My new role as a strike off sewist for Lily Rose

Recently, I’ve become a strike off sewist for Lily Rose Fabrics (affiliate link) and I LOVE being able to do this!  I’ve been a guest sewist a few times with other companies, but this is a more permanent position.  Every round, I get to request certain prints in the base I want and then sew it up to show off how it looks in person.

I started with Lily Rose as a guest sewist with this fun print:

Evelyn was more than happy to model these for me as they are super comfy! Her leo is a Mairin Swimsuit from Sew a Little Seam and the dress is a Rebel from Ellie and Mac.  (affiliate link) 

My next box of fabrics from Lily Rose was full of these beautiful prints!

The hoodie Evelyn is wearing is a Hudson Hoodie from Peek-a-boo patterns.  Annabelle is wearing an Ellie and Mac Breezy (affiliate link) and I made myself the  Ellie and Mac Autumn Spice top  (affiliate link) and Peek-a-boo Athena leggings.  Lastly, Evelyn got a School Cool from Ellie and Mac (affiliate link) and Polliwog legging shorts from Pickle Toes Patterns.  

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The girls were pretty bummed that the owls went to me 🙂  But I knew I wanted a hoodie when I requested these ones so I made a Game Time Hoodie from Ellie and Mac (affiliate link) and added thumbholes.

Next up was this super fun farm round!  Evelyn wanted a dress, so she got one!  Another School Cool from Ellie and Mac (affiliate link)for her (it’s her favorite style), and I made myself an Ellie and Mac Breezy (affiliate link), with some Urban Leggings (affiliate link) and then an Undercover Hoodie. (affiliate link)

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This delicious watermelon print came with the farm round and I made us some matching  Ellie and Mac Breezy Tops (affiliate link)  Evelyn refuses to wear hers while the bugs are alive because she thinks they will mistake her for real watermelon! Hah!

So far, I’ve sewn mostly double brushed poly and we LOVE the feel of it!  I also received some swim and made this fun Molly suit from Rad Patterns:

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The most recent round I sewed up, and what is available for preorder now, is 90’s Toons and the Spooky Collection.

These hoodies have gotten so much wear this week while in the Smoky Mountains!  When I ask which hoodie they want to bring along, they both say “Candy”.  They are all Around the Block Hoodies from Ellie and Mac. (affiliate link)

And these 90’s Toons are awesome!  I was so excited about the panel and the characters included in the print!  It makes me feel so young I can bust some moves on my rollerblades!  Hah! My shorts are Knotty Pants and my tank is the Stardust- both from Halla Patterns.  Evelyn has a School Cool of course 🙂

These fabrics are really amazing and I LOVE being able to sew for Lily Rose (affiliate link).  I can’t wait to try a few of the other bases she offers in the upcoming rounds!

I am an affiliate with Lily Rose, which means I will make a little money if you purchase fabric through the links I’ve provided.  It doesn’t cost you any extra, and I wouldn’t promote something I don’t love myself 🙂

Our 15 Year Vow Renewal

My husband and I have been married for 15 years.  Wow!  Seems like just yesterday we were getting married and planning the next part of our life!

Our 5 year anniversary was celebrated with a newborn.  Our 10 year anniversary was celebrated with another newborn.  I wanted to do something different for 15, haha!

When we first started planning our wedding, we were fresh from a spring break trip to the Smoky Mountains and had seen that they have chapels in the woods to elope to and it was VERY tempting!  We both LOVE to be outside and around the mountains.  But we had a wedding at home, in my moms backyard and it was still amazing.

My Mother-in-law made my dress.  I happened to watch Runaway Bride while home sick one day and was determined to have a dress like Julia Roberts wore on the last wedding she ran from.  I couldn’t find something like it, so my Mother-in-law made it.

This time, I decided to make my dress.  I wanted something simple, yet beautiful, so I started my Pinterest  search and found what I wanted it to look like. Once I found that, I had to find patterns to make it and I found those with (affiliate link) Ellie and Mac Patterns.  My final dress was a mash of 3 patterns.

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I started with the Born Royal (pattern retiring 6/30) bodice and then added the (affiliate link) Breezy bodice over top.  I knew I wanted a hi-lo skirt so I took the (affiliate link) Trendsetter and shortened it.  I didn’t want to trip on it while walking to our destination.

I had to make dresses for my girls of course too!

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Annabelle can fit in women’s sizes now so I made her the (affiliate link) Monday Morning Dress that released recently.  Evelyn loves the style of the (affiliate link) School Cool so I made her that.  I did cut the skirt in two pieces and added pockets because she LOVES to have pockets.  For both dresses, I made the bodices lined and then used the burrito roll method to make them sleeveless, without adding bands.

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We wanted to recreated this picture from our wedding 15 years ago, so we made sure to get a similar shot 🙂

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I’m adding in this last picture of me with my littlest because I love it- and I love that my husband takes pictures like this.  🙂

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This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase patterns through those links, I will make a percentage of the sale.  That being said, I absolutely LOVE Ellie & Mac Patterns and use them for so many of our clothes so I’m not endorsing something I don’t use and love myself 🙂

 

 

Heading to the Nourished Festival

Eating gluten free is my life. And sometimes I get tired of the same old food, so I get really excited when there is an opportunity to try new things.  And I get even more excited when it’s an event I can go to where I can eat EVERYTHING safely!  And when I am an official blogger for the event, that adds another level of excitement!

Did I say I was excited? 🙂

I’ve attended this festival in the past and always come home with great new food options.  This year, they have a new name- Nourished Festival- and they have added zones that feature paleo, keto and plant-based, along with their nut-free zones.  The entire event is gluten free, so you will find that at EVERY booth.

Can you tell how excited I was when I last attended?  I was very sad to miss the last two years due to a back injury and then illness.  I will have to recreate this picture with the new hashtags!

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Go check out the website here: Nourished Festival (affiliate link) and scroll through all the exhibitors coming to this event.  I am excited to see a lot of new brand names. I love being able to talk to representatives from the companies so I can get any questions answered that I might have.

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Here are some of my tips if you are coming:

  1. Bring a backpack to store all your yummy buys and samples in
  2. Be prepared for a CROWD!  This is a very well tended event and it is busy!
  3. If you can avoid bringing a stroller, I would!  The one year I brought my daughter I was so glad I had her in a carrier and not a stroller.  It’s hard to navigate the crowd with a stroller.
  4. Bring cash so you don’t have to pass up on buying from an exhibitor that may not be able to accept cards.
  5. Have fun!

If you plan to go, let me know so we can meet!

Want to win a free pass to go?  Leave me a comment below letting me know what food you are hoping to find.  I would love to find a gluten free Boston creme donut to eat.  I haven’t had one of those since going GF and they were my favorite!!

The Story of a School Counselor

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It’s National School Counselor Week.  This is the week where School Counselors, like myself, inform people about our positions.  It’s a time to advocate for our profession and let people know what we really do.  To start of this week, I want to tell you how I came to be a School Counselor.

I remember in 3rd grade deciding that I wanted to be an art teacher.  I loved to draw and create things.  When I was in middle school, I used to paint my nails nightly.  It wasn’t just a solid color- I made designs.  When the Yankees were playing, I painted jerseys on my nails with the numbers of my favorite players.  I made faces and shapes and all kinds of things.  After middle school I still wanted to be an art teacher.  Art and music were my “thing”.  I was in the marching band and happily played my flute or piccolo.

I got to high school and took Studio Art and loved it.  When I went to see my guidance counselor to schedule my classes for the next semester, she killed my dream.  She said she wasn’t going to let me waste my brain on art and would not register me for the classes I wanted. She was supposed to guide me- she was the guidance counselor after all.  So I changed my focus and joined the outdoor club.  And I saw the movie Erin Brokovich so then I decided I wanted to be an environmental lawyer.

Science is not my thing.  If only someone had told me that when I was in High School.  I passed my chemistry exam by one point.  I did not do well in science classes.  But, I had a brain that I shouldn’t waste, according to the guidance counselor.  So I went off to college with a science major.

It was in college that I realized science wasn’t my thing.  So I transferred back home and picked Environmental Planning as a degree.  I’m still not sure what that was, but I was guided that way when I registered to attend.

One semester of that and I switched to Psychology.  While working on that degree, I decided I wanted to teach.  But I was in school in NY and you can’t get a teaching license with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.  That led me to researching other career paths that I could take.  I stumbled upon School Counseling and it just fit with what I dreamed of doing.

Notice I said “School” and not “Guidance”.  I am a School Counselor.  And my path to this career started with a Guidance Counselor.

My first venture as a strike-off seamstress!

I am so excited that I was chosen to be a strike-off seamstress for Blithe Fabrics!

I LOVE fabric- but you already know that, right? Ha ha!  When I saw the prints she was offering in the next round, and that she was looking for some guest strike-off seamstresses, I HAD to apply!

We are HUGE fans of The Greatest Showman and my daughter is actually singing one of the songs with her class for their upcoming music concert, so she was SUPER excited when I told her I was chosen!

What is a strike-off seamstress?  It’s a seamstress who is sent fabric to sew into something fun so people can see what it looks like as an item, and not just an image of what’s on the fabric.  I’ve ordered fabric based on pictures by strike-off seamstresses before.

