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Ruffle shirts, really embellished shirts in general, are every where this spring. I saw my first one a couple months ago on the J-Crew website and have been determined to make one ever since. So last week when I saw a list of tutorials on How About Orange, I had to get started. I ran to Target and picked up two t-shirts for $6 each. Then this weekend (during Naptime) I put this T-shirt together. It was really very simple, although it took a few minutes to get the ruffles figured out. (I won’t forget to mention that when I was sewing on the third ruffle I sewed straight through the back of the shirt and had to pull out the seam and do it again.) But yeah, it took about forty-five minutes and I think I really like it. Not sure if it’s dressy enough for work, but it might be perfect for walking the streets of New York next weekend. What do you think?

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I made quick Belt this weekend during Daughter’s naptime using this tutorial from Creative Little Daisy. It was really pretty easy and very quick (she takes short naps). I absolutely loved it when it was finished and I rushed to try it on. Doh! Too Small! Not sure how that happened, but it’s not going to work. So, I’m looking to give it a good home. It’s 46 inches long and made primarily of Bright Green Amy Butler Fabrics. I would guess it’s a Small or Medium, or would fit someone who wears a size 8 or smaller. Leave me a comment to make me laugh before Friday at midnight and I’ll use the Random Number Generator to pick a winner.

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Three weeks from today I’ll be on a plane to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite people. I’m heading to New York City for Jen’s Manhattan Meet-up and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m leaving Husband and Daughter behind, which will be more than difficult, but it will be nice to get away and hang with the girls.

On my list of Must-sees and Must-dos:

• Dumplings in Chinatown (see above)

• Any Farmers’ Market (to get local goodies)

Mood (!)

• Central Park (at least part of it)

Guggenheim (never been there, strange, eh?)

• A Bagel in Brooklyn

• A cupcake that’s NOT from Magnolia

Museum of Arts and Design

• And to wander

So, I ask you, what am I missing? What do I have to see that’s off the beaten path? Where do I have to eat? I plan to walk almost everywhere, so I’ll need at least four or 5 meals a day. Suggestions? Thanks!

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A few weeks ago I bought this pattern from the Little Blue Boo etsy shop to make Daughter a dress. I gradually dug up old t-shirts, cut out the pattern, bought starch spray, and started putting it all together. And it came togehter so easily and the dress was so adorable! But, (deep sigh), it was WAY too small. Like, couldn’t even get it over her head, small. Since she’s a big 13 months, I created my own pattern halfway between the 12M and 2T sizes. Guess I should have just gone with the 2T. I considered giving the dress away, but I really loved the pieces I put together. And since the dress is a patchwork of sorts anyway, I found the same gray t-shirt that I cut the straps from and add two inches on either side of the dress. Bingo! It fits beautifully! The top apron piece is a little narrow, but she’s young enough that it doesn’t matter. I can’t wait for a warm summer day for her to run around in it.

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A Lovely Reminder from a Lovely Blog:

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

– J.K. Rowling

http://liisforlovely.blogspot.com/

Enjoy your weekend!

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It’s finally April, the sun has been out, the temps have been in the 70s and I made a really fun bracelet to wear with all my short sleeved tops! I bought the pattern from V & Co’s etsy shop. I have to admit it took some playing with and an email with questions to Vanessa, but I figured it out. And it was really easy! And fun. I pretty much put it together one evening in front of the TV (Thanks, Big Bang Theory). The hardest part was sewing through three layers! Ouch, so that’s why they created thimbles. Now all I have to do is work on my tan so it looks just stunning on my skinny wrists.

PS: You might notice that it’s the same fabric as Daughter’s Lazy Day Skirt. Love it.

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O & S Lazy Day Skirt

I went out to lunch with Anna last week to catch up. Unfortunately, the food wasn’t anything to blog about, but the conversation was! She told me about the Learning to Sew Project from Oliver & S. I’ve been reading the Oliver & S blog ever since I found their patterns over at Treadle Yard Goods, but I didn’t know they would also teach me to sew! What they’ve done is put together a list of free project/patterns for the beginning sewer. They’re designed to be progressively more difficult as you go down the list. And of course each project is adorable and perfect for Daughter!

I started with the Lazy Days Skirt because it’s first on the list. And they are right, it was super, duper easy. It took just a little over an hour from start to finish. (It took me a little bit longer because I had to wait for Daughter to wake up before I measured her waist.) I can’t wait until she’s walking and the weather is a bit warmer so she can wear it.

Up next? The Popover Sundress. This one requires a pattern. Wish me luck.

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