The Grace Dress

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shoes (old from H&M, similar pair here)

Brynlee had her Spring picture day a few weeks ago, so I decided to make her a dress that could double as her Easter Dress. And with Easter just a few short weeks away, I thought now would be the perfect time to share it.

Violette Field Threads is one of my favorite pattern makers for girls, I have almost all of their patterns at this point and am slowly making my way through all of them. They recently came out with a stuffed doll line that I am dying to make, I think they would make the perfect gift, especially with all the outfits you can make to go with them!

For Brynlee’s Easter dress, I knew I wanted to make the Grace Dress. I love the scalloped edge option and thought it was the perfect feminine detail for Easter. The floral fabric I used to make it is from Hobby Lobby, it has sparkly gold accents that I love! To dress it up a bit for Easter, I decided to make the bottom of the dress from tulle, I used 4 layers of aqua tulle and one layer of aqua cotton for the lining.  It is perfectly puffy and makes a great twirling skirt, which Brynlee has absolutely taken advantage of!

This dress is a pretty quick and easy sew, just go slowly over the scallops to make sure they turn out perfect.

Happy Sewing!

xo, Cassidi

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Valentine’s Day Outfit

I meant to post this yesterday, but we had family visit and it just didn’t get done. So today I wanted to pop in and share the Valentine’s Day outfits I made for the kids.

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For Brynlee’s dress I decided on the Ayda dress from Simple Life Pattern Company. They have so many cute patterns. This one is quick and easy, it takes about an hour to sew up and I just love the back with the lace trim detail. It also has a circle skirt option, which makes it super twirly and of course Brynlee loves it. I used this Valentine’s themed fabric from Joann’s for the bodice and a matching red solid with one layer of red tulle overlay, also from Joann.

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For Lincoln’s outfit I just paired this striped Cat and Jack onesie with black pants and made a bow tie from the same fabric as Brynlee’s dress. I just stitched it to the neckline of the onesie, I didn’t want to add a bow tie strap or any other clip that might aggravate him. Now  I will just seam rip the few stitches I made to take it off and reuse the onesie for non-Valentine’s related things.

xoxo, Cassidi

Junk in the Trunk 2016 Market Recap

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Oh my, do I love the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market! I usually go with my mother in law and sister in law and it has become a guaranteed girls weekend for us the twice a year it comes to town.

If you haven’t been, or have no idea what I’m talking about, it is basically a vintage/antique/handmade market that is held twice a year here in Phoenix (actually Scottsdale) and has recently expanded to a market in San Diego and Los Angeles. The two ladies who run it curate some of the best antique and handmade shops around (I think there were over 150 at the one this weekend) to make for one amazing shopping experience.

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We have been to the market a handful of times and have always found some amazing treasures. We learned our lesson quick, after our first market and have since sprung for the VIP tickets. Not only do you get some pretty sweet swag, like the hat and bag pictured above, but you get in a day early and are able to shop without all the crowds. Because on general admission days it is CROWDED!!! As in, you can barely move from booth to booth and it is crazy! Good luck getting what you came for…

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Part of the fun of the market is that you never know what you’re going to find! While I do follow a lot of the vendors on Instagram, it’s always a surprise to see what they bring. This trip I apparently focused more on the handmade, whereas our previous shopping experiences I’ve come home with more antiques.

I have been wanting an Olivewood heart for a long time and am so glad I finally got one! My mother in law, sister in law and I all picked out matching rose gold necklaces to commemorate our special time together! It will be so fun to all wear them whenever we do things together. And the lace hemmed tank is a pregnant girls dream come true! It is basically an extension for any shirt to insure no belly peeks out and even though it isn’t a maternity item, they run big and are super stretchy, I bought a medium and it fits great.

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I also picked a few things up for Brynlee. This dress from Royal Bowtique is perfection!!!! She wore it Saturday to the mall and we had so many strangers stop us asking about the dress. I couldn’t find it online, but hopefully they will restock soon! I’d love to find it in other patterns too! Also from Royal Bowtique, the rhinestone cat ears, they were the last pair and I’m so glad I was able to snag these for my little cat lover. She is obsessed with them and loves that they are sparkly! And the adorable unicorn horn has made Brynlee’s dreams come true! She wears it all the time declaring herself to be Princess Twilight Sparkle.

