The Big Round Barn on Historical Route 66

I did some sightseeing this weekend and wanted to give you a tour of the Big Round Barn on Historical Route 66. You can see more photos and read about the Big Round Barn’s history at ArcadiaRoundBarn.com. The old photos and restoration process are beautiful.

Tour of The Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66photo credit to Arcadia Historical Society

We’ve listed our house in the city and the place we want is minutes from here. We got an offer this weekend and we went for a Sunday drive to mull it over. I’ll tell you about while I show you iPhone pics of some interesting things at The Big Round Barn.

Katy Railroad baggage wagon, found in the Katy Depot on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma

Katy Railroad baggage wagon, found in the Katy Depot on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma

It’s really scary to sell our house without being sure that we’ll get the farm we want. There will be a period of time in between selling our house and buying our new house where I’m not sure where we’ll live.

Antique Corn Sheller : The a Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66

Sometimes I wonder if we’re crazy to uproot our lives. Construction is heading this direction, so it makes sense financially.  We’ve been feeling like we want a slower, simpler life. Tired of the hustle and bustle.

John Deere horse breaking plow at The Big Round Barn on historic Route 66

I can’t wait for my little girl to be in a classroom with 15 kids or less.

Horse Drawn Potato Planter at the Big Round Barn on Historical Route 66

And you know, the airs smells different outside the city. It’s so fresh and clean! I’m also trying to be funny; because I’m about to show you photos of a restored outhouse.

Outhouse, originally on Main Street in Arcadia Oklahoma

Outhouse, originally on a Main Street in Arcadia

Outhouse at The Big Round Barn on Route 66

Now we climb upstairs and go inside The Big Round Barn. This is the ceiling:

Ceiling of The Big Round Barn in Arcadia, Ok

Hubby had to sit down and admire that for a minute.

Admiring The Big Round Barn on Route 66

As a craftsman, you’d have to appreciate how it was constructed. Green wood was soaked and placed into special jigs at the sawmill that was built just for putting up this barn.

Loft area of the Big Round Barn

It reminds me of the old adage, “Anything worth having is worth waiting for.”

View of Route 66 from The Big Round Barn in Arcadia

View of Route 66 from The Big Round Barn in Arcadia

Anything worth having is also worth working for.

Saw

one of the original saw blades that built the Big Round Barn

Here is a framed photo of the Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66 before the restoration:

Framed photo of The Big Round Barn before restoration

I’m so glad someone thought it was important and beautiful. I still have the downstairs museum and gift shop to show you, but I’ll save it for another day. It’s been harder to sew lately, and I might need an excuse to come say hello if I have to pack up my sewing machine.

Until next time!

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Asymmetrical Drape Top for Tween Pattern Parcel

I’m sharing another project from the Tween Pattern Parcel #5: the Asymmetrical Drape Top from EYMM! You can purchase your pattern parcel at the end of the post. This bundle is a righteous edition to your sewing stash!

Asymmetrical Drape Top pattern from EYMM | SewsNBows

Asymmetrical Drape Top from EYMM

A classic girls tee, with a twist! One side has fun draping that adds a unique detail to the everyday t-shirt.

Asymmetrical Drape Top pattern from EYMM | SewsNBows

Pattern size ranges from newborn- girls size 18; so you can use it pretty much forever!

Asymmetrical Drape Top from EYMM

We added a lace pocket on a whim, and love the way it turned out. This little girl has requested several more…

Asymmetrical Drape Top | SewsNBows

Her ideas include camouflage, stripes with a floral pocket, and a stretch lace version to be worn over tanks. She has great style, I can’t deny it!

Asymetrical Drape Top from EYMM | SewsNBows

Did you catch my Everyday Yoga Pant sew and show? It’s another rockin’ pattern in this collection. You won’t want to miss my tween Sunki Dress (coming soon) either! See all the great designs and purchase your Pattern Parcel by clicking the button below:

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Friday, September 19
Pienkel ||
Cookin’ and Craftin’

Saturday, September 20
Sew Busy Lizzy ||
The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

Sunday, September 21
Keep Calm and Carrion ||
Felt With Love Designs

Monday, September 22
Radiant Home Studio ||
Sewing Sober

Tuesday, September 23
Sew Fishsticks ||
La Pantigana ||
Amanda Rose

Wednesday,September 24
Shawnta Sews ||
Sprouting JubeJube ||
Knot Sew Normal

Thursday, September 25
Make It Perfect ||
Mimi’s Mom ||
Climbing the Willow

Friday, September 26
Needle and Ted ||
Our Family Four

Saturday, September 27
Froo & Boo

Sunday, September 28
Stitches by Laura ||
Vicky Myers creations

Monday, September 29
Cookin’ and Craftin’ ||
The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, September 30
mama says sew ||
FABulous Home Sewn ||
The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, October 1
lady and the gents ||
That’s-Sew-Kari ||
Sewing Sober

Thursday,October 2
Gracious Threads ||
Blogs Like A Mother ||
SewsNBows

Friday, October 3
sew chibi ||
Lulu & Celeste ||
Made by Sara

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Everyday Yoga Pant Pattern : Tween Pattern Parcel #5

I’m excited to be a part of Tween Pattern Parcel #5! Today I’ll show you what I made with the Everyday Yoga Pants pattern from Greenstyle. Then we’ll talk about the sale!

