Sass up your wardrobe!

I recently had the opportunity to test an update for one of Made for Mermaids patterns, Ella 2.0!

If you already have the pattern, you’re able to download the update. And if you don’t, now is the time to take advantage of the sale going on including the steal of a bundle!

I really enjoyed sewing the low back dress for my daughter. The ruffle is playful and the bow on the back is the perfect feminine touch. When I asked her to try it on to check the fit, she refused to take it off. #scoreoneformomma


The Mama Ella is a flattering top with plenty of options. I sewed up a low back top with a ruffle in one of my Art Gallery floral prints.  Looking for some super soft knits? Check out SPP Fabric Shop!


I’m looking forward to making a Mama Ella dress for my next date night! So stay tuned…

First Birthday Photos

I cannot believe it’s already been a year since the tiniest Golden girl graced us with her presence!! I got together with my favorite photographer, Kristy Hinsley for some first birthday photos. Needless to say, there are several new canvases being ordered asap!!! 

Stay tuned for my DIY party decorations. Her dresses in the photos are mama-made courtesy of my favorite Made for Mermaids! 

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! 

Are YOU the next Top Tester?!?

You guys…. I made something… For MYSELF!!! I’ve sewn things from blankets to baby bedding, headbands to dresses for my girls, diapers to rompers, but never anything for myself before. 

Made for Mermaids is one of the shops I love to get PDF sewing patterns from. {if you haven’t yet, you need to check them out!!} For Easter, I made Miss H the Isla dress and it was adorable! So much so that despite being a cool 7 year old, she still wants me to sew more dresses for her. {score one for mommy!}

 

Miss H in the middle rocking her M4M Isla dress

When M4M announced their #TopTester competition to search for new pattern testers, I had to jump on the opportunity.  I had been eying the Mama Mya pattern for a while. 

getting down to business 😉

I had more of the navy striped knit from Baby G’s last dress and I am huge fan of a nautically inspired stripe!  About mid way through cutting out my pattern pieces I decided to go with some color blocking for the top of the shirt. 

The end result: a new shirt in my wardrobe that I’m excited to wear and kindly covers my post-baby midsection!  The pattern has options for a shirt, tunic, AND dress so I’ll be whipping up some sleeveless dresses for this hot Florida summer.  Plus, after a week of some inspiring ladies sharing their projects on the M4M Facebook page, I can’t wait to sew for myself again!! Stay tuned because the Megan romper is on my crafting list.

M4M Mama Mya Tunic

T-Shirt Dress… I’m in love!

One of my newest creations is the T-shirt dress from Brindille & Twig. As I’m venturing out and sewing more clothing for the girlies, B&T has some of my favorite patterns!!!  I recommend checking them out for sure!

The patterns can be printed at home and are easy to follow (even for the beginner). Now that I’ve become besties with the overlocking foot on my sewing machine, sewing with knits is becoming easier. 

And while I was at it, I whipped up a matching headband. (Because as mentioned in my last post, accessories are a must!) 

T-Shirt Dress from Brindille & Twig with matching headband

Baby G giving her new dress a test drive

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