Friday, January 20

Weekly Wears: Penny Lane Vibes

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I thrifted this last summer and it's finally cold enough to wear it!  I almost passed on it because the coat hung below my knees and almost swallowed me, but decided to get it anyway.  With much hesitation, I took my scissors to the suede and came out with a piece of clothing I really love!  Whew.

Coat: vintage // Sweater and Jeans: Free People // Boots: vintage // Gold choker: Nasty Gal // Purse: PS I Adore You // Tear pins: The Crybaby Club

Johnny, myself, and a couple of our pals just scored Radiohead tickets today and I'm pumped!  I swore off arena shows years ago, but sometimes it's necessary to break your own rules!

Happy Friday, friends!

Tuesday, January 17

Poesy's 6th Birthday

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Welp, my baby is 6.  Yep, you heard me right... Poesy is 6.  It's hard for me to wrap my brain around all the time that has passed since I was holding her tiny body in my arms and listening to her baby-babbling, but here we are.  She requested a Shopkins birthday this year and I did my best to fulfill those dreams.  Poesy and I have birthdays 4 days apart, so stuffing all of the celebrations into one weekend can be a tiny bit challenging.  On the other hand, two parties in one weekend?  (Read: two birthday cakes in one weekend?!)  Well, I'm always on board for a party.

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My Shopkins-obsessed darling really wanted to have a party at home with her friends.  Of course, I LOVE this because one day kids tend to outgrow that (at least, that's my experience with Hope). Poesy requested a themed cake, so I went to work coming up with a cute one.  (I ended up being really happy with it, btw!)  She picked her dress from a costume place online and it was perfect for the occassion.  The rest was easy-- 1.) Buy cute plates, cups, candles, etc.  2.) Poesy puts on all of the accessories in her jewelry box.  3.) Invite friends over for a good time!

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We had a dance party, played "drop the Shopkins in the milk jug", and had a very, VERY cold piƱata experience.  It was a great day and my girl had the time of her life.  Mission: accomplished.

Oh, and here is what my super-sweet/smart/loving/social/talented/animal-loving girl looked like on her official birthday:

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Happy birthday, Poesy girl.  Happy 6 years of making our lives better.  Even the weather sings a different tune to make your big heart smile!

Love, Mama

Wednesday, January 11

Who Wants Bonus Projects?

Infinity Scarf Table Runner via Sew With Us Ecourse
Hooray for bonus projects!  Rachel and I just just added two SIMPLE projects to our Sew With Us ecourse-- a simple infinity scarf tutorial and an easy table runner tutorial!  If you aren't familiar with Sew With Us, basically it's a learn-at-your-own-pace ecourse.  It is designed to teach basic sewing skills such as threading your machine and straight stitches, all the way up to designing your own clothing patterns and installing buttonholes, zippers, etc.  We want to take the intimidation out of sewing with simple projects for home and fashion!  Here are some examples of projects:

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*Simple maxi skirt with elastic waist

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*Learn to sew on a curve and add piping

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*Sew a half apron with pockets

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*Sew a pyramid bean bag

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There are lots more projects, but these are just a few examples.  Rachel and I poured a lot of ourselves into this ecourse (which you've probably heard me talk about in the past) and I'm happy to share our bonus projects with you guys!  If you've already purchased the ecourse, the new tutorials are in there waiting for you.  If you'd like to learn a little more about our class, just click right here!

Happy stitching, friends!

Monday, January 9

Welcome To Our Home: Bedroom Tour

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If I had to pick a favorite room in our house, it would be our bedroom.  Obviously it pains me to play favorites, but this place has it goin' on.  Oh, wait... people probably don't say that anymore.  Well, whatever phrase you use to describe simple, functional, fun, and serene, that's what I'm trying to convey.

I'm in no way a minimalist, so setting up a space that felt easy to keep tidy was a bit challenging for me... especially without a closet.  Yep, this pretty room is lacking a closet to hold all of my vintage dresses and whatnot.  Like I've said before, most rooms come with their own unique bit of complications, so working around those is always the goal!

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Remember my initial vanity post?  I was certain I wanted to paint the desk something other than black, so I originally went for a complimentary pink to our comforter.  It really wasn't what I was wanting.  Pink is great, but it felt like overkill.  I settled on a soft mint and I really think it fits the vibe of the room a lot better.  I love color and I need a variety in my home!  (Also, did you peep my curtain lengthening DIY?  Still going strong!)

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If you've counted four doors in this room, you're totally right!  We have two entrances, a door that opens up into Hope's room, and we have the door to the attic.  Adding dressers was a great solution for this lovely room with no storage.  I found the dresser with the mismatched knobs on Amazon (I added the knobs myself) and the other dresser was this DIY fail from Craigslist.  As you can see, sanding it down really brought it back to life!  You can't win every DIY trophy, am I right?

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Johnny and I were still rocking the same bedframe that we were gifted when we first got married, so this bed from West Elm was my splurge for us.  I think it's gorgeous and classic, and I hope we use it for a really long time!

The teal ceiling was here when we moved in.  It's a lot greener than something I would normally go for, but it actually helped me step out of my "typical decor" box and really consider what I was putting into our space.  The same with the light fixture-- at first I thought it wasn't really "me" but then I figured out how to compliment it with surrounding decor, and now I feel like it fits the room perfectly!

Thank you guys for taking a peek into my bedroom!  It's a lot different than our last bedroom space, and I love both for different reasons.  (This one more, though.  So much more manageable than sharing a work space with the place you're supposed to relax.)  I'll share a list of where I found some of the items shown.  If I miss anything, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to look it up!  xo.

**Big thanks to my dear friend Elise Abigail Photography for shooting these photos for us!**

Bed: West Elm // Rug: Uncommon Goods // Comforter and pillow cases: Urban Outfitters // Dresser 1: Amazon //  Dresser 2: Craigslist // Vanity Desk: Hobby Lobby // Weaving: Rachel Denbow // Grand Budapest Hotel art: Kwanalee // Pink gradient ladies print: Laura Berger // Floating abstract painting: Michelle Houghton // Metal accordion photo print: Inkdot // Most other decor is thrifted.