Spring Fever

Since my last post I have sewn up a few more things for my shop.  One of them being a cute little romper that reminds me of Beatrix Potter with it’s dreamy cabbage print.  Pretty teal, green, blue and purples!!!

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There has been an upswing of my friends and family having little girls so I’m sure this one won’t sit around too long.  I have more Spring goodies in the works but who knows when I will get to them…..  

The kids have been keeping us busy between their events and us trying to keep away from the crud that has been lurking around.

We celebrated Jenna’s 9th birthday with a little surprise snow shower and then a warm beautiful day for her party! This weather has been a rollercoaster ride for sure….

We’ve also been working on the flower beds and getting things completed around the house so we can enjoy our lab puppies that are due to arrive soon! 

Here is Ashton giving Omie, Luna, and Bella a treat. I can not wait for furbaby feet again! Its been a while since we’ve had a house full of puppies. 

So all in all…we have been busy bees! I have been sewing up a bunch of princess dresses for orders AND a special princess Miss S is going to Disney soon,  so we had a cute photo shoot recently (more on that in another post). So thats all for now! I will also write up a short post about Jenna’s awesome unicorn cake sometime soon. So come back and check out all of that magical fun!

Until next time, 

JaNette 

Never Stop Learning

Sometimes answers are right in front of you. But you fail to see them. I wasn’t really looking today to make things easier in my sewing but there was a simple answer…right. infront. of. me. 

I’m currently working on an order for an Etsy boutique called DreamState.  If you get a chance, check her out! It’s an adorable little shop filled with things for babies and brides. Here is one of the pillow covers she printed her adorableness onto. 

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Anyway, I’m sewing a set of wall hangings for her (to be listed in my shop’s Home Decor supply section soon) and typically I don’t switch out my presser feet. Well, except for buttons, zippers, and some decorative stitching. I would say 90% of the time I use the “main” presser foot. If I need to top stitch or edge stitch I just use that and try my best to keep it even. Ok, hold the phone…WHY? I have a foot with a little guide which is absolutely  PERFECT for me to topstitch! Oh my gosh! What a time saver. Which is definitely what I need these days when things get busy. And they are busy..lol! 

So I had to share my tiny “right in front of my face” epiphany I had today. This year I will learn all of these parts of my machine that I never use. More things to keep me busy ūüôā Anyway my friends…never stop learning!!!
Until next time, 

JaNette 

New Year, New Store, New Princesses

So there is a theme here. I betcha already know what it is! NEW! Yeah, that’s right! Since we moved, I’ve been trying to get into the swing of things. I’m finding it easier to manage now but somethings are time consuming. Heck, they’ve always been time consuming but its different here. I am such a creature of habit (and evidently so are my kids). No matter if the change is for better or worse, I’m drastically affected.  So my dreamy eyed plans of “how it will be when…” didn’t pan out like I thought. I’ll tell ya why. I still have 4 kids who NEED me. Especially when I have work in my *new* office to do. It’s like just because I am in a different room than them…the NEED increases to such a level that its unbearable. Mind you, they are no longer toddlers sticking their little toddler fingers under the bathroom door when you need 5 mins to pee. No, these are kids who have been taught how to be independent and how to keep themselves alive…so they KNOW THINGS.  But alas…they reverted back because I wasn’t within an arms reach.  I really thought they would have been able to occupy themselves more. They have a nice pool and friends in the neighborhood, so there is plenty to do. Maybe this coming summer will be better….fingers crossed. 

Then there is the problem of my workspace got bigger! I have room to store things, room to spread out, room with a view, room, room room! How is this a problem?  I still work like I’m in a tiny cubicle,  with things piled on top of each other. I wish I could look at my space and immediately know what will be the most effective. I have rearranged a couple of times now and I think I have it right…atleast for right now. 

I know, small problems/not a real problem in the grand scheme of things. But this is why I haven’t done what I wanted to do last year with my shop. So this year is going to be what I thought last year should have been! So..I have relisted some favorites in the etsy shop like Jessie

https://www.etsy.com/listing/251606857/cowgirl-jessie-toy-story-dress-jessie?ref=shop_home_active_4 

And I have fabric on hand to make Jessie’s pal Woody. So if your interested..send me a message! 

 Another *NEW* thing is, I have updated etsy to the pattern website, which I love! So many options for layouts to enhance my pictures. I did manage to sew up a *NEW* princess dress when I made a birthday gift a couple of weeks ago. That will be listing as soon as I can get a sweet little 3 yr old to model it. But here is a sneak peek!

I also have a *NEW* Lil Mermaid version to list….


Annnnd I also have these great fabrics for spring I want to cut into. 

So if you see something you like…send me a message for that too!!!

Well until next time…

JaNette 

EYMM Dad’s Day Tour

Daddy-&-Me-Tour-web

Make sure to check out all the stops on the EYMM Daddy¬†& Me Blog Tour! (Note: the direct links below won’t work until their scheduled day, but feel free to click through and check out their blogs any time!)

June 16

House of Estrela & The Wholesome Mama

June 17

SewJourners & Merri Poppins

June 18

HattieLu Handmade & Blessed x Five

June 19

Pretty and Precious & Adventures With Bubba and Bug

During the tour, all Daddy¬†& Me patterns¬†are¬†on sale! ¬†Use coupon code MINIME¬†on the EYMM site to save 25% on the Parker’s T-Shirt patterns (Boy’s or Men’s or the¬†Bundle) or the¬†Hoodie patterns¬†(His & Hers Hoodie or Zander’s Hoodie or the Bundle)¬†until June 21¬†at 11:59pm PST.

Hi everyone!! ¬†JaNette here from Merri Poppins!!!! ¬†Thanks for having me on the EYMM Tour ūüôā ¬†It’s not very often I get to make something for my fellas so I jumped at the chance to sew up something for Father’s Day! I picked Parker’s Vintage T-Shirt from EYMM. ¬†As some of you are aware…I have a ton of patterns. I have several EYMM patterns but haven’t sewn them…yet. ¬†So this was the first time sewing up something from this designer. ¬†I have to admit, I wish I had tried this as my introduction to sewing knits. ¬†THIS WAS PERFECT!! ¬†Everything went together beautifully!!! ¬†I don’t sew knits very often because with wovens…its just well…woven. ¬†I don’t have to guess if I’m picking the right stretch, etc. ¬†With these I picked 2 heavier knits and 1 soft light weight. This is a uni-sex pattern which is also awesome! ¬†I didn’t sew the girls a shirt this time but I will later.

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Patrick opted for pocket, which is so typical of him. I had to go up a size for both of the boys because they measured in between sizes. I could have *almost* got away with using just the men’s pattern for all of them. With the swimming season upon us, ¬†I think Ashton will be in the men’s xxs or xs before summer is out. ¬†Patrick is right there at the end of the sizes too but maybe next year he will be out of the boys. ¬†I’m so glad they have such a large size range!!! James’s shirt is super soft, thin, light weight knit (I’m not sure of the name for it) and was a little harder to handle when I was sewing.

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And speaking of “harder to handle”…why is it so hard for teenage boys to just smile? Thank goodness Patrick still has a happy go lucky attitude about most things.

We had to pull out some serious goofiness to get these grins from Ashton!! They all seem to love the fit.  Everyone says they will wear them again which makes me happy.  Patrick took his off after taking pictures and saved it for school the next day.

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Since this IS about Father’s Day, I do have to say that we are so lucky to have this fella in our lives. ¬†He’s a hard working dad and husband. One that truely loves his kiddos even though they make him crazy. ¬†But that’s what kids do I suppose ūüėČ He’s great at giving great big bear hugs and cooking on the grill. Oh he’s also the cannon ball king. We can’t wait to spend Sunday together doing what he does best……LOVING US!!!

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Ashton, Patrick, James, Jenna and Hailey

Thanks for being such a great Dad to the 4 of them…we love you to pieces!!

Until next time,

JaNette

 

 

What’s On My Table Wednesday?

So I’ve been a tad MIA. ¬†I know…I know.

BUT we bought a house (HUGE STEP)!!! ¬†Annnnd I have my very own sewing space!!!! ¬†I could not be happier. ¬†But more on that later……

Sooooooo before our move, I was asked to make a lace dress for a sweet friend’s daughter. ¬†A 1st Communion Dress to be exact. ¬†I have never made one before but her sweet mama guided me as to lengths and such. ¬†She found something she liked and I tried to recreate something similar.

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I used the Gabrielle-Fae pdf pattern. ¬†I’ve made that one a few times now. ¬†So I modified it a tad to get the overlay just right. It really turned out so sweet and Miss E. got to wear it a couple of times! ¬†Hopefully my stitching will last so it can be an heirloom dress for her to hand down to her future generations. ¬†I love that the scalloped lace hem was so perfect on the sleeves. ¬†Sometimes it’s hard to tell online exactly what size is going to look right in comparison to the person wearing it. ¬†But it lined up perfectly there ūüôā

She is absolutely darling!  Thanks for letting me make this for your special day!

