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.


This recipe is SO incredibly easy to make, and kid-friendly too! If your kids are like mine, they'll eat almost anything with whipped cream on it.

INGREDIENTS: 20oz pineapple chunks, 15oz mandarin oranges, 10oz halved maraschino cherries (reserve some for garnish), 1 cup Cool Whip, 1/4 cup cream cheese (room temperature), 3/4 cup mini marshmallows, shredded coconut for garnish.

Combine Cool Whip and cream cheese together in a large bowl, then add remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, then serve in individual bowls with shredded coconut and cherry halves to garnish.


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.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

We're back!


Hi again! It's crazy/fun to be writing again after a six month long hiatus, but sometimes a break is just the thing you need to recharge your crafty batteries. If you read our signing off post in January, and then saw our post last Friday with our first project in six months, you may be wondering what in the world we are up to. (And if you're just joining us, please check out our About Us section to learn more about what it is we do here :)

Here's the completely honest truth, guys: we overextended ourselves.

We started this little crafty space of ours in August of 2012 and were SO excited to be creating together. Shannon and I have always loved to create, so when I moved here to Pittsburgh, it only seemed natural to start a blog together and create together. "They"  ("they" being the big bloggers that have thousands of followers and endorsements, which we certainly are not) say that you're supposed to be consistent with your blogging (not a bad thing at all), so we set a schedule and committed ourselves to blogging 3 times a week. This was working well for us and after we had been blogging for awhile, we were completely thrilled to be invited to be contributors on a friend's blog. Then another invitation came along. Then a third. At the time we thought we could balance it all, and we did for awhile...but it took its toll.

After several months of creating projects for our own blog and three others, on top of balancing families and jobs, we found ourselves with no free time and no energy. And  let me tell you, it's extremely difficult to find inspiration when you feel like your creativity has been completely tapped. I personally found myself becoming increasingly short with my kids and, as a stay-at-home mom, I felt like I was failing at my primary job. Shannon was feeling equally stressed with trying to balance a full-time job and husband, then trying to create projects when she could find a spare minute.

It was time for a break.

We took the past six months off with no expectations. We agreed that the blog would be here if we decided to start again, but if not, that was OK too. Then, we did whatever we wanted. I didn't touch my sewing machine for 2 months. It felt SO good to reset. Out of the blue last month, we were contacted by Michael's  asking if we'd like to contribute posts once a month as part of their Michael's Makers program. Shannon and I talked, and decided that we were ready to take on blogging again, casually for now, because we honestly do love to make things and share them with you. Our experience contributing to other blogs has been invaluable, and we both walked away learning so much and being so grateful for those opportunities, but we also learned our limit.

So what now? At this moment, you can expect a minimum of one post a month that we will be sharing as part of our partnership with Michael's, and additional posts as we feel inspired (and maybe a little redesign a la Shannon if you notice the new graphics :) We know you guys have better things to do than read about a project that was half-heartedly put together, so by casually blogging, it means that Shannon and I will both be able to create and share things with you that we genuinely love. At times, it may be a project. Other times, it may be peeks into our personal lives or a round-up of things we love. But just know that through it all, we have appreciated all of your kind words and support because we're still figuring things out. And that's OK.





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