Tuesday, March 27, 2012

staple

 




dress: My Beloved...from Soel Boutique; cardigan: me, shoes: 9 west, purse: Tory Burch, jewelry: Juicy, Nachelle, ring is vintage from my Grandma, nails: Dark Navy by ELF 


You know when you have an idea in your head for a while and it takes you forever before you finally have the time to create it?  That's what happened with this cardigan.  I have had that navy knit and those gold buttons (both from the fabric district) for months now, with the intention of creating a cardigan.  But I guess things like pregnancy, giving birth, and an attention demanding toddler sometimes force you into a sewing hiatus.

I purchased this dress a few weeks ago.  It was a little "yay you just birthed a human" gift from the hubs.  I knew I couldn't wear it until the cardigan was complete, so I morphed myself into a baby whisperer and got both boys to sleep at the same time and pumped this sucker out.  I love the feel of this knit.  It is a little thicker than a jersey and fantastic quality.  It has a little bit of a blazer look to it, which I love.  I'm excited to incorporate it into my daily wardrobe.  It's a staple piece if I ever saw one.

Monday, March 26, 2012

my favorite things:: Mrs. Meyers countertop spray

I love hearing about cool products.  And when I find products I love, I want to tell everyone I know about them.  So I'm starting up a fun little weekly post (or bi-weekly, or whenever I feel like posting them...don't really want to set myself up to fail) that will feature a product that I am smitten with.

Today I want to tell you how much I love Mrs. Meyers countertop spray in geranium scent.


I love that I can disinfect my kitchen and have it smell like flowers instead of chemicals.  I love Mrs Meyers products in general because they use great smelling natural essential oils, but the countertop spray is my favorite.

What cleaning products can you not live without?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

currently

I have a lot of sewing projects on my to do list.  I just finished up all the bedding, curtains, and pillows in the boys room (pictures coming soon).  Now I am working on my dress for my brother-in-laws upcoming wedding.  Here is a little sneak peek....


(no I will not be wearing a white lace dress to a wedding.  I am venturing into the world of dyeing.  I think Rit and I are going to become fast friends.)

Friday, March 16, 2012

maxi skirt: color pop

option 3:
color pop



top: JCrew, cardi: JCrew, skirt: me, nail polish: Orly- terracotta

Easily transition a neutral colored maxi from winter to spring by adding a bright colored top or cardi.
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The winner of the Bambeanies giveaway is.....

Leah

Love the brown one!

Congrats Leah!  Send me over an email to claim your cute beanie!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

kojo designs Sewing for ME: guest post


Today I'm guest posting on everything Maxi over at Kojo Designs. She is doing a Sewing for ME serious that is definitely worth checking out. And you all know how much I love sewing for me....

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

maxi skirt: dress it up

option 2:
dress it up



top: H&M, blazer: F21, skirt: me (tutorial), belt: vintage from my mom,  jewlery: nashelle, J.Crew, UO, F21, lipstick: So Chaud (Mac)

It's hard to really feel dressed up in a maxi since these skirts don't exactly require you to shave your legs, plus they feel like pajamas.  But that's nothing a high bun and red/orange lip can't fix.  Also, you should try your hand at mixing prints if you haven't already.  It's not as intimidating as it looks. 

maxi skirt: dress it down

Over the next few days, I wanted to show you a handful of other maxi skirts I made (tutorial here).  I have a closet full of them now, and even though I have a lot more clothing options now that I'm no longer preggers, they are still so easy and SO comfortable to pull on.  Plus, I wanted to show you that they work great with or without a bump.

Maxi Skirt option 1:
dress it down







top: Express, Skirt: me, Sunnies: UO, shoes: Steve Madden, Jewlery: Nachelle charm necklace, gift, vintage bracelet, polish: China Glaze- Re-fresh Mint & Orly- Rage

The weather lately reminds me so much of California weather.  I just feel like it puts me in a better mood and makes me carefree and relaxed.  I love the easy relaxed California style, so with this skirt I wanted to keep it simple with my favorite v-neck white tee, gladiators, long loose curls, and a few chunkier pieces of metallic jewelry just for a little kick. 

 

I made this same skirt for a client last year and finally got around to making one for myself.  I am in love with the heather gray and ruffles along the bottom.  The ruffles give it some weight, and its fun to see them move around as I walk.

I followed the same steps that I did on this maxi tutorial, except I just did a 2" wide waistband instead of the yoga waistband (so just fold a 4" wide waistband in half lengthwise).  For the row of ruffles along the bottom, I made the skirt about 6 inches shorter than I wanted it, and added a row of ruffles that were 6" and 3 1/2" wide.  To get the ruffles, I just measures the entire circumference of the very bottom of the skirt, then cut out two strips of fabric (one 6" and one 3 1/2") that were double the length of the circumference.  I then placed the 2 long strips on top of each other with the ends matched up at the top, made a basting stitch all along the top, and gathered and gathered until it measured the original circumference.  Then I pinned it along the bottom of the skirt, right sides together with the bottom of the ruffles pointing up, and serged them all together.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Welcome Sponsor: Bambeanies + giveaway

I'm happy to welcome my newest sponsor: Bambeanies by Gina!  Are you a crocheter?  I'm a little intimidated by 2 sticks and a ball of yarn, but I love the things that people can create with it.  And Gina is a crocheting genius.  You should see all of the great piece in her shop.  She makes hats and accessories for kids and adults.  Here are some of my favorites.


