Thursday, December 11, 2014

Family Pictures 2014: Reagan's Dress

On Tuesday, I shared with yall our recent family photos! Today, I wanted to share more with yall about the dress that I made for Reagan for our pictures.
True to form, I whipped this dress up the night/ day of our family photos. What can I say - sometimes, I work best under pressure. Anyone else out there do that too?
I used Made by Rae's Geranium Dress pattern. I've used this dress pattern before but hadn't done any recently. I find her sizing to be fairly accurate, almost a bit slimmer cut than other patterns - which suits my Reagan just fine.
This time, I made a 3T with a 4T length skirt. I ended up doing a wide hem (about an inch and a half), just so that I could let it down as Reagan continues to grow. She typically has the issue where she is so skinny that the fit works but the length is too short. This mama has learned to add additional length to most dresses and tops to make them last longer for her.
Her dress is a combination of two different fabrics. The bodice is made from Cotton and Steel's Splash Basics Bundle which is so sweet for a little girl's dress with the tiny gold polka dots. The skirt is made from an apparel linen fabric that I had leftover from a Wiksten Tova that has been in my almost done stack for a while now. I used some big black buttons for the back. I added some elastic gold sequined trim around the bodice/skirt seam that I've had in my stash for.... well, let's just say a while. I had to hand stitch that on but it really added the wow factor to her little dress.
I love how this dress is really fun, festive - and still something she can wear throughout the spring!
Really, Reagan is growing up entirely too fast! She has lost so much of that baby / toddler looks, and is beginning to look (and act) more and more like a little girl. She's certainly a very tall almost-3 year old! It's hard to believe that in less than a month, she'll be three! I know it's definitely a parent thing to realize how quickly time flies when your children are growing up.... Tear.

Take care yall!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Family Pictures 2014

Hey yall!! Recently, we had the pleasure of working with a local photographer, Candice from Candice Leigh Photography, for some family photos. I really wanted to do pictures before my baby bump got totally huge, and before we became a family of four. 

First of all, if you're local - Candice is fabulous! We had a really great experience working with her. Reagan can sometimes be difficult feisty, and Candice worked so well with her. I would whole heartedly recommend her! We took pictures in downtown Columbia on USC's campus- which of course, made my husband's tiger blood a little.... nervous. If you're not familiar with the rivalry in South Carolina - check it out here

So, without further ado... a few of my personal favorites!
I just LOVE Reagan's reaction in this one!! 
Lately, she has been covering her mouth when she giggles. It's downright adorable. 

Love those baby blues!
My love - always.

It's hard to believe that in 20 weeks (give or take), our little family of three will be a family of four! I LOVE this family pictures - and am so glad we took the time to do them before the baby!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Handmade for the Holidays

Remember my announcement on Monday about resliced by Jordan's Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop? Well, today's my day! I'm so excited to share with yall some of my favorite handmade gift tutorials as well as some of my favorite handmade business, and a few local South Carolina handmade events!

DIY Gift Ideas & Tutorials
1. Travel Make Up Brush Organizer {tutorial}
I've used this tutorial as a starting off point - it's a great tutorial! It makes such a fun personalized gift, especially with the variety and number of quilting cottons available these days. Just a heads up, if you've never sewn with fusible vinyl or fleece, take your time! I learned that the hard way...

2. Bow Front Clutch {tutorial}
I adore these clutches! They are so modern and girlie, and the perfect gift for just about anyone on your list. I've used this tutorial many times, and my biggest tip is to pay attention to the type of interfacing you use. Depending on which you pick will determine how stiff or soft your clutch is. These are the perfect size to throw in your diaper bag, work bag, larger purse, or even to dress up your travel bags!

3. Fabric Letters {tutorial}
Making these fun fabric letters has been on my to-do list for quite a while now. I love the idea of personalizing these as hostess gifts for the holidays! Wouldn't they look great in an oversized letter with a fun holiday print?

4. Paint Smock {tutorial}
One of the reasons why I began sewing is because of my daughter, so I had to include a kids gift item! I love the versatility of an art smock, because really - who wants to clean up a huge mess. Plus, you can really play around with the types of fabric you use to  make this fit your little prince or princess!

Handmade Businesses I Love
1. Nickel & Suede 
I love this shop opened within the last year or so by One Little Momma blogger, Kilee and her husband. They sell incredible handmade, leather earrings and cuffs and other accessories! I love how modern the items are- and just my style. Their prices are really reasonable, and they do everything in house! I have a few of their earrings on my Christmas wish list, so I'm really hoping Santa will notice!

2. Allissa Jacobs
I love Allissa's Etsy shop, and have for several years. Prior to my sewing obsession journey, I always drooled over the gorgeous handmade pouches and organizers that she sells. They are beautifully made, and just the right item for anyone on your list. Personally, this Navy and gold one reminds me of several good friends and family (Go Navy! Beat Army!).

