flip this pattern {voting opens today}

If you follow me on facebook or instagram you know that I am competing in the Summer Flip This Pattern over at Frances Suzanne. I shared my “flipped” look over on Frances Suzanne this week and today I am finally sharing it with all of you.

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First of all, here is an overview of the Flip This Pattern Series for those of you who have never heard of it before. Basically four Sew-ers were given the same pattern the Ethan Shirt Pattern by Sis Boom to start with. From there we could turn it into whatever we wanted to. All this week we got to have a look at everyone’s “flips” and they were all amazing! Each look is so different and unique but have the same basic pattern in common.  Today the voting finally opens, so head on over here to vote for your favorite look.

Now on to my “flipped” look!

I will admit, I was super nervous to reveal what I made. Flipping patterns is not really my thing and I had so many struggles along the way with this one but in the end, I really like what I came up with. More importantly my little girl LOVES it and that is all that really matters. She loved it so much that she decided to wear it on her first day of kindergarten. Way to make your Momma feel loved right?! Oh and by the way she LOVES school!

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As you can see I decided to turn the Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom into a dress for my little girl.

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I had to make a lot of changes to the pattern in order to get a well fitting dress for my daughter. Starting with the shoulders I had to adjust the width as well as the armhole a few inches. I also made the back of the shirt under the yoke slightly gathered. I just added a few extra inches to the width of the pattern to allow for the extra gathering and then matched the gathered piece up to the altered yoke piece.

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Then I did the same gathering technique to the front of the dress as well. Since there was no “yoke” piece for the front of the dress I just cut the front of the pattern where I wanted to gathering to be and then added in the seam allowance. I didn’t make any changes to the collar but should have made it a bit larger. It is too tight around my little girls neck and cannot snap it. I should also mention that I used snaps instead of buttons. I am just not a huge fan of buttons on my kids.

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I made a little tie belt as well as added some belt loops to the dress.

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I decided to make some flutter sleeves instead of the long sleeves so that my little girl could wear it now as well as into the cooler months. A cardigan layered over it will allow for wear throughout the seasons.

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 Surprisingly I did not adjust the length of the pattern at all. I happen to love the length and it even looks super cute with a pair of leggings or tights underneath.

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 Now make sure you head on over here to vote for your favorite look. Voting is only open until Saturday, August 30 and I know all of us would love to see our “flips” shown a little love!

First day of school

Yesterday was the first day of school. My little girl started kindergarten this year.
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Both kids loved their first day and I loved all of the stories they had to tell when they got home.
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tooth fairy pillow

This past weekend my little girl lost her first tooth, so I stayed up late Saturday night making her a tooth fairy pillow.

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I had seen these tooth fairy pillows over at The Homemade Home and just fell in love with them. I decided to use the same basic concept for mine but mix it up a little bit.

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 My little girl woke up super early Sunday morning to see if the tooth fairy had come. When she saw her pillow hanging on her bed she was excited. She was even kind enough to wake up her sister to show her. The excitement from both of them was so contagious! I wish I could keep it like this for forever!

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Of course her favorite part was the magic fairy dust that the tooth fairy left.

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baseball 2014

The past month and a half have been filled with baseball non-stop. If we were not at practice or a game, we were outback playing baseball. My son was honestly living for baseball and couldn’t get enough of it! I have to admit, it was super fun and I am really going to miss it too.

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Sucker Fishing

Last year one of my husband’s cousins brought us sucker fishing and we ended up having a blast. So this past weekend we headed out to see if they were running up stream yet.

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It’s fun getting there because you have to walk through the covered bridge in order to get down to the river.

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There are lots of big rocks to walk and climb on which is one of the kids favorite part.

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The sucker fish were running but they were very sparse.

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Daddy searched for awhile before he could catch one. We even got caught in a brief downpour while waiting, but Daddy was determined to catch one for the kids. Luckily hanging out under the covered bridge was a lot of fun.

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The girls found a little pool of water with rocks in it and proceeded to fish out every singe rock to stash into their pockets.

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When Daddy finally caught a sucker fish we all cheered and ran to check it out.

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My little girl of course wanted to keep it, but when we told her that we had to throw it back in so that it could finish swimming upstream to lay its eggs she was OK with it.

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We have been told that in years past people used to catch sucker fish by the hundreds in this spot. Then they would salt them in a wooden barrel for storage.

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We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area and that we can catch sucker fish just for the fun of it…and not for survival.

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Have any of you gone sucker fishing before?

Guest posting over at while she was sleeping

I am guest posting over at While She Was Sleeping today as part of Jenya’s You and Me series.

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Head on over here to see what I made for myself as well as my two little girls.

momma’s Little Ballerina’s

I had to share some pictures from my girls ballet recital this past weekend. I can’t help but think they were the cutest little ballerina’s ever!

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rocks and frog eggs

Every chance we get we head out exploring.

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The kids favorite spots lately seem to be the covered bridges, ponds and rivers.

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They will spend hours climbing, collecting and throwing rocks into the water.

