Oct 23, 2016

Cancer Sucks

How do you write a post about travesty that is Childhood Cancer? I am a mother of five children and I have not had to hear the phrase, 'I'm sorry, your child has cancer' and I hope & pray I never will. So who am I to even attempt to write to the world about this? Let me tell you. I am a Child of God. I am a Human. I am a Mother, a wife, sister, and a friend. I know cancer from a different angle and that is my point today. WE ALL KNOW CANCER from one angle or another. What we need to do then is recognize that it is a deadly disease and we need to fight and support those who know it on a much more personal level! There are many ways that you can support those who are facing this trial of life. Prayer, compassion, freezer meals, money, a warm smile, caroling, cards & letters, any small simple act of joy that extends to them a feeling of love from you. This is one of the reasons that I joined up with the lovely ladies behind Bloggers for Pediatric Cancer Warriors.
I moved to Vancouver, Washington almost 6 years ago. I knew no one! I was sitting with my kids in a local park one morning and beautiful woman with two small children walked up to play. There was something immediately different about this family. The one young boy ran to park with all the enthusiasm of a young child. The woman and her second child moved differently. She walked slowly and held tight to a cute little boy wearing a face-mask on his sweet bald head.
Today little Alex runs through life with the same enthusiasm I saw from his brother on the first day we meet! Chrissy (his mother) and I have become good friends and it warms my heart to see her smile as she joyfully watches her two boys thrive. Alex and his family have been able to preserver and are now giving that back to children and families that are fighting the battle every day! Chrissy remains in contact with the many children and their families who are still fighting. Her family is involved with many fundraisers and she often goes in and creates amazing henna tattoos to bring beauty back into these children lives. She is an inspiration to me, to fight a good fight, to never give up, and to always give back!
A while back I saw this video about designers bringing joy to children with cancer through fabric and I told Chrissy I wanted to do something similar. She told me that one of the things that bothered little Alex was that he had to wear a face mask all the time. Alex was very young during his fight and Chrissy said that it was a struggle to have him keep it on. A week or so later I saw the invitation to join this tour and I jumped at the chance. Chrissy and I are working to make face masks from knit fabric to give to our local warriors. This is one of the areas where you can help right now. For every yard of knit that we sell in our shop, from now till the end of October, we will match a 1/2 yard dedicated to face masks. We will then get a group of ladies together and sew up some new, soft, vibrant, and fun face masks to take to our local warriors. We really feel like these masks will help make them feel special and loved! So spread the word!
You can also help by participating and sharing the word about the Auction that we have put together. You can join the Facebook group for the Auction here. All the items up for sale are in the photos and the bidding will begin at 8:00 AM EST on Oct. 27th and close on Oct. 28th at Midnight EST. Remember to join the BPCW Auction Group for more details. In the meantime here is a sneak peek at what I will have up for Auction.

Further still you can donate any amount through American Childhood Cancer Organization or ACCO by clicking on the link; Donation from Bloggers for Pediatric Cancer Warriors . Our goal is to raise $500 and we truly believe that with your help we can do this! Be sure to enter the Giveaway as our thanks to you and visit the rest of the stops on the tour.
Blog Tour for “Go Gold©” Auction
Benefiting the American Childhood Cancer Organization

19th The Adventures of Bubba and Bug and Troops To Tots Giveaway is 5 copies of “Wild Things” by Molly Goodall
Giveaway is 6 month subscription to Seamwork Magazine
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to PhatQuarters and pattern stash
Giveaway is $50 gift certificate to Pattern Review
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to UpCraft Club

Giveaway is the book “Building Block Dress” by Lisel Gibson of Oliver & S.
GO GOLD® is the registered trademark of the American Childhood Cancer Organization

Oct 21, 2016

a Facebook Group, a PDF Pattern Company, & an Auction!

Things have been moving and changing around here! We have a lot of fun and exciting things to share with you. Let's start off with a new Facebook Group where we can share our many creations using fabrics found in our shop! We will have games, contests, coupon codes, and create great and uplifting friendships!!! I am so excited for this new step and I hope that you will join our group by following this link PHAT QUARTERS or finding us on Facebook at Phat Quarters Fabric. We will start off the fun with Pre-Sale Orders, coupons codes, giveaways and more. So head over now!

