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.

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

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!

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

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

Perfect Pattern Parcel Paper Dolls

As you all know I am recovering from abdominal surgery and laying on the couch and relaxing is something I find impossible to do. So yesterday I spent a little time crafting on the couch.  Have you seen these cute paper dolls that Rachel of Imagine Gnats made to match the Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 looks? They are so ridiculously cute! Anyways, I thought it would be fun to make my girls some paper dolls to match the outfits that I made them from the perfect pattern parcel. Lets just say I have made two little girls pretty happy with these.

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I am so lucky to be part of the blog tour for Perfect Pattern Parcel #2. I cannot tell you how much I love these patterns. I mean obviously I love them if I have made 6 items.

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Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 includes all of these patterns below:

Patterns and Designers:
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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Since I have made the Caroline Dress 5 times already I decided to give the other patterns a try first. I can honestly say I love all of these patterns. They are the exact styles my girls love to wear, plus they were fairly quick sews. I love being able to make my girls clothes but don’t want to spend a ton of time on every little thing I make them. This is such a well rounded bundle of patterns…and way cheap too!

Here is a little peek of what I made.

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Our mission is to offer high-quality PDF patterns written by independent designers while supporting children’s education. Perfect Pattern Parcel sells curated bundles of PDF patterns by indie designers, available only for a two week window, on a semi-regular basis.

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 Hurry…The parcel ends soon!

First Aid pouch

Lastly I wanted to share this little first aid pouch that I made to go along with this diaper bag. I used this pattern here from purseNmore on etsy.

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It was a pretty quick project that again, took longer to cut out then actually sew.

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I think it makes the perfect little addition to any diaper bag! I know that we never leave home without band-aids…or Benadryl!

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Cargo Duffle Bag

I finally made a Cargo Duffle by Noodlehead.

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I had been wanting to make one ever since I saw it.

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It was a little time consuming due to all the quilting of layers but besides that a pretty easy sew.

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 Since I knew I would be using this bag for an upcoming trip I decided to line the bag fully as well as add more fused fleece to the inside lining. I used this tutorial here for adapting it to a lined bag. (Thanks for the suggestion Emily.) I also made my handles are little longer then what the pattern called for. 

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I just love this bag and I cannot wait to pack it. I am so ready to get out of this cold weather and head somewhere warm!

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Pattern: Cargo Duffle Pattern by Noodlehead

Fabrics: Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Stores

7th birthday snake cake

This past weekend we had a birthday party for my little guy who just turned sssssssseven. His request of course was for a snake cake.

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To make the snake I made two batches of Rice Krispie treats and formed them into a snake shape.

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Then I colored some cake fondant green and rolled it out into one long -thin strip and began covering the snake.

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Then I added a little texture to the snake by using one of my kitchen tools.

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I colored some more fondant for the eyes, tongue and polka dots.

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It was actually a pretty fun cake to make and as you can imagine my son loved it!

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 Have any of you worked with fondant before? I am wondering if I should purchase the tools to go along with the fondant. As you can see I always end up with little lines throughout my fondant and cannot get them out. I am wondering if the tools would help with that. I would love any suggestions!

Diaper Clutch

I wanted to share a diaper clutch that I made to go along with this diaper bag.

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I used this Diaper Clutch Pattern from purseandmore on etsy.

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It was a pretty easy project that took more time to cut out the pieces then to actually sew. I love that it has a little zippered vinyl pocket for holding diaper cream or baby powder.

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The diaper clutch is pretty roomy and will hold enough diapers and wipes for a long days outing. The only thing I changed from the pattern was with the handle. I wanted it to match the diaper so I just adjusted the size, added a clasp as well as a few rivets.

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Pattern: Diaper Clutch Pattern: from purseandmore on etsy.

Fabrics: Fabric: Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Historic Tile Teal & Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Tartan Aquamarine purchased from (affiliate link) Fabric.com.