As soon as I found out I was chosen, I started thinking about what I would sew.  She sent me a fat half of each of the two fabrics.  My goal was to use every last inch of the fabrics 🙂

I started with something for Annabelle.  She chose this print and wanted a peplum style shirt to wear.  She also prefers short sleeves so that was easy to accommodate.  This pattern is the Sailor Dress from Ellie and Mac (affiliate link) and she LOVES it!  It’s so perfect for The Greatest Showman print!

For me, I decided to colorblock the top and make the Stardust pattern from Halla Patterns.  I added a peplum skirt to mine and also made it sleeveless.

The day we went out to take these pictures was SUPER cold!  The day before it was in the 50’s of course!  But I am happy with how they turned out and we both LOVE our shirts.

I had some scraps left over and I laid them all out and sat looking at them for a bit.  Then I realized I saw some good square shaped sizes so I made some fabric coasters.  I also had enough of the one to make a coffee cozy, so I did that too.

I was pretty excited with how much I was able to get out of 2 fat halves of fabric!  And it’s beautiful fabric!

The pre-order is open until January 31st and you can find it here: Blithe Fabrics

Disclaimer:  I was sent this fabric to sew for promotional purposes, but I honestly LOVE it!

This post contains affiliate links which means I may make money if you purchase patterns through my link.

Sewing with Stitch Upon a Time

When I started sewing, I was using the patterns you can buy at the store.  And I had A LOT of help from my mother in law with them.  And then I discovered PDF patterns- thank you Pinterest 🙂 The first one I tried was part of a sew-a-long and it was the Stitch Upon a Time Women’s Copenhagen Harbor Board Shorts.  They were a challenge for me as a beginner, but because it was part of a sew-a-long, I was able to ask questions, post pictures of my troubles, and get many answers.

I LOVED the ease of these patterns and shortly after making the shorts, I bought the Brazi Bra and Dress pattern from Stitch Upon a Time.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern!

I started with it by making a bathing suit.  It was perfect!  I did learn that the cups I sewed into the top were not the right color 🙂 For the bottoms, I used the Scrundlewear Pattern from Stitch Upon a Time.

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Of course I had to make the girls suits too, and they have a matching girls pattern called Aurora Crop Top and Dress, and also matching Kids Scrundlewear. I lengthened their tops so they wouldn’t be bikinis.  I learned with this one that the pink fabric bleeds.  No matter how many times you wash it, it bleeds….

Of course I had to try it out as a dress too.  And I had tickets to the Carolina Opry with my older daughter so I made us matching dresses:

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The next year when I was going to the Carolina Opry with my husband, I made another one:

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When I was cutting it, I had all intentions of doing a normal front, but I cut the cross front version so I just went with it 🙂

I’ve used it for a few sports bras, but the other day I made a new bathing suit and it turned out perfect!

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It is VERY hard to get a good picture in a waterpark 🙂

I had the kids pose with me and asked them to look like they were saying “mom mom mom mom…”

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It was so comfy, and to avoid the cups showing through, I improvised.  I sewed it all completely shut.  Then I cut slits in the lining and slipped the cups in that way 🙂  They stayed put and it’s just like a bathing suit I bought at a store.

I have already started cutting a few more bathing suits and will be making more dresses for summer.

Stitch Upon a Time has a lot of GOOD patterns!  I love the Spoxy Top and Dress too! It was the perfect top for this outfit I wore A LOT this summer!

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And this was my first one I made that the birds at Parrot Mountain LOVED!

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I’m so grateful that I stumbled upon the Stitch Upon a Time sew-a-long when I did!  It really got me going into sewing clothes for my girls and I.

I definitely recommend checking out their patterns and joining their online community on Facebook!

 

New Girls Classic Tee Pattern

Love Notions has released a new Girls Classic Tee for sizes 2T-16.  I was lucky enough to test this pattern and now Evelyn has a few new shirts!  The shirt is a relaxed fit and you can choose v-neck or scoop neck and 3 different sleeve lengths.  Since we are in spring, I did all short sleeve to ensure she would wear them.  I’ll start with some long sleeve when it gets colder.

As with any pattern tests, there were revisions along the way and that just means I sewed up a few versions of it.  Evelyn is good at telling me how well things fit and she loves to pick out what fabric we are using for the next one. She also loves to make grumpy or funny faces for pictures 🙂

She will always give me a nice smile photo, but has to throw in some silly ones too.  And she loves to fully test out the comfort of the pattern while doing one of her favorite things- flips!

I can’t forget Annabelle 🙂  I usually sew up one in her size too, if I have time, and she is loving this one:

I’m really glad this one goes up to 16 so I can keep making Annabelle a modest girls shirt, even when she continues to grow 🙂

I recommend this pattern for beginners because it is very easy to sew up.  Buy the pattern, print it out and let me know if you have questions!  I love to help people!