Browse Month: March 2016

Spring Break PJ Party – Elliedactyl Jadyn Party PJs

It seems fitting that the Elliedactyl pajama pattern is actually the Jadyn Party Pajamas since they are making an appearance on the Spring Break PJ Party Tour today.

It’s no secret that I love everything Elliedactyl and since I didn’t have time when these were in testing to give them a try I knew they would be my choice for this tour.  And as expected, they didn’t disappoint.


The only downfall is they are so cute you don’t even realize they are pj’s!  This may lead to your child not wanting to take them off and head out into the world in the same clothes they rolled out of bed in, HAHA!


While I had a grand plan for this photo shoot, we know what happens to grand plans when your trying to get out of town on vacation right?  they go out the window!  At least for me, cause really, i’ll be honest, i’m the queen of procrastination.  At least I can admit it right?


I decided what would be even better than a staged shoot at the studio would be if I took them while we were REALLY on spring break!  So excuse my poor lighting and hotel bed, and say hello real life spring break in studio condo with 2 kids…


I’ve been waiting for a chance to get some jammies made for Reid with this awesome fabric from Peek-A-Boo Fabric Shop.  I mean, it really fits him to a T!!  Most days he reminds me a little of the Tasmanian Devil, remember that little cloud of dust tornado?  Yep, thats this kid!  The stars are from TKBPrints and are my go to coordinate for most of his stuff.  They just match everything!  They do have a retail site but things sell out pretty quickly so I suggest following them on Facebook for updates and new orders.



He thought it was pretty funny that he was allowed to jump on the bed. Not a smart momma move. Obviously, he had no interest in stopping. As I was correcting him, he must have thought if he turned around and couldn’t see me anymore, I wouldn’t be able to see him either, WRONG! Still in trouble, little man!


He finally sat down and tried to give me that “but i’m so cute, how could you be mad at me” face. ahhhhhh…. yes I melt every time.


Feel the need to sew up some pj’s of your own now??   Check out all of the stops on the PJ Party tour plus our amazing sponsors for tons of ideas on fabrics and patterns you can use.

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!

Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Create 3.5 to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway! We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes: Fabric Sponsors

Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!

PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th!

Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles. You could win 1 pattern of your choice from both shops! Visit Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 23rd at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 8 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 24th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.

Rafflecopter giveaway– ENTER HERE

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Want to win more prizes? Visit Lulu & Celeste tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers. You still have time to enter yesterday’s giveaway! Go to Sprouting JubeJube’s post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 22nd)!

Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:

Monday, March 21st

Sew Far North | The Wholesome Mama | From-a-Box | Pattern Revolution | Inspinration | Paisley Roots

Tuesday, March 22nd

Sprouting JubeJube | 5 Out Of 4 | Sew Happily Ever After | Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Connected by A Thread

Wednesday, March 23rd

Create 3.5 | Handmade Boy | HattieLu Handmade | Made by Melli | The Crafting Fiend | Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Thursday, March 24th

Lulu & Celeste | Sew Starly | Phat Quarters | Pear Berry Lane | Rebel & Malice | Creative Counselor

Friday, March 25th

Made By Jaime | Mae & K | Mabel Madison | SewSophiLynn | Amazing Adventures of Bubba & Bug | MahlicaDesigns

Adventures in Quilting – Bloom Quilt Block  10

To those of you that know me, this may seem out of the norm. Or on the other hand you may know that I love a challenge, and trying out new things, so it may not seem so strange.  


Quilting is something that just never really attracted my attention.  I spent ALOT of time at a local quilt shop as I was starting Beri Bee; and if I’m honest I wouldn’t likely be where I am now without the encouragement of the ladies there. That said, even seeing the amazing work from Janet, Alice, Lisa and others there, I never gave it a try.    If your ever in Southern California you’ll have to check out SLO Creative Studio.  Janet moved out west and has a new shop out there. Don’t tell me you went though, it will just make me jealous 😉

Well hell must have frozen over cause here it is! My first ever quilt block!! 

