters! I quoted you on my facebook today… I just have girls- so the “he” would be “she”!! This is so my thoughts too: He won’t remember most of the little things I do. I do hope when he looks back at his childhood he’ll remember that I did the things I love not just for other people or for work, but for him too. I hope he remembers that his mom embraced the way God made her and used that to do little things to make his days special.

    Love it love it!!!

  • Donna - Such a creative party! I hosted a Lego party for my 6 year old (almost 10 years ago!) Just wanted to let you know that they do see the details they just might not tell you. Love your blog!

  • Ruth - Fantastic, girl! I did a Lego party last year, and it was no where as creative as yours! I did find as well, however, that they don’t care about the cute and carefully planned…all they really wanted to do was play with legos and go to war! I do have four boys, so I suppose I’ll have another chance to employ your inspirations! Funny, I posted about legos today too!

  • christina larsen - I love all of the details that you did. AWESOME!!! BTW, if you are interested. The cake shop, Piece of Cake does lego cakes; for future reference. 2 yrs ago Ian had a Star War Legos party. They made jedi’s on top and lego pieces all over it. It was an incredible looking and tasting cake. It was a splurge, but a huge hit. Not that you need it for this year, but maybe in the future. :)

  • Christian T - Awesome!! I’m in the process of planning my son’s third birthday party. He wanted dirt bikes and monster trucks. I live for party planning so I’m in heaven making the decorations and planning his party. It’s fun for me and his party will be super cute! I am also going to make him a “3” shirt to wear to school on his real birthday.

  • Jodi - This is so my kind of party! I love everything you did. I love that you did exactly what he wanted. I love that it was simple but came across way more than that. Very creative. The birthday photos are amazing and he is an absolute doll!

  • meg duerksen - that is the best!!!

  • Charla Lane - I was hoping we would get a peek of the Lego party. I Loved it. I like to say “Love is in the DETAILS”. He may not notice today, but soon he will be saying look at all the little things mom does just for me!!!!

  • Heather - I love that you still do the things you see as special even though you think he may not notice. I must say though, I secretly think he does notice. How many other six year olds give that much detail into how they want their donut cake look?

    I also think it’s so cool that you don’t down play creating the things just because he’s six. In Sunday School we are talking to the 5 year olds about how your talent is a gift from God, and what you do with that talent is YOUR gift to God. I think you’re a shining example of that. :)

  • Kate - Perfect, so perfect!!

  • Dick - What a Mom !! Believe me, he appreciates how special you made his day.

  • Julia - what a fun bday party! I love how you made it absolutely fantastic but also honored God with your wallet. And that last pic of you is so good- you look fabulous!

  • Jamie - What a great party! One random question: What lens did you use for the close-up of the donut with the Lego man sitting in the hole? I think I need to get a lens that will let me get that close up bc neither of mine allow that. Tips? Thanks!

  • Kristen - I have been lurking for a while and after every post I feel like I should tell you how inspirational you are. I love your pictures, you capture so very much in them, just like pictures are supposed to do. Even though my son is only 4 months old, you’ve given me so many ideas for his birthday party. Thanks for sharing everything that you do.

  • Jane - What a fabulous party! How did you manage to keep Little Sister from getting at all those itty bitty pieces of Lego?

    I continue to be amazed by your creativity and ability to find time to do it all!

  • Kara - U did an AWESOME job! I just did my sons 1st bday party and I know for sure he won’t remember any of it but I know for me it was fun to put all the effort into it. Now I only wish his party was after ur son’s bc I have been trying to figure out how to make a number tee! Thanks!! I am googling it now! :)

  • Kelly - Loved every single part of it! I have 3 boys and my oldest had a Lego party a few years ago for his 5th party & I have a feeling we’ll be doing at least one more with how much my boys love Legos!
    My middle boy just turned 5 a couple weeks ago and the same green bubbles were our party favors (he had a GREEN party) We never do traditional party favors (aka little junk & candy) either. :)

  • Lisa Johnson - so much to love- What a fun and memorable birthday!

  • amanda torres - I completely cracked up at this post. I remember spending HOURS getting stuff ready for a lesson to teach. The excitement was almost unbearable because I knew it was going to be the coolest thing those kids had ever done. I’d stand in the middle of the class explaining what they were going to be able to do, only to have 25 blank stares looking back at me. So all that hard work got thrown out the window for some off the hip idea that worked great. Glad the party turned out well, despite your vision. If it’s any consolation, I really liked the bags on the skateboard!

  • amy - super sweet party. i was getting a little choked up because my son is going to be six this year. my how time flies. nice job making it a special day.

  • Johanna - I love this!! My son is a lego finatic and we had a lego party last year. We did the tower thing also. Even tho those boys seemed to not care, I’ll bet they talk about it for a long time :-)

    Oh–got your convo from Etsy–thanks! Did you get my reply?
    Johanna

  • Amnah - I would have loved a party like these for myself at his age! I love Legos. Very cute details. I’m going to recreate the cardboard number for my daughter’s first birthday coming up. It’s so cute how he was so precise on what he wanted.

  • Patricia Teo - This is so cool! I love what you did. AWWWWW

  • katherinemarie - LEGO FABULOUS!!! I’m with your on the DETAILS… “using the little things to make his day special”—- I think that’s the true beauty of motherhood!!!!

  • SaRaH - it’s THE perfect birthday party. What a job, mother.
    And I think is a great idea of the last two pictures. Beautiful images for the future.
    Perfect!

  • Holly Lesue - Ashley, I have three girls and because of your posts about your darlin’ boys, I hope I have one someday.

  • julie - I love every detail about this fun party. Even the ones that only a mom would even notice. The candles in a straight line, not all crazy, cracked me up. He’s awesome. So, my RANDOM girl wants a Chewbacca party for her 4th bday. We looooove Star Wars… but the girly Chewbacca ideas aren’t exactly abundant. SO, I lovey love love the Lego coloring sheets that you printed out. I actually think the girls at the party might appreciate them a bit more than the boys did. Did you make them or do you have a link? I google image searched but didn’t come up with the same rad sheet.
    Thanks!!!!

  • Julie - Thank you for the all of the inspiration. Instead of buying pre-made invitations for my sons upcoming 7th birthday, we made them together! Some card stock, stamps and ribbon were all it took and we had so much fun making them.

  • Melissa McClure - Thank you for sharing this post! It was awesome! I will definitely have to store your ideas on file for the next 5-6 years for my little boy! :)

  • Kim - Fantastic party! I love all the little details! …and your photography is amazing, too!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

  • Paper Dolls for Boys - I love that he had such a clear vision and you followed it. My sons are the same and most times, I appreciate it!

    I particularly liked the bridge challenge. I’m going to take that into my classroom as well.

    Great party!

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  • Amanda G - I love Legos and still receive little boxes of them for Christmas each year. Can you do my 29th birthday party? Doughnuts and Legos, what could be cooler?

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  • Anna - Thanks for the fantastic ideas. I hope you don’t mind I linked to your post.

  • Julie - Love the party ideas and your pictures are beautiful. Can I ask which website you were able to find the coloring pages from? I am hosting my own 6 yr old lego party in 2 weeks.

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  • Lisa - This party is so precious and charming! I love your sweet spirit too. I so enjoyed seeing every detail. I am currently planning a lego party for my son and had a question for you. My contact email is lisanchris@gmail.com Can you tell me where you got the lego font? Thank you!
    Lisa

  • Lisa - PS Just a quick follow up! I found the info to download the lego font. Thank you though. :)

  • Nicole' Felton - Hi, your blog is awesome. It has given me some great ideas for an inexpensive party for our soon to be 6 year old. You are an awesome photographer. :)

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  • Lego Party Supplies - Thank you for putting so much time into all the detail. You truly are amazing. I only wish you lived closer so I could ask you to take some family pictures for us. Thanks again.

  • Becky@purposefulhomemaking - GREAT IDEAS! Hope to use some for our lego party! :)

  • Vanessa in NC - THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful ideas! My son is turning 7 soon and Legos and donuts are his favorite things in the world.

  • Melissa - I have two kids 2 weeks apart in birthday. My daughter wants a Rapunzel Tangled Birthday and I am looking into Lego as well for a unisex theme. I love the details you put into your party. I just wanted to ask too where you got the chalks… I’d love to use that for the giveaways or craft station. Thanks :)

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  • Kelly - Thanks for all your ideas! I appreciate the help. Lego Ninjago party in the works for this Saturday. And I especially appreciate the reminder that those little extras that seem important to you are just not that important to kids. I decorate cakes and am constantly reminded that kids really don’t care about perfection – as long as it looks pretty much like the one they pictured, they are happy.

    No pre-sorting of legos for any reason. LOL! One thing off my plate. No coloring pages for my 6-yr-old’s birthday. Yes to the Ninjago swords or games that involved Ninja highjinks. :)

    And I may just simplify the cake idea I have. We’ll see about that.

    Thanks again!

  • Sweet 16 Party Ideas - I am going to share this with my brother, this is great!

  • Cindy deRosier - I love that he knew EXACTLY what he wanted. My son is the same way!

  • Susan - Could you tell me where you print out the for the transfer shirt?

  • Amanda - Hi! We are about to have a star wars party here and wanted to know where you got the coloring page you used? Thanks!

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I have so much fun finding out who wins these giveaways (I use a random number generator). Usually it is someone I have never met, but occasionally it is someone I know. This time it is my sweet friend Amanda Weber! Amanda was in the youth group that I volunteered with when I was in college. She and her sister were super tight with their other girl cousins. The relationships that they have as cousins is what I hope my daughter and niece have. I photographed Amanda’s wedding a few years ago and it was one of the greatest honors for me. While I was in college I watched her transition through high school and become such an incredible young woman. She and her cousins (and another friend) came over to my little dorm room, apartment and then house once a week during part of my college years – some great memories there.

Congratulations on becoming an aunt and on winning the Leyton Smiles blanket. Here is what Amanda wrote: “I grew up with aunts around all the time. We always did so much stuff together as an extended family! It is great having an aunt only 7 years older than me. She always took us to stuff our parents wouldn’t. I too just found out I am going to be an aunt… not sure if it will be a neice or nephew yet, but I look forward to it! I think your neice should call you “Aunt Corbie”, although with C around it might be kind of strange!

