Glamping Birthday Dinner Party

Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 18 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Ever since Jordan Ferney started posting about her outdoor dinners, I’ve dreamed of hosting a dinner party in the wild. Not the wild of my yard (although after six months of neglect it is pretty much a complete prairie back there…) but a fully out-of-the-way location, with all the magic, intrigue, and charm that unexpected events tend to hold. As the birthday of my dear friend Rachel approached, I decided now was the time, and went to work planning.

Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 1 e1406149579562 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party I recruited another good friend, Lori, to  pull it off with me. I wanted to host it out in the big nature preserve behind my house, which is a beautiful, rugged, section of Texas Hill Country, and we settled on a “Vintage Camping” or “Glamping” theme to guide choices. I designed the invitations based on these  incredible wedding invites. Ours were a simplified version (read–made with my limited illustrator skills) but turned out perfectly for this event. I printed them at home, tied each invite with it’s accompanying map to the table location, and hand delivered them to friends.

Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 20 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 22 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party The event was set in in the trees on the left along this cave-access road in the local nature preserve. When we built our house last year, we were told about an endanger beetle that lives in the small, underground caves in this area. Since their discovery here, about eight acres have been set aside as preserve land. It’s amazing, because the land is beautiful, diverse, and readily accessible for trail running, hiking, and mountain biking, but it will never be developed further. And it’s right out our back door! I occasionally run along the trails here, and the location turned out to be ideal. It only took about six trips along the five-minute walk from my house to get out to this spot, but it felt like we were in the middle of the wilderness all evening.

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We wanted maximum impact with minimal effort, so kept things relatively simple with a few fun details. We threw an assortment of fun, bottled sodas from World Market into a cooler, and attached the bottle opener with twine to the handle for easy access. The favors went into a mini picnic basket. The chalkboard fabric pendant was a gift from Rach of Family Ever After, and looked so fun here. This thrifted bar caddie was a lightweight, perfect display for the assortment of camping accouterments we pulled together, as well as the gorgeous layered lemon berry birthday cake, which Lori made.

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Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 12 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 16 Glamping Birthday Dinner Party Glamping Outdoor Dinner One Little Minute Blog 25 copy Glamping Birthday Dinner Party We used two six-foot folding tables pushed together to make the square, and surrounded it with these awesome wooden folding chairs which we borrowed from a friend. We threw a variety of plaid fabric on as a table cloth, and added clumps of wildflowers (all cut from my backyard…total wilderness, I tell you!) as centerpieces. For dinner, I made one of my favorite pasta dishes from the Favorite’s Cookbook. It’s chicken, bacon, spinach, onions, cheese, pasta, and a dijon balsamic dressing with toasted almonds. The whole thing is delightful hot, warm, or room temperature, which made it a great option for pre packing into tin-foil dishes to set at the table. I renamed it “Backcountry Pasta” for the menu, and served it with foil-wrapped warm ciabatta baguette with butter. At dusk, in the wild, everything hit the spot.

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The experience was incredible. I think everyone had a good time, and most importantly, I know the birthday girl felt celebrated and loved, which she is.

Phew! Now I can stop myself from posting every single one of these photos on my instagram feed, and get back to sharing my normal, everyday life and photos of my darling babies.


Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt

Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt One Little Minute Blog 21 Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt There is something positively magical about a full, drapey maxi skirt that calls for grabbing by the handful and tiptoeing through the garden. I made this  fun polka dot maxi skirt out of the softest lightweight voile designed by Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline.
Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt One Little Minute Blog 7 Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt I first met Caroline last year at Sewing Summit, where we each taught an apparel sewing class (mine was leggings and her was a skirt). She is sweet, sincere, and positively…well, GLEEFUL! That also just happens be the name of the limited edition line of fabric she recently designed in partnership with Art Gallery. I was excited to get my hands on some, and jumped at the chance to join her Gleeful Blog Hop.

As with most current designer editions with fabric houses, the line is primarily printed onto quilting-weight cotton. Unfortunately, I don’t use basic cotton all that much, as my style lends itself to more apparel-weight wovens like rayon or voile and stretch knits (we all know how I adore knits!) I was thrilled to find out that one of my favorites of Caroline’s prints, After the Rain, was available in this lightweight, silky voile! She sent me a couple yards and after petting it lovingly for a few days, I packed it into my suitcase to take on vacation to Utah last month, where I designed and sewed this pleated, pocketed, high-waisted, ultra-long maxi skirt.

Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt One Little Minute Blog 20 Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt The lightness of this voile allow the small pleats in front and back to add some structure to the design without all of the yardage getting bulky at the waistband. And pockets, because really everything that anyone wears, ever, should have pockets. amiright? I made these extra deep. I’m sure they’ll be filled with legos and cheerios this summer at the park. My first attempt at the waistband actually included these super clever elastic sections in the back–but I was experimenting and the skirt came out a couple inches too big around the waist. So, I just cut them out and added an invisible zipper along the side seam. Maybe I’ll try again with that elastic concept…it was good in theory! Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt One Little Minute Blog Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt When my mom saw the finished skirt she asked if I was going to hem it…and it was already hemmed! I felt like creating a drapey, puddling skirt, and this hit the nail on the head. Here I’m wearing it barefoot, where It drags about an inch and a half on the ground. And with heels it’s still perfectly long. The extra length adds a sort of drama to the gleefulness (if you will) of the print. Every time I wear it I feel sort of glamorous, but still informal and fun. It can go from park to date night with just a switch of the shoes and maybe throwing on some makeup.

Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt One Little Minute Blog 10 Gleeful Pleated Maxi Skirt A skirt comfortable enough to wear in my everyday life is just the ticket. I love how this one turned out, and am so happy for Caroline and her fun new fabric line! Plum approves, too.



A “Texas Summer” Drawstring-Waist Box Dress

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Ah, summer. It’s arriving in slow, subtle awakenings here in the beautiful Texas hill country. First were the brilliant blossoms along every roadside, wildflowers as far as the eyes could see. Next came the buds on my new trees, fuzzy and hopeful (then turning slowly brown and dry as I’m just learning how to water regularly). Day by day my layers have become lighter, and these last few days I’m breaking a sweat even while sitting still if I’m in the sun, rather than tucked into the safety of the shade.

We moved to Austin exactly one year ago, and even though it’s creeping up quietly, I know what’s in store for the summer months: heat and humidity, sun and sweat. I can’t think of a better way to prepare for the Texas Summertime than sew a super simple, lightweight sundress for Melissa’s 30 Days of Sundresses Series.

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Drawstring Box Dress One Little Minute Blog 61 A Texas Summer Drawstring Waist Box Dress For my Texas Summer sundress, I designed a simple-as-they-come box dress with an optional drawstring waist, made of the most delightfully breezy single layer gauze (which I double with the lining) and sewn in an entirely new way. Guys, it’s as easy to make as a pillowcase, though decidedly more fun to wear. Check out the details and a fully illustrated tutorial below.

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Baby Plum’s Birth Experience

There are two kinds of women in the world of Birth Experiences: those who want to know the baby arrive healthy, happy, and what you named him/her, and those who want to know every adventurous detail from the first real contraction to the last perineal stitch. I’m of the later, most likely due in part to my medical background in nursing. I’m also completely fascinated by how just as every baby is a unique individual, each one makes his or her own triumphant entry into the world. Even between my three own children, the birth experiences varied so greatly that looking back the primary lesson I learned was to not expect similarities!

I’ve recorded both Milo’s, and Eliot’s birth stories here on my blog. And today I’d like to share Baby Plum’s

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For the sake of the first type of women out there, here’s the short: My sweetest baby Plum arrived at 6:12 am on December 15th, eleven days past her due date of December 4th. She came quickly, and I held her in my arms just 3 short hours after leaving home for the Birth Center. She was sweet and swollen, weighing in at 9 pounds 6 ounces.  My heart grew three sizes that morning, and I have scarcely put her down in the last five months as I’m utterly smitten with her.

For those second type of women, here’s the real story:

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Summer Concert Tee- Perfect Pattern Parcel #1

Although it’s only March, it’s felt like summer in Texas on and off for months. We moved into our new house just before Christmas (which also was just days after Plum was born), and a week later the boys were running through the sprinklers on the back lawn! No joke. Of course, the swimsuit weather has been interspersed bouts of icy rain, and even a six inch snowman, but overall it’s been a very summery winter for us. Which is why, when I was invited to spread the word about the Perfect Pattern Parcel #1, I decided right away to sew up Dixie DIY’s Summer Concert Tee.

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The swingy top is just fitted enough in the top to give it shape, and just loose enough at the hem to feel the best kind of summertime loungy and cool. I love the asymmetrical hemline (which I lengthened a couple inches in the front for my long torso.) And it turns out this is also a perfect top for effortlessly flattering my postpartum body. I loved trying it out, and loved even more that it only took about an hour to stitch together. It was a perfect project to complete during Plum’s morning nap.

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