 This is Block 10 from the Bloom Quilt pattern by Lori Holt.  I have been drooling over these Wonderland fabrics so I decided to use them for my block instead but for the most part the pattern is the same.   

The Sew Simple Shapes from Lori Holt made the appliqué so easy!  I just traced onto the Pellon, stitched them to the fabric and turned.  

 You may notice one tiny difference in mine from the others along the tour,and I apologize, I had to make the rounded leaves versus the more triangle style because of a small mixup with the templates I was sent. I really still love it so no problem  here.  

I even attached all the appliqué by hand! Something else that’s on my list of seeing to avoid… Anything by hand. But, and don’t anyone repeat this, it was kind of relaxing and I may have even enjoyed it a little, haha! 


Now to decide what to do with my lone block… Make more? Or find a project to incorporate this one?

Want to see more inspiration from the Bloom quilt sewalong? Head over to Lori’s page, or visit the Riley Blake blog to see other versions of this block plus the previous blocks from Bloom. 

Stopping to take a breath…

I know there’s lots of you out there that can understand and have likely felt the same way at one point… That point when great intentions also means I’ve overcommitted. 

Sometimes just a break from the things pulling in so many directions is just the ticket and that’s exactly what this weekend is.  It’s spring break for our kiddos so I’m looking forward to a long weekend of no work, no sewing, no studio… Just me, hubs, the kids and some great friends! 

I thought I’d use my time off to share a few of the things that I’ve had on my plate recently.  It’s all amazing, fantastic things, which is why I just can’t ever say no, haha! (Surely someone else has can’t-say-no syndrome right?! It’s a real thing, I say so)

The studio!! We’ve started our classes! It’s been several months in the works and after moving spaces in January we are finally moving forward with the plans we had laid out.  Your can read more about it here. Plus you can take a peek into the space I work in.


Our most recent class was a girls class for spring break.  We had such a fun time and the girls did a fabulous job!! 

I’ve also been working on lots of pattern and fabric testing.  Which leads to lots of photography. 


With the more time I’ve spent behind my camera, the more I’m feeling pretty confident in my skill.  This is giving me the opportunity to form some really great relationships with other designers and businesses.  Our studio neighbor is The Opposite of Far, if you haven’t checked her out before you need to, look how awesome her masks are!! 

I met the sweet ladies of Mama Said Tees while I was at MommyCon in Chicago a few weeks ago.   Love their shirts!! Stuff like this goes so well with stuff I make for the kids. 


Really I can never have too many shirts like this, so it’s a good thing my good friend Julie from Chestnut Street Duds has been coming up with some awesome designs of her own. 


So there you have it.. A wrap up of my time lately and what keeps me so busy.  Not to mention my full time job (gotta support my fabric budget somehow!) and just being a mom. But all that said, I wouldn’t change a thing. I don’t think I know how to function when I’m not running at 110%.  It’s just who I am.  ❤️



Hey June – The Camden Raglan

You have no idea how exciting this pattern is our household.  I might even call it life-changing, and that isn’t an exaggeration, haha!  As Ry has gotten older (because yes 8 is old, which apparently makes me ancient!)  it has been harder and harder for us to agree on clothing, both store bought and items i’m making.  Finding a pattern that we both love, and that fits her slim frame so perfectly is like hitting the jackpot!


Floral fabric is an upcoming release from The Fabric Geeks

Say hello to the Camden Raglan from Hey June.   I’m pretty sure this is the 4th one i’ve made so far and she loves every one of them.

This Lucky Sprinkle fabric was so perfect for St Patrick’s Day (and green day at school today)

I really love that all these tops came from the same pattern, but all have their own look.  From a banded bottom, to a curved hem, 3 different sleeve lengths, hooded or not;  its really awesome to get so many looks.

I also sent a few off to a friend, her daughter and Ry could be twins in another life.  They have the same attitude-filled opinions and have almost an identical build.  And generally if one designs an item, the other one wants the same thing, its uncanny how alike they are but they have never met in person.