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And I couldn’t go without picking up at least a few things for the nursery. I am a huge fan of Yellow Bungalow Shop and have this print hanging in Brynlee’s room, so I was super excited to find some prints to add to the nursery. The vintage map print will go perfectly with the theme I have in mind, I can’t want to start hanging everything and see it come together. I’ll share my nursery plans soon!

We had so much fun at Junk in the Trunk and can’t wait to go again in April!

Will I see you there?

xo, Cassidi

Shop-Small-Fall-Decor

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It’s September 1st, which means Fall officially begins this month! So, I am taking that as the okay to start decking my house in all things Fall, pumpkins and everything cozy.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this post highlighting a few of my favorite Fall decor items, but I would be remiss if I didn’t also share the love with a few of my favorite handmade shops.

1.First, I love glass mugs! Second, sweater weather… Yes please!

2. and 3. I love Barn Owl Primitives, the wood signs are just gorgeous and they’ve recently adding a shop of curated home goods, plenty of which I wouldn’t mind adding in my home.

4. I LOVE these pumpkins! I plan to pick at least one or two up at Junk in the Trunk later this month! Follow Olive Wood Designs on IG for restocking info.

5. I have always admired Aidie’s Hideaway’s garlands, they are just beautiful! This is a garland from last year’s line (she hasn’t shared this year’s pumpkins yet), but I just know they will be great. I would buy every single one of her garlands if I could, they are that pretty and the perfect decoration for any season.

6. I love velvet pumpkins and these comes in so many colors!

7. I’m obviously a sucker for garlands and felt ball garlands are so fun! I think this would pair perfectly with an Aidie’s Hideaway garland to dress up a mantle, window or even a stair banister.

8. Only $5 and is an instant download… done and done!

9. This is such a fun countdown calendar for kids! This is for the pattern, so there is quite a bit of DIY work involved, but I’m hoping for have one made by Halloween next year. I know Brynlee would love this!

What are some of your favorite Fall decor items? And small shops that you love?

xo, Cassidi

The Cutest Little Bunny…

Well… this has been a long time coming. I actually contemplated not even sharing this since I’m so late, but decided that I should just in case you wanted to make one for a little girl in you life because it is a big hit and let’s be real, isn’t that the cutest little bunny you ever did see?

This is actually what I made for Brynlee’s Easter basket, but thanks to total and pure utter exhaustion due to being pregnant and a toddler that has decided to forgo naps, I took a little blogging hiatus and never got around to sharing.

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I’ve named her Bella.

I made Bella the bunny using a pattern from Purl Soho that I modified slightly to give her a thinner frame. Also, instead of using wool for the bunny, I used a linen from Joann’s and pink felt for the ears. The eyes are simple black buttons and a bright pink bunny nose I hand stitched with embroidery thread. Then using some fabric scraps I made a couple simple skirts with matching bows that I sewed a little loop of elastic to so they could easily slide over the Bella’s ear.

I’m looking forward to make a few more outfits for Bella when I get the chance.

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To go with Bella the bunny and part of what makes this gift so darn cute, I made this adorable doll carrycot using a pattern I found on Sew Mama Sew.

Both the bunny and doll carrycot are pretty quick sews and can easily be made in an afternoon.

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I also made a cute little patchwork quilt to go with the carrycot and to keep Bella nice and warm.

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Both the hot pink gingham and floral fabric can be found at Hobby Lobby.

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 I used large white ric rack at the borders and matching bias tape that I found at Joann’s to bind the doll quilt.

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I used a dotted fabric for the backing that I got ages ago at Hobby Lobby, but saw it last time I was there a few weeks ago.

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Does Bella the bunny look so cozy all tucked into her carrycot?

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I’m pretty sure she loves it as much as I do!

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I made Brynlee a matching Easter outfit (Lola from Violette Field Threads) so she and Bella could match. Brynlee loved being able to run around in this hunting for eggs on Easter instead of being in a fancy dress. I’m definitely glad I went this route this year!

