Friday, July 22, 2016

Yves by Blaverry

Another pattern by Blaverry has been updated, and here it is! JubeJube loves the dress I made her using Yves and the light cotton voile from my stash.




Updates includes three different lengths (dress, tunic and top), full linging to make it reversible and little extras like a coloring page for your budding designer.


What you can expect with ALL Blaverry patterns:

  • Huge size range, from 2T to 16 years.
  • Layered printing, print only the sizes you need.
  • Easy instructions for blending sizes for a custom fit.
  • Measurement charts in imperial and metric.
  • Easy to the point instructions with tech drawings for each step.
  • Fun styles that your kids will love to wear. 



JubeJube and I took a walk in the woods for this mini shoot. The fabric has a definite boho style to it with its ombre dye and ribbon appliqué.


As we walked she kept on say that she was like a real princess, like Poca-the-hauntis (I just love when kids change words around).





Until next time, xx

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Baby Shower Gifts

Some time ago I was a guest on Gracious Threads for a virtual baby shower, so now I think I post it here.
I'm known as the go-to person when getting baby shower gift baskets ready. I get this type of mesasge on a regular basis...I'm going to a baby shower tomorrow, do you have anything on hand? I'll look in my stash and come up with what is needed to make this new little baby feel cozy and comfy.



Here are some of my favourite handmade gifts for a new baby. I start off with an oversized receiving blanket, a baby can never have too many of those. These blankets are over sizes so they do last longer than the store bought ones, JubeJube still has her favourite one that she snuggles with in front of the television or in the car when we go for a long drive. 

I use cotton flannel and cut it to measure about 115cm by 95cm (44 inches by 36 inches). I like using a bias tape to trim them out for extra durability and style. If you want a closer look on how to use bias tape here's a little tutorial I posted a while ago.


I'll add bib and washclothes to the gift basket, two more items you never have enough of with a baby. To make the washclothes I cut out a 7 inche square piece of a cotton print and another of cotton terry, both have been prewashed. Using a 1/4" seam allowance with right sides of fabric together I sew all around the edge, leaving an opening to pull them right side out. I then edge stitch all the way around. They're the perfect size for those messy faces.



The next little item on the list...These adorable little crib shoes! These are the Ruched Mary Janes, and the pattern is by PetitBoo.  The pattern shop has a nice veriety of boys and girls crib shoes.


Seriously They are addictive to make!



So now we have in this gift set, a blanket, bib, washclothes, crib shoes, and I also like to add a set of baby hangers, and wrap it all together with a pretty keepsake box. The box can be used to keep the hospital bracelet, that lock of hair from the first hair cut, some photos and many other cherished memories.



Once everything is put together I run to my friend Elena of Just ME, card maker and desinger extraodinaire,  and ask her to put a baby shower card together or raid her stash.

Until next time, xx.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Pool Side Beach Party Free Pattern and Tutorial Round Up

Now that the party is just about over I thought it would be nice to leave you with some lovely parting gifts...like a round up of free patterns and tutorials that can be used in creating some pool or beach party fun or your own.



Before starting up that list of fun patterns and tutorials check out Lulu & Celeste to find out if you're one of our lucky winners in the daily giveaway.

Just as a heads up, some of these patterns are Pinterest finds and I haven't tried them out.


  • This first one is for men! Its a pattern from Vancouver (Canada) based company, Thread Theory. Their specialty, men's clothing patterns! The full Arrowsmith Undershirt pattern with instructions can be downloaded here for FREE!...Thank you Thread Theory! 

  • I love this style as a beach cover up! Its a Kimono style dress tutorial for women. Here's the full blog post that I found over at Sew In Love
  • Over at E+M Patterns (facebook group) you can find this adorable dolaman top pattern for FREE, I sewed it up and posted about it here. Adding a couple of inches in length would create the perfect beach cover-up for kids. 


  • Next is a traditional bucket had, its perfect for toddlers in the sun and at the beach. The pattern is FREE over at Oliver+S. Although I haven't tried this pattern you know that so many others have! Pattern fits up to age 6-8 depending on head measurement!

  • Talking about hats...I made the cutest bonnet! Find the pattern in the Jilly Atlanta pattern facebook group! The pattern is free and it is just adorable! 



  • When going to the beach, you need a beach bag or tote bag...there are so many free patterns and tutorials out there for that type of thing, but the one I liked the most was the tutorial from Radiant Home Studio. It could simply be the fabric selection or the size of the tote that I was drawn to. 

  • And something for Dolly? Why not! Another tried tested and true pattern shop...you shouldn't have any issues with this FREEBIE from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate link). Its a swimsuit for 18" dolls. This is one on my to-do list! 

These are just a few...but you can find more on my Pinterest board, and its growing everyday! 


Enjoy!

Until next time, xx.


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Pool side Beach Party Day 6

Here we are on Day 6 of our Pool Side Beach Party Tour...not quite the end, we still have to announce the winners of our daily giveaways...and today we have another giveaway!

Let's go see what our featured bloggers have made!

