Floral Top Knot Romper

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I just have to start this post by stating that Gabriela of Chalk and Notch is one of those really kind people that you sort of know online, but you're really sure she's the very same way in real life. A while back, I won a prize as part of Sew Japan with Mie series. Part of the prize included the Chalk and Notch Fishtail Kimono Pattern which I already own and used for Project Run & Play. No big deal; I was trilled with the rest of the prize. Gabriela went above and beyond!! She sent me a copy of the Kimono pattern to share with a friend and offered to send her next pattern when it was ready. Are you kidding me!?!

It makes a pretty perfect romper I must say. I made a size 4 width with a size 5 length. Gabriela clearly explains how to adjust the sizing in the pattern. So helpful!

This isn't one of those super quick sews, but after sewing one, I know the next one would be much faster. Special details like the offset shoulder and front pleats take a little extra time, but make the final look is so unique. 

This busy floral print is fabulous, but hides some of those details. The pattern calls for light weight woven fabric. This vintage floral from my great aunt seemed like the perfect thing for a romper. I think it must be a voile. I can't tell you how soft it is! It isn't Liberty, but it certainly has that look and feel to it. 

The cuffs are separate pattern pieces that offer a great finish. I swapped out buttons for snaps to make the dressing a bit easier. I must say, she still needs a little help getting this one down over her shoulders. I guess it is going to take her a little longer to get some of those maneuvers down. 

I can still hear her saying, "This is my favorite pose, Mom." It's pretty fun when they get into the photo side of it all. 

I think all of the girls in the family officially want rompers now!

Make sure you check out the Top Knot Blog Tour too! So many great ideas! 

I also have to add a huge thank you to Rachel of Stitched Together. On our last visit, which we forgot to document with a photo, she passed on a few photography tips. I shot these in RAW for the first time and incorporated some of those tips. I'm so thankful to all those bloggers and friends that pass on nuggets of inspiration and pointers that help me grow in my creative endeavors!!

Linville Romper and Dress

Monday, July 25, 2016

Adrianna of Hey June just released a new juniors pattern that is as multifaceted as it is cute!! The Linville Romper and Dress options include cap sleeves or sleeveless tops, a short skirt, maxi skirt, shorts, or pants.

Avery is at the bottom of the size range, so I love collecting these juniors Hey June patterns for sewing into the teen years. I ended up sewing Avery the size 6 in width, but lengthened both the bodice and the skirt. I love that Adrianna includes lengthen and shorten locations on the pattern pieces. 

I have a bunch of this mysterious green trim from my grandmother's stash. I don't think I could have found anything more perfect in a store. I love how the green picks up the green flecks in the bodice fabric. 

The bodice fabric is part of the Wee Wander collection from Sarah Jane Studio. The skirt fabric is Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Malibu.

The simple back button and loop closure is the perfect location for a special vintage button. The exaggerated opening is particularly helpful when slipping on the romper version.

I am still extremely challenged when it comes to photographing white. Any tips are welcome!!

The fit of this dress is what makes it special. It really is perfect! Avery has already requested a pants romper version. She'll be getting plenty of wear out of this in the meantime!

Acorn Valley Blog Tour - Modkid Maya

Friday, July 22, 2016

Surprise!! I'm hopping on the Acorn Valley Blog Tour again!! This time with an outfit I sewed up for Quilt Market. I actually had the privilege of sewing up two versions of the Modkid Maya to photograph for an updated pattern cover. Then these dresses made their way to quilt market. Now that I have them back, I can share a bit more.

The Maya pattern is one of Modkid's paper patterns available in stores or online. The pattern features two sleeve lengths plus the option to make a separate top and skirt or a one piece dress. Since the weather around here is super hot these days, I only photographed Avery's short sleeve outfit in more detail. 

The knit fabrics are Patty's Acorn Valley line for Riley Blake. The prints include Flutter and Leafy Chevron in teal.

The top features a ruffle chest detail and wide cuffs and waistband.

The skirt also has the same wide waistband and just the right amount of gathering.

These pieces work perfect together, but would work equally as well on their own. I actually think my girls would live in this skirt style!

Today is the final day to take advantage of the pattern sale. Coupon code AcornValley2016 gets 25% off your entire purchase in the Modkid Etsy Store. Valid July 11th through July 22nd at midnight EST. Note, the Maya pattern is not available as a PDF pattern for the sale, but so many of my favorites are!! Be sure to enter the giveaway too!!

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Today is the final day of the Acorn Valley Blog Tour, so be sure to stop by each of the previous posts!!

Monday 7/11: Riley Blake & Modkid
Friday 7/22: Ameroonie Designs

Acorn Valley Blog Tour

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Have you seen the new line Patty Young designed for Riley Blake? The Acorn Valley fabric collection features little forest creatures from foxes and squirrels to butterflies. It is both colorful and whimsical. With 3 substrates to choose from, there are so many possibilities!

You've seen a couple of my previous projects with the Flutter double gauze. I'm saving the flannel for a few future projects, so today, I'm sharing a knit outfit. The Tandy Tunic is perfect for summer, but will transition well with jeans for fall. I paired the tunic with the shorts length of the Perfect Leggings Pattern. Talk about an outfit made for playing in the summer heat!

The prints I used from the Acorn Valley collection are Fox Hollow and Bloom Dot. 

There is more good news for you!! First, be sure to enter the fabric giveaway below. Also, Coupon code AcornValley2016gets 25% off your entire purchase in the Modkid Etsy Store. Valid July 11th through July 22nd at midnight EST.

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Be sure to check out the other amazing makes on the Acorn Valley Blog Tour!

Monday 7/11: Riley Blake & Modkid
Friday 7/22: Ameroonie Designs

Chasing Fireflies Birthday Party

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I am not even sure where to start with this party. It turned out perfect, and according to Avery, just what she wanted. The rain though, oh the rain, nearly broke me. In the early afternoon it had rained and cleared off. Everything was looking perfect especially with the cloud cover and cooler temperature. Then, 30 minutes before the party we were making a mad dash to carry everything inside as it open up again. I was trying to re-figure an indoor set up knowing the photos wouldn't be what I had hoped. It was a good 15 minute pour. Then we started the debate of whether to move it all back out. My family calmly put up with my disappointment / craziness, and they carried things back and forth to make it all happen. As the guests were arriving, we began the set up outside again. Thankfully there were plenty of activities to entertain the kiddos in the meantime. 

Avery's wish was for a chasing fireflies party, and my goal was to make it come true. I must say it turned into a bit of a magical evening.

The first activity of the night was painting sticks. No, this doesn't have anything to do with fireflies, but it is a fun outdoor activity, and Avery loves to paint. 

We prepared the sticks ahead of time with eye hooks, twine for hanging, and tags for identification. 

Next up, was stringing bug catcher necklaces. I found the idea here, and they turned out super cute. We changed up the tutorial a bit, so I could have the capsules already strung, and the guests could add the beads they wanted. 

The final craft was creating fireflies from plastic Easter eggs. They each housed a battery opperated tea light to create the effect. You can find the full instructions on the JoAnn's tutorial

Of course the main event was catching fireflies, or lightning bugs if you prefer! With the overcast skies they actually showed up earlier than expected. I wish I could give a count of how many we caught. Let's suffice it to say that the fireflies may fear our yard for the next couple of days! This photo was one of the few successful attempts at getting a firefly while it was lit up.

Once we settled on the color scheme of navy, turquoise, purple, and yellow, the details began to come together. The Ikea cart housed the paper party goods, favors, and bug catching jars. 

The invitations from Cherry Berry Design were just perfect!

Favors included bug nets and a key ring flashlight. I typed up a list of 5 firefly facts on a mason jar graphic to include in the flash light packaging. While we catch and release our fireflies, I wanted guests to know that they can keep them for a couple of days with a damp paper towel in the jar with holes poked in the top.

We randomly found little tin firefly pins at a Mexican market while we were in Austin earlier this year, so I used glue dots to sprinkle them around the decor. I didn't let any scraps of the Sarah Jane Studios fabric from Avery's birthday dress go to waste!! Avery also received the Sarah Jane art print as one of her birthday gifts. 

I made the pinwheels by making a sandwich with cardstock, fabric, and spray adhesive. Super fast and festive!

The mason jar light string from my trip to Warrenton and Junk Gypsy was an extra bit of fun.

Since the party took place around dinner time, we served hot dogs, tater tots, trail mix, and fruit.

We wrapped a few cans with fabric strips to serve the tator tots. 

Avery helped a little with our yarn hanging backdrop, and of course I added another piece of the Wee Wander fabric. 

We served mason jar firefly cookies complete with gold luster dust highlights. These cookies always go fast at our parties, so I asked Avery what we should fill in with if we made another batch of smaller scale cookies. The round ones were her idea. 

Any outdoor summertime evening event has to include a s'more element, so I made s'more push pops with graham cracker crumbles, chocolate pudding and marshmallow fluff. 

My parents brought some colorful popcorn from our favorite popcorn shop. 

Avery picked lemon cupcakes for the main dessert and even determined the perfect shade of yellow icing when she helped with the prep.

Another firefly sighting!!

I can't believe this girl is eight!! She is growing into such a great little party hostess herself. Even as I was frantic about the rain, she insisted is was all ok. When she thanks me at the end of each party, my heart just melts. The "chase fireflies" necklace was an Etsy find for another birthday gift. 

Another birthday party in the books, and another story told through the photos. My hope is that these "stories" are a lasting record of the celebration we create and enjoy for our daughters. 

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