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March 20, 2014

flip this pattern | sneak peak

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Today you can find me over at Frances & Suzanne's Flip this Pattern Series. I am sharing how I made the Beachy Boatneck to a Rash Guard.

Go over there to find out how & see a few picture of the kids in their outfits from their favorite location photo shoot yet to date!
With Love,
March 13, 2014

City Girl Frock & Top from See Kate Sew: Pattern Review

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I was lucky enough to be a tester for the City Girl Frock from See Kate Sew. This pattern has all the greatness of a See Kate Sew Pattern (you know, the super cute diagrams and great detailed instructions)! The City Girl is a great example that comfort can be stylish.
It has 3 lengths (top, tunic, dress), 2 sleeve lengths & 2 necklines (cowl & non-cowl). This look would look good on most body types, even those of us whose hips and love handles will probably always be hanging around from childbearing. The fitted shoulders keep it from being frumpy while the bodice gives comfort. 
This piece is such a good transitional piece for young mom's like me who either seem to be pregnant, nursing or trying to regain our bodies. It seems like I need 3 different wardrobes, for the continual metamorphosis that I am putting my body through. But this top could definitely stay in the closet regardless of stage. As I've have been substitute teaching a local high school, and it has been nice to have something that covers my growing tummy, looks professional, and is in fashion.
Since the pattern test, Scary has sewn one up without the cowl. She wore it on a bloated day (you know the ones that you just don't want to to get dressed but you NEED groceries) she loved that she felt so comfortable but then caught herself in the mirror and was pleased at the fact she didn't look TOO comfortable.
The two of us have spent the last 4 years talking about the perfect "Forgiving Mom Top" and played with different ideas of what would make the perfect "Forgiving Mom Top". I even gave my go at trying to make one last year; it came close but didn't have the perfect combination of stylish and comfy. This is so, so, so forgiving. Don't believe me, look: 
18 weeks of pregnancy could almost hide under the top as long as it wasn't belted.

What would your "forgiving mom top" look like? 

You can get it now on sale with the Just Add Jeans Collection from Pattern Anthology (through the 24th) or it will be sold by itself at full price.

Size: Large (which is a little big based on my chest measurement, but right in line with my hips)
Length:  Tunic
Alternation: Made sleeves a little longer based on my own arm length.

With Love,
PS I have NEVER been able to do the no smile look without looking like I was going to kill someone,  but I was happy for some reason it worked out. It may have been luck, but I think it had more to do with how comfortable I felt in this top paired with the falling snow.

Can you rock the serious look or do you usually look like a clown when you take serious pictures (like I do 99.99% of the time)?
March 11, 2014

Giveaway for Feather Flights

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Today our dear friend Heather from Feather's Flights is giving away a copy of the Betty Skirt!
I just adore Heather, she is very kind and thoughtful. She is someone that I am grateful to have met through blogging, since then we have developed a real friendship. She is the best seamstress that I have ever had a chance to met and is my go to sewing encyclopedia on all things sewing and sewing blogging. For all the times that we have gotten together we only have one picture together from the night we met at dinner hosted by Simple Simon & Co.
Taken from Kaylee's Instagram

Every time I get on her site I get lost in looking back through old posts and I always learn a bunch. Feel free to enter even if you already own the Betty Skirt we will refund your purchase if you win.

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March 04, 2014

Isn't it funny how your dreams change?

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Hello friends! When I was a little girl I dreamed of being a country singer but my love of music isn't enough to overcome my fear of performing in public. I tried and failed on multiple occasions, like the time I sang the national anthem before a high school game with Al and we were so quiet that the ASL signer couldn't follow because she couldn't hear us.
Next, I dreamed of being a politician. Love the process but I can't stand contention. Fighting makes me want to crawl up in a hole and hide. The American political system always clicked easily to my brain but it was learning about the international cultures and government systems that really made my heart race. Marriage & having children have put my world travels on hold for a little while, though Slim Jim has the same dreams so maybe when we are retirees we will travel the globe.
After I college graduation jobs were scarce everywhere and most especially the little college town of Rexburg, Idaho. After a month of applications and interviews I final got offered a job from a small web hosting company as technical support. I learn quickly how little I knew about the internet but I realized that I loved learning it all. I worked my way up company into various positions, but due to downsizing and the recession I never lost a title just gained one more. By the time I left I was doing tech support, website building and search engine optimization. 
I left my job to be a Momma to Ryder (who was almost 1) and a stay at home wife for the first time in my married life. It was so nice to be staying home instead of working. I was happy to be able to go out and play with Ryder. I really worked diligently on my cooking skills; collecting kitchen supplies, recipes and cooking knowledge.

When I was pregnant with Boston, I was very sick the smell of food or even seeing food would make me loose it. Instead of being a gourmet home chef went into full nesting mode, I was moving furniture trying to make room for a crib. I moved the large desk that had been in Ryder's room to the living room so I could sell it. When I did I had to move the sewing machine that my Momma had given me almost 2 years earlier. With in the course of that day, I changed my mind I decided that it would be a sewing table.

Then we found out our second child was a little girl, I remembered my love for organza, ruffles and creation (flashbacks came of years of designing barbie clothes & my senior prom dress). I bought my first ever PDF pattern and worked on her home from the hospital outfit. And then I began work on my daughter's blessing dress for a year re-designing and creating. Every time I picked it up I fell deeper in love with what I was doing.
I feel so blessed to have my sisters (Al & Jo) beside me and that together we are able to travel the world through our blog.
All the while, I am hidden safely within the walls of my own home. Squeezing in sewing between: cooking delicious food, raising and mediating the occasional argument by my two children, and discussing music with my sole mate. The Lord has given me voice through writing and a stage through blogging.
With Love,

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