Thursday, April 10, 2014

We are official!

It's actually been a few weeks now, but you should really go check out our new blog.
Mae & K

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mae & K

Have you noticed any changes? I'm so excited! My sister-in-law Karen and I are starting up a blog together! I'll still be blogging here, while our website is created. And then my fun projects will have a new home and this blog will go back to being my personal, family blog. We're probably still a ways out from having everything up and running, but I'm horrible at surprises and keeping secrets. I'm hoping to learn a lot from this experience and I'm definitely going to share!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Well our little Badenator has made quite an entrance into the world, and I haven't been on a computer since he got here.
I'm not done writing out the full story, but here are some quick details for those of you just dying to know. All the pictures are from instagram.

Baden Perry arrived at 12:20 am on December 9th.

He was 7lbs, 5oz and 19 inches long. He came with a full head of hair!

I got to hold him for a little while after he was born, but he wasn't crying very much and they ended up taking him away to the NICU.
Me getting to hold Baden for the second time, after they whisked him away to the NICU.

This was taken last week. He had TTN, pneumonia and jaundice. 

He has blue eyes and a cute little mohawk. 

Our most recent update is that his lungs are clear of pneumonia and TTN, the jaundice is long gone. He's a champion breastfeeder, and is doing a good job of gaining weight. He's been in the NICU for 9 days now, and can come home just as soon as he's been weaned off the oxygen. Mack still hasn't gotten to meet Baden-- siblings are banned from the NICU during RSV season.

Here's Baden and Daddy just last night. 

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hangout Hunting Vest!

Because sometimes pregnant ladies lose their minds a bit, you guys are getting two posts today!

Somehow I had it set in my mind that my "flipped" pattern was going to be going up on Frances Suzanne on Sunday, November 17th. So when I sat down to do a bit of blog reading and post writing this afternoon I was very surprised to see that I was wrong! Very surprised, and a little embarrassed. I hope that those people who came over earlier expecting to see this post enjoyed the owl post!

I ended up with a golden opportunity yesterday, and had a darling model to wear my tiny hunting vest. Isn't she a doll?
Using the smallest size in the hangout hoodie (6 months) and woven fabric gave me a vest that was a perfect 3 month size.

The collar is just a smidge different on this vest. 

I used a completely different set of fabrics on this vest. I love how well the flannel (red and black plaid) and thick knit (blue) go together. The vest is super cozy.

Reagan seemed to prefer wearing this flannel side in, knit side out.
The flannel was thrifted from one of Nathan's old shirts, and the knit is from my mother-in-law. (remember the bow on the tumble tee I shared yesterday? Same fabric.)

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Be sure to stop by Frances Suzanne today to see the vest I made Mackay!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tumble Tees

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Monday, November 11, 2013

A Little Car Coat

 With Mack being born in June, we only have a handful of light jackets in newborn and 0-3 month sizes. Luckily, I have the Olivia and Oliver Pea Coat pattern.
I made the 3 month size of course. The lining fabric is from an old sweatshirt Nathan's sister Rachel got rid of, and the outer fabric was from a 25 cent scrap bag my mom bought at a yardsale. There was just barely enough of the fabric to do the outside of the coat, which is why I didn't use it for the lapels as well.

I put 8 buttons down the front. 4 are functional, 4 are decorative. I like the way it looks, because the buttons I had on hand were so small, but I am definitely not planning to do this many buttons on a coat again. (I'm lying. I love buttons!)

I also crocheted a little beanie to go with the coat. Read here to find about more about it.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bringing Home a Guest Post

Today I decided it was high time to bring home a guest post I shared at Project Run & Play. I adore the infant peasant dress, and this is one of my favorite ways to make them.

Hello! I'm Maegen, and I am extremely excited to be guest posting today! I blog over at Foster Ramblings, though blog posts have been sparse during my first trimester. I have one sweet little boy, who I love to sew for, but we're hoping baby #2 is a girl, seeing as I spend so much of my time sewing dresses. 
I have been following Project Run and Play since season 3, and decided right away I wanted to get in on the fun. During the All-Stars season I was shocked and excited by my win with my Starry Night inspired dress.

But before the time commitment this sort of embroidery requires scares you away, today I'll actually be sharing a tutorial based on one of my other sew along looks.

That little orange gingham number in the bottom middle. The consensus has been that this dress is the favorite. My husband definitely loves it. So I'm going to share with you how I altered one of my favorite patterns to make it. 

The pattern is Sew Much Ado's Infant Peasant Dress. I love this pattern! I've probably made 20 of these adorable little dresses. But, the tiny little elastic casings for the sleeves are very time consuming. So I created an alternative sleeve. 

Alright, to start off, you'll cut out your front and back pieces in your base fabric. I used a muslin that is extremely wrinkly.

Then you'll cut out a front and back of your top fabric using only the top part of the dress pattern. The bottom of my fabric is about 8 inches up from the bottom of the pattern piece. You'll need to put a small hem in the bottom of this piece right away. 

Lastly, cut two sleeve pieces. These are just rectangles. I've had success with sleeves that are 4 X 3 1/2 inches, 4 X 4 inches, and 4 X 5 inches. I did not have success with a sleeve set that was 4 X 9 inches. Anything bigger than 5 inches stretches the neck out too far. 

Take a sleeve piece and fold it in half with right sides out. (the finished sleeve will be 2 inches long). Then pin one side to the top of your dress piece, also right sides together. 

Take your shorter dress piece and pin it on top of the sleeve and other dress piece. Right sides together. Your sleeve is sandwiched between the dress pieces.

Here's a view of the sleeve pinned in place.

And after it has been sewn. You don't need to sew down the sides of the dress at this point-- just around the armhole.

Pin the other side of your sleeve to the other two dress pieces and sew along the armhole.

It seems weird, but it should turn out. Don't be discouraged if you get things twisted. 

You'll want to repeat those steps with your other sleeve. The hardest part is sewing the last sleeve in place. One side of the dress will be hanging out from between the pieces of the other side. Like in the picture above. 

Top stitch your contrasting piece to your base piece, and the hard stuff is done! From here on out, you'll follow the original tutorial. 


My little model wasn't very happy for pictures at first, but after a change of diaper and a change of outfit, we got some cute shots. 

Here's Charlotte in a simplified version of the sleeve, without the lined bodice. 

Head on over to my blog for a little more information on this little blue dress.
Thanks for having me, I can't wait for next season!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013


I found this post in my drafts, and had to laugh. We went shooting in 2011, when Mack was a few months old, and I was planning on posting these. It didn't happen then, so I'll go ahead and share them now.

I shot too! I don't remember if I hit anything, but I sure had a good time. We have since discovered that I am left eye dominant just like Nathan is. 

Baby Mackay sat in the car with Grandma.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hang Out Hoodie exciting news!

Remember this cute hoodie I made for Mackay?

I've been busily working to "flip this pattern" for FrancesSuzanne's series next month. I'm super excited!
Want to join the fun?
Hop on over to the FrancesSuzanne blog for details on how you can get a discount for this fantastic pattern, as well as enter a giveaway!

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