Stitchkins fabric from Dark Matter Fabrics 

This one almost didn’t leave our house.  I only had enough of this amazing Stenzo dog and cat fabric for one top and Chey had picked it out.  (yes I’m already ordering more! and you can too… Mabel Madison has it available in both pink and white!)


Apparently digital designs like this are becoming increasingly popular.  The girls love them, I feel like the dog is staring at me… haha!!


Vintage Kitchen Blog Tour – Doll Apron Tutorial

Hey there friends!!  Today we’re talking about a gorgeous new fabric from Riley Blake that recently hit the shelves of your favorite fabric shop – Vintage Kitchen by Andrea Muller.


I just LOVED the Kitchen Turnips for spring so I chose those and built around them!   Ry has been asking for an apron so I though making one for her and her doll would be the perfect project with these.


She insisted on a mixing bowl for our outside pics… haha!!

How adorable is this Kitchen Cat ribbon??


And we can’t leave out Lea!


The doll apron is the perfect way to use up scraps!

You only need 3 pieces of fabric –
main apron panel – 4″x 13″
waist/tie  – 3″x 30″
ruffle – 2″ x 26″

First  you want to hem the ruffle.  You could either use a rolled hem, or press up 1/4″ and then again another 1/4″ and stitch.

Now gather the ruffle to match the main skirt piece and attach, then topstitch.

Fold in the side 1/4″ and press, then fold another 1/4″ and press, then stitch in place.  Do this on both sides to finish the side edges.

For some reason these pictures didn’t turn out well and I didnt notice until I was too far in, i’m sorry!!  I’ll add some soon for anyone that isnt following that.

Moving on to the tie – press wrong sides together matching up long edges.  Open up and fold each long edge in towards the center press line you just made and press again.  This is basically making a wide bias tape.


Open this up again and fold RIGHT sides together and stitch 1/4 from the edge down the short side on each end.


Fold back to wrong sides together, folding with the press lines to enclose the seam allowance you just made.


Now mark the middle of both your skirt and waist tie and either pin or clip.


Using the waist, enclose the top of the skirt and starting at one end, topstitch all the way around the waist tie.




Thank you so much for stopping by today!!    I’d love to see what you created with the tutorial, tag me on Instagram  – #beribeeblog or #beribeetutorial

And big thank you to Riley Blake and Andrea Muller for sending over the fabric and ribbon for me to play with!

Now don’t miss out on the rest of the blog tour!! I’ve listed the other stops for so you can see the rest of the Vintage Kitchen awesomeness –

3/7/2016 Julia – Riley Blake Designs
3/7/2016 Andrea – Jolijou
3/8/2016 Nina – Hedi
3/8/2016 Anja – Nähkitz
3/9/2016 Kati – Swafing Fabrics
3/9/2016 Carrie Beri Bee Designs
3/10/2016 Karin- Herzenssachen
3/10/2016 Andrea – anlukaa
3/11/2016 Emma – Frühstück bei Emma
3/11/2016 einchen – doppelnaht
3/14/2016 Anorina – Samelias Mum
3/14/2016 Bev – Flamingo Toes
3/15/2016 Amy – Diary of a Quilter
3/15/2016 Julia – lillesol & pelle
3/16/2016 Andy – A Bright Corner
3/16/2016 Sabine – farbenmix
3/17/2016 Simone – KaeptnStupsnase
3/17/2016 Sarah – Mädchenkram
3/18/2016 Melissa Corry
3/18/2016 Tina
3/21/2016 Jessica Stewart
3/21/2016 Bine Guellich
3/22/2016 Lindsay Wilkes
3/22/2016 Sandra – Flaupa
3/23/2016 Amanda Niederhauser
3/23/2016 Ina – pattydoo
3/24/2016 Ruth Sodl-Warter
3/24/2016 Marissa – Rae Gun Ramblings