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Month: February 2014

Project Run & Play: Season 9

Some exciting news! I’ve been picked as one of six designers to compete in Season 9 of Project Run & Play!!

It starts the end of March, and you can be sure I’ll be keeping a running update here on how things are progressing….look out for some fantastic crock-pot recipes, and tips on how to do less laundry and cleaning. Oh wait. Ha. more

More Overalls…


I mentioned in my Lullaby Pattern Tour post that I had initially made the overalls out of knit. Then I remembered that I hadn’t actually posted about them! Oops!

I made these out of an old pair of pajama pants and lined them in flannel. They’re so warm and cozy! This pair was made for testing, so I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern. These go together really fast, and the cuteness factor is pretty high 🙂 more

Thank You!!


Thank you all so much for your support and votes! I won 3rd place in the Compagnie M. contest with my Mara Blouse turned Dress!

There were some amazing sponsors for this contest, and I’m looking forward to receiving some lovely things from Ash Jewelry Studio, Lana Lotta, DeStoffenkamer and Made-by-Rae*. Thanks very much to Marte at Compagnie M. for her amazing patterns and for putting on this fun contest! more

How To Modify A Pattern: Lap Tee

How To Modify A Pattern: Lap Tee

There’s a sew-a-long going on over a Peekaboo Pattern Shop and of course I’m playing along! The chosen pattern to make is the bodysuit/lap tee. You might remember that from a review I did a while back. This time I decided to switch it up a bit and make something for my big girl! She doesn’t wear bodysuits anymore since she’s potty-trained, but I love the look of a lap tee neckline. I figured I could incorporate it in a dress somehow. Here’s what I came up with: more

Griddle Cakes


Mmm. Nothing better than having pancakes on a lazy Saturday morning.

Sometimes we like to have breakfast for supper even, and pancakes (griddle cakes, flapjacks…) are always the star of the show. Unless there’s bacon. Moving on…

This is a recipe I found from the Food Network, and it works every time (with my modifications anyways!)! Be sure to use fresh baking powder, though…that’s the cause of many a flat pancake! more

A Coraline Clutch


I’ve always loved to create purses, bags and clutches, and MY what a find these Swoon Bags (affiliate link) are! I’ve made my first Coraline, and it won’t be my last.

This one was made for a special friend’s birthday, and yes, she got some chocolate too 🙂

This is the smaller size wristlet version of the Coraline pattern. The pattern also includes a larger size and the option of handles. This thing holds ALOT: more

We’ve Moved!

Alright, I did it! This is the brand new look! Actually, I tried to keep it as much the same as I could. You can update your feeds, email notifications, and bloglovin’ stuff here. Some of those things will automatically switch (bloglovin’ anyway). The old blog will redirect here for the next year for all that stuff you might have pinned 🙂 Please leave feedback on anything you like/dislike or that is missing! more

Big Changes and a Tutorial

Have you been checking out the other stops on the Peekaboo Lullaby Tour? There are some great things being sewn up! I left you yesterday with the promise of a quick tutorial for doing a faux layered sleeve. A few of you wanted to know more about the modified back bib for the overalls…I didn’t take any pictures while I did that part, and basically copied the shape of another pair of overalls that I liked the shape of. The straps need to be lengthened a bit for that option usually, since the back bib is a little shorter than the original pattern. Maybe I’ll make another pair when I’m not in a hurry 🙂 more

Peekaboo Lullaby Line Pattern Tour


As you know, I’ve been making quite a few things from the new Lullaby Layette line that recently came out over at Peekaboo Patterns. When Amy contacted me about being in her pattern tour, I was so excited! This is a big deal to a new blogger 😉 Of course I said yes!

I chose to make the overalls and a bodysuit. I made a pair of the overalls during testing, but I used knit. This time I decided to go with a bottom-weight twill instead. Because I can’t leave good enough alone, I made some changes to these. I added front pockets, changed the shape of the top and back patch pockets. Added a flap and snap to the front, and also modified the shape of the back bib on the overalls. I really wanted these to have the look of classic denim farmer overalls. I hope I don’t offend any farmers with that…. more

Tulip Tunic by Heidi & Finn


I tested this cute little tunic top for Heidi & Finn and I’m quite happy with how it turned out!

This pattern is super simple since there aren’t any set-in sleeve to fiddle with. The gathers on the empire waist are perfect for little toddler tummies!

I added a little bow for interest, and I think that it finished off the cute little look just right! more

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