the perfect summer play dress

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When I saw this pattern I instantly fell in love. I found it at StraightGrain: a blog about sewing. The pattern for the dress can be found here. This pattern was easy and straightforward; just the way ALL patterns should be (in my opinion!) and the results were fabulous! I would even go as far as to say that this is my best dress yet. I told Sal this dress is the most professional looking of all the garments I have ever made and it wasn’t even the hardest to make. When shopping for fabric I wanted to find something soft and comfortable, in hopes that this could be more of a fun play dress than a dress up for a party dress. I decided on a beautifully grey linen with pastel colored polka dots (I cannot remember the name of it for the life of me at the moment. Maybe you do Jenna, your so good with fabric lines and names!). The result was exactly what I was searching for; the perfect summer play dress. The first time she wore it we were visiting my parents in Canada and going to a music festival for the day. We played with boats in the river, had a picnic, danced our hearts out, took turns taking wagon rides, and she even got her face painted for the first time (she chose to get a kitty cat). From sunrise to nap time this dress was well suited for all sorts of adventures.

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I just can’t wait to make more of these! It really is the perfect summer play dress. What has been your favorite summer pattern?

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Made by Ninos

made by nina

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Well it’s winter and yes even though we live in California it is time for woolens and family time by the fire. So we were so happy when we received a gift by mail from our Compadres. Onawa received a beautiful sweater from Nina (Jenna) and she just adores it!

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Owen received these cute grey knit gloves from Nino (Tristan) and I personally cannot get over just how precious these look on him. They will be perfect for riding his bike on cold, foggy days. Thank you so much Compadres for these beautifully hand-made gifts!
 

 

 

 
Owen also got the gift of warmth from his Nina. Gorgeous new gloves to keep his little hands warm while playing outside.
 
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fall fairies

Inspired by my friend Alixandra Mullins we decided to make our very own fall fairy house for our garden. We started by taking a nature walk through the woods. As we took our walk we spoke of fairies, we noticed the changes around us,  and we collected items for our fairy house. Everything from the falling leaves to the acorns on the ground, spoke to us that fall was indeed in the air. For our fairy house we collected leaves, moss, and acorn tops and soon both Owen and Onawa were fast asleep. I continued my walk enjoying the quite of the woods, and letting the beautiful wonders of mother earth rejuvenate me. Back at home I got out our metarials. For this project you will need:

  • A hot glue gun
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Wooden bird house (we purchased ours from Beverly’s)
  • Items picked up from nature (leaves, acorns, moss, etc.)
I laid out all of our items found on our walk on the table next to the bird house and let Owen apply the Elmer’s glue to the bird house and start adding the nature items on. I added hot glue to parts that were not sticking so well. Once we felt our creation was complete we let it dry and once ready we moved it out to our garden. The fairy house has been a great addition to our garden. Owen has fun checking it out everyday, inspecting it for new critters or maybe even a fairy that has moved in.

We have yet to notice any visitors to the fairy house but we are sure to check it everyday in anticipation of a new friend.

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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

 

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