DIY Wallpaper: Floral Horse Bedroom Project with Hawthorne Supply Co.

Hey friends! This project has been a long time coming…basically since we decided on which house to purchase back in October! However, the timing was spot on as our friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. released some incredible peel-and-stick wallpaper to their website last fall! If you’ve been a long time follower, you know of our love for Hawthorne Supply Co for their beautiful fabric and many substrates! But to now have the same gorgeous prints available for our walls…I mean…. COME ON!!! Home decor has never looked better!! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a few sneak peeks and I’ve been so eager to share the final look with you so without further ado…let’s get to it!

Selecting the Perfect Print & Prepping the Wall

Kenzie and I sat down and scrolled the 80+ wallpaper options on their website and decided that the Plush Floral in Sweet Pea was the perfect choice to create an incredible accent wall in her new room. We both were anxious and excited for the wallpaper to arrive.

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In the meantime, we busted out the power sander and smoothed the texture from her wall. The non-toxic re-adhesive wallpaper goes on best with a clean, dry, smooth wall. They recommend that if the wall was recently painted that you wait at least 30 days before applying the wallpaper. Once we had the wall ready to go, we gathered the few needed supplies: a smoothing tool (I used my Sams Card…no shame here), a step stool and a sharp knife to edge and trim the wall paper. I snapped a quick before picture so you can see where we started. Note: the furniture is covered because we were sanding the wall, you won’t need to cover anything! There’s no mess with this awesome wallpaper!

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Applying the Wallpaper

I’m going to show you a quick video tutorial on my Instagram stories this week so keep an eye out for the video. I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of how I applied the wallpaper in the meantime. If you have any hesitations on applying wallpaper let me be the first to just tell you it is SO easy and it is NOT your mama’s wallpaper! If you can put a sticker on something, you can apply this wallpaper. The best news: each wallpaper order will come with an installation guide and Hawthorne has a full FAQ on their site to help you even further!

Starting in the left corner, you’ll apply the top edge of the roll (the bottom has your name and order number printed on it) by peeling the backing paper away from the wallpaper and simply sticking the wallpaper to the wall. I worked in about 10 inch increments. Peel the backing paper, smooth the wallpaper on. It’s really that simple!

Once you reach the bottom of your wall, you’ll use a sharp blade or knife to trim along the top of your baseboard/trim. Grab your next roll with the top (non-text printed) edge back up at the ceiling and 3/4″ inch overlap on the previous roll. Peel the backing paper down about 10″, smooth the wallpaper to the wall ensuring the overlap is creating a seamless print and so on! Seriously SO.EASY. If you’re doubting me, just check the instastories for more behind the scenes and a quick video!

No glue, no sloppy paste, no scrapping to remove it, none of that old school wallpaper drama! This wallpaper is removable and reusable and even wipeable. And may I add, addicting!

The Completed Look

Now that we’ve talked through the prep phase and applying the wallpaper…I bet you’re just beyond excited to see the final look. Wait no more…here she is:

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Amazing, right??? It’s a room any girl would dream of!!!

Sources:

Pink Ruffle Bedding: Kohls

Bed: Baby Appleseed Convertible Bed

Wall Decor (except the horse and vintage show ribbons): Hobby Lobby

Striped Throw Pillows: Handmade by Me, tutorial on Instagram

Striped Throw Pillow Fabric: Modern Stripe in Mint

 

Big thanks to our friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. for collaborating on this project and sponsoring the wallpaper for our accent wall. We are in love with both rooms we’ve wallpapered with Hawthorne Supply Co.

 

2018 Recap and 2019 Goals

Hey friends! I hope you are having an awesome start to the New Year! I love this time of the year when everyone is positive, hopeful and motivated!!! Scrolling social media has been such a source of encouragement and light these past few days and I just wish the momentum kept going all year long. But, of course we’re all human and we just can’t always stay “on” for such long periods of time. We’ll touch on that more later…but for now let’s take a quick look back at 2018 for Lily Shine Creates!

2018 Recap

January of 2018 was the start of my “me made” adventures. Up until that point, I really hadn’t sewn much for myself or had much interest in it at all. Recently, both of my girls are really outgrowing the desire to wear mom-made anymore so I had to find someone else to sew for! Who better than myself???

I had a few hesitations in sewing for myself, which I’m guessing many of you share. First, I realllllllly didn’t want to measure myself. Measure *all* the areas and compare those measurements to a size chart. I have no clue why the pride gets in the way of sewing what your actual body needs, but for some reason it really presents a challenge to me. I had to get over that quickly because having a good fitting garment is just too important! Plus, if you sew it yourself, it’s whatever size you say it is 😉

The second hesitation is the sewing for yourself takes *so* much more fabric than sewing, say, a kids size 5. Bigger pattern pieces meant more paper and glue to stick them together. Further, bigger pattern pieces meant I needed a bigger area to cut out the fabric. It took me a bit to regain perspective.

Here is a look at my first me-made of 2018:

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I used the Piper top pattern from Violette Field Threads with Art Gallery Fabrics Campsite collection knit. You could say I gently eased my way into sewing for myself as a knit is quite forgiving and this pattern was super basic. I do love the length of the sleeve, the relaxed fit of the top and the pretty scooped back.

