Friday, July 15, 2011

Desktop Garden

It's really no secret that I have a black thumb. Green things run away from me in horror, no, they really do. Since I had just recently killed the marigold plant on my desk I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to try something a little more hardy. That's where the succulents come in. They're sturdy but delicate at the same time. There's something so enchanting about them. I picked out three different types and planted them in this vintage milk glass vase that I already had. Although, if these do ok I may have to buy this planter for another spot, it's so cute! It was complete serendipity that the green plants matched my green vintage lamp perfectly. I adore that color. I'm hoping these will survive my well documented plant neglect but for now, I'm loving this little bit of nature on my desk.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer Play Clothes

All those clothes I'd mentioned I'd made in June? I'm slowly getting pictures of everything as it comes out of the laundry, haha! These were all for Miss B for her 7th birthday. At this point, these have all gotten tons of wear and are a slightly wrinkled. I've had to do a little mending here and there but for the most part these have all worn really well and will last awhile. Here's the details from top to bottom:

Shorts: Fabric from stash. (Heather Ross Far Far Away II and a random yellow dot scrap) Pattern, Oliver + S Picnic Shorts. I made these shorts three different times and I have to say, these are my favorites. The fabric is heavy enough to wear like iron but still light enough to breath. And of course the pattern is like the cutest thing ever! The addition of buttonhole elastic in the waistband is an absolute must for my skinny 7 year old and makes them fit her so, so well.

VW Camper Outfit: Fabric from stash. (Heather Ross and a heavier weight polka dot) The Oliver + S Picnic Blouse and Shorts.

Stripey Outfit: Fabric from stash. (Have no idea what that stripe is, I've had it for YEARS. Shirt-weight Chambray) Oliver + S Ruffle Tank and Picnic Shorts. The Chambray is beautiful light and drapey but probably not a good choice for kids shorts. Theses are already ripping at the waistband. I've got enough of the strip to re-make them in a denim that I think will be a harding wearing choice.

Dress: Fabric from stash. (I think it's Denise Schmidt?) Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress. I had actually cut this dress out last fall and never got around to sewing it. I pulled it out thinking it would be way too small but it actually fits her perfectly. It was so fun to sew and I can't wait to make more!

Yes, I realize that my kids are like walking billboards for the Oliver + S patterns. Can I help it that they're the best kids patterns EVER!? That, and they are rather expensive, so I want to make sure I'm getting my money's worth. I'm pretty proud of the fact that all of these were essentially free (minus the pattern cost) since I used all stash fabric. I'm working my way through that stash at a furious pace and it feels great!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Print and Pattern Feature

A most heartfelt thanks goes out to Bowie of Print & Pattern for this lovely feature. Her blog is one of my favorites and I'm truly honored to be a part of it. Thank you thank you thank you!

I'm feeling incredibly grateful today and hopeful for what's yet to come.

In other news, there was a big 'ole update in both shops today, so check 'em out!