Antiques at The Big Round Barn : Part II

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

Right off historical Route 66 sits the Big Round Barn in Arcadia Oklahoma. It almost fell to ruins, but Luke Robison & the Over The Hill Gang restored it it it’s former glory in 1992.

The Round Barn Rendezvous on Historical Route 66

In my last post about The Big Round Barn, I showed you some old farm equipment, an outhouse, and the beautiful barn loft which was built to host dances. I fully intend on going to one soon!

Today let’s take a look downstairs. There’s a gift shop and lots of  antiques to look at.

Antique Book Press

The Big Round Barn is full of treasures that give us a peek into another time. Fun fact: it was built round in an attempt to make it more tornado proof. I haven’t heard of any research to back up this theory…but it’s still standing.

Antiques on display at The Big Round Barn on Route 66

I’m not exactly sure what this piece of equipment is above. A loom? A giant pencil sharpener? (Just kidding) Any idea, guys?

Antique Copper Canning Kettle

A canning kettle, or boiler as they are sometimes called; is oblong shaped to fit a wood cookstove. They accomodate about ten 2 quart jars. They were made of copper and had wooden handles.

Early 1900's Frigidaire wooden ice chest

This early 1900’s wooden ice chest is the one of the oldest I’ve seen made by Frigidaire. It was a less expensive alternative to the full sized “ice box”, and could travel more easily. I’m sure they had some version of a tailgate party even then…

Antique wooden ice box

And here’s a refrigerator before electricity. It’s called an icebox because chunks of ice were placed into the bottom. Ice was harvested from lakes and ponds in winter and placed in an ice house. The “ice man” would deliver it to homes in a wagon. Later, clean ice was produced year round in industrial plants, and delivered the same way. It looks like this ice box may have had the hardware replaced. I’d sure love to display one of these in my house someday!

Antique Grinding Stone

I’d like to have one of these grinding stones too. The wheel is called a millstone, and they were used to sharpen tools and knives. Its made out of natural stone and if you find the complete rig, it usually works as good as the day it was built. Lots of collectors use these old millstones in their gardens. I think I’d put mine in my sewing room and have sharp pins and scissors for the rest of my life.

Tres Suenos Winery, Luther Oklahoma

As soon as I get a chance, I’ll tell you about our trip to the Tres Suenos Winery & Vineyard. There are so many things to do in Oklahoma off Route 66.


We plan to put an offer down on the farm this week. Fingers crossed we can make a deal!!


Until next time.

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BFF Undies (Shh…don’t tell!)

I’m not sure if this is the coolest thing ever, or utterly strange. So, with great hesitance, I present to you:

BFF Undies

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Lately, I’ve been getting requests for all things monogrammed, initialed, and customized. Since I don’t have an embroidery machine, the decorative stitches on my Brother SB4138 have to suffice.

BFF Undies : Ever wonder what do do with your decorative alphabet stitches? Don't worry, I've come up with the most ridiculous thing ever :)

I have the alphabet plus all the characters and even the weird letters. It’s a fun feature that I haven’t gotten to play with much.

Cutesy monogrammed underwear

Since the letters are pretty tiny, it’s the perfect size for clothing labels or secret messages for my peeps. I may already have made a certain man a pair of briefs with a cutesy love message inside. And perhaps I was busted by our daughter while folding laundry.

Tiny monograms with Brother sewing machines

So when I was asked to make some matching BFF undies, and I obliged.

Why not? (Right? I mean…why not.)

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Pattern: Classic Panties & Camisole from Peekaboo Patterns * affiliate link

Alterations: I use fold over elastic instead of knit bands, and it’s the fastest sew EVER.

Secret message underwear. It’s a thing. And now…the secret’s out!

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Alex & Anna Winter PJs in Stenzo Jersey Knit

Today we welcome back the star of SewsNBows: Sofie! She’s modeling her Alex & Anna Winter PJs. Tomorrow is the last day to get your 15% discount from L’Ouseau Fabric, so your promo code at the bottom of the post:)

Girls Pajamas in Bus It! Stenzo Jersey Knit

I’ve been showcasing L’Ouseau Fabric with pajamas specially made for each of my little loves. Last week I shared Julian’s Harley Davidson loungewear, and Evan in Moto style pjs.

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Sof likes anything girly and pretty. Her pjs were the easiest to make, probably because I sew for her more than any other kid.

Don’t mind the makeup y’all. Aunts get to things that we can’t as moms. It’s the privilege of being an aunt, breaking the rules. And as an aunt I can’t really get fired for feeding her cream cheese for lunch or letting her roll in a mud puddle…so I take full advantage.

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Alex & Anna Winter PJs by Peekaboo Patterns*

Bus It! Cotton Jersey Stenzo Knit from L’Ouseau

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Sofie’s pjs have 2 layers of elastic ruffles sewn on the sleeve and ankle hems. I shortened the sleeve to elbow length, and made the pants without the cuff. Nothing fancy here, but the elastic ruffles sure are fun to sew with.