Once the me-made ball was rolling, it really caught momentum. Sewing for myself has connected me with so many wonderful me-made sewists on IG and the blogosphere. I have made some really fun friendships over this past year from interacting, encouraging and learning from others! I have sewed countless items in just this past year, from fancy dresses, beach coverups, to an entire fall capsule wardrobe!

If you are scared to sew for yourself, or perhaps have a few hesitations like those I mentioned previously, JUST GET OVER IT! Haha! But seriously, just pick a super easy pattern. Pick something that doesn’t take much fabric like a simple knit top. Just take the plunge and sew it. If you hate it, just seam rip it and use the fabric for something else. If you love it, photograph it and post it to social media and get plugged in!!! I know you’ll be so glad you did! There is something just so uniquely rewarding in clothing yourself with something you made specifically for you, to your measurements and to your liking. If you’re a control freak like me- you have no idea just how happy this will make you to have the control of every single stitch and detail in your garments. I can’t encourage you enough to just go for it!!! I’d love to encourage you, so drop your insta in the comments to this blog post and let’s get connected!

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See how happy sewing for yourself can make you?? One of my last sews in 2018 was this Magnolia dress from Deer and Doe Patterns in a stretch emerald velvet. Photo by Mod Bettie.


2019 Goals

I shared a bit of my heart for 2019 on my Insta here but I thought I’d give a bit more detail, as one can in a blog post!

I like to keep my resolutions simple, measurable and attainable. After all, what is the sense in working and giving up on something that you know you won’t really be able to accomplish?!?! I set out a few personal, sewing and home goals I’d love to share with you!

Personal: I need a friend. I have tons of insta-friends. I could dm my heart out everyday but sometimes I just need a friend with skin- you know what I mean!?!?!? A real life friend that can be hugged and laughed with and can cheers a cuppa coffee or a glass of wine. Moving every 3 years has it’s ups for sure but a huge down is that I am constantly putting myself out there trying to make a friend. As social as I seem online, I’m pretty timid and shy in real life. At first. And then there’s no shutting me up. HA. I need to get plugged in to our church and a local gym. I miss teaching classes at the gym but most of all I miss the human interaction! I also want to be 100% present for my kids. It’s so easy to get sucked into social media with that phone in your hand constantly but I hope to be able to unplug online and really stay connected with my kids. They are getting older and I know this time with them is so valuable.

Sewing: Sewing slower and more detailed. I tend to rush through projects because I’m just too excited to sew, photo and share. I just want to see the end result but often wish I had put more thought and attention into my garments. I reallllllly don’t want to buy items from the store that I can easily make. I have slowed down my apparel shopping a ton but I know I can go even further. Lastly, I would love to bring my girls into the design process and even sew with me!

Home: If you haven’t heard, we bought a house!!! It needed a bit of TLC so we’ve set out to go Fixer-Upper style on it for a few projects. I’ll be documenting them on the blog and on my insta mostly as a way to just see before & after of our hard work, but also because I know many of you want to do the very same projects in your home! One big goal is to doll up the storage shed in our backyard to be my new office space. Crossing fingers that can become reality this year as I really don’t want to be sewing out of the guest room anymore!

What about you? Do you have any great goals for 2019? I’d love to hear them and be an encouragement to you as you set to achieve great things! What would you like to see here on Lily Shine Creates in 2019? I hope to keep this space positive, encouraging, inspiring and helpful!

XOXO.

DIY Fall Capsule Wardrobe {Reveal}

Friends! Can you believe this day is finally here??? I started planning for this capsule wardrobe back at the end of September with great expectations (such great expectations) and excitement to build a styled capsule collection to wear all fall long. There were some twists and turns along the way, but I am so thrilled to finally sit down and type out this blog post to share the details with you all! Thank you to those who have been a part of the journey from day one- suggesting the perfect fabrics, the awesome patterns from my pinspiration, and for cheering me on along the way. If you missed it all, please head to my Instagram for the “work in progress” reel! I’ll be back later this week to share the “what I wish I did right the first time” notes that I hope you all can learn from my mistakes as you create your own capsule wardrobe! But, for now, let’s just take a look at what came to be from all that hard work…brew a good cup of coffee and cuddle up at your favorite seat because this one is a long read, but oh so worth it!

What is a sudoku capsule wardrobe?

So glad you asked! I realized throughout this experience that many of you aren’t familiar with the sudoku style wardrobe building, so I thought I’d break it down for you quickly. This concept isn’t new, in fact one of my sewing buddies made it cool a few years ago. Everyone has a bit different take on the sudoku capsule style, but I adapted the concept to focus on what my goals were: To create a fall wardrobe that had accessories and hair styles to get me out of my boring “momiform” rut. 

Each row, column and along the diagonal creates a head-to-toe look, a unique outfit that will work for daytime, date nights, girls nights out or just a trip to my local fabric shop to do some more hoarding….I mean fabric purchasing…same difference. Essentially, I wanted a reference guide to help me get dressed each morning. I have 10 easy looks ready to throw on at a moments notice. As a busy, work-at-home mom, this concept is BLISS I tell you! Let’s take a look at my fall capsule wardrobe:

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You’ll see that along each row, each column and each diagonal there are four parts to make up my head-to-toe look: A hairstyle, an accessory, a shoe and apparel. Before you panic and think that some days I’m only wearing a dolman top, or only wearing a mini skirt…I promise I have on a full outfit, but for aesthetics, I just put one of the two patterns in the cell. HA!

