Summer Reading

The Best of Me

As I tried to fully embrace summer break with my Little, I logged many miles running, walking and bike riding, I logged many hours sitting in the sunshine at parks & pools, and I logged many hours READING for the pure fun of reading! From the time I discovered The Babysitters Club one Saturday way {way, way, way} back when and spent the entire day snuggled up in a 'reading nest' crafted in my extra deep closet ... I have loved to spend the day lost in a book. However, the older I get and the more responsibilities {+ other interests} I acquire, the less time I have to read. So it felt so very good to tackle a few good reads. Here was my summer reading:: The Book Thief - Markus ... Keep Reading

Flying Geese // Little Gosling


Goodbye Summer! Hello School! Goodbye Fancy Free! Hello Schedule! Goodbye August! Hello September! We had a WONDERFUL summer break and it was all things sunshine and water, naps and vacations, beaches and pools, ice cream and shaved ice, long days and short nights. It was SO much fun. But, like I told my Little, summer wouldn't be summer if it happened year round. It's special because it's a precious bit of time where we break routine and enjoy extra time together doing a whole lotta nothing. So until next summer, we'll be remembering our sweet days and dreaming about the ones to come. Despite our loosey goosey {let's see how many times I can reference foul in this post, so far I count ... Keep Reading



I am filled with a strong feeling of happiness today ... that's right, I'm GLEEFUL!! How cute is that name that Sew Caroline picked for her debut fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics? I love it and think it's perfectly fitting for these bright, fun and playful patterns + colors. Caroline sent me a bundle of Gleeful fat quarters to create something to share with all of you. So.much.pressure when I saw the fabulous line up of bloggers she had for her Gleeful blog hop. So ... I stuck with I know and love, a fun & fast table runner. Here's a quick how-to make your own: "Popsicle Glee" Table Runner Finished Size:: 12″ x 36" (4) Fat Quarters / (3) popsicle blocks + (1) ... Keep Reading

Giveaway!! // First Day Dress Pattern + Kona Cotton


Yea! You're back! That tells me you are serious about winning the pattern from yesterday's review: Dana of MADE has graciously given me (2) patterns to giveaway and to sweeten the winnings, Robert Kaufman is giving away two custom Kona Cotton fabric bundles for you to create your very own color blocked First Day Dress. That means TWO winners!! Bundle 1 will include: (1) Digital First Day Dress Pattern &  1/2 YD (Robin Egg) + 1 YD (Camellia) + 1 YD (Midnight) Kona Cotton Bundle 2 will include: (1) Digital First Day Dress Pattern &  1/2 YD (Lime) + 1 YD (Chartreuse) + 1 YD (Bahama Blue) Kona Cotton Enter using Rafflecopter widget below: a Rafflecopter giveaway Happy ... Keep Reading

First Day Dress + Pattern Review


Last week I had the pleasure of pattern testing Dana's (of MADE) newest pattern, First Day Dress. I've been watching her sneaks and hints and teases on Instagram over the past months so I was thrilled when she contacted me. I instantly knew I wanted to sew a dress for my soon-to-be three great-niece {I mean it kinda screamed party dress with all that twirl action}. As I looked through all the styles ... yes, there are LOTS of styles: • A-Line Dress • A-Line Top • Swing Dress • Swing Top • Swing Dress/Top with Front Placket {Each can be made with or without sleeves.} I settled on the swing dress and decided to do a color blocked version. Thank you to my WONDERFUL contact, ... Keep Reading