Monday, January 26, 2015

Otium Sweater Blog Tour - Day 1

Today we're kicking off a blog tour featuring Otium, a sweater pattern for girls and women desiged by Sofilantjes. We have an all-star line up of bloggers so make sure to follow along every day. 

To start off the tour today we're heading over to Straight Grain with An, Huisje Boompje Boefjes with Maartje and Pienkel with Nienke. These ladies are so creative I can't wait to see what they've done with the Otium Pattern.

Monday, January 26th
Huisje Boompje Boefjes - Pienkel - Straight Grain

Tuesday, January 27th
Rebekah Sews - Gloria June -  Sew Out of Control - Jaime Sews

Saturday, January 31st

LisaLisa Designs - Vaahtokarkkimonsteri - DIY Crush - Unikuun Terapiahuone - Golden Rippy

Thanks to some fabulous sponsors we also have an amazing prize package up for grabs. Here's what you have the chance to win just by entering the rafflecopter giveaway:
  • Otium Bundle by Soflantjes (both the girls' and  women's sizes)
  • 2 patterns of choice by Filles a Maman
  • 1 pattern of choice by Ginger House Designs
  • 1 pattern of choice by Straight Grain
  • 1 pattern of choice by Golden Rippy
  • 1 pattern of choice by MCM Studio Designs
  • 1 pattern of choice by Mouse House Creations
  • 1 pattern of choice by MandyK Designs
  • 1 pattern of choice by FABulous Home Sewn
  • 1 pattern of choice by E+M Patterns
  • 1 pattern of choice by My Little Plumcake
That's a total of 12 patterns for one lucky reader! 
One last thing...To celebrate this tour the Otium Pattern is on sale for the duration of the tour in the Sofilantjes pattern shop...If you purchase the bundle (includes all girls' and women's sizes) there's a 30% off and if you purchase the just the girls' sizes or just the women's sizes there's a 20% off. No coupon code needed.

Until next time, xx. 

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ultimate DIY Bundle - Sleep Over Tote By Gingercake

These past few days have been all about the Ultimate DIY Bundle*. We colored some Doodle Art, Amelia got a new Norah, I looked over some recipes for cookies, cakes and breads in Gift it From Scratch and today I'll show you what JubeJube asked for, the Sleep Over Tote.

This tote was a fun little project, and its the perfect size for a sleep over. The drawsting opening makes it easy for a little to pack her own bag and keep everything she needs inside.

I used a canvas from my stash (that I've had for the past 5 years) for the outer shell and handles, and the inside is a quilters weight cotton. Depending on what you'll be using this bag for you might want to add interfacing to the wrong side of the outer shell fabric to reinforce the handles. I used a wide twill tape for the drawstings.

There are two inside pockets perfect for thoothbrush and hair brush. 

The instructions are really clear and easy to follow, and there are many helpful suggestions on how to make this bag smaller or bigger depending on your needs. 

The more I look at this cute tote the more I want one for me! Its a great size for a day at the beach or going to the store (and not use any of those plastic bags). Its just a great on the go tote!

Only the 25th and the 26th of January left to buy this huge bundle...Already the e-books I've used total 29.99 (the Norah Pattern - 9.00$, the 2 Doodle Art books - 10.00$, Gift it From Scratch - 3.99$, Sleep Over Tote - 7.00$) not to mention I have the Parisian top pattern ready to go so I can make something for me (12.00$), and I have had a good look at the DIY Organic Beauty Recipes (24.95$). That's only 7 of the 76 combined e-books and e-courses that are included in this bundle.

Tomorrow is another day, maybe I'll have time for one last post on this amazing offer...
Until next time, xx.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ultimate DIY Bundle - Sewing Norah by Mouse House Creations

Norah by Mouse House Creations (affiliate link) is one of the patterns featured in the Ultimate DIY Bundle*. I had to make one so I took out some activities for the girls and got my Norah pattern together. 

I let Amelia pick her own fabric then went through the list of options to know what she wanted.
  • Long sleeves or short sleeves.
  • Dress or top.
  • Collar, collar with ties or no collar.
I love letting the girls choose what they want me to make. This is not at all what I would have chosen for fabric but Amelia is quite happy about her new top, and this means she will get some wear out of it.