As I was photographing outfits, I noticed that there are many more combinations possible if you make non-straight line combos and maybe I’ll keep putting together looks from these pieces and show you how to really maximize your capsule wardrobe! Keep an eye out on my IG for those additional looks!

The Fabrics

As I was putting together the patterns, accessories and shoes for each look, I needed to be sure that I had a good color palette to work from in that my fall wardrobe would be interchangeable to get the most bang for my buck. I chose fabrics that a) I love b) work together c) were weather appropriate d) could transition from season to season. I needed all those criteria because after taking the time to sew, photograph and blog about this wardrobe, I actually need to be able to wear it! And not just for the blog post, but for real and for a long time!!!

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Left to Right:

Tri-Blend Jersey Solid in Sage from Sly Fox Fabrics. This jersey is cozy but not too thick, great for layering and had just enough stretch for the tulip dress pattern I was using.

Telio Knit Knack Brushed Sweater Knit Light Grey from Fabric.com. This sweater knit is thick, with good stretch, good drape and is the ultimate cozy feel for the Darcey Duster I sewed to go over the tulip dress.

Cotton and Steel Les Fleurs Canvas from Fabric.com. I wanted fabric that would hold the bell shape of the mini skirt, that would wash and wear well and that had a bit of warmth to it.

Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit from Fabric. com. I wanted a neutral color, that wasn’t stark white, that had good drape for the bell sleeve and that layered nicely with the cardigans I was making too.

Fabric Merchants Rayon Challis from Fabric.com. The jumpsuit needed a good drapey fabric which rayon challis is perfect for. I just wish I had gone for a fabric with a bit more substance to it so that it didn’t wrinkle like no other! Lesson learned- but still obsessed with this mauve color!

Stretch Velvet Print Roses Mauve from Fabric.com. Stretch velvet became super popular last year and with no end in sight to the cozy, comfy trend I just had to jump on it! This print is spectacular in person and was my favorite piece from this whole collection!

Now that we’ve seen the sudoku board and the fabrics, it’s time to look at each of the 10 looks I put together from this capsule! For simplicity sake, I’ll link each pattern just once! The accessories are old and new, without links available so you’re on your own there. I will put links to the shoes once as well.

The Looks

Pattern: Tulip Dress from Ellie and Mac Patterns. Hairstyle includes my DIY Bow Hair Tie (stay tuned for my IG highlights for this super easy tutorial!). Shoes from Target.

This outfit is sporty and fun. I love the shape of this Tulip dress on my body type. I cut a larger back to give some more room in the booty and slimmed through the waist for a nice, comfortable fit.

Pattern: Orchid x Parasol collaboration with Chalk & Notch and Ensemble Patterns. Shoes: Just Fab.

I am obsessed with this jumpsuit. I love the cross front, the elastic tie waist and the easy fit in the pants. I wish I had used a fabric that wouldn’t wrinkle so badly because it really is a pain to keep fresh. I steamed this right before photos and just having it sit on the bed while I was taking pics made it awfully wrinkly. Sad! I love the little braid and how it kind of keeps the look casual. I had different shoes for this but I forgot them in Texas, so here is the best option I could come up with!

 

Patterns: Cher mini skirt from Made for Mermaids. RuLo top from George & Ginger. Shoes from Vici.

This was my most anticipated look and I absolutely love it! The boots are comfy and slouchy to play off the structure of the skirt. The top is easy to wear to keep this outfit low maintenance and not fussy.

Pattern: Claire Dolman from Made for Mermaids. Jeans and Shoes from Vici.

This is my most-worn look. I constantly reach for this incredible stretch velvet top and my favorite “lightly worn” jeans. I love that the half-up pony gives it an easy finish and helps show off the crossover front.

This outfit makes me feel like a million bucks…can you tell just from my poses how much I adore it???

This skirt is giving me life! Seriously, there’s something about a good fitting mini skirt to bring you back to your youth! The bow continues that youthful style but the shoes keep me from looking like I’m trying to hard to be 17 again. HA!

Most effortless yet chic look in the capsule! The side braid totally shows off the crossover detail in the top. The boots are a quintessential fall piece. The distressed jeans keep this from looking too put together. Love it all.

I call this look “Sporty Spice” and as much as I didn’t like it during photos- I love how it came together. The high half pony and shoes play together and then the jumpsuit kicks it up a notch.

Pattern: Darcey Duster Cardigan from Made for Mermaids.

Fall is all about layers so I threw on the Darcey. I love that the duster has a longer hemline that really makes the tulip dress a “wow” when you see it from the front or a peek on the side. The pony and the slouch of the boots keeps it a playful look.

The tennis shoe is a huge trend right now and playing the sporty style with a more structured, dressy look is the perfect dichotomy. I love how the colors flow but aren’t matchy-matchy to keep interest.

The Take-Away

Well, there you have it friends!!! 10 easy to wear looks that make getting ready so effortless and so fun! I’ve got my sudoku board saved on my phone for reference each morning. It took a bit of planning, and several days of sewing but now I have so many great pieces to mix and match all season long. I used fabrics and a color palette that will easily transition back to spring. I can pair tank tops with my skirt and shorts with my RuLo and velvet top for warmer weather. I can add a sandal with my jumpsuit and cuff the sleeves for a great summer night out. And the combos go on and on!!! I hope you found inspiration to go through your closet and create a capsule wardrobe with pieces you already own, or even more to start fresh and sew yourself a wardrobe that will carry you from season to season with style!

I’d love to hear your favorite look or any suggestions on what to do for my winter wardrobe!! Please leave me a comment or come visit me on Instagram to stay up to date with my latest sews! Check out my fall inspiration on my Pinterest too!

DIY Personalized Knit Skirt with the Cricut Easy Press 2

This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

Hey friends!!! I’m back for another fun collaboration with Cricut in their debut of the Easy Press 2. I’ve got a quick and easy knit skirt tutorial with a fun personalization using the Cricut Maker, fusible backed fabric and of course, the 9″ x 9″ Easy Press 2!! When my girls and I saw the beautiful new raspberry color for the Easy Press 2, we just had to make some skirts to match!

First, let’s take a look at this new product:

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The Easy Press 2 is an update to the previously released Easy Press- a ceramic-coated device with precise temperature control up to 400 degrees F and even heating surface perfect for iron on projects! A few specs to admire:

  • Three sizes: 6″ x 7″, 9″ x 9″ and 12″ x 10″
  • Heats up faster than previous model & 60 seconds to iron on success!
  • USB port for firmware updates
  • Easy to use, simple to learn: each Easy Press 2 comes with a beginner project that will get you familiar with the device in a matter of minutes!
  • Digital display of temperature and time controls, beeps to notify user once pre-heated
  • Stylish raspberry color
  • Safety base included: insulated base will keep the Easy Press 2 and your crafting surface safe while the Easy Press 2 is not in use.

I chose the 9″ x 9″ size as most of my sewing projects are kid-sized. I love how I can complete an entire iron-on project with one simple press! Speaking of an iron-on project…let’s get to the DIY!!!


DIY Personalized Knit Skirt Tutorial

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Supplies Needed:

Getting Started:

1/2″ seam allowances included. 

You’ll want to set up your Cricut Maker with the rotary blade. Apply the fusible backed fabric to your cutting mat with the fusible side touching the sticky side of the mat, and the print of the fabric facing up. Be sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric and smooth it on the mat.

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Open the Design Space and locate the pre-made cut file here.

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You can change the name easily, but ensure each letter has its own color coding if you want to use different fabric for each letter. Use the Cricut Maker to cut out the letters.

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Cut a waistband and skirt piece from the knit fabric.

For the waistband, you’ll want to cut a 6″ tall rectangle. To figure the width of the waistband, measure the child around the smallest of the belly (for younger children, this is under the belly and above the hip) as this is where the knit waistband will sit. Subtract the total waist measurement by 1″. For this skirt, the child had a 20″ waist so I cut the waistband to be 19″ wide and 6″ tall.

For the skirt, you’ll want to measure the child from the waistband to the knee or where you’d like the skirt hem to hit. Add 1″ for seam allowance. For this skirt, the child measured 12″ from low belly to knee so I cut the skirt to be 13″ tall by the entire width of the fabric (most knit is 55″-60″ wide).

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Fold the skirt in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Fold the waistband in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Sew the skirt along the side seam and finish the seam with a zig zag stitch or overlock. Sew the waistband along the side seam.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to press the waistband seam open.

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Fold the waistband in half again, bringing the long raw edges together with wrong sides touching. Press using the Easy Press 2.

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Hem the skirt if desired. Prep the skirt by pre-heating for 15 seconds with the Easy Press2.

Place the letters in the bottom right corner of the skirt front, a few inches from the side seam and a few inches above the hem. Ensure the fabric print is facing up, and the fusible part is touching the skirt.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to bond the letters to the skirt. You can reference the Recommended Settings from the Cricut website to ensure you have your Easy Press 2 settings set for the materials used in your project. I set the Easy Press 2 to 315 degrees and the timer to 30 seconds.

Turn the skirt wrong side out and press again for half the previous time.

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Although many Cricut Iron On materials have a StrongBond Guarantee (Everyday, SportFlex and Glitter Iron are designed to outlast 50+ wash and dry cycles when used and applied as directed), it is still recommended that the fusible fabric be stitched to further adhere the fabric to the skirt. You can read more about the Cricut Fusible Fabric here.

Sew one or two rows of gathering stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt. Gather the skirt to the width of the waistband.

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Adjust the gathers and place the skirt on top of the waistband, right sides together, aligning the back center seam of the waistband with the back center skirt, and the skirt side seams with the side points of the waistband. Clip or pin the skirt to the waistband. Sew along the clipped seam.

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You have now created a Personalized Knit Skirt using the Cricut Easy Press 2!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Ultimate Summer Series: Half Time

0J9A9842_2Hey friends! It’s mid July and we are half way through the Ultimate Summer Series, and that means we’re also half way through summer vacation.

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If we can take a moment and be honest, a lot of those good intentions of unplugging, unwinding and adventuring may have gotten sidetracked with this little thing called “life.” Maybe some of those bucket list plans have gotten crossed off (yay!) but some may not ever get to be… I’m here today to just send some love and encouragement and remind you that this time of summer needs one more ingredient: Grace.

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I saw a meme on Facebook and it immediately brought the content of this post to my mind.

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Some of you, like me, probably have seen this meme and gave a good chuckle at the reality of it all. But, I’m willing to guess it probably put a little sting in the mom-heart of some of us too. It is so common to get stuck in a summer rut and start to hit the easy button of going to the same playground every day, allowing more screentime for sake of quiet moments, staying home versus reaching out to friends for play dates, etc. If you’re finding yourself in that phase- it’s time to give yourself grace and revisit your summer schedule. I’m going to share a few tips I’ve learned along the way in hopes that it will give you a little more pep in your step as we round out the second half of summer.

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Go back to those things that first sparked your summer bucket list. Revisit the two critical questions: What makes your kids feel most loved? What was a favorite summer memory of theirs and of yours? Maybe it’s time for a family meeting to go over the remaining bucket list items or to just generate new ideas to realign your plans with the responses to those questions. Lacking ideas?? Head to my pin board and gather up what sounds like a good fit for your family.

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Maybe it’s time to shake up the morning routine. Instead of beginning the day with cartoons and cereal, start a cooking challenge with your kids to try new breakfast foods from around the world. How about taking breakfast on a walk to the park before it gets too hot outside?? Have your kids help you pack breakfast snacks in little brown bags and hand out around the neighborhood. As the summer progresses and temperature rises, the morning seems to be the best time to get some fresh air!

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Remember: Don’t mom alone. Sure it’s a hassle to pack up suits and towels and the entire pantry of snacks to head out for a play date, but the community of support, laughs and adventures is waiting for you. Chances are, your mom friends are feeling the slump right now too. Take turns having the kids over to each other’s house- a change of scenery and toys might ignite new creativity and imagination. I know the more I withdraw from friends and family for sake of convenience of just stay home, the higher level of crazy we all start to feel! Don’t keep your struggles inside- reach out to friends, find a moms group that meets for playgroups in your area, or you might just have to kick it old school and meet a new mom at the local playground or pool.

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Whatever your summer woes and wins may look like, just remember to wrap your intentions with grace. Give yourself margin of downtime and quiet moments with your kids if you’re feeling run down and always on the go. Give yourself a pat on the back for each summer victory and celebrate your good ideas by sharing with others. Give yourself support when you feel alone by reaching out to your best mom friends.

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I hope those few tips gave you some food for thought and some ideas of how you want to finish out your summer. Sending you all love, hugs and all the grace!!!!

Speaking of grace, I wanted to give a big and warm Thank You to our friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. for allowing me ample time this summer to showcase their gorgeous new fabric collection, Siren Song. In the midst of our Ultimate Summer, taking beach photos took the back seat to having unplugged family beach picnics, hiking adventures, etc. but we finally made it happen!!

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Patterns used: {top} Finley Dress & Top pattern by Violette Field Threads //  {skirt} Leilani Mermaid Skirt by Violette Field Threads

Fabrics used: Swell Seas in Blush //  Swell Seas in Lilac  //  Tails from the Deep by Hawthorne Supply Co.

The Ultimate Summer Series: Planning Phase

Ahhh the days of summer! When time slows down, the temperatures warm up and the moms start scrambling for ideas of what to do now that their kids are home all day! Kidding. Kind of. But, in all seriousness, I am longing for the Ultimate Summer- one full of relaxation, good memories and lots and lots of family fun. I thought I would share how I am prepping for the Ultimate Summer, share some tips and tricks along the way, and hopefully encourage and motivate you to soak up the moments this summer instead of letting the days pass by or trying to simply endure.

The first phase of the Ultimate Summer takes some intentional planning and some open conversations with your family. I recently listened to this awesome podcast from Your Life Rocks about 5 steps to plan an awesome summer. I was instantly inspired and put her tips into practice. If you haven’t heard the episode, please give it a listen! You’ll be so glad you did.

The Summer Dump List vs. The Summer Bucket List

Before you start making plans, saying all the yeses to everyone’s invites and signing your kids up for every sport, camp and vbs in your area, it’s critical to get a big picture plan and pick just a few solid ideas or you’ll find yourself spinning your wheels in the midst of chaos.

One way to envision it would be to start with a few solid rocks (summer must dos), then add a few pebbles (easy get togethers and quick moments), and then as time allows fill the rest of your bucket with the everyday things. If you fill the bucket first with all the yeses to the everyday invites and such, you’ll not have any room for the big moments you’ve been craving. Think: family vacations, learning a new skill, taking on a new hobby, making a big change, etc.

One easy way to sort through the various layers of activities is to create a simple “Dump List.” This is where you and your family simply write down any and every thing they could possibly want to do this summer. Keep writing, write some more and then jot down some more ideas. Dump it all out onto paper. If you’re stuck, check out my Pinterest board of ideas.

I added two crucial rhythms that I’d like to incorporate this summer to remind myself of: one hour of technology free time each day, and one day each week of no plans. I know myself (total yes-man) and that my family will function best if we just take that time daily and weekly to reset.

One of the tips from Your Life Rocks podcast was to ask your kids, spouse and self two simple questions:

  • What is your favorite summer memory?
  • How do you feel most loved?

Then, work together to partner the Dump List with the answers from the two key questions to create the Ultimate Summer Bucket List. If you didn’t catch the answers on our IG stories, you can see them in the Summer Ideas highlight reel!!

I used these two pages of the Daily Action Planner to help move ideas from our Dump List into our Ultimate Summer Bucket List. The prompts of creating my “Savor Daily,” “Savor Life” and “Get Connected” lists helped me frame our priorities and be sure to nail those big rock moments.

After you create your Ultimate Summer Bucket List, go ahead and start filling in your weekly plans to include a few of those must do, big rock moments. If you’re creating that rhythm of rest like we are, don’t forget to block out one hour a day and one day a week for just quiet, tech-free, family bonding. More on that in a future post!

I love this opening page of the DAP to doodle my inspiration of each week. You can see my priorities that week were to release my two new patterns, Finley and Daisy, and to squeeze as much QT with my two girls! Let’s just pretend I’m really good at drawing and doodling ok?????

Come back next week for another post from the Ultimate Summer series!! In the meantime, be sure to check out our Instagram feed and stories for daily Summer #momhacks!

Big thanks to our new friends at Savor Success for the awesome Daily Action Planner!!! We are so thrilled to be able to use it in creating our Ultimate Summer!!

Summer Sewing with Tallinn Fabrics {Blog Tour}

Hey friends!!! I’m joining the talent-packed Tallinn Fabrics blog tour hosted by Jessica Swift for her debut fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics.

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If you haven’t been following along, hop back to her intro post here. The full tour schedule is at the end of this post, but before you go…let’s take a look at what I sewed up!

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You all have heard by now that my girls are really loving knit dresses because they are comfy, easy to put on and off and wash/dry without any ironing. Wait. Maybe I’m the one that loves the whole not ironing thing! HA!

I love playing with some good ol’ pattern mashing and hacking so I decided to sew up a Kennedy (woven pattern) with this super cute knit! To alter this pattern for a nice, fitted knit dress I simply took off the extra ease from the back bodice center and the waistband. Instead of a button placket, I sewed the back bodice together in the center, and made the waistband in the round. For the skirt, I kept true to the pattern pieces but chose to gather the skirt rather than pleat. I was afraid of the pleats would be finicky and stretch out while sewing so I took the easy route!

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Once I saw the colors and detail in the Baltic Swans Sand print, I just had to have it!!! I love the green and pink combo with the dark swan and light background contrast.

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I’m so thrilled to be a part of this great tour! I hope you enjoyed my stop and reading about how you can take this woven dress and make it with knit!

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Thursday April 19 – Mathew Boudreaux | Mister Domestic

Friday April 20 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday April 23 – Sharon Holland

Tuesday April 24 – Eleri Kerian | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday April 25 – Paola Baker | Love of Fabrics

Thursday April 26 – Maureen Cracknell

Friday April 27 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio

Monday April 30 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio

Tuesday May 1 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates

Wednesday May 2 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams

Thursday May 3 – Alisa Kutsel | A Stitch In Between

Friday May 4 – Sharon McConnell | Color Girl Quilts

Monday May 7 – Karen O’Connor | Lady K Quilt Designs

Tuesday May 8 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies

Wednesday May 9 – Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie

Thursday May 10 – Jessica Swift

Friday May 11 – Gwyn LaSpina

Monday May 14 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much Fun

 

Bunny Ear Hair Clip Tutorial with the Cricut Maker

This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

Spring is near and it’s time to break out the pastels, the florals and of course the Easter themed crafts! I’m here today to share a super simple tutorial to create these adorable bunny ear hair clips using the Cricut Maker. You’ll be able to recreate these cute clips in just minutes and won’t have to cut out a single piece of fabric with the help of your handy Cricut Maker cutting machine.

This was my first Cricut Maker sewing project and it most definitely won’t be my last! I really found the process easy and quick to upload my own design, choose the correct material and tool and get right to cutting. I was able to multi-task and sew some of the ear pieces while the machine cut the next set.

This project takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, is great for a beginner sewist and those new to Design Space, and will give you two, adorable 4″ by 2″ bunny ear clips.


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Bunny Ear Hair Clip Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

Using the Cricut Maker

You’ll start by logging into Design Space and opening the Bunny Ear Cut File linked above. You can change the size and proportion of the main ear and ear contrast pieces. You can also only cut one set of each if you are using non-sew materials. If you are sewing your main ear and ear contrast pieces from fabric, you’ll want to be sure to have the two mirrored sets of each as shown below.

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The yellow mat shows the ear contrast pieces. In this sample, I used lawn fabric from Cotton and Steel. 

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You’ll select your materials for the ear contrast pieces. In this example, I chose Medium Fabrics (like Cotton), default pressure and the Rotary Blade tool.

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I placed a small piece of the cotton fabric onto the Fabric Grip cutting mat and loaded it to the Cricut Maker.

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After a quick peel of the fabric from the mat, I had the four ear contrast pieces.

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Next, you’ll load another Fabric Grip cutting mat with your main ear fabric. In this example, I chose white felt but you can cut from other woven fabrics if you prefer!

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Within moments, you’ll have your four main bunny ear pieces!

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Sewing the Bunny Ears

Place the two sets of bunny ear contrast pieces together, right sides together and raw edges lining up. Sew around the long edges of the ear contrast with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Notch around the curves or use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance. Use a tube turner and turn the ear contrast pieces right side out. Press.

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Place one ear contrast piece on one main ear piece as shown below. Sew to attach the contrast to the main using a satin stitch or small straight stitch.

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Place two main ear pieces (one with the contrast sewn on and one without) together, right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Sew around the long edges with 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Use a tube turner again to turn the ears right side out.

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Attaching the Bunny Ears

Using a hot glue gun, attach one bunny ear to a hair clip. Other options would be to attach the ears to a headband, floral halo, fascinator, pillbox hat, etc.

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Embellishing the Bunny Ears

You can add fun embellishment such as leather bows, pom poms, flowers, etc. to dress up the bunny ears and help cover the clip.

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I hope that gets you inspired and prepared for spring sewing!!! If you create your own set of bunny ears from this tutorial, please tag me on Instagram! I can’t wait to see what you sew up!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

6 Things I’m Doing Differently in My Thirties

Hey friends! I really wanted to expand my blog topics to stuff other than just sewing, and this is something that has been on my mind lately. I hope you don’t mind me jumping into some “motherhood” conversations and talks about getting O L D, but I hope you can relate to some of what I have to say or maybe find inspiration to change some habits as you approach (or embrace) a new phase of life.

Let me first start off by saying that I looooooved my twenties. I had a stellar group of friends. I had a great job teaching and a side job of leading group exercise classes too. Life was good. Enter my thirties. We moved, meaning I had to say goodbye to the paradise life of Hawaii, goodbye to some of the most incredible friends I could dream of, and start a new adventure. Ch-Ch-Changes everywhere. And, somewhere along the way, my body decided it was going to stop living the good life too. I found myself no longer able to stay up to the wee hours of the morning sewing. I could no longer eat whatever I wanted without noticing a change in my skin or figure. I had to all of a sudden be really intentional about relationships. I couldn’t keep up with the frantic pace I set in my twenties. After a bit of a downward slump, I decided something needed to change. So, today friends, I am sharing 6 new habits I embraced while facing this new phase of life.

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  1. I gave myself a bedtime. Thanks to a dear, new friend who introduced me to the bedtime feature on the iPhone. We were out for a Moms Night Out when I noticed her phone screen light up with a notification to go to bed. I didn’t mean to be nosey, but if you know me, I of course blurted out “You have a bedtime?!!?!” She explained how much she enjoys a full night of sleep and how the bedtime app helps her get to bed on time. That simple conversation stuck with me and about a week later, I decided to check out this bedtime feature on my phone. I set myself up for a solid 8 hours of sleep each night during the week, with no alarm on the weekend. Let me tell you- GAME CHANGER! The app alerts me 15 minutes prior to my bedtime so that I can go through my bedtime routine and make it into bed in time to allow me a full nights rest.

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2. I started driving in the slow lane. After watching an amazing video by Mandy Arioto, in which she encouraged people to try taking the slow lane (on the road, in the grocery store, etc) for two weeks and see how that slows the pace of their lives. I gave it a go, and here I am several months later still taking the slow lane. I used to try and maximize my schedule every day- filling in every open space of time with some type of task. This left me tired, frazzled and constantly late. I hated disappointing others who were waiting for me to show up. I hated finally sitting down at the end of the day feeling completely depleted and yet still not 100% successful. Since then, I’ve built in cushion time to my day so that I don’t have to rush. Now I actually show up early to things for a change. I stopped trying to multi-task or fill every single minute of the day and instead I started letting go of tasks and things that weren’t essential. I don’t miss the rush. I don’t miss the exhausted pigeon lifestyle. I do, however, enjoy driving in the slow lane with the silver-haired geniuses that figured out this habit long before I did.

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3. I started a quarterly “Treat Yo Self” day. After being a mom and constantly putting others’ needs above my own for 8+ years, I decided that four times a year I could treat myself to a really wonderful spa treatment. I found a local spa that offers a special each season with fresh ingredients used in the massage, scrub and body masque treatment. In addition, the spa grants access for the day to their sauna, spa, multiple outdoor pools, steam room and beautiful grounds. I look forward to the change of seasons knowing that means a new spa menu is being made and my appointment is coming up! Having a special treat to look forward to is so rewarding and encouraging. Spending the morning just to myself, in peace and quiet and pampering renews my tired mama heart. I am finding that after my treatment I feel more alive, more rejuvenated and more energized than ever!

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4. I started taking care of my skin. I remember on my wedding day, I was putting eye shadow on my mom and I made a comment about how the skin on her eyelid moved with the brush. She laughed and said something about one day mine will too. Welp. She was right… my eyelid skin now moves around as I attempt to put on some shadow to brighten my tired eyes. Darn it. And, I recently read an article that said if you don’t wash your face before bed each night you’ll age like a billion times faster. Ok, maybe it didn’t say a billion but the point was made. In my twenties, I definitely just plopped into bed without going through a really solid bedtime skin care routine. Well, you can teach an old dog new tricks because now I actually look forward to the whole face washing ordeal! I have started using a face brush and probiotic cleanser (affiliate links). I’m still on the hunt for a good night time moisturizer, so if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below! With my 15 minute notification before my bedtime, I make it a point to care for my skin and keep it clean!

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5. I invested in friendships. This sounds so odd, but it’s definitely something moms forget to do in the chaos of raising young children. In the past, I found it so easy to meet new people, to “collect” acquaintances wherever I went and to be super social. Fast forward to my 30s and all of a sudden I’m shy, self conscious and just probably a little too tired to put forth effort to make new friends. Instead, I realized I needed to invest in the few, valuable friendships that I already had. Carving out time to text, FaceTime, message on IG, etc. became a priority for long-distance friendships. Making a point to get together for a play date, coffee talk or even better- a girls night out moved up on my list of to-dos. There’s that saying “Friends are like shoes; you don’t need own a few hundred pairs, all you need is a few good ones.” I am so grateful for my tribe, my support system and my go-to gals. They know who they are and they know they are far more valuable than a hundred pairs of shoes!

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6. I started saying no. Being a people-pleaser to my core, I could never turn down a request for help, a friend in need, or a network opportunity on social media. I loved a full plate and then I was grabbing for more dishes. Again, cue the exhausted pigeon, multi-tasking yet failing, ragged self. A dear mentor mom encouraged me to focus on two things: is this right for my family, is it really as important as I think it is? If the request didn’t pass those two questions, then I felt confident and able to say no. And, not say no and make up a lie why I couldn’t do it…but say no and leave it at that. I don’t know why I feel like it’s so hard to just politely decline something, but it definitely took a lot of conscious effort on my part to change my constant “yes” reply to whatever came my way. With this new freedom, I’ve been able to spend more quality time with my family (that intentional, not sidetracked time), feel more creative and make things just for the fun of it, and have more down time to just do nothing!


Phew! That felt therapeutic to put out there! I hope you found some inspiration, encouragement and maybe a few ideas to put into practice in whatever phase of life you are going through. I’d love to hear your feedback and if you have any insights to share about the good ol’ aging deal. Thanks for reading.

-XOXO

Cassie


// Outfit details: Piper top (modified) and Pixie top patterns from Violette Field Threads. Top Fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics. Bottoms, shoes and hat from Target. Photos taken by Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine. Tutorial for hair bows on my Instagram.

{Sewing with Denim} Adding Embellishments & A FREE 3D Appliqué Tutorial

Hey friends! I am back to share with you a highly requested tutorial for the 3D appliqué you all saw on my instagram stories last week *and* to share some inspiration for denim embellishments!

Denim is great for apparel (obviously) but also great for featuring your clever and creative embellishments! A huge trend right now is hand embroidery and denim provides the perfect canvas (see what I did there) for your embroidered designs! I’ve shared a few of my faves from Pinterest below.

Denim is also great for other embellishments such as tassels, beadwork, pom trim, lace, etc. I’ve linked some of my favorite inspiration below.

Here’s why denim is so great for embellishments:

  1. It’s sturdy. When adding appliqués, beading, lace, etc. you need a good foundation in the fabric to work with or your embellishments will be floppy, may fall off, etc. Denim is a great substrate to use as it’s got the perfect weave and weight.
  2. It’s a blank canvas. Literally. Denim typically comes in a solid color or wash and therefore makes it super easy to add color and texture.

Have I convinced you to embellish ALL the denim yet?!?! If not…let’s take a look at this quick and easy tutorial to add a 3D appliqué to your favorite denim apparel!


How to sew a 3D applique

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Materials needed:

  • Apparel item (I chose the Catherine front bodice for this example, from Clay Traces streaked denim by AGF)
  • Fusible interfacing (quick shop affiliate link: Amazon)
  • Fussy cut fabric (you can cut two like I did, or just cut one main and one for the lining). By the way, “fussy cut” means to cut a specific area of the fabric print rather than just randomly cutting the fabric. In this case, I fussy cut out two moths.

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Step 1: Iron on the fusible web to the wrong side of the main appliqué piece.

You can opt to cut out the fusible web to the same shape as the appliqué first. This will keep your iron from getting gummy.

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Step 2: Place the main appliqué on the lining appliqué, right sides together. Sew carefully around the appliqué with a small seam allowance, leaving a small opening along a straight side. I used 1/8″ seam allowance since this is a tiny moth!IMG_9060

Step 3: Trim seam allowance at corners, clip into corners and notch curves. Be careful not to catch your stitches. Do not trim seam allowance at the opening.IMG_9062

Step 4: Use a turning tool to pull appliqué right side out through the opening. I love this tool (quick shop affiliate link).IMG_9063

Step 5: Press appliqué. Topstitch all the way around appliqué OR hand stitch the opening closed. IMG_9064

Step 6: Fold the appliqué in half, main sides touching. Press to create a crease.IMG_9065

Step 7: Place appliqué on the apparel item. If you are sewing more than one appliqué, you can lay out your arrangement before sewing to be sure you like the spacing and placement. Pin appliqué(s) in place. Sew a small line of stitches close to the fold to secure appliqué to apparel item. Repeat for remaining appliqués.  IMG_9066

Step 8: Finger press or use a light iron to press appliqué flat along the crease. You may also hand tack corners of the appliqué as you see fit. IMG_9068

How fun, quick and easy is that!??!!? Check out the finished look below:

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I hope you are feeling inspired and equipped to create some lovely 3D appliqués for your next denim apparel project! Please share if you do! Be sure to tag me on Instagram with @lilyshinecreates or send me an email so I can share!