Best of 2013

CINO 2013

|| crochet bows || geranium dress || mustard dress || bear hat ||

|| bimaa || deer party cookies || another geranium || triangle baby quilt ||

|| ballerine de corail project run and play || 5 and 10 designs dress || chevron project run and play || KCW outfit ||

|| baby toms || 5 and 10 designs || knit top || nessie top

I love looking back over the last year of blogging and picking out some favorites. It’s quite empowering to look back and see all that got made, baked (and then eaten), sewn, and photographed. It also makes me think about my goals for this blog of mine. I never wanted or expected it to be anything but a fun hobby for me. It’s grown into much more than that, but still,Β  I promised myself awhile ago (ok Rory made me promise myself), that if it gets too stressful, to take a break. (which I did this past 2 weeks-no sewing at all! I was LAZY and it was GREAT. However I am back on the wagon (off the wagon?) now of course)

I constantly feel pressure to blog a certain way or that I’m failing at blogging (that old “keeping up with the Joneses” silly notion), so I just wanted to say thank you.

Because I never feel that pressure from you guys. It’s all in my crazy little head. (and partly, I blame Pinterest, lol) You guys are the best. Seriously. I love this little nook of the internet that sewing and crafting bloggers have created, because such amazing, kind, and supportive people are drawn to it.

A big virtual hug to you all and I hope you haveΒ  a Happy New Year!!

Best of 2011Β  and 2012 in case you’re curious!


  1. Not sure how I came to follow you about a year ago (when all my blogging visits started) but I love to check in daily on my Bloglovin’. My girls are now 14 and 11 and I don’t even sew clothes. (I sew children/baby items for my Etsy shop so I am a fabric freak too.) So why do I come and visit Jess? You’re sewing and party talent draws me in, your personality is fun and easy going, and who can resist your darling girls. Love to see their silly faces, adorable smiles and chubby cheeks! Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2014 filled with joy and health!

  2. Sara Speight says

    I am just grateful for any blog entry you make Jess! I have been following you for almost 3 years now and CINO continues to be my favourite blog. I love how you write and I also love that your older 2 girls are the same age as my 2 and that you have great taste so I get so much inspiration from you!

  3. Happy and Blessed New Year Wishes for you and your beautiful family! Please do not ever apologize for not blogging constantly…..your posts are always full of fabulous stuff and gorgeous pics of your little darlings; I don’t know how you make the time to create and blog as much as you do…’re my hero!! Though I would not call myself a seamstress by any means, you inspire me constantly. Thank you and God bless you!!

  4. Fail at blogging, you? Never! I’ve been following (usually shyly) since just after Charlotte was born, and every single outfit/party/kid you make is always absolutely gorgeous! Yours is the blog that most other sewing blogs are jealous of, and I can’t wait to see what you make in 2014!

  5. I hardly ever comment on blogs, but I have to say yours is my favorite BY FAR! You are one talented chick and I love everything you put on here! πŸ™‚

  6. aw jess, you are always a bloggy inspiration. i always wondered how the heck you could be so productive until i saw you in action personally, and it all suddenly made perfect sense. πŸ˜‰ your projects are so great, your pattern releases this year have been inspiring, and your baking makes me drool! you inspired O’s halloween costume, made Em’s favorite skirt ever I think (the pink one with elephants), and i can’t wait to wrap my new little guy up in the wonderful quilt you made for him!! you’re such a kind and generous person and a special friend. cheers to 2014!!

    • Girl, you’re going to make me cry. I am so grateful for your friendship-and Em & Sadie’s for that matter-they are the cutest. I can’t wait to see your new little guy wrapped up in that quilt, either! Happy New Year πŸ™‚

  7. I don’t think i’ve commented before, but this seems as good a time as any to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog and I think you’re *great* at it. Thanks for sharing your projects with all of us!

  8. best wishes for this new year ! bonne annΓ©e 2014 !

  9. those photos couldn’t be anyone else’s. You have a beautiful, unmistakable style and you OWN those colours.
    Not to mention the three most adorable children in blogland. Your photo outtakes are my favourite posts of all time.
    happy new year

  10. Jennifer Hill says

    You are my fave crafty blog out there!! Always the one I check first, and this year in review reminds me why! I love looking at pictures of your sweet girls. Your work always inspires me to try new things for my daughter. Most of all your sweet & funny personality makes it feel like I’m listening to a friend. Don’t stress about taking breaks – they are well deserved, but so glad you’re back on (or off) the wagon πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!!

  11. you are an amazing blogger! so inspiring! can’t wait to see what you make this year!

  12. Shawna Zimmerman says

    I recently started sewing this past year and I can’t get enough!! My husband and made most of the gifts for our family this year and half of them were sewn. It was so fun! I love your blog because your tutorials are really easy to follow and all of your beautiful designs inspire me to start trying to create some of my own. Thank you and please keep doing what you do!!

  13. I love your blog! Everything you do is inspiring! And if there is a wait between each post… I just appreciate it more! Happy New Year! =)

  14. Keep blogging just the way you do! I love your humor and “realness” along with seeing your beautiful girls and the amazing parties and projects. Truly inspiring. I have two young girls and it is so fun to see your projects and now your PATTERNS! LOVE!

  15. Sydney Lund says

    Lots of people have told you you are there favorite blog, but I am your biggest fan bigger than they all are:) you are my all time favorite blogger!! I follow lots of blogs but yours is the only one I read every single entry of! I just had a girl this year and I was so excited to have a girl to sew all of your adorable dresses for. Thanks for the inspiration

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