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And since this is what I made for Brynlee’s Easter basket, here is a shot of the other items I added. A bubble machine with extra bubble, lots of stickers and some coloring books and things.

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Instead of getting yet another basket (we already have way too many in our household, basket hoarder party of one???), I decided to just use her carrycot to load everything into.

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Brynlee was super excited to find this waiting for her Easter morning and loved going through it all. Bella is very happy in her new home and Brynlee thinks the carrycot is just the greatest to carry her dolls in, whether its Bella or one of her others.

Late or not, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made Brynlee for Easter. And really, Christmas is just around the corner (ALREADY?!?!?!) so if you have a little girl to gift to I’m sure they would love this!

As always, thank for reading!!!

xoxo, Cassidi

DIY Shamrock Garland

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Okay friends, this is just about the easiest garland you will ever make. From start to hung up it took about 10 minutes and I even paused periodically to take pictures. And yes, I know it is still February. but March is quickly approaching, so I thought I’d post this today in case you wanted to make it this weekend in preparation for March 1st.

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I started with a package of foam shamrocks that I got at Joann’s at the end of last season for 75% off, but I was at Joann’s the other day and saw they had the same pack again this year, so grab your coupon and run over there so you can make this super cute garland.

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They are 4 different shamrocks in the pack, 2 colors of glitter and 2 plan, I only used the glitter ones for my garland, I’ll have to come up with something else for the plain ones, but you can use any combinations you want.

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I alternated colors and paired my shamrocks with some gold twine for hanging, I cut two 12″ pieces, one for each end. See below for how I attached them.

I used 13 shamrocks to hang in a 6 foot space.

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Using green thread and a normal straight stitch, start feeding your shamrocks through.

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You’ll want to feed one, right after another, without any space between them, just go slowly as you feed your next one through.

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The joint should look like this.

As you are sewing them, you want to stay in the upper 1/3 of the shamrock, this will keep the majority of their weight on the bottom section and help them to lay flat against your hanging area. If you sew right through the middle, they will want to topple over and your garland will look a little wonky.

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On your first and last shamrock you will need to attach your twine. find the middle point of your twine and feed it under your shamrock, go slow and you might need to raise your pressure foot to get it in the right spot. Back stitch over it to secure it firmly in place.

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The back will look like this.

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And that’t it! You’ve got a festive St. Patrick’s Day garland.

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To hang mine, I picked up these clear command strips at the grocery store, I thought they would blend in better than nails and hold better than tape. So far they have been fantastic.

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Eventually I will finish my drapes for this room and the ends will be completely hidden.

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Now I just need to make something else to go with it so it doesn’t look so lonely along my window.

Happy Crafting!!!

The Hope Dress

Earlier this month I was browsing one of my favorite pattern designers website looking for some new patterns, when I came across this blog post and was completely moved by their generosity (giving away 3 beautiful patterns) and their willingness to allow everyone a chance to participate by sending in an outfit (or more) if they wanted.

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I chose to make the Hope Dress  (which can also be made into a tunic and paired with these cute shorties) and really wished I would have seen this campaign earlier so I would have had the chance to make a few more items.

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This dress is absolutely beautiful and I love that it is fully reversible, making each dress two outfits.

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What could be more perfect when sending these gorgeous dresses to little girls who desperately need them.

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And the knotted shoulder strap is such a fun detail.

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Not to mention the super full, girly, twirly skirt.

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I used a pretty red seersucker fabric on one side and a bright, fun floral linen on the other, both from Joann’s.

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I love how different the two fabrics are, yet the compliment each other so well.

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This dress was super quick to make, less than 2 hours total, cutting and everything. If you are new to sewing or new to garment making this is a great pattern to try out.

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Violette Field Thread is still accepting donations (monetary or outfits) until January 31st. If you are able, I can’t encourage you enough to try this pattern out (or the Lola and Evie) and send it in for a girl in need.

I truly love this idea and hope the lovely ladies behind Violette Field Threads will run this campaign (or one like it) again. If you want to know more, visit their blog post on the GIVE HOPE Campaign.

Happy Sewing!