the seaweed is always greener…

So first off…thank you SO much for your sweet words on Tuesday’s post. I appreciate them so much!

And look-I sewed something! Ok it’s not ground breaking…just a little outfit for Sadie’s under the sea party this weekend! (she’s really excited about turning four can you tell!?)

I sewed up a quick elastic waisted skirt and added a ruffled tube of fabric along the bottom. Fabric isΒ  Dot in Aqua – from Bonnie & Camille. I got it awhile ago from Lily Bella Fabrics, looks like they don’t have it anymore though.

On the tee I appliqued a simple seashell, and then embroidered the lines on like so…it was quite relaxing, and the hubs and I caught up on some Olympics-I am loving beach volleyball! And gymnastics of course…I did gymnastics when I was younger for about 10 years so I have a special place in my heart for those girls.

We’ve been busy making other decorations and goodies for the party. Yes I said we! It’s so fun to have an eager little helper when I get crafty, especially since it’s for her party, she loves that!

She helped me make these paper bowl and ribbon jellyfish.

Ok so she mostly watched me make the chocolate seashells.

…and seahorse lollies! Sadie did request pink seahorses. They are strawberry flavored too! I finally tried these flavor oils I bought earlier in the year.

Also a quick Happy Birthday banner…I can’t wait for this party! Although it looks like it’s going to be another scorcher…sad face. Let’s hope it’s not 104 at least, like Miss C’s cowgirl party was. UGH. I’m planning on having a blow up pool for the kids to play in so at least we’ll have that to look forward to! I’m not above wading in myself, belly and all. πŸ˜‰

You can always see what I’m up to on Instagram! I am obsessed/addicted so I’m always on! My username is craftinessisnotoptional.

Also, Happy Anniversary to Rory and I today! It’s been 9 years…wow! Looking forward to a night out tomorrow with the hubs…gonna see the new Bourne movie-can’t wait!


  1. I love those jellyfish. What a great idea πŸ™‚

  2. Love it! My Lily is turning 4 in November- she wants a pirate party, so we’ll be doing some of the under-the-sea things, too. I’ll love to see how everything comes together.

  3. Happy Anniversary!

  4. Oh, 4 year olds are the best! Seriously–mine turned four in April and I can’t believe the difference from age 3! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see the party details–your parties are seriously amazing. And happy anniversary–9 years is definitely something to celebrate! πŸ™‚

  5. Happy Anniversary you two! Love the darling b-day outfit and party deco;)

  6. Happy Anniversary Jess! Just got caught up on your last post and it must be contagious. I’ve been having these same thoughts for a few months now. Totally get the guest post blues…I recently missed a trip to the beach with my kids because I had to get one done. Not smart! I’ve scaled way back and it feels great. Hugs girl!

  7. I love your party planning! You have such great ideas for homemade beautiful creations. My favorite from C’s was the cow thrifted decoration. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us with S’s!

  8. I love your party planning! You have such great ideas for homemade beautiful creations. My favorite from C’s was the cow thrifted decoration. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us with S’s!

  9. Happy Anniversary!
    Sadie is so adorable, as is her outfit. =) Looks like she is going to have a very fun party.

  10. I was happy to read your post today. You seem like you’re in a much better place, much more relaxed. I’m 6 month pregnant too, and I know how exhausting the third trimester is. But tell you what, whenever the house is a mess and you can’t clean it, dinner is not cooked, and your flipping back and forth between laughter and tears, just blame it all on the hormones. =:>
    I’m excited to see more details of the party. LOVE the jelly fish! What a great idea.

  11. Happy birthday Miss Sadie!

  12. Those jellyfish are super cute!

  13. First, congrats and cheers to many more! And I love everything that you’ve done for the party! So cute!

  14. Looks like you’re all set for the party! Sadie looks adorable in her new outfit.

    Happy Anniversary! I am anxious to see what you think of the Bourne movie. I’m excited about it. My husband is a Bourne purist and is upset that they made another one. I guess I can get the play by play on instagram. πŸ˜‰

  15. Adorable party….and I love that you are also making time for YOU!!! I am a quilting teacher and have LOTS of young mom’s in my class ( their night out and sanity saver). But I always preach ( in my older and wiser status) that it is easy to shake your head NO as well as YES!!! I think you are the generation of trying to do it all. Of course I am GRATEFUL that you do….have used your tutorials a million times!! But good for you that you can shake your head NO too. Hugs to you and sorry if I came across preachy. Just the Mom in me trying to take care of YOU!!! XXX

  16. Everything is so adorable! (Especially that little almost-4 year-old!) πŸ™‚ I kind of love those jellyfish a lot a lot. And I never cease to be impressed by your ability to plan parties and nurseries and whatnot and tie in a million little details so everything looks amazing together. Go you! And happy anniversary!

  17. Hey there!

    My name is Meg and I am 15 years old. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months since i LOVE to sew. I must say your blog is my favorite out of all the other crafty blogs I read! I want to be just as cute as fun as you when I grow up! Your projects leave me breathless! Love your style and your girls are adorable! Thanks for everything!

  18. Happy anniversary! And happy birthday to Sadie! Love the outfit and theme and decorations. πŸ™‚

  19. This is a beautiful party!! I’ve got to get on planning our pirate party for the end of September! And I laughed out loud when I read the Seafood. Eat Food. piece! Love it!

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