The Succulence Lillian Dress

Welcome to day two of the Succulence Blog Tour! That’s right… today I have the lucky job of showing off a brand new fabric line by Bonnie Christine! I have been a fan of Bonnie’s work for so long, all of her patterns are so beautiful (I even used some of them in Bee’s Nursery) and I have taken two of her courses. She’s super talented and it’s quite the honor to be taking place in her latest Blog Tour!

Succulence Lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

Lets talk about the gorgeous line, Succulence! Succulents represent the ability to thrive and constantly create new growth through absorbing even the tiniest bits of water. Bonnie pays homage to this perseverance through a study of these plants in vibrant hues of earthy plum, sunlit copper and both pristine & opaque greens.

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succulence lillian dress

I was drawn to the green floral aka “Rosette Rain” (obvious if you know me) and I knew it would make a perfect Lillian Dress. Both the fabric and pattern have a bit of a 60′s flair to me! I love this pattern by Haley from Welcome to the Mouse House (you can find it HERE) and even though it looks a little advanced it’s a really fun sew! I especially LOVE the way the pintucks look with this fabric!

succulence lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

The Succulence line is now available HERE and at other online retailers… if you have never felt the quality of Art Gallery cotton then you are missing out! PS how adorable is the back?

succulence lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

I had to bribe my model with crackers because 19 month old models can be so particular. She has two older brothers so she loves things like balls and trucks and being outdoors but this girl loves a girly dress!! When I was trying it on her for size she couldn’t stop twirling and was mad when I took it off… I call that at success :)  I love that after years of sewing for her she’s finally starting to love the things I make her!

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I can’t wait to get my hands on some more Succulence soon and make a million more baby girl dresses!

succulence lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

succulence lillian dress

Be sure to check out the rest of the talented bloggers on the tour!

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Monday February 1st: April and Mickey Zimmer | Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

Tuesday February 2nd: Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates (you’re here!)

Wednesday February 3rd: Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost

Thursday February 4th: Daisy Aschehoug | Ants to Sugar

Friday February 5th: Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday February 8th: Staci Barrett | A Vintage Fairytale

Tuesday February 9th: Denise Palmer | Denise Anne Studio

Wednesday February 10th: Sahnda Black | Sahnda Marie

Thursday February 11th: Monica De Leon | JourneyDeVida

Friday February 12th: Sarah Bertochi

Monday February 15th: Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna

Tuesday February 16th: Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes

Wednesday February 17th: Michelle Cain | From Bolt to Beauty

Thursday February 18th: Katharina Pferdmenges | Der Rabe Im Schlamm

Friday February 19th: Isabel Kelly | Lamb and Wolfie

Friday February 20th: Emi Shimokawa | Just Add Fabric

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Floral Avery Dress and a Giveaway!

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Who can resist a cute toddler in a floral dress? I can’t thats for sure :) I jump at the chance to “girl” up my girl whenever I can so when ModKid Boutique asked me to participate in the Merry Modkid Blog Hop of course I said yes!

Floral Avery Dress

Floral Avery Dress

Bee was in need of some more long sleeved dresses since were (finally) going into winter over here so I thought the Avery Dress would be perfect! I also love patterns that are girly but still a little bohemian. And don’t get me started on these fringe boots.

floral avery dress

Floral Avery Dress

Floral Avery Dress

The Avery is a drop waist dress and there are actually 3 sleeve lengths and a few extras like a pocket and belt loops. I went with one floral fabric all over (it’s a Voile that I found at Joanns) but the pictures of the contrasting peter pan collar were adorable too! I also am a sucker for anything with a lot of buttons… 7 to be exact.

Floral Avery Dress

Floral Avery Dress

Floral Avery Dress

I wish I would have sized up because I think she will only be able to fit into the dress this season; which only means one thing… she will be wearing it a lot :) But that’s OK because its perfect for playing with dolls, or taking your bow off to play swords with your brothers!

Floral Avery Dress

Floral Avery Dress

Floral Avery Dress

Overall we both love the dress! She might not keep a bow in her hair but sister loves a good twirly dress!

Floral Avery Dress

Floral Avery Dress

Now for a giveaway! Merry Modkid is giving away 2 PDF patterns of the winner’s choice! For any of you who have to get your patterns now, I also have a discount code for you! Also…. Don’t forget to go check out all of the other amazing creations fromthese talented ladies!… Good luck and happy making!

