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Hey there.

I am so, so excited to unveil a new look for my blog! It’s been a long time coming. I loved my old design, but was ready for a change and something fresh and new. So I turned to Smitten Blog Designs, and my designer Missy did an amazing job translating my garbled wants into a crisp new design. I absolutely love it! (make sure and hop over if you’re using a reader to check it out!) They are so professional and I loved working with them. I would highly recommend them! Also, they have a lot of really cute free backgrounds, you can check out on their site.

Speaking of readers and such, are you guys getting the posts ok on the Google reader feed since I’ve switched over to the .com? I’m not sure if you need to update it or not. hmm…anyone know?

Β ALso! The Junebug dress sew along will start next week, JulyΒ  18th-20th! Here’s a supply list:

You’ll need:
1-2 yards of fabric, depending on child’s size.
6 buttons-for the pattern I provide, no larger than 5/8″
thread, sewing and pattern making stuff (ie sewing machine and paper)
I’ll show you how to make a pattern, and provide a 2T/3T sized pattern for the bodice, and sleeves.
Thanks for all the awesome questions from the other day! I am having a blast answering them, and I will probably have the longest About Me page in the history of blogging, but you won’t have to wonder, “gosh I wonder if Jess likes black or green olives better?” Yep, cause I answered that question. (you’re gonna have to wait though, for the answer….oh the suspense!) I’m going to close the comments now to choose a winner, but of course if you have any other questions for me, feel free to email me anytime! πŸ™‚Β 
I’ll have the questions answered and posted soon!
Sooo…the winner, of a yard of this cute fabric (from Just Wing it by Momo, c/o my sponsor, Lark Cottons) is…
(p.s. you have the coolest name ever.)
Please email me at craftinessisnotoptional(at)gmail(dot)com, Callie so I can get your info!
Hope everyone is having a great morning! We are….so far Charlotte is refusing to nap though. πŸ™ Booger.

Here’s another hint for Sadie’s birthday party theme (part of the favors):
OH, and is anyone else waiting on pins and needles for the last Harry Potter movie? I don’t do midnight showings, but tomorrow night me and my sis are SOOO there. I need to whip up a tee shirt before then, I think. πŸ˜‰ I’m soo bringing tissues. πŸ˜‰


  1. Anonymous says

    Penguins! Oh how I love penguins!

  2. Showing up fine in the Reader. Also, YES pins and needles til Saturday night!

  3. The new design looks great! Very fun!

    Your blog posts are showing up just fine in my google feed reader. I didn’t have to change anything.

    I am looking forward to the sew-along!

  4. Jess, the new blog looks FAB! Much more streamlined, but still bursting with personality!

  5. Those penguins look adorable. And the new blog design looks great.

  6. I’m getting posts OK in Google Reader…

  7. I’m so excited for the sew-along! It will be the first one I’ve actually participated in, so hopefully it goes well. The size you are making is right between my two girls’ sizes, so I have to decide if I’ll wing it by making my own pattern (hasn’t always worked well, in the past!) or make a 2T with you and save it for my littlest. Decisions, decisions!

    And yes…SO excited for HP tonight! I’m doing the premier with my sister…just too excited to wait! (And no, my wand and robes will NOT be coming with πŸ˜‰

  8. Woah, bam, there is is! Me likie! i’ve been thinking of giving myself an overhaul as well. I enjoyed making my buttons for the summertime event, and have been thinking for a while now that I would enjoy a cleaner, whiter look. Something different. You know, just like everyone else. Ha! πŸ˜‰ But seriously, I don’t know how or why I go from thinking my layout is adorbs to hating it with a burning passion, but there you go.

  9. oh and I used google reader next button and I’m still here!

  10. love the new look, love penguins and I want to see the new harry potter movie sooo badly! sadly though I’ll have to wait till I can arrange a babysitter.

  11. Love the new look – congrats on the change! It’s great. I am getting your posts in Google Reader just fine too. Can’t wait to read your About Me page and to check out the sew-along!

  12. Love the new layout, everything looks so pretty! You make me want a new layout even more now πŸ™‚ I’ll check out Missy’s site!

