Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Favs on Thursday | The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

 



My Favs on Thursdays is a weekly linkup that I co-host with my girls Nicole (Designs by Nicolina) and Meghan (Hayes Days). 
What is your favorite thing this week?  Don’t forget to add your link to the bottom of this post.
I have a serious confession to make.  I’ve been staying up way, way, way past my bedtime for the last week to cross stitch.  I’m obsessed and addicted and all of the things I shouldn’t be over a craft.  It’s bad.

I used to cross stitch all of the time and then it kind of fell by the wayside when I picked up crocheting.  But now it’s back in full force and I won’t quit until I finish what I’ve started.

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I blame it all on my Instagram feed.  I follow so many talented makers on there and a bunch of them are in the embroidery aspect of life.  One of the people I follow/stalk on IG has been posting pictures of her completed work on this very particular cross stitch pattern that I finally broke down and bought.  I couldn’t help myself.  It’s so cute.

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There is an awesome designing duo that run “The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery”.  Their designs are all so stinking cute that I want to make them all.  No joke.  I WANT ALL OF THEM!!  Muahahaha.

Anyway.  The one that drew me in the most was their 2014 Once Upon a Time Sampler.  Why a sampler?  They release a portion of the design on the first of the month each month until you complete all twelve monthly squares that make up one giant, amazingly stitched product.  It’s like a subscription service for stitching.  We won’t know what the next month’s design even looks like so it keeps you guessing.  All you know is that it’s on theme and will be super cute.

Image of 2014 Once Upon A Time Sampler PDF Cross Stitch Pattern

I, of course, am a giant idiot and didn’t join until the tenth month of the year.  So I’m scrambling to catch up.  (The photo above is their sample image and most certainly not mine.  I wish I were that far along!)  I will have had the pattern for a week on Friday and I’ve almost got two months completed.  I think that’s pretty decent progress.  I’m on their email list now so I will most likely jump on board with their 2015 Sampler when it begins. 

They just released their Christmas Celebration Sampler that I wish I had time to join in on.  Next year I will be fully prepared for these stitching shenanigans.  Let’s hope.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Family Photos 2014

Anna Fonner is the uuber talented sweetheart behind Ark Photography here in Wheeling and we had her take our family photos this year.  I adore Anna and her husband Jimmy.  We met them as we hired them to second-shoot an event Bennett was photographing this spring.  Not only are they super sweet but they have this obvious love for photography.  It was an easy decision to make to have them do this for us.

It’s sometimes hard to step back and not try and micromanage everything.  But I absolutely gave Anna the full reins and let her work her magic.  The only thing I requested was lots of yummy light.  She delivered.

Louis fell asleep in the car on the way to the site.  What could have been seen as a disaster (you know, sleeping child instead of wide-awake and smiling child) turned into some of the most heart warming photos of Louis with both of his parents.

So often, Bennett and I are the ones with the cameras in our hands.  We have millions of photos on our computer and hardly any include all three of us together.  Plus, we don’t have a single photo of our threesome printed for our walls at home.  It was necessary for this to happen.

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Louis has had a camera in his face his entire life.  And lately he’s become a little difficult to photograph.  Getting him to both look at the camera and smile at the same time is hard work.  By George, she got some great ones of him doing the impossible.  Miracle worker, that Anna.

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I am incredibly pleased with her work.  I love these photos and already have them planned out for wall art and Christmas cards.  Making friends in the photography world is so much fun.  Thank you so much for these precious images of my entire world, Anna.  You rock my socks off.

Image credit for all images to Ark Photography.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Women’s Raglan by Pattern for Pirates

My favorite types of patterns are the ones that can be finished super quickly without it looking like it.  I don’t plan things like I’d like to.  I am so ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ that it’s not even funny.  And when I get an idea in my head, I want to do it then.  No wait time for this girl.

Pattern for Pirates just launched their Women’s Raglan shirt pattern and I had to have it.  This is the same designer that made the pattern for Louis’ jacket so I knew it could easily be tackled.  Plus.  Elbow patches?  Sold, sold, sold.

When I say that this is a quick project, I mean it.  I bought the pattern at 8:45am and had it printed, glued together, traced, fabric cut and everything sewn together by 9:45am.  It was super impromptu and I just happened to have the fabric laying around.  I’m also a speed sewer and not super meticulous (because I figure I can use one of my tricks to cover something up if need be) so it might take someone else a bit longer.  But for me, this is super awesome because I don’t always have a lot of time to make time consuming items.

I really dig the small details that can be included in this pattern.  I didn’t want a shirt with one print.  Especially not a giant polka dotted shirt.  I thought it’d be too much and it needed to be broken up.  Luckily I have juuuuuust enough fabric to squeeze the elbow patches, neck trim and sleeve cuffs out of it.  Barely.  The cuffs should be longer but I used what I had.  Typical Katy move in sewing.

The fabulous thing about the Women’s Raglan is the fact that you could make SO. MANY. variations of this shirt.  I picked the tunic length with the banded bottom.  I seriously hate hemming and any time I can have a band or cuff, I make it happen. 

Honestly, I hate the term “selfish sewing” that’s thrown around the sewing world.  Maybe because I sew for myself a lot.  But I’d like to call it “sewing” because that’s what I’m doing.  Making things for yourself isn’t a sin.  In fact, it’s fun.

These knit fabrics were both purchased on Girl Charlee.  (Polka dots HERE.) There isn’t a ton of stretch in the polka dot fabric so I ended up going up a size to have room in my hips.  I think something with more give can easily be made in my standard size.

I hope you don’t mind my second-day, unbrushed/washed hair in all of these shots.  Yesterday was…um.  Hard.  Yesterday was hard.  I had an emotionally trying day with a whiny kiddo and taking pictures was a short break that was needed.  Parenting can be so tough one second and so rewarding the next.

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