kraken dress

kraken dress

It was high time my kraken got a kraken dress, right? The second I saw the cotton & steel octopi fabric, I knew it was meant to be. I'm kind of a creature of ease-if I have a pattern cut out on my table already, more often than not I'll just use it again. So this is the same tute I used for this dress...it worked with the one yard of … [Read more...]

toddler backpack

toddler backpack

We are taking a plane trip this summer out to Utah for a family reunion and I've been gathering things for the girls to carry in their backpacks-the older two at least. I figured I'd carry Ava's stuff...but the second she saw that they were getting backpacks...well you know the drill. She insisted on one of her own. I could barely find a backpack … [Read more...]

vintage may: romperoveralls

vintage may: romperoverall

We're back folks! Time for another round of Vintage May! If you haven't heard of this world wide phenomenon yet (har har), well...I'll tell you all about it. Kristin from Skirt as Top and I started it 4 years ago-it's a series we run that's all about vintage loveliness and inspiration! (basically for me it's an excuse to wear red lipstick and … [Read more...]

a cute and colorful girls handmade summer wardrobe

handmade-kids-summer-wardrobe

  I've been a busy little sewing bee! You saw the beginning of Ava's summer wardrobe here, and I instantly began cutting out more tees, shorts, and capris! Patterns: Bateau Neck Top MADE shorts Go To Leggings Nessie top Knit fabric is from Girl Charlee, chambray and linens from various sources. I wanted all the things I sewed to go with as … [Read more...]

Ava’s 5&10 Christmas dress

Ava's 5&10 Designs cherry red Christmas dress

I've been working on the girls Christmas dresses and am finally DONE! You may have seen a sneak peek or two over on Instagram, but not Ava's dress yet! Sooo here it is! I used our good and trusty pattern from the 5 & 10 Designs Vol. 1-size 2T. I love it in this fancy fabric! Does it look familiar? ha ha. I used the rest of the fabric for … [Read more...]

glass onion floral top

glass onion floral top \\ craftiness is not optional

the second I saw Shauna's new adorable pattern in my feed, I knew I had to make one! (or more..we'll see ;) She graciously sent over the pattern, and I cut out one for Ava-I thought she could use a new top and the blog was a little Ava-dry lately anyways. lol. Then it sat on my cutting table while I had a little sewing dry spell. Wasn't in the … [Read more...]

flutter sleeve dresses

So Ava needs some new dresses-the hand me downs she has are either getting small, kinda worn out since they've been through two girls already, or, I'm sick of looking at them. haha! probably more of the latter going on if I'm being honest. Who doesn't like something fresh and new to wear once in awhile? It's good for ya. So I wanted to make … [Read more...]

KCWC: grey leggings and yellow peasant top

I finished up a springy outfit for the littlest the other day-a pair of Go To Leggings (affliate linkaroo) (fabric from Hobby Lobby), and a Sweet Dress top made with some soft yellow polka dot fabric. I love grey and yellow together, don't you? So fresh yet classic. Oh and I made another pair of these moccs for Ava-love love love them! Ava was … [Read more...]

little deer first birthday party

mint and green deer party by craftiness is not optional

Our "deer" little Ava is turning one! Yikesabee. I cannot believe it. Literally. We love our little girl so, so much. She has been the sweetest, most agreeable baby yet...and loves to snuggle, EAT (she is our chubby baby and I LOVE it), play with her sisters, and climb all over us when we lay on the ground. hahahahaha. SOBSOB my baby is growing up! … [Read more...]

a bit random…

Just wanted to pop in today and share a few quick pics! I finished Charlotte's quilt top! WOohoo! So here's a sneaky peek. This was a beast. Each block took about 15-20 minutes (I timed them yes-I'm-a-nerd), so the blocks themselves took me 9-11 hours of back-breaking sewing. Ok maybe that's a little dramatic. But each little square is 2.5 inches, … [Read more...]