Tuesday, August 19, 2014

hanami top

I decided to make my daughter a Hanami Top this week and it turned out too sweet. I got the pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel awhile ago and have been wanting to try it out. (side note: pattern collection sales are one of my weaknesses... they are usually such a good deal that I just HAVE to buy them... then the patterns languish on my computer forever. I really need to try exercising a little restraint, because I'm way more likely to sew a pattern if I purchase it individually... but that's what I say every time, haha.) Anyway. The Hanami Dress & Top pattern by An at StraightGrain Patterns is the main reason I bought this particular bundle. It is just such a cute pattern.

hanami top by straightgrain patterns, sewed by dandelions and lace

Friday, August 8, 2014

whale lulu top

Long time no sew... eh?

Does anyone else have trouble getting back into gear when you've been away from your machine for awhile? I took two vacations so I've done hardly any sewing all summer and I'm having trouble getting inspired to start. I know as soon as I do everything will be great, but it's that initial foot-to-the-pedal action that is evading me.

Anyway... I missed this season's Kid's Clothes Week because I was on the vacation I shared with you last week. Like, literally, I was gone for the same exact days that Kid's Clothes Week was running this summer. Bummer. But I sewed up a cute top for my daughter before my Iowa trip (in anticipation of KCW!) and still haven't shared it yet, so I thought I would today.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

road trip

My husband, daughter and I just got back from an epic road trip through the Southeast. Not only did we visit/drive through a whopping FIVE states that I've never been to before (Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida), we saw lots of amazing things and places in the process. Truly memories we will have for a lifetime.

Our trip started with a drive to Birmingham, Alabama, where we visited the Barber Motorsports Museum (for my husband!). I'm not really too into motorcycles, but the museum itself was amazing with ramps, a glass elevator and hundreds of beautifully displayed motorcycles. Like an art museum for motorcycles, actually.

Friday, July 11, 2014

the best of times

I've been a little scarce around these parts lately, but that's because I've been on the most wonderful vacation. I just got back from spending two glorious weeks with my amazing family in the Midwest. Spending time with my parents, my sisters and even friends and extended family that I haven't seen in years was just what the doctor ordered. 

Other highlights included playing in the pool, swinging at the park, attending a family wedding, visiting a farm, playing with awesome "vintage" toys, and spending lots and lots of time with the people who mean the most to us. Thank you so much, Mom and Dad, for making this trip so perfect! We love you!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

easy infinity scarf

I found a pretty piece of knit jersey fabric in the remnant bin at JoAnn a few weeks ago and just had to have it! When I got home and looked at it more closely, I realized that it was a bit too see-through to make a top for my daughter - which is what I had originally been planning.

easy infinity scarf by dandelions and lace

Thursday, June 26, 2014

snappy mani pouch

I sewed up a Snappy Mani Pouch - also known as a Snappy Manicure Wallet - for my sister's upcoming birthday. The free pattern is by Noodlehead on the Robert Kaufmann website.

snappy mani pouch by noodlehead, sewed by dandelions and lace

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

grey and gold nessie top

I'm back with another Nessie Top for my girlie. (Remember I made my first Nessie Top for Kid's Clothes Week back in January?)

nessie top by CINO, sewed by dandelions and lace