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.

{Friday Favorites} Room Makeover!

***This post is a collaboration with Beddy’s. The content of the post and opinions expressed are my own.***

Hey Friends!!! As you know, I’ve got two little princesses that just adore sharing a room together. When we originally moved into our house here in CA, they insisted in bunking up so that they could use the extra bedroom as a toy room. We set out to various stores around town to gather new bedding, wall decor and curtains for their first shared bedroom!

For awhile, we were quite pleased with how the room came together…but with time, I realized that their current bedding was just not right for the set up. No matter how hard they tried, making their beds each morning was a huge struggle. Their comforters were too big and slouchy for the trundle style bed they shared. Their sheets were always kicked down to the foot of the bed or falling off the top bunk. It was an eyesore, even when they tried their very hardest to make their beds look nice! If you caught our instagram stories, you saw first hand the sloppy-neatness they attempted!

Well friends, I am SO thrilled to share with you the resolution to our messy bed issue. I have collaborated with Beddy’s in this incredible room makeover!

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What is Beddy’s? Beddy’s is a one piece bedding set that includes the fitted sheet, the flat sheet, the cuddle blanket, quilt with a sham and a pillowcase. Along both sides of the bedding there are zippers that are super smooth and easy to use.

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If you asked my youngest daughter what her favorite part of her new bedding was, she would quickly say the super soft minky interior!

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The girls have a white, black and gold color scheme for their room so we picked out two bedding sets that were unique yet still fit right in with their current decor.

Kenzie picked out this gorgeous Goldie Dots set. I love the ruffled detail!

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Honor eagerly selected the Simply White set. I think the Pin Tucks add such sweet and dainty texture to the classic white look.

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Each night, the girls just pull down one side of the zippers, climb into their soft and cozy beds and listen to our bedtime story. The girls love the big pull tabs on the zipper, and they both are able to easily zip and unzip the bedding in seconds!

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Each morning, they get dressed, brush their teeth and “zip their bed.” I’m a firm believer in the positive power of making your bed each morning- accomplishing a quick and easy task within the first few minutes of waking just sets the tone for a great day!

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I have to admit that for the first few days after they got their Beddy’s bedding sets, I would peek in their room while walking by just to admire how clean and polished their room looked!

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The bedding set includes a “comfort panel” that is on the interior of the bedding and guards the zipper so that the inside of the bedding is soft and cozy! The deep pocket sides and elastic around the entire bottom of the bedding keeps the bedding from shifting. I’d have to say that is my favorite feature! My kids must run marathons in their dreams because their bedding would end up all over the place but not anymore!

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The girls and I would like to thank Beddy’s for collaborating with us on this room makeover. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the ease, tidiness and comfort these one piece bedding sets have provided!

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Interested in learning more about these incredible bedding sets? Hop over to the Beddy’s website and watch this great video. Curious about wash care of the one piece Beddy’s set? More information about the care of the bedding is here.