EYMM Dad’s Day Tour


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.


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.


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!!!


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,





AVTR Blog Tour {Rag Apron Pattern}

Hi everyone!!!! It’s kinda been a little crazy around here lately but I have managed to make my 3rd A Vision To Remember rag style item!!! I’m so excited that I am finally getting the hang of it.  Today I am sharing the Women’s Rag Apron by AVTR made from one of my favorite fabric lines….Lost & Found Love by Riley Blake.  Bobbie was kind enough to send me some from her stash to make this.


I didn’t exactly know what I wanted the finished apron to look like when I started, except for where to use the heart fabrics.  From working with this fabric before, I knew I wanted to spotlight them again!  Included in the pattern there is a layout you can print out and label if you wanted to.  I probably will do something like that next time.  I’ve kinda been just winging it with the others.


I have *finally* clipped the edges enough so that it frays!!! I definitely needed to take smaller snips than I had been. Bobbie sent me this video of her making a rag quilt and it helped to see someone else going through the process. I learn best when I have a step by step demo.  Check it out here.


I do a ton of baking and it would make sense for me to wear this and whip up some MerriPoppins Signature cupcakes, right? Only I have a really small kitchen, bad lighting, and Miss H is much more photogenic than I, so we had to take these outside.  Which makes me sad because it would have been perfect for my most recent order…..

I also made a couple minor changes.  Instead of a frayed ruffle, I did hem mine by serging it then turning it over 1/4 inch.  I also shortened my scalloped trim on accident.  The kids interrupted me and before I realized it, I had lined it up at the wrong spot and I already started cutting. Ooops!  So know that yours will be a little longer than mine.  It still hits Miss H at a decent length, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much if you make the same mistake.


I also cut some extra long satin ribbon for the ties.  I made them longer so I could tie in the front or back. All in all though, I think it turned out really cute!  It’s sweet and sassy!  I love the fabric combo and how everything went together since I didn’t plan every piece of fabric.  This would make a cute gift for a wedding shower, birthday gift for someone who likes to bake, or maybe as a housewarming gift.  There are some free tutorials to make hanging towels or oven mitts that you could coordinate a set.  Just leave me a comment and I can send you the links.


Well, I hope you enjoyed my version!!!!  Check back later to see what else I’m cooking up!!!

AVTR Apron Blog Tour:


3/1/16: Larissa from CBAT

3/2/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

3/2/16: Patricia from Sew Far North

3/3/16: Melissa from Rebel & Malice

3/3/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste

3/4/16: Denita from HattieLu Handmade

3/4/16: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug
Until next time….



Addy Mae wrap up

Last week, I shared pics of the Addy Mae blankets from the A Vision to Remember blog tour with you. I hope you enjoyed the blankets and the posts all week. Each one was unique in its own way. I love that about sewing- even when you are all using the same pattern, they all come out different!

While everyone else was busy sharing their blankets with you, I was busy at the machine sewing up my own blanket! I am in love with this one! I don’t know if I will list it for sale, gift it as a baby gift, or keep it for myself!

*The fabric and pattern for this quilt were provided to me by Bobbi, the designer behind A Vision to Remember, the opinions and fabric placement are all mine though*


I love that these blankets are quick to come together! One of the reasons…

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Our Summer Fun

Summer is quickly slipping away from us….but before it does, I wanted to share these moments…..

Back at the beginning of summer…Hailey modeled the Clemence shorts for me. Awesome woman’s pattern from FillesaMaman.  I need to make me a pair!  Maybe I’ll make a pair when the kids go back to school….maybe.


And then there was this rainy day at the botanical gardens.  These are some of my most favorite photos of this child. This is the Bluezette dress from Love Notions (a favorite designer of mine).  It’s hard to believe that she will be starting high school in the fall!!!  But it’s a new fun adventure! Well, that’s what I’m telling myself…LOL

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Then summer officially came and swim season started.  Ashton excelled beyond anything I ever thought of in 1 summer.  Patrick went to Champs for the 1st time for his personal events.  He was just happy to have made the back of the shirt!


