Modkid Harper and Watermelon

Monday, July 27, 2015

Random title, I know. Those two things have nothing in common other than I took these photos at my parents ranch, and I can't help but share them all!

I had a little fun with the Modkid Harper pattern, and created this open back style after finding inspiration here and here. I posted a tutorial for you to create your own open back Harper Dress on the Modkid blog.

Oh how I love the backdrops I can find at the ranch!! Why, yes that is the old cattle shoot.

The fabrics are from Joann's. I had originally wanted to do this in solids, but the best peach I could find was this one with metallic silver dots. It worked out even prettier than I expected.

The Harper pattern was perfect to create the open back, because I was still able to use the side panels giving plenty of coverage.

What is it about watermelon that consistently makes me want to grab my camera?!? Maybe it was just the fact that Tandy was eating watermelon while wearing a watermelon dress.

Maybe it is all the wonderful memories of childhood that watermelon evokes, even the competitive seed spitting contests!!

When I was editing these photos, I think I came to the conclusion that it's just impossible to eat a slice of watermelon without a smile!!

The kind that melts your heart.

So, what is it that triggers you to reach for the camera? Is there a food association? Activity? Expression? Just feeling a bit curious today.

Navarre, Fl 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I just returned from our second summer trip, but I haven't even blogged our first one! I hesitate to blog our family vacations, because it may be completely boring to most of you. This little blog is somewhat of a record for us, so I like to include it. There is a bit of a sewing related item toward the end in case you haven't seen it yet. 

For those that want to bear with me, here are some photos of our trip to Navarre, Fl.

This little one loved the edge of the water. She would venture out further with us, but saltwater in her eyes usually sent her back.

Dancing in those waves was pure delight!

Avery was our adventurer. By the end of the week she was trying to haul the other kids around in the Explorer 200!

She and Todd were also on a mission to find the best shells.

Awkward photo coming right up!

My sister-in-law captured the next few photos that I am so grateful for.

The dress in the photo above is the Modkid Harper sewn up in Patty Young's latest line, Pura Vida, for Joann's. You may have seen it as part of the sew-along I hosted on the Modkid blog.

That's a wrap. We were actually there with Todd side of the family, but I'll keep all of those photos for the family albums!

If my sewing ever gets too quiet around here, be sure to check in on the Modkid blog. Fun things are usually happening!

Book Review: Pretty Prudent Home

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm guessing you are familiar with Jacinda and Jaime of Pretty Prudent. Their website is laden with inspiration and DIY. It seems they do it all, from food and parties, to style and home decor. Now, they have packed a bit of their creativity in the form of a book with over 70 project ideas. Today, I have the privilege of taking you on a little tour and review of Pretty Prudent Home: Your Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful Family Home.


The photograph that greats you when you first open the book might be my very favorite. Before kiddos, I loved to labor over pretty packaging. This certainly makes me want to get back in that mode!

Here's a little overview of what you will find inside.

The "prudent" aspect of the book speaks to me. I love how the authors demonstrate creative ways to achieve a decorating style. You don't have to hire an expensive decorator, buy all new items, or break a budget!!

There is even a game/test to determine your decorating style, or as they state "an exercise in decorating self-awareness". It's unscientific and includes a nap as part of the instructions, so enjoy the whimsy of it all. I landed at a tie between "thrifter" and "maker". No surprise there, but I rarely do any making for my home.

Can we pause just a moment to fully admire this cute sewing machine entry piece!?! I think the mod paint and hardware make this such an eclectic piece. 

The book features many handy tips gathered in one place.

When it comes to the projects, there are more than a few that caught my eye.

Talk about making a statement right from the beginning! Don't you just want to continue and peek behind the door!?!

This isn't your grandmother's sewing sample either!

Of course, the party and entertaining ideas drew me in as well. The wood trivet would make a great gift.

If you are looking for various stylists tips, a few DIY ideas, a little practical life advice, and glimpses into beautifully styled yet practical homes, Pretty Prudent Home is a fresh take on all of those things!

 I received the book, Pretty Prudent Home, for free. All opinions provided are my own. I will only recommend products that I would use personally and are good for my readers.

Happy 7th Birthday Avery!

Thursday, June 18, 2015


On your 7th birthday, here are a few things I want to remember about you....

  • You find your focus through the crafts and art that you love. 
  • You still skip all over the place, and most of the time I don't think you even realize you are doing it.
  • You are very competitive at home especially with Daddy, but do not seem the least bit competitive with your peers.
  • This year you were diagnosed with ADD, but your positive attitude teaches me new things. When the possibility of repeating first grade was discussed, you declared it an opportunity to meet new friends. Your hard work means you don't have to.
  • You love your sister, and fight like crazy too.
  • You love to read and swim.
  • You have always been our early riser.
  • You are a great balance of perfectionist and creative thinker. 
  • You love pancakes with sprinkles, so we'll probably be having that for breakfast.

Neon Watercolor Birthday Party

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I am eager to take you on a little tour of Avery's watercolor painting party! Our party was full of DIY projects, and now that Avery is older, she participated in most of the preparation from the invitations and outfit to the table coverings. Her current favorite colors are light blue, neon pink, and neon yellow, so you will see that we used those colors throughout. 


We'll begin with the food and move on to the activities. We provided a couple of snacks including paint splatter sandwiches (PB&J) and paint chips (Cheez-its).

For the table covering, Avery and her sister, Tandy, painted coffee filters with watercolors and glued them together.

Avery also painted the rims of the Chinet plates for perfectly coordinated serving.

We also served color wheel fruit cups from an easel.

As always, I went a little crazy with the sweets, but it was all just too much fun!



Avery and I also painted the fondant covered sugar cookies with tinted clear vanilla. 

I couldn't resist cake pops with paint brush sticks!

We even painted and dipped marshmallows to serve in a plastic paint can.

If you could only have seen the 'behind the scenes' on the color coordinated sprinkle cake!! There are probably sprinkles still lingering on the floor from this endeavor!

Of course, the interior of the cake had to coordinate too!

Some blue Koolaid completed the "sustenance" of the party.

Each guest went home with a bag full of their art, a paint palette, and paint brush. 

Now, let's move on to the activities. You may be wondering what colored pencils have to do with a watercolor party.  


These are actually watercolor pencils that will blend like watercolors when you add water to a colored surface. I printed these images directly onto watercolor paper for the artists to first color...

...then paint.

The next activity was something like musical chairs. The girls started painting, then at the sound of the timer, they moved to the next girls work and added to it and so on.

The salt paintings were the biggest hit. I had previously free-handed some images with glue and sprinkled them with salt. The watercolor spreads along the salt in an interesting way. Tandy was hard at work on hers. 

The birthday girl truly felt celebrated!

She had received an early birthday gift of a slackline which was also a huge hit with the party goers. It trumped the final free painting activity. 

All in all it was a super fun way to celebrate our creative daughter!!

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