Next I want to introduce Petite Stitchery & Company with you. It is a great new adventure that I am taking with Ashley Harrmann and Laura Scaramella. We are so excited to bring together our talents and creativity and be able to present season collections of PDF Patterns for your sewing enjoyment. Our first collection will be releasing soon! We are sharing sneak peeks with you on our Facebook group Petite Stitchery and you can read more about our new company at our site Petite Stitchery & Co.

Lastly I want to get some hype going for a great Auction that I am taking part in on Oct. 27-28th. There are a million people & a million reasons why I am taking part in Bloggers for Pediatric Cancer Warrior's Blog Tour & Auction. There have been some amazing women working behind the scenes to make this happen and I am excited to be a part of it. I will post more on Monday, but today I want to give you info and a peek at what I will have up for auction. To learn more about how you can donate outside of the Auction CLICK HERE. To join in the Auction fun CLICK HERE.

Oct 4, 2016

Halloween Bag-a-palooza...the treats!

Well hello again world! Time has played a trick on me...HOW can it be October already!?!?! Today I had plans of showing you a Tween version of a Pillow Treat Bag for those of you with older kids who still enjoy the fun and excitement of Halloween - I still do! And yet, time caught me by surprise and I do not have a a bag to show you. However I have never turned down a child on Halloween and so I will not leave you empty handed on my front porch! Head over to these amazing blogs all week long for inspiring ideas & tutorials for Halloween goodie bags and keep reading to see how to fill your goodie bag.

What good is a goodie bag without any treats!?!?! Enjoy a bit of eye candy and fill up your goodie bag with something far sweater than candy...new fabric!!! Take this coupon code and head over to Phat Quarters and fill up for the next 24 hours. All you have to do is type in TREAT30 at checkout to receive 30% off your entire pruchase! Let's also see who is brave enough to enter an oh so spooky giveaway. One lucky trick-or-treater will win a Halloween Fabric Bundle from my shop. Bring it on October!

Aug 23, 2016

Going back to School with Brush Strokes

When going back to school for the 7th year takes all the fun out of going back to school, you have to do something extra special for your tween! My soon to be 6th grader is very nervous to start Middle School this year so I knew I needed to make her something that would remind her that she is still a little girl in a growing body. Sadly, her growing body was not a good fit for the dress pattern we fell in love with! Good for one of her best friends however, because it fit her beautifully which brought smiles to both of these lovely ladies! So today, as my stop on the Back To School Blog Tour hosted by Sprouting Jube Jube and Lulu & Celeste I will show you my version tween style in middle school!
I wanted to make a dress that had twirl factor and yet still had a sophisticated look that my tween would go for. When I found the Zelt Dress by The Eli Monster I fell in love with the 60's vibe of the high collar and fun swing! My daughters favorite line in our SHOP right now is Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud 9 Fabrics.
Brush Strokes in Multi                    Geo Grid in Multi                           Canvas in Multi

Why? Because it screams bright colors & experimental style while nodding to the 80's and remaining just a bit romantical! We have outfits planned for each of the three prints we have in our shop - but the Zelt Dress screamed out for the sharpie marker composition book doodles of Geo Grid Multi.
It does not get much better than this! We added a fun little black belt to give the dress a bit more form.
This beautiful girl will be walking the halls of her new school with a bound in her step, confidence in her heart, and a twinkle in her eye!  I wish the same for all the littles, tweens, and seniors headed back to school this year! Enjoy the journey.

You do not want to miss any of the Back to School inspiration that you will find with this many awesome bloggers, sewers, & designers. Please take the time to visit us all!

You have bought all the school supplies that you can find, now let us send you some supplies to fill up your sewing space! Be sure to enter into both giveaways and tell your friends! To enter the Grand prize giveaway or to link up your Back to school creations, head over to 
Sprouting Jube Jube or Lulu & Celeste

Today's Giveaway is for 
1 PDF pattern from both Love Notions &  Sunday Girl Designs
**excludes bundles. 

