The Oliver + S Hide and Seek Dress

As Indigo has grown, it's become a fun challenge to continue sewing for her.

She's transitioned to wearing shorts, jeans, and tshirts more often, but she still enjoys wearing dresses, too.  And I enjoy sewing them for her.


A Hanami + Charlie Dress Mash Up

Sometimes I wonder if you officially become a full-fledged adult when you start talking about how fast the time is going.

I try not to talk about it too much, perhaps so as not to remind myself.  I already often feel like I'm living in a time warp.

But seriously, guys - how is it possibly October already?  The pages are flying off of the calendar and I know I'm going to blink and 2016 will be an object in the rear view mirror.


A Swingset Skirt, Ottobre top, and Raising Our Kids in Accordance with Their Way

This past summer, I had plans to teach Indigo how to sew.  She's 9 1/2 and such a capable girl.  She loves knitting and felting and working with her hands.  She's creative and artistic.   Sewing seemed like a natural fit.

We had fun picking out fabric together.  We printed and tiled the pattern together.  I showed her how to lay out a pattern on the fabric in the correct way.  Then it was time to sew.


Mini Tania Culottes for Miss Tarikua

Last winter, Megan Nielsen asked if I wanted to review her children's patterns.  I made five mini briar tops and three mini virgina leggings.  Needless to say, I was a fan! :P  I was eager to try the mini tania pattern as well.

Like her other patterns, this one does not disappoint! The instructions are extremely thorough and easy to follow.  It's a fantastic pattern for the beginner and experienced sewer alike.  Also, the fit is spot on.


A Hanami Romper, a Birthday, and Bumping Up Against our Limits

Last week, we celebrated Hazel's second birthday.  Two!  It feels like just yesterday I was sitting at the kitchen table, 41 1/2 weeks pregnant, wondering if I might be the first person to be pregnant forever.

Simultaneously, it also feels like it's been about a decade since I've been able to sit down for more than a minute or two, before Hazel is into something.  I know someday this stage will feel like a blip on the radar, too.  So there you have it, folks.  Time is a weird thing, isn't it?


A Geranium Dress and Letting Your Light Shine

This summer, one tragic thing after another has happened in our world.  It's easy to feel despondent.  Yet, even in the darkness, so many people are shining brightly in their love and goodness toward humanity.  Unfortunately, those people don't tend to make news headlines.

I wanted to honor a woman named Chrystal whose light has inspired me.  She has three biological children and added a fourth child to her family through adoption through the US foster care system.  She not only welcomed this beautiful child into her family but has opened her heart to her daughter's birth mother who had aged out of the foster care system.

Chrystal also started an organization called Foster Village Austin, as a way to support foster and adoptive families.