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peonies and a tooth

The flowers are out! Way ahead of time.  Seems strange, almost everyday I get confused at what time of year it is and think it’s fall already.  Good thing it’s not, because I can’t wait for some summer fun!  I think I’m most excited about going blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry picking.  Hoping to load up the freezer this time, too.

[yes, that's my sewing scissors, doubles as a peony cutting device, cringe]

Of course the girls discovered that the peonies were indeed blooming already!  In the past I’ve never really cut many to put inside and enjoy, but this year I’m cutting away!  They only last so long before it’s over, and the smell, it fills up my whole kitchen!  Of course Emily cut her first stems about 1″ long, ha.  I rescued them and put them in a shallow bowl.

[of course the beagle had to get a piece of the action too]

On a not so similar note, the same day we cut the peonies, was the day after Natalie lost her first tooth.  Had to document the occasion.  She pulled it out during math time at kindergarten (she must have been bored).  It’s kind of scary how fast they’re growing up.  These little milestones keep passing by so quick.

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voile pierrot top

I was oh so lucky to get this lovely Pierrot Tunic pattern from Rae.  Seriously people, she puts out amazing patterns, great shapes, thorough, and so perfectly detailed (but not overly detailed so it’s like a novel kind of detailed, just the right amount).  And even if I didn’t think she was completely amazing (which I totally do), I would tell everyone to buy her patterns anyway.

So I had to cut up some voile (Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner) I had laying around.  Natalie first thought she wanted a dress, so I cut her a dress and by the time we were finished, it morphed a swingy comfy top with pockets sans ruffle (guess she has the right to change her mind, ha).  I felt slightly guilty cutting off the dress part, but those scraps will get used some way or another.

She actually likes the top, I think mostly because I kept having her try it on and tell me what she liked about it or what she wanted changed.  It was kind of fun!  I begged her to let me put on the pockets though, I couldn’t help myself.

That’s all for now!

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flashback tee

[Just sharing this post here, originally a guest post on Elsie Marley!]

Hey! Kids Clothes Week Challenge is back,  I’m happy to be guest posting today!  I got to try out Made by Rae‘s Flashback Tee pattern!  I can tell you that if you have children in your life at all, you really should have this pattern in your arsenol.  Rae has every detail covered, so if you’re new to knits, you can jump right in and feel at home.  Seriously.

I did struggle with picking out my fabrics, I’ve got a huge tub of knits that I have stashed, for no real reason.  The only thing is that I didn’t really have anything that my girls liked.  Except this one print.  I love it!  I ordered it from Girl Charlee a long time ago and have been saving it for the perfect thing, this was it.  I made both a 5T and a 3T long sleeved out of 1 yard.  And if I ever complain that my kids wear matching clothes more than I’d like, you can kindly refer me to this post and tell me it’s my own fault.

Oh and I also busted my twin needle right before I went to thread it. Bummer.  Lucky for me there’s more than one way to hem a shirt, love that about sewing (and Rae‘s lovely tips).

I can’t wait to see all the awesome kids’ clothes coming up, thanks for having me us Meg!

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a little improv block in the mail today…

  • Have you guys been following the Vintage May series on Craftiness is Not Optional and Skirt As Top?  Lots of cute vintage style being passed around.  My post is later this week.  They’ve also got a cool Pinterest board, check that out when you have a few hours to kill. 
  • Color Your Summer II by Delia Creates and Kojo Designs is starting soon, I get to hang out and share something, just need to narrow down my ideas now!  Starts June 4th, which is already just around the corner!
  • Hope everyone had fun at market, did you spot Anna Maria Horner’s new line, Field Study??  I love the feathers quilt.  Gorgeous.  You can oogle over a ton of fun pictures about it here at Sew Sweetness.
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