Ever since I was little I remember loving laying in a hammock to relax. I mean, who doesn’t, right? That feeling was magnified when I lived in Costa Rica for several months studying Spanish during college. Everywhere I looked there were folks hangin around in hammocks of every type, color, and style. I bought a great little red fabric one home, and pulled it out every time I went camping for several years.
When we moved to Texas I finally had a yard with trees to hang it up permanently and was thrilled! Then, within a couple months our resident squirrel chewed through it in enough places that it no longer worked. Bummer! We had the squirrel humanely relocated to a nearby preserve, and I pulled out a bolt of ripstop nylon that I had ended up not using on a different project and just made one after the simple style of my original.
This super easy hammock DIY requires the most basic sewing knowledge and just a couple materials to set you up for summer relaxation. Want to make one? Read on. Read More
The other day when I was sitting down for my creative recharge me-time, I pulled out this fabric that I’ve had for almost a year, and turned it into a simple summer pencil dress.
The last time I sewed something for myself was months ago, which is sort of unusual considering I’ve had years where I’ve sewn something for my own closet every other week! I think the difference is that since September I have been operating on a super minimal capsule wardrobe of sorts, and really feeling uplifted by the simplicity of only having clothing that I love, that fit me well, and that I want to wear regularly in my closet. That means every time I’ve thought of making something new I’ve considered if I really want to add a piece to my wardrobe, and so far the answer has been that I’m content with what I have!
I felt inspired to sew something for fun, and for me, and this fabric that I bought on a whim (probably while at the store for a zipper or some other notion) was calling my name. It is more color than the neutrals that I’ve found to be my staples, but I love the bohemian feel of the print. The material itself feels high quality and comfortable, which are all necessary characteristics of things that I end up wearing often.
Initially I assumed I’d create a simple shift dress, with sleeves and pockets. But then I couldn’t find an example online of the shape I was hoping for, and I realized that despite having lost my baby weight, I haven’t worn anything very fitted. So the shift turned into a pencil.
The basic shape and inspiration for front welt pockets came from here. I made more fitted with darts at the bust and back, and inset sleeves (pulled from this favorite pattern).
For the neckline I wanted to change up my usual round scoop neck, so I created a fun scooped v-neck. I love the interest of the shape, and it is just high enough to feel appropriate, but low enough to feel breezy and youthful. Also, I hate when my necklace gets caught inside my necklines, and the chances of that happening in this dress are small. Win-Win. Read More
Today is Thursday. Thursday during nap time I stop everything and clean my floors. It takes about two hours to get the sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping complete, but I always feel so satisfied when it’s finished. And my boys usually come home from school and track in all of the dirt from the playground just minutes after I finish, but the floors were cleaned and I won’t have to think about it again until next Thursday during nap time.
Cleaning the floors on Thursday is one example of how I have removed the weight of regular tasks from my shoulders to save my energy and happiness. Those seemingly endless chores that you could do all the time– because they keep being undone they never end– will likewise endlessly sap your energy in the form of worry, stress, and overwhelm if you don’t put them in their place. I don’t feel that weight every day anymore, because I have automated some of these tasks into my schedule in a way that I know exactly when they will happen and I have given myself permission to stop worrying about them in between. Read More
Summer is fast approaching! It’s the perfect time to bust out a couple skirts for the littles. I made this gathered skirt with attached bloomers as part of this “One Pattern, Four Ways” post last month, and it’s super easy and fun to make.
The little skirt ends up full, sticking out on it’s own in sort of a fun tutu shape. And the attached bloomers beneath make dressing the bottom half so simple. That diaper or undies gets covered right up.
As with the other three tutorials in this series of pattern fusion, we begin with the perfect diaper cover pattern. Once you have that printed and ready to go, read on for the full instructions to add the full skirt to the top!
I’m a snacker. It usually hits me in the afternoon, between lunch (which I may have skipped) and making dinner. Also, at ten at night when the kids are settled, dishes are done, and I’m settling in to watch The Voice and relax. I try to have healthy snacks on hand, but even with healthy snacks, like nuts or fruit, I can sometimes get carried away and before I know it I’ve eaten the whole box/bag/carton. That’s where the Pistachio Principle can come in handy so you can fool yourself full!
“The Pistachio Principle” comes from research that showed that if eating in-shell pistachios took more time, and led to a lower overall calorie intake than shelled nuts. Also, when the shells were left visible they served as a cue to stop eating sooner. Not only do the shells of the pistachios cue you as to your portions, but the nuts themselves will satiate far before typical more sugary or carb-loaded snacks because of the protein and healthy fats found inside. So you really do get full faster!
It’s as if you snack can talk to you and this is what it want’s to say: