Monday, November 2, 2015

Knight Hoodie // Knight Costume

Sewing // Knight Hoodie & Costume

What little boy doesn't want to be a knight?? For mine though, I think it was more about the sword and shield than the actual costume, haha. 

Sewing // Knight Hoodie & Costume

He did put in a request for a "jacket with a zipper", and I had been meaning to sew one of these hoodies for quite a while. So I delivered. Almost, anyway. If you're following on Instagram you'll already know what I mean. (You're not following on IG!? Go here and fix that! ;))

Sewing // Knight Hoodie & Costume

Friday, October 30, 2015

Easy DIY Gumball Machine Costume

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

Hi all! Popping in for a minute today to share this costume I just finished up for my girlie. 

Let me start by saying, this idea was not original to me. I found it here, and thought it was so adorable that I had to upsize it for my 4 year old!

This is a super easy diy, with minimal sewing if you buy a premade hat as well, which would make it quick enough you could finish it up yet tonight!

Supplies needed:
Red Shirt
Black Pants
Fitted hood/hat (or the All In One Hooded Scarf pattern)
Fabric Glue
Black & Gray Felt
Sewing Machine (optional)

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Momiform MAKEover // Summer to Fall Transition Pieces

Momiform MAKEover - Scout Tee & Southport Dress

Hi Momiform Makeover readers!! I'm so happy you stopped by today and can't wait to gab about the things I made! :)

As a stay-at-home-mom to 3 young kids, it seems my momiform can always use improvement. During my pregnancy and directly after the birth of my third, something clicked for me. I realized that the level of my mood and motivation had a direct link to the way I was dressed and to the level of cray-cray, aka, messes in my house. Having struggled with some baby blues during the first year of my second child's life, I knew I had to make an effort in order for that not to happen again with my third (who is now 6 months old).

A few simple things that I now do on a daily basis have vastly helped to improve my mood and especially my productivity.
#1 - which ties heavily into this post - is to GET DRESSED. It doesn't matter too much what, just not. those. pajamas. But I still get more done and feel more motivated in non-yoga pants.
#2 - Make the bed. Seriously. It blows my mind how much better I feel when I walk into my room during the day and see my bed made.
#3 - Clean the kitchen every night before going to bed. It is like a breath of fresh air to walk into a clean kitchen at 6am.

So to get us started, here is a peek at what my momiform has looked like this summer, I am only 6 months postpartum, my clothes still don't fit exactly like they should, so it's not great by any means. BUT. It's not workout shorts and tees ;) I didn't want to spend a ton of money for my changing body this summer, so my everyday wardrobe consisted of Old Navy shorts and Target tees.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sewing For Kindergarten // Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

I have a kindergartner!! If you follow me on Instagram you may have heard plenty about this fact already, lol. He's excited and to my surprise, I am too! 

And since I have a kindergartner, I had a fantastic excuse to sew a bit for my oldest, whom I hadn't sewed for in quite a while! And to give me just the motivation I needed, I of course said YES! when asked if I'd like to participate in Mie of Sewing Like Mad's Sewing for Kindergarten Series

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

The participants in the series are asked a few fun questions - here are my answers!

Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten?


In fact, he's never been to any type of preschool before this, we did lessons at home up to this point, so the 8:30 - 3:45 (when he comes off the bus) is definitely an adjustment for him. His birthday is 8 days before the age cut off, so based on my husband's and my instincts, plus advice from teacher friends we decided not to send him until the year he turned 6. So this year he headed off to his first day of school having just turned 6 a couple of days before. So far, I feel the decision has been a great one, he is super ready to learn, and being a, all BOY all the time, the extra year has helped him be able to sit still for longer periods of time. He still has a hard time with that at some points but what kindergarten boy doesn't!

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

Do you feel like crying or celebrating?


I feel like I should feel like crying, but he's SO ready for it, and needed that structure that I had a hard time giving him at home. He's happy, so I'm happy!! Plus I still have 2 other little munchkins at home to distract me. Aaaannnd. It feels like a teeny bit of a vacation to run errands with only two again. Ha.

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

And what about your child?


He's never mentioned any bit of negative feeling about going to school, he's loving it! From what I can gather, his favorite thing to do is go to the library. Because I'm pretty sure the librarian is his favorite.

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Remix The Stitch // Ravenna Top

Remix The Stitch // Ravenna Top Sewing Pattern

I always start out my posts the same way. "I'm so excited!!" But the truth is... I'm so excited!!!! Today I am excited to be part of this fun tour!

*Taking care of business: this post contains affiliate links*

Funny story, one day I hopped over to the Straight Stitch Designs shop and was perusing, thinking... I really need to buy some of these patterns, these look like some great staples to have. Being in the super distracted mommy stage that I'm in, I narrowed it down to 2 patterns and then left my cart, never to return, for at least 4 days. All the while, I was still mulling it in my head, thinking I need to figure out which one I wanted to try first. 

Well, a few days later, I got an email out of the blue from Kimberly, asking if I wanted to "Remix the Stitch". Of course I didn't have to think twice!!

So here's my remix. The Ravenna top.

Remix The Stitch // Ravenna Top Sewing Pattern

Remix The Stitch // Ravenna Top Sewing Pattern

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Swim Swim Swimsuits

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

This summer we got the kiddos a little/big pool. So of course there is daily swimming, which requires suits. And more suits. So what's a sewing mama to do?? 

Navy. Stripes. Green.
What more could you ask for!?

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Matchy, but not.

The baby glows. No sun for that sweet baby skin!!

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Soleil Dress // Numérot Trois

It was a sad, sad day when I realized O had very much outgrown the two Soleil's I made for her last summer. They were easily her most worn mama-made's. 

Of course I had to make her a new one!

But, details.

I changed this one up with details! I color blocked a 3" strip at the hem, and used the same solid mint for the back bodice, but overlay-ed it with a stretch lace. The front side of the pockets are also solid mint, but that's a fun detail, just because, sewing magic.

Welcome // Baby

 Things have been quiet around this space in the last 10 months...

Not so much in every day life though. Our little family grew by one huge blessing that came in the form of this tiny little bundle.

I have always thought children were huge blessings and could not have been more grateful for the first two we were given. Or so I thought. Until I experienced the loss of not one, but two, no matter how early on, they were my babies. 

And now to have been blessed with this third little miracle. My heart explodes with gratefulness. He has been prayed for harder than I have ever prayed for anything in my life. It seemed that every step of my pregnancy with him, God asked yet again, do you trust me? The answer was always yes. Even when it was so hard and I wanted to be afraid. 

We are all so completely in love.

And he rewards us daily with his squishy, delicious goodness, happiest of smiles and laughs.

And I can't have a post without some sewing talk...

I haven't stopped sewing!! It hasn't been as frequent but there is still sewing going on! And now that we are emerging from the newborn fog, I hope to visit here a bit more frequently. In fact, I may even break the rules and post twice today. The next one with a sewing project!

It's good to be here again. I've missed it.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sewing To Sell // Book Review & Giveaway!! **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

Hi friends! I'm taking a bit of a break from my blogging hiatus (have you noticed??) to share something I find very useful and am pretty excited about!

When I was asked if I would like to do a review of Virginia's (of Gingercake Sews) new book, Sewing To Sell, I jumped at the chance. You see, I have this little Etsy shop. It's tiny, but I am rather fond of it. But I opened it without a clue. And even as I continued on in the little adventure most of the questions I had about an online shop lingered. Well let me tell you, after reading this book I feel very enlightened and inspired! 

I sat down one afternoon to "start" reading the eBook and ended up not quitting until I was at the end! I found it to be very inspirational. I mean, I constantly get an "I should make and sell this certain thing!" idea, but what's so awesome about this book is that Virginia includes 16 patterns that are there for you to use exactly as written or tweak to your liking and you are free to sell any items made from them! This is a rarity in the blogging community. It is so generous of her to share her hard work in the book.

And not only does it include the patterns, she offers a wealth of advice from getting started, to the business end of things, tips on sewing your products to save time and fabric and even tips on how to photograph your items for online listings.

