The Stars Aligned


Hi Friends,  its been a while.  My world has spun around, done a wild aerial circus trick, and surprisingly landed upright.  It has taken me a bit to get my feet under me ( and I am still a bit wobbly) but the sun continues to shine on my little family.  

Since I was here last,  my divorce finalized, I worked a summer job for an airline ( and travelled like a boss) and returned to teaching.  I am currently teaching at my girls' school as the art/music teacher and it is dreamy.

Caught up?.... good.  Now let's get to the meat of this post.

A loooong while back, the sewing geniuses at FrancesSuzanne asked me if I would join them in a September Showcase.  They collected a few great patterns from independent designers and asked some amazing seamstresses to sew them up.  All through September they will showcase many great patterns to add to your stash.

I had the honor to sew up the Jack & Jill Colorblock shirt created by Peaches and Peanuts.  It is a classic button-up collared shirt with many variations to create the perfect look.  It is meant to be used as a layering shirt, so it runs big ( which is great, because I accidentally cut out a size 6! -- good thing I prewashed!).

Scout was really excited to be the recipient of my first project since my 9 month sewing hiatus.  (Despite her expression in the picture...)  She informed me that she is, "classy and classic, so make it classy but not boring."  She chose the fabrics, collar and sleeve options, and asked for a little ruffle down the front.  The fabric is a treasure I bought at a yard sale a few years ago from a fabric hoarder.  True story.  Her house was filled from floor to ceiling with yardage of fabrics and trim.  I guess it is a good thing I keep moving houses, or I'd be on her hoarding path.  The gold trim is also a score from my late Grandma's stash.

The pattern is well constructed and easy to follow.  I only had  minor trouble with the collar and I could use a few collaring tips.  Shannon does a nice job of launching personalization ideas with colorblocking on this top as well.

You may notice two little pins holding this baby in place.  The shirt was a quick sew (which is great because I only had a couple of hours.)  I'll insert button holes this afternoon and hope to not muck the whole thing up!  I still need to hem it up, and add a little detailing to the sleeve cuffs.

It seems this project may have jumpstarted my creativity.  I really hope so.  It's a junky place to be too busy and too tired to do what feeds your soul.  (I'm still too busy and too tired, but I am working at finding a balance).  I've already cut a denim skirt with gold trim to work on later this week.

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I'll be back later this afternoon with more pictures and  promo codes to help you get your sewing groove on too!


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This is such a great technique to add DIY interest to your home.  It is perfect on so many levels.

1. It is easy. (7 year olds completed today's project)
2. It is cheap. (the more creative you get, the cheaper is is)
3. It is unique!

We followed the same technique as the make do and mend art from a while back.



I used a cool wrapping paper I found at Tai Pan Trading.  It is made of recycled materials and is incredibly durable. (source)  You could use fabric, or depending on the look and size you want, scraps of fabric, washi tape, scrapbook fabrics, etc. I ended up using a paint sample from Home Depot, but acrylic paints would work as well.  You could probably spray paint the thing.  It really is that easy!


We initially used Mod Podge and worked really hard to get all the bubbles out. Because I was using non-pourous materials though, the next day it began to lift. So instead we used  spray adhesive and embraced the  wrinkles. ( Is that a life lesson I need to learn?)

Once your sticker is in position, paint the entire board.  Make sure cover the line where the sticker meet.



Hang and enjoy!  (PS I used command strips and they are working like a champ!)


WALL STICKER GIVEAWAY!- CLOSED

Congratulations Susanne Pauilssen!  You are the winner!  Check your email for ordering info!
I am so excited to share this project with you today!  It has taken me a while to get around to it, and the anticipation has been growing over here.  A while back I received the most generous offer from Bethany at Icon Stickers.  She asked if I was interested in trying out their wall stickers and sharing my thoughts.  At first I thought I may not be her best choice.  As much as I believe that families are in fact forever, plastering it on my wall doesn't fit my current aesthetic.

but....

when I went to her site I was pleasantly surprised!



The site is full of pages and pages of stunning and clever images.  Classic, but beautiful or a bit on the irreverent side like this.































In the end I decided to indulge the horse lover of our family, Scout.  We have recently moved into a rental home that is covered in classic renters taupe.  Painting is out, but we needed some spunk.  I ordered this horse in their large size (aprox 4'x3').  (!!!) The girls helped in every step of the way using a similar technique as the make do and mend art from a while back.








I was very pleased with the the quality of the the wall decal as well as the ease of ordering.  We received our sticker in incredible speed, and had no issues with applying it at all.

SO.... wanna win a sticker? Any sticker, shipping included...even internationally.  WOW!


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I'm crossing my fingers for you!

Blog Planner Roundup



1 Infarrantly Creative  2 Happy Organized Life 3 I Heart Organizing 4 My Joy Filled Life 5 Confessions of a Homeschooler


January is nearing an end, my tree is finally down (don't judge me geesh!), and I am finally ready to get organized.  Here are a few of the best blog planners google images had to offer.  (the only way I search these days).

Most are free, all are gorgeous, and all meet different needs in organizing.  Personally I am using  combined approach.  I started with a planner LivingWellSpendingLess created.  It is offered free, but to best use it purchase her great e-book How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul.  I then printed of a few pages from the above planners to make it fit my needs.

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And in honor of January and self-improvement, head over to Olivia Omega for inspiration and goal setting.  I had the honor of hearing her speak at Sewing Summitt 2013, and I will never be the same.  Thanks Olivia!!

GO BE AWESOME!



Shrinky Dink Valentine's

Jen over at Craft-o-Maniac is sharing one of our projects from last year's Valentine's exchange.  (Thanks Jen!)  Head over for a look-see.  And stay a bit.  Here site is fantastic!


Today's project is a favorite around our house.  We love making shrinky dink art.  There's something magical about watching the plastic curl up and thicken.  (No, not very poetic.... but you'll see.  It is cool!)  

Using a sheet of shrink plastic- or a no. 6 recyclable plastic take out container,  have your child (or yourself) draw a colorful image about 2" square. We used sharpies and colored pencils.  Cut out the image and use a standard sized hole punch at the top of your drawing.  Punch the hole fairly close to edge, as it can be hard to attach the clasp.

Pop it in the oven following the manufacturer's instructions.

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Attach clasp (purchased at chain craft store) and enjoy.  My girls like to clip them on their backpacks, purses, sometimes even sweater buttonholes. 



Here is last year's version.  It looks a bit cluttered in photos, but if you'd like you can download it here.




And although my graphic skills still look like a 10 year old, You are welcome to this version as well.
Click here for a printable page version.

Enjoy!


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