I had the honor of testing another Blank Slate Pattern recently– this time, a kids’ pattern!

The Snuggle PJs pattern was just released on Tuesday, and I made a set for V!


The pajama top is a pattern for knit fabrics, and has this cool envelope neckline for easy dressing, and there are short-sleeve and long-sleeve options!


The pants pattern is for woven fabrics.  These pajammies (yes. it’s a word. :)) that I’m showing off here are more of a spring set– short sleeves and a lightweight quilt cotton for the pants.  But can you imagine snuggly flannel pants with a cozy long-sleeve top?!


Between the binding on the shirt neckline and the potential for contrast cuffs and waistband on the pants, there are endless opportunities for color combinations!  I actually made some “faux piping” (just a simple narrow fold of fabric) and inserted it between the pant leg and cuff to pull the pants and shirt together for this set.  I also decreased the rise quite a bit to fit V where she wanted the pants to lay on her waist.


This was an incredibly quick sew, and it’s such a cute and satisfying result!!  I already have more in the works– both for V and for B.  The pattern comes in sizes 3 months to 12 years!  Make sure you check the size chart, because V is wearing a size 6 even though her RTW size is more often a 7.  B will also be sporting (in the future) a set that is a couple sizes smaller than his RTW size.


Of course, Duck had to be involved in the photoshoot– Duck is V’s closest companion!


Check out the pattern at Blank Slate, and keep an eye out here for future snuggly PJ incarnations!

P.S. Quilt HERE.  Pennant banner HERE.  Bird mobile HERE.


“H” monogram

In September, I made a monogram for a sweet new baby I know!  Her mama chose some lovely colors for me to work with…


No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the coral color to come out properly in the photos.  In real life, the colors are richer and more vibrant!


After discussion background options with H’s mama, we decided upon the stripe background.  I love the addition of the warm, soft yellow!


A dear friend of mine is embarking on a new career, and I wanted to send her a congratulatory note!


I just can’t get enough of this Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds set, and so I decided to use it again on this card.  I stamped both of the large clusters onto cardstock with blaxk pigment ink and heat-embossed them with clear powder.  I borrowed my daughter’s markers and colored in the flowers (it was so fun!)


After I cut out each of the clusters with a small white border, I layered them onto the card front with some foam behind the upper cluster.  I used a very old Hero Arts sentiment set to stamp the “Congratulations” greeting and used some foam to pop up that paper ribbon.


It’s a very clean-and-simple card, and I really love how it turned out!


P.S. (<–no pun intended!)  I’m linking this card up to the Paper Smooches October challenge to use pink, and also to the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” challenge!

Saturday was World Cardmaking Day!  For maybe the first time ever, I was able to participate in a hobby holiday: I had a quiet weekend at home, and I made it a priority to set aside some time to do some paper crafting.  Not only did I get to make a scrapbook page with V, but I worked on these cards, and she planned a card, too!

These cards are based on two specific challenges I saw: the October Paper Smooches challenge to use pink, and the Jillibean Soup sketch challenge for WCMD.


They both are based on the first sketch at the Jillibean Soup challenge post…and this first one uses patterned paper from the older Jillibean Soup “Blossom Soup” collection 6″x6″ paper pad.


The featured stamp is from Paper Smooches’ “Blossoming Buds” set, and the greeting is an older stamp from KaiserCraft.  I colored the flowers with colored pencils before mounting them on foam with a little yellow banner underneath.



These are fairly plain-and-simple cards, but I hope that they will bring sunshine to their recipients!




This new pattern from Blank Slate Patterns is really awesome.  The version with sleeves is perfect for fall, and it’s actually making me look forward to cooler weather!  I had the opportunity to sew this Valetta top before its release (it released today!!), and I was so delighted for the chance.


The Valletta top is a blouse that has the feel of a tunic.  I like the high-low effect of the hem and the pretty gathers below the yoke.  There are really cute details like ties on the sleeves and self-made cord with tassels!






This paisley polyester crepe fabric is special to me.  It had a previous life as a caftan that my grandmother had made for herself…

She had basically folded over a length of fabric, cut a head-hole, and stitched up the sides to create the arm holes, so it was easy work to take it apart…and there was plenty of fabric for me to cut out my Valetta.  Whenever I wear this top, I will think of her.




The only changes I made to modify the pattern for myself were to lengthen the front and back by 1,” and I used pearl cotton rather than regular embroidery floss to make my cord and tassels.  I added a bit of extra top stitching around the neckline and across the yokes, too, to mimic the top stitching on the sleeve seams.  I’m discovering that I am a fan of topstitching!

I’m really pleased with the way this top turned out.  I’d love to try the sleeveless version of Valetta, too!  Thank you, Blank Slate, for another opportunity to sew for you!


A little while ago, I saw these cute stamps and thought to myself, “I want a t-shirt that has some sort of crafty saying on it!” I loved the saying “make your own magic,” and seeing all the little crafting tool icons made me think that scissors would be perfect for me– since I love sewing and paper crafting so much.


I designed the image in my Silhouette Studio software, using the font Bruselo Script, which I purchased as part of a bundle from The Hungry JPEG.  I used a number of special characters and did a bit of playing with letter sizes and spacing to get everything just so.  I modified a star image to create the sparkle stars around the saying, and I used a scissors image that was part of a NSD cut file freebie from Scrapbook and Cards Today in 2015!



Once I had my design laid out, I flipped it for its mirror image.  I used freezer paper with the shiny waxed side UP on my cutting mat and cut it out with my Silhouette.

I ironed the freezer paper stencil onto my T-shirt, which was about $3 from Walmart.  There were lots of little fiddly bits to fit into the letters, but I watched some scrapbooking videos while I worked and had a happy time!


I used two coats of white fabric paint over my stencil before I let it dry overnight.  I am so pleased with how it turned out!!



This summer, I have stepped into the role of supervisor for the children’s Sunday classes at our church.  (Last year, I was shadowing the former supervisor, who is amazing! I have big shoes to fill!)

I’ve spent the summer acquainting myself with the curriculum materials, constructing class rosters, putting out calls for teachers, and ordering materials for the coming year.  There is a different sort of creativity that is needed for those jobs, but I was craving some art-related creativity.

In late August, we send out postcards to the kids on our roster, to get them excited for the upcoming year and to invite them back.  It gives the teachers the chance to connect with their own students right away.

I looked at the available templates on the VistaPrint website, and while I saw a few things that could have worked, I wasn’t completely sold on any of them.  Because I’m me, I decided to design my own.  I used some of the basic layout ideas from the printer’s website as a jumping-off point for my design.


The digital supplies are from a free mini-kit by Melissa Bennett called “Boyhood.”  I liked these supplies because I think they are equally appealing for boys and girls in colors and shapes, even though the collection is nominally geared (ha–get it? geared?) toward boys.  I also liked the way it a bit of a fall feeling with the richer color palette.  I used the script font “Nightly Poem” (from a bundle I purchased from the Hungry JPEG) and the handwritten print font “Amatic.”

I ordered 4″x6″ postcards from VistaPrint and I am so excited for the teachers to use them to get in touch with their students!