Everyday Yoga Pant pattern by Greenstyle

Everyday Yoga Pant pattern from Greenstyle

I couldn’t be more satisfied with this pattern. I’m a huge fan of Greenstyle so I knew the Everyday Yoga Pant would have easy to follow directions and a nice fit.

Everyday Yoga Pant pattern by Greenstyle

This has quickly become my most high traffic sewing pattern for Bella. Yoga pants are great for dance class and loungewear. This pair in a fun, nubby stripe gets a ton of mileage and lives up to the “everyday” in the title!

Everyday Yoga Pant pattern from Greenstyle

You can get your Everyday Yoga Pant pattern in the Tween Pattern Parcel. I’ve sewn up a number of looks from this collection, so stay tuned for my Sunki Dress & Asymetrical Tee. I couldn’t be happier to sew things my daughter loves.

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-Boo Patterns
Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle
Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM
Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs
Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5, and you’ll automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Sunki Dress by Figgy’s. Fun pockets, a stylish silhouette, plus make it in knit or woven. The pattern includes size 18 months through a 16 tween sizing. I’ve made this dress in the smaller sizes several times, see here and here. It’s one of my faves!

Click below to purchase your pattern bundle!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

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DIY Tin Man Costume for less than $20!

DIY Tin Man Costume

DIY Tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

Sof’s mom brought me some inexpensive stretchy metallic fabric and red trim with a request for a Tin Man costume. Total cost for this project was around $20, including the funnel to make the hat.

DIY Tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

For the tank, I used the free Spaghetti Strap Dress pattern from Small Dream Factory.

Elastic Lace Criss Cross Straps

I modified the dress length for a tank, lowered the back, and used stretchy elastic ruffles to make the criss-crossed back.

DIY tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

The pants are the Basic Leggings pattern* from Serger Pepper. I added ruffles and even dusted off my edge stitching foot to make those neat hems.

DIY Tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

The necklace cost a dollar. The crystals are attached using the Tulip Deluxe Heat Tool *.

DIY Tin Man Costume- Funnel Hat

To make the Tin Man’s famous funnel hat, I painted a plastic funnel with Elmer’s glue and poured glitter all over it. Hot glue secures the ruffled elastic trim, and the same trim is used to make a chin strap or headband.

DIY Tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

We went to a friends farm for this shoot…and let me just say that ponies are way cooler than posing for pictures! It was really beautiful there, and I’m dying for a little ranch of my own.

I want a pony!

 

I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but we might be buying a farm soon. There are about a million DIY projects on this fixer-upper; including an old red barn, milk house, and horse stables to restore. It’s in THE TOWN I want, and not much comes up for sale there. I’m want it so bad it hurts. If it’s meant to be…then bring it on!

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Button Up Jumper Pattern Release + Discount Code

Today is the Button Up Jumper pattern release!

Button Up Jumper Pattern by OUSM | SewsNBows

Rachel & Donna from Once Upon A Sewing Machine have made a fun play on a traditional jumper, with buttons at the waist. It’s designed to be worn with an undershirt, so it’s perfect for fall. I sewed the first round of pattern testing and it was still pretty warm outside; so we’re rockin’ the Button Up Jumper shirtless today.

Button Up Jumper pattern from OUSM

The finished garment is really easy to wear. The dress doesn’t raise up when Sofie lifts her arms. The skirt doesn’t hinder climbing either. I’ve noticed that this kid doesn’t like wearing anything that restricts movement.

Button Up Jumper pattern from OUSM

Sewists’s Kid Syndrome: an acute awareness of fabric type and garment fit that renders children extremely picky about clothing. 

Button Up Jumper sewing pattern from OUSM

I recommend you stop by the Once Upon A Sewing Machine blog and read about it. (There are more tester photos coming later this week!) What impressed me during pattern testing was that each dress was dramatically different. I love that this dress works with medium and bottom weights- the broad range of fabric choices give you a lot of design flexibility.

Button Up Jumper pattern from OUSM | pocket detail

I used a floral printed fine wale corduroy. I haven’t seen many girls dress patterns designed specifically for heavier fabric, so I’m really excited about the possibilities. I’d like to make a version out of a soft wool. It would make such a cute school dress!

Button Up Jumper pattern from OUSM | side view

The Button Up Jumper pattern ranges from size 12 months- 8 years, & you can buy it at the OUSM shop today. Use promo code JUMPER20 for a 20% discount. If you’d like to pin this dress pattern for later, click here. I think you’ll love it as much as we do!

 

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