Slouchy Sweater for Junie

Girl Charlee approached me to see if I wanted to sew something with their fabric. Uh DUH. Yes! It’s about darn time that I turn on the freaking sewing machines. So thanks to them for the extra bit of motivation. :) I love their fabric.

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I chose this heathered specialty hacci sweater knit. It’s a light-weight, ultra-soft sweater knit that’s perfect for the weird transition to fall where it’s hot one minute and cold the next. And it washes and wears so beautifully.

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I made up the pattern for this sweater. I haven’t yet perfected the pattern, but once I do, I’ll share that with you. It’s only 2 pattern pieces, plus binding. It’s similar to the Cocoon Cardigan from True Bias. It’s a little smaller than I had originally planned, but it looks so darn cute on June anyway.

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Junie is too cute. She didn’t want me to take photos of her, so I had to bribe her with phone time. But when it comes to painting her nails, she begs me to do it! She’s such a cute girly-girl. I can’t handle it, total cuteness overload!!

Outfit details:

  • bow: handmade
  • sweater: handmade
  • top: H&M
  • denim: Target
  • shoes: c/o Freshly Picked

 

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SLC Craft & Calligraphy Workshop

This Thursday (September 15, 2016) I’m holding a craft night at The Write Image! Click here for more info.

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We’re going to be exploring flourished brush calligraphy and we’ll be decorating mugs with our fancy skills. Materials and dinner provided.

REGISTER HERE

Calligraphy Quote of the Day

I didn’t play around with style as much as I normally do, but I had a great time practicing keeping consistency together.

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I figured this was pertinent since the beloved Gene Wilder just passed. I’m all about nonsense. Here’s to the original Willy Wonka.

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I saw this quote and couldn’t help but chuckle. It’s so true! I had to letter it for the series. :)

Sewing, Weight-Gain & Le Tote

This post is in partnership with Le Tote. They’re like Netflix for clothes. Borrow clothes, wear them, try out new styles and return them. They do the laundering and help with styling and fit! Try it free for 14 days with this special link.

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I’ve talked about depression before. It’s not a big deal when it’s under control with lifestyle, diet and medication. But lately, I’ve been frustrated by one of the most common side effects of my medication: weight gain. It’s like I have no self-control. All I want is sugar and carbs and I’m always hungry.

In the last 2 months, I’ve gained nearly 5% of my body weight. It may not seem like much. And to be honest, it’s not as big a deal as many other medications out there, but it’s significant enough that I don’t feel comfortable. I have a rather healthy body image, so I really don’t mind what I see when I look in the mirror when I get out of the shower, but I don’t feel like I belong in my own clothes.

WEIGHT DOESN’T MATTER, but confidence does. 

Over the last three months, Le Tote has “grown” with me. As I’ve fluctuated, I’ve always had something fabulous to wear. Going through transitional weight phases sucks. It’s happened every time I’ve had a kid. I have a conundrum of wanting to look and feel beautiful, but not wanting to buy clothes in that transitional size for fear that it won’t fit later on. What a waste!

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Le Tote has had my back. They’ve been there to make me feel beautiful inside and out, no matter what my size.

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This month I wanted to challenge myself to sew. I’ve had this shirt half done on my cut table for nearly a month, it was time to finish it. I literally used the leftover scraps from two projects (this skirt and this shirt) to piece together this top. I had barely enough fabric! There’s something satisfying about keeping great fabric from going to waste.

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I had a fun time getting back into the sewing game. I made a scout tee and added a ruffle bottom to it. I found the print in the L.A. fabric district and the plum at JoAnn.

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Outfit Details:

 

Calligraphy Quote of the Day

If you follow me on Instagram, I started this #calligraphyquoteoftheday series as a passion project. I don’t publish a new quote daily, but rather every third post. So I don’t go insane. I haven’t shared any of them here, so I figure I may as well start posting them weekly here. Hopefully you enjoy them! Feel free to share, with credit of course. Pinning is welcome (and highly appreciated).

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If you’d like to learn calligraphy for yourself, consider taking one of my online workshops. We provide personal coaching to help you troubleshoot issues, bounce ideas off of and stay motivated. Check out the brush calligraphy (or brush lettering, whichever you prefer) here, or the pointed pen modern class here.

These two have been on my mind a lot. My house is a disaster, but the creativity quote makes me feel better about it. Penned with a new favorite brush marker, the Zig Art & Graphic Twin. Juniper got her little paws on these markers and didn’t destroy the tip. It’s a rubberized tip that has tons of flexibility, but also great structure. It doesn’t fray. OMG. IT DOESN’T FRAY.

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View the video of this quote right here on my YouTube channel. This resonated with me because Felix had a fever-induced febrile seizure last week and we just felt so out of control. So scared. But Chris was quick on his feet to get help. In the end everything was well. Felix is right as rain, we just now know what to do if it happens again. I’m grateful everything went well and that Felix is healthy again!

Stay tuned for next week’s installment. Or follow me on Instagram if you want to see more. :)

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