pattern play

pattern play pattern play pattern play pattern play pattern play pattern play pattern play pattern play pattern play pattern play We took some basics from Old Navy, these sneakers and this swing dress, and added simple patterns to them. We just used black fabric paint and the girls were quite giddy about painting on some of the clothes! Everyday, they are always asking for projects to work on. So far summer has been all about lots of play and projects and no one has contested that. We have yet to turn to our iPad, though I’m sure there will be plenty of that too. True wanted to draw eyes on her shoes, just like my eye-dress, and then Soul and True wanted to make cacti on Soul’s dress. Brave wanted red sneakers to make her own Spider-Man shoes, but they were out of stock when I ordered the white ones. They are back in stock now, so maybe I will surprise her with them later.

Brave picked the dress with the palm print because she said it looked “vacation-y,” and when True got her maxi dress, she said, “Oh I like this, it looks like a mom dress.” HA! The big girls are getting ready to go to Texas to be with Ben’s mom for part of the summer, so vacation-y and mom dresses it is! They need light and airy for the Texas heat they are about to face.

Our days here have been pretty hot lately, but we don’t have any humidity to contend with. Our way of beating the heat is to indulge in ice cream. Let’s be honest though, I’ll eat ice cream rain or shine. Anyone else with me on that?!

on true: striped maxi dress and sneakers, c/o old navy. on brave: palm print dress and sandals, c/o old navy. on soul: swing dress and sneakers, c/o old navy. on glow: romper and flower jellies, c/o old navy.

This post is sponsored by Old Navy. I really appreciate the time you take here to support this space and the brands I partner with! 




diy: the hello kitty bow

the hello kitty bow The Hello Kitty Bow

15″ x 6″ piece of red fabric
Hand-sewing needle
Coordinating thread
Sewing machine
Thin headband

Seam allowance: 1/4″

1. Cut out two rectangular shaped pieces of fabric (about 6 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ each) with rounded corners. With the right sides together, sew around the edges, leaving a 2″ opening for turning. Clip the curves and turn right side out.

the hello kitty bow 2. Stuff with poly-fil to the desired thickness and slip stitch the opening closed.

the hello kitty bow 3. Cut out a thin 5″ strip of red fabric, tightly wrap it around the center of the bow, then knot. Snip any excess fabric. Cut out two circles from the red fabric (about 2 1/4″ diameter). With the two right sides of the circles together, sew around the edges, leaving a small opening for turning. Clip the curves and turn right side out. Stuff with poly-fil to desired thickness, then slip stitch the opening closed.

the hello kitty bow 4. Hand sew the round piece onto the center of the bow. Insert a thin headband into where the fabric strip is wrapped in center, and place the bow off center towards the right.

the hello kitty bow the hello kitty bow We are heading to the Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival at The Forum this week. The girls are thrilled to get decked out in their Hello Kitty bows and their Misha Lulu Hello Kitty dresses. If this was around when I was a kid, my parents would have been in big trouble because I loved Sanrio! I made them spend way too much money there. I remember those stamp cards you would get for every dollar spent, and I had like 10 cards full! It’s pretty insane. We cashed out for some big prizes, and one of my favorites was a giant Sanrio tin pail with all the characters. In fact, I still have that giant pail today and my girls use it to house all their dress up clothes.

I know the girls will flip out over the live Hello Kitty stage shows, interactive exhibits, animation, fashion spots, and craft stations. I remember seeing pictures from last year’s event and how whimsical it all looked. I am thankful that this year we have an opportunity to experience that whimsy ourselves!

This post is in partnership with Sanrio. Tickets to the festival may be purchased here. I’m thankful for this opportunity (my girls are especially excited!), and also for the time you take to support me and this space.



the one year birthday of my book!

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I can’t believe it’s been one year since the release of my book, Let’s Sew Together! I’m still very thankful for the opportunity to have written a book, and it’s kind of strange to think I’m an author (even if it’s been out for a year). Still weird. I think the hardest part of having written a book is the self promotion that comes along with it. Like I said, blogs are kind of narcissistic already, but then to keep having to remind people that you wrote a book and that they should buy it, that’s kind of tough for me. The whole business aspect of my creative job doesn’t come natural to me.

Since, we are on the topic of my book (duh!), and if you do want to learn how to sew and make some projects for and with the little ones in your life, I think you’ll really like my book! The projects in the book are totally new and have never been shared step-by-step on my blog, so you aren’t just buying blog material that is given here for free (in case you’re wondering). In the past, some of you have asked for a tutorial for my world map quilt and giant dollhouse pillows, and those are both in my book.

The photos above were from the book release party, which was a year ago. I’m totally lame because I’m way so late in sharing this. After the book party, summer happened, off we went to Singapore, then Williamsburg, and then life kept happening, so it just never got shared. Also, I was waiting for the edited pictures from my friend, Reese, and the video from my sister. Here we are a year later and I’m finally sharing it. Better late than never, right?!

Thank you to all those who attended and showed their support! It was so lovely to meet so many of you and it’s so strange for me to sign books. Sorry if I wrote all messy because when I’m nervous, my penmanship is atrocious. I remember I even spelled a simple word wrong! Oh goodness. You all (and all my friends and family who were there too) were so awesome! The whole book thing was such a dream, with the most amazing editor & publisher (shout out to my editor Caitlin over at Potter Craft/Penguin Random House), and I’m just filled with gratitude for it all. While it was an amazing thing to accomplish, I still learned that even an accomplishment like that never fully satisfies, only Jesus can fill my empty hole.

