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 EstrelaThe Wholesome Mama

June 17

SewJournersMerri Poppins

June 18

HattieLu HandmadeBlessed 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 🙂  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 😉 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

 

 

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Scraps

The scraps have taken over!!!
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So I have been at a loss as to what to do with all of the pieces left over from projects.  I have an entire drawer full of ruffled pieces to use on headbands, dress ruffle accents, bags, doll clothes, etc.  But I also have several bags and boxes of larger scrap pieces just sitting there.  Waiting. I don’t want to throw it all away because It’s definitely some pieces that can and should be used.  The teeny tiny small stuff, stuff that COULD be thrown away, is also put in a box for the cats to nest in.
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Keeps them outta my stuff and their little fabric hoarder selves happy. I’ve also joined a quilting block swap and that has been really fun!  So far I have sent 2 sets of block out and I’m getting ready to mail the 3rd.

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So, depending on what color they have requested, depends on how much of my scraps I can use. I have found a love of quilting AND I’m learning the RIGHT way of doing things.  Typically I just jump in, as in the case of then 1yr old Hailey’s log cabin quilt.  She is now 14!  I haven’t made a quilt since!  But this summer it’s on my to-do list and this is why….

I have always admired the quilts that have pictures.  Not actual pictures but the ones that are sewn together to look like something.  Little did I know that it’s called Paper piecing.  I have always thought how complicated this must be to cut all of those pieces! And how on earth they could sew some of them because of how ity-bity they are.  Boy, was I wrong.  It’s like putting together a puzzle but with FABRIC!  My 2 worlds have merged.  I can sit for HOURS putting together a puzzle.  It’s always been just one of those things left over from my childhood that I love.

I’m in a couple of sewing groups on fb and in one of them that I share my completed projects, kinda a bragging rights of what you have been working on of sorts.  I stumbled across someone’s post about The Project of Doom.  I’m not too active in this group but just sharing when I have made and taken awesomesauce pictures and need an ego boost.  LOL So it’s kinda odd that I saw the post at all.  What IS The Project of Doom, you ask?  It’s a Harry Potter paper piecing quilt-a-long!  OMG Jackpot!

I love those books and movies.  I’m not completely OBBSESSED but most likely when I’m sewing YOUR daughter’s dress or making Your daughter’s hairbows, chances are I’m watching HP. I have a couple of other movies/tv shows I also watch on repeat but probably 90% of the time, it’s HP. SOOOOO as soon as I saw this, I had to make it!  For myself.  I never make anything for me.  Just me.  Sure I’ll share it with Mr. Merri and we can cuddle while watching some other movie but this is really just for me.

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All of the patterns were released in 2011 and the designer Jennifer has updated some for various reasons and is being released on a weekly basis….since January 2015!  Oh no….I have to catch up!  They sew together quickly, IMO.  Yes, I have already had to use my seam ripper to adjust a couple of pieces.  But I’ve quickly learned how to avoid that!  Ya’ll know my adversion to seam ripping, right?  I like to sew it correct the FIRST time. I guess that’s where the “practically perfect” resonates with me…LOL Or it could just be my OCD showing. :p

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The designer has made all of the patterns FREE and has a great video tutorial of how to paper piece.  So if you have never tried this and always wanted to, check her out at fandom.com She has other awesome quilt blocks if you are not into HP.

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Once I get all of the books made, I will go back and give them titles…exciting!!!! I’ll keep you updated on my progress but I just can not wait to see it all put together! !!!

Until next time,

JaNette

Oh Sew Haven!

 

 

“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I finally made this absolutely stunning dress that had the sewing community in an uproar.  I am a long time admirer of Violet Field Threads so naturally I HAD to make this one 🙂  The most recent dress by VFT was The Joy pattern a few months back.

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These Art Gallery Fabrics coordinate so well together and are so sweet and feminine with the lace on the back bodice straps.  Jenna says it’s super comfy and can’t wait for some really hot days this summer because she “knows she will be cool!”

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It was fun to watch this dress come together and it was obvious from the beginning it was going to be a showstopper.  No wonder everyone was scrambling to sew it up!  I’m hoping to make the romper version soon.  I think that would make an adorable 4th of July outfit!!

Until next time!

JaNette

 

Boys, Boys, Boys!

Back in February, I got to participate in a blog tour with PR. Ofcourse, I forgot to share this months ago….<slaps forehead>

The Boys-Can-Wear-Pink blog tour was a ton of fun!  This really got me inspired to make more things for the fellas in my life 🙂  Here’s a highlight but please stop by Pattern Revolution to see the rest of the images from the other team members who participated.  They made some really awesome stuff too!!!

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When we went on the hunt for pink fabric that the boys liked, we came across a donut shirt at Walmart.  That was the pocket on Ashton’s hoodie. That boy loves his food, even on his clothes!!  LOL

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Patrick’s shirt was also a modified women’s shirt.  He is channeling his inner 80’s child.  Mr. Merri and I agree he could have given Corey Feldman a run for his money!

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Until next time,

JaNette

Turning 6

Oh birthday girl!  How I love thee…

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Yes, I love you enough to wait to celebrate in June (when your birthday is really in March) just so you can have a pool party 🙂

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So I broke out my scrapbooking stuff and made some invites for her friends……

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I used some cardstock from AC Moore, my heart punch from Creative Memories, glue dots, a fancy corner rounder from CM, dollar mini letter stamps, a baby shower invite stamp,  a stamp pad from Close to My Heart,  and a pen.

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TA-DA!  It’s party time!!!  Put them in some colorful envelopes and hand them out!!!  Then the next thing was the cake.  She requested a rainbow cupcake pull-a-part butterfly including rainbow batter.

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I also made these extra cupcakes with edible butterflies given to me by my good friend Jenni.

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So all in all it was a successful 6th birthday for the JennaBug.  Gosh time sure does fly!!!

Until next time……

 

JaNette