I love a good, basic jeans and tee shirt combo. In fact, most of what I wear is jeans and a tee shirt, or a skirt and a tee shirt. So when my good friend Dana sent over her latest pattern The Anywhere Skirt for me to try, I went ahead and made a denim version for a super versatile Anywhere, Anytime, Anyway Jeans and a Tee Shirt Skirt! And I love it.
The pattern is more like a “choose your own adventure” workshop, walking you though the steps of measuring, drafting, and cutting out the pieces you’ll need to make the skirt in any size, in any of the variations she offers.
It was a quick sew, and would be really great project for someone getting started with pattern drafting or apparel sewing. Read More
There is always something to celebrate, and I can’t keep up with coming up with and creating new decor for each and every event. That’s when my Happy Everything Fabric Pennant Banner comes in super handy! I made it a couple years ago as a way to use up a bunch of colorful fabric from my stash, and I have used it over and over and over again throughout the years.
Because it’s made from every color of fabric, it works to celebrate all kinds of things: holidays, baby showers, Saturdays, and birthdays! Today I want to share the fabric pennant banner diy as part of A Rainbow for Katy, put together by Skirt Fixation. We’re celebrating cute and colorful Katy Dill on her birthday today! Happy Birthday Katy!
Making the fabric pennant banner is simple, and there are ways to make it even more easy by making it with raw edges, or using hem tape to make it no-sew. I have made banners in all different ways, and this double sided, sewn version has held up the best and is used the most often. It’s a little more work, but so worth it when you can pull it out again and again. Read More
In 2010, I designed and created The Original Maternity Countdown Tee Shirt in anticipation of expecting my second baby. It was the way I wanted to document my growing baby bump, and the series that I posted here on the blog was hugely popular! It lead to my printing and selling the shirts, and unfortunately also to the design being copied and sold by various other vendors.
For the last four years, I’ve been restocking and selling them without much marketing or media, and though it’s been a fun, uninterrupted venture, I am excited about putting some additional energy into this great shirt and the story that it helps expecting mamas tell! So, I opened up a brand new storefront called The Countdown Shop where I’ll now be selling The Maternity Countdown Tee. In addition, my middle child has inspired a new series of tee shirts, called the By Hand Tee Shirts.
I’ve been making these for Eliot to celebrate his birthdays for a couple years, and decided to jump all in and make them available for others to buy for their little ones! I love how little kids always show you their age BY HAND, and wanted to play with that!
Each of the By Hand Tee Shirts shows the age with a hand, along with a fun play on words.
#1 is a perfect first birthday shirt, because gosh it’s such an exciting time (and sure to be hash tagged in this social media day and age!)
You know that two-year-olds feel just this way! Ha! My too-cool tee shirt is a great way to recognize the fun side of their growing independence!
I don’t know a single three-year-old who can pronounce the word “three.” It’s the most cute age for beginning to speak, and this is when I made Eliot his “I’m Free” tee shirt. This shirt was recently featured on the Brickyard Buffalo IG account, and got so much love!
Four years old is when my kids began to feel like real kids, and not toddlers. They’re “For Real!”
And five, when kids start heading out into the world of pre-school or Kindergarten with a “Hi Five”.
I’m excited to start seeing these awesome By Hand Tee Shirts pop up on kids around the country, and make birthday celebrations as well as everyday celebrations more fun!
The Countdown Shop is a place where I can continue to design and develop fun, happy products and I’m excited to see where it takes me!
I’m a boat person. My parents raced sail boats as newlyweds, and I learned to hang out on the trapeze of my dad’s Hobie when I was a kid. Probably around the same age I learned to waterski behind our family ski boat every weekend. We would go to the lake for weeks at a time in the summer. As a college student I was a river guide and learned to row huge gear boats down white water rapids. Then dating Dave we would take kayaks and paddle boats to get on the water. So, yes. I am a boat person. We just don’t happen to own a boat of our own…yet.
So, it is out of necessity I am sharing about Ski Shores Cafe and 5 other ways to enjoy Lake Austin without a boat! Read More
Last week we headed out into Texas Hill Country to pick peaches in Fredericksburg, a little town famous for it’s German heritage, and it’s peach orchards. The day was hot and sticky, the peaches were heavy and sweet, and we all had a memorable time. As we picked, I imagined the cold, creamy treats that we could make with our bushels, and that night we started with homemade peach rosemary ice cream. Read More