The boys closed out their season with several medals.  Patrick earned a personal 6th place which is awesome for a first time at Champs.  Ashton came away with 3 gold medals and a huge smile.  They sure made their mama proud!

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I made the mistake of telling Ashton that if he got a 1st place, we would play the lottery.  So, we played 3 times…didn’t win big money….but nothing beats this pic of him finding out what he placed and looking up to the stands to let us know.

Now we are waiting on the mail to get here since the boys ordered a game to share after having a “together”  birthday party this year for their 13th and 11th.


I’m sure they will spend the rest of summer with their heads sucked into it. But that’s ok.  We have been helpers at 6th grade camp and we spent a few hours making copies for the middle school teachers. They also helped with the little kids at swim every day they were at practice…..so I guess they have earned it. I’m just glad they shared a party and gifts this year.  Made it a little easier on this tired mama.

Jenna has been helping me fill orders and helping to create a few new ones…here are our latest outfits to share!

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This has definitely been the summer for rompers.  I like this Pleated Playsuit from E&E.  It’s another one of those patterns I have had forever and never made.  I’m slowly getting to all of my purchases!!!

Then we have some back to school outfits I’ve been planning. Hopefully I will get to them all before that first day.  I have to admit…I’m not looking forward to all the paperwork that I will be filling out in a few weeks.  But I’m also not looking forward for the kids to go back because we have had a great summer.  I guess I’ll be back when the 1st day of school starts with all of those exciting moments!!!!

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Until next time,


A year in review 2014

Oh 2014!  I so wished you would have been a tad kinder to everyone.  I’m seriously hoping 2015 will fill in where you were lacking. We started out with PRINCESSES!!!! And lots of testing……

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Made for Mermaids patterns are my GO-TO for all things princesses!!



Izzy & Ivy steals the show with Emory


They Garden Layering skirt my favorite skirt of 2014 by Amelie and Henri  


My favorite free pattern, The Party Dress by The Cottage Mama of 2014    


Pattern Revolution

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Izzy & Ivy takes 2 spots with Pippa and Emory!


Jocole’s Faux-wrap skort super easy-peasy to make!


Gotta love those ruffle sleeves on the Posey Party dress by Ainslee Fox for One Thimble

Those OMG moments…………………

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The Bay by Brownie-Goose…what can I say? and THAT HAIR!

Trying out some NEW THINGS…………

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Sadness over a loss of someone so dear…..

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Knowing that things that will never be the same…ever..again…

Realizing that these moments are so fleeting………

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so save the day often….

OR take a break to let it all sink in…………..

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in a tree….in a field….

Capturing those smiles…………..

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using nature’s props……

Here we come 2015 READY OR NOT!!!!!!

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Halloween Fun

So here it is October.  The kids have already picked out their costume. I’ve actually sewn them up!


We are ahead of the game this year. HA HA! Take that (every other year I have been scrambling at the last minute)!


So Patrick wanted to be of course. .. Hercules.  Let’s face it. Hercules wears a dress! But a Greek God wearing a dress, none-the-less.

And Jenna wanted to be an Ice Queen (shocked aren’t ya). We should play “How many Elsa’s at the door” on Halloween night! I will loose track…guaranteed.

If you want to read about the full post of what patterns I used…hop on over to Pattern Revolution. http://patternrevolution.com/blog/2014/10/6/queen-elsa-and-hercules

Until next time. …


For you, FRIEND……

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There really is such a thing as being “One in a million” or “Larger than life”.  Or being so dang special there is no real word to describe a person.  Unless of course you were fortunate enough to meet this person…then you understood.  She used to tell me, “I want to be like you when I grow up” when we were in one of our discussions about my kids, and how much they were driving me crazy and how whatever was going down at the time, went down.  But you know, I always replied to her..”No, I want to be just like you when I grow up!”.  Because that’s the truth. I did. I still do.  There is just something about how she saw the world that gave you hope.  She was everyone’s friend.  I mean EVERYONE.  I know you still don’t believe me…but she was. She was pretty amazing like that. And so much FUN!  ALL THE TIME!  She would be the first to come dressed up as some character and encouraged the kids as well.  She loved Junie B. Jones books!  So at field day she was known as CAPTAIN FIELD DAY! I wish I had my camera with me on the day she dressed up as  Mrs. Viola Swamp. Or the day she got a “Bad Case of Stripes”.