Over at Phat Quarters, Gemia has garnished her swimsuit cover-ups with pompoms...go check out all the details on her blog!


Essence has some fun colorful swimwear...I really can't wait to see the full look. For more go check out the Adventures of Bubba and Bug.



Miranda have it all in her post, the hat, the cover-up and the bikini...go get inspired with Inspinration!



Now I'm seriously wondering what Karly of Paisley Roots has put together...no clues at all from this teaser, but I bet you its amazing! Go take a look, I know you want to!



Looking for an ladies swimsuit, I think Eleri of the Sew and Tell Project has got that covered! Go take a look what she made using 5 out of 4 patterns!



Look back at the week and visit all the other stops...so many fun, colorful and inspired projects!
We'll be back in a few days with a beach bag designed by The Handmaiden's Cottage,  the winners of the daily giveaways, a round up post and maybe even a list of FREEbeach and pool realated projects...oh and also that hemp bracelet tutorial that I promised...there was just too much to pack into one week that's its flowing into next week!





Thanks so much to all our amazing sponsors! Here are some amazing deals, catch them beofre they're over!

Modkid (use the code POOLSIDE2016 for 25% of at checkout until July 2nd)
Sew Happily Ever After with the code Poolside16 get 50% off the Nana tote in thier Etsy shop until July 4th
Also Jennuine Design (one of the prize sponsors) is having an unrelated sale on selected patterns until June 30th. 40% off with code SATYASEASON
Phat Quarters Free US shipping on orders of $25 or more with code SUMMER25
BLAVERRY 15% off with code INDEPENDENCE2016  until July 10th
5 Out 4 Patterns  FIREWORKS2016 for 20% off your purchase now (6/27/2016) through Monday, July 4th, 2016. (Coupon cannot be used on PowerNet fabric)
Filles à Maman JULYONETOFIVE for 25% off everything including bundles, the coupon is valid from july 1st ending July 5th midnight EDT
Gracious Threads 40% off all patterns with code canadaday2016 Good from July 1st to 8th
Today's giveaway  is a $20.00 from Phat Quarters.
Mouse House Creations 35% off patterns and ready-to-sell items with code BOOM Good from June 30th to July 6th 11:59pm est
E+M Pattern 50% off all patterns with the Code SAVE50 at checkout good until July 6th (11:59p.m. PST).
Sofilantjes use the code FREEDOM for 20% discount excluding bundles




Today's give away is a $20.00 gift card from Phat Quarters fabric shop!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pool Side Beach Party : Nantucket for Amelia

Amelia...Chanting " I'm ready for the beach!" getting louder and louder...Can't you hear her? 

Here's my swimsuit post for the tour...don't forget to go enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the end!


Well, we did make it too the beach, but not early enough because that summer sun was so bright and so hot! 

I started off by looking for the perfect pattern for Amelia and something that would also be fun for me to make and came across Nantucket by Peek-a-Boo patterns (affiliate link). 



I got my fabric (Amelia's selection actually) from Club Tissus where they have quite the selection of swimwear fabrics. She wanted roses, and roses she got!



I love the criss-cross back and the neckline, how high it goes.


The pattern ranges from size 3month to 12 years (I'll be sewing many more of these in the next few years). All charts are in metric and imperial measurements, and the pattern pieces are nested to allow for size blending. All seam allowances are included. It was quite easy and qick to put together too.



How can I take her to the beach and not let her have some play time. This water toy in the shape of an elephant was just too cute to pass up! Much like a water pistol, but with the cuteness of an animal.



Until next time, xx.




Coupon Codes:

Modkid (use the code POOLSIDE2016 for 25% of at checkout until July 2nd)
Sew Happily Ever After with the code Poolside16 get 50% off the Nana tote in thier Etsy shop until July 4th
Also Jennuine Design (one of the prize sponsors) is having an unrelated sale on selected patterns until June 30th. 40% off with code SATYASEASON
Phat Quarters Free US shipping on orders of $25 or more with code SUMMER25
BLAVERRY 15% off with code INDEPENDENCE2016  until July 10th
5 Out 4 Patterns  FIREWORKS2016 for 20% off your purchase now (6/27/2016) through Monday, July 4th, 2016. (Coupon cannot be used on PowerNet fabric)
Filles à Maman JULYONETOFIVE for 25% off everything including bundles, the coupon is valid from july 1st ending July 5th midnight EDT
Gracious Threads 40% off all patterns with code canadaday2016 Good from July 1st to 8th


A huge thank you to all out sponsors!



2 patterns of choice* from Mouse House Creations
1 pattern of choice* from 5 Out of 4 Patterns
1 pattern of choice* from Chalk and Notch
*Excludes bundles
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Pool Side Beach Party Day 3

Welcome to Day 3! So much going on today so lets get right to it! 
*Don't forget the raffle copter giveaway at the end of this post!