I decided to go ahead and give the Two at a Time Oven Mitts a try because I thought they were super cute and my kitchen drawer is in serious need of some new oven mitts!

I'm in love with the result!

**Be sure to read to the end for a chance to WIN your own copy of the book!**

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Constant CHANGE // Shared Kids Room

I am excited to be a part of this series, hosted by Jenya and Renee. But I'm even more excited to read everyone else's posts! I love the idea behind this series, because I believe it truly is one this we all have in common. Life changes. Constantly! The longer I'm married, the more kids we have, the older the kids get, change is more and more a part of our lives and I'm learning how to deal with that. Hopefully with a little bit of smoothness. :)

Currently I am in the middle of a LOT of change. Right now, my body is changing, daily it seems, as I'm growing another little human. We are in the middle of a BIG year long remodeling project which came on the heels of our first year long remodeling project in this house (a new kitchen). We took about a year "break", meaning we didn't work steadily but always had little related projects going here and there. We are still going strong! With many more projects in the plans. Someday I hope to blog about that...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HUGE Sale on MHC Patterns!!

Hayley from Mouse House Creations is celebrating her ONE YEAR pattern selling anniversary with a huge, huge sale on every single one of her patterns! It is a 50% discount, which is HUGE, guys!

I have sewn up several of her patterns over the last year and I adore each one that I've had the chance to use!

The first of her patterns I sewed was The Norah Dress. She wore this little top to nearly every holiday party we went to last year and got lots of compliments on it!

The dress is still in regular rotation. It works great with a tee under, as a sundress or with a cardi. A dress for all seasons! It's getting too short now which makes me oh so sad, but I have plans for another long sleeved Norah to get us through this winter and I'm quite sure she needs another knit sundress version for the next year or so as well!

*See posts here

and here.

Next up was The Persimmon Dress. I tested this dress and even being a test version it was quite perfect and totally adorable. She wore this until it was just way too small. I'm super sad about that and am holding to the possibility she'll have a little sister I can pass it down to ;) *We find out in about a week if it will be so!!*

Read the blog post here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Julia Cardigan // Some Big News!!

The Julia Cardigan - Pattern By Mouse House Creations

So let's get the news out of the way so we avoid any awkwardness, shall we ;)

The Julia Cardigan - Pattern By Mouse House Creations

Yep, that's a baby bump!! Our family is over the moon excited about welcoming our 3rd baby into the family. We are expecting him or her to make their appearance sometime in March.

Also, over the weekend I turned 30. The cardi was my gift to myself  :) That's not nearly as exciting as the baby though, but I am not disappointed, nor do I feel old, etc. Haha. I'm looking forward to my 30s quite honestly. The 20s were fabulous, I got married, became a mom, moved to another state, my faith grew enormously, became a mom a second time, started a home renovation, found a passion for sewing, and each year I love my husband more than ever before. Even after all that I'm so excited to see what 30 brings, I feel like I'm more established in myself as a person and am discovering who I am and who God made me to be. My kids will start school, the days of lazy mornings at home are numbered, I'm both apprehensive and excited about that. And I get to become a mom of THREE! The adults in the house are about to become officially outnumbered. Should be fun :)

Anyway, on to the new cardi!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pretty In Peplum // Pattern Testing

Pretty In Peplum Dress and Top - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

I had the lovely privilege of testing the latest pattern from Sew Much Ado recently. And like each and every one of her patterns I've sewn, I'm absolutely impressed and in love with the outcome.

The photos shown are from the first round of testing and the top pattern has since been lengthened slightly and it's absolute perfection now!

Pretty In Peplum Dress and Top - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

Friday, August 15, 2014

Knock It Off Series - Picnik Birthday Outfit

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

I was so excited to be asked by Heidi of Elegance and Elephants to be a part of her Knock It Off series this year! I discovered a new passion for sewing for my kids when I discovered this series last year and sewed along. I mean seriously. If I can make clothes so similar to rtw, save loads of $, and have them wear designer-esque fashion, it's a win, win, win!!

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns