sewing & stitchery expo 2017

I dragged Elle & Kev to the Sewing & Stitchery Expo a few weeks ago & we had a blast. I had never been before & I was shocked by how huge it was. It was a sewing nerd's dream - haha. I bought two different knit fabrics to make Elle a few dresses and maybe a t-shirt for myself.

First up is this amazing galaxy print knit from the Pacific Fabrics booth. I love this store and their booth did not disappoint. This knit is thick, has great stretch & is such a fun print.

Today I had a very rare afternoon where I had nothing super important to do while Elle napped so I decided to sew her a t-shirt dress. I used the Sew Like My Mom Pistachio Tee as the top and kind of improvised on the gathered skirt using a dress she already had as a template. As soon as she woke up from her nap she immediately wanted to put it on. Yay!

I did a rolled sleeve because I love how it looks and I am still on the fence about whether to hem the bottom or not...for now the curling, raw hem is fine with me.

The sun came out for approximately 5 minutes today so we took full advantage and went outside to take some pictures. Sometimes she loves having her picture taken other days not so much...today was my lucky day.

This is Elle's new go-to pose inspired by Ilana from Broad City.

This is Elle's new go-to pose inspired by Ilana from Broad City.

quick + easy (kind of)

These days I don't have much time. I have a huge & growing list of things I want to sew, knit, paint, sculpt, carve but right now I am just trying to keep it together.

1. I knit Elle a kitty cat hat & it's a hot mess

 

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In December I bought the Loopy Mango Kids Kitty Hat kit at Renegade and I finally finished it. It's far from perfect & I am pretty sure I made up a new way to finish the top (not in a good way) but I don't care. At the time I had no clue what it would end up meaning to make this for my daughter. I couldn't finish it in time to march in it & I fucked it up a lot but its still very special to me.

2. Quilted + suede clutch

I needed a new clutch for my daily essentials to transfer between my work bag & mom/life bag & wanted something more interesting looking since I am usually wearing black and grey. I am so obsessed with Carolyn Friedlander fabric & when I saw her new collection I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.

3. Society 6

I finally added an art print to my Society6 shop! Click here to shop

 

 

 

 

when life gets busy

My list of things to do is growing out of control. I have seriously neglected my etsy shop but I hope come 2017 that will change. I have been working really hard the last couple months to finish all the half done things stuffed in various closets in my house, organize, declutter, donate, sew, decorate, etc. I have made a dent but it still feels like there is so much to do.

I have been getting Elle's "big girl" room ready and am starting the transition of her sleeping in her own bed. Wish me luck.

I really haven't sewn much lately but I did finish a few cute bedroom projects.

Canvas storage bucket with leather handles

Canvas storage bucket with leather handles

Fringe and cotton wall hanging

Fringe and cotton wall hanging

Mustard & pink grid print pillow cover made with Carolyn Friedlander Carkai collection fabric

Mustard & pink grid print pillow cover made with Carolyn Friedlander Carkai collection fabric

This weekend I wore the speckled grey Hey June Lane Raglan I sewed a few weeks ago and the cutest red beanie my grandma crocheted for me. I got the crochet pattern from a Skillshare class I watched, which is pretty much my new obsession. I see a lot more of these hats in my future.

Eating popcorn on the Kingston Ferry

Eating popcorn on the Kingston Ferry

the quilt i finally finished

Whoa. September went by way too fast. I am in that season of life where there just isn't enough time in the day. I have been working hard to finish all my half done projects & this quilt for my brother was at the top of my list.

I plan to have some new stuff listed in my etsy store soon...in the meantime here are some cute pictures from the day we went apple picking and a free download.

This pretty much sums it up for me these days...

observer fabric + waffle patterns pancake blouse

I have been making an effort to only make clothes for myself that I will actually wear. This top meets all my criteria & I love how it turned out. I can't wait to make some mini versions for Elle & my etsy shop...but for now I am going to enjoy these last few days of summer with my girl.

Elle's Romper : Old Navy

Elle's Shoes: Converse

Mama's Top Fabric: April Rhodes Observer Indigo Window Voile via Hawthorne Threads

Mama's Top Pattern: Waffle Patterns Pancake Blouse

Mama's Jeans: Topshop Leigh

Mama's Boots: Sam Edelman

 

what's in my bag

I recently made a new tote for work/when life hands you too much to fit in a regular purse & I am obsessed with it!

I don't know why but I love to watch "What's in my bag?" videos on youtube so just for fun here is a peek at what is in my bag...

From the top:

- Little People Joker toy

- Staedtler Fineliner Pastel Pens

- TUL ballpoint pen (a-m-a-z-i-n-g)

- Ferme a Papier by Cat Seto Yearless Planner

- Babyganics hand sanitizer foam

- Tide to Go pen (if you have a toddler you need this)

- Sunglasses

- Neat Cheeks face wipes

- Mini LAVANILA Healthy Deodorant

- Huggies Little Movers Diapers size 4

- Huggies wipes pouch with Bloom brand wipes (not a fan of the Huggies wipes but I like the pouch)

- Burts Bees Matte Lip Crayon in the shade Carolina Coast

- Spry Mints in Berry flavor

- Oh Joy! Bandaids (ugh so cute)

- Henri Bendel striped zipper wallet

There is also usually an iPhone cord, Excedrin, Hydroflask with water, Macbook Pro and a ton of food crammed in there too. Seems like a lot but I definitely use it all.

 

leggings + pink toes

This weekend I made Elle a new pair of leggings to wear to the Taste of Edmonds and the fabric I used was from one of my absolute favorite bloggers turned fabric designer, April Rhodes.

On a completely unrelated note I painted Elle's toes with Piggy Polish nail polish so we could match in our nude shoes...I love having a daughter <3

Elle's Shoes: Old Navy

Mama's Shoes: Vince Camuto via Nordstrom

my first craft fair experience // what's next

Urban Craft Uprising has come and gone! It was such a fun weekend and I was so blown away by every shopper that came by at the event. People were so kind, regardless of whether they purchased anything or not. I could never express how much each and every encounter meant to me. It is really scary to put your stuff out there but I am so glad I did.

 I sold almost everything I made but more importantly I talked to a lot of people and learned what they were looking for. I am looking forward to sewing more toddler sizes for my next show,  Magnolia Summer Fest August 6th and 7th.

I couldn't have done any of this without the help of my husband and my brother. They supported me & helped me with everything along the way...I am so grateful.

It was Pride weekend and I loved seeing everyone walking through to shop after the parade. Seeing so many diverse people all coming together to celebrate equality and love is really cool and it makes me proud to be born and raised in Seattle where so many great people live.

I could write a book on all the things I learned this weekend but the most important thing was do what you can and don't stress about what you can't.

Now that the show is over my girl and I are going to take a week off of everything, hit up the park, celebrate my 5 year wedding anniversary and (if the weather cooperates) ride this giant, inflatable flamingo around the pool.

...and now a free download for you.

handmade outfit photo recap // mother's day edition

My Mother's Day agenda this year was simple : picnic and beach day...the weather wasn't great so we ended up eating indoors (womp womp) but afterwards we walked over to the beach by our house so Elle could play. I had never taken her to the beach but knew she would love it because my girl loves to be outdoors. For someone who has only been walking for a few months she walked across the rocks like a champ.

For most of the day I wore this Hey June Aurora tee that I added lace to the sleeve. It was such an easy hack to this pattern and turned out so beautiful.

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Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there & especially to my Mom & Momo, I love you both more than life!

Pattern: Hey June Aurora Tee

Fabric: Joann Fabrics

life lately + big news

Big news! I am a vendor at the Urban Craft Uprising's summer show June 25-26 and Magnolia Summer Fest August 5-7. I am so honored and excited to be part of these amazing events. I have been busy preparing which has left me little time to sew for myself so I am keeping a list of all the patterns I want to make after the show is over. So far everything I have made for the event has turned out really cool. I hope people love the stuff I make as much as I do. I will post pictures of everything I am selling and my booth in June. I just got my new business cards in the mail and Elle has been carrying them around kissing our picture.

Here is a sneak peek of some of the stuff I will be selling.

I did find time to make another Papercut Patterns Bowline Sweater which I modified to have short rolled sleeves.

I am obsessed with this pattern.

After I made the grey one for Easter I knew I would be making more of these. This top, in my opinion, is the perfect white summer tee.  It is casual and comfortable but not boring. Win win win.

easy handpainted moto inspired valentine's leggings & outfit

Happy Valentine's Day xoxo

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How I Made It:

  • Choose leggings you want to paint.
  • Place cardboard (or any thick paper/plastic) in the leg where you want to fabric paint so it doesn't soak through and it gives you a stiffer place to paint if you are using a fabric that has stretch.
  • Take small flat-head paint brush and paint stripes across the knee of leggings (I used a small rectangle of cardboard to try and keep my lines as straight as possible).
  • Allow to dry completely, at that point you can go back and do touch-ups if you want, I liked the messier look so I left mine as is.