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Fabric Painting and Design, Fashion, Lifestyle, Sewing, Uncategorized

Mixing Prints for the PRINT MIX CHALLENGE!

This month I hosted a challenge on Instagram called the #PRINTMIXCHALLENGE ! It was all about how to mix prints and wear them together. I have a section of my book dedicated to this as well if you'd like your own guidebook to wearing color and prints! Each week Andrea Jones and I gave a different tip and included photos during the week showing how we apply that tip to pairing prints together! The 4 we covered in our IG challenge were:

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Fashion, Sewing, Uncategorized

DIY Padded and Top knot Style Headband Tutorials

Have you been won over yet by the big headband trend happening this past year? As someone who used to have a handmade hair accessories business, I've always been team headbands. I just don't remember to stick them on my head very often. I made a new stack this week though, and I am ready to fix that! I made two styles of headbands for this post-- two styles I've been seeing and wanted to try my hand at copying. The padded headband-- which I love from...

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Sewing, Uncategorized

Tutorial: Fabric Wrapped Easter Eggs and 3 Fun Ways to Use Them!

You can view these fabric designs in the curated collection I made here on Spoonflower! Hey all! I'm here with a fun project you can make in preparation for the next big holiday --- Easter! I am really bad at taking time to make holiday decorations now that my kids are older, and I am thankful every year for all the crafting I did (and wrote about on my old blog: blueeyedfreckle) when my kids were young, because I never make time anymore. I was excited for Spoonflower to ask me this month...

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Sewing

Personalized Santa Bags!

I'll admit, I love wrapping presents on Christmas Eve while watching something festive---to a point. I have 4 kids, 2 adults, plus myriad relatives to wrap presents for, and eventually I get tired of wrapping them all (usually by 11 pm I'm growing weary). I remember seeing this concept years ago-- bags you put all the presents in-- and thinking that surely this took the fun out of it all. Who doesn't love the act of ripping open the gifts? But I...

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Fabric Painting and Design, Sewing, Uncategorized

Gettin’ Fancy This Holiday Season with Spoonflower Fabric!

Rainbow Stripes by Katie Kortman Okay, Okay so maybe not everyone wants to look like they just went to Mardi Gras or stepped off of a parade float when they go to a party. Not everyone does.... But I DO! I remember thinking holiday dresses needed to look a certain way, once upon a time. No MORE! I have freed myself from all the social norms and I am living my most authentic life, which means lots of color and crazy pipe cleaner crowns okay?? And look! I'm not...

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Sewing, Uncategorized

Fanny Packs for My Friends and Family’s Fannies!

Top to Bottom Spoonflower prints: 1. Exotic Flowers by Maria_Galybina, 2. Stella - abstract art print on fabric navy white orange interior decor bright abstract 222by charlottewinter, 3. Happy Fruits by allierunnion, 4. MKV Helmet Tiny by pink_ink, 5. White painted Rainbow by Katie Kortman So... How do YOU feel about fanny packs having a come back? Are you weary of calling them "fanny packs" and instead want to call them "belt bags?" It's okay, I understand you. My husband and I got married in 2006 and he decided that year...

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Sewing

Review and hacks: Mini-Cottesloe and Mini-Eucalypt patterns for kids!

I'll keep sewing her clothes until she makes me stop! I was so excited to try out these two mini versions of the adult patterns by Megan Nielsen. I am always on the look out for simple, quick-sewing patterns that I can make for my kids without costing my precious sewing-for-me time (here is where I would insert the hand covering eyes emoji....). These two patterns fit the bill exactly AND they had sizes that still worked for my growing child! Let me tell...

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Fabric Painting and Design, Uncategorized

Kid Art— to Custom Bedding with Spoonflower

Have you heard the latest and greatest? Spoonflower-- the company that lets anyone become a fabric designer (like me!)-- now let's you design your own bedding!! What?!?! I have about 1,001 ideas for my own bedding, but for this (sponsored) collaboration with them, I am going to show you how I took my son's drawings and made him the bed of his quirky little dreams. The Backstory: My son was supposed to be sharing a room with his little brother who is 2. It wasn't...

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Fabric Painting and Design, Sewing, Uncategorized

The Cottesloe Swimsuit Review using Fill-a-Yard Spoonflower Fabric

Look! My swimsuit has boobs of its own!! Actually they're foam cups. Tricked ya. Megan put great instructions for adding supportive cups in the lining, so I tried it out! The DAY the Cottesloe swimsuit pattern was released by Megan Nielsen Patterns, I bought it. When I saw that pattern it was like someone had read my MIND! A swimsuit that held things in place so I could run, jump and play with my kids, but was also cute and flattering? Sign ME UP! (So I did.) My next...

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Fabric Painting and Design, Sewing

My Zadie Jumpsuit in the new Spoonflower Petal Signature Cottonâ„¢ Fabric (review of both!)

When Spoonflower offered to let me have a couple yards of their new Petal Signature Cottonâ„¢ I jumped at the chance!! Hello! I love to sew up my prints, and most especially to be able to give good reviews and feedback to my followers! People are always asking my opinion on the various Spoonflower fabrics and I want to be truthful and honest, because they'll be sewing with my prints and I want them to have a good experience. So here goes. First, you should know...

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