Wednesday, April 16, 2014


More books I've been reading in the last few months.  I try not to spoil things so I apologize if these are rather vague.  If you want more detail let me know and I'll go more into the plot and post spoiler alerts next time.  I use the audible and kindle apps as well as real books for my reading these days, which makes me feel really technologically up to date, haha! 

I'm having book ADD at the moment and have about 4 other books in progress right now because sometimes I just want to READ ALL THE THINGS! I'm sure you know how that goes. Anyway, here you go:

Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt - I listened to this one on audible while doing dishes and other boring things.  I thought it was a wonderful story but I wasn't that fond of the voice that did the narration.  She seemed really breathy and light headed, but I thought the story of acceptance and loss and that moment in life when everything changes was really special.  I felt myself grinning at several moments when I had felt or thought the same things the narrator expressed, which is one of my favorite things about reading.  I enjoyed this one, but think I would've liked it more if I had enjoyed the voice more.  That's just the trick of listening to audio books.  The voice can with make or break your experience.  Audible does have samples though so you can listen to a bit of the voice before you buy anything.

The Lord of The Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien - Obviously you know what this one is about, but I loved it.  I'm kind of a nerd and a sucker for a great adventure story.  I also knew I'd never have the time to sit down and read this series page by page until I retire, so I chose to listen to it on audible and it was great.  I enjoyed the voice a lot, he tried to give different intonation for different characters and sang things that were meant to be sung.  It gave the story a great dimension it wouldn't have had otherwise.  I just love the story telling here, it's really epic and if you don't think you'll sit down to read it, you should check out audible to hear it being read.  I recommend it for everyone.  

Insurgent by Veronica Roth - The second in the Divergent series, I enjoyed this one also though significantly less than the first book in the series. It took longer for me to get into it, but once I was about 1/3 of the way into it, I didn't want to put it down.  I had a harder time with the romantic angle between Tris and Tobias in this one, so we'll see what happens in the 3rd book, but the plot was decent.  I could see the ending coming, but not down to the details, so it kept my interest all the way through.  I'm at a loss for what could possibly happen next, so I'm anxious to read the final book in this series.  I have been warned that I won't like it though, so I maybe it will be a really exciting train wreck? One can only hope. 

Have you been reading anything lately?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sew With Me Spring Week 2: The Ruby Top and Dress

Oh my goodness where did this past week go???? Wow, getting back into things after spring break was ROUGH!  Soccer started for the two older kids so on Saturday we had 2 games at different times, pictures, snacks, and everything else that comes with the first week of a new sport.  It was so fun, but exhausting.  I just want to sleep for 42 days straight. 

ANYWAY, last week I made The Ruby Top from Made By Rae (you can find a copy here). I used some chambray from Pink Chalk Fabrics and some Meadow by Leah Duncan from Hawthorne Threads.  Every line she's made has been sooo good for every fabric project you could think of.

This is the first womens pattern I've made from Rae.  I was worried that it would look peasant-y and busty, and blouse-y but I don't think it does! I will make the medium next time though, the front gapes a little if I don't adjust it frequently. 

I used Rae's video tutorial to make the yoke fully lined.  First of all, she's super cute, and I like that she gives these extra tutorials so you can make your garment exactly how you want it.  Such a great thing if you want to make lasting garments.  She takes you through the whole thing in the video so I didn't actually refer to the pattern at all.  

The pattern is sleeveless and next time I'm going to try a sleeved version (you need the washi dress expansion pack to do this-but she's made all her sleeves and variations interchangeable throughout her patterns, so smart!!) though I really like this as a top and think I will definitely wear it.  She also says you can try it with knit, the possibilities are endless!!! 

This is great pattern for mixing fabrics or using ones you love but only have a little bit of.  I put it on before I hemmed it and didn't want to take it off! I'll definitely make it again, and now I'm less scared to try The Washi Dress! 

Later this week I will share the Hide-and-Seek dress from Oliver + S and hopefully an outfit each for kids clothes week! Yay! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sew With Me Spring Week 1: The Everyday Skirt by Liesl + Co.

First of all, thanks for joining me! Sorry this is late.  Stuff ended up getting in the way and I didn't get the pictures I wanted, but oh well, next week should be better.  This weekend I sewed up The Every Day Skirt from Liesl + Co. Liesl is also the one who makes Oliver + S. patterns but you probably knew that already. 

I worry that things I make will look like a basement craft project executed by a skilled 8 year old.  But I thought this pattern would be a good place to start with making more structured clothes for myself, and indeed it was! 

I used a cotton quilting fabric from JoAnn's by Anna Maria Horner's talented daughter, Juliana Horner.  Next time I'll probably use something a little different, though this turned out fine, the pattern came off a little more Little House on The Prairie than wanted, but it's cool. I'll make it work.       

My measurements fell in a whole bunch of sizes so I went with the dropped waist size as recommended for this pattern, but I think it ended up a little large.  Next time I'm going down a size.  Never a bad thing. 

This pattern uses elastic in a really awesome way, so you don't need to worry about zippers or anything scary like that. I thought I would have to add length but it turned out just right.

I LOVE that this skirt has pockets.  I will definitely be making more of these and am curious to try a maxi length skirt since the shorter version is so awesome.

The only thing I would advise is that you seriously follow every single step she gives you and take your measurements.  It just won't turn out as well if you don't.   I'm probably going to have to tighten mine up around the waist just a little but the way you put in the elastic it'll be easy to fix.

Have you made this pattern before?  Do you think you'll try it?

Next week: The Ruby Top and Dress by Made by Rae

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sew With Me Spring Calendar and Links to Patterns

Alright, it isn't Sunday anymore, but here's the first few weeks of my plan if you want to sew along with me:

Monday March 24 - The Everyday Skirt by Liesl + Co.
Monday March 31 - The Ruby Top and Dress by Made by Rae
Monday April 7 - Hide and Seek Tunic and Dress by Oliver + S.
Monday April 14 - The Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline
Monday April 21 - The Penelope Peplum and Girls Pippa Peplum by See Kate Sew
Monday April 28 - Hanami Top and Dress by Straight Grain

I'm still planning to show you The Everyday Skirt I'll be back in a little bit.  It's spring break for us this week so we're enjoying a little more of a relaxed schedule this week!! 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sew with me spring (and summer)

It's no secret I have a lot of patterns.  I have women's patterns, kid's patterns, bag patterns, baby shoe patterns, and then some more patterns. 

So I'm making a goal: at least one pattern per week. 

I thought it'd be fun to share this with you guys, and maybe you'll even want to sew with me through the spring and summer!   

I'll follow the pattern, and then let you know what I liked, didn't like, adjustments I made, and if I'll be using it again, along with where you can get the pattern if you want your own copy. 

I'm working on a calendar of my plans this weekend, along with links for you to buy the patterns on Sunday so you can follow along if you want to!

I'll share my results each Monday, starting this coming Monday, and give you a heads up on what's coming next. Now, I'm giving myself a one pattern minimum, but not limiting to one.  

I'm going to start with The Everyday Skirt by Liesl and Co.  I've had this cut out and sitting around for a while, but no time to get it sewn up. If you want to sew with me you can purchase your own copy here.

*And just to be clear, I came up with this on my own (not that it's a new idea) and am just sharing because I thought y'all would enjoy following along, and it keeps me honest.  All opinions are mine and I'm not compensated or affiliated with anything...and so on :) 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Meow quilt progress

Abby's birthday is sneaking closer every second and is now only about 2 weeks away! 

I've finished 4 more blocks for her quilt, making a total of 6. That's only halfway, so I've got some work to do.  I spent some time this afternoon cutting out the rest of the block pieces so it'll just be a matter of sewing them together next.  

I said before how fast they are and they really are.  The longest part is the cutting.  I'm hoping I can sew these up tonight with a bit of Veronica Mars to keep me company.  

I've never seen the show before now and am a little into the first season now. Pretty fun to watch! And totally reminds me of high school (though I was waaayyyyy less dramatic) and a little bit of Twin Peaks, but much less creepy.  So that'll be fun.  

Next week is Bens spring break, and though he does need to work, it will be excellent to have the tiniest respite from the full time regular chaos.  Happy almost Friday!! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

More cat blocks

It's been slower progress than I'd like but things have been busy.  

Here are the next few cat blocks I have finished for Abby's meow quilt for her birthday.  I finished the top and now just need to do the rest. 

Fingers crossed I have an amazing week and can finish it this weekend, her birthday is this Wednesday!