A special thanks to Danni & Oh, Hello Friend for hosting the party at their shop, also to my favorite dynamic duo, Me & Mr. Cassidy, for serenading the crowd. Thank you to Reese Tibayan for your photography skills, and to Reinna Cruz for putting together such a fun video! Also, thank you to my mother for making all the delicious desserts and drinks! Another round of thanks goes to these sponsors and their wonderful gifts that were given to the guests at the party: Totes from Hello Apparel, pillar stud earrings from Lisa Leonard, soaps from SQ Apothecary, craft kits from  Treehouse Kid & Craft, craft supplies from Oriental Trading Company, fabric bundles from Ann Kelle, and accessories from Burdees.

Here’s the first post I ever did about my book (I kept it a secret for so long!), and if you want to see the video we made for release day last year, check it out here. Happy May 20th friends!



denim kimono jacket

denim kimono jacket denim kimono jacket denim kimono jacket I got the sewing itch to make something like this, but in denim, and then I went hunting for more inspiration and came across this one from Ro & Ro General Merchants. I merged the two together in my head, and went to drawing out some patterns. I used a kimono I had as a guide (this one), and tweaked things here and there. I had about 1 1/2 yards of this denim fabric, and I knew it would be a tight fit to figure this out. I wish I had 2 yards, because I could have made the collar strip one continuous piece, but with a little tinkering, I think it came out just fine.

My jacket is 3 main pieces (1 back, and 2 front pieces), with a 5″ strip (folded in half) to go around the collar and down the sides. I’d like to tinker some more and try making another with some black linen. I don’t have any on hand though, so that project will have to wait. This is the perfect lightweight jacket for the summer and spring months. It will probably work all year round since I’m in Southern California. This would have come in handy last week as I was traveling; the airplane rides were a bit chilly.

When it comes to sewing, I just go, so even though I made a pattern, it’s not perfect, thus I’m not quite ready to share it. I’m a cut and sew on the spot kind of person, it just goes faster for me that way. If I ever get a pattern just right for this, you bet your bottom dollar I’ll share that here!

If you’re a buy instead of make kind of person, this one from Madewell is similar, or you might like a sweater one from the Gap. If you want something with more coverage, here’s this one from Free People. Don’t forget this cool one from Ro & Ro General Merchants, it might be my favorite one with the Madewell one in second place!



diy: giant mother’s day poster

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We took some photos this past weekend, and I chose one to use for our poster. In Photoshop, I switched the color image to black and white, added the Mother’s Day greeting, then saved it to be printed as a 24″ x 36″ poster. I went to our local copy store, and asked them to make a blueprint copy of the file. It prints out in black and white on thin paper (ours came out to $3.89 each). Since this is something we will be giving to our mothers, Ben’s and mine, we had the girls write “grand” (using paint marker) in parenthesis next to the word mother. I guess we could have gone with “Happy Grandmother’s Day!” on the poster, but I thought if the kids wrote the “grand” part, it would give it a sweet touch.

I got a poster shipping tube to send it off to Ben’s mom, and we will see my mom, so we can hand it to her in person. If you don’t have access to Photoshop, just have the children (or yourself) write the greeting onto the print. I think the large poster packs a nice punch, and of course, what mother or grandmother wouldn’t want a large poster of her children/grandchildren?! You can also keep this idea in your back pocket for Father’s Day!

DSC_8174 copy DSC_8142 copy DSC_8185 copy DSC_8157 copy DSC_8178 copy One thing I just realized is that none of my girls like spaghetti strap tops or dresses. Now that I think of it, I don’t either. I got this cute romper for Glow, but she didn’t want to wear it without a shirt underneath. She put up a fuss, until I offered her a top to wear under. I’d totally wear Brave’s romper and True’s dress (seriously considered ordering it in an XXL), and pair it with those exact shoes too! The fabrics are nice and light, perfect for the summer temperatures we had this weekend. Soul was super excited to get her own pair of slip-on sneakers. True and Brave have some that they share, so she’s been wanting that style to be like them… and now she can!

on true: chambray embroidered dress, c/o old navy. biker boots, gap kids (similar here). on brave: chambray romper, c/o old navy. checkered vans, on soul: stripe dress & slip-ons, c/o old navy. on glow: shirt, misha lulu. jersey romper & sneakers, c/o old navy.

This post is sponsored by Old Navy. In honor of the 101st Mother’s Day celebration, Old Navy is partnering with artist to bring some of your favorite memories as a a mom, or with your mom, to life in watercolor. To enter, see here for details. Thank you for the support you give me, this space, and the brands I choose to partner with!



diy: paper plate cake stands

paper plate cake stands Paper Plate Cake Stands

Paper plates
Cups (be sure it’s proportionate to the plate and not too small)
Glue gun/glue stick

Add some glue to the bottom rim of the cup, center it on the bottom of the paper plate, and attach to set in place.

paper plate cake stands paper plate cake stands paper plate cake stands I needed 9 cake stands for True’s mini hotel party, and I thought about lugging 9 small cake stands with me, but decided against it once I saw these patterned paper plates at Daiso. I put these together in our hotel room (see here), and once all the mini bundt cakes were eaten, to the trash the cake stands went. It’s basically a paper plate on top of a paper cup, but it did the job I needed it to do, and they looked cute while doing it! I’m not sure how it would hold up with a larger cake, but I think for mini ones like these, they worked great.

paper plate cake stands paper plate cake stands paper plate cake stands paper plate cake stands The cakes here are from 85 Degrees, one of our favorite local bakeries; one cake was chocolate chiffon, and the other vanilla bean chiffon. It was so light, fluffy, and mildly sweet. The cake didn’t come with the berries and cream, I just added that myself. My girls would agree that it complemented the cake nicely, and it was the perfect cake to use for our paper plate cake stands!





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