Friday, April 5, 2013

Our new home

Guess who is the worst blogger in the world, this girl!  
 I swear I had good intentions last year to blog on the regular, but then life happened, and Mark got transferred with work.  Now we are leaving our warm Southern California home for a whole new state, Utah, where it snows!!!  I think 60 degrees is freezing, so I know that is going to be a HUGE adjustment!!!   
That being said, we found the perfect home!  As soon as we walked in the door, I knew it was the one!!  Its a Gold Medallion home built in 1962, and is like a time capsule.  We are only the 2nd owner and the house is full of the most amazing 60s character, and even has a bomb shelter, OMG! 
The house is on a hill with the mountains right behind us, giving us the best views all around! 

The kitchen may be my favorite part of the entire house!  It has tons of storage, and all sorts of "modern" touches, like a built in blender.  Plus, there is this great built in hutch.  I can not wait to fill it with all of my vintage Pyrex and treasures.  And it has not one, but 2 pink ovens!!!

The house has 3 amazing fire places!  The formal living room has a marble fireplace.  The family room has an amazing midcentury granite masterpiece, that is probably one of my favorites about the house as well!  And the basement has a pretty rad brick fireplace.
The house has 3 bathrooms (2 pink, one mint green), but my most favorite is the boys' bathroom.  It  has soo many fun details and tons of storage.  The vanity has mirrors that can be adjusted to get a 360 view of yourself.  It has a built in scale, and toothbrush holder...and it has the most fabulous tile :)



I could really go on and on about our new house, and share seven million more photos, but I don't want to bore you to death with bad, hastily taken pictures, haha!  I'm sure I will be posting a whole lot more once we are all moved in and the decorating begins!  That being said, I'm not sure that this blog will stay a sewing blog...maybe that's why I haven't really been blogging, I haven't been sewing much this year!  We'll be soo far away from family and friends, that it may turn into a more everyday life kinda blog, with as much sewing as I can fit in...that's if I blog more than once this year.  LOL! 
So, for now...
Happy nesting?


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Project Runway and Draping...

Last fall, I got a wild hair and decided to sign up for some fashion design classes.  I figured that I would get some much needed time with adults, as well as learn a few new tricks!  Unfortunately for me, I signed up a little late and all of the fashion classes were full, ugh!  So, I emailed the department head and she was able to sign off a few pre-requisites for me and I was enrolled in the draping class!  It was such a fun class, and I learned so much.  I loved seeing how the drape transformed itself into a hard pattern, and seeing it completed in fashion fabric, it was magical!  The very first class, we jumped right into making our very first dress, a basic sloper.

Over the course of the semester we made several dresses, but I would have to say the funnest (yes, in my world that's a word!)  thing we did was part of our final.  We were given a Project Runway style challenge and had one class in which to complete the assignment.  We had to make a garment using non-conventional materials, no fabric.  So,  I went to a party store and bought a bunch of paper doilies.  Once I had those  I knew I had to make a party dress! 
I made a basic a-line skirt out of muslin and sewed the doiles on in tiered layers.  The bodice is just a basic strapless top with a band at the top.  The band and belt are both made using party streamers.  I am really happy with how it came out, and I would totally wear it if it wasn't paper!
The second part of our final was just to finish our last drape in fashion fabric.  I chose a large scale black and white gingham and lined it with a raspberry pink.  I really like the way it came out, except that I didnt really take the time to match my plaids (grrr!)  and it really detracts from the overall look.  BUT it fits my dressform like a glove!!!!  And since that's really all that matters...I'm gonna let the fact that my plaids don't match go!
I had a ton of this fabric left over, so I made myself a skirt, which I'll share tomorrow!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I love Pinterest and I have been pinning away for a few months now. Today, I am proud to say I have finally made something that I pinned. Yay me! I made a super simple knitted headband and am pretty happy with how it came out. It didn't take too long to make and was super simple, just straight knitting.

I must say, I am really pleased with it, and I can not wait for it to get cold so that I can wear it. The pattern can be found here if you'd like to make one yourself!

Happy Sewing(or knitting, for today)!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


After several years of dragging my heels, I've finally decided to join the blogging world! I've been sewing since I was 6 years old, when I got my very first sewing machine for Christmas! This wasn't a dinky kid's machine, it was a REAL sewing machine just like my mom's! I was soo excited to learn to sew, and can still remember sitting down at that machine with my mom and making my very first project, a cover for that brand new "grown-up" machine! Ever since then, I've been sewing away...mostly making clothes for myself, but also sewing for my home, friends, and kids! My absolute favorite thing to make/wear are dresses. I love that you can put one on and instantly feel fabulous!

This week I'm going to show you some of my absolute favorites that I've made myself, starting with this sassy dress!I'll follow up with all the details tomorrow. Right now I've got a little one to feed.
Happy Sewing!