Do you need to get supplies for your Back to School Sewing?!!? If so we have a ton of offers for you.

Aug 17, 2016

SLPCo Jane & Daphne Mash-up for School Spirit!

It is almost time to send my littles back to school! I never really know if this excites me or leaves me a bit melancholy. I do know however, that we have a wonderful local school with amazing teachers and school pride! Every Friday is Spirit-Day. On Spirit-Day the children are encouraged to wear school colors, fill each others buckets with good deeds, and say thank you to the school staff. Our school colors are Black & Gold. With three kids attending our school, there are often "aggressive negotiations" over the few gold and black items before school. So, this begin said I was excited to jump on Simple Life Pattern Company's Spirit Pride Day for our Back to School Tour!

There are so many wonderful patterns that I could have chosen to make, but I wanted to show you all a fun new Mash-Up. It is no secret that I am particular to the Jane Romper & Dress Pattern (it is my first PDF Pattern) but another favorite of mine is the Daphne's Double Skirt. I love how simple and stylish it is. I also love that it has huge oversized pockets! Today I am going to show you how to turn your Jane Romper & Dress pattern into a shirt only. Then we are going to pair it up with a denim Daphne Skirt for the perfect School-Spirit outfit!!!

The first thing you have to do is purchase and assemble your Jane pattern. We are only going to use the following pattern pieces; Back Bodice & Front Bodice. Jane has two bodice options, Flat Front or Pieced. I choose the Pieced Bodice and added the optional ruffles. To make Jane as a shirt you will need to add 1.5"- 2" ( depending on the torso length of your child) to the 'Romper Cut Line' at the base of both your Back Bodice and Front Bodice pieces. You can do this by cutting a scrap of paper at 1.5"- 2" and taping it to the bottom of your pattern.
Once you have done this you will cut out your bodice pieces, bias strips, button plackets, and ruffle and/or pockets if you would like to add them. Jane can also be made with or without sleeves. You will follow the tutorial through to Step 30 (depending on the options you will include). Once you have completed these steps you will simple hem your new Jane Shirt, by folding 1/2" to the wrong side, pressing, then folding again 1/2" to the wrong side. Topstitch the hem and you are done!

Now you can pair your new Jane Shirt with another great SLPCo pattern, like the Daphne Skirt! For my Jane shirt I used Art Gallery's in house design Twigged Path in Voile, available in our shop! This took care of black as one of our school colors, but I also needed gold. Gold is a very hard color to capture in fabric. While I was thinking about gold fabrics in our shop that would be durable enough and yet still stylish for my girls at school, Art Gallery's Denim was the first thing that came to mind! I love AGF Denim! It is vibrant, beautiful, so comfortable to wear, and the Canyon Sunset was exactly the color that I needed!

However making the Daphne Skirt in denim meant that I had to gather a lot of denim. So here are few tips & tricks so that you can make your own! The first thing I did was to cut down the width of the skirt panels by 2" each (I made a 4W). The structure of the denim will give you the fullness that you crave without needing the full width of the panel piece. I also would not suggest making both layers as it will be too thick. The second tip I have for you is to take your sweet time, use two gather-stitch lines (this technique makes such pretty gathers!) and gather the denim in little sections.

Next tip: Don't use pins, you will just bend them! I used wonder clips - a lot of wonder clips and it worked so perfectly! It was fast, secure, and did not add any additional bulk that my machine could complain about.

I am so in love with how this  Jane & Daphne Mash-Up turned out! My little lady looks comfortable, stylish, and she is all about that School Spirit!

I hope that you have been inspired to try something new with some of our PDF Patterns. It brings us so much joy to see what you create so be sure to tag us on social media with #SLPCOJane or #SLPCODaphne or #SLPCO...your pattern of choice! Be sure to also link up your recent SLPCo projects below to win a Gift Certificate to Phat Quarters (my personal favorite fabric shop!) and to join in the fun! You will also want to make sure that you visit all of our awesome bloggers as we all prep for Back to School! Happy Sewing...

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