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I emptied about 5,000 rocks out of my car the other day and each and every one of those rocks were so special and their favorites. Our rock garden is growing fast this year.

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I try not to complain because I love that they are enjoying nature and the simple things in life right now. How do I keep it this way?

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When we were exploring around the big boulders I found some frog eggs. My little girl begged me to bring some eggs home so we could watch them hatch…so we did. We had our first two tadpoles hatch yesterday. As you can imagine, there were screeches heard from miles away. She is the same little girl who is raising Woolly Bear Caterpillars right now.

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Willow & Co Patterns {Wanderlust: a glamping collection}

I have been waiting months for this collection of patterns to be released. If you have not seen the Willow and Co. Wanderlust Glamping Edition SS2014 yet, you are really missing out. It is amazing and I cannot wait to make each and every piece!Wanderlust-collecton-21Every time I look through their Lookbook I have to remind myself that I am looking at a collection of patterns for sale. I can get so caught up in the beautiful pictures and styling that I forget they are selling patterns…patterns that I can make nonetheless! The lookbook honestly reminds me of a Land of Nod catalog. They did such a beautiful job with every little aspect of this collection and I know that their patterns will be flawless! Just have a little peek for yourself…

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I love how the whole collection can give you a complete wardrobe. Plus it is perfect for girls and boys, with the exception of a few patterns. I cannot wait to get creating!

Which is your favorite piece from the collection?

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

I have the pleasure of being one of the stops on Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 blog tour today. I cannot tell you how much I am loving all of these patterns that are included.

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All together these patterns make a complete wardrobe for my little ones and that is exactly what my two little girls need right now. They are both hitting growth spurts as the time. You can see above that the parcel includes the following patterns: Click on the links below to read more about each pattern

Hanami Top or Dress by Straight Grain
Hosh Pants by LoubeeClothing
Celestial Tee by Figgy’s
September Tunic & Dress by Too Sweets Patterns
Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations

BONUS pattern:
Prefontaine Shorts by Made With Moxie

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I made a total of 6 items from the parcel and would have made more if I didn’t get sick. The first dress I made was the September Tunic & Dress by Too Sweets Patterns. It was a super easy pattern to follow and a pretty quick project to sew up.  The pattern comes in a dress or tunic length and has the cutest little flare sleeves. Instead of using button on the back I opted to use snaps instead.

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Next is the Hanami Top or Dress by Straight Grain. This dress comes with lots of different sleeve options, two types of back closures as well as different lengths. I chose to make the dress length with the zipper closure. Next time I will make the cross back option as I think it is too cute! This is just a sweet dress that my little girl is begging me to finish the hem on. Everyday she comes downstairs and asks me if she can wear it yet.

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Then I made two Celestial Tee by Figgy’s. I did make the tee’s a size too big but looking at them now I wish I didn’t. I love to make clothes that allow for growth but lets face it creme on my girls…is not going to last very long. I will be lucky if these tees last more then a few weeks.  Good thing they are fast and easy to sew! For the front I added a layer of lace over the knit fabric. These shirts are adorable and I love how the back is longer then the front.  My daughter is also wearing a pair of Hosh Pants by LoubeeClothing. Unfortunately I did not get a good picture of the pants and ignore the fact that the pants look weird at the crotch. I didn’t feel well enough to insert the elastic yet, but my girls are still trying to wear these pants. That shows you that they really like them. They don’t even fit properly and they still want to wear them all the time.

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This is the second tee that I made but this time without the lace. I also made another pair of hosh pants but cut them to a capri length. These are so cute and will be perfect for spring.  The one pattern that I did not make this time was the Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations but I have made this dress 5 times already and can say that I  just love this pattern! I am hoping to feel better soon because I was planning on making the girls Easter dresses with it. I am also looking forward to sewing up the Prefontaine Shorts by Made With Moxie.

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And don’t forget to print off a few paper dolls to match your little girl’s looks. My girls are going crazy over these little dolls right now, can you blame them?!

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Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 ends in a few days so make sure you get before its gone. This is such a great deal for so many great patterns!

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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour. There have been some pretty amazing looks by some pretty talented ladies!

P comme Plimplim
CailaMade
While she was sleeping
YoSaMi
stitched together
Sew Like My Mom
Marina Bebe
lexi.made
sewVery
Call Ajaire
I Married Superman
Girl like the sea
Stitched
Compagnie M.
Buzzmills
floating world
fake it while you make it
Sewing Mama RaeAnna
Our Chez Nous
NeurosesGalore
Behind the Hedgerow
Needle and Ted
Kadiddlehopper
2 little hooligans
Max-California.com
Siestas & Sewing
So Cal Sewing Mom
lauren dahl
La gang à Nat
Frances Suzanne
Radiant Home Studio
Modern Handmade
A Jennuine Life
It’s Always Autumn
lea & lars
I Seam Stressed
So, Zo… What do you know?
Andrea’s Notebook
Steph Skardal
Nutta!
Sewpony
Made With Moxie
imagine gnats
Inder Loves Folk Art
Pienkel