August 19, 2015

fall wish list

Even though I'm no longer a student (or have a child old enough to attend school yet) I love this season! I love looking at all the back to school clothing and fall fashion! Am I the only crazy one that LOVED getting school supplies? Actually, I just purchased a package of permanent markers (I use them all the time!) in pretty colors because the back to school isle was tempting me! ha ha! I thought I would put together a little collage of some of the fall fashion items that I'm currently crushing on! Some for me..and some super adorable ones for Jensen! Plaid is trending currently and this shirt dress looks so comfortable too! I'm especially loving these fabric shear earrings from Modcloth! The faux fur vest from Joe Fresh is something that I could totally DIY for Jensen! ;) I'm also currently on the hunt for the perfect dark lipstick shade!

for mama:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
for baby:
8 | 9 | 10 | 11

August 12, 2015

onesie to dress refashion {a tutorial}


Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Hello all! A friend of mine is having a baby girl and commissioned me to turn some plain baby onesies into little dresses. I loved the idea and it was so easy that I decided I needed to do the same with some of Jensen's onesies! And come on - it was a good excuse to go fabric shopping! ;) I made a tutorial to share because my technique is a little different than some of the methods I have seen online - I opted to add an elastic waist so that the skirt would gather a little more but still be able to stretch over Jensen's head! You can choose to keep the onesie in tact under the skirt portion- or if your baby has grown and the onesie is too short just cut off the bottom! (tip: make the bottom you just cut off into an easy diaper cover by folding over the cut edge and stitching on some elastic!) Happy sewing!
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorialYou only technically need 14 inches of 45 inch wide fabric, but it's good to go ahead and get 1/2 yard because then you have extra to use to make a headband or embellishment on the bodice of the dress! 1. Start by serging, zig zag stitching, or pinking the two long ends of your fabric to minimize raveling. Form a tube by stitching together the two short ends and press the seam open. Hem the bottom of the tube, this will be the bottom of the dress. I did a fairly wide hem because I like that look. 2. Sew two rows of basting (the longest stitch length) stiches about 1/4 of an inch apart at the top edge of your tube. Pull threads to gather up the skirt until it is slightly wider than the onesie. You'll want to mark the front and back centers and sides so that you can evenly disperse the gathers. 3. One the right side of the onesie draw a line 5/8ths of an inch below where you want the top of the skirt to hit, also mark the front and back centers and side seams so you can match up your onesie. You can use a regular pen or whatever you want because the skirt will cover your line anyways. 4. Make sure your skirt is wrong side out and pull the onesie through it so that you can only see the bottom portion of the onesie. Match up the gathered edge of the skirt with the line that you just drew, matching centers and sides and stretching the onesie to fit - use lots of pins if you have to. Now stitch a straight 5/8ths of an inch seam. Be careful to only stitch through one layer of fabric and one side of the onesie, you don't want to stitch the onesie shut. 5. Cut a length of elastic that is slightly smaller than the circumference of the onesie and sew the ends together so that you have a loop. Now mark the front and back centers and the sides. Stitch the elastic down onto the seam allowance with a zig-zag stitch (if you kept your onesie in tact this will just be one layer of the fabric you used for the skirt, or if you chopped off the bottom of the onesie the seam allowance will have a layer of skirt fabric and a layer of onesie fabric). 6. Flip your dress right side out and press the seam.This will make the seam lay flat as well as help your elastic shrink back so that your skirt portion is nice and gathered! Admire your handiwork! *Optional: make cute headbands, hairbows, or embellishments for the dress bodice with your fabric scraps!*
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial
Onesie to Dress Refashion DIY tutorial

June 13, 2015

anniversary trip to vegas!

This past weekend TC and I celebrated 5 years of marriage (whoot whoot!) by taking a long weekend trip out to Las Vegas! It was our first time being away from Jensen and while it was nice to have some baby-free time, I sure was glad to get home and snuggle with her! We are thankful TC's parents were available to take a trip out to our place and be on baby duty for us! Here are a few (ok, a few too many) photos of our desert excursion! :)
We arrived on Friday and after picking up our sweet, convertible rental car we drove out to Death Valley in California. It was so neat to stand down in Badwater Basin - the lowest point in the continental US and then drive up to Dante's View which offers a 360 degree view of the basin and surrounding mountains. There was a 30 degree temperature difference between Dante's View and Badwater Basin. Our ears were also experiencing a lot of popping due to the crazy altitude changes!
We checked out Downtown Las Vegas and Freemont St on Saturday afternoon then walked around the Strip that evening. The Stratosphere was the hotel that we stayed in and the observation deck at the top offered a beautiful view of the city! 


While walking the strip we also went to The Bellagio Hotel and Casino to check out their Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and watch the fountains in front of the hotel. The fountains are choreographed to music and turn on every 15 minutes- each time to a different song. It was a beautiful (and free!) display!
On Sunday we took a day trip out to Red Rock Canyon which is just several miles outside of Las Vegas. We drove the scenic loop and stopped often to take pictures! There were a lot of hiking trails, but we weren't prepared for that so we just enjoyed the beautiful views! 
Sunday evening we toured the Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas which is a non-profit museum that displays and restores old Las Vegas signs. It was so interesting to learn the history behind various signs and they were really neat to look at! 
 Monday before heading to the airport we stopped at Ethel M's Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden. All weekend long I had been wanting to get my picture taken with a huge Saguaro cactus and I finally got my chance! We also left with some chocolate treats for the plane ride home - my favorite was the Mint Dark Chocolate! Now that we're back in Texas, the humid hot weather seems strange compared to the dry, desert heat! :)

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