It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Paris Party Dress Style!

I am really excited to share this new pattern with you!! Rebecca from Mummykins and Me is at it again with another fantastic PDF pattern.  The Paris Party Dress is a gorgeous and stylish pattern with so many options.  There is both a womens and girls pattern available.  The top is knit and can be made with a scoop or boat neck, as well as 3 different sleeve lengths.  The skirt is made with woven fabric and has 3 different length options as well.

For this project I had a Christmas Dress in mind for my middle daughter. {you know, the sassy one 😉 }  We went with a short sleeve, boat neck, crop top in a green scuba knit that I picked up from my local Joann’s.  The skirt is a plaid tea length with an exposed zipper.  While i’ve been sewing pretty regularly for about a year now, this was my first attempt at a zipper, pleats, and button holes.  I was a little intimidated by the thought of incorporating so many new techniques.  Rebecca does a wonderful job of walking you through the steps in her tutorial and I am excited to report I am ready to sew button holes on EVERYTHING!

While I think this pattern achieves a perfect Christmas dress, fabric selections can completely change the look!  Make sure to check out some of the other looks created during this pattern test: Valerie from Elegantine, Emily from The Sew and Tell Project, and Tasha from Sewn at Seams.

Happy Sewing!!


Spice Cake Top

I am a fan of dolman style tops with leggings. And when you make one for a tiny lady, it’s automatically 1000x cuter in my book!! 

I had the opportunity to test Patterns for Pirates’ new Spice Cake top- a perfect addition to their momma version Pumpkin Spice Dolman

It’s a great pattern with a ton of options making it a versatile must have for me. There are short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve options. With… wait for it… elbow patches 💕   The top can be changed up from a curved hem to a banded bottom as well!

This is just my first, with many more to come for my other girls!  Baby G is rocking a short sleeve Spice Cake dolman with a banded bottom in a soft french terry from Knitpop

Disney Inspired Raglan T-shirts

We surprised our girls with a trip to Disney this past weekend!! I couldn’t think of a better way to spill the beans than to have them open a gift bag with some Disney goodies. 

The t-shirts are Made for Mermaids Rowan Raglan pattern. One of my favorites because of all the great options. That plus it took minimal time to get 3 of them sewn up! 

I finished off the shirts with vinyl Minnie heads and some polka dot ribbon. 

It was a great weekend and the girls got a lot of compliments while we were in the parks ☺️


The Key Jar

The big girls are back in school… And the baby is down for a nap… So I find myself scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I stumble upon a post from Momastery. If you don’t follow Glennon yet, you should. Her honesty about how imperfect life is along with her compassion for people is inspiring. 

I’m sorry, I digress. So her post today is about a “Key Jar” to help unlock conversation and getting to know your family better. Replace the usual “how was your day” with questions that help you discover things you may not have even known about yourself.  Check out her post here for more details! 

I wanted a slightly craftier version, so I grabbed a decorated mason jar {that I had left over from a birthday party} and some popsicle  sticks to write the questions on. I also added some of my own. I had the privilege of attending an ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference a few years ago where the theme was “the power of positivity”. I learned to ask questions that train your brain to think in a positive manner. For example, instead of “how was your day”, try “tell me about the best part of your day”. 

I ran out of sticks for all the questions, but we have a good start for now and I’m so excited to get this new tradition started at dinner tonight! 

Bachelorette Party Favors 💜

My best friend in the history of ever got married! {I had to delay this post as to not spoil the swag bag surprise} 

Among other crafts that I stayed busy with leading up to the big event, here are the hair ties that were part of a little swag bag I put together for the ladies.  They’re cute, coordinate with the wedding colors… And let’s be real. You know your hair is going to have to go up after (or maybe even during) a night of dancing! 

While you could find these for sale on etsy, you can also easily make them for a fraction of the cost with minimal craftiness. 

I picked up some cardstock from the scrapbooking section of Joanns. I recommend something with a little texture for a more polished look. Then I grabbed some elastic in coordinating colors for the wedding. 

I used my trusty Microsoft Word to design the cards and then print them onto the cardstock. 

I’m a little challenged when it comes to cutting straight lines, so my paper cutter comes in handy. If you don’t have one, scissors will do the trick. 

Cut the elastic, tie a knot on the end… And Ta-da!! You’re done! 

Perfectly Tiny Bows 🎀

This week I felt the need to whip up some headbands for Baby G! Pretty easy and they make the perfect accessory for any outfit. When you’ve got 3 little ladies, accessories are a must! 
While browsing the ever inspiring Pinterest, I found the most adorable felt bows from Oliver + S! I printed the pattern at 50% and sewed the bows onto a nude nylon headband. Needless to say, she’s going to need one in every color! 


Baby G {on the go} rocking her new headband