Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Women's Magazine Street Maxi + A Giveaway!


Hey guys! Shannon and I are so excited to be a part of the Seamingly Smitten pattern tour today and share a really great pattern (and a giveaway!!) with you all.  I already own a couple of Seamingly Smitten patterns, so when Jenny contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in trying another pattern, it was an easy yes!

www.etsy.com/shop/seaminglysmitten

My initial inclination was to sew up the Magazine Street Maxi Dress for Girls because I've been eyeing it for-ev-er, but my daughter, Haley, has enough dresses to last her until she's 42 and I have a pile of gorgeous knit from Girl Charlee just waiting to be cut into, so I thought it was about time I did some selfish sewing!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ambrosia


Tis the season of grilling, picnics and potlucks. And with all of those parties to attend, I'm always looking for a refreshing summer salad that can be made quickly. I've never met a fruit salad I don't like, especially if it involves whipped cream and mini marshmallows. And this one has fruit, so you know, it's healthy-ish...right? Right.

When I was younger, I was that kid loading my plate up with pistachio salad - you know what I'm talking about. The fluffy green mystery salad that most people are probably scared of? Love it. And  not much has changed! There's just something comforting and homey about sweet salads with whipped cream and mini marshmallows, don't you think? And don't even get me started on snickers apple salad. Be still my clogging arteries.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Hummingbird Pantsuit by Rabbit Rabbit Creations


I'm so excited to tell you about one of my new favorite summer/fall wardrobe staples - the Hummingbird Pantsuit by Rabbit Rabbit Creations. I'm sure many of you are already familiar with the Hummingbird Dress. I'd seen so many cute versions floating around the internet that I HAD to buy it myself. That bodice? Adorable. After making a few dresses, I saw there was a call on the Rabbit Rabbit Facebook page for testers for it's big sister, the pantsuit, and couldn't apply quick enough! I'm so honored to have been picked to test such an adorable pattern, and it doesn't disappoint. I wasn't required to blog about it, I just love this pattern and wanted to share.

Be prepared for an overload of cuteness.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Michaels Makers: DIY Spool Necklace and Hanging Planter


Friends! Today we're sharing our second project with #MichaelsMakers!  Yay!  We were fortunate enough to get a sneak peak into a new line of products called Raw Bar, debuting in all Michaels stores on August 8! It is made of or accessorized by materials inspired by nature.  Surfaces and textures include: burlap, cork, chalk board, wood, metal and canvas.  We love everything that was in our sneak peak and cannot wait to see what else this new line has to offer.  Let's dive right in!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Sienna Top Tutorial + Free Pattern

This top was first shared at The Sewing Rabbit as part of our monthly contribution last year, and I've decided to bring it home! I hope you enjoy the tutorial and free pattern in 4T for this cute top!

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The kiddos are going back to school soon, and that means they need some cute clothes to add to their wardrobe (and I need another excuse to buy more fabric!) My 4-year-old is very tall for her age, so she's always outgrowing everything. I guess I can't complain, I love to sew for her! She's at the age where she genuinely loves the things I make for her, so of course that fuels my sewing itch even more.

The Sienna Top was created with my daughter's preferences in mind. It needed to be comfortable enough for everyday wear, but still have a girly flair to it. This comfy knit top has a small pocket in front and slight curved hems, but the bows along the back neckline are what make it really special. My daughter loves it; and best of all, I'm sharing a free pattern in 4T with you today! Since my daughter is so tall, it's on the larger edge of a 4T, so children in a 5 may be able to wear it as well (you may want to extend the bottom hemline down a bit though.)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

An Ethnic Soleil Dress


I've been sewing up a storm for my kids' wardrobe next summer. I know it's a full year away, but I like to be prepared! OK, I guess in this case I like to be very prepared. I was that girl in college who immediately started working on a term paper the day it was assigned, just so that I could take my time and be done with time to spare. I've always envied those people who could work the night before a deadline. That's just not me. Apparently I need an entire year lol.


My goal (for the first time ever!) was to make as much of my kids' summer wardrobe as possible. I always make pieces here and there to fill out their current wardrobe, but this time, I wanted to tackle making an. Entire. Wardrobe. Times two. A lofty goal, but one I was pretty excited about.

With two wardrobes looming, I needed some good patterns, and the Soleil Dress by Selvage Designs came to mind immediately.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In Search of the Perfect Strawberry


Every summer in Pittsburgh, we look forward to strawberry picking season. There's nothing quite like hunting for the perfect, plump strawberries among the rows of fresh strawberry plants.


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