That owl pillow would be so cute in a nursery.

Slouchy beanie and leg warmers

but my most favorite of all her creations are her darling baby hats.  

ohmygosh.  A penguin.  Cash was just mentioning to me the other day how his head would be a lot warmer if he had a penguin beanie....

And I have another great giveaway for you all this week!  Gina is giving away quite possibly the cutest of all her baby beanies, the Owl beanie.

I died when I saw this.  So cute, right?  

The winner will have the choice of the brown own hat in size small, or the fuchsia one in medium.

To enter simply leave me a comment telling me which color you would prefer.  For an extra entry, like Bambeanies by Gina on facebook and leave me a second comment letting me know.
(you must be an Elle Apparel follower to enter)

I'll announce the winner on Friday.  Good luck!

Friday, March 9, 2012

progress

I didn't get all of the baby projects on my "to do" list completed before Cash was born, but I did get a new car seat cover made...



 I fell in love with this Michael Miller fabric.  Since I had other colors in mind for the boys room, I still had to find a way to use these prints.

I am also slowly but surely getting the boy's room made over.  I finished Cash's bedding and am working on pillows and Bradley's bedding.  Here is a little sneak peak of Cash's blanket...


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And the winner of the Creative Quilt Kits giveaway is....


I like them :)
and who wouldn't want $50 worth of fabric to sew some maxi skirts!!! :)

Congratulations Prairie Girl!  Shoot me over an email and I'll get you your gift certificate.

For those of you that didn't win, Creative Quilts is offering 10% to Elle Apparel readers through the month of March.  Just use the code: 10MARCH2012.  Now go get yourself some fabric!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

food coloring fireworks

Since the weather outside isn't the greatest, and I am paranoid about my newborn getting RSV in this winter weather, we have spent most of our time indoors.  I am always trying to think of fun activities we can do inside to keep us from going stir crazy.  I saw this "food coloring fireworks" idea on Pinterest and Bradley loved it.

All you need is a glass vase or pitcher, food coloring, oil, and water

Fill the vase mostly with water, then pour in the oil so it is about 1/2" - 1" thick when it rests on top of the water

Then let your little one drop in 1-2 drops of food coloring into the vase.  The food coloring will slowly sink through the oil, but once it hits the water.... 

It looks like a tiny firework exploding! 

Start with the lighter colors first (yellow, red), then do the darker colors (blue, purple, green) to keep from making the water dark and muddy too soon.  And a little goes a long way.  This is a great simple activity to keep your little one entertained!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Welcome Sponsor: Creative Quilt Kits + giveaway

I'd like to welcome my newest sponsor, Creative Quilt Kits.  They are a fantastic online fabric source with over 6,000 products!  Not only do they sell some great quilt kits, but they have a wide variety of all type of fabrics.  Here are some of my favorites:

  
I am loving pink and orange, and this  orange fuchsia stripe is a KNIT that would make a dang cute maxi skirt

 
This zebra minky would make an adorable blanket for a baby boy or girl

 
And this flower minky would make a beautiful blanket for me!

 
They have a great selection of Amy Butler fabrics, and I love this blush peacock feathers print

 
I have loved this Amy Butler water bouquet  fabric for a while now.  It would make a great skirt.

 
How cute is this hearts o'plenty fabric?

Like what you see?  Creative Quilt Kits is generously giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky Elle Apparel follower!  This is more than enough for fabric to make a great quilt or a couple of skirts.

To enter just like Creative Quilt Kits on facebook and leave me a comment.  For an extra entry, become a follower of their blog and leave me a second comment telling me so.  I'll announce the winner this Friday.

Friday, March 2, 2012

dreaming of spring

Have you received your J.Crew Spring catalog?  We got ours a few days ago and I'm obsessed with it.  Here are a few of my favorite Spring staples:

a Maxi.  Ha!  I bet your are all shocked.  So I might have 7 in my closet, but I'm thinking I need a Kelley green one now.... 

I'm loving boat neck tops right now.  And stripes?  The obsession continues. A striped one like this is on my "to sew" list  

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A chambray top is a must for Spring.  I got mine from J.Crew last year and it goes with ev-er-e-thing!  I also have some white capri's I want to refashion into skinnies.

A dolman sleeved top.  No armholes to sew?  Yes please. 

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I have 5 yards of gorgeous lace and three projects I have been dying to make with it.  This top is one of them.  Lace is huge right now and I love it.  
I also have gold sequined fabric for a pencil skirt.  I bought it when I was pregnant and have been patiently waiting to get my normal body back so that I can make it.  But I posted this one because of the price.  You GOTTA click on the link.......ok, I can't wait, so I'm just gonna tell you.....
$695.
what the WHAT?!?
I'm sorry J.Crew, but that is so outrageous.  I can think of a lot of things I would want with $700, and one skirt is not one of them.
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