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oliver + s sailboat top

I love oliver + s patterns! Whenever they have great sales going on, I always contemplate picking up more patterns, even if I don’t need any. A while back, I made the sailboat top. The pattern was great to work with, although I made a couple big errors. First, I didn’t measure toddler A before I made it. At the time I made it, she’s been a pretty solid 12-18 month size in most things I make, so I figured that would work, right? Wrong. I should have measured and gone up a size because the shirt didn’t have a lot of give and was a bit too small on A. It “fit” her, but if anyone has ever tried to dress a toddler, it’s not the easiest thing, so it’s quite hard to put on and take off. Luckily, we’ll save this for baby 2 and pull it out in the 6-12 month range.

The second mistake I made was the fabric choice. I grabbed a quilting cotton from my stash – typically quilting cotton is not the best cotton for apparel, although I’ve used it for several Geraniums (here, here, and here) with success. Anyways, the quilting cotton obviously doesn’t have a lot a give and is heavier than options like voile, so while this wasn’t a tragic mistake, I think I’ll tackle this top with a lighter weight cotton or a knit as the pattern allows.

All that being said, I love the pattern (which also comes with a skirt and pants) and the quality of the pattern is great (as usual for oliver + s). It came together really well, it looks great and now we just need to make some changes to make it more functional!

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busy with photo sessions

I’ve been busy with photo sessions lately and trying to keep up with editing. I’m expecting things to slow down as I become more pregnant (especially from November through January), but for now things are busy! Read more…

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monday photo share: running

I missed last week’s Friday photo share so I’m making up for it this week! Here’s Miss A running at nearby Hanes Park. Read more…

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project pearl: august session

I’ve had quite a busy week full of photo sessions, but over the weekend, I had my regular monthly session with Project Pearl. Read more…

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at it again: quilting

After the last (and first finished) quilt I made, I said I wouldn’t make another one for a while. But here I am again, making another one! Read more…

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friday photo share: off the bench

Here’s Miss A, hanging out on a bench at a nearby park in Winston-Salem, NC. She did not want to pose for a photo and is nearly about to jump off here. Read more…

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to the beach

My blogging is a bit light this week because last week we went on a long-weekend trip to the beach. We headed out to Oak Island, NC, which is just under a 4 hour drive from Winston-Salem. Read more…

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friday photo share: old man roger

This week’s Friday photo share is Roger, hanging in the backyard taking a break during fetch. Roger is approaching 9 or 10 years old – we’re not quite sure because we adopted him from a shelter that he came into as a stray. Read more…

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baby a birthday tunic

What seems like forever ago, I made this Maggie Mae tunic for A for her birthday back in March. Read more…

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catching up with stepping stones: august

Over the weekend, I grabbed some updated shots for Stepping Stones Canine Rescue. It’s been raining a lot lately, but the weather worked out just fine for the session. Here are a few of my favorite shots. Make sure to check out the Stepping Stones website and Facebook page to learn more about current adoptables and procedures for adopting.

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gender reveal: little sis or little bro?

This week, we found out we are having a … girl. Here’s a cute video I put together of A’s announcement. Read more…

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kcw: july 2014

I’ve participated in Kids Clothes Week (KCW) a couple of times now (January 2014, Spring 2014), Read more…

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my first quilt

I finished my first quilt! Can you believe it?! It seemed to take forever, but delayed a bit by feeling morning (all-day) sickness. I attempted to make a quilt a while back, but that one proved a bit too difficult and mentally draining for my first quilt. Read more…

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blueberry picking in winston-salem

In lieu of my weekly Friday photo share, I’m going to share a whole set of photos from blueberry picking last week at Reich’s Blueberries here in Winston-Salem. Read more…

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knock your robot-blocks off

I recently came across the coolest Robots from Caravan Shoppe and I immediately showed husband A and said, we should make these!!! Read more…

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friday photo share

This week’s photo share is toddler A and a whole lot of blueberries. We headed out to Reich’s Blueberries to pick blueberries with the in-laws yesterday morning. Read more…

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purple lucille top

Here’s yet another top I sewed quite a while back but am just getting around to posting it. This was my second time working on the Lucille Top. Read more…

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catching up with project pearl: july 2014

In the last week, I’ve had two photography sessions for Project Pearl. Last week, I took several photos of foster animals in the program, which takes in animals for medical care. And on Sunday, I had my normal monthly session at Forsyth County Animal Shelter. Read more…

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friday photo share: 16 months

I’ve missed a few weeks of Friday / Saturday photo shares, and I’m hoping to get back on schedule. Here’s toddler A, now 16 months old. Time flies, as do the numb er of skills that a toddler acquires. A has gotten very interested in books lately, her favorite books all containing dogs. She’s also gotten more interested in climbing, playing with balls, and eating like a big kid with utensils and cups. With this new independence has also come more stubbornness when she doesn’t get what she wants. It’s fun to see her grow up, but it’s happening so fast! Here are a few photos from a recent trip to Hanes Park.

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work in progress

I’ve been working on a quilt for what seems like forever, but in actuality I just took a break from sewing for life and all those fun things that come with growing a baby. Anyways, my friend Lauren of BASTE + GATHER recently published a free quilt pattern and I wanted to try it out. I made a few modifications to the pattern based on the fabric bundle I picked up. Here’s a sneak peak. It may not be the most perfect quilt, but it’s my first and already looking better than my previous failed attempt. Stay tuned for the final finished quilt as well as more details about it.