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Infinite A-Line Dress

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infinite a line dress

Hi, My name is Taylor and I’m a gingham-a-holic. I can’t get enough this summer. I spotted this light purple gingham a few months ago and I was saving it for the perfect project… well I found the perfect project! Meet your favorite new girl pattern… The Infinite A-Line Dress! Bonnie from Whisk’em is the talented designer and she emailed me a few weeks ago asking if I would participate in her Blog Tour for her first ever pattern. I have made a LOT of sewing patterns but this one is super smart y’all! I can’t even believe this is Bonnie’s first pattern.

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The idea behind the pattern is that it is a jumping off point for any a-line dress that you see in a store and you can customize it to make it your own. It has three skirt choices, five sleeve options, two back options and two pocket styles! You can mix and match and use a variety of fabric. When I sew a homemade dress I make sure to size up because my kids grow super fast and I don’t want them growing out of my handmade clothes as soon as they do in store bought. Bee is just now in 18 mo clothing  so I sized up and went with the 2T making it pretty big on her. My husband even told me she looked a little prarie-esque in her baggy gingham but I love gingham so much that I’m fine with it :) I also want to say that my kids are not skinny and sometimes patterns are on the skinny side.. but this one is definitely true to size.

infinite a line dress

infinite a line dress

I took to Instagram and polled everyone about my button choice… the winner was the yellow heart button and I’m so glad cause it’s perfect.

infinite a line dress

The bodice is fully lined and Bonnie even taught me a really cool new technique (with a video that comes with the pattern) on how to attach the dress to the bodice. The pattern is for 12 mos-8 years. I went with the flutter sleeve and gathered skirt (version D) this time but I already have ideas for more… It’s calling for some pom pom trim. Thanks for having me Bonnie and congrats on a beautiful pattern!

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You can purchase the pattern HERE and make sure to check out the other talented ladies on the blog hop!

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Boy and Girl Playroom

For almost two years now, the playroom was all about the boys! It’s been filled with super heroes, trucks and legos. It is still filled with all of those things but now we have a 7 month old baby girl who is making her way in there. The playroom is starting to see things that are pink :) We all love it but I wanted to give the room a little facelift! Now we have our new and improved Boy and Girl Playroom. playroom

This room is one of our bedrooms that shares a bathroom with another room. Instead of the boys having their own rooms, they share a bedroom and then it leaves more room for toys in here :) It works out great right now because they are 4 and 5 so they love sleeping together.

The room was mainly red before but things were getting old and ruined, which seems to be what boys do to things :) Also our toy storage was a big problem because it didn’t exist. So the room always looked like this…

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With a little organizing, some paint and a trip to IKEA, now it looks like this :)

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I went with the Kallax 4×4 shelving unit from Ikea because I have the 5×5 in my Craftroom and I love it. I also Bought enough boxes to fill half of the squares then filled the other squares with toys and games. I used some fabric scraps and ruffled them then used hot glue to dress up the boxes a little. Then I used my silhouette to label each box. And yes I still have the VHS TV in there for their viewing pleasure :) I cant bring myself to throw away all of our Disney moves.

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playroom

playroom

My oldest son helped me make the felt triangle bunting to go around the window, the curtains are white so I wanted a little pop. We also took down the little workbench because they were getting too old for it and I replaced it with the chalkboard/dry erase easel and a basket of our preschool stuff.

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I changed the slipcover to a green one so I gave the play market a little facelift too.

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playroom

Then my youngest son helped me repaint our Play Kitchen. It was scratched and dirty so we (not very perfectly) painted it aqua to match the blues and greens in the room. Don’t look too closely but while we were painting my son said “Mom… painting is BERY FUN!” :) I also added a new window pic, some curtains, a bunting and some fun paper jars. Hopefully little miss will love this as much as my boys did!

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playroom

playroom

So far, its been way more picked up. I try to remind them to only take down one box at a time so that rule helps! Also because this is a bedroom, there is a nice sized closet that holds books, board games, costumes, trucks and those lovely VHS tapes.

playroom

playroom

In my perfect world we could tear up this carpet and have hardwoods but my husband says legos are more cozy on carpet ;) Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about anything!

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