  13. I *love* it!!

  14. oh jess!!! i looove the new look, it’s so pretty and clean looking. πŸ™‚ was it the same designer you used last makeover? fun stuff. and the feeds are coming through just fine, it redirects to your .com

  15. I’m still seeing you in Google Reader! And thanks for the link to the freebies, I just changed my blog. In doing so though I also noticed that my lovely new Google+ account DELETED ALL OF MY BLOG PICTURES! UGH!!! So a word of warning to any blogger users using Google+ DO NOT delete any photos or it will also delete them from your blog without warning!

    I’m totally with you with no midnight showing, but needing kleenex for tomorrow! I’m so sad it’s all going to be over!

  16. Look forward to the sewalong. I’m following on google reader

  17. the RSS feed is coming through to my Outlook just fine since the changeover. love the new look the graphics are really cute. congrats!

  18. Everything looks awesome! Love, love, love it….one too many loves??? Hehehe.

  19. I love the new blog design, especially the font. You wouldn’t want to reveal that one, would you? I’m in love with fonts! I just wish blogger had more to choose from. I really enjoy your blog! Thanks!

  20. Love the new look!! Showing up in Reader just fine. Great job!

  21. That must be a Mr. Popper’s Penguins party!

  22. Love the new look! Your posts are still coming up in my reader fine.

  23. Jess! I adore you! You speak to me (and everyone else that visits you!).
    Your blog is great, love the crispness (!).
    Posts are still working in reader.
    Cant wait for the sew-a-long! I heart the junebug dress so much. Going to make one for my niece then try do one for my (almost!) one year old.
    Love the penguins in the making and can’t wait to see everything else! My man loves penguins!
    Can’t wait for Harry Potter finale; makes me excited, sick, happy, depressed all at once. My bestie and I are going Monday while hubby looks after bub! First time to the cinema since she was born! Hope everything going great for you! Thanks again, you always brighten my day : )

  24. I’m still seeing you fine on my reader (which isn’t google). And I love the new design! Very fresh, and clean. I like it.

    And I may just have to do the junebug dress with you next week, I apparently need a little motivation to get back into sewing now that we’re back home.

  25. OK I was WONDERING if you were an HP fan…it seemed to fit with your general, lovable dorkiness πŸ™‚ I want to see it sooo badly, and my husband thinks I’m crazy! Oh, and your posts are coming through just fine on Google reader πŸ™‚

  26. I Love the design and the colors!! Very happy looking!


    Comes across great in my email~

  27. The dress is super cute. If I have grand daughters, i want to try and make clothes.

    love the penguins! did you design them yourself?

  28. Love the new design, love the dress and love that I am still getting your feed in google reader. πŸ˜‰

  29. The new look is great Jess! And I am so impressed that you’re a .com now. Look at you being a big shot and stuff. πŸ™‚

    Also, I am super excited about the last Harry Potter movie. We’re not going to the midnight showing tonight, but we’re going tomorrow afternoon. Hooray! Have fun at the midnight event!

  30. O I like the new look a lot!

  31. blog looks great! love those sweet party favors too!

  32. I use google reader because I follow so many blogs, and I haven’t had any trouble with the switch. The .com looks great!

  33. I can see your posts just fine on Google Reader and I am soo looking forward to the sew along! You have the cutest dresses and tutorials πŸ™‚

  34. Know something? Have never read a word of Harry Potter, nor seen any of the films! Wonder if I’m a rare object? Think I’ll start a club of “Never seeing a favourte”!! I never saw that show in London’s West End, either – The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie! That ran for years, and years, and years! Hope you and your sister enjoy the show! Isobel

  35. Yay! So, you must know that Happy Feet 2 is coming out in November, yeah? I had a Happy Feet party for my little one’s 1st birthday party back in January and it was amazing! And yes, I saw Harry Potter at 12:02, yes, it wasamazing, and yes, I cried like a little girl! Have fun,and if you would like pics or ideas, feel free to email me. I’ve seen pics of Charlotte’s birthday party and I am as detail oriented and party crazy as you are! Scary, right?

    [email protected]

  36. Tacky the penguin? Those are Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect? Maybe?

  37. LOVE the new design!! And I’m super excited for the sew along!!

  38. the Junebug dress = adorable!

  39. Anonymous says

    They look a bit like nuns to me! Are you planning a catholic theme πŸ™‚

  40. Lovely! Thank you for posting.

  41. Your blog looks great, congratulations Jess.

    A new sew along? Thank you!!!!!!

  42. Your blog looks fabulous, Jess. Love it!

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