I really do love this pattern, it was the first one released by Mouse House Creations and I'm still so honored to have been a part of the testing team way back then. You may even recongnise Amelia's little face in one of the testers' photos at the end of the e-book. Hayley makes sure that everything is just perfect when her patterns are released so no need to worry about the quality of the pattern.

Tomorrow I will show you something else featured in the bundle that I hope you'll enjoy. If you haven't purchased you bundle yet make sure you do before time runs out! You do get a combined 76 e-books and e-courses in the Ultimate DYI Bundle* for one really low price.

Until next time, xx.

*Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ultimate DIY Bundle - Showing Off Some Doodle Art

Yay! Its finally here! The Ultimate DIY Bundle is now available for purchase! Since I'm helping to promote the bundle I was able to purchase mine a little early...Yes, that's right I didn't get it for free...but this post does contain affiliate links*. 

There is something for everyone is this bundle and the first thing I did was print out some coloring sheets from Doodle Art Alley (available in the bundle). I knew I could get at least 15-30 minutes to get a few things done around the house, and if I was really lucky I would have time to look at the other goodies that are featured in this packed bundel. There's a combined total of 76 e-books and e-courses included in the Ultimate DIY Bundle.

So I sat Amelia down and she chose to color the doodle koala...

The images are so fun and creative, and so much color can be used to make it pretty, as Amelia would say. I can print them over and over again for her because there now mine!

Ok a little bit of sulking because she wants the wood pencils now...

We have a happy artist again! 

Even I couldn't resist the mandalas...
But with more urgent matters, like dicovering Make Believe and Gift it from Scratch, other e-books featured in the bundle, I didn't finish.

With JubeJube in school and Amelia playing artist I had a little extra time to get stuff done so tomorrow I'll be showing you another project in that I made using another e-book from the bundle.

Until next time, xx.

*Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Clara Dress by Blaverry

Remember Ansley, a pattern design by Blaverry? Well after the blog tour in November 2014, Christie made a few changes for the better and  released the pattern, she also worked on a brand new design, Clara. I love her designs, there always something fun and original with every pattern. There's also a brand new website for Blaverry where you can purchase all her patterns.

Yes, I'm showing off a summer dress in the cold of winter, but this is how I shake my winter blues. Thinking warm thoughts and sewing pretty dresses getting ready for that lovely warm sun.

I just love the shape of the pockets. and they're just big enough to store those tiny treasures.

The collar in a contrast fabric and the buttons down the front gives the dress a little of a retro look that I adore.

This dress was made in an evening, so I would say its an easy sew and I used about 1.25 meters of main fabric and less than .5 meters of the contrast fabric in a size 4. The siaze range for this pattern is from 9 months to 16 years...this is one we'll be using for a long time!

The instructions are really easy to follow and each step has a clear tech drawing. This PDF also features layers so that you can print out only the pattern sizes you want.

I'll keep on thinking those warm thoughts and sewing up more pretty dresses and looking forward to the warmer weather. I've got a few more to show you!

Until next time, xx.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ultimate Wallet by So Sew Easy

I've been looking high a low for the perfect wallet. I know my wallet never seems to have enough space for all those cards I need to carry. I think I may have just found what I needed in the Ultimate Wallet a pattern by So Sew Easy.


With this wallet I have space to put identification cards for JubeJube and Amelia, my identification, credit cards/ bank cards and gift cards (I love those!) and I still have a couple of spaces left open.

There's an ever practicle change pouch and other little pockets on either side.

The next time I make this pattern I will make this pocket a little deeper so that papers as cash are not so close to the top, but everything does stay nicely in place when the outside flap is snaped tight.

I spent more time ironing than sewing, but so worth putting in that extra time to make sure everything is well pressed. I did some topstitching for all the little card pockets, that step was not included in the tutorial. I used two snaps instead of one, I just felt that it would help keep that flap closed.

Just to let you know, I did get this pattern for free in exchange for the review, but all opinions are my own! I'm going to need one for every season to match my purse you better believe I'm going to get use out of this pattern.

If you like this pattern go visit DIY Crush, the perfect place to shop patterns for sewing, cross stitching, kniting and crocheting.

Until next time, xx. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

There Always Time to be Creative

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Until next time, xx.