 

Until Next time,

JaNette

AVTR Houndstooth Rag Quilt Blog Tour

 

Hello there!!! It’s only been a couple of weeks since my last quilt post but I’ve been at it again! ¬†This time it was quite interesting ūüôā

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This is the Houndstooth Rag quilt from A Vision To Remember. ¬†Bobbie was kind enough to mail out my favorite color (purple) from her fabric shop. ¬†The print is called Briar Rose¬†and it’s so lovely! ¬†The darker purple is from my own stash and the light pink is a cotton solid from Riley Blake. You can find both of those in her Etsy shop. ¬†Just follow the links! My purple didn’t quite match, but this quilt is for me….and the more purple the happier I am ūüôā

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I didn’t have quite enough of the pink to make up the second fabric…so I improvised with the darker purple. ¬†It was actually easier than it looks! ¬†I cut everything out and made my blocks. ¬†Then I unpicked the ones that needed 3 fabrics, resewed with the correct color (pink or purple) and viola!

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I would love to see each of the houndstooth as a different color! ¬†I think it would be a really cool rainbow quilt. For the boarder, I didn’t follow any directions. ¬†I made it up as I went…kinda in a log cabin style. ¬†There is a border option in the directions, though.

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I thought I would need extreme hand holding from my quilting friends to make this, but I didn’t! ¬†So if you are looking to try something different give this one a go. ¬†It looks more intimidating than it actually was. ¬†I will warn you…..there is a TON of cutting. ¬†I hear there are special scissors for rag quilts. ¬†I do not own those so…. yes, I cut all of this with regular scissors. ¬†But I will be looking to invest in those special ones! ¬†I watched almost 2 movies to get it all cut. ¬†Try it!!! ¬†I would love to see what you make!!

Until next time,

JaNette

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Be sure to check out all the amazing blankets on tour this week!

3/21/16: Larissa from Connected By a Thread

3/22/16: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug

3/22/16: Bethany from Sew Not Perfect

3/23/16: Rebecca from Finn’s Door

3/24/16: Denita from HattieLu Handmade

3/24/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

3/25/16: Kelly from Handmade Boy

Garden Party in Voile

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Voile is probably my most favorite fabric to work with. ¬†I accidentally purchased some when I first started out sewing years ago (which was a happy mistake!) and nothing has topped it since. ¬†It looks like cotton woven but it’s kinda silky feeling and very light weight. ¬†My daughter absolutely loves to wear things made from voile.¬†Miss J picked this print out for her birthday dress which I purchased from Whimsical Fabric and it’s called Table Flowers in Cheer¬†.

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The pattern I picked to sew is ¬†Garden Party by Oliver & S¬† and it’s also available at Whimsical Fabric. ¬†I thought the drape that the voile provides, would look nice on the gathered bodice of this pattern. ¬†Because the fabric is light weight, ¬†it did make gathering very easy. I always use a fresh needle when working with anything light weight.¬† We don’t want to ruin any pretty fabric! Especially since voile is a tad more expensive than regular cotton woven. ¬†It is 54″ wide, so you can possibly make a few things from a yard depending on what it is and still get your money’s worth.

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This was my first Oliver & S sew and it definitely has nice finishing ¬†touches that I haven’t sewn in a while. ¬†Sewing the bias tape around the arms was a tad harder than normal for me. The fabric was slippery being that I only pinned it in place. ¬†I’ll have to find a better method if I sew this one in voile again.

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You can also make this with a second fabric for the bands on the bodice if you don’t like it in all one fabric. Most of the time I choose a two fabric option so I thought I would change it up this time ūüôā¬†¬†I left the length long on her because she likes her dresses like that. ¬†I think just above the knee, however, would be super cute! There was also¬†an option for short sleeves that I will try next time. I’m sure she will ask for another one of these as she didn’t want to take it off. But then again, voile feels cozy on the skin so I can’t say I blame her!

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I hope you enjoyed what I made and will check out the other ideas as well!!!!

Until next time,

JaNette

Be sure to check out all the posts this week! So many different uses for Voile!

3/14: Larissa from Connected by a Thread
3/15: Denita from Hattielu Handmade
3/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins
3/17: Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumpkins
3/18: Stacey from From a Box

You can shop voile fabrics on the Whimsical Fabric website and be sure to use VOILE for 10% off your voile order! Coupon expires Thursday, March 24th at midnight CST.