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Alex & Anna Winter PJs from Peekaboo Patterns

The top and bottom double as a skinny tee and leggings, they don’t have to be pajamas! It’s a quick sew, and a highly customizable pattern. Size range is 6 months – 8 years. See my boys verion here. It’s a great addition to your pattern stash.

Bus It! Stenzo Jersey Knit from L'Ouseau

This fabric is one of my all time faves. I love Stenzo jersey knits from L’Ouseau. I use it a lot for kids clothes because of the great stretch recovery and fade resistance. And the cute prints, of course!

Alex & Anna Winter PJs pattern | SewsNBows

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Alex & Anna Winter PJs : Moto Style

My nephew Evan is modeling the Alex & Anna Winter PJs pattern from Peekaboo in Stenzo jersey knit. Scroll down for a promo code for 15% off L’Ouseau Fabrics!

Alex & Anna Winter PJs pattern in L'Ouseau fabric

These are in a brightly colored elephant print and the same black and gray stripes in his brother’s Harley Davidson Loungewear.

Alex & Anna Winter PJs in L'Ouseau fabric

I love this pattern and think it’s great for sleeping and playing. Alex & Anna Winter PJs* will also work as thermal underwear underneath winter clothing.

Skinny fit boys tee in elephant Stenzo knit

Older boys may not like the body hugging style of the pants for playing outside; but my Evan is 5 and shameless! Girls should have no trouble wearing this pattern across the entire size range. Pajamas are meant to be slept in…but I’d be lying if I said we didn’t lounge around in ours all day here.

Moto Style Patches in kids pjs

I wanted Moto style patches on the inner leg, but they ended up on the outer part. Evan didn’t notice, and I didn’t tell him :) This would’ve been a deal breaker for my older brats, but I think Evan would wear anything I made with a smile in his face.

L'Ouseau Stenzo Knit Pajamas

Out of all the kids, this guy was the most excited to choose his fabric. He waited anxiously for the package to arrive each day. In fact, he calls these pjs “his fabric”.

“Mama, did you wash my fabric? I need to wear my fabric.”

L'Ouseau fabric

The pajamas you are looking at have already been washed about a dozen times. They’re as bright as the day I made them.

L’Ouseau Fabrics is offering SewsNBows readers a 15% discount through October 13th. I’m absolutely ruined for knit fabric from anywhere else. Use promo code SEWSNBOWS and try some today. Ask for swatches of the French terry too!


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Harley Davidson Loungewear For Boys

My nephew Julian is here to show us how to rock L’Ouseau fabric: Harley Davidson Style!

Hangout Hoodie: Harley Davidson Style

Last month I made my niece and each nephew a pair of pajamas. My goal was to sew them each something that matches their unique personalities. I let each kid choose fabric from L’Ouseau. Julian selected the softest, stretchiest bamboo rayon/cotton; and I don’t have to worry about fading or pilling.

Hangout Hoodie + Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants : Harley Davidson Loungewear For Boys!

Julian doesn’t ask me to make him things, and you know the squeakiest wheel (Sofie!) always gets the oil.

He likes the black and gray stripe. He’s too cool for characters or anything cutesy. I wanted his “pajamas” to be really special, so I tried to make separates that could be worn as for playing or sleeping.

Harley Davidson Loungewear For Boys

Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants from GingerBaby Patterns

His pants are Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants From GingerBaby Patterns. I omitted the ankle cuff and tapered the length back to the hem for a straight leg version.

I made him another pair this summer, so I know the fit is great. I endorse the heck out of this pattern. I like to stick with tried and true sewing for this kid.

Honestly, Julian is as picky as most teenagers, with a really fierce sense of fashion. He’s more particular about matching  and being on trend than the rest of my crew.

Boys Hangout Hoodie from Peekaboo Patterns | SewsNBows

Also tried and true: the Hangout Hoodie by Peekaboo Patterns. Last time I made a “secret zip-pocket” version for him.

This time I added some Harley Davidson hardware to the neckline. This is a bootlace plate. Harley boots usually come with an extra set; so I have another one too:) I’m feeling very clever because the placket is exactly the width of the plate.

Harley Davidson Bootlace Plate as a Clothing Embellishment!

The Hangout Hoodie pattern* goes up to size 10. It’s a roomy design, so I knew it would still fit well. I ended up needing to add a little length to the bottom (big surprise, he’s my linebacker) so I added a 2″ banded hem. I ran out of striped fabric and had to cut on the cross grain.

This striped fabric is a bamboo Rayon/cotton jersey. It has plenty of stretch in both directions, so it was nice to be able to eek out some extra length. It feels so nice too.

Hangout Hoodie + L'Ouseau Fabric | Harley Davidson Loungewear

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Harley Davidson loungewear in Louseau Knits

P.S. Interesting facts about Julian- because I don’t get to brag about him much here:

I call him Bean, because he has a perfect little Lima bean shaped head with just the right amount of tiny freckles across his nose.

He is double jointed and loves to creep me out by twisting his wrists, elbows, and shoulders around into weird, unnatural positions. Below, it looks like I photoshopped his head on backwards! Super freaky/awesome!

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