But I did capture this gem….the day Shrek was taped to the janitor’s closet by Mrs. Parr’s class.  She and the janitors had started this rivalry (all in good fun) and each would take turns putting Shrek in different spots.  This banter continued all year long.  I think she and her class had the final say though.  Taping him to the door was pretty funny.

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This was quite common for the kids to be lounging around during reading time.  Oh, and making silly faces on party days. Or allowing the kids to wrap her up in toilet tissue like a mummy.  Baby Jenna always had a good time in Mrs. Parr’s class.  And we always wore our sparkle shoes because sparkle shoes are the bestest evah!  She always did want a pair in her size.


Field trips, awards, celebrations and all things fun really did fill our days……

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Of course they were still learning but having fun at the same time.  She was the type of teacher who could turn just about anything into something the kids really wanted to learn about.

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It feels so strange that she’s not here with us. I am so very fortunate to have all of the wonderful memories with her at school.  And so many more that I don’t have pictures of.  Like the last time we talked in the copy room.  She said to me in her expressive manner “Jenna can’t be the last Herndon I get to teach.  You have to have another baby!”  Sadly, that ship has sailed.  Jenna is the last baby for me.  She was practically raised in Mrs. Parr’s room…LOL And even when I didn’t have a kid in her class, we were always in there for a visit or delivering cupcakes/hairbows/dresses…something!

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I think I’ve almost gotten myself convinced she’s just on vacation somewhere. But then reality sinks in and my head starts spinning again. For the millionth time. So recently I decided that I had to do something to honor her. To help keep me busy and to help me grieve the loss of someone who meant something to me. But to also be a part of keeping one of her life’s mission’s alive. To “give kids a chance to become the grownups they want to be”. Which is why the Renee’s Cheerios fund was set up.  To help the kids at our school do just that.  To give them a chance to be that grownup. Whatever wish their heart makes…….


I decided to have an auction on my fb page which was the “No Bow, No Go” auction.  I figured we (Becca DuVal and I) managed to raise some money for the tornado victims of  Moore, OK  last year so I knew what to do.  I asked my sewing mamas if they wanted to participate.  I let people locally know what I was setting up.  THEN the donations started to pour in!  All in all I ended up with over 145 items to auction off. Unbelieveable. I definitely had more than one teary-eyed moment as people started contacting me with donations. I was awestruck.

I thought…sure…I’ll raise a few hundred dollars and that will be awesome!  I asked everyone to help make this EPIC, just like Renee. And guess what?  YOU DID!  Together we raised $1965.00!  I will say it again …………………………………..

TOGETHER WE RAISED $1965.00 FOR RENEE’S CHEERIOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Yes it was a lot of work.  But totally worth it.  I do want to thank everyone who donated items for this (One more time)…..

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Jessica Stewart               Kara Orr             Brook Fulwider        Jenni Mouer           Courtney Jackson

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Nicole Salcido         Stephanie Huenink         Larissa Gibbs   Sarah Unthank     Jeanine Thomlinson

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Cassie Nicole      Raedene Averitt     Nichole Akre         Tina Reichwein       Becca DuVal  

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Cindy Keener       Genevieve Thompson         Heidi Kovach        Meg Bost        Ginger Grogan

I thank you ladies so very much.  I could not have made this happen without your help and support. And a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who purchased our goodies to make this dollar amount what it is!!!!!  You all are the BEST!!!!!!!! I also want to thank Suzanne Winter and Robin Hill for helping to spread the word about the auction over at Pattern Revolution.

I am thrilled to have been able to host this and have you all participate in something I know would have made her smile.  She would have loved this!

Until next time…..just remember….”A little glitter can turn your whole day around” ~Junie B. Jones