“Corbie” was the nickname the girls called me back then (a shortened version of my maiden name)

I really enjoyed all the comments you wrote about your aunts and the things you do as an aunt. You gave me some great ideas. I do already have 8 nieces & nephews on Chris’ side…this will be my first on my side. Reading all your stories made me want to share a bit about one of my aunts. My Aunt Sandy (or Grannie Sandy as my kids call her) was my only aunt to live nearby while I was growing up. Lesley (my sister) and I spent tons of time with crazy Aunt Sandy. Some of my earliest memories with her involved lots of cowboys. She was single and a big fan of George Strait. She’d pack Lesley and I up and take us to local rodeos. It was at those rodeos she taught us the phrase, “Wrangler Butts Drive Me Nuts”.

Sounds like something an aunt would teach! Well she found her a pair of Wranglers (actually it was more the shirt that was worn with the Wranglers) she liked and liked the guy in them even better…married my Uncle David (DaveMan as my kids call him). My Aunt Sandy is loud and wild and fun and colorful. She started a business a while back making custom motorcycle chaps – Hawg Hugger Leather. Her business took a break as she fiercely fought and BEAT cancer 3 times. She is a force to be reckoned with. You can’t tell too well, but in the picture below she had my sister draw her Hawg Hugger logo with a sharpie on her newly bald head. Fighting cancer with attitude…that is my aunt.

I’ve been searching through files to find some pictures of her on her boat with my kids…can’t find them. So I stole one off her facebook account (just fyi I don’t have a facebook account…I get on Chris’ if I need something…no I don’t plan on getting one soon). That is Big Brother in the background.

While on the mend from all that several battles with cancer entails, she took up quilting and embroidery. Each of my kids have beautiful quilts custom made for them. She got kicked out of her junior high Home Ec class for telling the teacher “my mom knows more than you do” in regards to sewing. Did I mention she is a bold…tell it like it is kind of girl. Love her!

My kids and some of their quilts….oh yes, there are more!

My Aunt Sandy is a great example to me of what a great aunt is. I love her deeply.

And just a random pic that makes me laugh.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Lego party overload. You know when you go to the beach you keep finding sand in all sorts of places.

Well after a 6 year old Lego party…I’m finding Legos in all sorts of places.

Happy Monday

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  • ashlee - those quilts are beautiful! i have a fiesty aunt as well…they are the best. Your aunt sounds like such an inspiration!!

  • Robyn Farmer - I love the quilts, oh how they will cherish them the older they get.

  • amanda torres - Your aunt looks just as beautiful bald as she does with hair. Not too many people can say that. I love her quilts, and that each kid has one. For each grandchild in the family, we make quilts. All the women are in charge of embroidering one square and initial it. My grandma pieces it all together, and you get it right after the baby is born. Our quilts are my most treasured possession.

  • Yanet - Beautiful quilts! Coming from someone so special makes them even more beautiful. Does she make any to sell?

  • Ruth - I feel inspired to embroider now. These quilts are beautiful. I love seeing how contemporary these arts can look when paired with unconventional colors and patterns!

  • Aunt Sandy - WOW……Bald is beautiful. Thanks so much for all the kind words and the wild pics of me and baldness. You always seem to touch my heart in so many ways, thanks. Can’t tell you how much you and your family mean to me (Grannie Sandy) and Uncle Dave (Daveman). We love you more than you will ever know.
    Looking back, I would not have changed a thing, OK, maybe a couple. The time I spent with you and Lesley growing up were, and, always will be the best times of my life. I know I had a lot of fun teaching you two about cowboy shirts, wranglers, and good they looked atop a saddle. I couldn’t have picked better nieces to share that with. I will sign off with a saying on a magnet you guys gave me, it says it all:
    “Children get spoiled because you can’t spank AUNTS”
    Thanks, I loved it.

  • Cindy - What a fun Aunt Sandy you have!!! I can totally picture her teaching you the wrangler chant… priceless memories. Sandy is an inspiration for me in creating memories with my nieces and nephews!!!

  • Lesley - Yeah, I gotta agree, Aunt Sandy is pretty cool! Rodeos were awesome with her and I’m pretty sure she’s to thank for both of us loving good ol’ country music. I remember getting in trouble when I was younger and telling mom, “but Aunt Sandy would let me…” Mom replied, “then why don’t you go live with her!” I didn’t then but several years later, after college she, and Daveman let me live there for a few months while I was commuting to my job in Bartlesville. Thanks again for being a fun aunt, always having gum and always opening your hearts and home! You’re the best.

  • chantelle - lego party! can’t wait! I just came back from legoland in Florida-the lego exploded in my suitcase-real fun, yup, even pulled a piece from the washer!

  • Anna Joy - I love those quilts!!! Your Aunt Sandy is one amazing woman!

  • Rachel C - Aunt Sandy — you are one special, fabulous lady. You always make me laugh — but, reading this post made me cry. You have more spunk than anyone I know…..