Special Feature: 

I asked my friend Elena of Just ME if she'd create a fun card to go with our pool/ beach theme. This is what she came up with. Its a fun little digi stamp that is now available in her Etsy shop, Just ME Digital Stamps. Its always nice to bring a card to the host, or for the birthday girl, and even better when its handmade. For more card making ideas and just fun party themes, go visit Elena's blog!



The Teasers:

Today seems to be all about swimwear, for girls and women! Take a look, get inspired!


Starting off with Alisha over at the Sew and Tell Project. Sewing for yourself is never an easy task, but seeing how great Alisha looks, I think she's got the right fit with the pattern she selected! Visit her blog to find out more about her project! 


Now Jess over at Gracious Threads has been busy! go check out her blog, you'll see what I mean! Not just did she sew up a great looking swimsuit for herself...go, before I let the cat out of the bag!



Check out what Marie-Claude at MCB Créations sewed up for her blog post. I'm just loving the anchor print for the top!



Not one but TWO swimsuits are being featured SewSophieLynn, want to see what patterns Tami used, well just go visit her blog!


And you have my little Amelia chanting that she's ready for the the beach...you can check out my post here a little later on.


More fun stuff to be seen tomorrow with Ula over at Lulu & Celeste as she hosts Day 4!




Coupon Codes:

Modkid (use the code POOLSIDE2016 for 25% of at checkout until July 2nd)
Sew Happily Ever After with the code Poolside16 get 50% off the Nana tote in thier Etsy shop until July 4th
Also Jennuine Design (one of the prize sponsors) is having an unrelated sale on selected patterns until June 30th. 40% off with code SATYASEASON
Phat Quarters Free US shipping on orders of $25 or more with code SUMMER25
BLAVERRY 15% off with code INDEPENDENCE2016  until July 10th
5 Out 4 Patterns  FIREWORKS2016 for 20% off your purchase now (6/27/2016) through Monday, July 4th, 2016. (Coupon cannot be used on PowerNet fabric)
Filles à Maman JULYONETOFIVE for 25% off everything including bundles, the coupon is valid from july 1st ending July 5th midnight EDT
Gracious Threads 40% off all patterns with code canadaday2016 Good from July 1st to 8th
Mouse House Creations 35% off patterns and ready-to-sell items with code BOOM Good from June 30th to July 6th 11:59pm est
E+M Pattern 50% off all patterns with the Code SAVE50 at checkout good until July 6th (11:59p.m. PST).
A huge thank you to all out sponsors!



2 patterns of choice* from Mouse House Creations
1 pattern of choice* from 5 Out of 4 Patterns
1 pattern of choice* from Chalk and Notch
*Excludes bundles
Open Internationally

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time, xx.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pool Side Beach Party Day 1

Its that time of year ...Summer, sun, beach and pool parties, friends, food and vacations! Today kicks off Day 1 of the Pool Side Beach Pary with some really fun stuff!...Including a giveaway, so you'll want to read to the end and you'll want to follow this tour really closely for daily giveaways! 

Before showing you teasers for today's posts I decided it was snack time! One of my favorite snacks to bring to the beach or serve at a pool party is fruit, here's something fun that I like to do. 

  1. Buy fruit that is local and in season to get the fresh tastes you love. In my area you can easily find strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe...pears, plums, apples, cherries...and the list goes on... 
  2. I like to get the kids to help because its so easy. Wash fruit and get the little helpers to randomly place the fruit on wood skewers. 
  3. Place on serving dish or in a plastic container for the cooler and done! 

Ok, I went a little tropical, obviously pineapple and kiwi are not local to Quebec but when your 6 year old begs you for them its so  much easier to comply when its so healthy and yummy.


I used a fish shaped plate because he fit the theme, heeeheee, he looks so grumpy!



Refreshing, healthy and all natural!

Teaser Time!

First we have Jessica from 5 Out Of 4 patterns showing us how to make only the coolest beach towel! Click here for full tutorial! These would make great gifts, I even want one for me!



You'll want to check out the Reef Walkers by New Horizon Designs that Courtney of The Wholesome Mama sewed up! The detail on those pockets is so original! I'm thinking that those pants would be really comfy for a day at the beach! 



Let's head over to Sew Happily Ever After! Linda sewed up the Satya romper by Jennuine Design... That face says it all, she is so ready for the beach in her little romper!




Now how cool is this cover-up that Christie of Blaverry made for her daughter! Go check out Christie's post to find out which one of her beautiful patterns she used! This is for sure something my girls would love to have after playing in the water and feeling like they need to warm up.



Go visit Ula over a Lulu & Celeste for Day 2 of this 6 day event!




Special thanks to our sponsors for the giveaways and discount codes!

Modkid is offer a 25% discount on all purchses in there shop, use the code "POOLSIDE2016" at checkout.
Sew Happily Ever After is offering a 50% discount on the Nana insulated tote, use the code "PoolSideParty16".
Phat Quarters is offering free shipping with all orders over $25.00! (sorry, US orders only). Use the code "SUMMER25" at checkout!  



Today you have a chance to win :

There will be a new giveaway with new prizes tomorrow!!
Unitl next time, xx.


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