3. Sew Sara
This Etsy seller is an online friend of mine! Sara makes beautiful Minky name blankets, perfect for that toddler or baby in your family. I love the colorful combinations that she creates, and they are always so fun!

4. Sew It Girl
This is another shop by a personal friend of mine! I met Zoe over two years ago, and she is just one of the sweetest people! She sells handmade Kindle and iPad covers, and they are gorgeously made. She also makes some cute puppy accessories!

And, if you're in the mood for tshirt quilts or other custom items, this shop is always another good choice! :)

Local Handmade Events
1. Craft Feast - December 14th at the Columbia Convention Center

This one is on my list this year! It looks like such a fun event. It's a juried art / handmade event with vendors from all over the Palmetto State selling their handcrafted items. It's a fairly new event that has a modern look!

2. Christmas Sampler Craft Show- December 13th at the Lexington Leisure Center

This one is in my neck of the woods! It looks fairly small but one of my favorite features of these really intimate, local events is that you really see the local artisans in your direct community. Also, this one has Santa and Olaf attending - really, what more do you need?

More Handmade Gift Ideas
Don't forget to check out my fellow bloggers who will be sharing more crafty ideas with you later this week!
Monday -  resliced by Jordan
Tuesday - Life is a Maker Faire
Wednesday - Sew Happily (that's me, yall!)
Thursday - Addie K
Friday - Life is Pichey and Butterfly Vintage

Read more about each blogger in my introduction post! Continue to support handmade businesses by following Columbia's Etsy Market Team on Facebook where you'll stay in the loop with upcoming events and all things crafty in Columbia, South Carolina!

Thanks for stopping by today, yall!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop

Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop - starting THIS week!
This week, I’ll be joining 5 crafty bloggers to participate in a Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop hosted by resliced by Jordan!
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The series will start on TODAY, Monday, December 1 and run through next Friday, December 5, 2014.
Here's how it will work:
Each day one blogger will share with you links to some of her favorite handmade gift tutorials. In addition, we'll also share with you some handmade shops we're looking forward to supporting (hello, gift ideas!) and some local craft fairs and other events where you can support local artisans this season.
Here's the schedule:
Monday: Jordan of resliced by Jordan
  • Jordan is a full-time data nerd with a fierce passion for making things by hand. She owns a small handmade business called resliced where she focuses on upcycling to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and purses. Read more about Jordan here.
    • Jordan’s favorite crafts include: sewing (mostly bags & occasionally garments), jewelry making, calligraphy and just about anything else!
Tuesday: MaryAnn of Life is a Maker Faire
  • MaryAnn spends her days training teachers to better utilize technology in the classroom. To escape the Monday-Friday grind, MaryAnn makes cards and other paper goods for her handmade business, M.A.S.W. Designs. Read more about MaryAnn here.
    • MaryAnn's favorite crafts include: Anything paper - cards, treat bags, banners, etc; Sewing; Baking- cookies, cakes, or any sweets.
Wednesday: Rachel of Sew Happily Ever After
  • Rachel spends her days chasing children around the classroom as an elementary teacher and her evenings chasing her adorable toddler around (and she's got another little one on the way!). From making you a custom t-shirt quilt to sewing up some seriously impressive clothing - you name it, Rachel can sew it! Read more about Rachel here.
    • Rachel's favorite crafts include: sewing garments (womens & girls), home decor sewing, and quilting - anything with fabric and thread! Rachel also enjoys photography and cooking.
Thursday: Addie of Addie K.
  • From a wedding dress to a 20 foot boat cover, Addie has been there and sewed that! Addie has been sewing for more than 20 years and has spent the last half of those teaching others to sew - at The Art Institute of Charlotte, at Midlands Technical College starting in the spring, and she’s even available for private lessons! In addition, Addie is also a talented pattern designer. Read more about Addie here.
    • Addie's favorite crafts include: sewing clothing, quilting, embroidery, kid-friendly crafts and upcycling / finding creative ways to reuse things.
Friday: Shanika of Life is Pichey AND Emily of Butterfly Vintage
  • Shanika loves to craft so much that she founded Gather & Craft as a way to encourage members of the community to come together and create (gather and craft). Recently, Shanika started offering her handmade goods to the public through her new shop, Sebastian Harper. Read more about Shanika here.
    • Shanika's favorite crafts include: anything fiber related, sewing (hand and machine), knitting, crocheting, natural dyeing.
  • Emily is a former art teacher turned vintage fashion expert {browse her shop on Etsy}. In addition to stocking my closet full of vintage clothes, Emily is also a graphic designer with Sandra Mack Studio. Read more about Emily here.
    • Emily's favorite crafts include: painting, repurposing, minimal sewing, paper crafts, garlands and anything that incorporates vintage material.

I hope you'll "hop" around and support the other bloggers participating - subscribe to their blogs, like their Facebook pages and share the love with these gals!

Continue to support handmade businesses by following Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook where you’ll stay in the loop with upcoming events and all things crafty in Columbia.
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